Ab-Soul is another Emcee part of that "Black Hippie" along with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q who are the lead Emcees at Top Dog Entertainment/Interscope. This is one of my favorite songs by Ab-Soul, not only is he showing off his lyrical skills but he's also delivering a powerful message. I'm sure most people will not be able to figure out what that is. Listen to the track below and tell us what you think.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Director Jay Brown help bring the lyrics of "How To Kill God" alive, it captures some of the fallen bastions of America. Ras Kass spits brutal bars that harken back to "Nature of the Threat" from his original classic "Soul On Ice."
Meanwhile Apollo Brown delivers soul stirring boom bap at it's best for Ras to lay question after question, and bar after bar of articulate insight into historical facts too often ignored. Don't let the title fool you, it's not Ras & Apollo killing God, it's them exposing the hypocrites standing behind empty dogma.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Out Da Box TV brings you their latest interview with producer Apollo Brown and accomplished west coast emcee Ras Kass. Ras goes into detail about their recent collabo LP “Blasphemy” They also spoke on how they came together for the project, the deeper meaning behind the song title “How To Kill God?”, and their thoughts on young artists like Joey Bada$$, Kendrick & Ab-Soul, keeping true lyricism alive. Feel free to pick up their latest “Blasphemy” Album out now on Mello Music Group, certainly a great piece of HipHop material here.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Kavisuals for "Peace Akhi" off his album The Night’s Gambit His lyrical skills and messages can't be touched by most Emcees they way he mixes spoken work with rap is brilliant. In other words this guy is a beast , it's a shame artist don't get paid on how much talent they have. There wouldn't be many rappers in the game, your favorite rapper probably would be working at Wal-Mart. Check out the video below and tell us what you think.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
I must say David Banner has evolved into a conscious lyrical beast. I wasn't originally a fan but that has changed, since his return to HipHop. David Banner is now one of my top 15 artist of all time, I believe if you ain't talkin' about something of substance, you're garbage. Don't take my word for it, sit back and watch Sway and David Banner talk about their ideologies for uplifting the black community.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Homeboy Sandman, was raised in Queens NY. Academic stints in New Hampshire, Philadelphia, London and Long Island. One semester short on two different graduate degrees. A couple of years of NYC Public School teaching thrown in there in between. 9th and 10th grades. Some bartending too, at the legendary Lennox Lounge in Harlem. That's where Shaft used to drink.
December 2006 he decides to cut all that miscellaneous nonsense and follow his passion. His first album came the following year.
Before signing to Stones Throw he'd already been chosen as a coach on MTV's MADE, featured in preeminent print hip-hop rags XXL and The Source, and perpetually championed on foremost online hubs. And since the signing, his accolades have extended beyond the realm of the hip hop specific. Rolling Stone has noted his "skill for wordplay that keeps you hooked." NPR has highlighted his "artful, hysterical, disobedient HipHop that you can dance to." Pitchfork has straightforwardly dubbed him "one of the best pure lyricists around." This is why we need to support real artist they are the foundation of HipHop.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The big homie J-Live new visual for two tracks off his latest LP “Around The Sun”. Check out the joint below, produced by Korede. Don't forget to support your local artist, this is how we help keep real HipHop alive.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
As 2014 comes to a close and the number of indie "rappers" increases, Devine Carama decided to drop some gems for upcoming rappers. He remakes Biggie's classic "10 Crack Commandments" with his own version entitled "10 Blog Commandments". This serves as a do's & don't's tutorial for Emcees submitting their music to HipHop blogs & websites! This track was inspired by the late great HipHop proprietor Patrick McNease aka Praverb The Wyse.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
This song is the first single from Trenton, New Jersey's own Rell Gambino's Black Sheep LP 2 set to drop sometime in 2015 by Namebrand Entertainment and UKFWT.
"As a Artist, I feel like its our duty as influences of our generation to take the time to touch on current events in the media if they arouse our artistic interest. Needless to say i know a lot of other artist have touched on this subject leading up to and following the verdict of Mike Brown in the Ferguson trial. Here is my take on the matter. Shoutout to the police officers and government officials of the world who truly value and honor the idea of Liberty and Justice.
This song is not for you.. " - Rell Gambino
Monday, December 15, 2014
Only a couple weeks after releasing "One Night in Amsterdam" with The Weeknd, Dashius Clay continues his onslaught of winter releases with the official video to "Passion No Patience". Backed by the music of EDM producer P. Morris "Lunette (Incomplete)", Dashius delivers another trap-based bomb for the masses.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Legendary rapper and urban activist Immortal Technique shares his thoughts on Kanye's "New Slaves" track, and questions the motive behind the song, considering Kanye's celebrity status. He also speaks about his meaning of the word "slave," and how he interpreted the message of the song. And as always Immortal speaks the truth in a way only he knows how.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Rav. P just dropped this old unreleased self produced track featuring some cuts from Nas on the hook "Even my shadows jealous my skin is mad at my flesh, my flesh hates my own bones, my brain hates the heart..." Rav is currently gearing up for a self produced EP top of next year called Maschine-n-Me.
Friday, December 12, 2014
With emotions running high in light of the most recent injustice in America, Rav.P decided to take his frustrations out on this Freddie Gibbs/Madlib beat.
"First movie ever made was a birth of a nation, that's what started all this black vs white placating..." - Rav. P
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Hailing from the city of Baltimore Macabeats , a New York city native moved to bmore as a teenager. There he would hone his skills as a emcee seeing his fellow Staten Island natives the Wu tang Clan blow up and take over the game was part of his motivation to pursue a career in the music business . After years of rhyming the artist formerly known as Macabee changed his name to Macabeats in 2006 when he started producing.
Cool FD is a French HipHop producer and radio personality. He truly embraces the lifestyle of being an independent artist which can be a blessing and a curse.
"I’m here to share knowledge, to help artists I work with to get the exposure they deserve, and to build my own legend" - Cool FD
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
St. Louis based duo Jah Orah & KD Assassin present the Jah Orah/Baldhead directed video for "Used To be". DJ Reminise produced their new album featuring Aceyalone, Tef Poe, Bo Dean, MC923, Black Spade and Dharma Jean. They also got production from Josef Leimberg (Mikah Nine), InStrumenTaL, 44Degreez, Pop dDub, Tony Baines, Baby Paul and Akili. A Los Angeles native and Project Blowed graduate, Jah Orah was a newcomer to St. Louis when a chance meeting with KD at an STL event led them to the studio, then to a musical partnership. KD has toured with Cappadonna and has opened for Rakim and DMX, and Orah has performed alongside Aceyalone, Medusa, X-Clan, Public Enemy, Wise Intelligent and Damian Marley. "The meaning of 'Used To Be' to me is transition from brainwashed mentality to finally waking up," says KD, while Orah says "it's just a song explaining my growth and the things I've seen growing up from Bobby to Jah Orah."
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Hugh Augustine is an Independent Emcee representing STACHEBOXKINGS and the Hills of South Central LA. He uses his gift of writing, mixed with rich big city experiences to paint pictures in the form of his own version of HipHop. With the visuals for "7 Days A Week", Hugh takes you on a lyrical journey highlighting his experience as a Los Angeles native, while the visual shows you exactly what can happen on any given day in his neighborhood. Hugh has shared the stage with artists such as , KRS-One, Pete Rock, G-Eazy, Jay305, and People Under The Stairs, Casey Veggies, Skeme, Buddy, Audio Push, Rome Fortune, Niko G4, Azizi Gibson, Little Simz, as well as frequent collaborator Warm Brew(Dom Kennedy's newest OPM signees). Hugh is currently working on his upcoming project Massimo CIabatta, which can be expected sometime in 2015.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Pomona, CA artist 60 East (First Dirt) has dropped this powerful and profound visual for his new single "Andy's Song". Having lost a close friend as a result of police brutality, 60 East touches upon this and other issues that affect many lives in many ways on a daily basis.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Fresh off his previous album Eternity’s of Tomorrow, Harlem’s own Cliff Po now known simply as "Pharaoh Po" keeps things moving on his upcoming iLLMAZIN mixtape. He decided to do his rendition with Rick Ross's “Pirates”, for a freestyle he dedicates to The Five Percent Nation of Gods & Earths which Cliff is a member of, the song also features Jersey's own Avarex.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Chames pays homage to the life of Mike Brown, as well as the legendary Nas song "I Gave You Power." It adds a new perspective to that fateful day when Mike Brown was gunned down by a Ferguson police officer. Until we learn to value our on lives "They" will never value us...Real Talk.
Friday, December 5, 2014
"Hand Em Up" is Phaçade's call to revolution. Not a political revolution however, but a revolution of the mind. This kind of HipHop feels more like a PR complain for black power and cultural equality done in non Public Enemy kind of way, courtesy of MagicXBeats. I'm all for pushing positive images to help break down the stereotypes and white supremacy.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
T.D.E’s first lady SZA drops a mellow soulful groovy new track with the truly talented Bass guitarist Thundercat on the track. This joint right here is beyond dope not to mention the artist herself who's name was inspired by Wu Tang's own The RZA. Imagine that....at 24 she's already making REal soul music no nudity or sexual undertones needed. Need I say more...
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Ghostface Killah is always on his grind, releasing mad tracks every month. Never since the release of "Supreme Clientele" have I've been so excited for a Ghostface album, “36 Seasons” LP set to drop on December 9th and I will be ready.
Monday, December 1, 2014
So the word on the street is that “Tuxedo” is the collaboration of Producer Jake One and vocalist Mayer Hawthorne. Don't quote me on that I'm just repeating what I heard from our "Research Departmen". But either way I couldn't resist this groovy little song here and I thought the world should check it out. “Do It” is off their FreEP