Universol is Back with N.E.W.S (Bang Bang) another single from the “Wonder Boy” project which features all Hip Hop chops that are sample exclusively from the vast Stevie Wonder catalog. “N.E.W.S (Bang Bang)” is a dramatic verbal visual motion picture of the streets of GHETTO U.S.A. speaking on the massive effects of Gun Violence EveryWhere! This is music for the streets that give the listener a view of how real it gets in the field, All you hear is BANG BANG. Hit the Deck yall!
Chilly Gonzales Announces World First Orchestral Rap Album
Download “The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales” Medley MP3 HERE!
Chilly Gonzales, never one to stay quiet for too long, is back with the announcement of his new album, The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales, the world’s first all-orchestral rap album, the dramatic next step after piano-rap classics like “The Grudge” and “Crying” from his last album, Ivory Tower.The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales will see a digital release on June 7th via Canadian tastemaker label Arts & Crafts. Gonz is giving the world a sneak preview of the ambitious album, in the form of an orchestral-rap medley, which you can download above.
Today, he brings some “Gonzpiration” to the rap game. Accompanied by Hollywood swells, tympani rolls, noble French horns, hypnotizing bells and influenced by Prokofiev, Morricone and Phillip Glass, this record is Chilly Gonzales’ professional confessional, revealing more of himself on these monologues than ever before. The arrangements found on The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales were done by his Hollywood-film composing brother Christophe Beck, and take center stage alongside Gonzo’s eccentric personality.
After his Guinness World Record and the Locarno film festival prize-winning feature film (and accompany album) Ivory Tower, the single “Never Stop” was chosen by Apple for their iPad ad. Ivory Tower’s inter-planetary video hit “You Can Dance” helped bring the musical genius to the forefront of American culture.
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Rec-League's QM teams up with Brandon B from San Francisco's Trunk Drank (Gurp City) on this beat by the Rec League secret weapon Maclane. Here's a bay area anthem sure to keep the cups full and the parking lot on smash.
"Um, pretty much my dream match up. Dopeness from Gurp City's Minister of Game and the Rec League's drunken Van Wilder. I would kill a baby moose for a whole album like this" -TopR (Gurp City)
"It may seem like a pun on "Hot Sauce" but it's really not when we say there's a burning question here: "What happened to Part One?" It was originally supposed to come out back in 2009 before the music world was stunned by the announcement that Adam Yauch b/k/a MCA had cancer. One single featuring Nas had already been released, but the rest of the album was put on hold indefinitely so Yauch could get treatment and recover. Nearly two years after that stunning revelation, the Beastie Boys are back on track with an album that is by most accounts largely comprised of what they planned for Part One ANYWAY. Confused? Don't waste too much time thinking about it dunn, just get down to the funky sounds of the party anthem "Make Some Noise." The self-produced track is a lyrical and musical venture back to their past, which seems odd given how many times the Boys promised via interviews that "Hot Sauce" would be new, unusual and even "bizarre" in some cases. Nonetheless it's nice to have an old school inspired Beastie Boys song to party to, and that's the level this works on perfectly. It's not meant to inspire deep thought, it's meant for you to slam down your cup then run out to the dance floor. "Too Many Rappers" will fill that intellectual void, with a drum track that borrows stylistically from the Bomb Squad and the Nasir lyrics that challenge hip-hop's fraudulent lyricists. "
"The geographically diverse and musically lethal Bloody Monk Consortium hit the internet with a free release in August of 2010. Their music sounded heavily derivative of adrenaline fueled East coast rappers past and present like Wu-Tang Clan and Vinnie Paz, but it's not necessarily a bad thing to be derivative of good artists if it results in an above average debut EP. 48 studio tracks gave Lex Luger, FuckRICO and DJ ShadowFist the breadth and depth musically to set up Leeroy Destroy and LABAL-S for intense verses. The crew even shows their support for the elements of hip-hop by having an affiliated producer/graffiti artist named Kebo in the crew all the way from Italy. To make a long opening paragraph short, B.M.C. did a good job of setting the table and only needed to come back with an impressive full length album to prove their collective was not a hip-hop flash in the pan. One thing is immediately clear about "Bloodshed" on listening - the plan was to come heavy with content this time. 21 tracks clock in at over one hour and ten minutes total. By weight alone the album would be a bargain at Amazon.com prices, but true worth is measured by the quality of the contents and not the sheer amount. "
"The Creative Juices Music camp just laced us with the brand new "Storm Mode" CD from Nelson Morales III, a/k/a CF, a/k/a Constant Flow. You can call him whatever you want to, but the kids in Jersey City neighborhood probably called him a fatherless bastard. That's not intended as disrespect to CF in any way - he puts his whole life story on display on only the second song of the entire album. It's a gutsy call to go there so early since people who have never heard of CF before this album might want to feel his flow before knowing him that well, but listening to him spit over Niroshima's cello laced instrumental for "Another Battle" will convince you that conquering hip-hop is nothing to him after the life he lived so far. When CF says he's "dealin with it raw" in the chorus, HE AIN'T KIDDING. I respect CF's cajones for manning up and giving us his pain on wax, and there's no doubt it was therapeutic for him as well. On other tracks he's not just sharing his pain, he's dishing out a little to the ignorant know-nots of the world. The Scram Jones produced "Walk With Me" has no sympathy for people who view "the world in black and white" as he says "I'm not a beaner, jalapeno or a papi either/Don't call me mira and don't call my woman mamacita." He's also got no love for inferior unmotivated rappers on "Last Take""
Chubs :: Style Points :: Reverb Nation as reviewed by Matthew 'Matt G' Gutwillig
"Though established in the early 1980s, Canadian hip-hop has only recently flourished on an international level. With Toronto-based artists such as Drake, Kardinal Offishall and K'naan going mainstream, Canadian hip-hop has finally started to get its shine on. However, the only things these artists share in common are their success and origin. Despite Canadian rap being popular at the moment, there has yet to be a defining style to catapult it to the level that G-funk and gangsta rap did for the west coast or crunk music did for Atlanta. Nonetheless, a diverse mix of music like American hip-hop, Caribbean sounds and Canadian and American rock music have undeniably played a significant role in influencing rap music north of the border. Released in April 2011, "Style Points" is the debut album from Victoria, British Columbia-based emcee Chubs. Much like Canadian hip-hop on the radio, this nine track album features an eclectic range of subject matter and sounds as Chubs looks to establish himself as a respected hip-hop artist. The first three tracks of "Style Points" are not indicative of Chubs' potential; however they do reveal that the rapper is a work-in-progress. "
""The Takeover" is the newest album from the East Coast Deadverse Crew, led by producer/rapper Dalek. I have to admit that I have slept on Dalek for the past thirteen years. His first album came out on punk label Gern Blandstein, and he has been associated with anticon, a label whose music I respect but don't like to listen to. On top of that, Dalek is named after an enemy from Doctor Who, the geekiest of geeky sci-fi series. I figured his music would be super esoteric and too arty for his own good. I've heard a few songs from his 2005 album "Absence," which were buried in industrial noise. So imagine my surprise when I bumped the "Takeover," which turned out to be grimy East Coast rap in the (cold) vein of Cannibal Ox and early Wu. Dalek produced the entire album, and his beats are all sample-based, flipping snippets of jazz and soul into a dark, foreboding backdrops. He flips Jimmy Smith's "Root Down (And Get It)," which the Beastie Boy's used for their track "Root Down." Dalek is accompanied on the mic by Oddateee, D.L.E.MM.A., Gym Brown, Dev-One, MoRikan, and Skalla, all of whom can actually rap, and drop the kind of tough-as-nails rhymes that the East Coast is known for. "
"This group name is provocative just by how ordinary it appears to be. One looks at "Off the Grid" and wonder just how far off it the Thompson family might be. Electricity? Check. Phone? Check. Cable TV? Check. You can probably picture yourself having Dinner at the Thompson's without having ever met them - an iconoclastic 20th century throwback to cornbread suburbia and all of its modern amenities. You certainly wouldn't picture them having solar panel hot water heaters or throwing the leftovers from dinner onto a compost pile. Maybe if you're an incredibly quirky individual you pictured the Thompson family as a quatro of bug eyed monsters from outer space, but I'll go out on a limb and say you read the name and thought WASP: White Angle-Saxon Protestant. Fear not intrepid reader - these suburban bugs aren't ordinary, they're EXTRAORDINARY. Even the story of how this group formed is incredibly unexpected. New York born and Cali raised singer and spoken word artist Lucille Tee was living in Prague when the French producer FabLive came there on tour with a backup band to jam, and so enthralled was she by their funky groove that she jumped on stage to sing for a few. "
"Philadelphia-based producer/MC Has-Lo has been around for a few years now. He released his debut album, "Fuck Has Day," in 2007. 2008's "Small Metal Objects,"got a fair amount of love from fans of underground hip-hop. Now he's following it up with "In Case I Don't Make It." The title could refer to two things: in case Has doesn't make it as a rap artist, or in case Has doesn't make it out of this word alive. "Is this an unfunny joke or a suicide note?" he asks on the title track, which closes the album. Given the dire subject matter and depressive tone of the album, it sounds more like a suicide note than a letter of resignation from hip-hop. Over the course of the album's sixteen tracks, Has examines the trials and tribulations of his life, from his straggling career to his shaky faith in God to his relationship issues. Has excels at storytelling. laying out a series of vignettes over moody beats that paint a picture of a man at the end of his rope. The high point of the album is the devastating "Everything Is." Has drops a subtle beat built around a keyboard, and then raps about life slowly falling apart. "
JYoung the General :: Black History Year: Installment Two :: BLAT! Pack as reviewed by Pete T.
"These days the general public is well used to mass media outlets cramming their dose of "Black History" into the year's shortest month, but Michigan rapper JYoung the General obeys no calendar's restrictions when it comes to celebrating and educating on his heritage and culture. "Black History Year: Installment Two" is a fine EP that finds a deft MC with a cause. "The Re-Education of the Negro" opens the EP in grand fashion, chronicling his own education of African-American history and pointing out the shortcomings and disparities he saw before college, then shouting out everybody from Langston Hughes to Alice Walker, hoping listeners will "burn everything they learned in their textbooks." In an effective and well-versed argument, JYoung discusses how primary education only tells half the story of black history, ignoring key artists and revolutionaries as well as factors and circumstances that led to landmark events. Perhaps what's most impressive is that he doesn't come off as preachy, angry, or bitter, but simply as an educated guy who's been there and sees a better way. "Panthers" features standout performances from Mae Day, J.A.E., and Michigan luminary One Be Lo yet maintains the inspired focus of the album's concept, calling for justice over a beat that sounds like it came from a Binary Star album."
"Self Suffice has the five tools in his arsenal every aspiring rapper should when seeking coverage on a hip-hop website: humbleness, patience, professionalism, politeness, and references. He started out with the last one by telling me he had heard about RapReviews through his friends Ceschi and Icon the Mic King. Suffice politely suggested that we might be interested in covering his new album available through Amazon.com. He wasn't put off by our disclaimer that not every album we're contacted about or sent can be covered, and stayed patient as our dialogue continued sporadically over a few months. Above all Suffice stayed humble. He never once suggested his project was more important than any other album we had to cover or took any umbrage if we put reviewing his work on the back burner. There's no chip on Suffice's shoulder, no inflated sense of ego, just a desire to shine. Having all those attributes can get any rapper a foot in the door, but certainly doesn't guarantee what's going to be written afterward. I wish I could tell readers that there's a one to one correlation where everybody that's humble and respectful drops a classic, and every mid-major to corporate self-assured cocky asshole dropped utter shit. Life is always far more complicated than that. Nice guys drop gems, but they can also be unfailingly polite to the point you have to put a foot down and say that skills need to come first before you review more of their work."
State of the Artist :: Altered State :: Members Only as reviewed by Pete T.
"State of the Artist is a Seattle trio eager to join the relatively few rap acts from their hometown to make national waves, but I'm willing to forecast that their new EP "Altered State" isn't going to do it. Over seven tracks and twenty-eight minutes, it generally goes from bad to worse, with increasingly aimless raps and irritating electronica. Opener "Alive" is innocent enough, an expansive-sounding track built on tense pianos and strings with a dramatic hook. The rhymes go absolutely nowhere, but the track is still tolerable. State of the Artist's rhymes are decently-constructed and vocalized, but they have absolutely no continuity, composed of aimless meanderings that lends minimal effect or memorability to the listener. There are no themes or concepts, and they remain at a high level of abstraction tending toward clichés rather than personal accounts. I'm not sure if their theme-less stream-of-consciousness is meant to impress as artistic, but in fact it has the opposite effect: they rap about absolutely nothing. The thing is, musically it's actually worse. "Altered State" is a wash of mechanical synths, bad hooks, and autotune. If I'm ever called upon to brainstorm new torture techniques, "I Think I Love You" will be pretty high on the list, a mind-numbing track that sounds as if it were produced by a four-year-old."
"Two things I always liked about the Cash Money releases of this era: One, Baby and Mannie Fresh talking shit on the album intros. It didn't really even matter what the topic was, but going in you knew it was going to be some outlandish, stuntastic shit. This time around, Baby and Fresh go off on a tangent about how hot the block actually is, referring to it as "hotter than a barbecue at Satan's crib." The second thing I liked about Cash Money releases of that day was that they gave you what made you buy the album right off top. It usually came right after the intro or perhaps two songs into the album. This is the case here as well as the lead single that doubles as the title cut is the second track on the album. With Fresh on the boards and Juve and B.G. assisting on the hook, things get off to a promising start. What follows is a track that I have often pointed to as a near-perfect example of Cash Money's synergy at the time. Turk doesn't appear on the song (hence "near-perfect"), but verses from the Big Tymers, B.G. and a hook from Juvenile helps to set up the dominoes on "Loud Pipes" before Wayne comes through and finishes them off"
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop and this time it's The Canadian Edition, which means all of the artists on today's program hail from North of the United States. Check out the likes of Muneshine, D-Sisive, Rasul Syed among others and if you like what you hear Google them for more! For compliments or feedback hit me on Twitter @angrymarks. Artists please send your podsafe music and advertising requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!
* DJ Cosm f/ Miles Jones, Odario, Rasul Syed, Teekay - Set It Out * Muneshine & Vinyl Frontiers f/ Ghettosocks, Rick Kidd, Timbuktu - Larger Than Life * Rasul Syed f/ Jeff Spec, Solar Scenery - Treadmill Music * Eternia & MoSS - The Half * Teekay - Spin the Record * D-Sisive - Rob Ford
The Heavy Metal Kings Tour is a unique opportunity to catch ILL Bill (La Coka Nostra) and Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks) performing live together in the UK with a set list that will feature songs spanning more than a decade's worth of indie hip hop classics from their combined catalogs, including songs from their solo albums as well as tracks from Jedi Mind Tricks, Non-Phixion, La Coka Nostra, Army of the Pharaohs, and their new Heavy Metal Kings album.
London Dates: Wednesday 11th May 2011 Times: 19:00 - 23:00 Venue: The Underworld, 174 Camden High Street, NW1 0NE Support: Rhyme Asylum, Grit Grammar & Phoenix DaIcefire Tickets: £17 in advance - SeeTickets, Ticketline, Stargreen, TicketWeb, Skiddle, & The Underworld
Manchester Dates: Thursday 12th May 2011 Times: 19:00 - 23:00 Venue: Moho Live, Tib Street, M4 1SH Support: Rhyme Asylum, D'Lyfa Reilly & United Blood Tickets: £16 in advance -Ticketline, Skiddle, Picadilly Records, Eastern Bloc
In two strikingly similar careers that seem to parallel each other at every turn, the charismatic rappers have forged bodies of work that are some of the most respected in hip hop. Bloody tracks, devastated mics and shattered perceptions have all been left in the wake of these two dynamic MCs. Bill and Paz are well known for a penchant for heavy beats and viciously rugged rhymes; both are known for their incendiary live performances, and this was an inevitable collision.
Both MCs have followed similar, unrelenting paths to their current destinations; each having garnered heavy respect throughout the '90s during a prolific period of independent Hip Hop. Bill with Uncle Howie Records and Paz with his home-grown Enemy Soil Records. From the '90s into the new millennium, Ill Bill and Paz produced a string of underground classics with Paz's memorable work as the long-time leader of Philadelphia's Jedi Mind Tricks and Bill's Brooklyn-bred powerhouse Non Phixion. Both groups were responsible for creating music that has since been described as classic: Non Phixion's The Future is Now and JMT's Violent By Design. Paz and Bill have also launched successful solo careers and have put in work with supergroups such as Paz's battle-tested outfit Army of the Pharaohs, and Ill Bill's collective of legendary MCs: La Coka Nostra.
Like their name, The Heavy Metal Kings display all the slick, rhythmical timings of Hip Hop while incorporating the adrenaline and utter desecration of Metal. Together their vision and sound are allowed the full breadth of expression and the sound result is a collection of music that lives up to its name with the kind of blood-curdling sonic bombast that is only found in genres like Heavy Metal and Hardcore.
Crime Loops 2 is the sequel to the smash instrumental project by Brooklyn based producer TeV95. Crime Loops 2 is a collage of beats, edits, and loops that exude a taste of urban culture with a hint of Brooklyn's art renaissance. Influenced by everything from Roberta Flack to Ruby Andrews and more. Crime Loops 2 continues to explore many different methods of sampling and editing, from the classic to the obscure. Many of today’s artistic masterpieces are nearly impossible to release for sale because of outdated intellectual property laws. It's arguable that some of today's most popular artists may find the need to break the law to create their art. Hence the name, Crime Loops.
Baron Von Alias the Time Travelling emcee from the UK has returned. After achieving two top 3 hits in the US College Radio Charts and gaining rave reviews for his latest album 'Out-of-Body Experience', The Baron has proved he has a consistent work rate to match the best of them. Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North of England he has bombarded us with albums since his arrival in 2007.
The Baron is held in very high regard by various hip hop blogs and review sites and has recently been chosen by the BBC to be part of the BBC Introducing Stage at Radio Ones Big Weekend Festival performing alongside the likes of Foo Fighters, Black Eyed Peas, Tinie Tempah, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and many more. The BBC have a history of picking all the stars of tomorrow so all bodes well for the Baron in the near future. Starting off this year's festival proceedings in the UK with the BBC Radio One Big Weekend Baron is also performing at the Evolution Festival alongside the likes of Tinie Tempah, Plan B and again many more.
February 2009 saw Baron Von Alias become the MySpace featured artist after the release of the Mechanism mixtape, which lead on to his first official album release in April 2009 named 'Timepiece'. The Baron has since released numerous albums and singles on iTunes all gaining wide internet coverage and great reviews. Baron also has a very interesting selection of videos that accompany many of his tracks, which are all well worth a look having won Best Hip Hop video by Ourstage.com for 'Silence Masks' in 2008, the videos have only become more and more zany and insane.
Acknowledging the craft of his contemporaries the Baron has been joined on his intricate time travel through the present day by a hand picked selection. The likes of Hip Hop heavy weights such as Guilty Simpson, Oh No, Khrysis, T3 (Slum Village), Frank N Dank, Wildchild, MED, Wordsworth, Melanie Rutherford, Prince Po, Steesh, Foreign Beggars and many more are enjoying the enthusiasm and originality which Baron Von Alias exudes, with a new album on the way and brand new Khrysis Produced track 'Move Over' as the lead single it seems there is alot more to come, sooner than you think. As the Baron proves 'Time waits for no man'.