Following the release of his EP Rebel Without Applause, which got accolades from MTV, XXL and more, Johnny Polygon is back at it again. This time he's gearing up to hit you in as many ways as is humanly possible. To bring folks up to speed, he is releasing Orisue Presents the Catch-Up Mixtape next week on November 17th. The mixtape is chock-full of previously released material so you can catch up on what Johnny has been up to. It features his tracks with Kid Cudi, Nas and Adele, and also his hit "Riot Song."
The main event though, is Johnny's forthcoming DJBooth.net & 2DopeBoyz Present Wolf In Cheap Clothing EP, which features all new music from Johnny. You will have to wait until December 15th for that, but here's a track from those sessions that didn't make the cut.
Johnny's video for "Riot Song" is currently on MTV and VH1, his music has been featured on How To Make It In America and Grand Theft Auto and his video currently lives on Kid Cudi's homepage. XXL named his last project Rebel Without Applause, "one of the more stellar releases this year" and YRB named Johnny their "new hip-hop hero." He has also been featured on URB, Impose and TimeOutNY.
["The Ladykiller" is out now, but this mixtape is so good, I had to post it up again! These are the leftovers from the album and it's almost ashamed that he didn't combine it. This mixtape is definitely one of the bests of this year.]
[As a sequel to the "Warm Up" mixtape he released last year, "Friday Night Lights" gives J. Cole another boost to his already-skyrocketed carrer. If you haven't figured it out by now, this Roc Nation cat is the next hot rapper of this decade!]
Naughty By Nature featuring Garden State Greats :: The Mixtape
[The New Jeru' anthem veterans are back! Naughty By Nature is back as a trio as they prepare their new album "Anthem Inc.," which is coming soon. In the meantime, check out this mixtape as they feature many dope underground rappers from the Jersey State.]
That's it for "The Eleventwelve Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
As for a bonus, FREE KANYE WEST TRACK FOR EVERYONE! (Don't be afraid, he WANTS us to cop it for free! It's the official!)
After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009's The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group's longtime admiration for reggae and dub.
While the group's roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clock’s cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. "The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music," says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. "This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn't want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past."
For Atomic Clock, the duo employed live musicians to flesh out producer Amp Live's original beats and thicken the overall sound. For many of Atomic Clock's tracks, Amp would create the skeleton of the beat himself for the initial direction before collaborating with the group's live musicians to complement the sound and, in certain cases, redo the track live. In stark contrast to The Takeover, which saw Amp and Zumbi e-mail verses and beats to each other to constantly tweak each song, the group and their collaborators engaged in days-long jam sessions, for the first time in their career, to best enunciate Amp's initial idea.
For Zumbi, the writing style on Atomic Clock was much more instinctive than on past albums, and the result is a litany of emotionally introspective, brutally honest songs that both relay the emcee's personal experience and delve into weighty topics including the transient nature of time.
This extends to the title. "The Atomic Clock is the most precise timing device on the planet and I thought that applied to the immaculate timing and rhythm it takes between musicians in one room to make good music," says Zumbi. "But also, I feel that time is speeding up on the planet and it seems like it's dilating and contracting really quickly. We're living in such an interesting time and I think time is on everyone's mind in one way or another. Everything is exponential now."
On Atomic Clock, the group employs their usual mix of sonic exploration and unbridled creativity. "4U," with its choir vocals, soulful keyboards, and rock guitars, could be a lost Sly and the Family Stone track, while the horn blasts and heavy, electric guitars of "Always" supplement Zumbi's optimistic hook of "Love conquers always/Gotta keep your head up." "Many Styles," featuring reggae band Rebelution (the album also features guest spots by emcees Locksmith and Macklemore and vocalists Courtney Holiday and Crystal Monee Hall), deftly defers to the genre's roots, and the atmospheric beat of "North Star" complements the central idea of being open to guidance in one's life.
On "History," the group's most insightful and candid track, Zumbi recalls the duo's autobiography from prior to the group's formation until now. "We've been doing music a long time and sometimes you forget how long you’ve been at and how many places you've been," admits the emcee. "I think it's good to look back for a second before keeping it moving." Keeping it moving is something Zumbi and Amp Live have never had problems doing and Atomic Clock stands as another engaging expression of the group's mind, heart and soul.
This is the highly anticipated mixtape from Maverick Sabre 'The Travelling Man'. London born, Irish raised singer songwriter Maverick Sabre is breaking the mould. With his soulful voice and skillful guitar playing, he draws audiences in a leaves them in wonder.
Silencing crowds with his lamenting social-political content, this young rising star is generating a lot of interest from press and booking agents alike. Recently tipped by Hot Press as being the Irish newcomer who will give the established artists some serious competition, Maverick was also nominated 'Best Homegrown Act' in the 2008 Urban Takeover Awards.
Tracklisting 1.Run To The Roof 2.Inside (ft Footsie) 3.Slow Down (ft Macca) 4.Sirens In The Night 5.Break Me Down 6.Sometimes (ft Wretch 32) 7.Memories 8.Let Me Show You 9.They Found Him A Gun 10.I Need