[Interview] David Banner talks “Sex, Drugs & Videogames,” and how it will change the music industry

Interview by: Martin Bauman

David Banner is on a mission to take back the music industry. With the upcoming release of his album Sex, Drugs & Videogames, and the promotion of his 2M1 movement, Banner believes that with the fans’ help, they can create a whole new future for rap music. Upon the completion of his goals, he plans on making a movie. As Banner explains, “We have to envision greater heights, greater things. We have to know our potential, we have to know who we are.” The Come Up Show recently caught up with David Banner to talk about his upcoming album, the time his van was stolen, when you can expect a David Banner acoustic set, and more.

Hit the skip to check out the interview.

[Event] Droppin Knowledge presents Termanology & Statik Selektah with special guests May 4th @ The Rivoli (Toronto)

The good folks over at Droppin Knowledge are at it again. These guys continue to bring solid acts to the city that represent that real Hip Hop. This time around they are bringing Termanology & Statik Selektah to The Rivoli on May 4th 2012. Also, on the bill is MC Reks who recently dropped a new album R.E.K.S. featuring production from DJ Premier, Sha Money XL and Pete Rock. This show is guaranteed to keep your head nodding throughout the night. If you’re looking for that real Hip Hop, this show is one you won’t want to miss. Don’t sleep, get your tickets now before they are sold out.

What: Droppin Knowledge presents Termanology & Statik Selektah with special guest Reks
Where: The Rivoli 332 Queen W Toronto
When: May 4th 2012
Admission: 19+ $15 available at Ticketpicket.com

Make sure to check out Termanolgy’s latest mixtape

[Album x Video] Clear Soul Forces – “Detroit Revolution(s)”

Detroit hip-hop group Clear Soul Forces recently dropped Detroit Revolution(s), a thoroughly solid 15-track offering. Consisting of members L.A.Z, Ilajide, E-Fav, and Noveliss, Clear Soul Forces brings a fresh, new sound to the Detroit hip-hop scene, combining slick rhymes with infectious beats. Early favourites are “Half As Long//Twice As Bright”, “15 Minutes”, “Get No Better”, and “Stick Em”. Check out the visuals for “Get No Better” and stream/download Detroit Revolution(s) below.

[Review] Parrish of EPMD w/ Citizen Kane, Angerville and more

Parrish of EPMD, The Come Up Show 5 Year Anniversary

On Thursday April 19th PMD of EPMD alongside legendary rap group Citizen Kane and Angerville braced the stage at APK Live. With The Come Up Show celebrating their 5th Anniversary, this was sure to be a night to remember. With local DJ, DJ Ruckus on the 1’s and 2’s and Helder Campos as the MC for the evening the audience quickly began filling the venue.

Hit the jump to read the full review and see the amazing photography.

[Audio] ANTHM ft. Black Rob – “Stolen Whips”

Following the release of his very dope 90s-themed When We Were Kings mixtape and video for “Can I Live”, ANTHM teamed up with the man whose original song he paid tribute to, Black Rob. Together, the two dropped “Stolen Whips”, another solid track by the Manhattan rapper who is quickly becoming one of my favourite new artists. Another reason to be excited is ANTHM’s recent collaboration with Blu, another of my favourite rappers, on the upcoming song “Polaris”. We’ll be sure to keep you posted when it drops. Stream and download “Stolen Whips” below.

[Album] Cityreal & Wes Mackey “Good Morning Blues”

 

Western Canadian Music Award nominee & producer Cityreal, teamed up with Blues singer Wes Mackey for the march released album Good Morning Blues. The album is comprised of 11 tracks of great soulful hip-hop mixed with blues elements and vocals. Production of 10 songs comes via Cityreal himself, which allowed for an in-depth fusion of the two influences (blues and hip hop) to create this dope album. Features from the hip-hop world are on board Good Morning Blues including D-Sisive & Madchild (of Swollen Members), adding great contributions to their respective tracks.

I’ve been listening to it on repeat without even realizing it’s played over and over. I believe that attributes to the great vibe this album has, and the soulful blues elements in the music that make it a beautiful, full listen. Check out the album via the bandcamp player & download below.

Download: Cityreal & Wes Mackey – Good Morning Blues

[Mixtape] Gangrene – “Odditorium” EP

Odditorium is a 4 track EP by rap duo Gangrene. Gangrene features rappers/producers The Alchemist and Oh No. Al and Oh No deliver quality verses throughout the EP over their own beats. The production is definitely unique, but dope nonetheless. Preview the track “Walk Hard” before downloading the full EP below. Also if you dig this project you might want to check out Vodka & Ayahuasca on iTunes.

Fresh off the heels of their full-length opus “Vodka & Ayahuasca,” The Alchemist and Oh No are back, bringing their Gangrene noise on a whole other level. The “Odditorium” EP begins where “Vodka & Ayahuasca” left off, with Al and Oh lyrically blessing the masses over gritty, psychedelic rock-tinged beats.

Download: Gangrene – Odditorium EP

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