One of the standout singles from Black Dave's recent "Black Bart" mixtape receives the honorary remix treatment courtesy of MMG's own beard gang general, Stalley. The smooth, New York-esque cut was produced by Shy Beats with verse exchanges between the two emcees that'll serve as the perfect antidote if you're looking for some chill vibes.
Rappers/producers Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker, together known as Latyrx, are releasing their first album in nearly two decades on November 5th. The highly-anticipated release, titled The Second Album, features members of Tune Yards, Anticon, Living Colour, The Decemberists and Blackalicious to name a few. Now, Latyrx are setting out on The Second Album World Tour with Bay Area hip-hop duo Skins & Needles in support of the album.
Starting in Denver, Colorado on October 25th, the tour covers the western part of the U.S. with stops in San Francisco, Seattle, Boise and more. Orgone, Forrest Day, DJ Aaron AxelsEn (LIVE105 + Popscene), and Chief Xcel of Blackalicious will also appear on select dates. The first leg of the tour dates and tickets are below. The second half of the tour will continue in early 2014. Says Lyrics Born, "I love traveling, the instant interaction with fans, and the adrenaline. This is the first time in 16 years we will have a whole new album's worth of material to perform. It's exciting to be able to add on to the legacy we've already created with new classics. I'm super looking forward to this tour."
The Second Album continues where they left off 16 years ago when they released their first album, The Album, which is still universally considered a classic that broke the mold for independent rap albums both sonically and sales-wise. Never before had a rap duo pushed the envelope in terms of creative sound and political message and been so widely accepted and celebrated. As true ambassadors of the culturally and historically rich San Francisco Bay Area, with Lyrics Born identifying as being an Asian American that "happens to be bi-racial, basically a member of the Obama generation," and Lateef's father having worked security detail for the Black Panthers and his mother having worked as a medic for the Panthers, it's no surprise that much of their lyrical content is socially and politically charged. Backed with their signature production style that's full of rare funk and soul samples, Latyrx's 2013 richly textured release will appeal to old fans and garner them new ones.
In the 90's, Latyrx helped co-found the Solesides collective and artist-run record label consisting of DJ Shadow and Blackalicious, which pushed boundaries of commercial hip-hop using sounds atypical of the mainstream 90s hip-hop scene. The past 20 years has seen them working on various solo projects, writing books, having their music used in campaigns by Nissan and EA Games, being nominated for a Grammy, and appearing on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE and the Late Show with David Letterman and at festivals around the world. The two are ready to unleash their forward-thinking experimental-leaning second full-length project, The Second Album,on their own Latyramid label on November 5th.
LATYRX (Lyrics Born and Lateef) featuring Skin and Needles
THE SECOND ALBUM WORLD TOUR - 1st leg (2nd leg will continue in 2014)
10/25 - Cervantes - Denver, CO (w/ Orgone)
10/26 - Last Chance - Gunnison, CO
10/27 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO
11/01 - Top Hat - Missoula, MT
11/02 - Zebra Lounge - Bozeman, MT
11/03 - Railyard - Billings, MT
11/04 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
11/05 - State Room - Salt Lake City, UT
11/08 - Boomer's - Laytonville, CA available at the door
11/09 - Harlow's - Sacramento, CA
11/14 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR (w/ Vursatyl of Lifesavas & Tope)
11/15 - Domino Room - Bend, OR available at the door
11/16 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
11/20 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA (w/ Forrest Day, DJ Aaron AxelsEn & hosted by The Gift of Gab & Chief Xcel of Blackalicious)
11/21 - Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
No Barcode. Releasing October 29th 2013 is about playing by no rules, just having fun while making the best product possible. The rules and guidelines they tell new artist to follow is still based on things that were happening in the 90s, so now it's time for us to make a new way, by by any means. Theres 14 records on it, lyric lovers and beat junkies will both enjoy thoroughly. No Features.
The Lost Angels - Together, We Stand Alone | Free EP
Courtesy Wanja Lange.
Together, We Stand Alone is the debut project from The Lost Angels, showing what happens when a group of friends bring out the best in each other. They went from cutting mix-tape style records to becoming a true group over the course of the six month recording process The project brings back a sense of community that is missing in hip-hop culture, where the current climate artist are only concern with putting themselves first.
Continuing his climb to the release of "Wrath of the Illest," WordSpit puts his personal spin on Drake's latest, "Pound Cake" on "Nitty Scott Says Whoa" (in which he explains the meaning for the name at the end of the song).
Coming off the success of the Czarface album Esoteric teams up with frequent collaborator Stu Bangas for their forthcoming release "Machete Mode" set to drop November 26th via Man Bites Dog Records.
For the project, the crew enlists a handful of guests including Vinnie Paz, Joell Ortiz, Madchild, Apathy, Celph Titled, Ill Bill, and many more.
1. I Attack
2. Repercussions ft. Ill Bill
4. The Danger ft. Celph Titled, Apathy, & Vinnie Paz
5. Never Be
6. Ease Up ft. Planetary, Reef The Lost Cauze, & Blacastan
7. Wonder Why
8. Save Ya Breath ft. Joell Ortiz & Hindsyte
9. State of War ft. Celph Titled
10. Steel Chairs
11. Bounty Hunters ft. Madchild of Swollen Members
12. Blood on the Flowers ft. Spit Gemz
14. Pharaoh Status (Bonus Cut)
Audio: Precise - Spotlite Radio Show King G Dub Interview
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Audio: Bronze Nazareth + Boldy James - "She Ain't The Same"
Wu-Tang affiliate Bronze Nazareth, recruits Michigan lyricists Willie The Kid and Boldy James for his latest release "The Blenders EP" catch Bronze this Friday in Atlanta for the Man Bites Dog Records + Dead End Hip Hop showcase at A3C other performers include Roc Marciano, Ag Da Coroner, Copywrite, Playdough, Eddie B, J-Live & Boog Brown.
D. Allie here once again. You'll be transported to a mystical place called YouTube where you'll be able to view my new musical video. A big thank you goes out to my longtime friend Oren Goldenberg for shooting the piece.