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Meet Asha:

Aṣa, pronounced Asha, is a Nigerian-French singer songwriter. Paris born but Lagos raised, Aṣa there strived for educational excellence while being artistically and musically inspired by the likes of Erykah Badu, Raphael Saadiq, Lauryn Hill, Femi Kuti and more. By the tender age of 18Aṣa was already familiar with great frustration. The university she attended was on strike, choirs snubbed her, and being the only daughter of 4 children, she began to look after the house during her parents’ frequent absences. These things led to a desire to sing and that desire never managed to escape her.

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Kesh X American Apparel

now, if you’re not familiar with Kesh and her work, first of all, where have you BEEN?! secondly, she started as a DJ back in her hometown, London then quickly became known for her unique style which led her down the fashion design path; All things at which she was successful. Subsequently these things also got her ready for her current success.

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Don't Miss The Message In Kendrick Lamar's New Single

With the success of “Good Kid M.A.A.D. City” and the heavy impact of his verse on “Control, people were very eager to hear what Kendrick had in store for his fans and rap peers. His new single “i” isn’t the aggressive and competitive natured Kendrick most people had been anticipating from the Compton native. The track produced by Rahki, is sampled from The Isley Brothers’ soul hit “That Lady.” and has more of a feel good vibe that is generally lacking in hip hop today. The intro accurately sets the mood of the track and describes where Kendrick is consciously. 

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This piece is top notch. Love Like, performed by Shihan on Def Poetry Jam in 2002, is comedic while still being softening to the heart. It was performed first in 2002 but is still relevant to love today. Enjoy this beautifully written and performed piece and let it take you back to a Love Like

-@MonaKahlo

Chance The Rapper Performs 90's Cartoon, Arthur, Theme Song

Chance The Rapper and his band, The Social Experiment, have been performing this cover of the theme song of beloved 90’s cartoon, Arthur, since April and we are ready to hear a studio version of this brilliant rendition! What do you say Chance? 8 )

Here he is performing most recently at Sasquatch, a huge annual festival in Washington, typically featuring a range of musical genres, with the emphasis being on indie rock bands and singer-songwriters, but also including alternative rock, EDM, hip hop and comedy acts.

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Travi$ Scott Ft. Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan "Mamacita" (Music Video)

 Still rolling of the high praise of his most recent tape “Days Before The Rodeo” artist Travi$ Scott drops the video to popular track from the tape “Mamacita” which features the eccentric Young Thug & fellow ATL representative Rich Homie Quan. Placed in an empty bowling alley parking lot, you catch women in skeletal glow in the dark body paint, T.I. & co producer of the track Metro Boomin shooting dice, a very clean lowrider & Travi$ Scott being his typically self; ya know vibing, nodding off, eyes rolling in the back of his head amongst some assumed  to be beautiful women under the face paint, check it out below.

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FREE Admission to LA Museums!

Twenty venues around Southern California will offer free admission on January 25th as part of the annual Museums Free-for-All program.

The offer is valid for general museum admission only, organizers said, and may not apply to special ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply at each venue.

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Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu released the video to this funky ass song, rightly titled, Q.U.E.E.N., and as soon as the beat dropped my head was nodding. This will definitely be a banger this summer and a new class for BBQ’s and those infamously secret mirror dances alone in your room. The video is filled all sorts of inspiration, from the 60’s mod styled dancers to Erykah’s futuristic appearance paired with Janelle’s classic black and white look creates for a very pleasing visual. 

-@MonaKahlo

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Mirrors by Jhene Aiko

If I’m your reflection, then baby you must be an angel
Cause when the light, hits you just right, one could mistake you for a star

Our newly favorite songstress Ms. Jhene Aiko has released a new visual from her highly anticipated album Souled Out. Fresh off the success of her mixtape, Sailing Souls and her debut tour opening for Nas and Lauryn Hill. This new video for Mirrors provides the perfect amount of suspense and somberness.

Directed by TopShelfJr, written and performed by Jhene Aiko. 

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Kendrick Lamar "I" Music Video + "Shake It Off" Freestyle

Kendrick has released the video for his (i)nspiring single “I”, promoting self love and appreciation. The video seems to take place in a jazz club before K Dot hits the streets leading a mob of people while spitting his verse and comes to a close with Kendrick being chauffeured off into the night by the great Ron Isley. There is no official name or date for the release of Kendrick’s new album, but this video is creeping up on a million views already. 

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A$AP Rock - "Multiply" (Video)

The fans have been asking “Wheres Pretty Flacko? What happened to A$AP Rocky?”, people were starting to think he was too boo’d up with Chanel Iman & concerned with fashion but Lord Flacko has returned with visuals for his aggressive new single “Multiply” where he aims shots at brands HBA & Been Trill. The video was directed by Shomi Patwary and A$AP Rocky himself, featuring the whole A$AP Mob crew & affiliates waving middle fingers at the cameras. At 2:47 theres a beat change that features an epic dance number, that is simply amazing because its done with his pants practically at mid thigh level, that takes skill. Watch below.

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Flying Lotus Ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Never Catch Me"

With the release of his LP “You’re Dead!” only being days away, Flying Lotus brings us new visuals for his track “Never Catch Me” which is accompanied by the lyrical abilities of Kendrick Lamar. Director Hiro Murai, takes us to a joint funeral service being held for two young children, who souls jump right out of the casket to dance joyously to the uptempo, jazzy production of Flying Lotus. The direction for this video is very fitting to the song’s title, as the children flee from the church grounds and use the funeral hearse as a getaway vehicle.

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Drake, dropping heat recentlyfrom his upcoming album, with this third release, Girls Love Beyonce ft: James Fauntleroy, after Starting From the Bottom and 5am in Toronto. A reprise of the Destiny’s Child classic, Say My Name, this track is a good look for James Fauntleroy, a known song-writer, who’s worked with artists such as Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more. Be on the look out for Drakes new album, Nothing Was the Same, as well as work from James Fauntleroy who is also a member of Cocaine 80’s.

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Dont Miss Out on BLACK!

Opening reception for exhibit, BLACK, at Annex Gallery via CSU Sacramento last night went according to plan. Curated by two lovely young women, Jasmine Wyrick and Megan Harris, in honor of Black History Month 2014. Please be sure to head over on the second showing, February 28th, to peep local African artists such as Daphne Burgess, Thomas Harris and more!

New Music From Common and No I.D.

Guess who’s back! Common is here with a new track, War,  from his upcoming LP, Nobody Smiling, that is produced completely by No I.D. These Chicago hip-hop pioneers have not announced a date for their collaborative project but have assured us it will be released within the year. Enjoy and remember, #TWEETTOAN and tell us what you really think!

Book Review: "Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out" By Marc Eckō

There is no time more perfect than right now for this book to be available. Unlabel, By Marc Eckō, is an informative and entertaining read that speaks to the youth of today. With every one in every area building personal brands every single day, there is a huge need to stand out as someone who is passionate and motivated enough to take ACTION, among those who merely accept the label they were slapped with.

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Spooky Black - "Leaving" EP

Spooky Black has been one of this years biggest surprises. You may have heard of him and thought what a weird stage name, maybe saw screencaps of him from his video “Without You” (which has over a million views on youtube) and thought: “Thats Spooky Black? Does he rap or what?” Once you get past his appearance and actually give Spooky Black a chance, you will see what all the talk is about. We bring you his latest EP “Leaving” so you can hear for yourselves and dont be shocked if you find a certain urge to rock a wave cap or durag with the cape out when you go to play this EP for a friend.

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