Video: Beanie Sigel Details Significance of Lean in Hip-Hop
http://www.vladtv.com/ - The Philly rapper begins the interview by discussing a track he did with Bun B entitled "Purple Rain", a song which explores the use of "lean," a popular drink in hip-hop culture usually consisting of liquid codeine mixed with some type of soda.
Scoe (formerly known as Roscoe) is Kurupt’s younger brother and DPG affiliated. Scoe is putting the finishing touches on his new project, Tha Influence, and it will feature production from Just Blaze, Nottz, Hi-Tek, Jake One, DJ Khalil, Bink! & features from Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Kurupt, Devin The Dude, Glasses Malone & Slim The Mobster. The lead-single from Scoe’s Tha Influence will feature Kendrick Lamar.
PR: Makaveli's Leading Artist WarChyld to Drop Mixtape w/ KaySlay
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This mixtape has carried over the buzz of previous singles, like “Google Me Now” was featured in several reality shows like MTV’s “Caged” and the series finale of Paris Hilton’s show, "The World According To Paris" and his 2012 single “Blood Sport” was again used on MTV’s “Caged”. He also has four more tracks that will be featured this fall on Oxygen's New Docu-Series 'Girlfriend Confidential: LA.
All of this televised exposure has led to a huge media buzz and has landed him several features in Hip Hop Weekly and even theback cover of Coast 2 Coast Magazine.
MP3: Maryann - "Underground World" ft. Eligh of Living Legends
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Sacramento, CA - August 30th, 2012: Maryann and Eligh team up to celebrate the artists who do it for the love on "Underground World" - the new single from Maryann's recently released Timing Is Everything album. Over a spaced-out N8 The Gr8 beat, Maryann invites you to "come as you are" before Eligh breaks down what underground means to him: "Freedom, creativity in it's finest." Sounds like a cool place...
Huffington Post Premieres Politically Charged Music Video from Rapper Brother Ali
Rhymesayers recording artist Brother Ali releases politically charged music video for "Mourning in America" touching on today's most controversial topics: War, Gun Violence, Bullying, Islam, Capital Punishment and Police Brutality.
Premiered on The Huffington Post: Brother Ali's 'Mourning In America': The Disturbing Drop From Hip Hop's Muslim Iconoclast (VIDEO, EXCLUSIVE)
UK Runnings Presents "Machete Music" (Hosted by Tricksta)
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UK mixtape deejay and producer Tricksta from UK Runnings is back with another mixtape full of UK bangers including contributions from the likes of K-Koke, English Frank, Cashtastic, Twissman, Stylah, Macca, Multiple Skillz, LATE, Sir Tomz, Big Dutty Deeze, DVS and many more. UK all day with this one, so please support!
Casual and J Rawls brought Ohio and Oakland together on their new collaborative album Respect Game Or Expect Flames. The unity is most evident on the star-studded posse cut "Hier-O-Dot", featuring members of both Oakland's Souls Of Mischief and Columbus's MHz. Over an infectious guitar lick courtesy of J Rawls, Casual trades verses with MHz. Respect Game Or Expect Flames is now in stores everywhere, and also features apperances from Del The Funky Homosapien, Pep Love, Kurious, and more.
MP3: Prano "Party With Ya Body" ft. Verse Simmonds
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@PranoBBM is making a lot of noise with the impending release of his "PranoBama" mixtape. The Boston native recently connected with Jahlil Beats and @VerseSimmonds to record the track "Party With Ya Body". "Pranonama" is set to be released Labor Day Weekend.
“Do you ever think about your past life? On the floor, on your knees tryin’ to ask Christ, please forgive me for the sins I did last night. Got scars, bones ache, from your last fight.” The lyrics on “Not This Time,” a song from H2’s forthcoming mixtape, Rap Heals All Wounds, are reflections of life, love, pain, and passion etched as deeply into his memory as the tattoos inked nearly all over his 6’4 frame. Tall with blue penetrating eyes, H2 aka Jimmy Blue Eyes’ rugged good looks are those of a male fashion model, but don’t let the pretty face fool you. While his handsome face has opened the doors to modeling and acting opportunities, the journey hasn’t been a smooth one. His arms are almost completely covered in inked, but there are spaces he’s left bare for his unfinished journey.
Born in Englewood, NJ, Hassan is the 7th child of eight children raised by a single mother; his father wasn’t around in his formative years. It was hard to get attention and practically impossible to stand out among his siblings. But today with a mind full of music and lyrics mostly penned while he was in the pen, H2 uses his dramatic life experiences to create music dudes can relate to, while appealing to the ladies at the same time. “When I go in the studio, I try to create the type of music that made artist like Nas, Biggie, Jay-Z, Jadakiss, AZ, Fabolous, and The Lox, the most respected lyricists in the game. Musically I’m from their era. They inspire me; their flow, swag, style, and delivery make me want to step up my lyrical game. I’m not a bubble gum rapper who rhymes just to rhyme. I’m about lyrics, poetry, and telling my story while inspiring and entertaining at the same time!”
He calls his forthcoming mixtape, Rap Heals All Wounds, a self-therapy of sorts. “Recording this project, Rap Heals All Wounds, is helping me heal from the wounds of my own past. It’s like writing a biography, when you sit and think about all the things you’ve been through, when you start telling your story, it’s like stripping yourself bare. Like the meaningful tattoos inked all over his body, several personal songs like “Lonely,” “Love Don’t Live Here,” “Kill Yourself” and “Ears Open,” tell of H2’s journey from rags to riches. While many of the songs on the album are written from a male perspective, there are party anthems and songs for the ladies like: “Compliments,” “She’s Bad,” and “Latest” where he reveals a charming side. The first tracks leaked to the streets are strip club banga, “Watch Yo B***h” and freestyle on the “You, Me, Him, or Her” Jay-Z beat.
While most of the lyrics H2 pours into the album are from personal experiences, He also writes mostly about his experiences growing up in the Englewood, NJ, a city, which he calls a nice small suburban area with city swag. “A lot of the people living in Englewood are originally from New York so while it’s the suburbs, we have that New York vibe about us. Like most places in the burbs, you have the black and Latinos living on one side and the white people on the other side. Listening to my music, you can probably tell which side I grew up in! I’m biracial and grew up watching my mother struggle on her own with the 8 of us. You can imagine how that impacted me. Sometimes we didn’t have even the most basic things, so I hit the streets to get the things I needed and wanted. They used to call me Hermes Hass or Handsome Hass because I was so fly. It caught up with me eventually.”
While his priority is music, H2 is extending his brand beyond hip-hop. “Hip-hop is my first passion, it’s my outlet and I intend to use my success as an artist to launch others things. I’m focused on merging my musical skills with my natural talent and passion for acting, modeling, and excelling in each of those areas to become a legitimate and undeniable presence in the entertainment and fashion worlds.” Not one to wait for opportunities to fall in his lap or opportunities to come to him from a major record deal, H2 has formed his own enterprise, Rags2Riches Entertainment, which he describes as a personal movement. “Rags2Riches is about making something out of nothing. Coming from the bottom and rising to the top. Rags2Riches is dedicated to the people like myself who never had anything. We come from broken homes; we were raised in and by the streets. We’ve been bent, but we’re not broken. We’re still trying to achieve something positive in life.”