GOAPELE!!!! The Oakland songstress is back with a little ditty so catchy, you’ll be singing and nodding your head long after it’s stopped playing. The track was co-written by Estelle and produced by Keith Harris and serves as something to tide us over while we wait on her new album Strong As Glass. What’s not to love about Goapele? She’s one of the most completest packages in all the realm. Wise up.
All posts for the month June, 2014
Last weekend, DonChe (pronounced Don-Shay) did the dang thing during his production set at The Basement Vol. 3 in Jackson, MS. DonChe, who is a featured producer on the soon to be released album No Good Nick by Jaxx City, plays some funky throw back joints that got the crowd moving. With the Blackploitation theme running through out the set DonChe takes the listener on trip down memory lane. Although some of the listeners were merely a thought before a thought before a thought when these joints were dropped. Enjoy.
MC Jin drops some Extinction Level Event music. Get familiar. It’s nice to see the progression of Jin from the battle days to the double R and now as he has grown not only as an artist but as a man. This growth translates well to the microphone as Jin bounces vocally all over the track. Looking forward to the next project.
On June 6th, 2014 Aaron Yates lost his mother, Maudie, who had suffered from epilepsy and lupus his entire life. My words could do no service, so read below.
On November 27th, 2013, I recorded “Fear”, one of the most emotional songs of my entire career. The Strange Music video team shot the music video on April 7th, 2014, days before I left for my tour. In the course of waiting for the release, my greatest fear happened on June 6th, 2014 and I lost my angel – my mother, Maudie Sue Yates Khalifah.
It’s important for my fans to know that this is the most personal music video of my career and I never could have imagined what it would mean to me today. This is the final version of “Fear”, for my fans worldwide.
Thank you to everyone for your love and support
– Tech N9ne
It’s safe to say that on a certain level 7even:Thirty and Gensu Dean represent Jackson, Mississippi in the Hip-Hop community just as well if not better than anyone else. All due respect to all the talented artists in and from The Jack, but these two are indubitable professionals. Both have been mastering their craft for years and even at the highest skill levels continue to sharpen their weapons of choice. We have heard them work together in the past on unquestionable classic tracks. Now Mello Music Group is bringing us a project featuring the two exclusively, save an unforgettable cameo by the Supreme Sean P. The third release from the album, which is aptly titled The Problem, is “Filthy Rich” an ode to the boom bap days of rap music. This is both artists at the very apex of their game. This is Hip-Hop. This is undeniable. (Kicks whack rapper in the chest). THIS IS JACKSON!!
PRE-ORDER: 7EVEN:THIRTY – THE PROBLEM (CLEAR VINYL)
Before they were “Grindin'” Malice and Pusha were painting vivid pictures of the highs and lows in the crack game. Over horns and the unmistakable hi-hats provided by a young Neptunes duo, The Brothers Thorton project a grim picture of the reality of the drug dealer persona that so many champion. This was over 15 years ago, to say The Clipse were ahead of their time is a gross understatement. The world was not ready for Exclusive Audio Footage, luckily in the digital age the project eventually saw the light of day. Peace to Skipp who got me reminiscing on “Funeral” the other night.
This Friday night,June 20th, in the year 2014, Jackson will be in for a treat as the third installment of native musician, 5th Child’s event The Basement. The Hip-Hop showcase live performances from emcees Kamikaze, Skipp Coon, and Dolla Black; producers Ace Of Spades, Donche, and Loki; as well DJ sets from Sean Mac, DJ Ron, and DJ Young Venom. On top of all that talent there will also be local graffiti artists on scene painting the building, YES painting the building.
The spot is The Corner located at 303 North Farish St. in Jackson, MS. The show starts promptly at 10pm and is over when it’s over. It is a 21 and over event so make sure you bring your identification. Tickets are $10, which is basically $1 per performer. That’s a crazy ratio, you would be foolish not to show up. It is fitting that the show is happening in Jackson’s historic Farish District, a place which was once the music hub in the capital city. The building Trumpet Records was housed in is located right next door to The Corner venue. Trumpet was the early home to Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Milton, Elmore James, and a host of other influential musicians.
If you had the opportunity to attend one of the previous Basement installments then you already know that you are in for a treat. If you have not had the chance to make it to one of the other events, then check some of the video links below for an idea of the awesomeness that goes on. This is vital for the Hip-Hop community in the city of Jackson as well as the state of Mississippi. The unity shown by the fans and the artists prove that the people want the movement. This weekend is stacked full of things to do as Friday night we will have The Basement, Saturday will be the second New Jacks Show (another 5th Child creation), and Sunday will be SippHop’s Super Showcase 12 open mic and beat battle. It is nice to see people gathering and enjoying the events. Supporting the artists and contributing the grass root movement happening in Mississippi, the birthplace of America’s music.
I do not make a lot of assurances in life, but I guarantee that if you make it out to The Basement Vol 3 on June 20th you will enjoy yourself. Come and get your fix of all things Hip-Hop related.
Check out links and music and videos after the jump
Skipp Coon and Satchel Page take on current events from the perspective of two husbands who happen to be artists who are also fathers. The duo discuss everything from LeBron haters, Will’s father on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, and other hot topics. In honor of Father’s Day they also bring you their personal top 5 lists of the best and worst fathers in addition to the top 5 worst NBA finals performances of all time. DJ Jonasty provides the musical backdrop to this weeks episode.
Detroit’s producer extraordinaire Black Milk drops a brand new single “What It’s Worth”. He kicks bars reflecting on his plans for his career in the rap game. As one of the most sought after producers Black Milk stays busy whether it is working with Danny Brown or his Random Axe crew. He has a knack for vocal samples too, it’s like a sixth or seventh sense for him. Check it! Then go download the single pack below
PURCHASE: BLACK MILK – WHAT IT’S WORTH (EXPLICIT, CLEAN & INSTRUMENTAL)
Common & No I.D. x Vince Staples x Hype Williams = Kingdom.
From the forthcoming album Nobody’s Smiling, Common and fellow Chi-town legend and frequent collaborator No I.D. have linked up to address the growing violence in their native city. “Kingdom” is the epitome of the project. The video directed by Hype Williams fits the theme perfectly. July 22nd is the launch date for the project and it cannot come soon enough. Props to Vince Staples who holds his own in the company of veterans.