PR: Avatar the Articulate Remakes Nas' "The Message"
New York underground emcee Avatar the Articulate pays homage to the Nas classic It Was Written with a self-produced remake of the album cut "The Message," as featured on Avatar's forthcoming tribute album, It Was Bitten. Despite the satirically seeming title, Avatar's motivation for this release, accompanying his reverence to Nas, is to offer a new vantage point to the time-honored original, so that others can appreciate the concepts and issues addressed in his music.
West Coast don Planet Asia hits a few stages out in Austin Texas for SXSW 2012 to promote Asia's latest release "Black Belt Theatre". Track in the clip is "Lost and Found," the opening track off "Black Belt Theatre," available in stores now.
Here is another set of visuals from OBX & Tech-Neek, who seem to be causing a heat wave in Texas. The latest track, "Alone" is produced by DBDFam member Kuse & features additional vocals from JP. “Alone” is taken from OBX & DJ TechNeek’s new EP Middle Class Dreams/Blue Collar Schemes which will be released on 4-9-2012.
GRLZ Take Over!!! Rocky Rivera is back with a new music video and she brought some friends: DJ Roza and Irie Eyez come together to show you how the GRLZ get things DONE! A lighthearted peek into their world of Hello Kitty and hairbrush-microphones, these ladies rock out at their rehearsal and show us their playful side. And the femme-fatale-alliance doesn’t stop there - after rocking their first-ever showcase at SXSW 2012, they prove that when it comes to handling business, the GRLZ DO IT BETTER! (Directed by Jordan Ching/Northbound Films)
J Rawls + The Liquid Crystal Project: Behind The Scenes + New Track
Courtesy Nature Sounds.
As J Rawls and his "jazz-hop" fusion band The Liquid Crystal Project get ready to release the third volume in their acclaimed instrumental series, we've got some exclusive footage of Rawls live from the video shoot for the Liquid Crystal track "Equinox." Check out Rawls and the female lead in the video giving some behind-the-scenes looks at the video, plus speaking on the album, The Liquid Crystal Project 3, which hits stores everywhere on April 10th.
De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present 'First Serve' - Album Out Now
Courtesy Matt B.
'First Serve' is many things, but at its heart it is the story of two young boys from Queens, New York in the late-1990's with big dreams and larger rhymes. It follows two friends, Deen Whitter (aka Plug 2 / Dave) and Jacob 'Pop Life' Barrow (aka Plug 1/ Pos), through their struggles in a basement to start their musical career and the battles they face after years of laying demos and mixtapes on the hustle in the hip-hop game.
But all the hard work has finally paid off - Jacob and Deen have hit the big time signing to Goon Time Records, and quickly enjoying their first hit with the bouncy orchestral flourish of "Must B The Music."
The story plays out - from the "Opening Credits" through to tracks like the funky euphoric "We Made It," following Deen and Jacob's original success, through the darkly-hung, break-up ode of "Clash Symphony" to their eventual, tender reunion on the irresistible "Tennis"- with some of De La's most irrepressible rhymes in years, and a succession of hilarious skits. The pair find themselves "bound together with a handshake, not a contract."
We leave them back on top, on a Paris stage with the call-and-response finale, and surely future hit "Move 'Em In, Move 'Em Out." Where do they go from here? With a world this vibrant, the possibilities seem endless. There are whispers of sequels, comic books, live action versions of this story...but for now, 'First Serve' lives on in the form of some truly awesome beats and rhymes.
This week I bring you Ben Boogz's contribution to our Funky Beat Down campaign. Why are the 2 Hungry Bros finally indicating who is making what? Well for 2 reasons- 1. The fans is fam already and it's like we're all feasting together and presenting who made what specialty dish. 2. Since we both became fathers it been very difficult to get together so we're not fooling anyone.
This Funky Beatdown campaign will be the last opportunity to see what different flavors the 2 of us bring and why it's made our brand of production quite versatile. After this it's back to guessing, unless of course the artists want to act like snitches and don't understand That the bros don't share that ego trip. Oh and 3rd- these Beat Beasts play out more like megamixes than compositions. Variety is the SPICE of life and well the 2 Hungry Bros Kitchen is RACK CITY. Embrace musical variety. Click on the link below to access APRIL BOOGZ FUNK FOOLERY http://2hungrybros.bandcamp.com
Sun of Zoo Life/Infamous/G-Unit (that's 40 Glocc/Mobb Deep/50 Cent's labels) will be releasing his new mixtape "Tunnel Vision (#TV)" April 13th. Here goes a video for a song off the project titled "Go Live" featuring Fat Pimp.