Another set of Koncept visuals? I can mess with that, kid! The Brooklyn-based emcee just dropped the visuals to “Space Mountain”, off his latest album Malt Disney. On “Space Mountain”, the Brown Bag emcee is joined by Tanya Morgan (Donwill and Von Pea), with whom he toured last year. Fellow Brown Bag AllStars Deejay Element and J57 handle the production on this one. If you haven’t taken in Koncept’s music before, be sure to check out our interview with him in which we discuss his debut album Awaken, how he got into hip-hop, the Brown Bag AllStars, and much more. Check out the visuals to “Space Mountain” below.
ANTHM is back again, this time giving the visual treatment to “Double Excel”. In the video, Ant hits up the Rap Genius headquarters looking to subpoena their database of wack rappers (Rap Genius’ Editor-in-Chief, Shawn Setaro, makes an appearances in this one). Ant goes in hard on “Double Excel”, his barrage of multis as evidence of Eminem’s influence when he was growing up. This would sound right at home on ANTHM’s debut release, When We Were Kings. Make sure you check out our interview with ANTHM if you haven’t already. Watch the visuals to “Double Excel”, directed by Elmo Kebour, below.
pac’s “me against world” made me love hip hop. eminem’s infite ep and slim shady lp made me get a rhyme book.
— ANTHM (@NoCosign) June 11, 2012
“The butcher says to the bovines/ you’re all just pastrami when it’s showtime.” – Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco just dropped “Animal Pharm”, a subdued, synth-laden take on the George Orwell classic. The track finds Lupe rapping over Atoms for Peace’s “Ingenue”. No word on whether this is attached to Lu’s upcoming album Tetsuo & Youth or not. As for the upcoming LP, the album title is derived from the 1989 Japanese cyberpunk film Tetsuo: The Iron Man. With that in mind, “Animal Pharm” would definitely sound right at home with that style. Stream and download the track below.
Remember when Shad dropped “Peace” awhile back? Well, it turns out the Skratch Bastid-produced track wasn’t just a one-off. Shad and Skratch Bastid just announced a collaborative EP, The Spring Up, that’s set for digital release later this month. As a preview of what’s to come, they’ve released the Cadence Weapon-assisted “Homie”. The EP was recorded shortly after wrapping up work on Shad’s upcoming full length, Flying Colours. Aside from Skratch Bastid’s production, we can expect some production from DJ Jazzy Jeff (who’s been touring with Bastid). The EP will also include a finished version of “Peace”, which was previously just a demo. Stream “Homie” below.
MUST WATCH: This isn’t new per se, but Immortal Technique sat down with Montreality for a thoroughly in-depth interview, in which the topics range from Tech’s upbringing in Harlem to the orphanage he built in Afghanistan. I can’t claim to have bumped a whole lot of Immortal Technique in the past, but after watching this, I’m definitely a fan of Tech as a human being. He’s got a lot of intelligent things to say. Watch the interview below.
This one’s a must-watch. Murs and Fashawn recently stopped by the Standing Room Only studio in Minneapolis to perform “The Other Side” with the studio’s house band, and the result is a really fresh, laid-back performance. The track comes off Murs and Fashawn’s latest album, This Generation. Fashawn sounds as inspired as ever on this one; his verse is reminiscent of his Boy Meets World days. This marks the first instalment of Standing Room Only, and I have to say, I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next. Watch the video below; shouts to Potholes for the premiere.
Another week, another visual for ANTHM. Not too long after dropping the visuals to “Be Still”, the Manhattan-based emcee is back with the visuals to his “1 Train” freestyle. Once again, Elmo Kebour handles the visuals, showcasing Ant spitting relentlessly in the subway terminal over Hit-Boy’s string-laced production. And when I say relentlessly, I mean relentlessly – this one may require rewinding a couple times to catch all the punchlines. At 2:22, it’s relatively short, but packed with rhymes. If this is your first time taking in ANTHM, be sure to check out our interview with him and get his background story. Check out the visuals to “1 Train” below.
Interview by: Martin Bauman
Even if you haven’t heard the name Uncle Fester before, chances are you’ve probably heard one of his records. As one half of The Extremities (along with Fresh Kils), he’s been responsible for some of the most impressive hip-hop coming out of Canada in the past five years – take a listen to The Mint Condition and see for yourself. In addition to his work with Kils, Uncle Fester has been putting in a ton of work with fellow Nova Scotian Ambition, as well as with his extensive Backburner crew. Most recently, he’s back behind the boards alongside Fresh Kils for The Extremities’ latest release, Re:Fresh, an 11-track album featuring official remixes of songs from the likes of Skyzoo, Rich Kidd, D-Sisive, and a whole bunch of other emcees. The Come Up Show caught up with Uncle Fester to discuss Re:Fresh, digging for records, Backburner, and much more.
Read the full interview after the jump.
My mind is blown right now. Complex TV just released their second instalment in the “Magnum Opus” series, and they dig deep into the history of Talib Kweli’s iconic “Get By”. For instance, did you know that originally, Kanye was saving the “Get By” beat for Mariah Carey? I mean, think about that. As a hip-hop history nerd, I can’t get enough of this stuff. Along with Kweli, the video gets commentary from 88-Keys, Pete Rock, DJ Ralph McDaniels, and Complex’s Editor-In-Chief, Noah Callahan-Bever. Shouts to Complex for this one, I’m looking forward to seeing more episodes in this series. Watch the video below.
Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours. Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins just released “Muthadear”, an ode to mothers everywhere. The track finds a place on G&D’s upcoming album, The Lighthouse, which is set for release on May 21st (via SomeOthaShip Connect). You can pre-order the album here. For more from G&D, check out “Popstopper”. Stream “Muthadear” below.