Artist of the Day c/o James Dunn:
Check out the new video from Sean Armstong "Took Control" featuring Tajai (of Souls of Mischief) and pHoenix Pagliacci.
The video is SEAN ARMSTRONG's "TOOK CONTROL" featuring Tajai and pHoenix Pagliacci (produced by !llmind, directed by E Major) from the forthcoming mixtape The Marble Cake Diaries
DMV-area rapper/DJ/producer Sean Armstrong presents the E Major-directed music video for "Took Control", the !llmind-produced single from his forthcoming mixtape The Marble Cake Diaries, which features Khrysis, J. Ivy, Da Beatminerz, Roddy Rod, Dischoe, Marc Nfinit(True School), and J Soul and The Mowery Boys. "Took Control" features guest appearances from Tajai of Souls of Mischief and singer pHoenix Pagliacci. Sean has performed in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Germany, Aruba and more. He’s performed alongside artists like The Roots, Pete Rock, Little Brother, EPMD, and Kid Capri, and is a member of the True School Corporation, which is run by Grammy award-winning producer 9th Wonder. Sean is also a member of 9th's Black Jedi chapter of The Universal Zulu Nation. In 2005 Sean remixed a track for Tajai's Power Movement Remix Project under his DJ name, DJ Face. Through social media, Sean reconnected with Tajai and "Took Control" was born. Sean reached out to Jamla Army member pHoenix, whom he had only met through Twitter, and asked her to sing the hook. Soon after the song was completed the video was developed and shot in Los Angeles. The Marble Cake Diaries drops November 19.
[Listen] MiKHAL - Live at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (12/21/13 Downtempo Mix)
Check out the mix of the day from MiKHAL. This Downtempo mix was performed live on 12/21/13, aka the Winter Solstice, at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Check the link here to listen to MiKHAL's dope mix (headphones on/subs up)!
Today's Mix of the Day brought to you c/o our new Electronica contributor Brian Baer, follow him at soundcloud.com/brian-baer!
Healing With Music - a playlist to remember Smitty
It's hard to believe it's already been 2 months since my cousin passed. No matter the capacity that you knew Chris Smith, you probably know of the love he had for music. I've promised many of you that I would send out copies of the memorial playlist, and thanks to some good music and a look through old pictures, I found some motivation to get out of my "writer's block". Take a look/listen and enjoy memories of Chris, you are deeply loved and missed cousin. Forever Young...
LoDo's Women & Hip Hop Series: Part 5 - Creating Solutions
We've finally reached part 5 of LoDo's "Women and Hip Hop" series! In part 5, LoDo chats with Nadia Piet, owner and founder of The TIKA, and Mark Patton of Amplifiher Media and #TheListening. There's enough complaining in the world, it's time to be a solution. We discuss creating solutions to problems that female artists and fans have faced in the hip hop world and ways we can continue to expand on the positivity and empowerment that is embodied in hip hop!
In light of the rape accusation against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston that has become public knowledge (details of the case which are still unclear) we've seen another wave of "victim blaming". With the various recent public rape cases including the Steubenville Ohio incident in 2012, we are missing an opportunity to have a serious about rape, victims, and our justice system.
LoDo returns with part 4 of her "Women and Hip Hop" series. LoDo chats with pHoenix Pagliacci and discusses the fallout of the crew, and how the lack of family bond has negatively impacted female artists. pHoenix shares some recent collaborations as well as who she's listening to and which dope females are keeping her on her toes.
New Music Friday! The Workin Class "Through The Storm" ft Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond
The Class got so much love for "All So Simple" & "Oath To The Money", so they decided to drop a new track featuring friends of wC Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond! "Through The Storm", features a dope instrumental by Dree combined with a powerful N^2 hook with thought-provoking lyrics by Malik Diamond & Unknown. The combination is dope, but don't just take my word for it....click the play button and see for yourself!! (Available streaming free on soundcloud & also available as a free download).
Today marks 1 week until the release of Daydream, The Workin Class's sophomore EP, and to celebrate we've released the official tracklist! Check out the update to see the official tracklist, along with the dope album art (c/o the talented Noah Surratt). Is it July 4 yet? Cause I'm ready for the world to hear some new Workin Class!!!! wC^ aToJ^
LoDo may have been a little quiet on the aToJ blogoshere, but we've been hard at work! The month of May was a busy and exciting month, including the second WPRK 91.5 Our Show's "LiveR" hosted at Orlando/Winter Park's very own hip hop community center The BBoy Spot. June is set to be an even busier month, leading up to the 4th of July release of The Workin Class's sophomore project "Daydream".
Music has many different powers, but it's ability to console and heal during painful and trying times is why I have always been drawn to it. On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, LoDo takes a look at music and how it was used to heal and console those mourning the death of our greatest leader.