Archive for the ‘Rock out music’ Category

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

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

American Greed

Let It Go



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

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


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

First discovered this duo on Emusic and I was blown away. The blazing fast playing and just their own sound on the guitars are just both fascinating. The funny thing is that I used to listen to the album and I knew the name of the group but it didn’t even register that one member was a woman until I saw the video. Their music hypnotized me that much. I used this music when I either clean or my other favorite past time. COOK! You will do more dancing than cooking so be prepared to keep someone or yourself hungry.

Rodrigo y Gabriela- “Hanuman”

I think it’s important to see HOW they are playing without the official video which can distract from their genius. They are playing the melody, the rhythm, the drums. And they are so in tune with one another. I just found they are going to be in Washington DC at the Warner Theater April 25.

Rodrigo y Gabriela – ‘Tamacun’

One of my good friends and notable BBC music journalist, Marcus J Moore, gave me a copy of their music while were at one of our favorite open mic events. The super rock group is composed of Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and Discount), Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes). The music was what I classified as dark soul. It was dark but had that realness of soul. The group members holed up in a house for weeks and created the entire album. That sounds like how rock music was made in the 60s and 70s.

The Dead Weather – Hang You From The Heavens