Raashan Ahmad takes the opportunity to speak on the growing gun obsession. Featured on his album Ceremony which is available now, RIGHT NOW. Click the link below and purchase it. Thanks. Also, guns do not kill people, people kill people….with guns. Everyday. It’s happening right now. And now. And now again. It’s not a gun thing it’s a human respect thing, it’s a value of life thing. Viva Los Crown City Rockers…..
Truth Universal speaks with Harn Solo for Reaching Higher on the process of making his latest project Invent The Future. Branching out to work with producers like Khrysis, Kev Brown, P.U.D.G.E. plus many more and emcees Rakaa Iriscience, Lyrikill and others while keeping true to the vibe and feel of the project.
Jazz Spastiks call upon the power of Apani B Fly for their newest collaborative effort. In the vain of the tracks featuring Count Bass D and Moka Only, this is jazzy and funky. Apani shows and proves on the track, letting everyone know when it comes to being a straight up emcee, she’s able to hold her on, regardless of gender.
On “City of Fear” Mally paints a bleak picture of a world in a state of emergency. This serves as the official single from the forthcoming album The Colors Of Black dropping on April 8th. Produced by Last Word, allowing Mally to ride the beat with ferocity and determination. If the revolution ends up being televised this could certainly make the soundtrack.
Hieroglyphics presents for your audible pleasure, The School System, a collective of emcees reppin’ the Bay Area’s unique sound. The crew is composed of LB Select, Casual aka Smash Rockwell aka #RapGod, Izrell, and Shark Sinatra. LB, Casual, and Izrell are featured on this debut track from the album Mystery School, the video is shocking to start with to say the least. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart. The emcees’ can hold their own with anyone, and when they form together the result is audio assault on all non-believers and those who continue to think the Bay Area is nothing but hyphy music. Do some research and respect the movement.
Lyric Jones, from Boston, MA, is no stranger to the Hip-Hop realm. She’s been putting in work for a while now, she’s worked with Grammy-winner Esperanza Spaulding in 2012 as well as Phife on her last album. “Magnetic” is the second single from her EP-length Love’s Trail Mix which drops on April, 22nd. She shows her array of skills by co-producing the track, singing on the hook, and delivering some melodic wordplay on a couple verses. Believe that the album will be worth checking out. Cuts provided by DJ Wayne Ski.
For reasons, I haven’t given Grieves album Winter & The Wolves a shot. I usually don’t get in to Rhymesayers’ artists. This is nothing meaningful, I just usually don’t get into the music (save Freeway and some Ali stuff). I respect the hell out of their movement and fans though. They stick to their guns and they have developed something special. That being said, I saw this sitting in my inbox and decided to click play. I’m glad I did. It’s fresh and borders on some indie rock stuff. Now, I’m going to check out the album…..I might even dig into some other Rhymesayers releases……perhaps…
Some new new from Dam-Funk, new as in recorded and posted TODAY new. I’m talking 7 minutes of nothing but some funky stuff. Dam has been on a roll lately, especially on social media. He publicly vowed to refrain from allowing the n-word to be recorded on his tracks in the future. He’s been venturing in new directions and showing artistic growth. He’s handled the mediocre reception that 7 Days Of Funk has had, with style and grace. “Never Gon’ Sell Out, Never Gon’ Sell My Soul” is pretty self explanatory, as he shows that the funk comes as easily to him as crying to a new born child fresh out the womb.
Today marks what would have been the 65th birthday of Mr. Gil Scott-Heron. Few artists have had the social impact that Gil had through out his career as an activist, a poet, an author, and a vocalist. Always honest with himself and with his audience, his music defined a generation. I could go on for hours talking about Gil, but there are people far better than I to put his life into words. So I’ll speak about his music and the difference it made in my life. I was introduced to Gil in my teenage years because I heard Chuck D talk about him during an interview. I was a huge Public Enemy fan, growing up, which could explain a lot about me, I suppose. Of course, I was unable to jump on my computer and go to Youtube and listen to him. No, I had to find his music, it came in the form of a tape I bought at my local Disc Jockey store. The only thing they had available was a sort of compilation of his early 70s stuff called The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. I bought it on CD a few years later, which I still have in my possession. The cassette is long gone though. I remember listening to it and being in awe. His voice had so much power, yet humility. He was outspoken, yet there was this timid quality to him. Of course, I was a few years away from discovering things about his drug addictions and personal troubles. However, I think that I knew all along. Because it’s there in his music. I was immediately immersed in the music and the emotions it stirred up in me. It was similar to the feeling I got when Public Enemy sang “Shut Em Down” or “By The Time I Get To Arizona”, but it was deeper and touched my essence in a way I had not experienced before. To This day, very few artists evoke this same feeling to me. I’m thankful for the presence of Gil Scott-Heron in my life, I’m thankful that he expressed himself to the fullest in his music. Sadly, he passed away on May 27th, 2011, which was my 34th birthday. A particularly dark period in my own life, if I can be forthcoming. His music helped get me through this time. I have been listening to Gil for only 20 years or so and his music is as pure and meaningful to me now as it was then, if not more so. Sir, thank you and I hope your soul is at rest now, with no pain and no addiction. I can only imagine how bright your star shines now, as it shone with brilliance while you were here. I learned life lessons while listening to your music. You exposed problems within the black community, the white community, the American community, and within the world community. You did so with dignity and you gave us all food for thought. We owe you a immeasurable debt, and I have vowed to celebrate your life every day. I hope others do the same.
Gil Scott-Heron – Me And The Devil
Taken from his last official release I’m New Here. An updating of his track “The Bottle”, it offers a deep introspective glimpse into the tormented psyche of one of the last century’s greatest artists.
GIl Scott-Heron – Home Is Where The Hatred Is
Pieces Of A Man was a beautiful album, “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” shows Gil’s ability to draw on his own personal life for inspiration. Gil dives deep into waters of drug addiction and the human side of it from an addicts point of view. Cast off by his entire family because of his addictions, who only pays lip service in offering help.
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Peace Go With You, Brother
It wasn’t all about inner demons and the troubles that come with them, even more prevalent in Gil’s music was his social consciousness. Gil always seemed to tell it like it was, is, and will always be. His honesty in dealing with himself and with the world around him made him a invaluable.
Gil Scott-Heron – Message To The Messengers
Long considered one of the godfathers of rap music, Gil came back in ’94 in order to respond to all the rappers claiming to be influenced by him. Always aware of what was going on, this song is just as relevant today as it was 20 years ago. He takes to teaching on the message behind his music and the use of the word rap music has long used to describe women on song.
Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces Of A Man (Live at NYC Central Park Summerstage)
One of my absolute favorite tracks of all-time, here it was performed live 11 months before the passing of the legend. Originally written from various influences in his life, the song seemed to take on a an even more personal vibe performed live in the twilight of his life.
Gil Scott-Heron – Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)
A stripped down version of Gil and Brian Jackson’s track from the album 1980. This version will be featured on a new album released via XL Recordings. Nothing New will be available on Record Store Day (April 19th) on 12″ only, and limited to 3000 copies. The project was recorded while Gil was making his last album I’m New Here and will feature songs from various points in Gil’s career performed with just Gil and a piano.