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Released on March 24, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown‘s latest full-length album The Mood showcases the trumpeter, producer, composer, and emcee flexing his muscles in an 11-track keep reading »

On June 19th, West Coast sax-sensation Kamasi Washington joined forces with Igmar Thomas and the Revive Big Band to close out an already killer weekend keep reading »

Each year, as summer rolls around, the DC jazz community gears up for DC JazzFest – a 10 day extravaganza that showcases the greatest in both new and keep reading »

Drawing out the double-edged tenacity of his artistry, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown has hit his stride with Maurice vs. Mobetta, an album encompassing a full view of keep reading »

“The greatest artists are the greatest imitators. All artists draw on inspiration from someplace else,” veteran rapper and cultural icon Talib Kweli explains as we discuss the current state of hip-hop and music in general. For his latest project, Gravitas, Kweli brought in an inspiration of his own in Q-Tip to produce and help him craft the sonic structure of his upcoming record. Check out below as we catch a few words on the impact of various American cultural phenomenons on music today, his current tour, and his upcoming record.

In case you missed it, our friend and Grammy Award-winning trumpet player and producer Maurice “Mobetta” Brown released the single to his forthcoming record entitled Maurice vs. Mobetta which will feature special guests like Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, DJ Scratch, Consequnce, and Prodigy. Check out the single, entitled “Back At The Ranch” and featuring both Jean Grae and DJ Scratch below.

Today, 4/19/13, marks three years since we tragically lost Keith Elam, better known as GURU (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal). The mast lyricist left behind a legacy of innovation, creativity, and experimentation among his many other gifts. Whether contributing his raspy voice to the production of DJ Premier in Gang Starr or fusing his vocal abilities with jazz instrumentals through his own Jazzmatazz projects, G.U.R.U. always pushed the boundaries. In honor of the day, we’ve got a brand new track in honor of GURU by way of Marco Polo, Talib Kweli, and DJ Premier.

Talib Kweli is one of the most respected rappers alive, so it is extremely fitting for him to have one of the dopest live bands to grace the hip-hop medium. This Sunday and Monday (3/17-3/18), Kweli and his band will be hitting at Brooklyn Bowl for his hometown crowd. Opening for them will be respected producer Cory-Mo out of Houston, Texas.

Prince has to be one of the most mysterious and intriguing people to ever present at the Grammy’s. From his attire to his demeanor he simply captivated the audience with zero small talk or fanfare (save for his cane). As our OKP family aptly stated, “No disrespect to JT, but no one does smooth and sexy like Prince.” What’s more is that with a new track out and a new website selling tracks and remixes, there will also be a Tribute Concert to Prince at Carnegie Hall curated by none other than our favorite Prince-fanatic — Questlove.

Before the Internet, I can imagine that the art of sampling was much more arcane. I wish I could speak from experience in this case, but I am a child of the Digital Age. My venture into hip-hop began well after global interconnectivity was established. We now live in a world where it is nearly impossible to not know the samples behind one’s favorite hip-hop or R&B record. With sites like and, one can look up a track and immediately find where all the track’s chops came from. This all comes complete with YouTube videos and Spotify links, and the exact time where one can find a sampled portion in an original track.