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Mermaid

Princess Nokia blesses us with her latest single “Mermaid”, a three piece montage about government, skin color, turning up and being happy. Ending on a serious note becoming completely transparent opening up about her childhood and upbringing. Encouraging others to find motivation in here struggle and success. Make sure you stream this video below and as always…

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Sango

Oshun has been soaring into the stratosphere with their recent array of music, visuals and fashion creating art with a message, embedding culture and invoking thought into their listeners touching on modern day topics while connecting them to  divine/ancient law. The title of their latest single is called “Sango” (God of Thunder) which is the equal and opposite to Oshun, a masculine energy for balancing the female energy “Oshun”. This all may seem a bit mythological but Oshun connects this african myth/folktale into modern day relationships we face today. Confirming that nothing is new under the sun and how we are all one whether we realized it or not.  As always they depict beautiful cultured art pushing the envelop with visuals and fashion summoning vibes from the ancestors. Make sure you stream this video below and as always…

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Nu Africa

Today’s post comes from the lyrical hyena, CyHi The Prince as he blesses us with his vision for a new world in his latest single “Nu Africa”. Showing visuals of inner city living in America with protesters expressing their discontent for the “Land of the Free”. Declaring a decree for all indigenous people to return to their land, encouraging listeners and peers to invest in each other to build their own society in the pursuit of happiness. Calling out celebrities to redirect their money into investments on soil in the Mother Land rather than the other land. Transforming the thinking of the youth to expand their horizons while challenging years of generational suffrage from it’s oppressors. Summarized by a timeless piece from the amazing poet Ernestine Johnson at the end  dropping knowledge while adding to the message.

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Wonderful Day

Choo Jackson debuts on our page with his fun energetic song “Wonderful Day”. This spacey, chill record reminds you of summer nights and good times as Choo explains that he just wants to enjoy his wonderful day and get paid like anyone else. This care free song is about success and the progress of Jackson’s career thus far and with his recent signing to Mac Miller we defiantly are looking forward to more from this young artist. Watch the video below and always

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KING

Kidswithsoul finds himself on our page today with their new music video for “King”, a single off his highly anticipated EP From Under. This track deals with Kidswithsoul’s battle of self, and finding out who he is and what he wants to accomplish. Taking on a militant mentality of him against society, battling to rise to the top.  With recent performances at SxSw and an upcoming show at the Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY he is well on his way. We look forward to seeing more of the guru soon, make sure you stream is video below and as always…

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i am NOT Black, you are NOT White

Today’s post speaks on the many social barriers we place on ourselves through race, Prince EA delivers a heartfelt poem about skin color. With the recent shooting of Alton Sterling and the never ending hate building among-st people who look differently, this poem serves as an elixir to the problem. Pointing out the programming and hypnosis tactics of the media and politicians to divide people from each other instead of uniting. Changing our morals and values, creating hate in a society that is based on labels given by others than ourselves. Posing uncomfortable questions about race, to open our eyes on the way we see each other. Explaining how labels are made to divide us and we are more than labels we are unique human beings. Make sure you stream this video below and as always…

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IT”S ELECTRIC

Kaytranada drops his electric track “Lite Spots” off his newly released debut album 99.9%. “Lite Spots” is a great track and the video adds to it’s greatness by being uplifting and fun. The video is centered around Kaytranda building a robot companion to dance and play with, capturing the energy of the track with lighthearted and happy visuals. Sonically the song is a masterpiece, taking you on a musical roller coaster with different sounds and frequencies accompanied with stunning choreography. If you are looking for original sound and electric vibrations stream the video below and as always.

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Political Music

In the past month, musicians Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar have used two of pop culture’s biggest stages to showcase their political message.

Beyonce’s Super bowl halftime show included her controversial new song “Formation.” Meanwhile, Lamar took home five Grammy awards and offered a visually and lyrically stunning performance of his own songs at the awards show. Queen Bey held court at the Super Bowl half-time show, urging people to join the cause, and get in formation. Leading an army of Afro-American dancers in black attire through a series of choreographed maneuvers concluded with the pumping of raised fists. Compton rapper Lamar took the stage at the Grammy Awards in a different formation, stepping out shackled and chained a story many young Americans know too well. Offering visual metaphors of police brutality and the complexity of prison with his band caged inside cells. Ending the song with a jailbreak and transition to “Alright,” an anthem about the struggle, showing a resurrection from the chain gain. Both performances where political statements, displaying the power of music, addressing generational problems encouraging listeners to change the psychological cycle. Bringing awareness to former activist groups (black panthers) and paying homage to ancestors who created a counter culture with food co-ops, free clinics, underground newspapers and exemption from the draft. Promoting a self-sufficient lifestyle and unity within the community. To see re cap of both performances click the links below… and as always

 

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Anderson .Paak| Malibu

“Music is not music without soul” and the 29 year old Oakland native Anderson .Paak is the definition of soul. Following his debut album Venice .Paak delivers yet another masterpiece with Malibu. The 16-track project is full of energy thanks to his funky beats, witty wordplay, and a charisma that the music industry has been lacking for a while now. You definitely can see the fruits of his labor from Dr. Dre’s Grammy nominated Compton album as he scored features from BJ The Chicago Kid, Rhapsody, and hip-hop legend Talib Kweli to name a few. .Paak shows his versatility as an artist as well as he not only sings but displays his rapping ability. The album doesn’t just sound good though, his music has a message highlighting the real life situations and perspectives many artists of his stature seem to either conveniently forget or consciously neglect for financial gain. .Paak is gearing up for a huge 2016 with his band The FREE NATIONALS as they are set to tour Europe in February and to perform at Coachella this upcoming April. Malibu is available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play.

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DOES LIFE IMITATE ART OR DOES ART IMITATE LIFE? 

There’s something special about being able to transfer your imagination and ideas to paper, especially when you have an imagination like Markus Prime, a 28 year old cartoon/portrait artist from New York. Prime’s artwork is very refreshing and unique as he draws cartoon characters we have grown up watching and adds his creative spin to them creating superhero’s and characters that defy societies norm, like illustrating black women as superhero’s, to create an image with children they normally wont see on television. Prime is challenging normality and deconstructing the standard in cartoons and comics, creating drawings for children of all colors to enjoy. Subconsciously he is planting a seed in a young mind that they to can do super human things and be heroes in their own lives. Growing up, Prime would use his drawings as a way to cope with his emotions and deal with his problems. Now he has matured into a well-known artist who’s goal is to redefine the cartoon and comic culture with diversity. With over 100k followers on Instagram Prime is starting to become well known and appreciated by the masses, using his art to change the culture and impact the youth. Prime looks at his work as a movement to raise awareness and confidence with all who come in contact with it, conveying a message within each illustration.  You can see more artwork from Prime by visiting his website at mlnnprime.com

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