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CrossFiya featuring Talib Kweli, Rahzel, Chali 2na, Break Science, Soul Rebels & Fyre Dept


The Soul Rebels 5/3/14 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
Testify [Kanye West cover] (with Eric Krasno), Thank You [Jay-Z Medley] (inc. Ain’t No Love & Hard Knock Life), My Time, I Made It, Show Me What You Got [Jay-Z cover]

Soul Rebels with Rahzel

The Soul Rebels with Razhel 5/3/14 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
Rahzel solo set > Rock The Bells [LL Cool J cover]


Talib Kweli & Jesus Coomes

Words by Bee Getz:

Again, Fiyawerx Productions provided a break from the norm as it pertains to Jazz Fest, and this eclectic booking on the hip-hop side of the tracks provided a thrilling look at one of the best kept secrets in the game: Fyre Dept. This NYC- based production squad includes drummer Adam Deitch (clad appropriately in a NAS Illmatic t-shirt and his ubiquitous headphones), Eric Krasno on guitar, and the brothers Coomes, bassist E.D. “Jesus” and older brother (and Fyre Dept. OG) Tyler “TYCOON Beats.” Break Science keyboardist Borahm Lee rounded out the team, and they took the stage after De La SOUL REBELS and proceeded to destroy the packed house with authoritative, meditative beats, samples and classic loops. Beginning with some Ghostface Killah and J Dilla instrumentals, soon the Fyre Dept was fully ablaze. Deitch held down the head snapping breaks, and the brothers Coomes’ tasteful, minimalist approach had people marveling at how this here hip-hop sounded so alive, present, yet sacrificing absolutely no integrity in the name of dopeness.

Fyre Dept 5/3/14 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
??? > ??? > Body Movin’ [J Dilla cover], Fever, ?That’s The Way It’s Got To Be?, Flankenstein > ???, ???

Within a few songs, Rahzel grabbed a microphone and stormed the stage. After some beatboxing workouts to get warm, “The Godfather of Noize” blessed the people with a distinctive medley of Whole Darn Family’s “7 Minutes of Funk” break, interspersed with verses and portions of its two most popular children – EPMD’s “It’s My Thang” and Jay-Z/Foxy Brown’s classic “Ain’t No N*gg*.” The Fyre Dept. then flawlessly worked into NAS’ “NY State of Mind” instrumental while Rahzel delivered original lyrics, along with a version of Bob Marley’s “Jammin’” for a refrain.

Fyre Dept with Rahzel 5/3/14 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
???, Ain’t No Nigga [Jay-Z cover], NY State of Mind [Nas cover], Jammin’ [Bob Marley cover] / Voice Box

Fyre Dept with Talib Kweli

At this point in the show, things were wild on the dancefloor, yet extremely focused on the stage. The band brought out legendary Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli and the posse brought forth a medley of songs old and new. Beginning with “Cold Rain,” Kweli showed everyone just why he’s revered as a lyricist and performer. They brilliantly segued into his seminal anthem “The Blast” from the Reflection Eternal project of the Rawkus era; this slice of heat had damn-near everybody correctly pronouncing his name, with not a single thing left to question. “Hot Thing” was dedicated to all the lovers, and Kweli made sure to shout out Babyface as he dipped into this summertime park jam for the boo’d up set.

Fyre Dept with Talib Kweli 5/3/14 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
Cold Rain, The Blast, What’s Real, Hot Thing, State of Grace, I Try, Get By

The Fyre Dept/Kweli collaboration reached fevered pitches as the BK MC and the veritable NY/LA dream team laced up a victorious version of “I Try” before spicing up things with a samba-influenced take on Kweli’s uplifting mantra “Get By.” This conclusion of the set had an army of heads chanting the chorus “Just to Get By” at the top of their one-hundred strong lungs; Fiyawerx Productions and the Fyre Dept. could agree on one thing, there was no putting out this CrossFiya.

Eric Krasno & Talib Kweli


Break Science 5/3/14 New Orleans @ Howlin’ Wolf
Now You Want More, ???, Owner of a Lonely Heart [Yes cover], Brain Reaction, ???

Break Science with Chali 2na 5/3/14 New Orleans @ Howlin’ Wolf
Guns Drawn, Comin’ Thru, International

Common – Live Electric Circus 2003 – Munich, Germany (FULL PRO SHOT VIDEO)

Someone asked me to post this. So here we have another Common post. This one is from his 2003 tour in support of the experimental and mostly J Dilla produced Electric Circus album. Honestly my favorite Common album. This is a pro shot video taken from an unknown generation VHS tape but upgraded with the circulating SBD audio (not sure if the audio is sourced from the German TV broadcast or FM or what, but it sounds better than the VHS audio did).

This is a great show with a great band featuring Karriem Riggins on drums. (BTW, he just dropped a mixtape, Karriem Riggins Produced That, in anticipation of his upcoming full length album). Anyway, the full video is on youtube in 4 parts below. Plus I have uploaded the DVD as a torrent here.

Common with A Black Girl Named Becky
May 5th, 2003 Munich, Germany @ Elserhalle

(PART 1 of 4) Interview (22 minutes), Soul Power:

Common with A Black Girl Named Becky
May 5th, 2003 Munich, Germany @ Elserhalle

(PART 2 of 4) Soul Power (continued), Aquarius, Interlude, Invocation, Electric Wire Hustle Flower, The Hustle, The World Is Yours, Big Poppa, C.R.E.A.M., I Used To Love H.E.R., Love of My Life, Respiration, Come Close:

Common with A Black Girl Named Becky
May 5th, 2003 Munich, Germany @ Elserhalle

(PART 3 of 4) Come Close (continued), The Look of Love, Sun God, 1-9-9-9, DJ Dumi Solo, The 6th Sense, Interlude, Funky For You, Thelonious, Ghetto Heaven (Part 2), I Am Music, The Light:

Common with A Black Girl Named Becky
May 5th, 2003 Munich, Germany @ Elserhalle

(PART 4 of 4) The Light (continued), Encore: “Way Back”, The Bizness, Resurrection:

Common with A Black Girl Named Becky
May 5th, 2003
Munich, Germany @ Elserhalle

VIDEO: Germany TV Broadcast > unknown generation VHS tape
AUDIO: SBD (?TV broadcast or FM?) > ? > CDR
SYNC/AUTHOR: Final Cut Pro / DVD Architect
Length: 97min (including 22 min interview)
NTSC; 720×480; 4,621mbps; AC3 192kbps stero audio.


1. Interview (22 minutes) (original VHS audio)
2. Soul Power
3. Aquarius
4. Interlude
5. Invocation
6. Electric Wire Hustle Flower
7. The Hustle
8. The World Is Yours
9. Big Poppa
10. C.R.E.A.M.
11. I Used To Love H.E.R.
12. Love of My Life
13. Respiration
14. Come Close
15. The Look of Love
16. Sun God
17. 1-9-9-9
18. DJ Dumi Solo
19. The 6th Sense
20. Interlude
21. Funky For You
22. Thelonious
23. Ghetto Heaven (Part 2)
24. I Am Music
25. The Light
26. “Way Back” (original VHS audio)
27. The Bizness (original VHS audio)
28. Resurrection (original VHS audio)

Common– MC
DJ Dumi – turntables

A Black Girl Named Becky:
Karriem Riggins – drums
??? – bass
Omar Edwards – keys
??? – keys
??? – guitar

The Roots Picnic 2011: Esperanza Spalding, Nas, Little Dragon

The Roots & Nas – Get Down / The Boss (James Brown cover) 6/4/11 @ The Roots Picnic

Funk It presents full audio downloads of 3 sets: Esperanza Spalding with The Roots, Little Dragon, and The Roots with Nas. Scroll down for the download links in both MP3 and FLAC formats!

Esperanza Spalding & The Roots
June 4, 2011
Philadelphia, PA @ 4th Annual Roots Picnic – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
SBD > WXPN webcast > Cool Edit Pro > WAV > CD Wave Editor > FLAC/MP3
01. Precious
02. I Know You Know http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHtvEAANA4o
03. Predator (Weather Report cover) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-D181tf5fk
04. I Can’t Help It (Michael Jackson cover) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8C-mOWjXlg
MP3 download link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IQK9R09U
FLAC download link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5JXH0KG0

The Roots & Nas & Brass Heaven
June 4, 2011
Philadelphia, PA @ 4th Annual Roots Picnic – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
SBD > WXPN webcast > Cool Edit Pro > WAV > CD Wave Editor > FLAC/MP3
01. Intro > Dilla Interlude > Proceed >
02. Quills >
03. Step Into The Realm >
04. The Fire >
05. Respond/React >
06. Stay Cool >
07. Concerto Of The Desperado >
08. The Mic (w/ Truck North) >
09. How I Got Over >
10. Here I Come >
11. Get Busy (w/ Dice Raw & Peedi Peedi) >
12. Jungle Boogie [Kool & The Gang cover] >
13. Get Down (w/ Nas) >
14. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (w/ Nas) >
15. The World Is Yours (w/ Nas) >
16. Made You Look (w/ Nas) >
17. One Mic (w/ Nas) >
18. Nas Is Like (w/ Nas) >
19. If I Ruled The World (w/ Nas)
20. Hip Hop Is Dead (w/ Nas) > Apache outro >
21. The Next Movement >
22. The Seed 2.0 >
23. The Bottle [Gil Scott-Heron cover] >
24. Men @ Work [Kool G Rap & DJ Polo cover]
25. Radio Outro
MP3 download link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OMUHIGKE
FLAC download link: http://filepost.com/files/8631dd2m/RootsNas2011-06-04.webstream.flac.zip/

Little Dragon
June 4, 2011
Philadelphia, PA @ 4th Annual Roots Picnic – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
SBD > WXPN webcast > Cool Edit Pro > WAV > CD Wave Editor > FLAC/MP3
01. A New
02. Little Man (new song)
03. My Step
04. ??? (?new song?)
05. Feather
MP3 download link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TX2N7YLE
FLAC download link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HAQ5BN23