MP3: Freddy Hefner - "New Body" (prod. K. Roosevelt)
Freddy Hefner is a 21 year old, LA native (currently living in NYC and recent St. John's University graduate) and a dynamic rapper, singer-songwriter and the pioneer of a new style called STRAP, which she defines as a jazzy flow mixing hip-hop, r&b and pop delivering an infectious sound that is designed to sing along. Her first official street single is "NEW BODY", produced by K. Roosevelt (Dom Kennedy, Jhené Aiko, Casey Veggies).
Crew54 (Austin, TX) recently released their single "My Life" off their upcoming BRB... EP, and they follow it up with DVZN Media produced epic video. Depicting the story of one evening of decisions that can lead to a single choice between life and death. Shot on the streets of Central Texas over a few weeks, that even involved someone catching a charge, this video is the next level for Crew54.
Video: Stu Bangas & Vanderslice - "1st Degree Murder"
Courtesy Audible Treats.
"1st Degree Murder" features underground stalwarts Roc Marciano, Vinnie Paz, and Celph Titled, and the song continues Stu & Vander's impressive streak of bringing together some of hip-hop's most talented artists. "After the beat was done," says Stu Bangas, who produced the track, "it fit perfect for Roc Marciano." He adds, "I always thought Vinnie Paz and Roc Marciano would make an ill combo; Celph Titled came through to bless the hook and torch a verse."
Video: Do Studio Gangsters Create Street Gangsters?
Missed VIBE Magazine's Music Editor John Kennedy and recording artists Par-City on HOT 97's Street Soldiers with Lisa Evers? Listen to the round table discussion Do Studio Gangsters Create Street Gangsters and let us know your thoughts on the topic. Follow them on twitter @youngJFK @lisaevers @GiFTheGreat @WillyDope.
Journalist 103 (of The Left) Signs With Babygrande Records
Honing in on the modern man’s struggle, Journalist 103 uses his words to paint vivid pictures of peril, inspiration and overcoming hardship. As the lyricist behind The Left’s critically acclaimed 2010 opus, “Gas Mask,” Journalist maneuvered through obscurity and rose to infamy as one of Detroit’s most celebrated narrators. Throughout the years, he has shared the mic with legends such as Kool G Rap and even lent his voice to the opening track on Proof’s out-of-print Detroit classic and now collector’s item, “Electric Coolaid Acid Testing.”
As his name suggests, Journalist 103 is able to articulate his point of view like a true professional, never relying on cheap frills to captivate listeners. “Journalist is a perfectly-titled MC because his raps have no gimmicks….but keep the listener coming back for more because they're expertly-arranged, compellingly delivered, and contain real substance,” declares RapReviews.com. The past two years have been incredible for Journalist, as his album alongside producer Apollo Brown and DJ Soko, collectively known as The Left, garnered a 92 (out of 100) from OkayPlayer.com, reached the number 1position on KevinNottingham.com’s staff picks for the Top 10 Albums of the Year, and has earned select spots in both DJ Premier and HipHopDX’s rankings for top albums of 2010.
Journalist 103 continues his investigative report on the human psyche and charters new territory on his solo debut, “Reporting Live,” to be released via Babygrande Records. “It is definitely a privilege and an honor to be putting this album out on Babygrande Records” remarks Journalist. “Sharing the Roster with the likes of Freeway and the legendary GZA makes everything up to this point all worth the while” he adds. Featuring guest appearances from Freeway, Saigon & Fashawn, and production from Snowgoons, Apollo Brown, Oddisee, The Audible Doctor, and more, Journalist 103 returns to boast lyrics straight from the headlines of an eye-opening periodical.
The album’s first single, “Danger” is produced by the notorious Detroit beat battler Marc Byrd and features Philadelphia legend, Freeway. “Danger” is a room-filling banger that showcases Journalist and Freeway trading verses, heeding a warning of the severity of street life.
Journalist 103’s solo debut, “Reporting Live,” will hit stores worldwide on October 30, 2012 via Babygrande Records.
Video: Half Past Never Band f/ Ekow - "Winds of Autumn"
Courtesy Timo K.
Winds of Autumn feat. Ekow is the second single from Half Past Never Band´s new EP, which was released by Fatbass Records in May 2012. Vocals and lyrics in the song are made by soul-singer Fatima Koroma, who recently joined the band. In addition, raps in Winds of Autumn are made by MC Ekow, who is better known as a MC in The Megaphone State.
Free Download: Teddy James Presents "The Beginning EP"
Courtesy Park Street PR.
London producer Teddy James releases his brand new five-track EP which is officially available for free download now. Already getting string feedback with some positive reviews from some of the UK's more credible websites, 'The Beginning' is exactly what the title suggests. this is just the start!