This heartfelt song offers some insight into JellyRoll's emotional struggles with his choice of careers, dealing with fair-weather friends, shady business associates and more. The message will be on point to anyone who has been through the ringer in the music business.
Audio: Marco Polo f/ Talib Kweli & DJ Premier "G.U.R.U."
Courtesy Matt B.
April 19th marks the three-year anniversary of the passing of Guru and this track, “G.U.R.U.” f/ Talib Kweli & DJ Premier is dedicated to his memory and a celebration of his life, legacy and all of the vast accomplishments and great music he and DJ Premier gave us. “G.U.R.U.” also serves as the lead-single from Marco Polo’s forthcoming LP, PA2: The Director’s Cut, which will be released in July 2013 on SoulSpazm Records.
“Tomorrow marks the three-year anniversary of the passing of the legendary G.U.R.U. of Gang Starr. I decided to this leak this record one day early to ensure DJ's and everyone can have it ready for his anniversary and it can be played tomorrow. This is one of the most important records I've ever been a part of” states Marco Polo. “Thank you to Talib Kweli and DJ Premier for being a part of this incredible record! We will also be premiering the "G.U.R.U." video very soon (which is directed by Todd Angkasuwan) so stay tuned. Please help share this record and celebrate the life of an artist who influenced myself and so many others in Hip-Hop and music period! R.I.P. Keith Edward Elam aka G.U.R.U. (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal)!”
Da What is Hip Hop contnued this week with one of the homies from the series trailer: KJ Hines out of Texas! KJ discusses what hip hop means as a genre of music but goes beyond that to break down what the different genres really are. Are they so different? How is music similar to religion? To find out, you will have to read KJ Hine’s response to “What is Hip Hop?” right here:
Audio: Odd Couple Feat. King L, Mikey Dollaz & Big Colour "Pink Champale"
Courtesy DJ Bombay Knox.
Up and coming Chicago producers, Odd Couple have pretty busy over the past few months working with the likes of Sasha Go Hard, Chance the Rapper, XV, and their most recent drop 'Thug Angel' by Alex Wiley. Today they drop 'Pink Champale' a Chi Town banger featuring some of the cities brightest including King L, Mikey Dollaz, Big Colour, as well as drops from DJ Victoriouz. All who are all currently contributing factors to the Drill music that's making the Chicago Hip Hop scene favorited through out the nation. The track also serves as a memoriam to Pink Champale, a tasty beverage that once was. Be on the lookout for Odd Couple's new beat tape 'Odd Couple Beat Tape Vol.1' Which is set to be released in the next month.
"Adapt" is a song about the simple fact that for something to live on, it must adapt. The same goes for the music industry. An artist can always rise, but to stay afloat, they must always evolve with the market. Such is the thin line between doing what you believe in and what expectations that may come with the endless tides.
Pittsburgh MC and Activist Jasiri X releases his new video for his single "Raise Your Flag" off his debut album "Ascension" which hit stores March 26th. The album features Brother Ali, Rhymefest and is produced by Rel!g!on.
While many of today's hip hop artists engage topics like sex, violence and wealth, Nissim (formerly D.Black) has let his faith guide his music down a different path. First introduced to the world in 2008 with his song "God Like," he made waves in the industry with his 2009 album "All 'Yah," found himself with a video in MTV rotation, and shared the stage with some of hip hop's biggest names at festivals like CMJ, SXSW and Capitol Hill Block Party. But even amidst his burgeoning commercial success, a feeling of emptiness compelled him to walk away from music, convert to Orthodox Judaism and delve deeply into the religious teachings of the Torah. Now, hes back, as Nissim and today, he has released the first single, "Unbelievable," from his forthcoming mixtape, "Miracle Music," which will drop May 15th for free and will be followed by the release of his new self titled album on July 16th.
Check out the visuals to "This, That, & Tha 3rd" from Spectac & Amiri's upcoming album Soul Beautiful. "This, That, & tha 3rd" is the upbeat B-Side to the duo's buttery smooth current single "I Grew Up". Both songs are available now on iTunes.