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Two Tiffanys celebrating what they love by giving it a stage and using their voices to spread the word.

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Joya Bravo

I was checkin’ out some Dollar Van Demos videos and came across this chick, Joya Bravo, a couple weeks ago. She was in the van doing her remix version of “A Milli“, and I was diggin’ her instantly. My head was nodding, her energy was high, she’s got a beautiful voice, and she smashed that song. She’s got flavor! And yo, isn’t she lovely? Yeah… she’s definitely someone I’m keeping an eye on.

So check it… Joya‘s repping Brooklyn NYC. She is a singer, a songwriter, a rapper, and she plays the violin. She picked up the violin when she was nine years old, which eventually earned her a chair in the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra. Big stuff! She has also played with The Roots. I read that some of her musical inspirations include Grace Jones, Serj Tankian (of System of a Down), Radiohead, Sarah Brightman, Bob Marley, and some others. Cool mix of people, if you ask me.

Check some videos after the jump…

Late Night Special with Richie Cunning

Who is Richie Cunning? Let’s learn together. Richie is an emerging hip hop artist from San Francisco, California. He’s made appearances on Zion I’s “The Search & The Seizure” mixtape, Grip Grand’s “Brokelore” album (“A Penny”), Cumulus & Rob Rush’s “Texas EP” (“This N That Remix”), and more. Richie was also on URB’s Next 1000 last year.

I received a couple of emails about Richie’s new project from the people over at Routine Fly, so here I am pushing it your way.

In anticipation of his upcoming debut release (set for January 15th, 2010), “Night Train“, Richie has put together a mixtape of rare songs and new material to get people excited for the album. For you, the reader, is that mixtape… “Late Night Special“.

Swet Goes Red

Fourteen days into the project, Danish graffiti writer Swet will be doing 100 red pieces in 100 days. Every day, he’ll upload each piece at Molotow. The color he’s using is the Molotow Premium 400ml Swet100 Traffic Red.

The project began on December 1st, 2009 and will go on until March 10th, 2010 (my birthday, btw).

Swet about the project: “for me it’s a challenge to see if I can find the time to paint even more without neglecting work or my family. And of course see what I can do with my style when all the pieces have to be different and with only one fill in colour to work with…”

Shafiq Husayn's "Lil Girl"

Shafiq Husayn, part of the Sa-Ra group, released his first solo album “Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka” on October 6th with Plug Research. In the last few months, I’ve been keeping up with all of his EPK series, and each one made me want to cop the album when it was finished. I haven’t listened to/purchased it yet, but I need to. It’s on my list of things-to-get.

The single track “Lil girl”, featuring Fatima, has been out for awhile. Now it finally has a video to it! Go watch it here, since I can’t embed vimeo videos here. Great sounds.

Interview: Elaquent

Starting December off with another interview. Meet Elaquent, or eQ for short. He’s a beat maker from Ontario, Canada. In the city of Guelph, to be exact. He’s teamed up with ThinkLoud Records and Digi Crates Records, so be on the lookout for the LP he’ll be releasing on ThinkLoud next year.

Lingering between hip hop, neo-soul, and downtempo, the man eQ shouldn’t be slept on. He dropped a series of beat tapes (3 volumes so far), titled “In Colour” dirty/dirtier/dirtiest loops. Sometime earlier this year, he dropped “After Midnight“, which is more like a real album compared to the 3 beat tapes before. The album is probably best enjoyed “After Midnight”… when you’re ready to kick back and relax your feet. It has that laidback, jazzy-soul vibe that your mind can and will sink into. Guest spots include his brother Es, Moka Only, Mishoo The Drumkit, Solar C, O-Phrap, and a couple others. This, along with the “In Colour” volumes, can be downloaded at the end of the interview. He’s a cool guy, so don’t hesitate to read the interview, listen to his music, and connect with him.

Grizzly Bear's "Ready, Able"

Grizzly Bear is an indie rock/experimental band from Brooklyn. They are signed with Warp Records, which makes them one of the few non-electronic bands signed with Warp.

The band is formed by Daniel Rossen, Ed Droste, Chris Taylor, and Christopher Bear. In May of this year, they released their third full-length album, “Veckatimest“. From that album, they now have a video for their song, “Ready, Able”.

I saw the video for it and was stunned. It was brilliantly done in claymation. Check it out…

Interview: Dibia$e

I had the pleasure of doing an interview with California beat maker, Dibia$e (a.k.a. Diabolic). This slap master was born in Watts, and is now holding it down in south central California. He’s been in the music scene for over a decade now. At one point he was rhyming and producing, but he stopped being an emcee to focus more on making beats. He dropped music in open-mic workshops like The Good Life and Project Blowed. He released an EP titled “Up The Joystick” that features 8-bit video game samples like Mario Bros., Castlevania, and Megaman (you can D/L it for free at the bottom). A few of the tracks on that EP feature artists U-N-I, Amiri Dialect, Fifth P, DJ Deprave, and Hardware. He tackles the sounds of soul, hip hop, funk, raw neck-breaking slappers, and occasionally hits you with unexpecting samples (examples: “May The Force” with the Darth Vader sample, “Axel Foley” that samples that Harold Faltermeyer track, that Cheers flip, he flipped the Mr. rogers theme, etc). And, for those of you that don’t know, he was a runner-up in Los Angeles’ Red Bull Big Tune beat battle in 2008. Recently, Dibia$e was picked up by Alpha Pup Records, where he’s set to release his full length album sometime soon.

Interview after the jump…

Oye "In My Mind" trailer

Got a little something in my inbox from Karl “Oye” Iglesias. I wasn’t sure who he was, but after some reading, I learned that he’s an actor, an emcee, a poet, a mentor, and a director. He’s a two-time Wisconsin teen slam champion, and was the first artist to accomplish this goal at the age of 19 (which occurred in 2008). In 2009, his team at the UW took second place at the Collegiate Union Poetry Slam Invitational. Among many other things he’s accomplished, he also debuted his solo theater show, “If A Tree Falls“, across the country and was a featured artist in the 2009 Hip Hop Theater Festival in NYC as part of the “Young, Gifted, and Hyped” series. He has shared the stage with artists like Rhymefest, Rafael Casal, Ludacris, Wale, Patricia Smith, Dennis Kim, and much more.

Now for a video. After the jump is the trailer for his debut EP titled, “In My Mind“, which is set to be released in December with Ink Red Clothing.

Music from a tree

Ever thought about trimming twigs on a tree to tune them and create music? Yeah, it never crossed my mind either. But it did for Diego Stocco.

He did things like trimming the twigs with a pencil sharpener, modified his own stethoscope by using some hose accessories, and slid a bow across various twigs for sounds.