Detroit's hip-hop scene has a storied history and a bright future, and Nametag has one foot in each place. His career origins include records alongside hometown legends like Slum Village, while his solo efforts have earned him a rep around the country as one of the city's brightest young voices. And after calling various areas of Detroit home, he's the perfect storyteller to narrate the city's ins and outs.
Nametag got involved in Detroit's hip-hop history early, and in a big way: his first placement was on Slum Village's compilation "Dirty District Vol. 1." From there, he continued to body other appearances on Motor City classics such as "Dirty District Vol. 2, and Black Milk's "Popular Demand". But while contributing to others' projects, Nametag continued to build his own footing with a collection of critically acclaimed mixtapes, EPs and a full length album, 'The Name Is Tag.' He eventually earned the respect of indie rap heavyweights and publications such as XXL, 2DopeBoyz, Detroit Free Press and more.
Nameless is from Flint, Michigan, but his gritty soul and relentless work ethic are reminiscent of the legendary hip-hop producers from Detroit. Since grabbing his hands on a friend's software and beat machine in 2002, he aspired to flip samples as craftily as idols such as J Dilla, Madlib, MF DOOM and others. He began plugging away on the lab, steadily creating sets of instrumental projects and using a knack for graphic design to craft head-turning album art. He eventually added "Feel It," a single from Detroit staple Marv Won's album 'Wayne Fontes Music.'
Since then, Nameless' ability to morph dusty soul records into headphone-blaring bangers has turned him into one of the most prolific, sought-after young producers in the state. He now has nearly a dozen solo instrumental and compilation albums, and his 'Flidelphia' LP with Ron Dance placed his production behind Dwele, Paradime and others. His upcoming line-up includes full-length records with Clear Soul Forces, DJ House Shoes, MarvWon & Vandalyzm, and more.
The two artists teamed up based on the similarity of their monikers, and quickly created "Blaow!" and "Raw Dirty Filth," the latter landing on DJ Premier's satellite radio station. With the rest of their collaborative debut, 'For Namesake,' 'Tag take his biggest step yet toward living up to his hometown's legacy. He uses his candid, clever rhymes to address a fickle music industry, shady women, the resilience of his family, and employ old-fashioned shit talking, while Nameless' melodic grit pays homage to Motown's past. With appearances by Motor City vets (Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Miz Korona) and youngsters (Mahd, Jahshua Smith) alike, 'For Namesake' continues to cement Nametag as one of Detroit's rising talents.
Hustlemania has something for everyone, for the pure hiphop heads the razor sharp wit and wordplay cut would be challengers deep on "Cypher Session", and "First 48"...Dizzim also feeds the streets and speakers with the riding tunes "Grade A" and the Climatic Anthem for his city "Port of Duval"...The title track "Hustlemania" is also a a standout.
Hi. I'm a hip hop producer. I make boom bap/east coast beats and I'm always releasing music. I just got maschine so this beat tape is the last of my leftover beats from my DAW. These are strictly barebones, gritty beats. Classic break beats over jazz, funk and soul samples.
Audio: Element Rhymes "Tattoo Tears (Tribute to Boston)"
Courtesy Terry J.
Following the release of a video for the title track and first single off his highly anticipated album, Crowned King, Element Rhymes delivers an exclusive bonus track entitled, Tattoo Tears. The track will be featured on the bonus part of the album, which is set to drop May 15th. "I wrote this at a time when I was at one of the lowest parts of my life," said Element. "Growing up, I didn't have anyone around in my life on a consistent basis - especially while I was going through tribulations. So I relied on putting my thoughts down on paper. Tattoo tears are the tears that never fade...the ones you have on your heart."
Touched by the recent tragedy in Boston, Element dedicates this song to the many victims. "What happened there was truly horrific. I hope songs like “Tattoo Tears” can demonstrate none of us are alone in the world...no matter what it is we are going through."
After releasing his single and the accompanying visuals for "Paradise" in October, G.O.O.D. Music signee Ryan McDermott linked up with Very G.O.O.D. Beats mainstay Hit-Boy for "Joy." The two are back today with the visuals for the single, which dropped last month.
The Uncluded Announce Tour Dates (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson)
Courtesy Jim M.
The Uncluded (Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson) are excited to unveil the details of their upcoming US tour which will begin on May 28 in Washington DC and will find the duo taking their whimsical tunes from coast to coast. The tour includes dates in Chicago at Old Town School of Folk Music on June 8 as well as stops along the West Coast in Los Angeles at the First Unitarian Church on July 25. For all dates, the band will be supported by Hamell On Trial. For the full itinerary, please see below.
Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released 7 solo albums, including a children's album "Alphabutt".
Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. He has released six solo albums, three EPs, and a 45-minute piece of music designed for runners, commissioned by Nike. Lyrics have been published in the New York Times Best Seller Hip Hop Speaks to Children, as well as Yale University's Anthology of Rap (Nov. 2010). Aesop is also co-founder of 900bats.com, a creative resource of arts, information, and oddities.
Upcoming Tour Dates
5/28 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
5/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
5/30 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
6/01 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
6/02 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
6/03 - Toronto, ON @ The Blk Box
6/05 - Detroit, MI @ Trinosophes
6/06 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol
6/07 - Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center @ Ohio State
6/08 - Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
6/21 - Dallas, TX @ The Texas Theatre
6/22 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Upstairs
6/23 - Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian
6/25 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
6/26 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
6/29 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
6/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
7/01 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
7/03 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
7/05 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
7/06 - Colorado Springs, CO - @ Black Sheep
7/23 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
7/25 - Los Angeles, CA @ First Unitarian Church
7/26 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
7/29 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
7/30 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
7/31 - Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
8/02 - Missoula, MT @ The Palace
8/03 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Stahhr Celebrates Molotov Season Year Anniversary w/ FREE DL
Courtesy John Robinson.
When I embarked on this creative journey, I was writing as catharsis. My entire world, way of life had been flipped upside down, uprooted and I was getting my "phoenix from the flame" on in grand fashion. The writing came fairly easily for me, typically I work against myself by editing and re-editing, then starting over before I even complete a song.
This chamber, Mother Nature with a Molotov, was freeing, light, uninhibited. I wrote free of fear, judgement, I let my hair down, I wrote more candidly, openly and honestly than I ever allowed self to before. There was so much transformation and change going on with Mother Nature during the writing process, everything synchronized itself in a very magical way. It felt good, and that feeling permeates every track on Molotov Season. On the eve of the one year anniversary of it's release, I'm humbled as I reflect on how the album has been received so far. I took a chance and self released, relying only on a small, self funded promo budget and word of mouth. I just had to get the project out at that time, it was needed. I feel like Molotov Season speaks to who I am fully as an artist/mc. It shows the multiple dimensions, the growth, balance and the element of surprise, which is one of the many symbolic meanings of the molotov. Over the course of this year, the album drew to me a feature on Southern California Public Radio ( thank you Christopher M. Johnson), a four star review in Creative Loafing (thank you Rodney Carmichael), inclusion on the Hip Hop Digest Show's Top Ten Albums of 2012 and a feature in Courtney Brown's "Plight of the Female MC" article in The Source Magazine. I grew up reading The Source, to see my words, my name in it.. that feeling alone was just humbling. Somebody IS always listening, so keep pressing forward no matter what. These are just some of the highlights. I was slightly taken aback by the reception received, again in this day and time of hip hop music, specifically indie music, it's like EVERYBODY and their mama is rapping. We are constantly swamped with content from every angle, Molotov Season could very easily have just gotten lost in the shuffle with the 1000's of other releases in 2012.
Thank you to everyone that reviewed the album, all the djs and radio show hosts that continue to include me in their regular rotation globally, my fambase that invested their hard earned currency and purchased cds and downloads, every producer, mc, vocalist, graphic designer, photographer that donated their energy, time and talent, my friends and family that have been there at every turn through the highs and lows. I feel like I really just got started here and I want the world to hear this album. If it flew under your radar, now is the perfect time to tap in and get some of this Golden Era Future on you. Molotov Season is in full effect, let's keep it moving forward.
Peace, Love and Balance,