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)
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).
Chinese-American, NYC-bred rapper and Red Money Records head China Mac presents the Aaron Perkins Jr.-directed music video for “Buck A Cop”, a new song which he drops over Mike Will’s beat for Chief Keef’s “Dead Broke”. 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. “Buck A Cop” is his first release since his release in November 2013. “While in prison, one incident of police brutality caused me to lose my front tooth, and I was condemned to serve two years in solitary confinement,” says China Mac. “I also witnessed many brothers die by the hands of unscrupulous prison guards, many who were close to me. For years I bit my tongue and tortured myself by not voicing my opinion on these matters because I was focused on returning to my family. Upon my return I see no difference in the treatment and dealings with police officers and civilians. The same feeling that haunted me for the decade I spent inside of prison is the same feeling that I get when I walk pass a police officer. Freedom has no place for oppression. Making this song and releasing it is a testament to my freedom.”
New Jersey rapper Hasan Salaam presents the Wayne-directed music video for “Jericho”, his new Hezekiah-produced single featuring Immortal Technique and Hezekiah. “Jericho” will appear on _Life In Black & White_, Hasan’s forthcoming Viper Records full-length also set to feature Kendal Good, Maya Azucena and Drue Davis as well as production from Snowgoons, DJ Static, Denny Carson, Remot, dj INSITE, Craig Rip, 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. “Phillip Pannell was killed by Officer Gary Spath when I was ten years old in Teaneck, New Jersey,” says Hasan. “Phillip’s cousin Keith and the daughter of the cop’s partner were both in my class. I remember seeing Phillip a few times in passing at the park where we would play ball. Phillip was black and Spath is white. Spath claimed Phillip was reaching in his pockets when he shot him in the back. An autopsy concluded Phillip was shot in the back with his hands raised in the air, proving the officer lied. Riots ensued. Spath was charged and acquitted of manslaughter. Spath is walking the streets free after killing a child and Ms. Pannell is left without a son. This story is not uncommon in black neighborhoods all over the country. There is no difference today than when Phillip was murdered. There are walls all around us; some of them block our progress from the day we are born. I often hear Caucasian-Americans in arguments about race; recently I heard on Fox News ‘I’m tired of talking about race’. If they are tired of talking about it, imagine being stifled by these walls for generations.”
NY rapper Gotham Green presents “Cross Island Expressway”, his new single featuring guest appearances from Kool G. Rap & Nature. The track is produced by Lauryn Hill/Nas/Lil Wayne/Talib Kweli/Bun collaborators K-Salaam & Beatnick, and is the new single from Child Of An Immigrant, his forthcoming album also featuring Jojo Pellegrino, Wax, Marika, Jes Hudak and Hit Skrewface as well as production from Quickie Mart, Josh The Goon, Blessed By The Beats, DJ Hush, Rob Viktum and Twigg. “I grew up in New York during a time where lyrics and talent ruled hip hop,” says Gotham. “As a result, I gravitated towards artists who could verbally amaze listeners such as myself. Two artists I admired for their lyrical prowess were Kool G Rap & Nature. As I was beginning to work on Child Of An Immigrant I put together a list of artists I would want on the project. When both KGR & Nature’s name appeared on that list, it was only natural to put both rap titans on the same song.” Child Of An Immigrant drops September 26.
Washington D.C.-bred, California-based rapper/producer Fong-Sai-U presents “Life”, the self-produced new single from his forthcoming album Ballads Of A Massacre. “Life” is the followup to the release of “Dopeamine” featuring Dice Raw (listen) and the “Bad Guy” video (watch). An underground hip-hop veteran, Fong has collaborated with Black Thought (click to stream “I Own This Microphone”) who was an early mentor to Fong and took him on tour with The Roots. Fong also produced a song for Guru of Gang Starr on his solo album Bald Head Slick under his given name Divine (click to stream “O.G. Talk”). In 2011 Soulspazm Records released Fong’s album A Soldier’s Story (click for info) which featured Raheem DeVaughn and Res. “‘Life’ is my baby,” says Fong. “I lost a lot of men in the field so I said, Let me tell my story. I’m from DC. When I was coming up it was the murder capital, so that was Life.”
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Detroit deejay/producers Dez and Butter present the Roweshotme-directed music video for “Legends In The Game”, featuring Bronx rapper Hell Rell and Detroit rapper Wesley Valentine. The video was shot in Doug E. Fresh’s Harlem home and features a cameo from infamous drug kingpin AZ Faison (whose life was portrayed in the 2002 movie Paid In Full) as well as Doug’s son Drop Top Slim. “Legends In The Game” 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, Kurupt, Phat Kat, Kokane, Boldy James, Fuzz Scoota, BO$$ and Big Rube. “I met the Dipset on Cam’Ron’s first release Confessions of Fire,” says DJ Butter” “My homie Crime brought Hell Rell to Detroit, so I been listening to him since we hung out at Saint Andrews in Detroit almost five years ago.” click here to purchase A Piece Of The Action.
Connecticut rapper and ATM Family lead artist 12 Rounz presents the Eanjay-directed music video for “Rapido”, the Kizzy Kai-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 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. “When I first heard the ‘Rapido’ beat I knew I wanted to make a record that people could vibe to when they heard it in the club or on the radio, it just had that kind of feel to it,” says 12 Rounz. “At the time I was just emerging on the scene and a lot of people would leave feedback thinking I was Spanish so I really wanted to clear the air and let people know who I really was and add a little turn up to it.”
Almost three years after giving up his house and possessions to travel the world indefinitely collaborating with producers, Irangeles (Iran/Los Angeles) rapper Malkovich shares his journey with his new Youtube series #1BAG. Shot in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the first episode is titled “How I Traveled 7,000 Miles Through A Warzone To Get Dumped”. He also presents his new single “American Requiem”, the second leak from Pre-Boarding, his forthcoming mixtape mixed by DJ Spinna where he raps over world music classics from Augustus Pablo, Mulatu Astatqe and more. “American Requiem” is the second leak from Pre-Boarding after “Love” (free on Soundcloud) where he raps over Alice Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. Malkovich’s 2013 album Great Expectations (free on Bandcamp) received support from DJ Premier, The Source and the Wake Up Show. His 2011 mixtape Ayatollah Presley (free on Bandcamp) – 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. #1BAG is basically the story of all the global drifters like me who I run into in bars, airports, bus stations,” says Malkovich. “We have a couple drinks, a couple laughs, shake hands and I never see them again. We think something’s huge is out there waiting for us, and we’re done waiting.” Upcoming episodes of #1BAG include Malaysia, Namibia, Cambodia and Thailand.