Freeway, hip-hop’s original bearded luminary, is excited to unveil the first single from his upcoming album, Diamond In The Ruff, which is now set to be released on November 27th via Babygrande Records. Titled “Jungle,” Philly Free’s futuristic yet animalistic banger premiered on Pitchfork earlier this morning.
A follow-up to his feature on Stalley’s track of the same name last October, Freeway breakdowns the risks, rewards, and rules of life in the concrete jungle, with a specific focus on pushing product. In true Freeway fashion, “Jungle” utilizes a rich and punchy percussion-heavy style of production, topped with a synthesized string, brass, and church choir sustain and complete with squealing synth arpeggiated accents, that doesn't overshadow his gritty flow, but rather provides a solid foundation for him to spit on. The hook says everything he wants you to know: “Let me show you how we do it in the jungle/ Make work tumble, move it by the bundle.”
The BET Hip Hop Awards aired on Tuesday - and I rolled the red carpet looking steezy in my automobile themed button down and kippah, taking photos with Stalley (above), Darah (my videographer/documentarian/homegirl) and ultimately sitting in the front row enjoying the hype from having had my BET cypher drop to some positive feedback online. RZA gave me some kind praise and I was even quoted in XXL!
So, first off, thanks for the support. For supporting the freestyle. For supporting me on my journey and grind through hip-hop. For supporting my music. This past week felt like a big moment in my career - and its my fans continuous support that has put me in this position. I couldn't have made it this far without you!
But now that we've come this far, the Dillz and Team Kosha doesn't stop. There are a handful of cyphers coming in the future weeks - including one where DMX and I get angry on the mic. And, for the next few weeks, I'm out on the road with RZA promoting The Man With The Iron Fist and hitting up CMJ too. Hopefully I'm rocking live in your neighborhood venue. Here is where you can catch me for the rest of the month.
October 12th - St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI - RZA, Supernatural, U-God, Kosha Dillz + More
October 13th - Chicago, IL - RZA, Supernatural, U-God, Kosha Dillz + More
October 15th - Beauty Ballroom - Austin, TX - RZA, Supernatural, U-God, Kosha Dillz + More
October 16th - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX - RZA, Kosha Dillz
October 17th - New York City, NY - Bancs & Oy Vey CMJ Official Showcase w/ Kosha Dillz, Onili, Wordspit and the illest, Bobby 2 Flee + More
October 24th - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA - RZA, Supernatural, U-God Kosha Dillz + More
If I don't have a show scheduled in your neighborhood, but you'd like to get a dosage of Dillz contact me or my manager, firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see what we can make happen. I'll be your favorite rapper for Halloween or maybe can come rock in my yamulke for Hannukah.
And just so you can be up on what new tracks I might be putting down - peep "Nationally Rollin" - which dropped last week on Potholes in My Blog and features verses from hip-hop brethren Wax and Ed E Ruger. Even The Source wrote about it!
Shouts to Rick Diamond (above) and Mercy McNab (below) for the photos. Shouts to RZA, U-God, Skane, the freestyle king MC Supernatural and Eye Nine, Shupacapra and DJ Absolut too.
R.A. The Rugged Man Talks Collaborations, Halloween Movies
Courtesy Nature Sounds.
R.A. The Rugged Man has been a busy man lately. First, he said down with Faygoluvers to discuss his history, his alleged ICP diss, his upcoming album Legends Never Die, and soon-to-be-released collaborations with the likes of Tech N9ne, Masta Ace, Brother Ali, Hopsin, Eamon, and more.
MTV announced the “Hip-Hop Homecoming” movie marathon, airing Saturday, October 13, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT, will feature an exclusive first look at the highly-anticipated action-adventure presented by Quentin Tarantino, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS. The never-before-seen footage from the new film by writer/director RZA will air in primetime during 50 Cents’ GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’, following the premieres of the Method Man and Redman comedy HOW HIGH, the Notorious B.I.G. biopic NOTORIOUS – featuring a special deleted scene – and Eminem’s hip-hop drama 8 MILE.
The movie marathon will also celebrate the recently announced new series “The Week in Jams” that will premiere on Sunday, October 28, at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT on MTV2. Hosts DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God, Nessa and MTV News’s Sway Calloway will be on hand throughout the day and night to deliver the latest in the world of hip-hop and talk about the upcoming series. Fans can interact with “The Week in Jams” crew during the marathon on Twitter by using #hiphophomecoming.
About THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS:
Quentin Tarantino presents THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, an action-adventure set for release on Friday, November 2, 2012 that is inspired by kung fu classics as interpreted by Tarantino’s longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA – alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu – tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-take-all battle for a fortune in gold.
Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date. Joining RZA, Crowe and Liu in the cast are Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, Cung Le, David Bautista, Byron Mann, Pam Grier and Daniel Wu.
About “The Week in Jams”:
Building upon the legacy of MTV2’s venerable “Sucker Free Countdown,” MTV2 will relaunch the series as “The Week in Jams,” beginning Sunday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT. Where “Sucker Free Countdown” focused primarily on music, “The Week in Jams” expanded focus will include the latest in the hip hop lifestyle, from music to fashion, gear to sports and, of course, real talk. Fans will discover new artists, hear the loudest opinions, keep up with new trends from all over the country and sit in on hard-hitting interviews.
MTV has recruited a hip hop dream team of contributors that will serve as the hosts of “The Week in Jams” and also serve as reporters and writers to provide expert commentary across all of MTV’s channels and screens including: mixtape legend, radio personality and television host DJ Envy, industry insider, radio personality and cast member of “MTV2’s Guy Code” Charlamagne Tha God, Motown Records recording artist and songwriter Sofi Green, West Coast mover and shaker Maestro, and west coast radio personality and nationally syndicated nighttime radio host Nessa. They will join MTV’s hip hop expert, Sway Calloway, a vanguard radio personality, record producer, hip-hop artist and MTV News Correspondent.
Murs & 9th Wonder "The Final Adventure" Dropping November 13
Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.
9th Wonder and Murs release the official tracklist - including exclusive iTunes bonus cuts, for their last collabo album The Final Adventure. The iTunes edition will include two bonus tracks, while the iTunes deluxe version includes the bonus tracks and all of the instrumentals. The Final Adventure hits stores on November 13th along with 9th Wonder's new joint effort with Buckshot The Solution. Murs recently released This Generation, his collaboration album with Fresno rapper Fashawn on Duck Down.
1. Get Together - f/ Rapsody
2. Dance With Me
4. Holding Hands
5. Walk Like A Woman
6. Tale of Two Cities
7. Funeral For A Killer
8. Better Way
9. Wherever You Are
10. It's Over
11. Wait For Someone (iTunes Bonus)
12. Tale of Two Cities - Remix (iTunes Bonus)
From The Smoking Section; "The self-professed kingpin of the inkpen has made slow and steady progress towards recognition on a national scale, and his latest release is primed to break him through the barrier from buzzing underground artist to undeniable factor."