With nearly 20 years in music, Cool Nutz is no stranger to the spotlight. The Portland, Oregon, rapper has released nine solo albums, and has collaborated with a list of artists that includes Mac Dre, Tech N9ne, E-40, Kurupt and countless others. Most importantly, though, Cool Nutz has been an unrelenting advocate for the Pacific Northwest's too-often-overlooked hip-hop scene. In that continuing quest, last year Cool Nutz released his latest album, The Cook Up, via Jus Family Records, and next week, on May 1st, the album will be made available to fans for free download.
Before then, Cool Nutz is releasing the album's latest single, "Superman," featuring Mikey Vegaz, in addition to a video for the single. Lawz Spoken handles production on the track, and it was the heavy-hitting, hypnotic instrumental that inspired Cool's direction on the track. "As soon as I heard the track, it brought the lyrics out of me," recalls Cool Nutz. "It has the feeling you get when you're controlling a crowd; you feel invincible, like a superhero."
The video for the single, shot and directed by Beejan Iranshad, is clean and simple, placing the two rappers together for a series of cut-and-edited performance shots. "We wanted to put the focus on the lyrics and the song," explains Cool Nutz, "so we shot the video in a black room - it really puts the emphasis on the artists."
On June 1st, Los Angeles-via-Chicago rapper Kid Static will release his latest album, It Gleams, via Cobra Music. Earlier this month, accompanying the album's announcement, Static released the album's lead single, and accompanying video, for the song "Moonlight," and today, Static is excited to release the album's second official single, "T-Shirts & Sneakers."
The song is a product, through-and-through, of Kid Static's efforts. Static produced the track himself, and, as a testament to his abilities not only as a lyricist but also as a vocalist, delivered the song's powerful, repeating hook in one take.
As for his inspiration in laying the track, look no further then Static's seemingly overrun closet. "This song is for all the t-shirts and sneakers I own," remarks Static. "Seriously, half my wardrobe is t-shirts, and the other half is sneakers. I have shoes from 2007 that I haven't even worn yet, and that's insane to me." But while the track is meant to be a fun take on looking fresh, there's also a more serious undertone. "Don't worry about stupid shit like shoes and t-shirts," remarks Kid Static, with a laugh. "The funny thing is, now I wear all black Chucks and don't even worry about it."
Mixtape: DJ Paul (Three 6 Mafia) - "For I Have Sinned"
Courtesy Future Star Music.
Here is the brand new mixtape from DJ Paul of the legendary Three 6 Mafia. This tape dropped just a few days ago on 4/19 and is hosted by DJ Scream and DJ Black. With over 100,000 views already on LiveMixtapes it's obvious this tape is a fan favorite already. The fans have said this is the realest tape they've heard in a while. Download it now and spread it everywhere you can. We encourage you to bootleg this everywhere! Thanks for the support as always.
PR: Emcee Wordsmith Readies Third LP "King Noah" - JUNE 19
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.
Video: D Strong - "Nuthin New" (prod. Linus Stubbs)
D Strong aka InvincibleSons All (Last Kind,Third Rail) is no stranger to Emceeing, having been rhyming for over 2 decades and have worked with Prince Po of the Legendary Hip Hop Group “Organized Konfusion”, Wildelux, DJ Lord Ron, Kyo Itachi and many more. D Strong’s Professional emcee career began in Los Angeles finding an Outlet through LA Music Staple KDAY radio station & The Wake up Show. In the season of his latest Release “Rise and Shoot” on Digi Crates Records we serve you “Nuthin New” Video. The album Features Prince Po, Aarophat, Orign, Wildelux, Linus Stubbs, Kyo Itachi and more.