Renowned VA hip-hop producer Nottz (Kanye West, Snoop Dog, Scarface, Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, J. Dilla, The Game, Asher Roth) is busy putting the finishing touches on the long overdue sophomore effort by veteran Norfolk rap crew, DMP.
Slated for a Spring release, the new album, God Made Durt, features core DMP members Big Shot Manceeni, Ivory Keyes, Starboy, Top G and Killa Khizman, getting grimy over signature beats by one of the most talented cut creators in the game. “It’s all ’cause of the man Nottz,” credits rapper Ivory Keyes who, like most of the posse, has been down with the visionary beatmaker since middle school. “We all from different parts of the block and he seen something in all of us and tried to give us a chance… He put us all together and he brings the beats.”
After 15+ years together, a litany of underground mixtapes and one “unofficial” album under their belt, Norfolk’s favorite sons feel like they’ve finally arrived with this project. “We not just rapping and tapping,” assures Killa Khizman, the youngest and newest member of the group. “Most of the songs are conceptual, there’s a point to em… I don’t think people are expecting this type of album from us.”
DMP fans were treated to a preview of what’s to come with the early release of two hardcore hip-hop tracks late last year: “Ball Game” and “We Aint Playin’.” A new radio friendly song, “Pop Sh*t” featuring Joell Ortiz, was leaked last week. The album also includes guest turns byPusha T of Clipse on “How Many Tears,” RL of Next on the track “Love Song” and R&B newcomer Shateish on “My Heart.”
“Remember when records used to drop and that feeling you used to get?” asks Big Shot Manceeni. “It gave you a certain feeling that music nowadays don’t give you. Well, what’s where we taking it back to with this album… That golden era of hip-hop… Because that’s what’s missing.”
Get the album here:
Mr. Complex’ song and video “Slaughter” featuring Swiss MC Kalmoo accompanies the release of Mr. Complex’ album “Swiss Chocolate Cake”.
Sub-Bombin Records, the Glens Falls-based record label, has released the first album in eight years of Mr. Complex, the legendary emcee from Queens who helped drive the underground hip hop scene in New York in the 1990s to early 2000.
The album, “Swiss Chocolate Cake,” which was recorded in Basel, Switzerland in 2004, came to Sub-Bombin’s attention through the company’s relationships with contemporary hip-hop artists, many of whom view Mr. Complex as a major influence.
The album has been released on vinyl and as a digital USB drive and is available locally at Divinyl Revolution in Saratoga Springs as well as through major Hip Hop record distributor, Fat Beats (fatbeats.com), Sub-Bombin’s soon to launch new website as well asiTunes.
According to Sub-Bombin’s president Midas, Mr. Complex rose to prominence through his work with performers such as DJ Spinna, Shabaam Sahdeeq and Pharoahe Monch, with whom he famously performed “Simon Says” on the television show, “The Source Sound Lab”. He has also worked with artists like De La Soul, Mos Def, Masta Ace, and Common, among others. His previous albums include The Complex Catalog, Hold This Down, and Twisted Mister. He has also released two albums with his group, Poly Rhythm Addicts, which consists of DJ Spinna, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and Apani B (who was later replaced by Tiye Phoenix). Mr. Complex’s 2001 single “Underground Up,” was featured in the film Brown Sugar with Taye Diggs.
Watch the video for “Slaughter” and also find a free download for “Flying High”, one of the songs on “Swiss Chocolate Cake”.
To celebrate his birthday, Andre Nickatina is excited to release his latest mixtape, Where’s My Money? The 18-track project shares its name with Andre’s forthcoming nationwide tour, which kicks off in April and includes openers Fashawn and MUMBLS. The tape can be downloaded for free through Nickatina’s website, where fans can also receive a free physical copy by purchasing a t-shirt from Nickatina’s online store.
Just a few short weeks ago, when Nickatina announced the mixtape, he released two new songs, the Zapp & Roger-sampling “Tell Me She’s A Hoe” and the “Rack City”-flipping “Bounce (Rack City).” The rest of the tape follows this format, a mix of original songs and unofficial freestyles featuring Nickatina’s patented brand of brashness over a collection of boundary pushing production, handled mostly by Static Jon and Nima Fadavi. As for the message behind the music, it’s really quite simple, according to Nickatina. “This is for the people, that know they owe people,” he quips. “Where’s my money?”
Before Andre heads out on tour, he’ll be hitting Austin, Texas, this week for SXSW, and fans will have the opportunity to catch Andre performing tracks from the new mixtape, along with a collection of his classics this Thursday, March 15th, at Audible Treats’ Third Annual Official SXSW Hip-Hop Showcase.
Download Where’s My Money? and keep up with all of Nickatina’s forthcoming tour dates: http://www.andrenickatina.com/
The Diz video, Directed by MrSOLEx, is a cut from the MLK Freeway documentary I am working on releasing next year. I figured i’d show you some visuals while you wait for the finished product. I am also creating the soundtrack to go along with the documentary. The soundtrack will be entitled The Jahfather of Soul Cal Vol II, and will continue the series. As of now The Jahfather of Soul Cal 1.5 is finished.
The Jahfather of Soul Cal is ment to be listened to on the MLK Highway (94 West) So i made the tape the length of the MLK Highway. The Jahfather of Soul is a modern day dream, with a soulful scheme. Umixed Masterpiece. The tape is recorded over beatbreaks – RÆL J∆¥
Remixes of Dani Deahl’s “Diplo Hates You” are out now! With the original backed by Diplo himself, Kissy Sell Out, Hot Pink Delorean, Benzi, and more, Dani gave fans the opportunity to remix the track and received over 100 submissions! Dani and Oh Snap! picked the top 4 winners which are out now as official releases through Atomic Zoo Recordings. Take a listen below and check out the FREE UNRELEASED Secret Synth Mix of the original “Diplo Hates You”!
Exclusively from the Moodswing x KarmaLoop SXSW mixtape mixed by Benzi and Black Cards which drops tomorrow – Jason Smith has truly out done himself this time with a fire remix of Iggy Azalea’s risque titled song “Pu$$y”. This genre defying rework takes Iggy’s hard lyrics and adds in a combination of moombahton drums, dubstepping womps, and an array of electro synths.
Cris Cab has a new music video for his standout song Angels and Demons which is taken from his acclaimed project Echo Boom. The scenic video was shot in Montana while on tour with Gym Class Heroes last month. Angels and Demon’s has quickly become a fan favorite that showcases Cris Cab’s singer/songwriter roots, so an accompanying visual was defintily necessary.