MySpace 8 - Week 1

Since MySpace has pretty much become a part of lots of music artists promoting themselves (if for no other reason, its free to setup something that looks decent and can play your music), and the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast are going to do a weekly segment where we highlight eight music artists who do we personally feel are on point doing quality Black Music of various genres.

Folks over here are pretty much on MySpace every day checking artists out, but if you feel we're missing you, hit us up at the MySpace Page or at our e-mail at

Here goes the first round:

Music Genre: Soul/R&B
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Through her label, Tachi Music, she has a new record out called Learning to Love that's pretty fire on sale at CD Baby.

We've been blasting her music on and off on the FuseBox Radio for a minute, including the tracks, "Into My Dreams" and "Discovery". Nice production and good vibes throughout, as well as the good ol' being able to sing without "studio magic" action going on.

Music Genre: Rock
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Right now, this lady is unsigned and doing it indie, but that doesn't mean that the music isn't on point (hell, if Angie Stone has to go indie to release music, what does that mean?).

Check out the site and listen to the songs "Stoned on Luv" and "East of the Same" to see what's good. Rock with a bit of funk in it is always a good thing.

Music Genre: Reggae/Dub/Electronica
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This Jamacian brother has been on the grind for a minute in the reggae world, drumming, performing and producing for artists such as Burning Spear, Capelton, Richie Spice, Bushman, Junior Kelly, The Mightly Diamonds, The Ethiopians, Heptones, Hibbert, Max Romeo, Ijahman Levi, Maurice Gordon, Mutabaruka, Jah Mason, Luciano, Anthony B and many others.

Dubtonickru is his own project, that does a lot of things on the more dub side of reggae - check out "Reminicising" and "Hold On Still" to check some of the work he's done.

Mambo Sauce
Music Genre: DC Go-Go
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For whatever strange reason, most people who weren't born and raised in the DC Metropolitian area (MD/DC/VA a.k.a. "The Middle East") or went to an HBCU where these bands toured only think of DC Go-Go Music with songs like Chuck Brown's "Bustin' Loose", E.U.'s "Da Butt" (thanks to director Spike Lee and the movie School Daze) and maybe Trouble Funk's "Sardines".

These are all classic songs, but there are literally hundreds of quality Go-Go bands recording and performing weekly all over the place. Mambo Sauce is one of them that's a bit more new to the scene but are doing their thing real major in the DC Metro area.

Besides the studio recordings on the MySpace page, I saw them live around my family's way about a week or so ago in Maryland at a spot called Icon doing it up well on stage, which if you can't do that in the area, folks will let you know.

Check out the tracks "Mircales" and "Welcome to DC" to get a bit of a taste of the Go-Go flavor and action of this crew.

K. Banger and the Balance Project
Genre: Hip-Hop/Soul
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K. Banger has been one of those folks who throughout the almost 10 years (in 2008, chea) I've been doing the radio show grind has always been on constantly on the move to maintain and put out quality independent Hip-Hop music period - doing collabos, live performances, etc. like crazy.

This New Jersey MC just recently had an album put out on the Shaman Work Recordings label, Truth Be Told, and has a new album coming out with the Balance Project called Year of the K dropping in the upcoming year.

Check out two tracks I'm feeling, "Without Soul" and "Namebrand" currently on the MySpace page to get a bit of an idea of where he's coming from.

Jay Rush
Music Genre: Soul/R&B
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Jay Rush has that gritty, soulful feel that lately doesn't seem to be getting a lot of promotion in the mainstream radio airwaves with the exeception of one or two artists.

This Toledo, Ohio brother - who is also the brother of R&B artist Lyfe Jennings - has definitely been through alot and you can hear it through his songs and writing. He's performed with many artists, including Common, Anthony Hamilton, Musiq Soulchild and more.

And in all honesty, really, how many smooth young boy sounding clones cooing does one need to hear in the top 40 charts?

Some tracks to check while on the MySpace page that show a bit of Jay Rush's talent are "I'm Not Even Madd" and "Change".

J. Bully
Music Genre: Hip-Hop
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This is another MC who's career I've been following since beginning the radio hustle. On the grind for years, J. Bully (also formerly known as Jugga the Bully) is a straight up movemaker.

Besides being a talented MC and owner of his company, Mogul Group Entertainment, he is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Practice at Duke University in the Department of Music and a radio personality on North Carolina radio station, WXDU 88.7 FM.

One of things I do like about his music is the fact that its all over the place, but not in the stereotypical, "oh, he's so universal" as a marketing tool vibe. You can go from chill joints to straight hardcore street music to club bangers and pretty much feel that this dude geniunely had these experiences (and if not, the artistic creativity to make me believe, espeically in the age where you can Google everything and probably find out your favorite thug rapper was called "Rainbow" and wore glitter paint in a past life at their former strip club position).

Check out "Doe Boy", "Time" feat. Purple St. James and "Yes I'm" to get some of homeboy's vibe.

Mr. V
Music Genre: House
MySpace Page:

To give folks a little bit of background, I came into liking soulful house music through the period I was an undergraduate at Rutgers University in New Jersey (what up to all of my central and north NJ folks who I hit up MAD parties and whatnot with and copped mixtapes/mix CDs from throughout the years before buying my own stuff).

When you can make music that has some thugged out a** cats go from standing on the wall listening to Cam'ron or some such to damned near doing Dancing With the Stars routines grooving hard as hell, I just can't be mad at it...that's just the way it is. You got to dance to music sometimes and make that enterance fee worth the while at the club spot (if only some of our Hip-Hop breathren could get that, but anyway).

But on to Mr. V:

Mr. V is a great house music producer, remixer and arranger who's music I first ran into through my love of producers Masters At Work and their respective record labels. He has his own label, Sole Channel Music, does remixes for various labels and DJs all over the place.

His most recent album was the release of Welcome Home on Vega Records, with some great "four on the floor" house tracks ("V Gets Jazzy" is a single that's fire to me, if folks check the album).

On the MySpace page, check out his remix of Jill Scott's "Hate On Me" and the track "Put Your Drink Down" as a sampler to the bro.