I got hipped awhile back via my man J. Nota (of ReDefinition Records) to a dope site for ALL indie artist to sell/manage their music digitally- Bandcamp. After using it sporadically the last few months, i have decided, from this point on, to make it the 1-stop shop for ALL Panacea downloads- both paid and free! That said, the project i chose to kick off this newfound partnership is actually OUR very first album, "Thinking Back, Looking Forward".
For those who cop the album via bandcamp, you'll get an EP's worth of bonus material exclusively available via my Neosonic site on the service. For more details, peep the latest Panacea video update below...
Peace & thanx for supportin' us the last 6 years strong,
Twitter has become one of the most popular ways for artists to let fans into their lives. While it may seem beyond mundane to hear about what your co-worker did on a random Thursday night, when that kind of information comes from a celebrity suddenly it's infinitely more interesting, especially when you can comment back about it.
As we continue to build our hip-hop scene here in Connecticut, one issue that continues to plague us is the lack of information disseminated about the scene. People are more likely to say "I had no idea we had a hip-hop scene" than to be able to name a favorite local artist. Twitter can help with this. All it takes is for people to "follow" a few Connecticut hip-hop artists to get information about shows, albums and everything else going on in the scene, to really get the scene flowing. With that in mind, this edition of The B-Side is dedicated to the Connecticut hip-hop artists that you should consider following on Twitter today.
Boston emcee Sullee is probably most recognizable from his time on The White Rapper Show. The VH1 program put him in a national spotlight until he became fed up with what he was being asked to do and packed his things and left, pride and self-respect in tact. Sullee’s musical journey, however, started long before that experience. Born in 1985 to a young mother and an incarcerated father who didn’t fully become a part of his life until after Sullee’s sixth birthday, Sullee had a budding music career as a member of a kids singing group before he even hit double digits in age. After the group disbanded Sullee focused on sports, but at about 15 he realized his NBA dreams weren’t going to become a reality and decided to pursue music full time. This time, however, it wasn’t about singing - Sullee was focused on being an emcee. Now with The White Rapper Show behind him and an album ready to be released in the fall, Sullee is poised to take the next big step in his career, which is why this week I sat down with him to find out more about his music, where he and his fellow Bostonians get their defiant attitude from, and the impact a traveling cartoon mouse had on him.
Welcome to another week of "Free Music Friday" and this is the Unlimited Editon. Why? 'Cause there's no limit to how many of these free music you can cop. You'll think it's illegal, but it ain't - trust!
216thetakeover.com, DJ Jack Da Rippa, & Goodshyt Ent. Present On the Rise Vol. 2
[This mixtape focuses on the upcoming Midwest emcess on the rise, such as RH Bless, Twizted Mind, and Mr. 44. Hear them out!]
Tracklisting: 1. Mr. 44 Ft. Jus Mic, and Embezz Pierre - Your A Man (Remix) 2.Twizted Mind - Mr. Disrespectful 3.Gerald D. Ft Corey Bapes - Loud! 4.GTC - Grind Till I Get It 5.Proph The Problem - Cleveland Girls 6.Mr. 44 Ft. Twizted Mind - I Am 7.Jus Mic - Whos Saving Me 8.Soul Kryziz - 33 Missed Calls 9.RH Bless - Who Are We 10.Mr. 44 - Oh My God 11.Jus Mic - Misery 12.Caine - Slo-Money 13.Twizted Mind - Drink'n & Drive'n 14.R.O.B. - We Get It In 15.Un - Bring It Back 16.Cashcool - Lawless 17.Big Nik - Snatch Up 18.Chevy Blue - Shortie 19.RH Bless - I'm Just Chillin 20.Mr. 44 - 44 for President (Remix) 21.Summer Azul - Ima Rockstar
BloodyChuck MusicOnPlay Present March Drops ‘09 (Hosted By Ca$his)
[Yes, the mixtape is titled "March Drops" as in March the month. It's very evident that the mixtape was supposed to be out last April. But due to some personal snd scheduling problems, the mixtape was Detox'ed back until now, that is. THis mixtape features some of the best cuts of the first quarter of '09 and some exclusive Ca$his joints. I'll still say it's well worth a listen or two, no matter how old.]
Tracklisting: 1. Ca$his – Intro 2. Ca$his – Capo 3. Killer Mike – Hoes ft. C-Bone & Slimm Calhoun 4. 8Ball & MJG – Boo ft. T.I. 5. Rick Ross – Usual Suspects ft. Nas 6. Brother Ali – Good Lord 7. Crooked I – If You Ever Hear Me 8. Ludacris & Shawnna – Everybody Drunk 9. Slim Thug – I Run (Remix) ft. Chamillionaire & Z-Ro 10. Ca$his – What Up ft. Chamillionaire & Carlito Rossi 11. Saigon & Statik Selektah – The Rules 12. Redman & Method Man – City Lights ft. UGK 13. Jim Jones – How To Be A Boss ft. Ludacris & NOE 14. Fat Joe – One ft. Akon 15. Jadakiss – Pain & Torture 16. Slaughterhouse – Wack MC’s 17. Ace Hood – Overtime ft. Akon & T-Pain 18. Fabolous – Throw It In The Bag ft. The Dream 19. Lil Wayne & Juelz Santana – With One Arm 20. Twista – On Top ft. Akon 21. UGK – Still On The Grind ft. Raheem DeVaughn 22. Nas – If I Ruled The World (09 Remix) ft. Marsha Ambrosious 23. Ca$his – Outro
[Chilla dropped "The Countdown" on Free Music Friday week ago, now it's time's up as Chilla drops in like a "Timebomb". For those who aren't yet familiar with his "Haymaker Rap" style (using metaphors, not similes in rap), they can certainly find it out here. Check this joint out!]
Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. Here We Go 3. I Get Dough (Ft. Ahmir) 4. On My G-Rind (Ft. Millyz & Ahmir) 5. My Buisness (Ft. Greed & Rod) 6. Fresh To Death 7. I'm Too Strong (Ft. Ahmir) 8. I'm From The Bean (Ft. Bay Holla, BR & Mizzo) 9. Warriors (Ft. Rod & Greed) 10. Diamond In The Rough 11. Soul Searching 12. Forgiven (Ft. Ahmir) 13. The Story 14. Can't Stop The Rain 15. Downward Spiral 16. Lonely Day 17. What's Really Going On (Ft. Millyz & Ahmir) 18. Remember Me 19. Time Bomb (Ft. Fly-C) 20. Outro 21. What's Really Goin On (Remix Ft. Millyz, Whispers, Lunox & Ahmir)
Coast 2 Coast Mixtape Vol. 93 (Hosted by Jay Rock)
[It's Coast 2 Coast Mixtape, you alreayd know what it is! CA rapper Jay Rock hosts in this volume and C2C brings the hottest joints from North, South, East, and West.]
Tracklisting: 1. Jay Rock - I'm Official 2. Jay-Z Feat. J. Cole - A Star Is Born 3. Drake Feat. Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Eminem - Forever 4. Kurupt Feat. Reed Dollaz, Tekneek & Gillie Da Kid - Tha House (Remix) 5. Jay-Z Feat. Young Jeezy - Real As It Gets 6. Jay Rock Feat. Honey - Street Life 7. Bone Thugs N Harmony - DOA 8. J. Cole - Back To The Topic Freestyle 9. Jay-Z Feat. Drake - Off That 10. St. Laz & RH Bless - The Black X-perience (Prod By Casaone) 11. Jay Rock - Change Gone Come 12. Nipsey Hussle - Hussle Is My Last Name 13. Jay-Z Feat. Kanye West - Hate 14. Darq Feat. Cuban Link and Young Bugz - BX (Remix) 15. BizZ - Okay, Im Hot 16. LieFocals feat. Passion & E-Skeed - Oh No 17. Derty Den - The Industry Needs Me 18. Rahzel Jr. & S.N.R.C. Ent - The Overachieva 19. Killebrew - What Else Ima Do 20. YEAH YAMS - Dont Know What To Do 21. Chriss Floren Feat. Lil Fats - Your Beautiful 22. Hardware - Moving On Up 23. ROX - Without You 24. Jay Rock - Outro
[Wow, that cover is provocative, huh? Most folks remember him from De La Soul's classic joint "Thru Ya City" and now D.V. is linking up with DJ Whoo Kid to create "Counteraction Vol. One". Although he's been slept-on, D.V. already received props from his peers, including 50 Cent (who calls him the "Chosen One"). Check it out!]
Tracklisting: 1. A Load Off 2. Any Ol Postion 3. Let Em Out 4. I Got Choo (feat. Retsam Da Prince) 5. Swag Tag Don 6. Girls Go Crazy (feat. Swagg Munchkins) 7. Over Sea's (feat. Retsam Da Prince) 8. Fall Back (feat. Billy Danze of M.O.P.) 9. Lucifer 10. So Nu (feat. Toren) 11. Don't Get Caught (feat. Maino and Uncle Murda) 12. Greatness (feat. Retsam Da Prince) 13. I Don't Need You 14. Attraction (feat. Toren) 15. It's Nothing to a "G" 16. I Put On
[Formerly from Crime Mob, Diamond has made a pathway on her own while many still reminisce on her Crunk days. However, Diamond says that she wants to show off something more adult/mature and beyond knuckin' n' buckin'. Check this mix out to see if the Diamond still glistens.]
1. The Arrival/Always Strapped (feat. DJ Dammit) 2. Superbad (feat. Cee-Lo) 3. Wazup With That Pussy 4. Tag (feat. Lil Scrappy) 5. Diamond Speaks 6. Every Bag In The World 7. The New Chief 8. Tore Up 9. Sicknan 10. My Skittles (Rokk-Da-Spot Remix) 11. Turn My Swag On 12. Dance For Me (feat. Will) 13. Independent (Remix) (feat. Webbie & Lil Boosie) 14. Like A Hoe 15. Break Ya Ankles (Remix) (feat. E-40 & Shawty Lo) 16. Outro BONUS: Role Model (feat. Nicole Wray)
Famoso meets Dilla & Premo (Hosted by DJ Mickey Knox)
["Puerto Rican, look White and sound Black!" is the first phrase I remember from him. Reppin' NYC is a rapper named Famoso and this mixtape showcase him spittin over Dilla and Premo beats.]
Tracklisting: 1. Intro - Famoso & DJ Mickey Knox 2. Fresh Audio 3. 40 Glock Style 4. This Is Hip Hop 5. Pop Darts 6. Hustlers Heart 7. Super Star 8. Product of My Environment 9. Assasin's Tears 10. Clear the Way 11. Iron Jungle 12. Trouble 13. Stylistic 14. Memoires 15. Hardtimes Army (ft. Minnasota Phats, Tools, Mokeout, Enormus Tha Ox& War Bixby)
Jozeemo, Joe Scudda, Chaundon, & Rapper Big Pooh :: Reservoir Dogs
[HOJ is the movement! If y'all ain't know already, they're gonna prove it to you Tarantino style. Jozeemo plays Mr. Pink, Joe Scudda plays Mr. Yellow, Chaundon plays Mr. White, and Rapper Big Pooh plays Mr. Orange in this Justus League supergroup-mixtape known as "Reservoir Dogs."]
Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. HOF Fam 3. Chaundon - Back Up 4. Dream 5. Man Up 6. Joe Scudda - Trunk Rattle 7. Til Infinity 8. Reservoir Dogs 9. Quentin Tarantino 10. Jozeemo - Call Me 11. Streets Are Talking About 12. 3 Words 13. Bury Ya Squad 14. Rapper Big Pooh - Got Em' 15. Next Selection 16. Not Your Regular Club Song 17. Pancake 18. HOJ Get Money 19. DJ Skillz Speaks 20. Takin' Over 21. Outro
[K.I. is a rapper reppin' from Connecticut and he wants in. Really, he wants in, it's in the title of this mixtape. Known as a member from Port Authority, K.I. is looking to make it big in the industry and this street tape may be a start.]
Tracklisting: 1. What it Is 2. Shake That 3. Radio Call In (Skit) 4. Get Out Of My House feat. Uncut 5. Anger Management 6. Squad Up feat. Uncut 7. The City feat. Vildig'it 8. Still the Same 9. I Want In feat. Vildig'it 10. Old School Cool 11. In the Streets 12. Living Life Fast 13. A Day in the Life 14. I'm Falling feat. J-Dash 15. The Porch 16. Sail Away 17. D.O.A. feat. Jay-Z (Next Level Remix) 18. Hood Hop 19. Southern Comfort (Skit) 20. You AIn't Shit 21. Don't Be Mad at Me feat. Peaches 22. Nasty Girl 23. The Come Up
[This 20-year old emcee has big plans for this year. Raised from Austin, Texas, he went from being in a Christian band to becoming a full-time rapper. Check out this mix to see what this young Texan has to offer]
Tracklisting: 1. DJ Grip & KJ Hines - Intro 2. My Name 3. All The Above Remix 4. 512 Anthem Ft. Nook, KJ Hines, Jonsense, Gerlad G, Nacim, Bavu Blakes, J Kapone 5. Hip Hop Ft. Fitness 6. Maybach Music Ft. Young Day 7. Best I Ever Had Remix 8. KJ Hines Freestyle 9. Feel This Remix Kidd Ft. KJ Hines 10. Lonely (Prod by T. Bailey) 11. Magnificent Ft. Blaque Pat, Rrog G 12. Dreaming (Prod by KJ Hines) 13. Famous (Prod by Johnny Astro) 14. I Got A Feeling 15. Ignition (Prod by Johnny Astro) 16. Give Me One Night Ft. Ter'ell Shahid (Prod by Johnny Astro) 17. Payd Ft. Lil Miles, Y2JJ 18. She Likes (Prod by T. Bailey) 19. You Sexy Ft. Jonsense (Prod by T. Bailey) 20. Up Town Remix 21. Birthday Sex Remix 22. Wetter Remix 23. You Are Not Alone (Michael Jackson Tribute)
Rock City & Don Cannon :: P.T.F.A.O.: The Saga Continues
[Alright, long story short. Akon signed these duo, known as Rock Star, to a deal on his Konvict Label. Rock Star then went in the studio and finished a album for the world to hear. Problem is Interscope is pushing back on the release for whatever reasons, so they made a movement to the label called P.T.F.A.O. ("Put The Fucking Album Out," for short). Instead of whining and complaing, Rock Star linked up with Don Cannon to drop some free mixes to keep the fans satisfied until the label does put the effing album out.]
Tracklisting: 1. PTFAO Motion Picture 2. Ruler's Back 3. 4 Minutes Tops 4. I'm Leaving (feat. Akon and Swizz Beatz) 5. D.O.B. (Death of Bullshit) 6. THe Rhythm 7. PTFAO 8. Hip Hop Props 9. Big Trouble (feat. Raverty) 10.Break Up (feat. Verse and Lunch Money) 11. DOne Talk 12. In the Clubs (feat. Strings) 13. It's OK (feat. Chubbie Baby) 14. Keep it Going 15. Sucessfull (feat. Trey Songz) 16. Feels Like I'm FLoatin 17. We GOtta Make It 18. Ransom (feat. Chris Brown)
[This album is a FULL proof that anyone born after 1995 can make some real hip-hop music. Don't believe, check out this 11 year-old producer named Vohn Beatz and a 14 year-old emcee named MPAK. Them kids ain't followin er'ry trend and dance routines out there either, so check this one out!]
Tracklisting: 1. Free Flow 2. Let's Get It 3. Out Of Time 4. Candy Bars 5. Take COntrol 6. Savage 7. How to Be a Hater Part I Interlude 8. Nursery Rhymes 9. How to Be a Hater Part 2 Interlude 10. Crazy World 11. Keep to Myself 12. Free Flow Part 2 13. Boombaptism 14. Man Up
That's it for the "Unlimited Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
Anthony Williams, best known to his fans worldwide as Roc Raida from the X-Ecutioners, was involved in a freak accident last night. Details are scant and hard to come by at this time but we do have this update from DJ Nino Brown on Facebook and Twitter ten hours ago: "Roc Raida has had a freak accident, and is having spinal surgery, please keep him in your prayers." We'll bring you the latest update on what happened and his condition as soon as it's available. Godspeed to Roc Raida.
You know RapReviews.com got'cha back! We're the cure for your Wednesday, hump day, middle of the work week blues with brand new hip-hop videos to enjoy, starting with the Crown City Rockers getting their groove on.
Here's a behind the scenes video for Saigon's "Gotta Believe It" featuring Just Blaze.
In this Culture VI interview, Nino Bless talks about Slaughterhouse.
Here's the official Juicy J video for "North Memphis Like Me."
And peep out this Tanya Morgan "public access" style video for "Hardcore Gentlemen."
You can watch J57 from the Brown Bag AllStars making a beat... IN HIS CAR!
Last but not least is a video for Random's new song "Worst I Ever Heard." Enjoy!
It gives me no pleasure to put one of my favorite female emcees out there as perpetratin' a fraud, but the facts are undeniable. Oliver 'O-Dub' Wang brought to my attention this article from Slate.com, which busts out "Doctor" Roxanne Shante, Ph.D as being full of it. Previous Shante news stories had proudly proclaimed how she got one over on Warner Music and forced them to pay for her college degree as previously agreed to contractually. Unfortunately with just a few minutes of investigation by Slate writer Ben Sheffner, the whole story proved in the words of MC Lyte to be paper thin. No such contract ever existed, no license for her to practice as a doctor exists in the state of New York, and no degree was ever issued to her by Cornell. In fact the only school she attended, Marymount Manhattan College, says she dropped out after just four months. In other words, her entire story is bupkis. If she ever decides to go to college FOR REAL, RapReviews.com will proudly stand behind her, but she can't claim she's already earned a degree without putting in the work.
I just did this remix for my friend and former labelmate, Mr. J Medeiros (formerly of The Procussions). It features some amazing vocals by a singer named Tara Ellis who also sang the hook on one of my fav Pros tracks, "I'll Fly". Mr. J & myself are currently discussing the possibility of trying to round up some of the ex-Rawkus acts and do a tour! I'll let you know what happens from that soon, but in the meantime, check the remix and spread the word... and music!