Touring with Killer Mike & The GZA/Still Dreamin 8
Courtesy Trackstar the DJ.
Welcome to another increasingly infrequent e-mail blast. I wanted to drop off my brand new soul tape before I left for tour. Oh, and tell you about tour.
Fresh off the unreal experience that was the Into the Wild Tour, tomorrow I leave for Victoria, British Columbia to play the Rifflandia festival with Killer Mike, before we start the 64 Squares tour with The GZA on Saturday in Toronto. We'll be on the road for about five weeks, ending 10/20 in Philadelpha. I'll be DJing for both Mike AND the GZA, so it will be an amazing time. (And super exhausting.) It's been a good summer for this rap fan. If we'll be in your area, come on out...click here for dates & cities. http://djtrackstar.com/schedule/ .
One can’t listen to Hip-Hop all the time. No matter how big a rap fan you are, you need a break here and there to balance the intensity and aggression Hip-Hop provides. As a break from the beats and rhymes, I present to you Still Dreamin 8, which continues the vibe set by volume 7 and features smooth feel-good tunes old and new from folks like Dam-Funk, HouseShoes, Electric Wire Hustle, BJ The Chicago Kid and more. If you check this smooth shit out and still end up ready to scrap, you were a lost cause to begin with.
Thanks for your support, and for taking a minute to read this. Nothing is more precious than time, I appreciate yours.
PR: Jay-Z Brings Out the Best in Up and Coming Maryland Rapper
Courtesy Build a Buzz.
It takes confidence to use classic Jay-Z instrumentals as the backdrop to your first mixtape but that's just what Maryland-based rapper Verbiage has had the guts to do. My Life in Syntax is just as much a tribute to the iconic rapper as it is an introduction to Verbiage’s introspective journey through life’s ups and downs. Consisting of only 7 songs, Verbiage chose some of Sean Carter’s most melodic tracks to bring listeners into his world.
The 22 year old artist’s lyrics are no fabrication. Losing his mother to cancer at 16 followed by a string of family hardships has molded Verbiage into the artist he is today. A classically trained pianist since elementary school, Verbiage came into his own as a producer first. As a teen, making beats came just as easy as writing rhymes. Shortly after graduating from high school, Verbiage got what seemed like his big break producing for the likes of J Hood, Young Buck, Rich Boy, Ray Cash, 2 Pistols and Yukmouth. Unfortunately, after a dry spell and bills piling up, Verbiage was obligated to get a full time job spending his remaining free time working on his first self produced album. However, realizing that listeners may not be interested in yet another album from an unknown producer/rapper, Verbiage decided to use familiar Jay-Z instrumentals to compliment his heart felt lyrics. My Life in Syntax was born.
Written in just 7 days, My Life in Syntax was titled after his uncanny ability to cleverly flip words and punch lines about his personal struggles. Engineered by his partner Anom the Phenom, the project is dedicated to his mom. With artists like Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Kanye West, Nas, and J. Cole inspiring Verbiage to be lyrical without sacrificing substance, he's confident that listeners will connect with his message and passionate delivery. “People are always looking for an artist with a fresh take on things,” says verbiage. “I feel like there's a greater cause here so this is the perfect medium for people to see what I'm trying to do.” His mom would be proud.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Midwest rap prodigy Mr. 44 closes out the summer with the official music video to his much praised and buzzed hit single, "Hip Hop Raised Me", which was nominated as "Single Of The Year" at the prestigious 2012 Underground Music Awards.
"Hip Hop Raised Me", produced by Nate Kiz, is the lead single from the Cleveland rapper's debut mixtape, "Poverty To Paradise", which is now available for download on DatPiff.com. The project caused major noise in the Hip-Hop circuit and was awarded with DatPiff's "Bronze" badge for over 25,000 downloads.
Video: Primetime Radio Interview w. Kendrick Lamar
J-Rod of Primetime Radio speaks with TDE's own Kendrick Lamar on his VA stop for the BET Music Matters tour. In the interview he speaks on his favorite food, finishing up his album, the new look LA Lakers, and females. Powered by Revo Media.
Earlier this month, MHz Legacy announced an October 30th release date for their forthcoming self-titled album. On the album, rapper's Copywrite, Tage Future, and Jakki Da Motamouth, along with in-house producer RJD2, will finally deliver the long-awaited official group album that fans have been waiting for since MHz first hit the scene in the late-'90s. Influential member Camu Tao, who passed in 2008 away following a battle with lung cancer, will also maintain a heavy presence on the album, with a number of never-before-heard verses appearing on a number of songs.
Mello Music Group is ecstatic to announce Dice Game, a 16 track collaborative album between Detroit’s Guilty Simpson & Apollo Brown. The former’s work with Madlib and Dilla already establish him as one of the current greats on the mic and the latter’s heralded music with OC and his own group, The Left, hint towards a similar path in his own canon. The Motor City titans join forces to create an unabashedly hardcore record, without catering to the club or radio.
The full-length album is rife with aggressive content that does not sacrifice quality and musicality. This is music for OG’s, for heads who hunger for that quality street music before the genre by-and-large made a caricature of itself. Though the block may be getting icy by release November 13th, stay on the corner with a few veterans and shoot a Dice Game.