It’s been a long time coming. But it was inevitable that it would happen. Featuring guest performances by Red Rat, Chip Fu, Rich Kidd, SepTo, Brotha J, Dwayne Morgan and more, Dan-e-o’s long overdue third album “Inevitable” is being heralded as his best work to date. On this 14-track URBNET Records offering, Dan-e-o weaves vintage Golden-era-esque lyrical head bangers in and out with introspective soul songs to present a mature, witty and heartfelt hip-hop roller coaster ride of emotion.
Collaborating with Monolith co-founder Charisma a.k.a. Skizzz, who handles the production of the album in its entirety, Dan-e-o has crafted a project that is as sensually soulful as it is “hit-’em-where-it-hurts” raw. Also including doses of rhythm and blues and dancehall reggae, “Inevitable” delivers on all points musically.
Lyrically, Dan-e-o has never been better. Unashamed to expose his vulnerable “I’ve been hurt” side while at the same time only too eager to unleash his ever-bragadocious “world’s greatest MCisms”, “Inevitable” presents Dan-e-o as both expert lyricist and soulful crooner all at once.
The multifaceted rapper, singer, songwriter and actor is unflinching in his insistence that he is a force to be reckoned with in the worldwide musical landscape. His rightful place atop it, as it were, is “Inevitable”.
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Ca$his finally brings to you his long awaited album “The County Hound 2″ via Bogish Brand Entertainment. The new project includes 16 tracks featuring guest verses from the likes of King Los,Mistah Fab, Obie Trice, Kobe, Crooked I + production from Eminem, Rikanatti, Lil Lyss & more!
Toronto duo JHYVE///SOUL are announcing the release of their anticipated album, titled SUPERMEGAFUTURESH!T. This free album is the result of two years of work by singer/songwriter JHYVE producer SOUL to bring a new kind of R&B to the masses. With JHYVE’s dynamic delivery and sharp lyrics combined with SOUL’s ambient, yet hard-hitting production, the pair have released a slew of strong singles to the blogs. Now, they prepare to show the world a truly unique take on R&B. SUPERMEGAFUTURESH!T
“Here’s Nick Astro’s first solo offering of short fictitious entertaining stories that contain a core truth and an experience listeners can relate to entitled SUPER16. The project is a reference to elongated verses and film.”
Production and features by the likes of Saba, Peter Cottontale, Sani, IBClassic, Dee Lilly, Auggie The 9th, Chandler London and more.
Chicago’s musical landscape is built around clear binaries, just like the city from which it has grown. While Jahzel draws from the soulfulness of the city’s musical past, he is focused on showing the full range of his artistic complexity, contradictions and all, and breaking down possible categorizations. “As a human being, I go through a range of emotions. Some days I might feel righteous, some days I might feel braggadocious,” he says. “I wanted to communicate that range on In God’s Image,” his new album that drops today. This range is mirrored by the musical influences that pop up throughout the album, from breezy jazz to torturous soul to trunk-rattling trap-this melange comes together around his stories, giving them each their space.
As the album came together, Jahzel felt the difference from his previous works: “I took this serious as more of a full album release, while my last project Jet Lag was a true mixtape.” The care is evident as he taps into the different strands of his city, collaborating with Noelz Vedere, Mathien, A-Cross, Meagan McNeal, and Whitney Rene. The project also features extensive collaboration with Maybach Music Group/Wale producer Tone P.
Canadian hip-hop heavyweights Sweatshop Union, one of the hardest working ensembles to ever emerge from British Columbia, their May 28th release of Infinite is the groups most ambitious album to date.
“Infinite spans about a year’s time of experiences and sounds from us, whereas other albums represented maybe a few months,” explains SSU rapper/producer, Mos Eisley. “It bridges the so-called gap between conscious music and fun party music. It deals with some deep esoteric themes and it also throws caution to the wind when it’s time to kick back. Its strength lies in this dichotomy.”
Infinite follows 2011’s Bill Murray EP, which won the Western Canadian Music Award for Hip-Hop Album of the Year and raised their profile beyond their grassroots following. The new LP contains a range of vibes and sounds, combining old-school hip-hop sounds with futuristic, electro headbangers, not to mention some ballads and spoken word interludes. It accomplishes the tricky task of reflecting the outfit’s individual tastes, as they inform SSU’s collective vision.
The group is prolific and moves quickly but, as of this moment, Infinite currently stands as the most eclectic record in the Sweatshop Union catalogue.
“People are gonna feel many different ways about this record, and that’s the point: it forces the listener to recognize that Sweatshop Union can not be easily categorized or predicted,” Eisley says. “I hope sincerely that people can tell that we had a lot of fun putting together all this music, and that there are many more layers left to explore.”
El-P and Killer Mike’s solo records of last year (both produced entirely by the former) were wildly purposeful and universally acclaimed. One year later, El-P and Killer Mike flex on us all as Run The Jewels, and the collaborative, self-titled album on Fool’s Gold is predictably amazing. Catch them on their victory lap tour this summer.
Free download and deluxe physical editions here: http://www.foolsgoldrecs.com/runthejewels
The fifteen track deep album features top notch production from Rich Kidd, Kev Brown, Relic, Twizzmatic, Lancecape, Junia-T, Charisma, M Mac, and Heights as well as collaborations with Rapper Big Pooh, A.G of D.I.T.C, Ray Robinson, pHoenix Pagliacci, Junia-T, Rich Kidd, Twizzmatic, Jon Moxin, DJ Docta, and Relic.
Charron has made a name for himself worldwide as part of the “rap battle” circuit “King Of The Dot,” having won battles all across Canada, United States & Europe including being the 2013 Winner of BET’s “Freestyle Friday’s.”
In 2011, Charron competed & won the TV show “Ultimate MC” (Aux TV), beating out 32 competitors from across Canada. The show featured respected MC’s as judges including Royce da 5’9, Pharoahe Monch, Planet Asia & more, all of whom praised the young MC as a talent to watch out for. The first order of business for Charron is to start work on his debut album & begin the transition from “battle rapper” into performer & song writer.
“The songs incite a spectrum of emotions inside you, as you go through a roller-coaster of highs and lows throughout the album. Vital manages to captivate the listener with his tales of love and pain, painting a vivid picture of his life and topics that relate to reality.”
Poe Mack is back 100 pounds lighter but heavier than ever with the lyrical content of “Poe Mack on D.R.U.G.S.. Mack called on the prolific produced D.R.U.G.S. Beats to bring a feel good yet gritty vibe to match perfectly with Poe’s real life vocals. Enjoy the listen and thank you for your support.
“Soul Story” is Check’s first official release with Forever Unorthodox Music group, it was released on April 20th, 2013. The 11 track EP covers a variety of issues such as life choices, racial stereotypes, personal preferences along with some less intense and more relaxing subject matter. “Soul Story” is a complete combination of stimulating subject matter, uptempo production, and a deep lyrical touch. Singles from the EP, “High as F%#k” (Prod by AmpOnTheTrack) and “If You Didn’t Know” Ft fellow ForeverUnorthodox artist Apollo B. Ex, have gain tremendous buzz resulting in over 5,000 plays on his SoundCloud page.
Out with his third release, “Another Step Up The Ladder” is indeed a statement of progress and features the vocal talents and consumable spark of eMCees such as Mathematik, ES, and Chemist and Mooke of the group Smoke Screen, an indication of the brilliance of the music formula. Smooth textures lay down the sketch for this album which includes sexy instrumental compositions suited for visualizing soulful landscapes, and the sweetness of the melody always takes precedence. The music making is elegant and well-mannered in the cool Swarthy Soul style, a profoundly heartfelt offering.
Love isn’t the only thing to sing about, and Jarell Perry proves this on his debut solo full-length, Simple Things, produced by Hassan—which is out today. The LA-based singer/songwriter, who has collaborated with everyone from Fat Joe and Usher to Diplo and Rusko, certainly knows how to belt out the stomach-punch emotional resonance of love gone wrong, but he also spins yarn around a modern existence that includes mundane day jobs and the highs (and lows) of a good glass of whiskey.
After the success of singles “Happy 4 U,” featuring Thurz, and the soaring emotional storm “Getaway” (which Perry performed live on Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest’s AXS Live! here), Simple Things is hotly anticipated. While grounded in alternative R&B, Simple Things tours through Perry’s many influences, including indie-acoustic, dubstep and chill-wave. Also on the record are two bonus tracks: “First Time,” Perry’s collaboration with Nacho Picasso, Locksmith and Torae, and his Semi Precious Weapons cover song, “Aviation High.”
This is just the beginning of a big year for the multi-faceted, multi-talented artist. Jarell Perry has been working on music with Thurz, Cadence Weapon and hip-hop pioneer Cormega that will see the light of day in 2013. It’s enough to make someone fall in love—and then write a song about it.
Pigeon Hole are two Vancouver Island based producer/mc’s with a constant evolving sound and ability to crank out next level music. Their output as members of Sweatshop Union is evidence of leaps in style, delivery and approach from album to album.
In 2010, Pigeon Hole released their critically acclaimed debut LP, Age Like Astronauts. Using the MPC 2000, they pieced together a mix of samples, analogue synths, live instruments, and sharp lyricism – their debut outing spoke to listeners from the opening note to its final fade out.
The audio translated to the stage, sending Pigeon Hole on a ruthless touring schedule, annihilating audiences across North America. Along with Sweatshop Union their energetic live show invaded the festival circuit, notably Shambhala, Rifflandia, as well as the world-renowned SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
Chimpblood, the groups second offering, delivers a sound so powerful it’s impossible to ignore.
Trading in their original blueprint for a heavier bass-driven electronic sound, Pigeon Hole attack with all new artillery. Chimpblood thrashes over a foundation of grimey synths, sampled and chopped over machine gun drum programming, 808s, and massive bass. An epic hybrid of music that will make you feel like you can levitate.
A-Wax is releasing hew new album, Jesus Malverde. The 14-track project, which includes features from Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, DJ Paul (of Three 6 Mafia), and Ca$his, along with production from Southside, Cardiak, Nonstop Da Hitman, and more, is being released for free via A-Wax’s own label, Pie-Rx Recordz, in conjunction with Illburn Records, and is available for download via Wax’s Bandcamp.
Jesus Malverde is titled in homage to the patron saint of drug dealers, outlaws, and bandits, who lived in the early 1900s and was supposedly a thief and criminal. With the rising awareness around the cartel wars, and the emergence in popularity of movies like Blow and Traffic, A-Wax wanted felt the title perfect, not only to represent himself and the music, but as a way to educate listeners on a man he calls, “my favorite saint.” “Everyone can google the news, or read up on the latest kingpin,” remarks Wax, “but the first man to ever represent for the streets was Jesus Malverde.”
A-Wax feels a connection with Jesus Malverde due to his own past – and present; earlier this month; A-Wax was wrongfully arrested and detained while attending a friend’s funeral in Philadelphia – and that past resonates throughout the new album. “I never try to glorify the situation; I stick to the reality of what I grew up in,” notes Wax, pointing to songs like “Her Mistakez,” a track that recalls A-Wax’s tumultuous relationship with his mother. “I talk about going to prison, and joining a gang, and my mother choosing a man over her kids,” explains A-Wax of the song. “I speak from the heart.”
It’s that type of range that continues to prove A-Wax’s growth and progression as an artist, a growth shown not only in A-Wax’s willingness and ability to open up completely as an artist but also in his ability to put together an expansive yet cohesive project, one that can range from the heartfelt emotion of “Her Mistakez” to the unrelenting street bangers like previous singles “Work,” featuring Waka Flocka Flame and Ca$his, and “Make Room (Remix),” which features Gucci Mane and DJ Paul. “My musical selection and tastes are a bit more refined now and I have never been all the way 100% satisfied with an album,” says A-Wax. “With this one, I feel complete”.
‘Feast of Fools’ was the name of a celebration, where youngsters would dress up as high authorities, politicians and powerful church figures and make a mockery of the system/religion they were enslaved in.
We start with a blank canvas and never really know where our samples or instruments are going to take us, every project is a celebration and a mockery of sorts of what people expect of us. We try to push our creative limits without holding back. And we like beer. We can’t see the Feast of Fools going down without some good beer.
Self Taught heads downtown with their new single, a video camera and several backpacks of beer. They drink their faces off while people lose their minds and throw their hands up. The group sends a special thanks to everyone involved in the making of the video… as they barely remember any of them.
After his debut full-length album “Leviathan” dropped in late 2007, to rave reviews, Sacramento wordsmith MICJORDAN got to work establishing a reputation as the best emcee you’ve probably never heard of. Several mixtapes, EPs, and awards later, he’s returned with his second full-length LP “AIR”. Produced entirely by THEGREENROOM, the album is an autobiographical journey through the 80s, 90s, and early ’00s. “This album is about my emotional development, going from a boy to a man. Anybody can listen to it and relate to the things I’m talking about. I have songs about being a kid in school, about becoming mature and learning to recognize game, about falling in love and heartbreak, loved ones dying, self-discovery and gaining confidence. It’s basically the story of my life, from childhood to young-adulthood, set to the music I used to hear my parents playing. I wanted it to sound the way I remembered music sounding back then… almost lo-fi, like a dubbed tape, or an AM radio channel. Just really soulful… It’s a throwback in every sense of the word.”
At the same time, MICJORDAN is releasing “SMOKE”, a 7-track EP that acts as a companion piece to “AIR”. “That’s basically just dealing with thought pollution, you know? The doubts that hold you back. If “air” was the story of my life, “smokEP” is the dark side of that… dealing with depression, loss, and self-destructive urges, and finally overcoming all that.”
From the rundown neighborhoods and communities where basketball is the only option, local hip hop artist Deezie FresH brings you the Hoop Dreams LP. He teams up with LNS Crew member and cousin Kydd Jones As they take you back to the 90s. The LP also features Worldwide, Wes Brooks, E.C, Young Row, L.A Beatz, Alimmo & Kj Hines. Along with his fellow LNS Crew Members Kydd, Cory Kendrix & Tank. If you are looking for real Texas hip-hop, then this is it.
The Escape Artists have been together as a group for about 10 months and have been playing shows all across the Midwest. This seven track EP is full of both brand new and older tracks the four have done together. Made up of 3 MC’s and one DJ/Producer, Escape Artists combine an old school sound with a fresh style.