Justin Bua Debuts New Book

Sweeping in its scope, The Legends of Hip Hop is an intimate look at the visionaries, the movers and the shakers, and the pioneers who have helped shape the world of hip hop.

Groundbreaking artist Justin Bua profiles and paints fifty key figures, including everyone from Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash to President Obama and Jay-Z, providing a portrait of each legend in a style reminiscent of the great masters. The artwork is accompanied by an engaging autobiographical narrative that contextualizes the impact each icon has had on Bua’s personal life and on the hip-hop culture at large. With a foreword by Chuck D, this landmark volume is more than a celebration of hip hop; it is the definitive word on the subject as told by Bua, one of hip hop’s leading artists and a legend in his own right.

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Happy Birthday Frances Jaye

Over the weekend, The Neo Soul Cafe, celebrated the birthday of the one and only DJ Frances Jaye. The party was held on Saturday 1.21.12 at the beautiful Dallas Contemporary Museum… The Party was hosted by the legendary Spinderella, with performances by Choklate, Slakah The Beatchild and Yahzarah. There was four DJ’s spinning, DJ M*Knight, DJ Ant D, DJ Jay Clipp, and DJ Viz The night was magical. So many of Frances friends were unable to celebrate with her. Here are a few birthday greetings we’d like to share with you….

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JBIII Provides the Soundtrack to Nike Video

The latest Nike Sportswear “ALWAYS ON” video features professional football player Darrelle Revis and the music of the one and only Jesse Boykins III. The multi-talented singer-songwriter-producer is notorious for his Advant-garde style. His song Island of Greatness is a soul song with a hip hop vibe that chronicles the hard work and determination required to be successful. JBIII also designed a jacket for Nike… Jesse-Boykins-III-x-NikeSportsWear-x-The-Romantic-Movement6


Kudos to Nike for broadening their horizon and featuring an independent soul music artist in their video.

Here’s the video check it out

Download Jesse Boykin’s Music here

grab Island of Greatness here

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Move Love Remix Contest…

Hey Everyone, Indaba music is sponsoring a remix context. Remix Robert Glasper’s song “Move Love” to win $500 and a royalty-free one of a kind piano sample from Robert himself. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $500, a recorded piano sample by Robert Glasper to use royalty-free in an original composition and an autographed copy of Black Radio. There will also be 10 Honorable Mention prizes. The winners will receive an autographed copy of Black Radio.
For more info go to this site.

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Etta James passes at age 73


Legendary singer Etta James lost her battle with leukemia today at the age of 73. Etta’s health began to decline last year when she was was diagnosed with leukemia and a blood infection. She also reportedly suffered from dementia and kidney failure.
Born Jamesetta Hawkins, Etta began singing in church at age 5. During her teens she was the lead singer for a doo wop group Peaches, and recorded her first #1 song, “The Wallflower (Dance with Me Henry).” Shortly after this she attracted the attention of Little Richard who invited James to go on tour with him. This led to Etta’s legendary career as a soul singer. Ms James had a number of R&B hits however the most notable of all was “At Last” Rest In Peace Ms James…

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