CAFE JASS is a jazz hip-hop concept album dreamt up by Canadian emcee iLLvibe after he and L.S. met DowntownSoul producer Beat Thief whilst on a guerilla tour of Europe in 2010. Melding a live jazz ambience, Beat Thief's trademark soul-infused hip-hop sound, and mature rhymes from the two indie hip-hop vets, this is a cohesive album for the discerning listener. With features on the album including US emcees Kwote1 (Chicago) and Yello Blac (Cali), as well as Canada's Mer and Rk ParX, not to mention DowntownSoul affiliates Non Applicable and Sam Steele, this is truly an international affair, with recording begun in London and since completed in Toronto and Hong Kong. Taking the idea of a live night at the vibrant but run-down Cafe Jass, the songs have an organic feel, interspersed with comedic snippets from a legendary Richard Pryor show.
iLLvibe is a Canadian emcee who was nominated for the Toronto Independent Music Awards' Best Rap Act in 2010, off the back of his "Sex, Love & Hip-Hop" album, and performances on the same bill as the likes of Pharoahe Monch, Pete Rock, Obie Trice, Slaughterhouse, Method Man, Lloyd Banks, Busta Rhymes and even Sean Paul. Having also worked with established artists such as Slakah the Beatchild and soul singer Lani Billard, Vibe has coordinated two tours, the WeAllKings tour of East Canada, and then Hip-Hop Revolution tour of Europe alongside L.S. Known for his prodigious work ethic, Cafe Jass represents Vibe's fourth full release since the beginning of 2011, following "In the Streets of iLLydelfya", "Just Around the Corner" and the well-received "Blunts & Roses". "Last Song" is his 19th video for a released track.
L.S. is a Canadian hip-hop artist, community activist and former professional snow-boarder. Releasing "All in Time" back in 2006, followed by 2008's seminal "In This Life", he has since spent time living in New Zealand and, alongside iLLvibe, launched the "Join the Hip-Hop Revolution" tour in 2010, independently touring the UK, Belgium, Holland and France. Most recently L.S. has turned his hand to his local community in Barrie, Ontario, leading the local "Occupy" movement and holding talks with the town's Mayor to reengage the youth generation, as well as running local artistry centre Unity Market & Studios.
01. Introduction 02. The Light Feat. L.S. 03. Have I Told You 04. Sit Down (Interlude) 05. Flyin' High Feat. L.S. 06. Change Feat. Mer & Yello Blac 07. Smile Feat. Non Applicable & L.S. 08. Don't Know Why Feat. L.S. 09. Home Again 10. Lights Up (Interlude) 11. Midnight Feat. RK ParX 12. Can It Be Feat. Sam Steele 13. Band's A B*tch (Interlude) 14. Before We Go Feat. Kwote1 15. Don't Say Goodbye Feat. L.S. 16. Last Song Feat. L.S.
Ryan Hemsworth is a young producer from Nova Scotia getting increasingly noticed for his unique take on Hip Hop and RnB. His No Plans release was featured on SPIN magazine's Top 20 R&B albums of 2011 (#17). Kitsch Genius, this year, was given steady coverage as well on SPIN, The Fader, Discobelle and a number of other online tastemakers. His work with hip-hop artists Main Attrakionz, Shady Blaze and Deniro Farrar has been covered by the gamut of websites from Complex (Deniro Farrar - Destiny.Altered), Wired (Main Attrakionz - Chandelier), and his last project (Hyperbolic Chamber Music) was a 22-minute posse cut featuring 26 different rappers across America on his production, which was presented by the New York brand Mishka. Last week, he released three new remixes, which got premiered on RCRDLBL and Prefix Magazine.
Video: Danny G - "Stay Schemin Freestyle" (prod. Inkredibles)
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Brief Bio: Pittsburgh rapper Danny G releases a new freestyle to the Stay Schemin instrumental, and Once again does not disappoint. their is no doubt in my mind that by the time this song is over your will want to play it back. Again we appreciate everyone's support. Artist’s Name: Danny G
Homeboy Sandman's second Stones Throw EP, Chimera. The record follows Subject Matter EP with 6-tracks produced by Exile, Paul White, Mr Familiar, J57, Navie D. The cover has the full lyrics of the record printed in gloss across the front & back cover. Check for the video to the track "Hold Your Head" coming up next week.
Bonus track: Sandman's created an all-new rap joint to celebrate the release of Chimera, simply titled: "Chimera Out Now," produced by Fred Ones.
With G-Eyez new album Chasin' History on the way he delivers a new video/single titled "The Hunger," displaying his wordplay and intense desire. After a small hiatus he's back with a great record and video directed by Boston's heavy hitter Sev One who captures an excellent visual to match the record's pain and intensity. Be on the look-out for G-Eyez Chasin' History street LP executive produced by J. Cardim coming soon!