Every summer there’s always that one track that’s going to be played everywhere and this year it’s “I Luv This Shit” by August Alsina & Trinidad James. Maybe it’s the heavy bass or maybe it’s the smooth vocals, but it’s obvious that this is August Alsina’s ticket to the music industry. The Def Jam artist recently dropped his mixtape, The Product 2, hosted by DJ Drama and it’s definitely worth the listen. With his first national tour as the opening act for The Dream and Kelly Rowland, it’s clear that he isn’t slowing down. Take a look at the music video to this summer banger, directed by Motion Family.
G.Grand is an emcee based in Ottawa, Canada who drops his latest EP, Freshly Pressed, today. The EP features the nostalgic track “Bounce Is Back” which showcases G.Grand’s influences and his love for 90′s hip hop. Jeepz, the producer and director works his magic to create a laid-back yet soulful beat along with fun visuals from a 90′s themed house party. It is always great to see artists pay tribute to those who have influenced them and G.Grand does an excellent job of taking us on a journey through what he and many others refer to as the “Golden Age” of hip-hop. Check out the video below and share your thoughts!
Locksmith recently sat down with This is 50 to talk about The Green Box with Jack Thriller, he also gives a better insight on who he is as a person, talks about the hip hop scene today and gives yet another crazy freestyle at the beginning of the interview. If you’ve been following the past posts we’ve done on Locksmith, you really get to see the creative side of Locksmith through his writing concepts and the visuals he has released. Locksmith is a true genuine person so if you appreciate sincere good music, be on the lookout for anything he drops! Take in this eight minute interview underneath and make sure to go checkout The Green Box if you haven’t already.
“Death do the trauma my momma would always tell me, be careful chasing a dollar, make sure your soul is wealthy”
Greg Owens, a 20 year old drummer, producer, writer and recording artist born in Columbus, Ohio may be new to most of you, although he has been gaining attention all over the Mid-West since a young age. Producing for local acts around his hometown since the age of 13, which eventually lead him to create his own label called Young Nation Entertainment. With eight mixtapes under his belt and popular songs like “It’s Alright” featuring Michael Owens (his father) and “Popular”, all produced and mastered by G.O himself, he is set to release his ninth mixtape sometime this year titled Young, Black and Gifted. “Go Get Em Now” is his most recent hit song off his forthcoming album. Hit the link after the jump to check out this inspirational video!
Toronto emcee, Dillan Ponders, drops off the first set of visuals from his debut album, Overdose. Young Toronto is on the rise. Watch the new video for “Balloon,” produced by MindBlown.
Quake Matthews just released one of sickest freestyle’s I’ve heard yet over “Numbers On The Board”, which is filmed in Halifax by Cory LeRue. You can even catch JRDN rapping along throughout the video. If you’re in the Halifax area head out to The Seahorse on June 29th to see Quake and Cam Smith perform as well, it will without a doubt be a great show. Be sure to purchase his album Corrado and check our recent interview with Quake which he talks in detail his most recent album and more.
Dropping his newest video yesterday directed by Patrick Ivan, Young Stitch heads to “The Green Room” and puts fire to this calming instrumental. If you’re a smoker, you’re going to appreciate this one!
We are proud to premier the homie Casper’s latest video featuring Big C and Nikar Kim titled “Lead A Way” which was filmed at an amazing spot, the Baltimore House in Hamilton, Ontario. On a Dreampedal composition (he also sings the chorus as well) Casper and Big C express their feelings on the road traveled thus far and their motivation to push forward to set an example and “Lead A Way”, which these two definitely have done and continue to more each day. Watch Casper’s newest video below and let me know your thoughts on the track.
With certain situations it’s hard to find the right words to say and sometimes it’s best to take your time to express how you feel. In Locksmith’s latest video “Fleming Street” directed by The Young Gunz, he tells a vivid story of the loss of his cousin and how violence in the inner city can be relentless over a smooth instrumental produced by Mike TopNoch and Locksmith himself. Growing up in a similar environment and losing a good friend a couple years ago, I find myself listening to this song a lot whenever I listen to The Green Box . Really pay attention to Locksmith’s latest video because there is a lesson to be learned from everything and one of the many reasons I love his music is simply for the fact of how down to earth and real he is. Also if you missed it, be sure to check out our recent interview with Locksmith and let me know why he is one of your favorite artists.
Since the murder of my cousin, I had been searching for the right way to properly express my grief. This song and video is dedicated to his mom (may she rest in peace) and any one who has lost someone to violence.
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.