After much build up, St. Louis MC/singer/producer Black Spade has finally dropped his first full-length mixtape, Build and Destroy, that recently premiered on Smoking Section (presented by Union Los Angeles and Trackstar). Features on the project include Coultrain, Simeon (The Primeridian), Vic Spencer (Brainiac Society), Adad, Rockwell Knuckles, Corey Black, Vic Mensah, and Wafeek. You can download Stoney Rock’s latest here.
If you missed our annual SummerStage show this past Saturday or just want to relive it with us, check out what the digerati caught after the jump. Stay tuned for gorgeous pics, shot by our photographer, and thanks to everyone who came out to support and make it another memorable, jam-packed, at-capacity, sweaty and sexy SummerStage!
“It’s great to see a master at the top of his game and with a back catalogue as rich and deep as Raphael Saadiq’s, Giant Step struck gold with their SummerStage headline act yesterday… Saadiq’s standing as one of America’s best performers is secure.” -Shook Magazine
Listen to John Legend & The Roots (ft. Melanie Fiona & Common) first single off of their upcoming collaboration, Wake Up!, which will be released by Sony Music. The idea for the album first came up during the 2008 election, a time inspiring “a lot of feelings that we could all do something to make the country better and the world better,” according to Mr. Legend. It will feature covers of classic 60s and 70s songs by artists like Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway as well as one original, and is slated for Sept. 21.
“Wake Up Everybody”
“When these songs were written, people were more spiritually in tune,” says Roots drummer/musical director Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson. “It was fresh from the civil rights era and there was a feeling of hope that maybe, yes, someday we will all be free. In 2010, not so much.”
The album features one original composition, Legend’s song “Shine,” which is featured in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s upcoming documentary film Waiting for Superman.
All you remix masters: check out this contest put on by “electronic duo,” Onili. Download the a capella version, send your remixed version of this reggae infused track by Onili and Laroz to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline (August 15), and the listening session will be streamed live on Justin.tv and picked apart by to-be-determined celebrity judges. If you win, you’ll receive a “free linktone for the remix,” and “a full PR campaign to Israeli music media and in the U.S. by The Bloom Effect.” You’ll also get a free registration to the CMJ Music Marathon, which would normally run the bill at 495 smackers – so remix like you’ve never remixed before.