NY Native , Queens Raised, hip-hop artist J.Dinero is more than just a pretty face. This Chinese, Puerto Rican, & African American rapstress is hip-hop’s exotic black Madonna. She’s got sex appeal, edge, controversy, sass, flow, and commands respect and attention by just entering a room that both men and women can’t help but respect her point of view and hustle mentality.
New Orleans emcee Truth Universal presents the self-directed music video for “Motivated”, the DJ Waht-produced single “Motivated”, from his new album Invent The Future featuring Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Khrysis!, Kev Brown, P.U.D.G.E., Lyrikill, Shawde Banx and AF THE NAYSAYER. “Motivated” features guest vocals from singer Sybil Shanell, and the video was edited by Legaux for Legaux Blox. Born in Trinidad, Truth moved to New Orleans at age 4, and 2000 saw his first release, the Dashiki Dialogue 12″. Truth was forced to relocate temporarily to Houston after Hurricane Katrina, dropping his debut album Self-Determination around that time and following up with Guerrilla Business. “DJ Waht chopped the drums off EPMD’s ‘Jane’,” says Truth of “Motivated”. ” I brought the lyrics. Sybil listened to the content and freestyled this hook. I love Hip Hop, and no matter how difficult entities which may have some sort of gate keeping status make it for us, I’m motivated to overcome the BS. ” Invent The Future is out now on iTunes.
Ben Official’s latest single “I’m Sorry” is a mellow mid tempo ballad. The song describes Ben’s subliminal profession to his love, but he nicely says he is better without her. The vivid story telling aspects to his music sets him apart from many artists today. The music video was produced by Deepend Cinema and directed by Asa Davis.
The Soul/R&B artist is also a Chicago native, he released his debut album Circa 87 in July of 2013. Ben recently performed for Sol Village at S.O.B’s in New York City CMJ week along side some of R&B’s hottest artist including J. Holiday, Leigh Bush and Austin Brown. Upon the release of Circa 87 Ben’s music has surfaced on many popular music blogs such as Singersroom.com, Thenext2shine.com, andFakeShoreDrive.com. Thisisrnb.com and DJbooth.net have also taken notice to the soulful sounds of Ben Official.
Ben is currently working on his next project and is part of the Soul Trap Band. Mean while, we can expect to see more music videos and live performances from this fresh and talented gentlemen.
Melanin 9 “Amulets” 12″ Maxi-Single coming in early 2014 on Blunted Astronaut Records.
I’D RATHER BE HIGH is taken from the best selling, critically acclaimed THE NEXT DAY ‘The greatest comeback album in rock’n'roll history’ (The Independent) which upon it’s release reached #1 in 15 countries.
THE NEXT DAY has proved the adage ‘There’s old wave, there’s new wave and there’s David Bowie’ by not only being one of the best selling vinyl albums of the year but also producing a top ten DMC Buzz and Music Week Cool Cuts hit.
I’D RATHER BE HIGH (VENETIAN MIX) features on the December 17th release of a special white vinyl 12″ of the aforementioned club hit, the James Murphy mix LOVE IS LOST, housed in a unique die cut sleeve designed by Jonathan Barnbrook.
Side A LOVE IS LOST (HELLO STEVE REICH MIX BY JAMES MURPHY FOR THE DFA)
Side B I’D RATHER BE HIGH (VENETIAN MIX), LOVE IS LOST (HELLO STEVE REICH MIX EDIT BY JAMES MURPHY FOR THE DFA)
The remixes are taken from THE NEXT DAY EXTRA three disc set which features the original 14 song album featuring WHERE ARE WE NOW?, THE STARS (ARE OUT TONIGHT), THE NEXT DAY, VALENTINE’S DAY and the original versions of LOVE IS LOST and I’D RATHER BE HIGH as well as a 10 track companion album with five unheard songs, the two new remixes and a DVD featuring four videos from THE NEXT DAY.
After dropping a successful new mixtape last month , “Patience & Planning” , I have moved out to NY temporarily to work harder on my Career. Once again I thank all of you for your past support and will continue to work hard in order to bring you my best. Please enjoy this new self-directed and edited video shot at BRNDstudios in brooklyn.
Montreal rapper Big Bricc (best known from duo Underground Realroad) has posted his latest music video ‘You Don’t Know’ to follow his last video ‘Trash Talking ft. David Lee’ in support of his debut mixtape ‘Journey Through The Lower City’ released on November 15th, which local magazine Cult MTL named one of eight local rap records you need to hear!
The original version was released earlier this year and did very well in Africa. Now there’s a UK remix by London Afrobeat Producer Triple O featuring Moelogo & May7ven (of Ten Ten fame) and it’s building well in the UK at the moment. The track is currently playlisted on Capital XTRA, Kiss Fresh and is the featured Weekend Anthem on BBC 1XTRA this weekend (7-8th Dec). When the remix was first available on the producer’s website it was downloaded 5 million times – now, off the back of this interest, Mr2Kay is visiting to the UK for promotion in January when the record is getting a full global release
The Story is the latest visual off of the Komrade – Fallen Empire album. Featuring both members of the Brothers Grim this video showcases the brothers riding bikes through the streets of Beverly where they grew up. This track finds the brothers on a serious tone reflecting on their childhood growing up on the Northside of Edmonton and the 118 Avenue. Directed by GVTV and produced by DJ Rekonsyle.
Brothers Grim has 5 years in the game with over 100 performances, 3 full length CD’s and over a dozen music videos. Hailing from the 118 Avenue of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Brothers continue to represent Canadian Hip Hop and the Battleaxe Warrior movement having just completing a 26 tour date across Canada with Madchild for the Lawnmower Man tour.
To celebrate the holiday spirit, rapper Nissim released a new video in collaboration with Jewish website Aish. As he raps over beautifully-dark string parts, Nissim, formerly known as D.Black, describes the drugs and violence of the Seattle streets where he grew up. While the video is set in an abandoned building, the MC alludes to his mother’s tragic drug overdose death. Still, the video’s message feels uplifting: Nissim’s spiritual journey led him to Orthodox Judaism, which allowed him to overcome the circumstances of his difficult upbringing.
As D.Black, Nissim produced material for Young Buck and The Game. Nissim’s recently-released, self-titled album is his first full-length project since his conversion to Judaism.
DANKO JONES RELEASES ARTISTIC VIDEO FOR “LEGS” BY ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR BRUCE LABRUCE WATCH THE UNCENSORED VERSION OF THE VIDEO HERE
DANKO JONES has just released the official video for their latest single “Legs” with acclaimed and often controversial Canadian director Bruce LaBruce at the helm. The visually captivating video mirrors the works of Pierre Molinier and applies an artistic yet eccentric use of sexuality.
LaBruce, who is best known for his sexually charged and culturally challenging productions has been looking forward to working with the band for a long time. Says LaBruce, “I’ve known Danko and John for many years, and I went to many Danko Jones shows when they were first starting out in Toronto and in New York. After reconnecting with Danko last year at his book launch, we decided it was finally time for me to do a video for them.”
The video itself is in line with the direct vision LaBruce had to create a spectacular and unexpected video for the song. “Danko suggested their song “Legs”, and for some reason I immediately thought of some of my sexy and leggy acquaintances in the M-F transsexual community. I really love the work of the famous photographer Pierre Molinier, whose gender bending photographs have influenced a variety of artists, so I decided to pay tribute to his work in the video.” Alongside LaBruce was art director Kenny Baird who has notably worked with Floria Sigismondi on some of her most successful music videos.
The result is a striking and unique video that joins the long list of videos the band has made over the years including the “Below The Belt” trilogy and the documentary “Bring On The Mountain” (both directed by The Diamond Brothers). Says Danko of the collaboration, “Why this collaboration with Bruce LaBruce didn’t happen sooner is beyond me. From writing the liner notes to our second release, to using our song in his 1999 movie, “Skin Flick/ Skin Gang”, Bruce’s connection to our band is irrefutable.”
This past year Danko Jones have been touring extensively selling out shows all over Europe and Canada. The band recently completed its two biggest US tours to date; supporting Volbeat across the country as well spending 5 weeks on the road with the 2013 Uproar Festival. The band has also reached its highest ever radio ratings in the US with the single “Just A Beautiful Day” peaking at no. 26 on the Active Rock charts.
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Following the release of producer Reckonize Real’s debut album Dopamine, we get our first visual for the lead single “The Business” featuring Torae, M-Dot & Tribeca. The quirky comic book style video follows the independent emcees in their respected neighborhoods dodging zombies, who are representing the commercial side of things and driven by mainstream music.
Eddie Timmons has been receiving a lot of positive feedback from industry executives, popular media outlets and entertainment influencers such as Ryan Seacrest for his covers of hit songs such as: Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie”, Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven”, and Lorde’s “Royals”.
His new video for his first original signal “Like the Last” is sure to please with it’s sexy visuals and relatable storyline.
Endemic, “Cardinal” f. Darkim Be Allah, Supreme | Roc Marciano, Tragedy Khadafi, Afu Ra, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Skyzoo guest on “Terminal Illness 2″
UK producer Endemic presents the Rodolfo Duran-directed music video for “Cardinal”, his new single featuring Darkim Be Allah and Supreme. A native of the United Kingdom regarded as one of the country’s foremost hiphop producers, Endemic recently moved to New York City via a USA O-1 artist visa for “persons of extraordinary ability”. Following on the heels of “High Society” featuring Tragedy Khadafi, Afu Ra and Ruste Juxx and “Capos” featuring Roc Marciano, Kevlaar 7 and P.R. Terrorist, “Cardinal” is the third single from Terminal Illness 2, which also features Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, DJ Switch, Bronze Nazareth, Salute Da Kidd, Killah Priest, Hell Razah, Shabazz The Disciple, Bugsy Da God, Cyrus Malachi, Tesla’s Ghost, Ray Vendetta, Sav Killz, Prodigal Sunn, William Cooper and M9. TI2 is the followup to the 2009 Money Maker/EMI release Terminal Illness, which featured Sean Price as well as UK artists C Mone and Triple Darkness, and received radio play from DJ Premier. In 2010 Duck Down Records released Adamantine, Endemic’s collaboration record with Ruste Juxx which featured General Steele of Smif N Wessun and Ill Bill. Terminal Illness 2 is in stores now, and drops digitally December 17 on No Cure Records.
When you’re up against the wall, there are only two things you can do, back down or fight. Total Kaos, has never been one to turn away, when it is time to stand up and fight for what he believes in he’s always ready. Joining him on this track is Grand Hustle’s very own Doe B & Rico Barrino and the Street’s A&R Bigga Rankin rounds out this all-star combination directed by Two Three Films.
West Coast Pass gives you a chance to cruise through Los Angeles in a 1966 Chevelle with EARLY. He started off this journey to HIGH NOON, struggling in a new city to be “TIMELESS”. He let the people know he wouldn’t lose hope while playing the City Of Angels special own “LOTTO”. After surviving all the adversity in the city, EARLY created a tribute for the tuff love the city gave him. What doesn’t kill ya, makes ya stronger.
Toronto street MC Tommy SPITZ teams up with Duck Down Records own Starang Wondah for his latest release “Help Me”. The record was produced by Shy Juelz and will appear on an upcoming Tommy SPITZ project to be announced soon.
Following the Success of V.I.C’s “Wobble,” Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle,” and DJ Casper’s “Cha Cha Slide,” “Big Thang 4 Big Girls (BT4BG)” by Mississippi-native artist Kounty Line is the latest installment of the line dance craze. In the last month, several line dance crews have created their own YouTube videos to the catchy “Big Thang 4 Big Girls (BT4BG),” and now the official lyric video, recently named “the best lyric video of all time” by Yahoo! Music
Nashville rapper and underground favorite Starlito returned with the follow-up to his critically acclaimed solo album “Cold Turkey”, just in time for Thanksgiving. This one, titled “Fried Turkey”, comes shortly after his collaboration album with Don Trip, “Step Brothers 2″, which was also very well received.
Here’s my official video for “Turntup” shot in Augusta, GA @ Apple Valley Park. Thanks to everyone at the cookout who allowed me to shoot and big shoutout to my dude Keenan Murray for arranging it all. This is as raw as it gets for me lol. Hope you enjoy! -Nat