Vizzy hops on Hov and Ye's beat and changes the concept a bit. I hate when artists jump on a beat and do the exact same thing the original artist does. I like this track because XV reinvents the track so to speak. And because I love pretty much anything Vizzy puts out.
Don't know much about D. Julien but this track found its way to my twitter and I thought I had to post it. Julien goes in over Kanye's "All of the Lights" beat which is an amazing beat, but no offense to Kanye, I have no idea what the hell he's talking about at times. D. Julien does a great job of ripping this beat and maintaining coherency.
Theophilus drops his first single from his upcoming EP, Lovers Holiday, which will be released in February. For this track, he actually enlists one half of Tegan & Sara for those of you who actually know who they are. I'm always impressed when artists collaborate with artists outside of their genre.
Just got off work only to find this in my inbox. What a great way to end the day, a cute girl spitting dope rhymes over the Gangstarr classic, Work. Can't wait for her Boombox Diaries Vol. 1 to drop already.
2nd video from the Left Coast emcee, off of his iLLCANDESCENT LP available on his bandcamp page. This track was produced by Dibia$e. Versis was cool enough to drop this single for free but his LP is for sell at the link below.
DMV artist Phil Adé managed to slip under the radar for my 2011 All-Freshmen Team but I have a feeling that will come back to bite me in the ass. Since the new year started, all I keep hearing is great music from Phil. My introduction to 368 Music Group artist was on Rockie Fresh's Living track featuring Naledge and Phil Adé. Receiving the co-sign from RnB star, Raheem Devaughn, among many other established and respectable artists, Phil will easily become one of your most played in iTunes. By now, I'm sure you've seen the many #PhilAdeFriday series tracks posted here at TOTR but I did some digging around and found his previous 2 albums and luckily, they're free. Although at times Phil Adé can resemble a younger Kanye, Kid CuDi, or even a more talented Wale, he also manages to demonstrate a certain lyrical dexterity and embodies an updated, nostalgic hip hop vibe bringing him an original and fresh style. Check out some of his earlier albums and keep an eye out for him 2011.
With the official release of his full-length debut only a few short days away, Trackademicks drops a streaming version of his highly anticipated album, State Of The Arts. Twelve tracks deep, Trackademicks handles 100% of the production duties. The record enlists a healthy dosage of Track’s known collaborative cohorts, including Little Brother/Foreign Exchange founder Phonte, Windy City favorite Kid Sister, and the soulful Teedra Moses. Along with his own HNRL crew, Oakland favorites Mistah F.A.B. and Goapele also make the cut. Trackademicks’ State Of The Arts will be available digitally everywhere on Tuesday, January 25th.
This is the 1st edition of #OutOfPrint, a Sunday segment highlighting Out Of Print classics that if you were lucky, you got your hands on a physical copy. But for the most part, you will have to either download it from iTunes or buy it for an inflated price.
This weeks #OutOfPrint spotlights one of the best hip hop albums, PERIOD. This is more than just a critically acclaimed album, this album changed my life. I heard this in 2003 and I was 13 at the time. Upon listening to "Honest Expression" everything I knew about music changed. I turned off that radio bullshit and I never went back. This is the culmination of everything hip hop should be. Comprised of OneManArmy (now known as One Be Lo) and Senim Silla, Binary Star hailed out of Pontiac, Michigan. Tracks like Masters of the Universe, Reality Check, and Honest Expression spotlight their ability to spit unrivaled rhymes while still dropping knowledge. While other tracks like Glen Close and Wolf Man Jack demonstrate their story telling abilities. The lyrics and production prove to be a match made in melody as these to two emcees rock effortlessly over these beats. Production was handled by primarily One Be Lo and Decompoze with one track being produced by Senim Silla. Masters of the Universe was pretty much a re-release of the groups debut album, Waterworld which was self printed and sold 1,000 copies. Masters of the Universe was released a year later with greater distribution and sold 20,000 independently off of One Be Lo's Subterraneous Records label. Physical copies of Masters Of The Universe were re-released but are once again #OutOfPrint. I was fortunate enough to catch the re-release and even got my copy signed by One Be Lo and I assure you, it is NOT for sale. You can listen to Masters Of The Universe in it's entirety below and you can either purchase it from below or via iTunes.
"Another Phil Ade post?" YUP. The more I look around the more I am able to find more music from this guy. And until I stop finding good music, I'm just going to keep posting. I must have missed this last week when this dropped on 1/14/11 as part of his #PhilAdeFriday series. #LatePass. Produced by Sunny Norway.
This dropped yesterday while I was at work so forgive me for being late. This is part of #PhilAdeFriday series. It might be redundant at this point, but every time I hear something from this dude, I just need to hear more.
Spinning Around was initially called Life. I wanted to write about what was going on at the time. This was around 2009 I think I first recorded this. Precize made the beat and I wanted people to know more about what I was going through. The tone in my voice let’s you know its 2009 material but I decided to let the fans see that I was working diligently in 2009 & 2010 by giving you unreleased and unfinished music. This song didn’t have a chorus for awhile. So we sent it to Colin Munroe to try it out. It took some time to grow on me and now I love the record. This was on many of the tracklist’s for “The Achievement”. - Mickey Factz
Last week we got audio for this track and a week later we get some visuals. Produced by 6th Sense. If you haven't already, be sure to check out more of Outasight's music in his Artist Spotlight segment HERE. Audio below.
This dropped yesterday as part of the DMV artist's, #PhilAdeFriday. Haven't heard a whole lot from Phil but I really like what I have heard so far. I was surprised he was rapping over Common's The Corner for this "freestyle".
Richard Andrew, aka, Outasight is a singer/emcee from Yonkers, NY. Currently signed to Warner Bros. and awaiting his debut album's release, Outasight has been injecting his own soulful style into hip hop. He describes his music as "Engergetic hip hop mixed with melodic soul." Drawing influences from classic rock, soul, and hip hop, his sound is a fusing of genres representing the evolution of not only hip hop, but music in general. 2007 he released his first EP, Employee of the Year which booked him a few shows. It wasn't until 08's release, New York Radio, that he received widespread attention most notably from XXL and MTVu. In 2009, he signed to Warner Bros. and released his most successful album, Further, which was actually presented by Lifted Research Group (or LRG). His debut album titled, From here To Eternity, is currently awaiting release after being pushed back from Fall 2010 to a yet-to-be-disclosed date. Although I couldn't get the Employee Of The Year EP, I compiled his other 4 mixtapes/FreeLP's to introduce Outasight to those of you who have yet come across this talented act.
This EP dropped last year but I've only just now finished listening to it. I had so much music that I had to get through that this kept getting put on the backburner. What a shame because this was a great EP. The collective known as Fly Union is made up of Jerreau, Monkey Wrench (a duo consisting of Iyeball & Jayswifa) and hails from Columbus, OH. I'm definitely looking forward to anything else Fly Union drops this year.
Sifting through the inbox and I stumbled upon this track. This is one of the many reasons I love running a blog, because now, good music can find me. 22 year-old Amir Driver, hails from Norfolk, VA and definitely seems to be another great up-and-coming music act out of VA. A. Driver has a project titled, The Breakup, dropping on 1/14/11 but I'm not sure if this will be on it. I do know that I'll definitely be checking it out and if I like what I hear, it'll be up here on TOTR.
Chicago femcee, Kid Sister drops her Kiss Kiss Kiss mixtape today. Mixed by Nick Catchdubs and presented by Fool's Gold Records, home of Duck Sauce, Chromeo, and Cool Kids to name a few. This mixtape really blends the electronic/dance genre with hip hop and Kid Sis does a great job of rocking over these beats. A lot of the music is like modern "freestyle" similar to Lisa Lisa if Lisa Lisa was dope emcee.
Released at 1:11AM, the highly anticpated LP from the emcee/producer Mike Jaggerr, is finally here. I'm happy to say that after listening to this, I was thoroughly impressed and I'm sure you will be too. Check it out.
Nouveau Riche was a Philadelphia indie-band led by songstress, Nikki Jean and Roots' emcee, Dice Raw. Although well-received, Nouveau Riche disolved with each member kind of doing their own thing. Jean is signed to Sony records and is hoping for a late spring release while Dice is still working with The Roots and now, Money Making Jam Boys. Other band members ended up joining Zoe Kravitz' band, Elevator Fight. Although it's unfortunate the group broke up before they could really get started, their short time together blessed us with two great EP's. These are from 2008 but trust me, they've stood the test of time. Enjoy.