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General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun/Boot Camp Clik and Burlington, Vermont-based producer Es-K present the music video for “Persistence”, the first single from their brand new collaboration album Building Bridges. “Persistence” features guest verses from VVS Verbal and Louie Skaggs, and the video was shot by Sisco. Produced mostly by Es-K, Building Bridges features guest appearances from Buckshot of Black Moon, Smoothe Da Hustler, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rockness Monsta of Heltah Skeltah, and a posthumous cameo from his late great partner, Sean Price. As one half of Smif-N-Wessun, General Steele crashed the hip-hop scene in the 1990s with their debut album Dah Shinin’ (named a Top 100 Album Of All Time by The Source and a Top 50 Debut Album Of All Time by Complex). Their last release – 2011’s Monumental – was produced by Pete Rock, and Steele has also collaborated with Tupac Shakur, Mary J Blige, 50 Cent, Raekwon and Bounty Killer. Es-K may be best known for his 2014 album Serenity (listen) as well as his Spontaneous Grooves beat tape series, where every beat on each tape was made in one sitting each. A low-key display of introspective verses, classic cuts and jazz-inflected beats, Building Bridges stays true to its name by bridging the gap between established artists and rising ones alike such as VVS Verbal, Shadow The Great of Loaf Muzik, Napoleon Da Legend, Mar’rz Atomz, Stage One, Louie Skaggs, Boone Bixby, Supreme The Eloheem (from the Representativz) and Coke as well as production from Hellfire Beats and Central Parks. DMC champion DJ Grazzhoppa contributes cuts alongside Hashfinger and Hellfire. The cover art comes courtesy of Joe Buck, the artist behind the De La Soul Is Dead cover art. Building Bridges appears via Bucktown USA, the multi-media company General Steele created in 2004 alongside partner Cynical Smith, with digital distribution through Duck Down, including a limited-edition pressing of 500 records which will be available 12/2. #BuildingBridges

 

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It’s safe to say there is no artist in the world like La Nefera. A female rapper holding her own in an industry dominated by male artists. A native of the Dominican Republic, rapping exclusively in Spanish, when most hiphop music is traditionally delivered in English. And doing it all from her adopted home of Switzerland. It is against this backdrop that she releases her new album A Lo Hecho Pecho (Spanish for ‘what’s done is done’), out today along with visuals for album track “Quisqueya Bella” featuring Latin Grammy nominee Arianna Puello, shot in the Dominican Republic and Mexico by 19-year-old director Miguel Alejandro. ALHP is released courtesy of Empire Music, the Swiss record label led by CEO Matthieu “MDB” Siegenthaler whose team is responsible for releases with Sonny Seeza (ONYX), Saigon, N.B.S., Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) and more. Production is provided by Pearlbeatz, TOWITEDITS, Meister Lampe, DJ Tron and Thomas “Jakebeatz” Hof, who also directed both music videos from the album so far: “A Lo Hecho Pecho” (watch) and “Odio” (watch). Born in the Dominican Republic, La Nefera moved to Switzerland in her teens, forming the WS Crew which released the _Nuestra Frequenzia_ EP in 2009. She is also part of female group Vybezbilder, which released the Skillz On Fire album in 2015 (stream on Soundcloud). “We Dominicans call our homeland ‘Quisqueya Bella’,” says La Nefera. “This name has the origin in the Taino language, the spoken language of the first people lived on this island before the colonial powers of Spain and France came. I wanted to write this song, because a reason why I do music is to keep connected with my culture; juggling with my mother tongue, spreading latin vibes, heart, heat and love. That’s what the refrain is about. I asked Arianna Puello for doing a rap part. She is a very strong and known female rapper in the Spanish spoken areas. I appreciate her music so much especially when i started doing rap. She is also a Dominican woman who grow up in Europe. Her part is more critical, showing the dark side of our country and my part is rather showing why we – in spite of everything – still love and miss our home.”

 

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19-year-old Orlando, Florida rapper Otown Marco presents the Nassacre-directed music video for “Blitz”, his new single produced by The Shade and Lonewolf. Marco has performed alongside Joey Bada$$, Tory Lanez, Curren$y, Lil Durk and Caskey. His previous releases include 2015’s Studio Nights EP (Soundcloud) and Blue December (Soundcloud). “We created the beat and I wrote ‘Blitz’ in less than a day,” says Marco. “I think that was just the vibe and how freely the song came together. I wanted to give people something that had a chill party vibe musically and represent that the video, but ‘Blitz’ serves as a reintroduction to my fans, prepping them for my next wave of music.”

 

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Brooklyn, New York emcee SupaWave Osbourne presents the Alex Mercado-directed music video for “Iron Fist 5”, his Tone X-produced new single featuring Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Double AB, Mo Iz Real and An Hobbes. The video was premiered on Mass Appeal Magazine’s site (view). Osbourne is prepping for the release of The Mandela Effect, his forthcoming album dropping in 2017. Representing Brooklyn’s Bushwick and Flatbush sections, SupaWave has collaborated with Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox and Copywrite, and has shared the stage with the likes of MF DOOM, Sean Price and Machine Gun Kelly. Osbourne recently released visuals for his single “Left Shoes” (watch). Osbourne says “Iron Fist” came together “one special night after heavy sessions of building on general knowledge and ancient wisdom. The 5 MCs here each functioning as individuals and as parts of a whole – like fingers, and like fingers they form to make a hold that is strong. in this case, iron strong. They form the iron fist to knock out all haters and opposition to the strong flows. Vast Aire is the thumb/the grip, Double A.B. the index/the pointer, SupaWave Osbourne the middle finger/F.U., Mo Iz Real – The Ring/Kiss the Ring, An Hobbes- The Pinky/The brain.”

 

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Brooklyn emcee and M.O.P. co-frontman Billy Danze presents the music video for his new single “6 O’Clock Briefing”. The track is produced by Quincey Tones, also known for his work with Ghostface Killah, Busta Rhymes and Jay Electronica. Danze has been releasing music for over 20 years as half of M.O.P., and has worked with DJ Premier, Jay-Z, Guru, 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap and Mobb Deep. He’s currently in the studio with Doc Ish, the Grammy-winning producer behind collaborations with Eminem, Ne-Yo and Talib Kweli. “Some may see this as a song,” Billy says about the new single. “But it has nothing to do with music, It’s my view of whats happening in my country. We talk to each other about the issues affecting our country, we march and protest, but we never ask the president how he feels. Understanding how things work, I say ‘we know you did what you had to do’. The president has done his best. But as a man, does he see what’s going on in this country?” “6 O’Clock Briefing” is out now on Danze’s We Build Hits imprint.

 

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Queens, NY emcee J. ManifestO presents the Just Khid-directed music video for “So Live”, his new single featuring Cindy Rose & J Monopoly, from J Manifesto’s new EP Live From The Infinite. “So Live” is produced by Mentplus, whose Stormy Nights EP is currently available on Fat Beats. J released his Living Vicariously Through Memories album in 2013 (listen) and Okayplayer premiered his “Monologue” video in 2014 (watch). J describes “So Live” as “a song about being inspired. It’s about strength that no one sees in you except for you, realizing you have it, and then moving forward with it.”

 

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White Plains, New York rapper Shorts presents his self-directed music video for “Right Now”, featuring Kayne Precise. Shot by Judlin Civil, “Right Now” is Shorts’ first video since the release of his new EP Long Story Short. Shorts recently released visuals for “Good Space” (watch) and “Money” (watch) as well as freestyles over “Needed Me” (listen) and “100 Racks” (listen). Shorts says “Right Now” is “so me, like as far as everything it represents… I’m a very direct person who loves getting to the point… I tried to convey that visually with inspiration from a childhood classic Menace II Society. From being accompanied by a lovely young lady to reenacting a scene I’ve always wanted to do… I hope yall enjoy it as much as I did creating it!”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”