This is my daily inspiration since I’ve found my new love….running. Stic.man from Dead Prez and his RBG Fitclub constantly puts out motivational information and music.

Runner’s High” by Stic of Dead Prez

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Oddisee is one of the most consistently creative producer/music artist in the game. He has been creating music for himself and for others for years and everything sounds good. Even the legendary Jazzy Jeff recognized him and put him on the Musik Lounge. The thing is that this brother was known as a producer but then got equally recognized as an MC. He is 1/3 of an equally dope group called the Diamond District which features two other favorite artists of my yU and X.O.

I remember back in the Myspace days, I was producing and he was already a pretty respected producer. This brother set up a forum where aspiring producers around the world could submit music to be critiqued. And this wasn’t some sort of elitist critique but solid constructive criticism. He never made anyone feel stupid or like they couldn’t do this. I remember he gave me a pretty good critique. When I met him he showed love and didn’t act Hollywood even though this brother has plenty of fans. He was just a humble dude who wanted to make good music. That’s why when I make my hard earned money and he drops an album I actually buy it and listen to it. This is coming at a time when I’m listening to very little hiphop new or old. His music is just refreshing and knowing what it takes to make music like this I know he has done a lot on his end.

Check out more from Oddisee at http://oddiseemusic.blogspot.com/

“You Know Who You Are” ft. Olivier Daysoul (Acoustic Version)

American Greed

Let It Go

Gentrification

The creator of “electro swing”, this Austrian producer and DJ’s music has been heard in a series of movies and TV shows/ads. He definitely has his own sound and it just draws you in somehow.

Parov Stelar – If I Had You
Parov Stelar – Libella Swing
Parov Stelar – Booty Swing (HQ)
Parov Stelar – Odessa
Parov Stelar – The Fusion

What do you get when you mix Mexican Mariachi with cumbia together with hiphop and electronic music and more…..The Mexican Institute of Sound. The name is misleading. Sounds pretty stuff and pretentious but the show is all the way live. You really have to expand your mind and honestly the videos that I post can’t begin to express how a live show feels. It’s really hard to describe. Just do me a favor, check them out and make sure when they come to your town you rock out with them.

Mexican Institute of Sound – Yo Digo Baila

Mexican Institute of Sound “ESCRÍBEME PRONTO”

Mexican Institute Of Sound “CUMBIA” Live at Bonnaroo 2010 HD

Mexican Institute of Sound “Cumbia” | Pachanga 2009 | Austin Vida

Cantoma

Posted: March 23, 2012 in Chill music
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Not much to say about Cantoma or known by his mama as Phil Mison. Honestly, I found his music by listening to my Telepopmusik station on Pandora but didn’t even find out more about the artist until now. The sound is Balearic beat which was popular on the island of Ibiza. See…I learned something just by creating this post. I couldn’t find any live shows so you will have to just listen. I swear it will be one of the most chill music you’ve ever heard. If you like Thievery Corporation then you will love this music. It pretty much takes you to another place. I cook to it, edit photos to it, and drive to it.

Cantoma – Out of Town (Album Sampler)
Marisi – Cantoma
Cantoma – Etoile
Cantoma- Overtime
Cantoma – Cosmopole
Cantoma- Pandajerov

If you are in the DMV (DC, MD, VA) area and are familiar with the soul scene then you know the name Maimouna Yossef or MuMu Fresh. She’s Grammy nominated with the Roots, has added her voice to a number of tracks from established and up and coming artists and is just an amazing person. About a year or so ago, I had the pleasure of photographing her (yeah that’s my main thing) for a promo shoot. I knew her manager and he hired me to update her shots. There are a few perks with photographing artists. One you get to REALLY build with them because you have to talk to them to get the shot. The other is that you get to hear exclusive music that is a year away from being on their album.

Maimouna gives you music from every angle. The angle of a mother, as a daughter, as a woman growing in a beautiful relationship, as a black woman with Native American roots. The list goes on and on. Her music can be spiritual and moving or you can party to it. The common denominator is that er music will always be true to who she is. She adds no filler, and doesn’t compromise her values. That I respect. Plus her music is super dope.

Maimouna Youssef – “I Got A Man” (dir. Brian “B.Kyle” Atkins)
Maimouna Youssef – “An Ode to Monsanto”
Maimouna Youssef – “Gypsy Woman” (Syracuse University, 11/14/08)
Maimouna Youssef: The Realest Thing
Still MuMu Medley

FS

Posted: March 9, 2012 in Rock out music
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I just happened to be perusing a few music blogs and discovered this producer by the name of FS. Now I must admit, a lot of the electronica that I listen to is more mellow so it was refreshing to hear something with a little more edge. FS is a producer from Brooklyn and I can tell that he has an appreciation for hiphop among other things. After listening to a few tracks, I was convinced enough that I wanted to support this project by purchasing it. Will update this post after I give it a thorough listen.

From what I heard though, this music makes you want to fight or at least play a video game where you want to fight or shoot something. Not a violent person, well I could play a good racing game to this music for sure.

FS – iLLest Android
Nicki Minaj – Massive Attack (FS Dubstep Remix)
FS – Get Up Ninja
FS – Dial 999