[Here's a new free record from a rap group that takes it back to one MC rapping along with one DJ. Yep, like GangStarr, Eric B. & Rakim, etc. Since they're from the Bay, you can say Blackalicious is their influence as a duo group. The mission statement of these two cats are to take advantage of the creativity hip-hop brings and they believe "Dreaming Out of Control" is what their record is (and hip-hop, in general, should be) about.
[Pardon the blue underline over his name, it doesn't lead to a website nor an e-mail address. It's just the way CurT@!N$ spells curtains, or is it Curt-at-ins as the @ symbol suggests? However, this killer mixtape shows you the reason why CurT remains one of the artists on the rise in 2011. Don't sleep and raise the CurT@!N$.]
[Focus... is always one of my favortite yet one of the most underrated producers of this era. Focus... always stays focused though as he collaborated with Colorado's SP Double to create this double MC/producer street album for all to bump.]
[Nottz Raw. Asher Roth. As a hip-hop head, need I say more? In case you're new to it, however, I'll say it like this: Nottz Raw, one of the most bangin' beatmakers, links up with Asher Roth, one of the biggest newcomers for the last few years. Check out the Rawth EP which remains raw indeed.]
That's it for the "Oops! Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
Boston based emcee/producer Vandal recently released his debut independent album titled "Focus". The album has 10 tracks, 8 of which are produced by Vandal himself, while "Do What I Do" is produced by Terse 1 and "Future Fans" by D12's Denaun Porter (Kon Artist). J.C.I.T.Y. also makes a guest appearance on "Cold."
Shunda K’s debut solo album The Most Wanted dropped worldwide last week and the latest single from the record, “My Light” (MP3) featuring the bombastic female UK rapper, Tan, is already causing a commotion. The shooting of the video for the album’s second single “I’m Da Best” recently wrapped its Florida production and has now moved to Los Angeles for another week of shooting under the direction of Steven Andrew Garcia of The Masses (wearethemasses.com).
Garcia informs us that the clip “…will be featuring select wardrobe items from legendary fashion designer, Brian Lichtenberg (LINK) who has worked with some amazing artists like Peaches, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, MIA, and many others. Also, Trillon Galloway, who recently was featured in Michael Jackson’s last video, ‘Hold My Hand (feat. Akon)’ will play one of our main bullies.” See Lady Gaga wearing a Lichtenberg necklace in a still from her “Poker Face” video HERE.
Shunda K’s “I’m Da Best” clip is a direct assault on the Westboro Baptist Church (WIKI) and concerns a young boy who is harassed, called “faggot” by his peers, faces even more tension at home and how, with the help of his faith and the support of his role models Shunda K and Shon B, he overcomes these obstacles to stand tall. The video is Shunda K’s contribution to the ongoing “It Gets Better” Project (itgetsbetter.org) started by famed syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage as a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future.
To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, and Suze Orman among many others. The video for “I’m Da Best” will debut in mid-January. More stills from the clip can viewed HERE.
Shunda K’s debut solo album The Most Wanted arrives on the heels of two Shunda K mixtapes downloaded thousands of times each, US and Australian dates opening for electro superstar Peaches, a collab on the track and video for the Peaches song “Billionaire”, and the NME naming Shunda K to its “Cool List” and earmarking The Most Wanted’s first single “Here I Am To Save The World” as one of “10 Tracks You Need To Hear”.
MP3: N.B.S. - "For the Better" (prod. Statik Selektah)
True-school duo N.B.S. (E'Flash & V.Knuckles) link up with long time collaborator Statik Selektah for this cut off of the recently released Statik Selektah & Frank The Butcher mixtape "Concepts: Selektions”
RapReviews.com Exclusive: Johnny Polygon - "DuckDuckGoose"
Here is the latest leak from Johnny Polygon. This is one of the songs that didn't make it on the Wolf In Cheap Clothing EP. The track is called "DuckDuckGoose" and it was produced by Johnny Polygon and Curtis Casey.
Also, we will be releasing spring tour dates for Johnny in the coming weeks so look out for that!
Blu Announces "Amnesia" EP on Vinyl & Digital Download
AVAILABLE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
Los Angeles MC/producer Blu has earned widespread acclaim for his collaborations with Exile, Ta'Raach, and Mainframe, and is currently at work on his major label debut for Warner Brothers. While fans wait, New World Color is happy to announce a digital EP (also available on limited edition 10" vinyl) featuring music from Blu's love-themed concept album Her Favorite Colo(u)r, as well as previously unheared material.
The 7-track Amnesia EP is sure to please Blu's burgeoning fanbase. On tracks like the HFC standout "Amnesia" and the never-before-released "Amnesia(Rewind)", the SoCal native explores the complexities of love and relationships while his own understated production sets the mood. The collection also features previously-unavailable instrumentals, showcasing Blu's skills behind the boards. Amnesia goes digital on February 15th, just in time for Valentine's day, and the collectible vinyl 10" version hits stores shortly after, on March 1st. A full release of HFC is set for this spring.
Digga And Khrysis Partner For Latest Remix From Classic
With a Los Angeles performance last night and "Straight Spittin' 4.5" still fresh in listeners' ears, Rah Digga is right back to work, dropping the latest remix from Classic, her highly lauded sophomore album released late last year. This remix, for the song "Solidified," finds the Jersey representative teaming up with North Carolina producer Khrysis, who, in addition to making up one half of the group The Away Team, has worked with artists including Little Brother, Skyzoo, Jean Grae, Sean Price, Masta Ace, and more. While the vocals remain in tact for this particular remix, Khrysis breathes new life into the song. While the original, produced by Nottz, who handled production duties for the entirety of Classic, features a smattering of funk guitar chops, rolling bass, and syncopated drums, Khrysis gives the song a more pronounced backbeat, utilizing a mix of piano chops, synths, and steady drums, all the while allowing Digga's lyrics shine.