BBU is excited to release their new bell hooks mixtape. The 17-track project, presented by Mishka Records and Mad Decent, is mixed by DJ Benzi and includes features from Das Racist, GLC, Mic Terror, and more. Fans can download the project free from Mishka Records.
For BBU, it's the stuff under the surface – the socially- and politically-tinged themes that come through on a closer listen – that defines the group's uniqueness. With bell hooks, the foundation of those themes starts with the mixtape's name. "We started throwing around the name 'Outlaw Culture,' which is this dope cultural criticism book," recalls Jasson Perez. "It examines how racism, sexism, and capitalism still impacts pop culture. The book is written by bell hooks." The goal, says BBU, was to get fans wondering who bell hooks is, and in doing so, the listener can grasp the greater message.
Musically, to match that message, BBU shows plenty of artistic progression, touching on diverse sounds and topics throughout bell hooks. "We were willing to take more risks – to be more radical and confrontational with our politics – but express it from more a personal space," says Jasson Perez, noting that the group wanted to get closer to the sounds of hip-hop they listened to as kids.
"Something About Mary" finds the group in full-on storytelling mode, for example, while "Cormega" displays the group's lyricism. Elsewhere, "Beau Sia" is all fun and good times. "Outlaw Culture," however, is BBU at their best, mixing up-tempo, left-of-center production with politically- and socially-minded themes. "It's a really good representation of our group dynamic," says Epic of the recent single. "We're influenced by Dead Prez but we're also big fans of Spank Rock, The Clash. This song was an opportunity to pay homage to all of our musical influences."
Following the recent release of mini-album MU.ZZ.LE, Gonjasufi is sharing a video for “The Blame.” The song is deeply personal and noted by Pitchfork as “the late peak of a record that wrings out a devastated man's crisis of consciousness.” The video follows Gonjasufi through a deserted Los Angeles, an isolated man in a city grappling with an inner-turmoil that one can only face alone.
Writers Guild (Random/RoQyTyRaiD/Mr. Miranda/Pennywise/Roknowledge) - "The Guild"
Courtesy Random a/k/a Mega Ran.
The Writers Guild is Random, RoQy TyRaiD, Mr Miranda, MC Pennywise and Roknowledge. Named after an organization created to protect the rights, privileges and integrity of writers, don't call The Writer's Guild a "supergroup." Call it a collective..a movement... or the new standard.
Formed in Phoenix, Arizona, the Guild is collection of emcees and one poet, all with the same goal-- raising the bar and quality level in hip-hop music.
The Writers Guild is:
Mr. Miranda - Born and raised in Arizona, Mr. Miranda has been rapping for over 10 years and is a true student in the art of music. He has conquered the originality aspect of it with a timeless style that instantly embraces the soul.
Pennywise - Born in the birthplace of hip-hop, The Bronx, New York, Penny has lived all around the country from New York, Texas and now in Phoenix. Hip-Hop became an outlet from all the negativity and violence on the streets and became a way of life and a way to take his creativity to the next level.
Random (aka Mega Ran) - Whether spitting fantastic fantasy raps based on video games or heart-wrenching tales of inner city pain and progress, Random's prolific catalog and energetic stage show have earned respect from critics and fans worldwide.
Roknowlege - The Wordsmith. Don't call ROK a rapper, he is something much deeper and more powerful. A Phoenix-born founding member of the groundbreaking group The Society of Invisibles (TSOI), ROK brings his powerful delivery and vivid imagery to command a stage or track every time.
RoQ'y TyRaiD - "The New Millennium Man" redefines the term "lyricist" with his amazing mixture of rapid-fire wordplay, wittiness, originality, brazen yet smooth delivery, controversial subject matter, and charisma.
One part Wu-Tang Clan, one part Jurassic 5, another part Slaughterhouse, yet The Writer's Guild is an aural experience unlike any other.
Today, Phoenix, tomorrow, Arizona, tomorrow, the world. Enter the era of Writer's Guild.
Video: Jermaine Dupri's "The Crown Life Tour Part 2"
Courtesy BF Blasts.
Covering thousands of miles traveling to 14 cities in 14 consecutive nights, the 1414 Tour, created by Crown Royal Black and Jermaine Dupri, took Dupri's Global 14 social network to the fans and gave a real life example of how to live "The Crown Life." Cameras went behind the scenes, resulting in two short films that document the tour. Kicking off in Chicago and wrapping up in Miami, the tour wound through 19 states, bringing "The Crown Life" and Global 14 to the people.
On March 6th, Pep Love will release his long-awaited sophomore solo album, Rigmarole. The album, being released through the Hiero Imperium label that Pep was instrumental in co-founding, is Pep's first official album in 11 years, and is a deeply personal project, one that often deals with the trying times Pep went through as he figured out where music and life were taking him.
Pep's latest single and video, "Hip-Hop, My Friend," plays directly to that sentiment. Featuring a funky guitar riff throughout, along with scattered, triumphant horns and soulful crooning vocals, "Hip Hop, My Friend" is the perfect backdrop for Pep Love's intricate tale of his long lasting companionship with the music he views as confidant. And while Pep certainly isn't the first rapper to write an open letter to hip-hop, he keeps it refreshing by focusing on the positives that hip-hop music and culture have provided him over the years, and particularly in trying times.
Pep Love's new album, Rigmarole, will be released March 6th via Hiero Imperium.
Here goes the official remix to the last track on I-20's "Celebrity Rehab" mixtape which dropped last week. The introspective track produced by DJ Pain 1 is titled "God's Plan" and sees New York emcee Sha Stimuli join the party.
This remix is set to appear on DJ Pain 1's "Painkillerz Vol.1" which is set to be a unique mixtape series both mixed and produced entirely by DJ Pain 1. Each project will contain original productions, both brand new and familiar, with two prolific hosts to add extra energy. The first volume is being released by MC Lyte and Black Rob, and will be released soon.
MP3: Fatal Lucciauno - "Black Hoody Rap" ft. Spac3man
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Today, Fatal Lucciauno is excited to celebrate the release of his sophomore album, Respect. February has been a brief but busy month for Fatal, who has been dropping a string of singles from the album, in addition to his free collaborative EP with super producer Jake One, The Message. To help celebrate the release Respect, Fatal is serving up “Black Hoody Rap,” the album's latest single.