It’s Era Friday! Going on week seven JD Era remixes a classic, Cameo’s “Candy”. Besides JD Era’s JMSN “Love and Pain” remix, we’ve mostly got some raw tracks like “Rice in Chinatown” (one of my favorite so far). Bringing it back for the ladies, JD Era’s “Candy” remix doesn’t lack bars whatsoever. With the first of the Barz Mixtape series coming this month, most of these jams will be on repeat for a while. I’d say keep an eye for JD Era this year, it’s only the beginning.
Fundament just released the first single off a new project he’s gearing up to release called 15BLOCKS. “Brim Low” produced by the UK’s Kxngs is a mellow piano based instrumental with some kick, Fundament brings a smooth, chill flow which I guarantee will have you singing the hook by first time around. His last project with Fameless, The Fundament x Fameless EP I really enjoyed listening to and still do. Take in “Brim Low” off 15BLOCKS and see for yourself!
This track is an unreleased gem taken from Toronto producer Frankenstein’s compilation The Science of Sound, in stores March 18th. Frankenstein first stepped onto the scene in ’94 with AZ (known together as the duo Delphi Oracle) to release their 12″ single “Peace And Quiet”. During his time in the industry, Frankenstein has recorded, remixed and mastered tracks for artists such as Choclair, Maestro Fresh Wes, Peanut Butter Wolf, Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, and T-Love, Thrust.
This track reminds me of what I miss in Hip-Hop- that underground, carefree bounce that we’ve lost in the past decade. Re-mastering this track, especially amidst the hyper-masculine and materialist tracks that have come to define today’s society , makes its release a perfect time.
Frankenstein’s album, “Agony To Ecstasy” album drops later this year on Ill Adrenaline Records.
Award winning Ngajuana (London, Ontario, Canada) is prepping his project with 365RealLifeMusic, to be released later this year. But today he delivers the first single “The Hurtin Side”! A song that was created to bring attention to the often ignored condition of PTSD, that a large number of soldiers returning from WAR suffer from. Ngajuana takes on a narrative role in this record telling a story of a veteran struggling with the effects of PTSD and how his day to day life is a challenge. Adam Bomb retells this story but in the role of the veteran’s perspective. The two connect on a great production provided by R1 and the end result is so dope!
It’s not often you come across great music like this. Both amazing emcee’s and writers, Ngajuana and Adam Bomb linked up for a song that spreads awareness and reach a broad audience of people. Stream and purchase “The Hurtin Side” below.
I gotta be honest. I used to be a huge Lupe fan back in the day but I kinda wrote him off after “The Cool”. Years passed and my music library expanded, burying all my favourite Lupe songs so while this recent activity doesn’t indicate a “comeback”, it certainly feels that way to me. It’s still early 2014 and Lupe has released a couple bangers already (“Thot 97″ and “$nitches”), all part of generating interest for his new album, “Tetsuo & Youth”. A few minutes ago, Lupe (or, according to the watermark, Ab-Soul) was kind enough to drop “Thorns & Horns”, a truly collaborative effort between the 2 wordsmiths. I’m happy that Ab-Soul didn’t phone-in a verse for this as it’s truly remarkable to hear them both go back & forth on the 3rd verse. Peep below.
2014 is already gearing up to be a hell of a year, release-wise. With DZA’s “Dream.ZONE.Achieve” coming out April 1st and Ab-Soul’s album coming out in a “couple more months” (according to ScHoolboy Q’s Q&A on Facebook), “Hearses” couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Although DZA really does his thing on this track, I have to admit I was more excited to hear Soul go the fuck in; it really made up for the lack of Ab-Soul tracks the internet has suffered as of late. Oh, did I mention that DJ Dahi creates an absolute banger of an instrumental? Peep below.
Hagen kills it in this track. Formerly known as Madelae, Hagen allows us to experience his unique spin on Kid Ink and Chris Brown’s smash hit, “Show Me”. Hagen mashes up the hit with Usher’s “You Remind Me”- with a slash of Lauryn Hill- over a dark, moody backdrop produced by BMR. This track is beautiful- it’s sultry, soulful, and seamless, combing what was a Pop/Dance/Hip-Hop track and a R&B jam and turns it into a dreamlike, sleepy, ethereal, alternative orchestra of a song. Hagen’s incorporation of Usher’s “You Remind Me” is clever and melts like better into the rest of the track.
Hagen is a New York based emcee and vocalist who, alongside producer BMR, will be releasing their first single from their upcoming LP, Early Bloomers, dropping in April.
Banger alert! At the end of last year Toronto’s Jimmy B dropped L.O.R.D.S (Life Only Respects Da Successful) and one of the stand out singles on it “Fuck It Yo” just got a big remix! Recruiting fellow label mate Flex The Antihero along with Harlem rapper Smoke DZA, Jimmy B turns “Fuck It Yo” into a tune that could shake the block. It being Friday, this is one you want to bump wherever you may be at tonight. If you’re a smoker, you know what to do.
Jimmy B along with the whole SmashMouth crew like The Antiheroes will be in London on March 20th performing at The APK. You can get the full event details here.. Haviah Mighty, Richie Blackz will be performing as well. You definitely want to make it out for this show!
This hot new track by Khimera is a Valentine’s Day ode to the special women in their lives. Over the soulful instrumental are Monty C. Benjamin, Erik Barnum and ProFound, each giving us a unique and touching verse to a special lady. While Valentine’s Day has passed, this track is a beautiful dedication to women, regardless of the day. Furthermore, its relatable and even better, it shows these artists’ softer sides which is always a bonus! The track includes rhymes on helping their women reach their dreams, wanting to be the perfect guy, crushing on a girl, getting to know her better, and showering her with compliments. How sweet! “About Her” is definitely on replay for me, it’s a refreshing break from the constant objectification of women in music and as it turns out, music can still be great without it! Take a listen below and tell me what you think.
“Fate, fate fate fate fate fate”
Good things come to those who wait and King Los has been waiting a long ass time. Having originally signed to Bad Boy Records back in 2005, becoming independent in 2008 and then signing with Bad Boy again in 2012, Los knows a thing or 3 about label woes. But that never stopped him. He has released almost a dozen mixtapes since 2008 and worked with damn near everyone in the game: Ross, Twista, Wiz, Ab-Soul, Dizzy Wright, Juicy J, Pusha…the list goes on. He was even nominated for the 2012 XXL Freshman list but he didn’t make it (between you and me, it probably wouldn’t have made a difference if he had).
So the question remains: why hasn’t he “made it”? Or has he already made it but just isn’t getting the coverage he rightfully deserves? I could sit here and speculate about the mechanics & machinations of the Hype Machine all day long but fuck that, let’s talk facts: the dude absolutely slays the “Pound Cake” instrumental (a beautiful production by Boi-1da and Jordan Evans). King Los’s impeccable flow mixed with clever wordplay and dense lyricism will have you skipping back to the craziest parts just to have it go over your head a second time. Here’s hoping Los finally gets his well deserved shine when “Zero Gravity 2” drops.
I bring you, once again, the poetic, outspoken, and talented Adam Reverie who really brings a whole new meaning to “real Hip-Hop”. In this track, Reverie tackles the barriers, discrimination, and obstacles that Black men face financially, in the music industry, and in society. Reverie makes some extremely (and I can’t stress this enough) powerful statements in this track, especially in regards to the music industry and society’s attempts to maintain a specific stereotype about Black men: “Black boy out in poverty/Understand that the industry’s plan/Is to use your mind/To kill us one at a time/All they want is/You to dumb it down/Make a profit and rape the culture”, as well as the media’s influence on these stereotypes: “If I had the guns to kill the media, I’d shoot them down…/Give me another round”.
Finally, Reverie addresses the mainstream media directly, putting his words into an action plan that is pro-active and revolutionary: “They feed us this music/That cause us destruction/And all that I hear is excuses/But I’m coming for all y’all/And when I get there you’ll know/Cuz I’ll up lift my folks/And I ain’t playin/You got me hot /Tell Pac and Big don’t worry/Might be small/But I do got courage/I’m talking to my people/We can take it a little deeper/And to the mainstream/Cant wait until I meet ya” .
The energy that Adam Reverie puts out is incredible, and you can hear how passionate he is about his music, and societal change, especially when it comes to racial discrimination. He uses music and the industry as a way to bring about a new kind of way of thinking about race, and people in general, and I look forward to his takedown of the mainstream media- I know he’s a man of his word.