Album features "Plug 2" from De La Soul on track "Mr. Megahustle" Released by: URBNET Release date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
01. Sleeping Dogs 02. Ain't Broken 03. Back Back 04. The Tighten Up 05. Resistance 06. I'm In Space 07. Mr. Megahustle (Featuring Plug 2) 08. Still Gotcha 09. So Phenomenal 10. Like That 11. Goin' Down 12. To Keep Us Rollin'
With a catalogue that is unmatched by many, Moka Only is often considered to be a pioneer and driving force behind Canadian West Coast hip hop, as well as an important component in popularizing the art of freestyling in Victoria and Vancouver. In the 13+ years since his debut, Moka Only has released more than 50 albums, both solo and collaborative. He records under a variety of aliases, with the most popular being Ron Contour, Flow Torch and The Durable Mammal. He has been a contributing member of numerous groups and collectives, including Perfect Strangers, Code Name: Scorpion, Cryptic Souls Crew, The Dominant Mammals, City Planners, Nowfolk and Swollen Members, along with many others. Amongst all of that, Moka has worked with underground hip hop heroes like J Dilla, Aceyalone, OH NO, MF Doom, Buck 65, K-Os, Sixtoo and more.
But it all began rather humbly in his hometown of Victoria, BC, where Moka Only discovered hip hop culture at an early age, starting out as a graffiti artist before switching to rhyming at house parties and freestyling anywhere and everywhere alongside partner K-Prevail (recording together as Splitsphere). In 1994, Moka made the move to San Diego in order to further his rap career, creating a number of connections that he would later use to his advantage. Upon moving back to Canada in 1995 and taking up residence in Vancouver, Moka met Mad Child, and along with K-Prevail, now just Prevail, the three emcees founded Swollen Members one night at a Denny's, with Moka coining their multiple meaning name. However, a group dynamic was not for Moka and he soon moved on to a solo career.
In 1995, Moka Only started flooding the local scene with a myriad of music, quickly earning himself the nickname of "The Most Prolific" by self-releasing cassettes on an almost seasonal basis, which led to a few vinyl releases and finally album deals with a variety of labels. All the while, Moka was building a name for himself as a strong and skillful emcee with down-to-earth subject matter ranging from hip hop to fashion, from food to travel, and from love to sex. Although best known for his rapping, Moka was also building his resume as a a quirky producer with a knack for mixing live and sampled instruments. While the majority of Moka's musical output has been self-produced, his beats are also sought after by a wide range of underground artists.
With his solo career as both rapper and producer on the rise, Moka Only participated in a few collaborations with Swollen Members resulting in Moka rejoining the group for Monsters in the Closet, their 2002 collection of b-sides and rarities featuring three new songs. He remained on board for Heavy in 2003 but left again prior to the recording of Black Magic. Once again Moka had found himself confined as part of a group.
His time with Swollen Members, which also saw him signed to the Battle Axe label, resulted in three consecutive Junos, but it also meant a decrease in the amount of solo music from Moka. "The Most Prolific" returned in 2005 beginning with the release of The Desired Effect, his Nettwerk debut that realized a much greater pop potential for Moka. Unhappy with the label interference, Moka released a Japan-only alternate version under the title Dirty Jazz that was more to his liking, marking Moka's return to releasing the nearly seasonal albums of gritty, underground jams he has always been known for through labels like Camobear, Legendary Entertainment and Urbnet, as well as an occasional one-off project for various other indie labels.
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With the new EP "Inspired By Greatness" to drop September 4th from Philadelphia artist Trel Mack here is the Inspired By Greatness Intro ft. Q The Question. The track is produced by Flawless Tracks (Wale,etc).
South East London rapper Phoenix has dropped a superb mix tape with Baptism Under Fire. This is a CD you’ll either want to chill out to or be compelled to play to everyone you know in order to get them into it too.
It’s a lengthy (but never dull) twenty two track 78 minute excursion into top quality UK Hip-Hop. Phoenix’s highly lyrical and fluid rhyming is complimented by the small selection of guests who join him, these include J Da Exodus, Masikah and AKS.
It is a mixtape, but what is a mixtape these days anyway, just a set of tunes a bit too rough for an album release? If this is the case, you might wish to prepare yourself to be blown away when Phoenix drops his album proper.
It has been 2 weeks since the official release of "RayBanz" and the Stereo Boyz couldn't be happier with the results. 15.000 views on YouTube, blog posts all over the Net and most importantly, positive feedback from fans, DJ's and Radio.
Video: Lil Fame (M.O.P.) & Termanology "Fizzyology"
Courtesy Matt B.
Lil Fame & Termanology are Fizzyology; album in stores & iTunes 11-6-2012, which will feature Busta Rhymes, Styles P, Bun B, Freeway, M.O.P., DJ Premier, Statik Selektah & more. Here is the first offering from their collaborative project “Fizzyology” (produced by Alchemist).