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The cultural icon who has quite possibly the most impressive résumé in music today is adding another job to the list: internet radio host. Questlove (born Ahmir Thompson), founding member of the Legendary Roots Crew, NYU professor, “Tonight Show” bandleader, New York Times bestselling author, international DJ, Grammy winner, “Hamilton” producer, and occasional actor has found the time to enter the streaming-entertainment market alongside Pandora, the music-streaming service which debuted over a decade ago, in 2005. The partnership has been in the making for a while, but today (August 24), it culminates with the announcement of “Questlove Supreme.”

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Launching on September 7 at 1pm EST, Questo’s new program is described by the New York Times as a weekly “three-hour program with wide-ranging playlists and guests” which ” shows off its host’s eclectic tastes.” Thompson himself describes it as “the Black nerd version of NPR” and an unofficial extension of his New York University courses. The marriage of Thompson and Pandora is, in part, an effort to “compete directly with Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal,” as reported by the Times’ Ben Sisario. It’s a major offensive move by the internet-radio juggernaut who at times has “has clashed with the music industry in the past.” By merging creative forces with Quest, Pandora has aligned itself with one of the most beloved figures in pop culture.

It’s a major win for music fans, too (not the mention Hip-Hop Heads and Roots fans). While icons like Q-Tip and Sway have used internet radio to host conversations that go beyond music, Questlove’s show will be following a unique format. Firstly, it will be three-hours long, giving whatever music is played and whatever discussion is inspired a chance to breathe. Context will likely be a major player on “Questlove Supreme,” where the history of songs and their creators will be given the kind of encyclopedic attention Thompson is known for. Secondly, the music featured each week will be inspired by the topics discussed and not the other way around (which is by and large the formula for most shows of this nature). Questlove will be matching the thematic elements of any given week’s topic by including songs that help illustrate the concepts at hand, a process that will likely become as inventive a history lesson as the “Hamilton” Broadway play in which he is so heavily involved.

The show has been described as “a weekly ride through the global musical landscape featuring adventurous music selections, compelling conversations and revealing interviews with music lovers from the entertainment industry and beyond,” and there is no better guide for such a ride than the man with such a diverse list of accomplishments. Heads will have interviews with the likes of Bob Power to look forward to. The selection of the veteran sound man (whose work on seminal classics like A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory has made him a legend) as an inaugural guest is indicative of the exceptional curation and thought that will go into to each and every episode. Questlove himself has made it known that to prepare for each installment, he listens to over 200 songs. And it’s that kind of unbounded dedication that makes him an exemplary choice to steer Pandora in its next direction. “Pandora is a company born of a musician’s experience” with a “deep respect for the craft of music and a commitment to the musicians that make it their living,” says Quest.

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The company’s co-founder, Tim Westergren, described the partnership with Quest as being emblematic of the fact that Pandora is “entering into a new phase” in which they “are working more directly with labels and artists.” As such, Westergren said of the partnership with Thompson, “having someone like him bridge that and speak on our behalf is really powerful.” But the relationship is far from one-sided. After all, Pandora “has long been the most popular internet radio service, and it is one of a handful of digital music brands that have become household names,” writes Sisario. However, the company hasn’t increased its peak number of average monthly listeners since 2014, when 81.5 million people tuned in.

To address such concerns, Pandora “plans to introduce a multitiered new service that, in addition to its basic radio version, will add levels of on-demand access — the ability for customers to listen to any song they want — for prices of up to $10 a month.” “Questlove Supreme” is an introductory offering into that type of dynamic content. On his first episode, longtime friend and superstar comedian Maya Rudolph will join Thompson (as will Power). The inaugural installment will be the first chapter in what he describes as “a commitment deeper than any girlfriend I’ve ever had.” But his show is just one facet of his partnership with Pandora. Unsurprisingly, the endlessly affable personality is also functioning as an ambassador, a duty which involves his “evangelizing for the service among fellow artists.”

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This is an identifying facet that could prove to be Pandora’s secret weapon. “Pandora is eager to promote the marketing platforms it makes available to artists, such as audio messages that can be delivered to fans and detailed data about the popularity of particular songs,” reports Sisario.

Questlove Goes On A Quest For Musical Culture In Cuba (Video)

For Heads already counting down the days until September 7, Questlove offered up a glimpse of his artistic vision for the show. “I want a world in which Drake’s ‘One Dance’ can also live with Frank Zappa’s Uncle Meat can live with James Brown’s ‘Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing.’” For even more of an introduction, check out this celebratory mix created by the man himself.

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Back in January, Torae released his Entitled album. One of the focal points to that self-released LP was “Get Down.” First unveiled almost a year ago, the song is the latest run-in the Brooklyn, New York MC had with producer Pete Rock. A lot was at play in the beat, a great way for the MC/radio host/actor to slam his day-in-the-life bars, as he has for more than a decade.

In the dog days of summer, it’s the perfect time for the remix. Here, Torae recruits The LOX’s Styles P and State Property’s Freeway to call back to the mid-2000s feel that aligns with his message in the music. Torae redid his whole verse to update fans on his career (appearing in VH1’s The Breaks), allude to the importance of P.R. remixes, and mention DJ Clue and LOX tapes of old. Fans looking for exciting music in Rap get this remix, with three MCs out to show their best stuff on one of Pete’s best beats.

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Torae’s Pete Rock-Produced Single Is A Testimony To His Paid Dues (Video)

The only time I took an L VH1 cut a check.” – Torae

Alan the Chemist and Roc Marciano have been frequent collaborators since the latter dropped his 2010 debut album, Marcberg. The Hempstead, New York MC is now the latest to hop on Alchemist’s Craft Singles series, in which the famed producer drops a loosie featuring different rappers with each installment. Thus far, he’s dropped joints with a list of varying talent including ScHoolboy Q, MC Eiht & Spice One, Blu, Migos and Mac Miller. But there’s an undeniable symbiosis in ALC’s work with Roc that continues to inspire high-quality Hip-Hop, and today’s release is no exception.

Prodigy & AlcKhemist Unlock Mystical Jewels For Those Who Can Crack The Code (Audio)

“All For It” pits the longtime duo right in the pocket where they’ve found much success. The production is plush in parts and less adorned in others, and features a piano riff that haunts in the best kind of way. Rapping about “putting a new hole in your culo,” Roc Marci makes the grim pleasurable and with an unimposing hook, there’s no frilly fanfare to take away from the bars.

“All For It” – and all of Alchemist’s Craft Singles releases – are available for sale in 45-inch vinyl format from his website. This particular collab is available for pre-order ahead of its September 23 arrival.

 

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Monch is stepping in the arena of love today.

Releasing a new mixtape called Lost In Translation, Pharoahe Monch has carefully compiled a set list of twelve cuts, both from his past and present discography whose themes revolve around love. Just in time for Valentines Day.

From collaborations with Sa-Ra, to Robert Glasper, Mela Machinko and Sergio Mendes – the nearly 40 minute long mixtape is a journey through the language called “LOVE,” and in Monch’s words “is a retrospective of songs about the pursuit of love, love lost & regained & it’s beautiful emotional journey.”

Plus, we also get a brand new collaborative song called “Home (We Got This)” with Phonte! So stream it below, and cop it cause it’s damn sure worth it!!!

CHECK THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM…

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http://pharoahemonch.bandcamp.com/album/lost-in-translation

Check out the homie DJ JAYMOB doing his thing, and make sure you follow him and cop those funky boom bap beats the brother got!!!

 

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The White House reports that Sierra Leone has witnessed the steepest decline at over 80 percent in new Ebola cases. At the peak of the outbreak took off last summer, there were 534 confirmed new cases per week. Today there are 76 confirmed new cases, the statement says.Liberia has also witnessed steep declines in Ebola cases. At the height of the outbreak, there were 119 confirmed cases per week. This week there were 3 confirmed new cases, the White House says. Despite a spike in new cases in Guinea, the country has also seen its Ebola numbers cut nearly in half. At the peak of the outbreak in Guinea, there were 148 confirmed cases per week, the statement says. There are 66 confirmed new cases this week, the White House says.

DJ Premier Updates Nas Joint Album Status

DJ Premier promises album will come once Nas is independent.

DJ Premier discussed his upcoming album with Nas while sitting down with Royce Da 5’9” and Adrian Younge for an interview posted by VladTV.

“Nas has one more album to obligate to Def Jam,” DJ Premier says in the clip. “He said he didn’t really want to do [the joint album] there, he wanted to move on and do it independently, so we could do it how we want it. So I was like, ‘All right, when the time come just holler at me, I’m here.’”

DJ Premier says that his chemistry with Nas is very strong.

“Nas is another one that I have a cool relationship like I have with Royce,” DJ Premier says. “It’s kind of, we may not see each other everyday, or talk to each other all the time but it’s regular. Royce and I have a regular relationship. It’s no big deal, but when it goes down, it goes down. When we get in the lab we both really represent. Same thing with Nas. We pick it where we left out in conversation…If he says, ‘Let’s do it,’ I’m not like, ‘Oh, I’m tired of waiting.’ It’s like he could say I’m ready tomorrow and I’m with it. I’m in no rush. Right now we have PRhyme. Whenever it goes down, it’s going to be natural to do. It’s going to be special because it’s not like anything I’ve done in the history of my career.”

DJ Premier recalls an instance of chemistry with Jay Z.

“Jay Z is the same thing,” DJ Premier says. “I’ll just jump into a conversation that we talked about 20 years [ago] and you think that we just hit a pause button and released a conversation. I remember when he was doing his Reasonable Doubt anniversary documentary at my studio, and we were having an argument about some stuff. Jay waked in and jumps in like he was there the whole half hour. It’s funny because that how natural we picked up from being around each other.”

DJ Premier collaborated with Royce da 5’9” on the December release PRhyme. The joint album received four out of five from HipHopDX.

Royce also addressed the potential Slaughterhouse collaboration with TDE.

Just Blaze actually did a beat for the Slaughterhouse TDE song,” Royce Da 5’9” says. “It’s just hard to put together. Its something we pursued. Me, Q, Soul, Jay Rock, Kendrick and Marshall actually sat at talked about the song. They came to Detroit one time and talked Em’s studio about to make the song. Just Blaze and JUSTICE league collaborated and made a crazy beat and it just hasn’t come together yet.”

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Rapper Big Pooh and Detroit producer Apollo Brown have announced they will collaborate on a new EP, appropriately titled Words Paint Pictures.

Dropping March 24th via Mello Music Group, the project is set to feature the likes of Ras Kass, Blakk Soul, Marv Won, L’Orange, ForeverFC’s Lute and more.

Today, the duo liberate the EP’s lead single, “Stop,” a powerful track that speaks on police profiling and the hardships of growing up black in America. Speaking with XXL, Pooh had the following to say:

“The crazy thing is, of course, a lot of the stuff that’s going on—Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown—all this stuff has been going on. But I was sitting in the crib—it’s one of the last records I did for the EP—and I was watching the news, and there was a story from down in Columbia, South Carolina, which is like an hour and a half away from me. And this kid had just gotten off work and he got pulled over at a gas station. And when he got pulled over at the gas station he got out of the car and the cop said, ‘I want to see your license.’ It was in the car, so [the kid] went to reach for it in the car and the cop fired off one. He didn’t kill him but he injured him, he shot him in the leg. And right after that I went out, I went driving around and I got pulled over that night. And that was going through my mind the other time: All these black youth getting killed by police officers, and I get pulled over the night after I watched a man get shot at the gas station. So that was like the longest, quickest police stop I’ve ever had in my life.

Two days later when I got home I was like, ‘I gotta write about this.’ You know, as a black man, it used to be the joke that you always tense up when a cop get behind you while you’re driving, but now it’s real, you know what I’m sayin’? That’s real now. So I definitely wanted to document it in some shape or form.

01 “Augmentation”
02 “Stop” f. Steve Roxx
03 “Eyes Wide Open” f. Ras Kass
04 “Promise Land”
05 “How I Move” f. Blakk Soul
06 “Candlelight” f. Marv Won
07 “Kings” f. Jalen Santoy, Novej & Lute
08 “Augmentation” (L’Orange Remix)
09 “Promise Land” (Apollo Brown Remix)