Fresh off of the release of The Scrimmage, TUGE hits the net with his second 2012 leak as he readies his upcoming project, IGNORANT ELEGANCE. This week, the NYC spitter enlists the help of long time collaborator J.Cardim. Check out TUGE and Cardim's fresh new sound on one of their most promising collaborations yet. If you're a fan of upbeat, hard production, complimented by witty wordplay, charismatic delivery, and a catchy hook, this is a MUST-HEAR RECORD!
Mixtape: DJ Noize x DJ Brandnew - "Can You Hear Me Now 4"
Courtesy DJ Noize.
80 Minute Mix including brand new tracks by B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Ludacris, New Boyz, Tyrese, T.I., Jeremih, 50 Cent, Gucci Mane, Bei Maejor, Meek Mill and more!
B.o.B - Play The Guitar (ft Andre 3000) Joe Budden - Lower (ft Young Chris) Wiz Khalifa - G.F.U. (ft Juicy J) Jeremih - Mih Motto Gucci Mane - The Motto (Remix) Tyga - Rack City (Remix) (ft Young Jeezy) Bei Maejor - Trouble (Remix) (ft Wale, Trey Songz, T-Pain & J. Cole) New Boyz - FM$ Tyga - Faded (ft Lil Wayne) Kevin McCall - Minute Made 50 Cent - Put Your Hands Up Sam Adams - Midnight Run Chris Brown - Convertible Sam Adams - Bullets Meek Mill - Lean Wit It Red Cafe - Let It Go (Dope Boy) (ft Diddy) Gucci Mane - House Pary (Remix) Gucci Mane - Dance (A$$) (Remix) Maino - Cream (Remix) (ft T.I. & Meek Mill) Future - Same Damn Time (Remix) (ft Gucci Mane) Gucci Mane - Club Hoppin T.I. - Piss'n On Your Ego (Remix) (ft B.o.B & The Game) NT2W - Gone (ft Roscoe Dash) Tyrese - Fireworkz (Remix) (ft Big Sean, T.I. & Busta Rhymes) Ludacris - Cross My Mind (ft Damian Marley & Kevin Cossom) Rick Ross - Stay Schemin (ft Drake & French Montana) T.I. - Popped Off (ft Dr Dre) Ryan Leslie - Beautiful Lie
FINALLY. The music video for The Buddha is here. The first directing effort from Sahtyre, this video offers a unique psychadelic experience to compliment the raw Chase Moore/Hippie Sabotage crafted track. Special thanks to Adam Stanzak, Tamara Wofford, Michael Paredes, Abel Mensur, and the entire cast of extras that made this possible.
Planet Asia helped jump-start the West Coast independent hip-hop movement, releasing a slew of popular 12-inch singles on upstarts like Stones Throw and ABB Records in the late 90s that established him as one of the leaders of a crop of talent that included the likes of Dilated Peoples, Madlib, Murs, and Jurassic 5.
Now a 15-year veteran, the Cali-based MC (born in Fresno, he's spent most of his career living in Los Angeles and San Francisco) shows no signs of slowing down. The first decade of the new millennium saw Asia briefly sign with major label Interscope, go independent again for his debut album The Grand Opening, release full-length collaborative projects with both Evidence of Dilated Peoples (The Medicine) and DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill (Pain Language), form his own label (Gold Chain Music), and work with everyone from Linkin Park to Bun B to Ghostface Killah. Now, Planet Asia is back with his first retail album in four years, the star-studded Black Belt Theatre, which hits stores everywhere via Daddy Real/Wandering Worx/Greenstreets on February 28th, 2012.
Named after a 1980s Saturday-afternoon TV show and inspired by Planet Asia's favorite films, Black Belt Theatre combines the violent precision of classic kung-fu flicks with the calculated cool of classic blaxploitation movies. "I wanted to make the album like a movie, something you would see in a theater," says Asia. "That's why it has so many features. All the guests feel like different characters in the movie." These guests include veterans like Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, and Strong Arm Steady, as well as newcomers like Fashawn, Willie The Kid, Torae, and Nio Tha Gift. "They're basically just all people I thought were dope," says Asia. "Both young cats I'm feeling and veterans I've always admired."
Unlike on his albums with Evidence and DJ Muggs, Asia also got to determine the sonic direction on Black Belt Theatre, resulting in a soul-heavy, blaxploitation-influenced sound. "It was fun because I got to reach out to guys like Oh No and Khrysis for beats, find the best tracks and put together a masterpiece," explains Asia. "It's some esoteric gangster shit…a full plate for the listener."