Canadian Super Producer T-Minus Covers Urbanology Magazine Summer Issue NYCE, JD Era, Raz Fresco
He is the musical mind behind some of the hottest beats of recent hip-hop smash singles, including “HYFR” and “I’m On One”. Tyler Williams, a.k.a. T-Minus, is a major part of a new wave of super producers in present-day hip-hop and he is homegrown Canadian talent. In an exclusive six-page feature, Urbanology’s Senior Reporter Sean Watson explores the young producer’s journey to his current success, his relationships with superstar friend Drake and fellow producer Boi-1da and how he feels about copy cats and haters. The in-depth feature reveals many lesser known sides of T-Minus.
“I appreciate Toronto recognizing me as someone impacting urban culture,” says the Ajax, Ontario native. “I just want to continue to put us on the map. Much love to Urbanology Magazine for this.”
Also included in this issue of Urbanology are articles on artists like the recently signed to Raekwon’s IceH20 label, JD Era, hard-working up and comers Raz Fresco and NYCE on their grind, former Odd Future member Casey Veggies, Duck Down’s Promise, 2012 Stylus Award Winner of Toronto DJ of the Year, Lissa Monet and foundation emcee Theology 3. Plus, there is a must-read three-part feature on violence including articles on recent concert violence in Canada, an initiative to honour the memory of 11-year-old murder victim Ephraim Brown and an analytical piece on Trayvon Martin’s murder.
This is a must-read issue. Pick up your copy of this issue at your nearest Chapters, Indigo, Coles, Gateway Newsstands, Wal-Mart, Mac’s Milk, Petro Canada, 7 11 or Barnes & Noble.
Earlier this month, Kool Keith released the 13th album of his career, Love & Danger, via Junkadelic Music. Since release, Keith has walked the red carpet at the recent New York City screening of Ice-T's hip-hop documentary Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, and celebrated Love & Danger's release this past week with two hometown performances: a solo show at Brooklyn Bowl and a performance with Ultramagnetic MC's at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Today, Kool Keith is excited to release a new song, the non-album bonus track, "Acura." The track, which is produced by Junkaz Lou, features fellow New York rapper AG, of the legendary Diggin' In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) crew, and throughout the song, Keith and AG take turns behind the mic as they wind and weave bars atop a dark, harrowing instrumental. "I heard thugs got a team coming up, but they're all wack/ I'm walking up with the heat, the baby sawed-off looking like Count Drac."
UK producer TRICKSTA drops his debut 'artist/producer' album today. Producing and consistently releasing music since 1996, Tricksta is a well known name in the UK Hip-Hop scene through his UK Runnings mixtapes, promo company Park Street PR as well as being the co-founder of Wolftown Recordings and Rago Magazine.
"Out Of Darkness Cometh Light" is a sixteen track album that is out now on RGS Entertainment, and features Iron Braydz, Genesis Elijah, LATE, Scorzayzee, MCD, Karl Hinds, TBear, Supar Novar, Seanie T, Wordsmiff, Big Cakes, Dubbledge, Cyclonious, Serocee, Logic, Shameless, Phoenix Da Icefire, Ramson Badbones, Cons, Big Ben, Big Dutty Deeze, Yogi, Twissman, Tenny Ten, Cobane, S. Kalibre, Inja, D Gritty, Jai Boo, K9, Sonnyjim, Deadline, Quest Rah, Reain, Conman, Streetz, Grizzly, Size8, M.A.B, Sketchman, Joe Gutta, Reload, Taurus, Marc Anthony, Double E aka Brinkworth and scratch deejay Jabba Tha Kut. When asked about the project Tricksta had this to say.
"I wanted to create something that I could look back at as a 'celebration of UK Hip-Hop'. I've been on this journey since the late 80's starting out on pirate and I've seen the genre grow, develop and progress. I wanted to celebrate the fact that there is so much talent in the UK by getting everyone together for one project. I can't thank everyone enough for their contributions as every single featured guest has brought fire to the album. I really hope people take the time to absorb it and enjoy it as much as I did making it."
Tricksta 'Out Of Darkness Cometh Light' Full Tracklisting: 01 - Out Of Darkness Feat. Supar Novar, Cyclonious, LATE, Streetz & Deeze 02 - The Essence Feat. Iron Braydz, Genesis Elijah, TBear, Dubbledge, Supar Novar & K9 03 - Bars Feat. Size8, Yogi, Dubbledge, TBear & Serocee 04 - Fling Ya Hands Up Feat. Reload, Serocee, Grizzly & Sketchman 05 - Step Steady Feat. Cyclonious, Karl Hinds, Genesis Elijah & MCD 06 - Hip-Hop Feat. Big Cakes, Cobane, Shameless, Big Ben, Reain, LATE, Genesis Elijah, Phoenix Da Icefire & JabbaThaKut 07 - Third World Feat. Phoenix Da Icefire, Big Cakes, Cyclonious, Reain & Big Ben 08 - Death By Dishonour Feat. Iron Braydz, Scorzayzee & Ramson Badbones 09 - In These Manors Feat. Deeze, Conman, Streetz, Marc Anthony & Phoenix Da Icefire 10 - What's The Point Of It - Feat. TBear, Twissman & Tenny Ten 11 - We're Goin In Feat. S. Kalibre, Deeze, M.A.B, Deadline, LATE, D Gritty & Jai Boo 12 - For The Slums Feat. Wordsmiff, Big Ben & Supar Novar 13 - Big Figures Feat. TBear, Iron Braydz & Reload 14 - Think Positive Feat Logic, Cons, Big Ben, Shamless, Cyclonious & Quest Rah 15 - Strength In Numbers Feat LATE, Seanie T, Supar Novar, Inja, Double E, Sonny Jim, Cons, Joe Gutta, Conman & Taurus 16 - Life Is So Amazing Feat. Jai Boo, Deeze & LATE
Here is T.S.A.'s new "Mercy Riot" freestyle video! This track appears on The Candidate Mixtape: Business & Politricks coming in July! Once T.S.A. (True Sun Ali) unveils the mixtape, he will finalize his full length album The Candidate, slated for release this Fall via New York-based label Checkmate Game Over.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #178 is called Lung Butter for two reasons - chief of which is that host Steve 'Flash' Juon is keeping his mouth shut after a weekend of smoky dives and clubs. The emcees on this show know that feeling well though - veterans of the rap industry like Backbone, Soul Khan, yU and James John! Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or @RapReviews on this episode! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode.
* Gee Dubs - Chemical Mix * Trafek & V!rtu - Done * Soul Khan - Soulstice 4 * Sincere the Prodigal Son - Antifreeze * yU - I Believe (Oddisee Remix) * James John - Boxes * Kool Keith f/ A.G. (D.I.T.C.) - Acura * The Dungeon Family's own Backbone Presents Generation X - Beautiful Blue
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This month's edition of The Adam B Experience features 14 songs, including a few ABX artist debuts, with everything adding up to nearly an hour of music. I've also thrown in some of my own personal brand of lunacy for good measure. Follow me on Twitter at @AdamsWorldBlog or hit me up with feedback at AdamB@RapReviews.com." The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE so tell your friends to download ABX right here at RapReviews.com!
* BS - Yoda Flame * Jesse Abraham w/ Emilio Rojas & TreZure Empire * CookBook - Insomniac * Kalil Johnson - Atlas * Tony Cankles - Bangers On A Set List * Expertiz - At Last * Illus w/ Blueprint - Extraordinary * Vorheez - Agoraphobia * The Milky Way - Dubai * YC The Cynic - Rude Boy Jamaican * Jacky P - Lisa Bonet * Birdcall w/ Klokwize & Tedy - Bring It Right Back * The Other Guys - Drum For Me * Satnam - Stop Cryin' Yo!