Atlanta and the Bay Area, despite their geographic distance from each other, have what may be the closest relationship of any two prominent cities in hip-hop; for years the two cities have embraced a true mutual admiration for the others' music scene. Further strengthening that relationship, one of Atlanta's most talented production crews, SMKA, has announced a partnership with leading Bay Area hip-hop site Thizzler On The Roof and environmentally friendly lifestyle brand C4 Belts to release a new mixtape, Darkest Before Dawn.
Video: Chip Tha Ripper - I Commend Frank Ocean for Being Real
http://www.vladtv.com/ - The Cleveland rapper speaks on Frank Ocean's recent coming out, saying that it's amazing that Frank doesn't care about what others think and did what he felt was right. Chip also said Frank's timing of his coming out and his debut album was genius, because he "shook the world up" before the release of his album.
August 28th has arrived, and Casual and J Rawls' highly-anticipated collaborative album Respect Game Or Expect Flames is now in stores everywhere. To celebrate, we've got the official video for the title track, on which Casual is joined by fellow Hieroglyphics member Del The Funky Homosapien for a certified Hiero anthem. Video directed by Casual. Respect Game Or Expect Flames also features appearances from Souls Of Mischief, Kurious, Pep Love, Copywrite, and more.
Donnis takes club rap back to the future with his Break Hundreds & Hearts EP out today on Fool's Gold Records, a new-school bass masterpiece from an ATLien who grew up listening to the South's legendary Dungeon Family lyricists and 2 Live Crew party starters in equal measure. From the floor-ratlling "Money Maker" and "Hello Kitty" to the insane strip club chant "Dog On The Floor," wildly catchy sing along "Every Damn Day," and pure rhyme workout "Absolutely" (featuring like-minded young MCs IAMSU and Jay Ant), Break Hundreds & Hearts shows off new dimensions of Donnis' signature sound. Pop the trunk, turn up the bump, and keep Freaknik alive...