Soulstice 4, like the prior three, is like the ultimate musical status update, in which I tell fans in as potent and honest terms as I know how I feel about my life and the world that it occupies. As always, it is over a borrowed non-hip hop musical source that reflects the tone of the song as well as my contemporary cultural influences. This all sounds way too pretentious, so fuck it, I'll put it like this: Soulstice means the "realest shit I ever wrote" and this is the last part of the series, so enjoy. Thanks for rolling with me and I hope you continue to do so.
Video: 40Love Announces Dreams Don't Sleep For July 24 Release
San Francisco hip-hop group 40Love, comprised of emcee/vocalist Miss Haze, rapper G-OFF, and DJ/Producers Mikos and The Whooligan, is excited to announce their new album, Dreams Don't Sleep. The album, which blends and bends hip-hop, electro, and soul, will be released July 24th. Today, to celebrate the album announcement, 40Love is excited to release the lead single and accompanying video from Dreams Don't Sleep, "Bout2Bloom."
The name 40Love represents the group's formation 40 years after the historic Summer Of Love in San Francisco, and the same ideology that inspired that movement manifests throughout Dreams Don't Sleep, an album the group refer to as "raw and ethereal." The album took over two years to create and the hard work and long hours paid off. Today, 40Love refers to Dreams Don't Sleep as their finest, most expertly crafted album yet. "With this album," says G-OFF, comparing it to the group's previous LP's, Advantage and BANGERANG!, "we felt that a slow process would be the best method. Dreams Don't Sleep is our Sistine Chapel."
Over the years, 40Love, with its four group members, has very much been a self-contained, self-reliant unit, and as such, the music on Dreams Don't Sleep largely and unsurprisingly eschews outside influences. But when the group does feature guests, they make them count, with appearances from Zumbi of Zion I (on "Tiki Tiki"), Black Spade (on "Anywhere"), live band The Park (on "Take Another Look"), and more. "'Anywhere' and 'Tiki Tiki' are extra special," says The Whooligan. "We've re-worked those tracks a billion times, and when we played back the final versions, it was like, 'Ah, yes - that's it.'"
The first offering from Dreams Don't Sleep is "Bout2Bloom," a lush, bouncy track with a Miami Vice/Beastie Boysinspired visual. "We shot the video in Miami during the 2012 Winter Music Conference," says The Whooligan. "We rented out Iggy Pop's mansion and partied really hard. With the culture, the people, and the ocean, it was an amazing shoot." The Nina Reyes Rosenberg-directed video shows the group in a variety of slow motion chase scenes, while Miss Haze and G-OFF rhyme over a Bassnectar-sampled, Mikos-flipped beat. "Potential is truly infinite," says Miss Haze, breaking down the meaning behind the song. "Every moment can be your chance to bloom."
Mixtape: Summer Music Watch (Dr. Dre, Nappy Roots, Etc.)
This special release features exclusive and unreleased music from Dr Dre, Scott Storch, Truth Hurts, Sir Jinx, Knoc-turn'al, EA-Ski, MC Ren of NWA, Tha Chill from Compton's Most Wanted, Nappy Roots, Big Mike from The Geto Boys, Audio Stepchild, Kia Shine, Ken Lewis ("Watch The Throne" Producer), 21 The Producer and many exciting new artists who should dominate this summer and beyond. This free download compilation by Hoopla Media Group and DJ Fade will help keep this summer hot and refreshing. Enjoy!
1) California (Intro) – Sir Jinx 2) Walking Barefoot Through A Storm – Audio Stepchild feat KingCo x Smoove Gotti 3) Take Ya Time – Buffalo Stille of Nappy Roots 4) We Can Go There – Truth Hurts X Dr. Dre [Prod. by Dr. Dre & Scott Storch) [Previously Unreleased] 5) Ray & Kim – Skinny Blunts feat KingCo, Big A LTA, Staxx N Waxx, Nasim 6) Amen (Unreleased Version) – Knoc-turn'al X DJ Wizard 7) 11th Hour – EA-Ski feat MC Ren of NWA x Boss Hogg 8) Better Days – GT Garza x Brian Angel 9) Good Muzik – An1 10) Mobbin – Whiteboy Wasted 11) Drop It Low – B Taylor x Ken Lewis 12) Fallen Star (Remix) – Sabrina feat Vito Banga x Tan-D 13) Time's Up – Noah Jones 14) Turn The Drums Up - Dana Coppafeel feat Klassik 15) Buzzin' – Slo-V & Retro 16) Down 'N Out (Unreleased Version) – Nappy Roots 17) The Connected – Big Mike from The Geto Boys 18) Green Monster (Thinking About You) – Manish Law 19) Matty Moe Lost His Weed… - Whiteboys in Compton x Tha Chill of Compton's Most Wanted 20) Live For The Day – Kia Shine 21) Hello – Truth Hurts [Prod. by Dr. Dre] [Previously Unreleased] 22) Bette Davis Eyes (Remix) – Audio Stepchild x JBass 23) Pretender - Emee-Kay 24) Free - M.I.C x Decap Music 25) Modern Day Slaves – Dollarmentary 26) Degrees – Futuristic 27) God MC's – Illuminati Sky x Smoove Gotti 28) Remember Me – Black Assassins 29) Rings Of Saturn – Edubb 30) Hol' Up – Kid Named Breezy 31) Party In Here – Livin Proof 32) Hustle Hall of Fame – Mav feat Chingo Bling x 21 The Producer
Smoke DZA's profile has risen considerably since his breakthrough 2009 mixtape Substance Abuse, as critical acclaim, sold-out tours, and high-profile collaborations have properly introduced the world to the Harlem rhyme spitter. Now, DZA is proud to announce that Substance Abuse will be given a proper release. The deluxe CD and digital editions feature the original mixtape, plus all 6 bonus tracks from 2010's Substance Abuse 1.5: The Headstash. In addition, the Substance Abuse track "Marley & Me (Remix)" featuring Curren$y, Devin The Dude, and Asher Roth will be available on limited-edition weed-green 7" vinyl, with the B-Side "What's Goodie". All physical orders come with a free pack of Raw Rolling Papers.
Bay Area based emcee and one half of Cali-Agents Rasco is back and presents his latest video "Clear & Present Danger" from his forthcoming LP United Fakes of America. Filmed on location in Santiago, Chile, Rasco's latest video showcases the sites and sounds of a city he recently visited and performed in. Equipped with his trademark raspy, baritone voice and hard-hitting lyrics "Clear & Present Danger" is a much welcomed return for an artist who remains one of hip-hop's underground elite.
Video: Netherfriends f/ Show You Suck - "Full of It"
Coming from an album created solely of Harry Nilsson samples, here's Netherfriends' video for "Full Of It," featuring Chicago rapper Show You Suck. The clips are comprised from the animated movie, "The Point!" which Nilsson came up with while tripping on acid and staring at the tops of trees and houses realizing everything comes to a point. Ah, the 70's...
A member of Fokis’ bi-coastal conglomerate Local MU12, Bronx representative NOM releases his first video, “In My Lifetime,” from his upcoming mixtape Different Breed which will be released on 6-26-2012.
NOM’s previous single "Nightmares Of A Dream" was featured on a variety of sites and gotten some really good feedback... "I appreciate all the support I have been receiving thus far, it really makes me feel great. to know that my hard work is being appreciated by so many people is a good feeling" - NOM
Video: Doodlebug f/ DOR - "Shine (U Can't Stop The)"
Doodlebug (Digable Planets) releases the Official Video for his song "Shine (u can't stop the)" off of his Futuristic Sci-Fi Album released on FatBeats/SoulSpazm Records. The Video was done at Madrone Studios in San Francisco, CA and features state of the art technology. The video was Directed by Justin Gelinas. The track is produced by DJ Alex J (DOR). The Video also includes a free download link for the radio version of the track as a promotion for the album "Futuristic Sci-Fi".
Audio: Big Shug f/ Slaine, Termanology, Reks & Singapore Kane "For The Real"
(Produced by Fizzy Womack)
His name says it all; standing at well over six feet tall and with the intimidating muscular build of a linebacker, Big Shug's physical presence alone is enough to command attention. His voice, a hoarse rumble effective for delivering both fearsome threats or smooth crooning as his alter-ego Shugie Diamonds, is one of rap's most instantly recognizable. As both a solo artist and founding member of Gang Starr, his name has consistently shown up in album credits alongside hip-hop's elite for over 20 years.
But despite that, Shug has never courted the spotlight. As countless other rappers, and even Gang Starr themselves, fell by the wayside, he has persevered through fans' evolving tastes and a changing record industry by staying true to the ideals - integrity, respect for the streets and love of music - that have fueled his career. Nowhere is that more apparent than on I.M. 4-EVA.
Stitching together the various parts of his career into one, this album, true to its title, is a comprehensive look at who Big Shug is, where he came from and where he is going. With his bruising flow over classic DJ Premier produced cuts bringing back nostalgic 90s memories, he pays tribute to the fans who have stuck with him since the beginning. I.M. 4-Eva - Shug's fourth solo album and his first since 2008's Other Side of the Game - marks the next chapter in his ongoing maturation as an artist. The album reunites Shug with old friends like M.O.P., Fat Joe and Premier, while also connecting with a new generation of hip-hop fans and artists alike.
In addition to the 17 all new studio cuts Brick Records has presented a timeless package; a hard back, 36 page book chronicling The True History of Gang Starr as told by Big Shug, plus anecdotes from his 20+ year career, rare never before seen vintage photos and more. Through his words and his music, Big Shug truly shows here why he is 4-EVA. Big Shug’s I.M. 4-Eva LP and The True History of Gang Starr will be released on 7-24-2012.
Here are a few excerpts and visuals from The True History of Gang Starr as told by Big Shug as well:
BIG SHUG ON THE ORIGINS OF GANGSTARR-
"We had the group and then we needed the name. We came up with Gang Starr. Guru came up with it. What it meant was that we part of a gang. I was part of the gang Mattapan Connection, better known as MPC, and Guru was like a star student, Rhodes Scholar type shit and all that. So therefore, we figure let's just connect it and make it Gang Starr. I wanted to be called Gangstas first, but we figured Gang Starr would be safer. That's why if anyone ever caught us in the early days, Guru was real fashionable in his approach and his appearance and my shit was always more gangster. We used to bring fake guns on stage before Onyx and all that. So that was the element."
BIG SHUG ON THE END OF HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH GURU -
"I remember telling Guru I thought Solaar was a sucker. I asked him to get some water, and we were performing on stage, and he said OK but he didn't do it. I was like 'Yo, does your boy think he's part of the clique?' And then he started being out with Guru but not us. We were in Utah and Guru actually left with that dude, he left the tour. We had two shows to do. Guru left and we ended up doing the show without him, a Gang Starr show. We did mad songs, Premier DJed and did a lot of the joints, we had the crowd singing along or whatever. It was crazy. Guru called me afterwards and said he and Solaar wanted to tour but that he wanted to bring me too. He wanted me to speak to his boy Solaar. This was when Solaar was still new with him. I said, 'Yea I'll speak to the boy.' He put him on, and he said something, and because of the way I was talking to him, Guru said 'Yo, I don't feel how you talking to my man,' shit like that. Then he said 'We ain't even gonna take you.' Then I started screaming on them, both of em. I never heard from them again after that shit. Next thing you know I was speaking at the memorial."
Eyerone releases the latest track off of his InVitro EP. The track features production from Chemist Productions, and this is definitely one of the highlights of this project. Get to know more about Eyerone by checking out the new website, IsntItEyeronic.com. Powered by Revo Media.