I finally got around to listening to this release from a few weeks back and I have to say I was really impressed. Chicago emcee, Vic Mensa is also the front man for the band, Kids These Days and is a member of Naledge's (of Kidz In The Hall) Braniac Society. Things are looking up for this kid and I can assure you, his future releases will be posted here at Top Of The Roof.
Another track from Kids These Days led by Chicago emcee, Vic Mensa. This a tribute to Common's intro track on Be which has to be one of my all time favorite Common tracks. I've only heard 2 tracks from Kids These Days but I can't wait to hear more. Their EP, Hard Times, was suppose to drop this month but now it looks like a mid-January release.
Although you are probably not familiar with New Kingdom, you're probably familiar with their producer and Keys player, Oren Yoel, who produced Asher Roth's Asleep In The Bread Aisle album. The band is made up of Noah King on Vocals, Oren Yoel on Keys, Joe Rausch on Bass, and Evan Turner on Drums. Here is their FreEP that came out earlier this year but I only recently got around to listening to it. Not hip hop but still good music.
The 21-year-old emcee seems like he's constantly working. As a follow up to Broken Dreams, he'll be releasing The Loose Files in a couple of weeks and is working on another full length project, Chaos Theory which will probably be due out around summer. Here is a track from The Loose Files (sorry it's a little late) produced by Frontier.
I felt it only appropriate to not only hold an annual award ceremony, but to aptly title them, The Roofies. The Roofies will not be like other "end-of-the-year" awards that can just be given to anybody. Instead, these awards will only be issued to the free material dropped by artists and YOU will choose the winners. The voting deadline is12:00am on 1/4/11 so make sure you get all your votes in by then. If there aren't enough votes (at least a few hundred), then I will simply post my winners. TO VOTE CLICK HERE.
Hosted by DJ Premier, Past Presents Future is Diggy's take on 80's/90's classic hip hop tracks that include Rising to the Top, Shook Ones and Nas Is Like. It's not easy to rock over classics but Diggy manages to own the track, almost making you forget that it's been done before.
J. Nolan may not be your typical "Next To Blow" artist, but he definitely deserves your attention. Working out of Atlanta but originally from Connecticut, the 21 year old Nolan has been dropping music on his bandcamp for a couple of years and seems to have really found his niche. Instead of mimicking Drake, or Wayne, or Jay, or Ye, Jamar carves out his own style while still showing off his impressive lyrical arsenal. A lyricsist's lyricsist. Kind of a crossbreed between AZ and One Be Lo (and anybody who knows me, knows how much I love these two guys). I happened to find him just going through random Bandcamp artists and I'm glad I did. It was really cool to go through is discography and see his development from his lo-fi 90's style found on The Upbringing 2.0 and Chasing Cool, to his more modern sound on Broken Dreams.
Trying to describe this Brooklyn emcee/producer's sound is no easy task. Instead of using genres, I'll use an equation: [(Prince meets Michael Jackson)(The Smiths)] x (Hip Hop X Elecro). I'm sure I'm still leaving something out but that will have to do. He first released JAM! in 2008 with some taking notice but it wasn't until 2009's This Charming Mixtape, that Theophilus really started buzzing in the blogosphere. He followed up This Charming Mixtape with 2010's I Want You (citing his Marvin Gaye influence) to equal acclaim as his 2nd release. You may have heard London on tracks with other up-and-coming artists, Mickey Factz, Jesse Boykins III, MeLo-X, and others. We will continue to follow Theophilus London's career and development and after hearing his music, I'm sure you will as well.
More Or Less is the follow up to Proving You Wrong Since 1988 from Memphis emcee, Skewby. MoL has no guest appearances and features production from 9th Wonder, Go Judo, Skewby, and more. I love these artists who drop quality mixtapes that are more like albums than mixtapes.
Seven released this earlier on his Tumblr page and provided a little more info about this track. It was suppose to be on the original Kid With The Green Backpack album back in 2008. Seven also went on to say that him and Vizzy refered to this track as "The Prom Song" and described it as "1984 Napolean Dynamite high school prom meets Superbad craziness!"
I'm sure you've all seen this commercial by now and I'm sure you were wondering, "who sings this song?". Well, it's west coast legends Blackalicious and it's apart of Target's exclusive Holiday Music. Click HERE to hear more of the Holiday tracks from Target.
I can't lie, before today, I never even heard of Paris Jones. So I dug around and found more about this producer/emcee from L.A. He has two previous mixtape releases with Blacklist Music and I'll be posting one of them later today. You can't really tell from this track but on his most recent release, I feel like he's the CuDi of the Left Coast if CuDi could produce. Since I'm sure you've never heard most of the artists featured on this track (with the exceptions of Nitty and Like) I also included the original version of Pop A Bottle. Both versions were produced by Paris Jones.
The Frank Sinatra Remixed EP was created as the soundtrack for Beautiful Warriors 3, an annual series of black & white fine art films directed by Tishaun Dawson of Battalion Armour. In it’s third season Beautiful Warriors takes you on a visual ride through the beauty of women from around the world in six short films that leave little to the imagination. This critically acclaimed experience mixes jazz and hiphop with fine art in a way that’s never been done before. Beautiful Warriors 3 launches December 21.
The Chicago emcee dropped The Otherside today. Producers The Cartoonz, handled all the production and did an amazing job. With guest appearances from Naledge (of Kidz In The Hall), Imogen Heap, Mr. Hudson, and more, The Otherside makes the argument for one of the best mixtapes of the year.
This is the first Johnny Polygon posting on Top Of The Roof. I have to apologize for it taking this long. But here is his 2nd release and it is presented by 2dopeboyz & DJBooth. Polygon is from Tulsa, OK, and I guess you can describe him as a Indie-Alternative-Hip Hop artist but even that doesn't truly do his eccentric style justice. You'll just have to listen to find out what I'm talking about. Enjoy.
Here's a FREE track from the Cali emcee featuring Blu and Diamond D. Haven't heard much from Diamond D lately but he's still got it. Get Choze is off of Labor of Love which is available for purchase on iTunes.
Actually found out of this via ?uestlove's twitter. It's pretty dope and I'm sure the Lonely Stoner would co-sign this himself. If you haven't already, go pick up Kid CuDi's Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, in stores now.
Can't tell you how excited I get when Blu & Exile link up. I hope this means there is more to come from these two. I'm not sure if this track is from an upcoming album so I'm holding off on the mp3. I'll post the mp3 when I get the OK from the artists.
Just found out about this group from Toronto. I have to say, with artists like Colin Munroe, Drake, Promise and now these guys, there must be something in the water in Toronto. This track is off of their upcoming project Where've You Been? dropping early 2011.
Lamar dropped this a couple of weeks ago after getting the co-sign from Dr. Dre. Then a few a days ago, Kendrick posted pics on his twitter of him and Dre in the studio. Things are definitely looking up for this dude.
Malcolm MeLo Mustafa X brings you his latest piece of work entitled "More Merch." Ever since MeLo's first Mixtape was released over 2 years ago he has steadily made a name for his self as a progressive DJ, Emcee, Producer, Audio Engineer, and Photographer. With every project there is a different theme, sound and feel. This project is the culmination of MeLo's life and travels around the world as well as the relationships he has encountered in the process. More Merch is not just a title but rather a frame of mind. This EP is more personal, more musical, more elaborate, more aggressive and more culturally driven than anything MeLo has put out to date. Take time out of your day do delve deep into the stories and sound scapes painted by MeLo-X. From Hip Hop, Soul, Electronic, and Reggae, to Instrumentals and Piano solo's this is the Progression of the MeLo Xperience. This is Experimental Free World Music. -MeLo-X
The was released back in 2007 and it still bangs. I mentioned it in an earlier post so I thought I should post it just in case you guys didn't already have it. The most impressive thing about this tape is the fact that most of the tracks, they're rapping over classic hip hop beats and they still kill it. Anyways, enjoy some old Pac Div.
New mixtape from Bobby Ray titled No Genre featuring the track Beast Mode. Guest Appearences include: All City Chess Club, T.I., Playboy Tre, CyHi Da Prince. With production from: Pollow Da Don, Jim Jonsin, JR Rotem, B.o.B., Jack Splash, and more.
1st video from the Brooklyn Emcee, DJ, Designer, Photographer, Producer, and practically every-other-creative-think-you-can-think-of's More Merch EP which drops tomorrow 12/7/2010. Directed by singer, Jesse Boykins III of GFCNY.