Queensbridge rapper Nature, known largely for his membership with The Firm superground (Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown), has resurfaced for the first time since the '08 release of his solo album Pain Killer with "Fly Away," the debut single/video off the Deep Concepts Media compilation Opportunity Knox (Vol. 1), which is produced by Sickness and directed by Porter Vision. Orchestrated by DJ Mickey Knox, co-founder of the Bash Brothers DJ crew and co-host/DJ of Long Island's long standing "Street FM" (90.1FM, WUSB), Opportunity Knox features original music from the likes of Joell Ortiz, Rock (of Heltah Skeltah), Jojo Pellegrino, The Kid Daytona, Homeboy Sandman and more, stay tuned!
Video: Harn SOLO f/ Lyriqs - "The Grind" #SkateVideo
New Orleans-based emcees Harn SOLO and Lyriqs da Lyraciss present the Ben Simmons-directed music video for "The Grind", the title track from their collaboration album, produced largely by NOLA HipHop Award-winning producer Pro Prospek. SOLO has three albums under his belt - The Awakening, SOLO 3.0 and #ReachingHigher, and has collaborated with NOLA talent like Dappa, Cracktracks and Nadiyah Skyy. Lyriqs has opened onstage for Raekwon, Mickey Factz, Tyga, Stalley, Mac Miller, and the duo recently opened for the Wu-Tang Clan. The album track "Wild West" features 2011 NOLA HipHop Award Album Of The Year winner Lyrikill, who says "this Solo & Lyriqs album is the heat rock. One of the best together projects I've heard in a minute." Of the project, SOLO says "Knowing I have friends as talented as Lyriqs and Pro Prospek, I had to record The Grind album. Even if I didn't have enough time or money, I was going to find a way to make it happen."
Black Day in July Productions is proud to announce the release of "Welcome To The Detroit Zoo" by Phillie on July 31st, 2012 in physical and digital form. The album features contributions from the Wisemen, Boldy James, Hell Razah, and 60 Second Assassin. Production is helmed by Bronze Nazareth, who produced the lead single “Detroit’s Finest.”
Hometown favorite’s N.B.S. (hip-hop duo of cousins E’Flash + V-Knuckles) connect with longtime collaborator and fellow #Vets member DJ Dow Jones, Shadyville DJ’s, and Nightlife Type DJ’s to bring you a crowd-sourced artistic exploration of frustration and growth.
Fueled by life and requests from rabid fan response on social media, N.B.S. says “Fuck It” and bares all in this one-off while they ready their forthcoming release “The Smokefest” which features the likes of Bishop Lamont, Slaine, Reks, Snowgoons, Checkmark (of Skitzofreniks), Tum Tum, Virtuoso and more.
N.B.S. were also recently featured in the latest release from hip-hop power house production team Snowgoons album “Snowgoons Dyansty” on 3 tracks with the likes of Ghostface, Joell Ortiz, Sean Price, and Ras Kass.
Be sure to check-out N.B.S. touring in Paris, Amsterdam, and the Czech Republic for the annual Hip-Hop Kemp alongside Danny Brown, Mos Def, Elzhi, Snowgoons, Virtuoso, and more.
News: Man Bites Dog Records Announces Album Release Schedule For Remainder Of 2012
The first half of 2012 has proven to be a triumphant year for Man Bites Dog Records, and now, the burgeoning hip-hop label is excited to announce a string of forthcoming releases. The rest of the year promises to be busy, as the label prepares for high profile releases from MHz Legacy, Stu Bangas & Vanderslice, Wais P, Bronze Nazareth, and Double AB & Dub Sonata.
Man Bites Dog Records first emerged in 2010, establishing its presence with the release of Killah Priest's Three Day Theory and Copywrite's Life and Times of Peter Nelson. With both albums receiving critical acclaim, MBDR followed the next year with Vast Aire's OX 2010: A Street Odyssey, and in 2012, the label has continued to roll, with a new album from Copywrite, God Save The King, in addition to The Swashbuckler LP, from producers Kount Fif & R.M.L.
On August 7th, Copywrite will release God Save The King: Proper English Version, a remixed re-release of God Save The King that includes features from high profile UK artists such as Context, Dru Blu, Mystro, and SAS. On August 28th, producers Stu Bangas & Vanderslice will release Diggaz With Attitude, featuring Roc Marciano, The Alchemist, Evidence, Apathy, Ill Bill, Vinnie Paz, Blaq Poet, Celph Titled, Esoteric, and more. Their video for lead single "The Gusto," featuring a who's-who in the hip hop world with Apathy, Roc Marciano, The Alchemist, and Evidence, racked up over 20k views in the first 72 hours it was released on YouTube.
On September 18th, MBDR will release the latest effort from rapper Double AB, Media Showers, a collaborative effort with producer Dub Sonata that includes features from Cannibal Ox, Evidence, Rhymefest, Sean Price, and more. The duo's first video, for the single "Lord Knows What" with Roc Marciano, will be released in the coming weeks.
On October 9th, Wais P, will release his debut solo album Pimpin' Saved My Life. The album will include production from Harry Fraud, Statik Selektah, The Bizness, Stu Bangas, and Vanderslice, and the project will also include guest features from the likes of Action Bronson, Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, Kokaine, and more. Prior to the album's release, Wais P will release a free mixtape, Pussy Rich.
To wrap a productive fourth quarter, MBDR will release their biggest album to date, a new album from MHz Legacy, the beloved Ohio crew that includes Copywrite, RJD2, Jakki Da Motamouth, Tage Future, and Camu Tao, who passed away in 2008. Despite serving as one of the most influential collection of artists in underground hip-hop for over a decade, MHz, to date, has released only one album, Table Scraps, which was a collection of singles and b-sides. This new album is expected to offer some of the artists' most accomplished work-to-date. Although not yet finished, the album is currently slated to include production from RJD2, Harry Fraud, Marco Polo, Stu Bangas and Illmind, in addition to features from Ill Bill & Slaine (La Coka Nostra), Oh No, and Slug. Longtime fans of the group will also be happy to hear that the group ensured that Camu Tao's voice be heard and thus incorporated never before heard verses on several songs.
As Man Bites Dog Records uses the rest of 2012 to solidify itself as one of independent hip-hop's premier labels, the label expects even bigger things for 2013 and beyond. "Making an impact in the music business takes a lot of hard work and talent from a whole team of people," says label founder R.M.L. "We're lucky to work with talented artists that have been working hard to make music that will impact the future. I am truly excited for all our fans, new and old."