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)
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.
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.”
United Nationz Embassy label co-founder Ro Rockwell presents the Ian Moore-directed music video for “Unbreakable”, his new single produced by Ayce Lion and Blame Ronnie. A Los Angeles native of Indian descent, he has several full-lengths under his belt including WAAVVY (Soundcloud) and Not For Nuthin Vol. III (Soundcloud). “The song is based upon going through hardships on life and surviving,” Ro says. “Using your setbacks to push you further than you have ever been.”
Nashville, Tennessee artist/producer GaryTheGent presents his new single, “Bad Love”. Gary has two previous full-lengths under his belt; Endless Affluence (Soundcloud) and Endless Regret (Spotify). Gary produces all his own tracks, plays violin and piano, and runs his own imprint, All-In Syndicate. Gary says “Bad Love” was inspired by “a conversation me and my friends were having about previous bad relationships and it made me ask myself, who needs love if it comes from a bad place? From there I just wrote the song retelling some stories from my previous experiences.”
Chicago rapper Sciryl (‘lyrics’ spelled backwards) Da Ghost presents High Risk High Reward II, his new mixtape featuring Dose, Slim Brown, Valentino and Ivan-C as well as production from French producer Mudabwoy. Sciryl recently released the visual for HRHRII single “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).
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!”
Global music platform WorldArts presents the VJC Reunion, a two-day music celebration October 6-8 in Atlanta, during this year’s A3C Festival. The VJC is a nationwide collective of artists, DJs and industry professionals. Thursday October 6 will be a showcase at official A3C venue 529 featuring performances from various members of the VJC including Atlanta psycho-hop group The Difference Machine, LA future-funk band The Milky Way, Atlanta emcee/producer Yamin Semali, emcee/producer and Low End Theory/Boiler Room regular P.U.D.G.E., and Rhymesayers deejay Mista Rare Groove. Also performing will be Pheonix (fka “Felix”), DJs Ausar (host of the Kalakuta Show on WRFG), 2-Tone Jones (Shaolin Jazz), X-Man and X-ro of Soul Public Radio. Saturday October 8 will be a mixer and cookout at the Atlanta DJ Scratch Academy featuring a production workshop headed by Bruno Mars/Lupe Fiasco producer Needlz. “The VJC has evolved from a hip-hop crew into a brotherhood of respected men that I’m proud to be part of,” says SUM of The VJC, founder/frontman of The Milky Way and Chief Creative Strategist at Precious Metals, who is producing the event. “When I took a step back to look at what we’ve accomplished, I figured it was time to celebrate and breathe new life into what we’ve built. In addition, I felt it was time to start letting people know what we’re truly capable of as a collective. All of our partners on this event, from the promoters to the sponsors and Scratch Academy, are friends with which we have real relationships, built over years. It made sense to call on WorldArts for this, as they’re set to do great things for the artist community.” WorldArts is a global music platform helping artists connect with fans, brands, and industry professionals which has taken artists to SXSW, the ASCAP Expo, and the La Musa Hall of Fame Awards Gala.
The VJC is opening the stage to one act from anywhere in the world to come perform with them, all travel and accommodations paid. Performances will be streamed live internationally via Soul Public Radio, and filmed courtesy of WorldArts & The VJC. Artists, visit worldarts.com before September 12 to learn more and submit your music. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dominican emcee La Nefera presents the music video for “A LO HECHO PECHO!”, the title track from her forthcoming album set to feature Arianna Puello as well as production from Pearlbeatz, Meister Lampe, DJ Tron and Jakebeatz (who directed the music video for PW Films). The “A LO HECHO PECHO!” clip comes on the heels of the release of the music video for first single “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). When asked about her inspirations, La Nefera says “I draw my inspiration from my life experiences, and also being a social worker and being in touch with a lot of different characters.” A LO HECHO PECHO! drops September 2016 on 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.
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.”