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)
Bay Area emcee Kirby Dominant and Canadian producer Factor have both been at it for a decade plus, putting out consistent quality material on their respective fronts. In 2001, they found common ground, began recording together under the moniker Paranoid Castle and eventually released their debut collaboration One Way Ticket on Side Road Records in 2004. By the age of 17 Kirby had already been selling dope, locked up and shot. He was able to drastically shift gears and move forward at UC Berkeley, where he spent his financial aid checks on making an album. A string of successful releases on Rapitalism Records along with his Dominant Mammals collabo with Moka Only brought Kirby to the forefront of west coast indie rap and drew praise from the likes of URB Magazine and the San Francisco Guardian. Factor has produced full-lengths for a who’s who of underground talent ranging from Awol One to Moka Only to Gregory Pepper in addition to his own lush, melodic solo endeavors. His larger-than-life palette incorporates bone-shattering drums spliced with meticulous samples and live instrumentation. From the virtual obscurity of Saskatoon to sought-after super-producer status, Factor’s travels have included working and touring alongside Kool Keith, Tha Liks, Sadat X, Aesop Rock and Buck 65. 2011 finds Kirby and Factor reunited as Paranoid Castle with their most focused collaboration to date. The years between the group’s releases gave them the opportunity to explore disparate musical avenues while still building chemistry as a crew with Kirby featuring on all of Factor’s solo projects. Champagne Nightmares, the duo’s debut on Fake Four, delicately careens between playful party anthems and introspective treatises on loss and being lost. While sections of the record find Kirby popping bottles and toasting to the good life, something in the way of Factor’s piercing aural brilliance brings out the vulnerable side of the NorCal rapper via bangers such as “Orca” and “Some Place Else.”
Jurassic 5 alumnus Chali 2na and Oxnard spitter Roc C come together as a duo to bring us world premiere #19 in The DJBooth and Event Electronics’ 20/20 Music Series. A whip-ready motivational anthem with an underground twist, I Will finds G Koop blending keys, backing vocals and mid-tempo percussion into a driving backdrop for the emcees’ reflections on the hardships and triumphs of the hustle. While Roc focuses on depicting the harsh realities of his inner-city milieu in is opening bars, 2na brings the jam to an uplifting conclusion, expressing his determination to be more than a product of his environment.
New Orleanian producer/deejay Quickie Mart has made a name for himself in 2011 as a master dubstep remixer, approaching some of today’s hottest up-and-coming artists to remix their song dubstep style with their official stamp of approval. One week before the Beatport.com of his Space Monkey Radio remix EP, QM presents his official remix of Southern California band Slightly Stoopid‘s track “Supernatural”, which will appear alongside artist-sanctioned dubstep remixes of songs by Freddie Gibbs, Shyvonne, Ricky B and more. SMR drops December 7.
In his college years, Grammy/Emmy-award winning J. Ivy was known around campus and his native Chicago simply as “The Poet”. Soon after, he was storming the stage of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry, soon followed by the studio where Kanye West and Jay-Z invited him to guest on “Never Let Me Down”, a track on Kanye’s Grammy-winning College Dropout album. He has performed and collaborated with everyone from RZA to Erykah Badu to Bo Diddley to Martha Stewart. He gave the soul singer formerly known as John Stephens the name John Legend. His voice and lyricism have been heard on national programs like the TV show ER, HBO Boxing, and Sunday Night Football. And now, he proudly presents the music video for “War”, as seen on MTV Jams. “War” is a track from his latest album Here I Am, released on Ivyous Entertainment. J. can also be seen as a host on the new segment of Fuse Network’s Hip Hop Shop.
Making its world premiere as the 18th entry in The DJBooth and Event Electronics 20/20 Music Series, this newly-leaked album cut from Strong Arm Steady comes backed by a sampled instrumental that’s smooth even by Statik Selektah’s lofty standards. Over the Boston heavyweight’s dreamy strings and delicate piano chords, Krondon, Mitchy Slick, and Phil Da Agony drop witty, ever-so-slightly blunted rhymes about their skills, their home streets and their witty bars. Those who think Classic lives up to its title can find it, and much more besides, on the crew’s StereoType LP, scheduled to drop in December. Look forward to two more 20/20 entries before the month’s end.
It’s getting harder and harder to ignore the effects of human carelessness on the world around us. Unwilling to sit back and watch as everything goes to sh*t, Ras Kass raises consciousness regarding the former issue while doing his part to combat the latter on single numero uno off his forthcoming full-length. Making its world premiere as entry #17 in The DJBooth and Event Electronics’ 20/20 Music Series, this jam finds Doc Hollywood crafting a dreamy, retro-informed instrumental backdrop (complete with an eerily familiar sitar riff) as the Cali underground mainstay uses ecology as a springboard for some characteristically irreverent, allusive lyrical flames. Holes is just one of many quality cuts set for inclusion on Ras Kass’ FILA (F*ck It Loseit All) LP, which is set for a December release. Additionally, keep it locked for further world premieres throughout the remainder of November.
Making its world premiere as the 14th entry in The DJBooth andEvent Electronics’ 20/20 Music Series, this newly-released single finds the Cali spitter admonishing listeners against letting the lust for luxury goods get the better of their ethical principles. Frequent collaborator Ro Blvd does his thing on the production tip, crafting a heavily syncopated synth-percussion groove to back the U-N-I alum as he recounts how two enterprising (and girl-crazy) youths’ scheme to “dress high-end off of credit-card scams” backfired when the boys in blue caught wind of their con. A sage cautionary tale and a dope record to boot, this joint is exclusive to the 20/20 Music Series. Fans can look forward to further DJBooth-exclusive entries throughout the remainder of November.
On November 15, Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins will present his first foray into the world of visual art with “Time”, the second collection in the groundbreaking “Art Of Drums” series, which puts the musical masterstrokes of the world’s most respected drummers literally onto canvas. “Drums” is the brainchild of SceneFour, the Los Angeles-based creativity house that has spearheaded the ‘collaborative art’ movement through groundbreaking canvas work with the likes of RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Bootsy Collins. G’N’R/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum was responsible for the first collection, and Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and P-Funk sticksman Frankie “Kash” Waddy are among the other world-class talents slated. Learn more about “Time” at TheArtOfStephenPerkins.com.
Cali underground rap legend Murs proudly presents the music video for “S.K.I.B.E.A.T.Z.”, his newest from Love & Rockets Volume 1: The Transformation, his new album produced entirely by Ski Beatz, the man behind classic tracks for Jay-Z, Mos Def, Camp Lo and many more. The song also features Bay Area emcee Locksmith. Love & Rockets comes courtesy of BluRoc, the fledgling imprint headed by ex-Roc-A-Fella co-owner Damon Dash, who also counts rappers Tabi Bonney and Da$h, singer McKenzie Eddy and musician Sean O’Connell on his roster. The BluRoc crew is currently on the road for the MTV/Sirius/Adidas-sponsored Hip Hop & Love Tour, on track to hit 50+ cities between September 27 and November 26. Love & Rockets‘ cover art was designed by Dave Barnett, the talent behind covers for Curren$y‘s Pilot Talk series. The album features O.C., Dee1, Tabi Bonney, Ab-Soul and Locksmith, and is available on iTunes, Best Buy and mom ‘n pops worldwide.
Los Angeles based duo Self Scientific are concerned with one thing and one thing only: partying in expensive clubs. Actually, what I meant to say is that Chace Infinite and DJ Khalilare only concerned with the exact f**king opposite, as new release State of Man, making its worldwide premiere right now, once again so aptly illustrates. Behind the board Khalil puts together a simultaneously spacey and darkly epic beat that see-saws between synths, strings and pounding percussion. It’s the perfect backdrop for Chace to deliver lyrical reminders that we the people – not politicians, not preachers – are the ones who truly possess the power to improve our current state. Fans can also find this cut and much more dopeness on Self-Scientific’s Fear & Propaganda album, due out in January of 2012. In the meantime, keep it locked for further entries in the Event 20/20 Music Series throughout October and November, and click here to learn how you can win a pair of Event’s new 20/20 BAS monitors.
On “Classical Music”, REL!G!ON reached out to his four favorite emcees – Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Jasiri X and Torae – and created a fictitious rap super group called the “Dangerous Alliance” based on the famous sports entertainment wrestling stable of the same name. “Hearing these four rappers together is a dream. When I was younger I would imagine rap superstar stables, guys that I thought would sound nice together. I do the same thing with wrestlers, it’s very serious for me,” says REL!G!ON. He sent the instrumental first to Ras Kass’ people, then sent that edit to Torae’s people, then Planet Asia jumped on, followed by Jasiri X. The result is “Classical Music”, four of the hardest lyricists over a REL!G!ON beat that he says he uses to secure victory in beat battles. “I would love it if these guys would join together and form a supergroup. I would produce that in a second. They all have their own style but the one thing they have in common is hard ass lyrics! I’m going to try and make that happen”, says REL!G!ON. “Classical Music” (The Dangerous Alliance edit) is featured on REL!G!ON’S soon to be released album called REL!GULOUS through Wandering Worx Music.