League510 are back again, and with their new video, "S.O.S.," the usually fun-loving and party-ready group has decided to take their music to a more serious place, one that focuses on the harsh realities of day-to-day life in Oakland. "The main inspiration for this song was the senseless violence that happens in our city, Oakland, CA," remarks TK, who spits one of the songs two verses, with fellow League member Mr. Knowitall holding down the other.
PR: Rapper/Producer Kwame Releasing Series of Free Mixtapes
Courtesy Greg Pastore.
Rapper/Producer Kwame releases the first offering in a series of mixtapes which will wrap up the year. "SCIENTIST OF SOUND: VOL 1", is a special blend of some of the records that Kwame has been blessed enough to produce over the past few years.
"I couldn't fit them all on one CD but this should be a good 'Kwame, the producer, starter pack', and I hope you guys enjoy what I have been working so hard on for years. I try my best to be a well-rounded producer and musician but still remember where I originate from... HIP HOP! The reason I call this "Scientist of Sound” is because every track I make, I try to take it further. I experiment, hoping for the best outcome."
01. JoJo – Breezy 02. Tweet & Missy Elliot – Turn The Lights Off 03. Method Man – Fall Out 04. Keri Hilson – Wait (Previously Unreleased) 05. Pussy Cat Dolls – Bite Tha Dust 06. Mary J. Blige – L.O.V.E. 07. Talib Kweli – Listen 08. Fantasia – Not The Way That I Do 09. LL Cool J – 10 Million Stars 10. Osolo – Monster 11. Maaad Moiselle – Interlude 12. Keyshia Cole – No Other 13. Jawan Harris – Keisha 14. Algebra – Run & Hide 15. Christina Aguilera – Understand 16. Laurianna Mae – Suicide Bomb 17. Will Smith – Switch 18. Nola Darling – S.T.F.U. – Start the Riot 19. Skillz – Regular Guy 20. Beyond Belief ft. Red Café – Bigger Checks 21. Lloyd Banks – On Fire
Video: Awon & Kameleon Beats - "Concentration Gradient"
Courtesy Wanja Lange.
Having worked on the album for some time now the duo feel they have constructed a project that will hit a nerve with its listeners. Tracks like "Had Enough" and "They Coming" focus on the pressures and hardships of modern society while songs like "Heaven" take a more positive and forward-thinking stance. The vintage hip hop sound is still the underlying force behind their music but this project is much more aggressive musically and lyrically. Awon's delivery is firmer and Kameleon ventures into newer territory sample-wise. The result is an album hip hop heads young and old can feel.
Video: Hell Razah f/ R.A. the Rugged Man - "Return of the Renaissance"
Courtesy Nature Sounds.
Wu-Tang affiliate Hell Razah was the victim of a horribly timed medical emergency last year, which delayed his latest album Heaven Razah and left him unable to participate in promo activities that most artists take for granted. Consequently, we reached out to R.A. The Rugged Man and Timbo King to help us shoot the video for the Heaven Razah track "Return Of The Renaissance," while holding out hope that Razah could eventually participate. Check here to watch the finished video, complete with an introductory message from the Sunz Of Man MC himself (his first public sighting since the surgery).
L.I.F.E. Long x Shamalex Presents..."Prelude: Before The Visit" (EP)
DUB MD PROMOTIONS PRESENTS... L.I.F.E. LONG x SHAMALEX "PRELUDE: BEFORE THE VISIT EP" FEAT: PREM-ROCK AKA PREMONITION + EXLUSIVE ALBUM SNIPPETS "HOSTED BY DJ AFAR // VISITS WITH THE MEDICINE MAN COMING SOON"
L.I.F.E. Long x Shamalex (Producer) x Dub MD presents "Before The Visit" the prelude to "Visits With The Medicine Man" with cuts by DJ Afar, mixed entirely by Shamalex. All songs written and recorded on the spot or freestyles off the top on this project. Medicine beat doses by the beat-shaman Shamalex.
Enter the mind of L.I.F.E. Long as he takes you on a freestyle journey something that is lost in the culture. Not many can actually write a complete song off the spot and record it nor freestyle off the top almost like it was written. L.I.F.E. Long and Shamalex take you on a journey where the mind captures the moment and it is exposed as the happening happens.
This first prelude is the intro to the LP mixed entirely by DJ Afar (from "Afar Life Long Travel Through Sound") enjoy this first taste until the album releases later in the year! This is something for the true Hip-Hop purest...
01.) Perpetual Centrifugal Hurdle 02.) Bombing (Snippet) 03.) Blessings All Around (Instrumental) 04.) Retroactive 05.) Survive For Tomorrow (Snippet) 06.) I Don't Wanna Feel Down (Instrumental) 07.) Now & Later (feat. Prem-Rock aka Premonition) 08.) Spontaneous Thought (Freestyle Snippet) 09.) Blue (Instrumental) 10.) Cocoon Movements (Exclusive)