Funk Volume emcee Dizzy Wright is gearing up to release a new mixtape, entitled The Golden Age. The project will be released exclusively through HotNewHipHop on August 19th. Dizzy is also unveiling the mixtape's glistening artwork, created by legendary designer and artist SKAM2?.
The artist/designer chose to showcase Dizzy's connection to a bygone era as a son-mother relationship, inexorably connected. He explains how the visual came together: "I came at it from the angle of the mother being the era herself, nurturing and shaping Dizzy with the music. If you notice, the umbilical cord is coming out of the headphones. We wanted to incorporate things that would visually represent that era so I chose cassettes, vinyl and a turntable arm. The buds of course were Dizzy's idea. I wanted the type to be retro and clean and the writing on the cassette to have an organic and aged contrast." It was obvious to SKAM2? to emphasize the golden sheen: "As soon as I heard the title, It just seemed like a given that everything should be gold. Sometimes obvious is good."
"Real MC2" is the single from Ancient Jewlz upcoming album entitled Ancient Jewlz being released 4th quarter of 2013. Sense and Reefa Rei are lions amongst human beings, resurrecting the golden era of lyricism. "Real MC" strikes a fatal blow to any and all responsible for incarcerating the minds of the youth. The song itself is the embodiment of a Real MC.
Audio: Boston George x Marcus Manchild x 8Ball & MJG "Pimp Talk"
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Houston MC and AMG CEO, Boston George, grabs assist from label mate Marcus Manchild and OG's 8Ball & MJG to swap a lil pimp talk. BG's Bigga Rankin-hosted "Drug War" tape is dropping next Tuesday and Marcus Manchild's "Free Yo Mind" is coming soon.
Philadelphia, PA - "Misery comes in all flavors, but CHOCOLATE is preferred..." With that powerful statement so begins "ANIMAL", the latest leak from from DICE RAW of THE ROOTS' forthcoming concept album, "JIMMY'S BACK" (release date: August 4, 2013), inspired by the New York Times bestselling book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness" by Dr. Michelle Alexander.
Black Ink's Dutchess and Ceaser Team with Flat Fitty
Flat Fitty is proud to announce Ceaser Emmanuel and Dutchess Lattimore of New York's famed Black Ink Tattoo Gallery as official Brand Ambassadors. As breakout reality television stars, these nationally respected tattoo artists and entrepreneurs have become a celebrity couple to watch in 2013.
In recent months, Ceaser and Dutchess have celebrated stellar ratings with their polarizing VH1 reality show Black Ink Crew, garnering a cult following that rivals some of the most memorable reality shows on cable TV to date. The duo also launched their own "Pillow Talk" radio show in June, which now airs on DTFRadio.com every Wednesday night.
This year alone, Flat Fitty has celebrated huge growth steps with Brand Ambassadors like DJ Whoo Kid and DJ Drama on board, and a new custom collection for Wiz Khalifa launching this Fall. The luxury headwear brand has also enjoyed successful presence at large gatherings like SXSW and MAGIC Market Week Las Vegas.
"Dutchess and Ceaser represent the mutual desire for quality in their work that makes them both perfect for the Flat Fitty lifestyle," explains Dove Clark, Flat Fitty's Business Development Manager. "We are excited to have them on the team, and look forward to making impact in their world as well."
For Spring 2014, Dutchess will be collaborating with Flat Fitty on a unique line of headwear, keeping ladies in mind.
"I have a range of fashion and lifestyle inspiration that will translate to our fans well with the support of Flat Fitty's creative team," Dutchess says. "I think women should wear hats - that's my theme, figuratively and literally. Women should be able to play many different roles in today's world. Wearing different hats is part of being a modern woman."
People who visit the Black Ink Gallery on legendary Lenox Avenue in Harlem for a tattoo this Summer will be able to purchase the limited "Black Ink - Family First" edition of Flat Fitty's black-on-black and red-on-black "Die Real" designs. [Photos below]
Ceaser and Dutchess have already been spotted across the country sporting Flat Fitty's latest line of snapbacks, strapbacks, 5-panel and 6-panel Hybrid caps, helping to build curiosity about the brand.
"I like Flat Fitty because the hats are well made," explains Ceaser. "When I put my name behind a product, it has to be top quality. Also, they match my sneakers. I swear Flat Fitty has a hat to match every pair in my closet!"
Video: The 450 Series - "Chris Northington: Main Source"
The Rebel Society Presents The 450 Series and this episode features marketing director for sneaker boutique franchise, The Source, Chris Northington titled Main Source. In this piece he speaks on wanting to be a DEA agent growing up, top five sneakers, being a Nike guy, and first start working at The Source. The 450 Series is video series that takes a look inside the mind of the people that are behind popular brands and entertainment companies. Powered by The Rebel Society.
It has been a few years since she released an official single, but MC Lyte is back with, "Cravin," a new track that just screams Summertime! "Cravin" is produced by The Natives and will appear on Lyte's forthcoming LP; which as of now is still untitled and will be released on LoudBox Entertainment/ Sunni Gyrl, Inc.