Live and Direct! – Janelle Monae + BLM March

We were holdin it down. #Wondaland#Crew #HYTB

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Sunday, August 23rd, I had the chance to not only see Janelle and the Wondaland crew perform live at the 24th Street Bart Station down in the Mission of San Francisco, but I had the privilege of marching side by side with her and the rest of the Wondaland crew as they protested police brutality and mass incarceration as part of the BLM + BTLM coalition.
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Mixtape Monday: Volume II

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Mixtape Monday Vol. II is here! This week we’re diving into the limited but wonderful world of Hip Hop producers sampling horns. As a complete sucker for horn samples I’ve always found it fairly distressing how infrequently I hear a decent – if any – horn sample on my favorite records. It tends to be more common for an single album to have a large number of horn samples (which would blot a mixtape) rather than a producers discography to be peppered with them.

Shout out to Dre and Kendrick for filling their most recent projects with horns, though in Dre’s case I sadly cannot add them to this mix as for the moment I’m still using Spotify and his latest is Apple Exclusive. Hopefully the inclusion of Dilla will offset that balance.  There’s a couple of surprises in there that I hope will pave the way for a fun ride. Enjoy!

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Album Review: Compton

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Release: August 11th, 2015
Label: Aftermath
Purchase: Itunes Exclusive/Stream

I’ll preface this review with two things: this is my first time reviewing music in a very long time, give me some leg room, also beyond this line I will not mention Detox, I’ve read too many articles reviewing Compton that spend half of the article talking about the history of Detox – I’m not here for it.

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Live and Direct! – Midtown Social

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From last Thursday through the weekend I had the distinct pleasure of both working with and seeing Midtown Social perform live three times. Twice as part of the UnderCover Presents: “The Singles!” Tribute show to Amy Winehouse at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and once as they headlined at The Great American Music Hall.

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Tri Jazz Count Off

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Piece 3 in the Funk/Jazz Poster series.Third image in the Funk/Jazz poster series. This piece was provoked by my amazing friend Jasmin Alexis. Make sure to check out the other images in the series at iamnfrancis.com/

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Mixtape Monday: Volume 1

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Volume I of Mixtape Mondays is up and live. This mix was make special for my instructor Chris Koehler, he asked for a broad -though concise – range of some of my favorite Hip Hop artists/albums. This mix is fairly heavy on the bangerish songs, and def has a heavy set of drums leading the way.

I’ll be posting a new mix, some long, some short, every week for Mixtape Monday. I plan on exploring all my favorite kinds of music, talking about my biggest influences, and hopefully exploring some new sounds. I’ll also include album reviews with Mixtape Mondays if something sparks my interest. Those might also be posted separately, we shall see.

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