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Video: Jedi Mind Tricks f/ Pacewon, Young Zee - "Design In Malice"

Video: Jedi Mind Tricks f/ Pacewon, Young Zee - "Design In Malice"

Courtesy Mr. Green.

Peace, happy holidays.  I'm writing this proudly to announce
the release of our first official music video production since we
started "LIve from the Streets" and it's a big one...  Jedi Mind Tricks
"Design in Malice" featuring Pacewon and Young Zee.

I produced the beat, and Sam Lipman-Stern
did a brilliant job directing the video... enjoy!

PR: Street Artist Mr. Tronix Launches New Website

PR: Street Artist Mr. Tronix Launches New Website

Courtesy Park Street PR.

Mr. Tronix got into graffiti art after getting into Hip-Hop around the mid-eighties, being influenced by the sounds of EPMD, World Class Wreckin Crew, Boogie Down Productions and many more. It was the artwork covers to releases such as Afrika Bambaata & The Soul Sonic Force 'Renegade Of Funk' and the old skool Jellybean Bernitez cover with the graffiti skyrise rooftop.

Hailing from Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, Mr. Tronix is indeed from the city where Goldie first painted. Locally and internationally, Mr. Tronix was surrounded by graffiti and with the release of books such as Martha Stewart's 'Subway Art' being a major catalyst to influencing Tronix to start painting. Artists such as Seen, Vulcan, Dondi and The Chrome Angels are all sighted as early influences.

The story of how he started really is quite simple. After picking a pencil and starting to sketch his own work he soon found out that this wasn't enough. So he started getting paint and started practising in his bedroom as well as his local train station yard where other pieces could be viewed. After a while he realised that he had to step up a gear. It was after this change in energy that Mr. Tronix painted the inside of his local Youth Club, as well as some fairground rides. He then decided to go to college and doing a Graphics course being influenced by the likes of MC Escher, Egon Shielle (The line) and plenty of others. This led to Tronix to having the foundation to be asked to do an array of flyer designs for events, as well as interiors for shops and many other establishments.

Forward to 2001 and by now Mr. Tronix has fully developed his Wildstyle and other lettering techniques, as well as his characters and other techniques. After watching, adoring and actually thriving on graffiti art for over fifteen years, the times had now began to change. The restrictions on graffiti had loosened people's opinions where changing and the artform once classed as vandalism was actually starting to get recognition. The art world had changed and so had Mr. Tronix and with a new vibe and approach he got into ink and emulsion and brushwork, mixing and changing, developing and experimenting.

Now in 2011 Mr. Tronix has never been as busy or in demand. He is a well respected artist with commissions from record labels, artwork covers, designs for flyers, logos, club/home/work interiors, skate parks and tattoos under his belt, as well as deciding to start his own clothing line which kicks off with a range of Tee's & Hoodies. He also decided to sell limited edition prints and is open to all business opportunities. As well as the artwork Mr. Tronix also creates music and is always looking to push his art, music and original style of visual audio niceness. Original, diverse, unique and futuristic. Mr. Tronix has arrived.

* www.mrtronix.com *

Video: Shabaam Sahdeeq f/ Skeezo - "This Is"

Video: Shabaam Sahdeeq f/ Skeezo - "This Is"

Courtesy PR Dean Multimedia.


The (W)rap Up - Week of December 20, 2011

If you missed any of the new reviews or The Year In Review columns from the RapReviews staff, then do yourself a favor and check out this year's edition of the (W)rap Up!


The Roots :: undun
Def Jam Records

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"The cover of The Roots "undun" reminds me of an Black Thought rhyme from their "Organix" days, when he promised to "rip the vocal backflip" for his city of Philadelphia for no other reason besides the fact that "the kid is a bad bro." It's possible some people forgot how sweet and badass the "all the way live, from the 2-1-5" kids were though, given that following the release of "How I Got Over" they took up permanent residence as Jimmy Fallon's jam band on the late night TV talk show airwaves. Giving Michele Bachmann a dose of hip-hop justice by playing Fishbone's "Lying Ass Bitch" for her entrance on Fallon's show may have earned them the ire of both the host and NBC, but for me it was a pleasant reminder the crew could still push buttons. "undun" is exactly the kind of raw uncut rap one would expect from the greatest hip-hop band of the modern era, although it also includes a reference to their changing career direction. We'll get to that in a moment though. The first thing that stands out to me is that this if you don't include EP releases, this may be the shortest Roots release to date, clocking in at just under 39 minutes. The second thing that's inescapable is that this is purposefully designed to be a "concept album," telling a life story from start to finish, much like the unheralded Organized Konfusion album "Equinox." "


Brokencyde :: Guilty Pleasure :: BreakSilence Recordings
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Guilty Pleasure] 
"Few artists seem to rile up the hip-hop purists to the degree Brokencyde does... and that mystifies me. When Adam Bernard interviewed them a year ago they struck me as being humble, down to earth, and in on the fact that people hated them so damn much. After all if there's one thing actors, rappers and comedians can all agree on it's that it's better to be loved OR hated than to have people feel completely indifferent about you. Millions of people hate Nickelback, yet they still sell millions of records. Millions of people hate John Cena, yet the ratings for WWE Raw keep USA the #1 network on basic cable. The love might feel better, but the hate pays the bills just the same. Reviews like the one posted here in 2009 undoubtedly reaffirm to their fans that "haters don't get it" and make them even more dedicated to the Brokencyde pop culture phenomenon. I'm not here to tell you that everything JMB said two years ago about Brokencyde is wrong, or that the group is widely misunderstood by a slew of overzealous critics. I will however submit for your consideration that Brokencyde is a convenient scapegoat for those who want to decry their perceived lack of musical talent, while ignoring the similar talents and aspirations of successful groups like LMFAO and rapping singers like Ke$ha. "


Kristmas :: W2 Boy :: Slow Motion Soundz
as reviewed by Matt Jost
[W2 Boy] 
"Ever noticed how rapping hustlers/hustling rappers manage to make it seem like drug dealing is the damn hardest work on the planet? If you let them tell it, they make one hell of a workforce. They flip ki[lo]'s and move or push weight, also referred to as work or bricks. Even in the summertime they're shoveling snow. They're on the grind and in the trap. They flood the streets and simultaneously hold down the block. Like farmers they handle beef, make cream, get cabbage and have to endure droughts. They pack steel, clap iron, cock hammers, pull triggers and tote heaters like true blue collar workers. They cook, cut, chop, whip, slice, bake and serve as if they were employed in the catering industry. They scale accurately with triple beam balances and expertedly convert ounces to grams. They're on a paper route like a paperboy and stack dough and cheese as if they delivered pizzas. As an extension of the work metaphors, they liken themselves to chefs, janitors, pharmacists or the ice cream man. In short, they got that work in a situation where many people are out of work. Not to knock their hustle, but sometimes I'm under the impression that they have only a vague idea of actual work, physical or otherwise. After all, the same rappers justify the drug dealing by referring to high unemployment rates, low wages, employment discrimination, and poor education. According to them, it is a logical career choice given the dire circumstances. Still they at least recognize manual labor on a metaphorical level. "


Yelawolf :: Radioactive :: Interscope Records
as reviewed by Matthew 'Matt G' Gutwillig

"The recent signings of rapper Yelawolf and super-group Slaughterhouse have sparked renewed excitement about Shady Records among hip-hop fans. The Shady 2.0 BET Cypher at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards displayed Yelawolf, the fearsome Slaughterhouse foursome- Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5'9", Crooked I along with Eminem trading lyrical bombs to the awe of viewers around the world. Outside of Bad Meets Evil's "Hell: The Sequel," Yelawolf's debut studio album, "Radioactive," is the only other Shady Records release for the year. With his November release, the Alabama-based rapper faces a tremendous amount of pressure to produce a successful follow-up to his critically acclaimed "Trunk Muzik" mixtape and help put the label back on the map. The first two tracks "Radioactive Introduction" and "Get Away" featuring Shawty Fatt and Mystikal illustrate that as far as flows go, few emcees are better on a technical level than the rapper also known as Catfish Billy. The lead single "Hard White (Up In The Club)" featuring Lil Jon contains an effective backdrop with an ominous chant along with bottom-heavy drums. Yelawolf continues his trend of dropping hard, double-timed raps as he represents his Southern hick roots, while indulging himself in the rock star lifestyle of drinking, partying and smoking."


The Year In Review

Year 2011: Adam Bernard
Year 2011: Steve 'Flash' Juon
Year 2011: Adam M. Levin
Year 2011: Jesal Padania
Year 2011: Patrick Taylor
Year 2011: Pete T.
The Hip-Hop Shop #153 - A Selection of Podsafe Favorites

It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #153 is called A Selection of Podsafe Favorites. Your host Steve 'Flash' Juon picks out songs from previous episodes over the last six months and highlights them on this "Best Of" show to finish out 2011! 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.

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Tracks featured this week:

* Celph Titled & Buckwild f/ Laws - While You Slept
* Soul Khan - Lord Knows Freestyle
* D-Sisive - Run With The Creeps (Makeshift Kingdom)
* Has-Lo - Light Years (J-Zone Remix)
* Rolling Stoned - Boom Boom
* Oddisee f/ yU - Still Doing It
* Random f/ Adam WarRock - Pump It Up!
* Tanya Morgan - We Rollin

MP3: M-Dot & Akrobatik - "Mama (Remix)"

MP3: M-Dot & Akrobatik - "Mama (Remix)"

Courtesy Michael Januario.

Off "Run MPC" Remix album. Released 11/22 by SoulSpazm Records. Now in Stores

M-Dot & DJ Jean Maron Ft. Akrobatik - Mama (Soulslicers Remix)  (All Files)
Video: TOPE - "Home (Remix)" of Kelli Schaefer

Video: TOPE - "Home (Remix)" of Kelli Schaefer

Courtesy Tope Beats.

New visuals for TOPE's remix for Portland vocalist Kelli Schaefer‘s song "Home" which will also appear on his upcoming 2012 album "Until The Next Time We Meet" which will drop soon on FRSH SLCTS. Don't sleep!

MP3: Gods'illa x MC Lyte x Bahamadia x Monie Love

MP3: Gods'illa x MC Lyte x Bahamadia x Monie Love = You Don't Have To Be A Star REMIX

Courtesy Langston S.

On the heels of the "You Don't Have To Be A Star" music video Gods'illa returns with the remix featuring three legendary queens of Hip Hop Bahamadia, Monie Love and MC Lyte.

MP3: Gods'illa - You Don't Have To Be A Star featuring Bahamadia, Monie Love, MC Lyte and Maimouna Youssef: http://godsilla.bandcamp.com/track/you-dont-have-to-be-a-star-remix-ft-maimouna-youssef-bahamadia-monie-love-mc-lyte

MP3: Phil Ade - Where You From feat. Fat Trel

MP3: Phil Ade - Where You From feat. Fat Trel

Courtesy Langston S.

Phil Ade
Available Online December 30th
368 Music Group

Phil Ade teams up with Fat Trel for the hometown anthem "Where You From" produced by The Official.  On "Where You From" Phil and Trel pay tribute to all the hoods in the DMV area.  Next Friday, December 30th the highly anticipated #PhilAdeFriday2 will be available for download exclusively on DatPiff.com here: http://www.datpiff.com/Phil-Ade-PhilAdeFriday2-mixtape.296144.html

MP3: Phil Ade - Where You From feat. Fat Trel (prod. The Official): http://hulkshare.com/b0b4ymp1b8yi

Phil Ade's latest project A Different World is available now: http://www.datpiff.com/Phil-Ade-A-Different-World-mixtape.252581.html
MP3: Trek Life - "Get in Touch" (prod. Oddisee)

MP3: Trek Life - "Get in Touch" (prod. Oddisee)

Courtesy Press Life.

Sometimes you gotta just drop some heat for the winter time. DJs, this is my Christmas gift to you. Since I will NEVER release another instrumental version of any album that I do ever again, expect there to be more singles for the DJs and people alike.

"Get in Touch" features Oddisee on the beat, Richard Wright, Belvi & Trek Life on the rhymes and J.Bizness on the hook. This song is features on the Mello Music Group release Wouldn't Change Nothing.

The B-Side “That’s Alright” is Ayiro’s (very dope producer from LA) remix of “Wow” off Everything Changed Nothing.

You can download this for free via a link on the bancamp page and if you choose to support the whole single is "name your own price" starting at $1.

Download: Get in Touch prod by Oddisee b/w That's Alright prod by Ayiro.

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