This weekend was looking crazy on the social forums, from Roots Picnic to Summer Jam, to Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Bowl. I mean who wasn't where? Well some were at home cooking up some sounds for an interestingly fun Megabeat for the 1st official week in June. For the Love of It!
PR: G.Huff & Vice Souletric Get Co-Sign from Scarface & Pete Rock On New Track
G. Huff and Vice Souletric have quickly become two of the most respected new Hip-Hop artists to come out the Midwest. The Ohio MC/Producer duo made waves in 2011 with their debut album, Where Do We Go From Here?, which featured a who's who of talent such as Guilty Simpson, REKS, Termanology, and more. In addition, Vice will have production on upcoming albums from Scarface, Reek Da Villian and others in 2012.
As a duo G.Huff and Vice are now set to follow up with a new EP, Are We There Yet?, a carefully crafted masterpiece packed with lyricism, soul, and energy. It’s a recipe the duo knows how to cook up so well! Not only do Huff and Vice receive the co-signs of hip hop legends Pete Rock and Scarface (who grace the intro of “Tears In A Bucket”), they create their own lane with an original sound that is unique yet universal enough for all to enjoy!
"Tears In A Bucket” was created and influenced by a domestic violence incident as G.Huff explains "Tears In A Bucket” is a song that is based loosely on an event that took place not too long ago involving an acquaintance of mine. Domestic violence is a subject most artists shy away from, but I felt we could bring light to this issue in a dope way, without being preachy, and still making good music. I hand-picked male vocalist, JTronius, and female R&B singer, Alison Carney too add authentic emotion to the track. The sample Vice chose for this beat provided the perfect backdrop for the story I told. I think this song will hit home with both men and women."
Q is still at it this time he drops a visual to "REPRESENT" off his upcoming IAMMATIC Mixtape. Video shot by @theshaywest check it out The Mixtape version will feature a verse from rapper SHYNE so stay tuned for release date.
Jean Grae, Skyzoo, !llmind Invade Brooklyn on Thursday
Brooklyn Live occurs the first Thursday of every month at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. Our goal is to feature a number of Hip Hop's most talented MCs, DJs, and Producers, all on one stage. If you missed last month, you missed an incredible night of DJ performances from The X-Ecutioners and Da Beatminerz. For those of you in the NYC area, please don't make the same mistake this month.
This Thursday, we are proud to feature incredible artists including Jean Grae, Skyzoo and !llmind, DJ JS1 (Rahzel's DJ), Boogie Blind (Pharoahe Monch's DJ), Scram Jones, and Fresh Vetz. And of course, you will get to see a performance Total Eclipse and myself, as well as our hilarious host D-Stroy. There will also be a special open bar, featuring Sailor Jerry Rum and Asahi Beer beginning promptly at 9PM, so make sure to arrive early.
Who: Jean Grae, Skyzoo, !llmind, DJ JS1, Total Eclipse, Gen.Erik, Scram Jones, Boogie Blind, Fresh Vetz
Where and When: Thursday, June 7th at 9PM at Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th St. Brooklyn, NY
Oddissee’s new full length LP, People Hear What They See, seems poised to cement its author as one of the elite MCs/producers in underground hip-hop. Mello Music Group is proud to let off the first leak with “Way In, Way Out" to celebrate the new album's official itunes debut today!
One of the shining aspects of Oddissee’s work has always been its implicit emphasis on inclusion rather than exclusion. In other words, while certain platinum selling artists might constantly reinforce how different he is than his audience, the DMV’s prodigal son’s bars come from a much more grounded place. “Way In, Way Out” opens with a robust brass line and a pounding kick to match. Oddissee waste’s no time painting an allegory exploring the gaping American divide between the truly wealthy and the rest of us, and the precarious cycles that emerge from it. Much like his synesthetic title suggests, Oddissee’s rhymes are vivid and visual.
Towards the end of the second verse, Oddissee integrates a bar from Jay-Z’s “Can’t Knock The Hustle” into a scathing analysis of the American justice system, seamlessly of course. While he might not have the paper and popularity of Hov , there is something to be said about the level of mastery Oddissee has shown in so many aspects of underground hip-hop in a relatively short time. Far from being God but he works goddamn hard.
MP3: St. Joe Louis x Flying Lotus - "Say A Prayer"
"SAY A PRAYER" PRODUCED BY FLYING LOTUS // OFFICIAL SINGLE (DOWNLOAD) TAKEN FROM UPCOMING 'ST. JOE LOTUS' ALBUM COMING SOON
Sexting is not direct enough for NJ / Texas trio St. Joe Louis. Each group member delivers a phone call full of game on their freshly minted first single 'Say A Prayer,' from their upcoming St Joe Lotus EP. Say A Prayer capitalizes on the lush Flying Lotus production with each lucky lady receiving her deepest desires by the earful.
The 'St. Joe Lotus EP' is St. Joe Louis collaborating in a very internet way with Flying Lotus. Obviously fans of Flying Lotus in that his production is presented untouched except for vocal additions. Beginning with the Lotus Sutra each song is almost a meditation on a diverse array of subjects from dangerous relationships (Lion and the Lotus) to idolization (So Much More). It currently has no scheduled release date but expect it sooner than you think.
On Family First, Illus collaborates lyrically and sonically with some of best emcees and producers in the business. Each emcee featured is also the producer of the track they appear on and this collaborative process is a first for any Hip-Hop project. Family First is also co-produced by Public Enemy luminary DJ Johnny Juice and the star-studded guest emcee/producer list includes; Apathy, Ill Bill, Blueprint, J-Live, Erin Barra, Headsnack, Phashara, Chuuwee, Esoteric and more.
"Son of a Beat” is a hard hitting, soulful track by two of Underground HipHop's most talented emcees. Together, Illus and Chuuwee, utilize the the mic to invoke the power of positive social change, and revolution for peace, equality and justice. The very essence of HipHop."
1. Orca 2. 187 feat. 187 3. I Hustle 4. Bullets ft. Slim The Mobster & King T 5. For Nothing feat. Dubb 20, Liq and LM 6. Life Is A Gamble feat. Yukmouth and Realest 7. Addictive feat. Slick Pulla, Brotha Lynch Hung and Dead Mike 8. Bitch I'm Ballin feat. Paul Wall 9. Murder One feat. MC Eiht and BG Knocc Out 10. Getting To The Money feat. B-Legit 11. Waiting On Me 12. New Beginning feat. Marvaless, Rydah J Klyde and T-Nutty 13. Killas Like Me feat. Kokane, Killa Tay and Lil Cyco 14. No Warning feat. Young Buck and Omar "Big O" Gooding 15. Can't Grind Forever 16. Fuckin Wit It feat. E-40
Video: Skills and Variety - "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs"
facebook.com/skillsandvariety Cadillacs and Dinosaurs EP - 2012 Destiny Records Song: Produced, engineered and mixed by Brandon Metcalf Video: Filmed and edited by Brandon Metcalf Filming Assistants: Natalie Kralicek and Levi Bremness
Zach89 - "The Zach89 Files" - A Collection of Z-Mixes
Zach89 is happy to present his new mixtape The Zach89 Files, which is a collection of the Queens rapper's lively Z-Mixes! Cover art and tracklist are below, and you can download or grab embeddable player from one of these links: