Second Single From On Air Offers Stoned, Stoic Take On Street Life
Kyle Rapps is back, this time with the second single from his forthcoming mixtape On Air. For the Harlem-based rapper's latest project, Kyle enlisted producer and long-time collaborator Nate G, who flips samples from legendary French electronic band Air, while Kyle also called on a few friends for guest appearances, including Talib Kweli, for the previously released single "Universe Traveler," along with C-Rayz Walz and recent collaborators KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman.
For this new single, however, Kyle goes for dolo with "Streets Move On," a track that carries the soul of the streets, while not shying away from its harsh realities in a way that allows it to transcend what has become so typical of rappers discussing street life. "I was daydreaming and got stoned off my imagination," explains Kyle. "I imagined a painting showing various cliches, each dealing with the harsh realities of city life. Then I thought to myself, Wouldn't it be dope if you could put this painting in reverse?" Nate G's production on the track - a straight ahead drum beat, serving as a bed for industrial and synth loops from Air's song "Mike Mills" - allows Kyle's vivid imagery to play the forefront as he raps, "A jungle's a jungle by any other name/ We pray, and stumble and struggle another day," and pulls everything together with a chorus, more catchy than most given the deep subject matter, built around the repeating line, "the streets move on with out you, money."
By age 20, Princeton, New Jersey native Kyle Rapps started winning poetry slams in NYC with a concept-strong, socially sharp raw hip-hop delivery. Once he graduated from Rutgers University, he had already opened for big name acts like Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez with his group, Thought Breakers. And once he decided to change his name to Kyle Rapps, he was getting ready to release the single "Love, Love" with KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman, which eventually went on to reach #1 on the college radio charts for hip-hop. Now, fresh off his critically acclaimed EP, RE-Edutainment, which features Joell Ortiz and KRS-One, and production from Kev Brown, Kyle has put together a new concept project called On Air, which samples from one of his favorite artists, the French-electro DJ duo, Air. The album features Talib Kweli and C-Rayz Walz, along with previous artists like KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman, and will be released this summer.
MP3: Hassaan Mackey - "Something" (prod. Apollo Brown)
From Mello Music Group.
Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown are sharing the final single from the Daily Bread album, the introspective "Something." The chemistry between Apollo Brown and Hassaan Mackey are undeniable, fans and critics alike have spoken loud and clear, singing praises for the recently released album. In an album that is characterized by it's gritty sound and raw raps, "Something" is a reflective song about love, memories, loss, and pain.
The heartfelt chorus echos through a filter with surprising emotional power drawn from the truth of the lyrical content being delivered by Hassaan:
"Lose my mind to the memory of you / makes me think of all the sh*t we been through / Lose my mind to the thought of you / of you."
Apollo combines the solid 1-2 hard snare with a crackling record, light chimes, and swirling strings.
MP3: Metermaids To Release Rooftop Shake Via Strange Famous Records On September 6
From Audible Treats.
New Album Features 9th Wonder, Sage Francis, DJ Rob Swift; "Graveyard Shift" Released As First Single
(August 3, 2011 - Brooklyn, NY) Metermaids, the tag-team duo of rappers Sentence and Swell, are excited to announce their new LP, Rooftop Shake. The two Brooklynites have picked an A-team to work with for the album, enlisting 9th Wonder, DJ Rob Swift of the X-Ecutioners, and Sage Francis. Sage Francis is also responsible for the release of Rooftop Shake, through his label, Strange Famous Records, on September 6th.
After releasing a slew of EP's over the past couple years, Metermaids perked the ears of a variety of big-name players, including Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder, who produced half of the new LP. "It was obviously a dream come true," says Metermaids of working with 9th. "We hung out in North Carolina with him for six days, and made five songs together while we were there. It was a blast."
Subsequently, Metermaids also caught the attention of Sage Francis after touring together. Impressed by the duo, Sage not only lent his assistance for the new project, but signed Metermaids to his Strange Famous Records this past year. "When we were putting together the album, Sage helped us pick out beats, he helped us with direction," explains Swell. "And he sent back two tracks with incredible verses on them," adds Sentence, alluding to "Bad Things" and "Kill The Crow," the latter of which also features Buck 65.
"Graveyard Shift," the lead single from Rooftop Shake, is a tribute to those who hustle hard, way past bedtime, with Rob Swift cutting up 9th Wonder's wailing, electric guitar-driven beat. "Neither of us sleep - ever - and when we heard 9th's beat, it gave us that vibe of being up all night," says Metermaids. "So that's exactly what we wrote about. 'Same shit, different night' sums up the song perfectly."
As the album's lead single, "Graveyard Shift," is a good taste of what fans can expect from much of Rooftop Shake: a pairing of 9th Wonder's classic production with Metermaids' punk attitude and sharp delivery. Matt Stine held up the other half of production with tracks like the aforementioned "Bad Things," which Swell says is "in my top five favorite beats ever," while 9th Wonder also appears with a few guest verses of his own on tracks including "Gone" and the albums' title track "Rooftop Shake."
S.P.E.C. Dolla Presents..."Classical Muzik: Part 2" (Mixtape)
Courtesy of DubMD84.
EYE-CON MUSIC x REAL RECOGNIZE REAL PRESENTS... S.P.E.C. DOLLA "CLASSICAL MUZIK: PART 2" FEAT: NOTTI BASCO x V.I. x BAD NEWS x KEV G. x CELEB PROD: THE ALCHEMIST x BAD NEWS x V.I. x CLOCKWISE + MORE
“I just tried to make Part 2 pick up where the first one left off without missing a beat. I had a lot of fun with this project I just hope its as fun of a listen as it was to record”. - S.P.E.C. Dolla
Nearly 3 years after the release of the original S.P.E.C. Dolla (formally known as Spectacula) brings you "Classical Muzik Part 2." with production from V.I., Bad News, Clockwise, The Alchemist & S.P.E.C. Dolla.
S.P.E.C. brings new life to classics by marrying a modern day approach of beat making to the original samples of hip hop songs from legends such as Nas, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, DMX, Biz Markie and many more.
01.) Picture Me Rolling (feat. Notti Brasco) (Produced By S.P.E.C. Dolla) 02.) Things Done Changed (Produced By V.I.) 03.) Hurry Up This Way (Produced By S.P.E.C. Dolla) 04.) Determination (feat. Kev G., Bad News & Celeb) 05.) They Won’t Get A Crumb (Produced By V.I.) 06.) False Claims (Produced By S.P.E.C. Dolla) 07.) It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Produced By Bad News) 08.) Fat Butt & A Pretty Face (feat. Kev G.) (Produced By V.I. & S.P.E.C. Dolla) 09.) What I Need (Produced By V.I.) 10.) Woo…. (Produced By V.I.) 11.) Destroy Rebuild Move On (feat. V.I.) (Produced By The Alchemist) 12.) Maintain (feat. Bad News) (Produced By Clockwise)
Being a traveler never hurts for inspiration. Ask Deca. Coming from the mountains of Colorado, relocating to LA and now finding a home in Queens NY,he is not short of a hip hop story line. A beatsmith that rhymes with Denver street mentality is not the exact person you'd expect to land the cover of XXL next month, but the element of surprise may beg you to differ. Behind the MPC/Mic for 13 years telling tales of boom bap with lines like "My man was in the parking lot doped up, He nodded out and never woke up," send chills down the average listeners spine. Having opened up for the likes of Talib Kweli, Blackalicious, and Redman, and rocking crowds over his own production will soon put him in the ranks as Havoc of Mobb Deep and Black Milk. NYC seems to bring the flavor out of every artist that comes here, and with a new life and a new home,his sell produced introduction to the world with "Due Time" proves he is here at the right time.