Soul-ID

Soul I.D. Sex, Love & Philosophy

With members hailing from Burundi, the Congo, Rwanda, and Belgium, Soul I.D. takes all its collective identities to heart. The group’s self-described “Afropean” soul music combines rich, layered vocal harmonies …

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Evidence The Weatherman LP

Listening to Evidence’s solo debut, The Weatherman, is almost like discovering this L.A. hip-hop vet for the first time. After dropping backpacker-friendly jams with the Dilated Peoples for over a …

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Planet Asia The Medicine

Given Planet Asia’s and Evidence’s past chemistry (“Place of Birth”), their new collaborative effort The Medicine looked to be a sure shot. Though it didn’t turn out to be a …

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Sound Providers Looking Backwards: 2001-1998

Though they‘re now known as a production duo, this compilation takes a thorough look back to the turn of the century when The Sound Providers were a three-man band. Profile, …

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Likwit Junkies One Day Away

Leave it to these fatalistic LA residents-from a land of freeway shootings and police brutality-to translate that city‘s tension into hip-hop. On “One Day Away” Defari and Beat Junkie Babu …

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P.H.E.A.R. Amount To Somethin

“Amount To Somethin” has a beat that sits somewhere between J Dilla and Pete Rock: stabby bass and chopped horns with solid drum movement. It‘s a butter track by a …

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Cesar Comanche Up and Down

A member of NC‘s Justus League, Cesar Comanche is known for his mellow wordplay and ear for quality beats. Having 9th Wonder in-house definitely helps, as the indie producer du …

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Likwit Junkies The L.J.‘s

No MC is truly complete without a trusty DJ minding his back. On The L.J.‘s, the Likwit Crew‘s Defari and Beat Junkie and Dilated Peoples member DJ Babu mingle their …

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Lizz Fields By Day By Night

Philadelphia‘s Lizz Fields has generated much buzz since stepping into the spotlight. Some may compare her to Jill Scott and they wouldn‘t be too far off, but Fields begs to …

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Sound Providers The Blessin‘

Sound Providers deliver their usual warm jazzy sound on “The Blessin‘,” but Blest‘s urgent vocal delivery and the sharp snares, combined with Soulo‘s deft scratching, give the song a harder …

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Lizz Fields I Gotta Go

Lizz Fields is eminently crushworthy, but she’s also the real deal. Her jazzy, assured delivery draws you in; as her tale of “your ruthless ways” unfolds, you almost feel guilty. …

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The Sound Providers An Evening With The Sound Providers

The Sound Providers’ style is “jazz combo with drum programming.” Utilizing dusty horn and piano loops as the backdrop, the Providers set a hip-hop jazz club vibe that’s certainly a …

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Likwit Junkies Keep Doin' It

Brand new collabo comin’ from Likwit crew’s Defari and Dilated Peoples’ DJ Babu. Babs surpasses himself this time with two ridiculously funky beats. Both this and the flip’s “Scans” are …

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Consequence Turn Yaself In

When Consequence got down on Tribe’s Beats, Rhymes & Life, everyone thought he was destined for greatness, but years later, this is his first legitimate solo effort. Although both tracks …

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Saj Supreme The Won

The skilled Saj Supreme busts out, announcing that he’s on a one-way mission to get your “casket closed.” “The Won” highlights both his impressive, brazen flow and his DJ Mick …

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Little Brother The Listening

Maybe now North Kakalaka will cease being just another shout-out via Little Brother’s laidback indie hip-hop in the Native Tongue groove. With a lyrical delivery nestled between Q-Tip and Common-nasally, …

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