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California rapper and self-described “rap game Mark Twain” Monk Mandino presents the DIR.Anonymity-directed music video for “Single”, the Haruna-produced single from his forthcoming album Half Mountain Lion. Monk recently released the Anthropogenic EP, produced exclusively by Bay Area beatsmith 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). His most recent video release is “Flimnrop” (watch). 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). Regarding the song Monk says, “the realest s–t I could do right now is quit smoking cigarettes!”

 

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West Los Angeles rapper Louis King presents the Llama Fineese-directed-directed music video for “Outta Hxre”, Louis’ new single produced by Blu Majic. Louis is currently unveiling his Beautiful Grind Collection, 156 singles he will upload to his Soundcloud every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of 2018 (Soundcloud). The son of Yoruba drummer Ayo Adeyemi, Louis’ International Slap album featured Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 (stream “Revolution”). Los Angeles radio station Power 106 picked Louis as a WhosNext Artist, and was named to HotNewHipHop’s Heat In These Streets LA Edition along with Casey Veggies, TeeFlii & Compton Av. He has written lyrics and recorded vocals for the soundtracks for Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and has performed on national TV during the 2016 & 2017 NFL PreGames. Louis is a member of Venice-based band House of Vibe, a Venice-based band that has collaborated with Chali 2na, Talib Kweli, Evidence & MC Supernatural. Louis has toured the world with the Outlaw Immortalz Crew, and has performed in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Tokyo. Louis is dedicated to his work with Leila Steinberg in San Quentin Prison and helps facilitate school assemblies & weekly workshops with Aim4theHeart.org. When asked about the inspiration behind the song, he said, “This is a song about problem solving and finding a way to empower and change our situations for the better. We fall into problematic lifestyles and at times wonder ‘How are we going to get out of this’ but Outta Hxre is about looking inside ourselves and finding a way to empower and overcome whatever obstacle stands in our way.”

 

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Brooklyn emcee K.Gaines presents the music video for “Cook That Bass”, the new single featuring Ras Kass and Lyric Jones from Ticket To Elsewhere, his collaboration EP with Los Angeles-based producer Maxwell Benson coming soon on Priority/Capitol Records. Phaze4K, Leo Coltrane and Sebastian Marciano are also set to appear on Ticket To Elsewhere, the first of five EPs K.Gaines plans to drop in 2018, each of which will be a collaboration with a producer from a different region of the US. “Cook That Bass” comes on the heels of the release of visuals for Ticket To Elsewhere’s first single “Opulence” (watch). Maxwell Benson has worked with Too Short (stream “19,999”), Rapper Big Pooh and Sadat X (stream “Sadat X Is Back”), and gives Ticket To Elsewhere its West Coast focus. Gaines’ last album was Rumspringa: The Wildman Chronicles (Spotify) and starred in the short film Kung Fu Bum (Youtube) which was showcased at several film festivals, as well as the newly released “Brothers” (Youtube). Los Angeles visual artist Reef Kills provided Ticket To Elsewhere’s cover art. The artwork for each EP in the series, once juxtaposed with each other, will form a more intricate visual piece with all the purpose and intention of a map which can lead you to hidden prizes around the country.

 

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Woodbridge, VA rap artist PHZ-Sicks (pronounced ‘physics’) presents “Run It”, the new single from his forthcoming album Good Day, Greater Tomorrow. Produced by Ashton McCreight, “Run It” comes on the heels of previous album single “Riot In My Memory” (Soundcloud). PHZ-Sicks is releasing a new single from the album on the 23rd of each month leading up to the album’s summer drop. “Every MC sometimes hears a beat and just want to rhyme,” PHZ says about his new single. “Test how dope you can be on the mic, how you can change rhyme patterns, or just be plain dope. This is pretty much that. This is just a heads up that when it comes to rap, I do this and I do it proudly.”

 

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Compton, California rapper Marcus Christ presents the new Nime Five-produced single for “If I Knew”, from his forthcoming album called kjPrince of the Universe on MTB Entertainment. MC’s previous work includes “I Get High On The Most High” (Soundcloud) and “If I Die Tonight” (listen). Describing the single, Marcus says, “The song If ‘I Knew’ can have many meanings but to me it’s about not being prepared or knowing what lies ahead or in the pasts. I wrote the song with a woman in mind, and now I think off my own possible future offspring when I hear it. So, the song can be related to by a person that may wonder about an important personal relationship without knowing something else for sure.”

 


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Queens, New York emcee Rock Mecca presents Ironworld, his new album out now on Soulspazm Records featuring Roc Marciano, Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Kool Keith, Mach Hommy, Tragedy Khadafi and Canibus. The album is produced by Jake Palumbo, who has also collaborated with Ras Kass, Masta Ace and El Da Sensei. Rock’s previous projects include the album Pirate Radio Star (stream on Bandcamp) and “Prizefights” (stream on Bandcamp). When asked about the album, Rock says “The world is hard and cold and Ironworld provides the perfect soundtrack for anyone trying to conquer it. It centers around the concept of survival of the fittest. The album is themed in battle which appears throughout the album in the form of sports references, the street life, gladiator battles, martial arts and the bloodsport of rap.”

 

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Brooklyn emcee K.Gaines presents “Cook That Bass”, the new single featuring Ras Kass and Lyric Jones from Ticket To Elsewhere, his forthcoming collaboration EP with Los Angeles-based producer Maxwell Benson coming soon on Priority/Capitol Records. Phaze4K, Leo Coltrane and Sebastian Marciano are also set to appear on Ticket To Elsewhere, the first of five EPs K.Gaines plans to drop in 2018, each of which will be a collaboration with a producer from a different region of the US. “Cook That Bass” comes on the heels of the release of visuals for Ticket To Elsewhere’s first single “Opulence” (watch). Maxwell Benson has worked with Too Short (stream “19,999”), Rapper Big Pooh and Sadat X (stream “Sadat X Is Back”), and gives Ticket To Elsewhere its West Coast focus. Gaines’ last album was Rumspringa: The Wildman Chronicles (Spotify) and starred in the short film Kung Fu Bum (Youtube) which was showcased at several film festivals, as well as the newly released “Brothers” (Youtube). Los Angeles visual artist Reef Kills provided Ticket To Elsewhere’s cover art. The artwork for each EP in the series, once juxtaposed with each other, will form a more intricate visual piece with all the purpose and intention of a map which can lead you to hidden prizes around the country.

 

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St. Petersburg, Florida-bred New York-based rapper Paid Duez presents the Derek Jorgensen-directed music video for “Barry Sanders” from his album Barry Sanders. Paid Duez’s previous projects include “Merry Poppins” (stream) and “Green Monopoly” (stream). His latest releases are “Jetty Reality” and “Wie Hiesst Du” which will be available on Spotify and iTunes in January 2018. “The inspiration came from Barry Sanders himself. Just felt like he came and did great things on the big stage and proved to be great at what he did. I always looked up to the great as they were like super heroes to me. The meaning was just perfect, and it was the best thing to do, because having a feel good song called Barry Sanders inspired me to be great too,” Paid says when asked about the inspiration behind the new single.

 

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Massachusetts-bred, LA-based emcee/producer Skipp Whitman presents the music video for “Slow Down”, shot by Pat Anthony and Johnny Forance. “The directors are two guys in LA from the east coast so we connected quickly,” Skipp says. The female lead is played by Christina Lindner, a German actress who happened to be in LA for the summer. “I have never lived in a city where wild connections like this happen,” Skipp exclaims. Produced, composed, and recorded by Skipp, “Slow Down” will appear on his forthcoming full-length Unfinished Songs Vol 1 (SWUFSV#1), a collection of original freestyles and unfinished or incomplete songs and/or ideas. 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 SWUFSV#1 singles “Goodnight” (watch) and “Comfortable” (watch) as well as “Fireworks” (watch), a song from his Piece EP (listen on Soundcloud), composed, produced, written and recorded entirely by Skipp. “This video was shot in Silverlake on a Sunday, and on two different Sundays,” Skipp explains. “The funny thing is I had bought two identical red W t-shirts on a whim, and after the first shoot I washed the tee so it shrunk .. so I just happened to have another one, which worked out.” Unfinished Songs Vol 1 (SWUFSV#1) is due early 2018.

 

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Brooklyn emcee K.Gaines presents “Opulence”, the first single from Ticket To Elsewhere, his forthcoming collaboration EP with Los Angeles-based producer Maxwell Benson dropping December on Priority/Capitol Records. Ras Kass, Lyric Jones, Phaze4K, Leo Coltrane and Sebastian Marciano are set to appear on Ticket To Elsewhere, the first of five EPs K.Gaines plans to drop in 2018, each of which will be a collaboration with a producer from a different region of the US. Maxwell Benson has worked with Too Short (stream “19,999”), Rapper Big Pooh and Sadat X (stream “Sadat X Is Back”), and gives Ticket To Elsewhere its West Coast focus. Gaines’ last album was Rumspringa: The Wildman Chronicles (Spotify) and starred in the short film Kung Fu Bum (Youtube) which was showcased at several film festivals. Los Angeles visual artist Reef Kills provided Ticket To Elsewhere‘s cover art. The artwork for each EP in the series, once juxtaposed with each other, will form a more intricate visual piece with all the purpose and intention of a map which can lead you to hidden prizes around the country. “I was listening to a lot of Tribe Called Quest when I made this track,” Benson says about the new single. “I was really geeking out over their use of basslines and wanted to make my own version of that. Getting in the studio with Gaines is always an exciting venture. He has a secret method and ritual that has to happen before he lays all his vocals that only those that work with him know about.” Regarding “Opulence” Gaines says simply,”Either you are with it or not. If you don’t get it then it wasn’t meant for you. If you get it …welcome to Ticket To Elsewhere.”

 

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Atlanta emcee Dillon Maurer & producer Diamond D present the music video for “Feast”, the lead single from Black Tie Affair, their collaboration EP out now featuring Dillon on rhymes and cuts and Diamond on beats. The EP features Dillon’s longtime collaborator Paten Locke (who also works frequently with Edan) plus support from Boog Brown, Alexa Lima on piano, Terminus Horns, Ben Hameen on guitar & DJ Harrison on Rhodes. Residing in Atlanta, Dillon recently released the Food Chain full-length with 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. The instrumentals are included on the limited-edition vinyl, which you can order at Bandcamp or Fat Beats.

 

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Massachusetts-bred, LA-based emcee/producer Skipp Whitman presents the music video for “Comfortable”, shot entirely in an Ikea. 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 “Fireworks” (watch), a song from his Piece EP (listen on Soundcloud), composed, produced, written and recorded entirely by Skipp. Skipp’s next project is called Unfinished Songs Vol. 1, a collection of original freestyles and unfinished or incomplete songs and/or ideas. it will feature all original production by myself, and multiple, cutting edge videos to be released between now and the project drop date. The “Comfortable” video was directed by AJ Lodge and conceptualized by Skipp’s brother Jesse Feinberg. “We, like most, frequent our local Ikea,” Skipp says. “And one day, while shopping, my brother Jesse mentioned ‘these look like a bunch of film sets’ – which they do. So he and I thought up this crazy idea where we use these film sets to shoot a video. The catch being, you hopefully don’t realize it’s an Ikea until the end.”