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)
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.”
Walnut, California rapper David May presents “It’d Never Be Enough”, his new single featuring Fresno rapper Fashawn. The song is produced by Gunnah, who produced the entire of David May’s previous EP VIDEO 94 (listen on Bandcamp). Born to a drug-addicted mother, David lived in foster homes before being adopted by a couple who had previously lost a daughter to leukemia. In 2012 Black Cloud released David’s debut album The Lifestyle Of A Dream Chaser and performed alongside Pac Div, Curren$y and joined The Road To Paid Dues Tour with Murs and Fashawn. Now independent, David presents “It’d Never Be Enough” via his new collective OSA (One Step Ahead). May first met Fashawn on the Deal Or No Deal Tour but the two got closer as co-performers on the 2013 Road To Paid Dues Tour. “One day Fash hits me while he’s in LA,” says David. “I meet up with him and we go to my little lab I have set up at my pad. While we’re chilling we throw on some of Gunnah’s beats, and one beat stuck out to us. We both started coming up with concepts for the song, and then one of us suggested: let’s go back and forth, trade bars, play off each other’s lines. It came out real natural because nobody forced anything. It was just two homies making music.”
Detroit-bred, Los Angeles-based rapper/songwriter/guitarist/producer Chris Jones a.k.a. Jonezen presents the LiForm Film & Sound-directed video for “Tear The Club Up”, featuring Gucci Mane and fellow Concore Entertainment artist Natalia Damini. Recently the subject of an AllHipHop.com interview asking “Is Jonezen The Next Eminem?” (read), Jonezen is preparing for the release of Beautiful Disaster, also set to feature appearances from Michele Wylen, Ashleigh Munn, Micki Consiglio, Jordan Michael and Lauren Ashley as well as production from Soundroll-Music, 2DEEP, Runaway Muzic, Adamack, Sinima Beats, Kajmir Beats, Will Shine, Diamond Style Productions and Platinum Sellers Beatz. Videos have already been released for Beautiful Disaster cuts “Bombs Away” (watch), “Peep Game” (watch), “Feels So Good” (watch) and “Do It Myself” (watch). The winner of last year’s Los Angeles Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Artist, Jonezen has just been nominated for Hip Hop Artist and Solo Performer of the Year for this year’s awards. Jonezen recently signed with Concore/Universal, home to Brazilian singer Natalia Damini, launched his VEVO channel (watch “Dedications” on VEVO), was featured in The Source (read) and made the cover of Ovaground Mogul Magazine (link). “This is an all-round banger,” Jonezen says. “It’s about to be the record that takes me to the next level.”
West Los Angeles rapper Louis King presents the @generationwest-directed music video for “Flow Like Waterfalls”, the new single from Louis’ new album International Slap, featuring Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Ray Wright of Warm Brew, Anthony Brewster & Bridget Graham, Camila Recchio, Michael Brewster, and Osiris Booque of Ubiquitous Love Tribe, who guests on “Waterfalls”. The track was produced by Norwegian group Loopholes, and the video was directed by Louis himself, an accomplished director in his own right (see more). The son of Yoruba drummer Ayo Adeyemi (site), Louis is working on HipHop Lives International, a forthcoming series with the goal of giving international artists a platform to share their stories. Louis has penned songs for a number of well-known artists and is part of writing/production crew ZJ30, as well as the leading member of alternative rock/hip-hop/fusion band South Banks, whose “Superwoman” single rode DJBooth.net’s Independent Music Charts for eight weeks straight (listen). Louis’ previous solo full-lengths include Ahead of My Time (listen), Running Late (listen) and Checkmate (listen). Louis was on DJ Quik’s Book of David Tour alongside Suga Free, the Generation West Pac 2012 Tour and has performed in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Tokyo. “I paint real life pictures and attempt to express why I am who I am,” Louis says about the single. “My reality was intense from a young age. I went through a lot and I got to see things from an angle many of my peers never checked. Now I must share this information because of the perspective I have.” International Slap is out now on Generation West.
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Detroit deejay/producers Dez and Butter present the Dr. Zodiak-directed music video for “Heavy Hittaz”, featuring Kurupt & Boldy James. “Heavy Hittaz” is the new single from A Piece Of The Action, Dez & Butter’s new album out now featuring Kool G. Rap, Elzhi, Pacewon, Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, Kokane, Fuzz Scoota, BO$$ and Big Rube. The “Heavy Hittaz” video follows the previous clip for “Legends In The Game” featuring Hell Rell and Wesley Valentine (watch). “Kurupt is one of the most humblest veterans I ever met,” says Butter. “He sent the verse back, I let Boldy hear it and it was on. I’ve been knowing Boldy for years, so it was automatic. Kurupt told me he would be in Detroit, so we all met up in downtown Detroit to shoot the video. We got kicked out of the hotel where we were shooting the video, but finished shooting at Saint Andrew’s Hall. The Homies Trick Trick and MC Lee from Detroit’s Most Wanted showed up.” Butter has also confirmed a full-length collaboration between him and Boldy. “Boldy James and I recorded six bangers. I laid some cold beats down for him with cuts and scratches and the works. DJ Dez produced a track with Kokane for the West Coast with Boldy as well. The project will be ready top of the year.”
North Philadelphia rapper and Street Spittas artist Miz MAF (Money And Family) presents the Peter Parkkerr-produced music video for “That White”, his new Rizzo-produced single featuring Freeway, from his new album Behold A Pale Horse, featuring production from 100 Miles (Freeway, The Roots, Jill Scott, Will I Am, Canibus, Allen Iverson) and Level 13 (French Montana, Maino, Tony Yayo, Kool G Rap, Chino XL, Ras Kass). Miz has worked with Gillie Da Kid, E.Ness, Dout Gotcha, Mossburg and Rich Quick among others. “A pale horse has same value as an elephant in a room,” MAF says, explaining his album’s title. “And that’s what I wanted to do, drop a project that would get the peoples attention and at the same time show the contrasting difference between me and these other dudes. We are not alike. Behold A Pale Horse is the title of this book I read when I was upstate multiple times. Its all about putting people up on the truth about a lot of things and that’s what I came to do in a fake and fraudulent world. It’s to enlighten the people on all aspects streets, politics, life etc. Plus me myself, I am a pale muthaf–ka so it all goes in hand!” Click here to listen to Behold A Pale Horse on Arena.
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Detroit-bred, Los Angeles-based rapper/songwriter/guitarist/producer Chris Jones a.k.a. Jonezen presents “Tear The Club Up”, featuring Gucci Mane and fellow Concore Entertainment artist Natalia Damini. Jonezen is preparing for the release of Beautiful Disaster, also set to feature appearances from Michele Wylen, Ashleigh Munn, Micki Consiglio, Jordan Michael and Lauren Ashley as well as production from Soundroll-Music, 2DEEP, Runaway Muzic, Adamack, Sinima Beats, Kajmir Beats, Will Shine, Diamond Style Productions and Platinum Sellers Beatz. Videos have already been released for Beautiful Disaster cuts “Bombs Away” (watch), “Peep Game” (watch), “Feels So Good” (watch) and “Do It Myself” (watch). Jonezen is also prepping for and opening slot on Soundrink and Monster Energy’s “Get Loud Tour” featuring Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony. The winner of last year’s Los Angeles Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Artist, Jonezen has just been nominated for Hip Hop Artist and Solo Performer of the Year for this year’s awards. Jonezen recently signed with Concore/Universal, home to Brazilian singer Natalia Damini, launched his VEVO channel (watch “Dedications” on VEVO), was featured in The Source (read) and made the cover of Ovaground Mogul Magazine (link). “This is an all-round banger,” Jonezen says. “It’s about to be the record that takes me to the next level.”
Inland Empire, California rapper/producers Noa James and Curtiss King present the PTJ x Witcho-directed music video for “Move On”, a single from their new album Pterodactyl Jones, out now on California rapper Murs’ 3:16 imprint. Curtiss has produced tracks for Murs, Ab-Soul and Glasses Malone (Bandcamp) and Noa has several albums out (Bandcamp). “‘Move On'” is a very personal song for the both of us,” explains Curtiss. “Noa and I have gone through a lot of transitions since we left our last label. And it’s like no matter how much good you do, no matter how much you help folks, no matter how much you succeed, there’s always that one person that wants to obsess over the negative. We made this song for folks who are ready to move on from the stink and embark on new journeys.” Pterodactyl Jones is out now on iTunes.
Chinese-American, NYC-bred rapper and Red Money Records head China Mac presents “The Yard”, his new LGP-produced single featuring Jadakiss. “The Yard” is the followup to his video for “Buck A Cop” (watch), and his Vlad TV interview (watch) where he speaks on the altercation that culminated in him shooting an associate of rapper Jin, and his experiences in the 11-year prison bid that followed. Writing his first rhyme while sat on a juvenile detention center bunk bed, the Brooklyn-born rapper formerly known as G-Kay was eight years old when he was first sent to a group home. “Two things have always been consistent in my life: I kept getting into trouble, and my love for Hip Hop kept growing,” he says. In 2003, after serving a three-year sentence for gang-related crimes, his first mixtape was gaining fame within the Asian community when a gang fight inside of a NYC club involved China Mac and former Ruff Ryder artist Jin left one man was shot. After going on the lam for over a year, China Mac was arrested in 2004 and was sentenced to 11 years in state prison. “I wrote the lyrics to this song while still in the confines of prison,” China Mac says. “I had Jadakiss in mind for a feature on this song from the very beginning. I had no clue how I was going to do that, but I just knew that it was going to happen. I was released on November 2013, and in January my homie Chi Ali was shooting a video for a song called “G-Check” featuring Jada and he invited me to go to the video shoot. I was torn between a rock and a hard place because I was fresh on parole and the time of the video shoot conflicted with my curfew, but I went anyway. I came home with some money that I stacked up by participating in the drug trade inside of the many prisons that I was in. A portion of this money was saved exclusively to get Jada on the song, so I brought the money with me. Once at the video shoot, Chi-Ali introduced me to Jada and I quickly made my proposal, and to my satisfaction the homie agreed to do it, and the rest was history.” China Mac has been taking to the streets of New York City to promote the #BuckACop movement (watch footage from Hammels Projects here and Mount Vernon here).
New Jersey rapper Hasan Salaam presents the Alex Ghassan-directed music video for “Father’s Day”, his new Craig Rip-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. 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. “We as human beings are naturally flawed,” Hasan says regarding “Father’s Day”, which addresses his relationship with his father. “But if you can find some way to connect with family, do it. It’s worth fighting for. He says Life In Black & White “deals with life in so-called post racial America where being a person of color is still treated like a crime.” Life In Black & White is out now on iTunes.
Almost three years after giving up his home and all his possessions to travel indefinitely, homeless traveling rapper Malkovich presents Pre-Boarding, his new mixtape mixed by DJ Spinna (Eminem, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, De La Soul) and premiered as part of BBC radio DJ Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Premiere series (link). Iranian/British-blooded, Italian-born, and raised across the Middle East, Europe and Africa before moving to Los Angeles, Malkovich raps over African, Caribbean, Brazilian, Indian and Cape Verdean world music classics from Alice Coltrane, Shaan, Serge Gainsbourg, Rob, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Contonou Dahomey, Mulatu Astatqe, Augustus Pablo, Tim Maia, and Orquesta Joe Cain, as well as two compositions from L.A. producer Computer Jay. Omni, Sum, Chris Clarke and Ali Baba Abnormal also guest on the mixtape, which Malkovich wrote during his travels through the Dominican Republic, Belize and Jamaica. Pre-Boarding is his followup to his 2013 album Great Expectations (listen), which received support from DJ Premier, The Source and the Wake Up Show. His 2011 mixtape Ayatollah Presley – mixed by deejay/producer House Shoes – featured Dibia$e and Prince Po of Organized Konfusion, and his verse from “NOLA Redux” kicked off Gilles Peterson’s 2009 Best Of HipHop Mix. Malkovich recently began #1BAG (watch the most recent episode in Thailand), a multimedia project where he finds producers across the world on Twitter, collaborates with them in their countries, and documents the experience through music, video and articles. Episodes in Cyprus, Italy and Thailand are already out, and Cambodia, Malaysia and Namibia are in the works. Pre-Boarding marks “the true beginning of my career,” Malkovich says. “I always dreamed of doing nothing but traveling and rapping about what I see, and after 20 years of rapping, my dream’s my reality.”
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Brooklyn rapper V. Nova presents the Cynical Smith-directed music video for “Abstract Art” his single featuring Smif-N-Wessun. “Art” is a song from Hidden In Plain Sight 3, Nova’s new mixtape out now (listen) featuring Malcah, David Godfrey of MJT, and Brooklyn’s Uncle Murda on the DJ Keal-produced “You Died”. The “Art” video comes on the heels of the release fo the music video for “The New Commission” (watch). Part of rap duo BOE & Villa, Nova has worked with Erick Sermon (click to listen to “Vangundy”), MIDI Mafia, Denaun Porter of D-12, Wyclef Jean, Needlz, Mario Winans, Monifa, Rakim, Akinyele, Canibus (click to listen to “Seriously”), Fabolous, EPMD, Papoose, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Enuff and DJ Self. Nova’s upcoming mixtape is the third volume of his HIPS series (listen to Volume 1 and Volume 2). Steele from Smif-N-Wessun recently brought out V. Nova to perform his record “I Still Love Her” for DJ Toshi’s Classic Storm Radio 7th Anniversary at Drom in NYC (watch the live footage here).