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 and production by Snowgoons) which is scheduled to be released on 12-6-2011; and even loftier goals.
Cali underground rap legend Murs proudly presents the music video for "S.K.I.B.E.A.T.Z.", his newest from Love & Rockets Volume 1: The Transformation, his new album produced entirely by Ski Beatz, the man behind classic tracks for Jay-Z, Mos Def, Camp Lo and many more. The song also features Bay Area emcee Locksmith. Love & Rockets comes courtesy of BluRoc, the fledgling imprint headed by ex-Roc-A-Fella co-owner Damon Dash, who also counts rappers Tabi Bonney and Da$h, singer McKenzie Eddy and musician Sean O'Connell on his roster.
MP3: hasHBrown - "Break The Chain" Ft. Guilty Simpson
Courtesy Audible Treats.
With the November 30th release of his sophomore album, Break Something, fast approaching, hasHBrown is keeping fans satiated with a bevy of new music from the LP. Late last month hasH delivered his lead single "The Death Penalty," and now, the Houston rapper/producer is excited to release the album's second single, "Break The Chain," featuring Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson.
On the track, co-produced with Chris Rockaway (hB makes beats under the alas Jett I. Masstyr), hasHBrown gets both spiritual and aggressive as he criticizes his own culture in a thought-provoking manner. “I'm speaking about whether enslaved ancestors would be proud of what we've made from the debts they paid,” explains hasHBrown. “No matter what our circumstances or obstacles we face, we still have the opportunity to do better.” For Guilty Simpson, being a part of the song was a pleasure, and, according to hasH, the Detroit rapper was "happy to finally get a feature that was 'talking about something.' It made me feel like he respected my vision," explains hasH on working with Guilty, "just to get him on a record was a great experience."
Audio: Koncept f/ Royce Da 5'9" - "Watch the Sky Fall" (prod. Marco Polo)
Courtesy Brown Bag AllStars.
Check out Brown Bag AllStar member Koncept's new track "Watch The Sky Fall" featuring Royce da 5'9 (produced by Marco Polo). This is the lead single from Koncept's debut album, "awaken" which drops December 13th on Soul Spazm Records.
Free Download: Khingz - "Liberation of the Monster"
Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.
Seattle-based gangster-turned-poet Khingz dropped his album Liberation Of The Monster last week on Vancouver label Wandering Worx, also home to Planet Asia, Moka Only, Jasiri X and a few others. Produced entirely by WW head REL!G!ON. A free digital release, didn’t get much fanfare. He’s currently in the studio with Vitamin D and Bean One.
MP3: Ess Vee x Tarik - "Telephone" (prod. Jerz & The Fatman)
Courtesy Shante Smith.
Ess Vee has collaborated with another artist by the name of Tarik from NY and the have recorded a few songs together after releasing their solo projects. They bring you a new song called "Telephone", produced by Jerz & The Fatman.
Free Mixtape: Constant Deviants - Platinum: The Mixtape
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Today, Constant Deviants are happy to release their new project, Platinum: The Mixtape. Emcee M.I. and beatsmith DJ Cutt are generously offering up the 17-track collection for free through their SoundCloud, compliments of the Deviants' label, Six2Six Records.
The Platinum mixtape acts as a precursor to their upcoming album, Diamond, with the two titles representing not only the strength and quality of the music, but also playing on the idea of music sales certifications. "The album title, Diamond, is actually meant to represent the preciousness, hardness, and brilliance of a diamond," says M.I. "But we still felt that Platinum would be unique to name the mixtape, because before you go Diamond you have to go Platinum."
The mixtape's two singles, "Gotta Get Paid" and "Fulton St.," serve as the only two totally original songs on the mixtape, with the rest of Platinum boasting a wide array of other beats hand-selected by Constant Deviants, chosen to rework and make their own. "As an artist you always enjoy rapping over other peoples beats," says M.I. "For this project, I chose beats from different genres within hip-hop – some underground and some more commercial sounds to show diversity." Another standout track from the mixtape is "Dreams Are Free," a personal favorite of M.I.'s. "The beat is just so much different than the music we usually do," he explains, "but I just felt the need to destroy it and make it mine."
Portland, OR - November 9th, 2011: Goldini Bagwell has long been a fixture of Portland's underground hip hop scene where his stand-out verses and featured appearances have gained him notoriety, whether it's been in collaboration with some of the city's best talent (Oldominion, Taco Neck, Liv Warfield, John Craig and the Weekend), or with his group Sandpeople. Fans have eagerly awaited a solo album and on November 29th, Sandpeople Music will proudly deliver Bagwell's much anticipated debut,Chainsmoke. Produced entirely by Pmpee Beats out of Lahti, Finland, Chainsmoke is an international effort and a fitting introduction to the man and myth that is Goldini Bagwell (aka Gold). True to its title, Chainsmoke is an unrelenting debut from an experienced artist, as Gold puts his vices, history, ambitions, and microphone-slaughtering skills on full display over Pmpee Beats' hard-hitting drums and soulful melodies.
"Bagwell" is the first single off of Chainsmoke and is a perfect theme-song to help you get better acquainted with the mysterious Goldini Bagwell. The picture Gold paints here is somewhat Bond-esque as he wanders through foreign countries on a secret mission to drink Jameson and capture girls' hearts. Like most spies, "Bagwell" has many enemies, including himself, but this only adds intrigue to the storyline. The same can be said for Pmpee Beats' production with its suspenseful string and piano blend and head-nodding rhythm. Get to know "Bagwell" and prepare for a healthy dose of Gold's Chainsmoke on November 29th.
Check out Goldini Bagwell on the remaining dates of the Skrill Walton Tour with Illmaculate & The Saurus. More info & tickets available @ www.irapbetter.com .
Nov. 9th - Pasadena, CA Nov. 10th - Reno, NV Nov. 11th - Eugene, OR Nov. 12th - Portland, OR Nov. 15th - Seattle, WA Nov. 16th - Spokane, WA