Tweet #ToyotaGiving For An Automatic Donation to Youth Music Education


How about a free way to donate money to a great youth music education organization, World Up? It’s super simple and there only a couple more days left! The program ends on Sunday, November 18.

1. Post to Twitter or Instagram how you have been inspired by music to make a difference in the world or your community, using the hashtag #ToyotaGiving.

2. For every tagged #ToyotaGiving tweet or Instagram photo, Toyota will donate $2 to World Up, up to $5,000.

About World Up:

World Up uses hip-hop as a way to talk to youth about global issues and politics, bringing hip-hop artists from around the world into the classroom to tell their stories. Over the past eight years World Up has partnered with hundreds of artists including Lupe Fiasco and Young Guru to name a few, and has developed a curriculum that goes beyond global issues to teach youth literacy, leadership and music production skills.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Technology, hip-hop, and education for the young ones – and we can help make it happen with a couple internet clicks. Good deal. You can learn more about World Up via the above video (produced for another recent fundraising campaign).

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With the help of the community and #ToyotaGiving, World Up’s goal is to generate 2,500 posts, enough to raise $5,000 which will be used to help expand World Up’s educational programs and work towards establishing a World Up school.

Video: Leron Thomas – “Old Friends”


Musician and vocalist Leron Thomas takes a leading role with producing and editing his new video for “Old Friends.” The evocative and performative song is coupled with an eerie video montage of vintage school clips and really eerie, creepy clown painted children. Add a little zest to your Thursday and tune in, why don’t ya?

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Exclusive Release: ‘Sonic Boom Vol. 2′ (Compiled by Maiya Norton) + Download


First time around, miss Maiya Norton blew us away with her selection on our first exclusive release from the Sonic Boom series. While many better known names peppered the the first compilation, on Sonic Boom Vol. 2, Maiya shows us that her musical fluency goes deep and digs up some hidden gems.

Of the artists that folks may be familiar with, Suzi Analogue offers a melodic, lulling instrumental aptly named “TheEndOfTheNite” and our homies The Stuyvesants share another vintage soul epic called “Machine Love.” Other standouts for us are Bay Area electro-soul troupe The Seshen, rapper Eccentric, and Milwaukee producer Haz Solo.

Really, the whole thing plays out beautifully, never quite staying the same in style or tempo yet tying together into a tasteful journey of modern soul, electronic, hip-hop, and dance music.

Stream and download below!

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