In anticipation of his upcoming album The Bottom Line, Crown Me Entertainment’s Savvy has teamed up with DJ Young Shawn to release Book Of Savvy, a sampling, to hold us over until the album drops. Guest appearances include Kamikaze, Coke Bumaye, Tra Deuce, and Dolla Black with production from long time collaborative partner GuttaBoy and Hollywood Luck amongst others. It’s gearing up to be the year of Savvy around the Jack, with two back to back performances at sold out shows for Big K.R.I.T. and Kevin Gates respectively, he is set to make an impact with the album. I’m going to have this “Politics” track stuck on the iPod for the next few weeks, The O.G. Kamikaze from Crooked Lettaz and Coke Bumaye set it off on a proper reflection of the foundation, the present, and future of Jackson Hip-Hop.
DOWNLOAD : SAVVY – BOOK OF SAVVY (MIXTAPE)
You would be hard pressed to find another state in the republic that is as musically sound as Mississippi. The birthplace of America’s music has produced some undeniable talent. The city of Jackson alone is home to more than a few capable emcees. Per capita I would put the Jack against any other city in the category, the only challenge would probably come from Detroit. Which is another debate all together.
Enter Silas, an up and coming rapper/trumpeter from the Fondren area of Jackson, and no that is not a typo, I said trumpeter. Rap Revolt is Silas’ introduction to a lot of people, and it is a hellova first impression. He runs the gambit when it comes to styles. He tackles every type of sound you could imagine to hear and he does it with style and grace. He effortlessly bounces between tracks, flowing fluidly over tracks pieced together masterfully. If this is his rapping resume, then he’s getting the job. He breaks down a lot on “For The Fans”, explaining what separates Jackson from cities like Detroit, San Francisco, Philly, and New York and why the city does not get the shine it should in the rap game. Then on tracks like “Warm Up Mix” featuring Core DJ Jonasty Silas firmly places his Hip-Hop flag on the steps of the Capital and dares rappers to step up. “Red Velvet Cake” is his stab at the often used “Pound Cake” beat, showing that he can spit over hit tracks just as well as the originals. Then he jumps on Biggie’s “Everday Struggle” and “Shook Ones II” by Mobb Deep, showing his understanding of rap history. Like I said this is one heck of a resume. You do not have to listen to me though, download it for free below and listen for yourself.
Then come back and tell me I was right, cause I am. Peace
DOWNLOAD: SILAS RAP REVOLT
The title track from Detroit OG Trick Trick’s newest mixtape Godfather 3. Download it for free below cause you’re probably cheap and would not buy it anyway. I have been a fan of Trick since the late 90s when I first heard From Death by the Goon Sqwad. Then in ’05 he teamed up with Marshall for “Welcome 2 Detroit” from his debut solo album The People Vs. and the world started to take notice. Godfather 3 is the latest mixtape from Trick and it features exactly what we have come to expect from him, hard track, real talk, and a no holds barred look into the city of Detroit like nobody else can provide.
DOWNLOAD: TRICK TRICK – GODFATHER 3 (MIXTAPE)
I will always be a golden era head, which usually means new cats get categorized in one of two places. Either in the garbage bin or in the “meh” bend. There are times when a new artist or group makes an impact on me and instantly gets placement on an iTunes playlist or 3. I present to you the duo of producer Elbe Kim and emcee Justo. Hailing from the Rotten Apple, the chemistry between these two is great. Every so often a producer/rapper duo click on a level which makes everything sound effortless and timeless at the same time. Even less often than that they form a group and release an album/project together. Elbe and Justo are the latter. With a name like FlySeoul, I admit I had some high hopes. I digs the name. The beats are all headnodders and Justo is a very capable lyricist. “On & On”, “Discipline”, and “Back Against The Wall” are the instant standouts, but the whole mixtape goes. It feels good to be able to press play and let the whole thing ride. I’m definitely looking forward to more music from this duo and I think you will agree with me on this one. Oh, and it’s Free via their Soundcloud page below. So you have no excuses.
9th Wonder has assembled his Army in order to pay tribute to Kung Fu’s baddest mofo in the business. He brings together Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Rapsody, Big Remo, GQ, Torae, HaLo, Thee Tom Hardy, Sean Boog, Sundown of Actual Proof, Mela Machinko and SkyZoo to spit some Dyno-MITE / Dyno-MITE tracks. Who knew that when I was traveling all around LA looking for a theater who was going to carry the movie that it would blow up like this. Black Dynamite is everywhere. He’s got comic books, cartoons, mixtapes, etc. I for one couldn’t be happier. As happy as when I finally found someone carrying the DVD when it dropped. I swear I spent $100 in gas trying to track it down. Back to the mixtape, the Jean Grae track is muy bueno as is Skyzoo’s “Cool De La”. It’s a mixtape which provides the proper back drop for getting back at The Man and his army of Kung Fu Honkeys……
HerFavColor drops a mix of some of his best features on Soul Amazing (Part Two) available now on his Bandcamp page. Blu is steadily proving the fact that he is heads and tails above most the emcee pool.
Purchase – Blu Soul Amazing (Part Two)
Chi-town producer Thelonious Martin teams up with Violator Allstar DJs Scrapdirty & Supa for the release of The Anthology. The Anthology features Thelonious’ work with artists such as Ab-Soul, Pac Div, Fiend, Curren$y, Action Bronson, and more. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you are going to drop a mixtape then put it into the hands of a capable disc jockey.
DOWNLOAD : THELONIOUS MARTIN x VIOLATOR ALL STAR DJS – THE ANTHOLOGY
From the south side of Jackson, Mississippi comes Coke Bumaye. Where others pretend to be the perfect blend of lyricism and gangster, Coke delivers without claiming to be anything other than who he is. As a part of the Jackson collective known as The Jackals, Coke brings the reality of the streets of Jackson to record. Shadow Boxing In The Dark is the latest offering from the self-proclaimed Mayor of the city. The album plays out like the soundtrack to a day in said city. From the Dark Knight Rises intro to the album, Coke’s verbal skills are on display. His diversity is showcased perfectly. For every catchy, braggadocios track like “Upper Echelon” and “Southside The Realest”, he spits introspectively and honest on “Orster Perpetual” and “Do You Believe”. Shadow Boxing In The Dark does exactly what a mixtape is supposed to do. It’s a resume, a exhibition of what most everyone in Jackson knows. Coke Bumaye is in the upper echelon of emcees in the south.
Killer Reese One aka Reese aka 1/2 of Southern California’s King Fantastic released a new mixtape, Call My Lawyer, from inside the belly of the beast.
DOWNLOAD : KING FANTASTIC – CALL MY LAWYER (MIXTAPE)
Blends, bootlegs, edits, originals, and remixes of almost every King Fantastic song, as a 40 minute continuous free mix download.
It’s our way of saying thank you for all the support while Reese has been away on his government sponsored vacation. And, for everyone asking, Reese will be released early 2014.
The Hieroglyphics Crew is coming to a west coast/mid-west city near you, I recommend if you want a real dope experience, then you need to see em in Denver. Coloradans love them some Hiero crew. Here is their summer mixtape which will have to suffice most of us who can’t make it to see em. It’s a free download or you can get some stickers, t-shirt, keychain, etc with a simple donation to the cause.
Hieroglyphics Tour Dates
7/19 – House Of Blues (San Diego, CA)
7/20 – Fulton 55 (Fresno, CA)
7/21 – Harlows (Sacramento, CA)
8/2 – The Alley (Reno, NV)
8/3 – El Rey (Chico, CA)
8/4 – Art And Soul Festival (Oakland, CA)
8/7 – Humbrews (Arcata, CA)
8/8 – WOW Hall (Eugene, OR)
8/9 – Wild Buffalo (Bellingham, WA)
8/10 – A Club (Spokane, WA)
8/11 – Top Hat (Missoula, MT)
8/12 – The Reef (Boise, ID)
8/15 – Park City Live (Park City, UT)
8/16 – Cervantes (Denver, CO)
8/17 – Find Your Way Festival (State Bridge, CO)
8/18 – Country Saloon (Las Vegas, NV)