Legendary hip-hop group Artifacts celebrate their official resurrection with “Easter,” the groups first official retail release under the Artifacts name in over fifteen years. Produced by The Away Team’s Khrysis and featuring cuts from Dutchmaster, there is not doubt that the Artifacts are “Back to life…”. Visit Coalmine Records to be one of the first five hundred subscribers to be emailed a free download of the single, this Easter Sunday! #ArtifactsBack
Mixtape: "Best of Stik Figa" f/ J-Live, Apollo Brown & More
Courtesy Mello Music Group.
Topeka, Kansas rapper Stik Figa recently signed to Mello Music Group and has his national debut of the album that made him a local celebrity, As Himself, coming April 17th. The record was prodcued entirely by Strange Music in-house producer Michael "Seven" Summers. As Himself is the first of two planned records for this year from Stik and MMG. The second record from Stik Figa (coming this winter) is being produced entirely by Oddisee.
Despite As Himself being Stik's big national debut, the super lyrical emcee from the heartland has compiled some heavy tracks over the past few years from appearances on Apollo Brown's debut record The Reset, Oddisee's Mental Liberation, MMG's Helpless Dreamer, and numerous Miles Bonny productions, not to mention frequent collaborations with producer D/Will. So for those who are new to the newest mmg agent's game, this is a quick compilation of Stik Figa's Greatest Hits.
MP3: K.i.T – "How Far You've Gone" (prod. Andre Lukiss)
Courtesy The Ocean State Great.
Wrapping up his 4 month Leave Of Absence series, Rhode Island native K.i.T unveils a new prideful track entitled "How Far You've Gone" produced by Andre Lukiss. Paying homage to both his hometown and up bringing, the track serves as great anthem for the up-and-comer as he spends a busy April opening up for the likes of Kid Ink, Aer, and Talib Kweli.
The Leave of Absence is a four part mixtape series hosted by Boston based blog, Chicken Donut, that will take place over the first four months of 2012. “Basically I’m on a leave of absence from college and I have been recording like crazy,” K.i.T explains. “So to document my progression over my time off from classes I will releasing a project entitled The Leave Of Absence at end of every month.” All photography has been taken by MT-Pixel and the tracks range from remixes to new original music that are sure to keep listeners on their toes as K.i.T works on the completion of two other soon to be announced projects.
Jamie Marsh is a commercial urban Hip-Hop artist from Newport, Isle of Wight. Starting life out with the J&E project, he soon sparked interest and gained underground recognition as they created and carved their own sound. After a string of live shows all over the South of England they decided to separate leaving Jamie room to work on his solo career. Here we get his brand new single "Make It Mine" which is out now on iTunes and has a superb music video to accompany it.
PR: Avatar the Articulate Remakes Nas' "The Message"
New York underground emcee Avatar the Articulate pays homage to the Nas classic It Was Written with a self-produced remake of the album cut "The Message," as featured on Avatar's forthcoming tribute album, It Was Bitten. Despite the satirically seeming title, Avatar's motivation for this release, accompanying his reverence to Nas, is to offer a new vantage point to the time-honored original, so that others can appreciate the concepts and issues addressed in his music.
West Coast don Planet Asia hits a few stages out in Austin Texas for SXSW 2012 to promote Asia's latest release "Black Belt Theatre". Track in the clip is "Lost and Found," the opening track off "Black Belt Theatre," available in stores now.
Here is another set of visuals from OBX & Tech-Neek, who seem to be causing a heat wave in Texas. The latest track, "Alone" is produced by DBDFam member Kuse & features additional vocals from JP. “Alone” is taken from OBX & DJ TechNeek’s new EP Middle Class Dreams/Blue Collar Schemes which will be released on 4-9-2012.