I came across Maurice Brown last year when he dropped his last album, and I’ve always enjoyed that Hip Hop/Jazz fusion ala Jazzmatazz and of course The Roots. “Mo” is working on releasing his new album The Mood (March 24th), and let’s loose his new single with emcee Talib Kweli. Check it out.
Brown tells us about the track: “Stand Up” is a call for humanity to take a stand for something & come together to make a positive difference in the world around us. We are in a political and economic climate that has been sapping the energy and sense of hope from everyone around us. Inspired by the advice “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” that my father gave me when I was a kid, I want to call people to come together, take a stand for a better life & a better world and help one another in whatever way possible, big or small. To collectively be the change we wish to see in the world.
From now until New Orlean Jazz Fest, Maurice will be hosting “Mobetta Tuesdays” at the Jazz Standard in NYC. Every Tuesday, he will be welcoming special guests (like Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, drum legend Lenny White, saxophonist Skerik and more) to join him for different weekly musical themes. More information about Mobetta Tuesdays can be found on the venue’s website. www.jazzstandard.com
Let me start off by saying that I’m a fan of both of these artists. I’ve been a fan of Talib since the Soundbombing days and a fan of Diabolic’s after that Fightin’ Words LP. That being said, this “battle” that is going on between them is a product of social media. Twitter has given people the power to communicate with millions of people from the luxury of your own home, car, office, etc. With this power comes great responsibility. You can’t go on Twitter and disrespect someone and not expect a reaction. Diabolic accused Talib of of generalizing his views of white rappers and Talib called him a bitch. This is where the Twitter conversation should have ended. Instead, Diabolic made threats toward Kweli and they went back and forth for days. Talib penned an open letter about the situation and then diss tracks were made. What would Freddie Foxxx do in this situation? Would he make threats on twitter? NO! He’d be on your doorstep within hours and the problem would be solved. The point of my post is this, Let’s not make threats on twitter…..make music. Hopefully these two can keep this in the music and get past this. Perhaps meet in person and discuss the problem instead of arguing in front of millions.
Here are the diss tracks from Diabolic and Talib Kweli. Listen.
Uncalled for…..totally uncalled for.
Go to Twitter for support the only weapon you have
But I don’t care about those kids like Mos Def as a dad – Diabolic
I know you mad that I top so many white people’s favorite list, I’d go to one of your shows but they don’t fucking exist! – Talib Kweli
Diggin in the Crates founding member Diamond let this slide yesterday. Real dope concept and I like the way he overlaid Hov throughout the track. Every time one of DITC drops a new one, it’s like they find some way to keep it classic while maintaining a progressive style.
Ohio emcee Vice Souletric gives us this powerful first single from his upcoming Vice for President 2 which drops on February 26th. I’m not a fan of the singing but other than that it’s pretty dope. Check it out!