"I AM NAZA" The Documentary Featured on Source.com
Courtesy Big Skilly.
Following Bronx Rising Hip Hop Star Naza Da Great, as Source.Com chronicles his hustle and work ethic which have delivered him from one of the roughest neighborhoods in the South Bronx, to the cusp of Superstardom and mainstream recognition. Get the understanding behind his namesake, his flow, and overall demeanor. Shot on location (Bronx, NY) by Big Skilly Films. Executive Produced by Dinero & Butter Mgmt.
New Music: Fathom 9 - Notes from Underground: Train Music
Courtesy Max B.
Late night cafe cyphers with self and pen;
people watching, seeking to discern connection;
But our sentiments tend to speak truth as sure as our flesh is solid,
but not all know that to be a lie...
And the sobering question that screams in the Night of my soul:
WHO AM I????
Perhaps at the conclusion of this 9th cup of coffee,
I will know.
Video: J.roe Assaults the Industry on "1Chain2Chainz"
Reppin' Long Island, NY the Jason Nevins signee J.roe debuts the video for his quick tongued verbal assault on the industry, titled "1Chain2Chainz." From Lil Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka and more.. nobody's safe. Produced by AllArounda Productions and directed by Anthony Behn, this song, along with his previously released video "Our Generation" will both be featured on J.roe's forthcoming, currently untitled mixtape, which is scheduled to drop in early January.
Homeboy Sandman's First of a Living Breed is out now on Stones Throw Records - here is the new video, beat produced by Brown Bag AllStars' own: J57
The SAE Institute presents ARSENAL. ARSENAL profiles industry professionals and their preferred equipment setup. The first installment features NYC-based Hip-Hop producer Audible Doctor, who also spotlights as the tour DJ for the legendary Large Professor.
Pac Div just dropped two heavy gems on everybody's face. The first was their new album, GMB, the trio's most aggressive project to date; the second was their video for "Black Acura" ft. Mac Miller, which Rolling Stone premiered yesterday.
The one and only Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva returns to the fray with a four track EP displaying a perfect balance between stripped back lyrical goodness and dancefloor crunchiness. The last track on Mr Manuva's acclaimed 2011 album, 4everevolution, "Banana Skank" is here reimagined by WAFA as a hyperkinetic club smasher, all intricate changes of direction and emphasis, but without losing any of the original's joyful reggae pulse. Not be outdone, Smith links up his own sequel to the original, a kind of motoric good trip/bad trip which reminds you yet again what a uniquely talented producer he is. "Party Time" and "Natural" reinforce the point, showcasing the stripped back, icy productions Manuva has been making at his secret Tottenham base over the last year or so. He is joined on both tracks by long time Banana Klan collaborator Kope and together the two trade lines and verses in the best traditions of hip hop, their voices (and imaginations) bouncing off each other in an intertwining stream of consciousness that almost demands to be read across both tracks.
One of the true pioneers of Black British music, as well as one of its greatest, most maverick talents, Roots Manuva is currently working on a new album, writing an opera, developing a comic book, penning an autobiography and looking after his kids.
PRESS FOR "4EVEREVOLUTION"
"Contemplative yet hugely enjoyable... gritty yet gently humorous... hugely impressive" - The Times 4/5
"His best album yet" - The Sunday Times
"Everything on this album seems to burst with brilliant vitality" - Metro, 5/5, Album of the Week
"Still in peak form, voicing socially aware hip hop and outre electro-disco, all with an eloquence which often eludes the newer generation" - The Daily Telegraph
"Intense, cutting and clever, this is an album that unfolds at blistering pace. Roots Manuva just keeps on delivering. Here's to another decade." - Drowned In Sound, 8/10
"Smith seems... to have hit the richest creative vein of his accomplished career. This outstanding longplayer is, by some distance, his best yet... It's a pure... joy to hear British hip hop's most original and inspiring voice hitting his peak" - Garry Mulholland, BBC Music, 9/10
"An album that's contemplative, insightful and filled with a beleaguered sense of the hard-scrabble nature of contemporary life" - The Guardian, 4/5
"Proggy electronic wizardry, warped R&B and sleekly produced, astute socio-political commentary" - NME
"Filled with classic lines and insights aplenty" - Music Week
"Combining introspective lyrics with off-beat production to infectious effect" - Shortlist
"Not many albums this year will be as jaw-droppingly good" - Loud & Quiet, 9/10
"Might be his best yet... a capitivating album with bass at its heart." - Mixmag, 4/5
"Ups the stakes with boundary-stretching pop... he's certainly never sounded so sharp" - Q, 4/5
"Urgently inventive, ranging over dark future-bass, disco soul, dubby soundscaping, dancehall, doo-wop and deep house" - Time Out, 4/5
"A tidy summation of Roots' myriad moods, it plays almost like a greatest hits set, skittering with casual genius" - Mojo, 4/5
"A fully rounded work that takes its author beyond the urban music ghetto into something more accomplished" - Observer, This Season's 10 Biggest Album Releases
"An almighty album" - Artrocker, 5/5
"Here's a real national treasure" - Loaded, 4.5/5
"The best UK hip hop artist ever" - Daily Star
"He's still going his own singular way... another excellent album" - Evening Standard
"A more approachable album than any of his previous LPs... infinitely funky and incorrigibly danceable" - The Fly
"An album for ravers, vybzers and thinkers" - RWD
"Sucks you in like a black hole of immense, funkified gravity... very fine" - The Skinny, 4/5