The Chicago-based threesome is back once again, building momentum for their upcoming February 2012 mixtape, bell hooks, presented by Mishka and Mad Decent. Following their latest single, "Outlaw Culture," BBU brings us the Tony Baines produced track "Jumpers," showcasing their revolutionary sound in both their lyrical content and production value.
"For me it [the message] was talking about how most of the hip-hop you hear on the radio is still centered around money, consumerism, and portraying women in a negative way," explains Illekt. "This doesn't benefit or advance people of color in any way, so I touched on our day-to-day struggles, such as death, murder, poverty, and also how we are moving away from being a society of actual human interaction to a society that relies more on social networking to interact with one another. Also, I flipped some of the lyrics from popular artists, like Drake and Wayne on the radio and used them in a different way than they were originally meant to be used."
BBU wrote "Jumpers" in response to being told that they had to relocate to NYC in order to make it by "industry professionals" after their hit "Chi Don't Dance" made waves in the blogosphere last year. Says Epic, "We left that meeting like, 'Um yeah, there is no way in hell we leaving Chicago. TREATED!" He raps, "The recipe to success is to roll over / move to NY and claim that you a New Yorker / I'm from the 'Go homie, home of Hoover, not Hova." Over handclaps and a bluesy, twangy electric guitar sample, BBU's poignant rhymes and "go f*ck yourself" attitude convey each member's different message, while staying on the same wavelength and proving them to be a unique force to be reckoned with in the hip hop world.
Member Jasson Perez sums it all up perfectly when asked about the message trying to be relayed in the song, "Just that we know how to rap. And that we aren't that bad at it." Not bad at all.
The Brooklyn by way of Seattle rhymesayer Aaron Cohen unleashes "Up & Down", the first leak off his forthcoming mixtape, Crack. Production on "Up & Down" is supplied by North Cackalacka's Infinite Jeanius (Waka Flocka, Huey, Blood Raw). Stay tuned for more leaks and videos off Crack and be on the lookout for new music from AC that include guest features and production credits from the likes of Shady Blaze (of Green Ova), ASAP Ty Beats, KeyboardKid206, Yuri Beats, $1 Bin and more.
DTMD is busy making a couple videos for their recent album release but thought they'd remind everyone of just how dope their album is with this track featuring close friend Oddisee. It's also that time when people start making year end lists, so the 22 year olds, Dunc & Toine, wanted to offer a contender for Best Debut Album 2011: DTMD - Makin' Dollas.
Eloquor thrives as a storyteller, his tracks tell of both hardship and resilience, leaving behind a lingering sense of realistic optimism. Produced by Simplex, "Human Condition" explores the notion of attempting to reach a common ground based on the inherit similarities of all human beings.
MP3: Mayday x Black Keys = Sinister Kids Freestyle
Inspired by the recent release of the new Black Keys' album, "El Camino," ¡MAYDAY! hijacked one of their favorite joints from the Keys' last album, with an additional beard-a-fied guitar solo from Plex Luthor to close it out.
Video: Mardi Gra - Money (AUDACITY OF DOPE 1.5 Avail. 12/16)
Courtesy Langston S.
Watch DMV representer Mardi Gra's new "Money" video directed by D. Gold. This video was shot on location in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. "Money" can be found on Mardi Gra's upcoming mixtape Audacity of Dope 1.5 available on DatPiff.com December 16th.
Video: Hasan Salaam f/ Baron from Red Clay "Musical Chairs"
Courtesy Matt B.
On the heels of releasing two critically acclaimed projects (2008’s “Children of God” and 2011’s collaborative effort with Rugged N Raw “Mohammed Dangerfield” which featured the well-circulated cut with Immortal Technique “Break Of A Star”), Hasan Salaam returns with a new EP “Music Is My Weapon” (appearances by Steele of Smif N Wessun, Chace Infinite, Reef The Lost Cauze & Eternia among others) which is now available; and even loftier goals.
The concept behind Hasan Salaam's EP "Music Is My Weapon" is the belief that music can be used as a powerful tool in the pursuit of freedom, justice, and equality. With the release of the project, Hasan is aiming to prove that music can change people's lives, literally. All profits from the sale of the EP will be used to fund a school, clean water well, and medical clinic in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. In November 2010, Hasan became the first U.S hip hop artist to ever perform in Bissau. On the same trip he worked with the young artists, taught creative writing to the youth, and headlined a concert to promote freedom of speech. The "Music Is My Weapon" project is the next step, in an effort to provide change to a country that remains one of the poorest and least politically stable in the world.
The project has already raised over $3,500 towards the goal of $14,500 to construct the school, well, and medical facility in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. School construction is set to begin next month with an estimated completion of March 2012. Every EP purchase will go directly to the It Takes A Village project and further advancing these goals.
Devin the Dude Presents: Java Starr "Lost" f/ Twista, Yukmouth
Courtesy J Melo.
We're introducing Java Starr today who is a member of Devin the Dude's Coughee Brothaz crew. Java has toured with Devin over the last year and makes multiple appearances on Devin & Coughee's last album, "Fresh Brew" They're currently working together on both Devin's next solo album and the next Coughee Brothaz group album both set for release in 2012.
On the solo side, Java is putting the finishing touches on his mixtape "Devin the Dude Presents: Radio 4:20." The first single is the subject of this email, "Lost" featuring Twista and Yukmouth produced by The Legendary Traxster. Twista makes multiple appearances on the tape and The Legendary Traxster produced the majority of the mixtape. Too $hort, Devin the Dude and Cory Mo are included as additional features.