Having taken the UK stage by storm in January whilst touring with Drake, Roc Nation signed rapper and rising star J. Cole sat down with SoulCulture in association with Orange Rockcorps to discuss the importance of giving back to the community and his ambitions to launch community-based musical support structures for disadvantaged youth.
Before I present to you guys Duality’s forthcoming project “VFS (View From the Stoop),” I leave you with the second leak off the project. This one is entitled “Do Right” and has visuals on the way. Duality & YNMD are dropping VFS March 7th. BE READY! Keep it locked for the “Do Right” visuals.
Why not share with you guys a previously released cut from Phil Ade that inspires me to keep distributing this music. “The Letter” is a track and video in which artists need to learn from. Phil put his heart and soul into this record and it shows. So with no further delay I’ll let you guys enjoy the “God’s Bathroom Floor” sampled cut above. Remember where quality Hip-Hop lives, #YNMD!
One of the staple forces behind Termanology’s ST. Da Squad, DJ Deadeye has been waiting patiently for his turn in the spotlight. Many already know the Puerto Rican-born, Massachusetts-raised Deadeye (born Dustin Hernandez) as Termanolgy’s DJ, but he’s spent the last six-years quietly building an impressive resume that goes far beyond just his inner circle. Having released multiple critically acclaimed mix tapes and touring extensively in the U.S. and internationally, opening for artists such as Kanye West, Ghostface Killah, M.O.P., DJ Premier and others, Deadeye has made a name for himself in the industry off the strength of his achievements with others. But in 2011, he’s ready to step to the forefront with his official debut album on Brick Records in collaboration with his own ST. Records imprint, Substance Abuse.
As executive producer, Deadeye crafts the album from top to bottom, assembling a fearsome cast of talent from across the hip hop spectrum, including Termanology, Cormega, Trife Diesel, Steele from Smif N Wesson, MC Esoteric, Reks, Big Rapper Pooh, Slaine, Reef the Lost Cauze, Skyzoo, Blacastan, ST. Da Squad and many others, with production from Statik Selektah (1982), DC the Midi Alien (East Coast Avengers), Arabian Knight, Moss, J. Cardim, Lee Bannon, MGI and Deadeye himself. Led by singles from Freddie Foxxx, Panchi (NYG’Z) & Big Shug (“Had It Comin’”) and Slaine, Esoteric, Krumbsnatcha & Ea$y Money (“Livin’ Lost”), Deadeye delivers a disc full of raw, exciting hip-hop that, despite its many contributors, remains an album with his own distinctive stamp on it.
DJ Deadeye’s debut, “Substance Abuse,” will be released on 3-22-2011 in conjunction with Brick/ST. Records and you can catch him at SxSW and on tour worldwide all throughout 2011 with Brick label mates 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology) and REKS.
Mike Classic is back with a classic. Download “Drop Bombs” below. Be sure to stay on watch for more to come.http://www.upthemtracks.net/adata/downloadaudio.php?AUDIOID=31676
“Lend me your ear for a minute – I got some shit on my chest.” So begins “Blame Game,” the latest video from DaVinci, who emerged in 2010 as one of hip-hop’s most gifted young lyricists, matching street grit and tough talk with genuine hope and optimism – and doing so all while avoiding the soapbox. This latest song, while not planned for inclusion on DaVinci’s upcoming EP, Feast Or Famine, or sophomore LP, The MOEna Lisa, feels more fitting as a lost track from The Day The Turf Stood Still. “It was like an overflow of lines that I didn’t get to say on the last album,” explains the Fillmore, San Francisco rapper. “It’s something that’s been especially on my mind because of Black History Month.”
The track, produced by Al Jieh of Drums & Ammo, flips the same Aphex Twin sample that Kanye employed on his recent album, while filtering the sample, making it feel as though the music is floating over the heavy drums – perfect when juxtaposed against DaVinci’s gruff flow and weighty subject matter. “Society blames the government for their problems – poverty, homelessness, gentrification, unemployment, drug abuse – yet, the government blames society for these same issues,” explains DaVinci when discussing the song’s inspiration. “Stole from the hood and gave it back to the rich/ On some backwards Robin Hood shit – robbin’ hood shit,” raps DaVinci, with the vivid imagery and wordplay, adding, “Seen dope fiend Archie leaning over on the park bench/ Nodding off of H, got my muthafuckin’ heart drenched/ I’m just happy I made it/ Even though the kid still feel emotionally sedated… Pray to God that he could take us from degraded to the greatest.”
Al Jieh makes his directorial debut with “Blame Game,” shooting the video entirely on a Digital Harinezumi, the Japanese to camera that has developed a cult-like following of recent. Tim Jieh, who also provided co-direction on DaVinci’s “What You Finna Do” video, handled editing for the video.
DaVinci’s Feast Or Famine EP will be released this spring, while DaVinci’s sophomore LP, The MOEna Lisa, will be released over the summer.
“Purple Rain & Kush Clouds” coming soon!