In response to what is developing around the world and within all of us, I poetically write a letter to my estranged father describing the current situation we are in with as well as the #IdleNoMore movement.
The track was produced by rapper/producer Matic808 also out of the DMV. The song is basically about what they would do if they had to do it. These are two young men on the rise who dont want anything to jeopardize their bright futures. The video was shot and directed by upcoming videographer WRAB Mell.
"In today's society Pharoah is anybody who is holding you down mentally also. The Children of Yashar'al left egypt physically but brought egypt with them mentally! Nowadays, it's no marvel if you see modern day Pharoahs tranform into ministers of righteousness... You have been warned! Shalum"
Illmaculate and OnlyOne star as hitmen competing with one another to kill the same targets in the new video for their single "Substance Abuse". The Artistic Outlet visuals play out like a short film, establishing the two Sandpeople emcees as hired guns receiving orders from the same boss. As bodies pile up, they begin to understand that something bigger is going on which eventually pits them against each other and raises the question of who can be trusted.
All of this unfolds over a fiery track off of CHRON: Legacy, the collaborative album by Illmaculate and producer Lawz Spoken (co-starring OnlyOne). "Substance Abuse" is the second video from the album; the first was for the single "Walk On Water (Fear Of God), also directed by Artistic Outlet.
Los Angeles - Starting off 2013 with a statement, Emcee, Vocalist, Drummer, Lyric Jones teams up with PA native Phene for a new video & single "Reasons Why". This joint has classic 90s written all over it. Shot by KD Gray in the heart of Atlanta, the song is an ode to patience while battling with life's common questions; especially from an indie artist's perspective. Phene's verse takes the the stance of "telling it like it is" and his answers to the music game. Lyric's verse and soultry hook shows the curiosity from a child's point of view, to her now in her mid 20s. The two gel nicely with an undeniable chemistry with much compliment to Marcotiks on the production and DJ Dub Floyd with the cuts.
Experience an experiment turned masterpiece…NoYork! Los Angeles emcee Blu's oft-delayed masterpiece has been the talk of the internet for years, but has never seen a proper retail release. Now, the album (which features U-God of Wu-Tang Clan, Pac Div, UNI, J*Davey, Tiron, Ayomari, and more) will be released in deluxe CD and vinyl editions, available in stores everywhere on March 26th, 2013. CD includes 12-page booklet plus an exclusive poster, and the vinyl comes in a limited-edition four-LP set with three non-CD bonus tracks (see below). All pre-orders include instant free download.
While Blu has turned in a number of critically acclaimed projects lately, NoYork (also known as York) is his most ambitious project to date. Applying timeless vocals over detailed, textured instrumentals, Blu seems to have placed himself at the forefront of a new genre, melding classic hip-hop lyricism with the experimentation of the L.A. beat scene. With contributions from beat icons like Flying Lotus, Exile, Shafiq Husayn of Sa Ra, Daedalus, Dibia$e, and Samiyam, the album boasts a unique sonic backdrop that sets it apart from his previous work. As Blu explains: "It's not a state, it's a state of mind."