Bruno Mars- Doo Wop and Hooligans (album review/ online listening party by Dj Smoke1)

I’ve had my hands on Bruno’s new album for a hot sec and thought I’d have our very own Dj Smoke1 bless you all with an early listen of the album before it drops this Tuesday October 5th, 2010.

For those expecting the Bruno Mars that you’ve heard on the 2 dope feature’s he blessed on the vocal/ production tip for B.O.B and Travie McCoy I wanna let you know right now none of that is really on this album. Bruno is definitely showcasing the real him on this album as well as his versatility through all kinds of different genre’s of music like the obvious doo-wop, r&b, pop, reggae, soul, and some island acoustic like you’ve heard on Travis McCoy’s “Billionaire” song.

I’ll be honest, when I first listened to this album I wasn’t really feeling it because again I was expecting the catchy hook, up tempo production I heard on the feature’s he had done prior. After a few more listen’s of the album and Smoke1’s mix some more the album started to grow on me. It’s definitely something a little different then what your typically use to hearing and I dig that Bruno stayed true to himself and went that route. I wish the album would have had more the 12 tracks because again I can’t stand when an artist doesn’t feel that bad boy all the way up and give fans they’re monies worth but you can expect a different track out of each of the 12 that sound nothing the same. I recommend this album to all the true Bruno Mars fans and for those that want something different to listen to with some substance and versatility cause it’s worth the $9.99. For more information on Bruno, the album, the music video and some exclusive download’s from the album check out my past preview post.


1. Grenade
2. Just The Way You Are
3. Our First Time
4. Runaway Baby
5. The Lazy Song
6. Marry You
7. Talking To The Moon
8. Liquor Store Blues feat Damian Marley
9. Count On Me
10. The Other Side feat Cee Lo Green and B.o.B

Buno Mars- Doo-Wop and Hooligans presented by Dj Smoke1

[audio:Bruno Mar Mix final.mp3]

Enjoy the party and make sure to leave me your thoughts down below.

3 1/2 out of 5 Cartons


-Black Milk

Faith Evans – Something About Faith (review/online listening party by DJ Smoke1)

Faith Evans is bizzack! And I gotta say…”It’s about damn time!” Almost 6 year’s have gone by since she put out an album.  For all those that are pissed about that blame Puffy’s sorry ass, for never keeping his artist happy and hot. Man, I’d hate to be signed to Bad Boy. lol

Something About Faith will be her 6th studio album and very independent release since peacing out from Bad Boy and her short lived engagement with Capitol Records.  Though I’m not feeling the album artwork with that funky ass outfit and little ass hat.  Faith is one of the most beautiful females ever and those black and white back pictures aren’t doing her any justice. I can say, that I’m feeling the track list behind the album work though. 17 tracks to be exact! Thank you Faith for actually filling up the whole album and thinking about the fan’s and they’re monies worth. My home girl Wyldeflowher was just chopping it up about artists short changing the fans with short ass 10 track albums, when a CD can store way more media. The truth behind that is that a lot of artist are only putting the amount of tracks on that they’re album that they’re getting paid for.  In my mind that’s stupid, because touring is where the money is and if your fans aren’t happy with a 10 track album your touring is gonna be boo boo.

Anywaaaaays, I summoned our official Dj Smoke1 to do what he does, and mix up the whole album for your listening pleasures right here right now before the album drops this Tuesday October 5th, 2010 aka my sister’s birthday! Whoop whoop! Though I’m not a huge fan of Faith’s music I can say that this is a really good solid album. You can definitely tell Faith went all out on this one to make it up to her true fans for being gone so long.  By again giving you a full album of tracks that are all versatile, great content, nice production, and some surprising yet dope feature’s like Snoop Dog, Raekwon, Redman, Lil Mo, and Kelly Price just to name the shockers. lol

Love the video to her first single “Gone All Ready.” It’s just her, the piano man, and some mimes and works well. I love how the mimes express the feeling of the words Faith is singing through theyre body language. And its a very deep song for those that listen to the content.

“Gone All Ready”

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub3JG7LHxlE&feature=related

1. Something About Faith Intro
2. I Still
3. Way You Move F/ Snoop Dogg
4. Real Things
5. Worth It
6. Gone Already
7. Party F/Redman
8. Right Here
9. Your Lover
10. Can t Stay Away F/ Keyshia Cole
11. Sunshine
12. Everyday Struggle F/ Raekwon
13. The Love In Me
14. Change
15. Troubled World F/ Kelly Price & Jessica Reedy
16. Troubled World Pt.2 F/ Lil Mo & Estelle
17. Baby Lay


Faith Evans- All About Faith Presented by Dj Smoke1

[audio: faith evans.mp3]

6. Gone Already

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7. Party F/Redman

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4 out of 5 Cartons


-Black Milk

Blu Transition’s Album Review

She’s back! We were first introduced to Ohio native, Conya Doss in 2002 with her debut album “A Poem About Miss Doss.” She has returned with her fifth album, entitled “Blu Transition.” It’s been two years since her last album “Still” was released. While away from the music scene she has given birth to a baby boy Blu.

…showed me love is pure, now I’m sure, I’ll never be the same…” One of my favorite cuts is “Never Be the Same” which expresses the love between two people. Although the track was inspired by the birth of her son, it can still apply to a couple in love.

…my ex was a PC, you’re my MAC I use to keep a virus, you changed that. You took my heart and gave it an upgrade…” Another favorite off the track is “Wi-Fi.” The computer geek in me, truly loves this song. This song mentions everything from Microsoft to acronyms like OMG. The connection between tech words and a relationship makes this tune a keeper in my book.

“…what’s the use in trying to make it work, you’re never satisfied and that hurts…” Ladies and gents, haven’t you ever been in a relationship and you’re not even sure the purpose of it after a certain point. Always fussing and arguing or simply not happy being together. “Pointless” is the track for all of us who have endured this in our lives and for those dealing with it now. This is your anthem song.

Some other faves off the album are “Celebrate,” “What We Gone Do,” “You’re Not Ready,” and “Doesn’t Have to Be This Way.” This is definitely a relationship album. So there is something for everyone no matter what stage of your relationship you are in. From the “about to break-up” folks, to the newfound lovers.

Be sure to check out our interview with Conya Doss HERE. “Blu Transition” is a fabulous album for your collection. Grab your copy here at www.conyadoss.com

Fresh from the Fridge: Devi Dev and Terrace Martin- Here, My Dear (mixtape EP)

Man do I have one hell of a treat for yall and it come’s in the form of this EP by my fellow gorgeous  Halfrican Devi Dev and West Coast super producer/ rapper Terrace Martin titled “Here, My Dear.”

Terrace stated the EP is inspired by Marvin Gaye’s critically acclaimed 1978 album of the same name, “Here, My Dear” which showcases the raw & varying emotions of love in a Hip Hop form, On this project Terrace blends his live instrumentation and production with new Hip Hop elements with some dope feature’s like Snoop Dog, Kurupt, Charlie Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, and U-N-I- just to name a few. I’ve had this album on repeat since I got it and can safely say it’s a breath of fresh air as well as a masterpiece. Every track on the album is dope and gives you a little bit of everything. Great production, lyrics, content, vocals, comedy, and structure. Even the interludes on the album are nice where they showcase Devi Dev keeping it very real as her and Terrace chop it up about various love/ relationship related questions over samples of Marvin Gaye’s original version of this up to date album. I can relate to everything they chop it up about as I’m sure you all will like “turkey burgers and good sex.” hahaha

And just when you think the album is dope you have the 3 in 1 video that showcase’s 2 of the best songs off the album in a short film format that tells Terrace’s situation with serious and funny moment’s starting from the end and rewinding all the way to the beginning like one of my favorite movies “Memento.” Big ups to Aplusfilmz for putting it all together.

“Love Prelude and Thing For You”

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoKbLqIM8iA&feature=player_embedded

[audio: Devi Dev.mp3]

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4 out of 5 Cartons





-Black Milk

An Interview with Conya Doss

Conya Doss was able to take some time out of busy schedule to answer a few questions about her and the recent release “Blu Transition“.  The album is great and gives fans the hit they need to carry on.  As a long time fan, I’m very pleased and now can’t wait for the next one. :)  Enjoy the interview. Album review is coming shortly.

Soulified: If you had 4 words to describe music, what would they be?

Conya Doss: Smooth, soulful, heartfelt, and raw.

Soulified: Why did you choose this time to act on your inspirations to create Blu Transition?

Conya Doss: It just came naturally, I do this for every record, all is just contingent on what I am experiencing during that given time.

Soulified: Who are some of your musical influences?

Conya Doss:Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Prince, Angela Winbush, Michelle N’Degeocello, list goes on and on.

Soulified: What is your favorite track off of the new album, and why does it stand above the rest?

Conya Doss: “Never Be The Same” because it speaks of my whole experience this past year with regards to the birth of my son Blu.  Life as I knew it will never be the same, in a great way of course.

Soulified: With the other people that worked with you on this album, who had the biggest impact?

Conya Doss: Rodney Jones, Myron Davis, Jayshawn, James Blaque, they all had something special to offer, with no one making an impact more than the other.

Soulified: How do you keep in balance the fight for creative control with the chance for major label success?

Conya Doss: It’s a constant struggle; I’d rather hold on to my creativity, I love music too much to compromise it.  However, it would be great to have “the machine” behind you.  An ideal situation would be a partnership, but that’s rare.

Soulified: Continuing with the previous question, how would you define success?

Conya Doss: When a supporter approaches me and tells me how much my music has inspired his or her life in one way or another, I have succeeded in reaching someone with my god given gift.

Soulified: Do you have a tour planned? If so what cities are on the list?

Conya Doss: Washington, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Detroit, Birmingham, new york, and hopefully more to add.

Soulified: What tunes are currently in heavy rotation that you jam to?

Conya Doss: Anthony Hamilton’s album “Ain’t No Body Worrying” and all of Raphael Saadiq’s latest joints.

Soulified: Thank you for your time. Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?

Conya Doss: Thanks for taking the time to listen to my music and visit my website www.conyadoss.com

Thanks Sweetlocs, for the great questions and your effort.

We Plug Good Music Presents “A Prelude to the Future” Mixtape

The good people at We Plug GOOD Music, have complied together a strong collection of unsigned, and maybe even unknown to you, Soul, Hip-Hop and Spoken Word artists.   The collection is called “A Prelude to the Future“.   Based on what I have heard so far, you will see a number of these artists on Soulified in the future.  Here is the introduction from We Plug Good Music.

“‘We Plug GOOD Music’ has established an online presence successfully plugging the emerging music that commercial radio doesn’t play, Aiming to push the true artform of music and NOT necessarily what the industry calls ‘good’ & in their consistent, continuous bid & effort to keep plugging the best of NEW & EMERGING Performing Artistes, they’ve come together with 20 of the most promising emerging artists to create ‘The Future is NOW’ project beginning with this ‘A Prelude to the Future’ mixtape”

You can download the mixtape here or from Soulified. [Download not found]  Enjoy.

Dwele Visits South Africa (video/single)

Came across a dope video of Dwele’s trip to the mother land and wanted to share it all with you.

For those that aren’t subscribers to Dwele’s youtube channel all the video’s he makes are called A.D.B.P. (another Dwele bootleg production) and within his video’s he has a certain ones called the I.P.C. (i phone chronicle) and this is basically where he records video on his I Phone of where he’s at or doing in a particular place. In this case it’s South Africa. I really enjoyed watching this 14.55 min video cause he shows the people, places, and custom of South Africa from his point of view as well as some live performing of the show he did down there.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IttAv5hBgio&feature=player_embedded

Enjoy the video yall and leave ya boy some love down below in the comment box. Also wanted to share one of my all time favorite Dwele cut’s ” Truth” off his Subject album that he performs live on this video where the crowd goes nuts. I swear this is one of the realest song’s ever sang right here!

Truth

[audio: 02-Truth.mp3]

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-Black Milk

Fresh from the Fridge: The Floacist feat Musiq- Forever/ Spoken Soul Vol 1 (single / mixtape)

She’s baaaaald. Oppps! I mean baaaaaack. lol Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart has a new single out feat one of my favorite singer of all time Musiq that will be off her highly anticipated debut album entitled “Floetic Soul.”

Floacist spoke a little bit about the album saying “My approach to the manifestation of Floetic Soul, has simply been to get out of the way and go beyond my comfort zone, making sure to challenge any limitations that I may have placed on myself over time” She actually record 16 songs in 12 days! Girls a beast in the studio! She plans to show off her many talents on the album as a composer, singer, poet, lyricist, and producer. Expect some pretty dope features as well in Musiq Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn, rapper MC Lyte, singer Lalah Hathaway and producers JR Hutson (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild).

I have no idea when her album is set to drop because she doesn’t even know as it’s no where on her personal pages or site. I do know how ever that it’ll probably drop before Marsha’s being that The Floacist isn’t signed with Dr. Dre and wack ass Aftermath that’s known for shelving/ sleeping on all they’re artist. Dude’s damn there worst then Puffy with his label. lol I’ll def keep all yall posted though as soon as I find out more detailage. Till then enjoy the single as well as a little album she put out with spoken word.





1. The Floacist feat Josh and Kissi B.- Life in 3D
2. Archie the Messenger feat Brandon Moultrie and Kiss B.- The Dreamer
3. 13 of Nazareth feat Brandon Moultrie and Kissi B.- The Abyss
4. David “Native Son” Ross feat Kissi B.- Falling: The Poet
5. The Floacist feat Brandon Moultrie- Perfect

Forever feat Musiq

[audio: Natalie-Forever-Musiq.mp3]

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Spoken Soul Volume 1

1. The Floacist feat Josh and Kissi B.- Life in 3D

[audio: The Floacist – THE FLOACIST PRESENTS…Spoken Soul – 01 Life in 3D.mp3]

2. Archie the Messenger feat Brandon Moultrie and Kiss B.- The Dreamer

[audio: The Floacist – THE FLOACIST PRESENTS…Spoken Soul – 02 The Dreamer.mp3]

3. 13 of Nazareth feat Brandon Moultrie and Kissi B.- The Abyss

[audio: The Floacist – THE FLOACIST PRESENTS…Spoken Soul – 03 The Abyss.mp3]
4. David “Native Son” Ross feat Kissi B.- Falling: The Poet

[audio: The Floacist – THE FLOACIST PRESENTS…Spoken Soul – 04 Falling- The Poet.mp3]
5. The Floacist feat Brandon Moultrie- Perfect

[audio: The Floacist – THE FLOACIST PRESENTS…Spoken Soul – 05 Perfect.mp3]

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Enjoy the freshness…

-Black Milk

P.S. Am I the only one that liked her better when she had braids and some meat on her bones? I’m just sayin lol

Fresh from the Fridge: Jay-Z vs Coldplay- Viva La Hova (mixtape)

What’s up Soulifiedians?! It’s ya boy Black Milk aka Negro Leche and I’m bringing you another heater of a mixtape like the past few except this time I’m bringing one hell of a “Mash Up” album!

For those that are big Jay-z fans it’s been a hot sec since he’s gone up against an alternative band. November 30, 2004 to be exact when him and Linkin Park battled it out on they’re super dope album Collision Course which I still bump to this day before I compete in my karate tournament’s. This particular one is considered a “mixtape”.  It sounds like an album that both Jay Z and Coldplay did in the studio, with J spitting and Coldplay melodies.  All over crazy production from some of the dopest producers in the game like 9th Wonder. This is a must have for any Jay Z fan and it just might open you up to Coldplay and they’re genre of music as well.

1) Intro (produced by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban)
2) Public Speeding (produced by Cookin’ Soul)
3) Know My Place (produced by The Amps)
4) Never Changing (produced by nVMe)
5) Miss Trouble (produced by Judah)
6) Back At My Place (produced by Remot)
7) No Love Coming Home (produced by The Kickdrums)
8) Lost Part 1 (produced by Coldplay)
9) A Spy’s Prayer (produced by nVMe)
10) Science Is Ignorant (produced by Gooch)
11) The Reverse Fix (produced by Mick Boogie & nVMe)
12) Hola Blanco (produced by Garbs Infinite)
13) Take The Hill (produced by nVMe)
14) Lost Part 2 (remixed by Mick Boogie)
15) Cold Success (produced by 9th Wonder)
16) What If We Cry? (produced by Remot)
17) Beach Chair (produced by Coldplay)
18) Falling In Shadows (produced by 6th Sense)
19) Life of Clocks (produced by Terry Urban)
20) X-Y-Z (produced by Hasan Insane)

[audio: Jayz and Coldplay Final.mp3]

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Enjoy the freshness…

5 out of 5 Cartons

-Black Milk

Conya Doss Set to Release “Blu Transition”

Website/Facebook/MySpace/Twitter

Conya Doss is set to release another album to her waiting fans on September 28th, 2010.  This album took me by surprise.  I have been a long time Super Fan of her.  She was my first serious venture in to Soul/Neo Soul music.  This will be her fifth album, in a long line of great albums.  This album is to be a more emotional and deeper album based on recent events in her life. The album is named after her newborn son, Blu.  So I can’t wait to hear how she wraps her subtle, yet gripping voice around these songs.

You can pre-order this album at many places, but the best place is from her site.  If you want to really support an independent artist, thats the best way.  To help get youhyped up for the release here are three snippets to help your three week wait.

[audio:  http://www.conyadoss.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/1-03-Never-Be-The-Same.mp3] [audio: http://www.conyadoss.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/1-04-All-In-You.mp3] [audio: http://www.conyadoss.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/1-02_What_We_Gone_Do.mp3]

Jeremih – All About You (album review/ video/ online listening party by DJ Smoke1)

Mr. Birthday Sex is back with his second album “All About You”.  Soulified now has an official DJ, by the name of DJ Smoke1 .  He will bless your ears with a dope mix of the full album for your listening pleasure, in our very first online listening party before the album drops September 28th, 2010.

Got a chance to listen to the album over the weekend and I can safely say that this one will be added to my ” freak um” list. lol This is a straight baby makin album right here, ya’ll.  In my case and most others out there a “practice making babies” album.  hahaha This was somewhat expected with his hit single “Birthday Sex” on his last album, but it’s a refreshing piece of work. None the less,  every track has a different feel and taste. You can tell Jeremih has def grown and matured as an artist on this one. You get the grown and sexy tracks and even a few good love ballads like Holding On and Love Don’t Change. Another breath of fresh of air on the album is the single “Broken Down”, where Jeremih hits us with a blues style track. It’s about a past bad situation, he was in and he showcase’s his true untouched vocals.

The lead single “I Like” was def a good choice because it’s one of my favorite tracks.  Luda murders it with his bars at the end.  The video is simple and has been done before (on a rented yacht with the homie and video vixen’s drinking bub) but it works for the song.  The eye candy picked totally makes me ignore the unoriginality. The back arch shot during Luda’s part in the jacuzzi OMG! LOL Can’t help but hate a little and wish I was there with the 2 to even the odds. lol Ok ok back to the album. Make sure yall cop it when it drops.  It’s worth the $9.99

“I Like feat Ludacris”

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPCM4StTL4s&ob=av2e

01.   All About You
02. Xs And Os
03. Dawn On Me (Feat. 50 Cent)
04. Take Off
05. I Like (Feat. Ludacris)
06. Waiter (The 5 Senses)
07. Broken Down
08. Holding On
09. Wanna Get Up
10. Sleepers
11. Love Don’t Change

DJ Smoke1 Presents… Jeremih- All About You

[audio:Jeremih Mixtape final kut.mp3]

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DJ Smoke1: [email protected]

3 out of 5 Cartons



-Black Milk

Fresh from the Fridge: Ronald Isley feat Lauryn Hill- Close To You (single)

You know you got mad juice when you can get Lauryn Hill featured on a track these days and Mr. Bigs does just that with this classic cover of Burt Bacharach’s tender ballad “(They Long to Be) Close to You.” I’ve got this bad boy on repeat right now! Super hot take on the cover and one hell of a colab.

Expect to see this track on Ronald’s upcoming album Mr. I (due Nov. 30).

[audio: ronisleylaurynhill-closetoyou-clean.mp3]

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Enjoy the freshness…

-Black Milk

Lil Wayne- I’m Not A Human Being EP (album preview)

Being locked up in jail hasn’t slowed Lil Wayne down at all! Dude has released just as many music videos, freestyles and guest features during his stay at Ryker’s Island then he ever has. Wayne’s manager compiled I’m Not a Human Being, an EP of all new material set to be released for download on Wayne’s birthday (Sep 27th). The album is pretty much being put out as an appetizer for fan’s till the main course in Tha Carter 4, Wayne’s next studio album which will be released the day he gets out.

The album is all around dope even if the lyrics are old prior to Weezy getting locked up. The production is nice as well as the features. Def pick this one up yall. Also expect a physical release to follow the downloadable version October 12th.

Wayne managed to have a video made of “Single” before he got locked away which is pretty dope and just a majority of raw recordings put together.

“I’m Single”

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjV7krmYobI

1. Gonorrhea feat. Drake
2. Hold Up feat. T-Streets
3. With You feat. Drake
4. I Am Not a Human Being
5. I’m Single feat. Drake
6. What’s Wrong With Them feat. Nicki Minaj
7. Right Above It feat. Drake
8. Popular feat. Lil Twist
9. That Ain’t Me feat. Jay Sean
10. Bill Gates


1. Gonorrhea feat. Drake

[audio: 01- Lil Wayne – Gonorrhea Feat. Drake.mp3]

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2. Hold Up feat. T-Streets (snippet)

[audio: Lil Wayne – Hold Up.mp3]

3. With You feat. Drake (snippet)

[audio: Lil’ Wayne – With You.mp3]

4. I Am Not a Human Being

[audio: lilwayne-imnotahumanbeing-dty.mp3]

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5. I’m Single

[audio: Lil Wayne – Im Single.mp3]

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6. What’s Wrong With Them feat. Nicki Minaj (snippet)

[audio: Lil’ Wayne – What’s Wrong With Them.mp3]

7. Right Above It feat. Drake

[audio: Lil Wayne feat Drake – Right Above It.mp3]

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8. Popular feat. Lil Twist (snippet)

[audio: Lil’ Wayne – Popular.mp3]

9. That Ain’t Me feat. Jay Sean (snippet)

[audio: Lil’ Wayne – That Ain’t Me.mp3]

10. Bill Gates (snippet)

[audio: Lil’ Wayne – Bill Gates.mp3]

4 out of 5 Cartons


-Black Milk


Donell Jones- Lyrics (album review/ sneak peek)

“Donell Jones has a new album?!” Those are the words that came to most of your minds when you saw this post right? Well it was for mine when I found out he had an album and I gotta say…It’s about damn time Donell! Only took you 4 years if you don’t count “The Lost Files” album in 2009 which was pretty much lost in music world. lol

So what’s Donell bringing on this album? “This album right here is, to me, the best so far,” says Jones. “I know a lot of artists say that, but I really feel that way. This is one you can play from beginning to end. I like to give a message in the music and I think that with this particular album, I really went into depth about certain situations we find ourselves in. I named it lyrics because from the very start of my career, that’s what I’ve tried to build on, writing strong lyrics and making sure that whatever I put out there, people can understand.” That’s some pretty big and confident talk considering his 1999 platinum selling album “Where I Wanna Be” is my all time favorite and in my mind a flawless album from start to finish. Hell my wedding song is on that album and I’m not even married yet. lol

Listening to the first two tracks right off the bat I can say he’s not off to a good start “rap singing” on the #1 The World Is Yours with way to much talking in the beginning of both tracks totally killing the it for me like a mixtape dj basically explaining how he’s back and the R&B needs him.  He even has his mama talking on #2 Your Place. Ewww. His first and probably only single off the album #3 Love Like This is a chill track with a decent video till Donell takes his hat and glasses off. lol Whoa! Donell got dome!!!! And I’ve seen prettier love interest in Walmart.

“Love Like This”

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zk1R8XrqaM&p=13DA3DEFA2450E49&playnext=1&index=32

The talking continues on track 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 13! Just sing Donell! Your killing the songs. We don’t need introductions! Speaking of #10 You Can Burn Donell introduces one of his first artist signed to his “record label” Candy Man by the name of Breeze who’s a female singer that can’t sing worth a damn. *shakes head* The album as a whole is a big disappointment to me because I was really hoping Donell would back his words and bless us with an up to date “Where I Wanna Be” but it’s far from that. The production is boo boo especially the uptempo clubby ones. The content isn’t something I don’t wanna hear like strip clubs, tapping married women and sneaking out the Back Door, and ruining a girl life he dated that didnt want to be with him via Blackmailing her for money who’s getting married. Unnecessary auto tune (#5). There are no high notes at all! It’s pretty much soft spoken singing through out. You know an album is bad when Young Joc the best thing about it. Real spit.

01. The World Is Yours
02. Your Place
03. Love Like This
04. Imagine That
05. Back Door
06. Blackmail
07. All About The Sex
08. Stripclub Ft. Yung Joc
09. What’s Next Ft. Inessa
10. You Can Burn
11. The Finer Things In Life
12. Just A Little
13. Oh How I Wonder

01. The World Is Yours

[audio:01-donell_jones-the_world_is_yours.mp3]

02. Your Place

[audio:02-donell_jones-your_place.mp3]

03. Love Like This

[audio: 03-donell_jones-love_like_this.mp3]

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05. Back Door

[audio: 05-donell_jones-back_door.mp3]

08. Stripclub Ft. Yung Joc

[audio:08-donell_jones-stripclub_ft._yung_joc.mp3]

10. You Can Burn

[audio: 10-donell_jones-you_can_burn.mp3]

11. The Finer Things In Life

[audio: file:11-donell_jones-the_finer_things_in_life.mp3]

1/2 a Carton out of 5



-Black Milk

John Legend and The Roots- Wake Up! (album review/preview)

When I first heard these 2 music titans were getting together and doing an album together I couldn’t believe it. Well myself and thousands of others are believers now cause it’s finally out and the album is a beast! If you thought the Jay-Z/ Linkin Park Collision Course album was nuts this album is a must by.

Soulful singer John Legend & the baddest band in all the land The Roots present Wake Up!, and if you think that this dream team of a combination looks good I can assure you it sounds even better! This album is packed with 12  songs pulled from the soulful music of the 60’s and 70’s all with a theme of awareness, engagement and consciousness all blessed by John’s voice and the Roots instrumentation/ lyrics. The album is highlighted with familiar tracks like “Little Ghetto Boy” by Donny Hathaway mixed with more obscure selections like Baby Huey and the Babysitters’ “Hard Times” which is my cut. Wake Up! also includes one original composition, John Legend’s “Shine,” which is featured in the documentary Waiting For Superman.

From the very start of the album this killer combo comes out of the gate’s full blast with a loud, soulful, live, hard hitting sound that you can’t help but get excited and bob your head too with “Hard Times.”  This track is probably one of my favorite because it’s the perfect combo of John’s high notes, The Roots instrumentation and Black Thought lyrics. I had to bless yall with a live in studio performance of it which gives you one hell of an idea as to how they all recorded this album which makes sense as to why it’s so live! I swear if you closed your eyes with the volume all the way up you’d swear John and the Roots were playing live right in front of you. It’s that live yall.

“Hard Times (live in studio)”

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOgkRniSNTs

“Wake Everybody”

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJgxJ6JrPkc

01. Hard Times Feat. Black Thought

02. Compared To What

03. Wake Up Everybody Feat. Common & Melanie Fiona

04. Our Generation (The Hope Of The World) Feat. Cl Smooth

05. Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude) Feat. Malik Yusef

06. Little Ghetto Boy Feat. Black Thought

07. Hang On In There

08. Humanity (Love The Way It Should Be)

09. Wholy Holy

10. I Can’t Write Left Handed

11. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

12. Shine

01. Hard Times Feat. Black Thought

[audio: 01. Hard Times (feat. Black Thought).mp3]


02. Compared To What

[audio: 02. Compared To What.mp3]

03. Wake Up Everybody Feat. Common & Melanie Fiona

[audio: 01. Hard Times (feat. Black Thought).mp3]


06. Little Ghetto Boy Feat. Black Thought

[audio: 06. Little Ghetto Boy (feat. Black Thought).mp3]


09. Wholy Holy

[audio: 09. Wholy Holy.mp3]


10. I Can’t Write Left Handed

[audio: 10. I Can’t Write Left Handed.mp3]

12. Shine

[audio: 12. Shine.mp3]

5 out of 5 Cartons


-Black Milk