A man dying slowly in the truck he calls home. Another, hauling boxes at a market in exchange for a spot in a storage box where he sleeps each night. Immigrants, actors, recovering drug addicts, college students and true blue Angelenos, all trying to rent themselves one more month in the waiting room, one more month for their dreams to come true. This is life in Palms, L.A.'s most diverse and densely populated neighborhood, where Snoop Dogg caught his murder case, and where "everybody's on their way somewhere else", as emcee and eight-year resident Malkovich says on his dedication to his adopted home. The people and places of Palms take center stage in the video, directed, filmed and edited firsthand by Malkovich. Shot one month before Kanye West & Jay-Z's "Otis" video aired, scenes shot against a wall mural of the U.S. flag with a local homeless man inadvertently make this video the polar opposite of 'Ye and Jay's celebration of the American dream. Malkovich dropped the Ayatollah Presley mixtape earlier this year, hosted by House Shoes and featuring Prince Po of Organized Konfusion, Dibia$e, Killer Reese of King Fantastic, P.U.D.G.E., Sum, IamOmni and many more.
Album Stream: Metermaids - Rooftop Shake + Album Release
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New Album Features 9th Wonder Production, Sage Francis, Buck 65
Metermaids know music fans have plenty of options when it comes to choosing what artists to support. And so, with that in mind, the Brooklyn-based duo of rappers Sentence and Swell, in celebrating this week's release of their new album, Rooftop Shake, are giving fans the chance to stream their full album on Soundcloud.
The album, released via Strange Famous Records, is the culmination of months of work, dating back to Metermaids' signing with Sage Francis' Strange Famous Records after the artists toured together and the up-and-coming duo earned the attention and admiration of the indie heavyweight. Metermaids hit the studio shortly after, working with Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder, who produced five of the album's 10 tracks, while long-time collaborator M.Stine handled production on the rest of the album. 9th Wonder also appears on two tracks, joining Buck 65 and Sage as the only guest emcees on the project, while DJ Rob Swift of the legendary X-Ecutioners crew provides cuts throughout.
While Rooftop Shake is now available for sale at all digital retailers, Metermaids and Strange Famous Records are also giving fans the opportunity to purchase a signed CD and limited edition t-shirt through the Strange Famous Records online store.
Video: Behind the Scenes of Tragedy's "Each One, Teach One"
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"Check out the behind the scenes footage of Tragedy Khadafi recording his track “Each One, Teach One” (one of two tracks produced by The Audible Doctor) off his upcoming album “Thug Matrix 3″. The Album is set to drop September 20th and features production from Ayatollah, araabMUZIK, Now & Laterz, Audible Doctor, Shroom, Asmatik and Booth. The album also boasts guest features from Planet Asia, Killa Sha and King David."
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Boom Boom opens up with Latin Rap star Salazar is spitting in Spanglish (a combo of Engilsh & Spanish slang) The track is produced by rap phenom Shottie who can be heard on the second verse followed by Joey Duz ryhmin about cryptic messages and the government spying on us.
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Video: Esinchill - "Daddy Was A Sailorman" (Prod. Jake One)
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Poetic and skillful MC Esinchill is back with a new video for his Jake One-produced single "Daddy Was A Sailorman." The second video of off the Oakland rapper's sophomore album, Vigilante, available now via Clear Label Records, provides a complex visual for the song, which describes Esinchill meeting his father in a dream and reminiscing on the influential choices he made when he was younger. Sprinkled with actual photos of his father in his Navy uniform and Esinchill as a child, director Casual of WetFoot Filmworks captures the track's surreal feel by going back and forth between reality and washed out dream sequences. Along with a literal fork in the road, the video paints a picture of the challenges that arise when becoming a father, and the important message that Esinchill wants to convey. "Always be a father to your child, no matter what life may offer," says Esinchill. "I have a daughter now and every decision starts and ends with her, just as I suspect my dad's did."