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)
Washington D.C.-bred, California-based rapper/producer Fong-Sai-U presents The Last Ronin, his new album featuring Prodigal Sunn, Coop Deville and Quincy Banks. Fong’s last album was Ballads Of A Massacre, featuring the late Guru of Gang Starr, Dice Raw and Res. Videos have been dropped for BOAM singles “Jack Sparrow” (watch) and “Bad Guy” (watch). An underground hip-hop veteran, Fong has collaborated with Black Thought (click to stream “I Own This Microphone”) who was an early mentor to Fong and took him on tour with The Roots. Fong also produced a song for Guru of Gang Starr on his solo album Bald Head Slick under his 5% name Divine (click to stream “O.G. Talk”). “I had to throw a good body of work together to give out to the masses and that’s how you get this _Last Ronin_ album,” says Fong. “We’re in the era of garbage music – enjoy.”
Oeaux Neal, Mauley Sincyr, and the Landlord are New Orleans trio MadeGroceries, presenting the Writers Bloc-directed music video for “That Yeah”, their new TRXVISL-produced single featuring singer and fellow Nola native Ambre Perkins, who recently wrapped a tour with Atlantic Records artist Kehlani. Mauley describes MadeGroceries as “the bread ‘n butter of this rap ish. Don’t be afraid to embrace our energy, for it can change your perception of life, no family can survive our modern times without making groceries.” Oeaux says the song “embodies our city’s culture, the youth’s attitude and language.” Landlord calls it “another example of how we are unique but still naturally connected to the community we’re raised in.” MadeGroceries’ debut album is coming soon on Small World International.
Grand Rapids, Michigan rapper/producer/visual artist Tekh Togo presents the music video for “Dressed To Kill” featuring Joose of AGO, and directed by Tekh Togo, Andy Miller and Ashley Trieu. Togo is preparing for the release of BlackWater, his forthcoming album featuring Mick Jenkins, Nitty Scott MC and Dougy Lo Hot as well as production from Mistro, Nixon and Seventh of AGO. One BlackWater single has already been released, “End Of The Rainbow” featuring Mick Jenkins (listen), as well as “More Crystals” (listen). Joose, I and our fly black ops are on a mission to save humanity from becoming a fashion war of the worlds of dummies (mannequins),” Tekh says about the video. “This leads us into a couple of secluded locations; one in the woods where they find an abandoned hideout that may have once been used to carry out diabolical experiments, the other a modern fashion house used to plan sinister plots.”
Tempe, Arizona rapper Mouse Powell presents the music video for “Heaven”, directed by Dalton Campbell. The track is produced by The Ref, Mouse’s primary collaborator, who produced the entirety of Mouse’s 2013 album These Are The Good Times (listen). The “Heaven” video comes on the heels of his clip for previous singles “Love Is” (watch) and “King Of My Own Backyard” (watch). The video follows a year for Powell including tours with Rhymesayer’s artists Grieves and Prof. “This is my favorite song I have ever made,” Mouse says. “I think it’s simplicity and honesty are beautiful. We decided that the visuals should reflect that, who I am, and my two greatest influences: live shows and skateboarding. We set out to capture that organic feeling that hooked me years ago, and I think the video really caught that.”
Houston, Texas rapper Skyler Jones presents “Bout The $”, his new single produced by Adot The God (Bezz Believe, Taylor J). Skyler was formerly in a group called The Classmates with fellow Houston rapper Travis Scott. “My inspiration is my family,” Skyler says. My little 14-year-old sister and my mom. I lean on her, she leans on me. We got each other through anything.”
Over the last three decades, Chad Smith has become one of the most recognizable figures in rock and rhythm. As drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, he’s sold more than 80 million albums and been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With super-group Chickenfoot and the Bombastic Meatbats, he’s expanded into a variety of musical genres with an extraordinary assortment of collaborators. And now Smith – in conjunction with creativity house Scenefour – has debuted his fine art collection PARALLAX, which utilizes sophisticated technology to visually harness Smith’s preternatural drum skills, previously seen only through sound, now rendered gloriously visible.
Smith was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he first picked up the drumsticks at the age of seven. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were told that Smith “eats drums for breakfast” shortly before he was tapped as their permanent drummer in 1988. Seven Grammys later, Smith is #10 on Spin’s list of the 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music, and has recorded with Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, The Dixie Chicks, Kid Rock, and Dick Van Dyke, with whom he recorded the 2010 children’s album Rhythm Train, named by MTV as one of the best children’s records of all time.
Completed in Los Angeles in 2015, the Chad Smith’s PARALLAX collection is the latest in the rhythm-on-canvas medium pioneered by art team SceneFour and a select group of the world’s most acclaimed drummers including Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), and Rick Allen (Def Leppard). Using lit drumsticks in much the way a painter would brushes, Scenefour’s innovative techniques capture Smith’s strokes as he plays, making for a series of 13 unique, limited-edition canvas pieces, all numbered and individually signed by Smith. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Camp Korey (campkorey.org), a charity for children with serious medical conditions. Visit www.chadsmithart.com for exclusive information.
East Point, GA rapper/producer Yamin Semali and fellow Atlanta producer Illastrate are Monday/Friday, presenting the Dazzell Matthews-directed music video for “Right On”, the new single from their new self-titled album out now on Working Class Music, Yamin’s new imprint which is resposible for releases featuring Boog Brown, 4-Ize, Arablak, Sean Price, and blctxt contxt. The “Right On” clip comes on the heels of the release of their clip for “MF” (watch). Besides his collaborations with Blu, Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound and J-Live, Yamin’s work as one half of Atlanta rap duo Clan Destined garnered them a 5 out of 5 rating from Creative Loafing for their album Self Titled. AllHipHop named Yamin one of 2014’s top 50 artists, and Yamin’s self-titled solo debut album landed on Dart Adam’s Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. Illastrate has produced for Treach of Naughty By Nature, DoItAll from Lords of the Underground and Boog Brown.”I’ve been targeted since I can remember,” Yamin says about the inspiration for the song. “Being asked by shop owners to produce receipts when leaving stores or having cops ask me what gang I’m in since seven years of age, all while having to watch my back in my own space around people who look like me.”
Portland, Oregon duo Illmaculate & OnlyOne present the Stephan Lerch-directed music video for “Only & Ill”, the title track from their new album out now featuring Crooked I, Yukmouth, Hippie Sabotage and Sapient. Illmaculate won 2004’s Scribble Jam (the youngest emcee ever to do so), two World Rap Championships and this year’s King Of The Dot title. The album’s release comes on the heel of the video clip for single “Can’t Take That Away” (watch). Illmaculate has collaborated with Macklemore (click here to listen to the “Letterhead” remix and here to listen to “Do It Themselves”), Inspectah Deck (click here to listen to “How You Do That”) and Tech N9ne (click here to listen to “Go Study”). Illmac and OnlyOne together have accrued over 16 million Youtube views and have toured nationally and internationally alongside Mos Def, E-40, Wu-Tang Clan, Aesop Rock, Yelawolf, Lupe Fiasco and Slaughterhouse. “Only & Ill sort of embodies how Only and my dynamic has been since day one,” says Illmaculate. “In the context of our group Sandpeople, we were the young guns who said the wild shit. Even the line “What you know about Only & Ill?” Is a throwback to an old Sandpeople song where we juggled that rhyme scheme the entire song. The intro is really the tone setter for the hour and change of drug-induced debauchery that follows.”
Negril, Jamaica/Montreal,Canada rapper/producer Jonathan Emile presents The Lover/Fighter Document, his new album featuring Kendrick Lamar, Murs (watch the music video for “End Of The World”), Buckshot (watch the music video for “The Century”), Kim Richardson, Tek Luciano, Natasha Marie and Ashley Rose. Emile was in the hospital fighting cancer when he created his philosophy of “MindPeaceLove”, which he named his independent record label after. He appeared on the Grammy long-list in the ‘Rap Album of The Year’ category and ‘Jazz Album of The Year’ category as a member of the Franco Proietti Morph-Tet. Proietti also performs alto saxophone on the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Heaven Help Dem” (click to read VICE’s interview with Jonathan Emile regarding the “Heaven Help Dem” controversy).
San Diego-based, Gardena, California-bred rapper Kahlee presents ReBlessed, Kahlee’s new album on which production team Digital Martyrs remixes his previous release Blessed (listen) which featured featured Sabac Red of Non-Phixion, Uptown Swuite, CookBook (LA Symphony), Awdbawl and I.Sheik (Revolution of the Mind). He recently released an Eyekon Fotography-directed music video for the remix of “Baring My Soul” (watch). Kahlee’s other releases include Man Of Many Hats, The Seed and Here I Am. Kahlee’s performed alongside Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, Murs, Dilated Peoples and Immortal Technique. His music has appeared on The Wake Up Show, DJ Premier’s Live From Headqcourterz show, the Showtime series All Access – Mayweather V. Maidana 2, and will appear in The Challenger.
Providence, Rhode Island rapper Don Diz a.k.a. King Diz presents the music video for “Aliens”, his newest single from T.G.I.F.U. 2, his forthcoming album featuring Snacks Giggity, Pab, Desiree and Droi. “Aliens” is produced by Connecticut producer Ty Nitty, who produced “Keep Up” for Lloyd Banks (listen). Diz’s previous releases include 2013’s New Diz City (listen). “‘Aliens’ is song that i wrote a while back that I wanted to put out but was waiting for the right time,” Diz says of the new single. “The song basically describes the alienation of the oppressed people and I am their voice. I wanted to show the world how we have been forgotten but we are still here standing strong. A couple of events happened where I felt obligated to speak on how I felt about them on this record especially, in the inner cities.”
Baltimore rapper Viktor Rasiia presents Lightning Flashes Thunder Crashes, his new album featuring Hartford, CT rapper Gov Mag, and sister Evon Rasiia as well as production by Cartier Jones, Tone Jonez, G Money Baby, Mr Kooman and Rob Luna. His previous full-lengths include The Viktor Rasiia Show (listen) and The Legend of Natty Bohnz (listen). “#LFTC was all energy for me,” Viktor says. “Joy, anger, passion, sadness. I tried to make a song for every color across the emotional spectrum. To me, that’s what music is suppose to be.”