"Paid Dues", the lead single for Esohel & Ricky Dub's forthcoming project 'On Purpose With A Purpose', features Brooklyn's female spitter Nitty Scott, whom alongside Esohel trade bars schooling rappers on the notion that paying dues is not about money, but more about the grind and work ethic which both artist hold to be most valuable.
Inspiration for 'OPWAP' came from the chemistry built from Esohel's live shows that are assisted by his DJ, Ricky Dubs. After rocking shows together, the need to translate the live energy into a studio LP was inevitable. To solidify that, "On Purpose With A Purpose" was created. OPWAP brings a modern touch to the 90's inspired hip-hop from Ricky Dub's production accompanied by Esohel's delivery of bravado, feel good, and conscience lyrics. Features include Nitty Scott,MC , Scheme, Astonish, Add-2, Neak, Vic Spencer, and more!
Video: True Tiger f/ Newham Generals - "Top of the Chain"
Courtesy Mahta H.
A couple weeks ago, True Tiger took to Maida Vale on Mistajam's BBC Radio 1Xtra show to perform tracks from their new EP, Eye of the Tiger Volume 2. Whilst there, they were nice enough to film some of the live action for us.
Video: Stereo Boyz f/ Shoua Kue & DJ Los - "RayBanz"
Courtesy Wanja Lange.
The Stereo Boyz are gearing up for their first full length album entitled "Carz, Clubz & Theaterz", to be released early 2013. "RayBanz" is the first single off the album, hitting stores August 21st, just in time to be the soundtrack of this late, but nonetheless heated summer of 2012.
Typical Cats return, the last of the great true school crews—bearers of transformed tradition, innovators par excellence, and heralds of an undying devotion to the science and magic of boom bap music. The latest installment in the TC saga is 3, their third studio full-length. It plays like a message in a bottle from Hip Hop’s timeless present to the bizarre post-physical, digital, viral world in which we live. DJ Natural’s production chops have only deepened with time, and the rugged loops of the self-titled “Orange Album” and the live instrumentation of Civil Service have melded to yield a mélange of soul, jazz, funk, roots, radical politics, and a sly refusal to bend to the dictates of current fashion. Kid Knish reprises his role as hip hop’s all-time greatest unseen crew member (sorry, Jarobi), serving up samples, historical references, and vinyl oddities for Natural to slice and serve as android slabs of production genius.
TC’s trio of MCs—Qwel, Denizen Kane, and Qwazaar—rhyme like men breathing from the soles of their feet. The basis of their legend is in full effect—crackling chemistry, unnerving flow, and true stories. The album plays like a jazz-era cutting session turned confessional booth, a stylistically freewheeling effort threaded together by moments of revelation, underpinned by fiercely focused production and dominated by stories of journey, moments of transformation, and warnings against coming catastrophe. For TC, the MC is a misunderstood figure, a musical seer, a minor prophet, and reluctant hustler, using words to outwit enemies, trump circumstances, and emerge from the belly of the beast with respect and rent money.
Highlights abound—Kane returning to his spoken word roots on “Denizen Walks Away,” Qwel giving his early battle rap classics a run for their money on nickel-plated platters like “My Watch” and “Gordeon Knock,” and Qwazaar flexing uncanny musical intuition, anchoring the record with meditative efforts on “Puzzling Thing” and “Reflections from the Porch” before pummeling tracks like “Better Luck” and “On My Square.” Although the LP is studded with solo shots, crew tracks are the soul of the record. “On My Square” opens with a flurry of horns before exploding into an array of signature styles—multisyllabic combinations from Qwel, laid-back but incisive chatting from Kane, and a classic Qwa verse full of declarations, threats, and witticisms, all cemented by a Qwel chorus imbued with requisite layers of meaning. Natural’s production evolves with each verse, sliding from Meters style guitars with knocking drums to moody keys with ease.
The first single, “The Crown” is a frenetic display of jagged guitars and style-shifting that makes it a perfect complement to the Orange Album’s classic “Reinventing.” The name, however, is something of a misnomer. TC have never been interested in being kings. They’ve been griots shouting from the village limits, stoning the village idiots, interrupting thieves, and solidifying sterling reputations as rappers’ rappers, smokers’ smokers, underground Gs, tribal chiefs. There will never be another Typical Cats. They leave the set like five men exiting a burning building, leaving wrecked stages and a catalog of classics in their wake. With their exodus, we find ourselves suddenly grown, having come of age with the culture, standing, as always, at the crossroads. With the music, we move like Gayle Sayers, howl like Magic Sam, see the city like a kid on the project bench, and mark it all down in a black book that will never close. It is what it is. Forever.
1. Intro (Cry No More) 2. The Crown 3. My Watch 4. Changing Room 5. Puzzling Thing 6. Better Luck 7. Drop It Like It's Hotline 8. Denizen Walks Away 9. The Bitter Cold 10. It's The Bomb! 11. On My Square 12. Blank Stone 13. Scientists Of Sound 14. Mathematics 15. Gil Say They Don't Knock 16. Bowl Of Tea 17. Reflections From The Porch 18. The Gordeon Knock 19. TC Back For More 20. Full Clip (For The Last Day)
• All Ages • Free Event • • Outdoor Concert • Live Performances • Food Trucks • Youth Performances • • Local Vendors • Children's Activities • Garden Installations •
This is the inaugural event for what will become an annual celebration showcasing a diversity of innovative, multicultural and local music. The festival will host Bay Area-based acts on the main stage located at the intersection of San Pablo and 17th Street, two blocks away from City Hall in the heart of Downtown Oakland. The block party is designed to celebrate Oakland, support local business, community and underground Hip Hop culture. The all-ages, free festival will set itself apart by showing a commitment to booking independent and emerging artists who live and work in the community. Recognized for fostering a unifying atmosphere while maintaining a commitment to groundbreaking music, Hiero Day is a local event with a citywide appeal and audience. The festival will remain free and accessible to all, regardless of income, thanks to generous sponsors who are recognized at the festival and in the lead-up to the event.
Location: On San Pablo Between 17th & 18th, Oakland CA
Hiero Day Line Up:
Hieroglyphics Blackalicious Planet Asia Equipto Moe Green Kev Choice Z Man Honor Roll DJ DSharp
Mercury Retrograde, the new full-length album by Beatrock Music's own 6Fingers and his longtime collaborator Topkat, is now available! With noteworthy features by artists such as Del the Funky Homosapien, Bambu, Exile, Johaz, Rocky Rivera, Moe Green, Hopie, Do D.A.T. and more, this album promises to entertain.