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Discover British/Ghanean soulman ANDREW ASHONG!

• Andrew Ashong stands out. We haven't had one of these for a while: a hazy, jazzy dreamer of a young soul rebel who in his music references Roy Ayers and Shuggie Otis, Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye flyin' high in the friendly sky.
• He's from South London and apparently now is based in Ghana, where his parents are from.
• He has worked with Detroit techno/Chicago house man Theo Parrish and his tracks have been played by the progressive likes of Floating Points but it's his winning of the Track of the Year gong at the Worldwide Awards by listeners to Gilles Peterson's radio show that offers the biggest clue as to Ashong's sound and milieu. He's very Gilles Peterson.
• He spent his teenage years crate-digging for classic disco, funk and soul vinyl in charity shops, and listening to his older's brother's Ayers, Herbie Hancock and Talking Loud Records collection. By the age of 16 he was out DJing those records, while at home he began working up tracks of his own, mesmerised by the chord changes to songs such as Al Green's Let's Stay Together.
• "I never wanted to be a singer," says Ashong, and really, he isn't. He doesn't sing so much as allow his stoned murmur to drift listlessly and languorously across the stretched-out, slow and ethereal psych-soul grooves of his music.
• Special, the title track of his January 2014 EP, is a dazed acoustic reverie, with shades of Shuggie, two jazzy chords over which Ashong extemporises for five minutes and 55 seconds, although you get the impression he could have gone on for 55 minutes or 55 days.
• Never Dreamed is cosmic R&B, more organic than electronic. "Years ago…" he exhales, as though he's vaping, over jazzy keyboards. Flowers, the winner of that award, is mellow, mellifluous, heady with the smell of dew and sunshine after the rain, with a wobbly bassline - but bass music this is not. It's soul music for people who have been dismayed by most of the major developments in soul music of the last two, even three, decades.
(http://minu.me/ccv8)


http://www.andrewashong.com/
https://soundcloud.com/andrew-ashong
http://andrewashong.tumblr.com/
https://twitter.com/AndrewAshong
http://www.youtube.com/user/AndrewAshong

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• British/Ghanean soulman ANDREW ASHONG will play live in Gent thanks to DJ LEFTO on March 21st!

Info: http://minu.me/ccvb
• Pre-order Andrew Ashong- Special EP coming out soon on 27th January 2014 on Which Way Records: http://minu.me/ccv6

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THE-DREAM is leaving DEF JAM

THE-DREAM is leaving DEF JAM | You love urban music | Scoop.it

• ne of Def Jam’s famed artist/producer has announced that he will be leaving the label. The Dream recently posted a picture of the infamous logo on Instagram with the caption “I will miss this logo. It all started here! Love Everything that I achieved there, EXODUS THE-DREAM #exodusthedream.”
• Though it seems like it’s a clean break, Terius Nash seems positive about the future of his career without the well-known imprint that released five of his solo albums since the beginning of his career. The “Umbrella” producer also posted another Instagram photo of his previous 1977 mixtape saying, “Creativity! My own Time my own Way. Just me and spat my Engineer at the Time. No label at All! Perfect.”

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• Def Jam loses another great artist.

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Newcomer • Discover KAT DAHLIA! • Watch her new music video : THE HIGH

• Kat Dahlia is using her voice to speak out on an important issue. The Miami singer tackles domestic violence in the video for “The High,” a cut off her mixtape Seeds.

• In the Garcia-directed clip, which was shot in Miami, Kat’s intimate love affair turns violent when her man starts to abuse her. Although visually provocative, the underlying message is the disturbingly high rate of domestic violence against women. (http://minu.me/cb73)

• Kat directs viewers to a website for the Speak Up Foundation, where women can go to seek help: http://speakupfoundation.com

• Kat has been busy gearing up for her new single, “Crazy,” and will hit the road in support of the launch. Her Seeds mixtape is now available online as a free download: http://minu.me/cb71

• Katriana Huguet (born July 29, 1990), better known by her stage name Kat Dahlia, is a Cuban-American recording artist from Miami, Florida. Dhalia, a singer-songwriter and rapper, is known for her "razor sharp" lyrics and her unique, aggressive flow.[3][4] She released her debut single "Gangsta", in March 2013. (http://minu.me/cb76)

• There’s no one quite like Kat Dahlia, who has the sultry inflection of Nelly Furtado, the disposition of Rihanna, the flow of Santigold, the presence of Gwen Stefani and the majestically raw vocal prowess of Amy Winehouse and Adele. She is an artist of her own making. “There’s no other way to stand out than just being yourself,” she says. “I write my own music. People say my voice is very unique and I do this rappy thing that’s kind of different, but if you really want to break it down, I’m just being myself.”

http://crazy.katdahlia.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KatDahliaMusic
http://twitter.com/katdahlia
https://soundcloud.com/KatDahlia
http://youtube.com/user/katdahliaofficial



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• Discover Kat Dahlia! She uses her voice as a weapon. It’s a voice that cuts sharp and deep, straight to the chambers of the heart. Like the beautiful variations of the flower genus her name represents, the Miami-born rapper-singer-songwriter is complex, intoxicating and unforgettable.
• Look out for her debut My Garden later this year.

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27 important moments in Hip-Hop's 40 years

• HNHH celebrates 40 years of hip-hop by taking a look at some of the biggest things to happen in the culture.
• We've officially wrapped up a big year for the genre we all love-- new albums from Jay Z, Kanye West, Pusha T, Mac Miller, Drake, Juicy J (and the list goes on), only made 2013 that much sweeter. Mix in a new-found competition brought on by, you guessed it, "Control," and all the free mixtapes we've received in 2013, and this past year was definitely a good one.
• Apart from the usual rap antics, 2013 was significant as it marked 40 years since hip-hop’s inception, starting out in the Bronx borough of New York City and spreading across the world. Now that we entered a new year, we've decided to take a look back at some of the biggest moments throughout the last four decades of hip-hop.
• In celebration of the genre's prevailing legacy, we’re looking at each of the four elements of hip-hop culture: rapping, DJing, graffiti, and breaking.



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• Enjoy and spread the knowledge!

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Watch this brand new vid by KID INK from L.A. • PAVING MY OWN LANE : NO OPTION

• New album "My Own Lane" in stores Jan 7th!
• iTunes: http://minu.me/c8xl
• Spotify: http://minu.me/c8xo
http://www.kidinkmyownlane.com/


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• KID INK est l'un des rappeurs à tenir à l'oeil en 2014!

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ICE CUBE’s EVERYTHANG'S CORRUPT album gets a release date

ICE CUBE’s EVERYTHANG'S CORRUPT album gets a release date | You love urban music | Scoop.it

• Ice Cube may be riding along with Kevin Hart in his upcoming flick but he's chilling on wax for his new album Everythang's Solo. The N.W.A. alum took to Twitter to announce the release date of his tenth studio effort: EVERYTHANGS CORRUPT street date: May 13, 2014. (— Ice Cube (@icecube) January 3, 2014)
• His latest offering will include the previously released "Sasquatch" and the title track assisted by Tom Morello. This album will be the West Coast rapper’s first release since 2010’s I Am The West.

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Watch BEYONCE's new vid • SELF-TITLED part 5 • HONESTY

• Self-Titled" is a mini art feature comprised of several parts that give a glimpse into BEYONCÉ. It details Beyoncé's mind-set and artistic vision throughout the making of the entire project.


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• “The glue that ties this record together is honesty,” says Beyoncé in • Part 5 of Beyonce's “Self-Titled” documentary. • The pop icon reflects on getting her start at the age of nine and how she’s changed as a 32-year-old woman.
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Artwork • RICK ROSS feat. JAY Z • THE DEVIL IS A LIE

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• Rick Ross and Jay Z have teamed up for a second time in 2013, following "F**ckwithmeyouknowigotit" from Magna Carta Holy Grail. • The single's called "The Devil Is a Lie"—maybe it'll appear on Ross' forthcoming album Mastermind, which is rumored to be on its way.

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AZEALIA BANKS delays album BROKE WITH EXPENSIVE TASTE in March

AZEALIA BANKS delays album BROKE WITH EXPENSIVE TASTE in March | You love urban music | Scoop.it

• Rapper tells fans on Twitter that her debut album will now be released in March
• The long-delayed 'Broke With Expensive Taste' was originally scheduled for release in September 2012, and January 2014 was the most recent release date given for the album. • Responding to fans' questions on Twitter, the rapper said that the album delay was due to a record label decision and that the lead single will now be 'Chasing Time', where it had previously been 'Soda'.
• Responding to one fan's question about rumours the album had been delayed yet again, Banks tweeted: "The label changed their mind. The first single is gonna be 'Chasing Time' and not 'Soda'."
• She went on to add: "Obeying my label is the best decision I've ever made. My relationship with them is so good right now!"
• Banks also criticised the work Disclosure did for the album, saying their contribution to song 'Bizarra' was wasn't good enough for use on 'Broke With Expensive Taste'. Tweeting about the ill-fated collaboration, which saw the UK duo swap insults with Banks in 2013, she replied: "The beat really isn't that good tbh. I'll probably put 'Bizarra' on another beat and release it later."
http://www.azealiabanks.com



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• Rapper Azealia Bank has confirmed that her debut album will not be released until March.
• Azealia Banks will perform live in Ghent's Vooruit (Belgium) on April 3rd! Get your tickets: http://minu.me/c7bu

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TYGA • WORD ON STREET (Official music video)

• Get Tyga's album Hotel California on iTunes: http://minu.me/c6qc

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Listen! • BEYONCE & D'ANGELO • UNTITLED ROCKET (A JAYBeatz Mashup)

• A Raleigh, North Carolina producer by the name of JayBeatz took it upon himself to merge Mrs. Carter’s “Rocket” with D’Angelo‘s 2000-hit, “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”
 for a sexy mix of their songs.
• You’ll also hear a bit of Beyonce’s other song, “Speechless” in the intro.
• Interesting Fact: D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does it Feel)” was released 14 years ago on January 1, 2000! Damn, time flies!
• As for the producer, you can find more info on the mentioned producer as well as his work on Soundcloud.com/JayBeatz
(http://minu.me/c67c)



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• When we all heard Beyonce‘s self-titled album, one song stood out and reminded us of another R&B classic record...

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New music • CHAN DIZZY • INFORMER • #Ragga #FrequentFlyersRecords

• Prod by TNT for Frequent Flyers Records
"INFORMER" EP will drop online on 01.14.14 included international remix!
https://soundcloud.com/frequentflyersrecords
http://realestoutdeh.tumblr.com
https://twitter.com/RealestOutDeh

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• Here is the 2nd release from the new label FREQUENT FLYERS RECORDS.

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THA ABSTRACT AND THE DRAGON • DEC 12 !

THA ABSTRACT AND THE DRAGON • DEC 12 ! | You love urban music | Scoop.it

• In case the news is way too good for you to believe, just peep Busta’s tweet!

 

 

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#Remix • KENDRICK LAMAR • SING THAT SHIT (20syl Juicy Remix)

https://twitter.com/mr20syl
https://www.facebook.com/mr20syl



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• Un remix signé 20SYL du groupe français HOCUS POCUS!

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#RnB • Listen to KEISHIA COLE's freestyle • LOYAL feat. Sean Kingston & Lil Wayne



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• Listen to Keyshia put her man on blast!

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KID INK performs a track from his album MY OWN LANE • SHOW ME

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PUSHA T confirms new album from THE CLIPSE, produced by THE NEPTUNES

PUSHA T confirms new album from THE CLIPSE, produced by THE NEPTUNES | You love urban music | Scoop.it

• After wrapping up 2013 with his great solo effort My Name Is My Name, Pusha T has revealed that he is getting busy in the New Year as well. Besides working with The Neptunes on his new solo effort King Push, he is also hitting the studio with the duo to work with his brother No Malice on a new The Clipse album, the duo’s first offering since Til the Casket Drops in 2009. The project is tentatively titled As God As My Witness.



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• PUSHA T prépare déjà un nouvel album solo pour donner suite à l'excellent MY NAME IS MY NAME, ainsi qu'un nouvel opus du très apprécié duo THE CLIPSE, avec son frère NO MALICE.

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RIHANNA starts work on eighth studio album

RIHANNA starts work on eighth studio album | You love urban music | Scoop.it

• Rihanna has started work on her eighth studio album, according to producer DJ Mustard.
The man behind Bow Wow's 'We In Da Club' also claimed that he'll be behind the desk for at least one of the tracks on the new record.
• Speaking to HipHop-N-More, DJ Mustard said: “I’m finally going in with Rihanna.”
• When asked whether the music would be for her next record, he replied: “Of course it is”.
He added: “I’m just doing what I think she would like, and if she don’t like it we’ll just figure out something else in the studio, and I’ll just keep making beats ’till she figure it out. But she’s gonna get one.”
• The as-yet-untitled record would be the follow-up to 2012's 'Unapologetic'.

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• ‘We In da Club’ Bow Wow's producer DJ Mustard reveals he's "finally going in with Rihanna...

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AB-SOUL to drop 2 projects this year? #TopDawg

AB-SOUL to drop 2 projects this year? #TopDawg | You love urban music | Scoop.it

• The game is on high alert after Top Dawg CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith said that the TDE roster would be dropping six albums in 2014.
• "WE RAN 2013 WITH OUT DROPPING 1 ALBUM. I WONDER WUTS GONE HAPPEN IN 2014 WHEN I DROP 6.. THEY NOT READY 4 THIS #TDE #HiiiPoWeR TAKE OVER," he tweeted in December.
• As Top Dawg enthusiasts wait patiently for new material from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, ScHooLboy Q, Isaiah Rashad and SZA, the Black Lipped Pastor decide to fuel the fire by revealing that he's already submitted some content for consideration.

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• With TDE CEO Top Dawg saying that the label would drop 6 albums in the new year, two may belong to Soul...

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Watch • RICK ROSS feat. JAY Z • THE DEVIL IS A LIE • By Ash Innovator (not the official video)

• Directed By: @Ash_Innovator
• Production Company: Smith Hage Productions - AshleySmithFilms.com
• Executive Producer: CiEsta!
• Priest: Rit Weaver
• Priest: Stephen Stapinski
• Lady: Cari Rivera
• Lady: Sibongile Cummings
• Cinematographer: Ash Innovator
• Additional Photography: Christian Aspiazo
• "We don't claim to own this music. All rights go to MMG/DefJam/UMG. Made for entertainment only"
• This IS NOT an ILLUMINATI video.

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• Un bon délire ;-)

• Prévu pour décembre 2013, l'album MASTERMIND de Rick Ross a été repoussé à plus tard, courant 2014...

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Listen • VAMPIRE WEEKEND recruit rapper DANNY BROWN for 'Step' remix

• Vampire Weekend have revealed a new version of their song 'Step' featuring rapper Danny Brown. Scroll down to hear the track now.
The track, which is available to download for free, also features Heems of Das Racist and Despot.

• Danny Brown is set to embark on a short tour of the UK and Ireland. Brown will play five shows on the run, starting at London's KOKO on February 21, 2014 before shows in Brighton, Manchester and Dublin, finishing in Glasgow on February 26. The gigs will take place as part of a wider European tour, with Brown also playing shows in Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Oslo and more in March. Brown released his third studio album, 'Old', earlier this year. It followed 2010's 'The Hybrid' and 2011's 'XXX'. (http://minu.me/c7bh)


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• Dubbed a 'wintertime remix', the original version of 'Step' appears on Vampire Weekend's 2013 album 'Modern Vampires Of The City' and samples Souls of Mischief's 'Step To My Girl'.

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Listen • TREY SONGZ • NA NA (Official Audio)

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS • L'homme de l'année 2013?

PHARRELL WILLIAMS • L'homme de l'année 2013? | You love urban music | Scoop.it

• Découvrez l'homme de l'année 2013 - Pharrell Williams sur skeuds.comParmi les producteurs, l'on retrouve bien sur Mike Will Made It, le producteur du moment mais aussi, dans une bien moindre mesure, DJ Mustard.
• Mais s’il y en a un qui a su se démarquer autant sur la scène Rap que sur la scène internationale, c’est bien évidemment Pharrell Williams.
• En effet, l'on a pu retrouver le NERD producteur aux cotés de 2 Chainz, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Nelly ... mais surtout sur les deux plus gros cartons de l’année:
• Le Blurred Lines de Robin Thicke et le Get Lucky des Daft Punk.
• Les plus jeunes d’entre vous l’ignorent peut-être mais Pharrell Williams n’en est pas à son coup d’essai et sa carrière commence à dater un peu ... beaucoup !!!
• Difficile, en effet, d'imaginer qu'avec son physique assez juvénile, mais les faits sont là, Skateboard P a une carrière de plus de 20 ans derrière lui !!!
• Une déjà longue carrière pour un artiste assez complet capable de produire, de rapper mais également de pousser la chansonnette.
• Nous vous proposons donc sur Skeuds de vous faire une (petite) rétrospective (sans prétention) de sa carrière pour finir avec onze de ses titres/productions devenus cultes.
• Après avoir fait partie d’un groupe appelé S.B.I. (Surrounded by Idiots), aux côtés de Timbaland, Chad Hugo et Magoo, c’est peu après qu’il formera avec Chad Hugo ainsi que deux autres amis le collectif désormais mythique, The Neptunes…
•  La suite: http://minu.me/c6hg

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• Cette année, il n'est pas si difficile que cela pour donner le titre d'homme de l'année même si les prétendants sont nombreux, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke ....

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Listen & discover • ELLE VARNER • OVER ft. Wale #MMG

• The MBK Entertainment artist croons her raspy, velvety vocals over the Eric Hudson & Elijah Blake-produced instrumentals.



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RAP GOD • EMINEM réussit le clip de son titre polémique

--- Par Eléonore Prieur pour LeFigaro.fr ---
• Suite du feuilleton Eminem. Après avoir révolté Boy George avec ses propos homophobes, le titre polémique Rap God a son clip. Une vidéo qui s'inspire à la fois de l'univers du jeu vidéo, de la série télé et de la réalité. Le rappeur se représente en Max Headroom (personnage de série des années 1980 qui luttait contre l'omniprésence de la télévision dans un monde futuriste). Pour traverser deux époques, il utilise le tunnel de Mario Bros, jeu culte de la décennie fluo.
• Entre passé, présent et futur, le rappeur nous tient en haleine pendant plus de 6 minutes. Il nous déballe un flow d'une vélocité impressionnante. Eminem est réputé tout comme Busta Rhymes, qui apparaît dans le clip, pour avoir l'un des flows les plus rapides du hip-hop. À 4 minutes, les trois personnages qu'il incarne tout au long de la vidéo rappent en cœur 101 mots en 16 secondes. C'est presqu'à bout de souffle qu'on finit de visionner le clip.
• À 41 ans, Slim Shaddy prouve que le talent du jeune rappeur qui faisait ses débuts de MC à Detroit est resté intact. Rap God est extrait de son dernier album: The Marshall Mathers LP2, premier projet musical du rappeur depuis 2010, qui est produit par Dr. Dre et Rick Rubin. (http://minu.me/bsak)

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• Le rappeur américain a dévoilé la vidéo de son dernier single. Un voyage spatio-temporel convaincant.

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