The Beast & Nnenna Freelon’s “Freedom Part 2″ Video off New Album Freedom Suite

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Here is the first video from Freedom Suite, the new project by Nnenna Freelon and The Beast hosted by 9th Wonder, to be posted for free download soon on Okayplayer‘s new jazz-inspired channel The Revivalist. Featured artists on this project of music & words include Phonte, YahZarah, Darien Brockington, Kooley High, Geechi SuedeBranford Marsalis, Amiri Baraka, Questlove, Herbie Hancock, Angela Davis and more.

Directed by Napoleon Wright II, the “Freedom Part 2″ video is a documentary-style short film, which follows The Beast as they volunteer and perform at a Durham-based non profit organization called SEEDS. All proceeds from the performance were donated to SEEDS, an organization which teaches inner-city youth how to plant, grow, harvest and sell crops in their own communities. Learn more about SEEDS here: seedsnc.org

Thanks to our friends at The Couch Sessions for the premiere of this community-spirited video. Keep an eye out for the launch of Okayplayer‘s new site, The Revivalist on October 26th.

Foreign Exchange: Authenticity Out Now + Short Film

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Check out the short film about Foreign Exchange (more here) and get their third release Authenticity, in stores now.

And pick up The Ballad of Purple Saint James by frequently featured FE vocalist, YahZarah. Her second single “Cry Over You” features the lovable Phonte and comes with this good-times video. You can also hear Phonte & YahZarah featured on the upcoming Freedom Suite by The Beast & Nnenna Freelon.

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The Beast & Nnenna Freelon Present Freedom Suite, Hosted by 9th Wonder + MP3

The Beast, a hip-hop quartet featuring emcee Pierce Freelon brings multi Grammy nominee jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon into the group for Freedom Suite, a collection of original songs, classic interpretations and interviews reflecting on jazz and hip-hop today. The entire album will be available for free download on October 26th, via The Revivalist, Okayplayer’s new jazz site.

The music of Freedom Suite combines a live jazz aesthetic with a electronic, sample-based hip-hop aesthetic and features artists like 9th Wonder, Geechi Suede of Camp Lo, Phonte, YahZarah. The music is interspersed with conversations between scholars and teachers like Amiri Baraka, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Angela Davis and more.

Check out the first single “Freedom Part 2″ from their Bandcamp site below.

Introducing Jessie J: “Do It Like A Dude”

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After one listen to a track from her new album, Who You Are, it’s clear the extraordinary Jessie J stands alone. Her Lava/Universal Republic debut album, Who You Are, showcases the skills of a gifted lyricist while highlighting an unforgettable journey. “I feel like my album is an example of what exists in the world of music right now. It’s like my album is an iPod…  it’s like when you go clubbing these days, you don’t have a pop room and a separate R&B room, they’re all together. People just appreciate great music…”

Check out the acoustic version of “Do It Like A Dude“ and an office favorite, “Mama Knows Best.”

Don-Ray’s Haiti Tribute: As Is Above / So Is Below + MP3

As Is Above, So Is Below is an eclectic mix CD that contains 12 tracks compiled by Producer/DJ Don-Ray, to to be released on All Massive Music on 10/10/10. World renown artists like Tortured Soul, Osunlade, Wunmi, Lady Alma, and Fertile Ground donated their music to support the rebuilding effort in the Haitian republic resulting in a soulful selection of Deep House, Afro-Beat, Hip-Hop, Nu-Jazz, Neo-Soul, and Future Funk. This essential “mixtape” brings obscure gems from countries such as Brazil, Ghauna, Sweden, U.S., Canada, and Finland.

Replife & Don-Ray – “Out of Soul (Don-Ray’s 52nd and Broadway Remix)” [MP3]
 

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