Raised in NYC in the '80s and L.A. in the '90s, Dominican-American emcee Rheteric Ramirez has been making a home for himself at the sweet spot where brains meet fist for the last fifteen years. His unique brand of 'intellectual mauling' has made him one of underground hip-hop's most most unique emcees much like Nocando, resident host of L.A.'s notorious Low End Theory weekly and founder of Hellfyre Club, the new imprint under Alpha Pup Records now presenting Rhet's first single "Break Tha Bank". Hellfyre is also home to emcees Intuition, Open Mike Eagle, Sahtyre and VerBS. "Eric was one of my top 3 influences in the L.A. rap scene as a teenager," says Nocando. "He was original, witty, and passionate about everything he said. I really believe that there are no lies in his music. He has always been a polarizing guy, either you love him or you hate him. If you show love for him he'll fight for you, if you show hate for him you might get your a*s kicked."
Mello Music Group released "Tell Me," the second single from Apollo Brown and Hassaan Mackey's "Daily Bread" album this Tuesday via DJ Booth. The track will be available today for free download. Upon its July 19th digital release, "Daily Bread" debuted at #29 on iTunes' Top Hip-Hop Albums Chart and features guest appearances from Sean Born and Finale.
"Tell Me" features a visual performance from rapper Hassaan Mackey, who uses his descriptive abilities to set a vivid scene for his musings on the eternal paper-chase and struggle just to get by, "A nightmare on my street is always a reoccurring theme / Arguing with a fiend 'bout a dollar and a dream." Using a low-key yet commanding delivery, his verses bring into question many of the circumstances listeners take for granted in their daily travels, with allusions to maturation, poverty, and one's place within a grand scheme.
Musically, "Tell Me" is classic Apollo Brown, featuring hard-hitting percussion, punchy horn blasts, a lively bass line, and a dusty vocal sample. Like he did with Journalist 103 on The Left's 2010 debut "Gas Mask," Brown flashes his singular ability to build real chemistry with his partner-in-rhyme, catering to Mackey's contemplative verses with a deep and soulful musical backdrop. Brown says, "It's bassline heavy, with a guitar and one of my faux synth stabs that I create with the sample itself. Of course, the drums remain tough, and the overall beat has a great feel." The rich track echoes equal measures of Apollo's hometown of Detroit and Hassaan's native New York. "Daily Bread" is now shipping early on CD from FatBeats and digital download and will see a vinyl release August 16.
"They say the music is too loud, but Radio Raheem's theme is keeping Hassaan attached to his dreams"
The city of Houston, known for its vitality in hip-hop, has been the hometown for a plethora of extraordinary artists, and John Dew's name sits comfortably amongst the group. Since the 2009 release of his debut EP Summertime Johnny and a mixtape in 2010 with GoDJ StarrSkywalka, Dew has been hard at work perfecting his craft while sharing the stage hip-hop heavyweights such as Talib Kweli, Blu, Raekwon, and Black Thought of The Roots. But now, in 2011, he has linked up with DJ Cozmos for his newest project Tech-NASA (which stands for Taking Earth Children Higher, Navigating Audio Sonic Amplifications), and light's the torch with the first single "King On A Throne."
The track draws inspiration from the idea of a king, John Dew in this case, being the master of his domain, rather than simply being used as a pawn in the game. "I control my destiny, and I approach the music industry in my own way and style," Dew explains about the boastful track. For him, "King On A Throne" is a "declaration of independence" with the ability to inspire others to be kings and queens in their own right, and to take their destiny in their own hands. With defining lyrics such as "Make an impression, Denting the game, Put a fence around, We jump it and get in that thing, It aint nothing that they can sale me" and an up tempo synth heavy beat from DJ Cozmos, John Dew's message is a powerful one.
Los Angeles, CA - Meet Aundrus Poole - athlete, college graduate, actor, music artist - the kind of guy in fact that guys wish they were and ladies wish they could be with. It's not hard to see why. Aundrus was born to this. Cast as a series regular for three seasons in NBC's hit TV show, Friday Night Lights (Reggie Seale), after his first ever audition and quickly adding commercials for brands such as Nike, AT&T, Dodge & Southwest Airlines to his resume, Aundrus proved early that he was a natural entertainer. Armed with this resume, and a BA in Criminal Justice from Angelo State University, Aundrus and his father, an accomplished piano player and artist manager, packed up a U-Haul and moved to L.A. where Aundrus was commited to accomplishing his real dream - music.
Like so many aspiring artists, Aundrus began in his high school cafeteria, hosting freestyle battles. It was a college friend and football teammate that encouraged him to begin writing his material down and recording it. The two formed a group and local success came quickly. Upon graduation, Aundrus' mother hoped he would remain in Texas and continue his education but he had been bitten by the music bug and instead, Aundrus built a studio in his bedroom closet, teaching himself to engineer and honing his rhyming skills. With a steady stream of acting gigs as the vehicle, Aundrus found himself in the City of Angels; and that is only the beginning of the story.
Aundrus has spent the past year or so dedicated to perfecting his talents; acting classes by day with Lesly Khan and studio sessions by night with producer, Redwine, and a whole host of the industry's top producers and songwriters, traveling back to Texas briefly for a triumphant performance at SXSW in his hometown of Austin. He now feels he is ready.
Aundrus' first single, "Doin the Most", truly sums up his life mantra, "I don't care if you're rapping, if you're fishing or you're Steven Spielberg, do the most." Words to live by and Aundrus is truly off to a great start. Stay tuned. Chapter two is gonna be great.
Vermont's finest, BURNTmd gears up for the release of his forthcoming mixtape The Green Invasion. To get things in motion, the good doctor fills our prescription with "Bang Out", another Reef Ali produced banger, featuring DJ Green Lantern and an ill bassline, courtesy of Noah Young on the Fender. This track has moved the purist of hip-hop crowd's from state to state as part of BURNTmd's relentless tour schedule, which includes opening for and performing alongside industry heavyweight's Black Thought & J. Period (The Live Mixtape Tour), Keith Murray and Inspectah Deck among others. Be on the lookout for BURNTmd who'll be performing at Pico Sports Arena (Los Angeles) on Sept. 17 along with Redman, Fat Joe, Evidence, R.A. The Rugged Man, Binary Star and more. Stay tuned for more leaks off The Green Invasion!
New Freebie Flips Latest Single From Pusha T And Tyler, The Creator
Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.
Prior to the release of his new EP, Lionheart, Moe Green held fans over the grassroots way; he took other artist's beats, flipped them, and killed them. First up was Frank Ocean's "Swim Good," then came "Glass Table Girls" by The Weeknd. And now, just a few short weeks after dropping Lionheart, and only a few short days after dropping his latest video from the EP, for the single "Extra Extra," Moe is back at work, flipping another brand new track for fans.
When Moe Green first heard Pusha T's and Tyler, the Creator's new single "Trouble On My Mind" he was instantly drawn to the track, largely because the track, produced by Pharrell, brought the Bay rapper back to a sound he used to love. "The beat for 'Trouble On My Mind' nails that old Star Trak feel perfectly to me," says Moe. "I was a big fan of what they were doing with that sound back in the day; this one jumped out to me immediately." Though Moe's version of the track only delivers one verse, it's not to be forgotten. As Moe proclaims, "Putting on for all the ones who ain't around/ Moe Green, understand I will move the sound," he navigates the thumping Neptunes frame with his usual ease and heavy-dropping flows.
In other Moe Green news, fans will be excited to hear that the budding rapper has also been tapped to take part in a brand new hip-hop fantasy cartoon, Fresh World. Other rappers currently involved include Chuck D of Public Enemy, MURS, Del The Funky Homosapien, Opio, and more. Keeping things innovative, the cartoon's director, Roy Miles Jr. aka the Ghetto Geppetto, has taken to the internet to help in his financing push, and is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter.com. More information on the cartoon, as well as information on how fans can back the project, can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1908104475/the-fresh-world-cartoon .