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CAN I KICK IT? / feat 13 Assassins / 3.20.18

Join us, on Tues Mar. 20th at Songbyrd, for our next CAN I KICK IT? as we screen a true contemporary cult classic: 13 Assassins.  And if you pay attention to the movie poster we’ll be expanding our presence in Songbyrd, which our longtime attendees will enjoy.  To RSVP and or more info click here.


Large Professor / WHAT’S GOOD(?)

For those in the know, Large Professor’s name rings bells.  He’s the producer responsible for introducing Nas to the world, has had a hand in countless classics, including Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em by Eric B. & Rakim, Mecca & The Soul Brother from Pete Rock & CL Smooth, & Illmatic.

In this exclusive interview with SHAOLIN JAZZ (conducted by Myk Blauuw), he talks about his creative process, what it takes for a young artist to catch his attention, unreleased Nas demos, and a secret super producer group chat he’s in with other legends like Questlove.

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Sweet Nancy from Shaolin / 1st Single / “Save Me Nancy”

Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of our next SHAOLIN JAZZ music project – “Sweet Nancy from Shaolin,” a new project dedicated to the unsung and incomparable Nancy Wilson which features Ghostface Killah and the Wu-Tang Clan.

The full album drops 5.8.18 and in addition to today’s announcement we’re also dropping the first single entitled “Save Me Nancy.”  To listen click here.


Ru AREYOU / WHAT’S GOOD(?) / 1.15.18

In our next edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?) we talk to Ru AREYOU, an emerging Los Angeles based creative who’s talents include heading a creative label, producing hip-hop tracks for Chris Brown, dancing on Justin Bieber’s world tour, as well as being a decorated martial artist who won the 2001 US Open open forms competition.

Check back for Ru AREYOU’s edition which drops 1.15.18.


Main Source Killed It at Songbyrd!

Main Source (Large Professor, Neek the Exotic, Joe Fatale), the revered rap group who introduced the world to Nas, blessed DC last Thurs with their classic show (at Songbyrd) performing hits, freestyles, in addition to treating our ears to new music as well as playing unreleased joints from the legendary Pete Rock.  Word.

And if that wasn’t enough, the show openers included North Carolina’s Raw Wattage, DC’s own J Scienide (peep that Ninja Vuitton and shouts to Kev Brown who performed with J) who was introduced by the iconic Bobbito Garcia.  But wait, legendary mixtape DJ DJ Doo Wop was also in attendance, and DJ 2-Tone Jones served as the resident DJ for everyone who performed.

No fakes.  No imitations.  Just straight classic raw.  And shouts to SHAOLens for the snaps.

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Rap is A Martial Art – Philippe Prosper

“Hip-hop has a real focus on authenticity, but I hadn’t seen the authentic martial arts combined with hip-hop. As a martial artist coming into hip-hop, I really felt like I was embodying the mantra of rap is a martial art.” – Philippe Prosper

SHAOLIN JAZZ got a chance this week to chop it up with internationally decorated kung-fu artist and rapper, Philippe Prosper, aka Rap is A Martial Art.

Interview by Mychal Estrada.  For the full read click: Read the rest of this entry


“The 37th Chamber Mixtape”

Our “The 37th Chamber Mixtape” design is a graphic inspired by our first SHAOLIN JAZZ music release from 2011.  The irony is that we called it a mixtape (and still do because we’re from that era) despite it only being available via MP3 and CD and not as an actual cassette.  To check out the ways that you can customize this design click here.


Dopium vs The Drunken Master


Classic Fusion: Dopium vs The Drunken Master, designed by Late Night Genius.


A Documentary About Nobody

And if the project wasn’t enough, here’s a documentary.  Well played, sirs.