Cool Nutz is excited to release his latest album, The Cook Up. The album, which was originally released through retail this past August is now being made available to fans for free download, via Cool Nutz' Jus Family Records.
With nine solo albums under his belt and a career that spans nearly 20 years, Cool Nutz has firmly solidified himself as a true ambassador of the Portland hip-hop scene. Despite remaining active within the larger community, The Cook Up was a comeback album, of sorts, for Cool Nutz, who had taken some time off from the studio when his son was born. "I wanted to let fans and my peers know that my oven was still hot and my chef skills were meaner than ever," says Cool Nutz. "I'm still in the kitchen, cooking up good music."
With The Cook Up, Cool Nutz kept his collaborations close to home, working with familiar names such as Illmaculate, Bosko, Mikey Vegaz, Maniac Lok, and Potluck. "It was reinvigorating - musically - to work with close associates, making dope music," remarks Cool Nutz. "It was the rebirth of my serious hunger to get back in and make new music."
Despite his history - or, perhaps, because of it - Cool Nutz says he's still growing and developing as an artist. "The Cook Up is the essence of progression for me," says the Portland vet, noting tracks like "Tax Brackets," "Black Music," and "Hamptons" as songs that show off his maturity as an artist. "This project establishes my sound and history. I feel that if you truly sit down and listen to this album, you'll see that I take the creation of my art seriously."
In a scene filled with copycats and wannabe's, there's still some true hip hop warriors left trying to make their indelible mark on the world. Jam packed with in-your-face attitude and an unmistakable flair for honest, unapologetic lyric writing, San Francisco's Easop is your ticket to rap glory. Frequently compared to the legendary late Tupac, this songwriting, music producing entrepreneur is surging back into the music industry with a vengeance and a brand new EP.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Easop ignited his hip hop career at the young age of 17, quickly setting up his own independent record label, LOD Music as a vehicle to release and promote his material. His debut record, The Time Has Come landed onto listeners with the force of an anvil, stirring up conversation about his unmistakable voice and ability to weave both harsh street realities and Christian faith together.
Easop catapulted himself headfirst into success with his first single and music video for "Out The Box," which received critical acclaim and national airplay. The track ranked in the top 10 on TVU Networks, and was also chosen by major leaguer Ryan Freel of the Baltimore Orioles as his at-bat theme song during the 2009 season.
Now he's ready to land his next punch, as the Street Gospel EP dropped on April 24, featuring the next smash single, "You've Been Waiting" followed by "How I Do It." Easop's also putting the finishing touches on his record with LOD Boyz, Reloaded, which is due out on May 8. While drawing more comparisons to heavy hitters such as DMX, Scar Face and Slim Thug, this determined, self-made artist is ready to take his music to the next level while delivering a powerful message.
Street Gospel is available through iTunes, and fans can sample a tantalizing taste of Easop's addictive flow as well as the thrilling video for "Out Tha Box" through his official website or YouTube channel. Follow him on Twitter @Easop for all of the latest news and information.
Video: Timothy Rhyme x My Vintage Voyage - The Pharcyde
First Dirt has teamed up with accredited videographer, Mark Gallegos, Mark1Media, and the world renown shoe company, Vlado Footwear, to release a series of short interviews with recording artist, Timothy Rhyme, about the top hip hop albums of all time that influenced him to make his next album release with producer Phil The Pain, Vintage. This release will coincide with his 1st ever US tour so stay tuned for dates.
In this episode, Timothy Rhyme gives credit the legendary Pharcyde, Labcabincalifornia.
Grammy Award-Winning Everlast to Raise Awareness and Funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Through Song Download
To help raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/rapper Everlast (aka Erik Schrody, who has a two-year-old daughter with CF) is supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through the sale of the song “Long Time.” From May 8 through May 22, each 99-cent iTunes download of “Long Time” will spur a 65 cent donation (the label’s entire proceeds) from Everlast, Martyr Inc. Records and EMI Label Services to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Visit the iTunes store to download Everlast’s “Long Time” and support the fight against Cystic Fibrosis online at http://bit.ly/KPSwad .
MP3: Marcel P. Black - "Sundown" f/ Lyriqs Da Lyraciss
Today I'd like to drop off a new song from my upcoming EP, "The 1rst Born" (which will be released May 22nd), titled "Sundown", which features the hottest up & coming emcee in New Orleans, Lyriqs Da Lyrciss (@underdogcentral). "Sundown" was originally written when 4 to 5 years ago when I was in the midst of facing personal demons, as well dealing as dealing with the death of my close friend. About 2 months ago, when going thru my gmail, I ran across both the beat and the lyrics, and decided I should release the song, because it shows a different side of me than a good portion of my music. It's very personal, and you can hear the pain & conviction in my voice & lyrics. I wanted to give people a different look from my regular "conscious" material. The record is produced by Houston beatsmith (by way of Baton Rouge) Soulcala. I appreciate you taking out the time to check this record out. The link to the record is below.
“Ramesses” is a term for ancient Egyptian royalty, Pharaohs to be specific. If Hip-Hop was Kemet, The Imperial Gensu Dean would be among the regal few. At a time when the music is drowned in a sea of thin synths and weak stock drums, Dean consciously keeps it analog, relying on the tried and true SP-1200 and stacks of records.
For his newest single, "Ramesses", Gensu Dean enlists two up-and-coming rhyme kings in their own right, the dexterous Homeboy Sandman and the ferocious 7evenThirty, to compliment his apocalyptic beat. Matching a mean guitar riff with gunshot drums and a wailing vocal sample, Dean provides intense energy, allowing 7evenThirty to wild out and rap about busting through the side of mountains, mummifying opponents and riding on the back of the Sphinx. Homeboy Sandman provides a good counterbalance; rapping with equal lyrical intensity but taking the everyman route, reminding us of when he would drink water to quell hunger and lie about cutting McDonalds out of his diet.