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I'm Lucy Beer and I run this here blog. I like soul, hip-hop and electronic music, and anything that blurs those lines. You can reach me at: music[AT]beatlife.net - please don't attach MP3 files - provide links to download or listen to them. Also, if you're a rapper and your name is 'Lil something, it's probably not a good fit for this blog ;)

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The Roots – How I Got Over – Video

So this video is hella (in internet time) old, ie. more than a week, I know this, but I’ma post it anyway ‘cos I’m clearly not hung up on being the first on everything. The Root’s next album How I Got Over was supposed to come out late last year but has been pushed back...
Jack Splash - King of the Beats Mixtape

Jack Splash – King of the Beats Mixtape

Jack Splash returns with another free album download. This one is significantly better than the previous freebie, Heir To The Throne,  and demonstrates his production chops. I’m curious as to how his official album will sound. He seems to have ditched the funk-soul persona in favor of a more ‘gully’ (remember that word?!) hip-hop persona....

Rita J – No Regrets – video

Rita J drops her first single from her Artist Workshop album on All Natural. “No Regrets” is good, solid hip-hop with a nice beat that Rita J spits all kinds of fire over. Definitely makes me want to check out the album which features production from Black Spade, Kenny Keys, Yuani, Rashid Hadee, Tre Styles,...
Chicken George Ropeadope Mix

Chicken George Ropeadope Mix

DJ Chicken George has put together another of his lovely ‘jazztronica’ mixes for the Ropeadope folks. As you can see from the tracklist below, CG is a master of mixing up the styles in a potent blend of soulful hip-hop and electronica. CG stays busy with a hectic DJ-ing schedule and releasing music worldwide, such...
Amplifya - Disco Screw EP

Amplifya – Disco Screw EP

I know very little about this cat named Amplifya. But evidently he’s a producer and makes electronic hip-hop beats that he describes as “slowed down and chopped up disco samples.  the inverse of chipmunk soul?” The Disco Screw EP which he’s offering for free,  is more of a beat tape – a collection of short...
DJ Destroyer - Strictly Social Mixed Vol 5 - Free Download

DJ Destroyer – Strictly Social Mixed Vol 5 – Free Download

DJ Destroyer drops the next volume in the Strictly Social series. If you are not in LA to experience the progressive soul monthly event Strictly Social, these mixes are the next best thing.Destroyer has lined up another stellar selection of tunes. 1. The Highest – MeLo-X 2. Melody (Featuring Shabaam Sahdeeq and Erik Rico)- DJ...
Anthony Valadez - Stay Connected Vol 2 - Free Download

Anthony Valadez – Stay Connected Vol 2 – Free Download

Another dope mix from Anthony Valadez. The concept for this one, according to mr. AV is “the spirit of optimism for the future from a youth’s perspective.” The sounds are soulful and futuristic. Whet yer whistle with the tracklist and then go download. Also congrats are in order because KCRW has given Vala a weekly...
J. Rawls - Hotel Beats Vol 1

J. Rawls – Hotel Beats Vol 1

This was a nice treat in the ole’ inbox today. Mr J.Rawls hooked me up with this new beat collection, courtesy of Polar Ent & Mighty Healthy NYC – Hotel Beats Vol. 1. This collection shows off Rawls’ diversity, featuring bright jazz-heavy beats (“Red Pepper”)  alongside darker fare (“Casina”) which will satisfy hip-hop heads with...
The Holy Grail Consignment Drive and Party

The Holy Grail Consignment Drive and Party

This info comes courtesy of DJ Franchise of KnowTheLedge.com who will be spinning at this event and has been raising awareness on behalf of the Holy Grail store. Know The Ledge is hosting a special event in Los Angeles on July 19th to help LA sneaker store,The Holy Grail. As you may have seen on...
Colin Munroe - Start A War

Colin Munroe – Start A War

New joint from funky n’ talented white boy Colin Munroe. “Start A War” is another funky, electro-y jam taken from his forthcoming album Don’t Think Less of Me. I’m diggin’ this one. Listen: [audio:colin-munroe-start-a-war.mp3] Download Colin Munroe – “Start A War”
Fresh Daily - Tomorrow Is Today

Fresh Daily – Tomorrow Is Today

Really diggin’ this free mixtape from stylish MC Fresh Daily. The perfect combination of spage-age beats and solid boom-bap along with his smart lyrical skills make this one of the better hip-hop releases so far this year. Featured guests include Flying Lotus, Jesse Boykins III, Oddisee and others. And it’s free, so no excuses not...
Beat Dimensions Vol 2 - Compiled By Cinnaman and Jay Scarlett

Beat Dimensions Vol 2 – Compiled By Cinnaman and Jay Scarlett

Rush Hour Recordings and Beat Dimensions have compiled another volume of futuristic, mind-bending beats. The list of featured artists gives you an idea of the pedigree here – producers include Nosaj Thing, Samiyam, Dorian Concept and more. The collection is a no-holds barred selection of tracks straight from the year 3000 or so. These producers...