There is always that one that got away and Steven A. Clark's soul filled track “Seashore” off his upcoming album Fornication Under the Consent of the King (September 11th, on L&E Media Co. & BloodyGround USA) represents just that. Clark tells Rolling Stone, who just premiered “Seashore,” that the track is a metaphor for losing someone and just hoping they'd come back. I'm at fault for losing her, yet I long for her to return to me like the waves. I wrote this song while living in a windowless warehouse thinking about my ex and watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on repeat."
Last week Steven also shared his video for “Don’t Have You,” which was directed by Unkleluc. Steven A. Clark disclosed that the “song is a confession to my ex, it’s all the things I didn’t say to her when I had her.” The video represents Steven moving forward in his life by burning the memories with her from his past.
Alongside Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, the Fayetville, North Carolina native is a top forerunner in the Future RnB movement, spearheading a confident and new type of indie-rock and hip hop infused rhythm and blues that belies their young age. Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Clark’s songwriting reflects his absolute acceptance of the effects of love, including the adoration and despise, bliss and pain, and drinking and drugs. Building on the self-produced, written, and performed sound of STRIPES, Clark takes his synth-kissed sound one step beyond, cutting away niceties and digging into the core of his personal afflictions with F.U.C.K.
Clark is adding some needed seasoning to R&B, handling his own production, songwriting and recording. Like his peers, the musical artisan croons gut-busting lyrics about his personal life. But it’s his artistry that’s more vast, incorporating rap, R&B and funk into his skin-burrowing confections.
Trace it back to his matriculating at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, where he found solace in relationship therapy through singing. He put collegiate life on the backburner in his junior year, chasing his musical dreams down to Miami where he cut his teeth working in a professional recording studio and set initial groundwork for STRIPES. But it was when he began recording F.U.C.K., that he finally learned to let go.
MP3: Freddy Hefner - "New Body" (prod. K. Roosevelt)
Freddy Hefner is a 21 year old, LA native (currently living in NYC and recent St. John's University graduate) and a dynamic rapper, singer-songwriter and the pioneer of a new style called STRAP, which she defines as a jazzy flow mixing hip-hop, r&b and pop delivering an infectious sound that is designed to sing along. Her first official street single is "NEW BODY", produced by K. Roosevelt (Dom Kennedy, Jhené Aiko, Casey Veggies).
Crew54 (Austin, TX) recently released their single "My Life" off their upcoming BRB... EP, and they follow it up with DVZN Media produced epic video. Depicting the story of one evening of decisions that can lead to a single choice between life and death. Shot on the streets of Central Texas over a few weeks, that even involved someone catching a charge, this video is the next level for Crew54.
Video: Stu Bangas & Vanderslice - "1st Degree Murder"
Courtesy Audible Treats.
"1st Degree Murder" features underground stalwarts Roc Marciano, Vinnie Paz, and Celph Titled, and the song continues Stu & Vander's impressive streak of bringing together some of hip-hop's most talented artists. "After the beat was done," says Stu Bangas, who produced the track, "it fit perfect for Roc Marciano." He adds, "I always thought Vinnie Paz and Roc Marciano would make an ill combo; Celph Titled came through to bless the hook and torch a verse."
Video: Do Studio Gangsters Create Street Gangsters?
Missed VIBE Magazine's Music Editor John Kennedy and recording artists Par-City on HOT 97's Street Soldiers with Lisa Evers? Listen to the round table discussion Do Studio Gangsters Create Street Gangsters and let us know your thoughts on the topic. Follow them on twitter @youngJFK @lisaevers @GiFTheGreat @WillyDope.
Journalist 103 (of The Left) Signs With Babygrande Records
Honing in on the modern man’s struggle, Journalist 103 uses his words to paint vivid pictures of peril, inspiration and overcoming hardship. As the lyricist behind The Left’s critically acclaimed 2010 opus, “Gas Mask,” Journalist maneuvered through obscurity and rose to infamy as one of Detroit’s most celebrated narrators. Throughout the years, he has shared the mic with legends such as Kool G Rap and even lent his voice to the opening track on Proof’s out-of-print Detroit classic and now collector’s item, “Electric Coolaid Acid Testing.”
As his name suggests, Journalist 103 is able to articulate his point of view like a true professional, never relying on cheap frills to captivate listeners. “Journalist is a perfectly-titled MC because his raps have no gimmicks….but keep the listener coming back for more because they're expertly-arranged, compellingly delivered, and contain real substance,” declares RapReviews.com. The past two years have been incredible for Journalist, as his album alongside producer Apollo Brown and DJ Soko, collectively known as The Left, garnered a 92 (out of 100) from OkayPlayer.com, reached the number 1position on KevinNottingham.com’s staff picks for the Top 10 Albums of the Year, and has earned select spots in both DJ Premier and HipHopDX’s rankings for top albums of 2010.
Journalist 103 continues his investigative report on the human psyche and charters new territory on his solo debut, “Reporting Live,” to be released via Babygrande Records. “It is definitely a privilege and an honor to be putting this album out on Babygrande Records” remarks Journalist. “Sharing the Roster with the likes of Freeway and the legendary GZA makes everything up to this point all worth the while” he adds. Featuring guest appearances from Freeway, Saigon & Fashawn, and production from Snowgoons, Apollo Brown, Oddisee, The Audible Doctor, and more, Journalist 103 returns to boast lyrics straight from the headlines of an eye-opening periodical.
The album’s first single, “Danger” is produced by the notorious Detroit beat battler Marc Byrd and features Philadelphia legend, Freeway. “Danger” is a room-filling banger that showcases Journalist and Freeway trading verses, heeding a warning of the severity of street life.
Journalist 103’s solo debut, “Reporting Live,” will hit stores worldwide on October 30, 2012 via Babygrande Records.
Video: Half Past Never Band f/ Ekow - "Winds of Autumn"
Courtesy Timo K.
Winds of Autumn feat. Ekow is the second single from Half Past Never Band´s new EP, which was released by Fatbass Records in May 2012. Vocals and lyrics in the song are made by soul-singer Fatima Koroma, who recently joined the band. In addition, raps in Winds of Autumn are made by MC Ekow, who is better known as a MC in The Megaphone State.