Prototype of Nu-Soul 27

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01. Intro – Aarophat
02. I Got This… – Joss Stone
03. Say Grace – Mykestro
04. Captain Lick – Princess Freesia
05. Love’s Galaxy – Tracy Cruz
06. Be Free – Moonchild
07. There’ll Never Be – SWV
08. Siamese – Amber Ojeda + Miles
09. No Love – Little Dragon
10. Talking Reckless – Eric Roberson
11. Same Ole Love – Zo! + Jeanne Jolly
12. Sticky Green – Chris Turner
13. Streamline – Slide Five
14. Nail Polish – Nikko Gray
15. Belong To You – Summer Williams
16. Mama Said – Heather Victoria

The Background Flow 24

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00. Intro – Sam Perelli (of True Lies)
01. Antiquity – The Roots + The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Dillchestra
02. One For Co$$ – Abnormal
03. More Than Ever – Dert
04. Aretha – Sagesse
05. Dime Piece – J Dilla + Dwele
06. Top Of The Mornin’ – Pig Pen
07. Moor-A-Like – Phraim
08. SevenThrees – Nefarious!
09. Dead Wrong (Instrumental) – Jake One
10. All Love (The Movement) / J’s Day Theme #3 (Support) – Madib
11. One Love – Samiyam
12. Distorted Joy – Dert
13. Thank You God – Fat Albert Einstein
14. Fazers – BBNG
15. Camouflage – David Bocuse
16. Ghost / Dark / Pihsrats – Castle
17. Eargasm [for Zera] – Elaquent
18. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4) – DJ Shadow
19. Pandemia 2010 – VLooper And Kenlo
20. Celestial Clockwork – Illogic

The Background Flow #23

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01. Intro – Floyd The Locsmif
02. Callipygian – Abnormal
03. Remember – Obsidian Blye
04. Guidance Counseling – Floyd Tha Locsmif
05. Smoke Gets In My Eyes – Slide Five
06. Shinjuku At NIghtfall – Abjo
07. November Crush – M. Constant
08. Look Of Love – M. Slago
09. Headphones – Cohen
10. Dusty17 – Ta-Ku
11. Stay The Night – Sunday Morning
12. Love Affair – Scruffneck Dust
13. Blink – Apollo Brown
14. Different World – David E
15. Apply Pressure – Sound In Color
16. Tell ‘em What Id Iz – Citizen Kane
18. tTt/beat4 – Yolki
19. The Kickback – AbJo
20. Lauv/VeNus – VLooper And Kenlo
21. Guilty Vampire Knight – Dutchmassive

Prototype of Nu-Soul 26

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01. Tears Dry (Original Version) – Amy Winehouse
02. Caverdale (She’s Alright) – David Sha
03. All In My Headz – Radio Galaxy
04. Down For The Night (Monkeyrobot Remix) – Andy Allo
05. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) –  Irma Thomas
06. Brotha – Nonameko
07. The Girl From Ipanema – Amy Winehouse
08.  Umi Says – Jeff Bradshaw
09. All Of Me – Dwight Anderson
10. So Gone (What My Mind Says – Jill Scott
11. Feeling Good – Vlooper + Modlee
12. This Goes Out 2 U – Tyler Woods
13. Don’t Leave – Keith
14. Dark Is The Sun (Main Theme) – The Greg Foat Group
15. Black – Danger Mouse + Daniele Luppi + Nora Jones

Beats From Oakland — Big La vs. Todd


The the past few years, I’ve had the privilege to collaborate musically with a lot of artists. I got to work with Artists like TJ Brown and Ramel, and also be a part of groups like The Rhythmteachers and C3. So when this past summer rolled around, I wanted to go back to basics and put together an all instrumental beat project. I’d done compilations of previous tracks, but I hadn’t put any real thought into doing a dedicated project.

Beats from Oakland feels from like ‘Soul Music’ than straight up ‘Hip-Hop’. I guess that comes from a shift in my tastes as i’ve gotten older. The one thing i can say is that this music is ‘me’ at this point in my life.

This is a free download. Please feel free to take it and use it however you see fit. Pass it around, drop lyrics on it, use it as background music on podcasts or videos.. it’s all good. I didn’t make this to be an artists. I made this because i ‘had to’. It’s all been about the creative process, so I hope you enjoy it. One love.

#nowplaying Planet Asia + Madlib “Cracks In The Vinyl


I don’t know how i missed this one this year. Luckily, BamaLoveSoul puts out an excellent newsletter so I don’t miss critical releases. In the latest email, this Planet Asia/Madlib jewel was buried toward the bottom. A nice 6-track EP has Planet Asia spitting over some nice (rehashed) Madlib treats. Definitely worth taking a listen to.

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#NowPlaying. In Heavy Rotation


Boog Brown: “The Brown Study: Remixes”. I loved the original Brown Study so much, I really didn’t care to get this. I thought Apollo Brown produced the project perfectly. There was a real symbiotic feel to Boog and Apollo’s collabo. But when somebody #trended it on twitter, I decided to take a quick listen. After hearing Apollo Brown’s “Detroit”, I immediately downloaded it. It’s worth the money. I’m not on-point with all the songs. Seems like a few were trying to veer into the popular lane. But remixes like “Friends Like These”, “Masterplan” and “Marinate” sealed the deal.


Common: “The Dreamer/The Believer”. I was a bit weary of this coming out. There’s a correlation between musicians who turn actor and lackluster music releases. After hearing ‘Ghetto Dreams’, I thought Common was trying to ‘rough up’ his image and drop more ‘street’ jams. But this is a DOPE album!. “The Dreamer” does a good job of setting things off. “Gold”, “Cloth” and “Windows” are worth the money alone.


Amy Winehouse: “Lioness: Hidden Treasures”. After a year of ‘unreleased’ and ‘remix’ albums from the late, great Ms. Winehouse, “Lioness” feels more like a proper release from her. Although there are remixed/rehashed trax like “Valerie” and “Wake Up Alone”, they are off-set by the incredible Neo-souled “Half Time” and a solid version of “The Girl From Ipanema”. A final release worth of Amy Winehouse.


HaLo: “The Blind Poet”. With so many projects being released from the Jamla camp on a frequent basis, It’s hard to keep any single release in your sights for a proper amount of time. This is the 2nd compilation that HaLo dropped this year, so I was expecting more 2nd tier trax that didn’t make it on Head Writer II. But “Lines” featuring Rapsody and “Bussin'” featuring 9th Wonder quelled those thoughts.


Will Session: “The Elmatic Instrumentals”.These instrumental versions from Elzhi’s “Elmatic” project are more powerful on their own. the shear detail he put into each song is amazing. Even things like skips and oddities in DJ Premier’s original “Illmatic” songs were recreated in acoustic form. This is the background flow of the year.


#listening to: “Sound Channeler: The Invisible Man” by Sean-Toure’


In this day and age of synth beats and catchy hooks, it seems that the art of lyricism has no place in the new rap paradigm. Artists have even gone on record saying that ‘Hip-Hop is dead’. Somewhere in the last 15-20 years, the art of real rhyme-centric rap has been replaced with chatchy hooks and ‘easy to follow’ verses; perfect for music videos and radio play. Fortunately, for those of us who still appreciate the art of lyricism, we can still get out fix from underground artists. In the new digital age, artists who don’t want to compromise their creativity, have new avenues to showcase their music.. artists like Sean-Toure’.

It took a while to drop, but after a few singles sprinkled throughout the year, the 17-track ‘Sound Channeler, The Invisible Man’ has finally been released to the masses.

Sean-Toure’ let’s you know he represents the underground. Not just the listeners. He shouts out fellow beatmakers, DJ’s and rap artists keeping the true art alive. You can hear it in the ‘dirty’ boom bap drums and true-school samples that make you yearn for those days of the Hip-Hop Renaissance. But by no means does this sound like an ‘old’ or ‘dated’ release. Producing nearly all of the album himself, Sean-Toure’ manages to keep that foundation of Hip-Hop beats and samples, but keep the vibe and lyrical content fresh and innovative. Within the first few seconds of each track, it takes you back to the days when cats like Pete Rock, DJ Premier, and J Dilla use to drop bass-heavy drum beats, perfect for boom boxes and headphones. Best believe this is in heavy rotation on my iPod.

By far, the song in heaviest rotation right now is Lie In Bed featuring indie crooner J-Soul. Toure’ shows his versatility by doing what a lot of artist find difficult.. blending the right rhyme style to fit the track. He manages to keep his style on point lyrically, without overshadowing the lovely-produced track.

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Move On is another one of my favorites. Here, Sean-Toure’ teams up with another of my indie favorites, Wordsmith. Both show their versatility over a lovely sample I can’t seem to put my finger on! This track SCREAMS music video! (hint, hint) 

A Day In The Life , the first single is the perfect introduction to the project. Again, Sean rides the rhythm with two indie favorites, Kev Brown and Ab Rock over a dope track that fits that perfect niche of true school foundation and next-level lyrical styles. Peep the video.

One of my unexpected favorite is the 3/4 time cut Hood Life, featuring Jernay Hinton. Normally, I don’t feel these types of songs. They’re just not my speed. But Sean-Toure’ somehow makes it work for me. It’s one of those songs that changes into high gear as soon as his verse kicks in. The dirty-ass snare keeps your head nodding’ through the whole cut. When it pops up on my playlist, I usually put it on repeat two or three times.

And then there’s Hustle And Grind which is on some nasty DJ Premier stuff; conjuring up memories of when Gangstarr would put on Same Team, No Games and crowds would go crazy. This isn’t an imitation, but it has that same street-level head-noddin’ momentum. Best believe this is gonna be a favorite on the show circuit.

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This is another independent release that feels like a major. Best believe Sean-Toure’s skills (both on beats and rhymes) are top-notch. There’s no slacking on content to conform to the urrent industry sound. This is strictly a labor of love for both the fans and Sean himself. There’s a lot of folks who want to say that ‘Hip-Hop is dead’. That ain’t the case. It’s just a little harder to find with all the bullshit on the surface. ‘Sound Channeler, The Invisible Man’ is definitely a perfect example that REAL HIP-HOP is still alive and kicking.

Buy this album!

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01. Intro/ The OM-Aveneereer featuring Jeneba Suma; Dre Belovit The Truth
02. For The…
03. Life Is Good featuring Dionne Wilkins
04. That’s Not Me featuring J. Sands (of Lone Catalysts)
05. My Turn featuring Minus Nine (Makeshift Deluxe)
06. Lie In Bed (Inspired By A Great Lightworker) featuring J. Soul
07. A Day In The Life featuring Kev Brown
08. Hustle and Grind
09. Move On featuring Wordsmith
10. Subliminal Themes featuring Jeneba Suma
11. Hoodlife featuring Jernay Hinton
12. Real In The Field featuring Ayman Shahid (of SCU)
13. I.M.A.G.E. featuring Substantial; Ms. Stress; Marc Evans
14. Good Music featuring Wade Waters (Haysoos + Soulstice)
15. Keep It Simple (Inspired By George Calvin From New Orleans)
16. In The Heat Of The Night featuring yU (of Diamond District)
17. Get Away (Letting Go) featuring E Major (of Undersound Music)