Shaolin Jazz Video Contest announced

Shaolin Jazz Video Contest announced

With the response Geral Watson and I (DJ 2-Tone Jones) received from SHAOLIN JAZZ, and the SHAOLIN JAZZ Album Cover Design Contest (over 30 entries), we wanted to engage fans in a unique and creative way that would further allow them to visually interact with the project.  Therefore, the SHAOLIN JAZZ Video Contest was developed.The SHAOLIN JAZZ Video Contest is a month long (Monday November 14th – Wednesday December 14th) competition, whereby participants can submit videos they create for a SHAOLIN JAZZ track of their choosing.  The winner, who will be announced Wednesday January 4, 2012, will receive footwear and apparel from LACOSTEThe Scifen Companyand Undefeated.

Contest Rules and Guidelines
  1. Videographers can submit up to two (2) videos only
  2. A production company can only participate as one videographer – submitting only two (2) videos
  3. Duration: dependent on song(s) chosen
  4. Videographers upload submission(s) to their youtube, vimeo, or other video sharing platforms
  5. Submit links to
  6. Deadline for submitting work Wednesday December 14th
  7. A winner will be announced Wednesday January 4th

    Entries will be judged on the following criteria: originality and creativity, relativity to the concept of the song chosen, and connectivity to the theme of SHAOLIN JAZZ.


This competition is open to everyone worldwide.

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Common set new release date for The Dreamer/The Believer

Common set new release date for The Dreamer/The Believer

Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Common pushed the release date for his ninth album titled The Dreamer, The Believer from November 22 to December 20.

“We’re really charged about it, it’s looking really good right now,” said Common, who went on to mention the first single off The Dreamer, The Believer, “Blue Sky” has already dropped.

The hip-hop artist said he will soon be working collaboratively with Nas following the release of Nas’ next album. Common, a Chicago South Side native, also confirmed his presence on an upcoming compilation released by Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music.

Common released his first album Can I Borrow a Dollar? in 1992 on Relativity Records. The rapper’s eighth and latest album Universal Mind Control dropped in 2008 and topped Billboard’s Top Rap Albums at No. 1.

In other Common news, the rapper-turned-actor recently appeared in the 10-episode AMC show Hell On Wheels, a Civil War-era drama. Common plays a freed slave named Elam, who works on the Transcontinental Railroad.

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Choklate releases new Christmas Album!

Choklate releases new Christmas Album!

The Choklate Music Team is proud to announce Choklate’s first holiday project entitled Fah La La La La: The Christmas EP.

Choklate has been patiently and persistently working on her yet to be titled, 3rd solo record that is in the beginning mixing stages and is scheduled to be released in Spring 2012. In the meantime, she went into the studio to prep a special project for the fans and constant supporters to say thank you and hopefully that they actually enjoy during the holiday season.

Choklate continues to innovate and forge her own very clear path by being one of the most distinctive voices in the Indie Soul scene. Her writing, cadence and delivery are not derivatives of current nor former inspiration but rather an honest, pure and very original style that is further displayed on this Christmas EP with having created a project that could very well be played all year around by featuring her signature style of singing and songwriting.

The EP is produced entirely by Kuddie Fresh and is both of their first times working together exclusively on a project and Christmas music in general.

The project is scheduled to be released on December 9th following the first single release titled “Tis The Season” the day after Thanksgiving and a video for the single that following week.

Fans have been waiting approximately 3 years for a new Choklate project and hopes this project will not only tide them over but actually be a pleasant addition to the holiday season for her dedicated fans.


Choklate – Tis the Season (teaser) from Chris Williams on Vimeo.

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Is D’Angelo Back???

Is D’Angelo Back???

After an 11 year hiatus, Neo Soul movement pioneer, D’Angelo, is reportedly putting the wraps on his forthcoming CD tentatively titled James River, which is to be released on RCA records. James River is by far the most highly anticipated CD to date due largely in part to the success of both Brown Sugar and Voodoo. It’s been said that D’Angelo has been collaborating with Raphael Saadiq, Prince, Cee-Lo,  ?uestlove and Roy Hargrove, among others on this CD. I really wouldn’t be surprised if the CD debuts at number one.  D’Angelo’s project is slated for release late 2011 early 2012.  D’Angelo fans everywhere are excited and anxious for this masterpiece to be released. D’Angelo has also announced concert dates in Stockholm Jan 26, 2012 & Paris in January 29, 2012. Tickets on sale for the Stockholm show go on sale Friday 11/11/11 and tickets for the Paris show go on sale Saturday 11/12/11… This is Sooooo Awesome…!!!!


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Heavy D Dead at 44

Heavy D Dead at 44

(Reported from TMZ)
Rap legend Heavy D — one of the most influential rappers of the ’90s — died earlier today … TMZ has learned.

Heavy D — real name Dwight Arrington Myers — was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today … and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was 44 years old.

We’ve learned a 911 call was placed from Heavy’s Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway .

When help arrived, we’re told Heavy D was conscious and speaking — and was transported to a nearby hospital.

He died a short time later.

Cops are investigating the death — and so far, there are no obvious signs of foul play. Police are currently at the home.

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