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)
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.
Diamond Bar, California rapper Andre Damar presents the music video for his new single “No Hope”. The track is produced by Sal P, the Bay Area producer behind tracks for Layzie Bone, Clyde Carson and more. The video is directed by Squeeze Williams, currently developing his first feature film, a hip-hop-inspired action film starring Muy Thai prodigy Teddy Lee. Damar is a member of the California group OSA (One Step Ahead). “I tried to show a vision through my words about the everyday struggles a lot of young black men go through in America through my eyes,” says Andre of the song. “I talk about the grind we go through just to survive and I feel we all share the same grind of making it in America day to day. My grind is rapping and the next man’s grind is hustling and I just think the two worlds are very similar, especially for a black man in my city.” Click here to listen to his previous mixtape Vibez.
Boston rapper and Cuttin Class artist King Sterlz presents “Holy Sound”, featuring a guest appearance from Kool A.D. (formerly of Das Racist) and cuts from DJ Milkcrates. “Holy Sound” is produced by DJ Detonate, who produces the entirety of Royalty, Sterlz’s new album which also features Winna, April Stanford, American Antagon1st, Hayk and DJ Sasan. Three music videos have been released so far from Royalty, for “My Life” (watch), “Dreamers” (watch) and “Summertime Trap” (watch). “The inspiration for ‘Holy Sound’ was just being sick of hearing people rap about garbage,” says Sterlz. “When somebody raps you can tell if its legit, or if they’re just rapping words that rhyme. It’s just about fronting – not even in the rap game, but in life.” Regarding Kool A.D.’s appearance, Detonate says “I reached out [to Kool A.D.] and we were able to link after a Das Racist show that came through Boston. We told him we were trying to do something a little different and he was down. His verse was right on the mark. Smart and extra weird.”
Milwaukee-bred, NYC-based emcee Signif presents the “Play 2 Win”, her new single featuring Detroit rapper Elzhi. Produced by JBM Beatz, “Play 2 Win” is the newest single from her forthcoming album _Friction_, set to feature Sadat X, Aldrick, and Genesis Renji as well as production from Skeff Anselm, Fate, DJ Puerto Roc, Radio Raheim, and Tay Lee. Signif describes “Play 2 Win” as “Elzhi and myself reflecting on the social ills of our surroundings and how it’s so easy to get caught up in the wrong situations in life. It takes much effort to pull away from most social norms while having a positive outlook on life. We reached out to Elzhi’s camp and he was down to do the track after listening to some of my music, it’s definitely a honor to be on a track with El.” Friction drops September 9 on Intelligent Dummies. Click here to pre-order the album.
Brooklyn rapper V. Nova presents the music video for the intro to his upcoming mixtape Hidden in Plain Sight Volume 3: The New Commission (HIPS3). Produced by the Crack Factory and directed by V. and Wit, “Intro” comes hot on the heels of the release of “Abstract Art”, V.’s single featuring Smif-N-Wessun (listen). One other HIPS3 single has also been released – “You Died” featuring Uncle Murda (listen). 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). “I want people to get from this video that V. Nova is nothing to fuck with,” says V. “The red, white & blue symbolism in the video coincides with the speaker in the beginning: a world government who is elected by no one is the trilateral commission. While I’m not a mainstream artist, I come from a place where we dictate trends, so I have an underground impact in that regard. So in a way, the streets are this New Commission, which is where I come from.” HIPS3 drops September.
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Emmy award-winning Oklahoma City rapper Jabee presents the video of his recent freestyle on Sway In The Morning. Jabee was invited on Thursday afternoon and was in NYC that night. Freestyling here alongside rapper Joe Parker over beats by The Mekanics, Jabee recently won an Emmy for his writing and performance in a commercial for Science Museum Oklahoma (watch). Jabee recently released his album Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt on Murs’ new 3:16 label. The album features singles “Dreams” (watch the video) and “Stephanie” (watch the video), produced by El-P. 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 was the opener for El-P and Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels Tour last year. Chuck D of Public Enemy says “Jabee’s music has the potential to change the world.” His next release will be an EP produced by Theory Hazit.
As seen on artists from Curren$y to Nipsey Hussle, Local Tourist presents its summer lookbook (download) as well as 1982, a commemorative mix by DJ Spintelect (listen on Soundcloud), Talib Kweli’s DJ. The lookbook was shot by photographer Jay Cloud. Curren$y has been wearing Local Tourist on several recent performances (click to watch Curren$y rocking Local Tourist on tour) as does his artist Le$ in his new video for “Prosper” (watch). Owner/designer Eric Fobair was born in Minnesota, raised in Texas and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. In his last year at OU, Eric began selling t-shirts with simplified line drawings of various female faces out of his trunk. Upon graduation Eric moved to Los Angeles, where he set up clothing booths in clubs, warehouse parties, raves and art galleries. Originally planned to run for one month, downtown LA pop-up shop The Local Tourist Spot stayed open for 20 months, hosting DTLA Artwalk showcases for Riff Raff (watch), Nipsey Hussle and Overdoz. After these events outgrew the retail location, Eric partnered with Ham On Everything, throwing parties featuring Casey Veggies, Danny Brown, Joe Moses and more. The Local Tourist Spot closed after the building was bought out and Eric relocated to Minneapolis. Local Tourist’s new line features the phrase “original content”, building on previous brand mantras “guard your heart feed your mind” and “PMA” (Positive Mental Attitude) which were displayed on tees and snapbacks through 2014. Click here to watch an interview with Eric Fobair on NBC’s YourLA segment.