Audio: J The Exodus - "From Darkness Came Light" EP
Courtesy We Plug GOOD Music.
Two years after his seminal debut mixtape 360 Full Circle, emerging British vocalist/rapper J The Exodus returns in 2012 with his debut EP titled From Darkness Came Light to be released via Less Is More Music. With production from Nutty P (Stinkahbell) and Chemo to mention a couple and inspired guest appearances from the likes of Mikeel Ameen and Phoenix Da Icefire, From Darkness Came Light sees J The Ex coming into his own not only as an excellent rapper and vocalist but also as an artist with a conscience as he tackles the heavy issues - from social disposition to politics to black history and more - on this 9-track record which will stand as a strong coming of age for this bright and talented Londoner.
From the EP’s title track “From Darkness Came Light” where J The Ex boldly discusses black history and raps beautifully about being proud to be Black no matter what the history books say over an aptly dark and soulful Isyss production to the E.P’s latest single and very poignant opus “Sings Of The Last Days” which is already a fan-favourite at his live gigs, J The Ex completely stamps his authority and ownership over every musical milieu on this EP, showing not only his lyrical dexterities, clear vocal cadence and lush tenor - baritone vocals but also a wisdom, knowledge, conscience and insight that is a rarity in UK urban music.
J The Ex thoroughly and brilliantly pours his heart and soul out on every of the 41.31 minutes of From Darkness Came Light as he stakes a more than potent claim as one to be reckoned with in the UK Hip-Hop landscape. As he explains it, “the great thing about taking on this idea for the project (is that) it gives me the connection to every person on the planet as we experience different aspects of life every day. I address personal, societal, political, controversial and historical matters on this EP and display my views on these subjects within every song”.
Music: Esohel - It's Yours (Produced by Ricky Dubs)
For the 3rd single off the forthcoming LP "On Purpose With A Purpose" which will be released on October 9th, 2012, Esohel let's us know that nothing can get in our way; if we truly want it, it's ours. Over production by Ricky Dubs, who produced the entire LP, Esohel drops gems on the 3rd single, It's Yours.
Video Premier: Muzic Class "Hamburgers" ft. Space High Pate (Dirty Mix)
Courtesy Dave Ghet.
Muzic Class returns with the official video for "Hamburger" featuring one of Complex.com's 10 emcees to look our for, Space High Pate. Those who had the pleasure of catching this track when it dropped earlier this summer, should expect nothing less than vivid visuals to accompany that knock that first caught your attention. Those who are new to The Class, well here's your late pass. "Hamburger" is featured on Muzic Class' project Freebies and Fireworks slated to be released this fall via Break Bread Projects/ SoFlo Entertainment.
MP3: June Marx f/ Reef the Lost Cauze - "Metal Gear"
Courtesy Naomi H.
June Marx prepares to launch third self produced solo album "Seven Trumpets Sound" via Torchbearer Records. Guests include Reef the Lost Cauze, UG of Cella Dwellas, Chief Kamachi, Lone Ninja, Godilla & more.
"Normally I have a really long, detailed, philosophical explanation as to the meaning of my album and what I was trying to do. And I certainly do, but this time, I will try not to overcomplicate things.
Parallel lines refer to two lines that never intersect or touch...which is how i feel about this music shit lately. I'm certainly not the only musician doing the kind of music that I do, but I find a lot of pressure in all sorts of places to follow the same type of formula as other artists, many of which I'm fans of. However, I would rather stay in my own lane...i believe that the destination is ultimately the same. Kind of one of those ideas that is applicable in all fascades of life, ultimately, the purpose is to what makes sense and suits you, rather than altering yourself to fit in with everybody else, at the end of the day, we are all striving and moving in the same direction.
In terms of the music, I wanted to challenge myself more. very little sampling, spent a lot of time trying to work on the actual composition of everything so that my music feel more like songs, than just beats. I suppose it will ultimately be up to you to decide whether it worked, or if you like it or not. I just wanted to step a bit outside of my comfort zone and approach the body of music from a different standpoint, being at a different point in my life. Nevertheless, enjoy. Many thanks for all of the support."
The Houston via Detroit lyrical heavyweight B.James provides the 2nd leak from Drank and Dank's latest release. The first drop was Pop-A-Lot ft. Sun & Mykko Montana - All About. Beyond Faded drops Tuesday @ 4:20 pm.
RapZilla Plans to Infiltrate Music w/ New Record Label
Approaching the 10th anniversary of the Rapzilla.com's launch, the website owners have made a move to utilize their robust platform to further expose talented artists as well as develop new ones. With the launch of their newly formed record label, Infiltrate Music, Rapzilla.com owners will promote their artists to multiple genre’s and markets.
"We both have a passion to work behind the scene’s and push artists, record labels, clothing companies, and organizations that influence the youth and impact culture," says Philip Rood.
Rapzilla.com co-owners Philip Rood and Chad Horton have both been involved in the music industry for over 10 years, with Rood founding Rapzilla.com in 2003 and Horton heading up marketing at Quality Junk - parent company to Syntax Distribution.
"We love to create content but were limited to the content being interviews or other content based around artists or labels, and often times we would see where things could be improved. After personally working alongside several artists to release our own compilation album ‘Rapzilla.com Presents … King Kulture’ in 2011 we knew that we wanted to continue to make an impact from the drivers seat,” adds Chad Horton.
Infiltrate Music launches in it’s infancy stage with two talented, diverse, and promising artists to be announced in the near future and are negotiating a few additional artists. Infiltrate Music will be focused on digital distribution through Syntax Distribution and a direct to consumer approach for physical sales.
“Working for one of the premier digital distribution companies, and serving artists and labels on the marketing side for many years, in addition to the platform that we have been blessed with in Rapzilla.com, I know we will be able to serve our artists well and Infiltrate Music,” adds Horton.
With 150,000 unique visitors to Rapzilla.com each month, and an extremely strong social network following, the platform is a powerful launching pad for any artists gaining coverage or advertising. Within the Rapzilla.com community, Infiltrate Music will utilize the supportive, built in, and growing audience to share their artists music but will also be making a strong push to gain exposure for its artists on all relevant platforms outside of the Christian Hip Hop genre as well.
Rapzilla.com is the most visited Urban Christian Culture destination online, existing to inform the urban community immediately about Christian news, music, videos, live interviews & broadcasts first! The site is home to the most comprehensive artist and content database in Urban Christian Culture, all supported by an explosive social media presence keeping readers captive and active.
About Syntax Distribution
Syntax Distribution, a division of Quality Junk, is one of the top independent digital distributors and aggregators representing more than 200 record labels. Syntax handles many top independent artists such as Tamela Mann of Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns,” Marvin Winans, Flame, John P. Kee, and John Tesh among others. Their record label clientele includes Central South, Crossroads, Pinecastle, CLG Distribution, iShine, Humble Beast, among others. To learn more, visit syntaxdistribution.com.