[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

[Event] Union Events presents Hoodie Allen April 28th @Virgin Mobile Mod Club (Toronto)

New York based rapper Hooide Allen is making a stop in Toronto on April 28th 2012 at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club. To be completely honest I have not heard much about Allen until one day stumbling on billboard.com. Scrolling through the charts I was surprised to find out that Allen has the #10 album in the U.S. Curious to learn more I did a little digital digging and found out that the MC has been selling out shows across the country and has already sold out The Wrongbar in Toronto, causing his upcoming show to be moved to the Virgin Mobile Mod Club. With over 124k likes on facebook and millions of hits on youtube there has to be something about the MC that has people buzzing. Get your tickets early if you can, by the looks of it this one is going to be a definite sellout.

What: Union Events presents Hoodie Allen live in concert
Where: Virgin Mobile Mod Club. 722 College Street (Toronto)
When: April 28th 2012
Admission: $26 + S.C available at Ticketmaster

[Mixtape] Ivy-League Zombie – “Cheap Sake; 100 Yen”

Sometimes, all you need is some good instrumentals to listen to. Luckily, Bronx duo Ivy-League Zombie (Tut-Piece and Roku) come through with Cheap Sake; 100 Yen. Clocking in at around 40 minutes of nonstop beats, this was the perfect music I needed for studying today. If you’re looking for background music, Cheap Sake; 100 Yen definitely fits the bill, though that’s not to say the music doesn’t deserve to be paid attention to in its own right. Both Tut-Piece and Roku do a great job of carefully crafting a fusion of hip-hop, jazz, funk, and soul into the beat tape, creating a good amount of diversity among their beats. My only wish is that each beat was its own separate song. Instead, we get two songs, representing each beatmaker’s work. Stream and download Cheap Sake; 100 Yen below.

[Mixtape] Treejay & DJ Clockwork – “The Grow Op: Official 4/20 Mixtape”

Fresh off 4/20, DJ Clockwork & producer Treejay bring us The Grow Op. with artists featured such as Mac Miller, Smoke DZA, and Sir Michael Rocks (to name a few) the mixtape has great appeal through variety of style. It definitely has a relaxed vibe throughout and is a great listen for fans of the many producers and rappers on the project.

Featured production from Big Jerm, Cookin Soul & HD bring a high quality sound, that many “typical weed songs” lack. Be sure to check out the two early favorites I had “The Grow Up” by Mac Miller & “We Get High” by Sir Michael Rocks. Also, download of the mixtape is below with streams of my early favorites.

Play: Mac Miller – The Grow Up

Play: Sir Michael Rocks – We Get High

Download: Treejay & DJ Clockwork – The Grow Op: Official 4/20 Mixtape

[Album] Shag – “Remixes and B-Sides”

Texas beatmaker Shag recently dropped Remixes and B-Sides, a 20-track compilation of original remixes as well as a few B-sides that didn’t make the cut for his upcoming EP. I first found out about Shag when I heard his outstanding Flyrule album last year, an 11-track instrumental hip-hop reworking of The Legend of Zelda music. If you’re a fan of the Zelda series, I highly recommend checking it out. Standout tracks on Remixes and B-Sides are Nas and AZ’s “Life’s A Bitch” remix, and Co$$’s “Scriptures” remix. Stream and download Remixes and B-Sides below.

[Audio] JD- “I Go Hard At ‘Em”

Up and comer, JD drops his latest track I Go Hard At ‘Em. The single is a great entrance to the game, and is sure to attract a lot of attention for the Colorado native. Accompanied by some great up-tempo production JD brings some clever verses, along with great energy and confidence on the mic. Check out the track below & be sure to download if you dig it.

Play: JD – I Go Hard At ‘Em

Download: JD – I Go Hard At ‘Em

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