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!
As Ramz continues to work on his forthcoming project “Quite Frankly…” he delivers us a fresh new joint that didn’t make the cut for his mixtape. As of now “Quite Frankly…” has no release date but stay tuned and I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated with upcoming info. Props go to the good folks over @ Piegons&Planes.http://www.upthemtracks.net/adata/downloadaudio.php?AUDIOID=31674
Before the “Real World” Mixtape is released on Friday, March 4, *PriCeLeSs* hits us with a leak titled “Head Up” which features Eric Vintage, Cali Nate & D/WiLL. If you’re looking for a bit more info on “Real World” hit the jump, I’ve included the back cover/tracklist for you guys to check out. MARCH 4TH, Don’t forget!http://www.upthemtracks.net/adata/downloadaudio.php?AUDIOID=31672
Stealth checks in with something new titled “Higher Learning.” Aside from the obvious sample from the movie, this track is about the struggle of overcoming and learning to rise higher when it comes to dealing with emotions and how you express yourself in your relationships with people. Production credit goes to Stealth as well.
Tomorrow is the day that YC finally unleashes “Fall FWD” upon us. Today however YC felt he had to drop one last leak. The leak is titled “Unconscious” and like I said is the final leak off “Fall FWD.” You guys already know the drop date so stay on watch and make sure you support some of the best Hip-Hop out today.http://www.upthemtracks.net/adata/downloadaudio.php?AUDIOID=31668
JoJo P drops us off these fresh new visuals for one of his more recent cuts titled “Flawless.” Up top waits the play button and I have made the track downloadable for your enjoyment.
Aris Jerome, director of Mistah FAB’s “Boom Bap” and Lil B’s “MySpace” music videoes brings us this dark, twisted short film, featuring the beautiful Arnelle Lozada, PR/Marketing genius from San Francisco. Music composed by none other than, brandUn DeShay.
The kid raps using over 120 film titles, shoots a one-shot through a historic movie theatre downtown, NYC. Directed by Dred and Ronin of HotMop Films. The clip stars rapper T.Shirt, and model Klazina Crawford, with various cameos by artists and producers such as Darvin Silva, twin rockband, The Astor Kings, jewelry designer Osa, of Complete Technique, and conceptual street artists, URNEWYORK, to name a few.
Full List of Movies Used:
Born On The Fourth of July, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Lost In Translation, Almost Famous, The Invention Of Lying, Little Miss Sunshine, Paper Heart, Brief Encounter, Jurassic Park, Raging Bull, A World Apart, Annie Hall, Sexy Beast, Alpha Dog, Unfaithful, Sex, Lies And Videotape, There Will Be Blood, Psycho, American History X, The Departed, One Flew Over The Cukkoo’s Nest, The Dark Knight, Into The Wild, Manhattan, Night Of The Living Dead, Brazil, Judge Dredd, Public Enemies, Ghost Dog, Catch Me If You Can, Liar, Liar, Man On Fire, Dog Town, Do The Right Thing, Forever, Unforgiven, A Beautiful Mind, Pretty Woman, Big Daddy, Rocky, Pollock, Fight Club, Up, Love Actually, Love, Strangers On A Train, Crash The Devil Wears Prada, The Color Purple, Clockwork Orange, Snatch, Belly, Bad Boy, Alien, Girl Interrupted, Blade Runner, Poetic Justice, School Daze, Mean Streets, A Bronx Tale, Boondock Saints, Time To Kill, Coffee and Cigarettes, Chinatown, On The Waterfront, 500 Days Of Summer, Bonny And Clyde, City Lights, Casablanca, Singin’ In The Rain, Mystic River, The Kid, The Usual Suspects, 12 Monkeys, Big Fish, Once Upon A Time In America, Goodfellas, Modern Times, The Incredibles, Star Trek, A Wonderful Life, Bourne Ultimatum, Taxi Driver, Paths Of Glory, The Million Dollar Baby, Die Hard, Toy Story, The Big Lebowski, Blow, Scarface, Pulp Fiction, The Great Dictator, Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, Old Boy, Sin City, Central Station, No Country For Old Men, Grapes Of Wrath, Changeling, Sixth Sense, L.A. Confidential, Children Of Men, Hope, 25th Hour, Memento, Some Like It Hot, District 9, Touch Of Evil, U Turn, 12 Angry Men, Funny People, Finding Nemo, The Bridge On The River Kwai, Princess Bride, The Lady Vanishes, Vanilla Sky, I_NY, A Brief Encounter, The Best Years Of Our Lives
R.I.M.E. radio hosts Kheemith & Simply M.O. interview SF rap duo The Jealous Guys. The Jealous guys break down their “Life Insomniac” movement, their rap styles, and their musical inspiration.
Shane Eli’s latest effort. When We Were Kings finds the L.A. rapper/producer drawing on the tradition of luminaries from Pac and Hova to Muhammad Ali and Geoffrey Canada (who appear in sampled interviews, adorned with authentic cuts by DJ Critical Hype). Delivered over a self-produced, chopped-sample instrumental, Eli lyrically launches a bitter (but constructive) attack against the status quo: “Free market business got the most packed prisons, torn down systems two teachers to a district, and the kids can’t read ‘cause their textbooks are missing.”
“When We Were Kings” is the third official release from Shane Eli’s upcoming album, “I Can Do Better”, hosted by DJ Skee and dropping via DJBooth in March. Guests set to appear on the album include Laws, Smoke DZA, El Prez, Playboy Tre, Rittz, Aleon Craft, Ahmad and more.
In our 3rd episode of our video interview series “The Measure”, we caught up with vitaminTHICK Co-Owner Elliott Curtis. Elliott spoke with us about starting vitaminTHICK as a custom sneaker design team, entering retail, success and obstacles, and becoming a premium brand. – JENESIS Mag
Prophetic is back and he’s spittin’ heat. “MPMP2″ is the sequel to his previous release “MPMP (Mo Profit Mo Progress).” Even though this project is a quick 7 tracks I still feel it is a very complete project. Each song left me looking forward to the next…and my personal favorite cut off the project is “A Lil Mo.” Hopefully you guys take the time to peep this one, I co-sign and suggest this tape 110% of the way. Now you already know what awaits you after the link. #SupportGoodHipHop
Pharoahe Monch’s “W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)” album officially drops March 22nd. Pharoahe Monch “W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)” is a 13-track album with an eclectic mix of feature artists such as Jill Scott, Styles P, Immortal Technique, Vernon Reid, Citizen Cope, Phonte, Jean Grae, Mr. Porter, Idris Elba, Royce Da 5’9″ & more. The album has production from Marco Polo, M-Phazes, Diamond D, Exile, Pharoahe Monch himself & more. No appreciate these new visuals for “The Warning,” directed by Todd Angkasuwan, also containing a portion of Pharoahe Monch’s title track, “W.A.R.” featuring Immortal Technique.
Our homie Dreamon just dropped off this fresh new track where he decides to go in on Khalifa’s single, “Roll Up.” The Dreamix awaits you below, enjoy!