Babygrande Records Signs Brooklyn Beat Maker Kasim Keto
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Building upon its 12-year legacy of working hand-in-hand with illustrious producers, Babygrande Records has signed Brooklyn beat maker extraordinaire, Kasim Keto. Born in Brooklyn and raised by two Jamaican immigrant parents, Kasim Keto finds his influences in a wide range of places and experiences. Having moved from New York, to Alabama, to Florida and then back to New York within the span of two years as an adolescent, Kasim found sanctity in a diverse array of musical styles, which is today reflected in his eclectic blend of production.
Recently, Fuse tapped the AubGreen Collective for season 2 of their unsigned artist docu-series, Behind The Unsigned. They traveled down to Apollo The Great's hometown Camden, New Jersey where they journeyed through different sections of the city while Apollo let's you inside of his world and explains the everyday life of an unsigned artists working toward the ultimate goal.
Audio: Maurice "Mobetta" Brown f/ Prodigy (of Mobb Deep) "Daydreams"
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Fresh off of winning his very first Grammy with Tedeschi Trucks Band for Best Blues Album of the year in 2012 (Maurice was the horn arranger for the 11-piece ensemble), Maurice “Mobetta” Brown has also appeared on LP’s from Santigold, Ski Beatz, Prodigy, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, Diddy, Musiq Soulchild and countless others.
Audio: SL Jones - "Big Bank (No Ones)" (Prod. By Metro Boomin)
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On September 4th, SL Jones will release his new mixtape, Way Of Life No Hobby. Following in a string of recent collaborative projects - SL previously worked with M16 for this year's Trapper's Delight and DJ Burn One for last year's Paraphernalia - Way Of Life No Hobby is produced entirely by Metro Boomin, whose other recent work includes producing the singles "Karate Chop" and "Honest" for Future, in addition to work with Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, Trinidad Jame$, and others. The tape will be hosted by Don Cannon, a reunion of sorts for the rapper and DJ, with the two having first worked together on Jones' 2011 offering, The Number 23.
“Cravin’” is the new hit single from Grammy & BET-Award nominated artist MC Lyte, produced by The Natives as part of a collaborative effort from Lyte's own SunniGyrl, Inc. and Loudbox Entertainment. Directed by Ron Yuan (Fast & Furious, Black Dynamite), the video blends bright and colorful imagery with the soulful hip-hop sounds of this brand new summer smash.
Inspired by the recent killing of Larry Jackson, Jr. by an Austin, Texas Police officer, Austin's own League Of Extraordinary Gz have released a track titled "APD". The League, who's popularity has been growing far beyond the boundaries of Austin, are using their platform to bring awareness to the recent shooting, which they and many others in the community feel was unjustified. The track will not be featured on their upcoming debut album #LeagueShit, but can be streamed now. Read the manifesto written by the League below for more information on the homicide of Larry Jackson, Jr. and the stance the rappers take on the issue:
"According to the Austin Chronicle, Austin Police officer Charles Kleinert was investigating a robbery at Benchmark Bank on July 26, 2013, when Larry Jackson Jr. approached the closed bank. Though Jackson was not a robbery suspect, he misidentified himself to the bank manager outside before talking with Kleinert for a few minutes. Then Jackson fled. Kleinert commandeered a civilian's vehicle and instructed him to follow the non-suspect until he found him walking along the sidewalk.
Finally, Kleinert jumped out of the car and scuffled with Jackson under a bridge before fatally shooting him through the back of the neck that afternoon.
According to APD's foot pursuit policy, mere "flight by a subject who is not suspected of criminal activity shall not serve as the sole justification for engaging in a foot pursuit without the development of reasonable suspicion regarding the individual's involvement in criminal activity."
Officers should "consider alternatives to engaging in or continuing a foot pursuit" under a number of specific circumstances, including when "the officer is acting alone" or when the fleeing person enters a "wooded or otherwise isolated area and there are insufficient officers to provide backup and containment."
By Monday, August 5, City Manager Marc Ott requested that the Department of Justice investigate Austin Police, to determine if their "tactics and practices" are consistent with department policies and with national best practices, the Chronicle reported. "The Texas Civil Rights Project and Austin NAACP... first requested the DOJ investigate APD's use of force back in 2004."
By August 6, APD's killing of Larry Jackson, Jr. was listed as justifiable homicide - without a list of justifications - in the custodial death report filed with the Texas Attorney General's Office. The stated cause of death was "accidental injury, intoxication, suicide or homicide."
The Larry Jackson, Jr. incident is eerily reminiscent of when APD killed Jessie Lee Owens Jr. (2003), Daniel Rocha (2005), Kevin Brown (2007), Nathaniel Sanders II (2009), Byron Carter (2011) and several more.
We want to know what happened. We want to know it wasn't an abuse of power with no accountability to follow. We want APD officer Kleinert held accountable for what he did. We want Austin and APD to know that we are not happy with the way that they handle these things. We are committed to seeing the systematic and legal justifications for this trend change. We want transparency and justice for these Austinites.
Audio: Neek The Exotic f/ O.C., Sadat X & Satchel Page "Hello Everybody"
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Neek The Exotic first stepped on the scene in 1992 with a dope verse on Main Source’s classic joint “Fakin’ The Funk” and continued dropping underground gems since then, always backed by Large Professor on the vocals and/or beats. The longtime- friends collaboration series was highlighted by their critically acclaimed and Fat Beats released album “Still On The Hustle.” Neek The Exotic decided to step out of Large Pro’s continuously following shadow and work on a release without any help from his extraordinary beat-making/rapping partner.