2012 has been nothing short of a breakout year for IamSu!. The 22-year-old popped up with a triple-threat performance on LoveRance's "UP!," which Su! produced, penned the hook for, and guested on with a scene-stealing verse. The song peaked at number one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and in the midst of that success, Su! again delivered a fan-favorite verse on a big-time radio single, this time with E-40's "Function." Su! followed that success with a solo mixtape, KILT, and the critical acclaim came in droves, as the project was hailed by SPIN as their Rap Release Of The Week, with the outlet also naming Su! as one of their 5 Best New Artists for June '12. Su!'s been plenty busy since – a west coast tour; a collaborative mixtape with Jay Ant; a standout collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, "Bout Me," that appeared on Khalifa's Cabin Fever 2 (The Invasion produced the track, along with four others from the tape) and will also show up on his sophomore album, O.N.I.F.C. Now, IamSu! is prepping a new mixtape, $uzy 6 $peed, which will be released exclusively through LiveMixtapes on November 10th. The tape will be presented by Bay Area streetwear company Pink Dolphin, which will release an exclusive t-shirt and hoody for the tape.
Today, IamSu! is releasing the first single from $uzy 6 $peed, "Mobbin'." The song, premiered by SPIN, is self-produced by Su!, who operates behind the boards as part of his production collective The Invasion, and the track is built around a catchy, slinking synth line and heavy 808 drums. The song, as with the rest of the tape, according to Su!, is about the quest and desire for success, but done with youthful exuberance rather than eye-rolling redundancy. "It's raw and energized," says Su!, "and from that energy, and what I'm saying, I want people to go out and get what they want in life – money; a college degree; a new job."
Video: Mr. Green "Live from the Streets" feat. Country, Pacewon and Skrewtape
"On our way to back Philly we would always pass a slightly scary looking tent city on the side of the highway in Camden NJ. We were fascinated by it, we wondered what goes on there, who lives there, and what the people were like. One day we finally mustered up enough courage to go inside. We arrived in the afternoon, and after walking up the long dusty path we were immediately greeted by Country, the assistant Mayor of Tent City. We were blown away by his charisma, charm and overall positive outlook on life. He was so interesting that we spoke to him close to 30 minutes before we even knew that he was a singer. Once he sung a few notes, we knew we had to feature him in an episode."
Today Seattle band Radio Raheem released their creative video for the song ‘Push the Party’ featuring Shock G of Digital Underground. For the video, director Dee Austin Robertson , turned the band into 12 inch dolls and created a miniature post-apocalyptic bar for the band to play in. The video was shot over the course of a few days in Los Angeles and the result is a unique video full of dancing Barbie dolls, glowsticks, aliens, robots and a crazy Yeti all getting down to Radio Raheem’s ‘Push the Party.’
Video: Celebrity Bowling w/ Jim Jones, Maino, Fred The Godson
Courtesy Jamie F.
Last Sunday DJ Naim put on yet another great family event with the 2nd Annual Heavy Hitters Vs. Pitbulls Celebrity Bowling Tournament at Jersey Lanes in Linden, NJ. Check out the appearances by Jim Jones, Maino, Fred The Godson, Driicky Graham, Ed Lover, Tone Trump, Uncle Murda & more. Follow DJ Nnaim on Twitter & Instagram @djnaim.
Audio: Guilty Simpson & Apollo Brown "Truth Be Told"
Courtesy Apollo Brown.
Unlike lightweight rappers “scared to face the reality of truth,” Guilty Simpson isn’t one to tiptoe around on the mic. “Truth Be Told” finds the Motor City rhymer bearing his soul over a slow-burning soul chop that is trademark Apollo Brown. Guilty’s usual ferocity is tempered by his introspection, reminiscing back to times when he was hustling and living fast but without direction. A sublime string loop gives Guilty’s monstrous mic presence center stage to tell his story, a specifically hood tale that is still widely relatable. Guilty punctuates his reflections with a worthwhile reminder: “You want change? It starts with you.”
I have been looking for an excuse to remix Exodus for a long time. Kanye and Jay-Z gave me one. But not Big Sean, I don't give him credit. He's just grasping at the coattails of giants. Giants in suits, that have coattails. Enjoy the remix!
JP Beats f/ George Clinton, Planet Asia, Boots Riley
Courtesy Matt B.
“The Warning” will be released on 11-6-2012 and it marks the debut album from producer JP Beats whose past works include tracks with Dr. Dre, Jadakiss, Pete Rock, Kurupt, Canibus, and many more. JP Beats has teamed up with A&R Extraordinaire M-Eighty (Wu-Tang /Undergods/ Kurupt/Planet Asia etc) to bring fans the same level of lyrical intensity and diverse line-ups they have come to expect from “Wu-Tang Meets…” & “The Academy” backed with soundscapes of production impresario JP Beats.