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)
From pioneering the independent rap hustle to starting his own festival, Cali emcee Murs has always been a trailblazer. To that end, he proudly presents Yumiko: Curse Of The Merch Girl, a brand new album and graphic novel available exclusively through Kickstarter. The album and novel unite to tell the story of Yumi Morales, a girl living the fabled tour life working the merchandise table for her boyfriend Dominick‘s band Murder Acts. The 124-page graphic novel is illustrated by Jose Garcia, written by Josh Blaylock and the ten-song album – whose lyrics are printed in their entirety throughout the novel – is produced entirely by DJ Foundation. Yumiko is available only via the project’s Kickstarter page, where a range of different pledge options will get you everything from the novel and CD to exclusive apparel, custom download cards illustrated by David Mack and Jim Mahfood, and a personal thank-you note and Twitter follow from Murs. Followed by the release of the album and book, an animated music video will officially be unveiled at Murs’ party during the Comic-Con convention in San Diego. “Yumiko is hip hop and comics done correctly,” says Murs of the project. “Comics have always been a huge inspiration to me. And having the chance to publish my own comic is truly an honor. Working with my partners to create this book was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to making our dream a reality with the help of the fans.” Murs can also be seen reviewing recent issues of Batman, Catwoman and Wolverine for G4TV’s Fresh Ink Online blog (click here).
<span >Queens, NY lyricist Mr. Complex proudly presents the music video for “Holy Smokes”, produced by Phil Pro from Switzerland. The video was directed by Mr. Complex himself, who has stepped into the directing world (see the Allhiphop piece “Mr. Complex Enters Film World”) since making his name on the indie underground scene as part of New York’s Rawkus/Lyricist Lounge movement alongside peers like Pharaohe Monch, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and more. His new album Swiss Chocolate Cake drops February 14, 2012.
We proudly present the Dunn Deal Mixtape, V2.012, a mix of choice tracks from our last three years’ projects. V2.012 is mixed by New Orleanian producer/deejay Quickie Mart, who recently released Space Monkey Radio, an EP of artist-approved QM dubstep remixes of songs by Freddie Gibbs, Slightly Stoopid and more (listen here). We are an L.A.-based hiphop/urban PR firm offering full service print, web, radio and video campaigns. HAPPY 2012!
Los Angeles emcee Monk McNizzle defrauds the myth of Santa Claus in the new music video for “Dadda Clause”, directed by Emerg McVay. McNasty made his name as a battler on the GrindTime circuit before releasing last year’s Full Metal Rapshet mixtape.
Cali underground rap legend Murs proudly presents the music video for “’67 Cutlass”, 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 album features O.C., Dee1, Tabi Bonney, Ab-Soul and Locksmith, and is available on iTunes, Best Buy and mom ‘n pops worldwide.
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.