Download: Self Scientific's "Trials of the Blackhearted"
April 2011 - Hip-hop duo Self Scientific, made up of Grammy nominated producer DJ Khalil and rapper Chace Infinite, release their highly anticipated EP titled Trials of the Blackhearted for free on the internet today. Self Scientific is one of the most critically acclaimed groups to emerge from Los Angeles in the 90's that earned respect from both gangsta rap and underground hip-hop fans alike. The EP marks the group's first work together since 2005's Change as Khalil has been busy in the studio producing for today's chart-topping hip-hop acts including Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Jay Z, Drake, Game, Snoop Dogg, Nas and the Clipse.
Last week, Self Scientific leaked "War Stories" featuring Big K.R.I.T. and a music video for the thought provoking "Peaceful" featuring Krondon and Freddie Gibbs that gave viewers a taste of what to expect on the EP. Trials of the Blackhearted also features collaborations with Game, Talib Kweli and Freddie Gibbs.
While DJ Khalil boasts an impressive roster of heavy hitters ranging from Jay-Z, to Pink to Drake, he is best known for his work on Eminem's critically acclaimed, Grammy award winning album Recovery, producing 4 tracks off the record. Khalil has recently been recording with Dr. Dre and had his hands on the lead single "Kush" off of Dr. Dre's highly anticipated final album Detox. In addition, Khalil is back in the studio with Eminem on Bad Meets Evil EP, with fellow Detroit and Slaughterhouse MC Royce the 5'9". Khalil is working with John Legend, Game and Nick Jonas on their upcoming projects.
MC Chase Infinite Speaks On Meaning Behind Trials Of The Blackhearted Album Title:
"In Ancient Kemet they believed the heart was the organ that controlled thought, logic and knowledge. The weighing of the heart, against a feather, was used to determine if people were righteous or wicked during their time on earth. If their heart was heavier than the feather, the Heart was devoured. With the world rapidly changing, and evolving beyond recognition, people are becoming even more desensitized to the conditions we exist in. The most heinous acts are applauded as "interesting" and "entertaining" while genuine acts of love, and justice are shunned. We can sensationalize but we are scared of true emotion, we have more information now than ever before but no one wants to read. The truth is scary, it is easier to escape through our favorite vice, than to deal with the harsh reality of the present. Our hearts are heavy, our hearts are dark, these are the Trials Of The Blackhearted."
For Bronx, NY born hip-hop artist YONAS, becoming a universally accepted MC is the driving force behind his craft. Not satisfied with just pleasing niche audiences, he uses his broad reach on singles like "Mindless" to craft material that's catchy and contemporary yet lyrically significant and noticeably personal. While YONAS is well aware of what audiences want to hear today, he also can't forget about the influence of his culturally and musically rich upbringing that few rappers experience.
The son of a Ugandan mother and Ethiopian father, YONAS grew up listening to the vibrant African instrumental music of his parents, which birthed an early appreciation for music in its most organic form. Before hearing hip-hop he was in tune with classical compositions and learned how to play violin at only five-years-old. The MC quickly learned how to read music and went on to attend a two-year program at the prestigious performing arts academy Julliard while in middle school. His talent also brought him to play violin with the likes of superstars Madonna and Wyclef. "Violin took me a lot places," says YONAS.
While attending The Beacon High School, YONAS gave up violin in favor of sports, finding himself on the varsity baseball and basketball teams, but that interest soon gave way to hip-hop. YONAS would drop out but eventually get his GED, which was an undeniable turning point in the then teen's life. "Once I got my GED, that's when life got real and I turned music into more of a full-time career."
Weekly trips to a Brooklyn recording studio soon resulted in therapy-like studio sessions that resulted in his first mixtape-styled project, 2008's The New Golden Era, which earned YONAS a Billboard Songwriting Award for Best Hip Hop/Rap Song for the opening track "Banga" and a nomination from Independent Music Awards for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year.
While working on songs for his next project, YONAS continued to build a buzz completely on his own via social networks. YONAS' I Am Us EP (released in late 2009), received over 50,000 downloads with minimal blog love. Having worked with producers like Sean Divine, YONAS considered this EP more of a crossover effort, which also tapped into his roots in true school hip-hop.
By 2010, the top names of the hip-hop blogosphere began taking notice of YONAS' appeal and he even got coverage in New York Magazine for his remix of 50 Cent's "Ayo Technology." Meanwhile, the MC began sharing stages up and down the East Coast from Manhattan to Maine to Montreal, with Pharoahe Monch, Curren$y, and Big K.R.I.T. to name a few. This series of sets included playing in front of sold out crowd at NYC's Sullivan Hall and being the sole hip-hop finalist to perform at the New Music Seminar (NMS) "Artist on the Verge Party" in New York.
For 2011 and beyond, YONAS' goal with his live shows and official debut, The Proven Theory due out April 25th, is simple. "I want people from all different walks of life to relate to my music and that's the only thing I'm concerned about—being a universal artist."
MP3: Knoc-turn'al f/ Jayo Felony, Yukmouth - "Sorry I Left You Remix"
Knoc-turn'al rolls out a west coast red carpet and invites fellow veteran emcees Jayo Felony, Yukmouth & Sly Boogy to join him on "Sorry I Left You Remix" produced by Treacherous Records in house producer Komplex. A concept record regarding his absence, Knoc officially returns to hip-hop May 10th with the release of his digital-only album, "Knoc's Ville." Additional collaborators include Crooked I, Blaqthoven, One-2 and more.
1. Knoc's Ville (f. One-2) (prod. J-Beam) 2. Where Have You Been (prod. MG) 3. Amen (prod. 51-50) 4. Mind Yourself (prod. Komplex) 5. Half Way Loved You (f. Knawledg) (prod. Deztined) 6. Theme Music (prod. Blaqthoven) 7. Gangsta Lean (prod. DJ AK) 8. Sorry I Left You (Prod. Komplex) 9. Drop That Lame (f. Jaguar) (Prod. Komplex) 10. I've Been Here for Years (f Crooked I & James Elizabeth) (prod. Big Hollis) 11. OOOOO-WEEEE (prod. Komplex) 12. Can We Do Our Thing (Prod. Komplex) 13. Let Go (prod. MG) 14. Sorry I Left You Remix (f. Jayo Felony, Yukmouth & Sly Boogy) (prod. Komplex) 15. I'm Back (f. One-2) (prod. J-Beam)
Its time to introduce you to JAKAL JISCAUSE! A true artist in its rawest form. JISCAUSE delivers a style of lyrics that can never be duplicated. JISCAUSE hosts an endless playlist of Audio Masterpieces that will take your ears and your mind on a Journey of Truth and Enlightenment!!
CAUSE began his Musical Path in Huntington Station, Long Island, NY. He has developed his own individual style educating the masses with L.I.F.E. Lessons and never forgetting where he originated! JAKAL JISCAUSE leads the pack in street Music on Long Island... Nothing Immature... .giving you only the highest quality of underground Grind. Attributes include on stage performances and Four current CDs in the streets, Writing his own lyrics, as well as creating his own beats for those that need that real music in their L.I.F.E.! ... JISCAUSE!
TonyAs describes himself as an artist that has evolved over time, inspired by many and has now ultimately come into his own. The art started as a musician- Rapper turned Singer but TonyAs has also embraced his other passion- writing (as a song writing and feature writer). Formerly known as theSaint- TonyAs has taken it one step further opting to strip it bare, go back to basics, whereas theSaint was a straight talking hiphop artist, TonyAs the musician has embraced other influences and as well as rapping- also sings, adding another dimension to his works.
As a musician the style is charismatic, easy listening emotional type music, in his own words 'he wants people listening to be able to feel what he's saying- to empathise, whether having experienced it or witnessed the content of his verses'. Sound wise it's fundamentally hiphop- though his evolution as an artist has lead to incorporations of Reggae, Soul, Funk and other such genres. Lyrics are still his forte if you like, and he prides himself on being a vivid and lyricist.
2011 promises to be an interesting year, the SexDrugsPoetry brand grows from strength to strength, there's the music, the 'Y Is It' articles and videos that TonyAs himself produces. 2011 will see the release of his 'Introducing TonyAs' project. Singles to look out for 'Back into my groove', 'Real money' and 'Loving it'.
Rival Schools Gets Remixed by Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock
Band Confirmed to Play Lollapalooza, Will Kick Off West Coast Tour in May
Click HERE to Stream Ad-Rock's Remix (feel free to post and share).
“[Rival Schools] have the power to move, inspire, and heal” -Revolver
“Pedals reveals a group of reenergized vets” -SPIN
Over a decade since the release of their beloved debut album, Rival Schools have finally delivered their follow-up, Pedals (Photo Finish/Atlantic Records), much to the delight of their fans. In between playing sold out shows, including recent European dates with Trail of Dead, the band released videos for the anthemic one-two punch of “Wring It Out” and “Shot After Shot.” They also enlisted Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys to do a remix of the song “69 Guns.” Producer Blockhead (Aesop Rock, MURS) and Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw/Head Automatica) have done remixes for Rival Schools as well, which will be available May 3rd.
Click HERE to stream Ad-Rock’s take on “69 Guns,” which premiered at SPIN.com yesterday. He replaces the original’s jagged guitar riffs with spaced-out production and a driving bassline. Only frontman Walter Schreifels’ sweeping vocals are kept, with the remix essentially deconstructing Rival Schools’ track and creating an entirely new song. According to drummer Sam Siegler was exactly what the group wanted. The guys have also been confirmed to play Lollapalooza this year and will be kicking off a west coast tour in late May.
Rival Schools Tour Dates:
05/20: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction 05/21: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater 05/23: San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club 05/24: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's 05/26: Portland, OR @ Peter's Room 05/27: George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival 08/05 – 08/07: Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
MP3: Brown Bag AllStars - "Crumbling Down" (prod. Mr. Green)
The Brown Bag AllStars are hard at work in the studio wrapping up their debut album (due out next year), so in the meantime they’ve decided to drop a double-disc project of rare & unreleased material to hold the fans over. Brown Bag Season Vol. 1 drops on May 17. Enjoy the first leak off the project, “Crumbling Down” produced by Mr. Green.
Download "Crumbling Down" (Prod. By Mr. Green) HERE
The Brown Bag AllStars' "Brown Bag Season Vol. 1" drops May 17th!