As one of the early pioneers of explicit rap, Too $hort discloses his venture into the risqué genre despite repeated warnings from record industry executives. He explains, "They said that nobody would buy it, the record stores wouldn't carry it, and 'you just can't do it.' So I probably made three albums with no cursing until I finally said, 'I'm doin' it anyway.'" The rap veteran also discloses what happened when his mother discovered his explicit rap books in high school and put "the curse" on him. He reveals how shocked he was to discover that his signature song, "Blow The Whistle" came 20 years into his career at the age of 40. After some gentle nudging by two female dancers demonstrating the game, the industry legend joins in on the fun and plays with them. The Hip Hop Dance Experience will be available at the MSRP of $39.99 for both the Kinect for Xbox 360® and the Wii system from Nintendo on November 13th.
Video: TReZ (feat. N.O.R.E.) - "Illuminati Ya Body"
Queens is in the building as Astoria's TReZ and Lefrak City's N.O.R.E. take a chapter from the DaVinci Code for the Ric Rude produced single "Illuminati Ya Body." Directed by TReZ and edited by Lord Roc for Sixth Chakra Films, the visuals depict the duo protecting an Ancient Egyptian Relic from the hands of an Illuminati Assassin…Queens style. Stay tuned for more music from TReZ as the Q-Borough emcee nears completion of his currently untitled EP. "Illuminati Ya Body" is now available on iTunes!
Video - Game: "I'd Get in the Ring & Box With Gucci Mane"
DJ Vlad: Famed West Coast rapper Game shared his thoughts on Gucci Mane's recent Twitter challenge to box any rapper who will step in the ring with him. Game says that while "Gucci's my dude," he admitted that he would get in the ring with him for charity, because it's not a negative thing. Game also reveals what he thinks would happen if Mysonne got in the ring with Gucci Mane.
Super Fresh Philly Music prod. 2HB's w/ Acorn Moroco & DJ KB
Courtesy Robert M.
My brother Soul One introduced his cousin, Acorn Moroco to us, like yo he rap. Actually I think Acorn was like yo I rap. Regardless, it tends to be a death nell to good friendships- yo I rap. But on the strength of the "Bull" he def got to cop a dope 2hB track and not only did he finesse a fly song, he organized a dope video which really brought me back to my days hanging out in Philly & digging & eating. Please give this joint a listen, the slang and message is impeccable and fly. Peace-
Deep of the 2 Hungry Bros
DL: Yamin Semali of Clan Destined, "Yen Dollar Music Vol. 1"
Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.
Atlanta-based emcee/producer Yamin Semali of rap duo Clan Destined presents Yen Dollar Music Vol. 1, an album of self-produced instrumentals presented in conjunction with ProducersIKnow.com and Yen Dollar Music (¥$M), Yamin's new production company and brand. He has compiled 20 instrumentals for volume one, with other volumes to include compilations from various artists in Hip Hop's global community.
As half of Clan Destined, Yamin aka DJ AmDex has been tied to releases going back to Shaman Work Recordings (Ta'Raach, Wale Oyejide, CL Smooth) and has more recently been working alongside Illastrate, Boog Brown, and J-Live to name a few. The sound of ¥$M is indicative of loop digging, crate sampling, and synth manipulation. From Atlanta, Semali has a sound unlike much of what many consider to be Southern, but the tradition of the regional sound is well preserved for fans of Organized Noize, Supastition, Willie Evans Jr. and Count Bass-D. His last single was "Never Leave" (watch the video here). Clan Destined's third LP Self Titled, received 5 out of 5 stars on CreativeLoafing.com (read the review here). February 2013 will see the CD/LP release of his solo album Yamin.
My name is Mia Jones. I am contacting you today to share unfortunate news with those who knew, knew of and liked The Black Sunn.
He is no more, The Black Sunn passed a few days ago under unusual circumstances. However, there was a bottle of gin and a message left at the scene of death with his email login, this linkand a message urging those who found it to check it out and pass it on to those whom he loved.
Art is very important and it is unfortunate that Black Sunn went out the way he did. There will be a candlelight vigil tonight at True & Livin', the event we helped organize together.
This is a tough time for all of us and I hope that you, being in The Black Sunn's email directory, overstand and appreciate what this young man brought to the world. All due respect to Heru Gin and Refined Hype for continuing the cause.
in honor of Puns Bday here is my Best of Big Pun that i dropped back in 2005. 1 of my first major mixtapes, and even though you can here the rookie mistakes, i still get props for this one. again i used 100% vinyl for this mixtape. spread the love, download for free and enjoy.
Conor Smalakis, known by his artist name Tom Bombadil, is a 20 year old trip hop instrumental artist residing in Van Nuys, California. His newest release, "Poisoned Piano", is an attempt to string together different pieces of impactful music into a reflection of his own emotional perspective. Rather than sonic perfection, he strives to find his own voice within the media around him. "Poisoned Piano", is heavily influenced by the series “Darker than Black” and producers such as DJ Okawari, DJ Whitesmith, and Nujabes. This EP is a follow up to his recent compilation tape, "Agoraphobia", released via Bliss Eternal.