Kay 2 are back with the release of a brand new viral video in the lead up to their forthcoming debut mixtape ‘The Strangest Day’. Having grown up on a small council estate in Chelsea / Fulham with a Moroccan and Irish heritage, music played a monumental part in the upbringing of Kay 2, something which has transcended into the music they make today. Kay - 2 peaked at Number 2 on the Myspace UK Unsigned Music Charts and are a group to look out for in the years ahead.
Riding the wave of success after re-releasing their Man vs Many project earlier this month, Hip-Hop duo Nefew have teamed up with producer 7 inch for the next installment in their musical uprising. Having garnered the support of multiple websites and video platforms with their video Fade, a song also produced by their current collaborator, 7inch, the group made up of Polemikk and PA Double are keen to keep their musical momentum turning rather than taking a breather to bask in the glory.
A mutual respect for each others craft is what saw Nefew team up for TRANSITIONS with German producer, 7inch. Their efforts led to an EP, which boasts six songs, intertwined with musical interludes exhibiting both parties true appreciation for music and the power it possesses. The lyrically charged Over Here serves as the projects lead off single, again backed up by a visual which is expected to be as successful as that for Fade.
"What we wanted to create with TRANSITIONS was a timeless project, where not just a couple of tracks stood out, but every one of them was capable of being a single, something people don't really try and do today," 7inch explained. "Working with Polemikk and PA Double was a great experience as these guys are exceptional artists, combine that with competent production and the common thread running though the entire project, I believe we have crafted something special," the production mastermind summarized.
"Less is more, and this is what we wanted to prove with this project," claims Polemikk. "We made sure to have six powerful songs and a global subject matter holding them together. The production is impeccable, proving that 7inch is a producer to watch out for in the near future."
Jersey-bred J. Fontaine is a former HipHop break-dancer whose early career provided him and his crew commercial success and appearances by his team in music videos. J. Fontaine experienced the opportunity to showcase his dancing talents throughout Philadelphia night clubs as a paid performer. His enthusiasm for creativity and the hip hop culture played a major roll in the growth and his education as a musician.
While crafting one hand's talent on the turntables, J. Fontaine was shaking hands with the other; introducing himself to the music industry's elite. J. Fontaine built a network of names that led to his connection with several American Idol contestants who lent their vocals to some of J. Fontaine's tracks. J. Fontaine, a Pennsylvania-born Italian, knows music goes deeper than superficial standards and has been welcomed into the HipHop community by eager ears.
As a performer and a producer J. Fontaine's passion runs deep. His stand-out work ethic is solid and his talent is palpable. Along with the success of his break dancing career, J. Fontaine appeared as an extra on MTV's HipHop series Direct Effect with DJ Clue, Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy and experienced international airplay for his single "Pull It Over" and spins on major radio stations for “Hoffa at Me.”
J. Fontaine's latest project, a debut album entitled J. Fontaine Presents, features his own music production as well as production by Knoxx and collaborations with some of Jersey's biggest and best known names in hip hop like Joe Budden and Serius Jones.
L.A. rapper/producer Blu is one of hip-hop's most mysterious figures, puzzling fans with unexpected projects, esoteric liner notes, and a refusal to polish his left-field music for the masses. As Blu releases his first production album Open, we sought out frequent collaborator Sene to provide some insight on the artist sometimes known as GODlee Barnes.
Brooklyn MC Sene appears on the Open track "Avenge Of The Cheap Ass" (one of two Open songs with vocals from Blu himself), and in 2009 released the album A Day Late & A Dollar Short, entired produced by Blu. Here, he explains the allure of Blu's beats, the reasons for Blu' reclusive nature, and the story behind "Avenge Of The Cheap Ass."
Open is now available at iTunes, Amazon, Nature Sounds, and stores everywhere. Entirely produced by Blu, it contains never-before-heard vocal tracks from a collection of up-and-coming rappers that Blu hand-picked for the project, including Sene, Fresh Daily, Scienze, Versis, Aaron Smartz, Tribe of Levi, and more - as well as two show-stopping appearances from Blu himself.
Warlok releases the music video to "Top Notch" ft Dela Candela. This track features production by Miami Beat Wave and the music video is directed by William Vargas. "Top Notch" is featured on Warlok's mixtape The Deadline Mixtape.
Carlos Martinez, born December 27, 1982, better known by his stage name Warlok, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, whose music elements involve hip- hop, Miami bass, drum and bass, electronica, and Dub Step.
Martinez was born in Union City, New Jersey to Cuban immigrant parents. At the age of 2 his parents decided to move to Miami, FL for a better opportunity. As he became older he became interested in hip hop music. He was inspired by The Beastie Boys, Wu Tang, Snoop Dogg and Notorious B.I.G. Once he started high school, he began to write his own lyrics. His friends started to notice his lyrical skills and pushed him to battle against other fellow rappers in his school. Martinez began battling artist such as Pitbull, Ghost Wridah, and Dela Candela who at the time were not famous.
When Martinez finished high school he began recording songs with Brandon Toledo from Miami Beat Wave. He was featured in various mixed tapes and street albums and is currently working on his own album titled "The Deadline". He features different aspiring music artist that he has known throughout his years as a musician. His latest track "Do You Think about Me" was featured on Davincci "Getting Up" Mix tape.
Martinez's goal is to one day have the opportunity to make an impact in the hip-hop industry.
"Native is the New like Balance to the shoe"(De La Soul). "I sport New Balance sneakers to avoid a narrow path"(A Tribe Called Quest). "Challenge the God for the New Bal's"(Raekwon). Hip Hop's love affair for New Balance isn't anything new. Aside from the occassional shout out,New Balance sneakers have made cameo appearances in some of our favorite album covers as well as videos(Jungle Brothers "Doin our own thang",LL Cool J "Around the way girl",Kool G Rap "Road to the Riches").
Well guess what the love doesn't stop there. Not to long ago I sat down with one of my favorite mc's of all time,Raekwon. He and I talked about a number of things,most importantly his love for New Balances. The Chef isn't a sneaker head so to speak,he is a New Balance head. The conversation went from him discussing his train routes, to him name checking his favorite streets he used to shop at.
Rae's open and candid depiction of how he used to shop for New Balance takes all back to the "Golden Era"! So do yourself a favor and hop on the Staten Island ferry and ride with Raekwon as he takes us back in the day!
Brooklyn rhyme-spitter Gees Extortion hooks up again with producer extraordinaire !llmind to drop this banger entitled "Artillery." Gees' debut LP, Organized Rhymes: The Original Mixtape, is set to drop October 25th courtesy of Real Radio Records. Stay tune!