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.
Video: MHz Legacy - "Obituaries" (Prod. By Marco Polo)
Courtesy Audible Treats.
In October, MHz Legacy released their long-awaited official debut album, and across the project, the group's members – rapper's Copywrite, Tage Future, Jakki Da Motamouth, and Camu Tao; producer RJD2 – showed off the range of talents that made the crew, individually and collectively, one of the most lauded collection of hip-hop artists when they first emerged on the scene some 15 years ago. Perhaps few tracks from the album are as fine an example of that as "Obituaries," a solo track from Copywrite produced by Marco Polo that shows off the Columbus, Ohio, rapper's long-unrivaled lyricism.
"Alice RamaKrsna", a Georgia Anne Muldrow Geemix (remix) of the track "Alice Piece Peace" by Jai Nitai Lotus is the latest video release from Canadian emcee Jai Nitai. The original song can be heard off Jai Nitai Lotus' highly acclaimed album "Something You Feel."
This Chrono Trigger tee was teased late last year but is NOW available via myself & Random's shared bandcamp store in a limited pressing! Art design by the amazing Thor Thorvaldson; Available in smoke grey in sizes S - XL and ONLY in jet black for XXL wearers! Rumor has it Ran may even have a few for sale on his upcoming tour, but I would grab them NOW while they're hot!
While at our aforementioned bandcamp site, you may notice a new banner teasing myself & Ran's new collaborative name- Bits & Rhymes. More info including a fan-run site will be up VERY SOON which will essentially be anyone's 1-stop shop to find out what we are working on musically (both collectively and individually), so again- stay tuned! Also, big-ups to graphic artist Kevin Merriman for the dope design!
Quick reminder, right before the New year hit, i released my FREE remix project Champloo'd in conjunction with popular UK-based hip-hop site the Word is Bond with art by manga artist Tuan Hollaback! I been speaking on this project for a LONG time and am very proud to have it out there, so please check it, download it (as again it's FREE) and spread the word! AND NO- it's not an homage to the cartoon series ;) Find out more about the name/project HERE!
Audio: Ruslan f/ Lecrae & Chris Cobbins - Ready For the World
Courtesy Daniel R.
I wanted to let you know about a new single from Ruslan that features Lecrae and Chris Cobbins (@RuslanKD, @Lecrae, @Chris Cobbins). The track was also produced by Ruslan. The track is called, "Ready for the World," and is from Ruslan's upcoming album, "Carry On." The album drops January 22, 2013.
New Release: J.Period & Black Thought "Rage Is Back (Freestyle)"
Set against the backdrop of graffiti-era New York, Manbach's Rage Is Back delivers a mind-bending journey through a subterranean world of epic heroes and villains, and is already being called "the great American graffiti novel".
Singer/songwriter/producer TQ hit the music scene in the late 90’s with a style that made him different than any other R&B singer on the market. A native of Compton, California, his swagger and delivery made some fans regard him with the same appeal as a rapper. In fact, he has been told that he reminds many of a “singing Tupac” with his realistic lyrics in songs that deal with real life issues. Now with more than 15 years in the business to his credit, TQ will debut his newest album Legendary in February 2013 worldwide.
While most R&B artists sing about mainly about love, TQ set himself apart with cutting edge songwriting, branding his own type of “Reality R&B”. He started his professional music career with young B-Boy group “Coming of Age”. His own debut solo album They Never Saw Me Coming, which included the hits “Westside” and “Bye Bye Baby,” made him an instant worldwide success.
The single “Westside” debuted in the Top Ten in several countries, and in some countries at #1 the first week. The song stayed on top of the charts for weeks, collectively selling in excess of 1.5 million copies worldwide. TQ had fans from all over the world “throwing their dubs in the air” with the four-fingered, two-twisted in the middle, Westside symbol, including many fans who didn’t speak a lick of English.
TQ then followed up with a second album The Second Coming with the classic hit single and video “Daily,” which was distributed by Epic Records. For his third album, TQ joined forces with New Orleans Hip Hop Powerhouse Cash Money Records where he wrote numerous hits and garnered his first #1 with Lil Wayne’s “Way of Life” which TQ co-wrote and featured on.
TQ’s first indie release Listen, gave him a great big taste of ownership and he’s been hooked ever since! This album offered a perfect rendition of Prince’s hit ballad “Adore.” Many fans and critics stated it was one of the best Prince cover tunes they had ever heard. The album also included production from Mannie Fresh, formerly of Cash Money Records.
While he has had both major label and independent success, TQ has stayed on the independent route for his newest album Legendary. TQ’s freedom to create is equally as important for him as being able to control his business. “I guess for me the biggest thing now is ownership of the biggest slice of pie,” explains TQ. “Due to the state of the music business, in order to be successful I have to make the highest dollar amount per unit - whatever that unit may be. In order to do that you have to cut out a lot of the middle men. For my music, merchandise, and ticket sales, this situation allows me to get straight to the consumer, and that’s exactly where I want to be.” “I’m extremely excited about my new album and label” explains TQ. “In this genre of music I just am what I am. That’s a street reporter. I just report in song. I started this journey by telling a story thru my own eyes. That’s where I’m most comfortable and that’s where my fans are most entertained. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” explains TQ.
After having such a phenomenal success with his first single “Westside,” TQ has been able to administer his own publishing and has built a pretty extensive catalog which he now owns and controls 100%. That discography is still growing by the day. TQ is a self proclaimed “studio rat” and throughout his career, his die hard fans from all walks of life have respected his true talent... songwriting. TQ has written, produced and collaborated with some of the top artists in the music industry from all genres including N’Sync, Lil Wayne, R.Kelly, Whitney Houston, Dru Hill, Jagged Edge, Ron Isley, Swizz Beatz, Petey Pablo, Another Level, LFO, Donny Osmond, Juvenile, BONE Thugz, Jim Jones, The Big Tymers, The Game, E40, Too Short, The Outlawz, and Sarah Conner to name a few. Needless to say, he loves staying in the studio making music.
A man of many talents, TQ has also branched off into an acting career. TQ landed four film roles in a short time, and plays the main character in two of them. Richard III, a Shakespeare film; Devil’s Grind, a hardcore urban film; and Rockin Meera, an internationally action-packed love story, are all due to release soon.
For the coming year TQ has a multitude of projects in the works for the US and Internationally. New records from his Kado roster of artists all including production and collaboration from TQ himself, plus a new website http://www.TheRealTQ.com, which will be the centralized location for TQ’s music, film, touring, and merchandise endeavors. “This is place for all my stuff man… I’m a Jack of all trades and this is where I put it all together, lol!” laughs TQ.
TQ has successfully created music, films, and performed all over the world. At the same time, he takes pleasure in remaining true to himself as Mr. Westside. “I’m just really determined,” asserts TQ. “I set goals for myself at an early age, and I refuse to not reach them all. There have been times when I’ve been knocked down, but I just get the f*ck back up. The next time I’ll see that punch coming and slip it. It’s all a learning experience, but you gotta keep that fight in you. If you don’t, you may as well throw in the towel. You gotta be built for it baby… I’m built for it.”
The latest single "Cloud" produced by North Carolina up and comer J Rodgers off of Japhia Life's critically acclaimed new LP "Westside Pharmacy", with it's minimalistic and menacing 808 littered instrumental sounds like a blast from past 80's era hardcore hip-hop, while still showcasing a progressive sonic soundscape.
Description 1. Where were you born: Bronx n.y 2. Who is your favorite actor? Al Pacino Robert Deniro 3. Your favourite hobby and/or present as a kid: Watching old movies 4. How you got into being a DJ/presenter: Grew up hearing dj's in my area 5. Your biggest influence(s): Charlie chase grand master flash twf brucie bee kid capri clark kent 6. Achievements: Breaking records and being noticed for it. 7. Song/Tune you love or inspired you: Eric B & Rakim - Eric B for president 8. Favourite lyric: 9. Your dream gig or collaboration: I can say thank god I have done it all !! 10. Interests / hobbies outside music: Cooking 11. What is your favorite Drink: Water 12. Three rules you live your life by: Respect, hard work, loyalty 13. When did you last flop as a DJ?: Never; blame the promoter.....I dj !! 14. What is your favorite Movie: Scarface and juice 15. Which Guinness World Record would you like to break:?????????? 16. Something about you that most people do not know or would be surprised to learn about you: Proud father of two