Kai Joseph Williams, better known to listeners as KAi Sky Walker, is a Canadian vocalist born on September 30th 1989. KAi originates from the Burnaby area of Vancouver, British Columbia. He began recording music at the age of 16, and in 2008, at 18, he released his first mixtape, entitled A Day in the Life. A 21 track, self-engineered project, surprising listeners with his crafty word play and versatility; Moving 1500 units out of his backpack in a few months, KAi began to carve his own niche locally.
Following A Day in the Life, he was aligned with close friend and rapper Atlin, and together the two formed Shottas. Producing a refreshing, multi-genre blend of music, Shottas made numerous live performances at festivals, club events and private parties, all to rave reviews, resulting in a cult-like following of fans. In May 2010, the duo finally released their debut project, I Am the V, a mind-bending, diverse piece of music further showcasing KAi’s versatility and range as a young vocalist. In ’09-‘10, Shottas cornered the viral video market in Western Canada, garnering over 100,000 total views spanning across 160 different countries. The group is since rumoured to be on hiatus.
In 2011 KAi met producer Nigel "Lokeynote" Berringer. They initially connected well, leading to extensive recording and eventual production of KAi Sky Walker's Law of Attraction. Lyrically, the mixtape encapsulates not just who KAi is as a rapper, but who he is as an artist and a human being. Using his own, real life trials and tribulations as a basis throughout the record, KAi paints a vivid picture of success by way of self-confidence. In LOA, the 22 year old shows maturity in his lyrical content and delivery, while still capturing the youthful energy that makes his live performance a hit amongst fans. Carefully composed words are distributed over nostalgic backdrops, provided in majority by Lokeynote, who also engineered the project. Due to creative differences between producer and artist, the project did not have a proper release, resulting in Law of Attraction getting less publicity then the project deserved. It was made available for purchase on iTunes August 30th, 2011 and free download March 28, 2012.
KAi has a substantial performance resume, having recently toured Western Canada with Bone Thugs N Harmony as well as opening for the likes of Bun B, Three 6 Mafia (2x), Yelawolf, Juelz Santana, Warren G, Dead Prez, Bassnectar, Kid Ink, Z-Trip, Excision & Datsik, Pac Div, Killer Mike, Souls of Mischief, Planet Asia, Swollen Members, and Moka Only.
2012 is set to be the strongest yet for KAi Sky Walker as he looks to expand his fan base internationally. Stay tuned for NEO…
In hip-hop short shelf lives are the norm, but DOOM (formerly MF DOOM) has proved to be an extraordinary exception. For Frank Chapter 48 we have DOOM as guest curator. He has crafted a book as unique and compelling as his music, while calling on a cast of collaborators far outside the normal frame of reference for a hip-hop artist. This Frank Book will be an instant classic.
We are excited to announce we now have a drop date for this highly anticipated Chapter. Frank Chapter 48: DOOM will release in the first week of June!
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MP3: Topp - Get It In featuring Kayyce Closed, Molly Gruesome, Smit Deuce and Classik
"View From The Top", released on 3-13-12, is Michigan producer Topp's latest albumand brings you beats by Topp, laced by Detroit's finest. It features Royce Da 5'9", Joe Budden, Trick Trick, Bizarre, Kuniva of D-12 and many more.
IamSu! is something of a throwback in rap music. While some of today's brightest rising stars have blown up off the success of a song or two, Su!, a true triple-threat who can rap, produce, and write songs with the best of them, has spent the past few months building his reputation and fan base with a variety of show-stealing guest appearances. First came LoveRance's "UP!," for which Su! not only produced, but also wrote the hook, which is now the number two rap single in the country. Then came "Function," a recent single from E-40's latest album, The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil, which is slowly but surely becoming one of the hottest songs in the country with the likes of Rihanna and Tyler The Creator praising it via Twitter.
Next Monday, May 7th, IamSu! will make his debut appearance on BET's 106 & Park, alongside E-40 and release his third mixtape, KILT. To give a sneak peak of what's to come, Su! is excited to liberate a new single off the tape titled, "Cancelled Plans."
For "Cancelled Plans," IamSu! whipped up an absolute banger, equipped with hypnotizing synth waves, block-thumping 808s, and a razor-sharp flow that all blends well on this concordant display of confidence. "You was sleepin' on me and I caught you snorin'... Makin' music if I'm not recordin'/ Work scheduled I cannot be dormant," Su! spits of his tireless work ethic. Sticking true to the title, at the song's hook the beat changes up and suddenly hides behind Su!'s final proclamation, "She text me all night long, tryna come through wit all of her friends/ I call my manager up, to cancel all of my plans to be with you." The song was produced by The Invasion, a production crew consisting of Su!, P-Lo, and Kuya. The Invasion is a part of a larger artist collective named Heartbreak Gang or HBK Gang, consisting of over a dozen rappers, producers, graphic designers, video producers, and the like.
Mixtape: Darkskin Presents The Preview Hosted by DJ Grady
I am submitting a new mixtape by Darkskin and hosted by DJ Grady. This mixtape was released May 3rd and within 24 hours this mixtape received over 10k downloads on Datpiff alone. He is a very talented Artist who has been under the radar, but currently making his brand known now.
01.Darkskin Ft. T-Real - I Want All
02.Darkskin Ft. T-Wayne - Turn Up
03.Darkskin - Interlude
04.Darkskin Ft. T-Real, Lil Ronny & T-Wayne - Knock It Out Of Bounds
MP3: T.K. Other Realm - "Forever On Some Town Shit" (Prod. By THC)
As anticipation continues to build for League510's forthcoming Slumps & Fist Pumps project, the crew is staying busy, dropping a handful of new solo and group material. The latest in that string of tracks is today's release, "Forever On Some Town Shit," the latest single from T.K. Other Realm's upcoming mixtape, Heaven Flow.
The beat is produced by THC and T.K. came across the production when listening to Nipsey Hussle's recent mixtape, The Marathon Continues. "Once I heard the beat, the words to the verse just spilled from my soul," T.K. says, noting that he altered the name of Nipsey's original version slightly to represent his hometown of Oakland.
"Forever On Some Town Shit" has lyrics that challenge the deeper meaning of what is seen in economically depressed neighborhoods, and also to question the livability of those neighborhoods. "Most of the times morals don't coincide with this hood shit/ Doing bad deeds just end up with good shit," raps T.K. "Plant the crack/ You don't see the trap, my goodness/ Liquor store, church, trap, Popeye's/ Ain't a whole foods in hood, I wonder why."