Last year, Kyle Rapps broke out with two impressive projects, his Kev Brown-produced Re-Edutainment EP and his Air-sampling On Air mixtape, a collection of projects that found the Harlem-based upstart collaborating with the likes of Talib Kweli, Joell Ortiz, KRS-One, and more. The first half of 2012 has been equally busy, and has seen Kyle branch out as he continues to work with new collaborators, the most recent of which is producer Diwon. Together, the rapper and producer released their Tyrone Gosling EP, a free project inspired by the 2011 thriller Drive, and now, they're prepping a new mixtape, Syndication, to be released this fall, which pulls its samples from a variety of classic TV theme songs.
Up first from that tape is today's single, "Mr. Rogers," a track built around a sample of the theme song from the classic kid's show. The video, directed by Robbie Barclay, is a funny, lighthearted clip that pulls a variety of classic clips from the original show, with Kyle's head superimposed, rather expertly, on the body of Mr. Rogers. Despite the humorous video, however, the song isn't all fun and games. "I grew up in the David Dinkins era of True York City - the grimy, the gritty," explains Kyles Rapps. "The song is an ode to the pre-gentrified, pre-Disney'ed-out days."
Audio: Sir Michael Rocks f/ Rockie Fresh -"Can't Hide It"
Coming on the heels of a prolific 2011, where he dropped three solo mixtapes (The Rocks Report, Premier Politics, Premier Politics 1.5), and a 45-city tour with Mac Miller in the first half of 2012, Rocks displays an advanced and mature sound throughout Lap of Lux. Producers on the collection include Cardo (Taylor Gang), Hit-Boy and J.Hill (Chief Keef) as well as his partner in The Cool Kids, Chuck Inglish while features include Casey Veggies, Mac Miller and more.
Video: Jasiri X Wandering Worx Exclusive Interview
After his recent performance at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York, Wandering Worx Music catches up with Pittsburgh rapper Jasiri X in Los Angeles where he discusses the roots of his music career, his rise as a conscious artist and why he continues to fuse his life in hip hop and politics.
Ground Up links with Action Bronson with their new record "Hold Me Down". Gearing up to release their new mixtape "Supernatural. This is the second record of more to come that the group will drop until release of mixtape.
On the heels of announcing their partnership with Mello Music Group, The Black Opera wastes no time in manifesting their movement, letting off two new missiles with “Opera Hands” and “Teleport”. The Black Opera is an ever evolving body of art that invites you to form your own perception. Earlier today, The Smoking Section debuted the two new audio demonstrations.
With “Opera Hands”, TBO manages to create a danceable anthem themed towards urging US to literally conduct our own reality with our own hands. “Teleport” has a wavy vocal sample and synth line that match the dynamic and fluctuating delivery of the TBOGs. The lyrics reinforce the essence of The Black Opera, a nebulous entity that exists everywhere and nowhere simultaneously, materializing only in vivid demonstrations.
Video: Kurupt f/ RouzyRouz & Shawn Isaac - "Dance On Me"
WHO: Westcoast Rap Legend KURUPT, RouzyRouz, & Shawn Isaac WHAT: SONG "DANCE ON ME" (400,000 VIEWS IN THE FIRST 2 WEEKS!!!!!) PRODUCED BY: C-BALLIN - hit producer who made "Go Girl" by baby bash and many other hits