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  • Slum Village featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and Illa J – Expressive

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    by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Common – The Next Chapter (Still Love H.E.R.)

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    When I first heard Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.“, I instantly fell in love.   No pun intended.  It was one of those smooth, lyrical songs that spoke to something deeper than on the surface.  That was ’94.   Fast forward some 20 years and Common has dropped the follow up to the hit […]
  • Phony Ppl – Statues

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    Phony Ppl are a collective rap crew, a songwriting/production team, a live band, and a group of friends who live to make music.  I’ve been into this crew since I first listened to their debut album Phonyland earlier this year.  This past summer they released their Nothing Special EP.  Below are the visuals to the first track off the […]
  • Jay-Z “Where I’m From” Documentary

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    In the midst of celebrating his birthday on yesterday, Jay-Z released a documentary highlighting his opening concert at the Barclays Center.  The short documentary takes viewers into the times leading up to the concerts and footage of Jay and his crew.  There’s also footage of  rehearsals, the eight back-to-back shows, and Jay’s infamous subway ride. […]
  • Wale – The Arrival

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    Well, he said he would drop a new joint today and Mr. Folarin stuck to his word.  Hit play to check out the arrival of Wale’s new track, “The Arrival”.  Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Miguel – The Thrill

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    With the release of his new album on Tuesday, Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel continues the promotion with the release of the visuals to “The Thrill”.  The video is said to have been shot all in one day as he celebrated his girlfriend’s birthday.  Check it out below.  Oh, and support good music.  Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for […]
  • A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime

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    Just the mood I’ve been in today.  Nothing like the soulful sounds of old school hip hop.  No one did hip hop soul and jazz better than A Tribe Called Quest.  Just hit play!  Peace & Love!!! [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/56833602″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Frank Ocean – Blue Whale

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    If you can’t get enough of  Frank Ocean, here goes another offering.  Although, if you’re expecting the R&B crooning you’ve become accustom to from Frank, listen again.  Here Frank spits a couple of verses on “Blue Whale”, because he can.  Listen below.  Peace & Love!!! [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/61071940″ params=”show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings […]
  • Niceguys Finish Last?

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    Houston, we have a problem.  You have probably one of the nicest, no pun intended, hip hop groups in your backyard and most of you don’t even know it.  I did a blog entry on these cats back in June and it seems nothing has changed as far as their recognition.  Their debut album, The Show, […]
  • The Legendary: A Film About The Roots

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    Simply one of the best bands EVER, The Roots continue to do their thing. I was fortunate to see them in concert again about two weeks ago. They kill. Black Thought has got to be one of the most, if not the single most underrated emcee ever. Dude’s voice live flows with so much clarity […]
  • Wale – The Break Up Song

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    For those not in a Valentines Day mood, Wale delivers the visual for “The Break Up Song”  off his mixtape, More About Nothing. Recently signed to the Rick Ross led – Maybach Music Group, Wale intends to to still be the same artist, just with the ability to release the music his former label didn’t […]
  • …Chloe Mitchell

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      I’m sure by now most of you have heard Kanye West’s album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. On the track “Blame Game”, which is probably my favorite song on the disc, he recites an excerpt from a poem and “cites” the name Chloe Mitchell.  From that point most were wondering, “Who is Chloe Mitchell?”.  At least, […]
  • Wale featuring Lloyd – Let’s Chill

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    Lately, there hasn’t been a significant amount of music that has a real meaning and message in it.  This is not one of those songs.  Leave it to Wale to go left of right.  Using an interpolation of the Guy classic “Let’s Chill”, he discusses exploring a deeper connection with his female companion.  With Lloyd […]
  • Louis Armstrong – White Christmas & Cool Yule

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    Probably the most influential jazz artist ever.  Louis Armstrong was not just a great cornet and trumpet player, but his distinctive gravelly voice also made him a great singer.  He is also one of the most popular performers ever.  I was really searching for his version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, but could not seem […]
  • Good Grief, It’s Christmas Time!!!

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    Where has the time gone?  It’s Christmas time already.  The year seems to have flown by.  With that being said, can’t be Christmas without Good Ol’ Charlie Brown.  A Charlie Brown Christmas was a special I never missed as a kid.  Still to this day I am a Charlie Brown fan.  How could you not […]
  • Aloe Blacc – You Make Me Smile

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    As a lover of soul music, I couldn’t believe I was sleeping on this brothers music.  I initially heard his song “I Need A Dollar” as the theme song to the HBO series How to Make It in America. Check out his album Good Things and you’ll hear what I’m talking about.  Consequently, check out […]
  • The Roots

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    Just a few throwback visuals from one of the greatest bands ever.  Watch and enjoy.  Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Way Back Wednesday: Camp Lo

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    I love music and I love hip hop.  If you’ve been following the blog you probably noticed that.  But, that stuff that plays on the radio “they” call hip hop these days has really got me enjoying what hip hop use to be.  This BS the labels and radio keeps peddling has got to go. […]
  • Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On / What’s Happening Brother”

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    I love soul music.  Better yet, I love music that speaks to the soul.  Who did it better than Marvin Gaye?  Classic music, with timeless messages.  Check out Marvin performing “What’s Going On / What’s Happening Brother” below.  The video is an excerpt from “Real Thing: In Performance 1964-1981″, a DVD of some of Marvin’s […]
  • John Legend & The Roots – Shine

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    Not really much to say about this track.  Another solid effort from John Legend and The Roots.  Love music that speaks to the soul.  Check out the track below from their collaborative album, Wake Up!, which hits stores September 21st.  Peace & Love! [soundcloud url=”http://soundcloud.com/hypetrak/john-legend-the-roots-shine/s-MgGlh”] by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings Via: Hypetrak
  • Kanye West – Devil In A New Dress

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    With Kanye’s promise to release a new track every Friday until Christmas, he took every bit of the day to release this Friday’s track “Devil in a New Dress”.  Classic Kanye here.  The track is produced by Bink, but Kanye delivers on the lyrics and wordplay.  Takes me back to the first time I heard […]
  • The Niceguys – Nice Short Part 7

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    Time is money, money is time, time is of the essence.  With that being said, the Houston based group The Niceguys, show you how “hard work” pays off.  The crew has a little fun in this video as they show us what it took to ready there debut album, The Show, which drops September 28th. […]
  • Lauryn Hill Interview And Performance

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    It’s so good to see one of the most talented artist around do what she does best.  How can you not love Lauryn Hill.  Yeah, she’s been gone for a minute.  But when you have that kind of talent you’ll always be welcomed with open arms.  Now, let’s just hope she stays for a while […]
  • Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message

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    There’s not much to say about this record other than it is a classic and timeless.  It’s amazing how the more things change, the more they unfortunately stay the same.  Peace and Love! The Message by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • John Coltrane – In A Sentimental Mood

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    John Coltrane was an artist that had a massive influence on jazz, both mainstream and avant-garde during his lifetime.  As a jazz saxophonist and composer, Coltrane helped bring free jazz to the forefront.  He subsequently influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant tenor saxophonists in jazz history.  Here he performs, “In A Sentimental Mood” […]
  • Lupe Fiasco – Go To Sleep

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    Lupe is back with some new audible flavor for your ear.  The new tune, “Go To Sleep”, is set to be on his new album Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album, formerly named Lasers. Check it out below.  Support good artist and music. [soundcloud url=”http://soundcloud.com/hypetrak/lupe-fiasco-go-to-sleep”] by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings Via: […]
  • Sunday Listening: Miles Davis – All Blues

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    Relax your mind, let your conscience be free you’re now listening to the sounds of Miles D.  Yeah that was kinda corny, but the influence and sound of Miles Davis’s music is anything but. Miles is widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.  Nothing like the soothing sounds of a […]
  • Erykah Badu Billboard Interview

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    I am such a fan of this woman.  I truly believe she is one of the most talented beings on the planet.  I was fortunate enough to see her perform live once again this past Friday night.  As always, she never disappoints.  She is definitely one of the best artist today.  Here she sat down […]
  • Soul Train

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    Who could ever forget Soul Train.  A Saturday morning wasn’t  complete until you finished watching Soul Train.  Known for its memorable theme music and showcase of R &B,  soul, and hip hop artists of the day, Soul Train is still the longest-running, first-run, nationally-syndicated program in television history .  The show also gave us the infamous “Soul […]
  • John Legend & The Roots featuring Common & Melanie Fiona – Wake Up Everybody

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    Every generation seems to have its share of problems.  This generation is no exception.  But here comes The Roots and John Legend  to give a little inspiration.  The track is a remake of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “Wake Up Everybody”.  The single is off their collaborative album Wake Up!. From the sounds of […]
  • Sarah Green featuring Lupe Fiasco – Dirty Rose

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    Lupe has to be one of the most underrated MC’s doing it.  And for some reason, I think he would have it no other way.  Here he lends his flow to “Dirty Rose”, the new single by Sarah Green.  The song features  a nice, funky guitar riff.  Watch out for more by Sarah.  Check it […]
  • Slum Village featuring Colin Munroe – Faster

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    Slum Village recently released the visual to there new single “Faster” off their forthcoming album Villa Manifesto. The album is reportedly the groups last effort.  It is set to hit stores July 27.    Watch and enjoy. by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings Via:  Hypetrak
  • Nas – One Love (DJ Manipulator Remix)

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    Very few have done it better than Nasir Jones. DJ Manipulator reaches into the crates to remix Nas’s 1994 hit “One Love”.  Not much to say about this one other than enjoy.  One of the best lyricist’s ever. [soundcloud url=”http://soundcloud.com/hypetrak/nas-one-love-dj-manipulator-remix”] by T.Lewis for Hearts Of Kings Via:  Hypetrak
  • The Year’s Of Hip Hop

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    Ok, so if you didn’t know, I am a huge hip hop head.  And when it comes to old school hip hop, I’m a fiend. So imagine how I felt when I discovered The Rub.  The site has a radio section that has some mean old school hip hop mixes.  Chronicled from ’79 all the […]
  • The Roots – Dear God 2.0 (Video)

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    The Roots have released the visual for “Dear God 2.0″ from there new album How I Got Over. Check it out below.  The album is in stores now.  Support good music. by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • The Niceguys

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    “Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it?”  Those are lyrics that most hip hop heads probably know well.  Jay-Z birthed them in “Renegade” from his album The Blueprint. This is also the introductory line for the song “Not At All” by four young men named: The Niceguys. The Niceguys […]
  • De La Soul

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    Being a kid of the ’80’s, listening to De La Soul brings back a lot of memories. Especially hearing their 1989 hit Me, Myself and I.  The song speaks of individuality and being comfortable with our own style and who we are.  Thinking back to those days, it was always fun trying to find my […]
  • The Roots – Doin’ It Again

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    I guess I’m  doin’ it again, cause here goes another new one from The Roots. This time the group uses John Legend’s “Again” to bring another solid effort.  How I Got Over hits stores June 22nd.  There definitely poised to Do It Again. [soundcloud url=”http://soundcloud.com/hypetrak/the-roots-featuring-john-legend-doin-it-again”] by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings Via:  HYPETRAK
  • BrandUn DeShay – Volume: Three! To Get Ready (Mixtape)

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    What makes Hip-Hop so beautiful is the different ways artist can and choose to deliver there message.  And when I say Hip-Hop, I am not just talking about just rapping, but ALL that the culture encompasses.  BrandUn DeShay is one of those artist that brings a solid alternative to what radio calls Hip-Hop.  Intent on […]
  • Kanye West featuring Dwele – Power

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    Mr. West is at it again.  This time minus the auto-tune.  Kanye teams up with Dwele to bring his new single  “Power” from his highly anticipated album Good Ass Job. The song will be out on itunes on June 8th.  Guess this will go well with the Hearts Of Kings “Powerful” tee. by T. Lewis for Hearts Of […]
  • The Roots – Dear God 2.0

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    The Illadeph’s best is back at it.  The Roots never seem to disappoint.   The crew is set to release there ninth studio album How I Got Over on June 22nd.  Black Thought, a true lyricist, always seems to make one think with his wonderful wordplay.  Here he discusses his faith in God, while also illuminating […]
  • Alicia Keys featuring Drake – Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready) (Remix)

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    Just when you thought radio had not played Alicia Keys’s “Unthinkable” enough, now comes the remix.  But, Drake simply smashes it.  I’m not sure what most people think of the dude, but he always seems to deliver some clever, smart and witty lyrics.   There is no way any man can not feel where dude […]
  • Little Brother

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    Balance.  That one word embodies all that we seek in life.  Balance.  We’ll take the bad, as long as there is some good.  With that being said, Little Brother is what’s good in Hip Hop.  The North Carolina based group has been doing their thing for years.  The group has pretty much been a staple […]
  • Drake – Find Your Love (Video)

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    http://vimeo.com/11642081 Drake drops the video for his latest single ” Find Your Love” which will be on his debut album Thank Me Later set to drop June 15th.  Track produced by Kanye West.  Hearts Of Kings
  • Nas & Damien Marley featuring Lil Wayne and Joss Stone – My Generation

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    What is My Generation going to do?  Well, allow Nas and Damien Marley to tell the story.  The song will be on the duo’s highly anticipated album Distant Relatives due out May 18th. The song also features vocals from Joss Stone and Lil Wayne.  Yes,  my generation WILL make a change.   Just take a […]
  • Dead Prez – The Beauty Within

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    Dead Prez is back with a dedication to all the wonderful mothers and women in this world.  The song samples from B.o.B’s single “Nothing On You”.  The song will be on the mixtape Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz via DJ Drama.  Check out the mixtape when it drops June 10th.   Hearts Of Kings [soundcloud url=”http://soundcloud.com/hypetrak/dead-prez-the-beauty-within”] […]

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