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Interview: Swollen Members’ Prevail

Among the onslaught of hip-hop albums dropped during these busy summer months, few received the constant rotation in my headphones more than Swollen Members’ ‘Brand New Day’. One of my favorite groups north of the border, this Juno Award-winning trio (with thriving solo careers as well) released their 11th album together. In an industry that’s […]

Reap Rewards with Ernie Ball

For over 55 years, Ernie Ball’s been an innovative music instrument accessory market leader, selling vital products to musicians in over 130 countries. Known for the creation of world renowned Slinkys® electric strings favored by legends Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, U2’s The Edge and Eric Clapton, this family owned business is giving you the opportunity […]

Interview: Mark de Clive-Lowe

To any passionate fan, it’s obvious random “digging in the crates” online can yield unbelievable finds. Will remain ever grateful to the universe for bringing me to the music of producer/master musician/composer Mark de Clive-Lowe. Drawn into his expansive discography via his dope ‘Renegades’ project and witness to his live show experiences which attract some […]

Interview: Cryptic Wisdom

Repping for a generation of music lovers, equally comfortable listening to Seether and Three Days Grace as they are Tech N9ne and Eminem, AZ artist Cryptic Wisdom returns this week with his latest album ‘X’s and O’z’. Melding hip-hop spitting with rock singing for years, he honestly reveals personal pain, struggles and consequences of previous […]

Interview: DJ Muggs

When a music connoisseur mentions the words “DJ Muggs”, several things come to mind. One of the best hip-hop producers of all-time? One of the best producers of all-time, period? That guy from Queens behind all your favorite Cypress Hill classics (he’s working on the next album right now) and the unforgettable House of Pain’s […]

SXSW V2V: Rolling The Dice Without Thinking Twice

Bitten by the travel bug to hit the road as temperatures rise, July is a great month to mix business with pleasure. With five months left to go before we wrap up 2014, it’s a good time take stock. How much have you achieved this year? What can you do to turn things around and […]

Interview: Damani Nkosi

On the last day of 2014’s Black Music Month, I’m spotlighting an artist and album that deserves a thorough listen (or 20, in my case). Getting his start on Kurupt’s Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey in 2001 and signing to Snoop Dogg’s label through a series of events involving being talented at the right place at […]

Interview: Demun Jones

It’s pretty obvious Demun Jones’ got Georgia country pride and is not afraid to show it. He pays homage to his beloved ‘Jones County’, putting it on the map with his latest solo album effort. Referencing different aspects of his culture like “Tannerite”, “Dixie Dimes” and the unforgettable “White Trashed and Redneck’ed”, he brings Lo […]

Interview: Dizzy Wright

Moving puzzle pieces around to set up another monster year, XXL Freshman Class of 2013 alumnus Dizzy Wright’s been busy. A member of the highly esteemed Funk Volume family, he’s released two EPs this year including “State of Mind” and his latest 9th Wonder “BrILLiant Youth” with Bishop Nehru, signaling there’s no shortage of creativity […]

Preview: Playboy Jazz Fest

So Cal jazzheads, join me this weekend at The Hollywood Bowl for this year’s Playboy Jazz Fest! The 36th annual event features a diverse line-up including George Benson, Al Jarreau, Fantasia, Jamie Cullum, Allen Stone, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, Juan de Marcos and The Afro-Cuban All-Stars and José James! Tix are available here. Peep my […]

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