THE STANDOUT PURPLE “SUMMIT LAKE HORNET’S” COLOURWAY IS THE LATEST RELEASE IN A STRING OF SELL OUT 9′S. THE PREDOMINANTLY PURPLE UPPER WITH TEAL TRIM PAYS HOMAGE TO A FORMATIVE YOUTH SQUAD FOR JAMES IN HIS EARLY MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS. WITH A GRAPE-LIKE COLOURWAY.
Still living off the praise of fans, critics and peers as well as sales of last year’s instant classic R.E.K.S (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme), REKS now sets out to take the next step in his progression with his official full length follow up opus Straight, No Chaser. Once again teaming up with super-producer Statik Selektah, the two combine like a modern day Gang Starr for Straight, No Chaser.
REKS took the underground scene by storm with his debut LP, Along Came The Chosen (2001). The album featured production from a then eighteen year old Statik Selektah and featured collaborations with underground stalwarts: Pace-Won & Young Zee of the Outsiderz, 7L & Esoteric, J-Live and more. The critically acclaimed LP was featured in the Source, XXL, Vibe, and REKS was named to URB Magazine’s “Next 100”. The album’s single “Skills 101” reached #45 on the Billboard Singles chart, putting him on shows and tours with huge national acts. REKS finally released his highly anticipated sophomore LP, Grey Hairs, in 2008. The momentous album featured production from DJ Premier, Large Professor and ten-tracks from Statik and featured collaborations with Lil Fame of MOP, Consequence, Skyzoo, Termanology, Jon Hope and Big Shug. Grey Hairs lead to REKS being profiled by XXL Magazine in their “Show & Prove” section. REKS released the companion piece More Grey Hairs, appeared on Statik Selektah’s Spell My Name Right: The Album and released two more mixtapes (In Between The Lines Series Vol’s 1&2 which were hosted by Statik Selektah/DJ Green Lantern and DJ Ill Will respectively) and both mixtapes garnered thousands of downloads and widespread praise.
REKS has already set things in motion for Straight, No Chaser with lauded appearances at SXSW, an upcoming European tour and the recent leaks of the LP’s buzz-singles, “Chasin’” and “Autographs” which have migrated to every corner of the streets and internet alike. REKS laments “I feel Straight, No Chaser was necessary to add too the understanding of how well Statik and I come together and make a timeless pieces of work. I feel the album is varied in topic and focused on issues I feel still plague our society; its raw, its real, its refreshing and its REKS.
Here is the first leak from the project, “Chasin” which can be downloaded here: http://www.sharebeast.com/om40hcllwsv9
’85 is filled with boom bap production , soul samples and poetic lyrics; it’s quite reminiscent of hip-hop’s Golden Era with a present day feel. Already, their first single, “Made Up My Mind” has earned Wize Guyz a spot on Rhymesayers’ Redefinition Radio.
Here’s a link to Wize Guyz Latest single, “Made Up My Mind” featured on Kevin Nottingham.
KOOL G RAP’S CLASSIC, “MEN AT WORK”
REMIXED FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM WITH HIPHOP’S FINEST LYRICISTS ON ONE TRACK
EACH VERSE WITH AN OLD SCHOOL BREAK BEHIND IT, NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE
THIS IS THE REMIX VERSION OF MEN AT WORK 2020
5&A Dime collaborates with Brother Nature to bring you “Riches and Rags,” their Spring ’12 release look book. Paying homage to Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in “Trading Places,” Brother Nature mirrors their very moves through Hip Hop.
Check out the new rework from Flosstradamus aptly titled “Hood Fantasy” that caters to my life-long soft spot for Ludacris and Shawnna. In case you haven’t seen them live, here are some upcoming shows that are not to be missed.
Sun. 04-01-12 – Hollywood, CA @ Drai’s Hollywood
Fri. 04-13-12 – Miami Beach, FL @ Mansion
Sat. 04-14-12 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Northern Arizona University
Thu. 04-19-12 – San Francisco, CA @ Manor West
Fri. 04-20-12 – Las Cruces, NM @ Dublin’s Street Pub
Sat. 04-21-12 – Norfolk, VA @ Old Dominion University
Earlier this month, 4th Pyramid released his new album, The Pyramid Scheme, his first since signing his label, Silk Ivory, to a joint venture with Lyrics to Go/Universal Music. Along with the album release, Pyramid also unleashed his latest video for “Can’t Stop,” an official single from The Pyramid Scheme. And now, as a thank you to fans that have supported the album, Pyramid is releasing a bonus song, one that doesn’t show up on the original album, for free.
The song, “Simmy Auto,” is produced by Simahlak, whose production should be described as nothing less than full-body. The hard-hitting, bass-heavy track is driven forward by a gritty guitar line and sets the tone for 4th Pyramid, who matches the beat step-for-step with a bouncy flow and swift wordplay. “At the time, I had taken a little break from recording in the studio so I wanted to really show that I could still deliver some super lyrical shit,” explains Pyramid. “Even the title of the song is a play on words, switching the usual Semi-Auto to incorporate Simahlak’s nickname, ‘Simmy.’”
4th Pyramid has worked with Simahlak on several other tracks and projects, and has developed a respect for the man’s work ethic. “I remember having to do an insane amount of takes before we settled on this version,” recalls Pyramid. “When you work with a guy like Simahlak, it’s like being in the dojo; he holds you to the highest of standards.”
Earlier this month, MUMBLS released his Hella Novellas mixtape. The Berkeley rapper will be hitting the road next month, opening alongside Fashawn as part of his mentor Andre Nickatina’s nationwide Where’s My Money? Tour, but first, he’s keeping things rolling from the mixtape with the latest visual from the project, for the track “Spellbound.”
Videographer Tyson Wade Johnston conceived the concept for the video, which was directed by Ben Griffin from Prime Zero, who also offered direction for the equally trippy video for previous single “Parachute.” The video captures MUMBLS in a cab on his way to a party, but this was no ordinary cab ride. “The whole video is just a mobile party in the back of a cab,” describes MUMBLS. “We’re in the back with bottles of booze and no seatbelts on, and the cab driver was swangin’ the shit out of that cab.”
Illicit recreation serves as a recurring theme throughout Hella Novellas, but do so, perhaps, in few places more than they do on “Spellbound.” “The song has that druggy party vibe to it,” explains MUMBLS, “so we thought the theme should be, ‘Hey, look how much fun I’m having!’”
Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Will Feagins, Jr. teamed up with Clan Destined to capture the feel of the duo’s track-turned-interlude “The Language, Pt. 2″. Clan D picks up where they left us with their debut album ABBRACADAMN!!! and took to the turntables to scratch their vocals back and forth. To take this audio event to an even higher level, they captured the video with help of Serato Scratch Live technology in order to manually scratch the clips of themselves and others to the tune. Feagins was recently awarded first place in the Atlanta Film Festival Short Cuts Film Contest sponsored by Creative Loafing in not only the critics’ choice category, but the viewers’ choice as well, for his short documentary entitled Underexposed: Indie Hip-Hop in Atlanta. Clan Destined’s latest LP, Self Titled, was also given heavy praise in Creative Loafing last year, receiving a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.
De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 present First Serve album is out next week, on the 2nd April via PIAS. In the lead up to the release is this free download of’Must Be The Music’ remixed by 2&4, the producers behind the First Serve project.