Following the release of his critically acclaimed The Divine EP, Blaqstarr - signed to M.I.A.'s Neet Records/Interscope - is back with a new track titled 'War Of Roses' featuring Talib Kweli off his upcoming Blaqstarr - The Mixtape project (See attached flyer).
Vol. 3 Artist Roster 4-Ize, A-1 the Super Group, Aleon Craft, Bobby Creekwater, brandUn DeShay, Casey Veggies, DaVinci, Donny Goines, El Prez, Raye Rich (of FKi), Freddie Gibbs, Goines, Grip Plyaz, Jack Preston, Jackie Chain, Jarren Benton, K. Sparks, Laws, Mike Schpitz, Mikkey Halsted, Nesby Phips, Phil Ade, PRGz, RE, Rittz, Sam Dew (of Cloudeater), Scar, Skewby , Spodee, Spree Wilson, STS, Thee Tom Hardy, Tony Williams, Tuki (of Hollyweerd), XO (of Diamond District), Young Lyxx and Young Scolla.
About The 808 Experiment
The 808 Experiment is an annual compilation produced entirely by SMKA. In just three years the series has become a popular, and anticipated, project in the hip-hop community. The strength of the series rests on the range of the artists, as well as the quality and variety of the music. What started – in 2008 – as a local mixtape (Winner of Creative Loafing’s Best Local Mixtape of the Year) to highlight Atlanta MC’s, The 808 Experiment quickly expanded to incorporate talented artists from all across the US. With so many talented artists throughout the hip-hop community, we felt the project would suffer if we limited ourselves to one city. Each year we hope to work with a new group of artists who are among the most talented in their respective areas. The 808 Experiment: Vol 3 is the continued evolution of the series, and this year we wanted to showcase a cross section of hip-hop. The free compilation features nearly 40 different artists, and truly demonstrates the range and talent of producer 808 Blake of SMKA.
Brooklyn Singer Releases Fourth EP From Song-a-Day Project
Arcadia: a place where everything is perfect and nothing ever happens.
Brooklyn artist Ace Reporter is back and excited to offer listeners auditory escape with the Arcadia EP. The EP is the fourth and final in a series of releases showcasing handpicked tracks from the multi-faceted singer's threesixfive project, a dauntingly industrious project that found Ace writing and recording an original song for the entirety of 2010. Where most may have taken a sonic sabbatical after such an arduous challenge, Ace has not only spent the infancy of 2011 re-mastering and re-imagining threesixfive tracks, but also recently played a triumphant debut show at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery. Three more shows in the NYC area are on the horizon including an April 21st release party for the Arcadia EP at The Delancey.
The journey to Arcadia begins with the hypnotic guitar strums of the title track that steadily sashay into a cascading collection of vocals and instrumentation. "The song," explains Ace, "is about movement without change. It's about being in a place of infinite naïveté." The garden party of "Arcadia" makes its way into the forests of Manhattan in "Stick To", where a distorted organ serves as the undercurrent for a track infused with the energy of a NYC night. Arcadia continues with a succession of coast to coast collaborations – Brooklyn's Swingset Committee (facebook.com/pages/Swingset-Committee/60479339076) serve up a kinetic storm of synthesizers on their infectious remix of "Lean Honey Lean", and left coast compatriots Barbara (www.wearebarbara.com) transform "The World Is On Fire" into an electro anthem from the future. "Pelican" finds Ace channeling his inner Thom Yorke as he battles a vocoder and a shadowy beat concocted by frequent collaborator Chris Kuklis. The digital release of the Arcadia EP also features a re-imagining of Arcade Fire's "We Used to Wait", where soaring violins effortlessly interlace with Ace's disarming vocals. Download the EP for free today and join Ace Reporter on his voyage to Arcadia.
"With 2011’s first quarter coming to a close, it’s time to put down the Kanye and the Saigon turn your ears and anticipation to a loaded Spring of Hip-Hop. To get you in the mood, TSS is proud to present the official mixtape for the upcoming Pete Rock and Camp Lo’s summer album, 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s with Trackstar the DJ and DJ Mark Divita backing the project.
This tape does double duty. It reminds us of Camp Lo’s sometimes slept-on lyrical talent while serving hardcore fans with appetizers off the forthcoming full-length. Trackstar’s blends of timeless beats from the Mecca and the Soul Brother days mesh perfectly with Camp Lo a cappellas unearthed from deep within the crates. Previously leaked singles of the full-length, “Mic Check” and the freestyle “Jimmy Page,” form the foundation of the tape and even if “Mic Check” won’t make it onto your local radio, it still deserves a trip through your car speakers.
While we await the full length project, this mixtape will serve as a reminder of things past and a preview of future dopeness. Enjoy."
Bonus: New Rockwell Knuckles album, "You're Fxckin Out, I'm Fxckin In"
Some artists do things on their own schedule, happy to let anticipation build up before releasing new material when it’s just right, and not a moment before. It’s been over a year since Choose Your Own Adventure, but You’re F*ckin Out, I’m F*ckin In is worth the wait. Rockwell’s approach to a release schedule may be unconventional, but the results are undeniable–he wrecks thirteen beats in a wide range of tempos and textures, with guest appearances from Tef Poe, Vandalyzm and Theresa Payne. There’s more on the horizon, too–expect the upcoming collaborative EP with Tef to be available before Act III.
L.I.F.E. Long x DJ Afar Presents..."Afar Lifelong Travel Through Sound"
FEAT. RAEKWON x PRINCE PO x DJ JS-1 x BREEZ EVAHFLOWIN "PRODUCTION FROM KHROME x PETE CANNON x BLACKSPARX"
The anticipated mixtape from L.I.F.E. Long and DJ Afar has arrived. As they take an "Afar Lifelong Travel Though Sound" if your a fan of that nostalgic hip hop sound with a 2011 twist, this one is for you.
The mixtape features collaborations with the likes of Raekwon, Prince Po, DJ JS-1, Lil Dap, Breez Everflowin, along with quality production from producers like Khrome, Pete Cannon, Black Sparx, K-O Beats and more.
01.) Intro (Produced by Irealz) (Cuts By DJ Afar) 02.) War Inna Babylon (feat. C.A.T.) (Produced By Kolor Brown) 03.) Worldwide (Produced By Waxaholics) 04.) The Heist (feat. Power In Numberz Fam Rhyme Therapy I.S.R. Terrestrial Papo) (Produced by Zel) 05.) Veteran (feat. DJ JS-1) (Produced By BlackSparx) 06.) Get Up Off It (feat. Melodic Yoza) (Produced By BlackSparx) 07.) Samurai Code Of Honor (feat. Prince Po & U.G.) 08.) When The Pen Hits The Paper (feat. Pryme Prolific & Tone Liv) 09.) Get Up (feat. Premonition) (Produced By K-O Beats) 10.) Other Worldz (feat. Terrestrial Papo & Irealz) 11.) Energy Substance (feat. I.S.R.) (Produced By Xifedy) 12.) Deep Thinkers (feat. Elohem Star) (Produced By Sci-Fi Stu) 13.) Motive (feat. DJ Connect) (Produced By Big Ape) 14.) Broke (feat. Nutso) (Produced By Pete Cannon) 15.) Dollars & Sense (feat. Nena Bleu) (Produced By Finsta) 16.) Crimewave (feat. Raekwon & Irealz) 17.) Morgan Freeman 2 (feat. Atari Blitz & Lil Dap) (Produced By Khrome) 18.) Mind Over Matter (feat. Venomous) (Produced By Mishaps) (Cuts By Afar) 19.) Journey (feat. DJ Devestate) (Produced By Big Ape) 20.) Damn Beers (feat. Rhyme Therapy) 21.) Winter (feat. Iomos Marad) (of Allies Crew) (Produced By Aneeway) 22.) As He Goes On (feat. Breez Evahflowin & Kid Lucky)
AT Celebrates SXSW With Two Showcases Intersecting Hip-Hop And Electro-Indie
(March 29, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY) Returning to Austin, Texas for the third time, premier marketing and publicity firm Audible Treats is happy to announce the success of not only one but two official showcases. Audible Treats produced their 2nd annual hip-hop showcase in conjunction with Blacksmith Music with headliners Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Zion I & The Grouch, Black Milk, and Opio and Casual on Thursday night, followed by their first hip-hop and electro-indie hybrid showcase, co-curated by PrefixMag.com the following night with headliners Acrylics and J*Davey. Both showcases were marked by major giveaways and a number of special guests who helped to pack the venues.
Audible Treats' 2nd annual hip-hop showcase, which took place in front of a packed crowd at The Scoot Inn on Thursday, began with an opening set by Kyle Rapps, whose debut EP, Re-Edutainment, will be released tomorrow. Kyle, who also served as host for the night, introduced the line-up, which included League510, The Niceguys, DaVinci, Erk Tha Jerk, Roach Gigz, DJ Toure, Moe Green, TRUTHLiVE, Kokayi, Black Milk with his live band, Opio & Casual from The Hieroglyphics, Zion I & The Grouch, and headliners Talib Kweli and Jean Grae with special guest Pharoahe Monch, who performed his classic “Simon Says.” Holding down the evening between sets was DJ and producer IMAKEMADBEATS, spinning a variety of songs mixed in with his own instrumentals, many of which fans will remember from the producer's self-titled debut album.
The following evening, Audible Treats celebrated their second event of the week, partnering with PrefixMag.com for a showcase at Nuvola that featured an eclectic line-up, mixing hip-hop with a variety of electro and indie acts. DJ Eleven served as the house DJ and introduced, DaVinci, who performed a mix of tracks from The Day The Turf Stood Still, and his forthcoming 2011 releases, the Feast Or Famine EP and The MOEna Lisa. Next up were Headless Horsemen and Roach Gigz, who brought up special guest Kreayshawn for her very first performance, as well as Poirier and Moe Green, both of who ran through a variety of fan favorites. Co-headlining the showcase was Acrylics and J*Davey, who performed in front of a packed house.
Audible Treats would like to thank all partners who assisting in making the two showcases a success: PrefixMag.com, Blacksmith Music, FLüD Watches, Onitsuka Tiger, Native Instruments MASCHINE, IM KING Clothing, Orisue Clothing, and Rocksmith Tokyo Clothing.
Watch video highlights of the Audible Treats 2011 SXSW showcases here: