Since starting his career in the 2007, Wordsmith has been a thinking man's emcee. On his third solo project, King Noah, the Baltimore, MD rapper has created a straightforward hip-hop album, no swag. no gimmicks. With his trademark keen wordplay, **King Noah** (NU Revolution Entertainment) is in part a celebration of his young son, Kingston Noah Parker, and part blue print for all young men in America. Featured guests include ELiM, Phil Ade and K. Sparks. Production is shared by Centric, Capish, Certified, Rednaz Beats, Strada, DJ Eclipse, and Benny Rome.
Whether it be “Music for the Masses,” "Never Be the Same" feat. ELiM, “Eye for the Spotlight" feat. Phil Ade, Wordsmith tackles topical subjects such as hate, racial profiling, achieving your dreams, and leadership over head-nodding jazz infused beats reminiscent of hip-hop's golden era.
Hardly new to the scene, Wordsmith originally caught the attention of critics in 2009 after teaming-up with the legendary Chubb Rock after they released Bridging the Gap, an album which was powered by the lead single, “OId 2 the New.” The next year, he released his debut solo LP Vintage Experience (2010), which garnered him praise for his creativity and witty wordplay. “After only a few moments of speaking with Wordsmith one can see his advantage over other rappers…” stated Allhiphop.com. In addition, the album was lauded in outlets such as Hip Hop Weekly, Washington Post, Urb, HipHopDX, 2 Dope Boyz, Sohh, and MTV Mixtape Mondays.
Wordsmith garnered an ASCAPLUS Award in 2011-2012 and he licensed tracks with Nintendo, ESPN, VH1, Golf Channel, Six Flags, ABC, CBS and PBS.
Born in Germany, the son of a U.S. Army Colonel, Wordsmith traveled the world and developed a broad musical palette from an early age. “I went to school at the United Nations because by ten years old," explains the worldly Wordsmith, "I had friends from every corner of the globe. Having that experience has just made me more open to different cultures and experiences--and I try to convey that in my music."
If Wordsmith's goal was to create another heartfelt album his son can live by, King Noah is already a success.
A3C Announces First Round of Artists, Discounted Tickets Still Available
October and we at the A3C are happy to release the first artists announcement of many to come for the 2012 event. Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Gunplay, Oddisee, Chris Webby, Skyzoo and Yelawolf are a few of the several hundred artists that will take the stage October 11-13, 2012.
Fresh off a successful kickstarter campaign and European tour with his crew Sandpeople, Al-One The Remedy offers up the debut single from his upcoming full-length album, #WORK. Produced by DJ Flip Flop (CunninLynguists), "Eviction Notice" is a slumpy, grimy affair that finds Al-One serving fire alongside fellow Sandpeople emcee Goldini Bagwell. The icing on this Sandpeople-laced cake is definitely Sapient's signature falsetto singing and sarcasm on the hook.
Download "Eviction Notice" today and get ready for #WORK - available July 24th on Stand Alone Records. #Work features appearances by Freeway, Tash (Tha Liks), Kokane, Sly Boogie, Sapient (Sandpeople), DJ Wicked (Master of the Mix) and more!
Download "Eviction Notice" ft. Sapient & Goldini Bagwell
4two7 creates more than the disposable music that is frequently pushed today. “I want to be the counter-balance to what’s going on out there,” he says. “It’s too one-sided right now and there’s a lot of perspectives that aren’t getting addressed. So I’m just putting that out there for those that want that too.”
Diplo, Beastie Boys, Skrillex, Azealia Banks, Diwon On This Summer's Hottest Mixtape
Diwon's latest mixtape, 'Don't Just Sit There', takes on Lazerdisk Party Sex, The Cool Kids, Iggy Azalea, Dizzee Rascal, The Beastie Boys, and Spank Rock and blends them into Bancs Records own artists Onili, Kiss Slash Crooked Smile and Diwon himself. Download the "Don't Just Sit There" mixtape for Free!
Godspeed is the latest visual treat from the Crazy Al Cayne and Napoleon Da Legend collabo "The Sugar Cayne Experiment Vol#1". The video is directed and edited by Crazy Al Cayne. Crazy Al Cayne also produced the beat. Shout out the First Verse Apparel for the T-Shirt!
Video: Yo Gotti in Hollywood - Road to Riches Vlog 4
This week, Yo Gotti wrapped his successful 6-week, 29-city Road to Riches Tour sponsored by Flat Fitty with a flurry of sold out shows! On June 4 they hit the Key Club in West Hollywood, California, where Prodigy of Mobb Deep and 40 Glocc joined Yo Gotti on stage! Check out the video below, which includes behind the scenes footage of team CMG greeting fans from the Golden State!
Directed by Charles Janzen (Self Hired Productions) and edited by Dane Collison, SonReal says "Alone really breaks down a lot of the hurdles and setbacks I've gone through in my career. The song touches on everything from my early years trying to come up without the proper outlets, to not taking ill feelings to heart. It's one of my personal favorites off Words I Said."