When creating a hip-hop song, a certain formula can often be followed in order to obtain a successful outcome. Head nodding beat, in this case provided by Joe On The Track…check. Recognizable sample, insert Cee-Lo Green from his Goodie Mob years…..check. Notable guest appearance, say hello again to Kamikaze from Mississippi’s pioneer hip-hop duo, Crooked Lettaz. Bars as it pertains to conditions that are identifiable with a wide audience, Baton Rouge’s Marcel P Black offers that in abundance, so……..check. What you get here is “My Mind”, the latest song to get the video treatment off Black’s Cry Freedom out now on Grand Union Media. The video was shot on location in Jackson, MS, which Marcel P Black considers one of his second homes. If you have not had a chance to check out Cry Freedom, click one of the links below and listen. I assure you that you will not be disappointed. Cop it and support someone who is out here speaking for his people. Also of note, the video was shot and edited by Theca Jones!
Click here: Marcel P Black – Cry Freedom
David Banner and Big K.R.I.T. are assisted by an U.G.K. inspired hook over a deep and aggressive beat that draws comparisons to a movie score. There is power as well as pain in the music. “My Uzi” is the lead single from Banner’s album The God Box which will be dropping this summer. Personally, this is the Banner I’ve been wanting since the Crooked Lettaz days. He is right on time with it, his voice and his message is needed now more than perhaps ever. So salute the man who put Mississippi on his back and helped pave the way for the Hip Hop scene here. Click the link below to support……
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In this week’s episode of Comprehensive Beatdown, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G check out the newest album from Tal National, a band that neither of the guys was familiar with before this week (embarrassingly so). Hailing from Niger, Tal National juggles being the country’s most popular band with working to differentiate their sound from their Afrobeat contemporaries in Nigeria while also navigating life as a secular band in a fundamentalist Muslim country. “Zoy Zoy” is their second international album and will make a great summer soundtrack.
The guys also listen to a new track from Tyler, the Creator and a classic track from Crooked Lettaz in celebration of the 16th anniversary of the release of “Grey Skies.” As if all that weren’t enough, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G offer a whole lot of unsolicited NBA playoff analysis and bad Tim Tebow jokes. Thanks as always for the support.
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
New heat for the streets from Mr Franklin pka Kamikaze (Crooked Lettaz). “Monsta” the new single produced by Alumni Beats and featuring Tricky and Luck. From Mr. Franklin’s forthcoming album. The fellas go in on this.
On September 25th, 2012 the world will bear witness to Heaven’s Computer, a conceptual offering from 7even:Thirty via Mello Music Group. The first single dropped was “Get Up” and showcased the vocal weaponry of 7even:Thirty. This time around, he brings along Kamikaze (Crooked Lettaz) and Sleepy Will to warn about the pitfalls of the so-called Hip-Hop industry, over Erik L production. Exposing the dysfunctional business ethics of a corrupted industry being pimped by corporate America. Less verbal jabs and more dropped jewels makes for a track all these upcoming, wanna-be emcees need to peep.
“I’m Posdonous with a pistol, you rappers get plugged. One” – Kamikaze
“Biggest question you should ask is, “would you do this shit for free?” – 7even:Thirty
You should pre-order the album by clicking one of the links below
I remember getting Rap Pages back in the day and seeing the add for Blunt Records releases and noticed Crooked Lettaz’s (David Banner & Kamikaze) album Grey Skies. Being from Mississippi and having moved to Colorado a few years before I was very excited to get my hands on this album. It proved to be a little harder than I imagined. After never being able to find release info and then receiving wrong date after wrong date, the day finally came. My special order came in at Disc Jockey, I got the phone call that it was in and rushed to the bus to get to the mall before they closed. Mission Accomplished, that ride back home was a memorable one. The sort of thing that makes you appreciate the portable CD player. I even exited a few stops before mine so I could walk home and finish the album…….There were some memorable tracks on it, The first was “Get Crunk” featuring Houston rapper Pimp C…..The second was “Fire Water” which featured Noreaga of C-N-N and I was only 2 songs in….for about 3 months my favorite thing to quote was “I’m like Megatron, the underground rap shit phenomenon” – David Banner on “Fire Water” I still break the album out quite often and listen to it…Enjoy
While David Banner has become a household name in the world of Hip Hop, Kamikaze has also mantained within the music scene and has a new group Storage 24, a Rock/Hip Hop style project. I just recently relocated back to Mississippi and I’m looking forward to getting to check Storage 24 out. Click here for information, also be on the look out for David Banner’s collaborative project with 9th Wonder Death Of A Pop Star, due out by the end of the year