Soul King also known as SK from Likwit crew releases another track from The Diaspora called Blesson produced by Mos Sef. The Diaspora comes out April 2014 features Tabernacle Mcz, Planet Asia, E rule, Agallah, Tri State, Styliztik Jones, Danw Gun and more
Dedicated to rap almost as much as his studies, McKinley Dixon is an 18 year old rapper that attends a college in Virginia. Studies by the day, music recording in his dorm, McKinley is working on his new CD right in his 6 by 8 room. Attending an art school, everything he has done has been with the help of his peers, his age and younger, such as the cover art.
Skeezo pays homage to the era that gave him the passion to be an emcee. This is a 7 spong EP. This ep feat production from Cool FD,Alterbeats, Ruen, Sie1,Azia, Crazy Dj Bazarro , & GhettoBlaster. Artist feat. Shabaam Sahdeeq,Nutso, Napoleon da legend,EL Gant, Vanessa Renee, Bekay, & Dj Modesty. Stuck in da 90′s is a free digital EP but can be purchased in CD format for a small fee and shipping.
Dealing with distrust can be a struggle in life. Nobody wants to come up alone and not share their success with their close ones, but even the closest ones to you will try to bring you down and throw some sort of shade on your shine. These two recognize this struggle and have something to say about it: “a bunch of rookies trying to match up with the f*cking pros”. You can either focus on what every body has to say and be brought down to your last or you can make a way for yourself and put on. It’s your decision at the end of the day.
Big Chris’s has been doing damage in the urban music world with his mixtape ‘In One Hand’ now being certified SILVER (50,000 downloads) on leading USA website DatPiff.com. This official Coast 2 Coast Mixtape Release is hosted by Lil Fats and is a superb selection of urban flavors with a modern electronic sound which features MC Bushkin from Heartless Crew, Paigey Cakey (Alwayz Recording), gold selling artist Keisha White, Tubby Boy and Asian new comer Samira.
Chris has been performing throughout the UK with the legendary duo MC Bushkin & DJ Fonti whilst still finding the time to work on his follow up mixtape and various writing/producing projects. Big Chris has set the foundation for a fruitful career in the music game and is already linked with some major players in the UK and USA. Big Chris is a talented, committed and dedicated artist that is somebody who really does deserve your attention.
His latest offering is a track called ‘Everything’ with Sterling Ramsey, a member of this year’s UK X Factor finalists ‘Rough Copy’ which will be released through DTV Entertainment UK and Clique Recordings. Only time will tell what is on the cards for this aspiring artist/producer/writer, but one thing is for certain, he won’t stop until he gets to the top!
Legendary Hip-Hop figure Master P has returned to the game today with a brand new solo album, “The Gift”, released via his independent No Limit Forever imprint. The album, which he’s been promoting for a while, is now available via iTunes, or physically through thegiftrecord.com, where P is selling collector’s editions of the album, including one with a Golden Ticket worth 10,000 dollars.
The Golden Ticket drawing will be on December 23rd and proceeds from the album sales will go to help underprivileged kids with Toy Drives this holiday season. So if you’re interested, head over to www.thegiftrecord.com and lock in your copy of the limited edition.
Otherwise, pick up your copy on iTunes. “The Gift” features the likes of Rick Ross, Nipsey Hussle, The Game, Jeremih, Silkk The Shocker and more.
Who is CeasRock?
Sam , the popular kid in high school that wanted to win by any means and still does.
A man of the people. A HUMAN FIRST.
What sets you apart from other artists?
My entire life. No other artist has lived in my shoes and can express the things I do from my perspective. My ability to have a clear vision and see it through t’ill the end , while being hands on in every aspect of creation gives listeners a complete product. I relate to people from all walks of life and i’m able to speak different “languages” in order to communicate my message. My approach is like that of a actor, in the sense that, every movie requires a different type of lead, and I feel like I’m good at understanding how to play the role so that the movie is captivating, regardless of the genre.
How has the independent Montreal hip-hop scene progressed over the last three years?
When we lost key members of the scene like Bad News Brown & Matt “Dutch” Garner, the community took some steps back. They were such leaders in the scene, and their experience and networks were helping a lot of people advance their movements. Since then, the number of acts in the community has diminished, but those who are still around are taking their careers much more seriously. As a whole though, its been very stagnant, and I think that has to to with the complacent nature of the city. There is a wave of producer/djs that are getting a lot of recognition in and out of town,and that might make it seem like things are booming, but the local scene has actually died down . Still, there is a new wave of artists that are making a mark in the city, but the lack of industry makes it tough to sustain momentum independently.
Who do you consider your peers in Canadian hip-hop?
I consider anyone in Canada that raps as my peer, but I look to artists like Rich Kidd, The Narcicyst , Loe Pesci, I.Blast, Tona, Raz Fresco, Mugz (and the list goes on…) as people who are making moves that are on a similar level creatively.Even if the styles vary, they take their music seriously , and it shows in the product they put out.
What is your take on applying for and utilizing Canadian government funds to create new music and tour?
I actually am not big on that approach. I understand that it takes funding to create and push a album properly, and things like touring, recording , shooting videos, hiring a publicist, etc are not cheap. But, I dont really like the notion that we have to depend on the government to make moves. I’m not a big fan of the government period; So it feels hypocritical to rely on them to get my music done. At the same time, anything helps when your trying to accomplish something like promoting an album on a large scale… To each their own i guess. Personally, I feel like Canadians tend to play things safe, and not investing out of your own pocket is a safer template, but at what cost. I feel like, for the industry to develop we have to take some risks, but the fact that the population is scattered across so much space scares a lot of people, and it just doesnt make financial sense for some investors.
Its a tough topic, and I think its important to look at who we are trying to reach. Canada is still developing its identity in Hip Hop, and the more we grow up, the more we’ll understand how to build our movements up so that we dont rely solely on government funds to create and push our content.
J NICS comes together with long time collaborator and producer Numonics for the second single off his new EP ThreeSixtyFive, HitMan. The song touches on the lifestyle of young men who become killers and are down for their family and crew and the security that comes along with it. On the track we find out just what it is that takes them down that dark path and where the lifestyle leads.
Over a single piano note opening, De’Wayne Jackson echoes in that squeaky pitched singing voice of his “And who is he?” That’s been the general statement stamped on his upcoming mixtape of the same name (out next Monday) and for good reason. When you’re not even of the legal limit to drink, a lot of things boil down to identity and relationships. On “Bike & A Dream”, an edgier thesis in regards to growing closer to your father (who may or may not be absentee) but “no pity” in the eyes of De’Wayne, proving to your mom that blog love is real (“these my friends!”) or etching out a course to prove every teacher whose class you slacked off in wrong, De’Wayne bottles his emotions in almost as if he’s trapped by them. Who Is He drops December 9th.
Clare Maguire is only 26 but you’d think otherwise listening, channeling Nico, Joan Baez, Marianne Faithful, Joni Mitchell, etc. Check her new song “Whenever You Want It” and read the incredible interview she just did for Rookie Magazine, talking on addiction, sobriety and challenging the people who told her she wasn’t pretty enough and couldn’t sing
The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF) is home to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Georgia. TASF was founded in 1997 originally as the Shakur Family Foundation by Afeni Shakur, mother of multi-talented Tupac Amaru Shakur. Since its inception TASF has offered performing arts camps, essay competitions, youth book clubs, foreign exchange programs, visual arts workshops, community development projects, and scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate degrees.
The children and volunteers of the center have been doing their best to maintain the grounds. Extra help is needed, so the children can perform on-site for the community rather than being transported to another location. The theater will serve as a community jewel that people can be proud of.
Born in the Bahamas and now residing in West Palm Beach, Florida, Phe is an active rapper, songwriter and producer who has worked with the likes of Jim Jonsin, Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, Fat Joe, Jae Millz and many others. Today he returns with some new visuals for his single “White Lies” which comes courtesy of the folks VEVO. Check that out below and be on the look out for more new music from coming soon!
KJ Hines recently released the visuals to his smooth hit “Pop Off” Produced by Poland based artist Christofer Luca. The track features an electro hiphop vibe which is held down throughout by KJ Hines’ hard hitting verses and hook. Christofer Luca actually came and visited KJ Hines in Austin, Texas and shot / directed the video below which features a cool Austin street vibe that compliments the record famously. Definitely something you can finish out the rest of your week to, check it out below!!
While recently in Germany for a brief getaway, UK based hip hop artist Just P decided to use the time to write a few songs over various commercially used instrumentals, by established Hip Hop producer Apollo Brown.
When home, P decided to record then mix the tracks so he could release them in the form of a free download EP. The songs have varying themes from, being away from home to, things P finds hard to say in person.
The artwork features a shot of the Stuttgart sunset taken by P and all songs on the release were mixed and mastered by Just P. Check it out and share it around.
Chicago rap crew Tomorrow Kings presents the Green Sllime-directed music video for their vyle-produced single “Sell Coke To White Folks”. The song appears on N***er Rigged Time Machine, their new album produced by Chicago beatmaker/MC Vyle of Nacrobats and Auburn fame (also on URB Magazine’s list of the Next 100 twice), the DJ Seanile, Cos (Push Beats), and A.M. Breakups (Reservoir Sounds/Cult Favorite along with Elucid). NRTM is the newest release on Reserved Records, the Chicago-based imprint whose roster also includes AF THE NAYSAYER and Jyroscope. Tomorrow Kings describes “Sell Coke: as “our immodest proposal. If Jonathan Swift were black and from the South Side of late 20th century Chicago, he would have a verse on this song.”
Swamp Thing is the brainchild of Timbuktu, Chokeules and Savilion. Their first album Creature Feature offered a glimpse into the warped world of Swamp Thing, but now the b-movie monsters drag themselves out of the depths for their hard-hitting sophomore release, Firedogs. Three well-established artists in their own right join forces to do what they do best: make dope hip hop and rock hype live shows, fine-tuned from years of work in the studio and countless performances.
Long time collaborators Timbuktu (Toolshed, Teenburger, Backburner) and Chokeules (Toolshed, Backburner) have teamed up with fellow Toronto emcee/producer Savilion (Creature Box, Backburner) to form a group unlike anything they’ve done before. Each member has been contributing to the scene for over a decade, recording, touring, and putting out music. Both Savilion and Timbuktu are also producers/engineers with credits ranging from Sadat X to Awol One, while Timbuktu and Chokeules have performed at festivals such as SXSW, NXNE, CMW and Under Pressure. They’ve also performed with notable acts like Aceyalone (Freestyle Fellowship), GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Lootpack (Stone Throw), El Da Sensei (Artifacts), and many more.
Swamp Thing combines the trio’s experience as Savilion and Timbuktu create party soundtracks and soundsapes on which the three emcees rap about topics ranging from horror and sci-fi to wild nights and life on the road. At the end of the day, Swamp Thing is all about banging beats, hard rhymes, and melting faces off with rap. Stay tuned.
This past week Tribe opened up a couple of shows for Kanye’s Yeezus tour in NYC. At the time the shows were announced, Q-Tip said the 2 concerts would be the last ATCQ shows EVER! Like every other Tribe fan, we are hoping that this is going to go the way of most artist’s “last show” and result in another Tribe show somewhere down the road. Also like every other Tribe fan, this news made the “A Tribe Called Quest Stan” in us very sad but unlike every other fan we decided to make a mixtape that celebrates the greatness that is Q-Tip the Abstract, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed MuHammad, and (sometimes) Jarobi!
The mixtape art and download link are below (there is a split track version available at THE LOVE THEORY soundcloud page as well).
On the real, there is just so much ill music from A Tribe Called Quest that just one mixtape can’t do them justice. Their album cuts and b-sides are just as dope as anything they have released as a single (for Tribe’s rarities and b-sides please see our dude Mick Boogie’s Excursions mixtape that came out a few years back – you can call that the b-side to this tape!). For the purpose of this mix, we decided to hit you with Tribe’s bigger records – we just flipped them a bit. This isn’t your standard A Tribe Called Quest mixtape as we have tried to capture the energy and creativity that has defined Tribe throughout the years.
Also, shout out to our friend Martini at Vancity Original and DIPT for jumping on board to help us bring you THE LOVE THEORY. To go along with this mixtape we also made limited edition Vancity Original “Tribe” tees that you can cop at DIPT along with a hard copy of THE LOVE THEORY.
A Tribe Called Quest represent, represent-sent! Enjoy.
Jay & Flip
Atlanta resident Mantiz releases his long awaited new single “Nobody’s Watchin”, which he also produced. This one is definitely for the clubs and the twerkers. This serves as the lead single from his forthcoming album, “Word To My Words” due to drop next year.