Anita Baker’s Top 10 Hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

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HustleTV Music News R&B diva Anita Baker quietly announced her retirement on Twitter on Jan. 12. In an effort to quell rumors of new music, she wrote, in part, “Lotta rumours out there. No Tour. No CD. #Retired.”

Baker’s announcement appears to wrap a multi-decade career that lifted her to critical and commercial success. The singer-songwriter, best known for her sultry alto vocals and a string of hits that fused contemporary R&B with elements of jazz and blues, arrived in 1983 with her debut album, The Songstress, and became a household name with her second effort, 1986’s Rapture. The set soared to No. 1 on the Top Black Albums chart (known today as Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) and scored Baker a pair of Grammy Awards. HustleTV

With her industry footprint established, her next project, Giving You the Best That I Got, built on her Rapture breakthrough, becoming her first No. 1 album on the all-genre Billboard 200. It also yielded her biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100, the No. 3-peaking title cut, her second of two top 10s on the chart, following her breakthrough single, 1986’s No. 8-peaking “Sweet Love.”

Baker continued releasing albums in the 1990s and 2000s, earning three more top five albums on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: 1990’s Compositions (No. 5), 1994’s Rhythm of Love (No. 3) and 2004’s My Everything (No. 4).

In honor of Baker’s renowned career, here are her top 10 hits, ranked by chart peak, on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including several of her best-known and celebrated tracks: HustleTV

10. “I Apologize”
Chart Peak: No. 8
Peak Date: Feb. 4, 1995

9. “Caught Up in the Rapture”
Chart Peak: No. 6
Peak Date: Dec. 27, 1986

 

8. “No One in the World”
Chart Peak: No. 5
Peak Date: Sept. 26, 1987

7. “Angel”
Chart Peak: No. 5
Peak Date: Nov. 5, 1983

6. “Lead Me Into Love”
Chart Peak: No. 4
Peak Date: June 24, 1989

5. “Body & Soul”
Chart Peak: No. 4
Peak Date: Sept. 10, 1994

4. “Talk to Me”
Chart Peak: No. 3
Peak Date: Aug. 11, 1990

3. “Sweet Love”
Chart Peak: No. 2
Peak Date: Aug. 16, 1986

2. “Just Because”
Chart Peak: No. 1 (one week)
Peak Date: March 4, 1989

1. “Giving You the Best That I Got”
Chart Peak: No. 1 (two weeks)
Peak Date: Nov. 12, 1988

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We’re Wishing A Happy Birthday To Our Host DJ Hustle

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DJ Hustle is one of the most prolific DJ personalities from the West Coast.  With multiple appearances in music video and national commercials, his face will soon be on of those you will recognize on sight.  DJ Hustle and his HustleTV program brings his viewer exclusive access to some of the biggest names in the the music world.  HustleTV is one of the must stop-ins for entertainment personalities when they hit the Los Angeles areaHustleTV  

 

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HustleTV & DJ Hustle Turn Up In This Quick Mix

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Join HustleTV ‘s DJ Hustle every Friday night at Saddle Ranch Universal Studios City walk Hollywood.  DJ Hustle aka Hot Hands will keep you moving with Top 40, EDM, Dance Music, & More weekly.

That is exactly what is happening with the “new man on the streets” simply known as “DJ Hustle .”
Born and raised in Watts, California … DJ Hustle and his new “HustleTV” have quietly become one of the hottest platforms for entertainers and sports figures to get their real, uncut
interviews aired to the youthful viewers and to Hip Hop audiences worldwide.

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Starting off as a DJ performing at major venues across the country, DJ Hustle decided to branch out and formed “Hustle TV” in 2008 with the show being aired via the Time Warner Cable system. HustleTV

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Within a one year time period, “Hustle TV” had caught on with the Hip Hop audience nationwide, while DJ Hustle’s rapport with the various Rap music stars and sports figures enabled him to secure the “street level, uncut interviews” the artist themselves preferred and that the viewers so desperately wanted to see. HustleTV 

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As DJ Hustle’s grind in the streets took his platform to new heights, the success of Hustle TV motivated him to reach even further and he started to lay the foundation for building a “street edged” one hour cable TV show for Hustle TV that would focus on “controversial street figures and business people.” HustleTV

 

 

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SWING HOUSE IS ROCKIN’ NAMM!

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HustleTV News NAMM week is upon us once again and Swing House—a full service recording / rehearsal / rental / event production company—is busy, busy, busy.

TODAY wraps up three intense days of exclusive video shoots for Evans Drumheads, as well as rehearsals for virtuoso drummer Virgil Donati; Latin superstar Draco Rosa; and 2017 Grammy-nominated R&B up-and-comer Gallant.

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TONIGHT at Swing House, Blackstar Amplification celebrates their 10th Anniversary with a Pre-NAMM performance event, featuring Jared James Nichols, Erik Sandin and Jonathan Mover with Gus G [Ozzy Osbourne], Sin Quirin [Ministry] and Rudy Parris (The Voice).

FRIDAY, Jan 20, 2:00 PM, Swing House President Phil Jaurigui will be representing at NAMM for the panel: Practice, Practice, Practice! Rehearsal Facilities Are the New Studios.

https://www.namm.org/nammu/practice-practice-practice-rehearsal-facilities

FRIDAY, Jan 20, Swing House will be producing The Sabian Cymbal Party @ The Sheraton Ballroom, featuring The Bernie Dressel Big Band & master drummer-percussionist Alex Acuña.

Swing House CEO / co-owner Jonathan Mover and Swing House CRO Genoveva Winsen will also be on hand throughout the show at their other venture Drumhead Magazine (Booth #2451), so stop by, say hello and pick up a copy of the number one drum magazine in circulation. HustleTV

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Swing House Artist Jared James Nichols will bring his “old school meets new” version of “Blues Power” via multiple appearances throughout the week for Blackstar, Seymour Duncan & Gibson.

THURSDAY Jan 19 @ Blackstar Booth # 6440 @ 2:15  (demo performance)

FRIDAY, Jan 20 @ Blackstar Booth #6440 @ Noon (signing)

FRIDAY, Jan 20 @ Gibson Booth #300B @ 2:30 (performance)

FRIDAY, Jan 20 @ Seymour Duncan Booth #5560 (performance)

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Contact:

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Jake Shimabukuro Announces New Ukulele Method at Hal Leonard NAMM Booth

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HustleTV News Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro has teamed up with Hal Leonard to release his first-ever ukulele method. Jake will visit the Hal Leonard booth to announce the book with online video lessons at the NAMM show on Friday, January 20. The press is invited to a photo opportunity with Jake at 3:45 pm in the Hal Leonard booth #5720 located in Hall B. Immediately following the press announcement, Jake will sign autographs for NAMM visitors at 4:00.

Jake Shimabukuro Teaches Ukulele Lessons features Jake introducing notes, chords, songs, and playing techniques. The book includes instruction and transcriptions of every example and the full-length online video features Jake teaching and demonstrating all the skills and techniques from the book. The book also includes access to recordings of the demonstrations in the book. The audio and video are accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows players to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

The video footage also features performances of Jake playing some of his most popular arrangements such as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Ukulele Five-O,” among others. The book with online audio and video retails for $19.99.

Any retailers interested in ordering Jake Shimabukuro Teaching Ukulele Lessons can visit the Hal Leonard NAMM booth #5720, call the Hal Leonard E-Z Order Line at 1-800-554-0626, or email sales@halleonard.com.

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About Jake Shimabukuro
Called “one of the hottest axemen of the past few years [who] doesn’t actually play guitar (Rolling Stone), ‪Jake Shimabukuro has become one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as ‪Jimi Hendrix and ‪Miles Davis. Throughout his rich and varied catalog of albums, Jake captures the many moods of the uke, fearlessly traversing boundaries and putting his inspired touch on everything from island standards,to popular tunes and classical symphonic concertos. He has collaborated with artists from ‪Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson and ‪Cyndi Lauper to Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Lyle Lovett and ‪Bette Midler, and wowed audiences at SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Playboy Jazz Festival, and the cutting-edge TED conference. Noted for his solo uke arrangements of such varied pieces as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and ‪Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Jake just released Nashville Sessions, his first album of all original songs, which Associated Press called “an adventurous, dazzling album.” Jake balances music with family life and community service, traveling to schools around the world spreading positive messages to young people, encouraging them to live drug-free and find their passion. Just last month, he completed an ambitious goal of repairing 100 damaged Kamaka ukuleles for Hawaii public schools. HustleTV

About Hal Leonard
Hal Leonard Corporation is the world’s largest educational music publisher, with the #1 methods for learning guitar (the Hal Leonard Guitar Method), piano (the Faber Piano Method), and school music instruments (Essential Elements for Band and Strings), plus publications for learning virtually every instrument imaginable. In its catalog of more than 200,000 available titles, Hal Leonard represents many of the world’s best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and musical instrument manufacturers. Its products are sold in more than 65 countries throughout the world through Hal Leonard offices and a large network of distributors. Domestically, the company markets to more than 7,500 music stores in the United States and Canada through a team of 50 in-house sales representatives. HustleTV

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With a No. 1 Hit & Donald Glover Co-Sign, A Closer Look at Migos’ Killer Style

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HustleTV  Music News Last Sunday night at the Golden Globes, towards the tail end of his acceptance speech for winning best comedy tv series, Atlanta creator Donald Glover gave a shout out few at the awards ceremony were expecting. “I really want to thank, uh, the Migos,” Glover said. “Not for being in the show, but for making ‘Bad and Boujee.’ Like, that’s the best song… ever.”

There was muted laughter throughout the crowd, and one could almost hear the sound of confused guests leaning towards their dinner partners to ask, “What’d he say? Bags and booty?”

Though Migos did enjoy a memorable cameo in episode three of Atlanta (the trio played a group of murderous yet endearing drug dealers), it’s not their acting that’s made them rap’s buzziest group. The trio hailing from Lawrenceville, Georgia — made up of relatives Quavo, his nephew, Takeoff, and Quavo’s cousin, Offset — are experiencing an explosion of exposure, thanks, mostly, to the track Glover fawned so deeply over at the Globes, which just reached number one on Billboard’s Hot 100. HustleTV

Takeoff as himself, Keith Stanfield as Darius, Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred Miles in "Go For Broke" episode in <em>Atlanta</em> which aried on Sept. 13, 2016 on FX.  

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Takeoff as himself, Keith Stanfield as Darius, Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred Miles in “Go For Broke” episode in  which aried on Sept. 13, 2016 on FX.

Still, the Migos phenomenon is much bigger than one song. Despite their age (Quavo is the oldest at 25), the group has been one of the more successful southern trap acts on the scene since they first formed in 2009. And the trio owe a healthy portion of their success to a sense of style that’s been four years in the making.

“Their fashion is very forward-thinking, and not scared to try new things,” says Daps, director of the two latest Migos videos to set the internet ablaze, “Bad and Boujee” and “T-Shirt.”

Though hip-hop’s relationship with fashion stretches back to its birth, the genre’s modern obsession with clothes has been well-documented, from Kanye’s revolutionary style to Young Thug’s transformative wardrobe. The trend has been monetized, too, in pop-up stores from the likes of Drake, The Weeknd, Rihanna, and more. HustleTV

But Migos might be three of hip-hop’s most underrated style icons, as evidenced by the sneaky success of the group’s last two singles, which have gained attention due to their visual aesthetics as much as anything to do with their music.

Migos’ first breakout single, “Versace,” charges headfirst into one of the world’s most established, high-fashion brands. The accompanying video for the 2013 track shows Migos surprisingly at home and comfortable in the flowy silk of the designer clothes. “Cheetah print on my sleeve, but I ain’t ever been in the jungle,” Quavo raps as he walks an actual cheetah. HustleTV

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GEORGE HARRISON’S VINYL BOX AND BOOK RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 24TH TO MARK HIS 74TH BIRTHDAY

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    GEORGE HARRISON’S VINYL BOX AND BOOK RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 24TH TO MARK HIS 74th BIRTHDAY 

  GEORGE HARRISON – THE VINYL COLLECTION
Vinyl Box Set Includes Thirteen Albums From 1968-2002, plus 12” Picture Discs

I ME MINE – THE EXTENDED EDITION
59 Additional Handwritten Lyrics, Photographs and Memories to be Published in New Extended Edition

(Los Angeles – January 17, 2017) The Harrison family is proud to announce the release of George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection (UMe) box set featuring all of George Harrison’s solo studio albums in one collection for the first time.

The vinyl box set includes all twelve of George’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are George’s classic live album Live In Japan (2LP), and two 12” single picture discs of ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘Got My Mind Set On You’.  All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box. The original analogue master tapes were used for the new re-masters and were cut at the legendary Capitol studios to ensure exceptional audio quality throughout.  The individual albums from the collection will also be available separately, with All Things Must Pass as a limited edition title. HustleTV

George’s autobiography I Me Mine – The Extended Edition  (Genesis Publications)

George Harrison’s I Me Mine was originally published by the specialist book publisher, Genesis Publications in 1980.  It became the first of many collaborations between George and Genesis founder, Brian Roylance. In conversation with his friend and former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, and in a first-person commentary that accompanies his songs, Harrison’s own words recount everything from his upbringing in Liverpool, to early Beatlemania, his spirituality and philosophy.  This new extended version of the book now spans the complete length of Harrison’s career in music, told in his words and through 141 songs with hand written lyric sheets faithfully reproduced in full color. Now stretching to 632 pages it features lyrics to more than 50 songs not previously included, as well as new photographs, many unpublished until now. HustleTV

George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection vinyl LP box set contains:

Wonderwall Music (1968) | 1 LP
Electronic Sound (1969) | 1 LP
All Things Must Pass (1970) | 3 LP *limited edition piece
Living In The Material World (1973) | 1 LP
Dark Horse (1974) | 1 LP
Extra Texture (1975) | 1 LP
Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976) | 1LP
George Harrison (1979) | 1 LP
Somewhere in England (1981) | 1 LP
Gone Troppo (1982) | 1 LP
Cloud Nine (1987) | 1 LP
Live In Japan (1992) | 2 LP
Brainwashed (2002) | 1 LP
12” Picture Disc Singles of ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ (only available as part of the box set)

Also available, the perfect companion for the vinyl set is the George Harrison Essential III turntable. This elegant piece is manufactured and designed by Pro-Ject Audio Systems, one of the world’s leading suppliers of record players. The artwork was designed by Studio Number One based on an exclusive 2014 art-print lithograph designed for the Harrisons by Shepard Fairey. This turntable is limited to 2500 worldwide. HustleTV

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CONTACT:
Jim Merlis, Big Hassle Media (424) 603-4655 jim@bighassle.com
Sujata Murthy, UMe 310 865 7812 sujata.murthy@umusic.com

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‘La La Land’ Soundtrack Dances to No. 2 on Billboard 200 Chart, Weeknd Spends Third Week at No. 1

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La La Land’big night at the Golden Globe Awards, the film’s soundtrack flies from No. 15 to No. 2. Starboy earned 63,000 equivalent album units (down 10 percent) in the week ending Jan. 12, according to Nielsen Music, while La La Land jumps to the runner-up slot with 42,000 units (up 83 percent).

 

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend and producers Marc Platt, Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger accept the award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for La La Land onstage during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

‘La La Land’ Breaks Golden Globes Record for Most Wins by a Film

As for La La Land, most of its units were powered by traditional album sales, as 30,000 copies of the album were sold (up 88 percent). It was the top-selling album of the week, and climbs to No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart.

The Moana soundtrack slips from No. 2 to No. 3 with 39,000 units (down 40 percent); thus, the chart has two soundtracks within the top three for the first time in more than a year-and-a-half. It last occurred on the chart dated May 30, 2015, when the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack debuted at No. 1, while the Fifty Shades of Greysoundtrack rose from No. 6 to No. 3.

 

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DJ Hustle Tonight On The 1s & 2s At Universal Studios City Walk Hollywood Saddle Ranch Every Friday

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Join HustleTV ‘s DJ Hustle every Friday night at Saddle Ranch Universal Studios City walk Hollywood.  DJ Hustle aka Hot Hands will keep you moving with Top 40, EDM, Dance Music, & More weekly.

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That is exactly what is happening with the “new man on the streets” simply known as “DJ Hustle .”
Born and raised in Watts, California … DJ Hustle and his new “HustleTV” have quietly become one of the hottest platforms for entertainers and sports figures to get their real, uncut
interviews aired to the youthful viewers and to Hip Hop audiences worldwide.

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Starting off as a DJ performing at major venues across the country, DJ Hustle decided to branch out and formed “Hustle TV” in 2008 with the show being aired via the Time Warner Cable system. HustleTV

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Within a one year time period, “Hustle TV” had caught on with the Hip Hop audience nationwide, while DJ Hustle’s rapport with the various Rap music stars and sports figures enabled him to secure the “street level, uncut interviews” the artist themselves preferred and that the viewers so desperately wanted to see. HustleTV

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As DJ Hustle’s grind in the streets took his platform to new heights, the success of Hustle TV motivated him to reach even further and he started to lay the foundation for building a “street edged” one hour cable TV show for Hustle TV that would focus on “controversial street figures and business people.” HustleTV

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R. Kelly Denies Trump Inauguration Gig as ‘Simply Untrue’

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HustleTV Music News  The list of artists not planning to play Donald Trump’s inauguration continues to grow much longer than those who have officially signed up. The latest to shoot down rumors of an inaugural gig is R Kelly, who tweeted on Thursday night (Jan. 12) that it is “simply untrue” that he’ll suit up for the New York real estate mogul’s big day next week.

The post entitled, “End.Of.Story” features the statement in a large yellow box with the important denials in bolded red and Kelly explaining that “Despite the rumors circulating online, R. Kelly will not be performing at this years inauguration ceremony.” HustleTV

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Aaliyah’s ‘Ultimate’ Hits Collection Finally Available on iTunes

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HustleTV Music News After years of waiting, Aaliyah fans can finally purchase the biggest hits on her Ultimate Aaliyah collection on iTunes and stream it on Apple Music. The 25-track posthumous album appeared unexpectedly on Wednesday night (Jan. 11), featuring such beloved tunes as “One in a Million,” “Try Again,” “Are You That Somebody” and “Rock the Boat.”

Previously, the only music available from the singer who tragically died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22 was her 1994 debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, leaving such important works as her One in a Million and Aaliyah albums and “Are You That Somebody?” single missing from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other online services. (At press time it did not appear that the album had been added to other digital retailers.) The unexpected appearance of the hits collection came a month after Complex magazine ran a feature explaining the complicated legal struggles that have kept the singer’s music off online retailers. HustleTV

The track listing for Ultimate Aaliyah:

1) “One in a Million”

2) “If Your Girl Only Knew”

3) “Hot Like Fire”

4) “The One I Gave My Heart To”

5) “Got to Give it Up”

6) “4 Page Letter”

7) “We Need a Resolution” (feat. Timbaland)

8) “Rock the Boat”

9) “More Than a Woman”

10) “I Care 4 U”

11) “Try Again” (feat. Timbaland)

12) “Back & Forth”

13) “Are You That Somebody?”

14) “Don’t Know What to Tell Ya”

15) “Miss You”

16) “At Your Best”

17) “Are You Feelin’ Me?”

18) “Messed Up”

19) “Come Back in One Piece” (feat. DMX)

20) “I Don’t Wanna”

21) “Man Undercover” (feat. Timbaland)

22) “John Blaze” (feat. Missy Elliott)

23) “I Am Music” (feat. Timbaland and Static of Playa)

24) “More Than a Woman” (Bump N Flex Club Mix)

25) “Hold On” (feat. Timbaland & Wyclef Jean)

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Ed Sheeran Confirms He’ll Do ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ Plans NSFW Notorious B.I.G. Cover

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HustleTV Music News  James Corden might soon scratch one of the big names off his “Carpool Karaoke” wish list. In an interview with the U.K.’s  Capital Fm on Monday, Ed Sheeran confirmed that he’s finally getting ready to hit the road with The Late Late Show host. “I’ve been in touch with James Corden about this for three years, because he wanted me to do the first one and I just wasn’t around,” Sheeran, 25, told British radio host Roman Kemp.  HustleTV

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“I can confirm that at some point this year, I will be doing a ‘Carpool Karaoke,” said the singer who recently smashed a Spotify one-day streaming record thanks to his new singles “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill.” And while most of the “Carpool” segments have featured stars like Gwen Stefani, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey playing it straight, Sheeran plans to follow in Adele’s footsteps and go rogue with some potentially NSFW hip-hop. A spokesperson for The Late Late Show could not be reached for confirmation at press time. HustleTV

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DJ Hustle Tonight On The 1s & 2s At Universal Studios City Walk Hollywood Saddle Ranch Every Friday

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Join HustleTV ‘s DJ Hustle every Friday night at Saddle Ranch Universal Studios City walk Hollywood.  DJ Hustle aka Hot Hands will keep you moving with Top 40, EDM, Dance Music, & More weekly.

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That is exactly what is happening with the “new man on the streets” simply known as “DJ Hustle .”
Born and raised in Watts, California … DJ Hustle and his new “HustleTV” have quietly become one of the hottest platforms for entertainers and sports figures to get their real, uncut
interviews aired to the youthful viewers and to Hip Hop audiences worldwide.

hustletv-tv-htv-dj-hustle-music-bloggers-flyer-jpg

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Starting off as a DJ performing at major venues across the country, DJ Hustle decided to branch out and formed “Hustle TV” in 2008 with the show being aired via the Time Warner Cable system. HustleTV

dj-hustle-dj

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Within a one year time period, “Hustle TV” had caught on with the Hip Hop audience nationwide, while DJ Hustle’s rapport with the various Rap music stars and sports figures enabled him to secure the “street level, uncut interviews” the artist themselves preferred and that the viewers so desperately wanted to see. HustleTV

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As DJ Hustle’s grind in the streets took his platform to new heights, the success of Hustle TV motivated him to reach even further and he started to lay the foundation for building a “street edged” one hour cable TV show for Hustle TV that would focus on “controversial street figures and business people.” HustleTV

 

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DJ Snake is Mobbin’ With Jeremih, Young Thug, and Swizz Beatz in Bootylicious ‘The Half’

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HustleTV Music News  Who is that silent, sunglassed man in the bright orange bomber jacket hanging out with Jeremih, Young Thug, and Swizz Beatz? Why, that’s French producer DJ Snake, the man who gave you mega-hit “Let Me Love You” with Justin Bieber. While DJ Snake couldn’t make it for a cameo in that music video, he is all up in this vid’s glowing hallway like Puff Daddy in the ’90s. DJ Hustle

The visual for “The Half,” the fourth official single from the producer’s debut album Encore, is pretty standard rap video fair: Lots of beautiful, scantily clad women shaking what their mommas gave them. The song itself is definitely ready for radio with star-studded verses and a perfect party hook. HustleTV

 

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Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead to Headline Coachella 2017

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HustleTV Music News  Start gathering your chic festival gear now — the lineup for the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has officially been revealed. The full roster was announced Tuesday (Jan. 3) on the festival’s official website, and features Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar as the headliners for both weekends of the fest. HustleTV

Taking place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., over the weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23, Coachella will feature plenty of other big-name artists on this year’s bill. Perhaps one of the most anticipated performances will be from Lorde, who hasn’t toured since 2014 or released new original music since 2013’s Pure HeroineHustleTV

Also featured in the lineup are the xx, Travis Scott, Father John Misty, Future, Bon Iver, DJ Snake, Tove Lo, DJ Khaled and New Order. Passes for Coachella will go on sale at 11 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Check out the full list of artists below. HustleTV

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Demi Lovato Endorses New #DemiLovatoChallenge Viral Dance Craze

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HustleTV Music News  It’s a new year and already there’s a new viral dance craze to indulge in. The #DemiLovatoChallenge has been picking up steam online, giving dance fans (and Demi Lovato fans) something to get excited about.

The contest spans back to a video young rapper Kandi Reign shared last month, showing off a dance routine with friends to her new song “I Feel Like Demi Lovato.” Soon, it became clear others were feeling it too and began submitting their own versions — where the main rules seem to be looking fresh and having fun.  HustleTV

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DJ Hustle Tonight On The 1s & 2s At Universal Studios City Walk For Our Pre New Year’s Eve Party

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Join HustleTV ‘s DJ Hustle tonight at Saddle Ranch Universal Studios City walk Hollywood for our pre New Years Eve party.  DJ Hustle aka Hot Hands will keep you moving with Top 40, EDM, Dance Music, & More weekly.

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That is exactly what is happening with the “new man on the streets” simply known as “DJ Hustle .”
Born and raised in Watts, California … DJ Hustle and his new “HustleTV” have quietly become one of the hottest platforms for entertainers and sports figures to get their real, uncut
interviews aired to the youthful viewers and to Hip Hop audiences worldwide.

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Starting off as a DJ performing at major venues across the country, DJ Hustle decided to branch out and formed “Hustle TV” in 2008 with the show being aired via the Time Warner Cable system. HustleTV

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Within a one year time period, “Hustle TV” had caught on with the Hip Hop audience nationwide, while DJ Hustle’s rapport with the various Rap music stars and sports figures enabled him to secure the “street level, uncut interviews” the artist themselves preferred and that the viewers so desperately wanted to see. HustleTV

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As DJ Hustle’s grind in the streets took his platform to new heights, the success of Hustle TV motivated him to reach even further and he started to lay the foundation for building a “street edged” one hour cable TV show for Hustle TV that would focus on “controversial street figures and business people.” HustleTV

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Nicky Jam Sets Release Date For New Single and Album

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Nicky Jam  fans rejoice!

HustleTV Music News  The “Hasta el amanecer” singer announced the release dates for his new single and album coming in the new year. The track “El amante” will premiere Jan. 15 and his studio LP Fenix will drop five days later on Jan. 20.

Nicky Jam took to social media to share the news with his millions of followers posting a video and a sneak peak of his English track “Without You,” also included in FenixHustleTV

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The Top 20 Hip-Hop Albums of 2016

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Hip-hop made an amazing showing in 2016, better than we’ve seen in a long time actually… just as long as one looked in the right places. Of course there were projects from artists that either rap very poorly or rap about all the wrong things, or both, but there were just as many, if not more, from ladies and gents that know their stuff and apply it well. All anyone had to do was dig a little deeper below the mainstream to find them.

By far, the vast majority of the best (and I mean the best) hip-hop albums of the year were either self-released (a good handful) or released on independent record labels (most cases), not connected or affiliated with the “majors.” Catching on yet? The cream-of-the-crop LPs, EPs and mixtapes are usually from the underground and not under the guise of any heavy commercial overseer. Anyway, you’re probably getting hungry for some music by now so let’s dig in. Here are the top twenty hip-hop albums of 2016…

20. Top of the Line by Rittz (May 6, Strange Music Inc)

A real solid up-comer from the Strange Music camp, Rittz (Jonathan McCollum) is as much a product of his Southern Georgia roots as he is a student of the most multidimensional lyrical legends of rap’s past. Not only does he come out swinging on his third LP, Top of the Line, but he also breaks away from the mold of his last two projects with more songs in a very personal light, making the case that he’s now one of the deepest, most distinguished voices in the game.

Stocked with wondrous productions from Seven, Heartbeatz, Matic Lee and Kato and highlighted by spots from Strange leader Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko and down South greats Devin The Dude and MJG, Top of the Linehas marathon momentum through all of its fresh new material. Rittz destroys clown rappers and bullying, gives a leg-up to Black/All Lives Matter and fights to overcome obstacles in love, the ghetto and loss, all the while maintaining a very heartfelt comportment. The rest is spent kicked back to some cool vibes, and why not? Top of the Line is the best project of Rittz’s career so far. Don’t sleep on this man. (Read the original review here.)

19. The Life & Death of Scenery by L’Orange & Mr. Lif (Oct. 14, Mello Music Group)

Former Definitive Juxter Mr. Lif’s second album with golden era honoring Mello Music Group is a collaboration with the talented sampling wizard L’Orange, but more than that, it is an album-spanned rap-movie that foretells of humankind’s bland, joyless fate if we keep down our current path and what we must do to turn the tide.

In a future without music or books, there rises a savior known as The Scribe (Mr. Lif) – who with the help of his close friends portrayed by Akrobatik, Chester Watson, Gonjasufi and Insight – organizes, educates and rallies the people of the dismal new world order to rebel against the wickedly soulless king and his manipulated, cornball radio-announcer, voiced by actor Wyatt Cenac from The Daily Show.

The movement succeeds, the king’s kingdom vanishes and life goes on. Vivid fairy tale scenarios are what Mr. Lif and his guests spin so well here and enchanting new beat creations are what L’Orange fills in the gaps with in this story that is medieval in its regressive setting and mood yet inspiring and uplifting with its finale. (Read the original review here.)

18. The Cookout Chronicles by Wax (Sept. 2, Scrublife) HustleTV

Marylander turned California angel Michael “Wax” Jones’ fantastic phenomenon and authentic success in the rap game are attributed to his lovable personality, his sharp creative rhyme-writing that he delivers so carefully, and his musical, I repeat, musical beats. Over the years, he has regularly sought assistance from the just-as-phenomenal producer EOM (Elements of Music), and together they’ve made some of the best soundtracks hip-hop has ever heard.

Wax, who started out in the band Macgregor, is responsible for beautiful albums like Liquid CourageEviction NoticeScrublifeContinueLivin Foul and now The Cookout Chronicles, where his new age mind-state, his top-tier lyrical bars and his penchant for cool melodic music are as bright and nourishing as the sun. Never one to take himself too serious, Wax has fun with his verbal aerobics, but how he has structured the love concept in Chronicles is a stroke of brilliance and a sign of hope.

He goes from being disasterously unlucky in romance (“First Love” and “Love Will Make You Do Dumb Sh*t”) to finding it again in the end (“Never Thought I’d Be In Love Again”). The cap-off to a shaky yet exciting summer, the venturous Cookout Chronicles is another fabulous, fruitful get-together by Wax and his artist-friends. (Read the original review here.)

17. Conception of Concept (Big Seven #2) by K-Rino (Nov. 15, Black Book Int/SoSouth)

In the past, Houston underground legend K-Rino never received all the attention he so deserved for his crafty, conscious, hardcore lyricism and explosive projects, but after releasing in November, seven brand new quality LPs all at once, which took him and his associates less than a year to create, he’s bound to receive much more attention than usual for the world record-setting accomplishment AND for the gifts within the albums. HustleTV

Each of The Big Seven is extraordinary, but album number two, Conception of Concept, makes The Top 20 for its standout bravery and character. In addition to setting off this string of albums’ entry in K’s Sorcerer vs Wizard tales, in a vividly action-packed meeting-scene that could only be narrated by K-Rino, he starts in on the verbal slayings and courageous concept pieces. He calls out on wax those needing a good kick-start in the rear in “Triflin,” cripples the one percent’s tight grip on America’s economy and politics in “Listen Up,” demonstrates a healthy platonic guy/girl connection in “One Nite Stand” and lampoons garbage rappers in “T-Rash.”

Confidently moving tooth and nail into territory artists are traditionally steered away from, K-Rino challenges himself to be fearless and to confront the corrupt system more so here than in any other part of The Seven, despite the fact that they all question society in great ways. Conception of Concept is for fans willing to face their demons and tackle them head-on. (Read the original review here.)

16. Prey for the Devil by Bambu (Sept. 8, Beatrock Music)

L.A.-raised emcee and activist Bambu (Jonah Deocampo) has been doing his thing as an individual act for a good chunk of time now, since 2003 in fact, the year of his debut LP, Self Untitled. Going forward from that point, he has left nothing but a trail of deep indelible footprints for all to follow on the path of life. The husband, father, organizer and of course sociopolitical rap-hurdler marked 2016 for the release of his eighth album, Prey For The Devil, and came through on his word in September with material that is no less classic than all his previous masterclasses.

Conscious to the max, rocking with a cool sway and tough but not too tough, Bambu raps on racism, income-based divisions in society, police brutality and how to avoid meddlesome cops with the utmost concern for everyone. Most of all though, the album is put in place as a reminder that when people anywhere are oppressed in any way, there is a point at which they’ll no longer take it sitting down and rise up to defend themselves and fight the wicked powers over them. Bambu doesn’t just make music that excites. He also makes music that empowers. (Read the original review here.)

15. A Lack of Convention by O’hene Savánt (May 4, self-released)

There is no one in hip-hop more under-appreciated than the ultra-ambitious emcee and multi-instrumentalist known as O’hene Savánt. The fine independent rapper and musician has a worldly conscious outlook on life (as a teenager, he spent significant time living in Accra, Ghana) plus several close industry contacts in rap, soul, jazz and other genres. And with more than a dozen amazing albums of enlightenment and stunning musicality under his belt, he is already a multi-field legend in dire need of more notice, recognition and respect. HustleTV

His 2016 album A Lack of Convention easily makes it into the list of this year’s best because over a magnificent score once again, he confidently handles love struggles, the deliberate dumbing down of entertainment by the majors, healthy values, strength in numbers and progress in the black community, like second nature. Past collaborators E Snipe and Sheda B are on the manifest, but it is O’hene’s genius, talents and sense of responsibility that keep A Lack of Convention in the air. O’hene knows he’s the bomb and shows us in this grand masterwork from a real grandmaster. (Read the original review here.)

14. Supreme Aftermath by Blak Madeen (Jan. 15, Rhyme Dawah)

Political rappers with heat, Blak Madeen (Al-J and Yusuf Abdul-Mateen) from Boston perform a complete examination of world affairs in their masterful third LP, Supreme Aftermath. They alert us to wars in third world countries (many times started, provoked and sustained by the super rich and powerful), climate change, domestic terrorism, disharmony across religions and the economic burdens placed on the poor.

These two brilliant emcees are activists and good-intentioned workers for awareness and global justice, justice that threatens the greedy elitist lifestyle. And to show that they have their backers, many respect-keeping underground hip-hop artists have helped them out in the album’s construction. Main producer Skin Ced is aided by beatmakers Teddy Roxpin, Sicknature, The Arcitype and Divine Styler for a hard-pressing, ironclad production set.

On the guest side, Blacastan, Gift of Gab, Planet Asia, Shabazz The Disciple and Krumb Snatcha all stand up and fight side by side with the honorable Muslim men of Blak Madeen. These guys use their words as weapons and aim them at the forces of evil. It may hurt a little to hear about all the atrocities happening on earth here, but from this very doable pain comes pleasure, pleasure in knowing the truth and moving forward henceforth. (Read the original review here.)

13. Mood Swings by Lady Paradox & Gadget (Sept. 9, Millennium Jazz Music)

If hip-hop has to go out of its way, or across the pond, to find amazing jazz-rap, it shouldn’t mind if it involves getting to know the sweet smart Lady Paradox, a Leicester, UK resident emcee who has been paying her dues in the game for over a decade. She used to collaborate often with producer Pat D, but for her 2016 Mood Swings LP (her third), she linked up with friend and equally proficient jazzman Gadget.

Their chemistry on the project is instantly felt and irresistible to witness. He brings the incredibly soothing soul sounds, and she, because the music pleases her just right, dives headfirst into her flutey yet clear raps on topics like the freedom-restricting ways of the modern world, trust issues, loneliness, media manipulation, contradictions in society involving race for example, work focus and lastly warm smile-making appreciation for life. Gadget is equally bright here, and he is a pioneer for hooking up with Lady Paradox, a rare form of rapper whose verses are simply gorgeous every time. Mood Swings is an absolute must-know and an absolute must-listen that just might bring tears of joy to your eyes. (Read the original review here.)

12. Everything in Between by Ugly Heroes (June 24, Mello Music Group)

A followup as lovely as their debut, Everything in Between by The Ugly Heroes softens the shock of hearing the truth from emcees Red Pill and Verbal Kent with the sedative effects of Apollo Brown’s serene soul-beats, a winning formula they created in their eponymously titled first LP from 2013. The steady yet advanced lyricism is positively out of this world and to die for. Red Pill and Verbal Kent deliver their enriching messages in situational anecdotes and by cutting right to the chase without sounding offensive or high and mighty, but either way, their words weigh heavily on the mind long after the end. The storied two-parter “Unforgiven” is without a doubt the most unique track, but everything in between in this flawless Everything in Between album succeeds because of its cool beats and sure-shot wisdom. (Read the original review here.)

11. Lead Poison by Elzhi (March 25, GLOW365)

Sometimes the best and usually first way to deal with a problem is to get it out in the open, and that’s just what Detroit emcee and Slum Village alum Elzhi does with many of his in Lead Poison, his second studio album. Do you know the type of rap in which romanticized violence, extravagant jollies, money-worshipping and material possessiveness are the only foci? Lead Poison is not that type of rap at all. Elzhi brings outstanding rhyme-poetics to this long-awaited followup and raps on relevant topics such as relationships, poverty, lonesomeness and despair, all over soul-strengthening instruments courtesy of Bombay, Quelle Chris, Karriem Riggins, Oh No and several others. Elzhi’s return is a supremely excellent one here, as he waves the flag high for real intelligent hip-hop, in this case brought by a stable grassroots outfit, El’s very own GLOW365 imprint. (Read the original review here.)

10. Layers by Royce Da 5’9” (April 15, Bad Half Ent)

Prior to 2010, pundits might have been inclined to assume that Detroit fixture Royce Da 5’9’’ would forever remain a rhyme-maniacal backpack emcee rapping about typically mainstream subject matter, but after that year, his tone started to shift and he began making serious power moves with his peers. His 2011 Success Is Certain album gave off a uniquely upbeat air, he reconciled with Eminem to release their Hell: The Sequelcollabo EP, he and Slaughterhouse dropped their sophomore LP and in 2014, he hopped on Shady XV and joined the venerable DJ Premier for PRhyme.

This year saw another classic from the Midwesterner who was born to spit: Layers, his sixth and best solo album so far. In addition to featuring professional level production from Mr. Porter, Jake One, Nottz, DJ Khalil and DJ Pain 1 as well as nice guest work from Pusha T, Melanie Rutherford and Mr. Porter again, Royce is brilliant with his bars and wiser and more mature than ever, rapping on the income gap, the problem with avarice and overconsumption plus layers upon layers of other important topics. (Read the original review here.)

9. Congratulations by Mac Lethal (Sept. 13, Black Clover Records)

In Congratulations, big Mac Lethal of Kansas City, Missouri and Black Clover Records sounds like he’s been dying to release the in-depth LP for quite some time now. Tackling religion, family dysfunction and relationship hurdles, the spitting pro talks about what it’s like coming up as a white, middle class Midwesterner in America, and later in, he’s incredibly caring when he questions the capitalistic snares of the music business and life, encourages healthy living through good diet and exercise, and says getting out of one’s comfort zone is essential to personal growth.

Mac is a dedicated, devoted husband and father, but in tracks like the bonus “Go To Sleep,” he shows that the life can sometimes be a bummer. He’s technically masterful, emotionally arresting and completely adult. Tech N9ne of Strange Music joins the order in “Angel of Death” and Michael “Seven” Summers lays the heart-stealing musical foundation in this breathtaking work of art. (Read the original review here.)

8. Slow Motion Vol. 2 by Jarren Benton (July 22, Benton Enterprise)

The Southern rapper (Atlanta) with the Northeastern tongue and tons of underground heart and heat, Jarren Benton, surprised all his fans midsummer with the ambush-release of his sophomore LP Slow Motion Vol. 2, the followup to his debut album, My Grandma’s Basement (2013). Having been thrown off the capsized Funk Volume flagship at the start of the year, Jarren made the very wise decision to go independent for this raucous yet also reasoning renegade-affair that will have you locked in your seat until such point when Jarren and Jarren alone decides to let you go.

His messages command full attention though. He doubles-down on his commitment to live purely, and although the jarring rapper is rough and rugged, he also gets in touch with his gentle side, rapping on the love he has that roars ceaselessly for his children and his disgust for violence and the tolerance of violence against the weak and vulnerable. A party that fights for the good in life and an album that definitely makes you feel alive, Slow Motion 2 knows when and where to apply pressure or ease up. (Read the original review here.)

7. Pieces in Space by Sammus (Oct. 28, Don Giovanni Records/NuBlack Music)

To help balance the playing field and exercise the mind simultaneously, Ithaca, New York emcee, producer and academic Sammus (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) treated us to her intrepid third LP, Pieces in Space, at the end of October, just in time to kick off the holiday season. The sweet escape side of the album celebrates the wonders of being a child (“Childhood”), perseverance and positivity (“Cubicle”), beautiful nonconformity (“Weirdo”) and the art of rap-wordplay as Sammus dazzles us with her intricate rhyme-flow of varied cadences and voluptuous vocabulary blended to perfection. On the other hand, Sammus is constructively critical of nuisances elsewhere, taking slacking rappers, trolls and the savage business world to task in “100 Percent,” “Comments Disabled” and “Nighttime,” respectively.HustleTV

The magnum opera of the project however are found in the new black feminist statements of “Perfect, Dark,” in the emphasis on body AND mind in relationships in “Song About Sex” and finally in Sammus’s therapeutic outpouring of bothersome emotions in “1080p” and “Qualified.” On top of all that, these pieces in Space are brilliantly lit up furthermore by the woman’s diverse, electric production-score and by the ravishing Latasha Alcindor, Homeboy Sandman, Jean Grae and Open Mike Eagle among others. Get to know Sammus, who has obviously learned from the finest rappers and producers before her. (Read the original review here.)

6. The Greatest X by Reks (Sept. 9, Brick Records)

Rhythmatic king Reks from Lawrence, Massachusetts really was one of the greatest unknown rappers in the game, but with all the exceptional work he has put into his tenth studio album The Greatest X and with the positive results that have come from it, he’s about to become one of the greatest known rappers in the industry true enough. A double disc featuring a dream roster of underground guest-emcees plus gold-standard East Coast boom-bap, TGX doesn’t stop there with its generous offerings.

The genuine intelligence and awareness Reks exhibits will make any hip-hop head jump (or bob) for joy, as he blitzes police and politician corruption as well as the incessant crime and violence tormenting the ghetto, and upholds keeping an unbiased mind-frame, free of toxic influences. Also in the mix are Reks’s stable thoughts on his past, love, the changing culture of hip-hop, and the new kids coming up today. He is an incredible elder with the chops of a young buck and the knockout punch of a champ in this sure-to-be hip-hop classic. (Read the original review here.)

5. Nihilismo by Sole & DJ Pain 1 (April 22, Black Box Tapes)

In addition to co-founding label Anticon, veteran emcee Sole (Tim Holland) is also a past or current member of numerous groups (Deep Puddle Dynamics, Sole & The Skyrider Band, etc), but recently he’s been cutting it up with the well-connected DJ Pain 1 (Pacal Bayley). Their 2014 album Death Drive has a sweltering conscious-climate thanks to Sole’s ripping expository lyrics and a stunning new age music-scape courtesy of Pain 1. Their second collaboration, the Nihilismo LP, regenerates all the excitement of their first and goes further, analyzing just about every way the earth-controlling economies of the first world are diseased.

Sole keeps his raps about self down to a bare minimum and only to make a relatable point, and he spends the rest of his time discussing the finer points of race-relations, agribusiness, work/life balance and spades more. His closing emphasis on our shared values as people brings all his previous topics, and us, together at last. Sole’s vocal impressiveness is the topping, layered generously upon DJ Pain 1’s experimental creations of pop, drill, dancehall and rock, a just as impressive set of varied sound-scapades. Get ready to turn your nihilism into a purpose for living with this rich revelatory album. (Read the original review here.)

4. Webster’s Laboratory 2 by Chris Webby (June 1, Homegrown Music)

Packed with better samples and better messages of understanding than its precursor, Chris Webby’s Webster’s Laboratory 2 is the Connecticut emcee’s best project yet in nearly a decade in the field. Recycling records that will dazzle people of all ages, producers JP, Juice, Jitta, Teddy Roxpin, C-Lance and Kato give Webby plenty of musical support to fulfill his mission of spreading knowledge and wisdom to all.

With a super positive mind-frame, the highly conscious rhyme-prodigy is grateful and sagely as he knocks down the vices of humankind, has some fun of course, upholds good as opposed to evil and approaches drugs from a very evaluative analytical station. Don’t be misled by its cartoony cover art. WL2 is real grownup rap, technically superb and carefully orchestrated. Chris Webby may be twenty-eight now, but he has the sharp mind of a cutting edge linguistic lab tech, the values and morals of Confucius and all the spunk of a healthy “teenage mutant ninja rapper” in this game-changing foray into magnanimus mixtape majesty. (Read the original review here.)

3. The Reformation: G.D.N.I.A.F.T by Bishop Lamont (Aug. 19, self-released)

If the path to success requires a long arduous journey, some will turn back or lie down, but not Carson, Cali emcee Bishop Lamont. In a career that goes back well over a decade, Bishop certainly had his share of disappointments. Trying to get signed in the first place was of course a beast, and once he got a deal, with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, it too fell through, but he remained persistent, holding onto his contacts and staying busy. The man’s mixtape discography is impressive, but since his 2016 LP, The Reformation: G.D.N.I.A.F.T, is a product of years of learning from trial and error, it’s easily the centerpiece of his catalog at this point in time.

Excoriating American doctrine, the greed and bloodlust of capitalism, media antics, industry buffoonery and more, Bishop Lamont lays the problems out on the table, but he also has an answer, and it’s not complicated; he says it’s to love and come together, and to show he’s right, a plethora of fabulous vocal and musical guests stand behind him all the way. If Bishop Lamont is critical of the system, it’s because he cares. The Reformationis here to reform the rap game and worldview from an “I don’t give a f*ck” culture into one where sometimes it’s okay to say, “I give a f*ck.” (Read the original review here.)

2. The Regime by 3D Na’Tee (Aug. 29, self-released)

Queen of New Orleans, 3D Na’Tee, light years ahead of many contemporary rappers, is currently the best pound for pound strong-woman in American hip-hop not to mention a tough opponent for any man who claims to have bars, but besides being a steely force to be reckoned with, she also has a compassionate side that comes out when she reveals the vastness of her enlightened mind. This respect-commanding rap-administrator exudes both likenesses and more in her independent debut album, The RegimeHustleTV

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In this hefty heartfelt LP, Na’Tee champions the intellect and human soul and spirit over riches, material wealth and superficial short-lasting fads with her arresting stories, sound personal philosophy and of course, a torrential tidal wave of incredible lyrical rhymes that carry these honorable messages. Involved in rap and hip-hop from an early age and a judicious project-maker (The Regime is so far her only non-mixtape release despite dropping gems at a regular rate over the last decade), she is just getting started and hopefully her reign will continue long into the future. 3D Na’Tee has got it all. (Read the original review here.)

1. Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest (Oct. 7, Lex Records)

When you consider all the writing occupations besides rapper held by South London native Kate Tempest, it’s all the more jaw-dropping how fluent she is at the craft of hip-hop emceeing alone, but when you have a love for literature and composition and a will to share your ideas and creations with the world like she has, it comes with the territory. The talented, brilliant and super skilled playwright, novelist and performance poet, with help from the unmatchable Dan Carey on producer duties, has birthed a bigger, badder and ultimately more beautiful album than her first (the likewise extraordinary Everybody Down) with Let Them Eat Chaos.

A comprehensive tale based in modern day London, Let Them Eat Chaos (wordplay on the infamous phrase meaning “let them eat cake,” an insensitive, out-of-touch response to the pleas of the poor) pits seven down-and-out neighbors against a society where urban decay, gentrification, extreme mental woes, fleeting material distractions and a general lack of hope rule the day. The only way out is for them to find each other before it’s too late, and Kate gets us going in that direction before the curtain falls.

It is absolutely marvelous and superbly creative how Kate creates scenes and situations, and so is the way she relates to her audience the feelings of the disenchanted in script format, with characters like you and me put in real life-like situations. Her rhythmic spoken word is clever and rhyme-loaded and sinks in so deeply. This selfless lionhearted woman is exactly the kind of person hip-hop needs more of, and Let Them Eat Chaos is nothing short of a wonderful tour de force that refuses harmful things and toxic habits and champions coming together and loving. It is more than worthy of the title of best hip-hop album of 2016. (Read the original review here.)

 

As you can see, the diversity and consciousness in the game these days are exceptional, and that’s not about to end. If this keeps up and if artists build off of what’s in these albums, then we’re likely to see another golden era of hip-hop no doubt. In short, the best results are seen when all of quality crafted lyricism (delivered neatly and tightly), good new messages, and original innovative beats are under the same roof, or CD cover, or playlist name, but you get the gist.

With highly anticipated issues already slated for release in 2017, albums like David Banner’s Godbox, GOOD Music’s Cruel Winter, Logic’s AfricAryaN, Wiley’s Godfather and Joey Badass’s A.A.B.A., that is also bound to be another awesome year so keep your eyes and ears open and always, make sure you’re equipped with the knowledge and presence of mind to tell the difference between a hip-hop travesty and a hip-hop masterpiece. Until this time next year, happy listening!

Highly Honorable Mentions (most recommended towards top):

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Stillness in Wonderland by Little Simz (Dec. 16, Age 101)

iiiDrops by Joey Purp (May 26, self-released)

Happy Camper by Hoodie Allen (Jan. 22, self-released)

Concrete Dreams by Mic Capes (Sept. 22, self-released)

1st Millennial by O’hene Savánt (March 11, self-released)

Englistan by Riz MC (May 26, self-released)

Intervention (Big Seven #7) by K-Rino (Nov. 15, Black Book Int/SoSouth)

Welcome To Life (Big Seven #6) by K-Rino (Nov. 15, Black Book Int/SoSouth)

Enter The Iron Trap (Big Seven #3) by K-Rino (Nov. 15, Black Book Int/SoSouth)

Wizard’s Ransom (Big Seven #4) by K-Rino (Nov. 15, Black Book Int/SoSouth)

American Heroes (Big Seven #5) by K-Rino (Nov. 15, Black Book Int/SoSouth)

Universal Curriculum (Big Seven #1) by K-Rino (Nov. 15, Black Book Int/SoSouth)

4 Brothers by Horseshoe Gang (Sept. 16, Seven13 Music)

The Lock Sessions by Locksmith (Sept. 29, Landmark Ent)

I Rap And Go Home by Craig G (June 3, Soulspazm Inc)

Genesis by Domo Genesis (March 25, Odd Future LLC)

Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide by Hodgy (Dec. 9, Odd Future LLC)

Do What Thou Wilt. by Ab-Soul (Dec. 9, Top Dawg Entertainment)

Instinctive Drowning by Red Pill (Aug. 26, Mello Music Group)

Honorable Mentions:

Eden by Ivy Sole (April 12, self-released)

Hella Personal Film Festival by Open Mike Eagle & Paul White (Mar. 25, Mello Music Group)

A Church on Vulcan by Bond St. District (Nov. 4, Friends Records)

This Unruly Mess I’ve Made by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Feb. 26, Macklemore LLC)

Anything But Words by Banks & Steelz (Aug. 26, Warner Bros. Records)

Food Chain by Dillon & Paten Locke (July 6, Full Plate)

The Labyrinth by Zion I (Oct. 21, Mind Over Matter Records)

Kindness For Weakness by Homeboy Sandman (May 6, Stones Throw Records)

Statik Kxng by Statik Selektah & Kxng Crooked (Feb. 12, Showoff/Penalty Ent)

Entitled by Torae (Jan. 15, Internal Affairs Ent)

At The Date Of This Writing (Vol. 1) by J-Live (Dec. 12, self-released)

x Infinity by Watsky (Aug. 19, Steel Wool Media/Empire Distribution)

Thug Talk by Boosie Badazz (March 16, Lil Boosie Music)

The Achievement: circa ’82 by Mickey Factz & Nottz (Oct. 28, Soulspazm/War Media)

Good vs. Evil by Kxng Crooked (Nov. 11, RBC Records)

The Cornerstone of the Corner Store by Vinnie Paz (Oct. 28, Enemy Soil)

Battle for the Hearts and Minds by Journalist 103 (Oct. 28, Babygrande Records)

D.I.T.C. Studios by Diggin’ in the Crates (June 12, DITC Studios)

And The Anonymous Nobody by De La Soul (Aug. 26, A.O.I. LLC)

Black America Again by Common (Nov. 4, ARTium/Def Jam)

We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service by A.T.C.Q. (Nov. 11, Epic Records)

MC Chris is Dreaming by MC Chris (Sept. 30, self-released)

Still Brazy by YG (June 17, Def Jam)

The Life of Pablo by Kanye West (Feb. 14, GOOD Music/Def Jam)

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Marvin Gaye’s Family Gets Boost From Songwriters, Musicologists in ‘Blurred Lines’ Appeal

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When attorneys for Pharrell Williamsand Robin Thicke appealed the controversial jury verdict against the “Blurred Lines” creators, hundreds of artists rallied behind them. Now it’s Marvin Gaye‘s family that’s seeing an outpouring of support.

While a judge trimmed the jury’s $7.4 million verdict down to $5.3 million, many in the industry have said the verdict’s potential to stifle artists from creating works that are inspired by those who came before them is the biggest cost. DJ Hustle

Clear battle lines are being drawn in this copyright war. On one side, artists including Linkin ParkEarth, Wind & Fire and Jennifer Hudson and legendary composer Hans Zimmer have sided with Williams and Thicke. HustleTV

Marvin Gaye Family Defends ‘Blurred Lines’ Trial Outcome to Appeals Court

On the other side are Hall of Fame songwriters and world renowned composers including David Porter, Valerie Simpson, Paul Riser, Jon Lind and Sylvia Moy. The group is responsible for writing hits like “My Girl,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “Dreamweaver” and “My Cherie Amour.” They’re joined by professors of law, music and business from across the country.

On Wednesday they, along with a separate group of musicologists, filed an amicus brief in support of the Gayes — whose attorney, Richard Busch, last week told the 9th Circuit that the jury’s verdict was justDJ Hustle

The Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, along with the composers and professors, argues that any fears of chilled creativity because of the ruling against Thicke and Williams is unfounded because the Fair Use Doctrine still allows for lawful borrowing. (Read the brief in full on THR.com.)

“[The Thicke parties] and their amici trot out a hypothetical, feared parade of chilling effects that this evidence-based decision might create,” writes Sean O’Conner in one amicus brief. “However, that parade will not march because this decision was based on disputed evidence about protectable aspects of a particular piece of music — not on some broad-brush protection of a whole musical genre — and because the fair use by subsequent composers of even protectable elements from this work remains available.” HustleTV

At the heart of the appeal will be whether it was proper for U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt was correct in not allowing the jury to hear the original sound recording of “Got to Give It Up.” He allowed only recreations of the work based on the sheet music deposited with the U.S. Copyright Office. DJ Hustle

Thicke and Williams argue Kronstadt properly limited the scope, but testimony from the Gayes’ musicologists introduced opinions about the sound recording and allowed unprotected elements to be considered by the jury. Their lawyer, Howard King, argues to the 9th Circuit that the problem was made worse by inadequate jury instructions that failed to distinguished between protectable and unprotectable material.

Marvin Gaye photographed in 1970. 

‘Blurred Lines’ Appeal Gets Support From More Than 200 Musicians

The Gayes and their amici, on the other hand, say Krondstadt’s decision to limit the scope and preclude the playing of the original recording favored the “Blurred Lines” duo and was in error.

“While the court below properly allowed expert interpretation of the lead sheet, the trial court also could have, and should have, allowed the Gaye parties to submit the full phonorecording of ‘Got To Give It Up’ to show the entire scope of the composition Gaye actually wrote,” writes O’Conner. “The copyright in ‘Got To Give It Up’ is in the composition as it was written and performed by Gaye in the studio, not merely in the uninterpreted notations on a lead sheet, nor even in commercially released sheet music for an amateur market, that Gaye himself did not inscribe.” DJ Hustle

The other amicus brief filed by more than a dozen musicologists from Yale, Harvard and University of Chicago, among others, defends the work of the Gayes’ experts Judith Finell and Ingrid Monson. It argues that their testimony analyzing the similarities between the “Got to Give It Up” lead sheet and the “Blurred Lines” sound recording are based on sound musicological principals. (Read it in full here.)

“There is nothing in the law that suggests Musicological interpretation of a lead sheet to determine what it represents is improper,” writes attorney Bernard Burk. “Holding otherwise would make the musical author’s rights subject to a potentially unqualified, after-the-fact transcriber, who may have limited ability to prepare transcriptions, and who must make choices of what to notate and how to notate it while under time pressure to get the copyright registration on file. Such a holding would mean that only those notes this third party chose to notate in a limited lead sheet would be protected from theft. Bluntly, this is wrong.”

Another issue at hand is the idea of systemic bias against creators of aural music, as many artists like Marvin Gaye create their works without having the ability to read or write sheet music using European classical staff notation. HustleTV

“Composers not fluent in this specific form of musical notation — especially those who work in aural musical traditions, or are from disadvantaged communities or backgrounds and thus did not enjoy access to formal music education — have been routinely discriminated against when the copyright system has been incorrectly construed to require the use of such notation,” writes O’Conner. “Allowing cultural bias to categorically deny copyright protection to aural musical expression discourages the participation of marginalized creators and communities in the copyright regime. The decision below avoids such distortion of copyright and instead affirms the rights of marginalized creators to protection for their work.” HustleTV

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