Carasel breaks down his first solo hip-hop project the Progression LP and talks about the album's producers, guest artists and his background in this insightful short interview filmed on location at Brisfest 2012 and put together by Drum & Bass Arena.
SHA DRA aka Eli Draco, is an American-born, Caucasian/Chinese rapper from Houston, Texas. Blending superhero, drawl, and strangeness, Shaman has a style as out there as his totem: the Dragon.
Starting as an artist, he moved place to place selling paintings in Texas, Arizona, Virginia, and Washington, DC. During that period, he slept on couches and worked every odd job you can imagine. He listened to a lot of southern rap, read books, and experimented with mind altering realities. The whole time he was transforming into something he never anticipated.
Ray Elementary, the combination of Simeon Viltz (Primeridian) and producer Mulatto Patriot are back with some new visuals for the single "Once Again" featuring Pugs Atomz. The artistically appealing video was directed by Pugs Atomz and shot by Race Bannon (Primeridian) with Kenautis Smith.
Audio: Memphis' Own June f/ Rockie Fresh - "We On"
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Memphis MC, June, gets assistance from recent MMG signee Rockie Fresh on track four from his debut EVOL EP, which is available on iTunes now. June's full length project, produced by Teddy Walton, will be released later this month with features from Scolla, Aer, & Skewby.
R.A. the Rugged Man & King Magnetic Planning November-December Tour
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At 18, R.A. signed with Jive Records and then in the mid-1990s signed with Priority Records/EMI. His contract was later absorbed by Capitol Records but he began recording independently in the early 2000s. He has worked with MC's such as the Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, Sadat X, Akinyele, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Jedi Mind Tricks, Kool G Rap, Wu-Tang Clan, Rakim, Killah Priest, and producers Trackmasters, Erick Sermon, DJ Quik, Buckwild, Havoc, Alchemist, and Ayatollah. He was featured on all three of Rawkus’s Soundbombing albums, as well as the platinum-selling WWF Aggression album, performing the theme song for Chris Jericho. In Ego Trip Vol. 1, Issue 3, the Notorious B.I.G. was quoted as saying, "I thought I was the illest," when referring to R.A. He is closely associated to the Wu-tang clan and its various associates.
In 2004 he released the album Die, Rugged Man, Die on Brooklyn based label Nature Sounds. R.A. has cameos in several music videos including Havoc from Mobb Deep's I'm the Boss, Sadat X's Throw the Ball and Old Man featuring Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Masta Killa and Ol' Dirty Bastard in one of ODB's final video appearances.
The October 2006 issue of The Source featured R.A. The Rugged Man verse on Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story as its "Hip-Hop Quotable" of the month and HipHopDX named it as the "Verse of the Year" AllHipHop.com states that "This record will be remembered most for R.A.'s robotic flow recounting his own father's story of war while absolutely murdering the beat." Rolling Stone Magazine recently compared R.A.'s rap flow to that of a blue-eyed Biggie Smalls. When reviewing his song "On the Block", Vibe Magazine said, "I love this song. It give me goosebumps. It's very inventive."
R.A. is currently working on his second studio album called "Legends Never Die", with the lead single/video to be released in November 2012. Confirmed guest appearances include Brother Ali, Masta Ace, Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli, Hopsin, and Krizz Kaliko.
Known from his Shadyville mixtapes, "EAG" series and affiliation with Jedi Mind Tricks/Army of the Pharaohs, Magnetic is promoting his third installment of "Everything's A Gamble" ft. Saigon, Sean Price, Cappadonna, Celph Titled, Ruste Juxx and more. He is currently readying his debut solo album for 2013. Teamed up with GQ and Grim Reaperz, he looks to release another project in 2013 titled "David & Goliath". Footage of D&G studio performance at HHOfficial in Los Angeles and show footage from Europe below.
More new music from the upcoming solo album by Krazy Drayz of Das Efx. This one features Fredro Starr of Onyx. Produced by Ear to da Beat & Scratched by DJ Rondevu. Release date for Showtime will be announced shortly.
Chicago native "Kelsey" (accepted to be on NBC's “The Voice”, made it to American Idol 2012 top 100) is breaking ground as a vocalist with a truly original sound that crosses genres and is creating a lot of buzz with plays and interviews on major radio stations including Kiss FM. Currently, Kelsey is working with production team Force One Seven/ Na'el Shehade (credits on Kanye's "Cruel Summer") on her new EP set to release November 14 called "A Delightful Sadness".
Classic production, comedic skits, conscious lyrics & a raw essence are the foundations that this mix tape was built on.
VISUAL has been releasing independent music since 2001, gaining international recognition, most recently touring the South of France and after a studio hiatus from 2010 to 2012; he reintroduces himself to the people with Hello Hip Hop. From the socially conscious Marvin Michael & Stevie, Chicago Daze and Karma to the laid back Nothing to it and God Given; to the comedic moments on tracks like Pimps Don’t Run & Swag, Hello Hip Hop gives the listener a diverse vibe. The mix tape is filled with intelligence, angst, confidence & humor and you will walk away feeling the passion, joy and pain in VISUAL’s music.
A couple months back, Karen Civil visited the New Jersey based super group Trillogy at a studio in midtown NYC; as the group were recording new music. They sat down for an interview and discussed everything from their humble beginnings, the formation of the group, music placements, up and coming projects and to also let you into their world, that is Trillogy.