30 July 2014

Cross My Heart Hope to Die released their latest EP Vita E. Morte + more..

Following their debut self titled EP, Cross My Heart Hope to Die (CMHHTD) released much awaited second EP titled Vita E. Morte (Latin for life from death). is a music and art collective comprised of Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs, producer Andrew Kline, LA native songstress Brevi, and artistic curator Sean Bonner.

Vita E. Morte EP (Alpha Pup Records) contain 4 tracks (1.Two Shots 2.Crossroads 3.Tears Of God & 4.Bad Boy Blues) that showcases the unique sound of CMHHTD. Trying to figure out which genre CMHHTD's Vita E. Morte belongs to is a waste of time because it belongs to many... The EP is a beautiful combination of goth, blues, hip-hop, trip hop, soul, rock, with a little bit of electronica that contains dark and frank lyrics!

If you are looking to broaden your musical horizon, Vita E. Morte is the EP for you! Artistic curator of CMHHTD elaborates more on the group and the latest EP, “This isn’t just a record, it’s a piece of a soundtrack of a larger art project". Check out their second single Tears of God video exclusively released on Yahoo! and listen toVita E. Morte in its entirety courtesy of SoundCloud!

Tears of God

29 July 2014

Watch the latest episode of TV One's RnB Divas LA- Season 2, Full Episode 2

It's the second episode and already the divas got some issues with each other! Chrisette "sangs" her heart out in the hood with technical difficulties. Leela James got her first tattoo and hit a few high notes due to the pain. Chante recruits fellow divas Lil Mo, Leela James and Chrisette Michelle to sing on her "ladies anthem", but Chante left out some important details that left the ladies feeling uneasy...

Check out the latest episode of TV One's R&B Divas LA and share your thoughts on the divas and drama...

Courtesy of TV One

25 July 2014

Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Tupac and more legends get the "artistic" Royal treatment

Missy Elliott- Courtesy of Amar Stewart

I'm not an art "connoisseur" but the following paintings caught my attention... British artist by the way of New York, Amar Stewart has the art world abuzz with his latest collection of paintings titled A Tale of the Greats. Amar painted Hip-Hop and R&B legends such as Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Ice Cube, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige and many more legends in Renaissance Royal garments.

I think its cool to put a different and unique perspective on iconic musicians that are known as royalty! But let's keep it real if these artists were alive around the Medieval Times, I doubt they would have donned Royal clothing , keeping it real.. So kudos to Amar for taking art to another level!

To view more artwork from Amar, check out his website and if you are in the San Francisco California area in August, Amar will have A Tale of the Greats on display at the Public Barber Salon (August 7- 31, 2014)!

Mary J. Blige- Courtesy of Amar Stewart
Tupac Shakur- Courtesy of Amar Stewart

J. Dilla- Courtesy of Amar Stewart

The Notorious B.I.G.- Courtesy of Amar Stweart

Source- Buzzfeed

Enjoy food, fun and blues music at the 23rd annual Pennsylvania Blues Festival (July 25-27, 2014)

The actual flyer- PA Blues Festival

Like to hear a "true" story? Ok, here it goes... I'm in my cozy abode and when I walked towards my front door, I saw a flyer underneath the door. Before I picked it up, I had the "What Now!!" look on my face, but that quickly change when I started reading the flyer! To my surprise my "super-cool" neighbor gave me a flyer to the 23rd annual Pennsylvania Blues Festival (I wonder if my neighbors I write about music??).

The festival will be held at Blue Mountain in Palmerton, PA in the Poconos Mountains on July 25-27, 2014! The three day festival will be filled with tents, soul food and non-stop blues music from national blues musicians such as Barbara Carr (Bone Me Like You Owe Me-that's my tune), Grammy award winner The James Cotton Blues Band, The Ursula Ricks Project and more...

I think me receiving the PA Blues Festival Flyer was a sign! Not trying to sound full of myself but I love to learn about variations of music and, the flyer forced me to research more on the above blue artists because to be honest with you, I really don't know much about blues music besides B.B. King (I know, I know)! But as I was listening to the Barbara Carr her lyrics hit home! I was so much into her hit song "Bone Me Like You Own Me", I made the stank face and was saying out loud "Yes girl I know that's right"....

Check out the original flyer PA Blues Festival full schedule, camping and pricing options! Also, share this post with someone you know will enjoy this weekend long (and affordable) festival...

Full Lineup

Pricing Options

24 July 2014

Get into a Soulful REM State with Aisha Karimah latest mixtape featuring Bilal, Flying Lotus + more

Hip-hop producer and DJ Aisha Karimah released her fourth installment of her mixtape series titled REM State: DJ Set Volume IV. The mixtape was inspired by the one of the important stages of sleep, Rapid Eye Movement (aka paradoxical sleep). Aisha stated REM State mixtape represents "audio interpretation of what scientists believe to be the most active and creative phase of the brain’s function. Infused with the perfect selections of soul-inspired music, REM State: DJ Set Volume IV is a futuristic immersion of mind, music, and soul – for those who feign music ‘on some other level’. 

As soon as you press play, you are introduce to the mixtape with a mixture of the REM State intro and Bilal's A Surreal Love 2013 intro! As you continue to listen REM State, your ears will enjoy over thirty minutes of soul in variations of classic, futuristic, and experimental from various musicians such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Flying Lotus, A Tribe Called Quest and so many more (see playlist below). What I also love about this mixtape is the way the music blends with ease to the next selection while making you feel cool, calm and relaxed! You can tell Aisha Karimah did not just put different songs and call it a mixtape! NO, Ms. Karimah carefully crafted a euphoric work of musical art!

Listen to REM State: DJ Set Volume IV courtesy of Soundcloud and while you are listening, check out the playlist to see which our your favorite musician is featured on the mixtape!

00:00 REM State Intro X Levels - Bilal

01:22 Here But I’m Gone – Curtis Mayfield
03:19 Ritual Union – Little Dragon
05:08 Alphabet (Dakimh Instrumental Remix) – WuTang
06:28 Nu-Hymne – Les Nubians
07:27 Seraphim – Earth, Wind and Fire
08:47 Trapped Being Human – Amel Larrieux
10:52 Black Milk – Massive Attack
13:30 Danger of Love – Zap Mama
16:19 Fogged Spacesuit – The Clonious
18:07 Back To The Universe (The Slapped Eyeballers Remix) – Dimlite & The Slapped Eye Ballers
20:39 Rainbow Rhodes – Hiatus Kaiyote
22:28 Moon, Turn Tides…Gently, Gently Away – Jimi Hendrix
23:12 Like It Like That (Instrumentals) – A Tribe Called Quest
24:10 Can’t Wait (Instrumentals) – Red Man
25:18 Heaven For A Sinner – Bonobo feat. Erykah Badu
27:08 Roberta Flack (feat. Dolly) – Flying Lotus
30:00 REM State Outro


30:08 Midnight Breakfast (Instrumentals) – Ezasscul a/k/a Eaze

33:40 El Fin (aka The End)

Get to know more about Aisha Karimah: Aisha Karimah (Swahili for Generous Life) is a hip-hop producer, beat maker, vinyl collector, and DJ. Aisha Karimah has acquired worldwide fan praise from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Ghana, and Australia. She has also received accolades from respected hip-hop legends including Mix Master Ice (UTFO) and DJ Honda. Aisha Karimah has been referred to by the Hip-Hop Association as “a pioneering leader in the Hip-Hop community representing progressive women that are contributing to the evolution of Hip-Hop culture.“ Aisha Karimah is also an alumna of the world-renown Scratch DJ Academy founded by the late Jam Master Jay of the legendary group Run DMC.