In December, London’s own Jux Cain and JR Fillion released their collaborative EP titled Story Up Bud, bringing back the art form of story telling with some raw hip-hop. The bonus track off Story Up Bud, “Life’s a Bitch” featuring BeefWelli is one that catches that whole essence into one song. Raw, powerful lyrics. A insane beat with some cuts and samples produced by Joey Black and some visuals that give the song even more realness. I highly advise checking out JR Fillion and Jux Cain’s latest project Story Up Bud if you haven’t yet, this is only one of many. Take in “Life’s a Bitch” featuring BeefWelli and see for yourself.
The formal definition of “clipping” (usually with respect to audio waveforms) calls it a form of distortion that occurs when an amplifier is overdriven and tries to deliver a signal that is way beyond its maximum capability. Enter Los Angeles noise/experimental/rap trio CLIPPING. Just one listen to their brilliant 2013 album “midcity” will show you how analogous their ethos and style are to the waveform distortions of the formal definition. Over a landscape of twisted, high-frequency samples of power electronics and distorted, enveloped drums, Daveed Diggs comes through with a rapid and catchy double-time flow.
It’s 2014 and we are a few months from another clipping. album (titled “clppng”). The new single, “Work Work”, while retaining the core elements that defined their music so far, also expands on its syncretic and contradictory nature, with clean and shiny synth pieces that are reminiscent of early 2000s crunk. Lyrically, Diggs and Cocc Pistol Cree are both on point; the amazing flows go really well with the glitchy xylophone-like percussion. Listen to/watch the lyric video below.
April 15th is the day ladies and gentlemen! As the last installement of release’s until A Thousand Cuts comes out, Locksmith drops “Archaic” produced by Locksmith and Mike Blankenship. With some classic boom-bap vibe’s, Locksmith goes in- as always on this minute and a half long banger. “Whatever lives in your soul is so blind, either you don’t mind it or don’t realize that you’re close minded” – and that’s just one bar. Me personally I’m super excited to grab my copy of A Thousand Cuts on April 15th, which you can now pre-order. Take in Locksmith’s new teaser “Archaic” and let me know which one of these release’s so far are your favorite? “Archaic”, “House of Games”, “House of Games 2″, or “Lies”.
Dropping not one but two brand new singles today, T.Y. presents “Brooklyn Way” off his forthcoming album. This one is dedicated to the legacy of Notorious B.I.G. and the positive affect he had on all his fans, T.Y. takes to pay tribute to Biggie, one of his favorite artist’s and continue to spread love and the messages learned from him. This being the 17th year since Biggie’s unfortunate passing, T.Y.’s new single “Brooklyn Way” is a great song for today. We’re proud to premiere this song thanks to T.Y. and the whole KINGS crew. If you missed the earlier release, “Let Me Ask You” you should definitely go watch that video! I have to say these brand new singles from T.Y. have me anxious as ever to take in the new project fully.
Hamilton, Ontario’s own T.Y. is gearing up to release his new project in the near future and today we’re proud to premiere T.Y.’s newest single off the project “Let Me Ask You” produced by Chef Byer. On this one you find T.Y. pondering a few things going through his mind with a smooth melodic flow. The hook too! I’ve been singing it like crazy all day. Be on the lookout for T.Y.’s new album coming soon and let me know what you think of T.Y.’s new single “Let Me Ask You”. “Brooklyn Way” is up next!
Coming off a successful mixtape release, TheLegendsLeague Presents: Naturally Born Strangers (consisting of Rich Kidd, Adam Bomb and Tona) had a pop-up shop and concert event on January 31st. Some of us from the team made it up to catch the event and me being one of the one’s who didn’t make it, all I could do was catch photograph’s randomly throughout the night and that was enough to make you wish you were there. Setting up a pop-up shop for TheLegendsLeague exclusive Naturally Born Strangers merchandise, selling out the MOD Club, it was a very successful night for all of them.
Taking a quote from a recent interview I did with Chef Byer, “That’s a testament to the amount of talent this country has and the area of Toronto has. I f*ck with Adam Bomb,I f*ck with Tona, I f*ck with Rich Kidd. Those guys are really dope artists from the city. It’s good to see those three receive that kind of recognition. It’s a sign that people are really paying attention to these artist’s with integrity in their craft.”. I couldn’t of said it better myself.
If you were one of the people who attended the show, check out the video from that night and let me know what memory you have of that night. If you were like me and didn’t make it, see why you should definitely go next time. As Adam Bomb, Tona and Rich Kidd perform “Jameson Ave” to close out the night. We also have some dope photo’s from that night you can check out also.
Future has released the visuals to one of rap’s most compelling collaborations so far this year. Directed by Benny Boom, the exciting video also features Pusha T and Pharrell as the trio attempts to evade police in a high-speed chase. Cameos throughout include Tyler, The Creator, Wiz Khalifa, and ScHoolboy Q. Check out the video for “Move That Dope” below.
It’s mo money, mo problems for Curren$y as he releases the first visual off of his latest mixtape, The Drive In Theatre. In the CJ Wallis-directed video, Spitta links up with Le$ as the two handle business before cruising the town at night. Watch “$ Migraine,” produced by Cardo and Young Exclusive below.
If you haven’t been following along with VH1′s four-part roll out of Steve Stoute’s The Tanning of America documentary, it’s all good- the entire four part series is now available to streaming online. The mini-series aims to show hip-hop’s evolution from its formative years, all the way to its current cultural footprint in today’s society. The episode content spans from the introduction of never before seen racial issues in American television back in the 1970′s (IE. All in the Family and The Jeffersons) all the way to media frenzy of Obama’s political position. As blacks became more prevalent on the TV screen,the black audiences were able to see a reflection of themselves through these characters- a voice they could relate to.
Hip hop is one of the main movements that broke down racial barriers for blacks in popular media. Back in the day if you went to see a movie that stared a black hero, you knew he was going to die before the film ended. With the introduction of Blaxploitation films, African Americans now had hero’s to cheer for throughout the movies entirety, These in your face characters from these films would shape the views of impressionable blacks youths, showing them that they too can be hero’s. Hip Hop’s roots are embedded in these old school flicks, which are just one of the many facts that has taken hip hop to it’s platform today.
This four part series is not all about blacks in the entertainment industry, rather it proves just how effectively a cultural movement such as hip hop, can change the world for the better. Hit the jump to view all four parts. Each episode and episode summary are provided. You NEED to take this documentary in.
From hes debut back in 1998 all the way through the 2000′s, New York emcee Papoose has been in perpetual grind mode. Looking back through my years as a hip hop fan I’d have to say that Papoose was one of the first artist I can recall really fixating on- whenever he dropped a mix tape, I made sure I copped that right away. Throughout his career, Papoose has fought through countless label issues while trying to get his music out to the fans who still ride for him to this day. Earlier this week Papoose announced the release of his latest mixtape,Cigar Society. In addition to the announcement, Papoose also dropped a video for his single “6 AM” which features Jadakiss and Jim Jones. Just to put this video over the top, the legend himself Ice-T makes an appearance, co signing the use of his “6 in the Morning” sample. Take in Papoose’s latest video and share your thoughts with us.
Last September, we introduced you to EGAA’s Tech Rymes as the inaugural emcee in our Don’t Sleep On Me series. At the time, he was fresh off the release of his promising Flawed & Strong mixtape. Now, the Brampton emcee is back with a brand new track and accompanying visuals for “Sober Up,” directed by Ryan Butler. If you’re digging Tech Rymes, you can catch him in London, Ontario on March 29th along with the rest of his EGAA crew at The Consignment Show’s Smashmouth Mentality Showcase. Check out the visuals to “Sober Up” below.