Yes, Bay Area (November, $15) is a 90-page collection of two years of Tweets by Bay Area lyricist Lyrics Born. A hip-hop emcee known for his lyrical prowess, penning a book is a natural extension for LB. With his signature style & sense of humor, LB delivers Tweet after randomly hilarious Tweet with an inside edge that only a lifelong resident & native son of “The Bay” can.
Also featuring the artwork of Eddie Colla, Yes, Bay Area is as much an homage to the uniqueness of the San Francisco Bay Area as it is a coffee table book and collectors item.
(neé Tsutomu “Tom” Shimura) is a Bay Area native, and lifelong resident of Berkeley, CA. As a self-described “Slasher” he has spent the past 20 years forging a successful career as an award-winning rapper/em-singer/songwriter/producer/performer/voiceover talent, and now, author. In the 90’s he co-founded the seminal Independent record label, Quannum Projects, and has released 8 albums including “Later That Day”, “As U Were”, and “Latyrx-The Album” as ½ of the duo Latyrx alongside Lateef the Truthspeaker. His music and voice have appeared in countless movies, commercials, television shows, and video games, and he continues to be a mainstay on the worldwide touring and live festival circuit. He is currently working on his 9th full-length release, “Latyrx-The Second Album.”
In Yes, Bay Area, LB brings his insightful musings on the rich, diverse—and often quirky—culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. This book will be enjoyed by any hip-hop head or Bay Area native.
Audio: Vic Freeze "4 Da Guap" From Clockwork Muzik
Clockwork Muzik presents their new artist Vic Freeze and his debut single "4 Da Guap. Follow Vic on Twitter @VicFreeze. This single sets the tone for Clockwork Muzik's upcoming mixtape release. The Midwest production duo has worked with artist such as Freddie Gibbs, Krayzie Bone, and Killer Mike just to name a few. Coming off his last release, Vic keeps it Hip-Hop backed by smooth instrumentation and heavy hitting drums.
Video: Brown Bag AllStars - "Rhett Committed Murder"
Courtesy Audible Doctor.
"Rhett Committed Murder," off of BBAS’s Brown Label Part 2, which is produced by World Famous Beat Junkie DJ Rhettmatic, hence the title. DeeJay Element is responsible for the cuts throughout the Certified fresH joint and features cold verses from Audible Doctor, J57 (#SuckIt Heinz), Soul Khan and Koncept.
Bud E’s debut record “Goes On” is starting to pick up some steam at urban/rhythmic radio. It’s super catchy, and is currently in rotation at 21 stations with increased airplay each week. The track features label mate and St. Louis native Bradd Young, an R&B singer, songwriter and accomplished producer who has worked with Akon, Nelly, Kelly Rowland, Teddy Riley, Talib Kweli, Jibbs, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Pac Div - "Cross Trainers" Ft. Kendrick Lamar & Blu
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Since LA-based rap trio Pac Div wrapped their West Coast tour with Mac Miller and released exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from their tour performances last week, brothers Like and Mibbs and brother-from-another BeYoung are anxiously awaiting the release of their sophomore album, GMB, due out November 27th. For their latest single, the guys bring the topic of fly kicks and stunting to the forefront on the track "Cross Trainers," produced by Swiff D.
D-Sisive is a disciple of hip-hop and a Bowie devotee. His eleven-year-old imagination was captured by Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff's "Nightmare On My Street," and later, by a legendary punk spectacle as heard on Creep single "GG Allin." There's something new everyday, and so he's running, trying to keep up with himself, trying to connect with his fellow creeps. There was a time he didn't have these words; didn't know how to say them. So now he's making sure he doesn't miss even one.
Beanie Sigel: I've Never Re-Wrote a Verse in My Life
DJ Vlad: The legendary Philly rapper speaks about Game rewriting his verse on "Heavy Artillery" after Beanie blew him away. Beanie admits that while some rappers do rewrite their verses for tracks, that's not something he's ever done in his career. Beanie also talks about his latest album "This Time," and revealed why he couldn't get Scarface on this project.
Videos: Hot 97 Help Those Affected By Hurricane Sandy
Courtesy Jamie F.
The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy left much of the New York and New Jersey without power, food, and in many cases, shelter. This has been the most devastating natural disaster to effect the area in the history of New York City and HOT 97 and Hip Hop Has Heart moilized immediately after the storm. Hot 97 reached out to our hip hop counterparts and secured clothing and radios from RocaWear, Trukfit, Swizz Beatz Reebok, Young and Reckless and HD Radio. They then made their way out to Coney Island, Rockaway, Manhattan, The Bronx and Hoboken to make sure the hardest hit places got the help they needed. The footage gives a real account of what residents in these places are going through. Willy Dope of Par-City, DJ Juanyto, and more were part of the team helping out.
MP3: Nissim, Fatal Lucciauno, Spac3man & Larry Hawkins "Tell Me" Produced by Vitamin D
Courtesy Sportn' Life.
In celebration of our first decade in business, Sportn' Life Records is offering up some goodies over the next couple of weeks, leading up to our 10 Year Anniversary Party on November 21st at Barboza night club in Seattle, WA. We'll be releasing new and previously unreleased music from almost the entire roster of artists. The first song is from the highly requested super group consisting of solo recording artists Nissim (Formerly D.Black), Fatal Lucciauno, Spac3man and Larry Hawkins.