It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop and since it's Episode #123 we rock it like this - One to the Two and Three, which means today's songs number sequentially. Check out Termanology, DaMansion, Sean Hines & Edo.G among others and if you like what you hear Google them for more! For compliments or feedback hit me on Twitter @angrymarks. Artists please send your podsafe music and advertising requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!
* Has-Lo - Untitled #1 (Hold On) * DaMansion - Easy 2 Find * Three the Hard Way & White Flash - Hyped * Trackademicks f/ Josie Stingray - Check 1 * Sean Hines f/ Edo. G - I Got 2 Have It 2011 * Termanology - 3 AM Freestyle
As a totally independent artist (no Management, Record Label or Outside Funding) Mr ShaoDow (pronounced Sha‐Ow‐Dough) is no stranger to knock downs. At age 18 he traveled alone to China in order to learn Shaolin Kung Fu & fulfill a long held dream. Whilst studying the art of fighting he also discovered the art of music. "Over 4,000 CDs sold across the UK on his own." Unwilling to sit around & wait for success to come to him, he began a journey that would span the whole of the UK. Armed only with a bag full of his CDs, his lyrical skill & passion he has single‐handedly sold over 4,000 copies of his CD across the country.
More than just a good salesman, ShaoDow is known for his range of musical styles & his unrivaled performance. He has headlined the O2 Academy in Oxford, supported the likes of Chase & Status, Devlin & Skepta, appeared on Tim Westwood's 1xtra show & was recently asked by Wiley to perform at the Manchester leg of his tour. "A totally independent release from a totally independent artist."
Produced by Mr SnoWman & engineered at NLT Studios 'Get Stronger' is a hard hitting, bass heavy blend of Dubstep & Grime with skillful, high energy lyricism from both ShaoDow and Ghetts as they deal with a topic that everybody can relate to. Released on Friday 3rd of June, the digital single will include the more commercially tuned 'Get Stronger AK Remix'; a Dubstep/Rock/Drum & Bass invention created by talented artist/producer AK. The third track on the release entitled 'Stay Away' is a Mr SnoWman produced banger featuring lyrics from Mr ShaoDow, Ghetts & Birmingham's very own 'Vader'.
MP3: Roach Gigz "Wild Child" Ft. Lil 4Tay (Prod. By C-Loz)
Last week, Roach Gigz made a vow to his fans: If they helped vote him to victory in mtvU's Freshman 5 video contest, then he would release a new song from his forthcoming Bitch I'm A Player mixtape. His fans delivered, driving him to victory with over 70% of the vote, and now, standing firm by his word, Roach is releasing the latest track from BIAP with "Wild Child" featuring Lil' 4Tay, Roach's longtime friend and collaborator, and daughter of Bay Area rap legend Rappin' 4-Tay. For true fans of Roach, this song is extra special, and marks a reunion of sorts for Roach and Lil' 4, who first got their start in music together, forming the group B.I.G. (standing for Bitch I Go) while the two were still in high school, and earning their first local hit with the song "Get It."
With "Wild Child," produced by C-Loz, who handles production throughout the mixtape, the song came about after hearing a few bars from one of Lil' 4's verses. "The whole inspiration for the song was the hook, it just sounded perfect," explains Roach. " I just started remembering little shit I did when I was too young to be doing it, and I turned it into a story. It was only supposed to be a 16 but I just rapped until the story was done, so it ended up being like 40 bars." Lil 4 delivers equally compelling tales with her own verse, offering a quick reminder of the chemistry the two share. "People haven't heard a new song from the both us together in a minute," says Roach, "so I think this is a perfect comeback song, especially since we've been rapping together since we were young"
Roach Gigz' Bitch I'm A Player mixtape, produced by C-Loz and featuring Lil' B, Husalah, DB The General, and Lil' 4Tay, will be released this June.
Listen up, students of hip-hop, because Kyle Rapps has just dropped his latest single, "Rapps 101," the third and final single from his debut, Re-Edutainment, an EP based on his personal take of Boogie Down Productions' classic record, Edutainment. While previous singles have ranged in topic from dealing with the struggles of high rent and city living ("Rent Remix") to making his self-introduction ("Me"), Kyle's new song, as ODB would say, is for the kids.
"Part of Re-Edutainment is paying attention to what the newest and freshest generation is vibing with," says Kyle, who brought on hip-hop duo U-N-I for this track. "I wanted to work and showcase with a younger group of artists that really has things on smash. U-N-I came to mind immediately. Incredible flavor on all fronts, lyrically, vocally, and fashion-wise." Kyle and U-N-I teach by example on "Rapps 101," spitting clever lines like, "I'm the shit, you smellin' me?/ My life Is-real, even though I never been to Tel Aviv." Producer extraordinaire Kev Brown, who handles production throughout the EP, provides a bouncy, neck-snapping concoction for the young guns to drop some knowledge on, as they drive home their key message: "If it don't sound like this, then it ain't rap."
Bay area-based duo Rel & JBillion (Rel on production, JBillion on vocals) are preparing their debut release MVMNT as a free album dropping on May 17th.
Today, the group is releasing the title track from the album "The Movemnt" featuring Bay area legend Jacka on the hook. The song represents the burgeoning new hip-hop movement bubbling in the Bay area. Both Rel & JBillion are mainstays on the Bay area hip-hop circuit alongside DaVinvi, TiRon, Keelay and more.
AKON'S LABEL, KONVICT RECORDS, FINALLY RELEASES GRAMMY-NOMINATED R. CITY AKA ROCK CITY FROM THEIR DEAL
DUO TO RELEASE "FREE AT LAST" ALBUM THIS SUMMER
Atlanta, GA ~ It's been five years since Virgin Islands songwriter/performer duo, R. City aka Rock City signed to Konvict Records/Interscope under Akon; five years, eight mix tapes and a string of hits written and released for the albums of others; Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson (Grammy nominated), R. Kelly and Akon to name a few. Yet despite all of that success, a release date for their own album was not forthcoming, causing the guys to launch a very public campaign they gallantly called PTFAO (Put the F**king Album Out) to make the industry aware of their plight. Finally, in March 2011, after two years of campaigning, Akon met with the duo and offered them the option of remaining with the label and working towards dropping an album or being released from their contract. Grateful as they were to Akon for the opportunities afforded them, the guys snatched the chance of finally gaining their freedom and are now officially free agents, able finally to PTFAO. R. City aka Rock City's debut album, "Free At Last" is set to drop later this summer on their own label, Rebelution Records.
Immediately upon leaving that meeting with Akon, R. City aka Rock City's manager, Ray Daniels, called long-time friend Wendy Day, who has made a name for herself assisting artists with the release of their own projects and within 5 hours the team was strategizing the drop of the album. After years of writing hit songs for other people, R. City aka Rock City is, at long last, able to showcase their amazing talent in the first person. "We On", the first single from "Free At Last", was serviced to mix show just last week and is already at over 30 spins a week. With its unmistakable bounce, expect the song to make its way to every club deejay's playlist nationwide within weeks.
These guys have all of the ingredients for stardom. They are already proven songwriters. Their live show is second to none. All they wanted was a chance. Now that they are ‘free at last' the sky is the limit and there's not a dark cloud in sight.
WEBISODE "No Days Off" Part #1 in which the guys talk about what it was like to sign with Akon and why they decided they wanted out.