Sunday, April 29, 2012
The legendary femcee gives some words of wisdom in a sick freestyle dedicated to those on the rise. After her lil spat with Tyler the Creator she sending a lil warning to any other youngsters who might try to step to her. Hell Rah is better than most male Emcees in the mainstream.
SKELETHON - Coming July 10th, 2012 on Rhymesayers Entertainment.
A collaboration between hip-hop luminary Talib Kweli and critically acclaimed Philly soul singer Res, Idle Warship is a genre-bending musical project born out of sheer experimentation and unbridled creative expression. Habits of the Heart stormed the music scene last year, receiving glowing praise from the likes of People Magazine, RollingStone.com, NylonMag.com, Filter, Bust, MTV Hive, YRB and Vibe.com. The group also drew attention for their unconventional idea to be the first to premiere their full album on Spotify U.S. three whole weeks ahead of release date. The album offers a thrilling hybrid of influences including soul, hip-hop, rock, alternative and electronic, and features guest spots from Jean Grae, Jay Knocka, Chester French, Michelle Williams & John Forte.
Friday, April 27, 2012
D.Block's Sheek Louch speaks on Canadaian tour with Styles P special Guest Peter Jackson The Mckee Agency Presents: May 10 - Toronto, ON Club XS May 11 - Oshawa, ON Status Lounge May 12 - Peterborough, ON Club 172 May 13 - Montreal, QC Club Soda May 14- Ottawa, On Babylon May 15 - London, ON Club Noir May 16 - Sudbury, ON Crank Joes May 17 - Hamilton, ON Casbah Lounge May 18 - KItchener, ON Cameo Nightclub May 21 - Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret May 22 - Regina, SK The Distrikt May 23 - Saskatoon, SK Odeon May 24 - Edmonton, AB Starlite Room May 26 - Whistler, BC Garfinkels May 27 - Vancouver, BC Fortune
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Out Da Box TV brings you an episode featuring one of Detroit's most gifted Emcee's, "Elzhi". Fresh off the success of his latest project "ELmatic" which is a homage to Nas' "Illmatic", Elzhi spoke briefly on a series of topics, including his introduction to hip hop music, the benefits of today's music industry and the feedback received from "ELmatic". After years of commitment to his former group "Slum Village" and grinding to establish his solo career, it seems as though El is ready to take it to the next level. I'm definitely looking forward, to hear what's in store for him in the near future. In the meantime, take a moment to enjoy this video.
This dude is the truth most kats be sleeping on Styles but he is truly a master of the craft. Most people don't know about Styles P the family man but he holds his family down. I love to see REal men embrace their kids and take care of their families the way real men are suppose to do.
For the last match up in the East 2012 Grand Prix, we have Owen Sound native Step Easy going up against eMCee Bill from Alliston. Step Easy is just coming off a loss to Bulle and Bill is fresh off a win over Tino at Flatline. Who will advance to round 2?
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
These new guys are really starting to impress me it appears we are getting away from the party songs and going after a more serious subject matter. XV is one of the few new guys I can get behind, don't get me wrong we still need rappers like Soulja Boy just not 24/7. HipHop is at its best when respect is shown to all of its genres not just one.
For the next battle out of the West for the 2012 Grand Prix we have Aspire facing off against New'l. Aspire is looking to bounce back from his loss to Daley while New'l is looking to stay on the winning path with his latest win over McNight at Frostbite. Who will get the W in this battle?
Monday, April 23, 2012
10.05.12 - London, UK @ XOYO: http://bit.ly/xpxhT6 11.05.12 - Manchester, UK @ The Roadhouse: http://bit.ly/wLUyfL 12.05.12 - Bristol, UK @ The Thekla: http://bit.ly/wcwakm 13.05.12 - Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store: http://bit.ly/xvjUK6 15.05.12 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg: http://bit.ly/yCG4fo 16.05.12 - Paris, FR @ Le Divan Du Monde: http://bit.ly/xm0Aw0 17.05.12 - Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg: http://bit.ly/yTfzSG 18.05.12 - Munich, DE @ Hansa 39: http://bit.ly/wWCYBC 19.05.12 - Antwerp, BE @ TRIX zaal: http://bit.ly/ygJwyp 21.05.12 - Copenhagen, DK @ Lille Vega: http://bit.ly/zt87Aj 22.05.12 - Stockholm, SE @ Fasching: http://bit.ly/yHbyxO 23.05.12 - Oslo, NO @ Blå: http://bit.ly/z71Mxt 24.05.12 - Bergen, NO @ Garage: http://bit.ly/yHMVKO
Out Da Box TV is proud to bring you our 1st episode of the year featuring the truly talented DMV Emcee "yU" (of Diamond District). We caught up with yU at a recent NY show show. He took the time to speak on a range of topics relating to his life and music career including how he prefers to approach his music, connecting with his audience, being a parent/artist, working with Oddisee and more. He even spoke a bit on the growing DMV music scene. We had a great pleasure working with such a humble and talented emcee. yU's new album "The Earn" is now out on Mello Music Group and is also one of our favorite albums of 2011. When it comes to rhymes, flows, subject matter and beats, we believe this brother has the full package. He delivers well in all areas and we wish him the best of success as his career continues to grow. If you got the bread, feel free to go cop his album on itunes. In the meantime, check out this insightful interview with the man himself.
Exclusive in-depth interview with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Paid Dues. In part 1 Macklemore talks to Nick Huff Barili about Seattle Hip Hop, early influences, how the "Gateways" program impacted his life, Lil Wayne, lean, substance abuse, otherside, how he and Ryan Lewis started working together, new album and much more.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Out Da Box TV is proud to bring you our final Artist Episode of last year featuring the successful indie Hip Hop group "Tanya Morgan". We caught up with group members' Donwill and Von Pea recently to speak briefly about their new EP "You & What Army" as well as some of the other interesting projects they've got on the way. They also took the time to speak on why original member "Ilyas" is not currently with the group but assured fans that they all are still cool. Amongst other things, the duo also spoke on what they learned best from their solo experiences and releasing individual projects. One of the topics that stood out particularly though, was the group's take on having "a steady day job" vs "maintaining an artist career". There are definitely some interesting moments in this interview, that I'm sure viewers will be pleased with. Please take the time to watch and share with others who you think would be interested. I had a wonderful time working with Tanya Morgan and certainly look forward to the upcoming releases they are preparing for 2012. In the meantime, feel free to check out their Free digital EP entitled "You & What Army" which should hold us down until later this year.
RBTV caught up with filmmaker ANDREW DOSUNMU at the 2011 Urbanworld Film Festival to discuss his project RESTLESS CITY. The Sundance Film Festival hit is the thrird film to be released by AFFRM, The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. It opens in theaters nationwide beginning April 27, 2012. Visit www.affrm.com for theaters and showtimes.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
A new documentary about the life of reggae legend Bob Marley is hitting theaters today 4/20 as stoners worldwide celebrate. But the film focuses less on Marleys love for smoking ganja and more on the man behind the music including never before seen footage of Marley's early years growing up in Trenchtown, JA and his final days being treated for skin cancer in Germany. The documentary was directed by Oscar winner Kevin MacDonald (Last King of Scotland) and executive produced by Marley's eldest son Ziggy. We sat down with some of Marley's children and some of his many celebrity fans during the films junket and premiere to talk about the importance of the film and the impact Marley had on so many peoples live.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Out Da Box TV is extremely proud to bring you a special new interview with the unique and talented NY Emcee "Roc Marciano". After pursuing an interview with Roc for almost 2 years, we finally got the chance to speak with him, during his recent visit back to his hometown of NY. We captured quite a bit of interesting convo with Roc about his neighborhood upbringing, his music career, writing process, his love for the old NY and much more. This interview was so extensive that I actually had to split it into 2 parts. In this first part, Roc speaks more in detail about his creative writing approach and how growing up in NY helped to shape his sound. He also speaks on his successful solo album "Marcberg" and what inspired the creativity behind the project. Without a doubt, Roc is one of our favorite Emcees in hip hop today! So it was extremely a pleasure and an honor to build with the man himself. Please take the time to view this truly in-depth interview piece on the creative Hempstead, Long Island Emcee.
The legendary Queens rapper clears up an earlier incident where he called into Power 105.1 to identify Havoc's voice on an audio recording of him accusing fellow Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy of being gay. Really I don't care if he's gay or not but I must a admit he seems pretty guilty. Him trying to laugh it off like it doesn't mean anything to him is a joke. Because he is from the Era where anyone "Gay" would be done career wise. But like I said its not my business and even if he was it wouldn't take away from his skill he bring to the mic. I wish somebody just do a Kanye and just say fuck it..."I'm Gay and what...?
The next battle from CIA features the first two females to ever step foot on the KOTD Elite stage. Looney Divine repping the West Coast is looking to make an impact on the KOTD scene against MidWest's Young Gattas. Gattas is known for her hard hitting punchlines and clever wordplay and is set to deliver both in this battle. This was a massacre in my opinion Young G really got in that ass. What do you think?
Thursday, April 19, 2012
As the urban scene is dominated by male artists the debaters got together to figure out whether or not females artists need a male co-sign in order to succeed. The following are a few questions the debaters were faced with: - Do females need a male co-sign? - Do people pay more attention to referrals from influential figures? - Who co-signed Ms. Dynamite? - Can female artists co-sign a male?
Director, Mario Van Peebles talked about his opinion on current Black directors and Black films. His fathers story has an amazing story of how he got started one of the best stories I've ever heard reminded me of The Pursuit Of Happiness.
DJ Skee sits down with Warren G. for one of his first interviews after the passing of the late Nate Dogg. Warren G. talks about what Nate Dogg meant to Hip Hop and music, his tribute record for Nate titled "This Is Dedicated To You" ft. Latoya Williams & the release of his & Nate Dogg's EP out last summer.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
TIS catches up with rapper & activist Immortal Technique as he talks about humans being distracted, the killing of Trayvon Martin, Kony 2012, an end of the world scenario, aliens, and digs deep into the Illuminati. Plus more...
Mark my words if this has a great turn out I can see major corporations doing this for artist like Elvis, Michael Jackson, or even Jimmy Hendrix. There is a way they can make money off of this and I do believe people will pay top dollar to see their favorite artist "Live" in hologram form. Think about it...fanatics would go CRAZY at a hologram Michael Jackson...
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
It really pisses me off that emcees, producers, dj's etc...in the underground that don't get paid for all the efforts they put int to building this thing we call HipHop. This is the reason UnsungHipHop.Com was create to shine light on those who choose not to be apart of the corporate machine and remain independent.
For the first battle out of the West for the 2012 Grand Prix we have St. Catharines native edWORDS taking on Adamantium from Edmonton. edWORDS is a KOTD vet looking to re-establish himself and go for the chain, while fast riser Adamantium looks to keep up his momentum and make his own run for the title. Who will come out with the win?
Monday, April 16, 2012
The worlds most respected MC Battle Arena drops another classic match up between Harlem's Charlie Clips and Highland Park, Michigan's X-Factor. These are two of the best battle MC's in the world and both of them show up on the highest level in this high paced action packed battle.
Have you noticed they are trying to get every other major star for tax fraud or evasion lately? It appears the government is really combing through a lot records in order to try to catch someone slipping on their taxes. SMH....
In this Interview with Montreality, Fred The Godson speaks about: - His story - The type of student he was at school - Jobs he's had as a teenager growing up - The key to success - What he would call his book, if he were to write one - What he has in his pockets - A memorable tour story - Music he's been listening to - Artists & producers he'd like to collaborate with - His tattoos & the story behind them - What keeps him motivated
This is image is both amazing and spooky at the same time, I can't even imagine how snoop felt on stage having to perform with the real Tupac. I would like to see O.D.B. in hologram too or maybe even Left Eye Lopez...why stop here. I'm sure this cost a lot of money for these few minutes memory lane.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Making beats 101 I remember I used to make beats back in 2002 on my Playstation 2 using MTv Music Generator feat. Funk Master Flex. Those were the good ol' days I used to sell those beats for 65.00 a track and no one knew I was using my PS2. Until one day an artist wanted to come by my house, so I had to reveal my secrets. That artist and I became partners he goes by the name Chuck "The Mad OX". Shout our to Femi The Dri Fish.
SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a feature length performance documentary film about the runaway juggernaut that is Rap music. At the wheel of this unstoppable beast is the film's director and interviewer Ice-T. Ice-T takes us on a deeply personal journey to uncover how this music of the street has grown to dominate the world. Along the way Ice-T meets some of the remarkable superstars of Rap, from Eminem to Dr Dre, to Snoop Dogg and Kanye West. He exposes the roots and history of Rap and then, through meeting most of it's most famous protagonists studies the living mechanism of the music to reveal The Art Of Rap. This film features unique performances from it's entire cast and does not use any archive material.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Out Da Box TV presents a special new interview with Harlem's intelligently outspoken and passionate Emcee "Immortal Technique". We caught up with Tech, recently at a show here in NY, where he was gracious enough to provide us with a very insightful interview. Tech took the time to speak on a set of topics including his recent humbling experience visiting Haiti and seeing the conditions of the people. He also shared solutions that people of the U.S. could use to strengthen themselves in this currently struggling economy, and gave some advice on helping to strengthen the minds of our youth as well. He concluded the interview with some worthyl details on his anticipated, upcoming album "The Middle Passage", which hopefully will be released before the end of the year. It was indeed a great pleasure buildin' with one of the most honest and politically aware artists in music today.
Its Westwood's 1Xtra Ladies Night with - Ny, NoLay, Lady Chann, Lady Leshurr, Lioness, Princess Nyah & Alex Mills. These ladies puts in down on this freestyle. I cam barely make up what they are saying but its sounds dope never the less.
Friday, April 13, 2012
PART 1 OF A 5 PART SESSION. BUSTA TAKES US ON A FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE HE HAS WITH JAY -Z CONCERNING BEATZ BY SHONDRAE "BANGLADESH" CRAWFORD. HE ALSO REVEALS HOW HE BECAME INSPIRED TO DO HIS NEXT SINGLE "I GOT BASS" ALSO PRODUCED BY BANGLADESH. TUNE IN DAILY FOR MORE OF THIS AND OTHER EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE. AVAILABLE ONLY ON BANGLADESH TV.
Exclusive in-depth interview with Mac Miller at Paid Dues. In part 2 Mac shares the story of how he got a verse from Lil Wayne for his favorite song off the Macadelic mix tape titled The Question? Mac said that he was surprised by how fast Wayne got the verse back to him after Mac had sent him the track, even faster than Kendrick Lamar whom he had also sent a track to and whom he talks to on a more regular basis. As the interview continues Nick asks Mac about several quotes Mac has recently posted on Twitter from fans concerned that he has changed and is addicted to Cocaine. Mac address the rumors and says that he is NOT addicted to any drugs! Mac concludes the interview by talking about his sophomore album and then projects he wants to put out before it.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Krs One talks about the similarities between his and 50 Cent's early careers and whether 50 should change his approach. Imagine that...50 cent being similar to K.R.S. One who would have thought could be so. Even though I'm not a big 50 fan I do respect him as a businessman he's truly a intelligent guy.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
For the first battle released from the inaugural King Of The Dot Fresh Coast event, CIA (Cali Is Active), we have Fresh Coast vet Pass back for his second KOTD battle. He is taking on one of the founding members of S.O.N.S., Brixx Belvedere. While Brixx is known for his wordplay and punchlines, Pass is known for his personals and rhythmic flow which sets this clash up to be a classic.
ABC News is reporting Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32 were arrested at a house north of Tulsa around 2 a.m. Sunday morning and are expected to be charged with three counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill, according to officials. When will we wake up...!!!
How far can a Gay Hip Hop artist go? I'm gonna have to agree with him the first openly gay rapper will make a lot of money and be a hero to a lot of gay people? But with fame comes hate...he probably get hated on more than our first Black President. Imagine the security needed to protect him. Tell me what do you think..
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Jeezy shares his thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case, what he thinks should happen to George Zimmerman and how he thinks the public would react to the trial. He's right if the law doesn't handle this situation currently "Street Justice" will be unleashed on George Zimmerman...period!!
DJ Jazzy Jeff explains why he wanted to work with Mac Miller, the young rapper out of Pittsburgh who caught his attention with "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza", and talks about the tweet that started their mixtape collaboration. I was just as shocked as Jeff was when I heard Mac Miller rhyme. I hope he is able to remain independent to keep him making the music he wants and not be apart of the corporate machine.
The Rap Report is a weekly take on the world of hip hop from Esteban Serrano, a producer on Fuse's Hip Hop Shop. Check it out every Wednesday. This week: Esteban travels to Philadelphia to explore the city's immense impact on hip-hop. He speaks with Marc Byers and Ab Liva about the origins of gangsta rap and the countless MCs who call Philly home. He also puts you on to ICan another dope lyricist from Philly.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Dom Kennedy stops by the 90.5 KSJS station for an exclusive interview with Arman "Strong Arm" Mahmoudi, in this Fresh to Death exclusive presented by Open University. In the interview Dom Kennedy discusses performing in the Bay Area, the recording process behind From the Westside with Love 2, and his future collaborations. *This footage was taken on the W$GT$ tour in November 2011. Catch Dom Kennedy on Tour right now on the This is Dom Kennedy tour and look out for The Yellow Album dropping soon. Live performance filmed at the Avalon in Santa Clara, CA. (Event by Ineffable Music Group)
He's right about Rza that dude is real particular who he works with and it says alot about you if you choose to work with you. I always felt like N.O.R.E. never really got he proper respects, I'm glad to see he is still one his grind. What HipHop artist you feel never got his "Shine" on?
Trayvon Martin Tribute Behind the Scenes Featuring: Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) x Dead Prez x mikeflo Because if he were white he'd still be alive. I never understood why people act like racism dosen't exist. The only people who say that are racist. Remember slot of people in the US will not speak out agaist racism because their friends and family are racist. They just try to make excuses, because if racist are bad people that means their dad, mom, uncle, brother....are ignorant people.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Printmatic takes you behind the scenes on the making of his newest video. He speaks about his beginnings and how he quit drinking before he was able to be truly creative with his writing. Definitely one of the best new lyricist out there in the game.
Out Da Box TV is proud to bring you a special new interview with Compton, L.A. Emcee "Kendrick Lamar". Fresh off the release of his "Section 80" album, we spoke with Kendrick when he visited NYC last month. To us, he really brings a breath of fresh air to the hip hop scene and we were grateful to have a conversation with him. In this interview Kendrick spoke primarily on the greater purpose of his music. He touched on topics such as his subject matter and lyrical approach, fulfilling his purpose outside of the music, giving back to the community, and much more. It was a great pleasure buildin' with someone we believe will have a longevity effect in the music biz. Kendrick has a unique emcee presence and a humble vibe that will take him a long way. We wish this brother much success.
Thisis50 recently spoke with Big K.R.I.T. for an exclusive interview. He talks about growing up, being humble, meaning behind his name, how he feels about XXL's Freshman cover, what got him started with music, never imagined being signed to Def Jam & much more!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The famed rapper details his thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case, the impact on our culture and what he thinks should result from the incident. I can't wait to listen to this free Cd I must admit I'm not a fan of David Banner but I do respect and like him as a man that speaks his mind. I'll keep you posted on this matter... Are you a fan of southern rappers?
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Jasiri X tells the heartbreaking story of Trayvon Martin, a unarmed 17 yr old boy, who was shot and killed by Neighborhood Block Captain George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. George Zimmerman has to this date never been arrested or charged for the Murder of Trayvon. "Trayvon" was directed by Paradise Gray and co directed and engineered by Mirage
State Property's Beanie Sigel inks a distribution deal with EMI and Chris Schwartz. I'm glad to see Beanie still do is thing I hope with this second opportunity he really show us what we've been missing. Beanie reminds me of DMX a serious soldier who came into the game not for the money but for the love of what he does and his peoples. Then realize his so called peoples didn't have the same love for them. Do you think this is a good move for his career?
Monday, April 2, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Out Da Box TV is proud to bring you a very special episode featuring Washington D.C.'s acclaimed Producer/Emcee "ODDISEE". We got a chance to sit with Oddisee recently at his NY home, and he shared some truly interesting information about his outlook on life and music career. In this episode, which is the 1st of a 2 part series, Oddisee speaks on a number of topics including how he got his start in music, being a leader in the D.C./DMV music scene, what he strives to achieve with each rhyme, and what matters to him most in his life. He even gives some interesting insight on ways we can make progress despite the current state of our economy. This Interview turned out to be so extensive, that I actually had to split it into two parts. Next week I will release Part 2, which will delve more in to Oddisee's technical music approach and explain more about his successful record label "Mello Music Group". We also captured some really cool footage of Oddisee working in his home recording studio. This guy is the truth representing the DMV with mad integrity and respect.