It's been five months since Southpaw's release and I felt that the video which I share with you today is a befitting "end" so to speak to the entire tale that is Southpaw. This song, "Look of Love" happens to be one of my favorites off the project and I believe sums up the reason why I embarked upon it in the first place; to tell my story of heartbreak, pain, loss and eventual healing/triumph in the face of depression and confusion that stems from lost love and broken promises.
Dallas new comer, by way of Tucson, AZ, emcee/producer Dibbz Dreek of Fresh Life Curriculum has been cultivating his craft since age of 11. Early motivation to be a hip hop artist came from his uncle who was a house party DJ and had every virtually record related to the genre released in the late 80’s. The true inspiration to rap came from the first CD he ever owned, Ice Cube's "Death Certificate". Shortly after his freshman year at Tucson High School he became known for his knack to freestyle about everything from current events and to high school rumors and do so with detailed imagery. Not long after high school he teamed up with high school friends to create" The Corp", a 4 emcees- 3 producer collective. Several years later, The Corp would split into 2 factions, one of them called "Fresh Life Curriculum" who Dibbz Dreek remains aligned with. Now residing in Dallas, TX the artist has reemerged and has begun to showcase his talent and passion via his newly claimed solo stage.
"True Lies" is a trip through the mind of Dibbz Dreek as he explains odd things that he notices day to day. The song touches on everything from the Occupy Wall Street Movement to coercion in politics and religion. The jazz sample is taken from “Norman Connors - Land of Passion” and the quote at the beginning comes from none other than Huey Freeman from the Boondocks cartoon series. Guest vocals were performed by Savant aka Stanstro which gave the song that much needed sultry emotion and provided a bridge between the two 24 bar verses.
Today sees the release of West Coast producer E-Train's debut album ON SOLID GROUND. Available through all digital retailers today, ON SOLID GROUND boasts features from Talib Kweli, Wordsworth, Keith Murray, The Aztext, Akrobatik and more while displaying the raw talent E-Train exudes in the studio. Teaming up with Bay Area femcee, Holly Saucey for the smash Fiyah Burn, the combination of artist and producer with nothing to lose yet everything to gain comes shining through.
Speaking on the Dexter-esque video its main star says"When I wrote the song Fiyah Burn, I was kind of talking to myself and being an Aries (Fire) I was talking about myself. There are times when you have to laugh at yourself, and say 'I knew better'. Well this song is about that, about just backing up from the current situation (whatever it is, love, money, haters) and if you don't, do not be surprised when you get burnt. When E-train asked me to shoot the video, we had no ideas... the first thing that popped in my head was Dexter(HBO). I have no idea why, maybe it was the contrast with the real message in the song. I know if you fall for the 'trick' and wake up strapped to a table its not ideal, but your mistakes can build you or end you... So I made some adjustment to the 'Dexter' story in my head and we shot it... it was the most fun I’ve had to date shooting a video... and I may take up "serial killing" if music don't work.." Holly Saucy
Track List 01) On Solid Ground (feat. Rubydell) 02) Same Game (Feat. Pep Love, Wordsworth) 03) Guess Again (Feat. Phil the Agony, TalibKweli, Stephen Memmo) 04) Three Clicks (Feat. D Mottola) 05) Fiyah Burn (Feat. Holly Saucy) 06) The Show (Feat. Akrobatik) 07) Endangered Species (Feat. Rasco) 08) Blackout (Feat. Phil the Agony) 09) Will To Live (Feat. Celsius 7) 10) The Love Epidemic (Feat. GyrlAb'Strakt) 11) Outrageous (Feat. D Mottola, Pro, Virtu) 12) As Loud As You Want (Feat. Jay Qwest, Rubydell) 13) Up In Smoke (Feat. Phil the Agony, Holly Saucy) 14) Bombin The System (Feat. D Mottola, Tai the 13th, Touchphonics) 15) It’s Goin Down Gettin Down (Feat. The Aztext) 16) Talk Shit (Feat. BURNTmd, Keith Murray) 17) Middle Finger Lifestyle (Feat. Anderson Ray, MicDanja) 18) There Was A Time (Feat. Rubydell)
As the day gets closer to the release of Take Me To Your Leader on March 26th, ¡MAYDAY! and Tech N9ne team up once again and leak another video off ¡MAYDAY!'s Strange Music debut for their song "Badlands."
In one word "Powerful". SEEK and French beat making team Grim Reaperz (Enemy Soil Records) collaborate on 6 Dayz Of Torture. This project is an EP and will be available on vinyl, 300 limited copies. Grim Reaperz are known for their dark melodic sounds. SEEK adds his sharp lyrical consistency and voila. 6 Dayz Of Torture is a masterful body of work.
Les producteurs Grim Reaperz (Crown & Oxydz) ont réalisé un Ep 6 titres avec le rappeur de Boston : SEEK du groupe RADIx. "6 Dayz Of Torture", réalisé en France en 6 jours d'ou le concept, est disponible en format Vinyle édition limité et numéroté ainsi qu' en format Digital.
Video: Iron Solomon ‘Monster' Album Listening Event Recap
Courtesy Matt B.
Video recap of Iron Solomon’s ‘Monster' album listening event at the packed house inside the infamous Flight Klub Studios in NYC. After a brief Q & A with Hot 97's own Peter Rosenberg, industry insiders, press, and radio DJs were given an exclusive preview of the new album, ‘Monster,’ which drops next week, March 27th.
TOPE drops brand new visuals for COME TRUE produced by Mark Steez, off of his sophomore solo album, UNTIL THE NEXT TIME WE MEET, available now on TOPE's BANDCAMP or on iTunes March 27th! A follow up video to TOPE's HOME remix for Kelli Schaefer, COME TRUE is filmed and directed by Polyvid's AZ Chandler.