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Audio: Negrostotle - Black Cloud (prod. @Backspacez)

Audio: Negrostotle - Black Cloud (prod. Backspacez)

Courtesy Pat Spacez.

Black Cloud is a song off of Negrostotle's album "The Red Light" which dropped today. It is produced by Backspacez. The opening line of the first verse is "I need a new brotha for this black cloud to follow" referencing The World Is Yours by Nas. The black cloud represents his depression, he feels as the black cloud follows him around everywhere he goes.

Mixtape Submission: @MarsJackson "Hype Chill" (@BrainOfBMW)

Mixtape Submission: Mars Jackson "Hype Chill"

Courtesy Brain of BMW.

As one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the Pittsburgh rap scene, Mars Jackson, sees himself as an artist who is trying to share his life through his music.Never one to rush projects, "HypeChill" (4th mixtape) is long overdue but shows obvious progression from the Pittsburgh MC. With features from Spank Lee, S.BOO, BADBOXES and Hii Class Society's very own Grits Capone "HypeChill" is sure to be a classic to new and old Mars Jackson fans. Influenced by life's challenges, tracks like "More Promises" and radio friendly "Sacrifice" depicts a mature take on life's occurrences . Whereas, "I.J.S" and "We heard that sh*t" are singles to turn any party/session up.

PR: New LP from @TanyaMorgan Rubber Souls (Prod by 6th Sense)

PR: New LP from Tanya Morgan Rubber Souls (Prod by 6th Sense)

Courtesy Ballin PR.

After the release of the first single "For Real" earlier this year, Brooklyn based hip-hop duo Tanya Morgan are readying their third LP, Rubber Souls, produced by New York producer 6th Sense (B.o.B., Outasight, Talib Kweli, Mickey Factz, Homeboy Sandman, The Lonely Island, etc.). To be released on September 24th on ImprintOne80. Rubber Souls is a fuller, more robust sound than group's previous two discs, reflecting their decision to shake up the entire recording process for this project. Not only did they hand the production reins to an outsider for the first time, but they also added a stable of musicians with whom to collaborate. Moreover, Donwill and Von Pea recorded each song on the album together (as opposed to individually as they have in the past).

"This album shows us stepping out of our comfort zone to great results," explains Von Pea. "It brought out a new type of chemistry in our music." Instrumentally ambitious, Rubber Souls is about expansion. Challenging both artists and musicians, producer 6th Sense gives his interpretation of the Tanya Morgan sound - "The result in an album that will satisfy long time fans and shock non-believers," adds Donwill.

Today, Tanya Morgan are Donwill and Von Pea. Hailing from both Brooklyn and Cincinnati, the group--originally a trio--formed on the message boards of in 2003 when Donwill, Ilyas Nashid and Von Pea were all solo artists trading demos and beat tapes. The three MCs decided to collaborate for a one-off project and settled on the name Tanya Morgan - an inside joke to trick hip-hop crate-diggers and sample-searchers into thinking the record was an old-school soul singer. After their debut album, Moonlighting, was endorsed by the likes of ?uestlove in 2006 and was received enthusiastically by fans, Tanya Morgan decided to keep working together and keep the name. In the wake of _Moonlighting_’s critical success, the group released its follow-up, 2009’s Brooklynati which saw the group reach more fans and beguile more journalists as it was widely regarded as one of the year’s best hip hop releases.

Since Brooklynati, the group has reformed with Ilyas moving on to focus on his solo material and video production while Von Pea and Donwill continue to tour as Tanya Morgan, supporting the group’s classic material as well as the members’ first solo releases: Donwill’s Don Cusack In High Fidelity and Von Pea’s Pea’s Gotta Have It, both released in 2010.

Tanya Morgan has received acclaim from the likes of Billboard, Vibe, SPIN, XXL Magazine, XLR8R, Los Angeles Times, The Onion, NY Magazine and a bevy of other press outlets who have praised the group throughout the duration of their career.
Audio: Figure f/ Del - "War Call"

Audio: Figure f/ Del - "War Call"

Courtesy Chris @ Biz 3.

Del is an indie-rap legend who has dabbled in bass music in the past, but this cut from Indiana's Figure is his first for OWSLA.

Video: J.R. TheBeast - "32 Chambers" (@jrthebeasthd)

Video: J.R. TheBeast - "32 Chambers"

Courtesy J.R.

DETAILS: 32 Chambers was produced by well known AraabMuzik affiliated with the Diplomat Record Label. The video was directed and edited by Jack Nine Films from Bronx, New York. Written and performed by Upcoming Independent New Jersey Artist J.R. TheBeast. Since its release it has already gain a great response and massive attention.

Audio: @Scolla313 - Roots (Prod. MF Doom)

Audio: Scolla - Roots (Prod. MF Doom)

Courtesy OG Scolla.

A Little something over one of my favorite beats. "Arrow Root" By MF Doom.

Reggae Trio @Indubious Release Video "Seventh Generation" @BallinPR

Reggae Trio Indubious Release Video "Seventh Generation"

Courtesy Ballin PR.

Rising up from the fertile soil of Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley where they have quickly emerged as the most popular band in the region, come the intergalactic musical revolutionaries known as Indubious. The power trio comes pumping a positive message, wielding impressive instrumental skill and an electrifying stage presence in support of their groundbreaking new 11-song album Wake The Lion produced by renown electronic – dub musician GAUDI.

Audio: @EvanBlack ft. @Skyzoo - Go (Prod. @KingIDivine)

Audio: Evan Black ft. Skyzoo - Go (Prod. King I Divine)

Courtesy E.B.

This track is for immediate release. Evan Black is releasing his second single from his upcoming debut album The Arrival, which is dropping on September 10th. Evan recruits Skyzoo for the joint "Go" produced by King I Divine.

Rapper @RZA Narrates Trailer for Chinese Martial Arts Film "The Grandmaster"

Rapper RZA Narrates Trailer for Chinese Martial Arts Film "The Grandmaster"

Courtesy Bree.

Today, the critically-acclaimed Chinese martial arts film The Grandmaster, which is based on the life story of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man--the renowned trainer of Bruce Lee, is released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The film features Hong Kong Film Award winner Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (In the Mood for Love) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's Zhang Ziyi.

Video: @GVNDMusic - "I Swear" (UK Artist)

Video: GVND - "I Swear" (UK Artist)

Courtesy Breaking Ground.

GVND is a 21 year old rapper from London UK and is the latest addition to the South-Asian music industry. Coming from a musical background GVND has a lot to show for himself. ‘I Swear’ is the first offering from this talented young artist from his debut mixtape ‘{london sound}’, which is set to release late 2013.

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