Hieroglypics' Co-Founder Casual Valiantly Returns w/ The Hierophant
Veteran Bay Area emcee, Jon "Casual" Owens, a founding member of the famed Hip-Hop collective Hieroglyphics, is back with his highly anticipated sixth solo LP, The Hierophant, a collaborative effort with the incomparable DJ Toure'.
The impressive fourteen track collection contains high profile appearances from Souls of Mischief's Tajai [The Elect helmed "Shrimp Fried Rice" (the only song on the set not laced by Toure')], Hiero alum Pep Love ["Take The Time"] and Thomas Pridgen ["Where Do I Go"], formerly of The Mars Volta, among others.
"A Hierophant is a person who deciphers arcane knowledge," the self-proclaimed Smash Rockwell describes in great detail, explaining the derivation of the record's unique title. Continuing, he further expresses, "I'm releasing this album to help fund my movie He STILL Think He Raw. Please support. With this, as well as my other albums -- I attempt to make classics."
With more than seventeen years removed from the, now, 35 years young word-smith's classic debut, Fear Itself, there is absolutely no indication of "your favorite rapper's favorite rapper" slowing down anytime soon. In addition to the upcoming feature film, and its full-length musical accompaniment of the same name, there's also a joint project, The Return Of The Backpack, in the works with producer Jake One.
The Hierophant will be available on iTunes, and other select digital outlets, on Tuesday June 21st 2011.
Has-Lo released his critically acclaimed long player "In Case I Don't Make It" just before April rolled in, but that hasn't stopped him from hitting the studio to craft new joints.
Today, Has-Lo offers a track he and comrade Zilla Rocca put together called "Cock Diesel". We got the audio download & video snippet. The track is lyrical exercise with no shortage of wit:
"I read it. Listen to my old testament, make numbers off proverbs and cop better cribs"
Zilla Rocca (World Around Records) handles the production, replete with swirling strings, bells (though not of the cow variety), and powerful drums. Add in a sound clip of the late Big Pun to the mix and you have a track that sounds like Humphrey Bogart wandering into the wrong hood...a problem.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - New Jersey native DJ Absurd gets set for the June 28th release of his debut producer compilation, Flying Colors through his newly formed Absurd Entertainment imprint under Diamond Music Group. The project boasts a consortium of both legendary and underground icons such as Craig G, Ransom, Armegeddon, Termanology, Pacewon, Jaz-O, Trife Da God (Trife Diesel), Big Lou, Copywrite and Blaq Poet, among others.
Absurd, who grew up during Hip-Hop's Golden Era, has been both a fan and an active participant of the culture ever since. By the mid nineties, Absurd's passion for hip-hop would manifest into an ambition to become a disc jockey. Absurd caught on quick, where he spent the greater half of the decade honing in on his technique, expanding his record archive and establishing his musical niche. It was around the turn of the millennium where Absurd's skill set as a deejay evolved into the role of producer. Influenced by beat smith legends such as The RZA, DJ Premier, Dr. Dre & Mobb Deep's Havoc, Absurd began to concoct his own production formula that would soon become sought after by much of the local New Jersey underground hip-hop scene.
Over the next several years, Absurd would go onto launch his own series of street albums titledThe Resume (Volumes 1-5) that exhibit his diverse production talent coupled with an impressive lineup of guest appearances that include Afu Ra, Killah Priest, Kaze, Cymarshall Law, Pumpkinhead, and REKS, in addition to some of the most aspiring talent in the Garden State.
By 2011, Absurd's tireless work ethic and production talent would achieve new heights, landing the scratch composition based intro track for The Undergods (Canibus & Keith Murray) acclaimed LP, In Gods We Trust (Rbc Records). As the summer quick approaches, Absurd gets ready to drop some more heat with his opus Flying Colors, an EP that cleverly distinguishes itself from the typical producer based compilation albums. The project's singles include the Jersey themed "Ain't Hard to Find", featuring Dead Poets & Pacewon, the album titled "Flying Colors", featuring the originator Jaz-O, underground word smith Copywrite and the soulful Mela Machinko (Pharoahe Monch) and finally, "Slap Nerds", the Craig G enlisted battle track that fires warning shots to those that tarnish the culture.
Flying Colors is undeniably stockpiled with tremendous talent and conceptually driven music. Songs such as "Audio Evolution" skillfully breakdown the evolution of musical formats from its analog roots as vinyl to our digital future of MP3s and file sharing, while songs like "In My World" featuring the lyrical Termanology and Big Lou paint vivid pictures of the world in which they live, dissecting compelling imagery that accentuate a darker side of an otherwise colorful album. When asked about his approach to making music in today's hip-hop generation driven by gimmicks and carbon copied singles, Absurd humbly states "I just follow my heart, and not what's hot at the moment".
With all of Absurd's accolades and involvements, he is quite deserving of being categorized as one of the next great producer deejays on the come-up. Check out DJ Absurd every Monday evening from 10pm-12am through his "Ear 2 The Streets" radio program that broadcasts live from Kean University (Union, New Jersey).
Tracklist: 01. "East Coast Assault" - feat. Ransom, Snype Lyfe & Cyssero 02. "Aint' Hard To Find" - feat. Dead Poets & Pacewon 03. "Flying Colors" - feat. Jaz-O, Copywrtie & Mela Machinko 04. "Slap Nerds" - feat. Craig G 05. "Audio Evolution" - feat. Joey Dynomite, A.U.R.C., Tone Live & Pryme Prolifik 06. "Life Is Hard" - feat. Armageddon, Trife Da God & Blaq Poet 07. "In My World" - feat. Termanology & Big Lou
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New Music: 'Last Chance" Ft. Esohel, J.I., Cast, SevenSevenThree
Feat. Esohel, J.I., Cast, SevenSevenThree
New Jersey's J.I. was in town a few months back and linked up at the Beast Factory Studios to work on something fresh to import back as a souvenier from Chicago. While here in the city of wind, "Last Chance" was laid out with Esohel, Cast, and the voices of SevenSevenThree all contributing to the joint over J.I.'s production. Its an ode to the love of their lifes and the ups and downs that comes with it, which in this case is music. Catch this song on Esohel's "Essential" set to drop 7/12/11 for free DL here on UDotFam.com and also on J.I.'s "Beautiful Mind of J.I." dropping soon.
MP3: Co$$ - "Only When I Dream" ft. Sene & Aloe Blacc
Co$$' debut album Before I Awoke is out next week via Tres Records on June 21st. In the lead-up to the album Co$$ has released a video for the single "Spaceman" and a prequel to the album with his Sleepwalking mixtape. Sleepwalking has already been named one of the Top 10 Mixtapes of 2011 by About.com and was featured on NahRight , TheSource, 2DB, Smoking Section, HypeTrak and more.
Today, Co$$ releases his first single for download "Only When I Dream" from Before I Awoke. The track features Stones Throw recording artist Aloe Blacc and Brooklyn-based Sene.
Before I Awoke is a very personal project that Co$$ painstakingly worked on for 3 years. The title represents Co$$' awakening from a haze of sleepwalking through life. On the album he throws out think piece after think piece on the state of his relationships, creative expression, dreams, his father's passing, lost lovers and more. Co$$' lyrics cut deep with a sense of poetic urgency that is both reflective and brutally honest. Album features include Aloe Blacc, Blu, Sene, and Shawn Jackson and production credits from Exile, Fonetik Simbol, J83, Cook Classics and more. Co$$ has previously, according to the Los Angeles Times, "quietly assassinated the few guest appearance he's been on." Co$$ was also featured on Fashawn's critically acclaimed Boy Meets World and Exile's album Dirty Science.