While the contemporary rap scene has shifted from selling narcotics to the experiences of drug consumption, Flatbush native Archie Bang decides to take things back to the days of pagers and Pete Rock. On his latest piano laced joint "Rewind," the emcee leaves no stone unturned as he describes his struggles of living in Flatbush in full detail, as the Brooklyn community has been known to transform itself into a whole different beast when it's lights out.
Dan-e-o: Inevitable/Immortal Mixtape Sampler by DJ Law
Mixed by the award winning DJ Law, this is a small sample of what you'll find on Dan-e-o's new "Immortal" EP (available for free download now!) and upcoming "Inevitable" LP which will be available in stores and on iTunes worldwide through URBNET Records on 11/12/13.
It's been a long time coming. But it was inevitable that it would happen. Featuring guest performances by Red Rat, Chip Fu, Rich Kidd, SepTo, Brotha J, Dwayne Morgan and more, "Inevitable" is being heralded as Dan-e-o's best work to date. On this 14-track offering, Dan-e-o weaves vintage Golden-era-esque lyrical head bangers in and out with introspective soul songs to present a mature, witty and heartfelt hip-hop roller coaster ride of emotion.
Collaborating with Monolith co-founder Charisma a.k.a. Skizzz, who handles the production of the album in its entirety, Dan-e-o has crafted a project that is as sensually soulful as it is "hit-'em-where-it-hurts" raw. Also including doses of rhythm and blues and dancehall reggae, "Inevitable" delivers on all points musically.
Lyrically, Dan-e-o has never been better. Unashamed to expose his vulnerable "I've been hurt" side while at the same time only too eager to unleash his ever-bragadocious "world's greatest MCisms", "Inevitable" presents Dan-e-o as both expert lyricist and soulful crooner all at once.
The multi-faceted rapper, singer, songwriter and actor is unflinching in his insistence that he is a force to be reckoned with in the worldwide musical landscape. His rightful place atop it, as it were, is "Inevitable".
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The world is a crazy place to live in these days and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Today, Black Dave gives his opinion as a young man living amongst all this. The clip highlights a visual interpretation of of him being Trayvon, Martin and Malcolm. "Million Man March" was taken off his 'Black Bart' mixtape that dropped last month and can be downloaded now through LiveMixtapes.com. A special t-shirt was also released in conjunction with the release.
The official video for "Ball Don't Lie". Big shout out to Marcus Parker Films for shooting, editing and also allowing me to throw my 2 cent in on both as well. Shout out to Double E, Keenan Murray, Scoot, TP and Isabel Aurora for their presence in the Video as well.
E-40's GOT GRAPES! Hip-Hop superstar, Bay Area trailblazer and now wine connoisseur
E-40 Launches New Wine "Earl Stevens Selections"
VALLEJO, CA (Oct. 31, 2013) - Earl Stevens better known as platinum recording artist and Hip-Hop Icon E-40, today announced the launch of “Earl Stevens Selections” – an array of white and red wine in three flavors: Mangoscato, Function Red Blend and Moscato. The debut marks the Bay Area superstar’s dominance in a new arena.
“I wanted to create my own wine because I’m a huge wine connoisseur. I love wine and I got a name for myself so I decided to make my own,” explains E-40. The Vallejo-bred recording artist, actor and entrepreneur is mostly known for his unorthodox rap style and catchy slang words. In the early days of his career, he made his name by selling tapes out the trunk of his car and now he is living his dream. Earl Stevens Selections is yet another extension of E-40’s business savvy and drive to succeed in every area he chooses.
Each bottle of wine is finely crafted and produced in Northern California with only the highest quality of ingredients. The refreshing sweet, but crisp “Mangoscato” flavor blends the sweet aromas of mango, citrus and apple, and the 18% alcohol gives a strong finish. The Cabernet and Zinfandel “Function Red Blend” opens with titillating aromas of raspberry and plum and subtle hints of spice, oak and vanilla. The flavors are a delicious array of ripe fruit and balanced acidity with the sweet headiness of French oak. The smooth and fruity Moscato flavor meshes the floral aromas of honeysuckle, gardenia, orange blossom, white cherry, apple, pear and peach. The finish is smooth, fruity and nicely balanced. E-40’s got grapes, literally!
After a two-year hiatus, Sock The Rapper is back with his latest project "Vintage Summer." The mixtape features production from Nick 80s, Heartbrak3 and Vaughn Garcia with guest appearances from Hoffa Bee and G-Two. The mixtape serves as a soundtrack to the classic summer experience, as Sock uses his calm flow to describe the highs and lows of your favorite season over soulful, 70s inspired production.
Video: Rediculus f/ Nicky Spesh & Fdot1 - Phantom Land
Courtesy Park Street PR.
With Nicky Spesh on the bars and Fdot1 on the hook, you can easily see why this single has been highly anticipated. Phantom Land will immediately capture your ears and have your head bopping with head nodding production. The lyrics go perfect with the beat and they describe someone’s deepest fears and nightmares. Mr. Spesh does an amazing job describing to the listener the twisted picture in his head and drawing them into his cloudy reality.
Following the release of indepedent debut album The Balance, Lyriciss releases the music video for "Big Gold Chain" produced by Scrilla Ventura. "Big Gold Chain" tells the tragic story of a young man who gets caught up in the street life. This track can be found on the The Balance available on iTunes now featuring yU of Diamond District, Chill Moody, Maimouna Youssef, K-Beta and Pro'verb.
Audio: League Of Extraordinary Gz - "Grind" (Statik Selektah)
Courtesy Audible Treats.
The LOEGz' new album, #LeagueShit, was released earlier this month and features appearances by Slim Gravy of A.Dd+, Grupo Fantasma, Dead Prez, and Bavu Blakes. Recently passed League member Esbe Da 6th Street Bully can also be heard rapping on the release. #LeagueShit is available for streaming on DJ Booth and for purchase on iTunes.
Questlove "Old vs. New" Set @ The Best Block Party Ever A3C 2013
Questlove helped close out A3C this year by doing a historic "Old vs. New" set at The Best Block Party Ever. Quest took us through the original samples of records from Missy "I Can't Stand The Rain", Common "Testify", Outkast "So Fresh So Clean" and Jay-Z "U Don't Know" just to name a few.