Free Album: The Nezitiq Mute & DJ Concept - "This Glorious Nightmare"
Somewhere between a twisted nightmare and harsh reality, The Nezitiq Mute and DJ Concept take your brain to the outskirts of Hip-Hop. Influenced by elements of both Rock and Hip-Hop, The Mute prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, as they concoct a glorious nightmare over the dark and sometimes beautiful soundscape, produced entirely by Concept. All nightmares start somewhere and this one starts with a chemically induced, governmental experiment. Prepare.
MP3: Richie Wess f/ Verse Simmonds - "Put It Down"
You've heard Richie Wess on one of his various collaborations with Lil Boosie, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, 2 Pistols, and The Game. Richie Wess is heavy in the mixtape circuit and he has dropped 8 mixtapes with DJ Spinatik. In 2011 Richie's single "Shawty Is A Freak" ft. Sammie and Yung Dred peaked at #60 on the Billboard Top 100. As of current Richie Wess is preparing to take over the airwaves once again with his New Single “Put it Down” Ft. Def Jam Recording Artist Verse Simmonds!!!
As DubbleOO continues to build towards the online release of his latest mixtape Beast Mode, Vol. 2, an effort that will precede his own sophomore solo album, in addition to a joint album with Bay Area rapper The Jacka, he's today giving fans the chance to check out the video for "The World We Live In," pulled from his recent Beast Mode, Vol. 1 mixtape.
Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God (Available from Praeger, June 30, 2012) tackles a sensitive and controversial topic: the juxtaposition—and seeming hypocrisy—of references to God within rap music. Hip hop culture and rap music in particular have been condemned for inciting violence, promoting misogyny, and perpetuating racial stereotypes. However, Dr. Ebony A. Utley argues that religion has always been an integral part of the urban environments that birthed rap music and she shows exactly how a God-sanctioned gangsta identity can be empowering. Dr. Utley sources lyrics, videos, award acceptance speeches, magazine and website content, liner notes, and survey data to provide an enlightening, representative account of how and why rappers talk about God.
RAP & RELIGION REVIEWS
"Rap and Religion is elegant, compelling, and desperately needed. Utley’s bracing exploration of the godly and divine in rap music illuminates new, powerful, and poignant intersections between the politics of religion, race, gender, and commerce. A remarkable scholarly achievement, and a gift to hip hop fans everywhere."
- Michael P. Jeffries, Author of Thug Life
"A close reading of mainstream hip hop lyrics and artists of the last three decades Rap and Religion uncovers the place where God, spirituality, and Christianity meet. Hip hop aficionados have long proclaimed that hip hop is a culture. If this is true, what is its spiritual philosophy? Ebony Utley offers a persuasive answer."
- Bakari Kitwana, Author of The Hip-Hop Generation
"The intellectual range with which Utley explores the spiritual contours of rap and hip hop are perhaps only matched by the vocalic range of the lyricism she examines. In this fascinating, thought-provoking, experience-driven, and often encyclopedic journey through hip hop's multifaceted legacies, Utley makes a compelling case about rap and hip hop's spiritual relevance, leaving us both breathless and reenergized."
- Ronald L. Jackson II, Author of Scripting the Black Masculine Body
Video: High Times Interviews Smoke DZA + Harry Fraud
Rugby Thompson, the highly anticipated full-length collaboration between Harlem rapper Smoke DZA and rising hitmaker Harry Fraud, hits stores everywhere today. To celebrate, High Times caught up with the two certified stoners to discuss some of their smoking habits and preferences - including weed's role in Harry's beat-making process, DZA's thoughts on performing while high, and more. The duo will be both judging and performing at the 2012 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in San Francisco on June 23rd.
New Audio: G.Huff & Vice Souletric - "Are We There Yet?"
G. Huff and Vice Souletric have quickly become two of the most respected new Hip-Hop artists to come out the Midwest. The Ohio MC/Producer duo made waves in 2011 with their debut album, Where Do We Go From Here?, which featured a who's who of talent such as Guilty Simpson, REKS, Termanology, and more. In addition, Vice will have production on upcoming albums from Scarface, Reek Da Villian and others in 2012.
As a duo G.Huff and Vice are now set to follow up with a new EP, Are We There Yet?, a carefully crafted masterpiece packed with lyricism, soul, and energy. It’s a recipe the duo knows how to cook up so well! Not only do Huff and Vice receive the co-signs of hip hop legends Pete Rock and Scarface (who grace the intro track of Are We There Yet?), they create their own lane with an original sound that is unique yet universal enough for all to enjoy!