MP3: Cold Heat f/ Blacastan & Craig G - "Raising the Bar"
PRESS RELEASE – July 2011 – Queens based hip-hop duo Jak D (MC) and Jay W (producer), better known as Cold Heat get set to drop their third LP, Raising The Bar, on July 19th through Soulspazm Digital. Raising The Bar continues in the tradition of both of their previous ‘bar' themed releases, Bar Hoppin and LIfe Behind Bars, respectively. With their latest effort, the duo declare their emancipation, showcasing a discernible maturation as artist and producer. The duplicity of the title suggests that they have raised their own quality standards, but have also upped the ante in the game as whole "…the price of liquor just went up" says Jak D.
When asked about their approach to recording Raising The Bar, Jak W states: _"This album means striving to do what I love at the highest level it can be done. It means pushing myself to step outside of my comfort zone so that I can grow as an artist and more importantly as a person."_ Jay W adds: "There's no doubt that we raised the bar on this album – this is our best effort to date."
There is no question that the Queens-duo break new ground with their latest effort. Cold Heat deliver their benchmark album that is as conceptually diverse and honest as it is braggadocio and animated. On July 19th, the there is a new gold standard - the bar has officially been raised.
In promotion for the album's release, we're pleased to present the LP's title track "Raising The Bar", which features Blacastan and the legendary Craig G. This track represents lyrical warfare at its finest as hour as the three emcee's blitzkrieg over Jay W's apocalyptic production.
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MP3: Trae Tha Truth f/ Big Boi, Lupe Fiasco - "I'm On"
Hope everyone had a Happy 4th! In honor of Trae's birthday party tonight I am liberating the CD quality (that one that leaked is just a 2 track) version to his new record "I'm On" featuring Lupe, Big Boi, Wale, Wiz, and MDMA produced by Cy Fyre! Street King is in stores July 12th.
Free EP/Video: A-Plus - Pepper Spray + Tour Updates
(July 6, 2011 - Brooklyn, NY) Hieroglyphics crew member and one-fourth of Souls Of Mischief, A-Plus is excited to announce the release of his new EP, Pepper Spray, now available for free download courtesy of Compound 7. The EP serves as the first of four in Compound 7's rock-inspired Tribute Series EP's, and accompanying each EP will be a special, limited edition t-shirt designed by Counter Balance, available here.
A-Plus and Compound 7 plan to release four installments for their rock-inspired Tribute Series EP's, collaborating with different artists for each project after this initial EP. Included in the series is an EP with Del The Funky Homosapien, which samples music by Rage Against The Machine, one with Opio, that flips music from the White Stripes, and finally the Nirvana inspired production with Eligh. "We started out real grass roots when creating Pepper Spray," explains A-Plus. "Pepper Spray was the first EP completed, and it was coming along so well that it inspired me to do more with other favorite bands of mine."
The first EP will take on the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers aptly named Pepper Spray. Rather than recreate a single album from the group, A-Plus' EP will pull from their entire discography, sampling various songs from the legendary group's deep catalog, including classics such as "Give It Away," "Californication," "By The Way," and "Hey Oh" "Basically," says AAGEE on his choosing of songs to flip, "we decided what songs were our favorites, and from there it was all about figuring out how well each of those songs translated with our production style and what we were trying to accomplish on Pepper Spray."
In addition to his forthcoming EP releases, A-Plus will also be busy on the road this summer, performing a number of solo dates in addition to some very special performances with Souls Of Mischief. Souls Of Mischief will be performing a number of dates across the country this summer, including four stops as a part of the 2011 Rock The Bells Festival, where the group will be performing their long-time classic, '93 Til Infinity, in its entirety. Fans can find links to purchase tickets and keep up with all developing show information for A-Plus and Souls Of Mischief here: www.hieroglyphics.com .
Later this year, once all four free EP's have been released, A-Plus also has plans for two new retail releases, which include brand new solo albums, Return Of Good Time Charlie and another called Molly's Dirty Water that will serve as a collaborative effort with AAGEE. "Both projects are different," explains A-Plus. "Return Of Good Time Charlie is more of a traditional progression for me – b-boy-style story telling – like my last album. For Molly's Dirty Water, AAGEE is on there. It's more fun – party, get drunk and smoke some weed type shit. Less b-boy bravado.
Blu (of Blu and Exile) Gets Proper "Jesus" Release
Recently, a mysterious album titled Jesus turned up on the popular music site Bandcamp, uploaded by an artist calling himself "B". Soon, the LP was discovered to be the latest work from enigmatic L.A. rapper Blu, and within hours, it was the talk of the blogosphere. The album was soon removed, but now it's back, this time in physical form. New World Color is proud to present the latest lo-fi masterpiece from one of hip-hop's most intriguing figures, in stores everywhere on August 30th, 2011.
Featuring production from Madlib, Alchemist, and Hezekiah, and an appearance from Planet Asia, Jesus features some of the most intriguing collaborations of Blu's career. With fully mastered audio, plus CD and vinyl editions, this important edition to Johnson Barnes' catalog will finally be heard as it was meant to be. Officially the debut for alter-ego "B", Jesus is sure to satisfy the cult-like fanbase that's been steadily growing around the artist most famously known as Blu.
Billy Drease Williams' newest release is an exclusive collection of raw, intelligent rhymes that comes from the heart and speaks to the streets. It's hotter, heavier and harder than what you're used to, but it's all Billy Drease and it's all FREE.
From epic collaborations with DJ Cutler, Trev Thorne and others to the classic sampling in Just a Break to the warning of Militant, BDW brings it back with an unparalleled style that reminds us of what good rap is and just how good it can be. Known in many circles as the "Sidewalk Scholar," Billy Drease speaks truth and has the strength and knowledge to back it up. This is a rare release from the DTR45 vaults and we are giving it away for a limited time because what Billy's got to say ought to be heard.
Download it for free today as one ZIP file or individual MP3 files.