Video: Hip-Hop Jazz Group Us3 Release Never Go Back (ft KCB & Tukka)
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Us3 leapt out of the gate in 1993 with a confident, passionate and edgy vision that combined conscious hip-hop with performances by live jazz musicians, cemented together with a wealth of samples from Blue Note Records, its label at the time. The result was the group’s landmark debut album Hand on the Torch and its worldwide hit single “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia).”
Twenty years later, Us3, led by co-founder and bandleader Geoff Wilkinson, are readying their 9th album release, The Third Way. The latest disc harkens back to Hand on the Torch, explains Wilkinson, and represents a satisfying bookend to the first Us3 album. "I've used some classic jazz tracks as the basis for some of the songs – similar to what I did on Hand On The Torch (albeit this time with replayed “interpolations” rather than using samples). It’s the follow up album I never made at the time.” The album’s MC responsibilities are shared by a trio of rappers drawn from across Us3’s history, including Tukka, KCB and Akil Dasan.
Philly MC/Writer/Producer DICE RAW from the Legendary Roots Crew keeps it mad introspective, especially on "RUNAWAY", a melodic tale about young girls caught up in the life. He sings, he raps, and he teaches on this one - letting the masses know that Black men aren't the only ones trapped in the street life who need some direction.
HHV Exclusive: DJ Babey Drew Talks Chris Brown Retirement
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Anyone who watched the last season of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” should be very familiar with DJ Babey Drew. His ongoing relationship with DJ Traci Steele, as friends, co-parents, and business partners became one of the leading topics of the show this past season. DJ Babey Drew is also the official DJ for Chris Brown.
Big Play Ent Present - Push Play- Vlog Hosted By: Dj Black Bill Gates & Dj Big Tiny
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Atlanta, GA ~ It's no revelation that Atlanta has always been a mecca of hot Hip Hop music, spawning star after star and radio hit after radio hit. There must be something in the water. One of the independent labels continuuing to make waves is Big Play Entertainment (BPE) who are gearing up to drop a compilation project that will showcase exactly what their roster is made of.
With a mix of favs like R.L., Taylor J, Dose and Tae Bae Bae and hot newcomers like Nino G, Pink B*tchh, Coldheart, J. Alston, James London and Conrad Black, seasoned with cameos from Gucci Mane, Rocko, Lil Durk and Rich Homie Quan, all packaged together by DJ Black Bill Gates and DJ Big Tiny, "Just Push Play" has a lil something for everyone. No matter if your musical tatste buds gravitate towards lyrical rap, trap music or classic R&B, Big Play Entertainment has got you covered. For a sneak peak of just some of what this well-rounded roster is bringing to the table, just push play on this YouTube link and sit back and enjoy what's to come.
Canadian Winter continue their tradition of drawing inspiration directly from life experience with 'Choose One', a jazzy ode to (a lack of) patience in relationships. The single will appear on their 'The Snowball Effect' LP. Produced by Ka$hkaval and featuring live instrumentation by Haolin Munk. Various expressions of feminine indecision are provided Sara London.
Black Dave - Black Bart (Mixtape) f/ Bodega Bamz, Smoke DZA, Boldy James, RiFF RAFF and More!
After letting go several tracks and a music video for "Take It Back," Black Dave releases his latest project, Black Bart. The mixtape has guest appearances from Bodega Bamz, Smoke DZA, Boldy James, and RiFF RAFF. The majority of Black Bart's production comes from Shy Guy, but he is assisted behind the boards by Trapzillas, VeryRVRE, and Nick Catchdubs. The project takes advantage of its title by incorporating samples of scenes from the Simpsons television show.
The Cognac Tape from Hus Kingpin, co-starring Roc Marciano, hits stores today. Hus brings that fly vandal, spark it up, cognac drinking music. Pimpstead player Roc Marciano hosts and stars throughout The Cognac Tape, setting up the atmosphere before setting the bars on fire. Kick back, twist it up, and build with the Gods.
Like Snoop & Wiz, New Ara Says, Shout Out To My Weed Men
Already having the honor of performing at New York’s Time Square and in Atlanta at BET Hip Hop Awards, his growth potential as an artist is unbound. With the stage name “New Ara” this young man challenges conventional music boxes and creates his own style that is second to no one.
Culture is the second release from Chen Lo’s upcoming album, “Footprints”. This song is a celebration of Chen Lo’s complex culture and community. It addresses the tragedy and triumph that has influenced his life-journey and career. The song features his long time collaborator and friend Damaja D. Footprints is Chen Lo’s most recent full length releasw due out October 8th, 2013.