New Music: The Away Team "Set It Off" feat. Talib Kweli
Courtesy Matt B.
The Away Team presents their latest audio leaks "Set It Off" featuring Talib Kweli & Rapsody with the b-side "Take Air" from their upcoming album Scars & Stripes out October 11th through Jamla / It's A Wonderful World Music Group / Duck Down Music.
Be sure to catch The Away Team on tour this October with 9th Wonder & Phonte: 10/16 - Washington D.C. at The Black Cat 10/17 - NYC at BB Kings 10/18 - Baltimore, MD at Sonar 10/23 - Carrboro, NC at Cat's Cradle
To stay up-to-date with The Away Team make sure to follow @SeanBoog & @khrysis on Twitter
MP3: Scroobius Pip Ft. Sage Francis, Metermaids & Cecil Otter - "Let Em Come (Redux)"
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Metermaids, Sage Francis Tag Along For Second Take On Scroobius' Latest
Early this month, Brooklyn duo Metermaids released their sophomore LP, Rooftop Shake. The album, including production from 9th Wonder along with features from 9th, Sage Francis, and Buck 65, was the duo's first release through Sage Francis' Strange Famous Records, and in the spirit of keeping things in the (new) family, rappers Sentence and Swell, along with Sage and Cecil Otter, are now joining fellow SFR artist Scroobius Pip for a second take on his latest single with the "Let 'Em Come (Redux)."
The redux, on which Cecil Otter also handles production duties, takes on a more somber tone that Pip's original, opting for ambient guitars and keyboard rolls rather than gritty bass lines and heavy drums. For their verse, Metermaids trade bars back and forth for maximum effect, as they weave a mix of dark lyrics with lines like, "Save the strong, drown the rest/ Mama's got to make sure these mouths are fed/ When papa comes through, he's gonna pound some heads."
DTMD (Dunc & Toine Makin' Dollas) has officially released their debut album! To celebrate the exclusive early itunes release, DTMD is giving away the title track "Makin' Dollas". The new album features DMV representers Kev Brown, Oddisee, Drew Kid, yU, Quartermaine, and Godly MC.
About the Song: The title track, Makin' Dollas, kicks off with Toine announcing his intentions: "The syntax is stress relief, in other words, if we speaking candidly, I be spittin' for the sanity, not really for the vanity." This style of articulate, sharp wordplay infuses Dunc's production with the kind of wise, intelligent raps that make listeners hit rewind. The beat itself is a working man's boom bap replete with lush guitar and vinyl scratches.
About the Album: Dunc's rich, full-bodied production serves as a natural backdrop to Toine's technically astute rhymes, layered deep with smooth instrumentation evocative of such luminaries as J. Dilla, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Pete Rock, each of whom shaped the classic hip hop sounds of Dunc's childhood. Toine's energy and bright delivery belie wisdom beyond his years, inspiring deep reflection as easily as sharp battle fare and complex rhyme schemes. Maintaining a close working relationship with PG neighbor Oddisee and assuming a strong presence in the collective atmosphere of the DMV's hip hop scene, DTMD appeared separately on MMG's "Helpless Dreamer" compilation, Toine rhyming on "Different Now" and Dunc producing Stik Figa's "From the Top." Now the debut album Makin' Dollas hits itunes for an early pre-release exclusive today September 20th! The CD release is next tuesday September 27th with a vinyl edition coming down the road.
RocketHub, the community where artists launch, fund, and fly their projects, has unveiled its partnership with The Orchard, the global distribution platform for independent music and video content owners.
As part of the Marketplace rollout, RocketHub will empower The Orchard users to seamlessly integrate their content and established assets to launch innovative crowdfunding campaigns via RocketHub's global fundraising platform. RocketHub is proud to join music industry leaders such as FanBridge and SoundCloud in creating a foundational resource through The Orchard.
RocketHub Co-Founder and CEO says: "RocketHub continues to search for new ways to empower artists and their fans. The Orchard partnership is the next step in this evolution. We're proud to welcome the global community of Orchard artists into the RocketHub ecosystem."
RocketHub utilizes the power of crowdfunding to build a vibrant community. The company has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, American Songwriter, Variety, NPR, The Economist, CNN, Billboard, Washington Post, etc. while helping thousands of artists, entrepreneurs, and organizations raise funds and awareness for their projects. RocketHub is the fastest growing crowdfunding community and is the first platform to provide next step opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs - including brand sponsorships, live performances & showcases, placement in film & television, media connections & introductions, etc. RocketHub is a community for Creatives, by Creatives, that innovates and develops new ways to create value for its users. RocketHub goes beyond crowdfunding and is the foundation of the New Creative Economy. www.RocketHub.com .
Free Download: K. Sparks "Diagnosis: Success" Album
Courtesy of Dawn A.
K. Sparks & DJ Booth present his newest album project Diagnosis: Success. The Queens New York Recording Artist chose the album title Diagnosis: Success as a statement for anyone that is on a journey to achieve their goals. "Everyone wants to be successful in life. I wanted to create an album that conveys that message while speaking on various experiences that I've encountered on my road to success." Diagnosis Success is an eclectic blend of music that features guest contributions from Rapsody, Laws, ADD-2, Angelous, Jarren Benton, Charmingly Ghetto, JAYVINE, Tina Quallo, Laetitia Dana, and Lorria Michelle. Production credits include Kurser, Moe Productions, Marvel, Navi D., Slick-Beatz, and JC_BeaTzZ. Diagnosis Success stretches the boundaries of conventional Hip Hop.
Southside Chicago native Pavy (Progressive Ambitious Vigorous Youngin’) releases the video for his recent single "Hip Hop Is My Home", directed by Thomas Price. Pavy and Straight Up Hustlin Entertainment are gearing up for the release of Pavy's first official album, Middle Class Ignorance, set for January 2012, with the first single dropping in November.