Video: Doom Man f/ Seyi Shay - "Celebrate Life Part II"
Hiphop sensation, Doom Man, is set to cause a stir again this summer. His last track Don't Talk To Me became a club hit, being played from 1Xtra to Choice FM in London and on many stations and clubs across the UK. The last 12 months have seen Doom support acts such as Omarion, Jagged Edge and previously De La Soul. His current track is a dancefloor hit in London's Leicester Square with Doom performing live sets over the last few weeks.
Celebrate Life Part II featuring Seyi Rock and produced by Yellow Man made its 1st air play on DJ Target 1xtra show as the Targo Embargo and will be available on iTunes on Monday 30th May 2011.
Video: The Freeze Tag (Bisco Smith & Cassettes Won't Listen) - "The Voices"
Diving deeper into their soon-to-be released five-song musical/art collaborative concept EP, Hamster KidThe Freeze Tag, the duo comprised of Los Angeles producer Cassettes Won't Listen and Brooklyn emcee Bisco Smith, is releasing the latest visual installment from the project. The video is the second of five videos from the EP - there will be one video for each track, in addition to three exclusive remixes - each working together to tell the story of Hamster Kid, an everyman's underdog who embarks on a quest in search for freedom from life's restrictions and limitations.
The music video for "The Voices," created, like all five videos from the EP, by world renowned street artist Bishop 203 and director Mike Vidoli, begins the story for viewers. While the EP's previous video, for "The Hustle," incorporated bits and pieces, both lyrically and visually, from each of the four tracks to follow, "The Voices" is the track that begins the story for listeners, and thus the video offers a striking visual accompaniment as Hamster Kid begins his journey. With Cassettes Won't Listen behind the boards, building tension and setting an eerie tone, the visuals depict Hamster Kid, trapped in an underground world and facing a host of ominous and threatening characters as Bisco's vocals echo in the background, as he raps, "I hear them talking, talking, but they ain't saying much." The Freeze Tag's Hamster Kid EP will be released May 3, 2011 on the duo's collective label, Daylight Curfew.
Here is the video for J*Midd's "Up Up and Away", Dwight Howard's official 2011 NBA playoffs theme song! The song was recently released by Kado Records, a label co-founded by California R&B veteran TQ.
"Up Up and Away" also features TQ, and was originally penned by J*Midd for Dwight Howard's Shooting Stars charity. When Howard heard the song, he asked to use it as a personal theme, which only made sense given the catchy lyrics.
Soon after, some insiders with the Orlando Magic took things to the next level by having the track authorized and officialized by the NBA for Howard's use in the 2011 playoff games!
In the official video, J*Midd and TQ interact with some classic Dwight Howard action footage. Enjoy!
Chances are if you have been listening to any Bay Area hip-hop in the last two decades, or so, then you've become familiar with countless DJ Touré beats. This now widely recognized producer got his start DJing with the Hieroglyphics Crew and since has fashioned signature beats with his production company, 101% Music, which has behind many of Cali's rising acts. Now in 2011, DJ Touré is gearing up for his own release, Touré's Theory, which will be released via Interdependent Media, later this year. As a teaser for the full-length, Toure is leaking this video and song, featuring the Oakland MC Emakulant, in what is likely to become one of the album's bonus tracks.
In case your curious as to what the title "Tarantula" might be in reference to, the video will do well to dispel any mystery; forget about Pineapple Express' legendary Cross-joint, the Tarantula is one of the most diabolical marijuana inventions ever created. Better yet the video and lyrics might as well be a hip-hop tutorial on how to create this beast, as Emakulant throws in just about every variation of cannabis while slapping on a fair warning, as he raps, "This is for the veterans, not for the amateurs/ And please use caution while smoking Tarantula's." To compliment the vocals, DJ Touré's production yields speaker-shaking bass, slapping snare, and synth-laden instrumentation with icy space-reverb overtop that. Combined with the Tarantula, they just might send you out into another dimension.
MP3: Dinner At The Thompson's f/ Guilty Simpson - "Rice N' Beans"
Latest Single From Off The Grid Cites Hip-Hop, Afro-Beat Influences
Steaming hot jazz, chopped full of hip-hop, soul, funk, afro-beat, and electro-influenced beats. That's what Dinner At The Thompson's has cooking on the stove-top, and the France-American duo comprised of singer Lucille Tee and producer/multi-instrumentalist Fablive know its getting tough for fans to fight off the hunger pains as the May 17th release date approaches for their sophomore album, Off The Grid. So, as they continue to prep the main course, DATT is dropping off a nice little appetizer for fans with "Rice N' Beans," the latest single from the album featuring Detroit emcee Guilty Simpson.
The track was "inspired by a desire to bring an afro-beat influence into a rap beat," says Lucille. "The lyrics are a sort of modern tale between a man and a woman, and they speak about what each can expect and give to each other. 'Rice N' Beans' is a metaphor for the essential – the nutrients, the basic needs in a relationship." Trumpet and saxophone players Ernesto Sanchez and Sam McStuff, both jazzmen heavily influenced by afro-beat, are perfect added ingredients to Fablive's low-down, dirty, and funky vibe, while Guilty Simpson's gruff vocals fill out the track, complementing Lucille's sultry sassiness. "I'm giving you all that class, you asking me more for much," she sings. "I'm giving you Rice 'N' Beans/ Your honey, your loving, and all those things."
Dinner At The Thompson's Off The Grid will be released May 17th on Earth At Work Records via FB Distribution.
Featured on his recently released mixtape presented by Clinton Sparks and Tony Yayo, Inland Empire boss, Lunch, teamed up with Kon Live Records signee, singer Ray Lavender for the track PROBLEMS. Lunch, intent on making sure the West Coast and the IE are heard is hard at work on his follow up to WHAT'S FOR LUNCH....so keep your ears on alert for that.