J57 f/ Von Pea, Charlie Smarts, Andrew Thomas, Jefferson Price "Do Earth"
Courtesy Brown Bag AllStars.
Today we present the 2nd leak from Brown Bag AllStars Present...J57: 2057 EP. The J57 produced track features Von Pea (of Tanya Morgan), Charlie Smarts (of Kooley High), Andrew Thomas (of Recess/TheClubhouse), & Brown Bag affiliate Jefferson Price. Check it out below.
J57 Feat. Von Pea, Charlie Smarts, Andrew Thomas, Jefferson Price "Do Earth" Produced & Arranged by: J57 Synth by: Nick Murray
Stream & Download the Dirty Version HERE Stream & Download the Clean Version HERE
David Dallas Creates Theme Song for WWE Wrestlers, The Usos'
Courtesy Matt B.
Together, both Jimmy & Jey Uso are one of the most exciting & fastest-rising tag teams in WWE. The sons of former WWE Superstar Rikishi, the twins are proud of their Samoan heritage, as clearly evidenced by the Samoan war dance they perform before each match.
David Dallas, also part Samoan, was asked to create an original song for the Usos' to be used as their entrance theme prior to each match. The track, "So Close Now" will pump through arena speakers as The Usos' prepare for their march to victory.
The Usos' are honored to have a fellow New Zealander create their theme song, proclaiming that they're "young & rising WWE Superstars, like David Dallas, who is a young rising rap artist. We both represent our heritage in two totally different ways. 'Malo Uso' - which means 'Good Job Brother!"
New Audio: Action Bronson & Statik Selektah "Not Enough Words"
Courtesy Matt B.
Qualified chef-turned-rapper from Queens, New York, newcomer Action Bronson has built up a loyal following since he decided to leave the kitchen for a recording studio only 18 short months ago. However, the man Rolling Stone Magazine recently called the “Artist to Watch” didn’t stray too far from the kitchen, as he is well known for rapping about his culinary delights. Action’s experiences lend a unique flavour to his rhymes, where you’ll find witty mentions of duck prosciutto, Tunisian olives, smoked brisket and other delicacies along with vivid imagery of a modern-day Viking pillaging his way across New York.
Action recently linked up with Producer Statik Selektah, and a couple tracks turned into a whole project. What do you get when you combine one of the best Producers in the game and one of the best upcoming lyricists? Action Bronson & Statik Selektah call it Well Done.
MP3: Phil Ade - "Let It Shine" (prod. Thelonious Dre)
Courtesy Langston S.
Phil Ade and Thelonious Dre previously collaborated on the hit single "Toast 2 Life." They are now back at it with "Let it Shine" which can be found on Phil Ade's upcoming mixtape #PhilAdeFriday Vol. 2 available online Devember 30th.
Off the release of their forthcoming LP, To The Beat, for which a release date will be announced soon, the Oakland group responsible for a sound they label as "Town Techno" digs into the archives to give us "Friday," produced by League510 member Mr. Knowitall. The song which reinforces the groups mantra of having fun and enjoying life also features vocals from singer Siaira Shawn, and instrumentation from guitarist Dan Judd.
The hip-hop community is still reeling from the death of Heavy D earlier this week, but more troubling news surfaced over the weekend. Via a brief tweet on Saturday (November 12), DJ Scratch revealed that Erick Sermon has suffered from a heart attack. The 42-year-old singer is one half of the legendary New York group EPMD along with Parrish Smith. Details on Sermon’s status are still scarce, but according to Scratch (who once DJed for EPMD), he seems to be stable.
"Erick Sermon had a heart attack today," DJ Scratch wrote. "He's ok, but still send your prayers. He is not on Twitter." Fans have continued to tweet their questions at him after the initial announcement, prompting him to reply, “I wish yall tweet me this much when I tweet good news. Smh”
Before embarking on his successful solo career, Sermon scored several hits--including 1987’s “It’s My Thing,”--with Parrish Smith as part of EPMD (Erick and Parrish Making Dollars). His first solo album No Pressure was released in 1993.
Some listen to music to reinforce a mood, an idea of a time/place, to embody a mind-state, a lightness, to sharpen or dull an edge. I make music to jump off of that edge and explore.
I've been exploring since birth, whether wandering through the woods as a child, through the streets of NY as a teenager, backpacking through South and Central America, India, Africa, touring and performing in over thirty countries around the world and taking advantage of every minute offstage to wander, observe, get lost... I've seen a lot. And through it all, one thing remains super clear: people are beautiful. They may not always be well educated, well paid, or informed of the world that exists beyond their doorstep, but I've landed on many doorsteps and have been welcomed in way more than I've ever been turned away. I've been fed by strangers, I could not use words to communicate with, whose cupboards were not overflowing with food. I've been given beds and floors to sleep on by people who did not know me from Adam... Don't believe the hype- the outside world, that many of us have been taught to fear, is filled with more love than anything else. Yes, there is ignorance. Yes, there is violence. Yes there is greed and crime. But there is something beneath all of that, and it has been fighting it's way through all cultural variations and traditions, norms and differences. And that thing, that force, that common ground, and the energy that transforms, is what I call
Nowadays, I look at the news, browsing the net, and, subsequently, learn what songs, videos, movies, books are popular in compare/contrast with what's in the news, with what's going on- and to be honest- I'm often dumbfounded and left with the question of "What the hell am I trying to do?". "Exactly what world do I expect to fit into with these sounds, these thoughts, and sentiments?". I feel alone, stupid, caught in some absurd elitist riddle where the answer is found scratched into the wood of some old unknown blues musicians' guitar. "Who the fuck cares?", is what I ask myself. "Who am I fooling?". It's not that I don't like what's out there. I like and love a lot of it. I just don't always feel like I fit in.
When you talk to record execs, they want to be able to see exactly where you'll fit into the commercial playing field. They want to be able to envision your song being played between Kanye and Drake on the radio. They want to be able to easily locate your audience. I'm pretty certain that much of my audience is out occupying cities across the world, protesting against corporate giants, squatting in city parks, following the same compulsion that led many to poetry slams and readings some years back; to raves, hip-hop, and punk rock shows, when music was more counter-culture than over-the-counter culture. All those seeds that were planted, the voices unlocked, the envisionment of the world that is possible and the pledge to make it real, are all coming full circle now.
I rise and face
the firing squad.
there is one
is my system
They fire rounds
but I am seldom
in their circle.
A quiet mind
is labeled 'sound'
and colored purple.
My little boy
has not yet learned
to color within lines.
His jumbled diction
has not yet learned
We speak of art
with flaming passion
and then do work
void of compassion
and wonder why
is bleeding fiction.
Volcanic Sunlight is my contribution to the times. It is my way of sharing that through all the necessary fighting for change behind, ahead, and within us, I have found it most helpful to think of it as a dance. I danced through a lot of bullshit (and fun shit) in order to get here... (don't forget the fun shit!). Yeah, it's been fun. Hella fun (415/510). And, honestly, I ain't really trying to fit in. (See: Talk To Strangers). But I've decided to sell my album to you, this time. As if to say, here is my idea of a 'product' that, I hope you will consider, worth more than it's asking price. As if to say, "invest in alternative energy". 'Cause, basically, that's how I think of Volcanic Sunlight: as an alternative form of energy. Something a bit more conscious of it's global imprint that whole cities, and possibly, new worlds, or, at least, new thoughts, can run on. My intention is for it to serve as a generator, a power source, that remembers the beauty of it's engine as it serves to transform the system.
And I would like to give a special shout out to all of the youth and people around the world that have somehow chosen this year to stand and demand the civil liberties, equality, and socio-political justice, and transparency, that should be afforded to all, in all lands. Your rising voice and actions have supplied more than slogans. You are who every poem was written for. And you are the chorus to the anthem of our times. Thank you.