AF THE NAYSAYER X LUKE ST. JOHN; the sound-scape supremacy that is AF THE NAYSAYER divined within the supernatural wordplay of LUKE ST. JOHN blends dreamlike sound-scapes with alchemical instrumentation. Imagine Jay Electronica and Prefuse 73 remixing the soundtrack for Chrono Trigger. Multi-platform experimentation on colorful complex chords,
detailed ambiguity reminiscent of scripture, and an overall upbeat event all explore the worlds of AF THE NAYSAYER and LUKE ST. JOHN.
Their first EP, Autodidact Vol. 1, [TBA] mixes melodic percussion with soulful FM synthesis; the upbeat, laid back glitch and 16-bit arcade sounds coalesce with filter-heavy samples and thoughtful folk-like lyrics producing music reminiscent of other rapper/producer collaborations such as Gang Starr, BLU & Exile, Panacea, and YSociety.
Starring Cassidy Lehrman and Shoshana Bush, GIA is a surreal story about a young woman who goes to a party in her own apartment. Papparazzi, avocados, Tyler Shields with a machine gun? and black lipstick, GIA looks at Hollywood through a cracked kaleidoscope, colors and liquor melting in the lens of the almighty Pier Pictures.
Singer/Songwriter; Cuban – Marvin’s Room (Un-Official Video)
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The challenge for a fighter is not only with his opponent. It starts with confidence — with knowing you can defeat all challengers — and that confidence starts with training to develop the skills necessary for the inevitable showdown. Nothing comes easy. Hard work, focus, determination, passion, patience; the heart of a lion. Working his way towards the title fight, Moe Green, and behind him the Out Crowd, proudly bring you, Lionheart, a 10-track EP being presented by the popular hip-hop website OnSMASH along with clothing brand BRWTNSS.
It’s been just over a year since the release of Green’s Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match, and since, Moe’s been hard at work, taking himself from relative unknown to widely anticipated. And it’s exactly that fast career progression that inspired the title of the new EP. “The title, Lionheart, comes from WWF/WWE wrestler Chris Jericho,” explains Moe. “It represents the type of approach you have to take in this game. I dropped Rocky Maivia because it was me saying, ‘I’m coming up.’ But I’m here now – and I’m gonna kill it.”
With Lionheart, Moe Green’s growth is clear. At 10-tracks, not only is Lionheart tighter than RM, but the new project also finds Moe at his most personal, as he opens up and lets listeners into his world in a way he hasn’t before. “I’ve gotten better as an artist; I’m more confident in what I’m doing,” says Green. “And with that, I really got more personal and diverse on this project, too. I hope people can get a good idea of who, exactly, Moe Green is.”
That diversity shows up throughout the 10-track project. Tracks like “All The Money In The World,” which features fellow Bay artist Nio Tha Gift, display Moe’s ability to touch radio, while a song like “Masterpiece” shows off Green’s deadpan lyricism. The EP speaks to dealing with the ills of Vallejo on “OWTB,” and, with “Dreamin’,” Green touches on the true inspiration for his artistry. “Dreamin’,” really sums up what I do this for,” says Moe of the track that also features singer Amy Serrata. “I speak on my parents, and how I’m trying to get them into a better position. I just put a lot of the emotions I was feeling at the time into words.”
Download Moe Green’s new EP, Lionheart, for free here: http://www.freeonsmash.com/exclusives/lionheart/
“The Star Spangled Banner” is just a song played at ball games. America’s real national anthem, the song that puts us all in the same place the second those transcendent opening notes rain down, is “September”, the 1978 smash by Earth Wind & Fire, the celebrated, Grammy-laden R&B band with residencies on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, in the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame and the hearts of millions as well as their native Chicago. EWF frontman based the bandname on his zodiac sign of Sagittarius, which has a primary elemental quality of Fire and seasonal qualities of Earth and Air. But it’s common knowledge from the second the band takes the stage that the lion’s share of the fire is supplied by Maurice’s little brother, bassist extraordinaire and force of nature Verdine White.
Verdine still remembers the first time he saw a bass guitar. “The instrument was standing alone in the corner of the orchestra class… tall, mysterious and majestic, so different from the others, it called me and the love affair began.” Not five years later his brother Maurice called him out to Los Angeles to come join EWF. Verdine never looked back. Today, Verdine’s technical yet soulful playing embodies the EWF aesthetic, and he is the most energetic element of a finely tuned music machine that has performed hits like “Shining Star”, “Serpentine Fire” and “Fantasy” for presidents, kings and sultans, as well as adoring crowds on every continent.
White takes his rightful place at Funk U in a lineup of bona fide bass icons like Les Claypool of Primus, Meshell Ndegeocello, Victor Wooten, John B. Williams, Beyonce bassist Divinity Roxx, Dennis Chambers, Thee Ram Jam, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Bakithi Kumalo, P-Nut of 311, Blackbyrd McKnight, Public Enemy bassist Brian Hardgroove and Billy Bass. Exercises, lectures and tutorials are conducted on the ‘virtual campus’ at thefunkuniversity.com, boasting a wealth of content to engage beginners, intermediate and advanced players alike, as well as new classes for upright bass training. Exclusive Sponsors DR Strings, Warwick, AKG and Gig FX are offering scholarships this year for financially challenged students. Funk University is produced by SceneFour, the notorious L.A. creativity house responsible for projects with Al Gore’s Current TV, MTV-U, Nine Inch Nails, the RZA, Marilyn Manson, The Pixies, and Beck.
Funk U Year Two has a 1000 student cap on enrollment. Get exclusive updates and enroll at www.thefunkuniversity.com.
The Sun Cycle MC, C-Rayz Walz returns with his first “EVER” free full length project, as he connect with the UK’s Dub MD to bring you “All Blvck Everything: The Prelude” a 16 track concept album, an amuse-gruel for the main course”All Blvck Everything: The Album.” The Prelude is a funeral, that represents the death of C-Rayz Walz old ways (Business & Personal) that have proven unproductive in the past. It also symbolizes the death of the competitions careers…Enjoy the Wake!
“All Blvck Everything: The Prelude” boasts a strong line up in both features and production with heavy hitter beats by the likes of 9th Wonder, Bronze Nazareth, The Beatnikz, Marley Marl, Isam’il Mitchell and more. The collaborations include M1 (of Dead Prez), Freddie Bunz, iCON The Mic King, Psalm One, Hap Hathaway, Complex, to name a couple. The executive producer roll taken by Hybrid Grey (of Room 5 Productions) who also mixed the project top to bottom!
Houston rap legend Pimp C sadly passed away three-and-a-half years ago, but the rapper/producer was so prolific that his music lives on. “Grippin’ On The Wood” features Bun B, the other half of his storied rap duo UGK, and the contributions of rising star Big K.R.I.T. The track, off of Pimp C’s posthumous album Still Pimpin, out July 12th on Rap-A-Lot, is an exemplary showcase of his talents and sound, with dewy organs, chittering wah guitar, and earthy bass coiling around a skittering drum beat. And all three MCs drop dynamite verses, with Pimp C’s inimitable alto and rhythmic delivery persistently shouting a brain-burrowing chorus.
“Flying Overseas,” a standout from Theophilus London’s Lovers Holiday EP, gets the sped-up Soul Clap remix treatment here for a brand new single. It transforms the original’s laidback melody-rap vibe into a minimal dance track where the casual keyboards and guitar, produced by Devonte Hynes of Lightspeed Champion and Blood Orange, are merged together over the rumble of a crisp house beat. Solange Knowles, also featured on the original, gets her voice doused in watery effects, but it adds to the danceability rather than detracts. Grab the full single with the EP version, Soul Clap EFunk remix and Toddla T remix on June 27 via This Is Music.