The independent collective, comprised of intellectuals, musicians, creators, artists and agents known as The Black Opera launched its mission last year armed with audio and video demonstrations. To our surprise, this secret society of creatives extended an honorable invitation to US. After listening intensely for the past year, Mello Music Group decided to join The Black Opera – signing them to a multi-album deal and issuing a physical edition of “EnterMission.” August 28th on CD and September 25th on vinyl to add to the archives. The Black Opera issued the following statement about the signing:
"The Black Opera is not solely a musical outfit, music is only one aspect that represents THE BLACK OP: ERA. But, when it was time for The Black Opera to get their Musical Movement to ears of the future, they mapped out a plan. They knew that the Third and Final Endstallment of The Black Op Era: I; "Libretto: Of King Legend", would be the Beginning of something special. Special enough to enlist a company worthy of joining forces with, that company is Mello Music Group.
Both sides decided to join forces in order to advance to their own vision and to assist the vision of their partner. This partnership stems from mutual admiration and appreciation of what each had done on their own. This marks the Beginning of a New Era for both Movements, as ONE.
WE: Will. NOT: Stop.
In addition, TBO prepared a visual presentation of “The Magician” asking “Is Perception KING or QUEEN? Or, a blurred line in between? That line can sometimes best be defined as "MAGIC". The art of magic is displayed by slight of hand, and by natural forces being influenced by mysterious powers. In this video demonstration for "The Magician" the mystery remains, but the veil is slightly lowered.
The Opera is still Black, but this track brings new hints of sound in color. "The Magician" is a modern day vintage style mini-movie with a realistic portrayal of what happens when "too much, too soon" and "too little, too late" collide on the same track in a relationship. Join The Black Opera for this black tie affair and SPREAD THE WARNING.
JNaturaL x JeffWonder have musical history together. From the days of their music upbringing in the early 2000's in San Diego California these two have made a special bond which has allowed them to produce 2 full length albums together. "Escape from Babylon" and "Love is on Hiatus". From musical direction to art direction this team has created works of art that range from musical to visual and everything in between.
Jeff Wonder better known as photographer and director Jeffrey Dojillo produced this track which is used as the closing song for this and other webisodes of his new soon to be released documentary "Inside the Fight", a look behind the scenes into Muay Thai fighting.
Phraze takes time to tell what its like where he's from. He explains some of the values and life choices found in Miami, Florida residents based on his direct and second hand experiences. Off the highly anticipated mixtape Jackin4Beatz Volume 2!! out now!!! Directed by Taskmasterpeace of Machine Kings Media.
(New York, NY) Fresh off the successful release of his mixtape, Words I said, Canadian Rapper and MC SonReal is gearing up to debut Good News, his newest album destined to turn heads in the US and solidify SonReal as one of the industries up and comers. The album is the result of creative collaboration with producers including: Arthur McArthur (Drake, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Tyga), Chin Injeti (Eminem, Dr Dre) and Rich Kidd (Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica, Busta Rhymes). The Album also features verses from such artists as, Saigon, Emilio Rojas, Rapper Pooh of Little Brother and more.
Breaking into the scene in 2008 with his debut mixtape, Good Morning, SonReal carefully laid the foundation for his soon to be burgeoning career. The tape paved the way for the funky, innovative feel good 2009 project The Stroll. Followed by The LightYear Mixtape in 2010, and Where’s Waldo? in 2011, SonReal garnered incredible accolades including two VideoFACT awards, a spot on Much Music’s Top 15 videos of 2011 and a nomination for Single of the Year for “Already There” at the 2011 Stylus Awards alongside Drake and Kardinal Offishall.
1.Zone (Intro) 2. I’ll Be Damned 3. I Don’t Give a Shit 4. Up Up Up 5. Extra Extra (Featuring Luu Breeze) 6. Inside 7. For The Moment (Featuring Ali Milner) 8. Alright Okay (Featuring Rich Kidd, JD Era) 9. Jerk 10. Gunna Be Fine 11. Mind All Day (Featuring Rich Kidd) 12. Bedtime (Featuring Saigon) 13. Fly Away (Featuring Ali Milner) 14. We Concur (Featuring Emilio Rojas) 15. Too Much (Outro) 16. I Feel Like (Featuring Rapper Pooh) *Bonus
Hey Hey!!! So I have a few great events cracking this week and next week I head out on the road with HWandESH The Monolithfor a string of dates in the NE and Midwest...goodtimes await so check it out!!!
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS...
POP ROCKS at Legion Wednesdays!
The homie Nabil and I will be rocking the decks in the front with some great acts cracking off in the back at Legion (790 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn) on this Wednesday the 18th!!! Come out and get through hump day into hump night the right way...Click the flyer or the link HEREfor this week's event.
Thursday July 19th @ Duck Duck, Brooklyn NY
The homie Nabil and I are at it again in a new spot this Thursday, Duck Duck!!! Come out and support so they will ask us back again...Eh? Eh?
Yup my co-pilot for the CannonBRAHrun to TX this year has decided it would be fun to hate life and sleep on floors for a while this summer...So here are the times you can see us perfrom between bouts of crying and holding in the fetal postion. We will need hugs for sure so, def come out to the shows if we are going to be in your area...
July 24th - Boston @ O'Brians July 25th - Brooklyn @ Cameo Lounge (Brzowski+Halo set) + Legion Bar POP ROCKS (Halo DJ) July 26th - Albany, NY July 27th - Buffalo, NY July 28th - Bridgeport, CT @ Acoustic Cafe for ETC July 30th - Trenton, NJ @ Mill Hill Basement July 31st - Pittsburg, PA @ Inn Termission Lounge August 1st - Burtonsville, MD August 2nd - Morgantown, WV August 3rd - Youngstown, OH @ Lemon Grove August 4th - Detroit @ Division Gallery
Diggin in the Vaults: Podcasts
Subways & Sidewalks #13 ft. JNatural & Open Mike Eagle
To commemorate rejoining forces (albeit briefly) with the homie Open Mike Eagle I thought I would dig up the podcast from wayyyy back in October when him and JNatural were in CT for some shows and I wrangled them into my studio sound levels are abit low with JNat so turn it up loud. You can DL the podcastHERE or to stream check it onRapreviews.com
Subways & Sidewalks #14 Ft. HW: Just in time for Valentine's Day
The homie HW and I sat down to talk relationships, making it as an artist, touring and much more!!! As i will be sharing a car with him and ESH for the next few weeks check the chemistry before hand and check one of the shows posted above. To DL click the cover art or link HERE, to stream check Rapreviews.com
For those who like to just here me spin the music and less talk, here are two of my most recent shows on RWD.FM which is on hiatus until I get my studio back together following a debilitating robbery (thank you Bridgeport!) which has left me without most of my gear...
In addition to coming out to see me spin and get drinks, you can have me serve your drinks to you as well; providing I am not on tour or DJing elsewhere. Yup, slanging the sauce two nights a week (Monday & Thursday) as well as Friday days @ Karma Lounge NYC. Come on in and see if I can serve it up drinks as well as I serve up sucker DJs...
Oakland resident, and Minneapolis native Charity Clay has released the 3rd single from her 2012 album The Smokey Winston Project Redux "Relax and Listen." Over Smokey Winston's laid back groove, Charity rides the beat flawlessly giving listeners a nice track to vibe out to as they enjoy the remaining summer nights as the days get shorter. Not leaving out the content, Charity uses the soundscape to show off her lyricism and assure her fans that she will not give into the "pay for play" music industry that values gimmicks over talent. With Chicago Turntablist Rice the Sound Transmitter laying down scratches for the hook to add to the effortless blend of Clay's rhymes over Smokey Winston's production, this IS Hip Hop.