Watching The Tiny Desk Concert
from Sa-Roc & DJ Sol Messiah

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Sa-Roc bears her heart and soul here, weaving together influential threads from her upbringing; Pan-Africanism, the hardship of her father’s experience as a sharecropper in Virginia and her own childhood in Congress Heights, D.C., an area ravaged by violence and the crack epidemic in the 1980s. On “r(E)volution” she spits bars: “Embedded in the home of the brave, the darkest of interiors. / Saw street scholars and soldiers defect cuz they post-traumatic stressed from the American experience.”

 

Listening To Oasis Nocturno
By TOKiMONSTA

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Over the last decade, the los angeles producer and young art label boss, tokimonsta has helped define the sound of modern dance and beat music. In the process, she has received the co-signs of the biggest names in electronic and repped for the west coast underground at the grammys — all without sacrificing the purity of her vision or relying on exploding glowstick bombast. The secret is that there is no secret, other than the compositional genius and futuristic melodies embedded into the gleaming, technicolor mandalas of hip-hop instrumentalism, pop, r&b-soul, house, and idm that encompass the tokimonsta sound.

Boiler Room NYC: Robert Glasper’s J Dilla Tribute – BOILER ROOM

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Robert Glasper’s tribute to J Dilla–– live from the start of his month-long residency at the Blue Note.

Spotify Spotlight: Apollo Brown

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