Brooklyn emcee, Kris Kasanova returns back to the scene with his sophomore project “WARPAINT”. Laced with diverse, quality production from Ibe & story filled & hunger pained verses from Kris, the 23 year old Brooklynite is set on setting himself apart from others with this project.
Features include Phil Ade, Rocki Evans, Lisa Gray, Jarv Dee, Ibe & more. Released on October 13th, “WARPAINT” is currently approaching 2,000 downloads.
Queens native, King I Divine hits us with a brand spakin’ new instrumental album entitled “East 54th.” Steam it below in it’s entirety and make sure you cop yourself a copy. Do enjoy.
“East 54th” showcases more of a chilled, experimental Hip Hop vibe than my past three releases, original based and sampled music interwoven with a running Summer theme in connection to my home state. It also features spoken word via LD Henriquez, a UK based poet with a love for real music, culture and thought-provoking poetry. – King I Divine
Get Sketch’s Virginia Tec-9 available on iTunes and for free download now. 17 original tracks featuring guest appearances Roc Marciao, Reef the Lost Cauze, Nipsey Hussle, Nickelus F, Uptown XO, K-Beta, Bloodsport and Midian. All production handled by J-Scrilla.
Chicago based talent, brandUn DeShay graces us with his latest of projects. This one is entitled “All Day DeShay” and features local talents such as Vic Mensa and Rockie Fresh. Hit the jump for the official back cover/tracklisting and the complete full length download. Appreciate! #Chi
The A3C folks behind this project are boss. Thank you for providing us, the fans, with a huge upcoming compilation project which features many talents in the game ranging from the likes of GLC to Ski Beatz to Dead Prez. Make sure you show your love and support for real Hip Hop and cop yourself the compilation.
Busy working on their Strange Music debut album for early 2012, ¡MAYDAY! made time to team up with eco clothing giant Patagonia and their recently launched Patagonia Music Collective program. Artists give an exclusive unreleased track and all the proceeds go to an environmental charity of the artists’ choice. Joining the likes of Maroon 5, Ziggy Marley, Crosby & Nash and more – check out ¡MAYDAY! and their new song “Slow Down” only available via The Patagonia Music Collective & Itunes. Proceeds go to ECOMB (Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches).
Evidence, the producer/MC who won global praise as a member of venerable L.A. outfit Dilated Peoples, is proud to present his second solo full-length, Cats & Dogs. With production from DJ Premier, The Alchemist, DJ Babu and more, alongside lyrical contributions from Slug of Atmosphere, Raekwon, Aloe Blacc, Prodigy, Aesop Rock, Krondon and more, Cats & Dogs is a feral demonstration of boom-bap instrumental sensibility underlying gully rhyme schemes. – DJBooth
Following the release of last week’s single “Spotlight,” iHipHop Distribution presents the latest single off the A3C Volume 1 compilation, Chase N Cashe’s “My House.” Chase is a member of the production team Surf Club along w/ Hit Boy (G.O.O.D. Music) & others and has produced music for artists such as Lil Wayne, Young Money, Eminem, Pussycat Dolls, Keri Hilson, Mary J. Blige, Flo-Rida, Brandy and P. Diddy. Pre-Orders of the A3C Volume 1 compilation are now available on
With a unique sound that has deep urban undertones and an alternative rocker mentality, Rockie continues to break barriers and defy conventions. Working with artists ranging from Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump to internet phenom Lil B, and with co-signs from the likes of new-age college rap sensations like Asher Roth and Kidz In The Hall, Rockie’s grassroots movement has every corner of the music world talking. From Complex Magazine to BroBible.com, The Source to MyspaceMusic, and BET to RockTheVote, Rockie is quickly taking the industry by storm.
Ohh…It’s your old man.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s iconic solo debut, Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, is being re-released as a one-of-a-kind deluxe box set. The re-issue will be accompanied by a number of rare, limited edition, and value-added goodies, and will be available for purchase on November 22 via burgeoning imprint Get On Down.
The Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version Wallet Box includes a re-mastered double CD that includes original album as well as remixes, a capellas, instrumentals, and other rarities. In addition, there’s a vintage “On Tour” poster, extended artwork, promotional sticker, detailed liner notes, and an exclusive billfold wallet, where you will be able to put your complimentary laminated Ol’ Dirty Bastard food stamp card. “We all knew that if we were going to do this, we had to include a physical version of that card, there was no other way to do it,” explains Get On Down General Manager, Rob Reilly. “We really wanted the packaging to compliment the creative genius that is Ol’ Dirty Bastard.”
For Get On Down, it was important to make sure that the special edition transcend all types of fans. “The box set,” claims Reilly, “is a collector’s item for people who aren’t even collectors.” Get On Down, the self-proclaimed “music imprint for music nerds by music nerds,” has released and reissued over 50 albums, such as GZA’s Liquid Swords and Muddy Waters’ After The Rain. But crafting this ODB box set holds a special place in their heart. “We firmly believe Dirty was an icon,” says Rob Reilly. “There is truly no way anyone will ever be able to emulate that style of his. The rap game just is not the same without his presence.”
First official release from Statik Selektah’s Population Control album in stores Oct. 25th on Showoff / Duck Down Music. “Play The Game” features Big K.R.I.T. & Freddie Gibbs. The lead record will be available on iTunes tomorrow (Sat., Sept 17th) for 99 cents.
Ill Amerikah and LRG are proud to present “The Wonder Year” movie screening and after party on Friday, September 30, 2011. The two-fold event will feature the official movie screening as well as after party featuring 9th Wonder and special performances.
“The Wonder Year” movie screening will take place Friday, September 30, 2011 from 4pm-7am at Columbia College 618 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago (2nd Floor; Stage 2). “The Wonder Year” tells the story of a year in the life of CEO, NAACP ambassador, Duke University professor, husband, father, son, and Grammy Award Winning Producer, 9th Wonder. The movie screening is open to the public. Columbia College students are FREE with school I.D. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door.
“The Wonder Year” official after party will take place Friday, September 30, 2011 from 9pm-3am at Reggie’s Rock Club 2109 S. State Street, Chicago. The after party will feature 9th Wonder, DJ Jeff Da Illest, Phil G, Project Mayhem, and Jules Esquire. The celebration will also feature a special V.I.P. Rooftop Tasting, sponsored by Hennessy.
This flyer has been floating around for some time now, so I hope my fellow Hip Hop followers have been keeping up. This however is for those of you who are still in slumber. Wake up!…a bomb shell of talent is hitting Chicago in the upcoming month. Hope to see you all at the meeting ground. Get ready and stay safe!
Statik Selektah and The good people over @ DuckDown have decided to let loose the official tracklist for Statik’s upcoming project, “Population Control.” Hit the jump for the peek at the goods and pre-order your copy below.
While the buzz around Blu has continued to grow, one aspect of the L.A. rapper’s artistry has been overlooked: he’s also becoming one of hip-hop’s best up-and-coming producers. Since his early work with producers Exile, Ta’Raach, and Mainframe, Blu has turned to creating his own soundscapes, crafting the entire Her Favorite Colo(u)r project, as well as a handful of standout’s on the recently released Jesus. Now, he’s putting his beats on full display, with the production album Open, to be released on September 27th, 2011 through New World Color / Nature Sounds. Originally posted online as a Blu-produced instrumental set, Open has been transformed into a full-fledged production album. Johnson Barnes and his gang of like-minded MCs laid vocals to every track, making this Open a brand new collection.
Featuring a slew of promising up-and-comers on the mic, Open is a perfect showcase for Blu’s hazy, lo-fi production. Along with two show-stopping appearances from Blu himself, the album features buzzed-about MCs like Fresh Daily, ScienZe, and Sene, as well as newer names like Just Lee and Tribe of Levi. All guests were hand-picked by Blu, so Open also showcases his ear for talent, turning hip-hop fans on to the next generation of rhyme-spitters. But in the tradition of classic production albums like In Control Vol. 1 and Soul Survivor, the main focus here is on the beats, which showcase the distinct sound a talented young beat-maker has been creating.
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.”
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!
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.
Lee Bannon’s “Search & Destroy” Single is Out Now via Plug Research!
The Sacramento producer has been paying dues for years, and his upcoming album “Fantastic Plastic” is dropping early 2012 via Plug Research/Kash Roc Entertainment.
Last week, the legendary DJ Premier premiered the b-side to the single “The Things” ft. Del the Funky Homosapien to a great response. Today, enjoy the free download of the tittle track to the single “Search & Destroy” featuring Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids. The chemistry between Chuck English over Lee Bannon’s production is undeniable while Lee Bannon stretches the instrumental till the end of the track, somewhat reminiscent of a mix between Madlib and Flying Lotus.
The banger that is “Trouble” by Bei Maejor, featuring J. Cole is finally out on iTunes NOW! Make sure you pick up the download below. Appreciate the preview….You’re welcome. Shout out to MissDimplez.