Roach Shows Off Penchant For Story Telling With Latest Single From Roachy Balboa 2
Roach Gigz released his new mixtape, Roachy Balboa 2, earlier this month and already the project, which serves as the follow up to Gigz' first Roachy Balboa mixtape released last May, is being met with strong feedback and positive reviews. With a number of videos planned to drop over the coming months, including a forthcoming video for the previously released single "Syrup Thighs," Roach continues to release new singles from the mixtape.
While previous singles from RB2 have shown off Roach's ability to craft up-tempo anthems ("The Dopest 2") and seamlessly collaborate with other artists ("Hold Up" featuring J Stalin), this new single finds the San Francisco-bred MC slowing down the pace and turning the mood a few notches darker as he puts his knack for story telling on display. Delving into a tale of shady show promoters, drugs, police stops, women, and bouts with financial trouble, Roach weaves a story of despair in his substance-induced drawl, rapping, "I long for liquor and pills to replace life's ills."
Download: Stereo Boyz - "Live from the Ghettoblaster"
Live from the Ghettoblaster" is the Stereo Boyz' latest project.
As a follow-up of their mixtape "Sound Check Vol 1" and a warm- up to their first group album "Radio Heads" (coming out in the summer of 2011) the EP holds a variety of exclusive songs, showcasing the Stereo Boyz' eclectic abilities. While the album "Radio Heads" will cater to a wider, mainstream audience, the EP is directed at fans of raw, hard-hitting, uncensored hip hop, representing Michigan to the fullest.
D-Sisive, a prolific Canadian rapper, best known for his Juno Award-nominated EP The Book, his hit single "Nobody With A Notepad" (for which D-Sisive and collaborator Muneshine won SOCAN's fourth annual ECHO Songwriting Prize) and his 2009 Polaris Music Prize-nominated album Let the Children Die (which was launched by the success of "Nobody With A Notepad").
D-Sisive first emerged in the late 1990s with a number of independent singles which were popular in the Toronto hip hop scene, but took a six-year break from performing and writing due to a battle with depression following his mother's death in 2001 and father's death in 2007. The death of his mother inspired him to release the EP J.A.C., named after her, while D-Sisive's response to losing his parents is heavily documented on releases such as The Book and Let the Children Die. Despite this absence, his talents were showcased on DJ Format's popular 2005 album If You Can't Join 'Em... Beat 'Em, and D-Sisive performed alongside fellow Canadian rapper Abdominal in the music video for DJ Format's hit single '3 Feet Deep'. Further, a collection of recordings from the early period of D-Sisive's career has been released on a widely available bootleg entitled Yesterday. The Mixtape.
D-Sisive's bout of writer's block came to an end when he was unexpectedly inspired by lyrics spontaneously coming to him while singing along to The Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" on the radio — lyrics that became his breakthrough hit, "Brian Wilson". He signed to URBNET Records, which released The Book on June 3, 2008 and Let the Children Die on May 3, 2009. Later that year, D-Sisive took part in an interactive documentary series called City Sonic. The series, which featured 20 Toronto artists, had him reflecting on Planet Mars, an underground hip-hop showcase that changed his life. D-Sisive capped off his SOCAN award win and closed 2009 with a free album entitled Jonestown.
2010 saw the release of another album, Vaudeville, as well as numerous singles, including a song inspired by the documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil and a music video entitled 'First Winter' for The C4 Experiment hosted by Christopher Walken. D-Sisive also began working with rapper Buck 65 for an upcoming collaborative album entitled The Ricardo Christoff Apparatus. In early 2011, D-Sisive continued his Hijacked series with a single entitled 'If I Live To See Tomorrow', based on a song by Sigur Rós. The release of a new album, Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye, scheduled for free distribution online in late 2010, has been pushed back to later in 2011.
These past few days have been really busy for the entire U Dot Fam as they've been screening final video edits for "Hoody Weather" and placing the finishing touches to "Cold Case Mixtape" set to drop 2/1/11 for free download. The Fam decides to kick things off with "No Problem" which features Esohel, PLA, and 2 Tymin trading bars over some sick production provided by none other than J-Rell.