KAM Royal just dropped a dope new video for "Mellow Flow", the second from his junior effort "Still Waters". It was shot on location in New Orleans and features street performers, booty shaking and KAM enjoying a beautiful day around town.
For centuries racial tension has been the elephant in America's living room. Many choose to ignore the pain and injustice around them. Some reproduce this culture of ignorance because of miseducation. How can we have reasonable discussions on these issues that lead to healthy relationships and understanding? First we must not be afraid to bring to light the many obstacles that plague our society. Jim Crow is that very song. It is a shout from the auction blocks against the apathy of today's pseudo post-racial society. It's a challenge to both the majority and minority.
On January 23rd, SL Jones will release his new EP, Trapper's Delight. The seven-track project will be produced entirely by M16, the Alabama producer best known for producing tracks like "Duffle Bag Boy" by Playaz Circle, Young Jeezy's "I Do" Ft. Jay-Z & Andre 3000, and Yelawolf's Heart Of Dixie mixtape, and the tape, to be released exclusively via LiveMixtapes, will be hosted by Hoodrich/Grand Hustle's DJ MLK.
Turk's first project since his prison release, Blame It On The System is slated to be released early 2013. Turk has written a book of his life The AutoThugography of Turk, a screenplay for the movie of his life titled RECKLESS, and is reaching back to those in prison with his magazine, YNT Incarcerated. Turk has established himself as a solo artist and entrepreneur, and for him there's no looking back. When asked what he is doing, Turk says T.H.U.G.G.I.N. in which he redefines as Taking Hardships Using God's Gifts Inspite of Negativity.
Swave Sevah aka Swavy Krokett aka The Spitist, aka Anakyn Highwalker. Call him what you want, but once you hear this NYC native’s unmistakeable baritone and clever verses, you won’t forget him. Born and raised in Harlem, Swave started spitting rhymes at the age of 9. He studied martial arts and earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan. As a young man, he dreamed of someday making it to the NBA, but that faded as his passion and talent for music grew. “Hip hop swallowed me whole,” he says. Now Swave is one-third of the hip-hop group CVEES, who released their debut single “The Jump Off” in July of 2003.
In September, San Francisco rapper A-1 released his latest project, The Thurl Tape. The tape draws its name from the Bay Area slang 'thurl,' short for 'thorough,' and for A-1 the word is an acronym for "Think, Hustle, Understand, and Really Live," traits A-1 believes a person needs in order to be truly whole. Throughout the tape A-1 asserts himself as one of the most talented, complete young lyricists, and since release, A-1 has put those talents on display touring with the likes of Roach Gigz, and others, with a string of new dates planned for January and February. But first, A-1 is releasing the video for "The Ritual," the latest single from The Thurl Tape, premiered today by VICE's Noisey Music channel.