The album’s expansive and mesmerizing second single "Lift Me Up" produced by Gizmo and featuring Washington D.C rising vocalist Nick Hakim is a tune reminiscing on past experiences, pondering the future and centered on the universal question of what happens after we leave the earth. The music video depicts images of people from various cultures and socio-economic backgrounds, showing that regardless of the things that separate us, we all strive for happiness.
"Buff & Chubb" simply rap off their childhood nicknames and met at a young age. Although being from different sets on the streets of south-side St. Louis, the two have absolutely formed the hottest rap duo in Da Lou! They've opened for the likes of Bun B, Waka Floka Flame & Lil Scrappy. Their singles: I DON'T C NOBODY & WE JAMMIN can be heard in clubs all across the Midwest.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad has played a part for two of the best parties The Doctor’s Orders have thrown to date and as one of third of everyone’s favourite Hip-Hop group ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ is it any wonder?
Having had a huge part in some of the best Hip-Hop albums ever recorded the Brooklyn native is a master on the turntables and keeps the party moving all night spinning with the soulful sounds you would expect of someone responsible for forming The Ummah alongside J-Dilla & Q-Tip and later Lucy Pearl.
With the UK DVD release of Michael Rapaport’s award winning documentary on A Tribe Called Quest through Soda Pictures in September Tribe and it’s members are once again back in the spotlight and Ali is back for what is sure to be another great party.
To get the party set off in real style we have assembled a crack squad of London’s best DJs to get things moving. The Doctor’s Orders own Spin Doctor is joined by one of the new school of the UK’s producer / DJs in the shape of the brilliant Kidkanevil alongside a wealth of experience in the shape of DJ Excalibah and Main Squeeze’s Mo Fingaz & BobaFatt.
This is set to be one hell of a party so make sure you do not miss out!
The Niceguys Refresh Classic Houston Sounds with James Kelley Album
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The "Chopped and Screwed" style made famous by Houston's legendary DJ Screw has been on the Hip Hop map for over two decades, and in 2012, The Niceguys are carrying on the influential legacy in their own unique way. As they prepare for the September 11 release of their album James Kelley, the four-man group is setting the pace for Houston's next major come-up.
The original tracks on James Kelly are penned by rapper Easy Yves and producers Free and Todd, then mixed properly by DJ Candlestick. Fresh off their wins at the 2012 Houston Press Awards - a second consecutive "Best Rap Group" award and the "Best Rap DJ" award for DJ Candlestick, The Niceguys are proud of the direction the album takes.
"James Kelley is simply, a really fun album," explains Free. "It's more detailed musically than our previous efforts, and more well-rounded."
The project, their fourth as a group, initially started as an EP, comprised of old and new tracks. However, it took on a life of its own and evolved into one long-playing new project.
"I feel like we have covered a lot of ground as far as the sound of the album," explains Todd (the artist formerly known as Christolph). "It's very timeless in my opinion, and there is musically something for every type of listener." The project covers all angles of Hip Hop, "from screw-influence to backpacker Hip Hop sh*t," as DJ Candlestick says. "People are going to end up seeing that we are not classifiable," continues Yves.
While often times Hip Hop can feel inaccessible to some, The Niceguys craft a sound that everyone can relate to. "We are just regular dudes, we're genuine," says Free. Their "people first" mentality trickles into their music, which represents everyday people, while at the same time reinventing the wheel sonically.
Described as "delicious," "fattening," "swaggy," and "impregnable" by the group, James Kelley will undoubtedly attract new fans while satisfying original ones. Tracks like "Magic" hold a perfect balance of Yves' skillful rhymes hugged by Todd's thorough production, while "Married To the Mob" was years in the making, showcasing Candlestick on the beat.
"Ain't Life Grand" was Yves' dedication to Todd, detailing how to overcome life's obstacles. The tracks' themes run the gamut of topics from poignant to smart, and of course, how to have a good time.
Ultimately, The Niceguys are confident about what will happen when music lovers hear the James Kelley project. "I think the album will open up people eyes to our talent," asserts Candlestick. "I also think the people will be pleased with the diversity, and we're very excited about the reactions we'll get."
"It will be a breath of fresh air the day it releases," Free agrees. "All that hard work and all that time... two years just about, and were finally back! It's an exciting album, it's well rounded, fast, musical, and very lyrical. We have a winner!"
Rich E Rheu - Don't Like Freestyle + The Yellow Tape AVAILABLE ONLINE 10/11/12
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The date 10/11/12 will be a date to remember. West Baltimore native Rich E Rheu will release his upcoming project The Yellow Tape online for free. The 19 track album features all original music with a guest appearances from Freck Billionaire and others.
Check out Rich E Rheu's new freestyle over Chief Keef's hit record "Don't Like." This freestyle will not be included on the The Yellow Tape.
"Soul Travel Part 2:Illuminate" is Soul Starr's second instrumental release with Lunatick Records, after releasing the well-received "Midnight Clues" beat tape with the imprint back in 2010.
This free album sees Soul Starr back to doing what he does best, with soulful samples and intricate chops at the forefront of his production.
Soul Travel Part 2 is the latest in a line of incredible free beat tapes from Lunatick Records including projects from Abstrakt Idea, KVZE, Cypria and "H.E.R. Universal Touch Vol.1: Japan" which showcased the work of Japan's finest producers including Bugseed, Ill Sugi, Repeat Pattern and more.
Lyriciss - The Balance: Heart EP DOWNLOAD NOW ft. Maimouna Youssef, Chill Moody, K-Beta
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PG County, Maryland emcee Lyriciss has returned to The DJBooth with the long-awaited third entry in hisThe Balance series of EPs with new release, The Balance EP: Heart, presented by The DJBooth andInner Loop Media Group. Lyriciss strongly follows-up on his previous EPs, Respect and Money, in addition to providing clean versions of the four original tracks, which include featured singles My Life and Calling For You.
Heart features guest contributions from Chill Moody, K-Beta and Maimouna Youssef, along with production fromSlimkat78, d.C. soulplusmind, Grussle and J-$crilla.
Expect his final EP in the series, Power, to be released soon, followed by his debut album, The Balance, in 2013!