Tuesday, December 21, 2010

PAUL JOHNSON BENEFIT Weds. Dec 22nd 2010

"Due to a tragic accident Paul Johnson is in the hospital with a broken hip and spine and is now awaiting surgery Tuesday (12/21/10) to have his right leg also amputated. Hopefully after a few months of rehab Paul will want to return to the music industry. - DR. Theodore

For those of you who are not able to make it to the event, we setup a an online donation using PayPal. Any amount will help.

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Paul was scheduled to headline this wednesday 12.22.10 at SmartBar for 5 Magazine residency, instead of canceling, the people over at 5 Magazine decided to turn the event into a benefit for Paul Johnson. Paul's friends Glenn Underground, Stacy Kidd, Gantman, Eric Martin and Melvin Meeks plus the King of House Music, Farley Jackmaster Funk will be playing alongside residents Rees Urban and Czboogie from 5 Mag. For more information on this event please visit 5 Mag for all the details on this event.

More info on Smart Bar Benefit

Paul was injured in a tragic accident when he was still a teenager and has been in a wheelchair for most of his adult life, in addition to other health-related issues. But he has been and remains an inspiring figure in the House Music community.

"Some of you may or may not know that I have known Paul for many years now. He has been an inspiration and a mentor to not only me but countless of other producers and djs out there. He has accomplished so much where others have only dreamed. Paul has played some of the best most legendary sets I have ever heard, hands down... I am honored to have him be a part of our family here at Agency Sounds. We miss him and we're praying for his health and a speedy recovery. I ask that you please keep him in your thoughts and do the same." - Bamboo

More info from his agency

Friday, December 17, 2010

New Chicago themed Artwork by Mr. Cro

Photos from The Daily Show by Mr. Cro

Cro's site

Syl Johnson: "I'm Talkin' Bout Freedom" Free download

Here is something new from one of my favorite artists. JDLP

Chicago's Numero Group is a primarily reissues label created for music aficionados, by music aficionados. Finding untempered gold in basements of recording studios, record stores, and other crafty ways, Numero pays tribute to the underappreciated artists of the past and goes a step further with beautiful packaging and scholarly liner notes that contextualize the sociopolitical climate in which it was created. Though not as completely unknown as artists on the Numero catalog, politically active soul man Syl Johnson embodies the Numero artist: In Johnson's own words, "I made my opportunities, but I never got the breaks I should have gotten. I was a jack- of-all-trades. More soul than Marvin, more funk than James. If I’d gone pop, you’d be talkin’ about me, not them. I rate right at the top, though I’ve been underrated all my life." Syl Johnson is an artist defined by his intense and genuine conviction, as heard in his swaying soulful vocal in "I'm Talkin' Bout Freedom", a standout track amongst the massive 80+ song retrospective spread across 4 CDs and 6 LPs paired with a gorgeous 48-page booklet. (Get Off The Coast co-premiere)

Download here

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About Syl Johnson

Dj Spinna In B-Boy Mode

A time when only Kurtis Blow, Whodini, Fearless Four and Jimmy Spicer had major record deals, you could get got for your fat gold chain, and any visuals of hip hop culture on TV was new and exciting like your brand new Atari video game

Download mix here

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Official International J Dilla Tribute Art Contest

Recent Entries (Submission deadline - December 30, 2010)

"So Far To Go"
is an international art contest and a tribute to a loved and missed recording artist and producer, James Dewitt Yancey, also known as J Dilla. Artists can submit their original artwork inspired by J Dilla. The top voted contestant's artwork will be produced as a poster and limited edition Giclee print series signed by the artist and J Dilla's mother, Ma Dukes. Proceeds will be donated to the J Dilla Foundation.

By fem730 (Santiago)

By djSonryze (Joliet)

By DMAT64 (Paris)

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How Do I Enter My Artwork?

Create original artwork (of any medium) inspired by J Dilla. Register as a contestant and upload a single image of the original artwork to Art4Dilla.Com. All parts of the entry must be the artist's own original work and cannot contain anything owned or licensed by another.

Click here to register


About J Dilla

J Dilla, born James Dewitt Yancey, was a Grammy award winning record producer and artist who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip-hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. According to NPR.org, he was one of the music industry's most influential hip-hop artists. J Dilla changed hip-hop culture and the music industry as we know it. His creativity has molded and contributed to the sounds of recording artists such as De La Soul, Slum Village, Phat Kat, Common, The Pharcyde, Busta Rymes, Erykah Badu, and many more. On February 10, 2006 at the young age of 32, we lost J Dilla to Lupus and the rare blood disease TTP. The true story surrounding the beauty and controversies of the legacy left behind are monumental.

For more information about J Dilla


More info: http://art4dilla.com/

Official Site