When Drake was still on TV in a wheelchair, Canadian rapper/producer Moka Only was already halfway through a discography that now numbers more than 40 albums, aside from his work with Canadian heavy hitters Len, and the multi-platinum Swollen Members, which he helped found and won three consecutive Juno awards with. His list of collaborators includes the late J Dilla and MF DOOM. Now, the recipient of 2009's "Most Fabulous Canadian Man" award presents Airport 5, featuring appearances from Bootie Brown of Tha Pharcyde and Opio of Souls of Mischief. Airport is Moka's first release on burgeoning Canadian label Wandering Worx, set to drop a Planet Asia album later this year.
MP3: Esinchill - "Soul Of The City" Feat. Dave Hollister
New Album Vigilante Dropping April 19 Via Clear Label Records
You may not be familiar with Esinchill (pronounced Essential), but you should be. A chance meeting with Digital Underground front man Shock G gave the West Coast rapper his start, and he took full advantage, releasing his debut LP, Everything To Lose, shortly after, followed by a handful of writing stints with the likes of Dave Hollister, Lenny Williams, and more. Now, Esinchill is prepping his new album, Vigilante, featuring Mistah F.A.B., Casual, Dave Hollister, and production from Jake One, to be released April 19th via Clear Label Records. And with the release date fast approaching, Esinchill is excited to release a brand new single, "Soul Of The City," featuring long-time collaborator and legendary singer Dave Hollister.
While the phrase "Soul Of The City," rarely shows up in the new single, its origins hold strong meaning; it's become a nickname of sorts for Esinchill, which describes his embodiment of the spirit of the common man - he gives them voice. And with a song that tackles everyday, blue collar struggle and the fight to push through that struggle, the title is given power. As Dave Hollister sings, "I made life worth more than living/ I earned everything, nothing given/ I am the definition of driven/ Look at me," Esinchill weaves his own story atop the slick piano and bouncing bass of the beat, juxtaposing struggle and success. "This is when you lose hope, that's when your will fanes/ Here come the hunger pains, it's a younger game/ And the cats that had your back phone numbers change/ and your relationship with your girl is under strain," raps Esinchill, before finishing, "Let the whimps complain/ You want to entertain/ You have to fight 'till you sacrifice for every inch of gain/ Man listen, I am ambition."
MP3: The Freeze Tag Releases Second Single From Concept EP
Second Single From Animated Concept EP Tackles Doubters, Perseverance
At its core, Hamster Kid, the new EP from The Freeze Tag, a duo comprised of producer Cassettes Won't Listen and MC Bisco Smith, is about the constant battle of overcoming doubt, both internal and external, in the quest to discover and immerse in life's passions - and turn those passions into a means of not only survival but success. And while the EP's lead single, "The Hustle," pulled from each of the EP's other four songs, telling the complete story of Hamster Kid as he traverses his way through restriction in his quest for freedom, this new single, "The Voices," is where the story all begins. "Jealousy, hate, envy - I think the whole song really speaks to this," explains Bisco, "but it's also about the push, about people pushing you until you snap. All the voices in your head are their voices - the doubters"
From jump, "The Voices" puts the listener into a eerily watchful zone, as CWL's haunting lyrics resonant atop a mix of dark strings and echoing vocal harmonies, singing "I hear them talking, but it don't mean a thing." Bisco's assured vocals, however, serve as the perfect counterpoint to the apprehension felt in the chorus, as he asserts "I hear them talking, talking, but they ain't saying much... they're talking too much," further brushing aside misguided doubt as he raps, "Most of them fools; don't see the jewels, only lust/ Trying to snatch it up and leave it broken and crushed."
As with all five songs on the multi-media and visual-focused EP, "The Voices" will also be accompanied by an animated video courtesy of world-renowned street artist Bishop 203 and video producer and director Mike Vidoli.
The Freeze Tag's Hamster Kid will be released May 3, 2011 through the duo's collective label, Daylight Curfew.
NJ's Own Universol brings you his latest VIDEO " I Need You" which is directed and Edited by Delia Studios. The video shows a upclose perspective of Uni's passion for this music and always looking to rep the culture in many fashion, shapes and forms. "I Need You" is a sure shot w/ a nicely chopped Stevie sample and driving vision of missing the HipHop culture in it's purest form. We all constantly yearn for the feeling we got when we first fell in love with HipHop! These are the times when things feel lonely and something is missing, I Need You Right NOW!
After the success of I MAKE RECORDS, from their WHO CARES IF WE'RE DOPE EP, Vermont Hip-Hop duo, The Aztext, had to go all out in creating a visual to accompany the well received track. Leaving this in the capable hands of director, Brent Harrewyn, the debut video from the group oozes that old school charm and tenacity which we are all appreciative of when it comes to real Hip-Hop.
The video came to life with the help of a variety of people, the owners of the club Rasputins where it was shot as well as the Rhythm Riderz dance crew, who pushed themselves to the limit to ensure the video mirrored the effort Pro and Learic put into making the song.
"Making a video means we've joined the ranks of all the artists we grew up listening to. What would Pharcyde's 'Drop' or the Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' be without their accompanying videos? Of course the songs themselves are dope, but the videos solidified them as timeless. The video also symbolizes a new drive for the Aztext. Making music has become very comfortable for us, but making a video is incredibly challenging. In the past, this may have stood in our way, but we've reached a level of maturity as artists where drive surpasses complacency." The Aztext
"Game & Claim" is the first leak off Wais P The Pimp's forthcoming mixtape, It's In The Game which features all new material and production from Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, DJ Premier, Statik Selektah, Sebb, Frequency, The Engineerz & more! Produced by Gadget, "Game & Claim" showcases a dope combination of Wais P's pimp flow over the "Impeach The President" drum break.
New Project Features Instrumentals From Rising West Coast Producer Collective
Drums & Ammo has been playing the background for a minute. True, the SWTBRDS producer collective, comprised of 6Fingers, Al Jieh, Ammbush, and REL, has spent time in studios with a range of established and rising artists that would turn a young producer's eyes green. But still, if you haven't yet heard the name, D&A won't be mad; until now they've been too busy working with your favorite artists – a list that includes every one from Raphael Saadiq to Keak Da Sneak, Del The Funky Homosapien to DaVinci, Moe Green, Messy Marv, Bambu, and more – to be concerned with the recognition.
But now, after a light roll-out – to this point D&A released only the "Speak Up" video, produced by and featuring Ammbush – Drums & Ammo are excited to release their new instrumental album, Vol. 1. The project is a collection of work from all four of the producers, a mix of both brand new instrumentals and those that have ended up on retail released. Forthcoming, Drums & Ammo will be releasing additional videos from the project, each serving to show off the diverse stylings of a group whose mix of live instrumentation, samples, and heavy drums and percussion has led to a sound that effortlessly pulls from their Bay Area home base while reaching beyond sounds normally heard within the regions confines. "We're really about maintaining our identity out here. This is West Coast music, but the sound is global," remarks Al Jieh. "It's diverse, but it all comes together through a common influence – Bay Area music."
Saigon & Indaba Music "Bring Me Down" Remix Contest
Hip-hop artist Saigon has teamed up with Indaba Music for an official remix contest featuring his latest single "Bring Me Down." Indaba Music is the online home for a global community of over 570,000 musicians from approximately 180 countries and territories. Their core offering enables musicians from all over the world to come together to record, mix and edit tracks online. The Indaba platform also offers tools and services that help musicians across all aspects of their careers - from networking and education, to production, promotion, and distribution.
The winning "Bring Me Down" remix will be awarded $1,000 and released officially by Saigon. Ten honorable mentions will receive a copy of Saigon's debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told, as well as a Saigon t-shirt.For more information on IndabaMusic and to enter this unique opportunity, please visit IndabaMusic.com.
Saigon's new music video for "Bring Me Down" will be featured as the New Joint of the day on BET's 106 & Park this week. Be sure to tune in this Friday, April 15, and check out the new video here.