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)
California rapper Monk McNizzle presents the self-directed music video for “Just Imagine”, the new Conceit-produced single from his new album Monk McNizzle. McNasty made his name as a battler on the GrindTime circuit before releasing last year’s Full Metal Rapshet mixtape. In 2011 rapper Malkovich featured him alongside Chris Clarke and Sum on “Chuck Davis” (click to listen) from the Ayatollah Presley mixtape, mixed by DJ House Shoes. In 2012 he dropped the “Dadda Clause” video (click to view), then rapped over NYC producer J-Zone’s entire To Love A Hooker mixtape. Click here to download Monk’s new self-titled album free.
Woodbridge, VA rap artist PHZ-Sicks (pronounced ‘physics’) presents the John Ledbetter-directed music video for “Black Women”, the Best Kept Secret-produced song from The Moment, his new album featuring Detroit rapper/singer Scolla, singer Alison Carney, DMV rapper Lyriciss and fellow Triple S crew member Seanny Greggs as well as production from Stompboxx Music, Epik the Dawn, Kriss Liss and Kajmir Royale. PHZ was a 2011 DMV Best VA Male Rap Artist nominee, has opened for Wale and J. Cole, and 2DopeBoyz gave The Moment honorable mention for best mixtapes in 2013. “In this video, I wanted to capture the beauty, power, and love that’s embodied in black women,” says PHZ-Sicks. “For that I opted to not be in the video and let the camera capture the message of the song as well as the genuine beauty inside and out for women of color.” Click here to watch a video documenting the making of The Moment, and visit PHZ-Sick’s Bandcamp page to purchase a personally signed and messaged CD copy.
Stone Town, Zanzibar – The Santuri Project, a three-year plan to revitalize the music industry in East Africa, funded and coordinated by HIVOS, announces a special line-up of DJ-centered workshops, performances, and networking opportunities to be held in conjunction with the Sauti za Busara festival 12-16 February, 2014.
“We are really excited to open the Santuri Project at Sauti za Busara this year. It’s a chance to take a look at what’s happening with DJ culture in East Africa right now, and should provide some exciting pointers to how the scene and music will develop from here. It’s clear the role of DJs and electronic music is growing all the time in the region, and this is a great time to celebrate that fact”, said Project Coordinator David Tinning. “It’s also a opportunity to bring together musicians and DJs to work together, and begin to develop a truly contemporary East African sound for the dance floor”.
Two workshops will be held concurrently 12-14 February: the first workshop, is geared toward industry professionals interested in learning more about new music technologies and new marketing strategies. SoundThread’s Sam Jones will lead thesecond workshop, aimed at DJs, producers and sound engineers. Participants in this workshop will learn more about ways to create DJ-centric tracks that reflect a local identity, style or culture. Specialist input from internationally renowned musicians, producers, DJs and singers who have gathered for the Sauti za Busara festival will be provided for the benefit of all participants in both workshops.
In addition to the workshops, several events will be held at the festival, including Sunset Sessions (DJ performances at sunset each evening that will be live-streamed to the web) and official after-parties designed to showcase East African and global DJ culture to Sauti za Busara festival audiences. DJs participating in the Santuri Safari will have the chance to spin at one of our many festive events, alongside internationally renowned guests.
Produced by the cultural NGO Busara Promotions, Sauti za Busara is widely recognized as one of East Africa’s biggest and best-loved festivals, known for showcasing emerging local and regional talents alongside Africa’s top established acts. The 11th edition will take place during 13-16 February 2014 in Stone Town’s historic Old Fort. This year, the festival is headlined by Ebo Taylor (Ghana), Jupiter and Okwess International (DRC), and Sona Jobarteh (Gambia/UK). Tanzanian/Zanzibari acts include Reggae star Jhikoman, Hoko Roro, Seven Survivor, Tausi Women’s Taarab, Swahili Vibes, and many more. Tickets are available online at www.busaramusic.org.
Brighton, UK producer Mute Speaker presents Take Yourself Apart, featuring Chris Clarke, J-Thorn, Gajah, Express Fresh, BeOND, Capsize, Gel Roc & Pause. Mute has three full-lengths of material out : 2010′s Baboon Poetry, 2011′s Smart Bomb, 2012′s Post Block, 2013’s Spook Meter EP, Dripfeeders & the collab album with Gajah On & Offspring featuring Shuanise & Open Mike Eagle. “My intentions of making a proper hip hop album with lots of guest featuring MC’s finally began to come together toward the end of 2013,” says Mute Speaker about the project. “I was lucky enough to meet LA MC Malkovich whilst travelling in southeast Asia, which led to some great new introductions – most noticably Chris Clarke, who appears on seven tracks on the album. After becoming a little tired of the current ‘beat scene’, it was always my plan to try and take the music back to what I enjoy the most – dusty, heavy sample based boom bap beats – although there’s always room for a little experimentation along the way.”
Oklahoma City rapper Jabee presents the 1984 Studios-directed music video for “Dreams”, the Cadence-produced single from his new album Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt, out now featuring production from El-P and Halo as well as features from Taylor McKenzie, Sean C. Johnson, Frank Black, Doughbreezy, Carlitta Durand, Cameron Neal and Cali rapper Murs, who has released the album on his label 3:16. 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.” Jabee says “Dreams” is about “dreams we all share big and small. I’m sure the dreams I had growing up are similar to others trying to overcome circumstances to live their dreams.” Catch Jabee on The Ice Box Tour with Murs starting January 17.
Richmond, VA rapper Dr. Millionaire presents the Joseph Pleasants-directed music video for “Alt Bitcs”, his Hovey Benjamin-produced new single. “‘Alt Bitcs’ is inspired by all tha cute art school babes living in Richmond,” explains Dr. Millionaire. “The song describes selling weed and sipping lean and killing shows. References to artists I heard about on Pitchfork. An affinity for beautiful alternative women. Art school girls with pink hair and tattoos. Hypebeast chicks that rock Palace and Hood By Air. College girls that shop at Rumors Boutique and upscale hipsters that shop at Need Supply Co. All of them riding their fixies through the city. I have two mixtapes, an EP and a few more videos ready to go in 2014. My plan is to keep writing songs and meet as many gorgeous alt bitcs as possible.”
Harn SOLO performing the song “Louis Armstrong” in the Garden District and French Quarter of New Orleans. The Focus Cinema TV directed film is the third single from Harn SOLO’s album, “Perfect Picture” released this fall. Paying tribute to his current city on “Louis Armstrong”, it’s obvious the Crescent Kingz produced song mirrors the unique spirit of a legendary music town. From the symbolism of the umbrella and second line style dancing, to the traditional N ew Orleans voodoo face paint and Mardi Gras beads. New York City trend setting culture magazine IX Daily says, “SOLO is an artist who is ready to grab music by the reins and steer it in his winning direction. He is setting his place with a sound that is uniquely his by giving hip-hop the classic New Orleans twist.”
UK producer Endemic presents “King’s Indian Attack”, his new single featuring Masta Killa and Cappadonna of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as Bronze Nazareth. A native of the United Kingdom regarded as one of the country’s foremost hiphop producers, Endemic recently moved to New York City via a USA O-1 artist visa for “persons of extraordinary ability”. Following on the heels of “Cardinal” featuring Supreme and Darkim Be Allah (click to watch video), “High Society” featuring Tragedy Khadafi, Afu R a and Ruste Juxx (click to watch video) and “Capos” featuring Roc Marciano, Kevlaar 7 and P.R. Terrorist (click to listen), “King’s Indian Attack” is the fourth single from Terminal Illness 2, which also features Planet Asia, Skyzoo, DJ Switch, Salute Da Kidd, Killah Priest, Hell Razah, Shabazz The Disciple, Bug sy Da God, Cyrus Malachi, Tesla’s Ghost, Ray Vendetta, Sav Killz, Prodigal Sunn, William Cooper and M9. TI2 is the followup to the 2009 Money Maker/EMI release Terminal Illness, which featured Sean Price as well as UK artists C Mone and Triple Darkness, and received radio play from DJ Premier. In 2010 Duck Down Records released Adamantine, Endemic’s collaboration record with Ruste Juxx which featured General Steele of Smif N Wessun and Ill Bill. “I hooked up with Masta Killa and Cappadonna through Mathew Markoff, he actually did some of the A&R work on the rest of the album,” says Endemic. “DJ Switch did his thing on the cuts once again and my man Bronze Nazareth [of The Wisemen] killed the anchor verse.” Terminal Illness 2 is out now.
Montreal rapper CeasRock presents the ilovenewwork.us-directed video for “All My $”, the new 514IndoRecordz-produced single from his Zero Gravity EP which features Uness, Loe Pesci, I.Blast and Boy 6lue as well as production from Vincent Pryce and DeeJay IZ. Born Sam Karimi, Ceas is a spokesman for Montreal urban site Mook-Life.com, as well as founder of his own movement, REAL LIFE. Videos have already been released for “Faceless” (click to watch), “10.5” (click to watch), “Mook Life Pt. 1” (click to watch) and “M.O.E.” (click to watch). “While I was writing for this EP, money was definitely on my mind,” says Ceas. “From how I was to earn it, to how much of it I needed to spend, it was looming over my thoughts heavy. I wrote All My $ from this perspective. I was hungry and I didn’t know how I was supposed to eat. The verses depict that hunger from a young desperate man’s vi ew, and an older, equally hungry, man’s perspective. I didn’t feel like performing the verses in the video because the verses weren’t necessarily about me. So I focused on the feeling instead of a literal depiction of the lyrics. I recently graduated from university, but I have no intentions of using my degree to get a job. So, with that in mind, one day I was cleaning out my garage of about ten years worth of school papers, textbooks, old bills, etc… I thought to myself, I didn’t want to just toss it out, I wanted more closure. So I had the idea of burning them in a ceremonial bonfire. I’m burning the old me..I’m burning All My $.” Zero Gravity is available now on Ceasrock’s Bandcamp page.
Los Angeles rapper Murs presents “Christmas Rules Everything Around Me”, his new single produced by Curtiss King. “If you know me you know I LOVE Christmas,” says Murs. “I’ve always wanted to make Xmas song. It’s corny it’s silly it’s fun and I LOVE it! Thanks Curtiss King for the beat. Click the link to DL of course is FREE it is Christmas after all! God bless us everyone! PS: yes, this is the real Carter family Christmas card.”
East Point, GA rapper/producer Yamin, formerly known as DJ AmDex, presents Senior Dues, his new album featuring Tha Dogg Pound’s Kurupt, Count Bass D, J-Live, Boog Brown, Phene, Small Eyez, Joe D and Sa-Roc as well as production from from Illastrate, Dublohskytzo, and Sam Brown. Senior Dues is the newest release on Yamin’s imprint Yen Dollar Music; previous releases include his last album Yamin (clck here to listen and click here to see the “Yamin” video). Yamin’s work as one half of Atlanta rap duo Clan Destined garnered them a 5 out of 5 rating from Creative Loafing for their album Self Titled. Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound appears on “Change Your Style (DF-DPG Remix)”, a new take on Yamin’s original song from his 2009 release The 7 Scrolls. Big Vision of Dungeoneze played the instrumental for Kurupt and the rest was history. “Vision is a long-time homie who I’ve done a few songs with around the time of The 7 Scrolls release, ” says Yamin. “He showed love back when a lot of people weren’t paying attention. This is full-circle for me to have a track with an old friend a nd a living legend all at the same time.” Of Senior Dues, Semali says it was “a fun experience that wouldn’t have been possible without having seen different parts of North America touring with Cyhi The Prynce, where I got to meet individuals who would influence this project and find the time to write ideas that would turn into songs on this album. I called it Senior Dues because I feel that I’ve shifted from one level of artistry to the next, where professionalism is seen in everything I do, from the art to the sound and presentation. It’s like graduating to a higher state within the same culture.”