The October/November issue of Complex Magazine, the lifestyle, fashion and entertainment guide for young men, includes candid interviews and racy photo shoots with 3 of the hottest up-and-coming singers and rappers around today including sexy singer Leah Labelle, rapper Meek Mill - whose debut album hits stores next month - and sold-out artist Wiz Khalifa, who graces the cover of the October/November issue.
Meek Mill: "When I’m not in the booth, I’m one of the most laid-back guys. But growing up, I liked DMX, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and T.I.—dudes that went all out on the track. My first songs were energetic because I liked their energy. When I used to battle people every day, I had to go hard. If someone went harder than me, they left with the win. I haven’t lost since I was 12 years old."
Wiz Khalifa: "The game has changed. Not to say anything against Mac (Miller), but to any artist (who wants to) make their situation stronger, make sure the songs that you publish sell more than your mixtape stuff. That will help you stand up against that because nobody can say that you’re building your career off it."
NEW SHIRTS: SPECIAL HERBS + KMD We recently came across a batch of T-shirts in a warehouse that were made as a limited-edition promotion back in 2004 for some early DOOM releases. Check out the designs above, one features the logo of DOOM's original group KMD, and the other features the comic book-style covers of the first 4 volumes in DOOM's Special Herbs instrumental series. Available on their own, or together with the matching DOOM CDs. Needless to say, supplies won't last long.
KMD Shirt: https://store.nature-sounds.net/store/kmdlogo-t-shirt/ . Special Herbs Shirt: https://store.nature-sounds.net/store/special-herbs-comic-t-shirt/ .
Video: Common, Slaughterhouse Speak on Murs & Fashawn "This Generation"
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Common, DJ Quik, Immortal Technique, Action Bronson, Layzie Bone & Flesh-N-Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Royce Da 5'9" & Crooked I of Slaugtherhouse, and A-Trak describe what "This Generation" means to them.
Collectively and individually, MHz has been one of the most influential underground rap crews of the past 15 years. Comprised of producer RJD2 and rappers Copywrite, Camu Tao, Jakki Da Motamouth, and Tage Future, the collective first came together in Columbus, Ohio, a loose group of basement freestylers talented enough to garner the attention of folks like Bobbito Garcia, releasing two now-classic 12" singles, "World Premier" and "Rocket Science," on Garcia's iconic indie label, Fondle 'Em Records. Since then, though, the members of MHz have spent the past decade-plus pursuing solo endeavors – RJ as a genre-bending producer; Copywrite as a boundary-pushing lyricist who spent the 2000s being courted by the likes of Roc-A-Fella Records; Camu Tao as a close companion and collaborator with El-P – and influencing a new generation. The one thing they've never done – release an official album.
Until now; on October 30th, MHz Legacy – the name change is in honor of Camu Tao, who passed away following a battle with lung cancer in 2008; he will appear on the album still with a number of never-before-heard verses – will release what amounts to their official debut album, a self-titled effort, via Man Bites Dog Records. The album will feature the likes of Danny Brown, Oh No, ILL BILL, Slaine, Blu, Slug, along with some outside production from Harry Fraud, !llmind, Stu Bangas and Marco Polo. Today, MHz Legacy is releasing the debut single and video from that album, for the Surock-produced track "Gone" which was premiered this afternoon by Billboard.
"Gone," according to the crew, is a testament to the fact that the group, as a collective unit, has been off the scene for some time now -- and also a testament to the fact that, in those years away, they haven't lost a step musically or lyrically. "We've been 'gone,' as in off the scene," says Tage Future, "but we've always been crafty writers. Now that we're coming back out, we're showing that our skills are 'gone,' as high level, as in outta here."
The video is directed by R.M.L. and features Copy and Tage trading bars while showing off the lighter side of their personalities, letting loose as they speed around on go-karts and catch air on a local moon bounce. "I think everyone loves Go-Karts - I know I do," says R.M.L. on the concept behind the video. "Rappers are usually trying to look so hard that they would never rock a Go-Kart in a video. We took it a step further and threw in the Moon Bounce too." To top it all off, the video features Copy and Tage zipping around on "people movers of the future," as R.M.L. put it, more commonly known as Segways. It wasn't all fun and games, though. "The most challenging part," recalls Copywrite, "was definitely the bounce. It's easy to run out of breath when you're bouncing as high as you can."
Hot on the heels of his debut music video and underground club anthem 'Skankin It Out' Midlands's rapper Krystatic is back with a brand new six track free download EP. After impressing the underground scene with his current album release 'No Rest Till Success' and a string of live shows including dates at Club Ice and Black & White in Ayia Napa the future looks bright for this talented rising star.
The EP features a selection of tracks that fuses all styles of the current urban scene and features production from Dezert Rhino on five tracks as well as a beat and a verse from BFace. Already getting superb reviews and feedback from some of the UK's leading blogs and websites, as well as support from numerous DJ's, the 'Future Frenzy EP' is something that deserves your attention.
Krystatic - Future Frenzy EP
01 - Alien Barz Into (Produced by Dezert Rhino) 02 - That Rave (Produced by Dezert Rhino) 03 - World Of My Own (Produced by Dezert Rhino) 04 - Future @ Stake (Produced by BFace) 05 - Protect Ur Dream Feat. BFace (Produced by Dezert Rhino) 06 - V4 Star (Produced by Dezert Rhino)
Earlier this month, Oh No announced a new collaborative album with upstart producer Chris Keys. The album, titled Ashes, in which Oh No, for the very first time, relinquishes totally his producer reins, will be released October 23rd via Heavy Keys Records. In announcing the project, Oh & Chris gave fans an early preview with the gritty Guilty Simpson and Montage One-featuring "Devastation," and now the rapper and producer pair are excited to release the album's first official single, "Let's Go."
"Let's Go," premiered today by MTV Hive, continues to show off not only the strength and quality of the music coming from Oh No's collaboration with Chris Keys, but also the diversity the two have been able to achieve; while "Devastation" beat its way through speakers with verses just as raw as the production, "Let's Go" instead pulses its way to listeners' ears. "I wanted to make a song that'd be a little more hype, something with a little more of a party vibe," says Chris, who admits that he wasn't sure about the song until he heard what Oh No did with the track. "I couldn't really hear how it was going to come out," explains Chris, "but when I heard what Oh did with the hook, I knew it was a definite single."
For Oh No's part, he pulled his inspiration for the song from a recent party that he stumbled upon while on tour in Europe. "I walked into this big ass rave," recalls Oh No, "with fire torches, tents, thousands of people getting drunk, no police, no problems – just everybody having a grand time."
Here is "Ghetto Rock" from bassist/songwriter Divinity Roxx, featuring Southern lyricist Killer Mike. This original song appears on Divinity's EP The Roxx Boxx Experience, which is slated for release on October 16, 2012 via iRoxx Entertainment.
Hedpe & Potluck Join Forces With Twiztid For Abominationz Tour
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Suburban Noize Recording acts (Hed)p.e. and Potluck will join forces with the demented duo Twiztid and Lil Wyte for the upcoming Abominationz fall tour. The tour is scheduled to kick off on October 27th and run throughout November.
"I am very excited to be back on the road with Twiztid, as they are like my brothers from another mother. Any time we share a stage it makes for a very entertaining show," said 1Ton from Potluck. "I got extra excited when I heard the tour also features (Hed)p.e. and Lil Wyte. We have toured with (Hed)p.e. before and are big fans of Jahred, as he is very talented and can rap dope and sing hardcore. All the fans better be ready for one big party because this tour is gonna be wicked crazy!!!"
(Hed)p.e continue to support their eighth studio album "Truth Rising”, which saw the group become the voice for a movement that empowers youth and reveals the seedy underbelly of our current political affairs. (Hed)p.e’s video for the track “It’s All Over” can be seen online at http://bit.ly/SBw4TA .
Potluck are touring in support of their upcoming free street album, "THC - The Humboldt Chronicles", which is slated for release later this fall. Potluck's video remake of Tech N9ne's "Worldwide Choppers" can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/NB1hc7 .
TWIZTID TOUR DATES WITH (HED)P.E. & POTLUCK:
10/27 - Reading, PA - Reverb 10/29 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection 10/30 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze 10/31 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes 11/02 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance 11/03 - Worcester, MA - The Palldium 11/04 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon 11/06 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill 11/08 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall 11/09 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade 11/12 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar 11/16 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon 11/17 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock 11/18 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee 11/21 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades