Earlier this summer, the Drums & Ammo production crew released their debut instrumental album, Vol. 1, and have kept fans plenty busy since, with a collection of remixes and videos, even pairing a variety of the instrumentals with up-and-coming rappers for their Extra Clip EP release. And now, continuing to push the creative envelope, Drums & Ammo member Al Jieh has collaborated with artist and video director Max Capacity to shoot a video for the Vol. 1 track "Love Mind." "Max Capacity is a dope pixel artist; we're fans of each other's work" explains Jieh on why the two decided to collaborate. "Max uses weird VHS gear to record and process it all for his pixel art. He's one of my favorite artists right now."
For a single called "Love Mind," the video does well to provide a striking visual for the music, an instrumental that, to Al Jieh, "always sounded like an old porno song." Max Capacity brings the vision to life, taking an old porno clip of two women kissing and enjoying each other's company, turning the shots into a colorful, pixilated and hazy clip that compliments the music while giving a nod to psychedelic cinematography of yesteryear.
Video: Parable vs. The Bay (ft. Sab The Artist, Vonnegutt, Caustic)
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Follow Parable around the Bay Area, leading up to his first show on the Bring It Back stage on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour earlier this summer. The video features an interview with Rhymesayers co-founder and super dope emcee, Sab The Artist, going in depth about life on the road and what to expect from tours. Also catch cameos from Vonnegutt, Rick Thorne, Z-Man, and more. Filmed and edited by Giancarlos Loffredo of Mupalia Pictures, this is the first of a multi-part series with episodes from the different stops of the Bring It Back stage on the Vans Warped Tour, including shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, and more. Parable is currently promoting his vs. mixtape, which will be available online later this Fall with support from Antisteez.com, Public Wizard, Inc., KevinNottingham.com, and Foreign Family. More videos soon to come, as he continues doing spot dates across the US, including a performance on the Grind Time Now stage of Rock The Bells, on September 3rd in New York and September 10th in Boston.
Hailing from Toronto Canada, Italian Frank Anthony bursts onto the music scene in a BIG way with the first taste from his explosive debut album "Undeniable". The song is titled "Rubbing Off On You" & features Young Money artist Tyga giving his best on 16 bars. The back story: After partnering with US based songwriter, producer and manager Dre Allen on an unrelated venture involving their respective event marketing companies Best Reps Event Marketing (which Allen owns) in Las Vegas and Cole Event Management (owned by Frank Anthony's family) in Toronto, Dre Allen bought Frank Anthony to the states and immediately began connecting the pieces through his relationships that would eventually lead to Frank collaborating with super producers Scott Storch, The Underdogs, Poo Bear, The Audibles, Young Money's new superstar rapper Tyga, Steven Russel the writer of Chris Brown & Jordin Sparks smash "No Air" and many more. The forthcoming album titled "Undeniable" will be an independent venture with major backing from both marketing firms and will be conducted in the spirit of generating strategic partnerships throughout the industry with record labels, distributors and numerous corporate brands that will benefit from the marketing and release of the forthcoming album. In addition, they are in the process of filming a music video for one of the Scott Storch produced collaborations with Lupe Fiasco in which Lupe will appear!
Video: Dutch Dirty Explains How He Met Trick Daddy
After an 8 year prison bid, Dutch Dirty, signed to Trick Daddy's Dunk Ryders imprint, reminisces on how he met his CEO. Dutch Dirty is currently working on his debut album "Dirty Words" and Trick Daddy is currently on his next album "Thug 2.0."
As one half of EPMD, alongside Parish Smith, and as a solo artist Erick Sermon has been churning out Hip-Hop classics for the past four decades. A true legend of the game he, and his ‘Hit Squad’, were responsible for helping shape the sound of ‘Golden Era’ late 80’s & early 90’s Hip-Hop with their combination of Funk breaks and hard hitting lyrics.
The green eyed bandit joins The Doctor’s Orders for this one off exclusive DJ show where he will be spinning a mix of not only his own tracks and productions but also loads of the Hip-Hop, Soul and Funk classics that have influenced him over the years.
As is always the case with “the kings of the capital’s Hip-Hop scene” (Time Out) there is a supreme team of DJs in support as The Doctor’s Orders own Spin Doctor, Choice FM’s DJ 279 represent for the UK while Cleveland’s DJ DJ Ev helps gets the party started.
Elgin, IL. A city known for watches, ghost stories, and Chicago mob hideouts, presents to you one of the most charismatic, lyrical emcees of our time. Naugh-T The Elgin native began his love for the hip-hop culture as an early teen. the self-titled emcee teamed up with DJ Emaculate and a few local artists to form the group known as The Rec Center. While working within this group, Naugh-T preformed at numerous venues across Chicago land and opened for acts like Twista, Crucial Conflict, U-God just to name a few.
Fast forward to 2010. Naugh-T has gained as extensive fan base due to his incredible stage presence and airtight performance. Now he brings to you the highly anticipated mixtape "Strictly Da Flame". This mixtape has produced instant classics (Ride and I Know, both with an appearance from Chicago's own J.Hollins). It also has features from recording artist Ben-One (Like You Like This) and Rec Center member Maintain (reel Fix).
Naugh-T continues to perform around Chicago land and recently began hosting parties. He also has a new mixtape dropping soon. With his raw delivery and razor sharp lyrics, The Captain Of The Streets will be a force to be reckoned with.
Brandon Antoine Brown Sr a.k.a Benjit-Tar Presha was born in Madion Florida on April 22nd, 1985. At the age of 1 moved to Miami Florida with custodial parents where he was raised until the age of 17. Later moved to Valdosta GA until the age of 23, relocated to Orlando Florida, Jacksonville Florida, and Daytona Beach Florida.
At the age of 9, Benji-Tar Presha got his first taste for the craft of music listening to a relative make his own music. By the age of 13 Benji-Tar started writing his own lyrics due to excessive punishments and quality time he spent in his room for his behavior at school and at home "I was so angry on the inside at that age".
At the age of 17, Benjit-Tar Presha moved to Valdosta Ga where he met a next door neighbor that was into recording at the studio and doing local shows, "Young Pitt, King Supreme, ByrdBaby, J- Cool the Purple Prince introduced him to the world of the music industry. He later joined G.B.C Gutta Boy Click where he began to master his craft. Here he remained until the click fell apart and reality sunk in and everyone went there separate way. "No matter what we always will be GBC".
For a while Presha stopped doing music and begin designing his own clothing line and company named Yophi Fashions. One day while defining the situation on his business, he ran across Michelle Reynolds of HigherPower Entertainment, KingPen Entertainment and The Free AgentShow. She became his agent in the field of fashion. A couple of weeks after, he spit some lyrics to her that was mind blowing. She told the CEO SouthSide of KPE all about him. Later on that week he got the opportunity to meet SouthSide. "SouthSide a cool cat I never met anyone like him before" gave him a shot of recording his 1st single Street Percussion. It wasn't a success but got plenty of play locally.
The next single Sick n Tired began to get major recognition along with Who Am I. "At first I was very uncomfortable with the music I began to do, they pulled me in a different direction far away from the hardcore rap I was use to, I found the defintion of true hip-hop with KPE."
Shortly after he moved to Orlando FLorida and purchase his own studio equipment, hit after hit was being made thereafter: Summer Nights ft Nubian Vee of KPE, Drippin, King-Kong, Sex and Alcohol, Life goes on, Dont come down and many more songs he has done. " I love music it helps me find myself and I can let the world hear my story, How many people know the true definition of Hip-Hop, where are the trendsetters, everyone is doing the same music, same beat patterns, same lyrical content. Who is willing to bring the positivity into the industry. I have a message that I am trying to send out to the world. Its not all about the cars, clothes, women. Its about guiding everyone to the lane of success. I think there should be a genre called entertainment. I'm not a artist that put on and flauge. If my music gets deep down inside and change one person then I feel I have accomplished a lot".
Benji-Tar Presha also owns his own record label: Yophi Muzik Group and Green Flag Committee. Which is merged with KingPen Entertainment. He is apart of The FreeAgent http://www.freeagentshow.com Show and A.C.M.F Azalea City Music Festival.
The singles from Dustin Prestige's most recent release, The Kelly & Jessie EP, have shown an artist unafraid to experiment, unafraid to delve into new sounds and bend genres in new and exciting ways. And continuing down that path – displaying pride, insight, and vulnerability – the Missouri City, Texas, rapper invites the world to get even closer to the man behind the microphone with his latest, "Army Of Me." "The inspiration behind the song," explains Prestige, "was a breakup, and the fight to stay on level ground afterwards."
Popping up again behind the boards for "Army Of Me" is Chris Rockaway, who, in addition to producing the entirety of The Kelly & Jessie EP, continues to make his name known working with peers like Hollywood FLOSS, and others. And he's no stranger genre-bending work with Dustin; "Army Of Me" picks up right where previous single "Rise" left off, mixing forceful kicks and heavy guitar licks. Effortlessly combining them with samples from hit '80s sitcom Saved By The Bell (what The Kelly and Jessie EP is loosely based around), Rockaway provides the perfect bar stool for Dustin to sing his heart out, as he trades his prolific raps for a more soulful mix of harmonies as he belts out, "The next shot that I have is sure to kill me."