Thursday, March 31, 2016

Gone Wallace - "CULTure" (Prod by AVID iLL) - {Audio}

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Philadelphia native, Gone Wallace, releases another addition to his 'Expansion Pack' with 'CULTure.' Gone uses the AVID iLL produced soundscape to express his innermost feelings towards the culture as a whole.  Gone uses a stream of consciousness-like style to voice his belief on what it means to be a part of a CULTure.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Duck Down Presents: Verse Unheard Featuring "Dymez-A-Duzin" - (Video)

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Dymez-A-Duzin spits his favorite unreleased verse. The track is titled "The Rawest" and will be featured on his upcoming mixtape.  Real HipHop is making a serious comeback with talent like this.  Video by Shane Gill & Guy Blelloch for Duck Down Visuals.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Jean Claude BMOC - "Grow Up" - {Video}

Currently prepping the release of his upcoming project "Bad Decisions", Rochester, NY artist Jean Claude BMOC drops off another visual. Following the release of “Bad Decisions“, new single “Thirsty” takes a spin off the BMOC (Big Man On Campus) moniker. But I'm such a fan of this debut single I decided to feature this track instead since it brings back memories. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Shane Romero - "The Gentlemen's Movement" - {Official Video}

His name is Shane Romero and he's a worldwide touring artist/poet from Brooklyn, NY. With spoken word being the foundation of HipHop he's hoping to take HipHop back to it's roots. His latest video “The Gentlemen’s Movement" was produced by Russell Simmons and used for his clothing line Argyleculture. With a smooth melodic HipHop/Jazz beat, strong pen game, and strong visuals this piece details the change of the “Urban Graduate” going from the streets to entrepreneurs. 


Sunday, March 27, 2016

D.A.T.A. - "Angry Man" - {Audio}

D.A.T.A. consists of two trailblazing artists hailing from North Carolina. Pure (born in Greensboro, North Carolina) is an American rapper who became recognized for his lyrical contributions to the HipHop groups Supreme Team and F.R.A.T. House throughout the 2000s. 

Ginx (born in Greensboro, North Carolina) is also an American rapper/producer who developed a reputation for producing some of the hottest records out of NC under the moniker Bellz. When not producing beats, Ginx also showed his lyrical talents under the groups Ground Zero and F.R.A.T 

House throughout the 2000s. Pure and Ginx have a longstanding relationship creating eclectic music in NC and decided to come together to form the group D.A.T.A. (Document And The Architect). Together they are creating some of the most groundbreaking HipHop hybrids to feature in the highly competitive HipHop genre. 


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Political Animals - "Who Want What" - {Official Video}

Political Animals’ new video for “Who Want What” is what happens when you take the key elements of any work of art the music and completely flip them on their head. That’s due to the handiwork of director Shane McLellan, who has previously worked work with Ceschi, I.N.F., as well as the PACT (Political Animals). Here, he captures the New Haven, Conn. four-piece’s genre-bending approach and applies it to film for something reminiscent of the Beastie Boys’ most influential videos.


Friday, March 25, 2016

Iko The Rainman - "The Road to Alexandria" LP - {Audio}

Iko The Rainman, also known as Conan Edogawa "Rap Detective, The Last Time Mage", is an American Brazilian HipHop artist and comedian from Boca Raton Florida
He is the lead member and creator of Operation 5:AM (also known as OP5TV), a HipHop and comedy collective he started when he was 12. 

Rainman is known for his odd blend of pop-culture references, comic books and video game themed lyrics that is all blended with an unusual style of hip-hop and technical song writing. 
Conan Edogawa is also a brilliant comedian and writer in his own rights, hosting his own podcast called "Regular Podcast", Iko handles all the visual aspects, script writing and lead musical production for the OP5 collective.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bigg K Freestyles For Team BackPack - {Video}

Bigg K is one of my favorite battle rappers, I just had to showcase his skills in this dope azz freestyle.  Most battle rappers are not able to cross over into rap outside of the arena but that's not the case with Big K, he's the truth.



Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest) Has Died At The Age Of 45

One of the best lyricist in HipHop has moved on to join the ancestors today.  Best know as Phife Dawg the "5 Footer", Malik Isaac Taylor was 45 just years old.  He's been fighting with diabetes most of his life, though it is not confirmed but that might have contributed to his death.  Instead of making this a sad day, we decided to play one of his last recordings honoring J Dilla.  Rest In Power God....peace!!




Tuesday, March 22, 2016

ReLL Gambino - "Willing" (EP) - {Audio}

There are not many young rappers today that spit bars that makes any real sense, especially to me.  ReLL is definitely not one who follows the trend of the time.  Artist like Tech N9ne is living proof that you can be a millionaire in HipHop without going mainstream and without selling your soul.  ReLL Gambino is on his way to true longevity and greatness. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Knowledge - "Settle Down" - {Audio}

Knowledge has been rapping since the age of 13 (now 18) he's ready take on the "Golden Era" of HipHop style of rap. He's currently a senior year in high school and plans on pursuing his music career full-time after graduation. He dropped a Mixtape called "Nostalgic C.I.T.Y." last year which was an excellent testament to his talents.

Friday, March 18, 2016

DJ-V - "Maniac 4: Revenge" (Mixtape) - {Audio}

Many rappers have multiple styles now a days, different flows with a different experimentation of how they rap and create music. Dj-V on the other hand... well... he really doesn't try to follow those guidelines and trends that the mainstream displays everyday. The 21 year old gives you his project "MANIAC 4:REVENGE" is a television-horror movie inspired Mixtape that features six tracks that string together like scenes in a film. This was a much needed breath of fresh air, a truly authentic artist showing amazing creativity with lyrical flow. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Devine Carama - "Only We Know" (Prod by Jet Taylor) - {Audio}

After Devine's month long 500 Bars to Glorious freestyle series, he started his journey towards "The Glorious BIG" EP by releasing the first single "Only We Know". Lexington, KY beat maker Jet Taylor produced the entire project. The dark yet soulful backdrop plays perfectly behind my storytelling approach on the projects first single. 


Monday, March 14, 2016

Truth - "How It's Supposed 2 Be" (Prod by Psycho Les) - {Video}

Third video off Truth's debut album and ughh.com's #1 CD best seller "From Ashes To Kingdom Come", prod. by Psycho Les (of The Beatnuts). Album entirely recorded and mixed by PF Cuttin. Features and production by Sean Price, O.C., AG, Da Beatminerz, PF Cuttin, DJ JS-1, JK1 The Supernova, DJ Doom, Psycho Les, The Barbarian, and Red E.
Available worldwide now (CD/2LP/cassette/digital) on Ill Adrenaline Records. Distribution by Fat Beats and Foundation Media.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

HD100 - "You" (Prod by Wun Two) - {Audio}

Today I wanted to shine the light on local Emcee from my neck of the woods in the DMV.  It's ashamed we are not on the HipHop radar for the kind of music HD100 puts out. With a dope beat produced by Wun Two and HD100 on the mic, REal HipHop still lives in the DMV.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Ensemble Mik Nawooj - "C.R.E.A.M." (Wu-Tang Cover) - {Video}

Led by composer/pianist JooWan KimEnsemble Mik Nawooj, the 10 ten-piece HipHop orchestra with Emcees/lyricists Do D.A.T. and Sandman, a soprano, winds, strings, funky drums, and piano, injects classical compositional techniques to the most inspirational genre of music, HipHop, you can't go wrong. 
The result, “proves HipHop is a complex art form” (Sac Bee) and has been “dropping jaws left and right with its mix of seemingly un-mixable genres (OZY).
Most recently ESPN has commissioned EMN to reimagine “California Soul” for the network’s 2016 NFL Super Bowl programming. EMN has been featured on Wall Street Journal, NPR, SF and Chronicle, not bad for a band of scrappy young artists coming out of Oakland.



Friday, March 11, 2016

Baegod - "Carried Away" (Prod By Sbvce) - {Audio}

Baegod releases this soulful, wavy, HipHop inspired record called "Carried Away" from her upcoming (with no name as of yet) EP.  The project finds her taking a rest from all of the Vampin and Bedroomtrap'n she did this fall, and bringing it back to the sounds that started her and producer Sbvce's musical partnership.  The duo can flawlessly jump from grimy trap production to Dilla inspired Soul / Funk without skipping a beat.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Bo Dean - "All My" (Ft. Sal Calhoun) - {Audio}

The Midwest rapper Jeffrey Terrell Dean affectionately known as Bo Dean, hails from Hazelwood Mo. The St. Louis rapper is building and influential music industry insiders including, Crooked I from Slaughterhouse, Freeway from Roc-A-Fella and Project Pat of Three 6 Mafia are just of few who are sitting up and taking notice. Bo Dean is continuing on his road to success with his signature fro in tow,entering mainstream with his upcoming 2016 releases, Fromerica and Bo(eau) Squared.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Rahim Samad - "Strut" - {Audio}

Tampa, Florida Emcee, Rahim Samad, teams up with Joey Bada$$/Pro Era beatmaker, Chuck Strangers to deliver a hard hitting, dusty banger called "Strut". From the upcoming Rahim Samad EP  "Supreme 7", which features production from Ski Beatz, Phil Chronics, and Chuck Strangers.  Just when I think the younger generation of Emcees are letting HipHop down, artist like Rahim show up and crush that theory.



Sunday, March 6, 2016

KJ Golden - "Melanin" (Ft. Alora Chyrie) - {Audio}

Ever wanted to encourage women of color? Well KJ Golden's "Melanin" is definitely a track to uplift women of different skin tones all over the world.  Before Beyonce decided she wanted to jump on the "Black Power" movement,  sista's like KJ has been carrying the torch for a long time.  I say it all the time, "We need more Lauryn Hills and less Bad Bit$hes in the world" - Ras Vader


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Zaze - "Only God" - {Official Video}

Never one to hold his tongue Zaze let's people know what he thinks of there opinions of him. 
Not caring for the acceptance of others is what he clearly goes through on the first video of the album.  This is the first video off of Zaze's LP "The World As I See It", it pretty straight forward.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Chisom Uzosike - "This One Chick" - {Official Video}

Fresh off the release of his eye-catching debut music video, @AfricanChisom delivers the self-produced "Africa Get Money" -- a lively, Rap-meets-Afrobeat anthem. The Detroit-based Emcee/producer shows off his Nigerian roots and the new wave of African culture in America

"Africa Get Money" is a call to celebration: an ode to prosperity and enjoyment, for anyone down to partake. "Yeah, they birthed me here, but I rep home / Plan to stunt hard next time I get home," Chisom raps. The newly-minted 23-year-old makes sure to show love to West Africa; he shouts out everything from Kente loafers & jollof rice, to stylish, Ankara print-clad ladies. 



Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Atlanta's Own ILLClinton Unveil Their 14-Song Masterpiece "ILLCLINTON ERA" - {Audio}

The brothers of ILLClinton are back with an epic new full length LP, "ILLClinton Era", that is a joyous, pleasurable listening experience from beginning to end. 
This is definitely an album worth the listen. Sitting at 14 tracks, "ILLClinton Era" rides from start to finish, the beautiful result of a two year, self-imposed hiatus and immense growth as musicians during that time. The perfect blend of HipHop, soul, big instrumentation, boom bap, Atlanta trap, lyricism, and soothing vocals.

The group's artist and younger brother, Brennan, effortlessly switches between rapping and singing throughout the entire project. Previously, known as more of an Emcee than singer, Brennan goes through all but one track with no features, mixing mind-blowing wordplay and cadences with memorable hooks, melodies, and an authentic voice. 
The older of the two, Blake Belair, is the man behind the boards as the producer of the album, landscaping a refreshing, yet nostalgic backdrop to set every mood needed to match Brennan's dialogue.  The tempo and bounce of the project is very upbeat, and the production is versatile and genre bending, causing a quick, smooth ride that ends faster than expected, but will make you listen again and again. 
Standout tracks include: "Never Change Up", "Blue Hundreds", "Good/Yeah Yeah Yeah", "Glorious", and many more!
After all, as Brennan sings on the intro and outro, ILLClinton wants you to "Never Forget This Mixtape". 


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Gone Wallace - "Of The Essence" LP - {Audio}

The latest album from Philadelphia artist, Gone Wallace. "Of The Essence" is his third studio album and the follow up to last year's "HAVEN". He's one of HipHop's young artist that raps about REal substance, which is rare in our industry.