New Music | Berko Lover – “Assata” (Produced by Action Bastard)

Peace & many blessings folks! Baltimore female emcee Berko Lover just released a song called “Assata” today on SoundCloud. The song, produced by Action Bastard, aggressively discusses the terrible story of Assata Shakur’s fight for freedom. As Berko says at the beginning, “put your MF’in fists in the air” and listen to the song below: […]

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Video | Baltimore Artist FluX Releases “Watch The Sun Come Up” video from 2010 Mixtape Elevator Musiq

I normally write musical rants for AmirahRashidah. Today, I wanted to focus on something different this month. I’m honestly into rap music more than R&B. I guess, according to Amirah, I have a sweet talent in writing about singers. But I rarely come across them, especially at the open mics I visit around Baltimore. I see, hear, […]

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Video | Amanda Seales Recreates Wu Tang Hits in “Mo’ Betta Wu: Jazz From The 36 Chambers”

Peace & many blessings fam!

Photo of Amanda Seales taken by Kia Chenelle Photography.

I wish I were in New York this past week to witness this in person, but Amanda Seales (a TV personality on VH1, the creator of the webseries Things I Learned This Week (TIL This Week), actress, DJ, singer and rapper) and Kris Bowers (jazz composer and musician) did a show called “Mo’ Betta Wu: Jazz from the 36 Chambers.” If you’re not familiar, “Mo’ Betta Wu” comes from the title of one of Spike Lee’s films, Mo’ Better Blues, which is about the life of a jazz musician played by Denzel Washington. I knew it was going to be interesting based off of the title and Amanda Seales’ talent. However, I was floored when I watched her jazz rendition of Wu Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M.,” which her persona, Killandra Bea, and her band, the Shinobis, covered flawlessly. (more…)

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New Video | SZA – Warm Winds (feat. Isaiah Rashad)

Peace & many blessings folks!

TDE is back at it with the release of SZA‘s video for the second half of “Warm Winds.” The video, which was co-directed by SZA and APLUS FILMZ, starts off with sounds from her collaboration with Chance The Rapper on “Childs Play” and gives you a nostalgic, innocent, and throwback feel (using VHS effects) that is very simple and goes well with the two songs.  Isaiah Rashad makes an appearance in the video. Check out the video below:

Make sure you purchase SZA’s debut album, Z, on iTunes now.

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