Jack Splash, Plantlife frontman, has been bubbling in the background of your favorite R&B for years, producing for artists like Alicia Keys and Raheem DeVaughn. Now following his recent single with Kelis, "In the Future", DJ Skee & The Smoking Section have released the new Jack Splash mixtape for download: Heir To The Throne Vol. 1.
Baaba Maal's Television (Palm, 2009) brought a subtle blend of electronic dance elements and timeless traditions of West African music, much as the result of collaboration with New York's Brazilian Girls, co-producers of the album.
While on his current world tour, Baaba's song "International" became a crowd favorite as it evolved with new layers and instrumentation. This extended version deviates from the original with its prominent horn section and added rhythms, yet it maintains the high quality of a studio recording.
Baaba Maal - "International (Alternate recording with horns)" (right-click to download)
!llmind’s rework of Common’s “I Want U” smoothes the original stutter by injecting a little more lounge, more R&B, flickering it into a warm Saturday night jam.
Thanks to RCRDLBL for the MP3. From !llmind's new remix album, mixed by DJ Icewater of The Pharcyde.
John Forte is home! After serving half of his 14-yr sentence for possession with intent and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, he was granted an official Presidential pardon and returned home on December 22, 2008. After 7 long years away from his family, friends and the rest of the world, John was eager to start embracing life again - on his first night home from prison, he was already back in the studio recording. Talib Kweli joined him by contributing to a reworked Kanye beat, "Homecoming".
The song "Homecoming" and the videos are just the beginning for John, who has solidified a bi-weekly column in The Daily Beast. Of course he has an album in the works, but besides the writing and the music, he's also working with at-risk youth organizations such as "In Arms' Reach," a community-based arts, counseling and mentoring program for the children of incarcerated parents.