Statik Selektah recreates the beat for "Bird's Eye View" step by step. Watch as he arranges the instrumental, adding scratches and original organ notes. He then explains how it was originally for an unreleased Nas remix, but ended up getting Raekwon, Joey Bada$$ and Black Thought on the track.
Kosha Dillz is going-going back-back to Cali-Cali and this time he's brought his crony Rapper Pooh along for the ride. Produced by Matty Trump (the acclaimed producer of Sam Adam's debut album, Boston's Boy) and directed by Matthew Vaughan, "West Coast Flavor" is a must for your summer playlist.
BLKHRTS - "The Space Between (I've Got It All In Here)"
Courtesy Audible Treats.
BLKHRTS, a Denver-based rap group comprised of members Yonnas, King F.O.E, and Karma The Voice, have been creating buzz for some time now with their attention grabbing blend of metal, goth, hardcore and hip-hop, and are now set to unleash their latest effort, the Death, Romance and The Color BLK mixtape, which is due out July 30 via Lecord Rabel, an imprint of Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label.
"Small Professor's first release after a busy 2012 is a collection of instrumentals from released-in-2012 rap joints and vintage, not-heard-until now productions (hence the title). Eschewing a cohesive vibe in favor of a very random and diverse one, all the different sounds and flavors somehow come together a potent mix...from the folksy guitars of "Apple pie" to the Vince Garaldi ode "Charlie brown", there's something for everyone. As an added bonus, all the song titles double as drink names..apparently ."James brown" is titled as such because it makes you feel good...just like "Mixed Jawns" does. That last line might have been corny, but "Mixed Jawns" is not. Ok, sorry, that's enough."
LATE teams with Chicago producer Rediculus from Knowledge Giving Birth Productions for a new remix of his track 'I'm Underground' off his 'Street Science' album. This track is already causing a stir with positive feedback from fans and media. This track will feature on a forthcoming UK Runnings mixtape that will be entirley produced by Rediculus.
Video: Typical Cats - "Bitter Cold" (Directed by Jam One)
As summer approaches, Typical Cats return with another gem, a blistering slab of frosted lunacy entitled “Bitter Cold.” One of a constellation of Qwel solo shots from TC’s latest (3, G4), “Bitter Cold” marries a sinister Natural beat that swings like a gypsy funeral with inspired verses from TC’s resident embedded journalist. Qwel rasps like a man knocking at the lid of his coffin. He examines the rampant nihilism of post-Keef Chicago while sparring pugilistic drums and a swirling zydeco sample.
Phene + Ducko McFli connect on a new record called "Godspeed", recorded in Atlanta where both artists are quickly building a name for themselves & embarking on a journey from the underground to your living room.
You've heard the song. Now witness the video. Bootleg Bartenders is nothing short of monkey business when Mad Dukez saddles up for a night of shots and shenanigans. From the eyes of the bartender, get a taste of the drunken revelry from the other side of the bar. Featuring a couple special guest appearances, and an overabundance of whiskey, Bootleg Bartenders may impair your ability to conduct heavy machinery. Take a peak, and be on the lookout for July 16 release of the soundtrack to your summer, Mad Dukez & Fresh Kils: Gettin' Gatsby.
Sunday marked the end of NXNE in Toronto where Ludacris replaced Big Boi as the headliner at the free concert at Dundas Square. Here is footage from the night of Luda performing his brand new single "Helluva Night" as well as "Southern Hospitality" and "How Low."
Detroit's most consistent producer, Apollo Brown, comes through with his trademark sound - brassy horn chops, vinyl crackle, and layered drums that knock just right. Definitely turn this one up and let Apollo's production bump at it's head-nodding, face scrunching best.