New Audio: Big Shug "Still Here" & New Gang Starr Book
His name says it all; standing at well over six feet tall and with the intimidating muscular build of a linebacker, Big Shug's physical presence alone is enough to command attention. His voice, a hoarse rumble effective for delivering both fearsome threats or smooth crooning as his alter-ego Shugie Diamonds, is one of rap's most instantly recognizable. As both a solo artist and founding member of Gang Starr, his name has consistently shown up in album credits alongside hip-hop's elite for over 20 years.
But despite that, Shug has never courted the spotlight. As countless other rappers, and even Gang Starr themselves, fell by the wayside, he has persevered through fans' evolving tastes and a changing record industry by staying true to the ideals - integrity, respect for the streets and love of music - that have fueled his career. Nowhere is that more apparent than on I.M. 4-EVA.
Stitching together the various parts of his career into one, this album, true to its title, is a comprehensive look at who Big Shug is, where he came from and where he is going. With his bruising flow over classic DJ Premier produced cuts bringing back nostalgic 90s memories, he pays tribute to the fans who have stuck with him since the beginning. I.M. 4-Eva - Shug's fourth solo album and his first since 2008's Other Side of the Game - marks the next chapter in his ongoing maturation as an artist. The album reunites Shug with old friends like M.O.P., Fat Joe and Premier, while also connecting with a new generation of hip-hop fans via collaborations with Reks, Termanology, Singapore Kane and Slaine.
In addition to the 17 all new studio cuts Brick Records has presented a timeless package; a hard back, 36 page book chronicling The True History of Gang Starr as told by Big Shug, plus anecdotes from his 20+ year career, rare never before seen vintage photos and more. Through his words and his music, Big Shug truly shows here why he is 4-EVA. Big Shug’s I.M. 4-Eva LP and The True History of Gang Starr will be released on 7-24-2012.
MP3: The Writers Guild - "Armed" (prod. by Lifted)
Arizona based spit collective The Writers Guild (Mr. Miranda, MC Pennywise, RoQy TyRaiD, Random, aka Mega Ran) is back, this time tapping the hottest producer in AZ, Kanye West's latest signee to G.O.O.D. Music, Lifted, who shows his versatility with a funky boom bap track with a vintage scratch hook, as the Guild sets it on wack MCs who dare step in their path, on "Armed," their new single.
Quake Matthews has returned to the scene with his sophomore release The Book Of Matthew. The track and accompanying music video mark the first solo effort for the Halifax hip-hop artist since 2010’s The Myth. The Book Of Matthew is available for free download at quakematthews.com. The 11-track project features production from industry heavy-weights like J. Cardim (Lil Wayne, Joe Budden, Ludacris) and Tone Mason (Drake, Jay-Z) and guest appearances from Freeway, Termanology and Canadian R&B crooner JRDN.
The 23-year old described the project “I feel I’ve really come into my own as an artist since The Myth was released. I named the album The Book Of Matthew because it’s a very reflective, personal record of my journey thus far in music. I want to give fans a taste of everything, not just the good times, but the highs the lows and all the moments that define who I am in between.”
Tracklisting and credits for Quake Matthews “The Book Of Matthew” LP:
1.) Story Of The Underdog (produced by Sicksiah) 2.) The Book Of Matthew (produced by Scena) 3.) Best Of Me (produced by J. Cardim) 4.) Warrior f/ Freeway & Termanology (produced by Tone Mason) 5.) Set You Free (produced by Tone Mason) 6.) Back To The Song (produced by Scena) 7.) Can I Breathe (produced by 2oolman) 8.) Don't Mention It (produced by 2oolman) 9.) I Don't Need Chase (produced by J. Cardim) 10.) Time Of My Life f/ SonReal & Kayo (produced by MattyBoh) 11.) What I Want f/ Laura Roy (produced by Noxx)
With God Save the King Copywrite delivers another brutally honest record that reaches for new creative heights with all of the crazy punch lines, deep metaphors, true wordsmithing and all of the technical razzle dazzle anyone could ever ask for. Included is a new video, “Sorrow”f/Illogic (produced by Stu Bangas) from Copy’s God Save The King LP.
Hey Hey!!! Yes I know it's been FOREVER since I crept into your inbox like some wrong side of the tracks BF only to be run out of the house, trip on a garden fence and face plant square in the the dirt...needless to say it's been a minute now and I wanted to catch you up on some things I have done and some cool events I have coming up this week. Sound Good? Awesome!
Live Events This week I am part of a ton of live events this weekend that I couldn't be prouder and more excited to be part of; peep game and you'll see why...
Saturday May 19 @ The Bomb Shelter We are going in real big in New Haven for this one: me on the decks, Sidestep Complex, Political Animals, Atman, Paulie Think and more!!! A night soon not forgotten, unless you do something that would make you forget...For more info click the flyer or the link HERE to check the FB invite
Sunday May 20th @ Public Assembly This is going to be a BANGER of an event, it's during the day, all ages, B Boys, Live Band, ILL DJs, non-stop music for 5 hours...basically come out and get loose for 5 hours on a Sunday and be in bed in time to not suffer on Monday. Could it get any better really? I doubt it...ohh wait it does; this is going to be a monthly event!!! Ohh word?! This month features the talents of myself and Rob Swift (xecutioners) on the wheels, a live funk band, hosted by the homie Nabil and performances by rap legends the Artifacts as well as one of the most exciting new emcees out Silent Knight. I would NOT miss this one! For more info click the flyer or link HERE to check the FB invite.
Radio - I am super excited to let you know I will be having a great guest in-studio this week on my Six Feet Deep Wednesday night slot...woe, rewind...Did I forget to mention that I am on 8-11pm every other Wednesday now on WPKN? Sorry about that; time in...so yeah I am having fantastic house producer Graham Knox Frazier in-studio tomorrow night beginning at 9pm!!! It's going to be super dope...shouts to the homie Mal Dankner for helping this to happen!
If you'd like to check out some of Graham's work check his site (http://grahamknoxfrazier.com/) out where there is a gang of free tracks to download and more! Just do it, it's FREE...
And if you have missed any of my last shows, the links to the last 4 shows I have tagged in the archive are available HERE...
Podcasts - I have been slacking in this area for 2012 and for that I am sorry, but these things happen...Shouts to Flash @ Rapreviews.com for putting up with my inconsistent output ass...
Video: YG Hootie & A-Wax - "No Compass" (Prod. By AraabMuzik)
On July 17th, YG Hootie & A-Wax will release their debut collaborative LP, Interstate Trafficking. The Bay- and Los Angeles-based rappers announced the album a few weeks back with the Gucci Mane-featuring lead single, "Make Room," and while the album will also include features from Waka Flocka Flame, Too $hort, and others, today, YG & A-Wax are excited to release a video for "No Compass," a track from their forthcoming Trap-A-Holics-hosted pre-album sampler. The video is directed by Waka Flocka's video team, Blind Folks Vision.
MP3: Project Pat & Nasty Mane - "Pussy Out the Shower" (prod. Hot Rod)
DJ's here is a brand new certified street banger from Project Pat and Nasty Mane that is already generating a strong buzz. The joint is called "Pussy Out The Shower" and it's heating up the streets heavy right now. All my guys know there ain't nothing in the world like "Pussy Out The Shower" so this one is for all of you. DJ's you know what it is already with Project Pat he consistently gives you these catchy street anthems as has been for as long as you can remember. Let's support the big homie and flood your streets with this song!