David Dallas: Take A Picture (Video)

Here’s the rundown…enjoy! Shouts to DuckDown.

David Dallas is back in NYC after a successful trip home to Auckland, NZ, where he did a series of sold out shows in New Zealand and Australia.

Today, mtvU premiered his latest video for “Take A Picture.” The video was conceived by Special Problems (production company behind Alicia Key’s HP commercial) and sees 7 different directors/animators interpreting 7 parts of the song. Each person was given a segment of the song and access to David Dallas. A few rules were put in place. Each scene was to be shot on a different format: 16mm film, VHS, Stop Motion, 3d Animation, and during the creation of the video, the directors were not allowed to know what each other were doing. The result is a series of beautiful, very different images pieced together to make the video.

David Dallas is currently working on his ‘Rose Tint’ Deluxe album that will be available on November 8th through Dawn Raid Ent / Dirty Management / Duck Down Music. The project, both digital & CD formats, will feature 4 bonus tracks from the original ‘Rose Tint’ album. The CD packaging will also include a bonus disc with the album instrumentals.

Yarshall ARTZ: Artz&Drafts (FreEP)

I gave this one the run through and wasn’t disappointed…I wasn’t WOWed, but I wasn’t disappointed. Overall this one is solid and I look forward to hearing more from Yarshall ARTZ in the near future. Now lets see how you guys feel about this one. Click play below to stream the entire EP and make sure you hit the jump for the official tracklist and full length download.

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Gerald Walker: Please, Shut The F**k Up!

Good sh*t fam…I see you out here grinding heavy. Keep it going, the world is about to be in your palms. Wish you nothing but good luck on this on going journey.

As the anticipation level for Gerald’s latest project, “The Other Half of Letting Go,” continues to grow, Walker makes sure to keep his fans well fed. With his latest single “Please, Shut the F*** Up” dropping today, he gets a lot off of his chest and let’s everyone everywhere know just how he’s really feeling. The song states that he’s going to continue to do him and be true to who he is. He advises that everyone else should do the same.

Download: Gerald Walker – Please, Shut The F**k Up!

The Black Sunn & 810: United Division (Album)

Today the young Baltimore hip-hop duo, The Black Sunn & 810, unleash their highly anticipated collaborative debut, United Division.

United Division comes after over a year of hard work in the studio and on the road; the 2 mcs played shows up and down the east coast and midwest, from back bars to the legendary SOB’s, spreading the word about their project, and about their hometown of Baltimore. The 19 track project features viral hits such as “DMV”, featured in the Baltimore City Paper, and “Props” and “I Don’t Care”, both featured on OkayPlayer.com, as well as never-heard-before hard hitting tracks.

“We are trying to show the world Baltimore, not just what you saw on The Wire,” says The Black Sunn, who proudly represents Baltimore in his music, speaking on the tough aspects of growing up in a financially depressed, often overlooked community, without relying on the drug-addled tales shown on TV. “We show the other side, but everything we do, we bring it back to Baltimore.”

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Daily Bread (Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown): Elephants (Oddisee Remix)

Daily Bread (Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown) continues to release new music as they campaign for their self-titled album Daily Bread. Today they’ve reached out to label mate and producer Oddisee (whose album Rock Creek Park officially comes out everywhere Sept 6th on CD) remix the standout track Elephants.

The Oddisee remix of Elephants is being made available on a special edition bonus 45 record that FatBeats will release on 9/13 with the 2xLP vinyl edition of the new popular album Daily Bread.

The remix brings Oddisee’s distinct drum patterns and Hassaan Mackey’s gruff flow at it’s best: “some down to earth shit the world aint ready for…verbs from the soul adding light to the mic.”

Download: Daily Bread (Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown) – Elephants (Oddisee Remix)

Young Scolla: Young Scolla Meets SMKA: Seconds Away (Album)

I’ll happily accept anything new from Young Scolla, a special talent who’s music is crisp and who’s grind is heavily on point. To me the man never really had to prove himself, it was simply a natural yes after that very first click. Hopefully those of you who have yet to mess with Scolla feel the same way after giving “Seconds Away” the good ol’ spin treatment. Now As a fan…I would personally like to see some kill visuals for “Round & Round.” Not anticipating…but who knows maybe some day in the future Scolla will go back and do that for us (drifts off in thought…zoned). Well anyway, enjoy this fresh new project from Young Scolla and SMKA entitled “Young Scolla Meets SMKA: Seconds Away.” #GoodSh*t!

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JD Era: Feat. LOKZ: Change

The Real Frequency has been putting on for the local Toronto, Canada, scene for a minute now. We’ve already seen some of what’s to offer with previous singles from their new album, The New North, and the quality keeps coming with another single, “Change,” this one courtesy JD Era, also recently anointed as the newest artist signed to Raekwon’s Ice H20 label. In the coming weeks, The Real Frequency and JD Era will also release a video for the single.

The track, which also features LOKZ, is easily one of the smoother songs on the compilation album, a fact that, according to JD Era, compliments and plays up the power of the song’s the message. “‘Change” was inspired by the title of The Real Frequency’s project The New North,” explains Era, adding that he feels the “album symbolizes a changing of the guard, a passing of the torch to those next up from Toronto.” JD’s laidback flow is framed by bouncing percussion, clean guitar, and fluid piano licks courtesy of producer Soundsmith and complimented by LOKZ’s effortlessly soulful vocals.

As with recent singles from The New North, this latest track is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes video, with JD Era discussing the significance of The Real Frequency and The New North album, shining a little light on his own track, and breaking down where he thinks Toronto hip-hop is headed in 2011 and beyond.

Download: JD Era: Feat. LOKZ – Change

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Smoke DZA: Rolling Stoned (Album) x Freestyle on Toca Tuesdays (Video) x Album Release Party @ SOB’s (Video)

The wait is finally over!

Smoke DZA sparks the mind and takes listeners on a smoked-out joyride on his brand new album, Rolling Stoned. The Kushedgod doesn’t roll solo, as DZA reps alongside an all-star lineup including Bun B, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, ASAP Rocky, Fiend, Trademark Da Skydiver, ScHoolboy Q, Big Sant and Den10. Rolling Stoned features the buzzing singles “On The Corner” featuring Bun and Big K.R.I.T. and “4 Loko” featuring fellow Harlem native ASAP Rocky.

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Yung Nate Feat El Prez: Feelin’ It (Prod. Kalby)

Oh yeaaa…One can never be upset with this collab. Two great MC’s coming together, giving it their all, and creating quality Hip-Hop. This be that kina ish we breathe for.

YungNate’s latest #FreeMusic release, “Feelin’ It” features El Prez, and production courtesy of Kalby. The feel good west-coast hip-hop vibe drives the song along, giving you a glimpse of LA, from the two MC’s perspective. In preparation for the up-coming release of his album, Meant To Be Broken YungNate will continue to release #FREEMUSIC. For all tour dates and everything YungNate visit atkboyent.com.

Download: Yung Nate Feat El Prez – Feelin’ It (Prod. Kalby)

Logic: Street Dreams

I’m about to hook you guys up on some pretty fat sacks. What I have for you here is something new from Logic entitled “Street Dreams.” This jawn serves as Logic’s homage to Big L. On top of the free download below…up above I have for you a flick which is a quick preview at Logic’s upcoming video. Make sure you keep it locked because there is definitely more on the way. #YoungSinatra

Download: Logic – Street Dreams

G-Side: I’m Sorry (Jake One Remix)

Huntsville, Alabama’s G-Side are ushering in a new era of Southern rap. Two of the hardest-grinding MCs in the business, ST 2 Lettaz and Yung Clova witnessed immense struggle firsthand and have worked ceaselessly to carve out a bright future for both themselves and their city, a hip-hop mini-Memphis in the making. Buttressed by the bass-heavy, space-age sounds of local production gurus Block Beattaz, G-Side are an inescapable force, a perfect mix of positivity and swagger preaching, as SPIN coined, “no-bullshit, no-excuses achievement”-living proof that the South doesn’t have to get dirty to get down.

The group’s hard-earned optimism wasn’t forged overnight. ST and Clova were raised a block apart from one another in nearby Athens, AL. It was a dry town, so juke joints (moonshiners) were as common as crack houses on their parallel streets, Acorn Hill and Box Alley. Their childhoods were peopled by dealers and fiends, cops and robbers. ST endured homelessness and the foster care system, while Clova faced similar poverty and watched family members struggle with addiction. As kids, had the same pastimes-hooping, hollering at girls, and rapping-so they eventually met around age 12 at the Athens Boys & Girls Club.

They started rapping together in 1999 inspired by the gangsta stylings of UGK, the fierce originality of Dungeon Family, and the independent spirit of No Limit Records. The name came easily-they hailed from the gutter side of town-and their chemistry was instant: ST with his laidback lyrical delivery and Clova with his icy straight-ahead style. After relocating to Huntsville to team up with Block Beattaz and the burgeoning Slow Motion Soundz label, G-Side began recording in earnest. Their first two albums, Sumthin 2 Hate (2007) and Starshipz & Rocketz (2008), showcased a duo on the rise, transitioning from street money to legitimate means as their local profile and web presence grew in tandem.

In 2009, G-Side broke through with Huntsville International, winning over tastemakers as diverse as HipHopDX, Pitchfork and NPR with a mix of woozy, synth-based production and sharp, style-steeped rhymes. They booked their own shows overseas-putting their city’s unique, SMS-anchored scene on the map-and solidified their rep with 2011’s The One…Cohesive, a stately and focused LP showcasing loads of local talent, live strings and piano, and samples as far-reaching as Enya and Beach House.

Despite G-Side’s worldwide expansion, they are still entirely independent and undeniably Southern. When they aren’t recording or on the road, Clova works in the Huntsville barber shop that he owns and ST works with local talent directing music videos-further testament to their ability excel against odds. On 11/11/11, G-Side will release their game-changing fifth album, Island, and wait for world to catch up.

Download: G-Side – I’m Sorry (Jake One Remix)

Kyle Rapps: On Air (Mixtape)

Kyle Rapps is excited to announce the release of his new mixtape, On Air, which is available today, August 29, for free download. The eight-track mixtape showcases a new sound for Kyle, with the NYC-based emcee choosing to flip samples from French electro duo Air throughout.

Kyle also threw KRS-One, Homeboy Sandman, and Talib Kweli into the mix, the latter of whom was featured on the EP’s first single, “Universe Traveler.” “The song is special to me for obvious reasons,” says Rapps. “Working with and gaining respect from one of the great lyricists of our time – that feels damn good.” On Air also includes a re-visited fan favorite with “Love Love 2”, a completely revamped song with Air-infused production and unmatched delivery from Kyle, Homeboy Sandman, and KRS-One.

The man behind On Air’s captivating production is Rapps’ long time friend and producer Nate G. “Nate G made it possible,” remarks Kyle. “His sample flipping game is at its peak here.” According to Rapps, one of the reasons the record sounds so intense is the duo’s mentality while locked in a Brooklyn studio. “Recording at his studio in Bushwick over these beats brought out a lot of my real thoughts and feelings on life, love, and society. It was therapy for me,” says Kyle.

Aside from the mixtape’s dope production and impressive collaborations, Kyle is proud of this new record because he has grown throughout the making of it. “On Air is right now, present tense, higher learning type shit,” says Rapps. “It feels like I went to school and became a French gangster.”

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Prano: 365 (Video)

Shouts to ThatsMajor.

Word is Prano is making a decent amount of noise with the impending release of his album “PranoBama“. Looks like this Boston native recently connected with Dre Films of Maybach Films for the video for his track “365.” The video now awaits you above so do what you must…and that’s press play :)