Monday June 18, 2018
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[A Strange Journey Into the Unimaginable]

This is a journey, into STRANGE.

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Video: HBK Gang (@Iamsu!) - "Go Crazy"

Video: HBK Gang (Iamsu!) - "Go Crazy"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

HBK Gang, the West Coast super crew made up of Iamsu! (who will be performing at Rock The Bells in San Bernadino, CA, September 8th and in San Francisco, CA, September 15th), producer P-Lo (of The Invasion), Sage The Gemini, Skip, Rossi, CJ, Jay Ant, and Kool John, recently released their first collaborative mixtape, Gang Forever, available now on iTunes. "Go Crazy," directed by Ebhodaghe "Daghe" Esoimeme. The video, shot in various locations throughout Oakland, California, displays a different portrait of the Bay Area than what most are used to seeing in mainstream media, which was something that was of extreme importance for both the crew and the director.

Legendary Hip-Hop Duo Latyrx To Release First Album In 16 Years

Legendary Hip-Hop Duo Latyrx To Release First Album In 16 Years

Courtesy Audible Treats.

It's been 16 long years since Bay Area rappers and producers Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born, who together make up Latyrx, released their critically acclaimed The Album, widely regarded as a seminal work in the West Coast underground hip-hop scene of the mid to late 1990s. Now, the technically lauded duo are preparing to release a long awaited follow up, The Second Album, due out November 5th with an extraordinary roster of guest artists and producers from groups and collectives that reads like a modern day music festival line-up, including Tune Yards, Anticon, Living Colour, The Decemberists, Blackalicious, and more. The announcement was made yesterday, via Pitchfork where the duo revealed that the album will be released via Latyramid with distribution through InGrooves/Fontana.

Latyrx have always been known for creating a sonic landscape that's ahead of their time, displaying the unique chemistry that makes them a singularity. Says Lateef, "The so-called 'rules' about what music 'should' sound nowadays are different, less rigid. There seems to be a more open sense of what is acceptable and a real feeling of urgency for something new and fresh in terms of sound." As musicians who have never followed the rules (their self-titled track from their 1997 self-titled album features both emcees rapping different lyrics simultaneously,) it's almost as if the world is catching up to Latyrx' modus operandi. Lyrics Born describes the album as "deliberate jibberish; it's very eclectic, mature, nonsensical imaginative, poetic, organic, synthetic, but all smackin."

As part of the Solesides collective in 1996, which also included DJ Shadow and members of Blackalicious, Lateef and Lyrics Born's work exemplified the adventurous, progressive and electronic influences of their underground movement and helped shape alternative hip-hop sound and culture. The duo followed up the success of The Album with the Muzapper's Mixes EP, which contained what has been referred to as the "one of the only feminist-affirming club bangers in hip-hop history," the track "Lady Don't Tek No," and went on to numerous subsequent solo projects and collaborations, including a combined number of over 8 solo albums, 3 EP's, 10 mixtapes, dozens of guest appearances and production work, over 1000 shows, and 1 book. After 16 years of fans begging and pleading for a reunion, Lyrics Born and Lateef are proud to bring their unique experimental tone and rhyme patterns back to the forefront with the release of their aptly titled sophomore album entitled, The Second Album. Old fans will rejoice to hear that their favorite duo continue to push the envelope of rhythmic syncopation and vocal patterns while new fans will discover what they've been missing this whole time. The announcement was made yesterday, via Pitchfork, where the duo revealed that the album will be released on November 5th via Latyramid with distribution through InGrooves/Fontana.

Live 105's music director, Aaron Axelsen, who is credited with helping to break bands such as Radiohead, Foster the People, Green Day, Coldplay, and The Killers, debuted the Latyrx track, "Exclamation Point" featuring Forrest Day on his radio show Soundcheck this past Sunday. Latyrx also performed new material at the 2nd annual Hiero Day block party on Monday, September 2nd in Oakland, California.

Latyrx will also be embarking on a fall tour. Details to be announced soon.

Track List:

"Arrival" (prod. by Jel of Anticon)
"It's Time" feat. Zion I (prod. by Amp Live)
"Reload" (prod. by Jel of Anticon)
"Exclamation Point" feat. Forrest Day (prod. by Forrest Day)
"Deliberate Jibberish" (prod. by tUnE-yArDs)
"Close Your Eyes" feat. Busdriver (prod. by Antonionian)
"Nebula's Eye" feat. 1-O.A.K. & Joyo Velarde (prod. by G-Koop & O-Man)
"The Power of Rumor (Leonard Is Lost)" (prod. by Adam Theis and Lyrics Born)
"Watershed Moment" feat. The Gift of Gab of Blackalicious (prod. by tUnE-yArDs)
"Sometimes Why?" (prod. by Chris Funk of The Decemberists)
"Every Man For Himself" feat. Joyo Velarde (prod. by Future People)
"Electric Chair" feat. Corey Glover of Living Colour (prod. by Kaveh Rastegar & Jeremy Ruzumna)
"Gorgeous Spirits (Aye, Let's Go!)" (prod. by The Bangerz)

Latyrx Background:

Latyrx is the alternative hip-hop duo of rappers/producers Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born. Rooted in the Bay Area Solesides collective of the 1990s, which also included DJ Shadow and future members of Blackalicious, the duo released their seminal The Album in 1997 to critical acclaim. They quickly followed up with the Muzapper's Mixes EP in 1998, which produced the notable, boundary-pushing and feminist-affirming track "Lady Don't Tek No." Both went on to numerous solo projects and collaborations with other artists before reuniting to work on their long-awaited follow up, The Second Album, which is due out November 5th.
BENEFIT feat. Blaq Poet, M-Dot, Rap P & Dirty Bird "Street Tales" (@PRDean)

BENEFIT feat. Blaq Poet, M-Dot, Rap P & Dirty Bird "Street Tales"

Courtesy PR Dean.

The EMS bully B.E.N.E.F.I.T continues with his flurry of singles, this time calling on the company of Screwball legend Blaq Poet, EMS crew mate M-Dot & New York rappers Rap P & Dirty Bird. The conceptual story record offers production from Mastyl Beatz (Poland) with scratches by DJ LP2 (Denmark). Song will be appear on B.E.N.E.F.I.T's forthcoming EP.

Video: @MurphWatkins Interview w/ HCTV

Video: Murph Watkins Interview w/ HCTV

Courtesy MW.

A five minute interview with upcoming Chicago star Murph Watkins. Murph tackles the subjects of women, alcoholic beverages, lyricism and his latest mixtape which involves all three subjects "Loose Women N' Booze."

@MidaZ The BEAST - Seeing Is Believing (feat. @SabacRed & @Printmatic)

MidaZ The BEAST - Seeing Is Believing (feat. Sabac Red & Blueprint)

Courtesy Kevin Nottingham.

Coming off an amazing performance at his album release party this past Saturday night at The Peacock Room in Orlando, MidaZ The BEAST unleashes the next single from his recently released debut album, AU: Another Universe. Produced by IMAKEMADBEATS, "Seeing Is Believing" features verses from Sabac Red and Blueprint.

Audio: @DriickyGraham - "Kool Down"

Audio: Driicky Graham - "Kool Down"

Courtesy Chris @ E1.

Turn up the new Driicky Graham track that's got you so hot "Kool Down". Stream it now.

Audio: @SLJonesy - "Don't Want Nan" Ft. Trouble & Starlito

Audio: SL Jones - "Don't Want Nan" Ft. Trouble & Starlito

Courtesy Audible Treats.

SL Jones will release his new mixtape, the Don Cannon-hosted Way Of Life No Hobby. Already, Jones has released two singles from the tape, "Big Bank (No Ones)" and the Kevin Gates-featuring "America's Nightmare," and today's leak continues to show off the tape's diversity - while "Big Bank (No Ones)" was all raw energy, and "America's Nightmare" offered a look at the tape's darker side, today's track "Don't Want Nan," features Trouble and Starlito and is a street anthem in the making.

Video: Aventures of @lil_wyte_ @JellyRoll615: Tour Life Ep. 1

Video: Aventures of Lil Wyte & JellyRoll: Tour Life Ep. 1

Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.

Lil Wyte and JellyRoll are halfway through the national Abominationz tour with Twiztid, and just unleashed the first video installment of "Adventures of Lil Wyte & JellyRoll: Tour Life"! Watch and enjoy the antics!

@SKERecords Webisode "Rise of a Super Saiyan" @PetterJonesSKE

SKE Records Webisode "Rise of a Super Saiyan" Petter Jones!

Courtesy Q.

SKE Records presents the new webisode "Rise of a Super Saiyan" from new artist Petter Jones. After being highly exposed on major publications online, Petter Jones continued to be on a roll with the release of his video "Fame".

Video: Maurice "Mobetta" Brown f/ Prodigy "Daydreams"

Video: Maurice "Mobetta" Brown f/ Prodigy "Daydreams"

Courtesy Matt B.

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.

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