Tech N9ne’s 2013 album Something Else is probably the most growth we’ve seen from Tech over a record. This is coming from someone who was checking for Tech back in the Wake Up Show days, when all he had out was “Planet Rock” before Calm Before The Storm even dropped. Tech can spit like nobody’s business. His label Strange Music has redefined what an independent music label can do and be. He recently signed Murs to his label. He was on the Black Hippy movement before anyone else, when he signed Jay Rock. He continues to evolve which is crazy. This is a man who packs shows like Jay-Z and rocks shows like……I mean like nobody you can imagine. Here we get Tech and Kendrick giving verses providing hope and recognition to the real artists. With !Mayday! and Kendall Morgan vocals on the hook.
Freestyle Fellowship/Project Blowed/Good Life veteran P.E.A.C.E. freestyles over a trap beat proving why he is the very embodiment of an EMCEE. If you are not up on P.E.A.C.E. or the FF or PB, then once again Google is your friend and be prepared to dig deep. These cats influenced some of your favorite emcees in the game. And by influenced I mean birthed their styles.
It’s no Timbo x Bubba K, but I’m not all that mad at the man. Because it’s also no Ms Fat Booty, and that’s a good thing. This has always been Bubba’s lane to reach the masses. Nobody can argue that Bubba can’t spit, there is a family of Dungeon style fellas in the GA who would refute that claim. On Deliverance this style of mixing country elements with Bubba’s voice was explored and it was critically acclaimed. Timbaland’s production also had a lot to do with it as well. The album might not have done the numbers it should have but people respected it. On his newest album Pain Management, Sparxxx dives deeper into the fusion of rap and country. He obviously is not the pioneer in this, but he does have the sound to bridge the two. “Right” features Rodney Atkins on the hook and Bubba spitting some retrospective lyrics the type which made Deliverance such a hit. His laid back smooth vocals fit perfect with some country guitar, maybe a little violin, shoot even a banjo or two.
If you aren’t familiar with House Shoes The King James Version then google and get back to me. Well, press play below first, then google. A dedication to Shoes’ friend James Yancey known worldwide as J Dilla. This is part 1 of Vol 2 in the series and presented on Mad Decent Worldwide Radio. All the tracks are taken from records used by Dilla in creating one of the most dynamic Hip-Hop production catalogs in history. All vinyl, no MP3s or Youtube rips were used in making of this mix. So go ahead and mark off the next 45 minutes from your calendar and let this sink in. FOOL!!! #EverydayIsDillaDay Check out Mad Decent Worldwide Radio for a gang of podcasts
Mara Hruby from Oakland, California is approaching the release date for her upcoming EP Archaic Rapture which will be dropping on March 18th. Her smooth voice effortlessly draws out emotions held deep in the soul on her first single from the project “Cry Me A River”, not to be confused with J.T.’s song of the same title, however not exactly the same nature. Since 2010 she has been making waves and now those waves are set to turn tidal.
W.L.A.K. (We Live As Kings) is a Hip-Hop collective who’s song “King In Me” was featured in the American Idol Super Bowl commercial. Christon Grey & Swoope, 1/2 of W.L.A.K., are featured on the track which is now available for consumption. Recognize your potential, know that you are made in the imagine of much more than your earthly parents. You are predestined for greatness through grace. Check it out and if you like it click the link below to purchase on their self titled album on iTunes.
PURCHASE: W.L.A.K. – W.L.A.K. (ALBUM)
Proxy released his album Magnificent in September of last year and he’s getting ready to release a video for his next single from the album. “Life Changed Me” is inspired by some of the incarcerated youth that Proxy works with. His album features collaborative efforts with fellow emcees Ahmad, Braille, Propoganda, Jurny Big, and others, as well as production assistance from Symbolyc One (S1) on several tracks.
PURCHASE: PROXY – MAGNIFICENT
Video from South Chicago RnB singer Chris James featuring King Push. Purchase the single from iTunes by clicking here. Be sure to check out Chris James L.I.F.E. (Love Isn’t For Everyone) dropping this year. Since linking up with John Monopoly and Rich America in 2012, see Kanye West, things have been looking up for the Chi-Town soul singer. Video was directed by Gravitii Films
PyInfamous, is not only one of the coldest emcees and a rapper’s rapper, but he is also the subject of of The Turnup Sessions third volume. PyInfamous talks to the Turnup guys about his inspiration and musical influences in between snippets of his songs “Praise” and “New Life”. Both selections are taken from PyInfamous’ last release Final Discussion, produced entirely by Sam.I.Am The Son. I think they read my mind, because these two tracks are my personal favorites on the album. Soulful and introspective, which is usually a prerequisite when it comes to my personal tastes in music. PyInfamous might be familiar to you as he was Coors Light’s Coldest Emcee a short time ago, recognized by his live performance and given the chance to open up some shows for N.E.R.D. as a result.
PURCHASE: PYINFAMOUS & SAM.I.AM THE SON – FINAL DISCUSSION
Pete Rock’s “Dilla Mix 2014” from Backspin Radio on Sirius radio. That’s pretty much all I need to say about all that. Download it and listen on repeat and stop celebrating Dilla one day a year. I been said it #EverydayIsDillaDay