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FEATURE: "'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' Will Be Entered Into the Library of Congress"

Each year the Library of Congress selects 25 “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” recordings (at least 10 years old) to enter its archive, and this year Lauryn Hill’s 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' will be included. The Library of Congress released the following statement: "Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of…

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Added by Sound Check on March 30, 2015 at 6:33pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Back In Time' - Judith Hill's new Prince produced album

Listen to 'Back In Time', the new album from LA singer-songwriter Judith Hill - most recognised for being a backing singer to the late Michael Jackson, as documented in the film 'This Is It'. Her new album, full of soul and funk, was produced by the one and only Prince (who also provides backing vocals on the project); and was shared by Prince with the following words: "please spend some time with this music and then share it with someone U…

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Added by Sound Check on March 30, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: The London Souls release their new single, 'All Tied Down'

Listen to 'All Tied Down', the new single from AFROPUNK Fest alums The London Souls (made up of guitarist/lead singer Tash Neal and drummer/singer Chris St. Hilaire). The single is from the New York rockers' upcoming album, 'Here Come The Girls' (released April 7th) - the album that was delayed after Tash Neal was involved in a near fatal car accident in 2012. Get into the new release below!

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Added by Sound Check on March 30, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The cultural significance of Kendrick Lamar and Joey BasA$$

I think the world would be surprised by how many writers enjoy rap music. We are expected to sit high up in our ivory towers all day, buried in books and pretentiousness. But, writing and rapping are oddly similar disciplines. Both rely on clever wordplay, storytelling, and vivid imagery. Thus, I am equally excited about the release of a new album as a new book. On the night of Sunday, March 16, 2015, while I slept peacefully, wrapped in blankets like a fat baby,…

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Added by Sound Check on March 30, 2015 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Why Not' - the new single from UK rapper Mikel Ameen (feat. Aina More) + photo series from Sanaa Abstrakt

Today we're premiering the new single release from UK rapper Mikel Ameen - 'Why Not'. The single features fellow Brit Aina More and has been released with a series of nude art images, taken on the London Underground and shot by photographer …

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Added by Sound Check on March 30, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Death By Icon release new single 'Namesake' (feat. Deer Emerson)

Today we're premiering the new track from Hip Hop group Death By Icon (the Chicagoan group consisting of Victor, Anthony, and their producer Dook). The track is titled 'Namesake' and features musician Deer Emerson. Get into it below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Sound Check on March 27, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: A conversation on travel and wellness with DJ Adora Tokyo

Earlier this month, I chatted with one of my sisterfriends Adora. Adora and I recently reunited when I guided a yoga class for women of color in Minneapolis. She arrived a little late (love you, boo!) and completely knocked me off my yoga game when she entered the room. We hadn't seen each other in two years largely due to my moving to Chicago and…

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Added by Sound Check on March 27, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Toro Y Moi releases new single 'Run Baby Run'

Listen to 'Run Baby Run', the new release from Toro Y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick). The track is the latest from the musician's upcoming album, 'What For?'. Listen below!

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2015 at 5:29pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Grace Jones Documentary gets the green light from BBC Films

A new documentary on the life of iconic Jamaican musician and supermodel Grace Jones has received the green light from the film unit of the BBC (British Broadcasting Company). The documentary (reportedly in the works for seven years) was announced among a number of projects that will be commissioned in celebration of the film division's 25th anniversary. Titled 'Grace jones: The Musical Of My Life' and directed by Sophie Fiennes,…

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Dionne Farris, The Wildest Flower

Singer and songwriter Dionne Farris was pushed into the spotlight after being featured on Arrested Development’s Grammy award winning single 'Tennessee'. The single off the hip hop group’s 1992 debut album '3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of...' jump started her career and would be followed by live performances on the MTV Movie Awards and the Arsenio Hall Show. She toured with the group as a contributor not as an official member and soon parted ways to begin her…

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mykki Blanco leaving music to become investigative journalist

Rapper Mykki Blanco has announced his indefinite departure from music. Blanco made the announcement via a Facebook note and revealed his plans to enroll in a sociology and gender studies program, as well as his ambitions to document and write about "homosexuality and gay culture in…

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Added by Sound Check on March 25, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 3 Tracks From DC Alt Rock/Hip-Hop Act WExHEIRS #SoundCheck

Drawing on the sounds of the late 90's with bits of early alt metal and 60's soul, DC alt hip-hop trio WExHEIRS just premiered 3 dope new tracks on their Soundcloud. The trio of Riana (drums), Brittany (vocals, bass), and Kayode (guitar) met at Morgan State University in DC and have been playing together in some form since 2011. Their 3 debut tracks as WExHEIRS…

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Added by Sound Check on March 25, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Le1f releases new single, 'Ooh (Truffle Butter)'

Listen to the new release from New York rapper Le1f, 'Ooh (Truffle Butter)' - a remix of Nicki Minaj's track 'Truffle Butter' which features Drake and Lil Wayne. The openly gay rapper is a current nominee on the XXL Freshman list and offered the remix in response to the nomination. Listen below.

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Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2015 at 9:22pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Cakes Da Killa releases new single, 'Serve It Up'

Check out 'Serve It Up', the new single from Brooklyn rapper Cakes Da Killa. The single was produced by Moonbase Commander and is the signature hard hitting lyrics/beats that we've come to  expect from the AFROPUNK Fest alum. Listen below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: London hip hop artist Aina More releases new single, '5th Seven'

Listen to the new single from Hip Hop artist Aina More. The single, titled '5th Seven' is produced by artist/producer Morell and features new face of African Hip Hop Boogey. If you haven't come across this Nigerian lyricist (born and raised in London) yet, then this is the perfect introduction to her sound.

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Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Lithofayne Pridgon: Jimi Hendrix’s original ‘foxy lady’"

"Sam Cooke, Sly Stone and Little Willie fought for her attention. Jimi Hendrix loved her so much he wrote songs about her." In a rare interview with the Guardian, Lithofayne Pridgon - lover of Jimi Hendrix and best friend to the late Etta James - opens up about her relationship with the guitar legend, and her life in 60's Harlem. Pridgon, the inspiration behind the Hendrix song 'Foxy Lady', also speaks candidly about the other musical greats who vied for her…

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Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Nneka's 'My Fairy Tales' Brings Her Nigerian Roots to the Global Stage #SoundCheck

Steeped in reggae, soul, and of course, afrobeat, Nigerian soul superstar Nneka's 5th studio album 'My Fairy Tales' is a mix of the deeply personal and wide perspective social criticism she's made her…

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Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2015 at 10:42am — No Comments

FEATURE: The sound of Indie artist Laila Nur

Listen to the music of self-taught singer-songwriter and guitarist Laila Nur. Originally from New York, the musician and activist now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Defining herself as "Musician, Lesbian, Lover", Laila has a sound that touches on the genres of folk, funk, rock, pop, and blues - all tied into acoustic melodies and a standout voice. Listen to her latest album below, titled 'Pocket Change'.…

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Added by Sound Check on March 23, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The sound of Texan street hop/metal group BackWordz

Check out Texan metal band BackWordz. Fronted by Eric July, the band are fast becoming one to watch; fusing the influences of rock, metal and hip-hop to create an explosive sound. Check out some of their music below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Sound Check on March 20, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: White, all-male, band Black Pussy facing growing pressure to change their name

A new Change.org petition is gaining momentum callsing for the name change of white, all-male, metal band Black Pussy
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Added by Sound Check on March 20, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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