About a week and a half ago, the Eagles honored Philly legend Brian Dawkins before a game. (We beat the stinkin' Giants that day too!!) If you're a football fan, you already know about Dawk. The intensity, passion, and heart he brought to every game was unmatched. If you are familiar with Reef the Lost Cauze, you already know that he brings the same attributes to the rap game.
Reef had already loosely laid this play out prior to either of us knowing that the Eagles tribute was planned. One night in the basement, I played the beat and his eyes lit up a bit. A match was made. We recorded the vocals a week or two later and bam.... B.DAWK, the first new Reef/Dumhi collab in a minute.
Sidenote: We almost released it the day of the Eagles tribute but, that was my fault. Whatever tho... it's here NOW!
AND... as an extra special bonus, we are throwing in a song that we have been jamming with on occasion for a while, Thought Control. We performed this once or twice back at The Slingluff gallery during "The Whole Worlds Watching" party and have had a couple different plans for it. Right now I like to think of it as us having fun with some CLASSIC classic rock jams. Hope you enjoy.
While we are back at it again (see what I did there?)....
B.Dawk spring boarded a Reef/Dumhi Ep plan of action. We already have a couple more songs in the works. I'd tell you more about this plan but.... this is all we have so far. Actually... we also plan on it being BANGING. More news soon but.... keep late 2012/ early 2013 in the back of your mind.
Catch Reef TONIGHT! Thursday October 11 at the Trocadero Balcony in Philly performing with Brasco, Rockie Reyes, Faez One, and more . He might just rock a live version of B.Dawk.
Fresh off their third European Tour, the Calgary-based duo of Teekay and DJ Cosm are back, teaming with producer Def-Chap from Saskatoon for their upcoming collaborative EP, "DFE vs. DEF" (coming soon). The first single is "Lucky Day", an incredibly soulful joint where Teekay waxes philosophical on the ups and downs of searching for that special someone. Cosm's slick scratch-chorus is the cherry on top of this smooth banger.
Defender of the Art - Growing Pains (feat. Lyriz) (@BigSto)
"Growing Pains" is the first single from The Psych Ward 2 and it features Lyriz. The beat was jacked from the Grieves and Budo song "Growing Pains".
Regardless of whether we admit it or not we all have "Growing Pains" times that we've been hurt in the past that still haunt us now. "Growing Pains" also refers to the pain and hurt that we've gone through in order to change ourselves or allow God to change us. The end result of these "Growing Pains" we hope is a better person, but sometimes it results in more fears than what we started with.
Woodbridge, VA rap artist PHZ-Sicks (pronounced ‘physics’) presents the John Ledbetter-directed video for "Up", the final single from his mixtape The Laws Of PHZ-Sicks. "Up" lifts the beat from "Overnight", a track by Hudson Mohawke, co-producer on Kanye West's "Mercy" and several G.O.O.D. Music tracks. PHZ's last video was for the song “Success/Failure” (watch here), also on The Laws Of PHZ-Sicks, sponsored by HipHopUpdate.com, Philadelphia clothing line ANMLHSE, and LA-based hat line Quintin Co. He was a 2011 DMV Best VA Male Rap Artist nominee and has opened for Wale, J. Cole and more. PHZ describes his music as “a film seen through the eyes of a young black male moving up socially, economically, and artistically in the world.” Of "Up", PHZ says "I wanted to display the frenetic energy of the song and constant wordplay spoken throughout the song." PHZ's is currently prepping his next album titled The Moment.
After being selected by Ebony Magazine as one of the hottest releases of the week along with Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Big Sean, itunes picked Substantial's "Grateful" as one of their hot tracks. Today we are giving away Substantial's emotive banger produced by Australia's M-Phazes: Grateful feat. Kenn Starr & Kokayi.
To kick things off, Kenn Starr re-emerges back from the ashes, born again back from the past tense, to reflect on the fulfilment of his dreams, while Grammy nominated vocalist Kokayi carries the chorus to soaring heights. Finally, Substantial jumps in for a reflective verse filled with meaningful word play: "Last words to my daughter would be learn baby learn."
To top it all off, Substantial will also have an acoustic concert at The Smithsonian Sunday, November 4, 2012, 1:30 – 3:30 pm.
Already known as Da Lou's HOTTEST rap duo, Buff & Chubb is killin the midwest right now with shows in Chicago, KC, Cincinatti, & Memphis all booked up. Their track has been burning up the clubs and has been featured on several mixtape compilations.
After giving fans and new listeners a taste of his forthcoming mixtape with the Lord Finesse produced single "That's Me," the Bronx-bred spitter Butta Verses returns with the follow-up leak "Always." Featuring the vocal talents of Crystal Carr, "Always" exposes BV's fall from grace, as the one time opening act for De La Soul recants of a career that was 'almost famous.' Although both a working title and release date for the mixtape are yet to be confirmed, the project boasts production from Marco Polo, The Mighty V.I.C. (The Beatnuts, Groove Merchantz, Ghetto Pros), BeanOne (of Dyme Def) and more. The mixtape is being released by Beats & Rhymes, a sub division of DeWolfe Music USA that specializes in music licensing for film and TV...stay tuned!