Salt Of The Earth

The engineer sits like a ship's captain as the world of creators and creation swirl around, hands steady on the controls, hearing only the music. He finds the center between the beauty and the broadcast and polishes the sound only where needed. Eric Hartman passed away yesterday, but his presence is deeply felt in every recording - Snarky Puppy, The Funky Knuckles, Shaun Martin, and many many more. All with great humility - a gentle spirit in service to a greater vision, at all times. So here's to you Eric, we will meet you in the music. Quick question - can you please take a moment to thank Eric for his unwavering service by helping his family?

Christian Scott

Grandson of Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr, nephew of Donald Harrison Jr, New Orleans royalty both musically and culturally. Progenitor of 'Stretch Music', active supporter of community and family, Guardian Of The Flame: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is a progressive and evolved human who understands both leadership and humility. Christian embodies the values that we hold dear, and we are humbled to announce that his next release will happen right here at Ropeadope. Look for a daring and committed project that offers itself to the future of music, due out in early fall.   

One Big Party - Shaun Martin

7 Summers

We are gearing up for the highly anticipated and celebrated new release from four time Grammy winner Shaun Martin, of Snarky Puppy and Kirk Franklin fame. The record is getting rave reviews, and with good reason. Seven years in the making, Shaun's debut album shows his diversity, commitment, and impeccable style as he moves from genre to genre with ease. The support from Shaun's longtime fans has been overwhelming, and we're calling on the Ropeadope family to extend that support to give this release the push it deserves. Take a moment to preorder or simply comment on Itunes, and stay tuned for some serious tracks to drop this week.

Royal remixes

Crash (Royal)

RAD LIVE This week

PHILLY: Jimmy Stephens Full Tilt Boogie Band hits the North Star in Philly Friday night with special guest Winston Byrd. RICHMOND: Butcher Brown and Snarky Puppy make the best double bill on Friday June 19. LA: Mark de Clive-Lowe's CHURCH at 333 Live. CLEVELAND: Freekbass hits the Beachland Ballroom on June 20. ROANOKE: Naughty Professor at the legendary Martin's Downtown on June 23. ATLANTA: ROYAL at the Afropunk Festival on June 20. NYC: June 28th is the Harlem Arts Festival, AJOYO hits at 4:45 PM.  

Get Funked

Just when you thought it was safe to listen to music, the jazz funk trio Big Fun 3 springs back into action and brings us FUNKED. Ready to drop like a sneak attack on June 16th, FUNKED is sultry, exotic, and funky as hell. Jump in right here to preorder at itunes, or stop in to the Big Fun 3 store right here.

Mermaid Rescue Week

Our very own Jimmy Stephens, tireless advocate for progress, has put together a week long series of shows in Philly to bring awareness and support to victims of abuse. WOAR and Women Against Abuse will be on site, and the music will be off the hook with shows at Warmdaddys, World Cafe Live, Dobbs, The Rotunda, and The North Star. Brother Marcus, Hezekiah, Ursula Rucker, 19 Southbound (featuring Winston Byrd) are just a few of the featured performers. Tune in right here for details, and please help by sharing the news!

Aquarium Rescue Unit