Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Black August Weekend/Happily Natural Day

Black August Weekend/Happily Natural Day is a 3-Day grassroots festival using music, lectures and workshops as tools for learning and upliftment, bringing together artists, musicians, vendors, activists and scholars whose focus is on social change and holistic health & wellness. 

32nd Annual Black August Commemoration and 9th Annual Happily Natural Day


Friday August 26th:
Black August Art Exhibit:
Commemorating the lives of Geronimo Ji Jaga & Gil Scott Heron
City of Ink -323 Walker St. (Castleberry Hill) Atlanta, Ga. 30313

Saturday August 27th:
Happily Natural Day Festival
(Outdoor/ Indoor Festival -Noon to 7PM)
Omenala Griot Museum- 337 Dargan Place, Atlanta, GA, 30310

32nd Annual Black August Commemoration Concert (9PM to 2AM)
Omenala Griot Museum- 337 Dargan Place, Atlanta, GA, 30310

Sunday August 28th:
RBG Family Reunion & Poets 4 Political Prisoners
(Outdoor/ Indoor Festival -Noon to 7PM)
Omenala Griot Museum- 337 Dargan Place, Atlanta, GA, 30310




For more information on events or vending email: or call 404.981.2797

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[Free Song] Oddisee "Still Doing It (feat. yU)"

Very dope track!

The Song:
To give everyone a taste, Oddisee & MMG are giving away the song Still Doing It featuring yU of Diamond District. The song opens with hand drums and piano before breaking into tambourine shakes and yU's brillant flow. The humble king takes us on a lyrical ride through the park. The perfect end of summer jam, Still Doing It lets you feel the breeze and trees without losing any of the musical edge you expect from an artist like Oddisee who is always pushing boundaries. So relive the last moments of summer with Oddisee & yU: "Pennslyvania Ave, we rolling around, this is summertime we got the windows down." Then slide into Autumn with Rock Creek Park.

Listen to the album & enjoy! Then spread the word to your people.

[Buy The Album]  Oddisee "Rock Creek Park" 

VIDEO: Reebok Classics Presents: Lauryn Hill

No doubt!

While the world has certainly changed since 1998, The Miseduction of Lauryn Hill is as relevant then as it is now. We sat down with Lauryn to find out exactly what that album meant to her while she was making it and why it went on to become a classic.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SPEAK EASY: Coronas, Condoms, and Cigarettes the Musical Guide to Awesome Living


This is an accumulation of summertime fun either in the past, the present, or in my head. Just events and things that have happened or i wish would have happened. Just something fun to bump in the ride to make you feel good.

Monday, August 22, 2011

VIDEO:Black Folk Inc. feat. H2O & DJ Pocket-I Will Not Be Denied

Perfect track to help jump off the week
Circa 94' Beats & Serious Knock Ent. Presents: 

Black Folk Inc. in "Ode", a love letter to the musical legacy of the artists that paved the way for hip-hop music. Featuring assists from H2O of Mass Influence, DJ Wally Sparks, Senor Kaos, DJ Pocket, Hotsauce the MC and many others, Black Folk Inc's collaboration with Circa 94' combine the best of past and the present for a straight banger!!!

iTunes Links:

Review from

Sunday, August 21, 2011

video: Talib Kweli "uh oh" f/ Jean Grae

video:Reebok Classics Presents: Nas

Reebok Classics and Rock The Bells bring you Classic Albums by Classic Artists featuring Illmatic by Nas.

VIDEO: Stalley-"Chevys and Space Ships" (Directed by Illusive Media)

"Chevys and Space Ships" is off Stalley's Lincoln Way Nights which is being re-released via SMC/Fontana on Oct. 25, 2011. The music video is directed by Illusive Media (Shomi Patwary & Robbie Elliott). Check out more at and Follow @Stalley.

Friday, August 19, 2011

VIDEOULTRA BEAST (4-Ize & Señor Kaos) Feat. Anthony David - "Hard To Quit The Rhyme"


(ATLANTA, GA -- August 18, 2011) Atlanta mainstay emcees Señor Kaos and 4-Ize have teamed up to form a new group known as Ultra Beast.

When you combine the forces of two superiorly talented individuals that have not only mastered but reinvented their craft, they become a more powerful, twice as brilliant, creative super power ... an Ultra Beast!

The affiliation between the two emcees spans nearly a decade in the Atlanta Hip Hop scene.

On "Hard To Quit The Rhyme" 4-Ize and Señor Kaos come together to let the world know Hip Hop is something they live, and when you are this passionate about it, it's Hard To Quit. Produced by ATL's own Floyd The Locsmif the record also features guest vocals by Grammy nominated ATL soul singer Anthony David.

"Hard To Quit The Rhyme" has already been featured on as the "Heater Of The Day" now with the Black Box ATL directed video Ultra Beast plan to show the world the real Hip Hop scene in Atlanta is ready to come above ground.

Be on the lookout for the 4-Ize and Señor Kaos Are Ultra Beast project sometime in 2012. The album is set to feature some of the best Beast in Hip Hop.

Purchase "Hard To Quit The Rhyme" at

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

VIDEO: Methuzulah - Sleeping Fist [Official Music Video]

looking pretty fly!!!

directed & edited by rick foy for
"Soli Deo Gloria" SDG

VIDEO: Burning Spear - Marcus garvey

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940)



Trailer for Methuzulah's video from Late September.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

VIdeo:Hugh Leeman X The Inside Out Project


A video showcasing the recent collaboration between Hugh Leeman and JR's, Inside Out Project. The video was shot on location in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco where Hugh Leeman is based.


Glad fam doing his own thing on the scene. hahaha. DOPE

Justa Sol @ Apache.. filmed and edited by Hector Bengochea/Marcela Gemez

[Audio] Oddisee The Carter Barron


The Background:
The always prolific Oddisee is preparing to release his newest instrumental project, an ode to the Washington DC's famous Rock Creek Park. The new album (a warm up for his proper solo coming this winter) features heavy live instrumentation alongside rich samples that gives the new project a sonically full 3-dimensional sound. Today, Oddisee offers up the first Rock Creek Park instrumental single, The Carter Barron.

The Song:
The Carter Barron is a smooth, sweeping track, with amazing drums performed by DC's Jon Laine, bass from DC's Dennis Turner, keys from the always dependable Ralph Real, soulful sampling, trademark expansive synth work from Oddisee and beautiful orchestration.

A Short History:
The Carter Barron is named after the park's amphitheatre, a 4,200 seat outdoor performance venue in Washington, DC. Located in Rock Creek Park. The amphitheatre opened in 1950 in honor of the 150th Anniversary of Washington, DC as the nation's capital. The National Park Service operates Carter Barron, offering a variety of quality performances, including Hip-Hop, reggae, Latin, classical, gospel, musicals, pop, R&B, jazz, new age, theater, and dance. Many of the performances are provided free of charge. The Carter Barron has seen performances from Harry Belafonte, Louis Armstrong, the Temptations, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the O'Jays, Smokey Robinson, and The Four Tops.

How To Get The Album:
The new Oddisee instrumental album "Rock Creek Park" will be debuting with an early sneak peak on itunes next week on August 23rd, and then officially dropping everywhere September 6th.
released 16 August 2011
produced by Oddisee
drums by Jon Laine
bass by Dennis Turner
keys by Ralph Real

Monday, August 15, 2011

VIDEO:Adrift Da Belle - "MORE" feat. D.R.U.G.S [Official Music Video]


directed & edited by rick foy for

VIDEO:Believing - UPZ feat. Kafele (+Qness Mix)

This ish knocks son!!

Out now on soWHAT records

Directed by Yaron Amitai & Eli Klein

Sunday, August 14, 2011

VIDEO:"Dope Girl Magic" - Boog Brown @ Apache Cafe for Jean Grae "Cake Or Death" show (8/13/11)


Boog Brown performing her smash, "Dope Girl Magic," live at Apache Cafe for Jean Grae "Cake Or Death" pre-release show, hosted by Ms. Dia of WRFG 89.3FM (Aug. 13, 2011). For more on Boog Brown visit:, or brown

VIDEO: Uptown X.O - Black America

Too DOPE!!!

Born and bred Washington DC wordsmith, Uptown X.O, and multimedia production collaborative, CLCTVE, have once again joined forces to craft the Diamond District emcee's latest visual, "Black America". The politically charged record, produced by A.B the Pro, is a lyrical diatribe aimed at our nations governing hierarchies for their perceived roles in the ongoing "black plight" that continues to disconnect many from mainstream society. Fittingly enough, the visual depicts X.O delivering his controversial message directly within the political apex of America, Downtown Washington, where government buildings tower over a gentrified community once known as "Chocolate City". Inspired by Mario Van Peebles' early 90's cult classic, New Jack City, "Black America" features intertwining excerpts from the film which serve as a backdrop for the Crack Cocaine epidemic that X.O makes references to in the song. The rapper's latest project, "Monumental II", a follow up to its 2009 critically acclaimed predecessor "Monumental", is set to release Tuesday, August 30th. The album features production in its entirety from A.B the Pro and contains guest features from Fat Trel and X.O's Diamond District crew, among others. Be on the lookout for "Monumental II" and more CLCTVE directed presentations from X.O.

The StoneJonzon Project- "Fingers, Triggers" Music Video


Music video for The StoneJonzon Project's lead single "Fingers, Triggers" off their upcoming Debut CD. 

Download the song here:



Thank you for supporting the I Heart Japan Mix and Art Book. This project is a culmination of the creative endeavors of numerous visual artists and musicians from around the world.

These artists were so generous as to donate their artwork to help a community in need. The devastation that occured in Japan on March 11th, 2011, was heartbreaking, the whole world changed that day. However, the resilience, strength and beauty that has shown through the people is the most incredible testimony to the human spirit and it‘s devotion to healing.

None of the artists involved live in Japan, yet we all feel a strong connection to the culture and legacy of this country. We hope that this small token from our hearts can add in some way to the rebuilding and healing that is taking place.

From the United States, Belgium, Switzerland, United Kingdom and beyond we share our art united in our purpose to help make the world a better place.
Thank you for joining with us!

In love and unity,


released 13 August 2011
01. Stacy Epps "Now" Prod by Everett James
02. The Ruination "Ole Pretty"
03. Himal & Cage Lu "Moment" Prod by Kensaye
04. Count Bass D "I Love Japan"
05. Floating Points "Ashbybeat"
06. Stacy Epps "2Life" Prod by Funky Drummer
07. DJ Kemit "You Do It"
08. ACQ "Astral"
09. Stan Smith "There He Goes" Prod by Daz I Kue
10. Jack Preston "After the Storm"
11. Georgia Anne Muldrow "Git Well"
12. Oh No "Lonely Me 2"
13. Bahamadia "Do What I Believe" Prod by Statik Selektah
14. Methuzula feat. Rasheeda Ali "Childhood Skyline" Prod by Timeless Beats
15. Dillon "Hang Up Your Problems" Prod by Batsauce
16. Cleveland Watkiss "So Near"
17. The Clan Destined "Livin' Thru" Prod by Illastrate
18. Roddy Rod "Wavo Grease"
19. Isness "Marta"
20. Stacy Epps "Hero" Prod by Apex
21. Jae Franklin "Always Needed You" Prod by Charles Garner & Lavonta Green
22. Sarina Mantle "Lightness of Happiness" Prod by Tropical Soul
23. Rasheeda Ali "Spirit Light" Prod by Everett James

*All songs without producers are self produced

Thursday, August 11, 2011

VIDEO: Jay-Z & Kanye West - Otis


Common ft. Nas "Ghetto Dreams" (Official Video)


VIDEO: CPTV (preview)- Brandon Sadler Solo Art Show

Brandon Sadler is sick with it!!!

Review of CPTV. A television show hosted by CP the Artist, about Art, News, and random things

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings

Sweet tooth raging out of control? Here's how to tame those sugar cravings.
By Wendy C. Fries

WebMD Feature Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Does that morning Danish leave you craving another treat two hours later? Do you grab a candy bar to cope with your afternoon slump -- and then reach for a cola to get out of your post-slump slump?

If you’ve found that munching sugary snacks just makes you crave more sugary snacks, you’re not alone. Eating lots of simple carbohydrates -- without the backup of proteins or fats -- can quickly satisfy hunger and give your body a short-term energy boost, but they almost as quickly leave you famished again and craving more.

How can you stop sugar cravings once and for all? Here's expert advice.

Why Do We Crave Sugar?

There are many reasons why we go for sweet things.

That appetite may be hardwired. "Sweet is the first taste humans prefer from birth," says Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a dietitian and American Dietetic Association (ADA) spokeswoman. Carbohydrates stimulate the release of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. Sugar is a carbohydrate, but carbohydrates come in other forms, too, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

The taste of sugar also releases endorphins that calm and relax us, and offer a natural "high," says Susan Moores, MS, RD, a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant in St. Paul, Minn.

Sweets just taste good, too. And that preference gets reinforced by rewarding ourselves with sweet treats, which can make you crave it even more. With all that going for it, why wouldn’t we crave sugar?

The problem comes not when we indulge in a sweet treat now and then, but when we over-consume, something that’s easy to do when sugar is added to many processed foods, including breads, yogurt, juices, and sauces. And Americans do overconsume, averaging about 22 teaspoons of added sugars per day, according to the American Heart Association, which recommends limiting added sugars to about 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 for men.

How to Stop Sugar Cravings: 8 Tips to Use Right Now

If you're craving sugar, here are some ways to tame those cravings.

Give in a little. Eat a bit of what you’re craving, maybe a small cookie or a fun-size candy bar, suggests Kerry Neville, MS, RD, a registered dietitian and ADA spokeswoman. Enjoying a little of what you love can help you steer clear of feeling denied. Try to stick to a 150-calorie threshold, Neville says.

Combine foods. If the idea of stopping at a cookie or a baby candy bar seems impossible, you can still fill yourself up and satisfy a sugar craving, too. "I like combining the craving food with a healthful one," Neville says. "I love chocolate, for example, so sometimes I’ll dip a banana in chocolate sauce and that gives me what I’m craving, or I mix some almonds with chocolate chips." As a beneficial bonus, you'll satisfy a craving and get healthy nutrients from those good-for-you foods.

Go cold turkey. Cutting out all simple sugars works for some people, although "the initial 48 to 72 hours are tough," Gerbstadt says. Some people find that going cold turkey helps their cravings diminish after a few days; others find they may still crave

sugar but over time are able to train their taste buds to be satisfied with less.

Grab some gum. If you want to avoid giving in to a sugar craving completely, try chewing a stick of gum, says nutrition advisor Dave Grotto, RD, LDN. "Research has shown that chewing gum can reduce food cravings," Grotto says.

Reach for fruit. Keep fruit handy for when sugar cravings hit. You'll get fiber and nutrients along with some sweetness. And stock up on foods like nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, says certified addiction specialist Judy Chambers, LCSW, CAS. "Have them handy so you reach for them instead of reaching for the old [sugary] something."

Get up and go. When a sugar craving hits, walk away. "Take a walk around the block or [do] something to change the scenery," to take your mind off the food you’re craving, Neville suggests.

Choose quality over quantity. "If you need a sugar splurge, pick a wonderful, decadent sugary food," Moores says. But keep it small. For example, choose a perfect dark chocolate truffle instead of a king-sized candy bar, then "savor every bite -- slowly," Moores says. Grotto agrees. "Don’t swear off favorites -- you’ll only come back for greater portions. Learn to incorporate small amounts in the diet but concentrate on filling your stomach with less sugary and [healthier] options."

Eat regularly. Waiting too long between meals may set you up to choose sugary, fatty foods that cut your hunger, Moores says. Instead, eating every three to five hours can help keep blood sugar stable and help you "avoid irrational eating behavior," Grotto says. Your best bets? "Choose protein, fiber-rich foods like whole grains and produce," Moores says.

But won't eating more often mean overeating? Not if you follow Neville's advice to break up your meals. For instance, have part of your breakfast -- a slice of toast with peanut butter, perhaps -- and save some yogurt for a mid-morning snack. "Break up lunch the same way to help avoid a mid-afternoon slump," Neville says.

How to Stop Sugar Cravings: 5 Tips for the Long Term

One of the best ways to manage sugar cravings is to stop them before they start. To help you do that:

Skip artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners may sound like a great idea, but "they don’t lessen cravings for sugar and haven’t demonstrated a positive effect on our obesity epidemic," says Grotto, author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life.

Reward yourself for successfully managing sugar cravings. Your reward could be large or small. Remember why you’re working on it and then reward yourself for each successful step.

Slow down. For one week, focus on your sugar cravings and think about what you’re eating, suggests Chambers. Diet mayhem often results from lack of planning. So slow down, plan, "and eat what you intend to eat, instead of eating when you’re desperate," Chambers says.

Get support. Many people turn to sweet foods when they're stressed, depressed, or angry. But food doesn't solve emotional issues. Consider whether emotions are involved in your sugar cravings and whether you need help to find other solutions to those emotional problems.

Mix it up. You may need more than one strategy to thwart sugar cravings. One week you may find success with one tactic, and another week calls for an alternative approach. What’s important is to “have a ‘bag of tricks’ to try,” Gerbstadt tells WebMD. To tame sugar cravings, you really need to "figure out what works for you," Neville says.

Lastly, go easy on yourself. It may take time to get a handle on your sugar cravings. "It’s difficult to shift any system -- whether it’s the world economy or your eating," Chambers says.

Video: Murs x tabi Bonney “Hip-Hop And Love”

This is some fly summer ish

VIDEO:Trek Life - SoLA Remix ft. DJ Buddy & Produced by J. Bizness

Shot on the beautiful streets of Downtown Los Angeles & The Artform Studio:

"SoLA" is performed by Trek Life.

Cuts & scratches by DJ Buddy

Production by J. Bizness

Powered by Mello Music Group:

Clothing provided by Acrylick:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

VIDEO Oddisee - The Blooming

Belgium's ZBS Studio reached out to Mello Muisc Group about permission to do a video for Oddisee's "The Blooming". MMG of course was honored to have them interpret the song and apply their vision to the track. The resulting marriage of visual storytelling & instrumental perfection is a narrative work that tells the story of time's passage in the life of a boy. The video was directed, shot, & edited by Tomasz Cibulla and Wojciech Drożdż of ZBS Studios in Belgium.

Filled with rich landscapes from Belgium's countryside, smokey ambers, old typewriters, watches, clocks, and a father and son, The Blooming portrays life's unfolding through the metaphor of time. Oddisee's original track was last springs soundtrack to the rains and blooming growth of nature. Rich strings, bold piano, wood block, synth, flute, and snares that rest easy in the backdrop drive this instrumental track from Odd Seasons.

Shout to Tomasz from Belgium for the great video!

video made by ZBS Studio -Tomasz Cibulla and Wojciech Drożdż or

special thanks to An-Hor Horlogerie

Odd Seasons
The Blooming
Mello Music Group

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

VIDEO: G.R.E.A.T. SCOTT - "Challenge! the House of Ill Repute" Music Video


Music video for hip-hop artist G.R.E.A.T. SCOTT from upcoming release "Ex Cathedra." Download the song here:​track/​challenge-at-the-house-of-ill-repute

Our hero G.R.E.A.T. SCOTT is accosted by a whore and reject record exec who doubt that he has the skill to meet the challange which they have issued. Stand Back!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

G.R.E.A.T. Scott- hOuse of Ill Repute" directed by William Feagins Jr coming soon!!!

Stay tuned for my new video "Challenge!...At tHe hOuse of Ill Repute" directed by William Feagins Jr. produced by William Roth. The Power of Mics Compels You! EX CATHEDRA!

Friday, August 5, 2011

VIDEO: Jasiri X and Rel!g!on - City of Steel

According to the New Pittsburgh Courier, "The average homicide victim in 2010 was a 33--year-old Black male with four prior arrests, most likely shot on the North Side, in the Hill District or the East End with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol in the early morning hours of a Saturday in July. The average shooter was a 29-year-old Black male with four prior arrests. The motive was likely retaliation. And according to the clearance-rate data, there is a 46 percent chance that he is still at large."

This is why we decided to dedicate our latest video to the problem of violence in our community.

"City of Steel" was filmed on Pittsburgh's Northside at, Northview Heights housing project, Allegheny County General Hospital, Zone No.1 Police Station, Union Dale Cemetery, and the newly reopened state prison, SCI Pittsburgh. 

"City of Steel" was produced by Rel!g!on and directed by Paradise Gray.

This is the third video, in the four video series entitled "The Pittsburgh Press", which was made possible by a generous Seed Award from the Sprout Fund.

In Pittsburgh PA you'll get served each day
You're either fiending or you're tryin to be the Kingpin

In the late hours thugs dream to take power
baked powder cocaine entry in the dope game
X or the Big H reps come from big weight
you can catch a big break graduate to biggate
you can catch a big case graduate to triple max
affidavits, eye witness, warrants for official taps 
legal fees cripple stacks, ya funds is limping
with your money on crutches you can't run from prison
now it got ya gums itching, now you've begun snitching
saying you've become Christian no more drugs and women
but the press leaked ya name so 44 guns is spitting
no more tongues is flipping you got slugs in ya system
ain't no happy endings in this coke opera
just broke coppers and dope poppers, bodies found in coat lockers
hope nada you'll get ya folk shot up
only guarantee is they'll be another boat with product, here

In Pittsburgh PA you'll get served each day
You're either a customer or hustler

In Pittsburgh PA you'll get served each day
You're either fiending or you're tryin to be the Kingpin

In the early morning when ya barely yawning
thugs is carry on and what they carry is long and
sound like cherry bombs and will cherry ya garment and
bury ya squadron
for that cash stash that's buried in your apartment
be wary of a cartridge
that's loaded and fired by legendary marksmen
dead on with dead eyes dead weight cause dead guys'
don't tell the Feds lies therefore the lead flies
In Pittsburgh PA you'll get served each day
we stay on the fast lane of the freeway
each day's a replay no room for delay
he say she say he spray she lay
on the pavement she's going away with
her virginity in tack because she said she'd save it
till the day she got married but that day will never come
cause she died at 16 so she'll stay forever young, here

In Pittsburgh PA you'll get served each day
You're either a customer or hustler

In Pittsburgh PA you'll get served each day
You're either fiending or you're tryin to be the Kingpin

Black Rob "Showin Up" Music Video


Latest visual from Black Rob's 'Game Tested, Streets Approved' album out now. Video directed by Todd Angkasuwan.

Purchase via iTunes (Deluxe Edition):
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VIDEO: Good 'Ol Days - Young Scolla ft NAIRA (Prod by SMKA)

Fly likkle joint right here

Good 'Ol Days - Young Scolla ft NAIRA (Prod by SMKA)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Black Opera "Gods Camera" (Surveillance Video)

Oh! The movement continues!! - NOTICE: The few of YOU that know the description and whereabouts of the members of The Black Opera should speak no clues into existence. WE are ALL currently under surveillance. - #TheBlackOpera

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Clan Destined - War Games [Official Music Video]


Directed & Edited by rick foy for Dvid Films