Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tef Poe • War Cry [Prod by DJ Smitty]

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Message from Tef Poe;
My city is on the brink of utter confusion and destruction. All of our elected officials have forsaken us. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party are both guilty of murder, racial profiling, and several other continuous hate crimes.

Since August 9th we have been attacked and assaulted by a militarized police force while pleading for justice for our fallen brethren. The entire city of Saint Louis is about to explode and no one in a position of power has decided to step up and take ownership of this moment. We are crying out to the world for help yet no one hears us. This record was made out of a sense of desperation. Our backs have been forced into a corner and we are currently trapped in the belly of one of the most immoral situations this country has birthed. Darren Wilson is a murderer yet we are hoarded up and treated like cattle for demanding his arrest. Vonderitt Meyers and Kim King are both dead and the police refuse to give us answers. The Ball family still has not received a moment a of clarity and honesty concerning the death of their lost family member. The police in Saint Louis Missouri have decided to declare war upon people of color and Gov. Jay Nixon alongside with many other elected officials has decided to close his eyes to these atrocities. He has shielded and aided Michael Browns killer from prosecution. He has cosigned our community being brutally attacked by a uncontrollable force of wild cowboys. Jay Nixon is blatantly standing on the wrong side of history with zero regard for the pain we currently feel as a community. He is not our friend . He is not our comrade.He is not our Governor.He does not work for us. He works for those that have used institutionalized racism to kill us.

We cry for justice and they tear gas us in return. This situation has turned into a political game of cat and mouse and we are the mice. We believe in non violent protests. We advocate strongly for non-violent protests. Our mission statement is non-violent protests. We say this while we know for a fact that every police precinct in the metropolitan area is preparing to partner with the National Guard and attack us as if we are not tax paying citizens. We have witnessed your cruelty once before. We know you will not stop until there are no more bullets for you to shoot. We pray for peace but we are prepared defend our families. We are prepared to protect our children. We say this while we also realize you are currently preparing your militia to shoot us down in the streets of our very own communities as if we are stray dogs. My heart is heavy simply because I feel helpless.

My spirit is dampened by what is to come. I pray for the safety of my friends, family and loved ones. Jay Nixons friends and family will rest safely away from the arms of danger. He will not be tear gassed or violently attacked by the police. He can afford to boldly go on television and protect his political cohorts. None of them will be in the reach of this treacherous militarized police force. If I never record another rap record in my lifetime then so be it. I did this for Saint Louis and the countless victims of police brutality. This is my "War Cry" and I sincerely pray someone hears me before it is too late.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kendrick Lamar • I

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Kendrick Lamar is back to remind us that LOVE is all we need. ”I” is the first single off his follow-up to the much lauded debut good Kid, m.A.A.d City and is a much needed anthem for the youth of today. K. Dot reminds us that the first step to unity is self-love. Enjoy.
-Gentleman Hunter

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Flying Lotus • Never Catch Me ft Kendrick Lamar

Flying Lotus, one of the most envelope-pushingest artists of our time connects with Kendrick Lamar to create something paramount. To say "Never Catch Me" is an epic track would be a huge understatement. FlyLo's soundscape serves as an ever-changing, experimental, jazz-infused backdrop to Kendrick's always meaningful lyrics. Suffice it to say, the new album You're Dead, from which this track is taken from, is highly anticipated.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

KING • Mister Chameleon

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Nothing is sweeter than new music from the ladies of KING. Paris, Amber and Anita have returned with their new track "Mister Chameleon". The laid-back, soul-stepper tells the story of a mysterious fellow ladies may want to steer clear of and as per fantastic usual, we're treated to KING's signature heavenly harmonies. Check it out below.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

ILL CLIP: Janelle Monáe & Kimbra • Rock Steady + Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

Janelle Monáe and Kimbra, 2 of the most creative ladies in music teamed up earlier this year for their Golden Electric Tour in Australia and New Zealand. For those of us unable to make the shows, they graciously offer a couple live covers of Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady" and Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". Check them out below.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seba Graves • F^NT^SY

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"F^NT^SY" is compilation of songs written by Seba Graves. Seba Graves is one of the founding members of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.  This is his second EP and it’s worth a listen. Grab your favorite drink and relax to this.
-Gentleman Hunter

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Domino Effect • Ground Zero

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The Domino Effect is a St. Louis-based Hip Hop duo who are no strangers to making music that dares to enlighten and uplift. On their latest offering "Ground Zero", they give us their take on the Mike Brown shooting and subsequent chaos to follow due to the militarized police response to protesters.   

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lauryn Hill • Black Rage

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From the ashes of the turmoil created by the tragic shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. comes many voices of protest including the reclusive yet always-on-time, Lauryn Hill. Ironically sung to the tune of The Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things", "Black Rage" attempts to shed light as to what creates unrest in times such as these. Listen for yourself below.

J*DaVeY • Love? Yeah! ft Def Sound + Deadly + The Ruins

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The pioneering future-soul-electro-pop duo of J*DaVeY has their fans all a-twitter (pun intended) with their latest releases off their upcoming project, Rookie. After what felt like an eternity, Jack & Brook return to form with an up-tempo, dance groove ("Love? Yeah!"), a slow, synth-fueled jam ("Deadly") and a boom-bap, soul gem that finds Ms. Davey showing off her emcee skills ("The Ruins"). Check them out below and look out for the full-length release of Rookie coming soon.