The soothing sounds of J Dilla, The Roots and BJ The Chicago Kid accompany the Pro Era emcee on this journey. “Like Me” from B4.DA.$$ gets the video treatment and features a love triangle which is brought to a violent conclusion as Joey, the last of the three to meet their untimely demise, is gunned down in the streets by a pair of New York’s finest. As Joey’s spirit raises up, he is greeted by Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin amongst some of the countless others who have lost their lives due to senseless acts of violence at the hands of those who were sworn in to protect them. #BlackLivesMatter
Noveliss, Ilajide, E-Fav, and L.A.Z. known collectively as Clear Soul Forces, have combined with producer NAMELESS to form the Fab 5ive, with the album dropping soon on Fat Beats. The group brings classic boom bap artistry with new school sounds in a way on the Motor City could produce.
Skipp Coon’s Miles Garvey was one of the most important albums of 2014. I can say that with supreme confidence. On “RuRemArm” the Jackson, Mississippi native spits truth over the raw production. The video features Skipp visiting various institutions through out the Mississippi capital, claiming the streets as his pulpit with lyrics like “Pitch black, pitch crack. Bite. Claw. Scratch. Cause the pigs and the rats cooperate in the traps. Republicans, Democrats, Goldman & Sachs, keep the meat on the table, but the floor get the scraps. I’m on the floor where the poor people at, victims wear the denim, perpetrator wear the slacks. The C.C.A. got blacks on racks and Bob Barker supply the clothes on they backs. B.E.T. teaches our kids how to act, E.B.T. gets them they meals and they snacks. The I.M.F., N.Y.S.E., Nasdaq, make the world bank god, so we all pray to black” that make “RuRemArm” a scathing account of the current state of affairs within the black community. Click the link below to pick up Miles Garvey, for that you will not be sorry.
PURCHASE: SKIPP COON – MILES GARVEY
Eshon Burgundy has linked up with Humble Beast Records to release his debut full length album Fear Of God on March 3rd. You can pre-order below. Here we get the visuals for “Higher Learning” which features Uncle Reece on the hook. You might recognize, the South Philly native, Eshon Burgundy from the track “Run That Back” with Black Ice on DJ Jazzy Jeff’s The Return of The Magnificent. Check the music and buy the project.
PRE-ORDER – ESHON BURGUNDY – FEAR OF GOD (iTUNES)
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Witness the new video from Elite The Omen for “Chiraq Flow-Style” from his album N.W.O. (New World Order). A raw blend of Mississippi and Chicago styles. Elite The Omen brings along fellow The $yndicate member Macklife to represent both worlds well. Be sure to download the album below and support. Also, check for the track “Evil” too. Good stuff. Jacktown2Chitown Connection.
DOWNLOAD: ELITE THE OMEN – N.W.O. (NEW WORLD ORDER)
New Orleans emcee Truth Universal teamed up with Mr. Dain on “Get It”, one of the stand out tracks from the album Invent The Future. Then teamed up with Elespee Elohiem who shot, directed, and edited this video together for the track. “Get It” has a great vibe, which translates to video quite well… I implore you to click the link below and purchase the album Invent The Future. The entire album is solid. Support good music.
Download: Truth Universal – Invent The Future (Bandcamp)
Live from the Farish street in the city of Jafrica, Skipp Coon liberates the visuals for “Blacker” from his critically acclaimed album Miles Garvey. There is nothing I can say that the video does not say on it’s own. So watch, listen, share, and repeat. If you have not purchased the album then now would be a good time to stop being a hater. You cannot hate your entire life.
“We Jackals, we write freedom with gun powder”
Tira D spits like a woman wise beyond her years. “Lose My Mind” is the up and coming emcee’s attempt to come to grips with a broken world. Anger is the natural response to what tends to seem like hopeless situations. Tira is able to channel that hurt and angst and transform it into something else. It would be easy to lash out in anger, but if you read between the lines there is a plea for help. Help in the form of understanding, why do we hurt? Why do we suffer? What is the point? These are questions we can not possibly know the answers to but it certainly does not mean we should stop asking. For with the question eventually comes understanding and we must understand before we can become enlightened. Check out more of Tira’s music from her latest project Prelude2, link included below. Look out for her next project on Homework Town Records / Elegant Trainwreck Productions later this year.
Tira D – Prelude 2 (Bandcamp)
Skipp Coon, after releasing his third album Miles Garvey, has unearthed a video for a remix from an earlier project. “It Is What It Is (Spirituals Remix), is a new version of a track that can be found on Sophomore Slump Vol 1: Independent’s Day. Could this be the origin of one of Jackson’s most prolific emcees? Who’s got the jazz? This got the jazz!!
A.R.K. is the acronym for DC-based hip-hop crew Noyeek the Grizzly Bear, Theory, and Dimensions. The group takes it’s title from their government names. Taken from the forthcoming album Trials, tribulations, TRIUMPH, “Not Cool” is the response to those phony friends who smile in your face and stick knives in your back.
DOWNLOAD: A.R.K. – NOT COOL (CD BABY)