Earlier this year, production duo Stu Bangas & Vanderslice released their album Diggaz With Attitude, a project chock-full of heavy, dark production and some of the underground's most talented lyricists and artists. One of those artists featured was Outerspace, the Philly-repping duo of rappers Planetary and Crypt the Warchild, and longtime collaborators with Stu Bangas & Vanderslice. Now, Outerspace is prepping their own new album, Lost In Space, and Stu Bangas has once again joined forces with Outerspace for the duo's latest single, "Manolo."
"Manolo" is built around Stu Bangas' production, a track that is best described as, simply, "epic," a combination of back-beating drums, menacing vocal chops, creeping synths, and rattling bass. Planetary and Crypt meet the track's energy in full force, the track reaching its apex at the song's forceful hook. "Stu sent us the beat, we heard it, and that's all she wrote," says Planetary of the track, while both rappers make note that the track, in all of its splendid grittiness, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. "Raw rhymes, raw hook, raw beat," says Crypt of the track, with Planetary adding, "When you think of Outerspace, this is what you want to hear, no doubt."
2. Araab Styles
3. I Know
4. Like That
5. Empire State High (Feat. Sheek Louch)
6. Pop Out
7. Hoody Season
8. Monopolizing (Feat. Bucky & Large Amount)
9. Shooter (Feat. Snyp & A.P.)
10. Murda Mommy
The album is led by the contentious “Amen” featuring Drake which recently cracked the Top 10 on Billboard’s “Hip-Hop/R&B charts. Its follow-up, the Kirko Bangz-assisted “Young & Getting’ It,” holds the #1 spot as the most added single at urban mainstream radio this week with spins lined-up in 43 stations across the country.
Dreams And Nightmares also features appearances from Rick Ross, Wale, Nas, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, and Louie V. Production on the 14-track album is relegated to a slew of talented producers that balance out the album’s soundscape such as Jahlil Beats, Boi-1da, Key Wane, and Kane Beatz amongst others.
After years of navigating Philly’s trigger-happy rap circuit with mixtapes highlighting his street-savvy tales, clever wordplay, and distinctive voice, Meek Mill was picked up by Rick Ross in 2011 after catching the ear of the hip-hop heavyweight who was looking to form his own music label. A graduate of XXL’s 2011 “Freshman 10,” Meek contributed a pair of hits to the label’s compilation album, MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. 1 : “Tupac Back” and the anthemic “Ima Boss” which attracted Jay-Z, Diddy, Birdman and Swizz Beatz for its remix. With 2011’s Dreamchasers heralded as one of the best mixtape of the year, Meek Mill released his follow-up Dreamchasers 2 in May of 2012 crashing several file sharing websites following over 3 million downloads and 6 million listens.
1. Dreams And Nightmares (produced by Tone the Best Bully )
2. In God We Trust (produced by Black Metaphor)
3. Young & Gettin’ It featuring Kirko Bangz (produced by Jahlil Beats)
4. Traumatized (produced by Boi-1da)
5. Believe It featuring Rick Ross (produced by Young Shun)
6. Maybach Curtains featuring Nas, John Legend & Rick Ross (produced by Infamous & The Agency)
7. Amen featuring Drake (produced by Key Wane and Jahlil Beats)
8. Young Kings (produced by Lee Major)
9. Lay Up featuring Wale, Rick Ross & Trey Songz (produced by Kane Beatz and Co-Produced by Ashanti “The Mad Violinist”)
10. Tony Story Pt. 2 (produced by Boi-1da)
11. Who Your Around featuring Mary J. Blige (produced by Tommy "TBHITS" Brown and Travis)
12. Polo & Shell Tops (produced by Cardiak)
13. Rich & Famous featuring Louie V (produced by Jahlil Beats)
14. Real N***** Come First (produced by Kenoe and Got Koke)
Trek Life Featured in Acrylick Clothing's Support Your Local Artist Campaign
Courtesy Press Life.
The local scene is one of the most important assets in Hip-hop. It is the breeding ground, proving ground and support system for an artist. Acrylick Clothing has taken note of this fact in their recent "Support Your Local Artist" campaign, where they are take a local artist from the 626/San Gabriel Valley area, record an exclusive song, shoot a video and drop it encouraging people to support and follow said artist. For their 4th Episode they chose their long time sponsored artist Trek Life who linked up with upcoming producer Kaleem $incere Wasif (Blakface/Asiatic Rhythms) for a banger titled "Rap Decorum" featuring a very dope flip of a familiar sample.
Rap Decorum is a laid back track with beautifully busy drums driving the piano sample forward while Trek Life kicks his usual brand of encouraging words to the listener. "…so many people wanna tell us what we should do but in the end they'll be leaving you, before they believe in you." With Trek Life's new album Hometown Foreigner produced by Duke Westlake on the way early 2013, this track is the perfect warm-up for what should be a special year for Trek Life.
"Monsters" captures an accurate portrayal of office life..... No. That's too cynical.
"Monsters" is a dystopian portrayal of the future, pulling from a number of sources, some obvious and some obscure. It is the latest groundbreaking visual from Dominic Luongo, Billy Drease and DTR45 and we waited until the perfect day to debut it - Halloween. Watch it. Share it. Fear it.
These two underground Californian favorites have not only joined forces to release the brilliant ‘This Generation’ album (Duck Down) but also to take this opportunity to hit the roads of Europe to show their phenomenal skills in the studio are easily transferable to the stage.
Murs made a name for himself among true Hip-Hop fans when signed to El-P’s hugely influential Def Jux label. Having released a total of eight full-length albums in since 1997 he has always kept true to his underground credentials no more so than working on his two albums with super producer 9th Wonder or this new work with Fashawn.
Fashawn, who is performing in the UK for the very first time, has a well-deserved fanatical underground following from his brilliant work with the likes of Blu, Alchemist & Dilated Peoples. His full length Exile produced album ‘Boy Meets World’ is a cold stone classic while his eleven mixtapes have caused a huge stir.
With support from some of London’s hottest DJs this show is a guaranteed sell out so do not delay!
datacat (born Ethan Smith) is an electronic music producer and MC. Not much is known about his past or current whereabouts, but his gritty and unsettling music has been described by some listeners as a dark sound-scape that is akin to urban legends and "creepypastas" that float around the internet. From his glitchy sound to his lo-fi mixes that seem to twitch and contort through the cracks of several genres, datacat is surely a one-of-a-kind listening experience.