[Video] Vince Staples- “Norf Norf” (Prod. Clams Casino)

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Vince Staples
, the Long Beach, California emcee that’s gearing up to be one of new school Hip-Hop’s hottest artists just dropped the visual for his gritty single “Norf Norf” from his newly released album “Summertime ’06“. Produced by Clams Casino, “Norf Norf” has Vince reminiscing about his adolescent years, and his early days of gang banging in this dark track.

Staples has worked with many well known rappers, such as Mac Miller, Common, Schoolboy Q, and Earl Sweatshirt. In fact, Mac also produced every track on Vince’s collaborative mixtape “Stolen Youth” under the alias of Larry Fisherman. Staples also received the honor of being a member of XXL’s 2015 freshman class, among Fetty Wap, Goldlink, and Raury.

As far as the video goes, the visuals have Vince in various situations with the police, including being in the back of a police cruiser, getting interrogated, and getting his mugshot taken. The entire video is placed in black and white which helps to reflect the imagery that Vince aims to demonstrate with his lyrical content. Vince does a great job telling his story while laying the bars down, additionally, his hook consisting of the lyrics ” I ain’t never ran from nothing but the police” is simple, but oh so powerful. The production, courtesy of Clams Casino holds some dark undertones that fit Vince’s lyrical content like a glove.

Vince just released his debut album “Summertime ’06” and has been enjoying positive reception ever since. Acting as a follow up to his 2014 EP “Hell Can Wait“, the album features artists such as Jhené Aiko, Joey Fatts, Kilo Kish, and A$ton Matthews, among others. Familiarize yourself with Vince, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

[Audio] Adam Joseph – Motion ft. Toni Romiti (Prod. Oshi)

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20 year old Chi-town rapper, Adam Joseph is a hidden gem in the rap game. He’s been involved in music since the age of 11 and is apart of the O3 collective, short for Odd One Out. For his new single, he gives us a track titled “Motion”. This track features a nice hook from singer, Toni Romiti. UK producer, Oshi, provides the piano-backed production while he lays contemplative verses about his direction in life. Look forward to hearing more from the rising star.

[Event] Vic Mensa: Traffic Tour Pt. 1 August 17 @ The Hoxton

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SAVEMONEY artist, Vic Mensa hits The Hoxton in August as part of his Traffic Tour. The rapper’s been making lots of noise this year, being featured on music festival lineups, as well as his hit song “U Mad”. Be sure to check him out when he comes to the city. His upcoming album, Traffic is set to drop this year, and who knows… Maybe we’ll get to hear some exclusives!

What: Vic Mensa – Traffic Tour
Where: The Hoxton – 69 Bathurst St.
When: Monday, August 17th, 2015
Admission: 19+ | $25 tickets are available via Ticketweb

[Audio] Derin Falana – “Interstellar” [Prod. Joey Castellani]

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Derin Falana, previously known as the The Flan, has garnered a cult following. Releasing his debut project and one off singles, Derin has gained a lot of respect from his hometown Brampton and Toronto. The analogue, low-fi, conscious rap has separated him from the pack. His influences such as J. Cole and Drake are very evident in his music as well.

With a new name change, Derin Falana releases a new track “Interstellar”. Two minutes and thirty seconds of straight rap, the Brampton emcee vents his frustrations and proves why he should more than a local rap hero. A true technician, Derin displays his fast rising progression by incorporating more complex rhyme schemes and cathartic verses, while still keeping the arrangement and structure fairly simple.

Joey Castellani, a relatively unknown producer provides Derin with unorthodox hip hop instrumental. An analogue progressive off key sound flows well with his vocals and the chord progression switches up enough where is not repetitive yet allows Derin to keep a train thought and maintain momentum while rapping.

There’s very high hopes for Derin Falana and if continues his intense focus, increasing development, and work ethic he will no doubt be on his way to reaching the next level.

[Video] Jazz Cartier- “Dead or Alive” (Live at Truth Studios)

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Shortly after dropping his positively received “Marauding in Paradise” album, Toronto based emcee Jazz Cartier hits us with something extra, a live performance of his hit “Dead or Alive” at the legendary Truth Studios in LA.

The live version of Dead or Alive, complete with the visual allows the listener to get an unique look at Cartier’s creative process while also delivering a raw version of an already great track from his “Marauding in Paradise” release.

Following a performance in Hollywood, Jazz decided to keep the momentum going and drop some fire, just for the fans. If this track wet your appetite for some Jazz Cartier, check out his recently released album here, or a leftover from “Marauding in Paradise”, the emotionally charged “Always Up To Something“.

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