Chicago's music scene has long been diverse, pulling influence from the Blues, Soul, Juke, House, and hip-hop genres that have dominated the city. It makes sense, then, that Kid Static, whose music brings together rapping and singing over production that melds hip-hop, electro, and more is a product of the Windy City. His distinctive style has landed him on stages with Kid Sister, The Cool Kids, and Flosstradamus, while catching the attention of outlets like Pitchfork and XLR8R, and now, Kid Static will release his new solo album, It Gleams, June 1st via Cobra Music.
To celebrate the announcement, Static is releasing the album's lead single and accompanying video, "Moonlight." "This song is about that first moment when you meet someone and realize everything is insanely beautiful," explains Kid Static, noting that the track is meant to serve as the vehicle for setting an emotional scene. "Everything looks different – everything sounds different – it's that moonlight." Static wrote and produced the song, with co-production from Grammy-winning engineer Douglas Boehm and background vocals courtesy of Airon Azure.
With the accompanying video, directed by Christopher Andrew, Kid Static wanted a visual heavy on raw emotion and symbolic imagery, something that could speak to the viewer through individual interpretation, rather than a traditional story-driven video. "Nighttime is one of the most spectacular times of the day; you can see some of the most amazing imagery after the sun goes down," says Static. "Tying the video of this magical time into the romantic story of the song really made this into something special."
(Toronto, Canada) 17 year old rapper/producer Raz Fresco is back with the fourth video off of his Don Cannon presented MCMXCV project: "Donald Trump'' shot by Prime on location in Toronto & New York City.
SUN of G-Unit drops another viral video titled "That's Wut I'm On" off his upcoming mixtape "Tunnel Vision (#TV)" set for release on April 13th. The mixtape will feature new and previously released material with Eminem, Havoc of Mobb Deep, Slim Thug, Kurupt, Tony Yayo, 40 Glocc, Jayo Felony and more.
DJ Spinna: "The Best of Perception & Today Records"
Courtesy Nik @ Ballin PR.
UK-based BBE Records is pleased to announce the release of The Best of Perception & Today Records, a compilation featuring the best tracks of the history making labels Perception Records and sub-label Today Records. And who better than music historian and world-class Brooklyn deejay/producer, DJ Spinna, along with the BBE Soundsystem, to be at the helm of such an undertaking?
Founded in the 60s and run through the 70s, New York-based Perception Records and Today Records became legendary for releasing much of the black music of that era. Hard to pin down in terms of genre, they started with artists that played everything from jazz, funk and disco to poetry, pop and pretty much everything in between, but what they were known for is providing a breeding ground that gave exposure to many artists we all know and love such as The Fatback Band and Joe Thomas. During their time they also put out many records by favorites like Dizzy Gillespie and Astrud Gilberto. For example Black Ivory “You and I” was sampled by Q Tip in “Gettin' Up” and “I Keep Asking You Questions” by Raekwon feat. Ghostface Killah in “Criminology”, Tyrone Washington - “Submission” was sampled by Kenny Dope in “Get on Down”, Dizzy Gillespie - Matrix was sampled by The Beatnuts feat. V.I.C. in “World's Famous”, etc.
Packaged with extensive sleeve notes written by renowned DJ and compiler Dean Rudland, the record will be accompanied by two 7″ vinyl releases.
Amazingly, the labels only ran for five years until they closed their doors in 1974. But, with such a wealth of great music put out during that time, this compilation is the perfect way to re-open them. For the music aficionado or the hip-hop head, The Best of Perception & Today Records is tribute to two labels who made music history in the 70s.
Video: Mystikal a Big Reason Why Snoop Dogg Signed w/ No Limit
Courtesy Steve Raze.
Mystikal meets up with Snoop Dogg before they perform at AllHipHop’s Breeding Ground Show at SXSW and Snoop reminisces about how working with Mystikal was big reason Snoop signed with No Limit Records in this third teaser of the Next 48 Hours With Mystikal @ SXSW.
Free Download: Serge Severe - "Service Without a Smile"
Courtesy Erik Abel.
You may have heard him on the Animal Farm/ Talib Kweli track "Test of Time". Serge Severe is the latest in a great line of true Latino lyricists. I highly suggest you check it out. You won't be disappointed.
Straight out of Bomb Beach, Va, Eyerone brings you his new single "Unfamiliar Places" off his highly anticipated EP, In Vitro. Unfamiliar Places is an ode to his musical journey thus far & where he's headed in the future. Ride with him into the "Unfamiliar Places". Look out for the release of In Vitro, coming this May 2012. Powered by Revo Media.