Hailing from Sacramento, CA Parka is definitely making a name for himself as one of the West Coasts emerging paradigm talent. Currently, collaborating w/ multi-platinum producer Mario "Chocolate" Johnson, Slim the Mobster (Aftermath) and Keef G the Bum (Krazie Bones Thugline) to release a slew of new solo projects Early Christmas, Ya Moms Favorite, Parka 4 President, and Ghettoblaster throughout the end of 2011 into 2012. Using his eclectic, almost hypnotic sound Parka is introducing fans to the next echelon of hip hop music.
With my mixtape "Dave's Story: The Best of Mr. Miranda 06-Infinity" droppin next week, I decided to release another new joint off of it! This one is titled "Exhale" and features Simone Hines out of New Jersey and produced by Dn3 of Philly. This mixtape is going to be great and I can't wait to share it with you! Peace, love and respect!
Latest Album From John Dew Offered To Fans For Free Download
H-Town rapper John Dew is excited to release his new album, Tech-NASA. The album is being offered to fans for free download, while John Dew will release a deluxe version of the project, including three new songs, for sale through digital retailers on October 1st.
The title, Tech-NASA, draws creative inspiration his hometown's alias Space City, flipping the concept with an acronym (Taking Earth Children Higher: Navigating Audio Sonic Amplifications) that reflects the cleverness that shows up throughout the album. "Taking Earth Children Higher means that I want to take mankind to the next level mentally, musically, and spiritually," explains Dew, while adding that NASA has it's own special meaning. "Navigating Audio Sonic Amplifications means that I want to purposely direct my sound waves into the soul of a person."
The album itself, was inspired by two of John Dew's biggest idols, J Dilla and Pimp C. "The concept was to have the sound of a Dilla album with the conscious content and southern influence of Pimp C," notes Dew. And although he doesn't have the ability to produce his own albums the way those two legends did, John was able to keep things cohesive by enlisting the production efforts of DJ Cozmos, who lends his touch throughout the LP. "I always wanted to do an album," explains Dew, "where I only had one great producer that could carry the load of the album's music, while I focused on the concepts and lyrics for the song."
The success of their efforts shines through on songs like "Hiatus," a song that also enlists Chris Rockaway, who plays live bass on the track. "It's the perfect dirty south song," remarks Dew, who also considers it the most UGK-influenced song on the album. "I wanted people to feel like they were on a get away when they listened to the track, it's just smooth and relaxing."
And "Hiatus," along with previous singles like "King On A Throne" and "What's Stopping You," are just a few examples of the overall growth Dew shows off through the album, a project he considers to be leaps above his previous solo work. "Tech-NASA is a culmination of all my influences, but I also found my own voice on this album, and people can hear me for who I am now," says Dew. "I believe on this project I have finally given my fans what they want."
Veteran hip-hop producer J Rawls doesn't step behind the mic often, typically leaving the rapping to the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, J-Live, Masta Ace, Count Bass D, and El Da Sensei, all of whom have rocked over J Rawls production. But when he's inspired, he rhymes too. On the latest video from his new album The Hip-Hop Affect, Rawls steps behind to mic to tell a true love story. Bringing a dose of realism to the typical hip-hop love song, Rawls speaks on the mistakes, struggles, and joys of marriage and fatherhood. For the hook, he recruited fellow Ohio native Afaliah.
The Hip-Hop Affect is the first solo hip-hop album from J Rawls in nearly 10 years. Featuring appearances from Rhymefest, Sadat X, Tanya Morgan, J. Sands (of Lone Catalysts), Copywrite, Bad Azz, Edo G, Stalley, Casual, Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers), John Robinson, Fat Jon, and more, THHA now in stores everywhere. Get The Hip-Hop Affect for only $8.99 on Amazon.com today!
The Game, Chamillionaire & Nicki Minaj: OHHLA Update for 8/24/2011
We have new lyrics by The Game, Alley Life, Black Planet, Chamillionaire, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, Kid Vishis, Maylay Sparks, Nicki Minaj, Nipsey Hussle, Paulie Rhyme, Reef the Lost Cauze, Royce Da 5'9", Ruthless Bastardz, Vic Freeze, and more in these two updates from OHHLA.com! The Game's page has also been updated.
Video: MURS - "The Making of LOVE & ROCKETS Episode 2"
Courtesy of Dunn Deal PR.
DD172/BluRoc presents the second installment of their exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the making of Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation, Murs' new album dropping October 11 on Dame Dash's new imprint. Murs hosted and performed at Rock The Bells in San Bernardino last weekend, and next on his itinerary is the Hip Hop & Love Tour, which will bring him and the rest of the DD172 roster - McKenzie Eddy, Ski Beatz & The Senseis, Da$h, Sean O'Connell and 24 Hr Karate School - to a stage near you between September 27 and November 26. Visit HipHopAndLoveTour.com for tour dates and more.