On May 20th, Kwabs will drop his Pray For Love EP. If the Plan B produced “Something Right” is any indication we’re in for quite a treat. Kwabs’ voice is both unique and warming, in the same vain as Aloe Blacc. If you have not yet, be sure to check out the Wrong Or Right EP, which is available now.
Marvelous Mag calls on Skyzoo to tag team on this DJ Phantom track, “Still Alive”. Mag a native from Brownsville can be heard on the Hus Kingpin Meets Pro Era EP. “Still Alive” is taken from the Florida Orange Juice mixtape which drops this spring. The mixtape features additional assistance from Hus Kingpin, Smoovth, Mach Hommu and Rozewood.
Collision Record’s artist Christon Gray, is a part of the collective We Live As Kings, known more commonly as W.L.A.K. Together with Dre Murray, Alex Faith, and Swoope Christon has seen some levels of notoriety, transforming into a feature on LeCrae’s Church Clothes mixtape series and on Andy Mineo’s Heroes For Sale album. On his lastest solo effort, School Of Roses Christon takes to showing off his plethora of talents from writing, singing, and rapping. The result is a very polished and cohesive album that offers an honest look into the world of an artist who swims against the mainstream.
The most apparent thing noticed on School of Roses, is the open discussion about the mind state of the singer as he battles again the demons within himself. The re-occurring theme of the album is a young man’s attempt to deal with the relationships in his life. He open discusses love, his faith, and the problems that can come for a young man when dealing with the two in the same context. Through out the journey, Christon remains transparent and crafts beautiful works of art around what seems like a bountiful amount of personal experience. Wise beyond his years, Gray dives head first on the “Roses” trilogy of songs on the album. Songs that feature only Christon’s vocals accompanied by piano, they provide the perfect backdrop to the album. Tying things together and packaging it with shiny wrapping paper and accompanying bow. Another stand out track on the album “Convenient” features contributions from Philly producer/emcee Wes Pendleton. Pendleton crafts a ethereal sound scape, where Christon once again deals with the complexities that attack an artist trying to remain on the right path spiritually. This is very apparent on the last 1/3 of the album, with tracks like “Arena (Final Hour)”, where Christon goes in to conversation with God and confesses to the whirlwind going on within himself. Centering himself after the personal confrontations through out the album.
Listening to School Of Roses, the comparisons and influences are obvious, which is unfortunate because they could lead to unfair criticism. I’ll save the argument for the sake of the readers sake, the album can be previewed and your own conclusions can be drawn. This album is a solid effort put together and polished by an artist who takes his craft very serious. Everything about the album is well thought out and delivered. The end result is an album you can play from front to back without skipping a track. An album which resonates with single and married adults, especially young men, who have dealt and continue to deal daily with the same struggles confessed through out the project.
When The Game dropped Doctor’s Advocate, he called in every favor possible to put together the 12 minute remix of “One Blood”. He calls upon Jim Jones, Snoop Dogg, Nas, T.I., The Game, Fat Joe, Lil’ Wayne, N.O.R.E., Jadakiss, Styles P, Fabolous, Juelz Santana, Rick Ross, Twista, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, WC, E-40, Bun B, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Young Dro, The Clipse and even Ja Rule.
Detroit Ambassador House Shoes is reissuing Danny Brown’s Hot Soup via his label Street Corner Music this Saturday for Record Store Day (April 19th for those who need a number style date). The first of 5 bonus cuts from the re-issue is this Nick Speed produced gem “Streets Of Detroit”. This is a must have! Before he was the Hybrid or XXX he was tearing up the mixtape scene in Detroit, come see what made him say “they want that Old Danny Brown”.
DJ Premier has launched his new website (www.premierwuzhere) and has also launched a new campaign that he’s calling “Bars In The Booth”. A series where he will invite capable emcees to the studio to get in the booth and spit over a track provided by himself. The first release from the project featured Papoose and was subsequently not featured on here due to my strict “NO PAPOOSE, EVER” policy. Sorry people, rules is rules. However, for the second release from the series Preemo called in the one and only, Dres from Black Sheep to rock the mic. Prem brings the best out of emcees.
“When the King has no clothes/you peep the fallacy/If they are great big stars/I’m a tiny galaxy” – Dres!
Lawrence MA native Reks reps his city to the fullest and is another in a long line of capable rappers from the city known as Lawtown. He hooked up with Hazardis Soundz on his newest offering, All Eyes On Reks and together they crafted an incredible album that won’t cost you a dime to listen to. Click below and get the project for free dollars and zero cents. You can thank me later, or don’t I do not care, just support real hip-hop music and let the artist know you got their back. Cause if I have to start hunting people down who did not support Reks and forced him to give up rapping for some unforeseeable reason I will, I promise you.
Imperial is not only an incredible producer and enthusiastic personal trainer, he can also put it down on the wheels of steel. Check out his HolyTape 5 mix for Holy Chill’s Youtube channel. The mix features the likes of Mr J Medeiros (The Procussions), Sareem Poems (L.A. Symphony), J-Live, Wes Pendleton, K.I.N.E.T.I.K., and other very dope selections. Can we get some more of the Sareem Poems project homie? Shout out to Illect Recordings for noticing the talent and introducing me to Imperial’s music.
1: Imperial – Everday
2: Sourface – Good Terms
3: Vanilla – Still Love You
4: Moods – Rain Showers
5: Mr J Medeiros – Forenoon (prod. Beatsofreen)
6: J-Live – Brand Nu Live (Imperial Remix)
7: Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. – Relax
8: Wes Pendleton – Don’t Make Me Wait
9: Handbook – The Way I Do
10: Sareem Poems & Imperial – God Bless The Child
11: Hawk House – Tidal Tendencies
Visuals for, Minneapolis emcee, Mally’s track “City of Fear” from his new album The Colors Of Black. The album is Mally’s second full length and is produced entirely by Last Word. The video fits the track perfectly, the beat has an post apocalyptic industrial feel to it, while MaLLy’s lyrics match the tone. This translates to the video perfectly. Stream the album below and purchase it at one of the two provided links. This album is getting a lot of spin in my daily rotation right now. It’s got a raw/polished feel to it, if that makes sense I recommend giving it a listen and judging for yourself, but I know you’ll dig it.
There is no telling how many times I’ve probably made this my “TOTD”, but it’s that important to me. I does not matter where I am, what I am doing, or who I am with, when this song drops I blank out. I can remember the first time I heard it and I get that exact same feeling to this day when I hear it. I am fortunate enough to have seen them perform it live before Fatlip and Tre decided to take breaks. I also ALWAYS have to rap along with Fatlip on his part of the track, I had a former love interest who always asked me to recite that verse to her. Ironically she also ended up “Passin’ Me By”, maybe it was some sick game? Hmmm…..