MP3: Audible Doctor f/ Blacastan & Wise Intelligent (PRT) "Genuine"
"The Audible Doctor dropped his newest leak off his upcoming FREE EP today. The new track "Genuine" features Blacastan and Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers) and is produced by Audible Doctor. The full "I Think That..." EP drops 9/25"
Father-son concept album Negroes On Ice, available digitally October 2 // CD in stores October 16
Prince Paul is the true definition of a Hip-Hop originator. From his beginnings with live hip-hop pioneers Stetsasonic, to producing for innovative acts like 3rd Bass and De La Soul, to forming the "horrorcore" collective Gravediggaz, all the way to his Handsome Boy Modeling School venture alongside fellow producer Dan The Automater, Paul has always tested musical boundaries. He's also had success in the realm of comedy, having produced multiple Grammy-winning albums for comedian Chris Rock. Now, Paul is back to explore new ground with his latest project Negroes On Ice, a comedy/Hip-Hop album created with his son P. Forreal. Much in style of Paul's acclaimed opus A Prince Among Thieves, Negroes On Ice seemlessly blends music and storytelling, resulting in a hilarious, head-nodding listening experience. Initially a highly successful traveling show, Negroes On Ice is now a Prince Paul-produced concept album that chronicles a father and a son who find common ground through rap, humorously highlighting different schools of thought amongst the generations.
Some fathers and sons get together to fly kites - Prince Paul and his Jr. got together to create, write and produce an album. "I never knew my son was this creative," says Paul. "I never paid attention to his music, his DJing, and writing. But once I did, I was like "Wow, it would be cool to do something together." As P. Forreal explains, " Even though it was a partnership, there's always going to be a father-son dynamic. My dad taught me how to do things, how to record…but at the same time he might tell me to go do the dishes after a recording session!" With appearances from Breeze Brewin of The Juggaknots and other special guests, Negroes On Ice is another fascinating chapter in the career of a true original.
Check out the first video from Negroes On Ice below, and look for it on iTunes and all other digital services this October 2nd. A CD version will follow on October 16th. The CD will include a free download of the instrumentals, prouduced by Prince Paul and P. Forreal.
Hip-Hop Duo Substance Abuse Ready "Background Music"
Courtesy Ballin PR.
Los Angeles hip-hop duo Substance Abuse return to hip-hop with their sophomore LP, Background Music due out November 6. Consisting of emcee Eso Tre and Subz, Substance Abuse pull no punches on their latest offering: The 18 track collection is a hard-hitting, funky rap album that feels distinctly LA. The LP features MC Eiht, Tash of Alkaholiks, Percee P, Max Julien (The Mack), Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Myka 9, and KRS-One.
Substance Abuse stick to their trade mark style of socially conscious content. On the track “Flossin”, Substance Abuse and MC Eiht address the valorization of the affluent lifestyle that dominates today’s hip hop. The track “Rear View” featuring KRS-One, tackles the futility of trying to embrace a time period that is gone and never will be again, while still affirming some of the timeless values that people cherished during that era.
“When we came up with the title we had a few things in mind,” explains Eso, who grew up in the southland with Subz. “First, we’re talking about the era that we came up in, the early 90’s graffiti scene. It was a time when tagging crews in Los Angeles had members hailing from different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, where you’d have kids from West LA in the same crews as kids from South Central and there was a certain sense of unity in that. “The umbrella provided by graffiti and hip hop,” adds Eso, “represented something positive.”
On the negative side, graff culture had also become increasingly violent, mimicking gang culture in Los Angeles. The cross-pollination within these tagging crews, where kids from the hood were closely associated with the kids from suburbia, also allowed for members of L.A.’s more well known gangs to become involved in tagging crews. Suddenly the lines between “crews” and “gangs” were blurred.
“_Background Music_ also refers to the state of hip hop today, explains Eso “where the music seems deracinated of the personality and edge that it once had,” explains Eso. It also refers to how our music is construed by the masses, people who generally seem to favor the popular over the obscure. Real hip-hop has been forced to play the “background” to club and dance music that seems devoid of any message or staying power.
After gaining much acclaim for their collaboration with MF Doom on the infectious single "Profitless Thoughts," Substance Abuse released their debut LP Overproof in 2006. The LP featured Saafir, Kool Keith, Motion Man, Kutmasta Kurt, Rasco, Thes-One, and MF Doom and received critical acclaim from outlets such as YRB, URB, platform8470, and XLR8R.
What looms in the background of today’s music scene are people who are fed up with the current state of affairs and want change. If you’re one of them, check out Background Music.
Album Release: Marcel P. Black - "iLuv H.E.R. Too"
Marcel P. Black, is releasing his first ever full length album, "iLuv H.E.R. Too," which is also 5th project in 2 years. With "iLuv H.E.R. Too," Black once again continues with his passionate, urgent, honest brand of of emceeing, this time theme being the love for Hip-Hop as a culture, from both an artist & a fans perspective. The album is inspired by Common's classic ode to Hip-Hop, "I Used To Love H.E.R.", as well as the Hip-Hop era/culture he came of age in, circa '94-'01.
The album is mixed, mastered, & produced entirely by Chicago beatsmith J-Filly, & has guest appearances from New Orleans & Baton Rouge heavyweights such as Truth Universal, Luke St. John, Donney Rose, and many others.
The album is available for stream/purchase @ marcelpblack.bandcamp.com .
Video: History of Hip Hop Dance (Four Decades in Two Minutes)
Courtesy Audible Treats.
In under two minutes, Haitian-born New Yorker and Hip Hop dance break-out star Hurrikane, (who's won numerous dance competitions and been featured popping and locking in TV commercials and movies) seamlessly takes us through four decades of dance, demonstrating styles ranging from Uprocking to the Bart Simpson to the Harlem Shake - and everything in between.
Video: The Niceguys "Nice Party" - Worst Party Ever??
Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.
The Niceguys love to host events in Houston, and their latest get together was packed with eager party-goers! Unfortunately some of the attendees didn't have the best reviews of their night out... WTF? Anyway, watch as Free explains why all the women love him, and Yves gives us a sample of his Nice dance style! As for Todd and DJ Candlestick... well, just watch.