D.Black The Hustle is produced by Seattle based RC Tha Trackoholic
Critical Praise For D.Black
What will bring you back for more listens, though, will be the beats, which are worth drooling over. With blazing sonic backdrops from Jake One, Vitamin D, and D.Black himself, this multi-talented artist was certainly blessed by the hip-hop gods.
D. Black busts out of the gates on Ali'Yah like a man on a mission. Actually, that comparison is unnecessary; the Seattleite MC isn't like a man on a mission - he is a man on a mission. Ali'Yah is a major stride and statement for an artist who blends social consciousness with personal reflection.
-The Red Alert
Before a couple months ago I wasn't even sure if Seattle, Washington had a Hip Hop scene. D.Black, Seattle representative put that into focus for me with his latest album, Ali'Yah.
-The Ruby Hornet
Soulful, intelligent hip-hop from Seattle's D.Black, a protégé of Vitamin D, a quietly excellent contender for the year's best hip-hop release. This is sort of exactly what I wanted from Lupe Fiasco a few years ago, only to be slightly disappointed by Lupe pushing his "cool" further than his soul. D.Black doesn't do that -- there's no posturing, no grandstanding. Just rhyming, just love for the art; Every beat on the album is a winner, which is amazingly rare.
Legendary MC and GangStarr founder, Guru, presents his critically acclaimed Jazzmatazz project "The Timebomb: Back To The Future" to his worldwide fans for free download -- limited time only.
The "The Timebomb: Back To The Future" mixtape exemplifies Guru's ability to bring together Jazz legends such as Branford Marsalis, Donald Byrd, Ramsey Lewis, and Roy Ayers, with female vocalists like Dionne Farris, N'Dea Davenport, Carleen Anderson and Chaka Khan, to contribute outstanding work to his extraordinaire mash-up of Jazz and Hip-Hop. Producer Solar added his own twist to the unique sound and produced the entire project.
In the present world of Hip-Hop, new artists are flooding the airwaves pushing us further and further away from its creative origins but Guru makes sure that the initiators of this genre do not become a distant memory in order to keep real Hip-Hop alive.
1. Don Gurizzy 1:46 2. Knowledge ft. Lord Tariq 1:37 3. 7 Grand Y'all ft. Solar 2:31 4. For Ya Mind ft. Zion I 2:16 5. Peace ft. K-Born, Highpower & Solar 3:26 6. State Of Clarity ft. Common 1:52 7. Who Got It On Lock 2:04 8. B-Boy Kamikaze ft. Tony Touch 2:03 9. Too Slick ft. Yungun 2:07 10. So What It Do Now ft. Aceyalone 3:40 11. We Got That 2:41 12. Jazzy Wayz 3:00 13. Stand Up ft. Damien Marley 3:03 14. Hot Like That ft. Medinah 1:57 15. No Need For Stress ft. Mr. Lif 2:39 16. Back To The Future ft. Caron Wheeler & C. Knowledge 2:55 17. Assasino ft. Young Pablo 1:31 18. The Game Needs Me ft. Blue Scholars & Common Market 4:03 19. Feed The Hungry 1:19 20. Can't Stop Th Movement ft. Ms. Camille 2:31
The 3rd single off rapper and producer Filip Filipi's upcoming project Design & Origin of Stars is titled 'All I Need' and features the UK's most distinguished R&B artist Lemar! The project is highly anticipated, with features from; Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Styles P, Ace Hood, Mickey Avalon, Collie Buddz, Shanell aka SNL, Passion Pit, Forever The Sickest Kids, Lemar, and Shane Sparks to name a few. Be sure to check out the official Design & Origin of Stars commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3X17J2Cd6o) and be on the lookout for the release in June!
In 2008, Eternia began recording her sophomore album with MoSS (a fellow Canadian), two years later the LP is complete and the title of the album says it all: "AT LAST!" Going where instinct took them, Eternia and MoSS’ collaborative union manifested into a sonically consistent album inspired by classic, boom-bap rap records.
"AT LAST" is entirely produced by MoSS (DJ Premier's production partner) and features appearances by some of Hip-hop’s elite: Joell Ortiz, Ras Kass, Termanology, Reef The Lost Cauze, Tona, Maestro Fresh Wes, Rage, Rah Digga, Tiye Phoenix & Jean Grae. Eternia is at her finest over MoSS’ production, offering raw, confidant & vulnerable first-person perspectives over gritty and moving soundscapes. "AT LAST" promises to resonate in a musical arena where most rap albums fail to deliver beyond a ring-tone single.
Eternia & MoSS "AT LAST" Vinyl EP dropping MAY 2010 thru FAT BEATS RECORDS! "AT LAST" the Full-Length dropping June 2010 thru Fat Beats Records.
TRUTHLiVE - "Catalyst For Change" feat. Finale, Ras Kass
TRUTHLiVE Delivers Final Episode In EPK Series, Drives Home Message WIth Star-Studded Track From Patience
"Me personally, I can't look at myself in the mirror without knowing I did what I know to be the truth. You know, That's TRUTHLiVE, the album, Patience. That's everything I stand for." - Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Philips
In the fourth and final installment to his EPK series, TRUTHLiVE begins with an impromptu rap from single, "Catalyst For Change," stressing the importance that the genre returns to the basics. As a firm believer that hip-hop can transform and change communities, TRUTHLiVE hopes someone will take his words to heart and become a better person, just as he hopes his career will make him a better person. In an explanation of hip-hop's current state, TRUTHLiVE explains that, while the genre has retains and emphasizes style, it's lacking much of the foundation and substance, an opening for his own style and approach to emceeing and making music.
With the release date for his debut album Patience only a week away, TRUTHLiVE is proud to release his latest single, "Catalyst For Change," produced by Jake One, as is the rest of Patience, and featuring two of TRUTHLiVE's favorites in the hip-hop scene, Ras Kass and Finale. An eerie keyboard lick repeats throughout the track, giving way to Finale's fluid lines, TRUTHLiVE's ever-present message, and Ras Kass' infectious rhymes. Building on the theme of his EPK video, TRUTHLiVE preaches, "I'm tired of the fake sh*t / Game is too vain like plastic surgeries and facelifts / So I don't really care what they spit / I elevate my conscience like thought powered spaceships." Explaining the inspiration behind his own verse on the track TRUTHLiVE says, "I wanted to highlight the art of emceeing and the struggles of those trying to push the art form by introducing new ideas and concepts rather than maintain the current standards of rap and rappers by catering to trends." For a brief moment in his verse, TRUTHLiVE also references Lil' Wayne, not as a insult to the popular rapper, but as a statement of his commercial power within hip-hop and, consequently, the need for artists of his level to be at the forefront of the genre's restoration. While his message may remain the same, the delivery never fails: "The message is simple," says TRUTHLiVE. "Rap with a purpose."
As the owner and founder of Bay Area record label Interdependent Media, TRUTHLiVE has helped promote the careers of artists such as Tanya Morgan, Finale, J*DaVeY, and more. His full-length debut album Patience, produced entirely by Jake One, will be available April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media.
His album release party at Last Day Saloon will be April 16, 2010 and features performances by Zumbi of Zion I, Amp Live of Zion I, Donwill, Moe Green, DJ Toure, and The Park in addition to TRUTHLIVE's own set.
Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE's debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label Interdependent Media.
About Interdependent Media:
Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com .
Damu's latest project, "How It Should Sound", dropped today and quote me if you want to, but "HISS" is one of the BEST instrumental albums i have EVER heard... PERIOD! Excuse the corny cliche', but its definitely a "MCS" (aka Must Cop Situation), which basically translates to- GET IT! Available on both physical & digital formats.
Fly Definition presents Delayed Flyghts Vol. 1 mixed by DJ YNOT. This 14-track mix features Ozone's very own MidaZ the Beast, IMAKEMADBEATS, Sean J, Soy and Shinobi Stalin. Plus bangin joints from Elzhi, Snowgoons and Emilio Rojas just to name a few. Enjoy the mix, more to come from Fly Definition very soon! For more info, please check out - FlyDefinition.com and ThisIsTheSouf.com
Here's the video for "Ain't A Problem" from Wais P (of The Ranjahz). Shouts to John Colombo in the director's chair and Scram Jones on production! Stay tuned for more leaks, singles and videos from Wais P who is currently working on his solo debut album (currently untitled), that includes a strong line-up of guest features and producers such as: Joell Ortiz, Devin The Dude, Sean Price, Mistah Fab, Mario Winans, Red Cafe, The Madd Rapper, DJ Premier, SeanC & LV, M-Phazes, Domingo, Frequency & more! Click on either of the links below to download the mp3 for "Ain't A Problem".
Here is another banger from Harrisburg's Capitol Kid, J. Monday dubbed “Memories” - we all have them - you hate some of them and you love some of them, but they make us who we are. Listen in to J. Monday reminisce on Hip-Hop, his first time rhyming on a stage and personal trials and tribulations.
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