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The Class is back! [aToJ update]

You don't have to keep wondering where the Jazz at....

Thinks have been a little quiet lately on ashytojazzy.com, but we've been hard at work. Lot's going on, check for new updates on releases coming soon from The Workin Class

#NewMusicFriday The Workin Class "Through The Storm" f. Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond

New Music Friday! The Workin Class "Through The Storm" ft Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond

The Class got so much love for "All So Simple" & "Oath To The Money", so they decided to drop a new track featuring friends of wC Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond! "Through The Storm", features a dope instrumental by Dree combined with a powerful N^2 hook with thought-provoking lyrics by Malik Diamond & Unknown. The combination is dope, but don't just take my word for it....click the play button and see for yourself!! (Available streaming free on soundcloud & also available as a free download).

NEW MUSIC from The Workin Class! "All So Simple" #ADAN

New track from The Workin Class: "All So Simple" off their upcoming album American Dram/American Nightmare (ADAN)

Check out the first album single release from The Workin Class' upcoming album ADAN, "All So Simple", which features Texas singer Nisha Nandez.

#videooftheday Happy Halloween from the aToJ fam and The Workin Class!

Happy Halloween from the aToJ fam and The Workin Class!!! Celebrate the anniversary of the release of "Two am" and Halloween by spinning this dope track at your Halloween party tonight! 

The new EP from The Workin Class "Daydream" available for FREE download (Orlando hip hop)

The countdown has ended, and Daydream is finally here!!!!! The Workin Class have been working hard in the lab. aToJ is proud to present "Daydream", the sophomore EP from Orlando's hip hop duo The Workin Class. Workin Class uhh-up!!!!!! 

Recent Updates:

· Chi Cheng: death of a NuMetal great: Click here for more!

·  CISPA: Farewell to online privacy? Click here for more!

 

· After The Fact: Ska music feature! Click here for more! 

 

· aToJ Special Feature: Nisha Nandez! Click here for more! 

· Prolyphic & Buddy Peace "Drug Dealer": Click here for more! 

If you have any content that you would like featured on our blog, contact us at info@ashytojazzy.com

 

The Spotlight
[Hip Hop] Album of the day: Mute Speaker "Take Yourself Apart"

Album of the Day: Mute Speaker Take Yourself Apart

Check out the hip hop album of the day from UK producer Mute Speaker, which features Chris Clarke, J-Thorn, Gajah, Express Fresh, BeOND, Capsize, Gel Roc & Pause.

#HipHop Song of the day: Dow Timo - Motion Picture

[Hip Hop] Song of the day: Dow Timo's "Motion Picture"

Check out the song of the day from NY emcee Dow Timo "Motion Picture", on the cinematic beat from Beatbusta.

[Hip Hop] SOTD: KVBeats "You Know The Rules"

[Hip Hop] Song of the Day: KVBeats "You Know The Rules"

Today's #SOTD comes from Ill Adrenaline Records' artist KVBeats and features Rashad (of Rashad & Confidence) & DJ Rob Swift. Check the link here to listen to "You Know The Rules".

[Electronica] MiHKAL - Live at CoSM

[Listen] MiKHAL - Live at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (12/21/13 Downtempo Mix)

Check out the mix of the day from MiKHAL. This Downtempo mix was performed live on 12/21/13, aka the Winter Solstice, at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Check the link here to listen to MiKHAL's dope mix (headphones on/subs up)! 

Today's Mix of the Day brought to you c/o our new Electronica contributor Brian Baer, follow him at soundcloud.com/brian-baer!

[Electronica] YYou x Grizzly Bear "Calls of Ricardo (Diplo remix)"

[Electronica] Track of the Day: YYou x Grizzly Bear "Calls of Ricardo (Diplo remix)"

Check out the track of the day from New York EDM artist YYou

The Writer's Block
Healing with music: a playlist to remember Chris Smith

Healing With Music - a playlist to remember Smitty

It's hard to believe it's already been 2 months since my cousin passed. No matter the capacity that you knew Chris Smith, you probably know of the love he had for music. I've promised many of you that I would send out copies of the memorial playlist, and thanks to some good music and a look through old pictures, I found some motivation to get out of my "writer's block". Take a look/listen and enjoy memories of Chris, you are deeply loved and missed cousin. Forever Young...

Women & Hip Hop Series [Part 5]: Creating Solutions featuring Nadia Piet (The TIKA) & Mark Patton (#TheListening & Amplifher Media)

LoDo's Women & Hip Hop Series: Part 5 - Creating Solutions

We've finally reached part 5 of LoDo's "Women and Hip Hop" series! In part 5, LoDo chats with Nadia Piet, owner and founder of The TIKA, and Mark Patton of Amplifiher Media and #TheListening. There's enough complaining in the world, it's time to be a solution. We discuss creating solutions to problems that female artists and fans have faced in the hip hop world and ways we can continue to expand on the positivity and empowerment that is embodied in hip hop!

Sports Stars & Rape Victim Blaming In Our Culture

In light of the rape accusation against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston that has become public knowledge  (details of the case which are still unclear) we've seen another wave of "victim blaming". With the various recent public rape cases including the Steubenville Ohio incident in 2012, we are missing an opportunity to have a serious about rape, victims, and our justice system. 

LoDo's Women and Hip Hop Series: Part 4, The Extinction of the Crew featuring pHoenix Pagliacci

 LoDo returns with part 4 of her "Women and Hip Hop" series. LoDo chats with pHoenix Pagliacci and discusses the fallout of the crew, and how the lack of family bond has negatively impacted female artists. pHoenix shares some recent collaborations as well as who she's listening to and which dope females are keeping her on her toes.

30 Days of Thanks: [Day 3] Parents

30 Days of Thanks: [Day 3] It's November, and that means 30 days of giving thanks. On day 3, LoDo shares what she is thankful for: her amazing parents, Susan and Walter Donnelly

News
JFK: The death of our greatest leader - 50 years later

Music has many different powers, but it's ability to console and heal during painful and trying times is why I have always been drawn to it. On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, LoDo takes a look at music and how it was used to heal and console those mourning the death of our greatest leader.

ATTENTION GUEST BLOGGERS!

ATTENTION all bloggers, writers, artists, musicians, mc's, and conscious living advocates....

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NEW Official trailer for 10th annual "Rock The Bells" released with official lineup

The Rock The Bells festival dropped a video trailer for the 2013 10th anniversary fest, click here to check it out....and let me warn you, looks super dope

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) voluntarily force-fed in Guantanamo protest demonstration

Yassin Bey (FKA Mos Def) participated in a demonstration against the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp force-feeding of detainees. Check out this (somewhat graphic and troubling) video that simulates an actual force-feeding process, and help spread the awareness of what's taking place. 

Jay-Z & Samsung promotional deal prompts the RIAA to change their policy

Jay Z was right, the internet is the wild west and it's time to rewrite the rules. Check out how Jay Z's partnership with Samsung prompted a change in the rules and see the RIAA's response! Jay Z's new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, drops tomorrow. Happy 4th!

aToJ's very own, LoDo, sits down for an interview with Doug Crooks. Doug, aka mrdcrooks, has a dope videoblog series that is worth a look! LoDo chats with MrDCrooks about hip hop art and culture, how Ashy to Jazzy came to be, and what aToJ stands for.