Hieroglyphics’ OG Casual aka Smash Rockwell aka #RapGod has released the instrumentals from his 1994 Fear Itself. Casual was the second Hiero act to release an album on Jive Records, following Souls Of Mischief’s 93 ’til Infinity. The album features production from Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Domino, Jay Biz and Casual himself. This is a must have for…..EVERYONE! Period, Hiero 4-eva.
Mello Music Group & Jamall Bufford are releasing the instrumentals from last years Victim Of A Modern Age. The first 1000 downloads are free, so don’t sleep. With production from 14KT, Zo!, Doc Illinsworth, Slot-A, Evilldewer and of course Jamall, this is a must have for hip-hop heads and beat heads alike. DO NOT miss this chance to get the instrumental release of this critically acclaimed album. Impress your friends by spitting hot fire on these tracks and make them think you’re better than you actually are, because the beats are just that good.
To celebrate the release of World View, the very ambitious Hip-Hop project (See below), rapper Awkword released for free a bonus disc of cuts not on the album. The bonus disc follows retail projects formula, putting international artists from multiple countries together. The result is refreshing, so many hands in a project could be cause for continuity troubles, but not here. The contributors include but are not limited to AWOL One, Joell Ortiz, Josh Martinez, MarQ Spekt, Pace Won, Poison Pen, Rickie Jacobs, Sean Price, SHIRT, Slug (of Atmosphere), The Kid Daytona and Vast Aire. Even with a cast of heavy hitters like this, Awkword more than holds his own. Once you download the bonus disc click on the links below and pick up the retail album and make a donation to Guns 4 Cameras with your purchase. Enjoy.
Some information on the World View project below.
World View is the First-Ever 100% For-Charity Global Hip Hop Project, sponsored by DJBooth.net and The Morgan Stanley Foundation. Featuring contributions from SIX (6) Continents and SIXTEEN (16) Countries, showcasing our interconnectedness created through Hip Hop culture and rap music, the album has been critically acclaimed and called “monumental” (Prefix Mag) and “a work of art” (The Source). ALL proceeds from World View are being donated to Guns 4 Cameras, a 501c3 nonprofit that goes beyond the gun exchange, working to eradicate street violence through the Hip Hop-inspired education and empowerment of the youth in our communities.
When “O.P.P.” dropped it put Naughty by Nature on the map. The debut single from the newly renamed group’s debut (sort of) album, was a certified hit record. With the follow up single “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”, it was a similar approach, notable sample (go find it) and a catchy beat, but the lyrical content was light years apart. Treach took a complete 180 from the braggadocios, sexual innuendo laced “O.P.P.” to a honest look at growing up fatherless in the ghetto. Which would show why the original title off the track was “Ghetto Bastard”, which apparently Tommy Boy realized wouldn’t help them get radio spins, so it was changed to “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”. I still remember seeing this video at my friends house on MTV. I would have been around 15 years old, I was hooked. Like so many classic tracks from that era, this song holds up very well over the test of time. It’s just as meaningful today as it was 20-something (geez) years ago.