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#NowPlaying Princess Freesia

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Soulful Freesia vocals over Soulpersona tracks.  Match made in heaven. And another great album.






#NowPlaying Nas

by toddkelley on April 15, 2014

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20 year anniversary of Nas’ debut release “Illmatic”? The entire album remastered, along with a crap-load of classic remixes? Yessir.



#NowPlaying Snarky Puppy

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The Notorious Exchange

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De La Soul + J. Dilla present:
Smell The Da.I.S.Y. the Mixtape

by toddkelley on March 26, 2014

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by toddkelley on March 17, 2014

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De La Soul – “Dilla Plugged In”
(Produced By J Dilla)

by toddkelley on March 15, 2014

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“It’s been 25 Years since our “Three Feet High” release. We have a lot great memories and an incredible journey. Amazingly enough, our fans stuck around, supported and still want more. Ok, but before you get that, here’s a little De La over Dilla Beats.” — De La Soul

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#NowPlaying De La Soul

by toddkelley on February 28, 2014

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Been tinkering with as De La Soul Artist Spotlight mix for a minute. Almost there. Just got to get that one song to kick it all off. I think ‘Much More’ might be it.


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#NowPlaying The Wordstress

by toddkelley on February 17, 2014

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Remember when Jill Scott first came out. The distinctive sound she gave us on Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1? Well, that’s the first I get when I listen to Abigail Kwakye‘s mixtape “Jill & Dill”. As you can tell from the name, it’s basically 5 songs with Scott-inspired lyrics over J Dilla beats.

There’s more than a few people who have done this, so it’s hard to stand out, taking this route. The Wordstress sound effortless over each track.  Her EP’s coming Summer 2014. You get yourself aclimated to The Wordstress, and jump over to her website for the free download.

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Be OK: Cupid’s Hunt 2014

by toddkelley on February 15, 2014

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Official Kitchen Rebel / Big La Cupids Hunt Post

This Valentine’s Day was so special. Me and my wife, Kitchen Rebel decided to spend the day in her world. She let me into the kitchen the watch/help her cook our Valentine’s Day meal. She was nice and we did something rarely simple; anti-pasta dish (and was AWESOME!). I also was curious about mixing drinks so we both learned how to make Apetol Spritzers, Italian Grape Sours and Moscow Mules! We were both nice a tipsy. All in all, it was fun actually seeing how incredible she is in the kitchen.

Along with cooking, we participated in the annual Cupid’s Hunt Event–  the release of love-oriented mixes put together by an assortment of Podcasters and Musicians. Coordinated through social media, it’s been one of those cool things we’ve been doing for a few years now.

I after two years (and sitting out a 3rd year), I felt i didn’t have much else to put out for ‘the hunt’, so I was retiring. That is, until my wife decided to join the fray. While I’m more of a ‘do what you feel’ person, she’s my perfect compliment with her meticulous planning, when it comes to projects. She brought in the ideas of concepts and sound byte and we’d intermingle with the tracks. What results is a naked and  unabashed approach to the event.

Last year our concept was “Does Anybody Still Believe in Love?”. This year it’s “Be OK”– a journey through the stages of grief in Love. Not just relationships, but anything that you are attracted to. Enjoy!


  1. Bitter – Chante Moore
  2. Be Ok – Chrisette Michelle
  3. Sometimes You Gotta Let Go – Rahsaan Patterson
  4. Do You Know – Donnie
  5. Millionnaire – Dollar Lova
  6. Fuck You! – CeeLo
  7. Bruised But Not Broken – Joss Stone
  8. Anylove – Luther Vandross
  9. Celebacy Blues – Jill Scott
  10. Beautiful – Joy Jones
  11. Neverland – Quadron
  12. The Moment – Doyle Robinson & Doug Ramsay
  13. I Got Sunshine – Avery
  14. Better Make It Better – Swing Out Sister

Love is madness. Love is pain.
Or you’re not doing it right.
This playlist was about the relationship that dictates my life.. The bane of my existence..
Creativity.. Soul. Purpose.. Love.. However you chose to define passion.
A love that feeds my existence and makes me want to change the world,
Or makes me so sad and hate the world that I don’t want to be in it.
Create or cry. There is no middle ground.
This shit is hard

— Kitchen Rebel



#Favorites: Podcasts (Non Music)

by toddkelley on February 11, 2014

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For those of us who use public transit to get to work, content on demand is a very important thing to have. I commute from Oakland to Walnut Creek during the week days. That’s about two hours of total commute time each day.

Instead of staring out the window and hour each way, it’s nice to have a host of podcasts ready to help me pass the commute time. These days, there are so many podcasts out there, it’s easy to amass 20 hours of content each week to keep you occupied. So I’ve compiled my 10 most listened-to podcasts out of the dozens I’ve subscribed to. 


This Week In Tech

The flagship of Leo LaPorte’s TWIT Network. Basically a ‘panel’ show where he invites 3-4 tech-worthy people to discuss the technology topics of the past week. Clocking in just under 2 hours, it’s a great way to get up to speed on what’s happening in the tech world.

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IGN Channel Surfing

Eric Goldman and Roth Cornet cover all of the behind the scenes and upcoming television news. This is one of my earliest podcast favorites. I was a little bummed with Eric’s tag team partner, Matt Fowler left the show. But Roth has picked up the slack and vibe’s with Goldman just as well.

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iFanboy Pick Of The Week

i believe iFanboy’s Pick of the Week was the first podcast I started listening to religiously. The funny thing is at the time I had given up comic books. But i loved to hear these three dudes dissecting art and content from the week’s releases. It’s still the first thing I listen to on Monday mornings.

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When Tom Merritt made his exit from the TWIT Network, it literally left me without two of my four TWIT podcasts. One of those shows still exists. No disrespect, but it’s just not the same without Merritt at the helm. Luckily, he’s rebooted those two shows on his own website. Cordkillers replaces the excellent yet now defunct Frame Rate. Even with the name change, Tom and Brian Brushwood haven’t lost a step. You need to know what’s going on in the world of folks who’ve gotten rid of their cable? Check it you

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We’re Alive (Zombie Podcast)

Reminiscent of the days of the radio serial broadcasts, “We’re Alive” is an excellent matinee-style show about life after the zombie apocalypse. Just think ‘The Walking Dead’, without the visuals. But it doesn’t matter. These guys paint an epic picture through audio storytelling that’s at times, more frightening in your mind’s eye. This never-ending story is in it’s forth season and still going strong.

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Wade Keller Hotline

My love for Professional Wrestling isn’t what it use to be, I don’t watch regularly. But the weird thing is, I need to catch Wade Keller’s wrestling hotline  audio show. He does an impeccable job of covering all the news from inside the ring AND behind the curtain. To get the most out of the audio, you need to subscribe to be a VIP member. But it’s well worth the price.

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Fat Man on Batman

I started listening to this because I’m a big fan of Kevin Smith. I was never a ‘batman’ guy. But what makes this podcast so incredible are guests like Neal Adams, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison as they talk about their take on The Dark Knight. #Realtalk, the Neal Adams trilogy alone is worth your time and effort.

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This Week in (Loni) Love

Loni Love’s one of my favorite comedians. ‘This Week In Love’ has her shooting the sh*t each week about what’s going on in her head and throwing in questions about love. The real draw is your interaction with her guests/friends and how they play off each other. And they don’t hold back on the language so be forewarned

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MacBreak Weekly

Even though non-iOS Mac news is pretty scarce these days, it’s still great to hear Leo LaPorte, Andy Ihnatko and other guest spend two hours a week talking all about the Mac.

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Daily Tech News Show

Over at the TWIT Network, there’s a new show-runner at the helm of ‘Tech News Today’. Luckily Tom Merritt started this similar show when he resurfaced on his own network. The format’s the same; discussing the day’s tech headlines with guests. Nothing new. But why mess with a good formula.

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#NowPlaying Madlib

by toddkelley on February 8, 2014

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I’ve been playing Madlib beats on random all day. Then I came to this goddamn “Ups And Downs” bonus beat on his ‘Deeper’ collabo EP with Freddie Gibbs is so damn dope it makes me angry. If I had the money, I’d pay him a crapload to shadow him on a digging excursion.

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#NowPlaying Keisha Shontelle

by toddkelley on February 8, 2014

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Came up in iTunes on random play. Dope cut.


Happy Dilla Day

by toddkelley on February 7, 2014

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Early Life

James Yancey was the oldest of four children including a sister (Martha) and two brothers, Earl and John, who later began doing music as Illa J. The family lived in a house near McDougall and Nevada, on the east side of Detroit. He developed a vast musical knowledge from his parents (his mother is a former opera singer and his father was a jazz bassist). According to his mother, he could “match pitch perfect harmony” by “two-months old”, to the amazement of musician friends and relatives. He began collecting vinyl at the age of two and would be allowed to spin records in the park, an activity he enjoyed tremendously as a child.

Along with a wide range of musical genres, Yancey developed a passion for hip hop music. After transferring from Davis Aerospace Technical High School to Detroit Pershing High School, he met classmates T3 and Baatin, and became friends with them through mutual love of rap battles. The three formed a rap group called Slum Village. He also took up beatmaking using a simple tapedeck as the center of his studio. During these teenage years he “stayed in the basement alone” with his ever-growing collection of records, perfecting his craft. He later told Pete Rock when they met years later that “I was trying to be you.”

Early Career

In 1992, he met experienced Detroit musician Amp Fiddler, who was impressed by what Jay Dee was able to accomplish with such limited tools. Amp Fiddler let Jay Dee use his MPC, which he learned quickly. In 1995, Jay Dee and MC Phat Kat formed 1st Down, and would be the first Detroit hip hop group to sign with a major label (Payday Records) – a deal that was ended after one single when the label folded. That same year he recorded ‘Yester Years EP’ with 5 Elementz (a group consisting of Proof, Thyme and Mudd). In the year 1996, he formed the group Slum Village with T3 and Baatin, and recorded the group’s debut, Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1) in his home studio. Being released in 1997, the album quickly became popular with fans of Detroit hip hop, as well as gaining the attention of Q-Tip, who hailed the group as successors to A Tribe Called Quest. However, J Dilla felt uncomfortable with the comparison and often voiced it in several interviews.

“It was kinda fucked up [getting that stamp] because people automatically put us in that [Tribe] category. That was actually a category that we didn’t actually wanna be in. I thought the music came off like that, but we didn’t realize that shit then. I mean, you gotta listen to the lyrics of the shit. Niggas was talking about getting head from bitches. It was like a nigga from Native Tongues never woulda said that shit. I don’t know how to say it. It’s kinda fucked up because the audience we were trying to give to were actually people we hung around. Me, myself, I hung around regular ass Detroit cats. Not the backpack shit that people kept putting out there like that. I mean, I ain’t never carried no goddamn backpack. But like I said, I understand to a certain extent. I guess that’s how the beats came off on some smooth type of shit. And at that time, that’s when Ruff Ryders [was out] and there was a lot of hard shit on the radio so our thing was we’re gonna do exactly what’s not on the radio.”

By the mid-1990s Jay Dee was known as a major hip hop prospect, with a string of singles and remix projects, for Janet JacksonPharcydeDe La SoulBusta RhymesA Tribe Called QuestQ-Tip‘s solo album and others. The majority of these productions were released without his name recognition, being credited to The Ummah, a production collective composed of Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, and later Raphael Saadiq of Tony! Toni! Toné!. Under this umbrella, Jay did some of his most big name R&B and hip hop work, churning out original songs and remixes for Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Brand New Heavies, Something For the People, trip hop artists Crustation and many others. This all came off the heels of Jay handling the majority of production on The Pharcyde‘s albumLabcabincalifornia, released in the holiday season of 1995. Jay Dee’s largest-scale feat came in 1997 when he produced Janet Jackson’s Grammy winning single “Got ’til It’s Gone” from The Velvet Rope. The song-writing credit and subsequent Grammy were both given to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Performing Career

2000 marked the major label debut of Slum Village with Fantastic, Vol. 2, creating a new following for Jay Dee as a producer and an MC. He was also a founding member of the production collective known as The Soulquarians (along with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, D’Angelo and James Poyser amongst others) which earned him more recognition and buzz. He subsequently worked with Erykah BaduTalib Kweli, and Common - contributing heavily to the latter’s critically acclaimed breakthrough album, Like Water for Chocolate.

His debut as a solo artist came in 2001 with the single “Fuck the Police“, followed by the album Welcome 2 Detroit, which kicked off U.K. Independent record labelBBE‘s “Beat Generation” series. In 2001, Jay Dee began using the name “J Dilla” (an attempt to differentiate himself from Jermaine Dupri who also goes by “J.D.”), and left Slum Village to pursue a major label solo career with MCA Records.

2002 saw Dilla producing the entirety of Frank-N-Dank‘s 48 Hours, as well as a solo album, but neither record was ever released, although the former did eventually surface through bootlegging. When Dilla finished working with Frank-N-Dank on the 48 Hours album, MCA Records requested a record with a larger commercial appeal, and the artists re-recorded the majority of the tracks, this time using little to no samples. Despite this, neither versions of the album saw the light of day, and Dilla expressed he was disappointed that the music never got out to the fans.

Dilla was signed to a solo deal with MCA Records in 2002. Although Dilla was known as a producer rather than an MC, he chose to rap on the album and have the music produced by some of his favorite producers such as MadlibPete RockHi-Tek, Supa Dave West, Kanye WestNottzWaajeed, Quebo Kuntry (J.Benjamin) and others. The album was shelved due to internal changes at the label and MCA.

While the record with MCA stalled, Dilla recorded the uncompromising Ruff Draft, released exclusively to vinyl by German label Groove Attack.[10] Although the album was little known, it signaled a change in sound and attitude, and his work from this point on was increasingly released through independent record labels. In a 2003 interview with Groove Attack, Dilla talked about this change of direction:

You know, if I had a choice, skip the major labels and just put it out yourself man… Trust me. I tell everybody it’s better to do it yourself and let the Indies come after you instead of going in their [direction] and getting a deal and you have to wait, it ain’t fun, take it from me. Right now, I’m on MCA but it feels like I’m an unsigned artist still. It’s cool, it’s a blessing, but damn I’m like, ‘When’s my shit gonna come out? I’m ready now, what’s up?’

Later Life and Death

LA-based producer and MC Madlib began collaborating with J Dilla, and the pair formed the group Jaylib in 2002, releasing an album called Champion Sound in 2003. J Dilla relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles in 2004 and appeared on tour with Jaylib in Spring 2004.

J Dilla’s illness and medication caused dramatic weight loss in 2003 onwards, forcing him to publicly confirm speculation about his health in 2004. Despite a slower output of major releases and production credits in 2004 and 2005, his cult status remained strong within his core audience, as evident by unauthorized circulation of his underground “beat tapes” (instrumental, and raw working materials), mostly through internet file sharing. Articles in publications URB (March 2004) and XXL (June 2005) confirmed rumors of ill health and hospitalization during this period, but these were downplayed by Jay himself. The seriousness of his condition became public in November 2005 when J Dilla toured Europe performing from a wheelchair. It was later revealed that he suffered from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a rare blood disease, and possibly lupus.

J Dilla died on February 10, 2006, three days after his 32nd birthday and the release of his final album Donuts, at home in Los AngelesCalifornia. According to his mother, Maureen Yancey, the cause was cardiac arrest.

— Wikipedia



#NowPlaying Algebra Blessett

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#NowPlaying The Internet

by toddkelley on January 16, 2014

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Music hasn’t been the same since Portishead seemed to die a slow death. My all-time favorite band just seems to put out a third album and then just disappear. There was this odd (no pun intended) voice in my musical enthusiasm.. that is, until I heard this little diddy called “Give It Time” on Soundcloud late last year. Haunting grooves? CHECK. Sexy/quirky female vocals? CHECK. ‘Don’t give a f*ck’ attitude toward the industry? CHECK. I found me a new favorite band to obsess over. It wasn’t until late that i found out they were a part of the ‘Odd Future’ collective with cats like Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt. That explains the cavalier approach to their music. Very offbeat, very soulful and one of the few bands out their that can claim they have a sound all their own. You need these folks in your life.



Lastest Mix: The Crates #9

by toddkelley on January 11, 2014

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01. Your Gonna Need Me – Dionne Warwick
02. Sister Sanctified – Stanley Turrentine
03. I Really Hope Its You – Michael Franks
04. Arrow Through Me – Wings
05. Little Green Apples – Monk Higgins & The Specialties
06. Enchanted Lady – Milt Jackson
07. Poinciana – Ahmad Jamal
08. Rock Creek Park – The Blackbyrds
09. Rubber Band – Trammps
10. If You Leave Me Now – Jerry Butler and Thelma Houston
11. Here’s That Rainy Day – Paul Horn
12. Leaward Winds – Billy Cobham


Favorites of 2013: Albums

by toddkelley on January 7, 2014

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Kaleidoscope, Joanna Boromero

Even though there was a lot of good music put out in 2013 (including my own project MOODS!!!), it was just hard to actually find it. Luckily my man Philip Clark was eager to let me know what he was listening to. Out the tons of good stuff he pushed my way, Joanna Boromero’s “Kaleidoscope” stood out. The song “Outside” alone was good enough to push this album into my collection of favorites. I can’t put my finder on it, but her music sounds very official. There’s nothing ‘cookie cut-out’ or ‘assembly-line’ about any of the tracks on Kaleidoscope. Just solid, authentic and truthful music. If you don’t know about Joanna Boromero, then you’re doing your ears a big disservice.

Other Favorites


Mood Swings,

love-in-flying-colorsLove In Flying Colors,
The Foreign Exchange

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Robert Glasper Experiment




the-internet-feel-goodFeel Good,
The Internet

eric_lau_one_of_many_coverOne Of Many,
Eric Lau

abnormal_pretty_girls_dope_beatsPretty Girls Like Dope Beats,

sean-toure-remix_projectThe Remix Video Project, Vol.2,

Big La vs. Todd

J Louis

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#flowink archives

by toddkelley on January 5, 2014

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#NowPlaying Dudley Perkins

by toddkelley on December 17, 2013

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#NowPlaying: Abjo

by toddkelley on December 12, 2013

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 One of the tightest beatmaker/remixers in the game. His beats have been a mainstay on my Background Flow mix series. “The Art of Refixing” is an assortment of remixes that will blow your mind. Go grab the ‘pay what you want’ download. It’s worth droppin’ the dude at least $5 for content this dope.

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