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Video: Kuroisoul & @IAmKinetik - "London Mornings"

Video: Kuroisoul & Kinetik - "London Mornings"

Courtesy Chris Mitchell.

The summer season is officially here! So as you soak up the heat; sit back, relax and enjoy the official music video for London Mornings featuring Tone Richardson on the hook! London Mornings is a single from Kuroisoul & Kinetik's first studio album, Hip Hop Is Forever, released in June 2013.

Video: @FreddieGibbs "Have U Seen Her" (prod. @SMKA)

Video: Freddie Gibbs "Have U Seen Her" (prod. SMKA)

Courtesy SMKA.

Freddie Gibbs: "Yeah, man, that’s just me meeting (SMKA) by running through the industry doing my thing. I met them in Atlanta and we started knocking out tracks. Since then they’re always involved in my projects. They’re definitely one of the best production teams in the game."

Video: @BishopNehru - "Mobb Dizzle"

Video: Bishop Nehru - "Mobb Dizzle"

Courtesy Dana @ Biz 3.

In Bishop Nehru's new video for "Mobb Dizzle", off his new mixtape strictlyFLOWZ, Bishop plays mob boss and shows why people are calling him a rap prodigy.

Maxwell Benson to Release Dawn of a New Day on Anniversary of Kool Herc's August 11, 1973 Hip-Hop Party in the Bronx

Maxwell Benson to Release Dawn of a New Day on Anniversary of Kool Herc's August 11, 1973 Hip-Hop Party in the Bronx

Courtesy HPR.

Maxwell Benson is probably the one of the best producers you’ve never heard of. His identity has largely been shrouded in mystery. In a retro fitted bomb shelter at an undisclosed location in North America, the sonic blueprints for a hip-hop revolution are being drafted. This revolution is bound to attract a legion of followers hungry for a renaissance in hip-hop culture. The architect of this brazen movement is well aware that there’s strength in numbers, assembling a national action network featuring the lyrical prowess of notable and emerging hip-hop artists in New York City (Sadat X, Wordsworth), Maryland (Substantial), North Carolina (Rapper Big Pooh), Los Angeles (Scarub), Baltimore (Paper Boy Prince of the Suburbs), and Chicago (Trin, Que Billah). This fall Benson and his cohorts will unleash a searing profusion of beats and rhymes with Dawn Of A New Day – a collection of eight hard hitting tracks serving as the soundtrack of a revolution certain to echo on in the annals of hip-hop history.

In the tradition of recent albums by the likes of fellow beatsmiths The Alchemist and Jake One, Dawn Of A New Day is a collection of collaborations with an enviable line up of eight of the industry’s most lauded figures and best-kept secrets. The EP brilliantly shines a light on an often underserved yet burgeoning desire for hip-hop not solely bent on pandering to current lyrical trends.

“I wanted to show the diversity within hip-hop, but at the same time keep the focus on content driven lyrics, I just couldn’t take hearing about bottles and chains anymore. It was starting to drive me insane,” says Benson.

On “Sadat X Is Back,” the lead single, Benson commissions the venerable emcee as a secret agent to rescue hip-hop from a recent kidnapping at 1520 Sedgwick Ave – the Bronx, New York City address that denotes the birth place of the culture in 1973. The pensive street tale “Say Hello To God” finds Rapper Big Pooh (formerly of critically acclaimed hip-hop group Little Brother) rhyming fervently over Benson’s ethereal trap beat. Baltimore emcee Paper Boy Prince of the Suburbs brings a dash of comic relief on the boom-bap extraterrestrial cosmic slop of “Spacestrunoght.” Chicago’s own Que Billah issues a series of clever yet incendiary warnings to his inept would-be lyrical contenders and industry phonies on “Don’t Test The Kid.” Amidst all the masculine bravado, Benson realized that he was missing an integral ingredient that would make Dawn Of A New Day complete. Wanting to include a female emcee, he enlisted Chicagoan newcomer Trin to lace “Summer Luv,” a masterful document of braggadocio rivaling that of her male counterparts on the project.

The August 11th release date of Dawn Of A New Day pays homage to the day in 1973 when the first hip-hop party was DJ’d at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue by the legendary disc jockey Kool Herc - widely considered the godfather of hip-hop. Three animated music videos will also be released in tandem with the EP – each corresponding with the singles (“Sadat X Is Back,” “Don’t Test The Kid,” and “Spacestrunoght”). Citing the sonic legacies and career trajectories of Rick Rubin, Bangladesh and No ID as inspirations, Benson is putting emphasis on longevity through sonic innovation versus flash in the pan success.

What really inspired Dawn Of A New Day was listening to the radio, it felt like every song sounded the same. I just couldn’t take it anymore. Back in the day, there used to be so much diversity.”

With a strong spiritual centeredness and a formidable production style, Benson’s career is shaping up to be quite promising. Yet contrary to the current generational zeitgeist, you won’t find him on the latest social media platform or indulging in acts of vainglorious self-promotion. Instead, with his Clark Kent/ Superman dichotomy intact, Benson spends most of his time at his studio – stealthily yet patiently crafting the sonic components of a revolution and a renaissance.
Video: @Radamiz - "New Mansion"

Video: Radamiz - "New Mansion"

Courtesy RT.

My newest music video is called "New Mansion", the first set of visuals from the upcoming project "Writeous". Let me take you into a game of wordplay, the track with its eerie, intrinsic Ivy League Zombie production sets out to exude confidence and desire to succeed. A bit more on the confident than modest side, feel good listening to this one. End of video also previews "Paranoia (interlude)" also on the project.

Video: @TrelMack "Inspired By Greatness" (@QtheQuestion)

Video: Trel Mack "Inspired By Greatness"

Courtesy Q.

Building a strong blog presence over the last year being featured on every major site Philly's Trel Mack has gained much critical acclaim from his ep "Inspired By Greatness". Here is his latest video which is the intro from "Inspired By Greatness" ft. Q The Question!

Video: @JarrenBenton - "Life in the Jungle" (@SMKA)

Video: Jarren Benton - "Life in the Jungle"

Courtesy SMKA.

The latest music video off Jarren Benton's debut FV album, My Grandmas Basement, is out today! Life In the Jungle is produced by Kato and the video is directed by Armen Soudjian.

Video: @FdotStokes - "Let's Build"

Video: F.Stokes - "Let's Build"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

The new video "Let's Build" from Chicago artist F.Stokes may have been shot on the streets of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, but Stokes says the track was actually "made in 1985 or '86 in a welfare office on the Southside of Chicago. This piece is derived from the cold, empty, hopeless emotions I felt when I saw my mother filling out the paper work as me and my sister waited." Regardless of the moment when it began to come together, the visuals fully feature the legendary Brooklyn neighborhood, which was the setting for Spike Lee's classic Do The Right Thing.

Video: Chance The Rapper Performs For First Time In Toronto (@thisisWALDER)

Video: Chance The Rapper Performs For First Time In Toronto

Courtesy TIW.

Last night marked Chance The Rapper‘s first ever performance in Toronto and also his first sold out show outside the US borders. The Hoxton was turnt up for the Chicago rapper and here is some footage of the night of him performing “Good Ass Intro,” “All Falls Down” by Kanye West and “Smoke Again.”

Video: @MainoHustleHard in @CiphaSounds' Hip-Hop Improv #teamLegion

Video: Maino in Cipha Sounds' Hip-Hop Improv

Courtesy #teamLegion.

Maino featured in Cipha Sounds' Hip Hop Improv.

Maino On Cipha Sounds' Take It Personal Hip Hop Improv Show from J. Aire on Vimeo.

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