Archives for the month of: February, 2011


Kokayi “RoxTar RMX (feat. Substantial)”
[Produced By DJ Roddy Rod] | [DOWNLOAD MP3]

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(Shout out to Marcus J. Moore)

If it weren’t for Nujabes, a Japanese producer whose experimental grooves made him a notable name in his country, the world probably wouldn’t know about Substantial.

That’s why the Landover/Baltimore hybrid is helping organize next week’s “Peaceland: A World Without Words” event at the National Harbor, which will honor the legacy of the fallen producer, who died last year in a car accident. Nujabes (new-jah-bess) was 36.

“I owe a lot to him,” Substantial tells Arts Desk. “If it wasn’t for this brother, people wouldn’t hear the music they’re used to hearing from me.”

The production on Substantial’s first album, To This Union a Sun Was Born, was largely handled by Nujabes, and Substantial’s first singles were released through the producer’s independent Hyde Out Productions imprint.

The two eventually found it challenging to record together and grew apart professionally. Still, Substantial says he was “devastated” when Bop Alloypartner Marcus D. texted him that Nujabes had died.

“You never forget how you got your start,” Substantial says. “You keep thinking about all those moments.”

On Feb. 17, Substantial will be joined by Pase RockEmancipatorApani B.,and several others at the bar Bobby McKey’s for the Peaceland tribute show. The bar is located at 172 Fleet St. in Oxon Hill. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show begins at 9. Tickets are $15. Go here to purchase.


Vote as much as you can every day this week!

Once again it’s on, folks! Kokayi’s “RoxTar” music video has been nominated for rotation on MTVu’s via “The Freshmen”. You know the drill, hit up the site, vote a million and one times, and make sure we don’t lose. It doesn’t hurt that “RoxTar” is the most inventive and visually awesome of the all the videos up there this week, so you’re voting equals good karma points. We did it once before with Substantial’s “I Know (It’s You)”, so let’s get some repeat history poppin.

1) Go To:
2) On the right, select Kokayi’s “RoxTar” and hit ‘SUBMIT’
3) Click the ‘Vote Again’ link underneath and do it again!

Congrats to my Big Brother Koke. Lets make it folks!


Peace World. I was just wondering when these two were gonna drop another video on Sunday. Then 1 day later… This is my favorite song on the album. So I was boosted when I saw that they chose to make a video for it. Enjoy and if you haven’t copped yet… you’re sleeping on what was arguably album of the year in 2010.
Stay in Peace

P.S. Peep the original song here

P.P.S.  I’ll posting another vid in a few from my man Kokayi.

via News: The Find Magazine proud sponsor of Nujabes tribute event.

It’s almost one year ago when Japanese producer Nujabes died after a fatal car accident in Tokyo. He left a big hole in the music scene and a lot of fans miss him dearly. To honour him and to spread his legacy, within a few weeks there will be a Nujabes Tribute event called Peaceland.

Artists such as Substantial, Apani B Fly, Marcus D (Bop Alloy together with Substantial), Emancipator and Pase Rock (dj set) perform at this evening to pay homage to Jun Seba. The Find Magazine is proud to be one of the official sponsors of this event. You can purchase your copy of Issue Four at the event (including Nujabes Memorial pages) and all profit goes to Jun Seba’s family.

If you want to be there to support this good cause or just to enjoy all the good music, then get your ticket here. The event takes place at Bobby McKeys, 172 Fleet Street, Maryland (United States).

Peace World.  For those who know me personally, you know that Kool Herc has been a good friend of my wife and I for the last 6 years.  So needless to say, but I quite shocked when I saw the blogs and tweets about his health.  We spoke on the phone yesterday evening and he’s taking it easy but he’s definitely needs our help with his bill for a procedure he needs to get.  He like many of your favorite Hip-Hop artists/musicians doesn’t have Health Insurance.

For those of you in the Baltimore area on Wednesday, we will taking donations to help with his medical bills at Commen Mindz.

Jambalaya Wednesdays
@ Commen Mindz Barbershop & Oasis
1826 Woodlawn Drive, Suite #3
Baltimore, MD
Cover $5

We will also be giving folks a brief history of Kool Herc and the early days of Hip-Hop.  For those of you who wish to donate directly, please read the information below.

Stay in Peace

The following information was taken from DJ Premier’s site (

Donation addresses are up, all donations can be send to:

P.O. BOX 20472

or you can wire you donation internationally via paypal to this address: (his sister)

His sister is taking care of everything. Press release is coming later today. He’s now home ok, but he’s in need of surgery which you can help him pay it. I’ll post if there are any more updates. Hip Hop is so beautiful… Thanks to everyone for the love… Kool Herc is a trending topic!

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