7evenThirty is coming to reset the game. The Jackson, Mississippi rhymer has meticulously crafted a sound that is equal parts Outkast and Bootcamp Click. For his Mello Music Group debut, Heaven’s Computer, 7even is pulling out all the stops with a cosmic concept album that is just as much about ripping apart wack MC’s as interplanetary conflict.
To celebrate this apocalyptic moment MMG & 7even are letting off the buckshot, “Twenty Twelve.” As the title alludes, the track sounds like a Mayan prediction on wax. 5D flips a gritty rock loop into a raw serving of monster music and 7evenThirty turns into Max Redrum, an outer-space rhymer with fangs sharpened who has “psychiatrists rockin’ 3-D goggles smoking peace pipes” trying to see what he thinks like.
Resistance is futile. Heaven’s Computer has crash-landed and can be found infiltrating physical and digital outlets everywhere. There is no escape.
After four years in the making, 3X Western Canadian Music Award nominated hip-hop group Politic Live have finally released their third full length album, Ellipsis. After completing their latest opus in the summer of 2009, Politic Live went back to rework the project in the winter of 2009 feeling the album wasn’t ready for release.
Measuring twice in hopes of cutting once, Politic Live spent the next two and half years re-tracking vocals, recording new songs, and incorporating additional producers – a move that culminated in a sample-free hip-hop album that has been described by one music critic as a “career defining masterpiece”.
To challenge themselves on Ellipsis, Politic Live made a conscious effort to stay away from the typical braggadocio found in hip-hop songs. So as opposed to writing raps about how good they are at rapping Politic Live instead spoke to current affairs issues like the pros and cons of their province’s recent boom and bust (“Birth of a City”), the misapplication of Canada’s social welfare systems (“Wanty, Wanty” featuring Janaya Ellis of Souljah Fyah) and the pressure many immigrant youth face trying to “fit in” (“Natty” featuring Saint).
However, as with their previous efforts there is balance as heard on the subtly comedic “Irony & Clichés” featuring KazMega & Poizonus which pokes fun at hip-hop’s predictability, the reflective “NYE” featuring Zellust that speaks to new beginnings and “Dancehall Sketch” featuring King Khan & Oozeela which finds Politic Live connecting with their West Indian roots. All three songs are great examples of Ellipsis’ diverse sound which has boom-bap beats, smooth jazz ensembles and fast ragga rhythms. Following a critically acclaimed album is never an easy feat. Many often fall well below expectation. But Politic Live have met the challenge in making an album that once again speaks to concerns of the average person while still making them bob their heads and move their feet. With a narrative that weaves together love, perseverance, growth and heritage, Ellipsis is an album that was well worth the wait.
New Music Alert! Left For Dead – Masterminds “Tiny Antlers”, This NEW and FREE Download from the Masterminds “Tiny Antlers” Mixtape is getting you Ready for Masterminds New Album “Giant Antlers” (Manekinekopro) First The Masterminds Gave you “Blood On The Floor” and Now Left For Dead a prelude to giant antlers elbow + masterminds + weird noises = left for dead.
The October/November issue of Complex Magazine, the lifestyle, fashion and entertainment guide for young men, includes candid interviews and racy photo shoots with 3 of the hottest up-and-coming singers and rappers around today including sexy singer Leah Labelle, rapper Meek Mill - whose debut album hits stores next month - and sold-out artist Wiz Khalifa, who graces the cover of the October/November issue.
Meek Mill: "When I’m not in the booth, I’m one of the most laid-back guys. But growing up, I liked DMX, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and T.I.—dudes that went all out on the track. My first songs were energetic because I liked their energy. When I used to battle people every day, I had to go hard. If someone went harder than me, they left with the win. I haven’t lost since I was 12 years old."
Wiz Khalifa: "The game has changed. Not to say anything against Mac (Miller), but to any artist (who wants to) make their situation stronger, make sure the songs that you publish sell more than your mixtape stuff. That will help you stand up against that because nobody can say that you’re building your career off it."
NEW SHIRTS: SPECIAL HERBS + KMD We recently came across a batch of T-shirts in a warehouse that were made as a limited-edition promotion back in 2004 for some early DOOM releases. Check out the designs above, one features the logo of DOOM's original group KMD, and the other features the comic book-style covers of the first 4 volumes in DOOM's Special Herbs instrumental series. Available on their own, or together with the matching DOOM CDs. Needless to say, supplies won't last long.
KMD Shirt: https://store.nature-sounds.net/store/kmdlogo-t-shirt/ . Special Herbs Shirt: https://store.nature-sounds.net/store/special-herbs-comic-t-shirt/ .
Video: Common, Slaughterhouse Speak on Murs & Fashawn "This Generation"
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Common, DJ Quik, Immortal Technique, Action Bronson, Layzie Bone & Flesh-N-Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Royce Da 5'9" & Crooked I of Slaugtherhouse, and A-Trak describe what "This Generation" means to them.
Collectively and individually, MHz has been one of the most influential underground rap crews of the past 15 years. Comprised of producer RJD2 and rappers Copywrite, Camu Tao, Jakki Da Motamouth, and Tage Future, the collective first came together in Columbus, Ohio, a loose group of basement freestylers talented enough to garner the attention of folks like Bobbito Garcia, releasing two now-classic 12" singles, "World Premier" and "Rocket Science," on Garcia's iconic indie label, Fondle 'Em Records. Since then, though, the members of MHz have spent the past decade-plus pursuing solo endeavors – RJ as a genre-bending producer; Copywrite as a boundary-pushing lyricist who spent the 2000s being courted by the likes of Roc-A-Fella Records; Camu Tao as a close companion and collaborator with El-P – and influencing a new generation. The one thing they've never done – release an official album.
Until now; on October 30th, MHz Legacy – the name change is in honor of Camu Tao, who passed away following a battle with lung cancer in 2008; he will appear on the album still with a number of never-before-heard verses – will release what amounts to their official debut album, a self-titled effort, via Man Bites Dog Records. The album will feature the likes of Danny Brown, Oh No, ILL BILL, Slaine, Blu, Slug, along with some outside production from Harry Fraud, !llmind, Stu Bangas and Marco Polo. Today, MHz Legacy is releasing the debut single and video from that album, for the Surock-produced track "Gone" which was premiered this afternoon by Billboard.
"Gone," according to the crew, is a testament to the fact that the group, as a collective unit, has been off the scene for some time now -- and also a testament to the fact that, in those years away, they haven't lost a step musically or lyrically. "We've been 'gone,' as in off the scene," says Tage Future, "but we've always been crafty writers. Now that we're coming back out, we're showing that our skills are 'gone,' as high level, as in outta here."
The video is directed by R.M.L. and features Copy and Tage trading bars while showing off the lighter side of their personalities, letting loose as they speed around on go-karts and catch air on a local moon bounce. "I think everyone loves Go-Karts - I know I do," says R.M.L. on the concept behind the video. "Rappers are usually trying to look so hard that they would never rock a Go-Kart in a video. We took it a step further and threw in the Moon Bounce too." To top it all off, the video features Copy and Tage zipping around on "people movers of the future," as R.M.L. put it, more commonly known as Segways. It wasn't all fun and games, though. "The most challenging part," recalls Copywrite, "was definitely the bounce. It's easy to run out of breath when you're bouncing as high as you can."
Hot on the heels of his debut music video and underground club anthem 'Skankin It Out' Midlands's rapper Krystatic is back with a brand new six track free download EP. After impressing the underground scene with his current album release 'No Rest Till Success' and a string of live shows including dates at Club Ice and Black & White in Ayia Napa the future looks bright for this talented rising star.
The EP features a selection of tracks that fuses all styles of the current urban scene and features production from Dezert Rhino on five tracks as well as a beat and a verse from BFace. Already getting superb reviews and feedback from some of the UK's leading blogs and websites, as well as support from numerous DJ's, the 'Future Frenzy EP' is something that deserves your attention.
Krystatic - Future Frenzy EP
01 - Alien Barz Into (Produced by Dezert Rhino) 02 - That Rave (Produced by Dezert Rhino) 03 - World Of My Own (Produced by Dezert Rhino) 04 - Future @ Stake (Produced by BFace) 05 - Protect Ur Dream Feat. BFace (Produced by Dezert Rhino) 06 - V4 Star (Produced by Dezert Rhino)