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)
Southside Chicago rapper Chi City presents “Members Only”, his new Refuuj-produced single featuring 2 Chainz. Chi recently released his new EP 87, featuring the single “It Ain’t Ralph Tho”, produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, the team behind records for Drake, Jay Z, Kanye, Lil Wayne. Chi has co-penned records for the likes of Flo Rida and Ty Dolla$, released his album My Untold Story featuring Kid Daytona in 2013. He has collaborated with Cory Gunz, Mullyman and has toured with Philadelphia Freeway, Mickey Factz, Mikey Halsted and Daytona. He was crowned Coast To Coast’s Indie Artist Next To Blow and has performed at the BET Artist Showcase and ThisIs50.com’s Independent Fridays. He has also ghostwritten for B.O.B., Diggy Simmons and G.O.O.D. Music affiliates. “This EP came about when I was going through a rough time creatively and personally,” says Chi. “I was at a point where I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make music for myself or make music to please the industry. and with so much politics in music, it can get frustrating so I got to a point where I was like, ‘I’m gonna do music my way and tell it the way I see it’. So I locked myself in a room and recorded 25 records and narrowed it down to 11 tracks that meant the most to me. I had lost my place and I was sleeping on my homie’s couch working on records day and night, feeling like I gotta make this work. A month later I got signed to Empire.”
Multi-coastal lyricist Sum presents “Black Friday”, his new single featuring Black Thought of The Roots. Produced by Los Angeles beatsmith Longbeard, “Black Friday” will appear on Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me Better Keep Running, his forthcoming new project set to feature the late Ikey Owens, Yamin Semali, Chris Merritt, and productions from Cazal Organizm, DK The Punisher and P.U.D.G.E. Claiming roots in North Carolina, Atlanta, New York and Chicago, Sum currently resides in Los Angeles where he heads his band The Milky Way, a collective that specializes in a sound best described as post-millennial funk. Sum’s Dragon Vol. 1 album featured Malkovich, Needlz, Dibia$e, Blockhead, Ski Beatz and Computer Jay. He recently digital media consultancy Precious Metals Creative, and the Digital Action Committee, which he describes as “a liquid collective of creatives and concerned citizens, born out of the outrage and heartbreak caused by savage slaying of citizens by police, focused on realistic solutions and the tools that help create them.” Regarding his new single, Sum says “There’s not much to be said about being able to rap on a track with the great Black Thought. He’s a pioneer, and I’m glad he’s finally starting to get more widespread recognition as one of the nastiest to ever do it. My guy Longbeard did his thing on the music, he’s a part of the extended Milky Way tribe and you’ll hear more from him sooner than later.”
Atlanta emcee Dillon Maurer has teamed up with producer Diamond D for “Feast”, the lead single from Black Tie Affair, their forthcoming collaboration EP. Residing in Atlanta, Dillon recently released the Food Chain full-length with producer Paten Locke, which featured Dres of Black Sheep, Homeboy Sandman, Count Bass-D, J-Live and Supa Dave West. A bona fide Hiphop legend and Grammy-Winner, Diamond D is a member of the Diggin In The Crates crew which also includes Lord Finesse, O.C., Fat Joe, Buckwild, Showbiz and A.G. and the late Big L, and has produced tracks for The Fugees, Big L, Pharoahe Monch, Busta Rhymes and Mos Def. Dillon’s solo releases include Studies In Hunger, Dillon Ain’t Playin’, and Cupid’s Revenge (Bandcamp). Diamond most recently produced Sadat X’s new album The Sum of a Man. “Whenever Diamond and I get up, whether it’s to work or chill or whatever, it’s always a celebration,” Dillon says. “Something’s gettin poured up, something’s gettin rolled up, and somebody’s gonna crack up. It’s jokes, it’s breaks, it’s Sanford & Son. We just cook. With the music, the food, the wax, all that. We FEAST, always.” Black Tie Affair drops September 8 via FULL PLATE (Bandcamp)/ Fat Beats.
Rapper/producer/multi-instrumentalist Count Bass D presents “Too Much Pressure” featuring Snoop Dogg, the title track to his new EP, produced by Count and DJ Pocket. Bass D has collaborated with MF DOOM (listen to “Potholderz”), Beastie Boys, Edan and Kool Keith, and has released several albums such as BEGBORROWSTEEL and Dwight Spitz spanning over twenty years in the game. Adept in keys, drums and bass, Bass D eschews sampling techniques in favor of recording his own keyboard/bass/drum grooves live in the studio.
Massachusetts-bred, LA-based emcee/producer Skipp Whitman presents “Fireworks”, his self-produced new single in which he tells the story of his last July 4th weekend. Skipp has collaborated with Skyzoo and Grafh, and has opened for Kanye West, KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Kool G Rap, Nas and Guru. Skipp recently released visuals for “Wild World” (watch on Youtube). Describing the events that led him to write this song, Skipp says “I had a lot of personal stuff happening on July 4th last year. I was at my place, trying to decide if I should go partake in the festivities. I wanted this video to look like a dream. surreal in every way. and to tell the story of the two realities that went on inside my head that day – staying home alone at the pool vs. partying on the beach with pretty girls.” “Fireworks” appears on Piece, Skipp’s new EP (listen on Soundcloud), composed, produced, written and recorded entirely by Skipp which he says “tells the story of my reality at that time – work, relationships (the failing of), life, death, music, the pursuit of things, failure and minor success.”
Queens, NY lyricist Mr. Complex presents the music video for “Then Was Then”, a single from Forever New, his new album featuring O.C., Sadat X, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Prince Po, Maya Azucena, Nadine Michel, General DV, Tiye Phoenix, Brianna Nadeau, Caitlyn Riedel and Respect The God. The video was directed by Mr. Complex himself, who branched out into the directing world after staking his name in the New York indie underground hip-hop scene thanks to his releases as part of New York’s Rawkus/Lyricist Lounge movement alongside peers like Pharaohe Monch, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and more. Mr. Complex is also part of Polyrhythm Addicts, a group composed of DJ Spinna, Mr Complex, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and Tiye Phoenix. Produced entirely by Mortal 1, Forever New has two other music videos out now: “Time And A Place” and “Lesbo Flo” (watch both at mrcomplex.net). Mr. Complex also recently dropped visuals for “I’m Ready” featuring Dres of Black Sheep (watch).
Atlanta rapper Skinny-C presents the music video for “Get Down”, the first single from The Commencement, his new EP produced entirely by ATL beatsmith Nobody Famous. The video was shot in front of Atlanta’s Turner Field – formerly the Atlanta Braves Stadium – by Norris Gresham a.k.a. GA Slim Films. His last full-length release was Never Hungry Always Thirsty Vol. 2: Back For Seconds (listen), which featured the song “MC” (watch the music video) in which he raps only using words that begin with the letters ‘M’ and ‘C’ sequentially. Volume 1 of NHAT featured Kingpin Skinny Pimp (listen). Skinny sold more than 10,000 combined digital and hard copies of his 2010 release Mixtape Muzik Vol. 1: INTREPID and Mixtape Muzik Vol. 2: RHAPSODY as a result of a series of grassroots performance and fan engagement campaigns through the Southeast. Skinny calls his new EP “The beginning of a new chapter in life. Cutting off the old and malignant, and starting with a fresh new slate. Everything from this point moving forward is on an upper echelon.”
California rapper and self-described “rap game Mark Twain” Monk Mandino presents his new single “F.L.I.M nroP” (read it backwards), produced by DamCold. McNasty made his name as a battler on the GrindTime circuit (watch Monk McNizzle battle Dizaster) before releasing last year’s Full Metal Rapshet mixtape (stream on Youtube). In 2014 he released the “Eat Like A Player” videos which documented his one-week tour of impromptu performances in fast-food restaurants and supermarkets across California, and more recently “Security Guard Barz”, where he documents himself rapping through his late-night work shifts (watch both series on his Youtube page). His last album was 2014’s Monk McNizzle (listen). Monk Mandino is finalizing two EPs: You’re Gonna Write Us All Out Of Poverty Monk Mandino, and a collaboration with DamCold into a new genre the duo have dubbed Hawaii Bass. Both releases will drop on Oakland-based Drum Dealer Music. Regarding the new single, Monk says “I’m getting older. Chicks got kids, you know? It is what it is. Fun fact: I was on the drug they call molly when I wrote this.”
California-based emcee Cornbread presents the music video for his single “Pass It”, produced by West Coast beatsmith Kan Kick. “Pass It” will appear on Ready To Live, Cornbread’s forthcoming album featuring Big Shug, Tristate, West Coast Kam, Roc C, and G&D as well as production from Oh No, DJ Romes, Georgia Ann Muldrow, Elevated Soul, & Noah Ayala. A Mississippi native, Cornbread moved to California where he founded the KaliWild crew alongside Oh No, J-Duce and Sean Biggs, forming a pillar of the Oxnard underground movement that spawned Madlib, the Lootpack, Dudley Perkins, Kan Kick, and Aloe Blacc, who appears alongside Cornbread and Maya Jupiter on the 2010 single “Relaxin” (watch the music video). The “Pass It” video was shot by Dirty Diggs, the producer behind many collaborations with Planet Asia, who makes a cameo in the video. Cornbread calls the clip “the joint you pass around the world! It will get your spirits high. I did this song in the spirit of good old hip hop story telling.”
Brooklyn, New York emcee SupaWave Osbourne presents the music video for “Blvcked Owt”, his new single produced by German beatsmith Rato. The video was directed by Trife Drew of Figure Eight Films. Representing Brooklyn’s Bushwick and Flatbush sections, SupaWave has collaborated with Copywrite, has shared the stage with the likes of MF DOOM, Sean Price and Machine Gun Kelly, and is prepping for the release of The Mandela Effect, his forthcoming album. Osbourne recently released visuals for “Iron Fist 5” (watch) Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Double AB, Mo Iz Real and An Hobbes, and “Left Shoes” (watch). Osbourne says the song is about “going into the unknown with a fearless outlook. Knowing that you are an immortal spirit after everything is stripped away. The scenes with the white background are life and everything that comes with it, like knowledge, happiness, creativity, depression, expression, etc… Meanwhile the scenes in the darkness are the opposite of that. Whether it be death, afterlife, or simply, the unknown. The dichotomy is set up to show that we can be fully active and aware in all states, and, to know this and to not be afraid of anything. Whether in life or out of it. To not only not fear the other side but to embrace it, because in being BLVCKED OWT you can find light.”
Pacific Northwest-based rapper/singer Jango presents Alone By Choice, Jango’s new mixtape produced by Jimmy Hill of Amplified Wax, the production house responsible for a platinum record for Matthew Koma, as well as collaborations with Myles Kennedy and Eva Simons. Born in Connecticut, Jango’s first mixtape was The Pursuit, and he has toured with Crooked I and Eazy E3. Jango describes his new mixtape as “a statement. I wanted my fans and friends to understand that it’s okay to be alone. So many people find depression and helplessness in being alone when in fact they should be able to find some happiness by appreciating and loving themselves. The project was inspired after the passing of my best friend Cam, who last year chose suicide to end his life. I hated that he had made that decision but I understood why. He was alone and couldn’t find happiness by himself. My goal and point to this project is to save everyone else from this mindset. No one can love you better then yourselves, and nobody should ever be able to tear you down. It’s your life, it’s your choices, and ultimately your happiness.”
Windhoek, Namibia producer Becoming Phill presents Electrum, his new album which mixes electro, funk and r&b. It features vocals from Namibian singers Shishani and Dantago, and guitar from Christian Polloni, who has worked with Papa Wemba and Youssou N’Dour. Phill has produced tracks for the late PH a.k.a. Pumpkinhead, homeless traveling rapper Malkovich, and Namibian trio Black Vulcanite, who recently won a Namibian Music Award for Best Music Video.