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Future Classics
Hip-Hop Jazz

Future Classic: Adrian Younge & Ghostface Killah “12 Reasons to Die II”

Ghost is a busy dude. Having released 3 projects prior to this one in the last 2 years, his storytelling abilities are dark, lyrical and always entertaining. On “12 Reasons to Die II”, Ghostface and Adrian Younge craft an album darker and more ambitious than their first, providing some incredible …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Michal Urbaniak “Ecstasy” (1978)

I came across Polish jazz artist Michal Urbaniak about a week ago, after having listened to an old Madlib track titled “What a Day.” It sampled Urbaniak’s “A Day in the Park” off his classic 1978 album “Ecstasy” released on Marlin Records. The composition of the track was sublime, the vocals …

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Future Classics

Future Classic: Bilal “In Another Life”

Soul heads have known about Philadelphia’s Bilal since his killer debut in 2001, one of the most influential albums in the Neo Soul movement of the early 2000’s. But it wasn’t until his involvement with Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” that he started to gain some universal recognition and …

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Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Flying Lotus “You’re Dead”

Death is inevitable, though somewhat intriguing. All my life I’ve tried to understand the concept of it, what it really means. A month ago, a close friend of mine died. He was only 20 and he had an amazing life. Now he’s gone forever. I’ve never experienced something like this …

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Future Classics
Beats Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Shabazz Palaces “Lese Majesty”

I remember being absolutely blown away when I listened to “Black Up“, Shabazz Palaces‘ first record released back in 2011. Members Ishmael Butler (formerly Butterfly from the legendary Digable Planets) and Tendai Maraire are visionaries, at a time where we are in desperate need of them in the music landscape. …

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Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Ohbliv “MindGarden”

With Ohbliv, there is no wrong. The Virginia producer has released some gems in the past, including tapes like “Ritual Swing” and “Raw Oasis“. But on MindGarden, Ohbliv takes it a step further and tries to combine ambient music with soul samples while effortlessly balancing vibrancy with relaxing and oozing …

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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Cee-Knowledge & Sun Ra Arkestra “Space Is The Place” (2001)

Sun Ra turns 100 this year. He has become one of the most controversial figures in jazz over the last century, because of his unconventional futuristic recording styles. His ability to so effortlessly experiment with his music while keeping an eclectic style has always been something that separated him from …

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Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Matthewdavid “In My World”

Signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, Matthewdavid is one of the upcoming beatmakers that I’ve been paying attention to as of recent, and about a week ago, he released an eclectic new album called “In My World.” Out of the tracks from the album, the self-titled track caught my ear …

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Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Iman Omari ” Vibe Tape +​+​+​(​3)”

Iman Omari is one of those people who is able to really embrace different genres of music and make it sound raw and authentic. I remember listening to “ESC Vol 2” for the first time and being blown away by the effortless experimentation with jazz, hip-hop, soul and even R&B. …

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