The time has finally come! My book, Root for the Villain: Rap, Bullsh*t, and a Celebration of Failure, is now available to purchase. If you're a curmudgeon, you need a laugh, you're allergic to bullsh*t, or you have a coffee table leg that needs balancing, this book is for you!
If you live in the New York area (NYC, Long Island, or Lower Westchester), I will meet you in person and deliver it by hand. I'm not joking. If you're on this e-mail list, it means I probably know you personally so just e-mail me back and we'll set it up. Extra fees apply to Staten Island delivery. The Volkswagen just passed inspection too.
If you didn't order your cassette tape-only audiobook, you've already missed the boat. 188 cassette tapes dubbed in 5 days (see photos in this signature for this e-mail). One man + two sleepless nights + three tape decks = analog magic. Kindle version will be available later this month, but there's no auto-reverse feature on a Kindle.
New book excerpt - "Another Wasted Night":
If you need further convincing or another glimpse at what my book is about, my latest chapter excerpt should help. Speaking of one's willingness to go to any area of the New York Metropolitan area to deliver a book, many of NYC's current residents should learn to get out in their own city more often. If you just moved to Brooklyn, I'd like to take this time to let you know that people, activities, and places of interest really do exist in neighborhoods where the Brooklyn-bound “F”, “L”, and “C” trains don't go! Furthermore, life really does exist past the Broadway Junction stop! Who would've thought?! If you believe in all seriousness that NYC is really some liberal “melting pot,” you're smoking up your rent money - rock by rock. Ever try to socialize in different “scenes” and enclaves of NYC? I did. What a waste. NYC is one big insular neighborhood-infested and deceptively segregated city. Don't let dainty gentrification projects fool you - we can't all just get along.
MP3: El Da Sensei (feat. Tame-One & Rah Digga) - "Everyday In The Street" (!llmind Remix)
For El Da Sensei's latest collaborative effort, he gets some help from his Boom Skwad partner in rhyme Tame-One and New Jeru's first lady, Rah Digga for the !llmind Remix of "Everyday In The Street". As featured on The Nu World Remix EP, which drops next Tuesday (11.15.11), this song signifies the first time that El, Tame and DJ Kaos have been featured on a retail release together in over a decade.
This is also the first time that these Jersey veterans have all been featured together on the same track. Be sure to cop EL's remix EP next Tuesday, courtesy of Coalmine Records.
El Da Sensei (feat. Rah Digga & Tame One) - "Everyday In The Street" (!llmind Remix) by Diamond Media 360
On the heels of releasing two critically acclaimed projects (2008's "Children of God" and 2011's collaborative effort with Rugged N Raw "Mohammed Dangerfield" which featured the well-circulated cut with Immortal Technique "Break Of A Star"), Hasan Salaam returns with a new EP "Music Is My Weapon" (appearances by Steele of Smif N Wessun, Chace Infinite, Reef The Lost Cauze, Eternia and production by Snowgoons) which is scheduled to be released on 12-6-2011; and even loftier goals.
Cali underground rap legend Murs proudly presents the music video for "S.K.I.B.E.A.T.Z.", his newest from Love & Rockets Volume 1: The Transformation, his new album produced entirely by Ski Beatz, the man behind classic tracks for Jay-Z, Mos Def, Camp Lo and many more. The song also features Bay Area emcee Locksmith. Love & Rockets comes courtesy of BluRoc, the fledgling imprint headed by ex-Roc-A-Fella co-owner Damon Dash, who also counts rappers Tabi Bonney and Da$h, singer McKenzie Eddy and musician Sean O'Connell on his roster.
MP3: hasHBrown - "Break The Chain" Ft. Guilty Simpson
Courtesy Audible Treats.
With the November 30th release of his sophomore album, Break Something, fast approaching, hasHBrown is keeping fans satiated with a bevy of new music from the LP. Late last month hasH delivered his lead single "The Death Penalty," and now, the Houston rapper/producer is excited to release the album's second single, "Break The Chain," featuring Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson.
On the track, co-produced with Chris Rockaway (hB makes beats under the alas Jett I. Masstyr), hasHBrown gets both spiritual and aggressive as he criticizes his own culture in a thought-provoking manner. “I'm speaking about whether enslaved ancestors would be proud of what we've made from the debts they paid,” explains hasHBrown. “No matter what our circumstances or obstacles we face, we still have the opportunity to do better.” For Guilty Simpson, being a part of the song was a pleasure, and, according to hasH, the Detroit rapper was "happy to finally get a feature that was 'talking about something.' It made me feel like he respected my vision," explains hasH on working with Guilty, "just to get him on a record was a great experience."
Audio: Koncept f/ Royce Da 5'9" - "Watch the Sky Fall" (prod. Marco Polo)
Courtesy Brown Bag AllStars.
Check out Brown Bag AllStar member Koncept's new track "Watch The Sky Fall" featuring Royce da 5'9 (produced by Marco Polo). This is the lead single from Koncept's debut album, "awaken" which drops December 13th on Soul Spazm Records.
Free Download: Khingz - "Liberation of the Monster"
Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.
Seattle-based gangster-turned-poet Khingz dropped his album Liberation Of The Monster last week on Vancouver label Wandering Worx, also home to Planet Asia, Moka Only, Jasiri X and a few others. Produced entirely by WW head REL!G!ON. A free digital release, didn’t get much fanfare. He’s currently in the studio with Vitamin D and Bean One.