Video: Roddy Rod Talks Maspyke Reunion + Low Budget
Courtesy Nature Sounds.
Roddy Rod was one-third of the groundbreaking underground hip-hop collective Maspyke, who haven't released new material since 2005's Static on ABB Records. In this new clip, Roddy discusses the likelihood of a Masyke reunion, as well as upcoming projects from his other crew, Low Budget (including new material from Kev Brown, Ken Starr, and Sean Born). He also gives a little taste of his sampling skills, flipping a D'Angelo track into a brand new concoction. Roddy's new deluxe 2-CD album Oakwood Grain I & II features 39 thumping instrumentals, plus a few choice vocal guests (including Finale, Muhsinah, Bilal Salaam, Wayna, and more). It hits stores everywhere on March 13th, 2012.
MP3: Planet Asia + Raekwon + Oh No: "No Apologies"
Courtesy Nature Sounds.
West Coast veteran Planet Asia's new album Black Belt Theatre drops tomorrow (2/28), and to celebrate we have "No Apologies," his historic collaboration with East Coast don Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, produced by fellow Cali native Oh No. The blaxploitation-inspired Black Belt Theatre also features appearances from Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, Strong Arm Steady, Fashawn, Willie The Kid, Mistah FAB, Torae, Rasco, and many more.
Video: Naughty By Nature's "Fan to Friend" Pilot Episode
Courtesy Wonder Twinz.
“FAN to Friend” is filled with stories that will shock you, inspire you and leave you speechless. Fans who have quit their job to follow their favorite group on tour around the world. Fans who have purchased every piece of merchandise available from an artist. Fans who have tattooed their favorite group’s logo on their body before they ever even met that artist. Fans who have eventually become employed by their idols. Fans who have finally grown beyond the title of fan and become an actual friend. These stories are real and so are the friendships.
PR: Bliss N Eso Team Up With Big B for North American Tour
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Australia’s biggest hip-hop group, Bliss N Eso, are teaming up with Las Vegas heavyweight Big B for a co-headline whirlwind tour of the US West Coast and Canada.
After meeting in the States years ago, the two acts have formed a strong bond which came to a head with Big B supporting the trio on their record-breaking 2011 Australian tour, which saw them perform to over 65,000 fans across the country – the largest ever for a local hip-hop act.
Bliss N Eso, which comprises of MCs Bliss and Eso alongside DJ Izm, are a multi-platinum Australian hip-hop group who are generally regarded as having one of the most electrifying live shows in the Southern Hemisphere. Their latest album, Running on Air, debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart, they have also won an ARIA Award for Best Urban Album and they regularly headline Australia’s biggest music festivals – not bad for a country where rock music still reigns supreme. Word about the head-turning group from down under has started spreading across the globe and they are on their way to show what all the fuss is about.
Big B has been an underground figurehead since he first debuted on the scene in 2004. He has become known for his raw and honest style, some likening him to a modern day Johnny Cash, where he blends his own elements, namely hip-hop, alternative rock, country and even a little laid-back reggae vibe. In recent times, he has expanded his fanbase through regular appearances on A&E’s hit television series Inked and a major promotion through Madison Square Garden summer advertising campaign.
This tour is a chance to catch two rising stars of the hip-hop world up-close and personal, and is an opportunity not to be missed.
BLISS N ESO & BIG B TOUR DATES: MARCH 19 - SCOTTSDALE, AZ @ THE ROXY LOUNGE MARCH 20 - RIVERSIDE, CA @ THE VIBE MARCH 22 - LOS ANGELES, CA @ WHISKEY A GO-GO MARCH 24 - EUREKA, CA @ RED FOX TAVERN MARCH 26 - VICTORIA, BC @ UPSTAIRS CABARET MARCH 27 - VANCOUVER, BC @ FORTUNE SOUND MARCH 28 - WHISTLER, BC @ GARFINKELS MARCH 29 - KELOWNA, BC @ SNOWSHOE SAMS MARCH 30 - CALGARY, AB @ HIFI APRIL 2 - SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ URBAN LOUNGE APRIL 3 - BOULDER, CO @ FOX THEATRE APRIL 4 - DENVER, CO @ CERVANTES’ OTHER SIDE APRIL 5 - FORT COLLINS, CO @ HODI’S HALF NOTE APRIL 7 - LAS VEGAS, NV @ ARUBA
It's time for an EXTRA edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #162.5 is a Bonus Beats Edition. We don't normally do two shows in one week, or an instrumental only show, but call this one an experiment in awesomeness with hot tracks from Random, DJ Concept, Soulbrotha, Small Pro, and more! 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 so you never miss a new episode.
Later this year, Bay Area rapper and Clear Label Records recording artist Dolla Will is planning to release his latest album, Boss Flow. As he continues to put final touches on the project, he's excited to release a video for the album's latest single, "Addicted," a follow up to the Too $hort-assisted lead single "Work That Body," along with a brand new pre-album mixtape, Life Before Dolla Will.
he video was directed by Hiero's own Casual, for his video production company Wet Foot Filmworks, and features Will not only showing off his musical chops, but also getting into some acting. "This was me making my first acting debut," explains Dolla, who shows off some promising chops in front of the camera throughout the visual. "We wanted to make sure the visuals tied into the song, showing me hustling, being addicted to the life I live."
The video opens with Dolla Will and his girl in the midst of an argument - Dolla Will eloquently referencing a unique breed of butterflies to explain his need to hustle - and while the song's hook, a chopped vocal chant of "I'm addicted to this life/ It's gon' be hard to quit," and hustle-heavy verses play along, Will spends his day on the grind, hitting the local horse tracks - betting and winning big - before catching up with a business associate for a lucrative rendezvous.