2011 was an outstanding year for Moe Green. He kicked things off with his Lionheart EP, a project that continues to receive a warm response nationally and locally, where Bay Area powerhouse 106.1 KMEL has supported EP single "All The Money In The World." He began laying the ground work with streetwear brand Filthy Dripped on his own Out Crowd clothing line, and in between time, he's traveled the country performing shows with the likes of J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, Das Racist, Kreayshawn, J*Davey, and many more.
n 2012, the Vallejo rapper shows no signs of slowing down, with a string of new music videos expected over the coming months (for songs from Lionheart and his recent Free Water EP), along with a chopped & screwed version of Lionheart. And all of this is a lead-up to Moe's Lionheart 2 EP, scheduled for a March release, and the eventual release of his awaited full-length debut, To Whom It May Concern, which will be released this summer.
In the meantime, Moe takes fans back a few months, to a recent Bay Area performance at The Regency Ballroom with Dom Kennedy, Skeme, and more. In the video, "Out With The Out Crowd," the camera follows Moe and his crew as they make their way through soundcheck, before taking the stage to perform for a packed house.
SHI 360 is anything but your typical hip hop artist. With the credo 'Don't be afraid to think,' SHI 360 combines deft rhymes and fresh, genre-shifting beats with bold social and political messages that spread harmony and peace worldwide. His newest album, "Shalom Haters", arrives on the global hip hop scene at a time when the media has been astoundingly silent in response to recent rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.
'Much of the records songs are a desperate plea for truth in media reporting as well as a cry to stop the seemingly endless violence in the Middle East. The record is a mix of various hip hop styles including American underground and Israeli club. The album's lead single, "Forgive & Forget" reaffirms both sides' shared human suffering, acknowledging 'I see your pain/I know you see my pain' and urges people to rise up against media-perpetuated lies ' 'How do you think/The cameraman is close to the fire' The work is for hire/Showing what they want to inspire.'
SHI 360's hard-hitting lyrics are balanced by a piano-driven beats and guest features from global emcees including the much anticipated return of one of Israel's most celebrated rapper, Booskills. Booskills is responsible for the biggest Israeli club hits through his collaborative work with Subliminal. Surrounded by controversy, Booskills highly anticipated album, "Two Worlds" was never released which left the Israeli market waiting for more from this talented artist. Booskills feature on SHI 360's "Shalom Haters" title track has been a long time coming and finally puts an end to a 7 year wait
Bringing information strikingly missing from today's headlines to the forefront of attention, 'Shalom Haters' challenges media consumers to reassess what they're being told and instead to focus on our shared goal to 'build a stronger tomorrow" and to finally 'put our hands out, and our arms down.'
SHI 360 has sold platinum records in his collaboration with rapper Subliminal and TACT. Significantly influencing the modern Israeli hip hop scene, his appeal is international. His collaboration with the TACT All-Stars album was a ground-breaking, commercial triumph that captivated Israel's music world, selling gold in its first day of release making music history in Israel.
Shalom Haters will be released on January 24th under Shemspeed/360 Music Records. The first single and music video 'Forgive and Forget' is available as a free download on shemspeed.com and at SHI 360's official website, shi360music.com.
In late 2011, rapper M.I. and producer DJ Cutt, collectively known as Constant Deviants, released Platinum: The Mixtape, a project that found the Brooklyn- and Baltimore-based duo mixing all original tracks with a handful of industry favorites. The project did well to show off the duo's range and diversity, important in today's ever-changing hip-hop landscape, where genres are defined and re-defined weekly, monthly, and yearly.
Certain sounds are timeless, though, and with their latest string of all-original non-album tracks – a handful of songs that will precede their forthcoming Diamond album – Constant Deviants are taking it back to their roots. And with their latest leak, "Forever," the duo, as the title suggests, shows their greatest strength: timeless, boom-bap-driven hip-hop.
DJ Cutt produces a soft, electronic-sampling beat for M.I., and he graces it with his own smooth flow and boastful lyrics, a combination that pulls from the chemistry the pair have developed over years working together. "This song is an everyday Constant Deviants collabo," explains M.I. "Cutt sent me the beat; I wrote the verses, and we came together to lay the hook." As for the message of the song, much like their classic sound, Constant Deviants, who have built a strong following selling vinyl independently around the world, are here to stay. "We will be here forever!" exclaims M.I.
Gods'illa took inspiration from Spike Lee for their latest music video "Sal's Pizzeria." Produced by Joe D., "Sal's Pizzeria" can be found Gods'illa's CPR Blendtape hosted by DJ Lo' Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu.
Judah, the groundbreaking producer that brought the world such talents as Wale, Ras Kass, C-Rayz Walz, Tabi Bonney + more. Organically directed this sexy sonic soundscape inspired by the hip hop lifestyle. Armed with a MPC and vinyl, Judah set off on a two week long escapade to London, Puerto Rico and Paris to creatively put this project together for you. His critically acclaimed "Amber Rose Instrumentals" prepared the ears of listeners for what the 'P.U.S.S.Y. (Please Understand She Saved You)' album has to offer.
MP3: Sean Born f/ Hassaan Macket - "Bullsh*t" (prod. Kev Brown)
Courtesy Mello Music Group.
Sean Born releases a new single "Bullsh*t" off his upcoming debut Behind The Scale. The new song features Daily Bread emcee Hassaan Mackey and is produced by Kev Brown. "Bullsh*t" captures the tone of the album, featuring a crackling piano loop and reality rap that brings back memories of Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx". Enjoy and feel free to post and share. Pre-Order links are up now!
Australia's top rank hip-hop producer M-Phazes and legendary turntablist DJ Rhettmatic of the World Famous Beat Junkies, join forces for the February 14th release of Phazed Out. The project is a compilation of select singles taken from Coalmine Record's catalog, remixed by the Aria Award winning M-Phazes and blended together by the former DMC West Coast Champion, Rhettmatic.
The mix breathes new life into many of the boutique label's previously released material and includes guest features from the likes of Big Noyd, Phil The Agony, Termanology, Sadat X, Heltah Skeltah, CL Smooth, Skyzoo, Masta Ace, Brown Bag AllStars, El Da Sensei, Mela Machinko, J-Live and more. In promotion for the album's release, Coalmine lets the leash off the project's intro which features a verse from Emilio Rojas with drops from Sha Money XL and DJ Premier, the latter of which breaks down what you can expect from this producer-centric release.