Behind the Beat | Sting “Shape of My Heart”

Sting‘s “Shape of My Heart” was featured on the soundtrack to the film The Professional, starring Jean Reno and a young Natalie Portman.  Again, how this works is you identify other songs that sampled this original track.  Leave your answers in the comments or hit the Twitter page. Previous:  Soul Makossa Advertisements

Wale at Baltimore Artscape | Review

Ed.’s Note: This review was originally posted at manswrites.blogspot.com. BALTIMORE – Love and thou shalt be loved.  Sounds religious doesn’t it?  Then it’s fitting, because this was the overarching theme of Wale’s Sunday performance that closed Artscape 2010. It was hotter than peanut oil as the crowd of college kids through thirty-somethings baked in the … Continue reading

Behind the Beat | I Know You Got Soul

I’ve always had an ear for samples.  The ones I wasn’t able to decipher would send me on a quest until I finally found the original author.  Yeah, I’m the dude that reads the liner notes on CDs to find out which samples were used.  This new feature is largely inspired by Rap Radar’s Breaks … Continue reading

J. Nolan “Cosmic Cruise” | Audio | New Music

The young homie J. Nolan, featured here before on Fast Music Friday, delivered another joint from his upcoming Chaos Theory project.  “Cosmic Cruise” (produced by One Love Beats) is a lyrical exercise that’ll jog your ears around the track with lines like: Warp speed supersonic talker/Diction infliction conflicted kinda like Marshall/Fire Marshall martial artist/Harder than … Continue reading

Dave Raps | “Best Worst Day Ever” | Video

Dave Raps dropped off the video for his new single “Best Worst Day Ever.”  Mama said there’d be days like this. Download his EP entitled H.Y.P.E. here.

D.C. Honors Raheem DeVaughn for Civic Work | News

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, will present Raheem DeVaughn with the key to the city on Thursday (May 5th). The Grammy-nominated R&B singer is being honored for his commitment to preserving the arts for children and teens and in addition, for his efforts in fighting HIV/AIDS throughout Washington, D.C.’s local communities. Mayor Gray will … Continue reading

I-ROC: “I’m Not 50 Tyson” | Video

I ran into my boy Ivan, also known as  I-ROC last weekend.  Out of Harrisburg, PA, he’s been doing his hip-hop thing since before the Internet even knew what a “50 Tyson” was.   On his latest joint “I’m Not 50 Tyson,”  I-ROC takes aim at his rapping rival.   In the track, similar to 50 … Continue reading