Earlier this month, Kool Keith released the 13th album of his career, Love & Danger, via Junkadelic Music. Since release, Keith has walked the red carpet at the recent New York City screening of Ice-T's hip-hop documentary Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, and celebrated Love & Danger's release this past week with two hometown performances: a solo show at Brooklyn Bowl and a performance with Ultramagnetic MC's at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Today, Kool Keith is excited to release a new song, the non-album bonus track, "Acura." The track, which is produced by Junkaz Lou, features fellow New York rapper AG, of the legendary Diggin' In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) crew, and throughout the song, Keith and AG take turns behind the mic as they wind and weave bars atop a dark, harrowing instrumental. "I heard thugs got a team coming up, but they're all wack/ I'm walking up with the heat, the baby sawed-off looking like Count Drac."
UK producer TRICKSTA drops his debut 'artist/producer' album today. Producing and consistently releasing music since 1996, Tricksta is a well known name in the UK Hip-Hop scene through his UK Runnings mixtapes, promo company Park Street PR as well as being the co-founder of Wolftown Recordings and Rago Magazine.
"Out Of Darkness Cometh Light" is a sixteen track album that is out now on RGS Entertainment, and features Iron Braydz, Genesis Elijah, LATE, Scorzayzee, MCD, Karl Hinds, TBear, Supar Novar, Seanie T, Wordsmiff, Big Cakes, Dubbledge, Cyclonious, Serocee, Logic, Shameless, Phoenix Da Icefire, Ramson Badbones, Cons, Big Ben, Big Dutty Deeze, Yogi, Twissman, Tenny Ten, Cobane, S. Kalibre, Inja, D Gritty, Jai Boo, K9, Sonnyjim, Deadline, Quest Rah, Reain, Conman, Streetz, Grizzly, Size8, M.A.B, Sketchman, Joe Gutta, Reload, Taurus, Marc Anthony, Double E aka Brinkworth and scratch deejay Jabba Tha Kut. When asked about the project Tricksta had this to say.
"I wanted to create something that I could look back at as a 'celebration of UK Hip-Hop'. I've been on this journey since the late 80's starting out on pirate and I've seen the genre grow, develop and progress. I wanted to celebrate the fact that there is so much talent in the UK by getting everyone together for one project. I can't thank everyone enough for their contributions as every single featured guest has brought fire to the album. I really hope people take the time to absorb it and enjoy it as much as I did making it."
Tricksta 'Out Of Darkness Cometh Light' Full Tracklisting: 01 - Out Of Darkness Feat. Supar Novar, Cyclonious, LATE, Streetz & Deeze 02 - The Essence Feat. Iron Braydz, Genesis Elijah, TBear, Dubbledge, Supar Novar & K9 03 - Bars Feat. Size8, Yogi, Dubbledge, TBear & Serocee 04 - Fling Ya Hands Up Feat. Reload, Serocee, Grizzly & Sketchman 05 - Step Steady Feat. Cyclonious, Karl Hinds, Genesis Elijah & MCD 06 - Hip-Hop Feat. Big Cakes, Cobane, Shameless, Big Ben, Reain, LATE, Genesis Elijah, Phoenix Da Icefire & JabbaThaKut 07 - Third World Feat. Phoenix Da Icefire, Big Cakes, Cyclonious, Reain & Big Ben 08 - Death By Dishonour Feat. Iron Braydz, Scorzayzee & Ramson Badbones 09 - In These Manors Feat. Deeze, Conman, Streetz, Marc Anthony & Phoenix Da Icefire 10 - What's The Point Of It - Feat. TBear, Twissman & Tenny Ten 11 - We're Goin In Feat. S. Kalibre, Deeze, M.A.B, Deadline, LATE, D Gritty & Jai Boo 12 - For The Slums Feat. Wordsmiff, Big Ben & Supar Novar 13 - Big Figures Feat. TBear, Iron Braydz & Reload 14 - Think Positive Feat Logic, Cons, Big Ben, Shamless, Cyclonious & Quest Rah 15 - Strength In Numbers Feat LATE, Seanie T, Supar Novar, Inja, Double E, Sonny Jim, Cons, Joe Gutta, Conman & Taurus 16 - Life Is So Amazing Feat. Jai Boo, Deeze & LATE
Here is T.S.A.'s new "Mercy Riot" freestyle video! This track appears on The Candidate Mixtape: Business & Politricks coming in July! Once T.S.A. (True Sun Ali) unveils the mixtape, he will finalize his full length album The Candidate, slated for release this Fall via New York-based label Checkmate Game Over.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #178 is called Lung Butter for two reasons - chief of which is that host Steve 'Flash' Juon is keeping his mouth shut after a weekend of smoky dives and clubs. The emcees on this show know that feeling well though - veterans of the rap industry like Backbone, Soul Khan, yU and James John! Please send your feedback to email@example.com or @RapReviews on this episode! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode.
* Gee Dubs - Chemical Mix * Trafek & V!rtu - Done * Soul Khan - Soulstice 4 * Sincere the Prodigal Son - Antifreeze * yU - I Believe (Oddisee Remix) * James John - Boxes * Kool Keith f/ A.G. (D.I.T.C.) - Acura * The Dungeon Family's own Backbone Presents Generation X - Beautiful Blue
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This month's edition of The Adam B Experience features 14 songs, including a few ABX artist debuts, with everything adding up to nearly an hour of music. I've also thrown in some of my own personal brand of lunacy for good measure. Follow me on Twitter at @AdamsWorldBlog or hit me up with feedback at AdamB@RapReviews.com." The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE so tell your friends to download ABX right here at RapReviews.com!
* BS - Yoda Flame * Jesse Abraham w/ Emilio Rojas & TreZure Empire * CookBook - Insomniac * Kalil Johnson - Atlas * Tony Cankles - Bangers On A Set List * Expertiz - At Last * Illus w/ Blueprint - Extraordinary * Vorheez - Agoraphobia * The Milky Way - Dubai * YC The Cynic - Rude Boy Jamaican * Jacky P - Lisa Bonet * Birdcall w/ Klokwize & Tedy - Bring It Right Back * The Other Guys - Drum For Me * Satnam - Stop Cryin' Yo!
Adam's World Weekly 6/18 - Who The Heck Is Adam B?
Welcome to the new week everyone.On Friday night I was perusing the magazine racks of my local Barnes & Noble when I came across my twelfth national magazine cover story. It's always fun to see my work on a newsstand, but I honestly didn't know this issue of Substream was out yet, so my reaction must have been doubly entertaining to anyone who saw me pick it up. I have more on that issue in this week's update. I also, after nine years of having no "About" section of Adam's World, finally wrote an "About Me" blog post. Long overdue? Maybe, but I sure have a heck of a lot more to talk about than I did way back then. In addition to that brand spankin new page, I have a fantastic interview with Nova Rockafeller. I was extremely excited about her the first time I saw her video for "Call Me (BATMAN)" and now I'm one of the first people to interview her! I also have a great interview with NYC duo Baby Cave, a brand new Pop Shots, and a dope Vid Pick from CT's own Chase Davis.
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Hi, I’m Adam Bernard, but you can call me Adam B (I’m the smiley guy on the left). I started Adam’s World in August of 2003, so I figured nearly nine years later is the perfect time to put together an “About Me” section for the site.
Possessing the lyrical prowess of Charli Baltimore, and the visual creativity of Kreayshawn, Nova Rockafeller is something special.
Born in Canada, raised in Negril, Jamaica, and having bounced around America, including stops in New York and LA, Nova Rockafeller, who is of Ukrainian, English and French descent, realizes she’ll initially be lumped in the “white girl rapper” category, but according to her that’s OK, “as long as they say ‘rapper.’”
Nova Rockafeller, first and foremost, is about her skills, which is something some may not initially realize when they take a look at her unique fashion sense that includes custom made jewelry from her Toys On Chains line, and duct tape modified thrift store t-shirts that she plans to market as a modified street wear line “so girls of all body types can modify them.” She is imaginative, she is colorful, and she wants to rap circles around her competition.
Right now Nova Rockafeller’s video for her single “Call Me (BATMAN)” is blowing up on YouTube, and the major labels are starting to come calling. I caught up with her while she was taking a break from filming her next video, and she told me about her past, the meaning behind some of her lyrics, and why she decided to create a t-shirt that says “I Fucked Her” over a picture of herself. Nova Rockafeller also discussed the very strange tradition she has after meetings with record labels, and the kind of date she desperately wants to be asked out on (hint: it involves a corsage).
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from John Mayer being upset at Taylor Swift, to Amanda Bynes begging for some presidential intervention, to Erykah Badu complaining about the video for her collaboration with the Flaming Lips, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
Music fans who've found themselves at Gild Hall in New York City on a Tuesday night have been experiencing a treat. A sexy, intimate, downtempo, treat. That treat is Baby Cave, which is the duo of vocalist Mariella and guitarist John Cave.
Crossover hip-hop artist Yitz “Y-Love” Jordan is returning to New York in a big way with his first live performance since coming out of the closet on Sunday June 24 at the 2012 NYC LGBT Pride Parade. He will perform on the float of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, the "world's largest LGBT synagogue."
"It means so much to me to be able to perform at NYC Pride, the Pride festival in the birthplace of the gay pride movement," Y-Love wrote in a recent Q&A. At the parade he will be performing his coming out track, "Focus On The Flair," as well as debuting new, unreleased tracks from the album of the same name. Y-Love will also be throwing a surprise coming out afterparty in the East Village featuring some of the hottest names in the LGBT world (details forthcoming).
Long acclaimed as the first black Jewish MC, Y-Love revealed he was gay to OUT Magazine last month, and instantly was the #1 most popular piece on OUT,generating buzz around the world. CNN Entertainment, Russell Simmons' Global Grind, The Advocate, The Times of Israel, and The Jerusalem Post all featured Y-Love's story of triumph over homophobia - and of the unexpected acceptance and love he received from the Orthodox community.
Focus On The Flair is a drastic departure from Y-Love's former releases. “My upcoming album is the first album where I feel like my music reflects an inner happiness and joy instead of primarily an inner conflict," Y-Love says. "And that is a reflection of what it means to come out and be true to oneself – the joy, the relief and the hope. I hope that is what people will see and focus on.”
Focus On The Flair has two more singles on the way: "Fashion Show" and "Famous." Catwalk-ready electro hip hop track "Fashion Show" features Yula Beeri singing in a style that sounds like a mash of Madonna and Santigold. On "Famous," Los Angeles-based artists Brody and Milli810 join Y-Love over an electronic dance track produced by Vibe & LFO. The album is due later this fall, and is the perfect record to re-introduce Y-Love as the first gay rapper to come out of the closet mid-career.