LA emcee Radioinactive dons yet another of Quincy Jones' old suits in the Owen Smith-directed video for "Bury Me Standing", a song from his new album The Akashic Record. Radio was part of Log Cabin, the '90s crew that included a young Murs and Eligh. Rolling Stone and URB co-signed him soon after he rapped as a goat on "Farmer's Market Of The Beast" from producer Omid's 1998 compilation Beneath The Surface, also featuring Dilated Peoples and Freestyle Fellowship. He dropped the solo albums Pyramidi, Free Kamal and Soundtrack To A Book. He collaborated with his crew Shape Shifters on Shape Shifters Was Here, and Daedelus and Busdriver on The Weather, and recently returned from three months traveling the Sahara Desert with a band of Tuaregs.
Free Download: Gensu Dean - "Lo-Fi Finghaz Instrumentals"
Armed with a dusty SP-1200 and equally weathered records, Gensu Dean made a splash in the indie rap scene with his debut LP Lo-Fi Fingahz on Mello Music Group. The record was an uncompromising modern display of tradition—hardcore MC’s over hardcore beats, plain and simple. The project was a proud beacon for the old guard, a proclamation that hip-hop can grow but the roots will always be the foundation. Now Gensu and MMG are dropping the instrumentals.
Devoid of the MC’s that originally blessed the project, the instrumental version of Lo-Fi Fingahz tells the same story with a different strategy. Classic boom-bap is still at the forefront, but without bars over the beats the listener is left to dive further into the sonic structure of the tracks. The LP takes on more of a contemplative tone and the intricacies in The Grand Imperial’s production can stand out without distraction. You can notice just how hypnotic a quarter-bar guitar loop can be on “Block Prenup” or zone out to the eerie piano on “There You Have It.” At times a chop may bring to mind Premo or Marley Marl or a loop may be a reminder of the legacy of Extra P, Gensu Dean makes it crystal clear as to what class of hip-hop he belongs in.
This week Ben Boogz is signing off on his funky mega beat campaign with a consistent break sample orchestra and humorous soundbytes to accompany them. This week's Boogz beat doesn't carry heavy or dark undertones of a pulled pork sandwich but rather the lightness and sweetness of the grilled watermelon slice or some saute'ed veggies in a lil soy sauce and some citrusy splash. So there you have it, a 9 minute soundtrack for your 4th of July Celebration and early too. So you can give it your approval rating and stamp.
Ben Boogz is known in his circle for his excellent black bean salsa and for preparing bright festive meals for holidays and birthdays. Always watching their health and avoiding any sort of heavy sodium infusion, Boogz's family learned tasty substitutes for salts. So you can ask artists like Fresh Daily, Likwuid, P.so the Earthtone King, L.i.f.e. Long to Homeboy Sandman how Boogz's food is a feel good sensation post consumption sans meat sweats and alarming heart palpitations.
His style and finesse in the kitchen translate into his music production. His ear for samples like his knack for ingredients and spices. Well let's call this post a Trader Joe's sampling station, go get a taste. http://2hungrybros.bandcamp.com .
01. POP Produced by DJ Low Cut and Mixed by EQ 02. Guns Theme Featuring Celph Titled, Ruste Juxx & DJ Revolution Produced and Mixed by Astronote 03. Wild Out NOW Produced by Murdoc and Mixed by EQ 04. Promises Featuring Hannibal the Great (formerly of Ice Water) Produced by DJ Rybe and Mixed by Oxydz of Grim Reaperz 05. The Grim Reaperz Featuring Adlib, Main Flow, Diabolic, Blacastan & GQ nothin' pretty Produced by Grim Reaperz and Mixed by Oxydz of Grim Reaperz 06. Who You? Produced by Marco Polo and Mixed by Joe Nardone 07. WTF Happened? Featuring GQ nothin' pretty & DJ Revolution Produced by D.A.N for Soulslicers Beatmakers and Mixed by Soulslicers 08. The Life Featuring Block McCloud, Tug McRaw & Sha Stimuli Produced and Mixed by Astronote 09. Wake Up Featuring Murdoc, GQ nothin' pretty & DJ Revolution Produced by JBL The Titan and Mixed by Oxydz of Grim Reaperz 10. This Ain't Gonna Work Featuring DJ Revolution Produced by Diamond Legit and Mixed by EQ 11. BEAST (Part 2) Featuring Saigon, Ruste Juxx & Sean P Produced by Viktor Ax and Mixed by Janne Jutila 12. Nothing Featuring Cappadonna (Wu Tang Clan) & GQ nothin' pretty Produced by Misanthropist and Mixed by EQ 13. Watch Out Featuring General Steele (Smif N Wessun), Esoteric, Godilla, Ali Armz, Jus Allah & Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks) Produced and Mixed by Astronote
D-Pryde f/ Bun B - "Hometown Hero" + "FLAGSHIP" MIXTAPE
With over 50 million YouTube views, D-Pryde is the incredible 18-year-old Canadian rapper/singer. This Toronto Filipino artist likes to refer to his music as "hip-pop" for his infectious singing melodies intertwined with his clever lyrical delivery. Fresh off his critically acclaimed mixtape Flagship is Hometown Hero featuring Bun B.
50 Cent was in a bad accident [early this morning] as his bullet-proof SUV was rear-ended by a Mack truck on the LIE in NYC. He was put on a stretcher and taken to the nearest Queens hospital where they are currently running test on his neck and back. His driver is also currently in the hospital as the SUV almost flipped over. The truck driver reportedly told police his loaded shifted and lost control of the vehicle.
"This is the kind of material that satisfies us as a record label and as fans. Sounding like he's busting out his best bars obscured in a cloud of smoke, unique and original emcee Ralph Rip Sh!t features on P.L.O.'s serious banger and new single Hold That, taking you deeper into P's sonic landscapes. Is this Ralph's finest moment? Sounds like he caught the holy ghost and married some certified raw rap."
Last week, Phesto Dee, along with fellow Hiero Imperium artists Souls Of Mischief, Casual, and Pep Love, announced their Hiero Imperium Summer Tour 2012. On the tour, which kicks off later this summer, the Hiero crew will perform a mix of classics and new material, of which there is plenty of both, with new albums in 2012 from Tajai, Opio Pep Love, and Casual, in addition to Phesto Dee, who released his long-awaited debut album, Background Check, earlier this year. One of the new cuts from Phesto that fans can surely look forward to catching live is "ChampSwagger," and now, Phesto is excited to release a new visual for the single.
G. Huff and Vice Souletric have quickly become two of the most respected new Hip-Hop artists to come out the Midwest. The Ohio MC/Producer duo made waves in 2011 with their debut album, Where Do We Go From Here?, which featured a who's who of talent such as Guilty Simpson, REKS, Termanology, and more. In addition, Vice will have production on upcoming albums from Scarface, Reek Da Villian and others in 2012.
As a duo G.Huff and Vice are now set to follow up with a new EP, Are We There Yet?, a carefully crafted masterpiece packed with lyricism, soul, and energy. It’s a recipe the duo knows how to cook up so well! Not only do Huff and Vice receive the co-signs of hip hop legends Pete Rock and Scarface (who grace the intro track of Are We There Yet?), they create their own lane with an original sound that is unique yet universal enough for all to enjoy!
Here is the third leak from there Are We There Yet? EP