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Woodbridge, VA rap artist PHZ-Sicks (pronounced ‘physics’) presents 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, Best Kept Secret, Epik the Dawn, Kriss Liss and Kajmir Royale. The album’s release comes on the heels of the John Ledbetter-directed music video for “Coming Down” (click to watch) as well as the single releases of “The Love Scene III” (click to listen) and “Black Women” (click to listen). PHZ was a 2011 DMV Best VA Male Rap Artist nominee and has opened for Wale, J. Cole and more. “This project was two years in the making, starting from the writing process, beat selection, constant musical changes and hours inside the studio to get where we are today,” says PHZ-Sicks. “The album is called The Moment because I feel with everything I put into it, this is the moment where my life changes. Where I get to pursue this passion like there is no tomorrow and finally reaping the rewards of the sacrifices I made to get to this point. The Moment is the embodiment of me and it’s all I can give to the world.” 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.

 

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Chicago rap crew Tomorrow Kings presents the Green Sllime-directed music video for their vyle-produced single “Sell Coke To White Folks”. The song appears on N***er Rigged Time Machine, their new album produced by Chicago beatmaker/MC Vyle of Flosstradamus and Auburn fame (also on URB Magazine’s list of the Next 100 twice), the DJ Seanile, Cos (Push Beats), and A.M. Breakups (Reservoir Sounds/Cult Favorite along with Elucid). NRTM is the newest release on Reserved Records, the Chicago-based imprint whose roster also includes AF THE NAYSAYER and Jyroscope. Tomorrow Kings describes “Sell Coke: as “our immodest proposal. If Jonathan Swift were black and from the South Side of late 20th century Chicago, he would have a verse on this song.” NRTM is out now on Tomorrow Kings’ Bandcamp page.

 

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North Miami rapper Prez P features on “Rollin’ Clean”, the new single produced by Mr. Sisco and featuring fellow Miami rappers Lil Champ Fway and J NiCS. “Rollin'” will appear on Champ’s upcoming album Heavy Gunz & Gold. “Lil Champ Fway came up with the track and the features. As soon as me and J NiCS heard the Pimp C sample over the hook we already knew what to come up with for our raps,” says Prez. “Champ had already written a verse and it was one two three after we heard it. It’s basically about the climb to that top spot and the foes you have to encounter and pass through to continue your quest for greatness.” Prez has recently released The Ambiance, his new album featuring Glocky Davis, Ransom Note, J Nics and Rell Burgandy as well as production from Nuez, The Pyrvmids, The Ear Drummerz, Mr. Maneuvers, DT Spacely, Ronny J, RAH, MVSIC, Sir Flywalker, Kenneth Cartel, Green City, Eccentric Music, Squareboogie and Danny Dee. Prez first emerged onto the underground rap scene in Miami with his group Da Camp in 2011 with their mixtape 7 Day Weekend: Campin Out In Da RV. That record was followed by 7 Day Weekend: Bumpin olDCool Da Campilation and VII Day Vacay, which was voted 2012 Mixtape Of The Year by the Miami blog the305.com. The Ambiance is available for free download now at DatPiff.
 

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Woodbridge, VA rap artist PHZ-Sicks (pronounced ‘physics’) presents the John Ledbetter-directed music video for “Coming Down”, the Best Kept Secret-produced single from his forthcoming album The Moment. The “Coming Down” video comes on the heels of the single releases of “The Love Scene III” (click to listen) and “Black Women” (click to listen). PHZ was a 2011 DMV Best VA Male Rap Artist nominee and has opened for Wale, J. Cole and more. “The beat transported me back to the time I was living in Mississippi with my grandmother and family,” says PHZ. “I felt that since I showed my loved to them lyrically, I should do the same visually. Various family members are shown throughout the video through photos as the song rides along. We’re close to Thanksgiving and this is my way of saying thanks for being a important factor in making me the person and artist I am today.” The Moment drops December 3. Click here to watch a video documenting the making of The Moment.

 

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DMV-area rapper/DJ/producer Sean Armstrong presents The Marble Cake Diaries, his new album featuring Khrysis, J. Ivy, Da Beatminerz, Roddy Rod, Dischoe, Marc Nfinit(True School), and J Soul and The Mowery Boys. Marble Cake‘s release comes on the heels of the release of the music video for “Took Control” (watch the video), the !llmind-produced first single which features guest appearances from Tajai of Souls of Mischief and singer pHoenix Pagliacci. Sean has performed in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Germany, Aruba and more. He’s performed alongside artists like The Roots, Pete Rock, Little Brother, EPMD, and Kid Capri, and is a member of the True School Corporation, which is run by Grammy award-winning producer 9th Wonder. Sean is also a member of 9th’s Black Jedi chapter of The Universal Zulu Nation. Sean sums up Marble Cake’s genesis in one line from his song “Foundation”: “…hours, days, weeks, months, #*&% it took years / for me to be heard and gain respect from my peers / but the way that it appears I affected your ears…” “This album was a long time in the making,” he says. “From phone calls back and forth with Mr. Walt to email exchanges with !llmind, to face-to-face beat-picking sessions with Khrysis, I made sure the foundation was strong, before bringing more color to the canvas with my rhymes.” The Marble Cake Diaries is available now on Sean’s Bandcamp page.

 

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Montreal rapper CeasRock presents the 5Pound Media-directed video for “Faceless”, 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. Ceas believes that every single object, person, place or theme can be rapped about in an interesting way. “It’s all about the context” he says. Ceas has done R&B-flavored collaborations with the Uness and Crime In The City collective (click to listen) as well as live interpretations of soulful cuts on his Coolest Cats tape (click to listen). Videos have already been released for “10.5” (click to watch), “Mook Life Pt. 1” (click to watch) and “M.O.E.” (click to watch). “Faceless is my way of saying we’re all just numbers,” says Ceasrock. “It’s that feeling you get when you watch everybody go to work on the train in the morning. All these people have a story, but who cares? In the first verse I speak on my own story as an emcee, and how being relatively unknown is shaping me and the decisions I make. The second verse addresses the female population that is faced with a double standard of expectations on the daily. Both verses end with words of encouragement to keep it moving in this rat race we call life. The video is meant to symbolize this feeling of censorship through different depictions of facelessness.” Zero Gravity is available now on Ceasrock’s Bandcamp page.

 

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UK producer Endemic presents “Capos”, his new single featuring Roc Marciano, P.R. Terrorist and Kevlaar 7. 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 “High Society” featuring Tragedy Khadafi, Afu Ra and Ruste Juxx (click to watch video), “Capos” is the second single from his forthcoming album Terminal Illness 2, which will also feature Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, DJ Switch, Bronze Nazareth, Salute Da Kidd, Killah Priest, Hell Razah, Shabazz The Disciple, Bugsy Da God, Cyrus Malachi, Tesla’s Ghost, Ray Vendetta, Sav Killz, Supreme, Darkim be Allah, 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. “This track had that mob feel,” says Endemic. “I built with Roc first on this joint and he came with some ill Mafia-style lyrical flips. Afterwards we got Kevlaar 7 of The Wisemen and P.R. Terrorist of Killarmy as if each artist was a capo of their crew.” Terminal Illness 2 drops November 26 on No Cure Records.

 

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Queens, NY emcee J. ManifestO presents Vicariously Through Memories, his new album featuring Dom O Briggs, JohnNY U., Hoz Da Lyrisist, J. Monopoly, Supaman, and production from Wierddough, Clint Partie, Fate, Six, Vanilla, Mitch Hennessey, The Stuyvesants, Thelonious Martin, Elijah Sentine and PHROMSOPHA. J recently released the Charles Valencia & Fresco-directed music video for “Live, Life & Love It” (click to watch), VTM‘s Fate-produced single. released his eponymous debut mixtape (click here to listen) featuring JohnNY U., MC Elijah Black, Khid 2che, A Will, Dom O Briggs and Top $ Raz. “VTM is an album about how I used to reminisce about of the happier times from my past to cope with the slower, more unfulfilled times in the present,” says J. “Through this project I go on reflecting on times I cherish with the people I love and spend time with the most, recalling lucid dreams, and reliving certain episodes with friends. In a way, sort of dreaming of a second childhood, wishing present times were similar.”

 

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UK producer Endemic presents the music video to “High Society”, his new single featuring Queens rapper Tragedy Khadafi and Brooklyn emcees Afu Ra and Ruste Juxx. 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”. “High Society” is the first single from his forthcoming album Terminal Illness 2, which will also feature Masta Killa, Roc Marciano, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, DJ Switch, Bronze Nazareth, Kevlaar 7, Salute Da Kidd, P.R. Terrorist, Killah Priest, Hell Razah, Shabazz The Discipl e, Bugsy Da God, Cyrus Malachi, Tesla’s Ghost, Ray Vendetta, Sav Killz, Supreme, Darkim be Allah, 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. “This song was started when me & Tragedy Khadafi started to work,” says Endemic about the new single. “He actually wanted to do the whole song and use it for his next album but I loved the beat and wanted it for TI2. It has that kind of vibe, we then confirmed Ruste & Afu to get on there and you have a potential NYC cla ssic joint!” Regarding Endemic, Tragedy says “Endemic is more than a beat maker or producer; he actually understands how to marry an MC to his sound, that’s more than hip hop – that profound!” Terminal Illness 2 drops November 26 on No Cure Records.

 

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DMV-area rapper/DJ/producer Sean Armstrong presents the E Major-directed music video for “Took Control”, the !llmind-produced single from his forthcoming mixtape The Marble Cake Diaries, which features Khrysis, J. Ivy, Da Beatminerz, Roddy Rod, Dischoe, Marc Nfinit(True School), and J Soul and The Mowery Boys. “Took Control” features guest appearances from Tajai of Souls of Mischief and singer pHoenix Pagliacci. Sean has performed in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Germany, Aruba and more. He’s performed alongside artists like The Roots, Pete Rock, Little Brother, EPMD, and Kid Capri, and is a member of the True School Corporation, which is run by Grammy award-winning producer 9th Wonder. Sean is also a member of 9th’s Black Jedi chapter of The Universal Zulu Nation. In 2005 Sean remixed a track for Tajai’s Power Movement Remix Project under his DJ name, DJ Face. Through social media, Sean reconnected with Tajai and “Took Control” was born. Sean reached out to Jamla Army member pHoenix, whom he had only met through Twitter, and asked her to sing the hook. Soon after the song was completed the video was developed and shot in Los Angeles. The Marble Cake Diaries drops November 19.

 

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UK producer Endemic presents “High Society”, his new single featuring Queens rapper Tragedy Khadafi and Brooklyn emcees Afu Ra and Ruste Juxx. 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”. “High Society” is the first single from his forthcoming album Terminal Illness 2, which will also feature Masta Killa, Roc Marciano, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, DJ Switch, Bronze Nazareth, Kevlaar 7, Salute Da Kidd, P.R. Terrorist, Killah Priest, Hell Razah, Shabazz The Discipl e, Bugsy Da God, Cyrus Malachi, Tesla’s Ghost, Ray Vendetta, Sav Killz, Supreme, Darkim be Allah, 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. “This song was started when me & Tragedy Khadafi started to work,” says Endemic about the new single. “He actually wanted to do the whole song and use it for his next album but I loved the beat and wanted it for TI2. It has that kind of vibe, we then confirmed Ruste & Afu to get on there and you have a potential NYC cla ssic joint!” Regarding Endemic, Tragedy says “Endemic is more than a beat maker or producer; he actually understands how to marry an MC to his sound, that’s more than hip hop – that profound!” Terminal Illness 2 drops October 29 on IDC / No Cure Records.

 


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Eso Tre and Subz are L.A. duo Substance Abuse, presenting the RCKLSS ABNDN-directed music video for the Hanif Hobbs-produced single “Paper Tigers”, featuring Myka Nyne of Freestyle Fellowship and Percee P. “Tigers” is from their new album Background Music featuring KRS-One, Sadat X, MC Eiht and Tash of Tha Liks (watch the video for  “Don’t Get Us Wrong”), and the “Tigers” video features cameo appearances from Ras Kass, Sach of The Nonce and more. Former URB Next 100 picks, Substance Abuse dropped their debut Brand New Crime in 1998, following up with 2006’s Overproof which featured Motion ManSaafir and Rasco and received four-star marks from URB and Scratch. “The idea for ‘Paper Tigers’ came from a botched show we did in L.A.,” says Eso. “We were supposed to open up for my friend’s group but Subz was out of town so I brought Myka and my homie Deranged to rock with me. I was pretty sauced up and it ended up just being Myka and Deranged rapping.  Percee P was in the crowd, and being a fan since I heard him on “Return of the Funky Man”, I invited to get onstage. Seeing two of our favorite emcees at the same place at the same time is where the idea came from. Needless to say, I never got liquored up before a show again.”