This new single is entitled "Back 2 Basics" taken from the critically acclaimed release "Configa Presents: Calm Before The Storm" produced by Configa and featuring the vocal talents of John Graham. The track expresses an observation on the state of the game today, representing for true hip hop in the face of "appealing lies" and "avatars".
yU (of Diamond District) Releases New Album "The EARN"
Courtesy Mello Music Group.
Today, yU (of Diamond District) and iTunes teamed up for an exclusive early album release of The EARN. The accolades are starting to pour in even before the official release: About.com's Henry Adaso put The EARN on his Top 10 of December list and Kevin Nottingham reviewed the album 9/10. To celebrate the sophomore release from yU, we are giving away the song Blind which NahRight featured in a special sneak preview. Enjoy the song & be sure to support the album!
For Blind, yU enlists fellow DMV resident and Low Budget legend Kev Brown to produce. The track is a powerful exploration of the heightened sensory awareness to sound that is present when one's sight is taken and to the myriad of blessings in life we miss when not tuned in.
"I may not say nothing, but u better believe that I'm listening, To the sound of your vibration with my mind, Now you may use your eyes to see, But I just let my senses lead me to destinations They say that I'm blind - Wo...ohh.. Oh.. ohhhh"
The Album: After garnering success with Oddisee and Diamond District, then his solo debut Before Taxes, which was named to the Best of 2010 List by HipHopDX, Al Lindstrom, About.com, Passion Weiss, and Above Ground Mag, yU sharpened his skills through performances on a European tour and appearances at CMJ, SXSW, A3C, and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Now, yU is back with his sophomore pro ject The EARN a progression that is as fluid, lyrical, and thought provoking as his critically acclaimed debut. His new album, The E ARN, is a timely meditation on the struggle to advance, set afire by yU's potent wordplay. The EARN features production from Grammy Nominated Kokayi, Kev Brown, Charlie Ross, Slimkat78, Roddy Rod, 00Genesis, The Unknown, Usef Dinero, Cho ppy Chope, and yU himself. The new album also features vocals from Nicholas Ryan Gant, Duff, Imani Bilal, King Tut, Bilal Salaam, Danedra Rowell, and Diamond District. Save room on your Best of 2011 list for The EARN!
MP3: Chaundon w/ Daily Planet, Cymarshall Law & M-Dot - "El Mariachi" (prod. by Reef Ali)
Courtesy Chris Figueroa.
Hall of Justice vet Chaundon, gathers up a lyricist heavy lineup for this new Desperado inspired joint. Daily Planet, who recently returned home from a long stay behind a different set of bars, sets it off (DP work with 9th Wonder, as well as appearing on Jean Grae's "Jeanius" album over the aforementioned producers' beat). The second verse belongs to long time Little Brother affiliate Chaundon, followed by Jersey storyteller Cymarshall Law & closed out by Boston tongue twister M-Dot.
MP3: Tru Fam - "Denim Cashmere" (prod. Teddy Roxpin)
Courtesy J Melo.
Tru Fam is gearing up to release the mix tape, "Bowties and Applause" on the 20th of December, after touring the country with the likes of Yelawolf and Wiz Khalifa. The lead single for the project is "Denim Cashmere" Produced by Teddy Roxpin (Mac Miller).
Download: Ron Artiste (Chali 2na & Roc C) - "I Will"
Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.
Jurassic 5 alumnus Chali 2na and Oxnard spitter Roc C come together as a duo to bring us world premiere #19 in The DJBooth and Event Electronics’ 20/20 Music Series. A whip-ready motivational anthem with an underground twist, I Will finds G Koop blending keys, backing vocals and mid-tempo percussion into a driving backdrop for the emcees’ reflections on the hardships and triumphs of the hustle. While Roc focuses on depicting the harsh realities of his inner-city milieu in is opening bars, 2na brings the jam to an uplifting conclusion, expressing his determination to be more than a product of his environment.
Kasual lets loose the visuals for his latest single "Floyd Mayweather" (#TheMoneyTeam), which first dropped a couple weeks back as a free download. Directed by Michael Chow, the video was shot on location in Miami.
J. Keys releases the Official Viral Video for his potent homage to the Occupy Wall Street movement entitled Occupy Music. Keys goes in with lyrical precision reflecting on today's economy and social structure in the climate of global protest.