Always known for tackling controversial topic matter, the group’s sophomore project, Masters Of The Dark Arts, (which recently was a top 100 debut on the Billboard Charts) finds them once again in torch-bearing mode, addressing subjects that most artists shy away from as ILL BILL illustrates “as conceptually and musically dark as this album appears to be, there's also a flip side layer to it that you may not notice until you listen to it a few times. Masters Of The Dark Arts is a storm before the calm and a celebration of the good things in life that can only be achieved by walking directly into the heart of darkness and facing your inner demons head on."
Masterminds "Suicidal Pigeon" Video Is Here. And here are the first visuals and Audio from the first Masterminds album inover 10 years. "Suicidal Pigeon" is just the warm up to the new album "Giant Antlers." Giant Antlers On The Way!
Video: DJ Jean Maron + N.B.S. "The Bridge (Cambridge)"
Courtesy Big Bang Records.
Resurrecting hip-hop classic "The Bridge" by MC Shan & Marly Marl , long time French favorite DJ Jean Maron connects with homegrown mainstay N.B.S. (hip-hop duo consisting of E'Flash and V-Knuckles) connect to bridge the cross continental gap and bring an ode to their hometown Cambridge, MA rightfully entitled "The Bridge."
This week, Stu Bangas & Vanderslice released their new album, Diggaz With Attitude. The long-hyped project is proving to be worth the wait; the two producers' shared love for sinister chops and heavy drums pairs well with the album's impressive line-up of guests, a list that includes Roc Marciano, The Alchemist, Evidence, Apathy, Ill Bill, Celph Titled, Blaq Poet, Esoteric, and more. To celebrate release this week, the two producers are now releasing the video for the album's latest single, "Half Dead," which features Apathy, Roc Marciano, and Planet Asia.
Video: Pacewon & Mr. Green f/ Snoop Dogg - "Lock Me Up"
Courtesy Mr. Green.
Official video for Pacewon and Mr. Green's single "Lock Me Up" from their new album "The Only Number That Matters is Won" AVAILABLE NOW on Raw Poetix. The song features BURNTmd and the legendary Snoop Dogg... Animation by Eric Hans King
MP3: Esohel - Silence Is Golden featuring Add-2 (produced by Ricky Dubs)
Esohel links up with Chicago's very own Add-2 on Silence Is Golden which is produced by Ricky Dubs. Silence Is Golden is the 2nd offering from Esohel & Ricky Dubs forthcoming LP which is titled "On Purpose With A Purpose" with a release date of October 9th 2012. The 1st single was Paid Dues which featured Brooklyn's own Nitty Scott MC and is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more.
MP3: Mayhem & Jerz ft. M-Dot, Chaundon & B.A.M. - "City High Rises"
Courtesy Chris Figueroa.
Mayhem & Jerz bring you their latest single "City High Rises" ft. fellow EMS cohort M-Dot, Chaundon (HOJ) & B.A.M. Off their recently released collab CD "MayJerzachusetts Island" (dropped 8/31/12). Enjoy!
Album features "Plug 2" from De La Soul on track "Mr. Megahustle" Released by: URBNET Release date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
01. Sleeping Dogs 02. Ain't Broken 03. Back Back 04. The Tighten Up 05. Resistance 06. I'm In Space 07. Mr. Megahustle (Featuring Plug 2) 08. Still Gotcha 09. So Phenomenal 10. Like That 11. Goin' Down 12. To Keep Us Rollin'
With a catalogue that is unmatched by many, Moka Only is often considered to be a pioneer and driving force behind Canadian West Coast hip hop, as well as an important component in popularizing the art of freestyling in Victoria and Vancouver. In the 13+ years since his debut, Moka Only has released more than 50 albums, both solo and collaborative. He records under a variety of aliases, with the most popular being Ron Contour, Flow Torch and The Durable Mammal. He has been a contributing member of numerous groups and collectives, including Perfect Strangers, Code Name: Scorpion, Cryptic Souls Crew, The Dominant Mammals, City Planners, Nowfolk and Swollen Members, along with many others. Amongst all of that, Moka has worked with underground hip hop heroes like J Dilla, Aceyalone, OH NO, MF Doom, Buck 65, K-Os, Sixtoo and more.
But it all began rather humbly in his hometown of Victoria, BC, where Moka Only discovered hip hop culture at an early age, starting out as a graffiti artist before switching to rhyming at house parties and freestyling anywhere and everywhere alongside partner K-Prevail (recording together as Splitsphere). In 1994, Moka made the move to San Diego in order to further his rap career, creating a number of connections that he would later use to his advantage. Upon moving back to Canada in 1995 and taking up residence in Vancouver, Moka met Mad Child, and along with K-Prevail, now just Prevail, the three emcees founded Swollen Members one night at a Denny's, with Moka coining their multiple meaning name. However, a group dynamic was not for Moka and he soon moved on to a solo career.
In 1995, Moka Only started flooding the local scene with a myriad of music, quickly earning himself the nickname of "The Most Prolific" by self-releasing cassettes on an almost seasonal basis, which led to a few vinyl releases and finally album deals with a variety of labels. All the while, Moka was building a name for himself as a strong and skillful emcee with down-to-earth subject matter ranging from hip hop to fashion, from food to travel, and from love to sex. Although best known for his rapping, Moka was also building his resume as a a quirky producer with a knack for mixing live and sampled instruments. While the majority of Moka's musical output has been self-produced, his beats are also sought after by a wide range of underground artists.
With his solo career as both rapper and producer on the rise, Moka Only participated in a few collaborations with Swollen Members resulting in Moka rejoining the group for Monsters in the Closet, their 2002 collection of b-sides and rarities featuring three new songs. He remained on board for Heavy in 2003 but left again prior to the recording of Black Magic. Once again Moka had found himself confined as part of a group.
His time with Swollen Members, which also saw him signed to the Battle Axe label, resulted in three consecutive Junos, but it also meant a decrease in the amount of solo music from Moka. "The Most Prolific" returned in 2005 beginning with the release of The Desired Effect, his Nettwerk debut that realized a much greater pop potential for Moka. Unhappy with the label interference, Moka released a Japan-only alternate version under the title Dirty Jazz that was more to his liking, marking Moka's return to releasing the nearly seasonal albums of gritty, underground jams he has always been known for through labels like Camobear, Legendary Entertainment and Urbnet, as well as an occasional one-off project for various other indie labels.