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The Hip-Hop Shop #121 w/ Chaz Kangas




It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. This episode our special guest is the one and only Chaz Kangas. We talk about growing up in the Twin Cities, the joys of a New York bagel, his latest album A Personal Reference, discuss how influential the late great Eyedea was in hip-hop, and much more! If you like the show or have some feedback follow me on Twitter @angrymarks. Artists please send your podsafe music and advertising requests to dj.flash@rapreviews.com. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to get your free download of A Personal Reference on Bandcamp, follow @chazraps on Twitter, add him on Facebook and if you're in New York he'll be at Crash Mansion on May 24th!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Chaz Kangas & Mac Lethal - Scrambled Eggs
* Chaz Kangas & J57 - June-to-Labor Day

Video: iLL-Literacy "Gentleman's Kool-Aid"


From Audible Treats:

Video: iLL-Literacy "Gentleman's Kool-Aid"

iB4the1 Trailer: The Process from ill-literacy.

Conjuring the power for the 90's kid, iLL-Literacy breaks out with "Gentleman's Kool-Aid," a music video that stretches DIY to the limits. Featuring a hand-made nightclub diorama, action figures from their parents' garages, and hallucinogenic red vines growing wild in the Grand Canyon, the video (shot mostly on a passe 8mm camcorder) is juxtaposed with reinterpreted 16-bit throwbacks that become increasingly psychedelic. The song, "Gentleman's Kool-Aid," questions the concept of manhood through conjured ego, adding another layer to the musicians' representation of their experience coming of age at the same time as the internet.

iLL-Literacy is a band that explores new concepts of music and performance by promoting imagination as a means to connect entertainment, education, and politics. Moonlighting between stages at SXSW in Austin, Cornell University in New York, and the New Organizing Institute in Washington DC, the band is dedicated to shedding light on the power of creative approaches to a crumbling music industry, a failing school system, and a cynical political climate.

"Gentleman's Kool-Aid" is filmed and directed by iLL-Literacy and Karen Lum (director of the Emmy Award winning short film "Slip of the Tongue") with special effects and editing by Mandel Lum of Shia Productions.

MP3: Eminem f/ Royce Da 5'9" - "Fast Lane"


From M3W:

MP3: Eminem f/ Royce Da 5'9" - "Fast Lane"

* http://www.mp3waxx.com/jobfolders/eminemfastlane/blast-page.html *

Video: Random - "Life After Lesson Plans, Episode 2"


From Random a/k/a Mega Ran:

Video: Random - "Life After Lesson Plans, Episode 2"

That was quick! Well only because I'm taking a trip to Vegas this week, but Episode 2 is all done and ready for your viewing pleasure.

In this episode I get a lot of really good advice...whether I take it remains to be seen.

Check out Episode 2 of Life After Lesson Plans:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrRrIs7GtSk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Video: Doom Man f/ Seyi Shay - "Celebrate Life Part II"


From 730Promo:

Video: Doom Man f/ Seyi Shay - "Celebrate Life Part II"

Hiphop sensation, Doom Man, is set to cause a stir again this summer. His last track Don't Talk To Me became a club hit, being played from 1Xtra to Choice FM in London and on many stations and clubs across the UK. The last 12 months have seen Doom support acts such as Omarion, Jagged Edge and previously De La Soul. His current track is a dancefloor hit in London's Leicester Square with Doom performing live sets over the last few weeks.

Celebrate Life Part II featuring Seyi Rock and produced by Yellow Man made its 1st air play on DJ Target 1xtra show as the Targo Embargo and will be available on iTunes on Monday 30th May 2011.

Video: The Freeze Tag (Bisco Smith & C.W.L.) - "The Voices"


From Audible Treats:

Video: The Freeze Tag (Bisco Smith & Cassettes Won't Listen) - "The Voices"

Diving deeper into their soon-to-be released five-song musical/art collaborative concept EP, Hamster KidThe Freeze Tag, the duo comprised of Los Angeles producer Cassettes Won't Listen and Brooklyn emcee Bisco Smith, is releasing the latest visual installment from the project. The video is the second of five videos from the EP - there will be one video for each track, in addition to three exclusive remixes - each working together to tell the story of Hamster Kid, an everyman's underdog who embarks on a quest in search for freedom from life's restrictions and limitations.

The music video for "The Voices," created, like all five videos from the EP, by world renowned street artist Bishop 203 and director Mike Vidoli, begins the story for viewers. While the EP's previous video, for "The Hustle," incorporated bits and pieces, both lyrically and visually, from each of the four tracks to follow, "The Voices" is the track that begins the story for listeners, and thus the video offers a striking visual accompaniment as Hamster Kid begins his journey. With Cassettes Won't Listen behind the boards, building tension and setting an eerie tone, the visuals depict Hamster Kid, trapped in an underground world and facing a host of ominous and threatening characters as Bisco's vocals echo in the background, as he raps, "I hear them talking, talking, but they ain't saying much." The Freeze Tag's Hamster Kid EP will be released May 3, 2011 on the duo's collective label, Daylight Curfew.

Video: J*Midd f/ TQ - "Up Up & Away" (Dwight Howard's Theme)


From Dove at Tygereye:

Video: J*Midd f/ TQ - "Up Up & Away" (Dwight Howard's Theme)

Here is the video for J*Midd's "Up Up and Away", Dwight Howard's official 2011 NBA playoffs theme song! The song was recently released by Kado Records, a label co-founded by California R&B veteran TQ.
 
"Up Up and Away" also features TQ, and was originally penned by J*Midd for Dwight Howard's Shooting Stars charity. When Howard heard the song, he asked to use it as a personal theme, which only made sense given the catchy lyrics.
 
Soon after, some insiders with the Orlando Magic took things to the next level by having the track authorized and officialized by the NBA for Howard's use in the 2011 playoff games!
 
In the official video, J*Midd and TQ interact with some classic Dwight Howard action footage. Enjoy!

Video: Chaz Kangas - "I Will Freestyle About Anything"


Video: Chaz Kangas - "I Will Freestyle About Anything"

Video: DJ Touré - "Tarantula" Feat. Emakulant


From Audible Treats:

Video: DJ Touré - "Tarantula" Feat. Emakulant

Chances are if you have been listening to any Bay Area hip-hop in the last two decades, or so, then you've become familiar with countless DJ Touré beats. This now widely recognized producer got his start DJing with the Hieroglyphics Crew and since has fashioned signature beats with his production company, 101% Music, which has behind many of Cali's rising acts. Now in 2011, DJ Touré is gearing up for his own release, Touré's Theory, which will be released via Interdependent Media, later this year. As a teaser for the full-length, Toure is leaking this video and song, featuring the Oakland MC Emakulant, in what is likely to become one of the album's bonus tracks.

In case your curious as to what the title "Tarantula" might be in reference to, the video will do well to dispel any mystery; forget about Pineapple Express' legendary Cross-joint, the Tarantula is one of the most diabolical marijuana inventions ever created. Better yet the video and lyrics might as well be a hip-hop tutorial on how to create this beast, as Emakulant throws in just about every variation of cannabis while slapping on a fair warning, as he raps, "This is for the veterans, not for the amateurs/ And please use caution while smoking Tarantula's." To compliment the vocals, DJ Touré's production yields speaker-shaking bass, slapping snare, and synth-laden instrumentation with icy space-reverb overtop that. Combined with the Tarantula, they just might send you out into another dimension.

Video: Amante Da Prez - "Million MC's"


From J.M.E.:

Video: Amante Da Prez - "Million MC's"


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