Michigan mc, Nametag and producer, NAMELESS drop off another one from their For Namesake - REDO project. This one features hometown mc, Miz Korona. REDO is available now on Brick Records as a digital release only in all online stores including iTunes.
The original Partners N Crime, Smif N Wessun, are out on tour in support of their brand new reggae-inspired EP, ‘Born and Raised,’ and will be playing Buffalo one night only: this Saturday December 7, 10pm at Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar.
The legendary Brooklyn duo is set to release their new EP, ‘Born and Raised,’ December 3rd on Duck Down Music. The 6-song EP is a blend between reggae, roots and culture, and hip-hop, showcasing the pioneers in a new, yet familiar light.
During the 1980s, Brooklyn became home to one of the largest West Indian communities in the world. Growing up in BK, Tek and Steele were constantly surrounded with West Indian food, artifacts and culture. Steele adds, “I learned about reggae from my younger brother (Top Dog, of OGC) and my Uncle. They loved watching the Jamaican DJ sound clashes on TV. My Uncle would buy them all on VHS.” Since then, the West Indian, reggae influence has been present on many of their albums, but this is the first time it has been channeled to become the focus of a full-fledged project.
There is no filler on the EP. Each song has its own character and touches on important social themes such as materialism, institutional prejudice, and the throes of poverty. Features include Rastafari vocalist Jr. Kelly, reggae legend Junior Reid, and longtime collaborator, Jahdan Blakkamoore, whom many fans will recall from “Sound Bwoy Burriell.” The singers lace the tracks with powerful hooks, traditional Jamaican patois and melodic riddims.
The EP is entirely produced by Beatnick and K-Salaam, who have produced tracks for Capleton, Sizzla, Buju Banton, Collie Buddz and more. The duo’s instrumental backdrops combine the tribal aesthetic of 1970s Jamaica with their trademark hip-hop sensibility. The reverb-drenched organs, dub-plated snare rolls, and hazy guitar licks swirl into smoky soundscapes under Tek and Steele’s aggressive vocals. Tek says, “When those dudes get into the studio, it’s like magic.”
Admittedly, ‘Born and Raised’ is a deviation from Smif N Wessun’s previous releases. However, with the genre lines becoming increasingly blurred, now seemed like the perfect time to expand upon their well-established sound. Steele states, “We made this album to add to the culture. We want this to allow people to congregate. We’re all going to reminisce about how beautiful the struggle was.“ His words convey the energy laden throughout the EP. ‘Born and Raised’ is a raw, candid acknowledgment of the past; a modern reflection of the harsh realities of the present; and a hopeful, yet uncertain outlook on the future.
We hope to see you at Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar this Saturday for what will be an amazing night of positive hip hop and reggae party vibes. Support includes DJ Charlie the Butcher, DJ Cutler, DJ Universal, Mic Bronto, and Mic Excel X Short. Long time hip hop veteran Kool Taj the Gr8 will be hold down hosting duties for the evening. Advance tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets, and you can get more info and RSVP on Facebook.
Audio: I Am Many "I Made Her Mind" (prod. 2 Hungry Bros)
Courtesy Deep of 2HB.
With another joint that just missed the tracklist for his upcoming OBESE, I AM MANY freestyles another motivational piece. It's the 'carpe diem' prescription with a punk rock snarl, over ominous horn bleats and pizzicato horror courtesy of 2 HUNGRY BROS.
West Coast Pass gives you a chance to cruise through Los Angeles in a 1966 Chevelle with EARLY. He started off this journey to HIGH NOON, struggling in a new city to be "TIMELESS". He let the people know he wouldn't lose hope while playing the City Of Angels special own "LOTTO". After surviving all the adversity in the city, EARLY created a tribute for the tuff love the city gave him. What doesn't kill ya, makes ya stronger. Features @PhilMao @FYIpsalms.
What's goin' on, I'm emailing you on behalf of my friend and partner Nashville artist BLKSunChild. He just released his song Burning Branches, the newest drop from his upcoming EP entitled Hii on the Lows.
PR: Thang f/ George Clinton Creates Kickstarter Campaign
Courtesy Ballin PR.
Comin' to you directly from the Mothership is Thang, a collective comprised of artists and musicians who've been in the game for years, and who all love quality music. Contributors to Thang to date include Sandy Griffith, Conesha "Monét" Owens, hip-hop vet Paris, George Clinton, Claytoven Richardson, Troy Lampkins, Vincent Lars, Larry Batiste and Overton Loyd -- all industry OGs with serious stripes. Produced by Paris, Thang's signature is authenticity in the details, augmented by George Clinton's creative genius and original P-Funk cartoonist Overton Loyd's imagery.
Thang is the Funk. That Heavyweight Funk. Funk that makes you GIVE IT UP. Funk that makes you GET DOWN. Funk that's ON THE ONE. Want a preview? Dig the commercial video at www.thangisthefunk.com for a taste of what to expect, and put up ya dukes! The return of THE BOMB for real...