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SMIF-N-WESSUN – BUCKTOWN 360

Everything comes full circle as Smif-N-Wessun revisit the song that started it all. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dah Shinin’, the duo release “Bucktown 360.”

“Bucktown 360” is a nostalgic trip down memory lane through the eyes and experiences of Tek and Steele as Smif-N-Wessun.  We analyze our collection, as well as our individual successes and failures throughout this amazing journey” Tek & Steele commented.  “As we do that, we always find ourselves 360 degrees back home in Bucktown.”

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APOLLO BROWN & CHE NOIR – FREEDOM

The emcee/producer tandem of Che Noir and Apollo Brown release another joint from their upcoming album As God Intended. “Freedom” is eerily timely considering the state of America with protests still running rampant across the country.

“Freedom’ was a song I wrote at the end of 2019. It was before the George Floyd murder and before all the protesting and looting started happening. It’s a song that I feel like my people needed at the time, not even realizing months later that I would be witnessing the biggest revolution of my lifetime” Che lamented. “The art of war, it’s a meaning behind the message, you don’t need a gun or sword if you treat ya mind as the weapon” is my favorite line in the song. My people have to stay 10 steps ahead mentally in order to fight this battle with the institutional and systemic racism we fight on the daily. Our anger and frustration right now is justified.”

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J. COLE – SNOW ON THA BLUFF

In the midst of the chaos, J. Cole drops a stream of conscious song titled “Snow On Tha Bluff.” But it’s not necessarily what you may expect as Cole doesn’t so much talk about the current climate. Rather, he addresses Chicago rapper NoName and wonders aloud if he’s doing enough.

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ANDERSON .PAAK – LOCKDOWN

There’s a lot of weight that we’re carrying on our shoulders these days. And, if you’re like Anderson .Paak, you’re tired of it all. With that comes “Lockdown” where Paak offers his feelings on Black Lives Matter and the current social climate.

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SKYZOO – A SONG FOR FATHERS (PRODUCED BY !LLMIND)

A timely offering from Skyzoo just in time for Father’s Day. With !llmind behind the boards offering a jazzy backdrop, Skyzoo offers words of encouragement for all the fathers out there.

“In our current climate as a people, the reality of families being left without a father is deafening,” he said. “Due to all of the social injustices that are ringing louder than ever, we’re seeing the impact of fathers being stripped away from their loved ones. Although I wrote this record way before our current events began to take place (summer ‘19), the timing is eerily spot on. This is one of my favorite records I’ve ever written, and if it somehow becomes the record I’m most known for down the line, I couldn’t be prouder.”

His new album Milestones is available now.

 

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BLU & EXILE FEAT. JACINTO RHINES – ROOTS OF BLUE

Blu & Exile will drop Miles: From An Interlude Called Life on July 17th. After dropping “Miles Davis” last month, the duo release the 9-minute “Roots of Blue” featuring Jacinto Rhines.

“The song is one of the strongest songs on the album,” Blue said of the song. “Its title says it all, ‘Roots Of Blue.’ On this song we took it back, all the way back.  Back to the very first people who have walked this earth that have influenced, or cultured or matured, my walk on this earth. Everyone except my immediate family. This song is my own personal family tree.”