http://RapReviews.com/ Acclaimed hip-hop artist and "Freestyle Friday" guru Chaz Kangas joined us for an interview to promote his album "A Personal Reference" (free at http://chazkangas.bandcamp.com/ to download) and talk about various topics including (but not limited to) recovering from some health issues, how good the bagels with lox and cream cheese are in New York City, hanging out at The Fifth Element in Minneapolis, and his memories of the late great Eyedea. Like this video and subscribe so you can check out part two!
MP3: Random a/k/a @MegaRan f/ MC Frontalot - "Wake Up!"
Random, aka Mega Ran is preparing to launch his fan funded album/comic/videogame experience (he scored over $15k in 30 days through kickstarter) "Language Arts" and kicks it off with the fun "Wake Up," featuring the 'godfather of 'nerdcore.' the Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes sample propels Ran and Front through their perspective stories about a serious case of The Mondays. Philly Soul meets the everyday struggle.
The album drops May 22 and features Wordsworth, Punchline, Wax, Homeboy Sandman and many more.
"Punchline Drunk" is the second single off the Stereo Boyz' latest Mixtape "Guten Tag!". The video was recorded during the groups' "Midwest Neighbors" Tour, with scenes in Chicago, New York and at the legendary MonkeyBarz cipher at Union Square. "Punchline Drunk is a rap style we created, it's the Stereo Boyz Drunken Master Style. We black out and write the illest sh** we possibly can. It's our demonstration of being inebriated with creativity."
Miami, Florida late 1990's. Story depicts just how far a frustrated and desperate man is willing to go for a dollar bill. He executes his plan to rob a store flawlessly. However his only mistake is that he fails to plan for the unexpected..... by doubting or underestimating what 9 year old Anthony would do for the cash also. enjoy!!!
2012 has been a busy year for Portland, Oregon emcee Illmaculate. In April, the rapper released his latest album, Skrill Talk, and this weekend Illmac will kick off a European tour alongisde his hometown crew, Sandpeople. Today, Illmaculate is releasing the latest video from Skrill Talk, for "Lost Our Soul," featuring Ness Lee.
The "Shit Knicks Fans Say" crew is back!!! This time providing a unique variation to their comedic commentary that left the world wide web in SHAMBLES! If your name isn't Amare Stoudemire, you will definitely enjoy this video.
This evening, IamSu! will appear on BET's 106th & Park, performing alongside E-40. Today, Su! is celebrating with the release of his latest mixtape, KILT, which is now available for free download. 2012 has been a breakout year for IamSu!. Recently, the Richmond, California, native popped up with a triple-threat performance on LoveRance's "UP!," currently the number three rap single in the country on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, which Su! produced, penned the hook for, and guested on with a scene-stealing verse, which he then followed with a guest verse on E-40's "Function."
While both of those songs have shown off the 22-year-old's ability to craft radio-ready singles, his new mixtape KILT is all about taking the opportunity to show off the full breadth of his talents. "I picked KILT for the title cause this is proving-time for me right now," remarks Su!, aware of his newfound attention. "It's just about trying to be exceptional at what I do, about killing it every time."
Despite his recent success, Su! chose to evade the million dollar studios and big names, instead keeping the process for KILT as organic as possible. "I went back to my partner's house and recorded all the songs there," says Su!. "I've been recording in a lot of different studios recently – a lot of different environments – so it was good to spend some time where I'm most comfortable."
Similarly, production on KILT is largely handled by Su!'s crew, The Invasion, which includes childhood friends Kuya Beats, P-Lo, and Chief. Even when Su! enlisted outside production – from Trackademicks, Jay Ant, and The Starting Six – he made a point of keeping his circle tight-knit. "I kept the production close to home," explains Su!. I've been knowing Trackademicks since I was 11-years-old; and I've been knowing NicNac and Jay Ant for a long time, as well."
Su!'s efforts to keep his process low key with KILT paid dividends, with the tape being his most fully-realized effort to date, not only in Su!'s progression as an artist ("I really locked in and paid more attention to detail this time," he says), but also in the music's honesty. While there are plenty of fun standouts, like "Get It In" or "Get Your Money Girl," there are also songs like "Made It," a track dedicated to Su!'s mother and grandmother. "'Made It' is a semi-success story," says Su!. "It's a song that a lot of people will be able to relate to."
lllus is one of Hip-Hop’s best kept secrets; an underground emcee and artist hailing from Connecticut, and he has toured the globe and worked with some of the greatest emcees of all time including Chuck D. (Public Enemy), Dilated Peoples, Blackalicious, R.A. the Rugged Man, and more. A professional art teacher and world-famous illustrator, Illus is responsible for the official Public Enemy comic book series and has designed and illustrated album art and merchandise for legendary artists such as KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, Freddie Foxxx, Statik Selektah, J-Live, Ill Bill, Apathy, Public Enemy and more.
In 2011, Illus released For Adam, a ten-track collection of songs that epitomize the very best of what Hip-Hop has to offer as an art form and culture; positivity, a hardcore sound, passionate delivery and meaningful lyrics and beats that penetrate the mind and soul and leave the audience feeling inspired. For Adam also featured an incredible collection of talented artists ranging from legends like Freddie Foxxx and Craig G. to newer game-changers like Homeboy Sandman and Eternia and was exclusively produced by JJ Brown
2012 promises to be an even better year for Illus, as he and his wife recently welcomed the birth of their first child and his new project, Family First, (due to be released on 5-29-2012) focuses on the shared love of that experience to create 12-tracks that mend meaningful, powerful, heart-felt lyrics to hardcore Hip-Hop production. Family First is a celebration of family and life both in the literal sense and that of the larger global Hip-Hop community and the connection we all have through our children and the spirit, heart, passion and soul of the culture.
On Family First, Illus collaborates lyrically and sonically with some of best emcees and producers in the business. Each emcee featured is also the producer of the track they appear on and this collaborative process is a first for any Hip-Hop project. Family First is also co-produced by Public Enemy luminary DJ Johnny Juice and the star-studded guest emcee/producer list includes; Apathy, Ill Bill, Blueprint, J-Live, Erin Barra, Headsnack, Phashara, Chuuwee, Esoteric and more.