Atlanta and the Bay Area, despite their geographic distance from each other, have what may be the closest relationship of any two prominent cities in hip-hop; for years the two cities have embraced a true mutual admiration for the others' music scene. Further strengthening that relationship, one of Atlanta's most talented production crews, SMKA, has announced a partnership with leading Bay Area hip-hop site Thizzler On The Roof and environmentally friendly lifestyle brand C4 Belts to release a new mixtape, Darkest Before Dawn.
Video: Chip Tha Ripper - I Commend Frank Ocean for Being Real
http://www.vladtv.com/ - The Cleveland rapper speaks on Frank Ocean's recent coming out, saying that it's amazing that Frank doesn't care about what others think and did what he felt was right. Chip also said Frank's timing of his coming out and his debut album was genius, because he "shook the world up" before the release of his album.
August 28th has arrived, and Casual and J Rawls' highly-anticipated collaborative album Respect Game Or Expect Flames is now in stores everywhere. To celebrate, we've got the official video for the title track, on which Casual is joined by fellow Hieroglyphics member Del The Funky Homosapien for a certified Hiero anthem. Video directed by Casual. Respect Game Or Expect Flames also features appearances from Souls Of Mischief, Kurious, Pep Love, Copywrite, and more.
Donnis takes club rap back to the future with his Break Hundreds & Hearts EP out today on Fool's Gold Records, a new-school bass masterpiece from an ATLien who grew up listening to the South's legendary Dungeon Family lyricists and 2 Live Crew party starters in equal measure. From the floor-ratlling "Money Maker" and "Hello Kitty" to the insane strip club chant "Dog On The Floor," wildly catchy sing along "Every Damn Day," and pure rhyme workout "Absolutely" (featuring like-minded young MCs IAMSU and Jay Ant), Break Hundreds & Hearts shows off new dimensions of Donnis' signature sound. Pop the trunk, turn up the bump, and keep Freaknik alive...
Bay Area Hip-Hop Crew BPos Pool Party Tour-Starts Sept 14!
Courtesy Ballin PR.
Grab your inner-tubes and strap on your floaties: The high energy San Francisco Hip-Hop group BPos, are set to embark on a 20-city Super Hero Pool Party Tour. Starting September 14 in Santa Cruz, the rawkus crew --D-Wiz: MC/Lyricist, Producer, Goodword: MC/Lyricist, Khafre: MC/Lyricist and their DJ Johnny Venetti--will be bringing their high energy show and traveling party to a city near you.
"For us, it's all about the live show," explains DJ Johnny Venetti, "because the chemistry between D-Wiz, Goodword, and Khafre is magical. "Plus, we started out as party promoters too, so we know how to rock a stage."
The tour is in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Pos Tapes--the Album, a 17-track collection of the best songs selected from "Pos Tapes Vol. 1-3," a trilogy of self-produced mixtape digital albums released by the group over the past two years. Releasing on the groups’ own label (One League Entertainment), the album features appearances by other local artists including: Z-Man, Pep Love and Equipto, as well as a few other special guests.
BPos have been part of the eclectic Bay Area music scene for over a decade but just started to generate a buzz. After the group's debut album The Upside peaked at #4 on the CMJ Hip Hop chart in June of 2010, the group wanted to utilize a new trend in independent music that saw artists giving away music for free online as "Digital Albums." They created Pos Tapes Vol. 1-3 and released it digitally for free, exciting the current fan base as well as attracting new interest and gaining exposure.
When listening to Pos Tapes Vol. 1-3, one can hear the development of BPos' individual brand of Hip Hop music taking place. These "Pos Tapes" became something very special. It wasn't your usual free music, rushed and pushed out without much consideration for artistic integrity. These were full-length albums imbued with completely original material. Each "Pos Tapes" Volume features beats from one producer (Vol.1: Big Shawn, Vol. 2: Tahaj the First, Vol 3: ghostNOTES), and the trilogy as a whole showcases a splendid exhibit of BPos' musical and lyrical versatility.
Get out the grill, the cold beers, and enjoy the The Super Hero Pool Party.
9/14 - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA 9/17 - Scotland Yard - Los Angeles, CA 9/18 - LVCS - Las Vegas, NV 9/20 - Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ 9/21 - TBD - Tuscon, AZ 9/22 - TBD - Santa Fe, NM 9/23 - Jackpot Music Hall - Lawrence, KS 9/25 - The Gramophone - St. Louis, MO 9/26 - Zazoos - Louisville, KY 9/27 - TBD - Columbus, OH 9/28 - TBD - Chicago, IL 9/29 - TBD - Cedar Rapids, IA 9/30 - TBD - Minneapolis, MN 10/4 - Pioneer Inn - Nederland/Boulder, CO 10/5 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT 10/6 - Sundance Saloon - Payette, ID 10/7 - Rueben's Cantina -Reno, NV