The month of March has been a busy one for Kyle Rapps. The hip-hop artist took a break from the 15 shows he has booked this month alone (!) to be the sole host and to perform songs from his debut EP, Re-Edutainment, at SXSW for Audible Treats’ annual showcase. Now, just a week and half later, Kyle Rapps releases Re-Edutainment, his revisit of the Boogie Down Productions classic. Clocking in at eight tracks, the EP features the Edutainment originator himself, KRS-One, as well as Joell Ortiz and U-N-I and producer Kev Brown, who pays homage by incorporating some of the same loops, chops, and breaks found in the original.
Also out today is the new music video for "Me," a single off Re-Edutainment that was first previewed last week. The funky track serves as an ample introduction to the world of Kyle Rapps, including set-backs, realizations, and accomplishments, "I got a Bill Gates grant and a Today show feature." Rapps also explained that on the track there was some heavy influence from his slam poetry group, Mayhem Poets, formed in college days, and the visual direction of Alex F. Ghassan reflects this well. The video throws a rhyming, edutaining Rapps in front of likely backdrops, a classroom, a library, a schoolyard, etc., complete with a visual filter reminiscent of crumpled notepaper. Throughout the video one thing is made clear, this is Kyle Rapps' assembly and he's announcing his debut to hip-hop on the auditorium stage, "I'm in the building chillen'/ trying to make a killin'/ Doin' what I'm feelin'/ If you got a hand go and lift it to the ceiling."
Los Angeles based hip-hop producer DJ Khalil teams up with Crooks & Castles clothing to release a compilation of extraordinary work on Best of DJ Khalil - The Grammy Edition. Khalil had a remarkable 2010 producing four records on Eminem's critically acclaimed and Grammy winning album, Recovery as well as the lead single, "Kush", off of Dr. Dre's highly anticipated final album Detox.Already an accomplished producer, Khalil has worked with an impressive roster of heavy hitters (Jay Z, Drake, Snoop, Rick Ross, Game, Pink, Nas) and continues to push the boundaries of his music making talents in 2011, working with new artists outside his typical hip-hop genre. Not only does DJ Khalil produce tracks for multi-platinum selling artists, but he also has had his hand on music production for many popular video game titles including EA Sports Fight Night Championship 4, Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and 50 Cent's Blood on the Sand.
Up-and-coming Brooklyn rapper/producer Silly, formerly known as Dot Silly, is back at is with his mixtape Silly City 2.5: The Blackout. Hosted by DJ Boof and DJ Brooklyn Don, The Blackout features more dynamic lyicism from the budding rapper over industry beats.
2.5 is the follow up to Vol. 2, which was credited to be more of a street album, with the majority of the songs produced by Silly. On The Blackout Silly turns the lights out on 16 industry tracks, showcasing his incredible lyrics and rhyme schemes.
Boof Speaks Sunday Morning Get Ready pt.2 Blow Up Drop The World Monster Topless Keep Pushin Dead or Alive Searching Off the Wall Say Sumthin Off the Wall Passing Me By Fly Like the Wind Been a Pleasure Boof Outro Tears of Joy
A real emcee from the east coast, Marc has some incredible talent. His forthcoming "Overnight" EP will be entirely produced by The Trackslayerz (T.I. "I'm Back") and J Cardim (Joe Budden, etc). Features will come from Laws, Smoke DZA, Theo Martins and more.
"Overnight" (EP) will be hosted by DJBooth as they were wow'ed by his talent when we submitted it to them.
Here goes a little appetizer before the EP arrives. The perfect introduction to his rhyming ability, Marc Antoni attacks Jay-Z's "Dead Presidents" instrumental on his own take, "Minor Setbacks." Enough talk, let the music speak for itself.
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.