When music is powerful and honest, it spreads. Substantial has been making music informed by his DMV upbringing for more than a decade now. His musings-in-rhyme have taken him far beyond the reaches of PG County. Substantial has seen the world over, collaborated with artists from other nations and rocked stages across several continents. Home Is Where The Art Is, his third official solo LP, will further solidify Sub as the indie powerhouse he is.
Four Walls drops this week via Block’s own Disturbia Music Group. The album is available digitally via iTunes and Amazon (purchase links below). Block, who is a member of such noted rhyme-cliques as Brooklyn Academy and Army Of The Pharaohs and producer DJ Waxwork (who formerly laced beats for Snowgoons) have dropped a star-studded emcee fest. Apart from the afore-mentioned Slaine and D.C., other allies on the album include Vinnie Paz, Reef The Lost Cauze, King Syze, Ill Bill, Hasan Salaam, King Magnetic, Thirstin Howl The III and Diabolic. Further making it a family matter, Block’s son Lego The Future and wife Fresh Jones both appear on Four Walls as well.
Video: Hawthorne Headhunters - "My Sweetheart The Drunk"
Courtesy Nora Ritchie.
Black Spade and Coultrain have joined forced to become the official torch-bearers of Hawthorne Headhunters. The duo went in the studio last summer and Myriad of Now, the group's full-length debut was born, a 14-track collection of funk, electro and R&B that speaks on spirituality, sexuality and everything in between. The album is out now on Plug Research.
The Los Angeles-based producer served up another summer track in anticipation of his performance at Jay Z’s Made In America Festival on September 2nd.
"This summer I've pretty much spent all my time either in the studio working on new material, playing shows, or at the beach listening to artists I think are doing really great stuff right now, like Hardwell, Madeon, etc," Milkman tells Spinner. "One day I just decided to combine all these elements and make a track about it."
Other recent singles released by Milkman are “Aeroplane” and “Tiger Lily” have been tearing up the internet all summer.
“…a warp of powerful fist pumping tunes. The electronic dimensions in "Aeroplane" is milk served in a crunk cup.” – Earmilk
Emerging from the burgeoning mash-up scene of a few years ago Milkman has become one of the premiere up and coming electro / progressive house artists in the country with his most recent EP Fragments reaching #2 on the iTunes electronic chart in it’s first week of release.
New Jersey emcee Mazzi of S.O.U.L. Purpose presents the Digital Diggin EP, a collection of rhymes and hooks over obscure beats, loops, samples, and instrumentals found online. His previous release The Inspection features Jadakiss, Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Homeboy Sandman and Breezly Brewin.
Werd (SOS) is an award winning, Edinburgh based hip-hop artist well known throughout the Scottish scene. He has worked with, and continues to work with new and old artists in Scotland and abroad, creating music with some of Scotland’s top producers and artists in the genre. Further to performing gigs at venues in the major cities, and hosting rap battles with Scotland Stand Up and UK’s Don’t Flop, Werd has excelled in this field, supporting the likes of Dr Syntax, Stig of The Dump, S.A.S. and Devlin in recent times.
As one of Scotland’s most established rappers, with countless mix-tape release and collaboration projects, it is remarkable that this is Werd’s first solo album. With a variation of styles and content it’s difficult to categorize this release to a specific tone, however that also means whatever style of hip-hop you prefer, there’s something here for everyone. This is a must have for fans of UK / Scottish hip-hop.On one hand we have deep personal songs such as ‘Find My-Sell’ and ‘MY State Of Mind’ that seep emotion, here we listen to Werd reflect on his life and journey within music. However, on the other end of the spectrum we have hard hitting punch lines and high energy tracks that we have come to expect from the Edinburgh emcee.
Production on the album comes in many forms and features an elite selection of Scottish beat-makers such as Nasty P, Bigg Taj, Scant Squad, UVBeatz & more. Furthermore, the vocal features on the release also contain the cream of the crop from the Scottish scene,Madhat McGore, Deeko, Wardie Burns, Conscious Route and Glasgow’s Mog to name a few. This isn’t only a release for pushing his music further, but rather the whole genre in Scotland.
Untitled Scot release 31st July 2012 on Sons of Scotland (SOS)
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