If you've been paying attention recently, you may have noticed things can get pretty tough, frustrating even, for an up-and-coming artist – and especially for an artist who's style isn't exactly the sound du jour for the city from which he hails. Dustin Prestige understands all these things, but rather than bitch and moan, the Mo. City, Texas spitter has embraced his differences, and no where is this more apparent than on his new project, The Kelly and Jessie EP, or it's latest single, "Rise."
"People in hip-hop always act like the ascension to notoriety isn't a constant struggle," explains Prestige when discussing the inspiration behind the new single. "It seems simplistic material is promoted, often at the expense of others, and it's the 'new' MC's that find themselves having to 'rise' about that." And for a single titled "Rise," the song kicks off, and runs through, with a strong dose of emphatic, aided not only by Dustin's mix of singing to go along with his boisterous raps, but also Chris Rockaway's driving production. Rockaway, who produces throughout The Kelly and James EP, brings a rolling guitar lick and percussion heavy drums for Dustin, who asks on the hook, "Must I fail before y'all feel me?/ Must I vanish before y'all see me?/ Will I always be waiting in the wing... Or will I rise?"
Free Music Friday For The WIN! Yeah, I needed two Fs' in the middle, but it wouldn't look right. So on to the free music!
Actual Proof :: LRG Presents Still Hotter Than July
These cats stay on their hustle. I believe I've been promoting about three of their projects already during the past year and they still on their grind. Check the smile there and they still show that they love what they do and that's real hip-hop. THis project named after the 1980 Stevie Wonder record features the likes of 9th Wonder, Median, Chuuwee, and more.
Tracklisting: 1. Get It Done [prod. 9th Wonder] 2. Word Up [prod. E. Jones] 3. No Doubt [prod. KP] 4. One Two [prod. Enigma] 5. Time [prod. Scottie Royal] 6. High (ft. Thee Tom Hardy) [prod. Enigma] 7. Nice as I Am [prod. Amp] 8. Paradise [prod. Enigma] 9. The Marvel (ft. Chuwee) [prod. 9th Wonder] 10. Rod Strickland [prod. Khrysis] 11. Light of Day (ft. GQ) [prod. 9th Wonder] 12. Zonin’ Out (Blaow) [prod. 9th Wonder] 13. It Seems (ft. Sean Boog) [prod. Ka$h] 14. Words [prod. Amp] 15. Represent (ft. Rapsody) [prod. Amp] 16. Light the World [prod. Khrysis] 17. Take It Back (ft. Drique London] [prod. Khrysis] 18. Callin’ Me (ft. Median & Bluu Suede) [prod. E. Jones]
Ghostfunk (Ghostface Killah X Afrofunk) - produced by Max Tannone
Here's a dope Ghostface/Afrofunk blend that surely blends smoothly together. This is from the same guy who brought you Dub Kweli/Mos Dub, blending dub with the different BlackStar tracks. Check this one out, there are many breaks you'll be familiar with.
Tracklisting: 1. Make It N.Y. 2. Dem Back 3. Mighty Agho 4. The Same Girl 5. Three Lords 6. Danger 500 7. Astro Easy Love 8. Dear Psychedelic Woman 9. Breakthrough Kids 10. Funky Criminology
Pill finally made it to the Maybach Music Group! Yet he ain't resting on the luxurious life, he's taking advantage of the buzz he's been getting to release this free mixtape for you all to download and bump. Pill spits over a mixture of original and well-known instrumentals, and the guest appearances on this tape includes Rick Ross (of course), Yo Gotti, Tech N9ne, Pusha T, and more.
Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. Stayin Down 3. Scottie Pippen, Tim Duncan 4. Cashin' 5. Gotta Have It (f/ Gucci Mane, Gorilla Zoe and Starlito) 6. I'm on One Freestyle 7. Pacman (Remix) (f/ Rick Ross, Tity Boi a/k/a 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, and Gunplay) 8. New Clothes and New Shoes 9. THousand Poundz (f/ CyHi Da Prynce and Pusha T) 10. She Like to Party 11. Pretty Girl Rock Freestyle 12. Get Ya Right 13. One of These Days 14. Ya Killin Me (f/ Tech N9ne) 15. Send One Down (f/ Trae Da Truth) 16. Spendin' the Night 17. Tear it Down 18. Get Ya Roll On 19. Motivation Freestyle 20. How You Want It
Strraight from D.C. is Phil Adé, signed with soul singer Raheem DeVaughn's 368 Music Group and presenting us with "A Different World." THis mixtape brings one of the finiest in soulful hip-hop as this tape features production from 9th Wonder, Oddisee, Bink!, and others.
Tracklisting: 1. ADW Intro (feat. Laura Song) (Prod. by Mark Henry & Q-Heff & Dre King) 2. King (Prod. by Bink!) 3. Monte Carlo Dreams (feat. US Royalty) (Prod. by Sunny Norway) 4. Cloud 9 (feat. Tracie Jospehine & GLC) (Prod. by Sunny Norway) 5. High On Life (feat. Raheem DeVaughn) (Prod. by 9th Wonder) 6. Otherside (Prod. by Mark Henry) 7 A Different World (Prod. by Oddisee) 8. Scoreboard (feat. Black Cobain) (Prod. by Bink!) 9. The Let Out (Interlude) (Prod. by Sunny Norway) 10. You're the One (feat. Killa Kyleon) (Prod. by Sunny Norway) 11. The Weekend (feat. U-N-I) (Prod. by Sunny Norway) 12. Second Chance (Prod. by Mark Henry) 13. See You Again (feat. Kevin Ross) (Prod. by Nieze) 14. Incense (feat. Mac Miller) (Prod. by Sunny Norway) 15. Your Hands (Prod. by Mark Henry & Dre King) 16. Coming Home (Prod. by Sunny Norway)
Here's a free-P that serves as one of the most recent hip-hop soundtracks that has been missing since...a mighty long time! This freeP features ten original cuts by real emcees on the come up, suc as Laws, Emilio Rojas, Rittz, Thee Tom Hardy, and more. A pair of Pumas' may be expensive, but this EP is FREE to all!
Tracklisting: 1. Gilbere Forte’ - Winner (ft. Freeway) [prod. Reef] 2. Emilio Rojas - Home (ft. JoyLuv) [prod. J. Glaze] 3. Laws - Incredible (ft. Mimi) [prod. L.A. & Feb 9] 4. Rittz - Triumphant [prod. DJ Burn One] 5. Sir Michael Rocks - Never Slip [prod. Tall Black Guy] 6. Marky - By Any Means [prod. The MadMan] 7. Shane Eli - Who’s Laughing Now [prod. Shane Eli] 8. Skewby - Cant Nobody [prod. Skewby] 9. Spree Wilson - Lay It Down [prod. Shoden!1 & Spree Wilson] 10. Thee Tom Hardy - Part of Thee Game [prod. Brad Brown & TTH]
That's it for the "FMFTW Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love...