Video: La Coka Nostra - "Mind Your Business" (Produced by DJ Premier)
Always known for tackling controversial topic matter, the group’s sophomore project, Masters Of The Dark Arts, (release date 7-31-2012) finds them once again in torch-bearing mode, addressing subjects that most artists shy away from as ILL BILL illustrates “as conceptually and musically dark as this album appears to be, there's also a flip side layer to it that you may not notice until you listen to it a few times. Masters Of The Dark Arts is a storm before the calm and a celebration of the good things in life that can only be achieved by walking directly into the heart of darkness and facing your inner demons head on."
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #180 is called 4th of July Hamburgers & Twitter Jam. Your host Steve 'Flash' Juon brings you a holiday week mix of picnic fare from Max Ptah, Kid Static, Dynamic Duo and Young Zee among others! While you're snacking on these tracks, be sure to send Twitter feedback to the handles listed below or to @RapReviews on this episode! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode.
* Max Ptah f/ Tonya Dyson, Rapper Big Pooh - Like Me (@maxptah @RapperBigPooh) * Kid Static - World Goes Round (@kidstatic) * Muzic Class f/ Pate - Hamburgers (@MuzicClass) * Dynamic Duo x Kero One x Dumbfoundead - Love's Gonna Getcha (@DynamicDuoENT @keroone @dumbfoundead) * Young Zee & Mr. Green - Those Dayz (@youngZEE152 @greenhiphop) * Richie Branson f/ Random - Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis (@richiebranson @MegaRan) * Cool Nutz f/ Mistah F.A.B. - Know God (@CoolNutz @MistahFAB)
Small towns always have their hero and Awon is dead set on putting Newport News, Virginia on the map for Underground Hip Hop. Awon was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Newport News, Virginia with his family as a small child to escape the madness of the city. One thing he was able to bring along was a sincere love of The Hip Hop Culture and he was able to hone his skills on the mic to become a prolific lyricist of the modern Underground Hip Hop scene. With a buzz abroad through several releases on independent international labels Awon now seeks refuge in his own home armed with a Mac Book Pro and a mic to create a nostalgic EP called For the Grimy.
Inspired by raw emcees from every Era of Hip Hop Awon pounds away on tracks with the direction of destroying anything in his path of becoming a star. Beginning with MVP and ending with the track Undefeated it is clear that a theme of Sports plays throughout the project. Newport News is the home of number one draft picks in multiple sports and since some view Hip Hop as "The Game" Awon deliberately portrays himself as the number one draft pick emcee. Released on awon.bandcamp.com today listeners should pick up this grimy piece of the real to taste a bit of what Hip Hop is supposed to sound like.
During their tour stop in Berlin, Germany the Stereo Boyz were a part of this collabo with Edo G and iGadget (Beatevolution), who produced “Behind the Mic”. The song will appear on iGadgets album, to be released this fall. With iGadget's incredibly smooth beat and a perfect combination of spitters (Edo G & Stereo Boyz) this song is a gem for all Hip Hop fans.
The emerging rapper cleverly maligns more than a few industry vets on this cut over The Game's song "Martians vs Goblins." There hasn't been a track showcasing such cunning wordplay since 50 Cent's "How to Rob."
Welcome to the new week, and the new month, everyone.As all of you know, I burn the candle at every conceivable end, and while that's worked perfectly fine for me over the years, I started to feel a little overwhelmed recently. Knowing I needed to make a change or two to my work schedule, I decided to move Pop Shots to Monday starting this week. I have a full explanation as to why, along with not one, but TWO editions of Pop Shots, in this week's update (the newest one is first). I also have interviews with hip-hop trio Parallel Thought, and NYC nu metal band Xombie, as well as a photo gallery from Alex Kelly's album release party, and a Vid Pick from Jonny October (cuz who couldn't use a little October in their lives when it's 90+ degrees outside?).
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Pop Shots - In A Giving Mood
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings (which now comes to you on Monday). Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from will.i.am’s big charitable donation, to Quincy Jones and A Guy Called Gerald dishing out some insults, to Pentatonix giving Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” a unique vocal twist, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude. Read all the shots at: AdamsWorldBlog.com
A Much Needed Change Of Pace
As I’m sure many of you have noticed, I’ve picked up quite a bit of extra work in the past few months, most notably my NYC Scene reports and features for 101Distribution.com. Because I think I’m Superman, I took on this new weekly responsibility without even thinking of taking anything off my plate. What I’ve come to find is that’s a terrible combination for my sanity and creativity, not to mention it leaves little time to pitch, or work on anything long form. With that in mind I decided to make a few changes to my publishing schedule here at Adam’s World.
Most of us remember the rise of nu metal in the late 90s that began with Korn and Limp Bizkit and continued with acts like Linkin Park. NYC's Xombie is looking to create a comeback of sorts for the genre, but in their own unique way. Rather than doing what's already been done, Xombie have crafted what they feel is the next step in the evolution of nu metal - Hood Metal. Read the full story at: 101Distribution.com
Parallel Thought - It's Their Time To Shine
Parallel Thought, which is the trio of emcee Caness and producers Knowledge and Drum, is a group that’s been working its way into the collective consciousness of hip-hop fans over the past handful of years. In large part this is due to the amount of liner notes they’ve been showing up in. From working with Del The Funky Homosapien (who is pictured above with the production members of the group), to Tame One, to C-Rayz Walz, to Cannibal Ox, to Slug, to MF Doom, their resume has become quite impressive. Since 2004, however, something that’s been missing from that resume is an actual Parallel Thought album with all three members. That will be fixed on July 2nd with the release of Articulation, a free EP that will be available via the group’s bandcamp page. The EP comes on the heels of the release of their latest album with Del, titled Attractive Sin, and right before the July 24th release of their next instrumental album, The Art Of Sound.
I caught up with all three members of this unbelievably busy group to find out more about all their projects, why it’s taken so long for them to come out with another album as a trio, and the very interesting reaction they have when an album they’ve spent years working on gets shelved.
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from the ruckus over Rihanna, to the returns of both Lily Allen and 98 Degrees, to a Pussycat Doll who clearly has nine lives when it comes to her career, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
Snow Tha Product is a Summer Sensation! Pics & Video From DrJays Photo Shoot
As Snow Tha Product warms up for the release of her next mixtape Good Nights n Bad Mornings, the Texas-based lyricist joined DrJays.com for their 2012 Summer Sensations fashion shoot in NYC. The official campaign launched the last week of June along with Rye Rye, Lola Monroe, Brianna, Ca$h Out, Deon, Chevy Woods and OnCue!
June brought pure action for Snow, as she traveled coast to coast recording new tracks and performing. She was featured on Latina Magazine's website Latina.com, and received accolades from the Dallas Observer in their "People 2012" issue alongside Mavericks star Shawn Marion, Olympic gymnastics medalist Nastia Liukin and more. The release date for Snow's Good Nights n Bad Mornings will be announced soon!
MP3: Young Platt f/ Mr. Mill$ - "Stop the Killing"
Young Platt is an up & coming rapper from Gary, Indiana who has been creating a lot of buzz on the underground music scene lately, with his witty wordplay and versatile delivery that he brings to each song he is bound to be an instant favorite in the rap scene for a long time to come. Here is his first single "Stop The Killing" ft. Mr Mill$ that is guaranteed to be an instant hit.