We recorded Tope at Mississippi Studios. This four-song set begins with one we’ve been spinning on opbmusic: “Midnight,” featuring singer Caitlin Cardier, and includes "Come True" produced by Mark Steez, "Respectfully" from TOPE's debut album SOUL MUSIC, and finally a Calvin Valentine assisted "Life Of The Party."
Cypress Hill & Rusko Release EP on V2 Records/Cooperative Music
Hip-hop legends Cypress Hill and dubstep DJ/Producer Rusko have released their highly anticipated collaborative effort Cypress x Rusko, digitally TODAY (6/5) on V2 Records (US Download can be found at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cypress-x-rusko-ep/id528489013 for iTunes). Featuring the striking, signature sound of Cypress Hill alongside Rusko's unmistakable beats, the 5-track EP shows the full capabilities of two music pioneers coming together to create yet another raw and unfiltered sound.
"I think dubstep is a natural progression of hip-hop, especially the way that we formulated it with Rusko. With this release, we're starting another chapter for Cypress Hill because it's something that we've never done before. It's going to take people by surprise. We're not scared to take a chance. It's made us feel rejuvenated musically, and that's all you can ask for as a musician; to be able to feel new again after so many years." – Sen Dog of Cypress Hill
In addition, the pair have joined forces with Talenthouse to give DJ's and producers worldwide a chance to remix a track from the EP, "Lez Go." The winning remix will be premiered on the IHeartRadio station Electric Sound Stage, the world's largest digital electronic music station. Cypress Hill x Rusko will pick the winner themselves, and in addition to exposure to more than 50,000 Electric Sound Stage listeners, the winner will also receive a Native Instruments Komplete8 Software Kit, promotion across Cypress Hill and Rusko's official sites and a signed copy of the vinyl EP. The 10 highest-voted submissions will be compiled on a digital mix tape, to be distributed and promoted by Cypress Hill x Rusko. Contest details can be found at www.cypresshill.com. All entries must be submitted by June 25th. The winner will be announced on July 5th.
As you'd expect from chameleonic musicians, each song on the EP showcases a different musical side to the collaborators. "Lez Go" marries the ominous with the atmospheric, as Cypress' menacing vocals sound angelic over Rusko's harmonious, arpeggiated synths. The up-tempo, high-energy vibe of "Roll It, Light It" and "Stay Medicated" make them club anthems, while "Can't Keep Me Down" sees Damian Marley bring a dancehall feel over a slicing, metallic beat. Finally, there's "Shots Go Off," the grimiest track on the EP, which replaces drums with gunshots, and recalls classic Cypress tracks "Lick a Shot" and "Cock the Hammer."
D. Allie here. We have put up another free download on our SoundCloud page. This one is a remix of "I'm Yours" from our album Eddie Logix and D. Allie are Progress Report. All credit is due to the homie Semitone on this remix. If you dig the track please let somebody know we're out here.
We also have a video for the original version of the track so if you have not seen it click the video still below and enjoy. More info on the upcoming remix album and release party below that. Get at us if you need anything and per usual your support means the world to us.
NYCE Opens for Jeru The Damaja - Montreal June 16 @ Underworld
Montreal hip hop artist NYCE is one busy rapper in 2012 having already released three singles '24/7 remix ft. T-Money & Tony 'Touchdown' Davis', 'Dopest on The Scene' and 'Best Price' to great acclaim along with touring across Canada with American rapper Freeway and opening for Raekwon (Wu Tang Clan) back in March in his hometown of MTL along with landing himself on the April cover of Vandala Mag. NYCE now returns to the MTL scene on Saturday, June 16th at Underworld to open for rapper Jeru The Damaja best-known for his 1994 debut album, The Sun Rises in the East, which was ranked as one of the 100 greatest hip-hop albums of all time by the editors of About.com, calling it "one of the quintessential '90s hip-hop albums along with his work with Guru and DJ Premier of Gangstar.
Saturday, June 16th @ Underworld w/ Backpacker Music, Generale Q, K13, Woodman
Cameron GreY speaks directly to “GenerationY” with his new video for “No Tomorrow” and its passionately lip-synched by a close friend of Cameron’s Mr. Billy Mays III (fun factoid—Billy Mays III is the son of Billy Mays Jr, the former “king of the pitch” spokesperson from the Home Shopping Network).
Soulstice 4, like the prior three, is like the ultimate musical status update, in which I tell fans in as potent and honest terms as I know how I feel about my life and the world that it occupies. As always, it is over a borrowed non-hip hop musical source that reflects the tone of the song as well as my contemporary cultural influences. This all sounds way too pretentious, so fuck it, I'll put it like this: Soulstice means the "realest shit I ever wrote" and this is the last part of the series, so enjoy. Thanks for rolling with me and I hope you continue to do so.
Video: 40Love Announces Dreams Don't Sleep For July 24 Release
San Francisco hip-hop group 40Love, comprised of emcee/vocalist Miss Haze, rapper G-OFF, and DJ/Producers Mikos and The Whooligan, is excited to announce their new album, Dreams Don't Sleep. The album, which blends and bends hip-hop, electro, and soul, will be released July 24th. Today, to celebrate the album announcement, 40Love is excited to release the lead single and accompanying video from Dreams Don't Sleep, "Bout2Bloom."
The name 40Love represents the group's formation 40 years after the historic Summer Of Love in San Francisco, and the same ideology that inspired that movement manifests throughout Dreams Don't Sleep, an album the group refer to as "raw and ethereal." The album took over two years to create and the hard work and long hours paid off. Today, 40Love refers to Dreams Don't Sleep as their finest, most expertly crafted album yet. "With this album," says G-OFF, comparing it to the group's previous LP's, Advantage and BANGERANG!, "we felt that a slow process would be the best method. Dreams Don't Sleep is our Sistine Chapel."
Over the years, 40Love, with its four group members, has very much been a self-contained, self-reliant unit, and as such, the music on Dreams Don't Sleep largely and unsurprisingly eschews outside influences. But when the group does feature guests, they make them count, with appearances from Zumbi of Zion I (on "Tiki Tiki"), Black Spade (on "Anywhere"), live band The Park (on "Take Another Look"), and more. "'Anywhere' and 'Tiki Tiki' are extra special," says The Whooligan. "We've re-worked those tracks a billion times, and when we played back the final versions, it was like, 'Ah, yes - that's it.'"
The first offering from Dreams Don't Sleep is "Bout2Bloom," a lush, bouncy track with a Miami Vice/Beastie Boysinspired visual. "We shot the video in Miami during the 2012 Winter Music Conference," says The Whooligan. "We rented out Iggy Pop's mansion and partied really hard. With the culture, the people, and the ocean, it was an amazing shoot." The Nina Reyes Rosenberg-directed video shows the group in a variety of slow motion chase scenes, while Miss Haze and G-OFF rhyme over a Bassnectar-sampled, Mikos-flipped beat. "Potential is truly infinite," says Miss Haze, breaking down the meaning behind the song. "Every moment can be your chance to bloom."
Mixtape: Summer Music Watch (Dr. Dre, Nappy Roots, Etc.)
This special release features exclusive and unreleased music from Dr Dre, Scott Storch, Truth Hurts, Sir Jinx, Knoc-turn'al, EA-Ski, MC Ren of NWA, Tha Chill from Compton's Most Wanted, Nappy Roots, Big Mike from The Geto Boys, Audio Stepchild, Kia Shine, Ken Lewis ("Watch The Throne" Producer), 21 The Producer and many exciting new artists who should dominate this summer and beyond. This free download compilation by Hoopla Media Group and DJ Fade will help keep this summer hot and refreshing. Enjoy!
1) California (Intro) – Sir Jinx 2) Walking Barefoot Through A Storm – Audio Stepchild feat KingCo x Smoove Gotti 3) Take Ya Time – Buffalo Stille of Nappy Roots 4) We Can Go There – Truth Hurts X Dr. Dre [Prod. by Dr. Dre & Scott Storch) [Previously Unreleased] 5) Ray & Kim – Skinny Blunts feat KingCo, Big A LTA, Staxx N Waxx, Nasim 6) Amen (Unreleased Version) – Knoc-turn'al X DJ Wizard 7) 11th Hour – EA-Ski feat MC Ren of NWA x Boss Hogg 8) Better Days – GT Garza x Brian Angel 9) Good Muzik – An1 10) Mobbin – Whiteboy Wasted 11) Drop It Low – B Taylor x Ken Lewis 12) Fallen Star (Remix) – Sabrina feat Vito Banga x Tan-D 13) Time's Up – Noah Jones 14) Turn The Drums Up - Dana Coppafeel feat Klassik 15) Buzzin' – Slo-V & Retro 16) Down 'N Out (Unreleased Version) – Nappy Roots 17) The Connected – Big Mike from The Geto Boys 18) Green Monster (Thinking About You) – Manish Law 19) Matty Moe Lost His Weed… - Whiteboys in Compton x Tha Chill of Compton's Most Wanted 20) Live For The Day – Kia Shine 21) Hello – Truth Hurts [Prod. by Dr. Dre] [Previously Unreleased] 22) Bette Davis Eyes (Remix) – Audio Stepchild x JBass 23) Pretender - Emee-Kay 24) Free - M.I.C x Decap Music 25) Modern Day Slaves – Dollarmentary 26) Degrees – Futuristic 27) God MC's – Illuminati Sky x Smoove Gotti 28) Remember Me – Black Assassins 29) Rings Of Saturn – Edubb 30) Hol' Up – Kid Named Breezy 31) Party In Here – Livin Proof 32) Hustle Hall of Fame – Mav feat Chingo Bling x 21 The Producer
Smoke DZA's profile has risen considerably since his breakthrough 2009 mixtape Substance Abuse, as critical acclaim, sold-out tours, and high-profile collaborations have properly introduced the world to the Harlem rhyme spitter. Now, DZA is proud to announce that Substance Abuse will be given a proper release. The deluxe CD and digital editions feature the original mixtape, plus all 6 bonus tracks from 2010's Substance Abuse 1.5: The Headstash. In addition, the Substance Abuse track "Marley & Me (Remix)" featuring Curren$y, Devin The Dude, and Asher Roth will be available on limited-edition weed-green 7" vinyl, with the B-Side "What's Goodie". All physical orders come with a free pack of Raw Rolling Papers.