In our first battle it was a tie very early on, but in the late voting one song pulled away to take a two thirds majority, so our winner ends up with 67% of the vote. I don't think this takes anything away from either song though - I'd happily drive around with the volume on full blast to either one any day. Johnson's song is just that good!
* Wu-Tang Clan vs. Slim Thug: J.J. Johnson's "Parade Strut"
WINNER! Wu-Tang Clan's "Uzi (Pinky Ring)"
In our second vote I thought the two competitors might be relatively even, but giving the winner credit where he's due, he flipped it with a flute loop that made it extra head nodding by comparison. So with 83% of the vote here's your winner of the second battle this week.
* MC Lyte vs. Diamond D: Three Dog Night's "I Can Hear You Calling"
Strange Music: In light of her new single "Deleted", Mackenzie Nicole discusses negativity as known by unwarranted criticism, hate, bullying, or synonymous terminology. She urges subjects of hate not to address this hatred, but simply disregard it in favor of further expressing one's self and one's work.
JGPR: Though this is their debut as a group, both artists are hip-hop lifers who have paid many dues in the culture. Greenville, NC native Sam Brown has spent the last fifteen years mastering his rhyme-style and beat-making with the MPC. In love with the music, Brown headed to the mecca of the sound in New York City, where he assisted many sessions at the legendary Quad Studios.
Fuzz Jaxxís career as an emcee stretches back the mid 90ís in his hometown of Augusta, GA. As a member of Shaft he gained local notoriety and a following. Arriving in Wilmington, NC in 97, he has grown to a respected lyricist and cornerstone of the underground hip hop scene there and in neighboring regions. Besides his solo work, some other Fuzz Jaxx projects have included the four man crew, N.H.A. and the live hip-hop fusion band, Organix.
Wanja: It's been a little while since DY's last release, A Star in Life's Clothing, which featured Skyzoo and production from the legendary, DJ Premier. Fresh off of her Fall European tour, DY has dropped her new album, Forever, DY.
Mike Will Made-It Drops New Song For Adult Swim Singles Program Feat. Eearz
Biz 3: Next up from the Adult Swim Singles Program this week is a track from 14-time Billboard charting producer and songwriter Mike WiLL Made-It featuring rising Atlanta rapper and latest Ear Drummer Records signee Eearz. The collaborative banger "Pull Ova" boasts an immersive sound and lyrics chronicling a joyride gone wrong where Mike and Eearz see the blue lights flashing behind them and put the pedal to the metal.
Adult Swim Singles 2016 presents a new track from Mike WiLL Made-It feat. Eearz https://t.co/jYcBCyGehM. Get it now
Audio: Taiyamo Denku f/ Grand Surgeon - "Listen Up"
J.M.: This is the new Installment from CyphaDen Music's Front Runner Milwaukee Based Emcee Taiyamo Denku. It features the New York Vet Grand Surgeon. Within the first seconds Denku starts his first verse your already expected to Listen Up.
PR: Elaquent to Release New Album on Dec. 2nd via URBNET
URBNET: Canadian beat maker and producer, Elaquent, is back at it with his new record, Worst Case Scenario. Set for digital release on Friday, December 2nd, and vinyl LP on Friday, January 6th via URBNET, Worst Case Scenario is a colourful sound of travel, reflection, and personal growth.
Elaquent explains how these themes are embodied in each of the twelve tracks, ď...going on 30, no longer feeling like youíre young, everyone is getting married and living a completely different kind of life. I donít want to fear getting old, wondering whether I did everything in life that I wanted to do. This album, Worst Case Scenario, itís the idea that if all else fails, Iíll know that at least I was able to do all these amazing things in my life.Ē
Worst Case Scenario is now available for pre-order on http://urbnet.com/eq and iTunes, with instant download of the first single, Nollieflip.
J: Corey Ellis is a Hip-Hop artist originally from Augusta, Maine but based out of Bangor, Maine who uses his intelligence, real life experiences, and connection to other people to make music that stands out from the crowd on many levels. At the age of 21 he has already managed to gain a following across the united states as well as share the stage many artists he has looked up to.