Is society enriched or diminished by its obsession with social media? The costs of the latest cultural phenomenon are brought to light by the artist Headsnack in his satirical new song "Antisocial Networking."
Techno-solitude isn't the only target at which Headsnack takes aim with his biting satire. Texting drivers, virtual role-playing gamers and sordid chatrooms are hit upon, as well. The rapped verses' dark, comic tone is offset by an insidiously catchy hook that echoes the vapid, universal refrain "take a look at my Facebook."
The video for "Antisocial Networking" complements this sarcasm. Produced and directed by Dennis Lucido, the short film presents a deconstructed desktop filled with assorted windows that pop up and vie for the viewer's attention. The visuals and rhythm evoke another era of music videos.
So yes, this de-evolution will be televised. If a danceable diatribe doesn't venture into the Facebook forest it probably will not get heard, after all. "Antisocial Networking" even seizes upon this conflict of interest, as Headsnack points the finger directly at himself as he asks listeners for their virtual thumbs: "I'm just a bitter hypocritical cyber-pirate/using Facebook to promote this in hopes that you will buy this!/So spread this virus on your mobile devices/until you and two million others 'Like' this cause for crisis."
Headsnack is the latest project from Phon-X, founding member of the groundbreaking hip-hop act Regenerated Headpiece.
Video: Sahtyre - "We Out Here (Episode 2) AZ, NM, & TX"
Episode 2 of We Out Here follows us to Tucson, AZ.. Las Cruces, NM.. and El Paso, TX for a few shows and a shitload of partying. S/O to all our new homegirls and homies. Special thanks to Sean Curtis, Tommy Corvette, Tito, Grimey, and Raekwon the Chef.
MP3: billy woods - "Body Of Work" Ft. Roc Marciano & Masai Bey
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Earlier this month, billy woods announced an April 10th release date for his forthcoming album, History Will Absolve Me. Along with that announcement came the video for "Headband," a song that won't actually appear on the album, and so, as the release date fast approaches, woods is excited to debut the album's first official single, "Body Of Work," featuring Masai Bey and Roc Marciano.
The track, produced by Willie Green, is one of the earliest that the emcee and beatsmith recorded for the album, snatched up after woods heard Green making the beat live in the studio and had to have it. "The inspiration for 'Body Of Work' comes from chain-gang spirituals," he explains. "All of the verses concern themselves with work, but also with getting older and trying to sum up one's life, for better or worse."
For the concept to work, billy knew he needed some other voices on the song but it couldn't be just anyone. "I knew I needed some older cats on it," notes woods, "Masai is as old-school as it gets and I've been a big fan of Roc since the UN days." Each rapper adds their own personal experiences and perspectives, bringing the track to life with three unique and insightful perspectives. Of his own verse, woods had this to say, "if you are familiar with the land issue in Zimbabwe and South Africa, the content of my verse might be a little clearer but really, there is a universality in there. What is the line between working and stealing, between when you think you deserve and what you have?"
It's no secret that Pitbull is the new leader at Top 40 radio so it's only right he brings his team along with him. Pitbull will be introducing you to his new team on this special limited edition album coming out this summer. This is the first record from the project and I know you crossover and urban DJ's will love it. Listen to the chrous carefully because this record is directed to each and every one of you DJ's. This is that record you play when it's winding down towards the end of the night around 2am and you need to revive the party. Trust me give it a shot and tell me I was wrong!
This week, Beyond Belief returns to Goodfella Radio, and chops it up with Justin D and Nyght. The guys touch on the XXL Freshman List, the "Breaking Beyond" Video Series, and Beyond Belief's next single, "Broken".
Moka Only (one of Canada's most celebrated hip-hop exports) and Ayatollah (one of the most respected producers in the American underground hip-hop scene) have joined forces for the new album Bridges, to be released on April 10th, 2012. While this may be their first time collaborating, Moka Only and Ayatollah are hardly strangers. "I've always been familiar with Ayatollah's work," says Moka. "He's a legend, and there's not many outside beatmakers that I even want to do anything with..Tollah is a golden exception."
While Moka is behind the mic for the entire album, he decided to rap from the viewpoint of his foul-mouthed alter-ego Ron Contour. "Ron is like your eccentric Uncle," Moka explains. "I think people would expect me to come with a more 'serious' vibe on these darker Ayatollah beats, so I had to flip the script on 'em." Overall, what makes the project work is the chemistry between these two unlikely collaborators. "As this project came together, Tollah told me he was excited that someone really 'sees his vision'," explains Moka. "That means a lot to me."
Driicky Graham and Nu World Entertainment Music Group sign with eOne Music
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North Carolina native Driicky Graham and NuWorld Era Music Group sign with eOne Music to release new single “Snap Backs & Tattoos”
New York, NY – eOne Music and NuWorld Era Music Group announce the release of “Snap Backs & Tattoos,” the infectious new single from hip hop’s most talented up-and-comer, Driicky Graham. The track has garnered accolades for the 20 year old rhyme slayer from DJs all across the country, and has already been receiving heavy airplay at WQHT in New York.
Graham has been feature in XXL’s “The Break, as well as MTV Rap Fix Live’s “Get in the Game”. His video has been posted to Allhiphop.com, TheSource.com and Thisis50.com.
“We are excited to partner with Nu World on the release of this new single,” explains eOne Vice President Marleny Dominguez.
An internet sensation, the North Carolina native has captured fans with his heart wrenching response to Memphis artist Don Trip’s underground hit, “Letter To My Son.” The emotional video shows Graham speaking to his absent father in rhyme while defending single mothers everywhere. The rendition gathered so much attention on and off line that it was featured during MTV’s Rap Fix Live “Get in the Game” segment with host Sway Calloway. The young prodigy has steadily kept interest on his talents with his club-killing duet with ATL’s Diamond of Crime Mob, “Flash The Cash.” His buzz continues to balloon with the addition of his latest single, “Snapbacks and Tattoos.” He is currently working with legendary Three 6 Mafia producer Juicy J, along with Diamond, on his debut mixtape.