KON Sci of MindsOne presents the first single, "Dire Straits", off his upcoming winter release on Soulspazm Records titled "And Beyond". Following the critically acclaimed release of "Self Reliance" with his North Carolina based crew MindsOne, KON Sci of Washington DC ventures into the solo realm with a gritty boom bap self produced song "Dire Straits". The single pays homage and respect to the forefathers who deeply influenced him. KON Sci credits the Gang Starr Foundation with much attention to respective artists DJ Premier, Guru, M.O.P, Jeru The Damaja, and Group Home, as a driving force behind his involvement in beatmaking and MCing. "Dire Straits" presents a mood that served as the catalyst for KON Sci's undying passion for the Hip Hop culture in the mid 1990s to the present day. To cap off the force of "Dire Straits", KON Sci and Soulspazm have released the video for the single as well. Stay tuned for the release of "And Beyond" on Soulspazm Records this winter.*
Video: Octavion X (of Suburban District), "The Making Of VIGILANTE (Ep. 1)
Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.
Richmond, Virginia representative Octavion X is showing us the behind the scenes of his next project called Vigilante, dropping November 26th via Respect The Fresh. It's the third and final installment of his three-project series with Richmond's own DJ Shermski. The episode is directed by Premium Blendz of The Dope Life Blog and takes you through an average weekend in Richmond. Accompany Octavion as he visits a rooftop wit Dr. Millionaire, rides through Richmond, and records with DJ Gringo. The visual also includes appearances by North Carolina producer and one half of Tokyo Ave Conrizzle as well as a cameo by local Richmond legend Nickelus F. Octavion's most recent release was Beer For Breakfast with his crew Suburban District.
Life is good for Karma Jonze. Since the release of her '11 LP Random Blue Daze, Karma has released two mixtapes, gone on tour, and performed multiple times at SXSW '12. Now is the time to show and prove for Mz. Jonze. On November 29th, Karma's EP "Hungover" drops and this is the first release from the project...
"e-dub’s newest release, the Reset EP, is his most popular yet, climbing the iTunes charts, racking up YouTube views, and continuing the snowball effect that drives growth in his fan base. Here’s what e-dubble said about being embraced despite being atypical in so many ways" http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2012/11/stream-e-dubbles-reset-ep.html .
Krazy Drayz From DAS EFX Is Embarking On A Solo Journey...Highly Anticipated Debut LP, ShowTime, Due Out 11/20/12!
Courtesy Todd Davis.
November 2012 -- As one half of the early nineties -- literally -- underground, as in from the "Sewa," rap duo, DAS EFX, Krazy Drayz is finally prepping for the release of his highly anticipated, appropriately titled solo debut, ShowTime.
The stellar collection is being introduced by its double sided lead offering(s); "Two TurnTables" b/w "Put Em Up." Other standout selections on the ambitious set include; "Hold Dat," "Turn Da Heat Up," featuring Fredro Starr of Onyx fame, "Krazy Drayz" and the Smif-n-Wessun assisted "Rude Boy."
About DAS EFX: As integral members of EPMD's Hit Squad conglomerate, Dray, along with long-time partner-n-rhyme, Skoob (that's Books spelled backwards!), most famously known for their unique “iggedy sewa style,” dropped, count 'em, five super solid albums; the platinum selling Dead Serious, gold certified Straight Up Sewaside, Hold It Down, Generation EFX and How We Do, which collectively spawned a succession of hit singles; "They Want EFX," "Mic Checka," "Straight Out the Sewer," "Freakit," "Baknaffek," "Kaught in da AK" & "Real Hip Hop," and, even despite these various solo endeavors, DAS EFX still tour around the world today performing to legions of dedicated die-hard DAS heads who can now happily rejoice because there are concrete plans for a brand new group LP sometime in the very near future.
ShowTime , which is being described as a "throw back to the '90's Hip-Hop with a current feel," is slated to bow on November 20th, 2012 on iTunes...
Yes, Bay Area (November, $15) is a 90-page collection of two years of Tweets by Bay Area lyricist Lyrics Born. A hip-hop emcee known for his lyrical prowess, penning a book is a natural extension for LB. With his signature style & sense of humor, LB delivers Tweet after randomly hilarious Tweet with an inside edge that only a lifelong resident & native son of “The Bay” can.
Also featuring the artwork of Eddie Colla, Yes, Bay Area is as much an homage to the uniqueness of the San Francisco Bay Area as it is a coffee table book and collectors item.
(neé Tsutomu “Tom” Shimura) is a Bay Area native, and lifelong resident of Berkeley, CA. As a self-described “Slasher” he has spent the past 20 years forging a successful career as an award-winning rapper/em-singer/songwriter/producer/performer/voiceover talent, and now, author. In the 90’s he co-founded the seminal Independent record label, Quannum Projects, and has released 8 albums including “Later That Day”, “As U Were”, and “Latyrx-The Album” as ½ of the duo Latyrx alongside Lateef the Truthspeaker. His music and voice have appeared in countless movies, commercials, television shows, and video games, and he continues to be a mainstay on the worldwide touring and live festival circuit. He is currently working on his 9th full-length release, “Latyrx-The Second Album.”
In Yes, Bay Area, LB brings his insightful musings on the rich, diverse—and often quirky—culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. This book will be enjoyed by any hip-hop head or Bay Area native.
Audio: Vic Freeze "4 Da Guap" From Clockwork Muzik
Clockwork Muzik presents their new artist Vic Freeze and his debut single "4 Da Guap. Follow Vic on Twitter @VicFreeze. This single sets the tone for Clockwork Muzik's upcoming mixtape release. The Midwest production duo has worked with artist such as Freddie Gibbs, Krayzie Bone, and Killer Mike just to name a few. Coming off his last release, Vic keeps it Hip-Hop backed by smooth instrumentation and heavy hitting drums.
Video: Brown Bag AllStars - "Rhett Committed Murder"
Courtesy Audible Doctor.
"Rhett Committed Murder," off of BBAS’s Brown Label Part 2, which is produced by World Famous Beat Junkie DJ Rhettmatic, hence the title. DeeJay Element is responsible for the cuts throughout the Certified fresH joint and features cold verses from Audible Doctor, J57 (#SuckIt Heinz), Soul Khan and Koncept.