DillanPonders returns with the cinematic visuals for his latest single, “SmashMouth CReW Gang.”This latest vid from Dillan and the SmashMouth team is on that hood Martin Scorsese tip, and has to be one of the dopest videos I’ve seen in a long time. The Michael Goitanich directed video finds Kingpin Ponders planing an elaborate drug heist with the SmashMouth Gang… and you already know that our boy comes out on top. “SMCG” appeared on DillanPonder’s sophomore LP, The Boy Who Lived, and is produced by SmashMouth label mate BatmanOnTheBeatz. DillanPonders is currently gearing up to release a fan appreciation EP on April 1st titled YOU’RE WELCOME consisting of 8 infamous brand new DillanPonders remixes. The RETOX EP is coming summer 2015.
Born in 1991, KAVALE grew up in Toronto at a time when the city itself was coming of age. Kavale’s musical start was in a school choir, but he was a kid raised on Biggie, Tupac, Nas and Jay-Z. That vocal contrast, that mixture of melody and rhythm, classic and modern, infused his work from the start. His music aims to inspire, to translate his emotions and implant them in the listener.
“Gravity” is a single off of KAVALE’s Not Too Long mixtape, which dropped earlier this year. I’m really digging this cats style. “Gravity” is a great example of how to spit conscious bars centered around devious situations. Be on the look out for, KAVALE’s upcoming mixtape,Genius, dropping soon. In the mean time, take in “Gravity” and share your thoughts below.
Hailing from the east side of Philadelphia, 18 year old emcee Blake Wolf connects with buzzing Toronto producer Tay Lewis for his latest single “Need It.” BLAKEWOLF brings a mix of mellow R&B vocals and thought provoking bars with this latest effort, resulting in a sound that I feel any new age hip hop fan can get behind. The minimalist beat from Tay Lewis complements BLAKE’S style nicely…. hopefully there are a few more collaborations in the works between these two artists.
Jimmy Johnson hits the world with some new heat, “Winters End”. I’ve still been bumping Red Ferrari, though getting a new jam to bump is all good with me. I have this feeling it won’t be long before we see some more from Jimmy. Turn the volume up to eleven and vibe out to the OVO affiliates new banger.
I always get this vibe when bumping Bo$Clique of the whole crew just lampin’ (while being productive) in the studio making music – and it’s distinctive music too. You could compare them to Pro Era, but not really. Maybe in the sense they’re a group and each make their own individual music as well. Though that’s it. Bo$Clique, consisting of B3auu, EJ Grant and 88Flow, harness that vibe into their music perfectly. “TheJAM” which was the song that sparked the idea of their upcoming project CliQO, really brings that atmosphere to the forefront. Then you’ve got to ask yourself, what is “TheJAM”? It can be the club or it could be your homies spot, your spot. It could be on your block. It’s wherever your having a good time with good people. Exactly the vibe you get when listening to Bo$Clique.
With CliQO coming soon, get in that mood as the weekend approaches with some feel good music. You can hear about a few occurrences at “TheJAM” from Bo$Clique at the end too.
Emcees: 88Flow, EJ Grant, B3auu
Engineer: EJ Grant
SmashMouth Entertainment producer, Tay Lewis, returns with a monster instrumental release titled “Word On Street.” To all the emcees out there, I hope you’re paying attention- this beat is FIRE, and needs to be jumped on right away. This trap heavy beat has just the right amount of knock for all the heads out there, and contains a vocal sample from the street classic, “OG Bobby Johnson” that is too on point. Hit up the beats producers Tay Lewis and Sonny Diamonds on twitter; @ProdTayLewis @SunnyDiamonds, and let em know if you think you can bless the beat.
SmashMouth Entertainment producer M Mac releases his debut project,The Remix EP. This project features 8 official remixes from SmashMouths artists such as Riff Raff, G-Side, ForteBowie, DillanPonders, Allan Rayman, Flex The Antihero, Jimmy B & SeT. M Mac was recently listed by CBC Music as one of the “Top 14 Canadian Hip-Hop Producers,” so you already know dude is legit. Revisit some of your favorite SmashMouth hits with that new new M Mac twist.