in the mix w/ shoom | episode thirteen feat. @rapsodymusic

after returning from her 10 city european tour, rapsody of jamla records joins us on the line. without giving away too many details, she talks about her forthcoming project, working with 9th wonder, adding balance to the hip-hop, her involvement with the universal zulu nation, the illuminati, and more.

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artist submission | @samiamusic | soul on fire

samia, has been featured in curve magazine and has performed in the nyc pride parade for the past two years. the new york based rock singer sent over the video for the title track off her second ep set to drop later this year.

“the music video explores themes of smashing existing gender roles and rules in sexuality, and empowers both straight and queer women and men to be true to themselves in life, love, and sex,” says samia. “most people don’t fit into a tidy little box – especially when it comes to love.”

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j.dilla + smithsonian

a piece of one of the most influential artists in hip-hop is headed to the smithsonian.

ma dukes —  the mother of the late hip-hop producer, is donating some of her son’s equipment to the national museum of african-american history and culture. some of dilla’s equipment, including his voyager synthesizer and akai midi production center 3000 limited edition, will be added to the museum’s inaugural musical crossroads exhibition opening in 2016.

ms. yancey says, “i feel it’s necessary to raise the level of art appreciation in the hip-hop sector and honor my son james dewitt yancey, one of the most influential individuals in the history of hip-hop.”

chuck d,george clinton,louis armstrong,ella fitzgerald,chuck berry and lena horne will also be featured in the exhibit.

dilla passed away in 2006 from a rare blood disease called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

viva la dilla!

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#inthemix + #youtube

good morning loyal readers and listeners. just a little public service announcement —  episodes in the mix will now be featured on youtube!! yayyyy — something to celebrate!!

all episodes should be up within the next week or two. but for now — share, like and comment on episode 12 w/ love dollhouse + russell simmons.

uncle rush stops by to reveal his newly signed girl group, love dollhouse that are already being compared to tlc and swv. ryan, chelsea, and jazz say they plan to bringing back the nostalgic feel of ’90s R&B girl groups one song at a time and are here to stay. during our chat, russell tells us why these detroit natives are priority, how they met, the pressures of already being compared to greats, and more. the ladies also share their first single, “can i”.


—— tracklist —— @noelgourdin – “not around” –  @oswinbmusic – “cashmere soul” – 
@Evekilltheshit  – 
”no fake” – @ufofev – “go dark”- track # 3 on around my way lp –

——original sample—— roy c & the honeydrippers – “impeach the president” sampled in… nas – “be what i wanna be” – janet jackson – “that’s the way love goes” – shaggy – “luv me, luv me” – eric b – “eric b is president” – love dollhouse – “can i” –

@ReginalThomas with Barbershop Talk @_shoom 

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demi grace – ‘we are not alone’ ft. kimmy


demi grace is a recording artist, songwriter and model of nigerian descent based in nyc who  infuses electronic dance music (edm), with soul, afrobeat, pop and reggae into a sound thats fun and festive.

here’s her latest visual — “we are not alone” honoring the missing girls of the tragic boko haram kidnapping in nigeria.

twitter/instagram/facebook — @iamdemigrace


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a world with no music is a world with no precipitation.

“if you think of the things we like doing — sex, drugs, art, religion — they’re all forms of surrender ” — and in my opinion very subjective and involve some type of deception. music is our life line. the lyrics — our news ticker. it’s often misunderstood and taken out of context but it’s necessary for our existence. a world with no music is  a world with no precipitation. to celebrate their 15th anniversary, red bull music academy presents  — what difference does it make? a film about making music  — a documentary that will focus on how artists adapt from a creative and personal standpoint in the ever-evolving landscape of music. erykah badu, brian eno, rakim, lee ‘scratch’ perry, q-tip, just blaze, and many more of today’s modern composers of different genres and generations give their outlook of how music affects the culture and the inevitable ups and downs of a life devoted to music. what difference does it make? a film about making music  premieres in special theaters across the globe on February 17th but will be available to watch  — for free — on rbma’s official website  february 18th!! i’m a big fan of documentaries so i’m super excited especially since it’s about music. i’m also in the process of trying to get in to one of those screenings.  any takers for my +1? alright — no more free press for redbull. check out the 2.5 minute trailer below.

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it’s a rap for $800: mc alex trebek.

last night’s episode of jeopardy featured the category — it’s a rap — with lyrical answers from classic mcs. i think he was just reading with character as he normally would but because the sentences rhymed and we know the true nature of the content, it was interesting to hear bars from  famous hip-hop lyrics, including the words of dr. dre, public enemy and biggie,  come out of alex trebek‘s mouth.  i smirked.

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from lacquer, to master. to mold, to stamper — how records are made.

if you can spare 20 minutes of your pseudo-busy lives — you should check this out — especially if you’re in to vinyl. i just stumbled on an old mini documentary illustrating how vinyl records are made — kind of like an episode of how it’s made but from the 50s. pretty cool. today’s recording sent to press —  tchaikovsky‘s romeo and juliet. after watching that video, i found another vid of the london symphony orchestra’s 2007 performance of the entire composition.  it was great. i heard a specific part around the 9 minute mark often used in games and cartoons  when they’ve realized they’ve fallen in love. more specifically, when your sim falls in love after their first passionate kiss and this one episode of tiny tunes adventures i remember when babs and buster bunny kiss for the first time. i think it was them.  anyway — you’ll know it when you hear it. check both videos below.

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on the streets: i swear i’m not a garbage picker!!

the initial intent for “on the streets”  was to be a section to post pictures of people i randomly stop in the streets because of their unique style and funky outfits but i decided to switch it up with this new addition to my closet which i literally found —  on the street. it was a late night coming home from williamsburg and was trying to debate whether i should take a cab back to my midwood residence or if i should just train it. i ended up taking a cab and needless to say ended up $32 dollars in the hole — never again. but while walking towards the main ave to hail the cabbie that turn out to be a pocket rapist, i came across a pile of clothes in a trash bag just laying on the sidewalk. of course i went through it — at least the top layer.  thank god for that flashlight app on my iphone. time and space was limited and my reputation was at risk — so i ended up fleeing the scene with only one item.

Imagesweater = pre-compensation for expensive cab ride? maybe. 

some might have seen me in it before —  i’ve actually had it for a while, i just never finished the blog entry. but yeah, i always get compliments. everyone loves the zipper on the shoulder that i usually leave unzipped to show off my sexy shoulder cleavage.

go, shoom. woo hoo!

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shoom’s closet: “happy birthday to you” – the universe

first, i’ll just start by saying — today is my birthday.

:does curtsy:

just the other week i was in a store (the name i  do not wish to disclose) and found a really cute american flag-gy sweatshirt from the men’s section. size? medium — they were out of smalls.  upon purchase, i was sifting through my mental closet — “what could i wear this with? blue jeans? black jeans? but with what pair of shoes?  a pair of low-top white converses would be perfect!”

lo and behold! after leaving a very interesting outing to my mom’s new-found church, the universe clearly decided to gift me with what i said i wanted.  the exact shoe i wanted, in my size and for only nine dollars and ninety-nine cents — no coincidence. it was the perfect birthday gift.

whoaaaa. thanks universe. you’re my shortyyyyy 🙂


i also got some cool records — air supply & chicago. score!

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