Ray Angry, the Roots producer and keyboard extraordinaire, has joined forced with nu-soul wonder Sy Smith for a new track "Let's Get Lost." The track was produced by Ray Angry. "Let's Get Lost" is a dreamy, hypnotizing ode to steamy nights. Sy Smith will be joining Ray Angry for his co-headlining shows this weekend with Lucky Peterson at the Iridium.
As Casual of the legendary hip-hop crew Hieroglyphics gears up for his new album Respect Game Or Expect Flames (entirely produced by J Rawls), Nature Sounds is proud to present the first video off the project: "Reign" featuring fellow Hiero member Pep Love and vocalist Allana Morgan, directed by Casual himself. The gritty video finds a shady CEO running from fate and his inevitable downfall, while Casual and Pep spit vicious lyrics over Rawls' hard-pounding drums and rumbling bass.
Chippy Nonstop is excited to release her new EP, #MONEYDANCE101. The five-track effort, which is co-produced by DJ Two Stacks and GRAVEGOODS, was premiered today by SPIN and is now available for download via Chippy Nonstop's Bandcamp page. The EP artwork is co-designed by Chippy Nonstop and @Cumdrizzle.
#MONEYDANCE101 came together following a recent show in Philadelphia, where Chippy performed as part of the weekly concert series Mad Decent Monday's. "I was with Two Stacks the day after the show and we decided to knock out a full EP," explains Chippy of the one-day process. "We linked up with the homie GRAVEGOODS and his other homie Stephan – we sat down, made beats, and wrote all the songs. It was so fun!"
Chippy is well known to be a satirical observer of pop culture, and, as such, the EP title was inspired by 11-year-old rapper, and recent WorldStarHipHop sensation, Lil' Mouse. "He has this song called 'Get Smoked' and he does 'the money dance' in one scene," says Chippy of the meme-friendly video clip. "It's the cutest shit I've ever seen, and I just so happened to be watching that video the whole week before we made the EP."
#MONEYDANCE101 is Chippy's first release since #GLOBALSKOOLOFTWERK, which was released in April and served as the Dubai-born, Bay Area-based rapper's official debut to the music world. Since then, she's collaborated with the likes of Kreayshawn and Major Lazer – Chippy will appear on upcoming albums from both artists – and #MONEYDANCE101 shows off a continued level of growth and diversity in Chippy's sound. "I listen to a lot of dance music," explains Chippy of her musical inspiration. "I want it to noticeable that I'm not a rapper; I want to create a different sound, and I want to open minds to a different sound."
The EP's musical diversity is evident on each of the project's five songs. "HOT GYAL," for example, a song that Chippy refers to as her favorite from the project, pulls its inspiration from Chippy's love of dancehall music. Elsewhere, "Bounce" finds Chippy laying a wildly infectious half-sung vocal atop Two Stack's washed out synths and frenetic percussion. "I like this tape a lot and I think it's some next level shit," says Chippy. "Plus there's a Trap Bollywood Metal song! How can you be mad?"
Look out for a feature on Chippy Nonstop in the next "Women in Music" themed issue of Flaunt Magazine.
As praise and accolades continues to roll in for Paraphernalia, the latest tape from SL Jones & DJ Burn One, the Little Rock rapper and Atlanta producer are now excited to release the video for "Training Day," the latest visual from Paraphernalia.
"Training Day" is one of the darkest tracks on Paraphernalia, with Burn One's haunting keys and winding bassline setting the tone for SL, who uses his verses to unwind a nuanced one-on-one conversation between an OG gang member and new recruit. "The song is told from an OG's perspective, so I wanted to play off that and have the video be from the lil' homie's perspective," says SL. "Most people don't know that gang ties are often passed down from generation to generation; most people assume that it begins with violence, but a lot of times it begins with family."
The video, directed by Red Audio, plays out against the song's lyrics, as SL takes on the role of the OG, schooling his passenger seat rider on the ways of the world. But the song isn't one of glorification, and as such, the visual eschews over-the-top flash for a more subdued account. "We didn't want to do any over the top gangsta shit, because it wasn't necessary," says SL. "We just wanted to show you a day in the life of a kid growing up, dealing with the influences that come with gang affiliation."
Yirim Seck is a wordsmith MC whose music both reflects the golden era of hip-hop and holds a roadmap to the future. Yirim is not only held firm by his roots -- bridging the illustrious musical legacy of Seattle's Central District and his family's rich Senegalese heritage -- but propels his insight and drive into a sound and a message all-too-relevant for today.
Known for his searing lyricism and impassioned performance, Yirim Seck has become one of Seattle's most well-respected and sought-after MCs. Building on his critically acclaimed debut HEAR ME OUT in 2009, Yirim has performed at venues as diverse as community festivals, upscale nightclubs, college campuses and company parties, connecting with audiences across borders and delivering global discourse through music.
His music critiques and calls out shots from the perspective of a dedicated father and community activist, and empowers listeners through his gift of storytelling and honest reflection. Yirim's journey as a musician was a true crossover.
At twelve years old, Yirim bore witness to Lauryn Hill destroying MC after MC in a cypher at Garfield High School in the Central District, and was inspired to surround himself with true-school hip-hop, from Guru to Ras Kass to Digable Planents to Scarface.
At fourteen, his mother, in a Fresh Prince-esque move, decided to get Yirim out of trouble in the neighborhood by sending him away. But instead of packing his bags and moving to Bel Aire, Yirim found himself in Dakar, Senegal, where he was immersed in his father's culture and musical expression.
Over two years, Yirim forged hip-hop with the sounds of Mbalax, itself a fusion of contemporary pop and traditional Senegalese dance music. Those formative years forever sculpted Yirim's artistic approach as a dynamic navigation of story across a soundscape spanning across continents and generations.
Yirim is now known and respected amongst Senegal's most recognized hip-hop artists including Daara J and DJ Kia Mbegue. Always growing as an artist, Yirim is working both on new musical endeavors and on a quest to take his talents back to West Africa, where his musical career began. It's only a matter of time before his voice is experienced on all stops in between.