MySpace 8 - Week 2

Since MySpace has pretty much become an important part of music artists promoting themselves (if for no other reason, its free to setup something that looks decent and can play your music to the masses), and the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast has started going 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 we go:

Sy Smith
Music Genre: Soul/R&B
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Sy Smith is an accomplished soul artist who has done background vocals for such artists as Whitney Houston, Macy Gray, Usher, Jamie Foxx, Me’shell N’degeocello, Eric Benét, Al Green, Ginuwine and Brandy in the past.

Her self-released album (that has just recently got a new distributor with Kajemere Sound), The Syberspace Social, which had production from James Poyser, Nicolay and Ali Shaheed Muhammad amongst others, recieved a good amount of airplay here on the FuseBox Radio Broadcast for a while for its eclectic, yet heavy groove vibe.

Besides the re-release of the The Syberspace Social album, she has a new untitled album that will be coming out in 2008.

In the meantime, check out the tracks "Fly Away With Me" and "Aquarius Rising" to get an idea of where she is coming from on her MySpace.

Critical Condition Band (CCB)
Music Genre: DC Go-Go
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Critical Condition Band (CCB) is another young DC Go-Go Band that has been on the come up for a few years (since 2005) performing all over the place live and putting out studio releases and PA tapes (well, CDs now, I guess).

Check out the original track "Classy Girl" & dope cover of "Get It Shawty" on thier MySpace page to get an idea of what goes down with this crew during a live performance.

Music Genre: Hip-Hop
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Within the past year or two, this independent label Washington, DC Hip-Hop MC is finally getting some deserved props from various music publications (Vibe Magazine, The Fader, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, The Source and URB, just to name a few) for his diverse and energetic style of music.

The tracks "Waledance" and "Even If It's Wrong" on his MySpace page are a good example of Wale's skills on both the mic and an ear for quality beats (if you don't have that as an MC, you might as well be doing acapella spoken word).

Dre Allen
Music Genre: Rock/Pop/R&B
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Dre Allen's emotional music comes from his background of struggle as a young man - being homeless at the age of 11, subject to physical abuse, molestation and part of the U.S. "justice system" and ten failed record deals learning Industry Rule #4080 in a short period of time.

His first album, The Dre Allen Project and current album, Ghetto Rockstar, mix both Rock and Soul Music influences equally throughout.

Along with his wife, Dawn Robinson (formerly of En Vogue and Lucy Pearl), with the co-founded company and independent label Movemakers Entertainment along with a collaborative venture with The Dungeon Family & Rico Wade (the creative force behind TLC's Waterfalls, EnVogue's Don't Let Go, Outkast, Goodie Mobb, Gnarles Barkley, Ludacris, & many more) is on that grind to keep putting out quality music.

Some hot tracks on the MySpace page to listen to are "Ghetto Rockstar" and "Fly".

Dawn Tallman
Music Genre: House & Gospel
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Dawn Tallman is a talented vocalist that focuses on making both Gospel and Hosue Music records (which sometimes ends up being Gospel House).

Born in Connecticut, she now resides in Brooklyn, NY and puts out releases on her independent label, SLAAG Records as well as doing vocals for other producers and record companies.

Dawn has toured and performed all over the world with artists such as Patti La Belle, KC & JoJo, Keith Sweat, Dave Hollister, Michelle Williams, Stephanie Mills, Calvin Richardson and Kim Burrell.

To get some samples of her talent, check out the tracks "You Are Why" and "If You Wanna Testify" on her MySpace.

Bankroll Jonez
Music Genre: Hip-Hop
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We know in this day and age, sometimes when a Hip-Hop artist starts up a label, its just for mediocre weed carriers. Thankfully for folks, this UGK Records signee is no stash holder or a joke on the mic.

Bankroll Jonez has been putting in work as an independent artist for some time, putting out eight well recieved albums along with doing countless collaborations and guest appearances before this new situation.

This North Carolina born, Illinois, Tennessee and Michigan traveled MC has put out his recent album, in conjunction with his business, Da Get Money Movement, and UGK Records, Skroll Muzik.

The music is definitely knocking on some hard street vibe - check out "All My Life" featuring Trae and "Hell Yeah" on Bankroll Jonez's MySpace page to see what's up with this bro.

Janelle Monae
Music Genre: Soul/Funk/Rock
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I actually ran into Janelle Monae's music a few years back while having some free time to check out MySpace for new music for the radio show. At the time, she had just gotten involved with Outkast MC's Big Boi's record label, Purple Ribbon and had some pretty fly music joints that we played for a good minute.

Revisiting her page, its still more of the same quality soul, rock and electric influenced music from before. Along with her label, Wondaland Arts Society and Purple Ribbon, Janelle is still putting out some interesting work for folks to either mellow out to or hit the dance floor.

Get an idea of her vibe with the tracks "The Chase" and "VSHH Cyberhop Remix" on her MySpace.

Donnie Cross
Music Genre: Hip-Hop
MySpace Page:

This Jackson, MS producer, MC and CEO of Ambassador's Way Entertainment is Hip-Hop artist who makes street and club-influenced music the way it is supposed to be.

Donnie Cross' music shows all sides of what can go down in the street life and still has good flows, vocals - which in this day and age there are plenty of interchangable sound-a-like of MCs and singers - and beats to get folks moving.

The MySpace bangers I'm currently feeling that is a good intro to this bro is about are "Who Do You Thinnk You're Playing With" and "Couphin'".