While in Cali last month, I had a great time visiting the good people at Alchemetric in San Fransisco. I arrived at the studio with Lil Mike ready to work but with no idea what to expect. We sat around for about an hour and I came up with about five hooks to five songs (while everyone else was drinking and ate bbq, much to my chagrin lol). Fortunately my songs usually come out better when I'm hungry; here’s my latest example.
The album represents the burgeoning new hip-hop scene bubbling in the Bay area and the movement to bring this music back to the forefront. MVMNT features guest appearances from Tha Jacka, Enoch & 1 O.A.K. Both Rel & JBillion are mainstays on the Bay area hip-hop circuit alongside DaVinvi, TiRon, Keelay and more.
Tied strongly to their Bay roots, the duo features San Francisco as a main character in both videos from the project. For their first video "Once In A Lifetime," Rel, a man of many talents, took on video directorial duties. The video was filmed at San Francisco's beloved Mexican grill Papalote, known for winning a culinary battle against the Food Network's Bobby Flay for their "Triple Threat Burrito." "Soul Clap," the 2nd video from MVMNT and also directed by Rel, was set in the streets of San Francisco. The video is a snapshot of daily life in the bay with JBillion asking, "If you ever lived in the ghetto but got out that shit, or still in the ghetto with the goons and the pits, Can I get a soul clap*"
We have an indie spotlight this week with Pone. He is joined by Low Life, Josh Everette and E.Dan of ID Labs who produces for Wiz Khalifa. This original track will be featured on Pone's upcoming project Last Onez Left.
Oddisee has a busy and fruitful year ahead of him. "Odd Seasons" which is out today via Mello Music Group, is just the beginning of a string of releases coming out in 2011 that will surely satisfy die hard fans and newcomers alike.
"Odd Seasons" is the the culmination of four separate seasonal EPs created over the course of a year and for the first time, all four seasons have been mixed, mastered, refined and polished.
Today, enjoy one of the album's standout tracks entitled "I'm From PG," an ode to his hometown, declaring "I'm From PG, I rep DMV!" Jeff Weiss for LA Times commented on the song "For those new to Oddisee, it's a worthy introduction: sinuous soul music firmly rooted in a sense of self and place."
Now available for free download is Ugly Tony's 2nd single "Use Your Mind" featuring Termanology x Don K.Sen x IDE. "Use Your Mind" is taken from Ugly Tony's debut album "At Nightfall" that is now available via Fly Definition Music.