December 18, 2014
December 17, 2014
Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man teamed up with Boston MA lyricist M-Dot (of EMS), Columbus Ohio femcee Dominique Larue and NY songstress Katy Gunn for the hip-hop track Shine!
As soon as you hit the play button, M-E-T-H-O-D Man starts off Shine with his legendary ill word-play followed by the only female lyricist on the track, Domnique Larue luminous rhyming skills! M-Dot concludes the hip-hop track with his rapid intricate rapping skills! Let's not forget Katy Gunn powerful vocals on the hook for Shine!
What makes Shine shine (no typo) is how each artist unique flow balances on the triumphant and uplifting hip-hop beat produced by Soulplusmind! Also, another plus about Shine is how these artists made a hot song with zero curse words!
Shine is the first single from M-Dot’s upcoming two part debut album “Ego and the Enemy”. The album will feature production from top producers Marley Marl, Hi- Tek, M-Phazes and more..
Listen and download Shine below and tell me what you think about the track in the comment section!
December 16, 2014
Michael Archer, better known as D'Angelo surprised social media with the release of his third album Black Messiah at the stroke of midnight on December 15! Prior to the release, Questlove (co-of the album) hosted a private listening party for Black Messiah in NY this past Friday to grace the crowd with new music from D'Angelo and The Vanguard!
Producer Lucas Goodman (aka Astro Raw) and songstress with the lioness tame Jillian Hervey (actress Vanessa L. Williams daughter) fostered a music relationship after meeting each other at a smelly dorm room party! Fast-forward to the present and the talented duo are known as LION BABE!
LION BABE released their self titled debut EP that comprises of tour tracks that features experimental R&B, Hip-Hop & Soul beats provided by Lucas and Jillian's hip and lively vocals (sometimes she sounds like Ms. Badu). Let's not forget Childish Gambino feature on the LION BABE first single Jump Hi! The EP is dope and I can't wait to hear more from the eccentric and innovative duo! A few tracks that are earworthy are Jungle Lady the soulful jam Treat Me Like Fire!
To preview the above album and EP via iTunes, simply click on the album covers! Also, share your thoughts on this week's album release of the week! Enjoy...
December 15, 2014
On December 1, 2014 I announced to the world that I was going challenge myself by posting music everyday on Soul You Know! Well, I'm two weeks in and I did not give up! I will admit that I had faced some challenges (work-life balance and sickness) that could have derailed my goal, but what is life without challenges?
This challenged has made me a stronger, and faster blogger! Also, because I post daily I have the opportunity to explore more music (old and new) which strengthens my Soul and R&B music knowledge! I can't think of any cons because I'm passionate about what I do and I have no regrets.
I got a few more weeks to go and I'm confident that I will complete my goal with a smile on my face! In my own words
If you need inspiration for your current (or upcoming) goals, you can use my challenge as your motivation!
To all my Soul You Knower's THANK YOU for your ongoing support, y'all rock!!!!
December 14, 2014
One of the joys of being a music blogger is expanding my music palate! While I was watching Ariah Dane's latest video on YouTube, the suggested videos listing displayed various music videos but one video stuck out to me because it had a similar title! The audio video titled Since You Been Away So Long was from the late singer/songwriter Don Blackman 1982 self titled debut album and I am glad I clicked on it!
Once I hit the play button, I was greeted with a smooth piano intro followed by Don Blackman soulful voice along with his female background singers! The perfect combination of smooth RnB, Soul and Jazz music (with a quiet-storm feel) and the vocals made me fall in love with the song instantly!
I will admit, that was my first time hearing Since You Been Away So Long and ! When I researched the talented musician, I learned he worked with Roy Ayers, Earth, Wind & Fire and Parliament-Funkadelic. Also, Don released only two solo albums during his career but wrote music scores for various commercials and television shows.
Listen to Don Blackman's soulful tune Since You Been Away So Long and share your thoughts on the timeless, soulful quiet-storm!