MP3: K.i.T – "How Far You've Gone" (prod. Andre Lukiss)
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Wrapping up his 4 month Leave Of Absence series, Rhode Island native K.i.T unveils a new prideful track entitled "How Far You've Gone" produced by Andre Lukiss. Paying homage to both his hometown and up bringing, the track serves as great anthem for the up-and-comer as he spends a busy April opening up for the likes of Kid Ink, Aer, and Talib Kweli.
The Leave of Absence is a four part mixtape series hosted by Boston based blog, Chicken Donut, that will take place over the first four months of 2012. “Basically I’m on a leave of absence from college and I have been recording like crazy,” K.i.T explains. “So to document my progression over my time off from classes I will releasing a project entitled The Leave Of Absence at end of every month.” All photography has been taken by MT-Pixel and the tracks range from remixes to new original music that are sure to keep listeners on their toes as K.i.T works on the completion of two other soon to be announced projects.
Jamie Marsh is a commercial urban Hip-Hop artist from Newport, Isle of Wight. Starting life out with the J&E project, he soon sparked interest and gained underground recognition as they created and carved their own sound. After a string of live shows all over the South of England they decided to separate leaving Jamie room to work on his solo career. Here we get his brand new single "Make It Mine" which is out now on iTunes and has a superb music video to accompany it.
PR: Avatar the Articulate Remakes Nas' "The Message"
New York underground emcee Avatar the Articulate pays homage to the Nas classic It Was Written with a self-produced remake of the album cut "The Message," as featured on Avatar's forthcoming tribute album, It Was Bitten. Despite the satirically seeming title, Avatar's motivation for this release, accompanying his reverence to Nas, is to offer a new vantage point to the time-honored original, so that others can appreciate the concepts and issues addressed in his music.
West Coast don Planet Asia hits a few stages out in Austin Texas for SXSW 2012 to promote Asia's latest release "Black Belt Theatre". Track in the clip is "Lost and Found," the opening track off "Black Belt Theatre," available in stores now.
Here is another set of visuals from OBX & Tech-Neek, who seem to be causing a heat wave in Texas. The latest track, "Alone" is produced by DBDFam member Kuse & features additional vocals from JP. “Alone” is taken from OBX & DJ TechNeek’s new EP Middle Class Dreams/Blue Collar Schemes which will be released on 4-9-2012.
GRLZ Take Over!!! Rocky Rivera is back with a new music video and she brought some friends: DJ Roza and Irie Eyez come together to show you how the GRLZ get things DONE! A lighthearted peek into their world of Hello Kitty and hairbrush-microphones, these ladies rock out at their rehearsal and show us their playful side. And the femme-fatale-alliance doesn’t stop there - after rocking their first-ever showcase at SXSW 2012, they prove that when it comes to handling business, the GRLZ DO IT BETTER! (Directed by Jordan Ching/Northbound Films)
J Rawls + The Liquid Crystal Project: Behind The Scenes + New Track
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As J Rawls and his "jazz-hop" fusion band The Liquid Crystal Project get ready to release the third volume in their acclaimed instrumental series, we've got some exclusive footage of Rawls live from the video shoot for the Liquid Crystal track "Equinox." Check out Rawls and the female lead in the video giving some behind-the-scenes looks at the video, plus speaking on the album, The Liquid Crystal Project 3, which hits stores everywhere on April 10th.
De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present 'First Serve' - Album Out Now
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'First Serve' is many things, but at its heart it is the story of two young boys from Queens, New York in the late-1990's with big dreams and larger rhymes. It follows two friends, Deen Whitter (aka Plug 2 / Dave) and Jacob 'Pop Life' Barrow (aka Plug 1/ Pos), through their struggles in a basement to start their musical career and the battles they face after years of laying demos and mixtapes on the hustle in the hip-hop game.
But all the hard work has finally paid off - Jacob and Deen have hit the big time signing to Goon Time Records, and quickly enjoying their first hit with the bouncy orchestral flourish of "Must B The Music."
The story plays out - from the "Opening Credits" through to tracks like the funky euphoric "We Made It," following Deen and Jacob's original success, through the darkly-hung, break-up ode of "Clash Symphony" to their eventual, tender reunion on the irresistible "Tennis"- with some of De La's most irrepressible rhymes in years, and a succession of hilarious skits. The pair find themselves "bound together with a handshake, not a contract."
We leave them back on top, on a Paris stage with the call-and-response finale, and surely future hit "Move 'Em In, Move 'Em Out." Where do they go from here? With a world this vibrant, the possibilities seem endless. There are whispers of sequels, comic books, live action versions of this story...but for now, 'First Serve' lives on in the form of some truly awesome beats and rhymes.