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“Black Spade is URB Magazine’s Next 100” URB Magazine

Black Spade drops his impressive debut album on Om Hip Hop March 4th. To celebrate the release of “To Serve With Love”, Zune & Om are teaming up to give away a Zune player featuring an unreleased EP from Black Spade & a remix from Wajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers of Spade’s first single, ‘Actioneer’ and an autographed copy of “To Serve With Love”.

Contest Details: Send an email to with the answers to the three Black Spade questions below. Two (2 — runner ups) random emails with correct answers will be picked to win an autographed CD. One (1 — grand prize) random email with the correct answers will be picked out and receive a Microsoft Zune player & an autographed Black Spade CD.

Contest Questions:

1. What hip hop / soul crew from St. Louis was Black Spade originally a member of?
2. What producer / artist featured Black Spade on his critical acclaimed album entitled “Here”?
3. What is Black Spade’s real (birth) name?

How To Enter:
Email your answers to with the words “OM Spade Contest” in the subject line. Contest closes on April 30th, 2008 and winners will be drawn and announced on May 1st, 2008.

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Can’t wait for the record to drop? Download these Black Spade tracks now for free and get ready!

Black Spade – Actioneer EP w/ a remix from Waajeed: Download

Erykah Badu – Honey (Black Spade Remix): Download

Posted by: on February 28, 2008 @ 11:53 AM
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After a cease & desist put the breaks on Amplive’s Radiohead In Rainbows remix project, the online music community reasonably wondered if the tracks would ever see the light of day. Today comes an answer: they most definitely will. While the Oakland producer/DJ acknowledges that he probably should have contacted Radiohead (who were not involved in the project) to seek approval prior to making his interpretations publicly available, an agreement has been reached between all involved parties and Amplive has been granted permission to release Rainydayz Remixes for free to the general public. And guess what — it’s available now. Effective immediately, the eight-track record will be available for download in zip format HERE.

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Rainydayz Remixes Tracklist

01 Rainydayz

02 Video Tapez (Ft. Del The Funky Homosapien)

03 Nudez (Ft. Too $hort & MC Zumbi of Zion I)

04 Weird Fishez

05 All I Need

06 15 Stepz (Ft. Codany Holiday)

07 Reckonerz (Ft. Chali2NA)
08 Faustz

Posted by: Jonthecorner on February 13, 2008 @ 12:34 PM
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Posted by: Gaggaz on January 24, 2008 @ 3:58 AM
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As a music lover I’m always on the lookout for the next best up and coming artists. All I can say is that this little one blew my mind. Gabi Wilson is no doubt going to find herself on top…

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on December 10, 2007 @ 5:45 PM
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Check out Mark’s top picks for November 2007 on

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 5, 2007 @ 3:54 PM
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Posted by: Jonthecorner on October 22, 2007 @ 6:38 PM
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Posted by: Jonthecorner on September 24, 2007 @ 2:58 PM
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Good Morning Everyone,

Hope everyone is felling well this morning. I wanted to give you all a
little background story about my album and what inspired me in life (my
life) to write the songs that I did. I was waiting for the perfect moment
but it seems as if that moment is now. When I was about 5 years old my
mother Melanie Lee Rose was told that she had breast cancer. At the same
time that she was sick my parent’s relationship was going down the drain and
they decided to call it quits, so for most of my childhood my mother,
sister, family exc….were trying to beat this horrible nasty disease
without having that strong foundation of a solid family. After an 8 year
long battle fighting for her life, being on and off of chemotherapy /
radiation, my Mom had finally lost her battle. I was 13 years old just about
to be 14. This was obviously a very confusing difficult time in my life and
would be for any young girl just getting into her teenage years. I would
deal with the pain the only way I knew how which was to escape the pain. I
started going to Raves at the age of 15 years old where the music along with
the all of the other things which are included when going to a rave, became
the way that I coped. Finally after 3 straight years of living my life for
the next party, I realized that there was so much more to experience in
life. I was ready to really start living. I had finally realized that all
these years I had been running to escape the fact that my Mommy wasn’t here
any more, in actuality she never really left. Now at 18 years old I was
starting to wake up to the fact that my Mom was still here. That her
spirit/energy was surrounding and following me where ever I would go. With
this new found knowledge I started my musical journey. I knew that I was
supposed to make music and share what I had experienced with others. After a
9 year long journey of discovery, learning and living I had finally received
the knowledge and experience that was needed to complete my first album.
The entire process was so healing for me and I know why. So here I am just
days away from the release and my Father has now been told that he has
Cancer. He is in the hospital at the moment fighting Lukemia and seems to be
responding to the chemotherapy very well. We could really use all of your
prayers and positive thoughts. My Dad is a strong man and has a lot of life
left to live so I know that with all of your prayers he will get through
this. Thank you all for listening. I’ll keep you posted on further progress.

S James

Posted by: Samantha James on September 18, 2007 @ 4:34 PM
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Today marks the first official entry of my weekly journal. I hope that this
will give you, all of my fans, a closer look into what my life is like on a
daily basis. I am feeling so many different streams of emotions. First,
being excited for the release of my album on the 25th of this month! I have
waited so long for this moment and to know that it’s actually here feels
pretty amazing. Aside from that, I’ve been pretty busy with all of the other
things that come along with being a singer in the music biz. This is all
pretty new to me so I’m just adjusting to my new busy schedule. I’m a
pretty mellow person and find it necessary to take a little time out every
day to just breath and relax, so you could say that I am now in the process
of transitioning into this new way of life. I’m learning to keep a busy
schedule but at the same time remembering the importance of taking a breath
here and there to maintain my sanity in this crazy biz. I have realized that
in order to take on a job like this, it is 100% crucial to take care of
yourself. Thanks all for listening and letting me share. I want to let you
all know that I am excited about sharing this process with you.

Much Love to all of you,

S James

Posted by: Samantha James on September 13, 2007 @ 5:32 PM
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I just got word that Black Spade will be joining Colette and her band as they headline the Metro on September 8th with Derrick Carter, Heather and more. They will be performing my personal favorite song off the project ‘Funny.’ Listen to Funny below and peep the exclusive live footage from Colette’s last week performance at the DNA via Imeem. Angelo and I were kicking it tough, however, i have to say, my camera hand is way better…

My footage:


Posted by: Jonthecorner on August 30, 2007 @ 5:24 PM
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