Detroit City Up-And-Comers Compete For Places On Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest, Bonaroo Stages
Critical Praise for Clear Soul Forces:
"So I will admit it: I slept on Clear Soul Forces. But...felt compelled to check out their music. And, surprise surprise, it was dope." -PotHolesInMyBlog.com
The Motor City repping Clear Soul Forces clearly understand what might be the most important aspect of any music career -- the hustle. Ilajide, Wimpy, E-Fav, and J-Roc are keeping busy not only in the studio, but hitting the road and, in turn, hitting a stage near you soon.
This Thursday, April 14th, Clear Soul Forces will be performing in Brooklyn, New York at Public Assembly as part of Brooklyn Bodega's Show and Prove Competition, with the winner earning a performance spot at this summer's Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Elsewhere, CSF is wheelin' and dealing to show up this June at the Bonaroo X 2011 festival in Manchester, Tennessee, currently in the midst of an online voting competition. And voting for the Detroit quartet won't go unreciprocated; to show their appreciation for fans' efforts, CSF is offering voters a free, exclusive down. For more details on this contest and their one-of-a-kind track, CSF fans can go here: http://bit.ly/fLghCZ .
Performances aside, Clear Soul Forces remain busy in the studio and are excited to release their new single, "We Got You Open," a teaser from the group's upcoming The Forces With You release, and which features the group's lyrical precision over a beat produced by Mr. Porter. Upping the ante, CSF is releasing four different versions of artwork for the track, each giving its own unique feel in a collector's-type fashion. To get all four versions, fans will need to visit the Clear Soul Forces official website or Rappers I Know.
New Track Featured On SMKA's The 808 Experiment, Performing At Mixtape Release Party In Atlanta
It's no surprise that Fillmore District MC DaVinci was recently tapped by Atlanta-based production team SMKA to contribute a track for their latest compilation, The 808 Experiment: Vol. 3. Since the release of his debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, in 2010, the skilled lyricist has been in high demand and busy putting the final touches on his new EP, Feast Or Famine, and LP, The MOEna Lisa, dropping this year, not to mention appearing on a variety of collaborations, including a recent track for Southern Hospitality with G-Side MC ST 2 Lettaz.
But first, DaVinci lent his efforts to SMKA's annual 808 Experiment mixtape. The project, which started as a local mixtape to highlight Atlanta-based MCs, has evolved into a highly-anticipated showcase of some of the finest rising and established artists, and for Vol. 3, DaVinci is featured with a gang of other artists, including Jackie Chain, Bobby Creekwater, Rittz, Young Scolla, STS, X.O. (of Diamond District, and more. SMKA's 808 Blake held down production throughout the project.
"Slide Through" is DaVinci's Bay Area-themed contribution to The 808 Experiment: Vol. 3. "I got the instrumental sent to my phone while I was riding around and I was instantly inspired," explains DaVinci. "It just put me in a good mood and reminded me of my everyday grind, so that's what came through in the song." And while DaVinci isn't always heard over bass booming 808-laced production, fans can expect to hear much more in the future, and SMKA's production fit the vibe DaVinci was going for perfectly. "SMKA's beats sound like a cross between that Atlanta and Bay Area," says DaVinci. "Two completely different scenes, but there are a lot creative similarities."
Fans in Atlanta will also be able to catch DaVinci and a number of the other artists features on The 808 Experiment: Vol. 3 as SMKA celebrates the release of the new project on April 30th, 2011 at The Loft in Atlanta, GA.
True school duo N.B.S. (V’Knuckles & E’Flash) link up again with label mate and veteran lyricist Virtuoso over the massive cult hit “Yonkers” by Odd Future front-man Tyler The Creator. No hook, No gimmicks, No holds barred, 72 bars of raw hip-hop.
Each artist vents their frustration with their hip-hop classmates and lets loose…
Follow @CoalmineRecords To Win A Limited Edition @ClasicMaterial Tee
In promotion of Coalmine Records five year anniversary, the Brooklyn-based indie joins forces with the burgeoning Classic Materials tee-shirt brand for the launch of a limited edition tee-shirt, just in time for the release of the label's full length anniversary compilation, Can You Dig It?, which drops next Tuesday (4/19). Inspired by the 1979 cult action thriller The Warriors, this double label garment includes a download dropcard of the anniversary comp. This digital-only release includes tracks from El Da Sensei, Bekay, Brown Bag AllStars, Heltah Skeltah, Custom Made, Skyzoo, Big Noyd, Supernatural, CL Smooth & more! Follow @CoalmineRecords for a chance to win. The winner will be picked at random and announced via twitter the evening of 4/19 -- good luck!!
One of the year's most artistic new projects has been the debut from Has-Lo "In Case I Don't Make It". And one of Has' biggest champions has been Diamond District producer Oddisee who described the project as "a new and dark twist on what we all know and love." Today, Oddisee & Has-Lo offer up a sparse remix of "Everything Is" that captures the tracks unflinching look at the emptiness of aging, competition, and doubt. Has-Lo's paradoxically laconic lyrics breath effortlessly through the hi-hat driven central line of the song. Meanwhile, intricately patterned drum sticks lay down the tempo, and spacey synths linger throughout the chorus.
When your money ain’t right it seems like everything’s wrong...‘cause everything is. When your love ain’t life it feels like everything’s gone... ‘cause everything is. And you search for it, and you hurt for it, And you promise each other you’ll work on it, And you might have to let it go free ‘cause it never was yours, But that’s everything.
Today, listen to the free mp3 download of the song Everything Is (Oddisee Remix) then go pick up a copy of the album "In Case I Don't Make It".
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Universol is always aiming for new ways to supersede the norm or whatever everyone else is DOING! His mind is constantly focused on taking his music career to new levels and heights at all costs. Uni has been Reppin NJ HipHop for many years although new to most of you in the blogosphere realm of WWW, Universol is far from a rookie in this. Some would look at him as the new kid that been around, and now that he has decided to take a more hands on approach to his viral marketing moves I am certain you will get used to seeing and hearing from him.
We bring to you first a single from the “Wonder Boy” project which features all Hip Hop chops that are sample exclusively from the vast Stevie Wonder catalog. “I Need You” is a calling to Hiphop Culture letting her know that she is missed and we truly need her presence and insight in it’s purest form to further move on and continue her GREAT LEGACY.
Uncommon Records Presents Tracks from the Abyss, Vol. 1 by Acid Reign. On May 17th, 2011, the Project Blowed vets, Acid Reign (Gajah & BeOnd) will make their Uncommon Records debut with the album Diversity. In advance of that, we present a Free DL, with Acid Reign digging through the archives to bring a ton of unreleased and hard to find material forward in order to give you an idea of what to expect with Diversity.
In case you didn't already know, Acid Reign has been putting out releases for years, including a 2006 album with Alpha Pup. They are also proud Project Blowed affiliates representing the Cali Underground to it's fullest.
Grab this album free today and come back and support Diversity in May. Diversity will feature Aceyalone, Abstract Rude and many others along with production from EQ, Nasa and more. The last track on this release, Babalu, will be the lead single for the album.
UNCOMMON's Japan Benefit Album (ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL APRIL 18th, THEN GONE FOREVER)