As praise and accolades continues to roll in for Paraphernalia, the latest tape from SL Jones & DJ Burn One, the Little Rock rapper and Atlanta producer are now excited to release the video for "Training Day," the latest visual from Paraphernalia.
"Training Day" is one of the darkest tracks on Paraphernalia, with Burn One's haunting keys and winding bassline setting the tone for SL, who uses his verses to unwind a nuanced one-on-one conversation between an OG gang member and new recruit. "The song is told from an OG's perspective, so I wanted to play off that and have the video be from the lil' homie's perspective," says SL. "Most people don't know that gang ties are often passed down from generation to generation; most people assume that it begins with violence, but a lot of times it begins with family."
The video, directed by Red Audio, plays out against the song's lyrics, as SL takes on the role of the OG, schooling his passenger seat rider on the ways of the world. But the song isn't one of glorification, and as such, the visual eschews over-the-top flash for a more subdued account. "We didn't want to do any over the top gangsta shit, because it wasn't necessary," says SL. "We just wanted to show you a day in the life of a kid growing up, dealing with the influences that come with gang affiliation."
Yirim Seck is a wordsmith MC whose music both reflects the golden era of hip-hop and holds a roadmap to the future. Yirim is not only held firm by his roots -- bridging the illustrious musical legacy of Seattle's Central District and his family's rich Senegalese heritage -- but propels his insight and drive into a sound and a message all-too-relevant for today.
Known for his searing lyricism and impassioned performance, Yirim Seck has become one of Seattle's most well-respected and sought-after MCs. Building on his critically acclaimed debut HEAR ME OUT in 2009, Yirim has performed at venues as diverse as community festivals, upscale nightclubs, college campuses and company parties, connecting with audiences across borders and delivering global discourse through music.
His music critiques and calls out shots from the perspective of a dedicated father and community activist, and empowers listeners through his gift of storytelling and honest reflection. Yirim's journey as a musician was a true crossover.
At twelve years old, Yirim bore witness to Lauryn Hill destroying MC after MC in a cypher at Garfield High School in the Central District, and was inspired to surround himself with true-school hip-hop, from Guru to Ras Kass to Digable Planents to Scarface.
At fourteen, his mother, in a Fresh Prince-esque move, decided to get Yirim out of trouble in the neighborhood by sending him away. But instead of packing his bags and moving to Bel Aire, Yirim found himself in Dakar, Senegal, where he was immersed in his father's culture and musical expression.
Over two years, Yirim forged hip-hop with the sounds of Mbalax, itself a fusion of contemporary pop and traditional Senegalese dance music. Those formative years forever sculpted Yirim's artistic approach as a dynamic navigation of story across a soundscape spanning across continents and generations.
Yirim is now known and respected amongst Senegal's most recognized hip-hop artists including Daara J and DJ Kia Mbegue. Always growing as an artist, Yirim is working both on new musical endeavors and on a quest to take his talents back to West Africa, where his musical career began. It's only a matter of time before his voice is experienced on all stops in between.
PR: Number 1 Playaz Release New Single "Put Me In The Game"
The most known unknown hometown heroes Number 1 Playaz (Playo, O-Dogg and T-Turner) are back with a new release, “Put Me In The Game.” Having sold over 15,000 combined units independently out of the trunk of their cars over the last couple years there is no telling what this single will do.
Throughout the years, they have performed with Ying Yang Twins, Lil Scrappy, Soulja Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka, Tity Boi (2 Chainz), Freddie Gibbs, Machine Gun Kelly, Royce Da 5’9”, Juvenile, Jody Breeze and Devin the Dude. T-Turner talks about this experience: “Performing with these artists was a blessing.”
“Put Me In The Game,” is off their upcoming mixtape, Put Us In the Game, to be released September 9-15 on Datpiff hosted by DJ Smallz a.k.a Mr. Southern Smoke (Big Boi of Outkast, UGK, Master P and Three 6 Mafia, Lil’ Jon, Ludacris, and T.I.) with a music video soon to follow. To be shot and directed by Antwan Smith best known for his work with Rick Ross, Trina, Flo-Rida, and Trey Songz. This is a single professing their desire to be in the Hip-Hop industry to prove they are number one.
Toronto MC FenaxiZ debuts his first full-length album called "Vintage," a 15-track collection of original songs carefully crafted with an appreciation for mid-90s Hip-Hop. Songs like the nostalgic "Golden Age" or the introspective "Empty Bottle" best display the sincerity and profound lyricism FenaxiZ is known for while the smooth "Queen (feat. August Rigo)" and posse-cut "Go For Broke (feat. Alex Dimez & Wylie)" serve as prime examples of his throwback flow. Production is provided by AmiR, Anonymous Twist, Incise, Jobe Wan Kenobi, The Quarter Inch Kings, and royceBIRTH as they fuse soul, jazz, and funk samples with neck-breaking boom-bap drums.
Equipped with an old school delivery and poetic insight, FenaxiZ commands the microphone with an honesty and bravado rarely seen. As a golden child of east Toronto, he became known for vividly depicting intricate inner-city life narratives through densely-layered multi-syllabic rhyme schemes on "The Audiobiography" EP (2004) and "The Strongest Link" mixtape (2006). In 2012, FenaxiZ returns with the "Vintage" album in which he effortlessly weaves through tracks with a mature outlook, sentimental reflection, Filipino militancy, and utmost reverence for the Hip-Hop culture that raised him.
Matty is currently in the process of completeing the sequal to his best recieved work to date "Mr Nice Guy" which is titled "Mr. Nice Guy 2" (Cleaver huh). While you patiently wait on the release of that album, Matty decided to release some new visuals today. The song is called "Look How Far" and was heard on his album "That Moment" which was released in July of 2011. Produced by Goodwill who is based in Vancouver, "Look How Far" touches on the fact that sometimes you must look back and be proud of what you've accomplished regardless of how far you have to go. "Mr Nice Guy 2" should be out by September and is shaping up to be Matty's best work yet. With features from Dizz, Tope, Luck-One and much more, it is definately something to look forward to. Matty will be releasing additional visuals to coincide with the release. Enjoy these new visuals for now and stay tuned . . .
Senor Kaos Performing FRIDAY July 27th w/ Stalley @ THE LOFT!
What's going on party people. Just a friendly reminder... This Friday night July 27th, 2012 STALLEY (MMG) Live In Concert Along with myself Señor Kaos and some of ATL's finest: Jarren Benton, Stanza, Methuzullah, Mighty Network, & Jay Prime @ The Loft 1374 West Peachtree Street (At the corner of 17th & W. Peachtree) Early Show. Doors open at 8pm. Show starts at 9pm.
Hosted by Fort Knox. Music by DJ Kerosene. Tickets $15 @ (theloftatl). Doors at 8pm. See you there.