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South Bronx, New York producer/DJ G-rod presents his new single “Perspective”, featuring Queensbridge emcee Nature, best known for his work alongside Nas and Foxy Brown as part of The Firm, and PB. G-rod first stepped out with “Untouchable”, his collaboration single with Chi-Ali (listen on Soundcloud) who he has known since his days recording with Black Sheep. “I’ve always been a fan of Nature so when the chance came to record with him I immediately jumped at the chance,” G-rod says about the new single. “At the end of the day I just want to leave a mark in the culture & be in conversations among producers I look up to and of course doing what I love.”

 

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New Jersey rapper Hasan Salaam presents the Bloomberg City Media-directed music video for “#OGJM”, his new Beatnick Dee-produced single from Life In Black & White, Hasan’s Viper Records full-length out now featuring Immortal Technique (watch “Jericho”) Kendal Good, Maya Azucena and Drue Davis as well as production from Snowgoons, DJ Static, Denny Carson, Remot, dj INSITE, Hezekiah, Beatnick Dee, Crossbone T, Southpaw, and Douglas G. Simpson & Kareem Knight of the Aqua League. (click here to watch the video for previous single “Father’s Day”) Hasan has performed live on NBC, Fuse, CSPAN and PBS. All profits from his 2012 EP Music Is My Weapon (listen) were used towards his “It Takes A Village” project which funded a school, clean water well, and medical clinic in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. A community organizer, he works with troubled youth, and helps run a monthly food and clothing drive in Jersey City, N.J. Hasan has taught “The Socio-Political Importance of Black Music in American Society”, a self-created lecture, at universities across the country. Also a master fetish trainer and sex educator, he speaks at shelters – specifically to abused women – helping them reintroduce sensuality back in their lives. Hasan is a Sexpert blogger for Calexotics, a sexual wellness and novelty website, and recently founded his own erotica/fetish company, Sensual Noire/Jet Setting Jasmine, as well as opening his first fitness studio, Body Altitudes, in Florida. After touring with Brother Ali and Immortal Technique, Hasan Salaam was signed to Viper Records. Life In Black & White is out now on iTunes.

 

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Austin, Texas rapper/producer Kydd Jones presents “Blink Away”, the Kydd & Keef-produced new single featuring Sean Price from GR33D, Kydd’s forthcoming album. Jones’ 2012 albums The Sounds In My Head 2 (link) featured Yelawolf, Pac Div and Skyzoo, while The Righteous LP featured G.O.O.D. Music affiliate GLC (link). Jones has produced tracks for Kirko Bangz (listen to Progression) and Dee-1 (listen to “Pot Luck”). A five-time SXSW Showcase artist, Jones performed in 2012 at the XXL SXSW Showcase; at A3C 2012 in Atlanta for Red Bull Soundstage; in 2013 at Pop Montreal and FunFunFunFest; in 2014 at the 10th Anniversary A3C Festival and Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, the A3C Best In Show for NXNE 2014 and opened for Danny Brown for the Red Bull Sound Select in Austin during SXSW 2014. He has toured numerous times, including The Red Bull Skooled Tour, LRG Homegrown Tour, Yelawolf Texas Tour, Big Sean College Tour, Sneaker Pimps Tour, The Return of Screw York City Tour, The Cool Kids Southwest Tour, and The HipHopGods Tour. The Austin-American Statesman said that Jones “exemplifies Austin about as well as anyone out there. His style is laid back but clear-spoken. Funky and fun.” Jones says “I made the ‘Blink Away’ about gun awareness. I wasn’t trying to be political but its something we deal with everyday; good or bad, just don’t be naive. To put it in my point of view: life’s a blink away. I met up with Sean price in NY and he added his own cadence to the song to make it pop to another level also. When I was making the song, I grabbed the sample from another beat I had made four years earlier, and from there I just went to work.”

 

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Armenian-American, Los Angeles-based producer Bei Ru presents the Postas-directed music video for “Sweet Temptress”, the single from his new instrumental album Saturday Night At The Magic Lamp. Described as the extended score to a movie that doesn’t exist, SNATML blends electronica, Middle Eastern influences, funk and hip-hop, with musicians playing electric bass, electric guitar, electric oud, cello, keyboards and piano on more than half the songs. SNATML is Bei Ru’s followup to his 2010 album Little Armenia (L.A.) (listen on Bandcamp). He recently scored three songs for the upcoming film A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (watch the trailer), an Iranian vampire western produced by Elijah Wood and distributed by Vice Films. Bei Ru recently traveled to Kuwait where he performed at a Red Bull-sponsored event, the country’s first to feature local and international electronic-based musicians. He also performed in Jordan and Lebanon during this trip. “It was just a matter of finding sounds that struck a chord with me and playing around with them,” say Bei Ru regarding the album. “Some of those melodies were like some ancient-calling type s–t that just resonated with me for some reason, on some in-my-DNA-type s–t. I don’t really know what it was, they just spoke to me.” Saturday Night At The Magic Lamp is available now on iTunes.

 

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San Bernardino, California rapper Cam Gnarly presents the Ivn MZA/Cam Gnarly-directed music video for “LowPro”, the Troi Breeze-produced new single from Cam’s forthcoming album GOPRO, featuring JaimetheJedi and DCXDCXDC as well as production from Lance Cooper, Cas1, The Billionaires, Gypsy Mamba and Giezi & *Tifase of Foreign Languages. 2012 saw the release of Cam’s debut album Cam Meets World (listen) and he made appearances on 2013’s The €RiLL¥ Album alongside his €RiLL¥ FAM collective (listen). Cam has shared stages with Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, Curren$y, Casey Veggies, Skeme, Overdoz and Pac Div & many more. “I wrote ‘Low Pro’ to express my desire to no longer be low-profile and progress to a higher plateau a.k.a. ‘go pro’,” Cam explains. “It’s a day in the life; describing the city I’m from to the music I make down to the weed I smoke and who I choose to smoke it with. I’m telling you that this isn’t enough for me though and my mentality is to go further. It turned out being the unintentional anthem of the project, from Low Pro to Go Pro.” GOPRO drops February 28.

 

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Chicago-bred, Oakland-based rapper F.Stokes presents the music video for “The Slums”, his new single featuring and produced by Man Mantis. “The Slums” appears on Stokes’ new ’80s-themed EP A Princess Named Leroy which features Jeff Kite of Julian Casablancas and The Voidz, Dobie, actress Phyllis Cicero, and Paris-based funk band Super Social Jeez. Stokes slips into the character of his alter-ego Leroy for the EP, which follows Leroy’s dream of becoming a star in Paris as he navigates the south side of Chicago. The “Slums” video was directed by Joshua Scott and shot on VHS. The EP was conceptualized during a series of writing sessions with English rock band Bastille, who he recorded a previous EP with. A Red Bull Sound Select artist (learn more), his previous releases include Death Of A Handsome Bride, Baked Goods, Love Always, Fearless Beauty (listen) and the Liquor Sto Diaries produced by Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger of Doomtree (listen). He has music videos for the singles “Shaka Zulu” (watch), “Let’s Build” (watch), “Diggin In The Crates” (watch) and “Blessings” (watch). F.Stokes has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Essence Festival, the Metropolis Festival in Holland, Voodoo Fest, Be Street Weekend in Paris, the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Vegas. and has toured with Ryan Leslie, Chali Tuna, Doomtree, Hawthorne Headhunters, Arrested Development and Nas. “A Princess Named Leroy was completely inspired by the south side of Chicago during the ’80s, which to me represented the most evolutionary decade of Black America,” says Stokes. “The 17-year-old millionaires who still lived in the projects, the crack babies, House music, the fashion sense of legendary Chicago street figures – which is now prevalent in Don C’s new Air Jordan design – the death of Benji Wilson, the introduction of the Mac 10 machine gun, N.W.A., the love, the unity… Within all of this amplified chaos lies A Princess Named Leroy, the glowy-eyed artist who is dedicated to sharing these stories with the world.”

 

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California rapper and self-described “performance artist” Monk McNizzle presents the Christian Hernandez-directed music video for “Eat Like A Player”, the Freaq Show-produced single from his new album Monk McNizzle, featuring production from Big Shawn Costello, Conceit, Freaq Show, and Prime Phillips. The video is a montage of footage from his one-week tour of impromptu performances of “Eat Like A Player” in fast-food restaurants and supermarkets across California. McNasty made his name as a battler on the GrindTime circuit (watch Monk McNizzle battle Dizaster) before releasing last year’s Full Metal Rapshet mixtape (stream on Youtube). In 2011 rapper Malkovich featured him alongside Chris Clarke and Sum on “Chuck Davis” (listen) from the Ayatollah Presley mixtape, mixed by DJ House Shoes. In 2012 he dropped the “Dadda Clause” video (watch), then rapped over NYC producer J-Zone’s entire To Love A Hooker mixtape. One other music video has been released from the Monk McNizzle album, “Just Imagine” (watch). Monk says he recorded the song and undertook these performances to “let the public know that they can eat like a f–king boss off of their EBT cards.”

 

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Negril, Jamaica/Montreal,Canada rapper/producer Jonathan Emile’s video and song “Heaven Help Dem” featuring Kendrick Lamar was posted on Youtube and Soundcloud on Saturday January 10, 2015 in keeping with an original pre-planned production schedule for a full iTunes release on January 19, 2015. Over the course of the week the video grew to 105,000+ views on YouTube. “On January 18, 2015 a copyright claim was made on YouTube by the IFPI (youtu.be/bIw2Px2VBO4) and on Soundcloud by Universal Music Group signaling the suspension of the video and audio content,” says Jonathan. “The original video and fan-made videos were removed, but not by us. A slightly altered video has recently been re-posted by us in its place for the time being. We look forward to resolving this claim and not losing sight of the music, and the issues addressed in the song and video: past oppression, police brutality and urban violence. Having a song with such an important message being censored by Universal Music Group and the IFPI at such a crucial time is clearly disappointing. This severely reduced the visibility and accessibility of ‘Heaven Help Dem’. The song was released on iTunes on Martin Luther King Day. We will leave you with this quote: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter’. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Emile was in the hospital fighting cancer when he created his philosophy of “MindPeaceLove”, which he named his independent record label after. He appeared on the Grammy long-list in the ‘Rap Album of The Year’ category and ‘Jazz Album of The Year’ category as a member of the Franco Proietti Morph-Tet. Proietti also performs alto saxophone on “Heaven Help Dem”.

 

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Emcee Dev3n and producer Arkutec are Kansas City, Missouri duo Dotzilla, presenting the Kendu-directed music video for “Vapors”, the new Domineko-assisted single from their debut album Equality, released today also featuring The Abnorm, Micah Flowers, Keeno, Annie D, Darius and Slayd. Arkutec has produced for French Montana, Fabolous and Chris Webby, and his most recent solo release is The LPF Experiment (listen on Soundcloud). Arkutec met Dev3n on social media in 2010. “I was definitely listening to a lot of older progressive rock when I was making the beats for Equality,” says Arkutec. “Stuff my dad used to play, like Pink Floyd and Yes – also a lot of ELO and Genesis. I was also bumping a lot of Jake One, Dilla, and Madlib beats around the time – so I had to get some heavy drums and live percussions.” Also speaking on the album, Dev3n says “Going in to the project I had nothing. No ideas, no direction and no artists I was listening to that I could reference from. All I had was Arkutec presenting me with a partnership and the opportunity to make something great, which was what I’ve needed since I’ve started this. That alone guided me into my mind to tell my story.”

 

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Diamond Bar, California rapper Andre Damar presents the EM3-directed music video for his new single “Top Drawer”. The track is produced by Yung Huss, who produced Damar’s previous mixtape VibeZ (listen on Datpiff) and features A.T. The “Top Drawer” clip comes on the heels of his music video for “No Hope” (watch). “‘Top Drawer’ is the name of my upcoming project,” says Andre “The concept behind the single was that a lot can be learn about a person by what they keep in their top drawer. Whether it’s weed, bills, or whatever, you can tell what a person is going through and what type of person you are by what you keep in your top drawer.”

 


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Negril, Jamaica/Montreal,Canada rapper/producer/poet/singer/entrepreneur Jonathan Emile presents “Heaven Help Dem”, his self-produced tribute to victims of police brutality and urban violence featuring Kendrick Lamar. Emile was in the hospital fighting cancer when he created his philosophy of “MindPeaceLove”, which he named his record label after. He appeared on the Grammy long-list in the ‘Rap Album of The Year’ category and ‘Jazz Album of The Year’ category as a member of the Franco Proietti Morph-Tet. Proietti also performs alto saxophone on “Heaven Help Dem”. In 2012 Emile released his single “Heroes” (watch the music video), and has collaborated with KRS-One (listen to “What It Is”), Buckshot and Murs. Emile starred in a Broadway production of the musical “Ain’t Misbehavin” in Montréal, and has toured England & Germany performing his Songs of Freedom Tour to students. “‘Heaven Help Dem’ means I hope there is a higher power, or that we can find that higher power within to treat each other better,” explains Emile. “We have to continue to grow respect for each other in our communities while militantly demanding respect from others. Past oppression, urban violence and police brutality are deeply linked – they are painfully inseparable.” Referencing the recent controversy surrounding Kendrick Lamar’s Ferguson comments, Emile says Lamar “is right if you think about his full statement and read more than the headline. How can we love an artist for being complex and true with their words and then hate them for being complex and true in their words? The fact is Kendrick and Azealia are soldiers of the same struggle using different tactics. No matter the color, we all need a seat at the table of humanity.”

 

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Connecticut rapper and ATM Family lead artist 12 Rounz presents the Eanjay-directed music video for “Shut Up”, the E Class-produced single from The Missing Piece, his new mixtape featuring Mr. Loud and Lou Rock, as well as production from Aviles, E Class and Tracy’s Son. The “Shut Up” clip comes on the heels of the music video for previous single “Rapido” (watch). The son of a Guyanese mother and African-American father. 12Rounz uses the number 12 to represent the age he began his rap career, battle-rapping local rappers on the streets of Hartford. 12 Rounz has several mixtapes under his belt including 2 volumes of The Dutchmaster, Think 12 and Too Big To Fail, all available on his DatPiff page. “‘Shut Up’ was a record where I just needed to vent,” says Rounz. “I had a lot going on personally and I just had to express my frustration through a record. It’s also a song that people can relate to. We all got people around us who talk our ears off about nothing, and this record is for them.”