Mystere Jones has a theory about how his music should be; “we grow as people everyday, so I show that growth in my music with every project I do.” This is why while he says his album True Playa is “grown folks music with a little street element,” his next project, No Identity, will reveal more about himself, and the album he’s currently working on, Love Jones, “explores a more mature me.” Music isn’t the only way Mystere Jones expresses himself, though. Also an actor, he recently completed shooting his first two films, Hood Boogas, and The Trouble with Cali, the latter produced by Paul Sorvino. This week I caught up with Mystere Jones to find out more about his music, his movies, and is he has any mysteries that lay beneath the surface.
(The New York Times, November 16, 2010) - Dennis Brown (1957-1999) was one of the greatest singers of the last half-century, his voice improvisationally resourceful, graceful, resonant, optimistic: maybe Jamaica's Sam Cooke. His reggae records - made with the best Jamaican producers and rhythm sections, full of Rasta rhetoric while covering the American soul and pop he had his ear to - maintained a high level through the '70s and '80s. There's already a collection out there with a very similar title released by Trojan, in which you'll find many of his more famous tracks. This one goes deeper into his catalog, with songs produced by Phil Pratt, Joe Gibbs and Niney the Observer, among others; they include "What About the Half"; "So Long Rastafari Calling"; a cover of "Black Magic Woman"; and the super-lovely "Rocking Time." A companion DVD contains a charismatic show from the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1979, on which Brown beams through some of the hits not included elsewhere in the set, like "Wolves and Leopards" and "Money in My Pocket." (17 North Parade/VP, two CDs, 1 DVD, $25.98) - BEN RATLIFF
[LA's Kida, New York's Focus..., and Atlanta's Al Gator come together to bring hip-hop in a combination of the three coasts! aFam brings dope music like no other and it's amazed that it's still for FREE! Guest appearances include Marsha Ambrosius, Chino XL, and many others. You even have a choice to get the dirty or clean version of the album, so what's to lose? D/l!]
[Shout out to OnSmash.com for the link! This North Carolina rapper really brings it in. It's obvious that Rain aims to go for the number one spot, but he got the flow that never compromises his position in hip-hop. Check it out and see if you can stand the Rain.]
[Salute to the Brown Bag Allstars for this record here. Sene and J57 have a collabo-album on the way, until then you can blast this around before they drop it. Any hip-hop head will know what time it is, 'cause eye know i love this better than most so-called retailed albums.]
[It seems that even though the Roc doesn't shine as much as it used to, you can't stop, won't stop this Young Gun name Young Chris. If you allow this Philly native to reintroduce himself, you'll know him as the cat who's beyond a dude who used to run with Jay. You'll know Young Chris as a man who's making his fire on his own.]
That's it for the "Black Friday II Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
Murai "Tozai" has been a featured album on iTunes 'electronic' section for the last 3 weeks. We have never released a project that has received so much immediate and direct support from iTunes, and we are so very thankful for that! iTunes link: http://itunes.com/murai
"Tozai" is selling extremely well on iTunes and has been building a strong word of mouth buzz as a result, but if you're old school like me and still want to get your hands on a physical copy of the music be sure to act today to be a part of our amazing Turkey Week Murai "Tozai" sale, which ends tonight at 11:59 pm EST.