Monthly Archives: December 2010

All Hail The Queen – Teena Marie

Not the usual content you might expect to find here on Old To The New, but Teena Marie has been my favourite female vocalist since I first discovered her as a young kid back in the early-80s and hearing the news of her recent passing at the age of just 54 was both shocking and extremely sad.

An amazingly talented musician and singer, the classy R&B songstress also loved her Hip-Hop, having worked with, and been sampled by, the likes of Ludacris, Kurupt, Common and The Fugees – in this recent BlackTree Media footage shot in October the “Ivory Queen Of Soul” gives props to greats such as EPMD and KRS-One whilst encouraging new artists to learn the craft of lyricism.

R.I.P. Teena Marie (1956 – 2010) – a woman who gave the world incredible, beautiful music that will live on forever.

New Joint – Krazy Race / Rakaa

Krazy Race ft. Rakaa – “Live & Learn” (Realizm / 2010)

Taken from the album “The Rapture”.

An Islington Resident – Melanin 9

Short thought-provoking documentary by photographer Max Colson featuring London’s Melanin 9 discussing how rappers are portrayed in the media and how those same artists present themselves to the world.

New Joint – Verb T / Fliptrix / Kashmere

Verb T ft. Fliptrix & Kashmere – “Tearing The Sky Down” (YNR / 2010)

Taken from Verb’s new album “Serious Games”.

New Joint – BINC

BINC – “Pardon Me If I’m Shinin'” (Jake Records / 2010)

Love that drum and horn combination on this cut from the Oakland rapper’s forthcoming album “200X”.

New Joint – Fly Union

Fly Union – “Long Run” (TGTC / 2010)

New Joint – Kendrick Lamar / Curtains / School Boy Q

Kendrick Lamar ft. Curtains & School Boy Q – “Live Again” (Top Dawg Entertainment / 2010)