A few weeks back, billy woods celebrated the release of his latest album, History Will Absolve Me. As his first solo release in eight years, HWAM is an unapologetically dark and dense project, a collection of woods' most personal work to date that he refers to as "wholly uncompromising." And while most rappers shy away from bearing their soul, History Will Absolve Me shows that it's at woods' rawest when he's best.
"Blue Dream," the album's latest single, and the first since the release of his "Duck Hunt" video, is a perfect example of that. The song was premiered today by My Old Kentucky Blog, which hailed the track as a "claustrophobic gutcheck," an apt description for a song that, according to woods, was inspired by "the end of a long relationship, the movie Blue Valentine, and this period I went through where I seriously contemplated whether I wanted to quit smoking weed."
The beat, produced by Man Mantis, sets the mood with a hypnotic sample and reverb-heavy drums, aided along by singer L'Wren's haunting vocals on the song's chorus. woods, pulling from the concept of Blue Valentine, gives his take on a relationship, focusing only on the relationship's beginning and end. But even as things start smoothly, woods hints at issues, rapping, "I'm hoping you don't ask the wrong questions/ I really don't wanna start lying." The song takes a firm turn towards the darkness in the second verse, as woods raps, "So much unsaid/ We only keep it real when we're joking... Somewhere along the line/ We stopped trying and started going through the motions."
Flint, Michigan Emcee Jus Ra (@raforshort) has just released his newest project The Duality Complex, in collaboration with Michigan indie label Hi-Hill Recordings. After his highly praised mixtape Not Without Doubts (which is currently on sale on retail sites such asItunes.com, Napster.com and Amazon.com), Jus Ra’s newest EP will surely keep the much warranted hype going. Fresh from the True School of hip hop, Jus Ra’s rap poetics combined with A.P’s dope instrumentals are sure to make this one of your favourite gems of 2012. You can currently stream and download The Duality Complex over at hihillrecordings.com . If you are a lover of lyriciism, dope beats and real hip hop in general, this is a must have for your collection. The entire project has been produced by Hi-Hill Recording affiliate producer and Flint, Michigan native, A.P. (@ap1981)
Sabrina releases a new joint titled "Fallen Star" featuring Big V of Nappy Roots (you can credit it as featuring Nappy Roots if you'd like). This is from Sabrina's upcoming debut album released next week through WIDEawake Entertainment (the same company who bought Death Row Records for 18 Million) and E1 Music.
Miami, FL (May 2012) - For weeks the buzz out of just about everyone’s mouth, that has access to the internet, has been, “Who is J. Peguero?” and the answer to that question is surely being revealed to the world! J. Peguero’s latest release “GO”, has been taking over the internet and building momentum on radio airwaves across the U.S. throughout the month of April. With bloggers and music sites covering his progress and development, it’s hard to overlook the presence of J. Peguero. A combination of aggressive promotions and unique interactive experiences that have recently been launched in partnership with supporting radio stations, such as Arbitron Rated #1, 99 Jamz, in Miami, through their website www.wedr.com, makes it very apparent that J. Peguero is on a mission to reach fans and make an impact.
Once upon a time, gentle readers, there lived a music artist named Sardar. Sardar was a poet at heart. Problem was, his music mostly reflected the very things he was determined to turn his back on; drug dealing, gang banging, the usual trappings of growing up in the mean streets of Los Angeles from whence he hailed. Sardar sought growth but needed direction. One fine day in the fall of 2011, Sardar found himself in the studio with industry veteran, Wendy Day, playing her some music he was working on. As Day listened to an early rendition of "Party Life", she realized that what sat before her was not in fact a gangster rapper, but a pop star. Her input caused Sardar to rethink his musical direction and take "Party Life" back to the drawing board. Thus, a (Pop) star was born.
The powers that be in radio loved "Party Life". So much in fact that it is spinning in wonderful far-off places like Las Vegas, Honolulu, Atlantic City and beyond. The type of places where Pop Stars and partying are a way of life. It spread to Chicago, Boston, Spokane, Corpus Christy and Albuquerque; the types of places where people wile away the hours at their 9-5 and imagine themselves enjoying the party life.
You, gentle readers, may download the single below, and enjoy a slice of the "Party Life" right there in your cubicle:
Rock (of Heltah Skeltah) a/k/a The Rockness Monstah - "Drop 'Em" (prod. by BeanOne)
Rock a/k/a The Rockness Monstah of the famed hip-hop duo Heltah Skeltah delivers his single "Drop 'Em", taken from Coalmine Records forthcoming compilation album, Unearthed. At just 74 BPMs, this low-tempo banger boasts production from Seattle's BeanOne (of Dyme Def) and features cuts, provided by DJ DP ONE of the Turntable Anihilists.