Few artists have reigned over their hometown market the way that Cool Nutz has in Portland, Oregon. The rapper, who has since expanded into running his own label and management company, has been releasing records for over 20 years, and through the process has forged relationships and collborated with a who's-who of West Coast hip-hop royalty.
Now, with a soon-to-be-announced LP slated for release this fall, Cool Nutz is prepping a new free album, PORTLAND NI%$A, which will be released on July 24th and includes features from Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, The Grouch, Messy Marv, Bosko, and more, including Mistah FAB, who is featured on the tape's lead single, out today, "Know God."
"Know God" was written on a flight to London, as Cool Nutz was prepping to tour Europe. "I was inspired by recent events in my life, where I was looking for direction with certain decisions that needed to be made," explains Cool Nutz, urging fans to really spend time with the song's lyrics. "The track brought out the words, and while I was sitting on the plane it felt like God was telling me to write this song."
As for the song's feature, when you have a rolodex as expansive as Cool Nutz', choosing collaborative partners becomes solely about who can bring something special to a track - and for "Know God," Mistah FAB was the perfect addition. "Being good friends with FAB, I was aware of the loss of his mother and how painful that was for him," says Cool Nutz. "I knew he would be able to come up with something that would be perfect."
BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE OF ARIEZ ONASIS'S FILMIC MUSIC VIDEO FOR HIS SONG "VICTIM." CHECK OUT ARIEZ, J. CARDIM AND CO. AS THEY TRAVEL TO ATHENS! LOOK OUT FOR THE "VICTIM" MUSIC VIDEO, DIRECTED BY DAN MORARU AND JONAS AREQUIPA, COMING VERY SOON!
Video: Strong Arm Steady x Statik Selektah - "Premium"
Following their 2010 collaboration with Madlib on In Search of Stoney Jackson, Strong Arm Steady have teamed up with Statik Selektah for their 2nd Stones Throw release, Stereotype. The album is produced exclusively by Statik Selektah and will drop on August 14th.
Today, the video for "Premium" debuts. The video has already been featured on Complex, NahRight, 2DopeBoyz, and more. For this track, Strong Arm Steady emerge from a cloud of smoke with hazy vocals and the grinding production of Statik backing them. The video is a smoked-out kaleidoscope of colors and iconic pop culture images.
Pos Tapes The Album, by San Francisco based hip-hop collective BPos (short for Be Positive), is a 17-track collection of the best songs selected from Pos Tapes Vol. 1-3, a trilogy of self-produced “mix tape” digital albums released by the group over the past two years. BPos is D-Wiz: MC/Lyricist, Producer, Goodword: MC/Lyricist, Khafre: MC/Lyricist and their DJ Johnny Venetti. Releasing on the groups’ own label (One League Entertainment), this album marks the second full-length from the established Bay Area group and features appearances by other local artists including: Z-Man, Pep Love and Equipto, as well as a few other special guests.
It is often easier said than done to unite two acclaimed talents in a project. Sometimes though, you can get the best of both worlds together and the end result becomes something completely new and exciting - like when Eboi and Marcus Price decided to make music together.
Separately, you hardly need to describe the two experienced and talented artistis. But together they form a duo, with Marcus Price responsible for productions and a sound that is more or less patented for the producer of Slang Musik. Eboi from Respect My Hustle contributes with rap that is hard to beat in Sweden, with a rhyme scheme and flow that is unique. The song will also be released as a video created by Måns Nyman. Cover art by OKOK.
Grammy winning Producer, Chin Injeti gets some big backing for his upcoming, Peoples Mixtape. The Peoples Mixtape set for release Tuesday July 17th and will feature David Banner, Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Shad, Bishop Lamont and many others. It will be a free download available through Wandering Worx Music.
Chin’s latest project, the Peoples Mixtape, is an ode to those people who inspire Chin and are inspired by him, as well as a showcase of Chin’s versatility as a producer and love for a wide range of music. With features from David Banner, Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli, The New Royales, Bishop Lamont, Jasiri X, Moka Only, Shad, Maestro, Skratch Bastid, Kyprios, Chace Infinite, Krondon, Zaki Ibrahim, as well as two young rising artists from The Hastings Set; Sophia Danai and Omar Khan, it has a diversity that is not often seen in most music projects.
The First Single "Peoples 1" featuring Bishop Lamont, Shad & Skratch Bastid is available now on the link below.
LA emcee Radioinactive dons yet another of Quincy Jones' old suits in the Owen Smith-directed video for "Bury Me Standing", a song from his new album The Akashic Record. Radio was part of Log Cabin, the '90s crew that included a young Murs and Eligh. Rolling Stone and URB co-signed him soon after he rapped as a goat on "Farmer's Market Of The Beast" from producer Omid's 1998 compilation Beneath The Surface, also featuring Dilated Peoples and Freestyle Fellowship. He dropped the solo albums Pyramidi, Free Kamal and Soundtrack To A Book. He collaborated with his crew Shape Shifters on Shape Shifters Was Here, and Daedelus and Busdriver on The Weather, and recently returned from three months traveling the Sahara Desert with a band of Tuaregs.