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)
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.
Pacific Northwest-based rapper/singer Jango presents “Forbidden”, his new single 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. “Forbidden” will appear on Alone By Choice, Jango’s forthcoming mixtape produced by Hill and co-produced by Jango. Born in Connecticut, Jango’s first mixtape was The Pursuit, and he has toured with Crooked I and Eazy E3. “Being originally born a Jehovah’s witness there’s a lot of dos and don’ts when it comes to a significant other so as I grew older and farther away from the church my ideals and beliefs started to conflict,” Jango says about the song. “The love I’m singing and rapping about in ‘Forbidden’ is extremely forbidden in the church’s eyes. They consider this a sin. Throughout the song I knowingly am committing these sins but admit, ‘I just can’t help myself’ because the woman I’m describing is extremely seductive and has me caught up on her love. This song represents so much more to me that just a simple love song. It’s literally how I’ve experienced my love life. As a young kid I had this sweet ideal of love and how I’d be married before I had sex or became that intimate with a woman. Life however had its unexpected journeys and turns and I ended up committing sins I never thought I’d commit” Alone By Choice drops late March.
Boston MC and EMS crew frontman M-Dot presents the first volume of his 2-part album EgO anD The EneMy, featuring Method Man, Marley Marl, Large Professor, Buckwild, M-Phazes, Marco Polo, 7L, !llmind, Da Beatminerz and Snowgoons. Videos have been released for EATE singles “Give It To Me” (watch) and “Shine” featuring Method Man, Dominique Larue & Katy Gunn (watch) as well as “Dreamscape” (watch). M-Dot’s last full-length release was _Jake LaDOTta_ featuring Ras Kass & Edo G (stream), and his discography includes Run MPC, Money Doesn’t Own Thought, Layer Cake and Making Doubters Over Think. M-Dot has won multiple awards in Boston and did a 2012 European tour with Slaughterhouse.
“Love & Hip Hop: New York” star Amina Buddafly presents “More Than You”, her new music video directed by Catherine Ouellette. “More Than You” will appear on Amina’s forthcoming EP Music In My Room. Born in Germany to a Senegalese father and German mother, Amina was one half of Black Buddafly alongside her twin sister Jazz. Her solo releases include two volumes of I AM (iTunes), and she sings and performs regularly with the Village Underground house band in New York. Amina is currently on a tour through the US to support her new book “The Other Woman” (read the review on VH1.com).
Emmy award-winning Oklahoma City rapper Jabee presents the Todd Beats-directed music video for “Tried So Hard”, the Phen-produced single from Black Future, his new album featuring Chuck D, Brother Ali and Killer Mike as well as production from J57, Hannibal King and M Stacks. In 2013 Jabee released his album Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt (iTunes) on Murs’ 3:16 label. Jabee was already one of URB Magazine’s Next 1000 when his DJ Vadim-produced Blood Is The New Black mixtape dropped in 2008. His Must Be Nice mixtape collaboration with Terry Urban and Mick Boogie featured Green Lantern, 9th Wonder, Blu and Oddisee. His 2011 Lucky Me mixtape clocked 40,000 downloads. Jabee contributed a track to the official Boondocks Season 3 mixtape, and won an Emmy for his writing and performance in a commercial for Science Museum Oklahoma (watch). Jabee was a vocal and focal point for a leading role in the new NIKE x Kevin Durant commercial “The Baddest”. In 2014 Jabee was invited to Shade 45 in NYC to be featured and interviewed by Sway of “Sway in The Morning” (watch). Chuck D of Public Enemy says “Jabee’s music has the potential to change the world.” Jabee says the song is about “me dealing with my insecurities, my faults and how people will kick you not knowing that you are already beating yourself up inside. The video is a picture of that and how you still need to be able to smile through it all.”