RZA | Murs | Bizarre Ride/Delicious Vinyl | Chuck D | House Shoes | Bootsy Collins
Jonathan Emile & Kendrick Lamar | MIDI Mafia | Honey Cocaine | Rick Allen (Def Leppard)
Jonezen & Gucci Mane | Substance Abuse & Tash of Tha Liks | Planet Asia| Cab Cabernet
Les Claypool of Primus | Victor Wooten | Stanley Clarke | DJ Nu-Mark | Strong Arm Steady
Rockie Fresh | Exile | Thurz | Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction) | Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses)
Toy Art Gallery | R&R Gallery | Rapper Big Pooh & Phife Dawg | 9th Wonder | Fashawn
Verdine White (Earth Wind & Fire) | Super Mart Produce | Kill Paris | Sixo | Roc Marciano
Miz MAF & Freeway | DJ Rhettmatic | Phonte | Quickie Mart | Gypsyphonic Disko
Kurupt & Boldy James | Oh No & Guilty Simpson | Phil The Agony | Shabaam Sahdeeq
China Mac & Jadakiss | Mr. Complex | Radioinactive | Sick Jacken | John Robinson
Myka Nyne | S.O.U.L. Purpose | Ricky B | Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone)
Hasan Salaam & Immortal Technique | Rheteric Ramirez | IamOmni | Yamin Semali | DJ Babu
V. Nova & Smif-N-Wessun | Bamboo Bros | Voice | Boycott Blues | Harn Solo | Pavy
Gotham Green, Kool G Rap & Nature | Lodeck & Omega One | Montage One | Signif
J. Rawls & Masta Ace | Maimouna Youssef | Menacin Johnson | J. Ivy | Self Scientific
Super Chron Flight Bros | Hieroglyphics | Black Silver, Ras Kass, Rakaa | Clan Destined
Paranoid Castle | Digi Crates | Jose Pasillas (Incubus) | Sonny Seeza (Onyx)
East Point, GA rapper/producer Yamin Semali presents The Saturday/Sunday Remixes, a project in which he remixes the Monday/Friday album he released in 2015 with fellow Atlanta producer Illastrate are Monday/Friday (Monday/Friday on Bandcamp). Videos from the album were released for “Right On” (watch) and “MF” (watch). The remix album was completed following a North America tour with Melaphyre Etheoryall and Boog Brown. Besides his collaborations with Blu, Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound and J-Live, Yamin’s work as one half of Atlanta rap duo Clan Destined garnered them a 5 out of 5 rating from Creative Loafing for their album Self Titled. Yamin made AllHipHop’s Top Indie Artists of 2015 list (read) as well as its 2014 top 50 artists list, and Yamin’s self-titled solo debut album landed on Dart Adam’s Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. “Illastrate really influenced me, first as an emcee,” Yamin says about the project. “Then, after I did a few remixes, he encouraged me to do the entire album. I’m glad I took him up on that. Monday/Friday is my best work so far to me.”
Brooklyn rapper Bajan Sparrow (formerly known as Spa77ow) presents God Don’t Like Ugly, his new mixtape featuring contributions from Birdie Bands, Mazik Productions, Prince Hood, Sean Murdz, Jacob Lethal Beats, Diamond Style Productions and Yun Nostra. Sparrow was featured in XXL’s Freshmen issue 2015 (read his XXL interview). He collaborated in 2014 with Tone Trump (listen to “Virgin Remy” on Soundcloud) and his most recent visual was for the “Stone Cold Stunna Freestyle” (Youtube). In 2009 he toured with Nike as an opening act for LeBron James’ “More Than A Game” Movie promo tour, did the Toy Drive tour in 2015 through the East Coast, and has had over 10 sold out shows in NYC at venues such as Webster Hall , Coco 66, Armarachi Lounge. Sparrow recently freestyled over N.W.A.’s “Dopeman” (watch the music video). “This project is my basement stash,” says Sparrow. “It’s the thoughts and experience that I put in the basement of my thoughts and compress them into music. I’m hoping this record as a whole can get me up out that basement but until then this is what we working with… lol. This just the first wave of Bajan Sparrow. The storm is coming along.”
California emcee Lucid Optics and UK producer Museum are Modern Language, presenting “Madlab”, their new single from An Offer You Can Totally Refuse, their forthcoming album out now. “Madlab” features a guest appearance from Ohio emcee Illogic, who with Lucid Optics forms the duo Lucid Logic (stream “Penciled In” on Soundcloud). Lucid and Museum first met when they performed on the same bill at a show in San Francisco, and have been collaborating digitally ever since, releasing the OK Txt Me EP in 2015 (stream on Bandcamp). Lucid Optics is part of the Iscape collective, and has performed alongside Blueprint, Louis Logic and Milo. “Museum doesn’t know it, but this beat was the greatest twentieth birthday present I could’ve asked for,” says Lucid. “I was in a lot of turmoil in that period and still getting used to all the chaos around me. The main theme is realizing the power and potential human beings have while being surrounded by people who don’t. I also met one of my favorite artists while we were working on this project and we became friends after playing a show at the Honey Hive in San Francisco. I think my verse leaves room and unanswered questions, which isn’t always a bad thing, but Illogic really ties it together with that sort of spoken word piece. I’m super grateful to be working on more music with both of these dudes.”
Wane Enterprises CEO and New York artist Bruse Wane presents the music video for “Venom”, featuring guest appearances from the late Sean Price as well as Chris Rivers, son of the late Big Pun. The video features DJ Eclipse dropping cuts and a cameo from Illa Ghee. Produced by Kloud Nine Music, “Venom” appears on Bruse’s new album Earl Manigault Of Rap. Bruse also recently released the music video for EMOR singles “Brighter Days” (watch) and “Yuu” (watch). Bruse previously collaborated with the Price (watch the music video for “Beast Inside”) and Keith Murray (listen to “Return Of The Spitters (RMX)” featuring Keith Murray and Fam-Illy). A native of the Bronxdale Houses Projects in the Soundview section of the Bronx, Bruse founded Wane Enterprises in 2001, hosting events featuring Styles P, Papoose, N.O.R.E, Buckshot and Remy Ma. “I just wanted the video to bang like the track,” Bruse says. “When we dropped the audio months back the reaction we got from the fans and critics was dope, so I wanted to make sure the visuals was on point. It was great linking up with Chris, Illa and DJ Eclipse for this one. I really wanted to make sure this got out before the end of the summer, so we could scorch the whole game.”
Illinois rapper Sciryl (‘lyrics’ spelled backwards) Da Ghost presents “Go Loco”, his new single featuring Dose from High Risk High Reward 2, his forthcoming mixtape featuring guest appearances from Slim Brown and Dose as well as production from French producer Mudabwoy. “I Kno” comes on the heels of previous HRHR2 single “Stupid Rich” (stream) and “I Kno” (watch the music video). Hailing from a musical family, Sciryl’s father is a blues musician, and his brother is producer and longtime collaborator A-Foe, who produced “I Kno”. The first volume of High Risk High Reward was released in 2014 (listen on Datpiff). “Dose recorded his verse over the beat and A Foe reached out to me to write a hook,” Sciryl says. “I ended up putting a verse on the song too.”
Emmy award-winning Oklahoma City rapper Jabee presents his new single “By Any Means”. His last visual was for the Statik Selektah-produced single “Exhausted” (watch). Both singles will appear on Black Future, his forthcoming album featuring Chuck D, Brother Ali and Killer Mike as well as production from J57, Hannibal King and M Stacks. In 2013 Jabee released his album Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt (iTunes) on Murs’ 3:16 label. Jabee was already one of URB Magazine’s Next 1000 when his DJ Vadim-produced Blood Is The New Black mixtape dropped in 2008. His Must Be Nice mixtape collaboration with Terry Urban and Mick Boogie featured Green Lantern, 9th Wonder, Blu and Oddisee. His 2011 Lucky Me mixtape clocked 40,000 downloads. Jabee contributed a track to the official Boondocks Season 3 mixtape, and won an Emmy for his writing and performance in a commercial for Science Museum Oklahoma (watch). Jabee was a vocal and focal point for a leading role in the new NIKE x Kevin Durant commercial “The Baddest”. In 2014 Jabee was invited to Shade 45 in NYC to be featured and interviewed by Sway of “Sway in The Morning” (watch). Chuck D of Public Enemy says “Jabee’s music has the potential to change the world.”
Harlem-based rapper/producer/director and Krushed Grapes Lifestyle owner Cab Cabernet presents the music video for “So Sophisticated”, his new single produced by Roddy Rod and featuring Noni Kai. “So Sophisticated” will appear on Krushed Grapes: Harlem Vintage, his forthcoming album also featuring VonQwest, Kat Starr Johnson and Priciliya Marie as well as production from RTNC (the producer behind Your Old Droog’s album), J. Bless, Declat, Tigga-Bounce, Frank Lotz and White Indian. “So Sophisticated” comes on the heels of the music video for “Suspect” (watch, Cab’s remix of Jidenna’s “Classic Man” (listen), the “Maiden Harlem” video (watch) and the music video for first single “The Lifestyle” (watch). Formerly known as Hanif-Jamiyl of New England group Maspyke (of whom Roddy Rod is also a member, Cabernet performed alongside Mos Def, Q-Tip, Slick Rick and EPMD, co-founded Bukarance Records, and ghostwrote for numerous artists before reinventing himself in 2006, founding a private all-male escort service catering only to female clients and opening a cigar lounge. In 2009 he released the album Krushed Grapes (listen on Soundcloud) and the following year he unveiled Krushed Grapes Footwear, its signature sneaker billed as the world’s first wine lifestyle sneaker (watch the new promo video). He has also announced the fall 2016 addition of the Maduro, billed as “the quintessential cigar lifestyle sneaker”, 100% handmade in Italy. KG Lifestyle also produces handmade leather accessories including wine carriers, cigar cases, briefcases, wallets and hats, sold and customized at the customer’s request. Cab calls his new single “a testimony to the satin smooth, ice cold, braggadocio flow that is signature of Mr. Cabernet. Just lettin’ kats know that can’t see me with the slow flow. The track is straight jazz piano, bass and drums from DJ Roddy Rod, and vocals from Noni Kai carry like Ella in a Monk session. Something to sip & smoke to. Tailor made 3-piece suit, vintage record player, and a hand carved, cherry wood pipe. What’s smoother than that?”
Brooklyn rapper Bajan Sparrow (formerly known as Spa77ow) presents “Kimberly”, his new single produced by Birdie Bands from his forthcoming mixtape God Don’t Like Ugly. Sparrow was featured in XXL’s Freshmen issue 2015 (read his XXL interview). He collaborated in 2014 with Tone Trump (listen to “Virgin Remy” on Soundcloud) and his most recent visual was for the “Stone Cold Stunna Freestyle” (Youtube). In 2009 he toured with Nike as an opening act for LeBron James’ “More Than A Game” Movie promo tour, did the Toy Drive tour in 2015 through the East Coast, and has had over 10 sold out shows in NYC at venues such as Webster Hall , Coco 66, Armarachi Lounge. Sparrow recently released two singles from GDLU – “Vyvanse” (listen) and “Down Syndrome” (listen) – and freestyled over N.W.A.’s “Dopeman” (watch the music video).
East coast LGBT rap collective The AlliYance presents the music video for “Cake”, the new EarthTone-produced single from their forthcoming debut EP Introducing… The AlliYance. Director G. Addison shot two music videos for “Cake”, both of which are included at the Youtube link. Comprised of I.K.P., who recently dropped visuals for “You Know The Drill” (watch), Billy Hood, EarthTone and producer/engineer Swanny River, The AlliYance’s first collaboration was the “I Be On It” single (watch the music video). “Cake” marks the next of a list of various content The AlliYance will drop every Friday through July under the hashtag #JulYance, the first being the “Seltzer Water” single (stream) from the Prequel mixtape which dropped July 1 (stream). “The song is almost like a ‘word game’, like how many different ways can you talk about “cake” in a song? EarthTone had created the track and we all vibed to it instantly. He had the concept and then it kinda became a running inside joke between us so we brought that kind of energy to the record. We wanted people to have just as much with the song as we did making it. All puns intended.”
Spurred by the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police officers, Brooklyn rapper Bajan Sparrow (formerly known as Spa77ow) sends a video message calling for people to “come together smarter… not just black – anybody in our urban communities. We gotta start treating police like they’re criminals. If they ask you to get on the floor, do what they say. Don’t fight. Handle all the other s–t later, whether they were right or wrong. It’s not worth losing your life over.” Sparrow’s last release was “Down Syndrome” (stream), from his forthcoming mixtape God Don’t Like Ugly. Sparrow was featured in XXL’s Freshmen issue 2015 (read his XXL interview). He collaborated in 2014 with Tone Trump (listen to “Virgin Remy” on Soundcloud) and his most recent visual was for the “Stone Cold Stunna Freestyle” (Youtube). In 2009 he toured with Nike as an opening act for LeBron James’ “More Than A Game” Movie promo tour, did the Toy Drive tour in 2015 through the East Coast, and has had over 10 sold out shows in NYC at venues such as Webster Hall , Coco 66, Armarachi Lounge. Sparrow recently released one single from GDLU (listen to “Vyvanse”), and freestyled over N.W.A.’s “Dopeman” (watch the music video).
Fresh off a run of Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired mixtapes – New Art, New Money (Bandcamp) and The Radiant Child (Bandcamp) – Yinka Diz returns with his new single “You & Me II”, produced by Kid Soul Brother. The new single will appear on his forthcoming album The Departure, also set to feature production from Yinka as well as France’s David Bocuse (watch the video for “Vegas”), Superville, Beatfanatik and Dae One. “You & Me II” expands on Yinka’s self-described “street cosmopolitan sound”, reflective of his many travels as well as his roots in Nigeria, Southern California, Chicago and the DMV. Regarding the new single Yinka says “Twice as nice as the first. #TDLP coming soon.” Yinka currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Illinois rapper Sciryl (‘lyrics’ spelled backwards) Da Ghost presents the Will Gates/Open World Films-directed music video for “I Kno”, the new single from High Risk High Reward 2, his forthcoming mixtape featuring guest appearances from Slim Brown and Dose as well as production from French producer Mudabwoy. “I Kno” comes on the heels of previous HRHR2 single “Stupid Rich” (stream). Hailing from a musical family, Sciryl’s father is a blues musician, and his brother is producer and longtime collaborator A-Foe, who produced “I Kno”. The first volume of High Risk High Reward was released in 2014 (listen on Datpiff).