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Mixtape: Kyle Rapps - On Air (Air Redux)
Posted by Steve Juon at Monday, August 29th, 2011 at 11:00PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

Mixtape: Kyle Rapps - On Air (Air Redux)

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Kyle Rapps Teams Up With Hip-Hop Royalty, Flips French-Electro Gods For New Mixtape

The Mixtape:

Kyle Rapps is excited to announce the release of his new mixtape, On Air, which is available today, August 29, for free download here. The eight-track mixtape showcases a new sound for Kyle, with the NYC-based emcee choosing to flip samples from French electro duo Air throughout.

Kyle also threw KRS-One, Homeboy Sandman, and Talib Kweli into the mix, the latter of whom was featured on the EP's first single, "Universe Traveler." "The song is special to me for obvious reasons," says Rapps. "Working with and gaining respect from one of the great lyricists of our time – that feels damn good.” On Air also includes a re-visited fan favorite with “Love Love 2”, a completely revamped song with Air-infused production and unmatched delivery from Kyle, Homeboy Sandman, and KRS-One.

The man behind On Air's captivating production is Rapps' long time friend and producer Nate G. "Nate G made it possible," remarks Kyle. "His sample flipping game is at its peak here." According to Rapps, one of the reasons the record sounds so intense is the duo’s mentality while locked in a Brooklyn studio. “Recording at his studio in Bushwick over these beats brought out a lot of my real thoughts and feelings on life, love, and society. It was therapy for me," says Kyle.

Aside from the mixtape's dope production and impressive collaborations, Kyle is proud of this new record because he has grown throughout the making of it. "On Air is right now, present tense, higher learning type shit," says Rapps. "It feels like I went to school and became a French gangster."

On Air is now available for free download here: .

On September 3rd, Kyle will be performing at this year's New York leg of Rock The Bells, performing on the Grind Time Stage. Fans should continue to check, where additional details on Kyle's Rock The Bells performance will be announced going forward. Then, on September 6th, Kyle is inviting all his NYC fans to celebrate On Air's release with him at Southpaw in Brooklyn, where he will also be premiering his video for "Universe Traveler." Homeboy Sandman will be the host for the night, while DJ DP One will be spinning classic and contemportary jams throughout the evening. The party gets started at 8pm, and tickets for the show are $10.

The Background:

By age 20, Princeton, New Jersey native Kyle Rapps started winning poetry slams in NYC with a concept-strong, socially sharp raw hip-hop delivery. Once he graduated from Rutgers University, he had already opened for big name acts like Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez with his group, Thought Breakers. And once he decided to change his name to Kyle Rapps, he was getting ready to release the single "Love, Love" with KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman, which eventually went on to reach #1 on the college radio charts for hip-hop. Now, fresh off his critically acclaimed EP, RE-Edutainment, which features Joell Ortiz and KRS-One, and production from Kev Brown, Kyle has put together a new concept project called On Air. The new mixtape, which samples from the legendary French-electro DJ duo, Air, is now available for free download.

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