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Video: @ProzackTurner - "The Statue of Liberty Is Sitting On My Face" (@TrevorSeamon)

Video: Prozack Turner - "The Statue of Liberty Is Sitting On My Face"

Score: This song is a response to the non-stop violence that human beings have bestowed upon one another since the beginning of our existence. Living in a time where we are on the brink of nuclear war, widespread racism, constant creepiness from the male half of our species, mass shootings on a weekly basis, and a never ending social media feed of Narcissism and fear, I can’t help but wonder if it’s inherent or learned to be so awful to one another? -- Prozack Turner

Video: J. Cobb - "Another You" (@thisisjcobb @FlyLikeDove)

Video: J. Cobb - "Another You"

Dove: Detroit native-turned New York resident J. Cobb presents the romantic visual for his single "Another You" featuring crooner Bo Napoleon. Directed by Johnell "JC" Celestino, the video follows an enthusiastic J. Cobb as he expresses to the new love of his life that her past relationship needs to move on...

.@DeionTheFuture Singer for 50 Cent, Talib Kweli & More Drops "Hold On" (@DiamondMedia360)

Deion, Singer for 50 Cent, Talib Kweli & More Drops Single "Hold On"

DM360: Deion’s voice radiates like a warm hug, full of range and skillful layering. And it’s for those reasons that he had cemented his place in Hip-Hop and R&B through collaborations with Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli, 50 Cent, The Game, Masta Ace and others. But with “Hold On,” Deion is stepping out on his own with a melodic and addictive lead single off his much anticipated new album.

Video: YannaMaria - "Candy Crush" (@TheYannaMaria @JoeBayer)

Video: YannaMaria - "Candy Crush"

Joe: Austin Music Group artist YannaMaria is leading the wave for female artis in the game and she has finally unveiled her official video for her magnetic single “Candy Crush.” Putting on for the ladies, YannaMaria is clearly all about empowering the women around her while making sure the men know she has no time for games.

Video: Sharaya J - "New Wave" (@Sharaya_J @JoeBayer)

Video: Sharaya J - "New Wave"

Joe: Hip-hop femcee, songwriter, screenwriter and choreographer, Sharaya J’s, debut single “Banji” not only displayed an underground Jersey Club rhythmic sound; but it also created an international movement. Ushering in all who were willing to: Be Authentic and Never Jeopardize their Individuality. This was followed up by two more singles, “Takin’ It No More” and “Shut It Down”; which set the dance world ablaze.

Dabrye Announces New Album Via Ghostly International / @AdultSwim (@Biz3)

Dabrye Announces New Album Via Ghostly International / Adult Swim


When Ann Arbor's Tadd Mullinix began exploring hip-hop under the name Dabrye 20 years ago, he soon honed in on a startling vision of what the genre could be: ingenious, refined, daring. This vision came to life across two albums for Ghostly International - 2001's One/Three and its 2006 follow-up Two/Three - with each record further positioning the quiet Michigan producer as one of his generation's best, equally comfortable creating minimalist instrumental meditations or sharp rap salvos. In the late 2000s, following critical acclaim and accolades from both peers and inspirations (including the late J Dilla aka Jay Dee, with whom Mullinix collaborated before his untimely passing), Mullinix put the Dabrye moniker on ice and dedicated himself to other genres and ideas. All the while the influence of his work on a new generation of electronic musicians continued to make itself felt in subtle but meaningful ways.

All this changes in 2018. Ghostly International will release the long-awaited Three/Three on February 16th and additionally all three past Dabrye albums (Spring 2018) individually on vinyl and as a limited vinyl box set.

The box set includes a reissue of One/Three, Instrmntl, a repressing of the long out of print Two/Three and Three/Three, a razor-sharp rap album that brings to completion a prophetic trilogy. Mullinix's incisive productions provide the backdrop for equally acute rhymes that run the gamut from intergenerational observations and being your best self to back alley deals and having fun in the ride. Guests include indie rap legend DOOM, whose previous collaboration with Dabrye remains a point of reference for many, Wu Tang storyteller Ghostface Killah, L.A word fanatic Jonwayne, and Long Island's rugged surrealist Roc Marciano. Most importantly Three/Three is, much like its predecessor, an unfettered celebration of Detroit-area talent with Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, Kadence, Quelle Chris, Danny Brown, Shigeto, Clear Soul Forces and more all lending their touch to Dabrye's return.

The blend of American and British dance music, hip-hop sampling, and Jamaican sound clash energy that underpinned Two/Three remains a quiet, guiding principle. At the same time Mullinix rejoices in a refreshed perspective, having had time to incubate ideas and find clarity in the distance between albums and the evolution of scenes. The beats are looser and less angular, more embracing of repetition. Organic techniques inspired by soul and jazz round off some of the harsher sonics. The resulting broad palette of tracks reflects both this evolution and the range of the Dabrye persona: relaxed headnod ("Tunnel Vision"); nervous, slow-motion electro ("The Appetite"); glacial motifs ("Emancipated"); jazzy, cut-up funk ("Sunset"); minimal brutalism ("Electrocutor"); intricate layering ("Culture Shuffle").

Three/Three marks the return of an innovator after close to a decade of silence. Despite what the title might imply, the album isn't the end of the story but rather the completion of a creative arc. Expect more Dabrye in the near future. The game is far from over.
Video: J. Stalin - "Reality" (@jstalinlivewire)

Video: J. Stalin - "Reality"

A.T.: The Livewire CEO Revisits His Rough Past and Celebrates His Future in the Mass Appeal-Premiered Video for the Gas Nation 2 Highlight.

J-Zone: The Du-Rites Are The Wu-Rites for a Day (@jzonedonttweet)

J-Zone: The Du-Rites Are The Wu-Rites for a Day

J: Working with Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah in my days doing a lot of production was always on the list, but no dice. Fast forward to about a decade later as part of funk duo The Du-Rites (with my partner Pablo Martin), the opportunity popped up as a musician. I'll take it. France's own DJ/producer extraordinaire Wax Tailor hit us up to give his cut "Worldwide" (Featuring Ghostface) a funky remix.

Video: @RexxLifeRaj - "Where I Belong" (@empire)

Video: Rexx Life Raj - "Where I Belong" (prod. JULiA LEWiS)

A.T.: Following a Pharrell Co-sign at ComplexCon, The Über-Melodic Berkeley Native Premieres "Where I Belong".

Audio: @flexmathews @koshadillz - "Not That Bright" (@IStillLoveHER)

Audio: Flex Mathews f/ Kosha Dillz - "Not That Bright"

Wanja: Flex Mathews and Kosha Dillz have been rapperfriends for quite some time. After rolling together for nearly 10 years, a good theme for a song of theirs could be called "not that bright." The two have toured the world together from Honolulu to New York City, playing stages from crowds of 20 to 2000 people, only finding themselves staying at the most random places on tour. "Not that bright" is Produced by Unown, who is entirely responsible for Flex's debut album Hi, I'm Flex Mathews.

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