Multi-talented producer, DJ and artist Blaqstarr is gearing up to release his long awaited full length album entitled, Here We Are this summer on N.E.E.T/Interscope. Blaqstarr will be previewing some of his new material next week down at SXSW.
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The call to arms, dubbed ‘Loyal Soldier’ is the trigger of the gun of righteousness which Kareem ‘Remus’ Burrell is armed with. ‘Loyal Soldier’ is the first release by the young but experienced producer since the passing of his father and mentor, Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell. This royal occasion also marks the birth of XTM.Nation, the offspring of the unconquerable Xterminator Productions and signifies the continuation and revitalization of the Burrell-Xterminator legacy.
Torches charging through the forest of persecution laced in ites, green and gold with freedom in their eyes and Jah as their guiding star. This the immediate image created in one’s mind once this gritty drum and bass driven concoction punches the soul. The voice of the downtrodden, Jesse Royal joins forces with St Jago De La Vega high priest, Lutan Fyah to forge a battle cry conveying the story of a people no longer accepting the subjugation to a broken class system that is reinforced by deficient leadership. The raw intensity of Sly Dunbar’s drums and Donald Dennis’s bass along with the wailing guitar of Lamont ‘Monty’ Savory creates the perfect atmosphere for the lead single for Jesse Royal’s ‘Royally Speaking’ which is due this summer.
The L.E.P. Bogus Boys released one of the most lauded mixtapes of 2011, the DJ Green Lantern-hosted Now Or Neva, and with March underway and SXSW around the corner, Count & Moonie continue to show off the project’s strength, releasing yet another powerful visual from the project – the duo’s fourth official music video of the young year.
Although L.E.P. are occasionally – and unfairly – labeled as unrepentant gangster rappers, it’s really the nuances in their music that carries the group’s message and sets them apart from the pack, and this latest single and video, “Faces,” is a perfect example of that. “Youth around the world are indulging in crime, not knowing the consequences of their actions,” explains L.E.P., “and before they know it, it’s too late.”
Roc N Mayne handle production on the track, lacing L.E.P. with darkly soulful instrumentation, and playing off the somber news clips that run throughout the chorus, Count & Moonie trade harsh verses that serve as something of a Psychology 101 lesson on why kids, often blindly, enter into a life of crime and violence. “Momma’s baby; Daddy’s, maybe/ Either way it go, shorty’s shooting like he crazy/ Trigger finger itching like dandruff/ Wrists so little, they be slipping out the handcuffs,” raps Count, opening his powerful first verse. Moonie counters in the second verse, rapping, “He ain’t worried ’cause he ’bout to do 30/ Feeling like he 40/ Jumped off the porch early/ Momma was a dope fiend, daddy was a Hustler/ He ain’t want him ’round, cause he was robbing all the customers.”
Today, Ninjasonik – the duo comprised of rappers Telli Gramz and Jah- release their No Swords Or Masks EP on Decon. Below is a sing-songy cut for you to post, “Only If You Want To” features Shyvonne and Johnny On The Rocks.
Enferno takes Coven’s epic, sweeping dubstep track and does what he does best. His four-on-the-floor electro rendition of “Wake You Up” turns up the energy and builds around the, already powerful, original vocal. Included his Amplifire podcast, the remix takes on a whole new life around 3:20.