Good*Fella Media present “Behind These Bars” video series with Nutso. We sat down with the queens native and had a track by track break down of his thoughts and creation behind his new project EP “Behind these Bars“, available out now!
NYCE Announces Canadian Tour Dates w/ ONYX + FREE DL
Courtesy Jon Asher.
Montreal hip hop artist NYCE is proud to announce he will be performing the following tour dates with ONYX, Beatnuts, Alkaholiks.
September 21, 2012 - Le Belmont - Montreal, QC - ICON Music Fest w/ Onyx - Show Details September 22, 2012 - Mikados - Niagara Falls, ON w/ Beatnuts, Alkaholiks September 24, 2012 - Rockpile - Toronto, ON w/ Onyx
NYCE recently revealed his cover artwork and track listing from his upcoming mixtape 'D2: Loyal 2 Da Streets' hosted by DJ SMALLZ set for release by MTL label Hustle Cartel Ent on Tuesday, September 25th to follow up NYCE's first mixtape 'D'Boy Music' released last year. A FREE DOWNLOAD of his latest track 'Swagged Out' is now available at the following link.
With a catalogue that is unmatched by many, Moka Only is often considered to be a pioneer and driving force behind Canadian West Coast hip hop, as well as an important component in popularizing the art of freestyling in Victoria and Vancouver. In the 13+ years since his debut, Moka Only has released more than 50 albums, both solo and collaborative. He records under a variety of aliases, with the most popular being Ron Contour, Flow Torch and The Durable Mammal. He has been a contributing member of numerous groups and collectives, including Perfect Strangers, Code Name: Scorpion, Cryptic Souls Crew, The Dominant Mammals, City Planners, Nowfolk and Swollen Members, along with many others. Amongst all of that, Moka has worked with underground hip hop heroes like J Dilla, Aceyalone, OH NO, MF Doom, Buck 65, K-Os, Sixtoo and more.
But it all began rather humbly in his hometown of Victoria, BC, where Moka Only discovered hip hop culture at an early age, starting out as a graffiti artist before switching to rhyming at house parties and freestyling anywhere and everywhere alongside partner K-Prevail (recording together as Splitsphere). In 1994, Moka made the move to San Diego in order to further his rap career, creating a number of connections that he would later use to his advantage. Upon moving back to Canada in 1995 and taking up residence in Vancouver, Moka met Mad Child, and along with K-Prevail, now just Prevail, the three emcees founded Swollen Members one night at a Denny's, with Moka coining their multiple meaning name. However, a group dynamic was not for Moka and he soon moved on to a solo career.
In 1995, Moka Only started flooding the local scene with a myriad of music, quickly earning himself the nickname of "The Most Prolific" by self-releasing cassettes on an almost seasonal basis, which led to a few vinyl releases and finally album deals with a variety of labels. All the while, Moka was building a name for himself as a strong and skillful emcee with down-to-earth subject matter ranging from hip hop to fashion, from food to travel, and from love to sex. Although best known for his rapping, Moka was also building his resume as a a quirky producer with a knack for mixing live and sampled instruments. While the majority of Moka's musical output has been self-produced, his beats are also sought after by a wide range of underground artists.
With his solo career as both rapper and producer on the rise, Moka Only participated in a few collaborations with Swollen Members resulting in Moka rejoining the group for Monsters in the Closet, their 2002 collection of b-sides and rarities featuring three new songs. He remained on board for Heavy in 2003 but left again prior to the recording of Black Magic. Once again Moka had found himself confined as part of a group.
His time with Swollen Members, which also saw him signed to the Battle Axe label, resulted in three consecutive Junos, but it also meant a decrease in the amount of solo music from Moka. "The Most Prolific" returned in 2005 beginning with the release of The Desired Effect, his Nettwerk debut that realized a much greater pop potential for Moka. Unhappy with the label interference, Moka released a Japan-only alternate version under the title Dirty Jazz that was more to his liking, marking Moka's return to releasing the nearly seasonal albums of gritty, underground jams he has always been known for through labels like Camobear, Legendary Entertainment and Urbnet, as well as an occasional one-off project for various other indie labels.
MP3: Chino XL "Eye (The Stomp)" (prod. House Shoes)
Courtesy Nancy B.
New leak from Chino XL, produced by Detroit's own, House Shoes, from the upcoming double CD RICANstruction "The Black Rosary", releasing on 9/25 via Viper Records. This song pays homage to the late J Dilla and Proof, with whom both Chino and House Shoes were friends and collaborators.
After three singles, Top $ Raz delivers Reign On The Parade, his first full length offering since The New Flesh. Teaming up with KevinNottingham.com and indie-label start up Throat Chop Music, Reign on the Parade is Top $ Raz's flag in the sand, marking his territory in this rap game.
With feature collaborations from producers such as J57 and Audible Doctor of The Brown Bag AllStars, 6th Sense, Badd Lukk and others, Reign on the Parade serves as a true reflection of the Far Rock, Queens native's life. With the passion and energy in his rhymes, coupled with hard hitting production, it's safe to say, Reign On the Parade is truly the two headed dragon that will turn heads.
First 50 orders to come in will receive a free digital copy of the album. The link will be sent out immediately after purchasing, giving fans the chance to listen to the album while they wait on their physical copy to arrive.
Around the same time Alucard and IDE recorded For Fuck Sake they had another project in the works: Stonecutters – Primitive Tools. A concept album based on “Building” in both a literal and metaphorical sense. The album was titled “Primitive Tools” in reference to bringing it back to the basics of creating Hip Hop. After IDE was in the Hospital with a collapsed lung, moving, and falling out of touch with some of the producers. The project slowly fell apart. Even with over 15 songs recorded. A good portion of the tracks were mixed, however some of the songs were lost on a destroyed hard-rive. Now in 2012 after scavenging the best raw recorded mixes from the project, Creative Juices Music has decided to release this material as album project called “Uncovered Remains“. With over 15 unreleased tracks. Most never before heard. All though not every track got to get the finishing touches, and final mixes. The sound of the album captivates the time it was recorded and the mind state the artist were in. We decided it was best left untempered. After mastering and touching up all the tracks as best as possible “Uncovered Remains” is ready for immediate release. Digital copies will be available on itunes September 18th, and physical copies will be made available shortly after. This project will hit home for fans of Force Fed, Watch Them Fall, FFS, and Table of Content. Hard hitting raw production by the likes of: IDE, Benzie, Junior Makhno, Al Tarba, Black Sparx, R1 and Philup Drummond…. Alucard and IDE claim it is some of there most lyrical content to date, and our excited to finally have this material see the light of day. Dust off your stereos in preparation for these “Uncovered Remains” sure to leave the most hardcore Hip Hop fans wondering what planet these artist came from, and how they come up with some of the content they rhyme about.
01. StoneCutters Intro 02. Wall Of Troy 03. Disciple to Master 04. Windy Nights 05. Pyramid Buildaz 06. 2013 07. Interlude 08. Stonecutters ft. Lord Lhus 09. Teachers Workshop 10. Fall Of Persia 11. Down With Us 12. Scripts N Scrolls ft. UG 13. Interlude 14. The New Standard ft. Critical 15. B-Boy Spacemen 16. Waning Crescent 17. Eastern Drama 18. Doorways 2001 Outro
One of the UK's most original and entertaining acts Kings Of The City return with their brand new video for The Devil. For this track they mix their now familiar blend of Blues and Hip Hop with a harder edge inspired by bands like Black Sabbath and Rage Against The Machine.