Chicago artist VISUAL has released the next song in his Chicago Hip Hop history series. Sponsored by the good people at Community Service Records, Fakeshoredrive & Ynotmydream. This is episode 2.5 & it is produced by Loose Cannon. In this episode VISUAL takes a different aproach & gives you some background on what was going on in his personal life during the events that were described on episode 2.
BMore's Don Streat unites with Australia's M-Phazes for "Heat Rocks", a certified banger that undoubtedly lives up to the track title. DJ Irie & DJ Kid Cut share hook duties by lacing a scratch chorus that puts the track over the top. This track is featured off Don Streat's FreEP Theory Pt. 2 which is now available. Stay tuned for Don's forthcoming LP Suicide Bars and be sure to check out the Ditcher2Productions (D2P) Remix of "Heat Rocks" which is also available as a free download.
"Pure Imagination" written and produced by Richie Cunning. Richie goes in sampling the soundtrack classic of the same name for this 64 bar, day dream escapade. Sit back and enjoy the latest from one of San Francisco's finest proving creativity and dopeness can occupy the same space.
Today marks Mello Music Group's wide release of Oddisee's newest project Odd Seasons, which is now available in both digital and CD format with vinyl on the way! The project is composed of four seasonal EPs as one 31 track edition. The Washington DC emcee/producer has grown more confident and relaxed with each release, crafting a distinct brand of Hip Hop. Last week we opened the campaign for Odd Seasons with an ode to Prince Georges County that debuted in The LA Times: This week, Oddisee takes listeners on another sonic excursion.
You Don't Close Your Eyes is about the dynamics of a relationship turned cold. Clever wordplay and an effortless cadence propel this insightful tale of domestic apathy, which finds Oddisee questioning what changed in his relationship: "restaurant parking lots seem like the spot in the plot where you like to talk a lot, where it used to be the spot in the plot where the windows was steamed because the heat coming off was hot." Also along for the ride is frequent collaborator/keyboardist, Ralph Real, whose tenor adds an emotional intensity that helps accentuate the frustrations of unrequited love.
Oddisee has sharpened his technique to a refined point. Teeming with layers, heartfelt chords flutter from the piano forming inverted triads. Smooth drums and thick, rubbery basslines lend themselves to the mood, subtly moving and shifting as the track builds up steam. Crisp strings bring it all to a pleasant musical crest. Oddisee's production is charged with the kind of craftsmanship that's easily digested, yet brimming with complexity for those eager to dive beneath the surface.
Mixtape: Nametag x DUB MD - "Classic Cadence Vol. 3"
FEAT: GUILTY SIMPSON x QUEST MCODY x BUFF1 x ONPOINT + MORE PROD: BLACK MILK x BLACK BETHOVEN x NAMELESS // HOST: DJ G-SPOT
Nametag and Dub MD are back with the last volume in their "Classic Cadence" series, as they end credits with Volume 3. The XXL Magazine featured mixtape series, has the usual mix of exclusives, collaborations and album tracks, which include the DJ Premier co-signed banger "Raw-Dirty-Flith" featuring Guilty Simpson.
"Classic Cadence Vol.3" features collaborations with a few of Detroit's finest emcees Guilty Simpson, Quest MCODY, Buff 1, ONPoint and more. With the production credits going to Black Milk, Black Bethoven, Nameless, Flawless Tracks, Peace Of Mind and Teddy Roxpin + hosting duties by "Mid-West Mixtape King" DJ G-Spot! "Awww Man!!"
01.) The Hundreds (Produced By Nameless) 02.) Break Even (Produced By Peace Of Mind) 03.) Tunnel Vision (Produced By Black Bethoven) 04.) Raw-Dirty-Filth (feat. Guilty Simpson) (Produced By Nameless) 05.) Award Winner (feat. ONPoint & Gratiot Jones) (Produced By Flawless Tracks) 06.) S.I.N. (feat. Quest MCODY & Buff 1) (Produced By Black Milk) 07.) Hard Rock Cafe (feat. ONPoint) (Produced By Flawless Tracks) 08.) AutoPilot (Produced By Black Bethoven) 09.) A Toast (feat. Gratiot Jones & TGL) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 10.) Back With Heat (feat. Praverb) (Produced By Teddy Roxpin) 11.) Raw-Dirty-Filth (Remix) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 12.) Blaaaow! (Produced By Nameless)
Shane Coble aka Stranger Day is no stranger to the party. If there's a gig somewhere in a city or back woods of North Carolina somewhere, you can count on this hell-raisin', whiskey-swiggin' emcee being the main event. Riding off the buzz of his mixtape “Young, Dumb & Dope” (which has amassed 10,000+ downloads), Stanger Day is readying his first collection of songs, Barstool Bounce.
Stranger Day rolls with crew Permanent Vacation, shutting down bars and clubs across the state, and one listen to Barstool Bounceexplains why. Take the first track “Not Playin,’” Stanger Day’s personal favorite. “It’s theme of the record,” explains Stranger Day. “I don’t buy into labels [ie hipster hip-hop, underground, etc]. I make music on my terms and am not trying to fit into some category.”
But Stranger Day can keep the underground ethics of hip-hop on one track and rock a bounce beat too. On his ode to Southern rap “Moonwalking on the Sun,” producer EMYND creates a head-nodding beat that will have clubs goers shakin’ their booties, bounce style.
A product of the glorious 80s, Shane grew up a regular southern kid, listening to artists like from The Clash, Andre 3000 and Cash Money Millionares to Company Flow and Hiero. “I loved punk rock, dirty south rap and the backpack underground stuff.”
Production on Barstool Bounce is shared by EMYND, a Philadelphia-based beat maker (Gucci Mane, Diplo, Lil B from The Pack, Finland's Top Billin crew, Them Jeans, Scottie B, Playboy Tre, G-Side and the Paper Route Gangstaz), and DJA, a Los Angeles based in house producer for Mad Decent producer & Co-producer for Diplo. His production credits include M.I.A, Diplo, Major Lazer, NBA 2k9, GM Hummer, and more.
TRACK LISTING: 1. Not Playin’ - (Prod. Emynd) 2. Turn It Up - (Prod. Emynd) 3. Moonwalking On The Sun- (Prod. Emynd) 4. What we want - (Prod. Emynd) 5. Me ft. Mike Golden - (Prod. Mike Golden) 6. Jukeboxx - (Prod. DJA) 7. Stranger Day Wasted - (Prod. Emynd)