The timeless phrase "breaking up is hard to do" is the basis for Donwill's newest video for his song, "Can't Shake It Easy." The fourth visual to come from the Cincinnati-born, Brooklyn-based MC from Tanya Morgan stays true to the concept of his debut solo album, Don Cusack In High Fidelity, which is Donwill's musical interpretation of the cult classic film, High Fidelity. "The album is based on being in a state of perpetual pre-mid-life crisis," says Donwill. "Nothing in life will give you all the answers, but this album will help people find some of the answers they might be looking for."
Donwill explores the personal turmoil and regret of breaking up with his video for "Can't Shake It Easy." Following the release of his optimistic video for "Breathe," he enlisted the talents of Queens-based 5846 Productions to capture what a lonely guy does after leaving his girl. With the chorus questioning "Tell me what I need to take/ Cause maybe I need a drink, or two," Donwill is seen tossing back shots and gulping down Buds to try and numb the pain. But as he realizes in the video, sometimes burning all the depressing memories in an alley way is the only way to cope.
MP3: Kokayi - Chanticleer (Moombahton Remix) Prod. By Cam Jus
Burgeoning D.C. Genre Combines Dub-Step, Reggaeton, And More
Only a year ago in Washington D.C. DJ Dave Nada slowed down the track "Moombah" by DJ Chuckie & Silva Cuomo to 108 beats per minute. This alteration began to "sound like Reggaeton's weird little cousin," says fellow genre pioneer Cam Jus. Nada slammed the two words, Moombah and Reggaeton, together and a new genre was born. Moombahton, says track producer Cam Jus, is "mid-tempo global bass music for the universe. It's a sonic marriage of electronic dance music (House, Techno, and dubstep) with Latin/Island music." The Cam Just remix for Kokayi's "Chanticleer," one of the most lauded singles from his recent album, Robots & Dinosaurs, incorporates all the elements mentioned. The opening synth part even features 8-bit sounds while the reversed keyboard sets the tone for the remixed track. For Kokayi, a DC native himself who actually first heard about the genre last year while at a hotel in France, branching out into new and innovative genres is key. "Innovation, being the key tenet of hip-hop music, has always inspired," explains Kokayi, "which results in me trying to incorporate new sounds and styles it into what I do, filtered through my own circumstances."
Les Nubians, consisting of Paris-born sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart, return to the world stage today with the release of their third album, Nü Revolution, via Shanachie Entertainment. The Grammy nominated duo delivers a relentlessly enchanting and energized mix of R&B, hip-hop, African music and other world elements that can be streamed in full at AOL Music and MSN Music.
Les Nubians also premiered a video for the funky dance track “Afrodance” today. The song celebrates hairstyles as an expression of personal style and cultural identity.
" After meeting brothers and sisters from all over the world and overstanding the hardships we endure to persevere, I had no choice but to write this for my people. I wanted it to feel like a sobering cup of black coffee." - AKIR
We're finally back from the "New World Culture Tour" which, by the way, was a great success! Thanks to all of you who made it out; and for those who did not, we brought you back a few treats and will be giving you a full recap soon!
First off, we give you new visuals for "Raincheck!" The video (below) was directed by John Mazyck and comes courtesy of our recently released Evil Christian Cop: The Great Mistapes which you can download HERE for free, if you have not already done so.
Below, we also have new music/visuals from Def Sound! Download "(A)Gain" and check out the new video for the first release of his upcoming sophomore album Anything: The Idea Machine. Def Sound's "(A)Gain" video was directed by Adam Tillman-Young for BangPop!
Also, check out footage from the New World Culture Tour's stop at The Key Club in Hollywood and stay tuned for more from J*DaVeY, Def Sound and the ILLAV8R team.
Thank you all for the love and support, New Designer Drug is on the way!
MP3: Esinchill - "Daddy Was A Sailorman" (prod. by Jake One)
Sophomore Album Release Celebrated With Release Of New Single
Unfortunate but true, absentee fathers have been a point of reference for countless hip-hop songs over the years. For Clear Label Records rapper Esinchill, though, who is celebrating the release of his sophomore album, Vigilante, an album that features the likes of Mistah F.A.B., Casual, Dave Hollister, and more, the focus is somewhat different. With his latest single, the Jake One-produced "Daddy Was A Sailorman," the Oakland emcee is instead shedding light on the other side of the story; the father who has put aside his own goals to focus on parenthood.
"Daddy Was A Sailorman" is a conceptual song that tells the story of a son and father who meet during a dream and begin to discuss the different life choices the father made and how those choices impacted their lives. "The inspiration for the song comes from me always admiring my dad and his willingness to put his own dreams and aspirations to the side and be accountable to the family he chose to start," says Esinchill, who also notes Edo G & The Bulldog's "Be A Father To Your Son" as an influence for his own song. Speaking to his father, 17 years old in the song, he talks about how "these Marshall, Texas walls are closing in" and instead of pursuing his passions or school, he joins the Navy. Accompanied by Jake One's mellow production and a soulful hook sung by Esinchill's father himself, he portrays a man confronted with a variety conflicts, including the decision to have kids. "It's one of many truths that you'll find on Vigilante," says Esinchill, "and they should be explored and discussed."
This is a brand new buzzing female rap group out of St. Louis and they go by the name June 5th. This is their new buzz record "Gwap Getta" that's gaining momentum right now. The record was produced by the homie Zaytoven so this one is banging from the STL down to the ATL. Feel free to post the record on all websites, blogs and media outlets.