Here is Part 3 of Zed Zilla's Road to Riches documentary! In this segment, we travel with team CMG to St. Louis, Missouri for some throwed rolls and vibrant fans! We also wax philosophical with Yo Gotti, so tune in and turn on!
Earlier this month, producers Stu Bangas & Vanderslice announced their new collaborative album, Diggaz With Attitude. The album, being released August 28th via Man Bites Dog Records, will include features from Ill Bill, Vinnie Paz, Esoteric, Celph Titled, Blaq Poet, and just the other week, Stu & Vander released the video for the album's lead single, "The Gusto" which features Apathy, The Alchemist, Evidence, and Roc Marciano.
Today, Stu Bangas & Vanderslice, in conjunction with 2dopeboyz, are excited to give fans a pre-album mixtape, Brutal Blends. The mixtape, which includes a number of previously released tracks, in addition to a handful of blends courtesy of Dusty Gems, also features a collection of exclusive tracks, with features coming from Planet Asia, Wais P, Ill Bill, Vast Aire, Action Bronson, and more.
The tape was put together by Stu Bangas, who wanted to use the tape as a tool to point new fans back to some of the producers' previous work. "We wanted to release some songs we had produced that were under the radar," explains Stu Bangas, while Vander notes that it was actually the work of Dusty Gems that sparked the initial idea for the tape. "I saw that Dusty Gems was doing blends with beats that Stu and I had already released," he recalls. "From there, Dusty and Stu built the idea, and when they brought it to me, I thought it was interesting – something different."
Brutal Blends Track List: 01) "Intro" (Prod. By Stu Bangas) 02) Planet Asia – "No More Mr. Nice Guy" (Prod. By Vanderslice) EXCLUSIVE 03) Juju Blend (Prod. By Stu Bangas) Blend by Dusty Gems 04) Wais P – "Run up on ya Bitch" (Prod. By Stu Bangas) EXCLUSIVE 05) Big Noyd and Prodigy Blend (Prod. By Vanderslice) Blend by Dusty Gems 06) Ill Bill – "Deathwish" (Snippet) (Prod. By Stu Bangas) EXCLUSIVE 07) Apathy, Blacastan and Motive – "Mud Duckin" (Prod. By Vanderslice) 08) Nas and AZ – "Life's a Bitch" (Prod. By Stu Bangas) Blend by Dusty Gems 09) Vast Aire and Karniege – "Brutal Sequence" (Prod. By Stu Bangas) EXCLUSIVE 10) Wais P – "Do You Abuse It" (Prod. By Stu Bangas) EXCLUSIVE 11) Apathy Ft. Action Bronson – "All Day I" (Prod. By Vanderslice) 12) Intermission (Prod. By Stu Bangas) 13) Outerspace – "Behead the Kings" (Prod. By Vanderslice) 14) M.O.P. – "World Famous" (Prod. By Stu Bangas) Blend by Dusty Gems 15) Copywrite Ft. Roc Marciano, Evidence & Casual – "Golden State of Mind" (Prod. By Vanderslice) 16) Blaq Poet Ft. Meyhem Lauren – "Hood Talk (Remix)" (Prod. By Stu Bangas) 17) AZ – "City of God" (Prod. By Stu Bangas) Blend by Dusty Gems 18) Apathy Ft. Xzibit – "The Recipe" (Prod. By Stu Bangas) 19) Reef the Lost Cauze – "Black Lung Rap" (Snippet) (Prod. By Vanderslice) EXCLUSIVE
Music Submission: KnoeFM - FourthMove. (Free Download)
Australian emcee KNOE FM returns with a new project called FourthMove. FourthMove. is the follow up to Four Moves that KNOE FM delivered last year.
FourthMove. refers to defeating an opponent in a game of chess with just Four Moves. KNOE FM channels Bobby Fischer and presents his four move fatal blow and recruits lethal rhyme sayer Skyzoo, Substance and Sonnyjim. The production is handled by boompap specialists Kelakovski and Alpanumeric.
Today, 40Love is excited to celebrate the release of their new album, Dreams Don't Sleep. The album, which is available through iTunes and can also be streamed in full via SoundCloud, is being released in conjunction with famed Bay Area skateboard brand FTC, with the two also coming together for a collaborative t-shirt that will be released in the coming weeks. Now, following a successful European tour – and with a hometown album/shirt release party at FTC's flagship store in San Francisco scheduled for August 11th – 40Love is releasing the video for "Tiki Tiki" featuring Zumbi of the legendary Bay duo Zion I.
The video, directed by John Coyne, is for the album's latest single, the mp3 of which the Bay Area group released last week. The video was shot in San Francisco's famed Chinatown district, a fitting choice for the visual, since, as 40Love recently noted, the song (including the track's hook and the Far East-inspired production) riffs off the classic children's story Tiki Tiki Tembo. If the song sounds familiar, it might be because you heard a sample of it used on the title track of Bassnectar's Wildstyle EP.
The group was also exited to work with Zion I emcee Zumbi. "It's been dope working with him because we all grew up bumpin' Zion I as a Bay classic," says 40Love. "Now, we've been able to build with him on shows and recordings - he's an inspiring artist in his performance, music and message." The song is a clever play on the children's story, Tiki Tiki Tembo, with the hook comprised of the very long ancient Chinese name used in the book. Tag-team producers Mikos and The Whooligan turned out a heavy, Far East-inspired beat for "Tiki Tiki," while Miss Haze, G-OFF, and Zumbi verbally dance all over it.
While T.S.A. (True Sun Ali) is preparing for the filming of his "Party People" video, the Brooklyn MC is unleashing one more track from The Candidate Mixtape: Business & Politricks! This is "Gotta Get It" produced by Vinny Idol of D-Block, which is also currently available on iTunes!
Points: "Ol' Man Winter" will be released on July 24, 2012, on Peanuts & Corn Records, marketed and distributed by URBNET.
The first single, "Ol' Man WInter", is available in music video form on youtube.
Biography: If you wanted to sound something like John Smith, you would have to work at it. You would have to grow up broke in Winnipeg's gritty north end. You would have to spend time in Churchill, Manitoba, on the frigid shores of the Hudson Bay. You would love rap as a young teen, skip school, smoke weed, and get into trouble. You would have to spend time with Farm Fresh and fermented reptile, and acquire that legendary do-it-yourself ethic from Peanuts & Corn head mcenroe. You would have to enter battles and win them, again and again. You would have to read Dostoyevsky. You would have to have a chip on your shoulder and a huge belief in yourself. You would have to tour Canada back and forth for gas money. You would have to release solo albums (Blunderbus - 2001, Pinky's Laundromat - 2004, Growing Pains - 2006), as well as group LPs as Park-Like Setting (with mcenroe and Yy), Break Bread, Hip-Hop Wieners (with Pip Skid), and more.
Even if you did all that, I doubt you would be as good as John Smith. You can't write like he does.
His new album, "Ol' Man Winter", is where he finds that balance. The balance between intellect and street, sensitive and hardcore. The balance between raw skill and great songwriting. Its 14 tracks, produced entirely by mcenroe, feature a maturity and wit 30 years in the making. The album features guests Pip Skid, Yy, and Birdapres, and continues the tradition of excellence that fans have come to expect from Peanuts & Corn.