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
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East Point, GA rapper/producer Yamin Semali and fellow Atlanta producer Illastrate present the Kevin Smith-directed music video for “MF”, the new single from Time And A Half, their forthcoming EP featuring Senor Kaos, Sean Emcee (Civil Writes), Willi Dudat, J-Live, and Supastition. The “MF” clip comes on the heels of the release of their MondayFriday album (listen) which spawned the “Sugar & Salt” single (watch the music video). 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. Time And A Half is coming soon on Working Class Music Group.
18-year-old New Jersey rapper/producer mUsa presents “Car Go Van Go”, his new single produced by Loud Lord. mUsa recently dropped U Are Now Viewing (listen), a free concept album featuring collaborations with Willdotquest, Senzo, Flaxeed and Genshin. Producer MeloFlamez handled the boards for the entirety of his previous full-length Captain pUrp (listen on DatPiff). mUsa produces under the alias zayyaf, and is also a graphic designer, designing all his own cover art. “‘Car Go Van Go’ is a track I wrote about carrying the weight of being an artist,” he says. “The track is a play on words ‘Cargo’ meaning weight/something that needs to be carried and ‘Van Gogh’, one of the greatest artists of all time. Van Gogh’s paintings are often psychological and very dark, going back to the theme of the track.”
Chicago emcee Lamon Manuel and Houston producer Analog(ue) Tape Dispenser present the Samantha Wakefield-directed music video for “S–t. Everything We Have Together Is Falling Apart”. Manuel is a member of Chicago collective Tomorrow Kings (Bandcamp). Lamon describes the new single as “a song about watching everything that matters most fall apart and not being sure what to try to save first, wondering if anything is worth saving or if there’s any hope in trying. I had no definitive answers on that when I was writing the song. I don’t really have any now. The woman I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with left me and I just wanted to feel nothing most of the time. I spent a lot of time drinking too much, getting sad literature tattoos and wandering back and forth between the north and south side of Chicago, thinking about the time I had lost investing myself in caring for someone else and now having to figure out who I was and what I wanted without her, if I wanted anything at all. I didn’t have many songs to listen to to probably score what I was experiencing so I ended up writing some. And all of this happened while I was being Black.”
Now available for iPhone and Android users is Rapology, a new, free trivia app offering thousands of original questions to test your knowledge of rap music and hip hop culture, spanning Old School, Golden Era and New School eras as well as East Coast, West Coast, Midwestern and Dirty South styles. High scores unlock Pop Quizzes and Final Exams where users can learn rare facts about their favorite artists and access exclusive content. With many artists set to regularly contribute to the Rapology platform, offering free album streams/downloads and more the first to be highlighted are Brooklyn beatsmith Marco Polo (click (here to watch an exlcusive Rapology interview with Marco and here to watch Marco play Rapology) and St. Louis battle rapper Ooops. Rapology is the brainchild of Brian Hamilton (Owner, Beats & Rhymes (searchforbeats.com), a licensing and music supervision company for tv & film and advertising agencies responsible for the Brooklyn Nets and NYCFC theme songs among others) and entrepreneur Scott Bruno. Rapology offers a multiplayer option for trivia battles and users can submit their own questions for possible inclusion in the game.
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Los Angeles’ DJ Scarface presents the self-directed music video for “All Guud”, his new Kajmir Royale-produced single featuring Big Prodeje of South Central Cartel as well as Newark trio 050 Boyz. The song appears on BrickCity2LA, his new EP dropping today also featuring Unique Riley, King Ras Pedro and Gritz. “All Guud” comes on the heels of the video for previous single “Woosh” (watch) and “Queen Like Her” (watch). Deejaying since the early ’90s, DJ Scarface has been making music and releasing mixtapes for the last four years under his Scar/Face Muzik imprint (visit djscarface.com for mixtapes), as well as managing artists like Nigeria’s Henzee and holding a residency at Hollywood’s Key Club.
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J Rawls’ Polar Entertainment imprint presents “Da Call Out”, the new single from Heresy, an all-female group consisting of two-time Grammy nominee Monie Love, North Carolina rapper Carolina Dirty, Columbus OH’s Dominique Larue and MyVerse from Orlando. Produced by Mista Lawnge of Black Sheep, “Da Call Out” will appear on Heresy’s forthcoming self-titled EP. “In a time where many music genres are suffering in an array of areas, my wish was to put together something seldom heard of in organic Hip Hop today, that being a group,” says Monie about the project. “I wanted to further push the envelope with the neglected idea of a FEMALE group. Thus the birth of Heresy.” The Heresy EP drops August 14 on Polar Entertainment (click here to preorder on iTunes).
Windhoek, Namibia producer Becoming Phill presents “Uncanny”, his new collaborative single with Windhoek emcee Mark Mushiva. Phill has produced tracks for the late PH (stream “Rad” on Soundcloud), as well as homeless traveling rapper Malkovich (watch the music video for “What I Know” featuring Sum), who is currently in Namibia working on a full-length album with Phill. Mushiva is part of Namibian trio Black Vulcanite, who recently won a Namibian Music Award for Best Music Video (watch the music video for “Big Egos”) and released their album Remember The Future (listen on Soundcloud). A joint project between Phill and Mushiva is in the works.
Atlanta rapper Skinny-C presents Never Thirsty, Always Hungry,his new mixtape featuring production by Rollee, BeatGodz, Ace King, godBLESSbeatz and guest appearances by Kingpin Skinny Pimp, Alan Z, Ms Green, and Slim Dub. As a result of a series of grassroots performance and fan engagement campaigns through the Southeast, Skinny-C has 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. Since then, Skinny-C has performed at the 11th annual June-teenth Festival and the 5th Annual Texas Summer Music Conference. “In today’s day and age, thirst is at an all-time high and is rapidly increasing by the minute,” says Skinny. “In contrast, the hunger to reach goals are decreasing due to the attention given to thirst traps, and those who set the traps get high off of the attention resulting in lost of focus. Never Thirsty, Always Hungry was inspired by this theory and brings you back to reality by displaying wit, aggression, progression, versatility and most of all hunger to reach my dream. Don’t settle for mediocrity, stop seeking attention, and keep the drive as if it’s day one and you have not accomplished anything.”
North Bronx, NYC rapper Zoo Beeze presents the music video for his new single “Lonely”. The video was directed by Zoo Beeze and Doobie Rockz, and the track was produced by Khalil. Beeze’s previous projects include King Nate (listen), Amuse Bouche (listen), the Thomas Holmes EP (listen), and 400:The Mixtape (listen). “This song came from me being in a bad place,” Beeze says. “The music is like therapy so that’s what this was, a therapy session.”
Chicago producer/emcee Dr. Quinn presents the new self-edited music video for “NVME”, the new Klxck Wxrks-produced single from The Gooch, Quinn’s new EP out now on Reserved Records featuring Jade Ivy and Grace Cornbread BadWolff. Dr Quinn says the video was inspired by “my favorite animes growing up, mixed with dope hip hop, fast-paced action, and a “cult” psychedelic theme. As I was creating the video, I wanted to represent a true juxtaposition between bittersweet sound and violent imagery. This video displays the conscious message of this ‘hating’ generation, or NVME.”
Harlem-based rapper/producer/director and Krushed Grapes Lifestyle owner Cab Cabernet presents the self-directed music video for “Maiden Harlem”, the Roddy Rod-produced single third single from Krushed Grapes: Harlem Vintage, Cab’s forthcoming album featuring guest appearances from VonQwest, Noni Kai, Kat Starr Johnson and Priciliya Marie as well as production from Roddy Rod, RTNC (the producer behind Your Old Droog’s album, J. Bless, Declat, Tigga-Bounce, Frank Lotz and White Indian. The “Maiden Harlem” video comes on the heels of the music video for first single “The Lifestyle” (watch) and followup “Le Connoisseur” (watch). Formerly known as Hanif-Jamiyl of New England group Maspyke (of whom Roddy Rod is also a member, Cabernet performed alongside Mos Def, Q-Tip, Slick Rick and EPMD, co-founded Bukarance Records, and ghostwrote for numerous artists before reinventing himself in 2006, founding a private all-male escort service catering only to female clients and opening a cigar lounge. In 2009 he released the album Krushed Grapes (listen on Soundcloud) and the following year he unveiled Krushed Grapes Footwear, a line of luxury, handmade sneakers. KG Lifestyle also produceds handmade leather accessories including wine carriers, cigar cases, briefcases, wallets and hats, sold and customized at the customer’s request. “‘Maiden Harlem’ is an ode to the most famous neighborhood in the world, Harlem USA,” Cab says. “It’s a trip down memory lane, as well as a celebration of the people, the history, and culture of Harlem. The video was shot on location at Harlem Week and follows me as I walk through various neighborhoods. Peep the conversation with the old man at the end of the video. Classic.” Click here to watch the Cab Cabernet/Krushed Grapes: Harlem Vintage EPK.
18-year-old New Jersey hiphop/space/experimental producer zayyaf presents The North Star, his new instrumental album featuring collaborations with DIVERSA & VKRVM. “The north star isn’t the brightest star visible on the heavenly screen but it is the one star that is always found in the same exact location, no matter where you are looking from,” zayyaf says. “Many who walked the earth long before us used the north star for direction, because it was something they could always pinpoint in the sea of stars. I created this album while searching for direction and encountered multiple layers of meaning behind the star. I felt as if I wasn’t fulfilling my obligation to reflect the shine the stars had given me. How could I call myself a star child when I never look up; I realized that I needed to find inspiration in the stars. One of the greatest stars of all time in my eyes was 2Pac. 2Pac was a star that is no longer with us but when 2Pac died he became something even greater than a star; a supernova, meaning he will shine upon our world for centuries to come. There were many other stars throughout history that still shine through the heavens upon this world: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Socrates, Biggie, Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Prophet Muhammad, many ancient kings, pharaohs, people I know. A star is someone you can always look to no matter where you are in life. a true star will never die.”