Artist: Fabolous f/ Jeremih Title: It's My Time Label: Desert Storm/Def Jam
If you're struck by the fact that "It's My Time" sounds like DJ Khaled's "Go Hard" featuring Kanye West and T-Pain, it's not a coincidence. Both songs are produced by The Runners. The biggest difference between the two may be that newcomer Jeremih playing the T-Pain role, with a little more vocal doubling and a tad less AutoTune. Fabolous puts his place in hip-hop down firmly by saying "niggaz don't measure up and try to blame the Pyrex" while calling their raps "so full of trickery/nursery, rhymin, hickory-dickory" before comparing himself to "Biggie, Busta [and] Puffy." That's worked in Fab's favor in the past - he's New York, cult favorite and pop crossover all at the same time - and should work well here too. The only ones to suffer by this single are The Runners, who create another winner on the track but run the danger of becoming self-parodying before long.
"It's 3 A.M. in the morning Put my key in the door and Bodies laying all over the floor and I don't remember how they got there But I guess I must have killed 'em Killed 'em"
Someone in Eminem's camp must have been stung by the criticism that "We Made You" was too silly, too fluffy and too pop. (Personally I think it's exactly the first single Eminem needed for his return, but whatever.) The Dr. Dre produced "3 A.M." answers all of those critics with a vengeance, as the malicious and menacing melody of dark keys and buzzing bass sounds sinister throughout Em's psychotic syllables. It's vaguely reminiscent of "The Way I Am," which is something we haven't heard from Marshall in 9 years, although his vocal delivery is higher pitched and much more confrontational here. The flow however is trademark Eminem, following the beat while simultaneously following a pattern that only he can hear in his head when he's jotting down the rhymes. The third verse in particular takes things to a new high (low?) with fluidly delivered rapid fire lyrics like "I remember the first time I dismembered a family member, December I think it was" in non-stop stream of conciousness. If you wanted Marshall Mathers to get back to his roots, where his raps could be funny and disturbing all at the same time, the "3 A.M." single fully succeeds.
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Anyone who has been to an underground Hip-Hop show in New York City in the past handful of years has, at some point in time, met the Sleepwalkas duo of Ciph Diggy and K.Gaines (pictured L to R). As two of Brooklyn’s finest, Ciph and Gaines have made a name for themselves both with their music and their tireless work ethic. Ciph explains the group’s ideology, saying “we embody that free thinking, no gimmic, Hip-Hop that you can relate to.” This week I caught up with both him and Gaines to find out more about their music, their nonstop networking, the all important “Five C’s” that make up their next album, and how dentures are a part of one of their ultimate goals.
Video: Keelay & Zaire - "We Made It" 05.01.2009 "Graduated, screaming 'Ma I Made It', couldn't let you down"
Representing the Sole Vibe crew, Keelay & Zaire, the hardest working production duo in hip-hop are back with more content to keep us Ridin High. For this video joint, Keelay & Zaire and featured emcee Mario Dones take us to the Bay to provide a glimpse of how it feels when you know you've "made it." Coming out of the woodwork this year with their debut album Ridin High, Keelay & Zaire have certified their position in hip-hop by receiving love from everyone from DJ Premier to Complex Magazine. Leaving the frill and special effects behind, Keelay & Zaire embrace their recent achievements with a celebratory video that shows off their new-found confidence. The video is the perfect visual to celebrate Friday and the upcoming weekend. We Made It Ya'll! The video was directed by Charles Barcelona of Rightlane Entertainment.
The Prelude to Drive EP is now available to download for FREE at the freshly launched www.MyxMusicLabel.com .
Keelay & Zaire are a bi-coastal team that operates with only one concrete rule; creating music with unlimited range. Complementing each other's styles with precision, Kee & Zee work as a sole production machine that spawns gritty classic hip-hop, soulful R&B, and any other medium that requires an exclusive sound from the team. With Keelay out west in San Francisco, and Zaire in the east, holding it down in Virginia, the two have almost unlimited resources from which to draw talent and inspiration. In their debut LP Ridin High, the pair's versatility takes center stage, backed up by a talented cast of emcees and singers including Phonte of Little Brother, Supastition, Blu, Cali Agents, Darien Brockington, Tash of Tha Liks, Saafir, Fortilive, The Park, Emilio Rojas, Surreal ,Slo-Mo, Mario Dones, The A.V.E., J.Fish, Jony Fraze, Whooligan, and Tiffany Paige. Keelay & Zaire's Ridin High is available everywhere nowvia MYX Music Label.
About MYX Music:
MYX Music Label began in 2007 by industry veteran Karim Panni of the Boom Bap Project (Rhymesayers Entertainment). MYX Music Label is under the umbrella of MYX TV, which is the only music and lifestyle channel dedicated to the Asian American community. Distributed nationally, MYX TV showcases the hottest major label and independent content as well as dynamic original programming that fuses fashion, comedy, and culture. MYX Music Label integrates the newest technology while developing innovative digital distribution and promotion strategies to service their artists. The MYX Music Label was created for the sole purpose of using the MYX TV visual network platform to promote the finest independent hip-hop and urban music. MYX Music Label's ambitious release schedule for 2009 includes groundbreaking works from production duo Keelay & Zaire, Jern Eye, Fortilive (producer Illmind's hip-hop crew) and exclusive music from the best Asian MC's, DJ's and producers in the compilation 20 C Energizers. Also, adding to their versatility as a label, MYX Music Label DVD releases include The Nutshack, Built From Skratch, Str8 Laced and Slanted Comedy, which features today's top Asian American comedians. For more information on MYX Music Label, please visit http://www.myxmusiclabel.com .
MP3: Tanya Morgan - "Morgan Blu" feat. Blu 05.01.2009 Tanya Morgan Teams Up With California MC Blu For Feel Good Track From Brooklynati. Album Out On May 12th!
With Brooklynati on the way, fans can expect a number of great treats from Tanya Morgan in the coming weeks. To finish off your week right, we give you their brand new single "Morgan Blu ft. Blu" from their forthcoming LP. In a climate where collaborations are forced in an attempt to increase album sales, it's nice to know the pairing of Blu and Tanya Morgan happened organically. Ilyas, one-third of Tanya Morgan, says, "I used to write for Vapors Magazine and I had to interview Blu. I had just heard his album (Below The Heavens) while we were on tour and was blown away. Before and after the interview we chopped it up a bit on some personal shit. I holla'd at him later about the collab and he was down. At the time I had no idea that this collaboration would end up being on Brooklynati, but I'm certainly happy it is."
The beat is classic Tanya Morgan, courtesy of Von Pea's production, complete with guitar loop, vocal chops, and swinging drums. Blu jumps off and Von Pea, Ilyas, and Donwill follow suit with stream-of-consciousness flows, flexing their lyrical dexterity and each displaying their unique styles. With Brooklynati Tanya Morgan takes listeners into their own world of rhymes, fun, and classic hip-hop, and “Morgan Blu” is an excellent example of what fans can look forward to this May 12th.
For more information on Brooklynati local events and citywide attractions, please visit www.Brooklynati.com .
Tanya Morgan is back with their third project, Brooklynati, following the success of Moonlighting and The Bridge. Since Von Pea, Ilyas, and Don Will formed Tanya Morgan in 2003, they have received high praise from media elites such as Spin, The Source, XXL Magazine and a resounding seal of approval from the blogosphere. Considered by many to be our generation's torchbearers for De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, Tanya Morgan will once again put their skills on display with the unique hip-hop Americana sounds of their Brooklynati album this spring. Based on the fictitious city of Brooklynati, this release pushes the boundaries of a concept album by incorporating not only lyrical imagery but also cultivating a culture and mindset, which can be experienced through the City of Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.brooklynati.com/home.html. The sites, sounds, memories, and events of Brooklynati will be unleashed on May 12th through Bay-Area based record label Interdependent Media, the architects behind the funding and development of Brooklynati. Wanderlusts can feed their souls at http://www.Brooklynati.com .
About Interdependent Media:
Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com .
Our friends at udubnews.com confirm that hip-hop star couple Nas and Kelis have filed for divorce. VIBE magazine reports that it was Kelis who officially began the process to end the four year marriage citing irreconciliable differences. "I can confirm that she has filed for divorce. We request the media to respect her privacy during this very difficult time." To make matters worse, Kelis is seven months pregnant with the now ex-couple's first child. Hopefully her milkshake has enough for both her and the child to be. No word on whose yard Nas will be coming to now.
The other night I was at an excellent show in NYC (big ups to Conscious for his Bondfire events every last Tuesday of the month at the Bowery Poetry Club). The place was packed with people, many of whom were artists I'm friends with. I’d say, all in all, I knew about two dozen of the artists who were in attendance and/or performing. Of course, since I live in CT and have to get up in the morning, I left at my usual time of midnight to catch the train home. This caused one of the few people I didn’t know to shoot their mouth off and, whether they knew it or not, it cost them dearly.
Philadelphia MC & multi-instrumentalist Lushlife puts a hot spin on Jada-mwah's "Can't Stop Me." Made from an edit of an Ariel Pink-sampling cut from his upcoming Cassette City album, Lushlife breathes some animation into the track, highlighting Kiss' lyrics over summery backdrop. Cassette City will be out June 23rd on Rapster with featured guests Camp Lo, Elzhi, Ezra from Vampire Weekend, and more.