Tag Archives: Jazz

Happy Birthday Tigallo Tigallo

Happy Belated Birthday Phonte from The Brooklyn Word.  Tigallo has been in my top 5’s for quite sometime now.  He’s a beast with the wordplay, clever and quick wit it and can do his own background singing in between. Fuxk outta here telling me any different…




A couple of years ago, I pitched a collaborative social media concept to Fusicology and OkayPlayer for the purpose of gaining interest for Foreign Exchange 2013 Brooklyn stop of the tour.  It included contest and email signups and yada yada yada.



For whatever reason, Okay Player fell through so I kicked it off with Fusicology + my long standing collaborative partners at Brooklyn Radio.  The idea was to create a show around an interview.



Personally, I enjoy hearing interviews because I learn various sides to the business, performing, producing and such.  The hard part is that I also have to be the bad guy and cut out sounds that don’t work or don’t work as well.  Only way it would work is if I built the show and the conversation and thats what I did.  I didn’t want to cut out shxt, after all, they are one of my favorite groups to listen to.


So there it is, hit Phonte up on the gram or twitter and salute the brother!


And thats the Brooklyn Word!


Photos by G. Kuyateh





Nicolay Fantastic (concept by GiKu art Marvel)
Nicolay Fantastic (concept by GiKu art Marvel)


Dope Tracks of The Week – Anderson Paak + Jean-Claude + Talib Kweli

Here are some dope tracks to move ya mind as it may…

  • Anderson Paak – Room In Here ft. The Game and Sonyae Elise

Props the Anderson for the dope track, funny I been listening to it and didn’t know that The Game was rhyming.  Dope choice Game for hoping on this better this, wouldn’t have thought it was his flav, now i know.

Anderson reminds me a bit of Bilal but with a younger vibe, Bilal is on some next continuum shxt, a compliment nonetheless.



  • Jean-Claude – If Music presents: You Need This! A Journey Into Deep Jazz (Album Sampler) 

More often than not, my spam is full of junk.  This time it was a promo from Lee Bright over at BBE.  I hate when good stuff goes there, fortunately I caught this Jazz gem.

It has that swing, dope horn sections and moving rhythms that perfect to vibe out to and sample for you producers out there.  Jean-Claude of If Music compiles some delicious treats, ingest slowly.  His site will leave you exploring for days, make sure you have time before getting sucked into melodic goodness.



  • Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder – Indie 500

If you haven’t heard this from Talib catch this joint that kinda sneaked up on heads.  Talib’s verbal skills got more meticulous over time and the collabs are ridiculous.  I wrote about it lightly a few weeks ago when it was free (not sure if it still is), but had to bring it back to the front.

9th Wonder is that chess piece on any production team, bringing in one of the most interesting and lyrically gifted female emcee’s out today Rapsody who has the Jean Grae type vibe.  I can’t get enough of her voice, it’s so vintage.  Not to mention Pharoah Monch, Hi-Tek, Nottz, Halo, Brother Ali, Planet Asia and many more who just destroy it.

Dope music didn’t die at all, you now just have to find it under all the clutter and bullshxt.  Support dope music, dope artist today…

And that’s The Brooklyn Word!




Who Is Annabel (lee) And Why She Is Ninja Tune’s Secret Weapon

Who is Annabel Lee?  Ummm, that poem by Edgar Allen Poe.  It was a dark perspective of love and death, written quite beautifully.

But who is Annabel (lee)?  And why did Ninja Tune release her latest project on vinyl By the Sea… and Other Solitary Places.  

Well, before that I’ll share my first xperience hearing Annabel (lee)…


Myspace was ‘poppin‘.  Giant Step (big ups nuff respect) added my bi-weekly radio show to their music player Giant Step Jukebox.  Which was dope because my name was right above the musical man that I’ve admired as a creative spirit, Gilles Peterson.  It was understood that the right eyes and ears would hear the show simply because of that, but then throw in other shows like Jonessy, i think Lefto and Simbad (memory failing now).

The point, everyone was official and there weren’t many, about 8 or so shows that they had and of course Gilles Peterson. Very coveted spots from dudes that were killing it and me, the new guy that Giant Step marketing/social team heard something special from (thanks Jay Yee, Adam Erik, Maurice).  I had to make a strong impression with dope sounds, but how do you do that with incredible dj’s that get everything free and so far ahead.


Gilles was my success model in terms of a tastemaker that plays everything that is dope and ahead of the curve.  I didn’t want to be like him, I liked him because he played music that if I heard on my own, I’d definitely be pushing to people.  He also wasn’t pretentious and seemed down to earth, I liked that.

I was that guy that always said “they aight, but you should check this person out”.  Made cd’s or had listening get togethers playing obscure dopness.  I knew my ability to craft original creative blends and foresee dope artistic and musical talent would speak for itself over time. #patient

Now I’m an independent musical researcher in that, I’m not looking at what the next cat is doing. Dopeness will come naturally to the ear just as it did when I discovered Giant Step and Gilles Peterson in 1998 while living in Williamsburg, Virginia… #exactly.

I had to dig deeper.

Annabel (lee) was that voice and Richard E was that producer.  It was the perfect follow up to an rare Portishead track I stumbled upon.  I needed something dark and beautiful… think I found it #Annabel (lee)

(update) kinda funny now, she thought I was a fan… but no, merely a creative spirit that saw their potential and respected as artist, just as I’m doing 8 years later still pushing.  Not a fan!

The original show link is still up on Giant Step… http://www.giantstep.net/index.php/releases/1779/

1849 by Annabel Lee is the last song

Who is Richard E?  Well, he’s just as mysterious as Annabel.  I’m not really sure if I can say because I really don’t know except that he’s the head of Further Out Recordings.  Kinda scary really, they are both intoxicatingly spooky in a sexy musical type of way.  Like the Adams family His production/composition/arrangement/mixing is flavorful and keeps you on your toes.  He’s particular good with capturing essences of time and pretty dope dj.

As for Annabel, I’ll describe her voice as beautifully enchanting.  Like a seductive ghost singing in ya ear when your alone and her voice is in 3D sound/visual, so you hear it and see it.. #imaginativeMind

It’s patient, alluring and captivating.

I really don’t have ghost singing in my ear when I’m alone, but somehow it was a fitting description.  Now I want one…

Annabel Lee Cover Art
Annabel Lee Cover Art

Gotta respect it when dope music can tap into your core like Annabel (lee) can.

As much as I could understand taste makers comparisons to some of the greats, particularly Billie Holiday… She’s has her own sound identity in my opinion, is classically fresh and edgy which you’ll see later on along with ability to adapt to many genres dance, electronic, funk, soul, hip hop.    

That’s why I believe Ninja Tune released this project along with If Music for the Save Soho campaign.  The buzz is just beginning and Ninja Tune knows they have a legend on their hands.  The question is whether they are fully prepared to invest in someone who could truly be one of the next artistic force of our time…. if anyone can understand how and where her core demographic lie and how to reach em’ its Ninja Tune.

An artist’s recognition, is often long over due because its timeless…

If one has the ability to see others appreciate them and their own success within their lifetime, its quite a blessing.  Many of the greats don’t.

Seems like this will… and my hunches are never wrong 😉

Believe” – Annabel (lee)

Album: “By the Sea… and Other Solitary Places”

Label: Ninja Tune

Annabel (lee) & Novo Tempo – Circles (Richard E & Annabel (lee) Vocal Suite)

Here’s an older track that is timeless… no one in the game sounds like her at all.  When more ears get on, the fun will begin and so will her place in music.  Paired with Richard E’s smooth and very gritty, organic, analog approach these two are a force in music. – Gibril ‘GiKu’ Kuyateh 

Annabel Lee
Annabel Lee

Listen to more Annabel (lee) & Richard E 

Below is a dope little eclectic mix curated by Richard E… music at its finest!