Raheem DeVaughn – Freedom Fighter

Leave it to the hardest working man in R&B to take a break from Grammy nominations and give us a soundtrack to parallel the current economic and political climate of the world. Most of these songs are old but that’s whats cool about Raheem DeVaughn, he has been making timeless, poignant, conscious soul music from day one of his career. What’s more impressive is that it’s all so good that you can’t help but listen to what he’s saying. Marvin has to be looking down smiling.

Download this mixtape and support Raheem’s movement. I can’t think of a better artist to spend your music budget on.    

DTMD – MAKIN’ DOLLAS the album

It’s been a minute and I’m guessing a lot of blood sweat and tears since DTMD dropped their breakout mixtape The Basics. The DMV duo have finally made it official with the release of their debut LP “Makin’  Dollas”. As their name suggests, DTMD’s sound is rooted in an era of hop-hop that has been mostly abandoned by newer artists. I hate when people classify some rap as “real” hip-hop based on how it sounds, suggesting that newer acts don’t deserve to be included in the genre so I won’t do that here. This is just good music. Take a listen and buy a copy or Dunc and Toine will have to change their name.