Washington, D.C. rhymesayer SmCity has joined forces with The DJBooth to bring fans his debut full-length, The Indie Life: Hate, Love & Money. The project features 12 original cuts from the up-and-coming emcee, including previously-featured, reader-approved cuts “Watch Me,” “About a Hater” and “Mr. IDGAF.” Joining SmCity on the guest tip throughout The Indie Life are Trey Dupree, Derek Olds, Skyzoo, Kokayi, Pro’verb, DB, Oddisee, Phil Adé, Uptown XO, Sam Trocki. Beats come courtesy of The Best Kept Secret, Heartbeat, Charlie Heritage, The Drumatiks, DB, Ab the Pro and Preston Hart.
Video: Mawnstr, "Surrender/Brutalizin' RMX" f. Kaliban
Los Angeles-bred, Oakland-based emcee Mawnstr presents the RCKLSS ABNDN-directed music video for "Surrender/Brutalizin' (RMX)", two selections off his forthcoming debut solo EP dropping summer. "Brutalizin' (RMX)" features fellow L.A. emcee Kaliban, and was produced by the late Julien Wari Hobobo a.k.a. VybezOne, a beloved L.A.-based producer who passed away last year. Mawnstr's most recent release is the Why You Cryin EP, a collaboration with Cuzzo D under the moniker Not The 1s featuring production from Daedelus, Mexicans With Guns and more. Mawnstr was also part of the Connoisseurs Crew alongside P.E.A.C.E. from Freestyle Fellowship and was featured on P.E.A.C.E.'s 2003 album Gumbo.
Block Starz Music Names David "Cin'atra" Lee Chief of West Coast Operations And Latin Division
Block Starz Music LLC, a leading German-American digital music company engaged in scouting, developing, and marketing new independent talent, announced that David "Cin'atra" Lee has been appointed Executive Vice President of West Coast Operations and founding president of the company's newly-formed Latin entertainment division, Block Starz Latin Music.
Mr. Lee has been with Block Starz since 2011, holding various positions, each with increasing levels of responsibility. In his most recent position as Block Starz Music's Vice President of Artist and Repertoire (West), he was directly involved in the signing of Delwin The Krazyman, Loc'ed Out Entertainment, producer Young West, and Thizz Latin's Block Movement which consists of rappers Latin Threat, Stylo and Stewart Gats.
"David brings the skill set, industry experiences, and unique knowledge of Block Starz Music's culture and creative process necessary to be successful in this role," said Bayer Mack, Founder and President. "We are fortunate to have an executive of his proven ability to quickly step into the assignment."
In his new position, Mr. Lee will be supervising various projects, including the West Coast Block Starz 2 compilation, and an all Spanish compilation album called The Latin Connection, as well as developing strategic partnerships with lifestyle brands, publishing, and film companies. As the new chief of Block Starz Latin Music, David will be responsible for signing, marketing, and promoting talented Latin artists from all genres of music, not just Hip-Hop and R&B.
"Block Starz Music has allowed me to discover talented artists and provide opportunities that many of them wouldn't receive unless they had a budget," says Lee, who is also the CEO of Deep Groove Entertainment, which manages various acts. "There are lots of undiscovered Latin artists with major talent that deserve to be heard and seen. Latin Music has a huge marketplace that we believe will continue gaining popularity in the United States as the Hispanic population grows."
About Block Starz Music Founded in 2008 to scout, develop, and market new independent talent, Block Starz Music LLC is a leading digital Hip-Hop label in America with a catalog that includes independent releases by Machine Gun Kelly, Rhymefest, and Fashawn as well as songs featuring Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Raheem DeVaugn, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The company has a diverse roster of new and established Rap, Rock, Pop, and R&B recording acts and also distributes other independent and artist operated labels.
Watup. I’m going on tour late August-early September. I’ll be hitting as many spots between Cali and Illinois as possible. I’ll be bringing some homies with me: C Plus (@plusmoney), MC Colorless (@colorlessmc), and Imperfekt (@mc_imperfekt). They’re cool and if you don’t know about em, now would be a great time to look em up.
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Video: Herukhuti f/ Slim Da Mobster - "Blood On My Shoes"
Herukhuti Ausar of Money Over Death can best be described as a rapping soldier on the rise. Now residing in Los Angeles, the Raleigh, North Carolina native marches to a beat of his own and with his Street LP, Feds Don’t Like Me, (hosted by Greg Street) Herukhuti has crafted a lyrical compilation that is certain to captivate all audiences. He has mastered the art of exemplifying his life’s struggles, through music - music that is genuine, raw, and real; yet uplifting and empowering.
Emcee Fearce & producer BeanOne of Seattle's Dyme Def have combined their talents to form a group and in doing so present their debut twelve track offering There Goes The Neighborhood, for the wallet friendly price of free.99. TGTN is cut from the same cloth of quality releases that you've come to expect from Seattle's premiere hip-hop crew; innovative production, domineering mic control and conceptually driven lyrics, all with a style that's devoid of any industry typecast. In other words, this should be played at high volume, preferably in a residential neighborhood...enjoy. #YukTheWorld
The Book Of Matthew is available for free download at quakematthews.com. The 11-track project features production from industry heavy-weights like J. Cardim (Lil Wayne, Joe Budden, Ludacris) and Tone Mason (Drake, Jay-Z) and guest appearances from Freeway, Termanology and Canadian R&B crooner JRDN.
The 23-year old described the project “I feel I’ve really come into my own as an artist since The Myth was released. I named the album The Book Of Matthew because it’s a very reflective, personal record of my journey thus far in music. I want to give fans a taste of everything, not just the good times, but the highs the lows and all the moments that define who I am in between.”