Philly’s “Black Magic” is Powerful, Just ask Rapper N. Ave 

By jessicabrant Word Is Bond

Do you remember when, this past February, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, and its denizens charred the city to a broil while die-hard fans flipped cars and ate horse shit? Make no mistake: that is Philly being Philly, as one pop culture expert wrote.

What can the temporary demise of a city, after one moment of pure intoxicated bliss, actually teach us about the resurrection of hope?

Brandishing truth as weapon and food for thought, Philadelphia-based rapper N. Ave initiates a similar conversation with his latest EP, “Black Magic.”

“And make no mistake, we out here making love. It’s dog eat dog, and I’m a grizzly club. We all cokeheads, this is Colombia–the house of cards, and I’m the ace of clubs. So f*** with me, I’m going Kevin Spacey. So what up, Washington, this is how you made me.”

In the title track, N. Ave discusses the evil doings of big pharma and corrupt politicians like Elliot Spitzer, and in doing so, he argues that, we, individually and societally, aren’t much different from them. This is largely because of the environment we’ve created for ourselves culturally, psychologically, and sociologically.

In one line, the rapper models himself after a “democratic leader electing Mussolini” to drive this point, and to drive another point that, as a fluid human race, we use different versions of ourselves–the impressionable, the optimistic, the desperate, the greedy–in response to our environments in order to get ahead.

In the instance of the Philly post-Super Bowl rioting, most witnessed an attention-seeking ploy or celebration gone too far that made the evening news. Internet onlookers who didn’t confuse the riots for entertainment and instead took an opportunity to investigate, witnessed an intense desire to belong out of both necessity and choice.

In N. Ave’s case, and the case for many ambitious young black men like him, he is often forced to compromise himself to reach new levels in his career. But from the power used to transform oneself in sacrifice of a greater purpose, comes change. At least that is the hope.

Listen to the rest of the “Black Magic” EP here:

Nikal Fieldz recruits Emilio Rojas and Sanni on “Issues “ 

By teckzilla Word Is Bond

Nikal Fieldz teams up with Emilio Rojas & vocalist Sanni on his new record titled “Issues “. Over a somber backdrop, Nikal Fieldz goes into graphic detail about his rough childhood and how his experiences shaped him into what he is right now. On the assist, Emilio Rojas comes through with his own experiences while singer Sanni delivers a heartwarming chorus to wrap it up.

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Napoleon Da Legend teams up with BBass on “Black Privilege 4” 

By teckzilla Word Is Bond

Napoleon Da Legend comes through with a heartfelt message in his new record “Black Privilege 4”. The reflective track sees the emcee telling the story of his humble beginnings with such emotion and passion. Joining him on the song is singer BBass who provides the inspiring chorus to motivate everyone.

This is part 4 of the Black Privilege saga from the Steal This Mixtape series. This installment features Rasheed Chappell, BBass, Crazy DJ Bazarro, VVS Verbal and Skeezo. NDL vividly describes his ascent in the rap world, view on current events and dreams from the future over productions from Madlib, Illmind, DJ Muggs, DJ Babu, Jake One and more…


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Glimlip crafts some audio dopeness on “Reefer” 

By teckzilla Word Is Bond

Rising producer Glimlip delivers one of his many instrumentals in the form of this lo-fi groovy jam titled “Reefer”. A solid blend of funky basslines, soulful keys and head nodding drums to match. Like the title suggests, it is likely inspired by the natural spirit lifting herbs. He even laced the beat with some vocal snippets from an obscure documentary on weed to fit the vibe.

Hit the play button and get with the program.



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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – The Midnight Hour 

By EricSoul Word Is Bond

A little over a couple of weeks ago, Adrian Younge and ATCQ’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad released one hell of an album called ‘The Midnight Hour’. Comprised of 20 tracks put together by a full orchestra and the two legends, this album pays homage and continues to have the continuous conversations from “yesterday’s jazz and funk pioneers.” Guest features includes Marsha Ambrosius, Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), Raphael Saadiq, Bilal, Questlove, Ceelo Green, and more.

Two things to take notice: this album was given birth back five years ago, but was put on hold due to Younge’s involvement working on the score for the hit Netflix series, Marvel’s Luke Cage. Also, the track “Questions” began as an Midnight Hour demo, but Kendrick Lamar heard it and wanted to use parts of it on his Grammy-winning “To Pimp A Butterfly” album. However, the track ended up on his 2016 compilation, untitled unmastered. as “untitled 06 | 06.30.2014”.

Support great music by purchasing it! Stream the album below.

Disaster Relief: Not Your Ordinary Jam Band 

By jessicabrant Word Is Bond

Disaster Relief: Not Your Ordinary Jam Band

Disaster Relief isn’t just your ordinary funk band: they are the blues brothers and sisters of Detroit soul jazz and afro-beat, and once you give their newly released self-titled album Disaster Relief a listen, you’ll feel like you’ve been catapulted into that episode of Ski Party where James Brown turned out for a room of cabin kids in a honky 60s Christmas sweater, except less gimmicky.

This 9-track project was produced by guitarist, composer, and Ravine Records of Ann Harbor founder Darrin James over a two-year period of recorded studio sessions. Stealing creatively from the Meters’ New Orleans syncopation and Fela Kuti’s afro beat, Disaster Relief’s release comes at an opportune time in America: caught in the eye of the storm, listeners are able to unwind briefly in the forceful and succinct baritone sax playing in “Downtown F#@ckaround” and the hard rock edge on “Dorian DeLorian.”

“Transplant” takes listeners for a ride down to Hitsville USA in a souped-up Ford mustang while breezing past famous landmarks in Detroit’s Motor City. There’s a song for every month, every season on the album. “August Addiction” for instance, is a burning fantasia for easy living, and similarly, “October, Who’s Sober?” erases all tragedy from our minds and replaces it with a live four-piece horn section of reeling funk meant to be enjoyed in the presence of friends.

The album is great simply for rewiring brains and clearing room for more positive thoughts. At this moment in time and space, we need those more than anything right now. Give Disaster Relief a listen:

Disaster Relief: Not Your Ordinary Jam Band

Legendary Caribbean Deejay Spragga Benz Kicks off Summer with “Spread Out” 

By jessicabrant Word Is Bond

Legendary Caribbean Deejay Spragga Benz Kicks off Summer Party with “Spread Out”
For the last decade or so, music fans have been listening to island influences leaking through radio stations, with Rihanna’s single “Work” and her collaboration with Drake on the  track “What’s My Name” giving calypso, digital dancehall, and shotta music new life in a new home.
This mainstream fixation is the product of a larger revival of dancehall and Caribbean culture brought over to the US through club play by legendary underground deejays like Jamaica’s Spragga Benz (Carlton Errington Grant) whose latest track “Spread Out” featuring Hype Hyphen and Fever off of his forthcoming album, Chiliagon, provides listeners with an authentic island groove that is sure to kick off a new summer dance craze.
Produced in London by Cold Fever, the synth-jolting track opens with exotic bird sounds and peaceful waterfalls before viewers are coaxed inside a warehouse where they join Spragga Benz at the pop-up VIP booth. Beautiful women “spread out” while they wiggle, snake, bounce, and butterfly leg to the ratatat of wooden drums and teetering basslines.
The fashion in the music video is also something to be celebrated: Spragga Benz wears a sheen black trench coat that is a cross between something a villain and a motocross racer might wear, and there is even some Bollywood dancers in traditional Trinidadian regalia who make an appearance.
Listeners will have fun “chiliagoning” to the album, which is filled with guest spots from reggae and dancehall greats like Harry Shotta and General Levy. Watch the single for “Spread Out” here:

Joey Cool “Handle Of Jack” – Official Music Video 

With The Planet Tour wrapping up and his debut album making a splash, Joey Cool has definitely earned the right to celebrate.

Instead of heading to the club to pop bottles, though, Joey opts for a more laid back celebration, inviting a few of his closest friends (including JL) over and cracking open a “Handle Of Jack.”

Considering the relaxed vibe established by the feathery, jazz-splashed beat from The Teknitions, the kickback seems like the way to go!


HASEEB advises us to take it “Slow” 

By teckzilla Word Is Bond

“Death comes at your fast…it’s best to take it slow” is the mindstate HASEEB  is on in his new record titled “Slow”. Over a somber backdrop produced by Willie B, he dwells on several issues but the overarching topic is everyone tries their best to stay afloat but forget what it is to actually live. The record is meant to inspire and encourage listeners to chill out and smell the roses before it is too late.


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Tech N9ne Discusses The Most Unique Collaboration Of His Career 

From rock, to EDM, to hip-hop, Tech N9ne has done it all.

His ability to change genres so easily is what makes him one of the most versatile emcees in the game and allows him to fit right in at rock festivals or on a song with Eminem.

His versatility has also opened doors to some pretty remarkable collaborations like, say, System Of A Down’s Serk Tankian and  EDM artist Excision.

The most unique collaboration though? Hard to choose, but Tech, himself, has an answer.

In a recent interview with BPM Supreme, Tech highlighted both Roger Troutman and his work with The Doors, as two of the more unique meetings of his career, and explains how the latter has a special place in his heart considering the name “Strange.”