In January 2011 seasoned Boston based emcee CYCLONE released a mixtape titled "Life Behind Bars Vol.1". Hosted by Wally Sparks it featured the single "Authentic" (which had artists Chilla Jones, Germ Ghee, and J.C.I.T.Y.) as well as "Pushing/Shoving" (featured Scoe & Magnum and Wally Sparks). To help continue building a buzz around the mixtape, CYCLONE returns with another single "Ain't In U" featuring his protege Dezzy Bird & Smyly and produced by MaggBeatz.
East St. Louis freshman Nic Paper's rocking debut video "Cash It Or Plastic" cracks incredible 200,000 views on YouTube.
"Cash It Or Plastic" is the stunning title track from the East St. Louis youngster's street album of the same name, hosted by turntable heavyweight DJ Teknikz, which is now available at www.nicpaper.com and www.livemixtapes.com, via Atlanta-based production company Chartcontrol.
The critically acclaimed debut effort is a musically-rich work that showcases Nic Paper’s originalist style while breaking new sonic ground with his “pretty boy thug” appeal, rebellious nature, and special magnetic charm.
Two of Norfolk Virginia's heavy hitters, teamed up for a monstrous street record entitled "I Deserve This". Leader of the new school A. Driver ( @adriversfr ) & hometown hero/favorite FamLay ( @hitmybeeper ) lyrically muscle their way through the Sean Young ( @IAmSeanYoung ) produced track for the internet blogosphere and beyond to enjoy. With artists as such, there's no question as to what the 757 has in store for the world in the months to come!
The video includes cameos from - Immortal Technique, Peter Rosenberg, Math Hoffa, Iron Solomon, Soul Khan, Marvwon, DNA, Poison Pen, Sara Kana, Pumpkinhead, Nesslee, DJ J-Ronin , Jazimoto, Nems, Dirt, Renagade, ichabod, PR Dean, Frank Knight, King Marvey X, Kage, East Koast aka Lord Life, J Buddah, BeeShine, and All Mental.
J. Money aka J-Futuristic discusses his new deal with Soulja Boy's SODMG imprint and management with Nitti Beatz, the producer behind Boyz-N-Da-Hood's "Dem Boyz", Yung Joc's "Its Goin' Down", 8Ball & MJG's "Bring It Back", and Dorrough's "Get Big" to name a few.
Has-Lo's album In Case I Don't Make It is in stores now via Mello Music Group! The Philly MC/Producer has garnered a lot of well deserved critical acclaim while word continues to spread amongst both fans and critics.
"They say knowledge is power and love is wealth And to get right for what you love you go through hell"
Today, enjoy the free mp3 download of the song Untitled #1 (Hold On), one of the more personal songs from the album In Case I Don't Make It. Untitled #1 (Hold On) tackles a variety of heartfelt, universal issues: illness, judgement, loss, school, making money, and juggling family obligations. Untitled #1 (Hold On) plays like a contented and confessional introspective afternoon walk. On display is Has-Lo's ability to not only craft a narrative tale that is reflective and keenly observant, but also to produce an atmosphere rich enough to evoke a visceral repsonse from listeners on many levels.
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NEW MUSIC VIDEO TAKES AN HONEST LOOK AT CRACK Hip Hop artist Thi’sl debuts latest music video “I Hate You”
Saint Louis, MO— Hatred, that’s what hip hop artist Thi’sl (pronounced Thih-zull) feels about crack. His new music video featuring the song “I Hate You,” tells the story of how crack cocaine rips lives and families apart.
Filmed in Jacksonville, FL and directed by Eshon Burgundy of Space Cherry Films, the video’s story is not fictional or third-party. It reflects an honest and gritty visual of Thi’sl’s own story. Growing up on the streets of St. Louis, he lived a life consumed by drugs and thugs. Just like his own life, this video shows how his family was torn apart by addictions to cocaine. His cousin was taken away from his mother; another cousin was shot and killed by a Thi’sl’s own friend. Strong and passionate, “I Hate You” can be found on his album Chronicles of an X-Hustler.
Thi’sl brings a dose of reality, where mainstream hip hop glamorizes a gangster lifestyle. “Nobody is telling the whole story. Nobody talks about the feeling you get from selling your mom dope. They don’t talk about the feeling of sitting in a jail cell, feeling like they’re going to get life,” declares Thi’sl. “I felt like it was my duty to the culture of hip hop to show them the other side of the coin.”
Life selling crack gives misleading money and power. When Thi’sl’s own friend killed his cousin, he was faced with a stark wake-up call. For the first time, he realized how crazy his lifestyle was and the impact it had on other people. He cleaned up and turned his life around. Now, he brings his message of hatred toward crack back to his neighborhood and the people still in the same kind of situations. “I feel like I’m a voice for people who don’t have a voice in those situations or those too ashamed to admit this is how they really feel,” explains Thi’sl.
"Fathers of the Sport" Street Ball Documentary Soundtrack on April 26th
Produced by Providence Films and directed by Xavier “X” Mitchell, Fathers Of The Sport chronicles the colorful and compelling history of some of the most legendary streetballers of all time. In addition to detailing the legends of the courts, Fathers Of The Sport recounts many of the unsung heroes who dominated the playground courts in New York, Philly, DC and Chicago and consequently turned it into the multi-billion dollar spectator sport it is today.
With the official soundtrack featuring industry heavy hitters such as Kanye West, Notcho, Common, Brandy, Bizzy Bone, Amber O, Focus, Sly Boogie, Midnite Star, the producer Fingers and more, director Xavier Mitchell hand picked each artist and track to serve as the backdrop for this story of an American social culture embedded with racism, war, drugs, oppression and poverty.
The lead single “Legacy” by Notcho shouts out some of the games greats. With Bill Russel, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earl The Pearl, Dr. J and more serving as the inspiration, Notcho details out the steps for those that step onto the court and have the desire to fill their shoes.
With images, music and footage from the 60’s and 70’s, Fathers Of The Sport tells the story of these asphalt warriors escaped the world set before them and rose above it all with a mutual love and respect for the game that many feel has been lost on todays players.
Official Soundtrack available April 26th on Franchise X/RBC Records in conjunction with Heads High.