Dilated Peoples have announced the dates for their upcoming European Tour, which kicks off February 2nd, 2012 in Bucharest, Romania. The group is currently writing and recording a new studio album for release later this year.
Since their inception, Dilated Peoples have been energizing the rap underground. The duo of Evidence and Rakaa came together in the mid-'90s, when they met at many of the same hip-hop shows; after deciding to start making tracks together, they formed Dilated Peoples. After adding turntablist DJ Babu of the Beat Junkies to the fold, Dilated Peoples recorded the singles "Third Degree" and "Work the Angles" for ABB Records. The latter became an underground hit via hip-hop radio and club play, prompting Dilated Peoples' signing to Capitol. “The Platform” followed in May 2000. The group's follow-up for Capitol, “The Expansion Team”, was released in late 2001 to positive reviews as well as a Top 40 placing, and after an extensive round of touring the group released “Neighborhood Watch” in 2004. Dilated Peoples continue their underground legacy with the 2006 release of “20/20” which featured guest appearances from Talib Kweli and reggae great Capleton. Dilated Peoples list of collaborations and connections seems infinite including Xzibit, DJ Lethal, E-Swift, Joey Chavez, T-Love, Redman, Defari, Visionaries, Rasco, Aceyalone, and the list go
Dilated Peoples Tour Dates: Feb 02 - Bucharest, Romania @ The Silver Church Feb 03 - Thessaloniki, Greece @ Principal Club Theatre Feb 04 - Athens, Greece @ Fuzz Club Feb 06 - Vienna, Austria @ ((szene)) Feb 07 - Cologne, Germany @ Underground Feb 10 - Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg Feb 11 - Munster, Germany @ Skaters Palace Feb 12 - Paris,France @ Le Bataclan Feb 13 - Gent, Belgium @ Vooruit Feb 15 - Berlin, Germany @ Lido Feb 17 - Laax, Switzerland @ Riders Palace Feb 18 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo Feb 19 - Nantes, France @ Hip Opsession (FESTIVAL) Feb 20 - Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club Feb 21 - Lisbon, Portugal @ The Lounge Feb 23 - Madrid, Spain @ Rockitchen Feb 24 - Barcelona, Spain @ Bikini Feb 25 - Bilbao, Spain @ Bilborock Feb 27 - London, UK @ 02 Academy Islington Feb 28 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Strand Feb 29 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers Mar 01 - Bern, Switzerland @ Dachstock
Los Rakas might be single-handedly moving the Latino hip-hop capital of the U.S. to the Bay Area. The Panamanian-American duo, comprised of cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun (pronounced "Doon"), has been churning out a critically acclaimed fusion of hip-hop, dancehall, and folkloric-tinged bass since 2006. Armed with recognition from NPR for producing one of their favorite tracks of 2011 ("Vengo de Panama"), as well as their new single "Pimpin' Smokin' Dro," Los Rakas have their sights set on global hip-hop domination.
NonStop Studios & NonStop Beatz Presents 'The Mixtape'
Courtesy Park Street PR.
Here is the brand new mixtape from Non Stop Beatz, the website portal where producers & beatmakers check out can sell beats and make money. Non Stop Beatz is about supporting real talent and with this exclusive FREE download that's exactly what they do! The mixtape features thirteen tracks from some of the UK's heaviest including Hypes who impressed when he recently clashed on 'Lord Of The Mics' as well as fellow Highrise member Flexplicit who has collaborated with artists such as Papoose, Royce da 5' 9" and Professor Green. Other artists featured include Wrigley who is a member of Wiley's collective A-List, as well as the Mayhem crew whose members include Shifty who has appeared on the legendary Tim Westwood Radio Show and Blizzard who has already filmed an impressive F64 for SBTV. This mixtape is a must for UK Urban, Grime & Hip-Hop fans and is available for free download now.
MP3/Video: Fatal Lucciauno - "Big Bro" (Prod. By Kuddie Fresh)
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Fatal Lucciauno is preparing the release of his sophomore album, Respect, on February 21st, and following recent Jake One-produced single "Amazing" – Fatal will also release a free EP produced entirely by Jake One over the coming weeks – Lucciauno is excited to deliver the latest track from Respect with the Kuddie Fresh-produced "Big Bro."
"The song is about the love of the down ass sistas from my hood, and those across the country that believe in what I believe," explains Fatal. "It's a true revolution through disciple love – it sounds weird, but for those that know, they know." Atop the Kuddie Fresh instrumental, a staggered, synth- and guitar-laden affair, Fatal raps, "Oh yea they women, but these women just like me," while the hook serves as the song's caveat, with Fatal warning, "I know she thick folks/ But I ain't trying to hit those/ Front if you want and get slumped over, big bro."