It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #138 is called You Didn't Hear THIS at the VMAs. That's right - Moe Green, the Brown Bag AllStars and Hollywood Peoples weren't on the guest list, but they rank top shelf right here. We'll give them credit for giving an award to Tyler the Creator though and take a bottle of "AssMilk" off that shelf just for him. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed so you never miss a new episode.
Kyle Rapps Teams Up With Hip-Hop Royalty, Flips French-Electro Gods For New Mixtape
Kyle Rapps is excited to announce the release of his new mixtape, On Air, which is available today, August 29, for free download here. The eight-track mixtape showcases a new sound for Kyle, with the NYC-based emcee choosing to flip samples from French electro duo Air throughout.
Kyle also threw KRS-One, Homeboy Sandman, and Talib Kweli into the mix, the latter of whom was featured on the EP's first single, "Universe Traveler." "The song is special to me for obvious reasons," says Rapps. "Working with and gaining respect from one of the great lyricists of our time – that feels damn good.” On Air also includes a re-visited fan favorite with “Love Love 2”, a completely revamped song with Air-infused production and unmatched delivery from Kyle, Homeboy Sandman, and KRS-One.
The man behind On Air's captivating production is Rapps' long time friend and producer Nate G. "Nate G made it possible," remarks Kyle. "His sample flipping game is at its peak here." According to Rapps, one of the reasons the record sounds so intense is the duo’s mentality while locked in a Brooklyn studio. “Recording at his studio in Bushwick over these beats brought out a lot of my real thoughts and feelings on life, love, and society. It was therapy for me," says Kyle.
Aside from the mixtape's dope production and impressive collaborations, Kyle is proud of this new record because he has grown throughout the making of it. "On Air is right now, present tense, higher learning type shit," says Rapps. "It feels like I went to school and became a French gangster."
On September 3rd, Kyle will be performing at this year's New York leg of Rock The Bells, performing on the Grind Time Stage. Fans should continue to check KyleRapps.com, where additional details on Kyle's Rock The Bells performance will be announced going forward. Then, on September 6th, Kyle is inviting all his NYC fans to celebrate On Air's release with him at Southpaw in Brooklyn, where he will also be premiering his video for "Universe Traveler." Homeboy Sandman will be the host for the night, while DJ DP One will be spinning classic and contemportary jams throughout the evening. The party gets started at 8pm, and tickets for the show are $10.
By age 20, Princeton, New Jersey native Kyle Rapps started winning poetry slams in NYC with a concept-strong, socially sharp raw hip-hop delivery. Once he graduated from Rutgers University, he had already opened for big name acts like Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez with his group, Thought Breakers. And once he decided to change his name to Kyle Rapps, he was getting ready to release the single "Love, Love" with KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman, which eventually went on to reach #1 on the college radio charts for hip-hop. Now, fresh off his critically acclaimed EP, RE-Edutainment, which features Joell Ortiz and KRS-One, and production from Kev Brown, Kyle has put together a new concept project called On Air. The new mixtape, which samples from the legendary French-electro DJ duo, Air, is now available for free download.
Video: Preeya Kalidas f/ Scorcher - "It's a Problem"
Courtesy of 730Promo.
With summer swiftly turning to autumn, UK singer/songwriter PREEYA KALIDAS is turning up the temperature with her street banger ‘IT’S A PROBLEM. The Dexplicit produced track is slated for a September 25 release and features prolific UK rapper SCORCHER (Geffen Records). ‘It’s A Problem’ is already heating up the radio airwaves across the UK and is especially proving a big hit on urban radio with support from specialists DJ’s Mista Jam, Target, DJ Cameo and Logo Sama.
Video: Six Reasons f/ Too $hort - "Raindance" Behind the Scenes
Courtesy of Sam C.
Hailing from malevolent Watts, Six Reasons’ music carries the realism of existing in purgatory with the imagination of living in your own world. From eating sugar sandwiches for dinner to escaping in the wondrous sound of Marvin Gaye, Six Reasons bridges the gap between reality and dreams.
PR: Pseudo Intellectuals and DTR Ink Revolutionary Deal
Courtesy of Kate @ DTR45.
As the East Coast recovers, a different force of nature is hitting Buffalo hard as we announce the signing of Pseudo Intellectuals to DTR45. The group - formally comprised of Tone Atlas, Nick Zero, and DJ Cutler - is an upbeat down tempo hip hop-jazz fusion outfit, but that description doesn't even begin to span the heights to which these cats can climb. "The creative partnership we came to will redefine a genre that both band and label have helped to shape, and open the door to a flood (no pun intended) of high calibre Buffalo-based hip hop music for years to come," DTR founder Tony Caferro stated.
"A group like no other," (RapReviews.com) The Pseudo Intellectuals is many ways returning to DTR45 after a decade long romp through the industry. In 2002, Pseudo provided a majority of the production for "Notes From the Underground", one of the most acclaimed DTR releases to date. Shortly thereafter they signed a deal with NYC indie label Fat Beats (as Pseudo Slang); and now years later, they've come back to their roots - a move that allows the band to stay true to their straight forward methods and messages while delivering that truth on a global scale.
The next few months will be busy for Pseudo, starting with the release of "Dope Grindwork", slated to drop in October 2011. Along with the prime performances and production of Pseudo's core, the album will feature Brownman Ali, VJ Brown and Duel of the Iron Mic's supercontender Dr. Ooo to name just a few collaborators. Additionally, several abstract side projects, as well as a full length release from the associated ensemble, The Chillharmonic Orchestra, and, of course, some new vinyl are all in the pipeline.
And with collaboration in mind in the truest sense of the word, this deal goes forward. This here is what they mean when they say match "made in heaven", so stay tuned. You won't want to miss what's coming.
Mixtape: Dominique Larue x Dub MD - "The Sam Jackson Project"
Courtesy of DubMD84.
PRESENTED BY DUB MD // HOSTED BY DJBOOTH // CUTS BY DJ BERN "FEAT. ADD-2 x SEVERE x M-DOT x REVALATION x ONEDERKID x FLICCS"
The "Sam Jackson Project" is Dominique Larue's 6th project to date, the difference with this one is she's brought along the legendary Samuel L. Jackson. This is to be considered an "Ode to Sam," with a collection of quality rhymes/production, while she intertwines quotes from her favorite Sam Jackson movie appearances. Larue wants to achieve two goals with this project, make people laugh and keep everything rough, rugged, and raw. With the help of DJBooth and Dub MD, Larue was able to make the project come to life...
With the collection of Samuel Jackson's best known quotes from 1972-Present Day, infused and brought to life by Columbus, Ohio's own DJ Bern on the cuts. This project also features some incredible production and features with the likes of M-Dot, Revalation and Add-2, and the bulk of production handled by Fliccs, Severe and Onederkid.
01.) Rough Intro (Cuts By DJ Bern) 02.) Sam Jackson (Produced By King Mickey) 03.) Dope Sh#t: Revisited (Produced By Fliccs) 04.) We Are (feat. M-Dot & Revalation) (Produced by Onederkid) 05.) Lakeview Terrace (Produced by D-Que Beats) 06.) Undesirable No. 1 (Produced by Greg Beasley) 07.) Murderer (feat. Add-2) (Produced by Severe) 08.) F*ck School (Produced by Onederkid) 09.) Marcellus Wallace (Produced by D-Que Beats)