Hieroglyphics Announce Release Date for "The Kitchen"
Courtesy Hiero Imperium.
Hieroglyphics has been simmering for days with the scent of sonic sustenance emanating from that place where hip hop warms the heart and stimulates the mind. The Kitchen.
The Kitchen LP is an album that blends the ingredients of archival audio, new music and collaboration between turntablism, beat chopping and lyricism together to form an original authentic entree for your ears to devour and digest. For this special project Hiero has enlisted the skills and support of Sacramento based DJ and beat chopping crew The Sleeprockers. They bring the skills of master chefs dealing with quality ingredients to create a concoction of seamless yet eclectic flavors for the rare hip hop palate In the process, The Kitchen has come to embody a space for experimental collaboration that knows no limits or boundaries while maintaining a sense of respect for the tradition that these recipes come from.
Hieroglyphics and The Sleeprockers are cooking in The Kitchen. This should be encouraging to the hungry hip hop and Hieroglyphics fan because the time to eat is coming soon.
Get your plate, knife, fork and spoon ready for a July 16th release date.
Penthouse Music's 19-year-old alternative NYC rapper Skizzy Mars debuted the visual to "Pay For You" featuring G-Eazy with Karmaloop TV last night (MAY 6). The song is from Skizzy Mars' debut mixtape Phases that released last month; download link below. The music video, directed by Déjà Star, shows footage from their Must Be Nice tour that stopped in over 35 cities this year.
Brockton's (MA) own Notoriety (Vydle Sinez x Incredible Chuck) returns with their latest offering, 'Well Rested,' produced entirely by GxWay, an EP designed for the true Hip-Hop purist. This duo has previously worked with underground lyricists such as Rapper Big Pooh (of Little Brother), Joe Scudda and Statik Selektah, as well as performed with the likes of Pac Div, Stalley and Wordsmith. Notoriety are bringing their own unique, personal, cohesive sound to this EP, that can only be delivered with the 'one group, one producer' concept, something the landscape of Hip-Hop has truly missed over the past few years.
Audio: Goldini Bagwell of Sandpeople - Secondhand Smoke
Courtesy Heaven Noise.
Sandpeople's Goldini Bagwell was already a seasoned emcee with a long history of standout verses and tracks by the time he released Chainsmoke – his highly acclaimed but criminally slept-on solo debut. The album resonated with audiences all over the world thanks to Goldini’s carefully constructed narratives and producer Pmpee Beat’s intricate backdrops.
Goldini has teamed up with the Lahti, Finland-based producer once again on Secondhand Smoke - a two-part album consisting of the free X-Ray EP (available now) and the Extended Cut which will be in stores of the mostly internet variety later this year.
Secondhand Smoke (X-Ray EP) is a FREE, 7-song EP featuring Illmaculate, Al-One, Sleep, Serge Severe, IAME, DJ Spark, and DJ Delay. Produced entirely by Pmpee Beats.
Sharks in the Sky contains pure hip-hop head-nodders like “Dream Lab” and “The Living Dead”, quirky but hard hitting 8-bit-sounding beats like “Echelon” and “So Filthy”, and smooth joints like “Just”. Then there are tracks like “The Lives” and “Panoptic” that give off a triumphant indie/electro rock vibe, as Delay seems to toy with the effervescent boundaries of the genre.
Follow Case Arnold around the streets of his home town, Clarksville, TN, for his newest visuals to his track "Profound Sound." Case begins winding up the videos for his most recent project "The Myndstate" with one of his most unique visuals yet. This track was produced by none other than 9th Wonder, and the video was again done by Devo Films.
Philadelphia hip-hop artist and producer Theodore Grams drops a visual to track three off of his recent project Dogwhistle 2. This has to be his best visual to date, and definitely deserves to be all over the internet.
Blockhead was more than game for the opportunity to work with A.B., having known A.B. since he himself was 18 years old. And with Roc Maricano recently named as VP & Director of A&R for the label, it seemed like the perfect time to release a record that demonstrated the impressive wealth of talent Man Bites Dog Records has assembled. With a new beat tailored specifically for the remix track, Blockhead went for "more of a head nod, driving force" type sound, leading to a "break that was airy and little self reflective." Coupled with spirited lyrical deliveries from Double A.B. and Roc Marciano, the track is a perfect example of the label's continued evolution and growing dominance.
Mixtape Submission: ILLANTA (Extended Version) by ILLClinton
Courtesy ILL Clinton.
Brothers, Emcee/Producer tandem, ILLClinton, re-releases their exceptional 2013 debut mixtape, ILLANTA, Tuesday, May the 7th. The re-release includes new bonus tracks for fans that were not on the initial project. The new, extended ILLANTA will be the Featured Mixtape on DatPiff.com for two weeks in the month of May. An Atlanta Renaissance of sorts, the project exemplifies beautiful production and intelligent lyrical prowess. A diverse array of styles and flows, The ILL is exactly what the rap game's been waiting for. Welcome to the Dirty South.