On June 15th, rapper F.Stokes will release his new album, Fearless Beauty. The project features production by Paper Tiger, a member of Minneapolis indie hip-hop collective DoomTree, and today, to celebrate the album announcement, F.Stokes is also unveiling the album's lead single, "Shaka Zulu."
"The aim of this record, aesthetically and creatively is to capture the courage, strength and resilience of my family," begins Chicago-bred rapper F.Stokes. Born and raised into early adolescene in the infamous South Side of the Windy City, the rapper draws much of his inspiration from the experiences of his childhood both joyous and painful, comforting and haunting. He continues, "During the recoding of this project I spiritually—and physically—placed myself in my childhood room in Chicago. I revisited conversations I had with the junkies, the pimps, the prostitutes, the gangsters, all manifesting in the recordings."
Before artists were cheating YouTube for more video views, and labels engaged in buy backs for their own artists' albums to inflate sales, one true way you knew a track was hot was how many people recorded it on their own tape decks. Well, Alpha Faktion is bringing those memories back with a vengeance in their latest video, "Truth, Lies & Audiotape." Since "it's hard to see the truth on the inside of your eyelids," KrazeILLA The Monster and Azwun are here to open your mind to the pollution the spread by mainstream media. The revolution continues on their EP of the same title, dropping May 21st, which boasts guest features from the likes of Shabaam Sahdeeq and Skeezo, and includes production from Vherbal, Skammadix and 2Deep.
Mixtape: Mayalino & Don Cannon - K.I.L.O.S. (Featuring Pusha T, Bun B, Mannie Fresh & More)
Houston's own Mayalino finally brings you his new mixtape "K.I.L.O.S. (King In Life Off Sales)" hosted by #1 co-signer in the game Don Cannon . The tape features joints with Pusha T, Mannie Fresh, Bun B, and more over production provided by Mannie Fresh, Cash Jordan, and Joe Smack among others.
Fresh off the release of his critically-acclaimed new album Legends Never Die, R.A. The Rugged Man is embarking on a new European tour. Hitting Germany, the UK, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and France, the tour celebrates the release of Legends Never Die, which dropped April 30th and has already spawned hits like "The People's Champ", "Holla-Loo-Yuh", and "Learn Truth". Legends Never Die is the official follow-up to R.A.'s critically acclaimed album Die Rugged Man Die, and features appearances from the likes of Hopsin, Tech N9ne, Brother Ali, Talib Kweli, Vinnie Paz, Masta Ace, Sadat X, Eamon, and more. Tour schedule listed below.
5/9 Basel, Switzerland - Sommerkasino
5/10 Munich, Germany - Yip Yab
5/11 Leeds, UK - The Musiquarium
5/14 Leipzig, Germany - Distillery
5/15 Berlin, Germany - Cassiopeia
5/16 Linz, Austria - Kapu
5/17 Glasgow, Scotland - O2 Academy
5/18 Munster, Germany - Skaters Palace
5/19 Goggingen, Germany - No Stress Festival
5/21 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
5/22 Lyon, France - La Marquise
Gensu Dean & Planet Asia "Thyself" w/ David Banner, Tragedy Khadafi
Courtesy Mello Music Group.
As Planet Asia returns from his trip to Africa, we thought it fitting to release the track "Thyself." Since knowledge and wisdom produces understanding, Gensu Dean brought in some heavyweight friends, David Banner & Tragedy Khadafi, to drop jewels on listeners. Let Dean's mystic production draw you into the zone, so that you can acknowledge the Gods speech. Know thyself.
Murph Watkins has come together with The DJBooth to bring listeners his latest solo street release, Loose Women N' Booze. The project packs 11 original jams from the up-and-coming emcee, along with two bonus tracks. Included is reader-approved lead single "Is It Lust." Joining Watkins on the guest tip throughout Loose Women N' Booze are Daryn Alexus, Fonz-E Mak, Midiori, Nikko Grey, Velvet Gunn, Raffinae Keyes, Tay Olei and Wheatie. Beats come courtesy of Bonafyde, DJ L, I.B. C.L.A.S.S.I.C., JERON!MO, Lyle LeDuff, Nick Astro, R.A. Foster, Sani,Stretch Beatz and ThemPeople.
'Circle of Life' is the first set of visuals taken from LiKWUiD + 2 Hungry Bros 'Likwuidity: In Depth' album, as she delivers thought provoking social critique and personal content of familial matters over an otherworldly beat by the 2 Hungry Bros. 'Circle of Life' is ride through some tuff times but with a fun bounce that you can bump in your rental. The video is directed by the supremely talented Noisemaker Media, that makes light of biological and adopted family (aka Fam).
Hot on the heels of his last hit, Connecticut rising star Damon Daye teams up with Hip-Hop duo, Nefew for his latest release. ‘Give a Sh*t’ produced by David "Mojo" Stewart will feature on Daye’s impending release, A Daye is Forever, which will feature the well received ‘Move That Body.’