Grammy Award winning songwriter and Hip-Hop recording artist Rhymefest has released the music video for "Say Wassup" featuring Phonte of Little Brother. Animated and directed by Konee Rok, the groundbreaking production is Hip-Hop's first 3-D music video and is already generating thousands of views on YouTube.
The hit song, which was originally featured on indie powerhouse Block Starz Music's explosive "Midwest Block Starz" compilation, is the lead single from Rhymefest's much anticipated new album "El Che", which is now available at all major music retailers via dN|Be Entertainment/Rosehip Records (EMI), www.dangerousnegro.com .
"Say Wassup" is a centerpiece track on the "Midwest Block Starz" compilation that also features blazing contributions from some of the Midwest's biggest and brightest stars, including Twista, Shawnna, Big Sean, and Mickey Rocks. The song is currently gaining momentum on both terrestrial and satellite radio stations and promises to be one of Rhymefest's most successful singles to date.
Chalie Boy "The Grind Pays Off" Hosted by DJ Scream
Chalie Boy is one of those rare artists whose talent is not only genuine, it's multi-faceted. Even as he gives the mainstream what they need - radio friendly songs like I Look Good and Look Like Money (Smell Like Dollaz) - he stays true to his origins with a consistent catalog of pure music in the form of all original mixtapes; street albums if you will. His previous effort, the DJ Mr Rogers-hosted I'm Here was nothing short of an album worthy of any shelf at Best Buy and this present offering, The Grind Pays Off, is nothing less.
When it comes to DJ's from the South, DJ Scream is a logical choice to host the perfect mixtape. His years in the game bring an automatic level of respect. Here he lives up to his reputation and delivers just what you'd expect. With 18 tracks of some of the best rhymes and singing to come out of Texas, production by legends like Mr Rogers and a bonus 'chopped & screwed' disc courtesy of DJ Luis, The Grind Pays Off will both keep Chalie's loyal fanbase fed and convert anyone still sitting on the fence to diehard lovers of what Chalie Boy has to offer.
Chalie's best known for his single I Look Good, which remained on the Billboard charts for months but make no mistake, he is no one trick pony. His lyrics stand up against all the criticism the Hip Hop nation directs at southern rappers and his singing voice literally fills an auditorium, even accapella.
If you are one of the fence riders, give The Grind Pays Off a good listen and come over to our side. The music is amazing and the grass is definitely greener.
1. 48 Bars 2. Meet My Mama (Produced by Mr. Rogers of DSF Productions) 3. Legend (Produced by Bravestarr Productions) 4. The Way (Produced by CityStar Productions) 5. Relax 6. Talent (Produced by Fat Pimp & GI Productions) 7. G ‘Til I’m Dead (Part 2) 8. Gone Fool (Produced by Red Prodigy) 9. Wat It Hit Fo 10. Chemistry 11. Take A Chance (Produced by Groundwork Productions) 12. On Da Highway (Featuring Sticki) 13. 4 A.M. (Produced by Da New Kid) 14. Diva On Deck 15. Pullin’ Up (Remix) (Featuring Magno) (Produced by Mr. Rogers of DSF Productions) 16. Baby Makin’ Music (Produced by D-Nyce) 17. Money (Produced by Cracka Lack) 18. Crush
***BONUS DISC*** Slowed-N-Chopped version by DJ Luis 1. 48 Bars 2. Money 3. Diva On Deck 4. Talent 5. On Da Highway (Featuring Sticki) 6. Legend 7. Relax 8. Meet My Mama 9. Wat It Hit Fo 10. Take A Chance 11. Baby Makin’ Music 12. 4 A.M. 13. Chemistry 14. Crush 15. G ‘Til I’m Dead (Part 2) 16. The Way 17. Gone Fool 18. Pullin’ Up (Remix) (Featuring Magno)
Worldwide Leader In Sports, ESPN, Picks Up Trek Life's New Single For NBA And NHL Finals Run
Trek Life drops a dime for ESPN by lending his forthcoming single "So Supreme" to the popular sports network as the background music for the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals. The track embodies the fighting spirit shared between the competing teams; "This song is me re-establishing my ground as an emcee amongst so many other quality rappers in the game right now," says Trek Life. "I feel great about the quality of the music and rhymes I'm putting out and want to make sure that the listeners understand that there will be no more slow moving or setbacks." The California rapper teams up with Oddisee for the single, hitting digital retailers on July 13th, and expected to air on ESPN for the rest of the week, and potentially until the end of the NBA and NHL Finals.
Trek Life's Everything Changed Nothing, produced entirely by Oddisee, drops July 27th via Mello Music group.
Trek Life has worked with several known artist from Bishop Lamont to Kev Brown and rocked over production from DJ Khalil, DJ Babu, Evidence, Oddisee and many more. With a growing global fan-base that has resulted from consistently touring the United States, the UK, and Europe, Trek Life is planning on releasing 3 projects in 2010 with J.Bizness (Rhymes Within Reason), Oddisee (Everything Changed Nothing), and Babu (Fire Outside), all through Mello Music Group. Paired with each of these albums, there will be a Digital 12, featuring clean, dirty, and instrumental versions of each album's lead single for free download. Trek Life is well known for his energetic delivery, straight-forward lyrics, and engaging live shows.
TECH SAYS: These are some of my all-time favorite spitters coming together to do the new wake up show anthem for 2010. I brought 2 guys back from the 1999 anthem along with 6 other cats that i consider to be dope m.c.s ... We are close to finishing a you tube type video for the joint. Just waiting on crooked to come back from touring europe. This might be the last anthem I will put together, so I just want to say thanks to all the fans and hip hop fanatics who supported the show for all these years.... peace.
In Store: FAT BEATS NYC Record Store - 406 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10011-8432 (212) 673-3883
The EP offers the two lead singles from "AT LAST": "THE BBQ" ft. Rah Digga & Rage, and "IT'S FUNNY" ft. Joell Ortiz. The EP also boasts the exclusive "THE BBQ" remix featuring Jean Grae & Tiye Phoenix, along with the "IT'S FUNNY" remix featuring Ras Kass. As Eternia bluntly states in "THE BBQ": "cop the record now, before it's a collectible!"
Eternia & MoSS will release their highly anticipated album "AT LAST" June 29th, 2010 on FAT BEATS RECORDS.
The Cash Administration is thrilled to announce the much anticipated debut album “Take Me Away” from New York rapper/songwriter, and entrepreneur Cashmere. “Take Me Away” features blazing songs from one of the hottest emcees coming out of the Big Apple including the album’s lead single “Where’s Cashmere?”.
“I was one of, if not the, hottest up-n-coming Hip-Hop artist in NYC before I ran into troubles with the law. So everybody was asking where I was and what was going on with me -- they asked ‘Where’s Cashmere?’ so I’m letting everybody know that Cashmere is back again to bring that crown back home,” Cashmere said about his first single.
Cashmere, introduced to the game by Hip-Hop heavyweights DJ Enuff and DJ Kay Slay, is known for his impressive mic skilz, which have made him one of the most respected and sought-after up-n-coming artists from the East Coast. Soon, Cashmere’s name branched out to other known radio personalities including Funkmaster Flex, and DJ Clue. Cashmere has already worked with major artists such as Bun B, Big Daddy Kane, Jim Jones, Lil Boosie, Akon, and Maino.
Cashmere was on top of his rap game proving high expectations, but grew weak to temptations of life; struggling to cross the underground border. After troubles with the law, being shot in the streets and a prison sentence, Cashmere took the time he had to reflect, and began to view his reality behind bars as a source of knowledge and inner growth, which you can hear on his debut album “Take Me Away.”
“This album is uplifting -- it’s 100% pure positive! Even the negative element you hear in it ends on a positive note and with a positive twist. I'm not telling my people to sell drugs, I'm not telling my people to act with violence -- I'm saying I did that and look where it got me! I found myself in the streets, getting shot and being locked up! Who would want that out of life?”
“I feel my album ‘Take Me Away’ is something that Hip-Hop needs. To me, Hip-Hop is looking for love and ain’t nobody lovin’ it back! Hip-Hop needs a revolution, a movement because it needs to take a stand. The kind of stand that Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, Public Enemy, and of course Rakim made in the beginning of the whole era. This is my contribution!”
“Take Me Away” will be released in later summer/early fall via Cashmere’s label, The Cash Administration.
Timbaland and Dr. Dre Protege Hayes Releases New Single
DETROIT, MI June 07 /iFastFWD/ - Protege of Dr. Dre and Timbaland, rapper and actor, Hayes, has just released a new song with super producer J.R. Rotem.entitled "Down Ass Bitch" as well as a few other exclusive songs to the public produced by production groups such as Midi Mafia and The Breakfast Club. Sporting a hot beat that's sure to make your speakers shake the floor, Down Ass Bitch bangs from beginning to end. The sound can be described as Los Angeles meets Detroit, as Hayes and A-list producer J.R. Rotem take the best of both worlds and roll it all up into what will be a monster hit!
In "Held Me Down," Hayes raps about how people seem to have turned their backs on him once things got cracking. This track is emblazened with deep lyrics, a fiery beat, and expert production! It has the perfect formula to become a nationwide hit! Bringing in his main hit-making producers The Breakfast Club, Hayes speaks about where to draw the line when it comes to violence in the 1 minute and 20 second snippet of Draw The Line. The beat is masterful, the lyrics are deep, and the hook is catchy. This snippet showcases Hayes' hit making aptitude as well as leave you wanting to hear more! One Thang For Sure features Hayes speaking about how he is willing to work hard in his career, and it is apparent that Hayes practices what he preaches in this song! The song is what we have come to expect from Hayes with a beat that knocks your speakers, great lyrics, and consummate production. This track will be a definite crowd-pleaser!
Like 50 Cent and Jay-Z, Hayes is truly a self-made emcee. He has put in the work - not just hard work, but the right kind of work. The Detroit-born, Cali transplant has supported himself since the age of 12. Got his own apartment at 14. Dropped out of school in the ninth grade and slang dope to pay the bills. But soon, all his friends were either dead or in jail. Surrounded by pimps and drugs, he never expected to live past 24. Yet something pushed Hayes to strive for better. He saw another way: rappers making it for themselves as artists and business people.
Gifted with words, verbal agility and possessing the determination of a heavy weight power lifter, Hayes discovered his calling. Putting his heart and soul full-throttle into music, Hayes quickly made a name for himself on the Detroit streets, doing shows as young as 12 and 13. At 16, the West was calling and Hayes trekked cross-country to Cali, landing in Oakland.
After a fruitful stint running with Oakland 's biggest emcees, Hayes stepped away to find his own path. His road to major label success has been winding and challenging. At one time he was hanging with Preem of the Supreme Team, a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate. He's been signed to Loud, numerous independents, and even Interscope once before.
Hayes has gone through many obstacles, and has lost many close friends along the way. People around him kept dying. It was the never-ending story of murder and death, and losing everybody as you go along. "When everybody around you dying, you like, I live through all this shit - is ANY day my day? I live clean, try to be productive. You got to learn to live right, because you been taught your whole life to live wrong."
Despite obstacles and tribulations, Hayes never gave up hope. After years of grinding, struggle and lots of work, his perserverance has finally paid off. Currently working with Dr. Dre and Timbaland on his yet untitled Interscope debut, Hayes doesn't have a want in the world. Powered by a confident, smooth flow and experience-laden, husky vocals, Hayes' style mixes the best of all the places he's lived: Detroit, Oakland, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles .
Hayes has always known what he's working toward, and most important, he knows who he is and what his music is about. "I been through a lot and I seen a lot of shit, had a lot of nightmares, but never quit focusing on my dream - never quit it. Now I'm blessed with the opportunity to work with two of the biggest producers that ever existed, and Interscope again. I'm living proof that dreams can become reality." ##
AUDIO: Artist(s): Hayes Title: Down Ass Bitch Time: 04:32 Release date: 2010 Available versions: Dirty Producer: J.R. Rotem Hayes-Down_Ass_B____.mp3 Download MP3: http://usershare.net/mdzpo3cee8ej .
AUDIO: Artist(s): Hayes Title: Draw The Line (Snippet) Time: 01:22 Release date: 2010 Available versions: Dirty Producer: The Breakfast Club Hayes-Draw_The_Line.mp3 Download MP3: http://usershare.net/hlz8rvl6yacw .
AUDIO: Artist(s): Hayes Title: Held Me Down Time: 02:52 Release date: 2010 Available versions: Dirty Producer: Midi Mafia Hayes-Held_Me_Down.mp3 Download MP3: http://usershare.net/b1tlijey654n .
AUDIO: Artist(s): Hayes Title: One Thang For Sure Time: 02:12 Release date: 2010 Available versions: Dirty Hayes-One_Thang_For_Sure.mp3 Download MP3: http://usershare.net/s10zffcms87t .
Every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST we air a live new edition of Hip-Hop Shop on BlogTalkRadio like the one you're about to hear - Episode #77 - Lucky 7's Edition! To celebrate 77 shows we're featuring the 7th song off 7 different promotional and podsafe albums we've received. Does the concept work? Decide for yourself and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!
* D-Sisive - Percocet * Random & K-Murdock - Drop the Load (8-Bit Remix) * BURNTmd f/ DJ Green Lantern - Bang Out * Bisco Smith - Never Know * Dan-e-o f/ Chemist - Lose Your Mind * Top $ Raz - Perfect Stranger * O.C. & A.G. - Think About It
"If the best hip-hop is born out of hard times and struggles, then Detroit is about to blow up. The Motor City has been getting kicked in the teeth for the past twenty years, and just when it seems like it has hit rock bottom, the bottom falls out again. Detroit suffers from the recession, foreclosures, a violent crime rate five times higher than average, and an unemployment rate of either 15% or 50%, depending on who you ask. Out of this mess comes some of the most promising hip-hop in the nation. Artists like Black Milk, Finale, and now Apollo Brown are making hip-hop that is gritty, urgent, and real. "
""Night Train," Cunning's debut album, is the kind of buoyant, nuanced record we critics at RapReviews dream of getting assigned among the many fledgling independent submissions we receive. It's by no means superlative, but of the hundreds of albums and mixtapes that come out each month, it's deserving of your time—a statement you won't hear terribly often from this disciple of Sturgeon's Law (viz. "90% of everything is crud"). Essentially a solitary labor of love, "Night Train" is entirely self-produced and features no guests, giving it an air of intimacy. Subject matter varies from clever braggadocio to humorous storytelling and rueful anecdotes about poverty. Cunning's most valuable skill is his comical, often self-deprecating honesty."
DJ Quik :: Safe + Sound :: Profile Records ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series ** as reviewed by Pete T.
"Musically "Safe + Sound" is leaps and bounds above all of Quik's work that preceded it, which isn't to take anything away from either of his earlier albums in the slightest. Both "Quik Is the Name" and "Way 2 Fonky" were phenomenal musically, showcasing his deft hands on the boards as he executed a seamless West Coast funk that would help to define the genre. Still, they sound decidedly old school and pale in comparison to the musical magnificence of "Safe + Sound," if not in quality then in complexity. Light on samples and heavy on live instrumentation, "Safe + Sound" catapulted Quik from the status of a producer to that of a full-fledged composer. It is this sound—the quick, winding basslines, tinny high hats, smooth instrumental solos, soulful pipes, and Roger Troutman's talkbox—that defined him as a musician and, with varying moderations, he more or less developed for the rest of his career."
"D-Sisive has been on such a remarkable run that it can't be a coincidence any more. While it's conceivable that one individual writer might have a vested interest in a particular artist or group and thus overrate their work (something we try hard to discourage) there's no accounting for the fact that threedifferentwriters on RR felt so strongly about D-Sisive's work they gave his album 9 out of 10. For those new to the website, that's putting Derek Christoff in a very elite musical and lyrical category - right up there with the likes of Aceyalone, Gift of Gab, Nas, The Roots, Sage Francis, et cetera. So if you're asking yourself "Why haven't I heard of D-Sisive before now?" reading this review I'll give you three answers"
Heather B :: Takin Mine :: Pendulum/EMI ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series ** as reviewed by Matt Jost
"So "Takin Mine" isn't a balanced record. That's one reason to champion it, especially if 'balance' means catering to as many demands as possible. Shoving aside all expectations except those from the hardcore constituency, Heather B rips through her material like an East Coast version of Lady of Rage. Defiant from the opening line "Raise yo L's and yo middle left finger," she combines freestyle aesthetic and personal drive in a potent musical one-two punch. Just to keep things in balance, however, after "Takin Mine" you might want to listen to Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott's own acknowledgement of MTV's real-life soap opera, "Da Real World," an arguably more complex and diverse piece of music. "
"According to its renaissance man of an author, MC and software engineer, Rashenal, "Human Block" is quite an ambitious concept album. Indeed, according to the MC, this self-titled album by the Human Block project, comprised of Rashenal and producer and fellow Wild Life Crew member Jelts, is a concept album "exploring the most basic forms of human connection and how human lives are shaped around these connections." I would normally be fascinated by such sociological inquiries. The problem though, is that Rashenal is not a good rapper. "
""Forever Famicom" embraces the nostalgia for gaming's second era of home consoles, a time that blew away the simplicity of what could be done on Atari 2600 or Intellivision before it, yet still seems incredibly primitive compared to today's high-powered consoles like Sony PS3 or the X-Box 360. It's easy to argue that this is just a "throwback" retro movement, and if you like you can break out your Nintendo Power Glove and your Rob the Robot and relive the glory days, but "Forever Famicom" doesn't just cash in on a trip down memory lane like a tired VH1 TV concept. Like the Transformers toys of the same timeframe, this album is more than meets the eye - modern day hip-hop in disguise. When you play this album you discover that K-Murdock has pulled these old memorable tunes into today's hip-hop soundscape, occasionally kicking and screaming in protest, until he beat them into submission with scratches and beats that give them a totally now sound. "
"To some observers the product that remains on "Li(f)e" would be better described as spoken word poetry instead of hip-hop. I wouldn't argue with that distinction. Every great or poorly conceived rap line is a poem - and those who have studied poetry know that as long as it expresses something important to the author it need not necessarily rhyme. In that respect Francis is more like Saul Williams than Ludacris, more like Paul Beatty than Public Enemy, closer to Gil Scott-Heron than Gucci Mane. On "Li(f)e" Francis takes this one step further than he ever has before. When he sings that "London Bridge" is falling down, that's not just the hook - he freely alternates between singing and speaking his lyrics over a crunchy guitar riff that's more punk rock than rap. On "Slow Man" you could mistake Francis for Whitey Ford at times, right down to the white man blues Brian Deck gives this song. Even when he's rapping on "Worry Not," it's not the familiar hip-hop you know."