The Hieroglyphics crew has long been heralded as one of the most consistent, talented crews in hip-hop, and while the credit in nearly all rap crews goes to the rappers, each crew has its own unsung hero's operating outside of the public eye. For Hiero, that behind-the-scenes operator is producer/DJ DJ Touré, who is now stepping firmly into the limelight with the release of his own album, Touré's Theory: Session One. The album will be released July 17th, as a joint venture between Clear Label Records and Touré's own 101% Music.
To celebrate the album announcement, Touré is excited to release the album's lead single, "She Like It," a track that features B-Legit and D-Lo. The song, co-produced by Grammy-winning producer Bobby Ozuna, has a classic West Coast bounce as Touré layers horn and guitar chops, a soulful concoction that manages to serve as a perfect match both for B-Legit's smooth baritone and D-Lo's frenetic, off-kilter flow.
Touré made this track with a specific goal in mind: bringing together the old and new guards of Bay Area hip-hop. "My inspiration for this song was to bring different styles and generations of hip-hop together on one track," explains Touré. "B Legit and D Lo had never been on a record together, even though we're all from the Bay and know each other."
@Hits02119 is prepping the release of his long awaited debut project "Orphan Life". With a release date of May 22nd, the Boston native was recently at HipHopRadioNow promoting the project when he dropped a freestyle.
MP3/News: Saukrates - "All The Way" Ft. Tasha The Amazon + Remix Contest
On August 28th, Saukrates will release his latest studio album, Season One, stateside. Already, Saukrates has given fans the video for lead single "Say I," in addition to pre-album mixtape, The Preseason Mix, and now Saukrates is excited to release the album's latest single, "All The Way." Accompanying the release of the single, Saukrates is also excited to announce an official remix contest for the track.
The song features Tasha The Amazon ("We met a few years ago, and musically, we're on the same wave-length," says Soxx), and for Saukrates, it was with the goal of empowering his listeners that he wrote the song. "I'm just a narrator for this song," he notes, "telling the story of two people who made it – their way, and all the way!"
Saukrates has been looking for the right opportunity to let fans and producers remix his music, and so, with "All The Way" being a song of empowerment, it was the perfect choice. "I think a lot of people, not only hip-hop fans, will enjoy this song," explains Saukrates. "I'm looking forward to having as many fans and artists involved as possible."
The contest, presented by Saukrates' label Frostbyte Media Inc., in conjunction with M-Audio and Exclaim.ca, will give budding producers the opportunity to remix Saukrates latest single, with winners receiving a collection of prizes from Pro Tools, M-Audio, and Saukrates himself. The contest closes on May 30th, and all contest rules and submission guidelines can be found here.
MP3: Red Eye Ft. Ruste Juxx, Reks, Reef The Lost Cauze, M-Dot, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Sha Stimuli, Nutso & Midaz
"Unfukwitable" is a New Single is taken from Red Eye's (The Closers) mixtape "St. Fatrick's Day" (Which dropped today). The track features some of the best spitters going bar for bar over a DJ Bless backdrop.
A few weeks back, billy woods celebrated the release of his latest album, History Will Absolve Me. As his first solo release in eight years, HWAM is an unapologetically dark and dense project, a collection of woods' most personal work to date that he refers to as "wholly uncompromising." And while most rappers shy away from bearing their soul, History Will Absolve Me shows that it's at woods' rawest when he's best.
"Blue Dream," the album's latest single, and the first since the release of his "Duck Hunt" video, is a perfect example of that. The song was premiered today by My Old Kentucky Blog, which hailed the track as a "claustrophobic gutcheck," an apt description for a song that, according to woods, was inspired by "the end of a long relationship, the movie Blue Valentine, and this period I went through where I seriously contemplated whether I wanted to quit smoking weed."
The beat, produced by Man Mantis, sets the mood with a hypnotic sample and reverb-heavy drums, aided along by singer L'Wren's haunting vocals on the song's chorus. woods, pulling from the concept of Blue Valentine, gives his take on a relationship, focusing only on the relationship's beginning and end. But even as things start smoothly, woods hints at issues, rapping, "I'm hoping you don't ask the wrong questions/ I really don't wanna start lying." The song takes a firm turn towards the darkness in the second verse, as woods raps, "So much unsaid/ We only keep it real when we're joking... Somewhere along the line/ We stopped trying and started going through the motions."
Flint, Michigan Emcee Jus Ra (@raforshort) has just released his newest project The Duality Complex, in collaboration with Michigan indie label Hi-Hill Recordings. After his highly praised mixtape Not Without Doubts (which is currently on sale on retail sites such asItunes.com, Napster.com and Amazon.com), Jus Ra’s newest EP will surely keep the much warranted hype going. Fresh from the True School of hip hop, Jus Ra’s rap poetics combined with A.P’s dope instrumentals are sure to make this one of your favourite gems of 2012. You can currently stream and download The Duality Complex over at hihillrecordings.com . If you are a lover of lyriciism, dope beats and real hip hop in general, this is a must have for your collection. The entire project has been produced by Hi-Hill Recording affiliate producer and Flint, Michigan native, A.P. (@ap1981)
Sabrina releases a new joint titled "Fallen Star" featuring Big V of Nappy Roots (you can credit it as featuring Nappy Roots if you'd like). This is from Sabrina's upcoming debut album released next week through WIDEawake Entertainment (the same company who bought Death Row Records for 18 Million) and E1 Music.
Miami, FL (May 2012) - For weeks the buzz out of just about everyone’s mouth, that has access to the internet, has been, “Who is J. Peguero?” and the answer to that question is surely being revealed to the world! J. Peguero’s latest release “GO”, has been taking over the internet and building momentum on radio airwaves across the U.S. throughout the month of April. With bloggers and music sites covering his progress and development, it’s hard to overlook the presence of J. Peguero. A combination of aggressive promotions and unique interactive experiences that have recently been launched in partnership with supporting radio stations, such as Arbitron Rated #1, 99 Jamz, in Miami, through their website www.wedr.com, makes it very apparent that J. Peguero is on a mission to reach fans and make an impact.