Hip-Hop group Zion I continue to forge new ground musically on their latest LP Shadowboxing, a beat-heavy hip-hop album decidedly grittier than past projects. Always pushing the literal—and figurative—needle forward, the duo, consisting of emcee Zumbi and producer Amp Live, have once again created something experimental and heartfelt. Shadowboxing features guests such as Bassnectar, Grouch and Eligh, Collie Buddz and Goapele.
Mike Beatz is a Jamaican hip-hop artist, producer and writer and his production resume includes T-Pain’s "Reborn", Capone N Noreaga’s "Bring It Here", Trina’s "Rich Girl" and many more. In 2009, he stared a side project (Wizard Sleeve) with a close friend and frequent collaborator Lex One and one of their first releases “Me Plus You” released on Southern Fried Records (owned by fatboy slim) went on to be re-released on Ministry Of Sound as the smash hit "Riverside (Let's Go)" in 2010.
"Riverside" went on to sell over 96,000 copies in its first week topping the iTunes sales charts and landing #1 on the charts. Due to this success, they were able to tour for two-years, building a strong international fan base and during that period of time we were blessed enough to work with top tier artists such as: Deadmau5, Diplo & Switch (Major Lazer), Dev, Tinie Tempah, Sway, S.A.S, Professor Green & others.
In 2011 while on tour overseas with Wizard Sleeve, Mike Beatz released an independent solo-LP entitled Boom Bap with Norwegian producer Adonis. The solo-project was an ode to the classic sound and featured guest appearances from Guilty Simpson, Royce Da 5'9, AZ, Termanology, Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli & Wrekonize (¡MAYDAY!) and received 36,000 downloads in its first month and got placements on top sites such as XXL, Hip Hop Dx, Nah Right and even getting spins from DJ Premier on his radio show.
Mike Beatz is back and is releasing a new music video for his self produced track "Heaven." Shot in the everglades of Florida, Beatz teams up with director Noel Rosado on this eerie cinematic visual.
Here are the official bloopers and deleted scenes from the Perfeck Strangers short film, "Work To Do"!
Directed by Andre Rehal ("Ghetto"), shot by Xenzo and edited by XCON of Will X Movement ("Stay Me", "True To You"), the "Work To Do" music video is the fourth from the musical tag-team of Perfeck Strangers and their debut album on URBNET Records, "Series Premiere".
New Moonshine Bandits Available from Suburban Noize Records
Courtesy Kerosene Media.
Since the release of their genre bending album “Whiskey & Women” on Suburban Noize Records, California based Moonshine Bandits have taken the world of outlaw music by storm. The group's blue-collar work ethic and unwavering persistence has allowed them to rack over 6 million views on YouTube, while their video for "My Kind Of Country” peaked at the #1 spot on legendary country video channel CMT, beating out major label artists like Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban. The Moonshine Bandits’ intoxicating musical mixture of hip-hop and country is winning over fans of every genre and allowed them to simultaneously hit Billboard’s Rap chart at No. 44, Current Country chart at No. 65, and No. 54 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart.
As a thank you to their loyal "Shiner" fan base for all their support, Moonshine Bandits have assembled a the "Whiskey & Women: Deluxe Shiner Edition" a 2-disc CD/DVD set for release on December 4th. The album is packed with 16 slamming tracks and five smoking new songs The Bandits entered the studio to record for this exclusive collection. To aid them the Moonshine Bandits enlisted some of the biggest outlaws in the scene to create some intoxicating musical chemistry. Rehab's Danny Boone jumped in the studio to lay down some Southern soul on the new Shiner anthem "Dive Bar Beauty Queen", the Bandits load up on "Shotgun Shells & Shine", while Paradime from the Kid Rock band give the fingers to detractors on "Addicted", and hick-hop outlaw Big Smo spits straight 151 on "Hell Raisin' Country".
In addition to the smoking new songs, the "Whiskey & Women: Deluxe Shiner Edition" is packaged with an exclusive DVD of all the Moonshine Bandits music videos. The DVD features the videos for "Get Loose", "For The Outlawz" featuring country superstar Colt Ford, "My Kind of Country", "Super Goggles", "Shine With Me", and the brand new video for "Dive Bar Beauty Queen" featuring adult superstar Tera Patrick.
Just as he did with his break-out solo mixtape, Premier Politics, Sir Michael Rocks released a revamped and entirely new companion piece to Lap Of Lux; Lap Of Lux 1.5, which features collaborations with Harry Fraud, his Cool Kid brethren Chuck Inglish and Cardo.
In addition to the release of Lap Of Lux 1.5 yesterday, this weekend MTV is exclusively premiering a video for another Lap Of Lux standout “Reservations” which features G.O.O.D. Music signee Teyena Taylor.
MONSTERS, the lead single from Mad Dukez and Fresh Kils, has garnered over 10,000 viewers on YouTube, so if you haven't seen it yet, take a look. If you have, watch it again, comment on it, or share it with a friend on Facebook or Twitter.
MONSTERS is the debut effort from Mad Dukez and Fresh Kils -- and precursor to they're highly anticipated album Gettin' Gatsby'd. It's on iTunes for only $2.99, so go ahead and download it today.
Minneapolis emcee and producer, Prhym8, is one of our favorite people. He hit the road with Mad Dukez earlier this year, and the two of them decided to throw together some tracks to create a unique mix of underground hip hop. From Buffalo, NY to Minneapolis, MN these two came together to make quite the slapper of a mixtape, and they called it Fresh Cut Grass. Some of the songs were recorded days before the two set off to tour the Midwest. Fresh stuff!
Hieroglyphics x Flud are proud to announce the release of the Classic Series Watch, which features the widely recognized Hieroglyphics logo featured on the face of the watch. Available now for the holiday season, this limited edition watch (only 150 pieces produced) is 44mm in size, water resistant to 3 ATM, and comes packaged in a polycarbonate case with additional logo hits.
"When I was 14 and bought 93 til Infinity on wax, I remember opening the blue vinyl and immediately falling in love with one of my favorite albums ever," says Flud CEO Doug Cohen. "Staring at me on that vinyl was the Hiero logo- its an honor to be able to have such an iconic logo on one of our watches 20 years later"
Del spoke in an interview with SF Weekly back in 2000 about the Hiero logo he invented, saying: "I never thought it would get this big [...] I think slowly but surely people are starting to pay attention to us." Almost 13 years later, approaching Hieroglyphics' 20th year anniversary, the Hiero logo serves as a representation of third eye vision, a symbol for infinity, and an icon that pays homage to Hip Hop music from a collective that has become one of the most recognized Hip Hop groups to emerge from the 90's.
The "Meet The Crew" video series spotlights the crew and giving a unique personal perspective from each of the guys. Part 1 spotlights Phesto, Del, & Tajai each giving a one-on-one message to the camera. Phesto gives a tour of the "Hieroglyphics Lab", an Oakland landmark, and speaks about the spirituality behind the "third eye." Del talks about his use of technology to create music, and how it has helped him be able to create music no matter where he is. And lastly, Tajai brings us back to the past and recounts some rarely heard before memories and good times spent in Berkeley, ending with poignant thoughts about Hiero's legacy for future generations.