Slicing pop n’lock-friendly funk with gospel and gracious soul Georgia Anne Muldrow is shining as a true West Coast original. The seeds of early experimental releases are now blossoming as her trademark scattershot beats and adventurous deep jazz melodies have grown to become the backbone for fully crafted songs.
With aspirations to be a modern-day Quincy Jones, Muldrow is truly a renaissance musician. She is always looking to take her craft to a higher ground. She channels her unstoppable creativity into music that is commercially viable but does not lose sight of her essence as an artist who challenges the norm. She bears the enviably ability to play all her own instruments, and write and perform her own songs. Everything you hear on Kings Ballad is handcrafted and non-sample-based. She has been called a modern day Nina Simone, and fans of Chaka Khan and Betty Davies would feel at home with Kings Ballad, too.
Written and produced during transitional times, Kings Ballad was crafted against the backdrop of the early days of the Obama administration, the last days of the life of Michael Jackson (a family friend and big inspiration) and while her son grows towards his first birthday. She even moved studio spaces at the outset of recording. But distractions are not disruptive to the Muldrow music-making machine. In fact, motivation comes easily. "The driving force within me is my need for freedom of cultural expression," she explains. "And in my culture music always serves a divine purpose. Mine in particular is of a healing nature, so I get over my down days by being true to my warrior soul."
Video: Dolla Will - "Work That Body" Ft. Too $hort (dir. Casual)
Video girls are staples in hip-hop music videos, and Dolla Will, who has never been one to shy away from the explicit, is giving fans and viewers a litany of eye candy with "Work That Body," the lead single from the Bay Area vet's newest album, Boss Flow, being released through Clear Label Records. The title means a lot to Dolla Will, who is trying to reinstate what he feels has been missing from Oakland hip-hop. "Here in the Bay there's a lot of kiddie rap and nursery rhymes, so I come across on a grown level, and I make adult music," says Will. "When you're a boss, you're an elder in this and the flow I'm bringing to the table is real deal from my perspective."
For the song, Dolla enlisted the instantly recognizable voice of hip-hop legend Too $hort for the hook, and got Hieroglyphics member Casual to direct the video, a collaboration that came together naturally amongst the three veterans. Will was featured on Too $hort's albums Independence Day and You Nasty, and eventually began rolling with the Hiero crew after collaborating with them on his earlier albums. Going back and forth between the girls in work-out apparel, cart-wheeling and stretching in the sun, the video for "Work That Body" picks up where popular David Banner video "Play" left off, juxtaposing the hot-and-bothered work out scenes with seductive club shots as Too $hort lays down the song's chorus.
Submission: Big Shug w/ Krumb Snatcha, M-Dot, Singapore Kane & Avirex - Think Twice (Produced By Reef Ali) Cuts By Dj Grazzhoppa
Gang Starr Foundation Legends Big Shug & Krumb Snatcha come together on a record for the first time in 10 years. They bring rising Boston MC's & frequent collaborators/protégé's M-Dot & Singapore Kane along for the ride. Avirex (of Krumb's group WOLVES) also adds a verse to the posse cut as well. The song will also appear on Krumb Snatcha & M-Dot's collaborative EP (due out in early 2012).
Cover Art attached along with a Flier for a big NYC show July 15th ft. The Closers, Rustee Juxx, Blaq Poet, M-Dot, Singapore Kane, Bekay & more...
Big Shug w/ Krumb Snatcha, M-Dot, Singapore Kane & Avirex- Think Twice (Produced By Reef Ali) Cuts By Dj Grazzhoppa
The Outlaw Josie Wells started his music career as a Record Producer and a Local Party Promoter in the tuff streets of Kansas City, KS.
After working with different Groups and Artists (Spice 1, B Legit, Lil Flip, Rich the Factor, Deuce Seven Productions & more), he decided to start his own record label, "Hustle Big Records". In 2009 & the beginning of 2010, Josie Wells opened up shows for featured artist as in (Tech N9ne, Three Six Mafia, Twista, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Young Buck), & many more with just a mixed disc. He has now decided to take it to the next level With his new upcoming album, "I Do This For Real", scheduled for release the Third quarter of 2011. Featuring the hot single, "WANT" Produced by John Blaze, along with "HUSTLE BIG"
Produced by Josie Wells & featuring Young Slim.
This Midwest Artist is a force to be wreckin with. You can check out "The Outlaw Josie Wells" and all his songs at his website www.outlawjosiewells.com along with YouTube, Amazon, Twitter, & Facebook.
Oakland Rapper, Don P, Releases New Song "Having Money", Featuring E-40
Oakland, CA (July 9, 2011) - Rap artist Don P aka Don Playa has just released a new song featuring legendary Bay Area artist E-40, aswell as Mac Shawn 100 from Doggy Style Records, and Infamous Mackin. The song is called “Having Money” and fully represents the independent hustle and money-making ability that is synonymous with the Bay Area’s history and image.
Don P is a rapper, actor and producer from Oakland, California. He’s been across California working on his upcoming releases and putting together new projects. He's now doing business with Jazzy from Jazzy Management so we know there's big things on the way for Don P this year. His most recent release was his “Talkin Bout Money” album, which came out in April 2010. It’s available in stores nationwide and on iTunes, and features R&B sensation Keyshia Cole.
Don P has also opened up for acts like Hoo Bangin/Cash Money artists Glasses Malone and Mack 10.
“Having Money” is available for download online in both radio and street formats.
"For many casual hip-hop fans, the term "West Coast hip-hop" is synonymous with "gangsta rap." The often controversial and explicit lyrics of artists such as N.W.A., Ice T, and Snoop Dogg propelled gangsta rap into the spotlight in the late 80s and early-to-mid 90s, and the sound came to embody all that the West Coast had to offer. Those who have delved deeper into hip-hop, though, recognize that, while gangsta rap is an important part of West Coast hip-hop, there exist a number of other subgenres that cannot be overlooked. For starters, California boasts a rich alternative hip-hop community, with groups such as Jurassic 5 and Souls of Mischief paving the way; while Dre and Snoop were busy spitting misogynistic verses detailing their sexual exploits, Pharcyde switched things up on "Passing Me By" by rapping about the women who evaded their love. And of course, it's important not to discount the movement that took hold in the Bay Area in the 90s, with E-40 and Keak Da Sneak showing listeners how to get hyphy. The bottom line is that West Coast hip-hop can take on a variety of meanings, so when I heard that Co$$ was considered by LA Times to be "Los Angeles's most underrated rapper," I was unsure of what to expect from his debut album. "
"To clear up any confusion before we go further, the definition of "oneirology" is the study of dreams. This word was so obscure I actually had to teach it to my spellchecker while writing this review so it wouldn't keep suggesting a correction over and over again. I don't know if Deacon, Kno and Natti hold any Ph.D degrees in this field, but they certainly hold doctorates in dope hip-hop. Since they first burst on the scene in 2001 with "Will Rap For Food" (sans Natti, who would join the group several years later) this Lexington, Kentucky group has earned a reputation among underground heads, progressive hip-hop fans, and discerning rap snobs as being musically and lyrically next level. Their career has in many ways paralleled that of Little Brother - a beloved and creative artistic hip-hop group with Southern roots looking to get album sales on par with the healthy amount of respect they have. Thankfully for those ProgHipHop heads and rap snobs, CunninLynguists didn't go the "we're retiring as a group so catch us on solo albums or cameo appearances" route that Little Brother did. Kno is as able musically as he is lyrically, and the production for "Oneirology" reflects both the intent to nod your head and the theme to keep you in a lucid state of REM. "
"It was inevitable that Odd Future clones were going follow in the wake of the hype around Tyler and his crew of not-so-merry pranksters. The combination of teen angst, Jackass stunts, torture porn lyrics and unique beats was sure to inspire hip-hop fans who had a hard time relating to hood-oriented rap and were looking for a new sound to grab onto. I'd say by first quarter 2012 we should see a slew of young rappers spitting about mutilation and misogyny over ominous techno beats. Daretta's "Heavy Mental" is the first of the OFWGKTA imitators I've heard, and he has at least one thing that sets him apart from other rappers: he's from Florence, Italy, and he spits in Italian. It starts off with a film clip of a mother leaving her kids alone to go to the supermarket to buy tampons, warning them to not let anyone but her enter. As soon as the mother has left, a news bulletin interrupts radio and informs the kids that a killer is on the loose with, if my Italian is right, a butcher knife in one hand and his genitals in the other. From go he's telling you to go fuck yourself in Italian, talking about drooling on the two golden ladies (whatever that means), and accusing your parents of being androids. Daretta may be from Florence by way of Chile, but the influence of a certain group of Southern California rappers is undeniable. "
"Since the 1970s, urban-contemporary gospel music has been very influential throughout the United States, primarily within the African-American community. Artists like Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary and Yolanda Adams regularly release feel-good Christian records to commercial and critical acclaim. If you paid attention to the beats on many of these albums, you would swear you just heard an R&B, dance or hip-hop record. Truth be told, rap music has influenced many of these gospel artists. However, there has not been a critically and commercially successful Christian rap album to my knowledge. Other than Kanye West's hit single "Jesus Walks," which won a Grammy Award in 2005, the genre has not received much publicity. Nevertheless, Atlanta-based emcee Jeremaya has been releasing gospel rap mixtapes since 2005, while proudly repping his independent Freedom Music Group. Released in December 2010, "The Principle" is his debut gospel album as he looks to spread the messages of faith and change through Christian teachings. Now it is easy to understand why many hip-hop fans and writers may be quick to dismiss the genre. Many might not be overly religious, could feel the music is coming off too preachy, and/or think Jesus and hip-hop should never be brought up in the same sentence. "
"There are various ways to pay tribute to the music we love. For a period, cover versions were quite popular in hip-hop, but even coming from professionals too many of them sounded like rap karaoke. In a genre where originality is key, there are definitely classier ways to pay tribute. Hence M.E.R.C. and DJ A to the L give us - free of charge - 'a tribute to a classic.' The classic being A Tribe Called Quest's "Midnight Marauders," the classy tribute going by "Daylight Marauders." Here's how they did it. Whenever possible the duo used the original beats. The rest, four tracks out of fourteen, were reinterpreted with the samples Tribe used (one stemming from producer The ARE's 2007 project "Manipulated Marauders"). These 'reproduced' tracks end up adding a special note to the project, not only lending musical credibility to the team, but also acting as a promise for future, original ventures. On the vocal side, they have a capable leading man, who, although soft spoken and relaxed, doesn't automatically recall Q-Tip. A Phife there is not, but a variety of guest rappers (among them an opinionated DJ A to the L) make sure that the 'tribe' idea is sustained. Penning their own lyrics, the vocalists on "Daylight Marauders" still manage to reference the Abstract, Phife Dawg and their guests with short puns and brief quotes. I don't want to spoil the experience, so I'll just say that if you know "Midnight Marauders," you will definitely notice the subtle tributes. The fact alone that they even tracked down the computer lady from the interludes and got her to adapt her announcements shows the level of dedication at work here. "
"Usually white guys throwing up hand signs is my first cue to move on and listen to something else. I know that contradicts the "don't judge a book by the cover" motto, but it's also contradictory to see guys who have clearly never spent a minute in any hood acting like gang members. I took a closer look at the picture on the inside jacket of "Livin' the Mission" though and can on further reflection presume (without proof either way) that they're actually trying to spell out their group's name. One hand could be a P (even though the top of it isn't closed) and the other hand could be a R (even though they had to break the P to shape it) thus they are Present Rhymes. And after listening to the album they don't come off as wannabe gangsters, they come off as underground rappers from the Northeast desperate to be noticed by someone. And that's exactly what P.R. are - a Burlington, VT group consisting of MC/producer Mertz, rapper B. Rouille, and DJ Rico. "The Start" definitely starts things off on the right note for this aspiring trio. Mertz has a good ear for choppy layered samples that's comparable to Evidence or Statik Selektah. The song has R&B stabs, piano riffs, hard-hitting drum beats, and echoing vocals all in the precise and proper measure to make a headnodding hip-hop track. "
"The Los Angeles collective Custom Made has been putting out albums and mixtapes since 2002, and we've been covering their efforts since 2004's "L.A. State of Mind." They've had more than their fair share of trials and tribulations in that time. Some members of the crew got sent up the river, while others move outside of L.A. and fell out. When they finally got mainstream distribution via Babygrande's release of "Original Dynasty" the deal fell apart due to the all too typical #4,080 syndrome and they wound up independent again. Through it all three members stuck together and stayed on their grind - Bluff, Element and Scavie Scoobs. Now in 2011 Custom Made's remaining trio are on their grind through both mainstream distribution of "Hi-Def" and solo albums like Scavie Scoob's "Trap Star Volume One" for their loyal fans. "Gangsta Shit" does a good job of summing up Custom Made generally, Scavie Scoobs specifically and "Trap Star Volume One" exactly. Even though "trapping" is something that's more generally associated with Southern locales like Houston and Atlanta, guest star Supa Sonic describes himself and his rhyme partner Scoobs as "trappin on Crenshaw, trappin off Peachtree/and just like them white +Boys+ I'm feelin kinda +Beastie+." "
"15 years ago the comedic Wayans' family released a movie spoofing other popular hood dramas of the 1990's titled "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood." The accompanying soundtrack may be best known for the Lost Boyz song "Renee," a chart-topping single which also placed first in a hip-hop poll conducted by Charles Isbell for whackest rhymes - and it's hard to argue "She wants to be a lawyer - in other words, shorty studies law" is bad (and redundant) even by Mr. Cheeks standards. The soundtrack was unapologetically eclectic, pairing UGK with Keith Murray and Lord Jamar, and Doug E. Fresh with Luther Campbell, but was well-received by hip-hop heads for being almost entirely rap from start to finish and featuring the likes of Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah and Shock G. Quietly tucked away in the middle of all this 1990's rap star power was the debut of a pair of rap brothers named Lil' Bud and Tizone, who starred on the third track "Funky Sounds." Actually to be honest Tizone was barely on it, but he got a co-credit because like the Wayans family themselves blood runs thicker than water. "