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)
Wane Enterprises CEO and New York artist Bruse Wane presents the G-Town Filmz-directed music video for “Beast Inside”, his Dollarz-produced single featuring Sean Price. “Beast Inside” comes hot on the heels of the release of the video for his freestyle over Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya” (watch) as well as “Return Of The Spitters (RMX)” featuring Keith Murray and Fam-Illy (watch), featured on his newest full-length The Dark Knight Album.. The Day The Earth Stood Still. 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. “When we finished recording it I felt good about it, but the album had so much other good material I did not necessarily view it as a mandatory single,” says Bruse. “People around me would hear it and be like ‘Yo this shit is tough, you gotta let this breathe’. So I was like ‘you know what, if I’ma release it, I’m gonna take this shit over the top. I called my man Sean Price at his crib, and told him I wanted him on it. A couple of days later he shot me the song back with some hard ass barz, and I knew it was go time!”
Los Angeles emcee/producer Chris Clarke (son of jazz legend Stanley Clarke) presents the self-directed music video for “F Wit This”, his self-produced single from his new album The Handpicked. The song features Opto, and the video features a collection of Polaroids Chris took of artists throwing up the West Coast hand sign, including Mac Miller, Tyler, The Creator, Madlib, Alchemist, Myka Nyne, Casey Veggies, Flying Lotus, Battlecat, Ras Kass, Bad Lucc, Terrace Martin, Adrian Younge, Raphael Saadiq, Dam-Funk, Taz Arnold and more. The Handpicked features Blu, Thundercat, Sleepy Brown of Outkast fame, Smooth Bee from Nice & Smooth, Double K from People Under The Stairs, Computer Jay, P.U.D.G.E., Sum, Ali Abnormal, J Thorn, Ronald Bruner Jr, Big Sin, Kamasi Washington, Taylor Graves, BLVME, Voy, Lil Miss, JTowers, Ahmad Rashad Jr. and Bei Ru. The Handpicked is available now on Bandcamp.
North Philadelphia rapper and Street Spittas artist Miz MAF (Money And Family) presents “That White”, his new Rizzo-produced single featuring Freeway, from his forthcoming album Behold A Pale Horse, set to feature 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. “You hear the hook, that alone was the inspiration for the lyrics,” Miz says of the new single. “Everything else was just recollections of my life which was easy! After I put my two verses on it I felt it needed another voice, style, sound change that people would feel and at this point and time who else but Mr. 1-900-Hustler himself… Freeway! When we was on tour with him recently we reached out, he obliged and the rest is history!” Click here to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the making of “That White”.
Los Angeles rapper/producer IQ (Intentionally Quaint) presents the Zeroscope-directed music video for “Rita Levoe”, the self-produced new single from Thervpy, his new album featuring Chuuwee and Ant Bankx. An affiliate of the West Coast Zulu Nation, IQ has also collaborated with Bay Area collective Open University. IQ calls the new single “a spiritual successor to a track from my first album called ‘Outspoken’ and is one of the reasons I enjoy putting together quality independent releases. Releasing independently allows me to put tracks that fit the theme of the album but maybe go against the grain in terms of content. With tracks like ‘Rita Levoe’ I’m able to rap what people might be thinking and take a snapshot of my spiritual thoughts.” Thervpy is out now.
Washington D.C.-bred, California-based rapper/producer Fong-Sai-U presents “Dopeamine”, the self-produced new single featuring Dice Raw, from his forthcoming album Ballads Of A Massacre. “Dopeamine” is the followup to the release of his music video for “Bad Guy”. 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. “I’ve known Dice since he was 15,” says Fong. “We were both shorties doing our thing with Black Thought, so when we got in the lab I told him ‘I want that ‘Clones’ shit’. It was three hours before The Roots’ annual Grammy party so we were feeling right. We got in the booth, killed it, and when we got out we had ‘Dopeamine’.”
|Queens, NY emcee J. ManifestO presents the Live Loud-directed music video for “Monologue”, a single from his mixtape J. Manifesto, featuring MC Elijah Black, JohnNY U., Khid 2che, A. Will, Dom O Briggs and Top $ Raz. “‘Monologue’ was inspired by me wanted to leave an imprint,” says J. “I wanted to send a message, to showcase my straight up rapping ability. I know how ‘formatted’ this industry has became where everyone follows the same blueprint as far as structuring songs and reaching specific demographics. So, I wanted to step away from that, at least for a song.” J.’s last album was Vicariously Through Memories (click here to watch the video for “Live, Life & Love It”) He’s currently working on an EP with”Laffayette Stokely and JohnNY U. called New Kingdom.|
Slipknot turned a cult following into an international smash with the 1995 release of their eponymous Roadrunner debut, which swiftly went multi-platinum. With his tall frame, signature long-nose masks and onstage usage of anything from drums to trash can lids, Fehn is a vital component in Slipknot as well as his other band Will Haven. Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Chris Fehn has been crafting the collection for more than a year. SceneFour is arguably best known for their dedication to artwork built from rhythm, with collections of the “rhythm-on-canvas” medium created and released with iconic drummers including Mickey Hart, Bill Ward, Rick Allen and Matt Sorum.
With Fehn’s release, the collection takes a unique turn, as the rhythmic artwork has been fused with found imagery that is intended to reveal itself with each viewing over time. “We’re excited to be working with Chris on this collection and are excited to see artwork coming forward that requires time to decode. It is sophisticated, vivid and perplexing,” SceneFour’s creative director Cory Danziger states. Fehn’s collection, contains a total of 13 different works, each limited in edition size, with all canvases in the collection numbered and individually signed by Chris Fehn. Those interested in learning more about “Through The Darkness” are encouraged to visitchrisfehnart.com.
|Columbus, Ohio-bred jazz-hop producer, teacher, DJ, emcee, and Polar Entertainment head J. Rawls presents the music video for “Rio”, the new single from his new album The Legacy out now featuring Masta Ace, Illa J, Oddisee, Wordsworth, Nottz Raw, Blueprint, JG the Juggernaut, P Blackk, Jean P, Driskill, Ms Sara D, Rashad, John Robinson, Ceezar, Lea Anderson and Keisha Soleil as well as production from Kev Brown, The Mighty DR, Rob Riley, Lakim and DJ O Sharp. “Rio” is directed by Hieroglyphics emcee Casual and is produced by Stalley/Lox/Mase collaborator Rashad. The Legacy is the final solo album from Rawls, the producer behind tracks for rap luminaries from Mos Def & Talib Kweli to the Beastie Boys, and to commemorate his transition he produces only one track on the album. “This album represents my path to achieving greatness,” says Rawls. “It is my thank you to all the people I have worked with and who have impacted me along the way. I’m excited to share my legacy with those who have supported me throughout the years.”|
|Houston artists Skyler Jones and Von Jones are SavJ, presenting the Mike Brow -directed music video for “Get Down”, the new single from their forthcoming EP It’s My Turn. “Get Down” is produced by SDotFire, the producer behind tracks for Meek Mill, Soulja Boy, Gunplay, Plies, Masspike Miles, Kid Ink, Rocky Diamond, Travis Porter, L.O.S. and more. “Life really beat me up to build me up,” says Skyler. “From 15 up, me and my mom and my little sister struggled. I had to grow up fast, knocking my head over and over brick wall after brick wall. But that’s life.” Skyler describes “Get Down” as “something smooth to vibe to. When I heard the cadence of the beat it was so cool and fitting for my mellow style. The words put themselves there. I made the song in like 20 minutes.” The It’s My Turn EP is coming soon.|
|Born in Holland, raised in Kansas City M.O., and currently living in Burlington V.T., producer Es-K (Essential Knowledge) presents “Serenity”, the new single from his debut solo album Serenity, also featuring MC Dialect, C-Rayz Walz, Charmingly Ghetto, DJ Grazzhoppa, Central Parks, Chel Strong, K. Sparks, Fish Grease, M-Dot, S.Dub, Chromadadata, and Mike Gerbino. Es-K is the man behind the Spontaneous Grooves download series, where Es-K creates instrumentals from scratch in one sitting (click here to listen to Spontaneous Grooves #18). Serenity is set to be the next release from Cold Busted, the eclectic label headed by Derrick Daisey, formerly known as DJ Vitamin D. Cold Busted also operates an online station, Cold Busted Radio. Es-K describes his new album as “a project about love, loss and life; dedicated to my best friend who passed away in 2010. The title track features two of my favorite artists who have both had a significant influence on my music. Their contribution sets the tone for this album as every feature to follow, though diverse, only strengthens its universal message.” Serenity drops June 17. Click here to listen to a preview of the album.|
Bay Area, California rapper and Distant Relatives member Vocab Slick presents the music video for “Somethin’ Slick”, the Brycon-produced new single from his Somethin’ Slick EP. The “Somethin’ Slick” single features a guest appearance from fellow Bay Area artist Kye The Guy. The music video – created to appear to be an 8-bit video game – was put together by Unjust of Hiero Imperium from scratch using a combination of Photoshop and after-effects. Besides Brycon, the EP features production from Hg Beats, Yoyo Ox and Bobby Ozuna as well as guest appearances from Joe Mousepad and Slick’s partner in Distant Relatives, the late Maynee, who passed away during the making of Somethin’ Slick, as did Slick’s mother and uncle. “The project came about after a conversation I had with Maynee,” says Slick. “We were talking about how we have been really humble with our approach to music thus far, and we came to the conclusion that it’s okay to be cocky, without being an a**hole. So I began making these songs with a real braggadocious and confident approach and it felt good.” Explaining his creative process for this video, Unjust says “I would downsize the imagery, then change the color mode to indexed color, then re-enlarge it. Once in after effects, I would apply a combination of filters including mosaic and contrast as well as others to give the footage a pixelated grainy look. I also overlayed a blended layer of digital noise i created just to further the effect of being glitchy and arcadey. But the most time consuming was re-creating the actual gameplay of a few of my favorite games – T&C surf, Zaxxon, and Ninja Gaiden. I made high resolution screenshots of the gameplay, recording me actually playing these games. Then I masked the main character of the games out frame by frame using the cloning tool, and tweening. After the main character was masked out, I overlayed Vocab’s character over, again frame by frame.” Regarding the loss of Maynee, Slick says “I feel it’s my duty and privilege to continue the work we both started. I’ve turned the pain inwards and focused that on working harder then ever before.” Somethin’ Slick is out now on iTunes.