yU Instrumental 2-Pack "Almost Time" And "Lunchin'"
In Celebration Of Vinyl And Instrumental Release yU Leaks A 2-Pack Of Instrumentals From Before Taxes
After the success of his solo album, Before Taxes, yU of Diamond District is proud to release two instrumentals from the album for consumption, "Almost Time" and "Lunchin'." Following the trend of many artists, yU wanted to give aspiring rappers the chance to spit rhymes over a couple of mastered tracks. "Almost Time" serves as a standard for rappers with a straight drumbeat, swelling horns, repeating guitar vamp, and spoken ad-libs inserted to push the song forward. "Lunchin'" requires a more interpretive verse with its spoken introduction, popping drums, electronic sounds, and synthesizer induced vamp. The Before Taxes album is available in vinyl through Fat Beats, with a bonus track from fellow Diamond District member, Oddisee, and a digital copy of Before Taxes Instrumentals is available for purchase on iTunes.
Don't forget to get your copies today via Mello Music Group.
Stemming off the success of Diamond District's In The Ruff, emcee yU has branched out with his solo album, Before Taxes. Embodying the musical influences surrounding him, yU brings listeners tastes of the district, Maryland, and Virginia with his own classic brand of hip-hop. Showcasing his depth of talent and skill, yU expands on Diamond District's love of boom-bap and the golden era with this forthcoming release. Before Taxes is available digitally via Mello Music Group.
I been busy all day replying to emails and sending out download codes to the awesome bunch of backers we had for our Kickstarter campaign, so im a bit late to my own party... BUT on behalf of Raw Poetic, i wanna say "THANX" to ALL the fans worldwide who been listening & copping the album on Bandcamp! 12 Step Program will also be up for download on Amazon, iTunes, etc. SOON, but we really hope that you all go buy it via Bandcamp since its the best way for us to retain the most profit from the album- which by the way is the FIRST official release on the newly LLCed Neosonic Productions imprint.
CDs, vinyl & t-shirts in support of the album are all on their way, so all my Kickstarter backers, sit tight and know we will be emailing you with all the details & updates shortly. AND speaking of details, Raw P. & I sat down this past weekend to shed some candid insight into the creation of 12 Step Program on Subsoniq Radio... LISTEN UP! I also spent last night playing the album in its entirety on my Ustream show, which you can SEE HERE! There's lots more on deck as there's already a glut of amazing reviews and fan feedback pouring in, so in the meantime, let's "keep marching" as 12 Step Program is officially HERE yall!
MP3: Declaime - "Declaime MC" Feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow
Dudley "Declaime" Perkins Leaks Single, "Declaime MC" To Celebrate Album Release
After a couple pre-album goodies, Declaime is back with another leak off his album, FONK, in celebration of today's release date. "Declaime MC," his latest track, stays true to the artist's eclectic style starting with a sporadic and bizarre intro, ironically featuring cowbell, and finally leading to all pieces falling together as Declaime enters, "Now let me reintroduce myself to the game / What's your name? Declaime / It's all the same, same, can't complain / Still the same old dude / Still no fortune, still no fame." A jazz piano melody compliments Declaime's naturally distorted voice and tapers off to make way for an eerie hook and chorus featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow preaching, "Limited time here on Earth / Is so precious indeed / We need to stop eliminating folks and make it happen / Cuz they lackin' while we're trapped / Doing bad deeds for thieves." With wobbling synth lines, courtesy of Quazedelik who handled production duties for the entire album and prior credits include George Clinton and Snoop Dogg, coming and going, "Declaime MC" urges fans to keep holding on and always project the happiness you wish to feel inside.
Declaime's FONK is available today as the first release off Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime's new label, SomeOthaShip Connect.
In a world obsessed with immature desires a man in his rarest form must rise and stir against the tide of conformity. Heeding the call is Declaime, an incredible artist talent hailing from Oxnard, California. The visionary poet first amazed his family with his musical aptitude at age two, and with no father figure in sight, started a lifelong fascination with superheroes at an early age. Experiences with gang life left Declaime disillusioned, and he emerged a transformed man ready to begin a mission of enlightenment through the power of sound. The producer/emcee/visual artist began his journey on a track with Tha Alkaholiks, and he went on to work on with Lootpack, Oh No and KanKick to name a few. Declaime has been prolific in bringing metaphysical hip-hop into being for the masses, previously releasing Illmindmusik, Andsoitissaid, Mad Men On Arrival, A Lil' Light, Conversations With Dudley, The Dank And Jammy Show, Expressions 2012 A. U., Beautiful Minds, The Message Uni Versa, Holy Smokes, and SomeOthaShip. His latest album FONK is available now via Declaime's own label imprint SomeOthaShip Connect.
For more information on Declaime please contact Michelle or Dan at Audible Treats. Streams:
The Brown Bag AllStars are back, this time with The Down Under Remixes (Digi 12"). This digital-only release from the BBAS crew is available through iTunes, Amazon & other digital retailers. This project contains remixes of two previously released tracks which have been remixed by Australila's M-Phazes & S.2. The M-Phazes remix of "What It's All About" will also be featured on the forthcoming Coalmine Records release Phazed Out, which is a remix LP of Coalmine's single catalog, remixed by M-Phazes. Click here or on the cover below to purchase The Down Under Remixes on iTunes. You may stream "What It's All About" (M-Phazes Remix) below.
THE BROWN BAG ALLSTARS - THE DOWN UNDER REMIXES (Digi 12") CLICK TO PURCHASE ON iTUNES
**RELEASE DATE: 5.04.2010
STREAM "WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT" (M-PHAZES REMIX) HERE:
Public Enemy's Chuck D Releases Statement, With New Record "Tear Down This Wall", As Mistachuck
* * * * * * * * * Chuck D Addresses The Growing Tangible And Intangible Wall Existing Between The Black And Brown People In North America
NEW YORK, May. 4 /2SPR/ - 1989 US President Ronald Reagan chastised the then Iron curtain of communist countries about the separatist existence of the Berlin Wall. There presently is a multi billion dollar wall funded by the United States with similar isolationist separatist policies ...the wall between the US and Mexico. Chuck D addresses the growing tangible and intangible wall existing between the black and brown people in North America.
In Mexico, new figures have been released showing more than 5,000 Mexican migrants have died trying to reach the United States since 1994. Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says an average three migrants lost their lives every two days in the US-Mexico border region in 2007 and 2008.
And now by default its attached to being a themed commentary to the recent passed one sided racist immigration LAW in the State of Arizona... This statement from Chuck D and his wife Dr Gaye Theresa Johnson Professor Of Black Studies and Chicano Studies UC Santa Barbara.
'Jan Brewer's decision to sign the Arizona immigration bill into law is racist, deceitful, and reflects some of the most mean-spirited politics against immigrants that the country has ever seen. The power that this law gives to police, to detain people that they suspect to be undocumented, brings racial profiling to a new low. Brewer's actions and those of Joe Arpaio, Russell Pearce, the Arizona State Senate are despicable, inexcusable, and endorse the all-out hate campaign that Joe Arpaio, Russell Pearce, and others have perpetrated upon immigrants for years. The people of Arizona who voted for this bill, as well as those who crafted it, demonstrate no regard for the humanity or contributions of Latino people. And for all of those who have chosen not to speak up, shame on you for silently endorsing this legislated hate.
In 1991 I wrote a song criticizing Arizona officials (including John McCain and Fife Symington) for rejecting the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The same politics I wrote about in "By the Time I Get to Arizona" are alive and well in Arizona today, but this time the target is Brown people.
These actions must stop. I am issuing a call to action, urging my fellow musicians, artists, athletes, performers, and production companies to refuse to work in Arizona until officials not only overturn this bill, but recognize the human rights of immigrants. This should include the NBA playoffs, revisiting the actions of the NFL in 1993, when they moved the Superbowl to Pasadena in protest against Arizona's refusal to recognize Dr. King. We all need to speak up in defense of our brothers and sisters being victimized in Arizona, because things are only getting worse. What they’re doing to immigrants is appalling, but it will be even more damning if we remain silent.'
Boston’s Boy, the first EP of rapper and current Trinity College senior Sam Adams, debuted at number one on the iTunes chart with first-week sales of nearly 8,000. How did Adams pull that off?
Many people, including fellow Boston native Slaine of the group La Coka Nostra, suspect the bulk of the sales came from none other than Adams himself — that the rapper bought his own songs, repeatedly, to inflate his sales to generate a buzz.
Making matters worse, in a recent interview with Billboard.com, while steadfastly denying he bought his way to the top of the iTunes chart, Adams added that, even if he did, “who cares?”
"Enjoy Your Holiday" is the first song off of Coolzey's Coolzey and the Search for the Hip Hop Hearts - Volume I: He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper, which he's releasing one song at a time, over the next twelve weeks.
"Back in January of this year, I wrote an informal "Reasons for Rap Renaissance in 2010" feature that declared my optimism for the coming year. Something went wrong, however, and although I thought I had included B.o.B it seems that he just completely slipped my mind. Costly error. He has since become a hip pop star achieving stunning commercial success, and his album has been pushed FORWARD to capitalise on the singles (remember when they used to do that?). Even worse, I can't claim to be the smart-ass that predicated his fame (damn!). But the album in question is a fascinating one that encapsulates the struggle between what Bobby Ray wants to achieve, what his record company think, and what he is actually good at. Part of the problem is that yes, the album is occasionally impressive, but the MC doesn't make that much of an impression, he is still finding his distinctive voice." http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_04F_bobbyray.html
"There's at least a small chance you've heard of BLESTeNATION before reading this review; that's pretty remarkable given they've only had one album at retail in the last ten years (two if you're willing to count an out of print mixtape). Exposure counts for a lot though and this self-described crew of "three crazy ass bugged out white boys" have gotten it in big ways. Their revision of the Bananarama pop hit "Cruel Summer" appeared on the "Blue Crush" movie soundtrack, they did work for Maynard James Keenan (of Tool and A Perfect Circle fame) on his side project Puscifier and were even featured on a remix of the popular Ladytron song "Ghosts" - the latter track also being included on their new album "mBugout City.""
"RR's history with BURNTmd goes back to January 2009, when he sent us the track "Microphone Doctor" hoping to get a spin on the Hip-Hop Shop podcast. The implied EPMD reference and bugged out beat punctuated by gunshots got my attention, so the new era hip-hop MD got his degree on our show. Since concluding BURNT had a lot of potential we've featured his tracks regularly, including most recently the title track of this album "Let's Get Ill" featuring Copywrite, Phil Da Agony and Reks. Although we respect the "Brooklyn made, Vermont raised" rapper for his ability to pull big name guests from the underground (more on that in a minute) it's really on his solo songs like "Rap City" that the gruff voiced MC shines the brightest"
Circle Research :: Gardiner Express :: URBNET Records as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"Beat tapes are nothing new to hip-hop. Although the late great J Dilla may be the best recognized purveyor of this product, it was never hard to come up on unsold and non-commercial entries in this field. After all for every Polow Da Don or Alchemist who made it big for their beats, there's literally thousands of aspiring producers out there trying to get out there and get heard. Thanks to technology this analog form has gone digital, saving thousands of producers the thousands of dollars they would spend duplicating tapes and sending them to labels, artists and studios. It's all about the dot com - or at least the dot com that forwards you to a MySpace page. That's technology - improving lives and saving money - but it also takes a little muscle out of the hustle at the same time. "
"In "Half Baked," Bob Saget famously pointed out that weed is not much of a drug because, as he put it, "You ever suck dick for some marijuana?" You haven't. Similarly, political thrillers are seldom about the weed trade (I can see it now: "Traffic II: Cruise Control" starring Method Man and Redman). I just finished watching the first season of "The Wire." It would have been pretty pointless if it centered around Baltimore's finest trying to bust up an inner city grass racket. The point is, unless you're a stoner, weed just isn't that interesting. "
"That's the voice of experience speaking - a wisened music industry O.G. - so all young players out there take note and heed the word of Jerry Long Jr. Doesn't ring a bell? Perhaps you'd know him better as Kokane, the self-professed expert on making "Addictive Hip Hop Muzick." A bold title to be sure but one he earned as a rap star during the original heyday of Ruthless Record. As cousin to Above the Law founder Cold 187um he could have easily just slid in by nepotism and held down a spot, but Mr. Kane was not interested in taking it easy. He dropped his own albums, he contributed lyrically to Above the Law and to other projects, and made a name for himself as one of the auteurs of the rise of West coast gangster rap. Early success was squandered though as Kokane was on hard times by the end of the 1990's, working in the porn industry to make ends meet, until the aforementioned Snoop Dogg gave him a second career where he became as well known for crooning hooks as he had for his gangster lyrics. "
Opio & Unjust :: Mark It Zero: The Big Lebowski Tribute Album :: Hiero Imperium as reviewed by Pete T.
"One of my favorite albums of 2010's first quarter was Donwill's "Don Cusack in High Fidelity," a clever record which adapted one of my favorite films, "High Fidelity" starring John Cusack, for the hip hop full length. It appears that veteran Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics rapper Opio and his friend Unjust, producer of the new Hiero-affiliated group Chosen Few, were similarly inspired by a turn-of-the-century blockbuster comedy and recorded "Mark It Zero: The Big Lebowski Tribute Album" in celebration of the Coen brothers' 1998 cult classic starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman. Available 4/20 as a free download, "Mark It Zero" aims not only to provide a suitable soundtrack for the herbalists' favorite holiday but also serves as a prelude to upcoming projects from both parties—Opio's "Vulture's Wisdom Vol. 2" and Chosen Few's "New World Symphony"—both slated for May 25. "
Sheek Louch :: Life on D-Block :: Real Talk Records as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace
"Here at RapReviews, we find ourselves covering a lot of albums. Every now and then, a few will fall through the cracks until most have seemingly forgotten about them. Such is the case with this album. Chances are, if you're on this website, then you've at least heard of The Lox. The group is comprised of Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch. At one point in time they were on Bad Boy Records, but ended up jumping ship to the Ruff Ryders imprint after an ugly "Let The Lox Go" campaign. They went on to release one more official album as a group before branching out and releasing their respective solo efforts. Jadakiss is without question the most popular member of the trio. Styles also has a cult following of his own, but where does Sheek fit into the equation?"
"The "Project" kicks off with "Nothing To Lose" and "Double Trouble". Both tracks are backed with frantic beats from Green Lantern. The latter features scratched in samples of Chuck D and also a verse from Sheek Louch. "Callin Me" contains a hook from Tre Williams and Styles raps about how the streets seem to be calling for him to make a triumphant return to them for one reason or another. Showcasing his willingness to take it on the chin, Styles tells his people that if he happens to get locked up, he won't be constantly calling or asking people for money. Instead, he simply asks them to "Send A Kite" and send a little love."
You've heard both artists interviewed on our site before - progressive hip-hop champion K-Murdock and video game stylist Random a/k/a Mega Ran - and now for the first time ever you'll hear BOTH OF THEM TOGETHER! Join us for Hip-Hop Shop as they debut the brand new 8-bit NES inspired album Forever Famicom. You'll hear songs inspired by games like Chrono Trigger and Little Nemo the Dream Master, and you'll hear from the artists behind them on why and how they put this project together. Don't forget to check out MegaRan.com and K-Murdock's blog as the June 1st release date approaches for more Forever Famicom news and exclusives, and follow bothartists on Twitter. Enjoy the show!
You can hear BOTH singles tonight on a new episode of Hip-Hop Shop. From K-Murdock:
After 2 years of back & forth recording via the internet, myself & Random aka Mega Ran are DONE and ready to debut our Forever Famicom project to the world starting with the release of the FREE double-single "Dream Master/Epoch".
"Dream Master" is an eponymous nod to one of my favorite Capcom Classics- Little Nemo The Dream Master. The game's story was very imaginative and till this day, i'm holding out hope that Capcom decides to "revisit" it as i think it could be just as dope today as it was in 1990! Ran's story-telling of his own biopic fit the track's mellow vibe so well, that is was almost too perfect.
"Epoch" is the more raw of the two songs in this single and samples source material from one of my top 3 RPGs of all time- Chrono Trigger. I always wanted to do something with the soundtrack, and the energy Ran brought with his verses was again, like a perfect match! Till this day, i still find myself revisiting CT just because the story is undeniably timeless.
You can download the double-single for free at the newly created Mega Ran & K-Murdock bandcamp page. The full album drops JUNE 1st and will be available exclusively on Bandcamp as well as at show's me & Ran will be doing in support of the project. We also got animated 8-bit styled videos in the works to accompany the songs, courtesy of the homie Griff Morivan, so stay tuned & spread the word to fellow Hip-Hop heads & gamers alike!