This is very weird for me to say, but I really dig this new Atmosphere track. Nothing personal, just have never been a fan of their music. I think Slug can definitely spit and Ant’s production is top notch. Music just never touched me, also, I grew up in Colorado where these guys were treated like royalty. So, I steered clear. The bounce on this new track is infectious. I may give a new album a listen when/if it drops.
Boot Camp Click legends Steele and Tek aka Smif-N-Wessun are back at it with their version of Billy Paul’s”Let The Dollars Circulate”. There is not much that needs to be said about this. Enjoy.
What does one get when you mix emcee Pyinfamous and producer 9th Wonder? 10th Wonder, that’s what. Check out 10 tracks of bars upon bars spit over some soulful production as Mississippi meets North Carolina in the most brilliant way.
Marcel P Black links up with St. Louis emcee Tef Poe for the latest release from Marcel’s forthcoming Cry Freedom album. Joe On The Track, who produced the entire project, samples the unforgettable Terrible Tom theme song from the 1975 film “Boss N*****” which starred Fred Williamson and D’Urville Martin.
For those familiar with the movie, they would know that the pairing of Marcel and Tef Poe works perfectly. If the first single from the album, “Where I Stay”, is Marcel’s declaration of where he comes from, “Boss” is the complementary track for where he’s headed and who he’s bringing with him. This track definitely has that throw back Dead Prez feel to it, so you know the nod and repeat factors here are on 10. Both emcees come from the front lines when it comes to fighting police brutality against black men and women and as Marcel points out they are willing to take the fight all the way to the white house. If you are like me and grew up a fan of Public Enemy, PRT, Paris, The Coup, etc then “Boss” is not up your alley, it is your alley. I am definitely looking forward to what else is in store when Cry Freedom drops this summer.
DJ Shadow has a new project coming out on Mass Appeal records in June. “The Mountain Will Fall” is the title track from the album which features instrumentals as well as guest spots from Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm (German producer), Matthew Halsall, and others. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t push the boundaries of experimental to the extreme levels that he has been in recent years.
A Beautiful Prelude EP chronicles the pain and aftermath of Alfred Banks’ brother Orlandas Banks’ death after battling Schizophrenia.
As Alfred prepares for the funeral, he writes a heartfelt letter & reminisces on all the good & bad times they shared. This project caught the attention of XXL Freshman Charles Hamilton & he debuted it on his official website.
Alfred plans to help shed a light on such a stigmatized topic in our society and reach out to others who are experiencing the same struggles everyday.
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5th Child has released visuals for his new single “Walkaway Love” off the album My Conversations With God. The video follows the trials and tribulations of Josiah as it pertains to his budding love interest Kendal. The life of a young man can be so difficult, nobody understands the plights of the adolescent. A tragedy in 2 Acts. Fight on good sir, fight on.
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Royce Da 5’9 should not need any introduction to anyone. So it should be of no surprise that he is preparing to release his most personal project to date this year. Layers will mark his 6th solo effort and comes on the heels of the critically acclaimed collaborative effort PRhyme with DJ Premier. The album will be released on April 15th and is distributed under his own Bad Half Entertainment imprint.
The lead single from the album “Tabernacle” was dropped a couple weeks ago and the video has now followed. The song describes in detail what Royce refers to the most important day in his life. The day his son was born, he lost his grandmother, and met Eminem. Those who have followed his career know that these three events have each molded his music in different ways. The video even features his son playing a young Royce. Check it out and pre-order your copy of layers below.
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In exactly one month’s time, producer Imperial and rapper K.I.N.E.T.I.K. will release Adventures in Technicolour via Illect Recordings (April 15th). They previously worked together on the E.P. Pencils Not Pistols back in late 2013. The E.P. was met with acclaim and the duo went to work on their full-length album shortly after. “Good Music” is the first track from said album. A feel good track that really serves as a great introduction to the album. Everything from boom-bap production to the hot rhymes is on point here. The duo showcases exactly why they form such a fantastic team.
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Adventures In Technicolour is the brand new album from Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. Following the success of their debut E.P., the dastardly duo packed away their pencil cases and returned to their countryside hideout to prove that their unexpected crossing of paths was no fluke.
Two years later, they have emerged from their Oreo milkshake scented cave with a collection of songs that focus less on the ‘blacks and greys’ of yesterday and more on the ‘blues and greens’ of tomorrow. Sonically and thematically, a kaleidoscopic intensity pulsates throughout the album’s nineteen tracks. The palette of shades and hues that make up the adventure known as life are paraded in their full and picturesque glory. Guest appearances include the frequent excursionist himself, Oddisee, the UK’s hardest working class Dad, Micall Parknsun, Michigan’s freshest rhymesayer, James Gardin and their tried and trusted hook hit-man, Tone Richardson, among others.
Prepare to laugh in the face of monochrome mundanity and experience a multi-coloured smorgasbord of live-wire lyricism laid atop a bed of fluorescent funk.
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