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Special Education with Action Bronson

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Hey, everyone. I’m back with another Special Education episode by Special. This time, she sits with rapper Action Bronson, who takes the game show into an unexpected direction, especially when he names his mom as being his favorite person to work with and bake cakes with (side note: Special was talking about musical involvement), “supplement” being his favorite word, staring in an adult film, and more. Haha! At one point, the tallying of points gets confusing, and Special’s point system becomes words and she has “a bunch”. This episode came out in June, but you can watch it now.

Special Education with G-Eazy

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Like I said in this post, I’m playing catch-up with Special’s Special Education episodes over these next few days. Although some are a little old (several months), they’re still enjoyable to watch, full of inside information, and… it’s a game show! What’s not to like? In the episode released in May, our friend Special asks Bay Area rapper and producer G-Eazy a variety of questions to see how well she knows him. This is the first episode where she called up fans from the audience, where they would get to attend the G-Eazy show that night if they guessed correctly.

Special Education with Talib Kweli

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Since I’ve missed out on several Special Education videos since the one with Fashawn, I’m going to make each one have its own post, because they deserve such. So, allow me to play catch up, okay? If you don’t remember, or if you’re not already watching these, Special sits down with a musical guest of honor to play her unique game show. She asks the artist questions, and they’re tasked with having to pick a song or album from their own discography as their answer. Special writes down what she thinks the artist will choose, and if she guesses correctly, she gets a point (the artists can also give her points, just because, haha). It’s fun and we sometimes learn some backstory to songs.

Phoebe Ryan – “Mine” lyric video

Pop singer Phoebe Ryan (@ph0eberyan) dropped a special lyric video a couple of weeks ago for her song “Mine”. Although the song already has a music video (see here), this visual has a retro camcorder style, complete with lyrics, that follows Phoebe on stage, backstage, behind the scenes, and on the road. We see Phoebe being herself, as a silly and fun girl, and I like it! Coupled with her sweet, soft vocals and lyrics that tell a story of a healing heart and finding inner strength, this is a great song. And, if co-signs are your thing, this song got one from Taylor Swift (on Instagram), citing it as a “new song that will make your life more awesome.”

Shot by Kimi Selfridge, of Tan Camera, watch the video below and then grab her Mine EP from iTunes.

Stillborn Identity – “Slow and Steady” album

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Earlier last month, Pittsburgh-based rapper Stillborn Identity dropped a brand new album, called Slow and Steady. This album follows up his Aim High, Fall Hard album, released in 2013. In regards to the differences between the two, he said, “I guess I see Slow and Steady as my ‘blue collar’ release, where before I was writing a lot of stuff just about failed relationships, borderline substance (pretty much just booze) abuse, and stuff like that. Aim High, Fall Hard was kind of the segway album between those phases.” When talking about the title of the track, he said that it’s a reference to how long it takes him to make an EP.

Madi Diaz – “Stay Together” video

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This song by Los Angeles-based indie pop singer-songwriter Madi Diaz came out last year, but I just heard it yesterday, soooo I’m posting it! You know how we do at CrayonBeats. It’s never too late to get put onto good music. Madi Diaz has been in the music scene since she was 16, when she began composing music. In her college years, she was a band called Talk Radio, before branching off as a solo artist. She released her debut album, Skin And Bone, in 2007, followed it with a couple of EPs in 2009 and 2011, and then she released two full-length albums in 2012 (all of which can be found at iTunes).

Childish Gambino – “So Into You” (Tamia cover)

Childish Gambino recently did a live performance cover of Tamia‘s classic R&B song “So Into You“, for Triple J‘s Like A Version segment. I got goosebumps the moment he began singing, and knew that I had to share it here. I remember when that song and video originally came out, so hearing it again, after not hearing it for several years, brought a real big, happy smile to my face; especially hearing it performed so beautifully by Childish Gambino.

Ann One: #WhatULike [VIDEO]

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This is for the repeat session…and the grown and sexy. I feel like Ann One is here to remind us that sensual R&B music isn’t dead, no matter what the youngsters try to tell you. WhatULike is very sexy, no doubt as the video illustrates, but as Ann is a master of classy slow jams, you can listen to this in public without feeling dirty, even as your mind wanders off to impure thoughts. The song will be featured on her upcoming EP Butterfly Knife. Listen below and be prepared to be seduced:

Sarah-Jane: Letter To The Moon

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I feel it’s only right that I post Sarah-Jane‘s soulful ode to the moon as tonight we anticipate the Lunar Eclipse, Super Moon & Blood Moon. Released in late summer, Letter To The Moon has been in heavy rotation on what seems to be every platform in The Netherlands and its easy to see why. Her voice is like so perfect, soulful and satisfying, like audio home-cookin’ to sooth your soul. I’ve been low key obsessed with her music since posting her song Psychedelic Love last summer. I only say “low key” because my inner hipster is fighting to keep her amazingness all to myself. In Letter To The Moon, SJ sings to the sky her love and if you’ve been missing some neo soul funk in your life, you’re definitely going to want to hit play. Sarah-Jane is one of those artists the take you there. Check her out:

Pentatonix: Where Are Ü Now [VIDEO]

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Yesterday PTX released their official cover/video of “Where Are Ãœ Now,”originally by JACK Ãœ (Skrillex & Diplo) featuring Justin Bieber. I actually hadn’t realized I’d heard the original version until I set out to make this post because I’m not an active listener of either three artists (meaning I didn’t know they were the original artists nor did I know the title of the song). Pentatonix, of course came through with their acapella voodoo magic, creating a fresh new version (that’s insanely addictive) for our enjoyment. As per, it’s best to listen with headphones so you can hear ever little nuance and marvel at the fact there are ONLY 5 VOICES going on here:

SOUNDCHECK: Black Honey

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I clicked play on a song by Black Honey today, called “Corrine”, and about 20 seconds in, they had me as an intrigued fan. I clicked “like” and “repost” on Soundcloud, and began my who-are-they search, so I could share them with you! Having formed in mid-2014, Black Honey is an, indie rock band from Brighton, UK, that’s led by front-woman Izzy Bee Phillips, along with 3 cool dudes rocking out on the instruments, named Christ Ostler, Tommy Taylor, and Tom Dewhurst.