Nikki & Rich Video for “Next Best Thing”

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Nikki & Rich premiered this new video for “Next Best Thing” on Ellen’s website, and performed the single live on her show this morning. Go to Ellen’s site for more video of Nikki & Rich! And check out the Nikki & Rich Documentary Trailer we posted in January.

GPWW 3/22/10: A Conversation With K’NAAN

This week GPWW features a discussion with the rising Somalian hip-hop star, K’NAAN. K’NAAN has recently been featured on tracks with Mary J Blige and Mos Def, and is currently touring the US with Wale. Of course Gilles Peterson continues to find new artists from all over the world, and this mix includes everything from Afro-beat on Strut Records and newly reissued Latin music, to Blue Note classics and new albums by Cobblestone Jazz and Paul Weller.

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Videos After the Jump:
K’NAAN – “ABC’s” Live at Filmore at Irving Plaza (NYC) 3/31/10
Friends We Love: Gilles Peterson shares his insight on having the best job in the world and what has kept him going as a career DJ for 30 years.

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All Hail Badu: Live at El Rey Theater

We were very lucky to have Erykah Badu celebrating the release of New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh in LA and NY this past week. Giant Step co-founder Jonathan Rudnick was on hand to experience Erykah’s record release show in LA. Here’s what he thought:

“Naked or (preferably not !) when Badu rolls into town you know you’re in for something extra special and that’s exactly what we all got at LA’s El Rey Tuesday night at the album release party event. Badu’s on fire and for all the right reasons, and don’t get me wrong the all abuzz vid for instant classic “Window Seat” is a must see, but clearly her Badu-ness live is the way ! A 2 hour journey with full 11 piece live band and Badu with her own ‘toys’ tearing through the hits, plus treats like Sun Ra’s ‘Nuclear War’, and tunes from ‘right side of the brain’ steeped New Amerykah Part Two and it felt like a right on baptism!

A Part Two Badu, soul searching and in love, yet still clearly socially active and defiant, came across as part cheeky little girl, feisty teenager, empowering Queen rolled into one mesmerizing 21st century Goddess – All hail Badu – now get some clothes on girl !”


Erykah Badu Performs “Window Seat” with The Roots


Watch Erykah Badu perform “Window Seat,” from her upcoming album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, on the Jimmy Fallon show this week. Stars aligned to give Erykah the best possible backing band, as Fallon’s house band is none other than The Roots.