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PR: Busdriver & Aesop Rock Collaborate on New Track

PR: Busdriver & Aesop Rock Collaborate on New Track

Courtesy Geo @ Terrorbird.

Busdriver Collaborates with Aesop Rock on "Superhand's Mantra," Streaming Now at Self-Titled

Beaus$Eros Out 2/14/12 in North America on Fake Four Inc, Pre-Order Package Includes Shirt Poetry Book, Limited Edition 7"

New Tour Dates Announced Including Record Release Show in Los Angeles on 2/21 at the Echo, Dates with Buck 65, & More

STREAM: "Superhand's Mantra (F**k Us All) feat. Aesop Rock" via Soundcloud / via Self-Titled
DOWNLOAD: "Bon Bon Fire" mp3 / via Spin
WATCH: "Kiss Me Back To Life" video / via Pitchfork
DOWNLOAD: "No Blacks No Jews No Asians" mp3 / via FADER

Beaus$Eros, the recently-announced seventh full-length from indie rap trailblazer Busdriver, is out soon with a North American release date of February 14th. As   As a part of the pre-order package just announced, those who order the cd or double vinyl edition of the album in advance also receive Shirt, a book of original poetry by Busdriver, as well as a limited edition 7" that features "Superhand's Mantra (F**k Us All)," his collaboration with Aesop Rock. Self-Titled has the stream of the track here. Additionally, Busdriver will be hitting the road throughout February, hitting various spots in Colorado, show in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco with Buck 65, and the Los Angeles Record Release Show on 2/21 at The Echo. Full list of dates after the jump.

On the new record, Busdriver forgoes the lightening-speed rhyming that defined his style in favor of a diverse, off-kilter brand of pop and post-hip-hop. Keeping things technically challenging on the new record, Busdriver has made his most personal and avant-garde work yet with Beaus$Eros. Focusing on a devastating break-up and personal failure, the album is buttered in stirring melodies and complex vocals and are on full display with "Bon Bon Fire," as well as in the ultra-surreal video for  "Kiss Me Back To Life," .  In step with Busdriver's recent work with forward-thinking producers Flying Lotus, Modeselektor, Nosaj Thing and others, the production on Beaus$Eros takes root in beat music, lush IDM, and sythpop.
Busdriver - Upcoming Live Dates
Wednesday February 1st @ A.F. Rays, Greeley Colorado 
Friday February 3rd  @ Hodi's Halfnot, Fort Collins Colorado
Saturday Februaruy 4th @ Marquis Theatre, Denver Colorado
Thursday February 16th @ Wonder Ballroom with The Coup & Buck 65 - Portland, OR
Friday February 17th @ Tractor Tavern with Buck 65 - Seattle, WA
Saturday February 18th @ TBA - Bend, OR
Sunday February 19th @ Slim's with Buck 65 - San Francisco, CA
Tuesday February 21st @ The Echo (Beaus$Eros record release show) w/ Nocando & Open Mike Eagle - Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, March 14th-Saturday, March 17th @ SXSW - Austin, TX


Click Here or Above for Busdriver's "Kiss Me Back To Life" video
More Busdriver Beaus$Eros Info:
Inarguably one of the premiere risk takers in modern indie rap, Busdriver has been a fixture in the scene for ten years, releasing compelling left-field rap albums on taste-maker labels like Mush, Big Dada, Alphapup, Polyvinyl and Anti-. Performing and collaborating regularly with acts likes The Roots, CocoRosie, Aesop Rock, The Glitch Mob, Deerhoof, the beatmakers of Low End Theory and more, his place in the network of left-leaning musicians is as unique as it’s ever been.

Up-and-coming Belgian production wiz Loden doctors every moment on Beaus$Eros as the album’s only producer. Without ever physically meeting or speaking live, the two manage an electric synergy that usually comes from years of working together. Loden’s Hindenburg-sized beats push Busdriver’s croons and spat thoughts into head-turning territory. Think Bjork’s Post filtered through the sensibility of Outkast’s The Love Below with outsider artist goals hidden in every measure. Beaus$Eros is the colorful sum of his wildly adaptive voice in music and proof that he still reigns over entire undiscovered worlds to which his loyal following is now invited.
Video - "Breaking Beyond: Vol. 1 - Naturally Born"

Video - "Breaking Beyond: Vol. 1 - Naturally Born"

Courtesy Greg Pastore.

Breaking Beyond" is a weekly video series written, performed, directed, and edited by Beyond Belief, that airs every week.

Video: Joe Blow & Lil Rue - "Still Beatin Niggas Up"

Video: Joe Blow & Lil Rue - "Still Beatin Niggas Up"

Courtesy Lil Rue.

Oakland rap-artists Joe Blow and Lil Rue have released a leaked mixtape track of the two artists spitting over Loverance and IAMSU's Up beat. "Still Beatin Niggas Up" is a play on the original hook as well as a message from both Joe Blow and Lil Rue that in the days of big-talk on records and songs, they're still ready to take it old-school and beat your ass if you don't act right. This track seems to get the attention of everybody who's heard it and is a clever twist on the original song.

MP3: Lil Lexy - "No Cinderella"

MP3: Lil Lexy - "No Cinderella"

Courtesy Major Music.

Hip Hop is making a major comeback and as the styles change, so does the game. 15 year old, female emcee "Lil Lexy" plans to change the game in her own way, her pursuit to "build an empire".

It all began in Boston, Massachusetts at the age of 4 when her uncle gave Lexy her first Karaoke machine. Preforming at family parties and memorizing all of her favorite music videos, Lexy began writing her first raps at age 7. Lil Lexy continued to preform for crowds any chance she got.

Working with other local artists on her own, the hardships of the music game started becoming apparent but with her hunger to learn and impeccable grind Lexy refused to slow down. Concentrating on keeping her grades up in school and spending every free moment she has in the booth, Lexy knew she needed a foundation for this empire, she brought her talent to Rushya/Rushin Embassy Ent. Roxbury, MA based company/record label. "I was woman enough to fix my mistakes and move forward, I feel like God took me through stress then handed me success to make me realize I'm blessed. You know everything happens for a reason, if I didn't make mistakes I would be young and dumb forever".

With a delivery and flow often compared to legendary female emcee Roxanne Shante, Lexy is already invading the airwaves of Boston radio with her single "No Cinderella". Along side Rushya, Lil Lexy's buzz in Boston is picking up at a rapid rate. Don't let this young female's shy demeanor fool you, put a mic in front of Lil Lexy and watch true talent and ambition shine.

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Drumma Boy Pens Huffington Blog 'From Classical to Hip-Hop'

PR: Drumma Boy Pens Huffington Post Blog 'From Classical to Hip-Hop: Why Beethoven Still Inspires Me'

Courtesy Helio Public Relations.

The Greek root word for art is "techne", which is our modern basis for the word "technology". The Greeks didn't see a line between art and technology. They only asked the question, "Is it done well? Then it is art."

I'm not sure about the exact details here, but I'm sure Drumma Boy has produced more #1 hip hop and rap singles than any other producer in the past decade. Drumma Boy doesn't see a line between radio and non-radio hip hop. He's making art. He doesn't make music with the intention of it being #1 on the rap charts - he just makes music. It's a craft he began in the 9th grade....You don't have to be a fan of tire-screechin', chain swangin', blunt blowin', grill showin', rims spinnin', trunk rattlin', ice shinin'... RAP, but after talking to Drumma Boy, I can't help but respect the f**k out of his hustle.

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MP3: Tef Wesley - "Illuminated Skarfaces"

MP3: Tef Wesley - "Illuminated Skarfaces"

Courtesy Langston S.

Check out the new track "Illuminated Skarfaces" from Inner Loop recording artist Tef Wesley produced by Grussle.  This track can be found Tef Wesley's debut mixtape Corner Store Loosies dropping March 2012 via Inner Loop Records.  More info coming soon.

MP3: Tef Wesley - Illuminated Skarfaces (prod. Grussle): .

MP3: I-20 f/ Killa Kyleon - "I'm the Man" (prod. Trakksounds)

MP3: I-20 f/ Killa Kyleon - "I'm the Man" (prod. Trakksounds)

Courtesy J Melo.

I-20 is dropping a new mixtape February 15th titled "Celebrity Rehab" hosted by The project is set to feature Ludacris, Rain, Killa Kyleon and features production from DJ Pain 1, Trakksounds, Dirty Dunnz and more.  Here goes the first leak, "I'm the Man" featuring Killa Kyleon and produced by Trakksounds.

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Video: Wrekonize - "Mayday & Chardonnay"

Video: Wrekonize - "Mayday & Chardonnay"

Courtesy Andrea @ MaydayOnline.

Wrek drops visuals on his take of Big Sean's "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" and inspires us all to pick up a bottle before hitting the town.

Video: Roach Gigz - "Wasabi"

Video: Roach Gigz - "Wasabi"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

2011 was a milestone year for Roach Gigz. His Roachy Balboa 2 mixtape placed the Roach firmly in the national spotlight, in addition to earning him his debut national TV appearance on MTV2 Sucker Free, and his EP, Bitch, I'm A Player, gained critical acclaim from outlets including The New York Times, Pitchfork, FADER, Stereogum, and more. Now, Roach is excited to announce his official debut LP, Bugged Out, currently slated for a summer 2012 release. And with the announcement, Roach is releasing the video for the album's lead single, "Wasabi."

Video: Drex f/ Hell Rell - "What's Life"

Video: Drex f/ Hell Rell - "What's Life"

Courtesy Matt B.

Drex is an up and comer from Savannah, GA who recently released his debut LP, The Hustler Rapper, which features appearances from Gorilla Zoe, Diamond and this cut with the Dipset’s Hell Rell “What’s Life.”

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