After moving to London from Scotland Show N Prove has established himself as one of the top British producers collaborating with both major acts and underground artists. At the end of 2011 he released a successful compilation of instrumentals to round up his years contributions to the scene.
With a catalogue that is unmatched by many, Moka Only is often considered to be a pioneer and driving force behind Canadian West Coast hip hop, as well as an important component in popularizing the art of freestyling in Victoria and Vancouver. In the 13+ years since his debut, Moka Only has released more than 50 albums, both solo and collaborative. He records under a variety of aliases, with the most popular being Ron Contour, Flow Torch and The Durable Mammal. He has been a contributing member of numerous groups and collectives, including Perfect Strangers, Code Name: Scorpion, Cryptic Souls Crew, The Dominant Mammals, City Planners, Nowfolk and Swollen Members, along with many others. Amongst all of that, Moka has worked with underground hip hop heroes like J Dilla, Aceyalone, OH NO, MF Doom, Buck 65, K-Os, Sixtoo and more.
- The latest in Moka’s annual Christmas album series.
- Featuring guest spots from Aro and LMNO.
- Album now available on URBNET.
Ma$e chats several interesting things with Sway including his new life as a free agent, reason for leaving the No Way Out Tour years ago, past talks with G-Unit and more. There’s a particularly interesting soundbite at 5:10 -- "You know how Puff is, I love him, but he’s gonna cut your arm off to get free – when you finally get free, you’re gonna have an invisible leg or something."
Wais P & Action Bronson Take the Boat on "Staten Island Ferry"
As NYC's favorite panderer Wais P inches closer to the December 27th release date of his forthcoming mixtape PV$$Y RICH, the Brooklyn veteran shares the wealth with Flushing's Action Bronson on "Staten Island Ferry." Produced by Sebb (Kool G Rap, Prodigy, Tony Yayo, Big Noyd), the crosstown duo chef up a pimped out banger that's as lyrical as it is comical.
Masta Killa is currently celebrating the release of his new album Selling My Soul, but he hasn't forgotten about his late, great Wu-Tang Clan comrade Ol' Dirty Bastard. Joining forces with Raw Rolling Papers, Masta Killa has included a limited-edition "Ooh Baby I Like It Raw" shirt in the deluxe version of his new album, paying homage to one of ODB's most famous quotables. Now, Masta Killa and Raw are giving fans a chance to win one of the limited-edition shirts in a new contest.
Answer the question below to win a shirt, plus a copy of Selling My Soul on CD and a handful of Raw Rolling Papers. Three of these prize packs will be available, for the top three entrants. To celebrate the contest, we're also including "Dirty Soul", Killa's ODB tribute track, which appears on Selling My Soul. Check out the track here.
Contest question: Which songs did Masta Killa and Ol' Dirty Bastard appear on together? Name as many as you can. Email all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kutmasta Kurt: Substance Abuse Background Music Mixtape
Courtesy Ballin PR.
The crew is back, LA's Substance Abuse with producer Kutmasta Kurt. The artists worked together on SA's debut album Overproof, and now they are back with their second LP Background Music and a mixtape. Background Music has garnered excellent reviews.
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Los Angeles hip-hop duo Substance Abuse return to hip-hop with their sophomore LP, Background Music. Consisting of emcee Eso Tre and Subz, Substance Abuse pull no punches on their latest offering: The 18 track collection is a hard-hitting, funky rap album that feels distinctly LA. The LP features MC Eiht, Tash of Alkaholiks, Percee P, Max Julien (The Mack), Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Myka 9, and KRS-One.
Substance Abuse stick to their trade mark style of socially conscious content. On the track “Flossin”, Substance Abuse and MC Eiht address the valorization of the affluent lifestyle that dominates today’s hip hop. The track “Rear View” featuring KRS-One, tackles the futility of trying to embrace a time period that is gone and never will be again, while still affirming some of the timeless values that people cherished during that era.
“When we came up with the title we had a few things in mind,” explains Eso, who grew up in the southland with Subz. “First, we’re talking about the era that we came up in, the early 90’s graffiti scene. It was a time when tagging crews in Los Angeles had members hailing from different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, where you’d have kids from West LA in the same crews as kids from South Central and there was a certain sense of unity in that. “The umbrella provided by graffiti and hip hop,” adds Eso, “represented something positive.”
On the negative side, graff culture had also become increasingly violent, mimicking gang culture in Los Angeles. The cross-pollination within these tagging crews, where kids from the hood were closely associated with the kids from suburbia, also allowed for members of L.A.’s more well known gangs to become involved in tagging crews. Suddenly the lines between “crews” and “gangs” were blurred.
“Background Music also refers to the state of hip hop today, explains Eso “where the music seems deracinated of the personality and edge that it once had,” explains Eso. It also refers to how our music is construed by the masses, people who generally seem to favor the popular over the obscure. Real hip-hop has been forced to play the “background” to club and dance music that seems devoid of any message or staying power.
After gaining much acclaim for their collaboration with MF Doom on the infectious single "Profitless Thoughts," Substance Abuse released their debut LP Overproof in 2006. The LP featured Saafir, Kool Keith, Motion Man, Kutmasta Kurt, Rasco, Thes-One, and MF Doom and received critical acclaim from outlets such as YRB, URB, platform8470, and XLR8R.
What looms in the background of today’s music scene are people who are fed up with the current state of affairs and want change. If you’re one of them, check out Background Music.
Currently on tour with E-40, the Portland bred and currently San Francisco based DubbleOO releases the video for “Top Down,” taken from his recent released Beastmode2 mixtape, which features Too Short, Big Krit, The Jacka , Messy Marv & more and is available for free download at http://spacedouthiphop.com/ .