Ypsilanti’s golden child, 14KT, has flipped some of his instrumental magic into full-fledged songs on the new EP A Friendly (Vocal) Game of KT. The original instrumental project was rife with earth quaking bass lines, precise drums and heavenly synths. Now the vocal version pairs select beats with equally select MC’s to tease a few great instrumentals into a few classic songs. The Ep debuted at Complex today!
Most people never come close to achieving their dreams. Fortunately, perpetually underrated Brooklyn MC Skyzoo isn’t one of those people. A model of consistency in a world of rappers with fleeting popularity, Skyzoo releases his sophomore LP entitled, A Dream Deferred, available on The Faculty/Duck Down Music Inc.
The project features Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Raheem Devaughn, Freeway and production from !llmind, Jahlil Beats, DJ Khalil, Black Milk, 9th Wonder, among others.
In Part 2 of DJ Paul's #APersonOfInterest NYC vlog, the KOM flips the script as he interviews The Source staff about why Three 6 Mafia never got the cover! Editor-in-Chief Kim Osorio graciously offers her expertise, and DJ Paul retorts with a hilarious conclusion...
Do you think Three 6 Mafia was overlooked? Watch and let us know!
Following the success of its videos “Lockdown”, “Against the Wall” and "Stupid In Yo Area" which aired heavily on MuchVibe and Musique Plus, Nation Ruckus is launching its first album, BOOMBOX MANIFESTO, in stores now on Big Dreamz Records/Selection Distribution.
Emcee & Producer Jai Nitai LoTus Video: "Mingus Clap"
Courtesy Nik @ Ballin PR.
Emcee and producer Jai Nitai (pronounced Thai Nee-tie) Lotus describes his style of music as experimental hip-hop. On his debut solo LP, Something You Feel, due out November 6, Jai draws on samples, dark synthesized pieces, and off-kilter drums with meaningful lyrics to create new, soulful soundscapes that are distinctly his own. The LP features guests such as Georgia Anne Muldrow, Declaime (Dudley Perkins), The Narcicyst (Freeway, Shadia Mansour, Omar Offendum), and Sarah Linhares (Om'Mas Keith from Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Moonstarr, RBMA). Jai held down the role of emcee, recording engineer and producer on Something You Feel, except for one track produced by Simahlak (The Lonely Island, DJ A-Trak, 4th Pyramid).
Zion I's seventh album ShadowBoxing is now available online and in stores. Zumbi and Amp Live seamlessly blend a mix of Hip-hop and Electronic music together, a task often attempted but rarely accomplished and produced with an organic sound. Zumbi's lyrics creatively express the endurance and perseverance of internal conflicts, a theme present throughout the album named after the same concept. ShadowBoxing features Collie Buddz, Goapele, D.U.S.T., The Grouch & Eligh, Martian Luther, and production from Amp Live, Dexbeats, Traxamillion, and Timeline, along with a Bassnectar edit.
Support your local independent record store and pick up ShadowBoxing at one of the following locations
• Amoeba Records - San Francisco and Berkeley, CA •
• Streetlight Records San Jose and Santa Cruz, CA •
• Music Millennium - Portland, OR •
• Twist and Shout Denver, CO •
• Access Music San Diego, CA •
• Dimple Records - Sacramento, CA •
• The Music Coop Ashland, OR •
• Independent Records Colorado •
• Rasputin CA, NV •
• Silver Platters Seattle, WA •
• Boo Boo Records San Luis Obispo, CA •
• Fifth Element Minneapolis, MN •
• Angelo's CDs & More - Colorado •
• Waterloo Records Austin, TX •
• Reckless Records Chicago, IL •
• The Works Eureka, CA •
• Lou's Records - Encinitas, CA •
• Everyday Music - Bellingham, WA •
Video: Amalgam Digital Presents "GO! The Nobodies Story"
A short film documenting the uprising of Dutch Rebelle (Amalgam Digital’s newest signee and 1st female), Dj Real P and Chris Brook, collectively known as The Famous Nobodies. See the early beginnings of Boston’s premier Hip Hop group, how it all started and what took to change the underground hip-hop culture of an entire city.
Today Esohel has unleashed the visuals for "Paid Dues", the lead single for Esohel & Ricky Dub's forthcoming project 'On Purpose With A Purpose', features Brooklyn's female spitter Nitty Scott, whom alongside Esohel trade bars schooling rappers on the notion that paying dues is not about money, but more about the grind and work ethic which both artist hold to be most valuable.