Masta Killa may not be the most high-profile member of the Wu-Tang Clan, but he's undoubtedly among the most consistent. The last original member to go solo, Killa has released two critically acclaimed albums in No Said Date and Made In Brooklyn, and has repeatedly stolen the show on recent Wu classics like Ghostface's Fishscale, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. 2 and RZA's Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack. Now, more than six years after the release of his last studio album, Masta Killa is back with Selling My Soul, a brand new collection to be released December 11th, 2012 through Nature Sounds and Royal Lion Music.
The title Selling My Soul may imply something sinister, but it has a deeper meaning for Masta Killa. "The music for this project was more in a soulful chamber," he explains. "Anything from the inner self is a part of the soul. I put my soul into my music, and I'm in the business of selling it." Featuring production from 9th Wonder, Mathematics, PF Cuttin, and more, Selling My Soul is a cohesive collection from an artist who doesn't feel pressured to change his sound. "I would describe it as soul and substance," says MK. "Soulful music and lyrics of substance."
While fans will undoubtedly be excited for Selling My Soul, some may be confused, as it was initially announced that Masta Killa's latest album would be titled Loyalty Is Royalty. "This is a totally separate project," Killa explains. "Loyalty Is Royalty is more feature-oriented…it's the kind of material that my fans normally expect me to produce. The people will still get Loyalty Is Royalty. I just felt the need to give them some soul first."
In addition to the new album, Masta Killa is also launching a new website, which currently has exclusive pre-orders of the album. At mastakillamusic.com, fans can now order the standard edition of the album, as well as a deluxe version. Limited to only 200 copies, the deluxe edition comes in a custom hand-numbered box with a lyric book, autographed poster, MK wool cap, and download card giving access to all three MK albums plus his live album. In addition, Masta Killa has teamed up with RAW Rolling Papers to include a handful of RAW papers and an exclusive "Ooh Baby I Like It RAW" T-shirt in each deluxe box, paying tribute to the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, who is featured on Selling My Soul. Both the standard and deluxe versions will ship from mastakillamusic.com by December 4th, one week prior to the album hitting stores.
Zaheer - Assemble ft. Genesis Elijah, Rukus, ShaoDow, Abiade and Swami Baracus
Courtesy 730 Promo.
This summer saw a Zaheer production blasted on BBC Radio 1 in the daytime by the likes of Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw, Scott Mills and others. Now it’s time for the producer to step into the limelight for his craft with a high octane energy track featuring some of the UK scene’s elite. Taken from his forthcoming EP “Mood Swings”, Zaheer “Assembles” a group of talented artists (Genesis Elijah, Rukus, ShaoDow, Abiade and Swami Baracus) over one of his gritty hard hitting beats accompanied by an eye-catching and unique comic book themed music video.
Requiem is an Australian hip hop artist from the city of Melbourne, Victoria. He currently lives near the Australian outback, in the tropics of Darwin, Northern Territory. It was there he wrote a love letter to his former home. The song is set to a beat by rising UK producer Beat Butcha.
Gearing up to release their latest offering, The Rise of the Antihero, Hip-Hop duo Nefew have garnered support from energy drink giant, Red Bull. This union sees the double act made up of Polemikk and PA Double act as Ambassadors for the beverage, which is recognized as the world’s most popular energy drink.
“We’ve always been fans of the Red Bull products and I feel that we have similar values when it comes to our products,” Polemikk explains. “We are excited that they have offered us this opportunity as we are constantly looking for ways to separate ourselves from the norm.”
Nefew’s appreciation of Hip-Hop and the culture as well as their universal approach to creating music continues to be recognized by fans and media all around the world. This latest accolade inspires the duo to keep doing what they have successfully done for the last five years. With a slew of projects on deck that will see them well into 2013, the potential for this duo to increase their global presence is undeniable.
“Getting the acknowledgment from a renowned brand like Red Bull has been another sign of approval for our craft. It feels great to be appreciated by leaders of lifestyle and sports,” shares PA Double. “This is just another step bringing us closer to our goals and we are thankful for their support, “ he concludes.
The Rise of the Antihero will be available for free download later this year in conjunction with Red Bull.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Even though it's getting cold outside today's show is a reminder that Girls All Around Do Turn Da Heat Up!!. Check out this week's new music from Rock Mecca, Krazy Drayz, Devine Carama, Apaulo Treed and more! Send feedback to @RapReviews on this episode! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode. This show is co-sponsored by BlackTreeMusic.com and can be found there every Thursday.
* Rock Mecca - Girls All Around
* Krazy Drayz f/ Fredro Starr - Turn Da Heat Up
* Devine Carama - I Gave You Power
* Apaulo Treed & Knightstalker f/ J-Love, Mayhem Layren - Tactical Strike Force
* Folkz (Whitefolkz) - Renee Zellweger
* Double AB & Dub Sonata f/ Rhymefest - Media Shower
* DJ Paul f/ Busta Rhymes - I Can't Take It
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Mixtape: DJ Noize x DJ Brandnew - Can You Hear Me Now 5
Courtesy DJ Noize.
New mixtape by DJ Noize & DJ Brandnew! 80 minutes non-stop mix with the hottest club & street banger by A$AP Rocky, T.I., Lil Wayne, Problem, YG, Tyga, 2 Chainz, Chingy, Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, Chris Brown & many more!
01. Problem - Where She At (Ft. Skeme)
02. Young Chris - Hands Up High (Ft. Problem)
03. Young J - Go Maniac
04. Clyde Carson - Slow Down (Remix) (Ft. Gucci Mane, Game & Dom Kennedy)
05. YP - Who I Be
06. Furious - Run (Ft. YG)
07. Iamsu! - Wish (Freestyle)
08. D-Lo - Get Her (Ft. Tyga)
09. Berner - Shut Up (Ft. Problem & Chris Brown)
10. LoveRance - Akup (Ft. Tyga & Problem)
11. A$AP Rocky - Fuckin Problem (Ft. 2 Chainz, Drake & Kendrick Lamar)
12. T.I. - Ball (Ft. Lil Wayne)
13. Benny Banks - Who's The Daddy (Ft. Dappy)
14. Chloe - S.T.F.U. (Ft. Rocky Diamonds)
15. Jinsu - Triumph
16. Skyzoo - Give It Up (Ft. DJ Prince)
17. Eve - She Badd Badd
18. Chris Webby - Bars On Me (Ft. DJ Drama)
19. Buddy - As Far As They Know (Ft. Pharrell)
20. Hit-Boy - Goldie (Remix) (Ft. K. Roosevelt & Audio Push)
21. SRH - Drive & Smoke
22. Joe Budden - She Don't Put It Down (Ft. Lil Wayne & Tank)
23. Kendrick Lamar - Backseat Freestyle
24. Ariez Onasis - Victim
25. Flip Major - Burn It Down
26. Lil Twist - Flowerz (Ft. Lil Wayne & Chris Brown)
27. Chingy - Fire
28. Lil Wayne - No Worries (Remix) (Ft. Rick Ross)
29. Dom Kennedy - My Type of Party (Remix) (Ft. Tyga & Juicy J)