"The idea behind Jansport Strings is not based on it being literal, but more so in the figurative sense. As a kid in NY, the strings on your Jansport bag were a sign of power and presence. Kids would steal the strings off of each other's bags and burn the tips to prevent getting robbed of them once they got them. The song is a 3 minute auto-bio of me as a kid in Brooklyn and seeing more than my friends and I had bargained for. In essence, my Jansport strings tied it all together, seeing what we all saw and what it made us. The ending is a clip from Video Music Box, the legendary NYC video show run by DJ Ralph McDaniels. This episode in particular was the debut of Chi-Ali's 'Age Ain't Nothin But A Number'. Seeing that video that day on this episode of VMB made me start rhyming. This clip was literally the moment that changed my life." -Skyzoo
!llmind || 'Blap Kit Vol. 2' (150+ New Drum Sounds)
Illmind is back at it again! This month he's releasing the follow up to his Blap Kit Vol. 1 drum Kit. Straight out of Illmind's personal drum library, the Blap Kit Vol. 2 features 100 new raw & gritty drum sounds exclusively available from www.hiphopdrumsamples.com .
Drum Kit Specs:
Over 150+ NEW drum sounds (kicks, snares, hi-hats, claps) in WAV format. All drum sounds were sampled into an Ensoniq ASR-10 AND Akai S-20 at 33khz/12-bit for maximum warmth + punch! NOreverb or delays added make layering easy and more flexible. * NO compression or saturation/flat “pancake” sounds. All drum sounds were hand-picked, created, and stripped by !llmind himself from his personal drum stash. Includes drum kits used on 50 Cent/!llmind produced songs such as “All His Love”, “When I Pop The Trunk”, “Stop Cryin’”, “Queens”, “Make A Movie” for the ultimate STREET CRUNCH!
T.S.A. The Candidate: Business & Politricks - Free Download! Hosted by DJ Kidd
Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.
T.S.A. brought in a variety of talent for features on this project, including Dimez The BX Bully, Dv Alias Kryst, Da Entaraj, Monsta Man Rock and Shakeema Nix. Original production on The Candidate includes beats from D-Block's Vinny Idol, Lord Digga, 5th Seal, GS Arcade, Rugged 1 and more!
o add to the excitement of The Candidate release, T.S.A. is nominated for the "Essence of Hip Hop Award" at the 2012 Underground Music Awards. The award ceremony will take place August 19 at BB Kings in New York. Fans can vote for T.S.A. in the category via the UMA official site UndergroundMusicAwards.com or directly at the YoRaps hosted poll here: http://www.yo-pr.com/uma-essence_of_hip_hop_award.php .
Video: New Episode feat. Jean Grae on Identity Crisis
"Identity crisis....always a good time" I Don't Camouflage is proud to exclusively feature the first female for this series, Jean Grae. Born to South African Jazz musicians Sathima Bea Benjamin and Abdullah Ibrahim, Jean Grae shares her child memories, her cultural influences from her family, race, hair, and her take on this generation. Make sure to find out why she had to cut her hair too!
DL: "They Told Me" From Winnipeg Hip-Hop Wonders THE LYTICS
(Winnipeg, MB) After the incredible success of their debut album, Winnipeg Hip-Hop crew, The Lytics have announced their sophomore album They Told Me due for release on October 16, 2012. Proving harmonious maturity and evolving technical skills The Lytics have become somewhat of a musical chameleon and expanded their scope to include everything from funk-rock, to Afrobeat to ‘60s R&B all prevalent on They Told Me. The Soul/Pop influenced debut single from the upcoming album, “Stay Calm” is now available for free download HERE.
SPOT releases the second video off his Gangsta Grillz Mixtape The Price Iz Right, titled "Look Back", featuring Money Makin' Nique. With both of their solo mixtapes buzzing in the street, SPOT and Nique trade their stories of relationship mishaps and the aftermath from scorning a woman. Directed by A Dreamer's Visual.
Nems presents “Broke Safety” the new super group of Coney Island natives: Nems, OTR, Manson, and Mr. Weirdo. This mixtape features 16 tracks from the group. This will be available for FREE Download as of August 7th, and all orders coming in through www.CreativeJuicesMusic.com will receive a free physical copy.