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Monday, May 31, 2010

R.I.P to LIL BENNY


Anthony Harley, 46, a Washington trumpet player better known as Little Benny who helped define the city's homegrown style of funk music as a member of the Rare Essence go-go band during the 1980s, died May 30 at his brother's home in Washington.

The death was confirmed by longtime friend and former business partner Keith Galloway. He did not know the cause of death but said Mr. Harley apparently died in his sleep.

Mr. Harley was a student at Ballou Senior High School in Southeast when go-go was born in Washington. R&B artist Chuck Brown started playing percussion between songs to keep his audience from sitting down between numbers. The result was an incessant beat -- a genre of funk featuring conga drums, cow bells and call-and-response chants brought to life by an engaging bandleader -- that gained widespread attention in the late 1970s with Brown's "Bustin' Loose," the first go-go hit.

Brown was the godfather of go-go, but when he went on tour, he left a void in Washington that was filled by younger bands. One of the most important was a group of teenagers including Mr. Harley. Called Rare Essence, it performed up to six times a week at venues in and around Washington, continuing to shape go-go into a style of funk that is still identified with the nation's capital.

"When you look at go-go from a historical standpoint, Little Benny, he stands out as one of the founding fathers," said Kato Hammond, the founder and editor of a magazine about the go-go scene. "Chuck Brown laid the foundation, but Rare Essence -- and Benny was part of it during that time -- built the house."

In go-go, the groove doesn't stop, and Mr. Harley was known for having the boundless energy it took to continue making music from the beginning of the performance to the end. The Go-Go Hall of Fame inductee was a diminutive man with a powerful voice who led the band's vocals on fast-paced songs and could play two trumpets at once.

Mr. Harley left Rare Essence in the mid-1980s and formed Little Benny and the Masters. Among his most popular songs were "Cat in the Hat" and "Who Comes to Boogie." Later, he played with the go-go band Proper Utensils and reunited several times with original members of Rare Essence.

"Little Benny helped put the District's own musical genre on the map," said D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, adding that he "will be remembered for his lifelong contribution to go-go."

For much of his life, Mr. Harley paid the bills with a number of jobs. He installed alarm systems, owned a moving company and worked as a cable technician. He was known as "the Helicopter" because he often played at several venues in one evening.

Recently, he had been playing regularly with Brown, including a show in Capitol Heights the night before his death.

Anthony Harley was born in Washington on Sept. 26, 1963. He grew up in Southeast watching rehearsals of his father's singing group, Frank Harley and the Bell Chords. His father gave him a guitar, but Little Benny did not become serious about music until he was 12.

"I saw this guy playing a horn in the parking lot and told him, 'Let me see that thing. How do you play this?' " Mr. Harley said in an interview published in Hammond's magazine.

That impromptu lesson led to a teacher named Mr. Harrington, who took Mr. Harley to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to play with a group known as Mr. Harrington's Little Giants of Jazz. On his way home from practicing one day, Mr. Harley passed a house where he heard fellow teenagers playing music.

He knocked on the door, and the musicians, who would later form Rare Essence, let Mr. Harley show them what he could do. He played "Hollywood Swingin' " on his horn, and when he finished, they asked him to play it again.


Write up from the Washington Post
by Emma Brown

The Forever Young Project


http://theforeveryoungproject.bandcamp.com/

Mixtape cover done by Brian Freeman – Hosted & Mixed by DJ Tech-Neek of Fear Factor Music Group

Track Listing:
1. The Forever Young Project Anthem – KooL CrAzE of 106 & park
2. My Song – K-Major (Prod. By K-Major)
3. The Money Never Made Me – Conrizzle ft. Young Truth (Prod. By Conrizzle)
4. There He Go – Tha Future (Prod. By Johnny Juliano)
5. American Dream – Marky (Prod. By AB The Producer)
6. Death of me – Mr. Ivory Snow ft. J. Delice (Prod. By Conrizzle)
7. Main Squeeze – Thadd Williams ft. B. Michelle
8. Turn it Up – Intalek (Prod. By Madlib)
9. Era of Escapism – Lola Maxwell
10. Problem – Drique London
11. Runnin’ – Henny
12. Schoolyard Rock – Hassani Kwess (Prod. By Hassani Kwess)
13. Good Fly Young – Greenspan ft. K. Holloway
14. Honesty – Phil Ade (Prod. By JUDAH)
15. Nothing to do – Chris McDonald (Prod. By Joe Vanni)
16. Mahal Kita – Destin’d
17. Open Heart Surgery – T.I.M.E.
18. Into you – Gabriela Solano ft. Mr. Ivory Snow (Prod. By Mr. Ivory Snow)
19. Call On Me – Rob McCoy
20. Strive – Wrighteous (Prod. By XV)


THA FUTURE - 'READY TO LAUNCH' MIXTAPE

http://www.mediafire.com/?tgzdkznizmz


DMV/4 ALARM ENT. RECORDING ARTIST, THA FUTURE, HAS RELEASED HIS FIRST FULL LENGTH MIXTAPE ONLINE ENTITLED 'READY TO LAUNCH'!!! WITH MOSTLY ORIGINAL PRODUCTION BY PRODUCERS SUCH AS JOHNNY JULIANO, ID LABS, FLASH BEATS, BRAVESTARR, DIZZY AND MORE, THIS MIXTAPE SURELY WON'T DISAPPOINT. NOTABLE SONGS ON THE PROJECT INCLUDES THE DJBOOTH.NET FEATURED SONGS, "STAR" AND "SHAKE", ONLINE FAVORITE "BRIGHT LIGHTS" FEATURING AKSHAN, AND A SPECIAL SURPRISE SONG CALLED "WAKE UP" IN WHICH FUTURE IS THE FIRST ARTIST TO KILL THE NEW DRAKE/JAY-Z BEAT FOR "LIGHT UP"!

New Darren Hanible Original, "Red Carpet"

THE W.E.A.K. - STICK UP THEME

"Feng Shui" - CJ The Genesis

Phil Ade - The Letter (trailer) | The Letterman hosted by Don Cannon AVAILABLE JULY 6

Phil Ade The Letterman Trailer from 1st Impressions Studio on Vimeo.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Anti Alumni - 1 day at ah time

[RE-UP] Judah-Imagination Video

Imagination - Amber Rose Instrumentals - Judah from GreatWhite Brothers on Vimeo.

DJ Torkaveli speaks the REALITY about "Reality Radio"

(VIDEO) "On The Go" Lee Bueller Ft. Che Grand

Lega-c "SmarTrip 1.12 (The Purple Line)" Mixtape


http://usershare.net/piy2nqrs9dz7

Black Cobain (Closer)


http://www.zshare.net/audio/76547583e32f4b00/

About Black Cobain

Everyone has a moment where they say "Now or Never"; whether you are going for your dreams ,beginning a new segment of your life , or just taking a courageous step. For Northern Virginia rapper Black Cobain it is all three. Born In Alexandria Virginia to Vance Gloster with 2 sisters and 3 brothers Black Cobain is the heart and soul of music.

Since hearing Notorious B.I.G's "Juicy" Black Cobain knew he wanted to be among the greatest MC's. In 2009 he signed to The Board Administration as their first music artist and now his dream has come a little bit closer. Black Cobain released his first mixtape on October 16 ,2009 entitled "Now or Never" under The Board Administration imprint."Now or Never" is considered to be one of the nation's capitol most unfastforwardable music projects; featuring solid production from heavy hitters such as Best Kept Secret (Wale ,Young Chris and Rick Ross) Kevin Ross(Songwriter/Konlive), Kingpen Slim(BeamUp Ent), Phil Ade(368musicgroup), and Ms.Kim(Rare Essence).

Since releasing "Now or Never" Black Cobain has done shows with Wale, UCB,Tabi Bonney,The Clipse,and Raheem Devaugn.He is also working with various artist such as Wale , Tre of UCB(Uncalled 4 Band)J.Cole,and Currency on up and coming projects.

Graduate of VSU , member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Co-CEO of Young Millionaires Black Cobain is represents a positive image in his community and music

*** NEW MUSIC*** Go Head Try It - Garvey "The Chosen One" featuring Yo Gotti

Napoleon Da Legend on the infamous Roundtable Hiphop Show!!!

Lettaz- Hustlers Motif Mixtape

The CNSRS & Cool Kids Forever Films present Tabi Bonney 'Nothin' But A Hero' Behind the Scenes video

tabi Bonney - Nothin' But A Hero (BTS) from The CNSRS on Vimeo.

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Music Video from Kyonte- What's That Sound

Jay-Z - On The Rise To The Top Produced By. JS aka The Best

REBEL MUZIK MEDIA PRESENTS:Mic Legacy POLICE STATE (AWE YEAH) R.I.P AIYANA JONES

Enoch 7th Prophet performing Run Dat

XO - I Got Doe


Pictures from the Likeblood "202 Boyz" photoshoot

The Center Magazine


The Center Mag Mission

It is a new day for the entertainment industry. The revolution that is gripping society makes it past time for a magazine which caters to those who define tomorrow. The Center is an urban magazine. colliding multiple genres of music and fashion with political and economic issues that affect the youth today. Setting trends and recognizing talent sets us ahead of the curve from other publications. THE CENTER accepts and represents the change that is happening in society. From the way we travel and communicate to the foods we eat and the beverages that we drink these changes reflect how we view ourselves, and how the world views us. 2008 is the year a tone was set and from here on out things will never be the same. As we pay tribute to the musical ground breakers of the past and trendsetters, the fact of the urban community has changed.

www.thecentermag.com

ProP-One Good Like


[VIDEO] Lyriciss Performing "Hot Music" @ Public Assembly (Brooklyn, NY) - Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival: Show & Prove Showcase

Obii Say - throwing up peace ( produced by sinitus tempo )


D.C. Don Juan feat. Que & Dirty Money's Dawn Richard


Friday, May 21, 2010

Andrew Morris "Carry Me Home" (Remix)

http://www.zshare.net/audio/76216521c4a7a5b3/

Andrew Morris Jr is not your average kid on the block. This 21-year old Silver Spring, MD native is a fresh face to the music industry and has been working diligently to become a household name. However, his diligence just might pay off with the release of his highly anticipated debut mixtape, “The Gift”, in which Andrew has been working on for the last year. His ability to express his emotions, dreams, and struggles using a clever sense of wordplay makes him the skilled lyricist he is today.Without any industry help or management, Andrew has continued to work hard to create a buzz for himself. It is a constant struggle for an artist to find himself, and while many get lost in the search, Andrew is proof that it is all possible with hard work and dedication. “I am my worst critic when it comes to following through on my goals in life. But I take that as a positive, because we all need polishing somewhere.”

Marcus J- Over You

TO ALL PRODUCERS-Hip Hop Cinema SATURDAY


CLICK HERE for TRAILER

Deep Crates 2 documents the history behind diggin’ for samples & creating hip hop beats. The second DVD installment takes you back to the origins of sampling records with the cultures founding pioneers. Worldwide diggin’ spots from the USA, Canada & Japan are exposed and record knowledge is dropped from some of hip hop’s most elite DJ’s / Producers.


After film you are invited to participate in an audience discussion around the film with some of the best voices in the DC’s Hip Hop Community!

with panelists: Slimkat78, Producer
Judah, Producer

Moderated by: Dru Ryan


Location:

801 K street NW

"The monthly Hip-Hop Cinema Café is a great way to enjoy hip-hop and film at the same time in D.C., but if you want to participate fully in these screenings, you should first familiarize yourself with a few canonical movies. Sure, you can show up, watch, and bounce, but often the best part of this event is the talk afterward, which typically includes a roundtable of D.C.-based arts luminaries."

- Washington CityPaper Best Of D.C. '09

The Washington Post on HHCC:
"Film Series Spotlights D.C. Style Of Hip-Hop"

The Washington CityPaper on HHCC:
"Best of D.C. 2009-Staff Pick: Best Way to Enjoy the Intersection of Film and Hip-Hop

http://hiphopcinemacafe.com/


Dynamite Diggz "Barry White" video

Find Your Love (Remix)


J.Nolan- Feeling Good


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

SHATiFF & SECC present Authentic Thursdays

Imagination - Amber Rose Instrumentals - Judah

Imagination - Amber Rose Instrumentals - Judah from GreatWhite Brothers on Vimeo.

SHATiFF & SECC present Authentic Thursdays





Music artist breaks ground with Authentic Thursday event series..

(Washington DC) - Diversity takes a turn for the better in hip-hop as artists create routes to step outside of being labeled. Shatiff, the all-terrain artist out of Washington, DC, does it through enterprise, bringing the feel of soul-thern hospitality and unearthed hip-hop with Authentic Thursdays at Rendezvous Lounge.
The debut event was hosted by DJ Heat of WPGC 95.5 along with Shatiff and AuthenticCore artist Taz Money. Feature artist AB the Pro of Studio 43 along with his team, the A-Rabs, hit the stage during the premiere of this event. Doors open at 7pm and guests can enjoy complimentary appetizers, brought by SECC (Self Embetterment Culture Corp. Music & Entertainment) catering. Admission is $5.
Don't miss this great occasion filled with performances from regional hip-hop artists along with networking, door prizes and simply one of the best environments in the heart of Washington, DC. Rendezvous Lounge is located in the eclectic Adams Morgan district (2226 18th St NW), providing an open and relaxed atmosphere set by great lighting and patio seating.

DJ TORKAVELI & HEVEWAE RE-DROPPED THEIR MIXTAPE "FDB09 (FK DUH BAMMAS 2009)


Monday, May 17, 2010

Gordo Brega Video

Phred Diamond- Once Again (the Only Thang Shinin)


Southeast Slim - Layem Down [Dirty]

Video from the Divaz Inc. show last weekend

DMV Premiere Of The Worlds First Video Mixtape, Watch "The Indie Life" Now

[NEW MUSIC] HaZiQ aLi - On Point (prod. Ski Beatz)

KT - "DMV Diesel" (new mixtape)

EarStyle Ent. Presents Cloud 9: A New Era in Music

Usershare Download

From the ever growing urban setting of the DMV (Laurel, Maryland to be more specific) comes a new iconic band, Cloud 9. Cloud 9 is a group that embodies positive change and advocates artistic integrity. Opposing the negative impact of commercial music in today's world, Cloud 9 ironically brings a fresh down to earth sound. Their music can hardly be classified, as they merge different genres to create music that appeals to the masses. The group started in April 2009 as 4 teens trying to win their high school talent show, and has now evolved into a 6 member super group.
On the roster they have:

Michael "TK" Akinlosotu(18) - Lead Vocals
Adam Dunbar(18) - Electric Guitar
Jason Zamora(15) - Piano and Synth
Jonathan Livas(16) - Drums
Jordan McRae(16) - Saxophone
Joseph Tumaku(18) - Bass Guitar

Cloud 9 is fresh out of the box and ready to make an impact on the industry and the world as we know it. They are now working on their upcoming Mini-LP "Shades of Sound" which features artists such as Marky Plater, an artist signed to Universal Motown Records. Join the Movement.


YOUNG-i - That Type

Friday, May 14, 2010

Spiffy Kicks Mixtapes Submissions


Submit now! 'Kick Game' is the first mixtape to be distributed through Spiffy Kicks at its upcoming annual events, and in its flagship store. Spiffy Kicks also sponsors the only sneaker show actually endorsed by Mr. Jordan himself, and I'll be distributing the mixtape there as well. Ideally, I'm looking for songs that have shoe drops in them, but it doesn't necessarily have to for it to make the cut.The deadline is May 30. Email planetlexicon@gmail.com or smturner4@gmail.com for further info.

AA.RASH- Art of Life Mixtape



My name is Aarash Benawa and my stage name is AA.RASH. I was born in Alexandria, VA and raised throughout Northern Virginia my whole life. I'm 16 and have aspirations of becoming a hip hop artist and entrepreneur. I started writing rhymes in 6th grade and took it seriously after 9th grade. I currently have a new mixtape out called "The Art Of Life Pt. 1" available for free download. My music is about my life; past, present and future. My goal is to attain a record deal by the age of 18 and officially start my journey in this music business. I have big goals I want to accomplish in the music and business worlds and I work hard to do so. I guarantee that I will make it to the top one day, because I am persistent and know what I want out of life.
http://www.limelinx.com/files/fb3163f9c3da20ba912089999b748573

Princess of Controversy-"I'M FEELIN' MYSELF"


Phil Ade feat. Raekwon, Wale, Tabi Bonney and Raheem Devaughn - Hollywood REMIX | The Letterman hosted by Don Cannon AVAILABLE JULY 6


WHUD UP MOE (IT'S HEVEWAE) PROD BY AOF MUSIC

Magnum Dollars-Unthinkable Remix

Phil Ade x J.Ferb x Dom Kennedy x CURREN$Y 5.6.10

Phil Ade x J.Ferb x Dom Kennedy x CURREN$Y 5.6.10 from 1st Impressions Studio on Vimeo.

Reef The Lost Cauze ft Big Noyd "What We Rep" Produced by J-Scrilla

Lyriciss - Hot Music

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Marky - Louis Squares [VIDEO]

MARKY - Louis Squares from Winning Streak on Vimeo.

B.U.R.N.S. artwork + trailer + ABFF (American Black Film Festival) premiere

B.U.R.N.S. Documentary Trailer from KENNY BURNS on Vimeo.



B.U.R.N.S. will be premiering at ABFF (American Black Film Festival) 2010 on June 26th in Miami, FL.
*ATL private screening will be taking place June 10th; DC and other city screenings will be annouced soon.

B.U.R.N.S means Be Ultimately Realistic & Never Sellout.

Far to many times I hear people idolizing or worshiping the "Entertainment Bizness".
The crazy thing is half the time they don't even know what they want from it, or better yet what it will TAKE FROM THEM!
B.U.R.N.S is the story of My Grind and hopefully will show YOU that YOU don't have to be somebody's slave to make it in the Entertainment Business (or The World). I NEVER WALKED TO BROOKLYN FOR CHEESECAKE!

Free EP: Oddisee - Odd Spring

iLL Prophet - Aliens (Already Home)

New Thad Reid Music Video - Stratosphere

Thad Reid - Stratosphere from BlueCollarMuzik on Vimeo.

Quiz - Beamer Benz Bentley Mercury Marauder


Jumz, King Kan, Carty Yeah and Product by Laws called hold you down

Day-Day - "A Long Time"