THICK7 proudly presents their debut music video, "WYHT", featuring G4's Alison Haislip and comedian Taryn Southern. Come along for a routine night on the town with Bownce, Daddy Longlegs, and DJ Ratif.
Loyalty Digital Corp strikes again, this time with the second single off Sadat X’ upcoming album New York entitled "I Know This Game". Produced by Local-Mu12 Member Real McKoy, this record is gritty and hits hard. The scratches provided by DJ Grouch fit the song perfectly, Point blank; Sadat X goes in on this one like the true veteran he is. One of a very select few to record with both Biggie & Jay-Z it is safe to say when you see the title "I Know This Game" you better believe him. The single is a free download and includes a Digital Booklet with pictures from a Sadat X Photo shoot done by Producer/Photographer JFR (Producer of “We In New York”).
"Side Wets" the latest from Vancouver, British Columbia producer REL!G!ON wasinspired by long walks at the beach under a starry night while being caressed by a soft and gentle wind. REL!G!ON has been busy producing new music featuring Planet Asia, Rogue Venom, Jasiri X, Rhymefest, Brother Ali, Tristate and others.
"Connecticut emcees, Illus and Apathy join forces to create a True-School HipHop anthem that combines hard-hitting, Boom-Bap production (by Apathy) with their signature lyrical fire that illustrates their love, passion, and dedication for the art and culture as well as their gift and ability to write powerful songs with substance, heart and soul. The Legendary DJ Johnny Juice from Public Enemy lays down the scratches making it very clear that these talented emcees will be here "Forever". Play this loud!"
"My new mixtape is pure Hip-Hop!" Memphis born rapper TMack said with a grin during a recent studio session after he wrapped up his highly anticipated project, "Karma".
One of the South's fastest rising Hip-Hop stars, TMack, born Terence Duan Jones (1987), is thrilled to announce the release of "Karma" (hosted by DJ Rocksteddy), spearheaded by the blazing hit single "Not A Superhero", which already received more than 40,000 YouTube views on TMack's official Vevo channel.
"The concept of 'Karma' is that you get back what you put out. Everything in life is an entire cycle of cause and effect. This project was necessary for me as an artist and my music because I'm not glorifying things like many other rappers so I have a message, especially for the young minds who get influenced very easy by the wrong things in Hip-Hop."
Although his rap moniker may not quite yet be a household name in the Hip-Hop circuit, make no mistake because Memphis, Tennessee born rapper/producer TMack is definitely no stranger to the game.
Being the protégé of southern Hip-Hop star MJG from the infamous rap collective 8Ball & MJG, TMack produced countless hit records for the duo and both, him and MJG, launched the label Space Age Entertainment.
Southern Hip-Hop legend and TMack's mentor MJG says, "I started Space Age Entertainment with the intentions of being able to create music and entertainment for people who are passionate about quality entertainment. T-Mack has been under my wing for the last few years and has really listened to and trusted and believed this vision along with me."
Having worked with notable Hip-Hop stars such as 8Ball & MJG, Young Buck, Slim of 112, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Boo & Gotti, and Memphis emcee Don Trip, TMack simply has the DNA of a hit producer and formula to cook up heat in the studio, which you can witness on his new mixtape.
"'Karma' is the title of T-Mack's mixtape. You should expect good songs and quality music that will stand the test of time. Look for future projects that I am currently working on… my mixtape is coming soon and I'm also working on a movie. T-Mack will also be a part of my production team for the movie soundtrack and do a cameo in the movie. On that note I will leave you all with my Space Age phrase, 'Space Age Ent.: Where today is yesterday and tomorrow is today'," MJG added.
"Karma" is full of personal experiences and struggles with lyrics and beats that compliments each other perfectly. His music blends his distinct southern style over hard-hitting and soulful beats. The mixtape is sure to stir up the social networks and Hip-Hop websites and TMack will soon be a familiar and household name in the nationwide Hip-Hop game.
GZA "Liquid Swords" CHESS BOX 2-CD Reissue July 24th
* 2-CD deluxe reissue includes working mini chess set, 20-page liner notes booklet (with input from GZA), plus never-before-available full album instrumentals *
See GZA performing Liquid Swords in its entirety this summer: JUNE 9 at Bonnaroo and JUNE 14 as at Northside Festival in Brooklyn. More live dates TBA.
GZA Liquid Swords “Chess Box” 2-CD set features (Get On Down Masters Series):
- Working chess-set: chess board printed directly onto inner-lining of box, with mini chess pieces included
- Disc One: full original 14-track Liquid Swords album (remastered from original source tapes)
- Disc Two: original Liquid Swords album instrumentals (first time ever released, remastered from original source tapes)
- 20-page in-depth liner notes booklet, written by Chris Faraone, featuring input from GZA and artwork from original Liquid Swords album and promotional singles
- Street date (North America): July 24
At the peak of his powers as a producer in the mid-‘90s, Wu-Tang mastermind RZA crafted a distinctive soundtrack at his basement studio in Staten Island. This haunting landscape of dusty samples, sharp snares and menacing urban gloom – culled from the Japanese film “Shogun Assassin” as well as wide-ranging R&B and funk sources – would soon become a pillar of hip-hop history. These sounds were to become GZA’s 1995 sophomore classic, Liquid Swords – considered by many to be the ultimate Wu-Tang Clan solo album. 17-years later, it’s impossible to debate or deny the album’s legendary status, still standing up to any release that has come out in the rap pantheon, before or since.
Cerebral and precise with his words like a shaolin swordsman, GZA crystallized a range of influences, from chess to kung-Fu and mob films to Eastern philosophy. The album features appearances by the entire Wu-Tang Clan, including the memorable debut of Killah Priest on “B.I.B.L.E.”
As GZA explains in the “Chess Box” liner notes, as told to writer Chris Faraone: “The music was solely [RZA’s] vision,” GZA says of his cousin, who recorded the project in his basement apartment on Staten Island. “I see him as an equal partner in this endeavor. RZA was sitting on a goldmine of music that was just waiting for lyrics.”
Selwyn Seyfu Hinds stated in The Source upon the album’s release in 1995: “Let these numbers put things in perspective: 1 year, 4 solo albums from a nine-man crew, 60-plus tracks from one producer, over 2 million units moved. Now Liquid Swords, the long-awaited release from Genius [GZA], puts the cap on a period that will certainly be remembered as a definitive hip-hop moment.”
After the success of its Ol’ Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers deluxe edition wallet / ID card reissue from 2011, Get On Down’s “Masters Series” is proud to unveil the latest in its painstakingly-crafted Wu-Tang Clan reissue line. Housed in a sturdy, wrapped hard-board, two-piece box, this sumptuous edition of Liquid Swords spans across 2-CDs. Disc One contains the official album version while Disc Two contains the full album instrumentals, available for the first time ever. Both discs have been completely restored with remastered audio from the original source tapes.
As with all Get On Down “Masters Series” deluxe releases, this Liquid Swords “Chess Box” set is packaged with an array of extras, including: in-depth 20-page liner notes booklet with GZA interview by Chris Faraone; inner jackets and dust sleeves with artwork from the original LP release and promotional singles; and, most impressively, a full mini chess set, which can be played on a chess board printed directly on the inner lining of the box cover.
To complement the 2-CD “chess box,” Get On Down is releasing the album instrumentals on vinyl in separate packaging as a double-LP set, with one black vinyl, one white vinyl, and silk-screened jackets by ANTI design.
Get On Down will announce details closer to the July 24 release date, but there will also be a special, very limited edition silk-screened 24” x 24” black and white print (by ANTI design) available only for those purchasing CD *and* LP editions on the label’s soon-to-be-relaunched website.
Whether you are new to the majesty of GZA and Liquid Swords or a Wu disciple who purchased the cassette in 1995 and wore it out, you will find plenty to enjoy in this stunning and reverent deluxe edition.
Video: Voice Presents "CuTZ" ft. Pudge, Saddi Khali
New Orleans emcee Voice presents CuTZ, 11 tracks that showcase the many styles of the Los Angeles transplant with the sultry, striking flow best known for her work on French trip-hop producer Wax Tailor's 2007 silver-certified Decon release Hope & Sorrow as well as her 2006 album Gumbo (PTR/Featherperm). CuTZ presents original beats from the likes of Low End Theory regular P.U.D.G.E., Belgian veteran DJ Grazzhoppa and Canadian astronaut Moonstarr side by side with repurposed instrumentals from The Doppelgangaz, Lex Luger and more.