Rising Dallas Duo Returns With Slew Of New Music, Videos
Back in March, A.Dd+ officially hit the scene with the release of When Pigs Fly, a project that quickly became the upstart Dallas duo's much touted debut album. WPF earned critical praise from the Dallas Observer as "possibly the best hip-hop album Dallas has ever released." A few short months later, Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy, joined by producer and unofficial third member Picnic Tyme, return to unleash a slew of new music and videos to be released in the coming weeks and months. Kicking things off is the new track "Jumper Cables," which features fellow Dallas rapper Tunk.
Although not from When Pigs Fly, "Jumper Cables" picks up right where the duo's debut left off, with Picnic Tyme's slick snare rolling into a bevy of winding strings, claves, bass, and pounding drums. The hook, "Wait till I get my money right, then I'm on/ I'mma get that Caddy running right, bitch, I'm gone/ Living good, it ain't nothing better," builds the theme for the song, one that, despite the upbeat nature of the track, details the group's struggles and aspirations. Fitting, considering that Paris and Slim wrote the hook in the midst of their own grind towards recognition. "We came up with the hook on our way back from a show in San Antonio," explains Paris. "We didn't have anywhere to stay after the show, so we got back in the car, hopped on the road at 3:00am and started heading back to Dallas. We had the instrumental on repeat and put together the hook."
Willie Evans Jr.'s new album Introducin' is available now from via High Water Music. The full album is now streaming in full at AOL Music and can be bought here: Introducin' ($7.99 at Amazon.com).
Along with the release of his album, Pharoahe Monch's WAR Media has announced that Willie Evans Jr. is the newest addition to the We Are Renegades Family. Willie Evans Jr. will be joining like-minded artists Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Mystic and DJ Mr Len as part of a growing and organic movement.
According to Dres of Black Sheep/Native Tongues, "Willie Evans Jr. and his crew are the closest thing to Native Tongues since Native Tongues." Introducin' is produced entirely by Willie Evans Jr. and features both his emcee and MPC skills. The album tells the story of a kid (Willie) who can't learn music the traditional route, and then decides to use the MPC to express himself. The artwork for the album was hand crafted by UK’s visual artist/producer Ben Grymm.
Previously, Willie Evans Jr. has done extensive production work with Mr. Lif and Akrobatik of the Perceptionists and is a member of the Alias Brothers (formerly Asamov) with notable member Paten Locke aka DJ Therapy. He has been previously featured in URB, VIBE and has performed at Rock the Bells, Paid Dues and more.
Take A Minute To Think Of When You Would Look For A New CD. Possibly A Cassette Even, Take A Glance At The Tracklisting And Be In Shock Of Whom Is Being Featured On Said Project. From Up-And-Comers Featuring Veterans, To Long Time Labelmates who never worked together. This Created Anxiety For Us All. Fly Definiton Music And AMiAM (of Vets of Kin) Reach To Detroit, New York And Of Course Ozone, FL. Crafting A Boom Bap Collaboration For His New Mixtape. MyGrane McNastee, Sha Stimuli, V-Stylez, JBiz & Veteran Grand Daddy I.U. Show Up To Prove That Even Nowadays "WE GOT THAT" Feeling To Once Again Experience Deja Vu. JuniAli (of The Beat Ministry) Maestro's The Production, DJ YNot Conducts The Cuts, And The Emcees Do What Emcees Do...Rhyme.
Complex.com just posted an in depth feature on illustrator Kagan McLeod and his massive upcoming graphic novel Infinite Kung Fu. In addition to illustrations from the book, Kagan breaks down the inspiration and creative process of the 464 page tome (to be released by Top Shelf Comix in August). Kagan is set to appear at the Top Shelf booth all through the San Diego Comic Con (July 20th-July 24th) where the book will debut to the public. Appearing alongside other award winning Top Shelf creators including Craig Thompson (Blankets) and Nate Powell (Any Empire) Kagan will be signing as well as selling original art (viewable here: http://kaganmcleod.com/comiccon.html .
As gritty as the Mississippi streets he grew up on, Bryant Williams, better known as Brian Grind, is smashing through the hip hop game with an impeccable flow and fascinating lyrical content. Fresh on the heels of his new EP, Grind Hard and Play Later, this budding Dirty South superstar is putting his talent on display for fans across the country. With an ironclad reputation and a relentless work ethic, Grind is quickly making a name for himself as one of the top up and comers in the constantly growing and changing hip hop music scene.
Born and raised in Mississippi, Grind was heavily influenced by two different worlds with polar opposite values, creating a distinct air of conflict throughout his upbringing. Despite his close relationship with a pair of loving, religious grandparents, he was quickly enamored by life on the streets, which helped shape his raw lyrical flow and gangster-inspired content. His experiences with hustling, which inspired his moniker of Brian Grind, run deep throughout each of the tracks, serving as a soundtrack to the streets and lifestyle of a determined, young entrepreneur.
Grind's uncle, Napoleon Williams also played an integral part in his musical upbringing, flying him out from steamy Mississippi to the sunny Bay area to lend a hand on projects with his record label, Napo Entertainment. Drawing from classic influences such as Tupac and Scarface, as well as Southern heavy hitters like 3-Six Mafia and Project Pat, Grind continued to sculpt a unique, captivating style which only continues to improve with age.
Loaded with stories from the streets and references to gangster culture, Grind's debut weaves interesting tales with infectious club beats, keeping the vibe fresh from start to finish. Tracks such as "DJ Turn it Up," "She's Choosey," "Boppers," and "Don't Play No Games" are clear cut standouts, exhibiting some of this Mississippi native's most skillful work to date.
Grind commented on his record, saying "It's what you hear in the streets…but yet it is fresh enough to move crowds in the clubs."
Grind Hard and Play Later is currently available in stores, with digital downloads, as well as other singles available from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy, FYE, and Borders. Check out his official MySpace and ReverbNation pages for streaming audio, upcoming tour dates, and photos of Mississippi's next hip hop phenomenon.
I love giving away free music to y'all! Especially these good ones this week! REALLY good ones...well when RapReviews DON'T give y'all good ones? On to the Free Music!
Ced Hughes :: One Day We'll Wake Up
Common dropped "One Day It'll All Make Sense" in 1996. 15 years later, Virginia emcee Ced Hughes drops "One Day We'll Wake Up," a free project that's cut from the same conscious cloth. This project features Hughes spittin' (of course), as well as appearances from Donwill (of Tanya Morgan), Che Grand and !Attie. In addition to the artist’s own production, the project features beats by Gabe Niles, Chad Hugo (of The Neptunes), The DO, Xaphoon Jones, Royskopp and more. So allow me to hit this alarm clock over your sleepy heads and tell you all to WAKE UPPPP!! -- School Daze.
Tracklisting: 1. AM (Intro) [prod. Gabe Niles] 2. Hey! [prod. Ced Hughes] 3. We Are Not Afraid [prod. The DO] 4. Hotdogs And Toupes [prod. Ced Hughes] 5. What You Wanted (ft. Donwill) [prod. Royksopp] 6. Feel So Good [prod. Ced Hughes] 7. Top Priority (ft. Che Grand) [prod. Gabe Niles] 8. One Day [prod. Chad Hugo] 9. All I Am [prod. Ced Hughes] 10. No They Don’t Care [prod. Gabe Niles] 11. The Getaway [prod. Gabe Niles] 12. Castaway [prod. Ced Hughes] 13. Lights! [prod. Xaphoon Jones] 14. Jungle Drum (Emiliana Torrini x Jai Paul Remix) 15. Get Your Money (Hats Off) [prod. Ced Hughes] 16. The $h*t (Featuring Dell) [prod. Ced Hughes] 17. Youth Blood (Little Jinder X 12th Planet x Flinch Remix) 18. Throwed [prod. Ced Hughes] 19. If Only [prod. Gabe Niles, guitar by Brandon Jarod] 20. Let Me In [prod. Ced Hughes] 21. Y Don’t We (Kaya remix) 22. Eyes UP [prod. Ced Hughes] 23. PM (Outro) [prod. Peace, The Illest]
Dennis Coffey :: Outer Galaxies: Dennis Coffey Re-Interpreted
If you don't know who Dennis Coffey is, type "Dennis Coffey - Scorpio" on the YouTube search bar, then click the link, hear it, and say ohhhh! Then come back here and download this free project (I've been saying project 'cause I don't know if I should call them albums or what!). Showing that Coffey's still a very influential musician, many modern Detroit musicians are gathered by Coffey to remake and reinterpret the tracks off Coffey's new album, Strut. Check it out!
Tracklisting: 1. 7th Galaxy feat. Jamall Bufford (14 KT remix) 2. I Bet You (version) (DeepSeeSoundSyetem mix) 3. All Your Goodies Are Gone feat. Mayer Hawthorne (Shigeto remix) 4. Plutonius (Recloose Re-Dub) Cuts by DJ CXL 5. Imported From Detroit (Magestik Legend, Produced by Astronote) made from samples of Knockabout 6. Miss Millie feat. Kings Go Forth (Dabrye’s Synthesized mix) 7. Space Traveller (Nick Speed remix) 8. Only Good For Ectomorph (Ectomorph appears courtesy of Interdimensional Transmissions)
The ILLZ has been on the come-up and they're up on the rise more than ever. So if you haven't been catching up to this Jersey emcee, The ILLZ gives you "ILLZSENTIAL," a free project that focuses on his greatest hits (or clicks, for the sake of downloads and whatnots).
Tracklisting: 1. To Know Your Place in the Universe 2. Amnesia-Forget it All 3. Heaven (Higher) 4. The Sun Doesn't Know It's a Star 5. ILLYTAL (Portishead Remix) 6. Faded/Los Angeles (existen) 7. Cover Me (I'm Going In) 8. In Between Us 9. Come IN 10. Energy in Motion 11. M.P.A. (My Public Apology) 12. Melfi 13. Dark Side of the Room 14. Dreams of Life & Beth 15. November Sky 16. The Appreciation II 17. Heaven (Higher) (ILL Tal Remix) 18. Melfi (Beauty's Confusion Remix) 19. In Between Us (Remix) 20. The Pursuit (ILL Tal Remix)
For the Swollen Members heads and those who aren't familiar with those Canadian underground hip-hop pioneers alike, here's a solo mixtape from Mad Child called "M.A.D.E. (Misguided Angel Destroys Everything)". This mixtape could be also called "Madlib Child" because it features Mad Child spitting over Madlib beats. Mad coincidence, huh?
Tracklisting: 1. madTAPE intro 2. Rock Bottom 3. Dead Man Walking 4. Conan 5. Mr. Suicidal 6. Little King Kong 7. Hangin on by a Thread 8. Music and Movies feat. Moka Only 9. Ghost Town 10. Kamikaze 11. The Show 12. Memory Loss (Moka Only) 13. Blue Magic 14. Down The Drain 15. Crash Landing
Outlawz :: Killuminati 2K11 (Mixed by DJ Smallz and DJ Kay Slay)
For those who's been wondering where The Outlawz have been. Well, they're right here. "Killuminati 2K11" features appearances from Chamillionaire, Trae the Truth, Young Buck, and more. A bonus cut of the Outlawz spitting over the "Tupac Back" beat is also present in this mixtape. Thug Life for life!
Tracklisting: 1 .One Way (feat. Chamillionaire) 2. Brand New (Pimp C Dedication) 3. O4L 4. Blow My High (Feat. Trae Tha Truth & Young Buck) 5. Cocaine (Feat. Aktual & Tony Atlanta) 6. Late Night Shift 7. Back Again 8. Spirit Of An Outlaw 9. Outlaw Culture 10. Bounce 11. Da Corna 12. Keep On 13. Came From The Bottom (Part 2) 14. 2Pac Back (Outlaw G-Mix)
UNDRCRWN and Mixstream presents Excursions: Rarities and Remixes of A Tribe Called Quest by Mick Boogie
Here's a quote from Mick Boogie regarding this excellent mixtape, " A Tribe Called Quest is one of my favorite groups of all time... in any genre of music. After seeing Michael Rapaport's amazing documentary on the group, I felt inspired to put together a mix and this is the end result. This is NOT a greatest hits mix. This mix is for the true Tribe fans only... the die-hards who know every lyric and remember every interlude. I thought it would be cool to basically create the "lost" Tribe album... with all the rare songs, demos, limited-edition remixes, and collaborations you may have missed over the years. I hope when you enjoy this as much as I do, and hear some things you have never heard before. Special thank you to UNDRCRWN for the amazing artwork. Long live A Tribe Called Quest!"
So Cecil Otter & Swiss Andy thought of this crazy idea of Wu-Tang Clan spitting over hardcore D.C. punk band Fugazi's thrashing beats. And guess what? IT SURPRISINGLY WORKS! Don't believe me? I'll let you check it out yourself. Wu-Tang Clan and the $5 Band ain't nothing ta F wit'!
Tracklisting: 1. Sleep Rules Eveything Around Me 2. Suicide Surprise 3. Another Chessboxin' Argument 4. Ghetto Afterthought 5. Sweet Release 6. Shame on Blue 7. Slow Like THat 8. Floating Labels 9. P.L.O. Squared 10. Nowhere to Wait 11. Last Chance for the Clientele Kid 12. Killa Hill 13. Forensic Shimmy
That's it for the "23/7 Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love...
Seattle MC Macklemore and his producer/DJ Ryan Lewis have released the riveting and heartfelt video for “Wings,” which premiered over at XXL Magazine's homepage yesterday. On the track Macklemore raps in his distinctly soulful and raspy tone, crafting a vivid narrative that transforms into a mini-epic over Lewis’ cinematic production. Since teaming up two years ago, the pair have been on a non-stop tear, garnering critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase through a series of self-released projects. They now have multiple songs with over 1 million views on YouTube, and last year’s VS (Redux)EP landed at #7 on the iTunes Hip Hop charts.
Additionally, the duo’s highly praised live shows have led to performances at places like the Rock The Bells Tour, Fader Fort at SXSW, Sasquatch Festival, and Outside Lands. Macklemore and Lewis are now one of the premiere hip hop acts out of the Pacific Northwest, and with the release of the “Wings” video, are on the brink of their national breakthrough.
Producer and bassist Headnodic is a musical time-traveler. His exploration into the furthest reaches of rhythm and melody, from golden era rap to 70's fusion jazz, has inspired an original and profound voice in hip-hop. Whether he's sampling, chopping, and re-constructing breaks, or fluently performing on any number of vintage instruments, the aesthetic of a well seasoned crate-digger is apparent.
His collaborations with many of the most notable names in Indy hip-hop have yielded dynamic results, exhibiting his musical elasticity. Some of these collaborators include, MF Doom, Jr. Gong Damian Marley, Brother Ali, Mr. Lif, Lyrics Born, Ladybug Mecca, DJ Shadow, Tash, People Under The Stairs, Oh No, Chali 2na, Zion I, The Grouch, Casual, Mystic, Sadat X, and Del the Funky Homosapien.
Trained as a bass player at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, it was there that he met the members of what would later become the hip-hop band, Crown City Rockers, (originally called Mission: ). He has furnished the "low-end" for Crown City Rockers for over a decade now and he has produced, recorded, and engineered a bulk of the group's catalog. In 2008, Headnodic joined forces with Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and Lateef the Truth Speaker (Latyrx) to form the indy-hop super group, The Mighty Underdogs (Def Jux / Quannum).
Headnodic has also released a number of instrumental albums including "Tuesday" and "Headnodic Beats Vol.1" (Insiduous Urban Records), as well as the "Now A Daze / The Drive" 12" (with MC Zion & The Procussions) (Tres Records). Headnodic's forthcoming album "Red Line Radio" (7-26-2011) will mark the full length debut of Headnodic as a headlining artist, and it's a firm indication that his musical explorations are already becoming the classics of the future.
Headnodic's "Red Line Radio" In stores July 26th 2011 via Brick Records
1. You Can Call It That (the introduction) 2. Red Line Radio feat. Mission (aka Raashan Ahmad & Moe Pope) 3. Movin' On Up feat. Latyrx (aka Lateef the Truth Speaker & Lyrics Born) & Kat ((O1O)) 4. Surgeon General feat. People Under The Stairs 5. The Mondays feat. Kat ((O1O)) 6. Haven't You Heard? feat. Sadat X, & Scienz of Life (aka John Robinson & ID 4 Winds) 7. These Days Ahead 8. The A.M. feat. Othello, Aima the Dreamer & DJ Vajra 9. Turn Your Radio Up feat. Mr. Lif, Gift of Gab & The Grouch 10. Russian River 11. Cough Drop feat. Raashan Ahmad 12. The Mush feat. Moe Pope & Benzito the Village President 13. Truth feat. Destani Wolf & The Jazz Mafia Horns 14. Durty Diamonds feat. Moe Pope, Bru Lei, Very, Jern Eye, Nightclubber Lang & One.Be.Lo 15. Carpe Noctum 16. Viles feat. Myka 9 & P.E.A.C.E. 17. Mr. Incomplete feat. The Jazz Mafia Horns 18. Pepper's Lullabye 19. Thanks 20. Red Line Radio - Woodstock Remix feat. Mission & DJ Vajra (Digital Bonus Track)