Loc The Blacktopper a notable street rapper from the San Joaquin's Central Valley, born and raised on the blacktop's of Fresno, Ca. Loc The Blacktopper started rapping while rehabilitating from injury's after being shot in the face during a gang related drive by, losing his right eye. Interacting through music and the streets, Loc joined a rap group called "The Blacktopperz". The group later disbanded before releasing their first project due to a members death and Loc being incarcerated in Wasco State Prison for drug related charges. Shortly after being released from prison Loc vowed never to return and take his music career a step further, picking up where he left off, going on the road performing with other independent artist like RBL Posse, C Bo, Spider Loc, Kokane, Spice 1 and many others.
After appearing on various compilations like The Left Side V.1 & 2, various mixtapes, to releasing his first compilation album "Ghetto Activist, Adapt & Overcome". Now, The Blacktopper is currently working on his official solo album "Independency & Structure" set to be released in the first half of 2012 through Blacktop/Palm Tree Entertainment and distributed By Siccness.net. The album features Shake Da Mayor, Beta Bossalini, Beeda Weeda, Diego Redd, Young Skeam & Smigg Dirtee. A thought provoking street album that defines the vision and mindset of a Blacktopper.
Not your average braggadocious rapper, Loc The Blacktopper's music is considered conscience, political, passionate with a touch of West Coast street appeal. Coming from a long list as he would say, "Underprivileged and Have Not's, Everything I Ever Got, Came From Selling Dope" a line that comes from a song titled "Crack", which displays his mentality that reflects in his musical documentation, to simply achieve for more when you start life from the bottom.
Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music. This performance documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling, to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap. Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform that he credits for saving his life. Interspersed with the performer's insightful, touching, and often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard a cappellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.
Cast: Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, B-Real, Bun B, Chino XL, Common, DJ Premier, DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Grandmaster Caz, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Immortal Technique, Joe Budden, Kanye West, Kool Keith, KRS-One, Lord Finesse, Lord Jamar, Marley Marl, MC Lyte, Melle Mel, Nas, Puerto Rico, Q-Tip, Raekwon, Rakim, Ras Kass.
Audio: BURNTmd f/ Phil the Agony - "Soul Snatcha" (prod. by Tha Professor)
In promotion for the Brooklyn-born, Vermont transplant and now Colorado resident BURNTmd's full length release Not So Black & White, the good doctor debuts the Phil The Agony featured banger "Soul Snatcha," produced by Tha Professor. As an added bonus, the Microphone Doctor has recruited Belgium's DJ Grazzhoppa to blend, slice and dice an album sampler for NSBW, which is available for free download. Not So Black & White is now available on iTunes.
REKS took the underground scene by storm with his debut LP, Along Came The Chosen (2001). The album featured production from a then eighteen year old Statik Selektah and the critically acclaimed LP was featured in the Source, XXL, Vibe, and REKS was named to URB Magazine’s “Next 100”. The album’s single “Skills 101” reached #45 on the Billboard Singles chart, and put him on tours and doing shows with huge national acts. REKS released his highly anticipated sophomore LP, Grey Hairs, in 2008 and the momentous album featured production from DJ Premier, Large Professor and ten-tracks from Statik Selektah and featured collaborations with Lil Fame of MOP, Consequence, Skyzoo, Termanology & Jon Hope. Grey Hairs lead to REKS being profiled by XXL Magazine in their “Show & Prove” section. REKS’ profile was imminently raised with the release of R.E.K.S. (2011) which included production from DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Alchemist, Sean C & LV, Nottz, Sha Money XL, Hi-Tek & Statik Selektah and guest appearances from Styles P, Freeway, Lil Fame & Termanology which was culminated by REKS winning the “Underground Music Award” for “Best Album” in 2011.
Still basking in the praise that his collaborative LP, Straight No Chaser, with Statik Selektah generated upon its release less then two-months ago, REKS returns to make his presence felt in two consecutive quarters with his latest full-length project Rebelutionary. Though he collaborated with Statik Selektah on Straight, No Chaser, REKS linked up with emerging producer Numonics for Rebelutionary.
While Rebelutionary is being released on the heels of the critically acclaimed Straight, No Chaser, there was never a second thought given to delaying it, as REKS explains “Numonics is such a talent that I wasn't concerned about following up Straight, No Chaser so quickly because the recording process was so smooth and I knew it was necessary now. It was crazy that we could link up together on a project we both felt so passionate about; and one that is essential for today’s climate.”
REKS continues to grow exponentially with each project and that growth is again apparent on Rebelutionary, as he tackles social and political issues “REKS and I made Rebelutionary to express the strong social and political views we both share. Inspired by great leaders like Fred Hampton and Malcolm X, the album sheds light on issues that need to be touched on at this time. Whether it's institutionalized racism, or pointing out the hypocrisy of the establishment, REKS paints a vivid picture of the world we live in with this project. I feel blessed to have worked with such a strong and emerging voice in Hip-Hop and his immense talent shines throughout this project” opines Numonics. Likewise, REKS also laments “The flow of the album is superb in my opinion. The idea was to give today’s youth an intelligent piece of work that didn't come off preachy or dated. I know we succeeded in doing so.”
Tracklisting and credits for REKS Rebelutionary LP:
1.) “Intro” 2.) “Unlearn” 3.) “Hallelujah” 4.) “Bang Bang” f/ J NiCS 5.) “Shotgun” f/ Jon Connor & Venessa Renee 6.) “War Is A Racket” (Smedley Butler interlude) 7.) “Rebelutionary” 8.) “Ignorance is Bliss” f/ Termanology 9.) “Passports” 10.) “Avarice” (Interlude) 11.) “Avarice” f/ Knowledge Medina 12.) “The Jones'” f/ Krondon 13.) “The Edge” f/ Lucky Dice & Chi Knox 14.) “La Luna” f/ Sene & Koncept 15.) “Gepeto” 16.) “Obedient Workers” 17.) “Outro” 18.) “Shotgun” (Remix) f/ Ea$y Money & Boycott Blues
After dropping their free release There Goes The Neighborhood a couple weeks back, Seattle's Fearce & BeanOne (of Dyme Def) waste no time in getting new material to the masses, as the duo drops the visuals for their new song "I Want It All." Shot and edited by BeanOne, the video depicts Fearce on his BMX, cruising around various Seattle neighborhood's as he divulges his version of the American dream. "I'm not asking for much, just a little fame/ what's wrong with wanting the crowd to scream your name/ what's wrong with wanting a big house, a swimming pool full of money for whenever there's a big drought" ...absolutely nothing. Although this song was not previously featured on There Goes The Neighborhood, the MP3 has been bundled back into the link, so be sure to download. #YukThe World
MP3: Lo Keys f/ Killa Kyleon & LiveSosa - "All Night" (prod. Supa Mario)
Premiered By Sherman Of UHTN Lo Keys Hooks Up With Killa Kyleon & LiveSosa For A Cut Entitled "All Night"Off His Upcoming Mixtape "American Greed" (Scams, Schemes, and Broken Dreams) Dropping July 6th 2012 Hosted By Big Mike & Dj Woogie.
So frequently do Ivy League schools profess to nurture the most creative minds of the day, but the real treasures of hallowed halls, and the ones far less heralded, are the students who’ve broken from the shackles of academia to forge their own paths to victory. Max Burgundy is one such hero and also one of an infinitely smaller fragment, an Ivy alum who can rap his ass off.
If you've been keeping up with the Skelethon series, Aesop and Whiskers have had quite an adventure. In the 4th episode they're finally home and we realize that Whiskers may not be alone. Skelethon drops July 10th on Rhymesayers.
R.A. The Rugged Man Gets Kicked Off Southwest Flight
Southwest Airlines is at it again. The airline that infamously kicked film director Kevin Smith off one of it's planes for being too fat has now booted rapper R.A. The Rugged Man for wearing the wrong T-Shirt. R.A. was flying home from Kentucky earlier today, and boarded the plane wearing a shirt with the title of one of his most famous songs, "Every Record Label Sucks Dick." R.A. recounts his experience:
"Man, I was coming home from shooting a music video in Kentucky and this old angry lady who worked for Southwest confronted me about the shirt I had on underneath my jacket. I didnt even remember what shirt I had on. After another crew member boarded me on the plane, the angry lady ran back like, 'Sir, get off this plane with that disgusting shirt.' I thought it was a fucking joke...then she threatened to get security. I kept my cool, didnt curse or anything, but she still called security. She said 'You will not be flying on Southwest with such a horrible shirt.' I said 'No problem, i'll zip up my jacket.' And she was like 'NO, it has to come off.' So I took off the shirt, thinking I'd just wear my jacket...but they started freaking out, saying 'You can't undress in here!' After that she said 'You can't fly with us.' So I left...I don't give a fuck, I got my rhyme book, I'm about to go catch the Amtrack and write a little bit on the road home. It makes these people with shit jobs feel good that they have some kind of authority over people in society. Like the cornball bouncers at clubs...they're not shit, can't let them bother you."
R.A. is currently en route to New York via Amtrak.