[Video] Locksmith- “Funk Volume DFUOB7 Promo”


Hit the picture to check out what Locksmith has done for us.

Funk Volume, the record label consisting of HopsinDizzy WrightSwizZzJarren Benton, and DJ Hoppa have just hit the green light on their “Don’t Funk Up Our Beats 7” contest, where artists can purchase a beat, and lay down a 2 minute or less track to be voted on, and judged. First place wins $2500, a feature on HipHopDX.com, and the opening slot on 2-4 dates on the upcoming “Funk Volume 2015 Tour”.

Locksmith has jumped in on this for promotional reasons, thus this is not an entry in the contest. However, this doesn’t take anything away from the pure talent that Lock is laying down on this beat. Not many artists can successfully keep the listeners attention without any form of a hook or a chorus, espeically with the lyrical content and confidence that Lock is known for. (See “10KONDRMS” for more on this).

Voting has already begun for Funk Volume’s “Don’t Funk Up Our Beats 7″, and runs until August 9th 2015. Lock is a talented emcee to say the least, but would he have gotten your vote? If you want to check out some of the entries, or even submit one yourself, take a trip over to Funk Volume’s Facebook Page, or their official FAQ page, and start cookin’.

[Audio] Ravyn Lenae – Mr. Sun (prod. Monte Booker)


Chicago’s Rayvn Lenae  incorporates the  children’s nursing rhyme into a  jazzy track which features Monte Booker‘s ambient, but upbeat production. The track starts out with her beautiful and airy vocals, detailing her feelings for a special someone, ‘Mr. Sun’.  Rayven is gearing up to release her debut project Moon Shoes on August 25th. Listen below and let the track brighten your day.

[Audio] Sincere – “Live And Raw” [Prod. J Dilla]


I’ve written about artists based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan before, predominantly in the Future Beats genre. However, recently I have stumbled upon a new Grand Rapids Boom Bap rapper by the name of Sincere. Featured on Statik Selektah’s project What Goes Around, Sincere has a classic 90’s nostalgia rap vibe similar to the scene in New York and is heavily displayed on his single “Live and Raw”.

Not much is known about the Michigan rapper, but what we do know is he is a talented emcee. With the help of one of the greatest of all time J Dilla, “Live and Raw” is a well crafted track reminiscent of Illmatic Nas and recent 90’s revivalist Joey Bada$$. A minimal approach with a chorus verse chorus arrangement, Sincere is careful not to overproduce and the result is a success.

Now out with his debut EP Zen, look to see more of Sincere in the future but for now check out his single below.


[Audio] A-Fos – “Back in the Day” & “Sweet Mother Mary”

A-Fos - Clean Your Room Already

We’ve brought you music from A-Fos & The Rude Youth before — you may be familiar with the group’s funk/hip-hop fusion. Now the band’s frontman is coming out with a solo project, Clean Your Room Already, showcasing not only his skills on the mic, but his production chops as well (something you may also be familiar with from KyleKanevil’s solo project). The album — which A-Fos promises to be “funky, nostalgic and honest” — drops August 1st. The latest glimpse we get comes in the form of two tracks, “Back in the Day” and “Sweet Mother Mary.”

The former enlists Nathan Bain on the hook as A-Fos reminisces about times growing up. The latter sees the London-based emcee pairing with Jordan MacDonald of Texas King in a song about, well, you can probably guess from the title. Listen below.

[News] The Beat Academy Presents: Battle Of America’s TO vs. ATL


One of the most renowned music organizations in Toronto The Beat Academy, has announced its next event. Known for showcasing some of Toronto’s most talented producers, The Battle Of Americas is back with a new match up Team TO vs. Team ATL. Responsible for launching the careers of Prezident Jeff, Chef Byer, Sven Thomas, and Skye Hutch this event is not one to miss.

To give a better understanding to the newcomers, The Beat Academy gives an in depth explanation “Ready to take your music to the next level? If you are from Toronto or Atlanta and want to battle with a team of some of the hottest producers in your city, enter the battle today!! Battle Of America’s is a battle like no other. Rising stars like Skyehutch (Kendrick Lamar), Wondagurl (Drake, Jay Z), Prezident Jeff (Lil Simz) have made their mark, representing their in front of production heavyweights from Jahlil Beats, to Young Guru to Boi-1da. Designed to showcase the best of each city, the battle pushes producers into the music spotlight to be seen by A&R’s, artists and the media. Producers, build your brand. Make your mark”.

You can enter the competition on The Beat Academy’s website.

Registration closes August 22nd.

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