Unfortunate but true, absentee fathers have been a point of reference for countless hip-hop songs over the years. For Clear Label Records rapper Esinchill, though, who is celebrating the release of his sophomore album, Vigilante, an album that features the likes of Mistah F.A.B., Casual, Dave Hollister, and more, the focus is somewhat different. With his latest single, the Jake One-produced “Daddy Was A Sailorman,” the Oakland emcee is instead shedding light on the other side of the story; the father who has put aside his own goals to focus on parenthood.
“Daddy Was A Sailorman” is a conceptual song that tells the story of a son and father who meet during a dream and begin to discuss the different life choices the father made and how those choices impacted their lives. “The inspiration for the song comes from me always admiring my dad and his willingness to put his own dreams and aspirations to the side and be accountable to the family he chose to start,” says Esinchill, who also notes Edo G & The Bulldog’s “Be A Father To Your Son” as an influence for his own song. Speaking to his father, 17 years old in the song, he talks about how “these Marshall, Texas walls are closing in” and instead of pursuing his passions or school, he joins the Navy. Accompanied by Jake One’s mellow production and a soulful hook sung by Esinchill’s father himself, he portrays a man confronted with a variety conflicts, including the decision to have kids. “It’s one of many truths that you’ll find on Vigilante,” says Esinchill, “and they should be explored and discussed.”
Download “Daddy Was A Sailorman” for free here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Esinchill-Daddy_Was_A_Sailorman_Prod_Jake_One.mp3
Only a year ago in Washington D.C. DJ Dave Nada slowed down the track “Moombah” by DJ Chuckie & Silva Cuomo to 108 beats per minute. This alteration began to “sound like Reggaeton’s weird little cousin,” says fellow genre pioneer Cam Jus. Nada slammed the two words, Moombah and Reggaeton, together and a new genre was born. Moombahton, says track producer Cam Jus, is “mid-tempo global bass music for the universe. It’s a sonic marriage of electronic dance music (House, Techno, and dubstep) with Latin/Island music.” The Cam Just remix for Kokayi’s “Chanticleer,” one of the most lauded singles from his recent album, Robots & Dinosaurs, incorporates all the elements mentioned. The opening synth part even features 8-bit sounds while the reversed keyboard sets the tone for the remixed track. For Kokayi, a DC native himself who actually first heard about the genre last year while at a hotel in France, branching out into new and innovative genres is key. “Innovation, being the key tenet of hip-hop music, has always inspired,” explains Kokayi, “which results in me trying to incorporate new sounds and styles it into what I do, filtered through my own circumstances.”
Download Kokayi’s “Chanticleer (Cam Jus Remix)” here: :
Kokayi’s new album, Robots & Dinosaurs, is available now via QN5.
New female DJ Ohso was approached, by Director Dukey Dukez, to complete a surprise Birthday mixtape for local emcee Redway. It is a compilation of his work since 2005.
New release from Montreal’s finest Magnum, This is the first leak off the new project dropping soon. Visuals by Elon Skee.
Download Link for MP3: http://www.mediafire.com/?z391rli5r1i8r88
Chris Young The Rapper Teams Up With World Famous DJ’s Clinton Sparks and DJ Benzi on Value Pack 2 Mixtape
Bananabeat Records’ featured artist, Chris Young the Rapper releases his latest project, Value Pack 2: Cream & Sugar. Renowned producer, radio personality, and recording artist Clinton Sparks is hosting the release, which dropped on April 20th alongside Chris Young’s performance at Bananajam at The Roxy Theater in LA. DJ Benzi has also joined the team to create a fluid mixtape of Young’s new jams.
The second installment of the Value Pack Project is a slick blend of a variety of genres. Young’s distinctive styling ties everything together, effortlessly transitioning from the laid-back SoCal vibes of “Postin’ West Coastin’” into the dynamic, electronically driven, “Fancy Things.”
“This isn’t my year, this is my decade,” exclaims Young. After having worked with hip-hop heavyweights Del The Funky Homosapien, MC Wax, and DJ Skee, who presented Young’s 1991 EP, Value Pack 2 gives fans a glimpse of Young’s unique ability to smoothly assemble a range of material all on one record.
“While the cream is just pure classic hip-hop, leaving right off the 1991 time machine and leading us to the sugar, the sugar is electronica, the sugar is dubstep with samples of ‘The Little Mermaid’ and we even mixed a song from my debut album into the concoction,” said Young.
“Chris has come a long way since the ‘Mood Swing EP.’ I’m really excited about how much he has been able to accomplish in such a short time and Value Pack 2 is another great demonstration of his limitless potential as an artist,” said Cisco Adler, founder of Bananabeat Records.
Canadian Ape Alliance and Nova Music Group present Congo Classrooms for a Brighter Future – A Concert to Raise Funds for School Construction in the Democratic Republic of Congo
On Thursday May 19, 2011, Canadian Ape Alliance and Nova Music Group present Congo Classrooms for a Brighter Future, a concert to raise much-needed funds for further construction of the Kahuzi-Biega Environmental School in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This amazing event will feature performances and special guest appearances by some of Canada’s most talented artists and celebrities including Glenn Lewis, Justin Nozuka, Kardinal Offishall, Ivana Santilli, Slakah the Beatchild, Ayah, Art of Fresh, Saidah Baba Talibah, Melanie Durrant, Wade O. Brown and more!
As a result of the 6-year civil war, over 5.2 million children in the DR Congo receive no education. The Canadian Ape Alliance recognized a need and began laying the groundwork for the Kahuzi-Biega Environmental School in 2003. In Phase I, funded by the Youssef-Warren Foundation, three classrooms were built and opened in 2007 for kindergarten and early childhood education. Now, in order to allow these children to proceed to primary school, it is imperative that Phase II be launched.
“The Kahuzi-Biega Environmental School differs from other African schools because of the years of unrest in the region, but in spite of these difficult conditions the school has successfully been kept running. The people of this region face many other challenges as well including environmental degradation due to illegal mining and logging, roaming armed militias, burning of the forest for charcoal, and the challenge of basic subsistence. It is therefore vital to the long-term survival of the people of the region that the school not only be kept open but expand to help keep up with the needs of the community”, said Dr. Kerry Bowman, president and founder of the Canadian Ape Alliance.
“Its incredible to be able to come together with this group of talented artists who can share their God given gifts while helping to give the gift of education to children; something we here in Canada don’t have to worry about for our own children and can easily take for granted”, said Grammy Nominated and Juno Award winning R&B singer Glenn Lewis about his participation in the fundraiser.
Proceeds from Congo Classrooms for a Brighter Future will go directly to the Phase II construction of the Kahuzi-Biega Environmental School.
What: Congo Classrooms for a Brighter Future – A Fundraiser for School Construction in the DR Congo featuring performances by Glenn Lewis, Kardinal Offishall, Slakah the Beatchild, Art of Fresh, Melanie Durrant, Ayah, Saidah Baba Talibah, Ivana Santilli, Justin Nozuka, Wade O Brown and more
Where: Revival Bar, 783 College Street, Toronto, ON
When: Thursday May 19, 2011; Doors 8pm, Showtime 9pm
Advance tickets can be purchased for $20 at http://bit.ly/CongoClassrooms
For those of you who may have thought that “Time Machine” is the best track off of BIG K.R.I.T.’s recently released mix tape ReturnOf4Eva, and have yet to hear the album, will be amazed to discover how many tracks off the collection are on or above that level. On “King’s Blues,” K.R.I.T. drops a melancholy, mellow, and mud-thick beat full of dusty drum loops, heavily filtered guitar licks, late night sax bleats, and an Erykah Badu sample. A stoned jam about the burden of adult responsibility, “King’s Blues” is yet another example of why ReturnOf4Eva is one of the best rap albums, mix tapes or otherwise, of the year.
NEW TO THE JORDAN FAMILY IS THE JORDAN CMFT AIR MAX 10 BLACK (442087-001). THE CMFT AIR MAX HAS A MODIFIED AIR JORDAN X UPPER WITH AN AIR MAX 97-INSPIRED BOTTOM END. THIS NEW COLORWAY OF BLACK/NEUTRAL GREY-WHITE USES A TONAL BLACK UPPER AND A WHITE/GREY OUTSOLE WITH BLACK-GREY GRADIENT LACE-STRAPS.
DJ Cosm – Past, Present, Future (ft. Craig G and Moka Only) by urbnet
<a href=”http://djcosm.bandcamp.com/album/time-and-space” _mce_href=”http://djcosm.bandcamp.com/album/time-and-space”>Time and Space by Dj Cosm</a>
Luckybeard’s frenetic remix of A-Trak’s sunglasses-at-night anthem “Ray Ban Vision” takes the line, delivered in Cyhi Da Prynce’s casual croon, “I’m like Tom Cruise off of Top Gun” and manipulates it into an Alvin and the Chipmunks squeal, then loops the phrase again and again until it transforms from antagonizing repetition into a kind of hypnotic trance. The original song picks up briefly for about a minute in the middle, then fades out again abruptly to allow that retro proclamation to return once again, even more forceful and intense than before.
The wait is finally over and Major Pain 1.5 is finally here! This is a classic must have mixtape that the internet is already in a frenzy over from the mixtape messiah Chamillionaire. Download it now and enjoy all new exclusive music that you’ve been patiently waiting for. He’s back and hasn’t missed a beat and this mixtape will prove to you he’s ready to claim the throne again. Shout out to Chamillionaire!
Beast Van Productions presents Vancouver hip hop artist Kid Lithium’s new single “World 1-2″, feat fellow Vancouver emcee and crew member Fresh Logic.
Part hip hop history lesson, part hip hop braggadocio, in “World 1-2″ Kid Lithium and Fresh Logic take it to the next level.
Kid Lithium feat. Fresh Logic World 1-2 by kidlithium
Brooklyn rapper Rich Flyer teams up with Toronto’s twin rap duo A-Game to create a song we call, “Wake Up, Roll Up” This song will be featured on A-Game “Since 1988” mixtape dropping on May 30th 2011 as well as Rich Flyer‘s “The Self Portrait” mixtape coming out in May.
You can Download it Here for Free: http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/count/shane-eli-icdb/
The tape is hosted by Dj Skee and presented by Dj Booth (www.djbooth.net) and Flud Watches. It features Jason Caesar, Playboy Tre, Rittz, Ahmad and many others.
Kicking off a brand new mix series for clothing house & store location, KICKS HAWAII x Super Handsome Sound. It’s another multi-tempo mix by yours truly featuring music from Pusha T, Ghostface, Big Boi of Outkast, Slave, Dam Funk, Cameo, Talking Heads, Eli Escobar with Amanda Blank, and more great music folk. Download http://www.mediafire.com/?ngu107ibgf0mch7.
Odd Future spokesperson—and possibly the present day’s most notorious enfant terrible—Tyler, The Creator’s prominence has as much to do with his and his cohorts’ radically discordant and unfriendly approach to hip-hop and its sound. So the natural approach to a remix of a Tyler, The Creator track is to adopt an equally radical route. James Pants does exactly that, slowing down Tyler’s voice to a low, sluggish crawl, then draping it across a driving, cymbal-less drum beat. It’s almost like a crunk Public Image Ltd., until Pants tosses in a gossamer synth patch and sax loop, and suddenly we’re in Twin Peaks, where the introduction of cheese provides an odd opening of light in an otherwise haunted environment. Heavily fractured and experimental, Pants’ remix of “Seven” nonetheless exemplifies why he and Tyler are at the vanguard of contemporary pop.
“Sub Me In” – Via Linez feat. Theo 3
(Production by Phat Tony AKA BIG Tweeze)
FULL DJ PKG: http://idisk.mac.com/magomus/Public/audio/via/submein.zip
LISTEN & Download: http://www.usershare.net/nzhpfpxe6v2l/Sub Me In
VIA LINEZ ft. THEO3.mp3
“Sub me in!”….Canada’s 2011 Stylus Award Nominee Via Linez ‘tags up’ (no pun intended), with fellow Toronto based Emcee extraordinaire Theology 3 (DJ Eclipse’s Sleeper single of 2010).
With the upcoming release of Via’s long-awaited Full Length LP “Met Expectations”, yet another dope Single from his project is leaked.
‘Sub Me In’ is that classic back-and-forth rawness you’d expect from these two when connected. With dapper production assisted by renowned radio personality Big Tweeze AKA Phat Tony, the trio birth instant vintage.
THE NEW LP “Met Expectations” due 2nd Qtr of 2011.
The LP will feature heavy hitter production from Lyve, Phat Tony, Royce Birth, Tone Mason, and Big Sproxx.
Montreal-based house music duo Botnek will be releasing their debut Plonk EP on Swedish imprint Discobelle Records on May 9th, 2011. This production team- already behind an illustrious track record of remix work- has been building a strong buzz in the past year around their name and unique blend of house, afrobeat, and tropical rhythms. BBC Radio 1 DJs including Kissy Sell Out, Jaymo, and Andy George are praising the merits of Botnek’s production on their program “In New DJs We Trust” and spreading their club-friendly gems from Canada to the international airwaves. Among other early supporters of Botnek, the likes of Sidney Samson, Malente, Hostage, BeatauCue, Supabeatz, and Foamo have been blessing dancefloors worldwide with Botnek’s signature sound.
Now ready to deliver a full EP of original production, the duo have chosen Discobelle Records- sibling of the highly-regarded electronic music site Discobelle.net- as a home for their debut Plonk. This 5-track EP includes four original compositions and a afrobeat-inspired remix of the title track “Plonk.”
On April 5th, Botnek released a free online EP Dozer as a gift to their fans to tide them over until the May 9th release of Plonk
Brenmar – You Make Me Say (Botnek Remix) by BOTNEK
Pop Music (Original Mix) by BOTNEK
Dozer (Original Mix) by BOTNEK