Cali Native Genra Releases "24 Hours" Single Featuring Lucid Soundz & Kjfocus • Word Is Bond

Oakland, California native Genra releases new music titled “24 Hours”.  The independent artist links up with producer Lucid Soundz and saxophonist Kjfocus.  The chemistry between the three offers an innovative listening experience.

“24 Hours” begins with sounds from the saxophone penetrating a jazz ambiance. Genra, who is acclaimed for adding a modern spin to traditional Hip Hop roots, channels in with wordplay to break down the mechanics of “24 hours”.   He describes feeling overwhelmed and falling into the redundancy of  life’s daily routines. He speaks specifically on family, relationships, health, and wealth. The unconventional emcee shares a lyrical proctor to exercise self-care and to clear one’s mind.

The trio set a tranquil precedence for listeners to tune in and enrich the ways of our world. Listen to “24 Hours” here. 



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LA: The fourth installment of JAZZISDEAD returns this saturday! • Word Is Bond

After three successful events that included Pete Rock, Georgia Anne Muldrow, two orchestras, Novena Carmel (the youngest daughter of Sly Stone), the emergence of two outstanding women who would be the leading talent called Voices of Gemma, and one hell of a lineup which included amazing local talent – here comes the fourth installment of awesome jazz that will be taking you on an journey through the Harlem Renaissance and then some, brought to you by ArtDontSleep. These actions you’ll be witnessing sonically is what came as the result of the latest release from Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad called ‘The Midnight Hour‘ (<—- stream here).

As more details about this event has surfaced, the astounding maestro behind Jamla will be the special guest spinning a special jazz set for the evening. Along with 9th Wonder, DJs Al Jackson & Sacred will be assisting with the vinyl as well.

All of the magic will be taking place at the Lodge Room Saturday evening. Tickets are already being sold, so don’t miss out on this evening.

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(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.22.16

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Hip-Hop legend Afrika Bambaataa accused of sex abuse by three more men.
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[New York Daily News]

Afrika Bambaataa Responds To Molestation Allegations.
“There’s definitely some serious propaganda goin’ on. And it’s definitely some serious hatin’ goin’ on.” By Ed Lover & Monie Love
[Ed Lover Show]

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[Rolling Stone & Billboard]

A Photo Essay Tribute to Keith “Guru” Elam.
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[Mass Appeal]

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[Okayafrica]

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[New Yorker]

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[Billboard]

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An Interview with Dres of Black Sheep about race in America (from February of this year). By Marco Polovision
[Passion of the Weiss]

The Library Podcast: Positive K Interview.
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[acast]

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[The Cipher Show]

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[Bandcamp]

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[WatchLOUD]

Two Turntables and a Saxophone.
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[Pitchfork]

Sonny Rollins: The Saxophone Colossus.
The 85-year-old legend talks about his long history of civil rights activism and how jazz can be like a spiritual offering. By Hilton Als
[Pitchfork]

Revisiting Loma Records, the L.A. Soul Label That Launched Ike and Tina Turner.
Soul label seen as a farm team for emerging talent. By Kirk Silsbee
[LA Weekly]

Check Out These Basketball Jerseys Inspired by Classic Rap Albums.
Gear designs include A Tribe Called Quest, Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, N.W.A., Mobb Deep, and Outkast. By Graham
[Pigeons & Planes]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.22.16