Oddissee’s new full length LP, People Hear What They See, seems poised to cement its author as one of the elite MCs/producers in underground hip-hop. Mello Music Group is proud to let off the first leak with “Way In, Way Out" to celebrate the new album's official itunes debut today!
One of the shining aspects of Oddissee’s work has always been its implicit emphasis on inclusion rather than exclusion. In other words, while certain platinum selling artists might constantly reinforce how different he is than his audience, the DMV’s prodigal son’s bars come from a much more grounded place. “Way In, Way Out” opens with a robust brass line and a pounding kick to match. Oddissee waste’s no time painting an allegory exploring the gaping American divide between the truly wealthy and the rest of us, and the precarious cycles that emerge from it. Much like his synesthetic title suggests, Oddissee’s rhymes are vivid and visual.
Towards the end of the second verse, Oddissee integrates a bar from Jay-Z’s “Can’t Knock The Hustle” into a scathing analysis of the American justice system, seamlessly of course. While he might not have the paper and popularity of Hov , there is something to be said about the level of mastery Oddissee has shown in so many aspects of underground hip-hop in a relatively short time. Far from being God but he works goddamn hard.
MP3: St. Joe Louis x Flying Lotus - "Say A Prayer"
"SAY A PRAYER" PRODUCED BY FLYING LOTUS // OFFICIAL SINGLE (DOWNLOAD) TAKEN FROM UPCOMING 'ST. JOE LOTUS' ALBUM COMING SOON
Sexting is not direct enough for NJ / Texas trio St. Joe Louis. Each group member delivers a phone call full of game on their freshly minted first single 'Say A Prayer,' from their upcoming St Joe Lotus EP. Say A Prayer capitalizes on the lush Flying Lotus production with each lucky lady receiving her deepest desires by the earful.
The 'St. Joe Lotus EP' is St. Joe Louis collaborating in a very internet way with Flying Lotus. Obviously fans of Flying Lotus in that his production is presented untouched except for vocal additions. Beginning with the Lotus Sutra each song is almost a meditation on a diverse array of subjects from dangerous relationships (Lion and the Lotus) to idolization (So Much More). It currently has no scheduled release date but expect it sooner than you think.
On Family First, Illus collaborates lyrically and sonically with some of best emcees and producers in the business. Each emcee featured is also the producer of the track they appear on and this collaborative process is a first for any Hip-Hop project. Family First is also co-produced by Public Enemy luminary DJ Johnny Juice and the star-studded guest emcee/producer list includes; Apathy, Ill Bill, Blueprint, J-Live, Erin Barra, Headsnack, Phashara, Chuuwee, Esoteric and more.
"Son of a Beat” is a hard hitting, soulful track by two of Underground HipHop's most talented emcees. Together, Illus and Chuuwee, utilize the the mic to invoke the power of positive social change, and revolution for peace, equality and justice. The very essence of HipHop."
1. Orca 2. 187 feat. 187 3. I Hustle 4. Bullets ft. Slim The Mobster & King T 5. For Nothing feat. Dubb 20, Liq and LM 6. Life Is A Gamble feat. Yukmouth and Realest 7. Addictive feat. Slick Pulla, Brotha Lynch Hung and Dead Mike 8. Bitch I'm Ballin feat. Paul Wall 9. Murder One feat. MC Eiht and BG Knocc Out 10. Getting To The Money feat. B-Legit 11. Waiting On Me 12. New Beginning feat. Marvaless, Rydah J Klyde and T-Nutty 13. Killas Like Me feat. Kokane, Killa Tay and Lil Cyco 14. No Warning feat. Young Buck and Omar "Big O" Gooding 15. Can't Grind Forever 16. Fuckin Wit It feat. E-40
Video: Skills and Variety - "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs"
facebook.com/skillsandvariety Cadillacs and Dinosaurs EP - 2012 Destiny Records Song: Produced, engineered and mixed by Brandon Metcalf Video: Filmed and edited by Brandon Metcalf Filming Assistants: Natalie Kralicek and Levi Bremness
Zach89 - "The Zach89 Files" - A Collection of Z-Mixes
Zach89 is happy to present his new mixtape The Zach89 Files, which is a collection of the Queens rapper's lively Z-Mixes! Cover art and tracklist are below, and you can download or grab embeddable player from one of these links:
Audio: Oh No f/ Phife Dawg & Jose James - "Dues N Don'ts"
Oh No: Ohnomite on Amazon.com. Following two successful collaborative efforts alongside fellow producer/rapper The Alchemist as the power duo Gangrene -2010’s Gutter Water and 2012’s Vodka & Ayahuasca- and the 2011 gem with The Alchemist as Gangrene & Roc Marciano, the Greneberg EP; The Oxnard, California based beat-smith and emcee Oh No returns for a solo mission.
Oh No (born Michael Jackson; younger brother of Madlib and son of singer Otis Jackson) was granted unprecedented access to the Rudy Ray Moore / Dolemite audio archives and given free rein to slice, dice, chop and sample his way through the classic-yet-absolutely-filthy catalog. He was able to use legendary material from The Human Tornado, Petey Wheatstraw, the Dolemite Soundtrack and more, plus a multitude of previously unreleased and alternate acapellas and instrumentals. The end result is Ohnomite (now available everywhere fine music is sold), a 19 track head-banging extravaganza of sloppy funk, dirty soul, and brainy lyricism, all aimed at one thing- making your head nod and your ass shake. And when you add to that guests spots from the likes of Evidence, Phife Dawg, The Alchemist, Erick Sermon, Rapper Pooh, MED, Guilty Simpson, Roc Marciano, Sticky Fingaz, Chino XL, Roc C, Prozack Turner, Termanology, Frank Nitt and this cut with MF Doom “3 Dollars.”
Kool Keith: Love & Danger on Amazon.com. Kool Keith is excited to release his latest album, Love & Danger. The album, which is the 13th of Kool Keith's career, is now available through Junkadelic Music.
With Love & Danger, Kool Keith also continues to hint at, and toy with the idea of, retirement, most of all with the album's latest single and closing track "Goodbye Rap." Keith opens the song calling out new artists, DJs, and business people that don't properly represent the music. And while taking a shots at imposters, Keith also takes the opportunity to set himself apart from the bunch: "While everybody was fat, cooking sausage," raps Keith, "I was wearing Ostrich/ Rap ain't been the same since I had it hostage."
The video, directed by The ICU, captures Keith in a series of classic hip-hop landscapes – namely, dirty stairwells and New York City rooftops – surrounded by a host of full-body women. And while Keith doesn't break out any Ostrich for the video, he does don a series of flashy headwear selections throughout, including a Texas Longhorns hunting cap, a black-and-white checkered bucket hat, and – most flashy of all – a sequined headdress draped down over his shoulders.
Video: Verse Simmonds & Friends VLOG Of Memorial Weekend
@VerseSimmonds spent the Memorial Weekend in Miami and at Club Amnesia alongside Young Jeezy, @PranoBBM, @YoungSalemme. Prano and Verse Simmonds will be releasing their yet to be titled, Jahlil Beats produced collaboration very shortly. In the meantime, check out the VLOG of Memorial Weekend, set to the Verse Simmonds and Snoop Dogg track "Bad MotherF*ck*r".
This is just a quick note to let you know that I will be performing this weekend in New York City at the first annual New York Funny Songs Fest. I’ll be part of the Friday evening Showcase along with Rob Paravonian, Camille Harris, and more. That’s at 8:30 at Casa Mezcal. And I’ll be doing one short song during the 50 Funny Songs Saturday night at 7:00 at Tammany Hall.
I’m including a rundown of the schedule below in case you’re interested in any of the other cool stuff they have going on. For more information and to buy tickets to any of the events (most are separate admissions) visit http://nyfunnysongs.com.