While everyone spent 2012 fretting and pondering over the end of the world, 7evenThirty was busy serving up his own apocalypse. Heavenís Computer is one of the finest concept albums hip-hop has produced in recent memory. The Jackson, Mississipi MC spun the tale of Max Redrumís quest to annihilate Earth with the style and attitude of a liquor store cypher.
After dropping the video for one of the more acerbic tracks on the LP, ďWhere Itís AtĒ, 7even comes back around to hit you with the remix. He enlists Sacramento young gun Lee Bannon with the task of reworking some of the most aggressive bars on the album. Bannon pairs 7evenís feral conviction with a hard-hitting drum loop and a cooled out synth line.
Part b-boy, part space-gangster, part novelist, 7evenThirty is exactly the creative breath of fresh air hip-hop needs. Heavenís Computer is available now via Mello Music Group.
A "(2)dope premiere! Itís 2013, and to start the year on a high note, the BBAS crew has released their 2012 Year In Review mixtape, a compilation of some of their favorite and best BBAS work: production, features, etc of 2012. Everything from JSWISS, to Elite Status with Rasheed Chappell, Audible Doctorís remix of Unionís Wings and more are featured here. Canít wait to hear what they got in store for 2013! Happy New Years!" - 2DopeBoyz.Com
The year has coming to a close and since the world didn't end it we are moving forward with 2013. It was an interesting 12 months for Hip Hop; Barack Obama won re-election, Hip Hop artist Mike Scala (Pizon) ran for Congress, Ice-T's the Art of Rap came out, the Hip Hop Gods Tour happened, Detox still didn't come out, a bunch of people started saying Yolo, Shawty Lo got a tv show called "All My Babies' Mamas" approved, and Trinidad James (sigh). Here at OneTwoOneTwo we hope 2012 was a good one and wish you the best for 2013.
With that being said, let's end of the year with what everyone in Hip Hop waits for this time of year, the Skillz 2012 Rap Up.
Skillz 2012 Rap Up http://www.onetwoonetwo.com/skillz-2012-rap-up/ continues what has become an anticipated Hip Hop tradition. This year's recap is included on his new album Thoughts Become Things. Hip Hop heads look forward to the yearly Skillz Rap Ups. This year Skillz came with a different flavor than normal and indicates that this is his last year doing the Rap Up.
Moe Pope & Rain's "What You Need" is taken from their forthcoming LP, 'Let The Right Ones In' which will be released on 1/22/2013 via Brick Records and features appearances from REKS, Blacastan, John Robinson & more.
Video: Megadon f/ Mr. Cheeks & Nitty Scott MC "World Premiere"
Courtesy PR Dean.
This is a world premiere. Megadon combines the classic with the new, uniting Mr.Cheeks from the Lost Boyz with Nitty Scott MC on a smooth jazzy beat. The song focuses on everyone's personal relationship with hip hop and why despite their success, they remain fans of the culture.
Fresh off the release of their album CHRON: Legacy, Illmaculate & Lawz Spoken have dropped a compelling new trailer for their upcoming video to "Substance Abuse" (co-starring OnlyOne). This brief glimpse of the stunning, Artistic Outlet directed visuals helps set the tone for a spy vs. spy tale of two hitmen competing for the same targets.
Video: Keiran - Illusions (prod. Gifted The Great)
Courtesy Sticky Toffee.
Keiran may not be a name you are familiar with, but as part of the new UK unsigned scene, heís most certainly one to watch out for in 2013. His first single ĎThe Maskí was released to critical acclaim in August 2011, and February 2013 will see the launch of a 6 track-debut EP ĎThe House of Illusionsí. Raised in Birmingham, Keiran takes his musical inspiration from many genres.
Jabee happend to catch the attention of Producer EL-P., Chuck D, and Oklahoma Thunder Player Kevin Durant. EL-P invited Jabee on his into the wild tour with Killer Mike , and Mr. MFN eXquire Chuck D tweeted "Jabee's music has the potential to change the world" and Kevin Durant had Jabee perform at his All star NBA game during the Lockout.