The Pacific Northwest offers pine lined mountain ridges, picturesque lakes and some of the most serene, uncorrupted beauty that one is likely to find in America. It also offers the ominous grey skies that pervade Seattle and often seep into the pores of its inhabitants. Cody Foster, the artist better known as Sadistik, calls Seattle home and knows the natural splendor as well as he knows the seasonal affective disorder that can carry on long past winter.
Flowers For My Father, which features guest shots from Cage, Deacon the Villain, Astronautalis, Ceschi and Child Actor, marks Sadistik's first solo long player since The Balancing Act and charts his growth in spades. Evolving his style to a more synthesized rendition of a signature cinematic Seattle sound, the new album displays a distinct juxtaposition of Sadistik's complex, vulnerable writing with textured, ambient production handled by the likes of Blue Sky Black Death and Kno of CunninLynguists. The result is his most mature and revealing project to date, with lush soundscapes lifting Sadistik’s verses from a vast darkness.
Shortly after the release of The Balancing Act, Sadistik's father tragically passed. Never one to shy away from heavy topics or keep his personal life personal, Sadistik wrote Flowers for his late father, choosing to treat each song as an update of what has happened in his life since. This is reflected in writing that delves into depression, heartbreak, optimism and the struggle to make sense of the ever-shifting pieces in the world around him.
Sadistik will be doing an in-store at Silver Platters in Seattle on February 23 at 3pm along with an album release show that same night at Nectar Lounge with DJ Abilities, Chicharones, The MC Type, Graves 33 & Maulskull.
Flowers For My Father is now available via Circle Into Square, iTunes, Amazon, Access Hip Hop and UGHH.
Audio: "2 Islandz" Tone Fazoolz f/ Cappadonna, Lounge Lo
Courtesy Lamar J.
Tone Fazoolz from Long Island NY got his start as a teen under the guidance of Hip Hop legend Chubb Rock. Pegged as one of the "next to blow" in the mid 90's (as a young teen) several issues kept Fazoolz from fulfilling his destiny.
Now back with a fiery passion, Tone Fazoolz has linked with numerous heavy hitters and is ready to once and for all claim his spot.... Hey, its "Better Late...."
Audio: The Action Figures - "Russell Westbrook" (Prod. by Young RJ)
Courtesy Ty Cannon.
The Action Figures made up of Two Emcee’s MarQ Beyond (A pound for Pound Lyricist) and Kysean Bell (Hook Master extraordinaire) together these two have been a duo since high school, now college aged students, The Action Figures are finally ready to reveal themselves to the world.
OUT NOW! Spectac & Shakim - For The People & Free Single DL
Courtesy Kevin Nottingham.
South Carolina bred Hip Hop lyricist Spectac returns after a long three year hiatus with For The People, an album of all new material produced by DJ Shakim.
Long-time Spectac fans can look forward to a more aggressive Spectac as he tackles recent issues surrounding politics, relationships, and other relevant subject matter. Production-wise, For The People is producer Shakim's first official effort... though it would be hard to tell as the veteran deejay has a keen ear for soulful samples and displays impeccable drum work.
In celebration of today's album release, we are giving fans a free download of the title track "For The People!", which is a much softer side of Spectac & Shakim than the album's first single "Moment of Truth".
The entire album is available now for download on iTunes, DJBooth and anywhere else digital music is sold. Physical CDs can be purchased at UGHH.
Video: Stalkz Featuring Jacob Rohde - Brave New World456
Courtesy Respect Music.
Stalkz is undoubtedly one of the Australia's most talented emerging young hip-hop artists. 2012 has seen him carve his way through the live circuits supporting International and interstate acts such as DJ Krush, Cut Chemist, Class A, GDP, Fort Kilsby, 2Dogs (Resin Dogs), DefWishCast and Kerser.
Now in 2013 Stalkz returns with his debut single “Brave New World” off the coming EP "We Never Left".
The single “Brave New World” captures in detail the many varying aspects of desperation and indulgence. It’s an honest and direct account leading you through the deep lows and great heights of extravagance, and it’s toll on the human condition. The song is set on the Gold Coast and its narrative is raw, gritty and most importantly, true. It deals with themes of culture, politics, addiction and truth in a uniquely poetic format.
It’s mellow instrumental was assembled by U.S super producer “Vherbal”, well known for his work with artists such as Vinnie Paz, Canibus, R.A Rugged Man & Sean Price. Singer/song writer “Jacob Rohde” adds his distinct vocals to the songs catchy hook, collectively creating an unforgettable piece of music.
As a part of the single release there is also a couple of remixes available to tend to the varying appetites of listeners, one of which is of the Jazzier Hip Hop vibe and has been produced by yet another very talented new addition to the Australian music scene "Zeed Mantis". Then we have a funk lounge mix, thrown down by the Respect Music Records resident funk outfit "Rubber Johnson" giving a whole new vibe to the track inclusive of Instrumental, No Rap and Acapella mixes for the DJ's that like to mash things up!
Lastly the single is accompanied by a powerful, dirty and thought provoking film clip, which takes the viewer on a journey from the vandalised streets of an abandoned neighbourhood to the affluent business precincts of the city. Reminding the viewer to look deeper than the surface, because often, looks can be deceiving.
With guest appearances from Ghostface, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Roc Marciano, Vinnie Paz, Cappadonna & additional beats from DJ Premier & Oh No, you can expect nothing less then top notch production and rewind worthy lyricism from CZARFACE. "We are CZARFACE because they know our faces and they know us for being dope rhyme suppliers, like Tony Montana we are known for our balls and our word; lyrically we will conquer the world and everything in it” states Deck. Esoteric explains further, “CZARFACE is a vigilante, anti-hero character who serves as the face of the project, and his focus is on annihilating the media darlings that the mainstream caters to.”
Poltergeist - The Black Death - 03/12/13 Hip hop is dead, right? Well, not any more: Tetracyts Productions hip hop recording artist Poltergeist's debut album, "The Black Death" won't let her stay that way. Dark melodies, haunting drums, thought stimulating lyircs... Poltergeist - The Black Death is the return of the living dead! On "The Black Death", Poltergeist brings us sounds that one could mistake for the late 80s to mid-late 90s hip hop of the golden era.
The erie overtones and sinister theme throughout the work quickly establish its originality which is supporter by deadly lyrics the likes of which few emcees are providing these days. Join Poltergeist on this adventure in music and thought! ---- Exiquio Cooper-Anderson Owner, Tetractys Productions LLC Santa Fe, NM www.the-black-death.com
Boston's Wispers Takes 'Flight' With His New Mixtape
Got this mixtape titled Flight, that I'm pushing from Boston's Wispers. Dude can definitely spit - the project's 20 tracks deep, all mixed/blended by Big Steve Gee, and has some dope production, including J. Cardim whose featured on quite a few tracks.