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Anthony David by Speeakz

I’ve recently educated myself on Anthony David and my God, what have I been missing? I was introduced to him when I saw the video for “Words” featuring India.Arie and was intrigued to find out more about this dude whom I had never heard of…! *I can hear the ‘grasps’ from those of you who have long known about this man, but hey, it happens to the best of us right?*. If I had to describe Anthony David to you, I would have to cite Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, Anthony Hamilton, Mos Def, Musiq, Common and Curis Mayfield and even that wouldn’t do him justice! He’s perfected his own sound.

Born and raised in Georgia, Anthony David found his musical hub in Atlanta, “I had been looking all over the world for the right vibe to cultivate my song writing…I found it here in Atlanta’s music and spoken word scene. Atlanta is where my talent and passion grew together. I was able to find artists who connected with me. That had that same passion to create.”

It was while in Atlanta, Anthony sparked up an inspiring friendship with a certain Grammy nominated artist…India.Arie. “India (.Arie) was the first person I saw when I got out of the car from Savannah,” says David ,“I thought she was cool and we were both doing our music and enjoying the scene that Atlanta gives an artist. There was never a time that we didn’t hang out”. Anthony went on to write “A Part Of My Life” for Arie, which ended up on the 7x Grammy nominated album “Strength, Courage & Wisdom” and has also contributed to many other songs that have appeared on her subsequent albums.

David has already released two solo albums (independently), both of which received high critical acclaim, most noticeably in his native Georgia. “Three Chords & The Truth” and “Red Clay Chronicles” earned him nationwide fans and a spot on board both Aries’ and Kems’ tour. He also headlined his own tour throughout Europe and Japan. “While traveling around the country and Europe playing, I was able to soak up sounds from everywhere I went. I’ve just been able to grow and expand my sound”. That sound David speaks of is what he refers to as “Millennium Blues”, because it “all goes back to the blues. The lyrics, the music, my using everything from acoustic to hip-hop, the story telling…all of it connects through the blues like a bridge.”

Now, Anthony David is about to release his third album “Acey Deucy”. It is the combination of songs from both his previous albums that make this project. “Anthony David’s “Acey Deucy ” is a project focused on real life experience but original and passionate in presentation…[It] is a blueprint for how to create great music in different styles, while not being diverse just for the sake of being different”. Amen.

If like me, you were unaware of this man before reading this, you have to get on board – like, now!  His voice, his lyrics and his musicianship are extraordinary. It’s very rare to hear an artist with the same ethos of soul artists from the 60’s and 70’s, who perfectly incorporate contemporary issues, situations and problems like Anthony David does. India.Arie once said that she loved Anthony’s music because of the way “he speaks from a man’s emotional perspective in relationships and his views on learning about life as a young man of the hip hop generation” – I couldn’t agree more. His songs speak honestly, candidly and whole heartily about everything ranging from relationships, cheating, family, heartaches, love, life and loss.

If you love your soul music raw and real then I promise you, you will love Anthony David. I haven’t stopped listening to his albums! You need them in your life and make sure you cop them legally! *It’s all about supporting these kinds of artists people!*.

Go show your love by visiting his Myspace

Peace, Love & Anthony David

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Check Anthony David performing Live on Jools Holland…



Keys To The City: Wale by Speeakz
Saturday, May 31, 2008, 1:09 pm
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This is the first installment of imeem’s “Keys to the City” series and it sets it’s focus on D.C and features man of the moment, Wale. As [most of] you know, The Mixtape About Notingwas released yesterday and if you’ve heard it, you’ll understand why Wale deserves this spotlight. It’s a cool watch, hearing some of Wale’s picks for artists/videos from him hometown. The next installment will be centered around Philadelphia, hometown to The Roots and Diplo etc…

Peace, Love & Wale

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Jay-Z Feat Pharrell Williams – “I Know” Remix by Speeakz
Saturday, May 31, 2008, 1:55 am
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I prefer the original version, but this def has a lil’ bump to it!

Jay-Z Feat Pharrell Williams – “I Know”

Peace, Love & I Know!

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Much love to Go Where Hip Hop for this!



Obama… by Speeakz

Found this over @ BBC

I’m happy with any Democrat winning the Presidency, but this dude…this dude is something else! Hilary ain’t going anywhere fast; she put up a good fight and now it’s time [I believe] to bow out gracefully and rally her supporters to get behind Barack Obama – coz it seems he has a real good shot at winning!

…LOL I’m not even American and I’m preaching this!

Peace, Love & Barack Obama

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P.s It’s funny, as I’m typing this, I’m watching my nightly dose of The O’Reilly Factor lmao! Have you ever watch this? This man infuriates me, but I can’t stop watching! I don’t understand how Fox News is one of the biggest (“and most reliable”) sources of news in the U.S! Thank god for books and the Internet huh?? Actually to be fair, he [O’Reilly] has seemingly [recently] been quite gentle towards Obama.

…Geeeeeeze, I’m getting political again! Sorry!

P.p.s Sorry, but speaking of Bill O’Reilly, have you seen THIS?



Lil’ Wayne Feat Jay-Z – “Mr Carter” [NEW Track]/Album Leaked by Speeakz
Friday, May 30, 2008, 11:25 pm
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Update: For those who have been waiting for this album and don’t know, “The  Carter III”has gone and leaked all over the TinterNet. Was only a matter of time really! Go forth and download people!

I don’t make a habit of posting too many Lil’ Wayne joints, I’ve made my opinions abundantly clear on the lil’ man, but on this occasion it’s slightly different. Firstly, this joint is actually pretty tight and more importantly, it features Hova (which is reason enough!).

Lil’ Wayne Feat Jay-Z – “Mr Carter”

His album is about to drop and judging by the amount of (over) hype surrounding it, it’s probably setting up to be his biggest yet! Don’t know why, but it seems 2008 is the year of Lil’ Wayne. Pffffft.

Peace, Love & Lil’ Wayne

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Nas Album Cover by Speeakz
Friday, May 30, 2008, 9:05 pm
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It turns out Nas doesn’t have to call his album “Nigger”…He’s just gotta use this artwork to portray exactly what he’s thinking. It’s a pretty dope picture actually. I was never an advocate for the orignial name, but this artistic display is definitely something that gets my respect.

Peace, Love & Nas

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A Lost Tribe… by Speeakz
Friday, May 30, 2008, 8:34 pm
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Did you guys catch this on the news? A Tribe has been discovered in South America (border of Peru and Brazil). This is the first time the world has ever seen them and the first time they’ve ever seen the rest of the world! They must have thought the plane was some kind of bird or something coz they’re quick to grab their trusty bow and arrows! POW!

^ Bad man! Decked in their ‘Warrior Colours’!

^ Looks like a cotch!

Don’t know if it’s just me, but I find this sh** fascinating! [Yea, i’m having a geeky moment] These people know NOTHING about the way we live our lives! They don’t know about cars, mobile phones, the Internet…OMG! They don’t know about PinBoard?!? LOL! They know nothing about our world…It’s a pretty dope concept really!

Anyways…Just thought I’d share!

Peace, Love & A Tribe [Not Called Quest]

P.s Oh, the whole point of taking these pictures is to stop the deforestation taking place over in the Amazon. Many people [company’s] don’t believe they exist and use the lack evidence as reason to continue their stupidness!