Raised in New Jersey but residing in Los Angeles, CA, emcee Esko has completed his sophomore LP, The Seed, a 10-song album where he relates his life story to the metaphor of a seed that’s fallen from a tree and is forced to rebuild from nothing.
"The seed has to grow towards the light," explains Esko. Production on **The Seed** is shared by North Carolina beat maker Sean Lane (worked with Eyezon and J Ross Parelli), along with Q-Smith, CAV3, and J-Kits.
The last decade has been a tumultuous one for Esko, and The Seed is a testament to the growth that resulted from the chaos. Drawing inspiration from acts like Gnarls Barkley, Pink Floyd, Andre 3000, Lupe Fiasco, and Portishead, Esko documents the events in North Carolina that preceded the westward move with raw emotion, introspective lyrics and creative delivery.
If Everyday Was Halloween is a short documentary encompassing the music and writings of Derek Christoff [aka D-Sisive], juxtaposed with visuals from Collingwood, Ontario's Elvis Festival. In addition to D-Sisive's music, from the now available Asian Elvis [mixtape], the piece is scored using the beautifully haunting ballad, 'Words', recorded by Minnesota's Low.
Video: CNN Covers Crazy Legs Final Battles at RSC35
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CNN was on-site at the Rock Steady Crew 35th Anniversary as legendary Bboy and RSC president Crazy Legs ripped through his final battles with a flurry of hand-picked competitors! Watch the full report with footage of the battles and emotional interviews below, which aired on CNN on Friday, August 10.
One of New York's finest, Action Bronson, and one of the UK's leading producers, Metabeats, have teamed up for the new track "Hookers." "Hookers" is the 1st single from Metabeats' highly anticipated second LP Caviar Crackle. After debuting on FADER last week, the track is now available today for download on iTunes.
Metabeats' upcoming LP Caviar Crackle will feature one of the UK's finest producers with a hand-picked list of emcees and musicians including Action Bronson, Oddisee, Quelle, P.L.O., and more. Caviar Cackle will be released via UK's leading hip-hop label Associated Minds.
Video: Rob Fresh f/ SPOT - "Better 2day" (dir. Ant Lava)
Rob Fresh releases his third video, Better 2day ft. SPOT, off his "Who I Am" EP. With Ant Lava behind the lens, the song's uplifting message is accompanied by a visual journey through the experiences that made Rob Fresh the artist he is today.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #186 is Crazy Heart From Here to Brazil. Your host Steve 'Flash' Juon brings you hot tracks from Madchild, 40Love, Maimouna Youssef and more! Send feedback to @RapReviews on this episode! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode.
* Madchild - Crazy Heart Print * Crook Firm f/ XL (Kreators) - To the End * Maimouna Youssef a/k/a Mumu Fresh - Meet Me in Brazil * 40Love f/ Headnodic - I'll Take Care of You * Nefew x Shakes x D.M.P. x Nottz - In Store for Us * Esko - Against the Law
Baltimore singer, emcee, songwriter and poet Maimouna Youssef presents the Brian "B.Kyle" Atkins-directed music video for "Meet Me In Brazil", the second single from her album The Blooming. The "Brazil" clip features actor Lamman Rucker, best known for his roles in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? Youssef received a Grammy nomination for her contribution on The Roots' hit “Don’t Feel Right” in 2007 for best rap song, and made her big screen debut on Dave Chappelle's Block Party.