Video: Dope Means "War On Terror" (produced by C-Lance)
Courtesy Matt B.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania duo of Crumb and JustTraxx better known as Dope Means are unveiling their debut LP Government Funded onto the world on 6-18-2013. The group is led by MC Crumb who joined the Army and was deployed to Iraq and recently returned to the States. Crumb used his paychecks from “Operation New Dawn 11-12” to fund this LP, which focuses on corruption, the politics of war and all aspects of life and their love of their home town Pittsburgh.
Chaotik Stylz spent the majority of his formative years shuttling back and forth between Buffalo, NY and Los Angeles, CA and did so by navigating between two different worlds; the suburbs of Buffalo and the inner-city of LA. “My upbringing was odd to say the least. I was primarily raised by my mother, who was an actress who later became a school teacher and when she passed away after a long-battle with Lupus it unleashed a monster inside of me. My father, left for Los Angeles when I was a kid, needless to say it created issues” states Chaotik.
Chaotik started emceeing at the age of 16 with his crew in Buffalo and after his Mother passed away it lit a fire in him which propelled him to take his gift more seriously. After linking up with M.E.D., Chaotik was introduced to Oh No and thru the wizardy of technology received a beat-tape from Oh No that would inspire him to start crafting the material that would eventually become The Subliminal Substance LP. The initial recording stages of the project soon thereafter lead to Chaotik holing up at Oh No’s studio in Oxnard, CA “We worked the entire time I was there, all I did was choose beats and rhyme during that trip. However, as the process played out, most of the original beats I picked during those sessions were scrapped and new ones were selected. The time I spent out there changed me as an artist and started me on the path I'm currently now on” Chaotik laments.
Since the completion of his LP, Chaotik has stepped into a new arena and begun on a path of sobriety, but The Subliminal Substance is full of drug and alcoholic rage; pain of loss, mental issues and a "Chaotik" lifestyle. Chaotik offers “The Subliminal Substance centers on the idea that Hip-Hop music has become a highly addictive, yet dangerous drug which is ruining the spirit of its listeners; it has become a shadow of its former self and this is my ode to its glory days and hope that the art-form will return to its greatness.”
Mixtape: Zavey & Heazy - Herb, Nouns & Verbs 2 (Hosted by DJ Burn One)
Rising emcees Zavey & Heazy join forces with the almighty DJ Burn One to present their new collaborative mixtape Herb, Nouns & Verbs 2, which features excellent production from Burn One, Stunt N Dozier, The ProDeuser and more. The project is available for free download via LiveMixtapes.
New Orleanian producer, DJ and Super Mart Produce head Quickie Mart presents "A** Rotation", his new single dropping exclusively on Beatport July 30th but available free now for a limited time. “Rotation” comes on the heels of a slew of releases from Quickie Mart’s Beatport imprint Super Mart Produce, among them tracks from bass artists Partymonster, Computa Games and Rroid Drazr, as well as his remix of New Orleans bounce pioneer Ricky B’s classic "Shake Fa Ya Hood."
E-40 - Mack 10 - DJ Quik - Bone Thugs - West Coast Fest Tour
In an unprecedented move for West Coast Hip-Hop, the West Coast Fest 2013 tour will take the beloved genre from its Los Angeles backyard to music fans across the nation. Hip-Hop Icons E-40, DJ Quik, Mack 10, Dogg Pound, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Warren G, Suga Free and Baby Bash will unite on stage, making history with the first multi-city tour of its kind. Riding a momentous wave of success from the first ever West Coast Fest concert at Club Nokia on March 21, 2013 and 93.5 KDAY’s recent Krush Groove show; the event Producers, Behind The Scenes (BTS) heeded the overwhelming demand and announced Part II of the West Coast Fest 2013 with the below first five dates:
WEST COAST FEST 2013 | PART II
June 28th Fresno, CA Warnor's Theatre
July 5th Pasco, WA The Trac
July 6th Salem, OR The Salem Armory
July 12th Tucson, AZ The Ava Amphitheatre
July 13th Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre
Sept 20th Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque Convention Center
Sept 21st Indio, CA Riverside Fairgrounds