Many hip-hop artists claim titles like Entrepreneur, Hustler, or Go-Getter, but none exemplify this title better than Lefty. Born Kareem Williams in South Philadelphia, PA, Lefty, the son of The Late Doo Wop singer Charles Williams From "The Turbans", began his quest to hip-hop stardom in 1998, rapping his heart out on the set of Philly Most Wanted video shoot for legendary producer Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes, heavily influenced by 2Pac, E-40, Eightball and MJG and more, as part of a South Philly rap group named Plead Da Fifth, including Takedown Records star Daytona, among others.
Ezko is back with new music, and "The Presentation" serves as a reintroduction to his music and who he is as an artist with a very Boom Bap-esque sounding production from Mr. Carmack featuring Zoey Ka$h who recently featured on Vibe with her hit single "UHr Love Song". Ezko hopes to catch new listeners as well as regaining the interest of old listeners. Enjoy the track and get ready for his new album "Coming Of Age".
A hard hitting ominous track entitled "Pawn $hops, Gun $tores & Liquor $tores". Inspired by scenes of the cult classic "Boyz N the hood", the song is an expansion on the idea of gentrification & the history of violence practiced against african americans post slavery that became practices within those same communities.
Video: Jay Griffy "Prayer" (@GriffyOnline @QtheQuestion)
Jay Griffy is back with a new music video for his hit single "Prayer". In this cinematic experience, Griffy transports himself into a different dimension. Watch as Griffy battles his demons brought to life in the backdrop of a deserted insane asylum deep in the woods. From eerie spirits to confusion and fear, this video is a visual journey through the mind of the insane.
Short Bio: Born and raised in Uptown Washington D.C. I've wanted to be a rapper since the age of 13. I started taking my career seriously during Nov 2012. I can't really say who influenced me but rap is my passion and I live to do this. I'm currently a senior at UDC and I'm majoring in Business.
Video: Statik Selektah will outsell Kanye West, Mac Miller & J. Cole on June 18th
Courtesy Matt B.
After learning that Kanye West, Mac Miller & J. Cole will also be dropping albums on June 18th, Statik Selektah heads to the Duck Down office to discuss his concerns with Dru Ha & Noah. Statik's worries are alleviated after hearing Duck Down's marketing plan to assure that his 'Extended Play' album, also dropping June 18th, will reach #1.
On June 6th, Iamsu! will release his new mixtape, KILT 2. The tape, which will be available for free download exclusively through LiveMixtapes, is the first solo tape from Iamsu! since his breakout $uzy 6 $peed, a tape that delivered hits featuring Wiz Khalifa, Juvenile, and others, and the new tape also serves as an official follow-up to Iamsu!'s 2012 release KILT, which SPIN named as one of its top rap albums of the year. Today, Pitchfork premiered the first official single from KILT 2, "Rep That Gang."
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Crushkill/Fill in the Breaks booth at Soundset, we'll be adding what's left of the limited run items to our store soon!
While supplies last all orders ship with FREE copy of Sadistik's Flowers For My Father a signed CD-R of By the Throat Remixed, and Crushkill Recordings stickers + buttons!
Death of a Salesman is the fifth album from The ILLusionists. It follows the band members over a three year period: struggling with a dead-end job, balancing that 9-5 life with a music career, and eventually making sacrifices to escape from corporate retail. The album features actual recordings of past bosses, and real life write-ups (though somewhat obscured) are visible in the artwork.
But the real life catalyst for this story is stranger than fiction. The ILL opened a show for Eyedea & Abilities, and struck an unlikely bond with their heroes. After sound check, DJ Abilities listened to the entire ILL IS ALL record, and began mentoring ILLusionists co-founder Web The Free Range Human.
This newfound connection led to a remix version of E&A's last album, By The Throat, produced entirely by Web. Eyedea was so enthused about the project that he began recording new vocals for the remixes just before he passed away in 2010.
But E&A didn't only influence the group creatively. Eyedea also introduced them to friends Sadistik and Kristoff Krane. The ILL later toured with Krane and has opened for Sadistik in several cities. This eventually led to collaborations that appear on the new album.
Blueprint, Ecid, Crescent Moon, and Kristoff Krane were all carefully chosen to help The ILLusionists complete the album narrative. All of the features on Death of a Salesman are from the Midwest, and were friends of Mikey's.