"PON THE CORNER" - by Zuse (Official Video)

Since we last talked about Zuse, he’s dropped a new mixtape entitled “PLUGGED” which is available now. The new project is full of dope cuts like “Pon The Corner.” This new visual comes just in time for the people who have the mixtape on repeat. Lyrically Zuse is sharper than ever, and the production is sick as ever. The beat on this particular track is one of the most versatile I’ve heard, but not over produced.

Download the mixtape here: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/28925/zuse-plugged.html

Words by: Wes Jones
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"Extortion" [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO] - by Kirk Knight & Dyemond Lewis

First of all I really fuck with Pro Era, Joey Bada$$ and their whole movement. As a DMV native I support the beast coast tag to the fullest, and I’m excited to hear new music that can fuel the next generation of creators. Kirk Knight is a talent. From what I’ve seen so far he’s going to go far in the industry. With the right amount of effort, hard work and a little luck I see him following in the footsteps of someone like RZA.

But back to this Scion sponsored project we’re listening to, which is visually a insane work of art. Much love to Jessica Lehrman for putting together some clean shots, but super shout outs goes to Kofi Carson for edition the hell out of this video.

Download the full EP: https://soundcloud.com/scionav/pro-era-extortion-kirk-knight-x-dyemond-lewis/s-4LDhV?in=scionav/sets/pro-era-the-shift
Words by: Wes Jones
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"Questioned Answer" by: Brian Lynch/Emmet Choen Quartet And Duo

Sometimes I just like to listen to Jazz to get inspired. Jazz is probably the best type of music to listen to when you “partake.” I just thought it would be cool and different to post this up here. Hope you find some enjoyment in this as much as I am.

Words by: Shack
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M.O.P. - “187” (New Album On The Way) #Brownsville

The original MASH OUT POSSE:

So M.O.P. hasn’t lost a step… If you’ve been going to music festivals for the last 2 or 3 years there’s a high probability that you’ve seen M.O.P. preform recently, but the news of a new album is definitely a win for hip-hop. Statik Selector with the push, Fizzy on the beat, and the infamous DJ Premier giving us that necessary crossfader action makes the anticipation for this new album build that much faster.

Words by: Wes Jones
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Check out what our homies over at #PressPlae are doing for the 757 & the DMV. This is a great look, so go support local love.

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#LocalLove “Tour de Ghent”!

#LocalLove hosted a tour of Ghent and Downtown Norfolk! The for traveled from Handsome Biscuit to The Glass Museum, Smartmouth Brewery, and more! This tour provided an excellent opportunity for those looking to get an up close and personal insight on Norfolk!

Finding Fela (Documentary)

Last night, I got the opportunity to screen the documentary Finding Fela in Brooklyn. As you recall, a few years ago, most Americans got their introduction to Fela Kuti through the critically acclaimed Broadway play. The documentary parallels the theatrical production with the actual events of Kuti’s life and the highlights of his career.

I never got the chance to see the Broadway show, but this documentary does something that a play could not do. With commentary from Kuti’s family and contemporaries as well as footage from interviews, performances, and home videos, you get an authentic sense of who Fela was, where he came from, and what messages his music conveys.

Finding Fela tells the story of a man who wasn’t afraid to rattle cages and speak up for the oppressed while calling out the corrupt Nigerian government. It does an excellent job of explaining Fela’s role in the creation and popularization of Afrobeat, which he eventually started calling Classical African Music, and his upbringing in a household with parents who also actively defied the status quo.

The biggest takeaway for me wasn’t necessarily from the documentary. After the film, during the Q&A session, a young lady asked Femi Kuti, Fela’s son, about the state of contemporary black music around the globe. I regret not recording his response, but he basically said that many of these artists out aren’t really fighting for anything. The primary focus is materialism. Fela Kuti used his music to fight against corruption and was thrown in jail constantly for his dissent. With the issues plaguing us currently, why aren’t there more artists using their platform to make changes as opposed to talking about jewelry, cars that depreciate and sneakers that will eventually get worn out?

Stepping off the soapbox, I encourage everyone to check out Finding Fela. It will be showing at the IFC Theater in Greenwich Village tomorrow, August 1st. For those of you outside of NYC, you can find additional showings here.

Words: Jesse O. Prince

Bottom Line by: Electric Wire Hustle

I really don’t know where to start. Well how about introducing you to this music group called Electric Wire Hustle (EWH) from Wellington, New Zealand. Their music is extremely exciting mixed with Jazz, Soul, R&B, electronic. With EWH music it’s like your getting a burrito from chipotle. Wait, let me elaborate. You know how you go to Chipotle and you get a burrito, you have all these ingredients you can choose from to put in it to make this one delicious mega burrito? Well thats Electric Wire Hustle music. I am really enjoying the new music I’m coming across from overseas.

Words by: Shack
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Wonderful Day: Arthur- by Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment


If you ever heard Chance The Rapper music, you can tell he love to have fun with his music. If you ever stayed home from school when you were young at some point and time you watched Arthur. You probably even caught yourself singing along the theme song. Well your man Chance The Rapper put his own twist to the theme song. It would be pretty dope if the show “Arthur” makes this version their new intro. Check it out

Words by: Shack
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Janelle Monae “Electric Lady”

Janelle Monae recently released this video for Electric Lady from her latest album of the same name. In this video, a pompadour and tuxedo-free Janelle Monae throws a bangin’ sorority party. There are a few notable cameos in it as well.

Side note: Is it just me, or does Janelle Monae kind-of evokes the style of Eve when she raps?

Words: Jesse O. Prince