MP3: Dopethought and Worth - "I Just Want Freedom"
Although Salt Lake City's Dopethought isn't old enough to legally buy the watered down beer his state forces upon its consumers, the 20 year old emcee has already established himself as a powerful force in Utah's growing hip hop scene. True to his name, Dopethought is never short on substance; he projects positivity and stoned swag combined with a gritty, street-art aesthetic. Whether he's holding a mic, sharpie, paint can, or blunt, Dopethought is no stranger to getting "up" in any sense of the word. Also hailing from Salt Lake is Worth - a producer who has been gaining notoriety in his region thanks to his strong work ethic and unique sound. Worth's beats combine haunting samples and dissonant chords with hard-hitting drums and a timeless style.
Dopethought and Worth have been working together since they met and became friends in 2009. Sharing similar goals and tastes, they strive to make original sounding, quality hip hop that impacts the world for the better. Their chemistry is evident on "I Just Want Freedom," the first single from their upcoming debut album, We Our Environment. Worth stretches a moody bass-synth over piano keys and drums while Dopethought gets philosophical. Please listen and share "I Just Want Freedom" and make sure to download We Our Environment for free (or purchase a limited physical copy) on May 18th, courtesy of Heaven Noise Recordings!
Regarded as one of the finest lyricists in all of Hip-Hop with a career spanning over 2 million records sold, Canibus is now prepping his newest release Rip the Jacker 2. As the first lyricist to bring the world 100 bars followed by the fanfare known as the 1,000 bars of infinity “Poet Laureate”, Canibus’ newest release Rip the Jacker 2 provides fans with the unprecedented feat of 10,000 bars featured as a Double Disc DVD bundle pack available exclusively at www.canibuscollection.com .
Included is a portion of the 10,000 bars you will find on Canibus’new track from Rip The Jacker 2 Double Disc DVD and a new video as well.
Sports metaphors have always been prevalent in rap and hip-hop from early on. Many artists grow up in environments where both music and athletics are synonymous. It’s only right for one of the brightest up-and-coming rap groups, backed by NFL star cornerback Asante Samuel, to title their newest mixtape "Overtime".
Speaking about Goons United by the New School and their upcoming release, the All-Pro cornerback remarked, "The group is stacked with young ambitious talent. They are a bunch of high energy guys who love to make good music,” he continued, "I love the new "Hockey" record, I can't wait for everyone to hear the rest of the project."
About the Song: L PRO has decided to re-release his album "Vertigo" for free download on May 15th, including a bonus track. "The Cypher" is the first leak of the album and introduces those who don't know L PRO to his boom bap, lyrical, strong sound.
PR: D Strong Wins Vote to Perform at the Brooklyn Bodega
Congrats to our client D Strong for winning the vote on KevinNottingham.com to bring him out to Brooklyn Bodega's "Show N Prove" to perform a set on MAY 10th, to compete for a chance to Perform on the big stage at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. D Strong is a Veteran on the Mic who is relentless with his movements to assure that all he needs to manifest these days comes to past. If you are in the NY Area come out to support D Strong on May 10th @ Public Assembly in BK. Follow D Strong on twitter: @Streezee. Below you can check out the Official Remix of D Strong's "Nuthin New" Track by Mac:
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #171 is A "Make It or Break It" Edition. If you like the songs in this week's episode (from the likes of Michael Myers, Rock Mecca, Red Eye and Reks) do nothing! We'll leave them in rotation. If you don't like a song, send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or @RapReviews and we'll yank it from the rotation! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode.
* Michael Myers - Six Reasons * Rock Mecca - Alone Out There * Immaculate f/ OnlyOne - Territorial * Red Eye f/ Cella Dwellas, L.I.F.E. Long - Drawn-N-Quartered * 2 Hungry Bros. - Soul-Ar Proceedure * Reks - Such a Showoff