November 27, 2008

Oh Are We Late? Kanye West - Heartless Video

Mean Jean Birthday Edition




November 24, 2008

Common Introduces thinkcommon.com...

Q-Tip - "Renaissance Rap"

Artist Of The Week - Sonic Boom Six

Mix punk rock, reggae, ska and Hip-Hop, throw in a feisty female vocalist and add some lyrics with depth and meaning and you get Sonic Boom Six, Manchester, England’s favorite “Genre-Terrorists.” Recently, Sonic Boom Six made a rare appearance in the States and afterwards I caught up with Ben C, Laila, Barney, Neil (pictured L to R) and Nick (not pictured) to find out more about how they developed their sound, what “Genre-Terrorism” is all about, and what kind of crazy things they’re experienced while in their tour van. Click Here...

Mazzi's Walking Blog # 9

November 22, 2008

Saul Williams: Convict Colony


The music video for Convict Colony by Saul Williams aka Niggy Tardust! Produced by EagleHawk. Directed/Produced by Rob Leitzell & Chris Edley. 7/9/2008. Out on Fader Label

The Alchemist-Therapy ft. Evidence, Blu, and Kid Cudi


Coole High Speaks About 'Who'.

November 17, 2008

Quad Almighty - The Royal Parchment



Artist Of The Week – Eyezon

Some folks have noted that I have a predilection for featuring east coast artists as my Artists Of The Week. Well, you can’t get much further from the east coast of the US than South Africa, and that’s exactly where this week’s Artist Of The Week, Eyezon, hails from. Figuring an emcee who’s actually seen apartheid up close and personal might have a thing or two to say, I sat down with Eyezon this week to find out more about his early years in South Africa, when and how he made the move to America, and how he feels all of his life experiences help him connect with people as an emcee. Click here...

Free Mixtape: Who The F#ck Is B.o.B?

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November 16, 2008

New Breed: Vol. 1


No it's not a mixtape. It's just the title of a new thread that will focus on some characters we find interesting enough and worthy of being discussed for their movements in music and performance.

In this installment, we shed light on the artist known as 8th 1. Reminds you of a better, more literate and less nasal Kanye West. As an emcee he has a lot more skill and much more to talk about. 8th 1 is also a graphic artist, he created the image shirt he's wearing. Very simple but a great marketing tool for his movement in the arts. Establishing his brand 'early'. Be on the look out for big things from this young man, a member of NYC's AOK's Collective; doing all the work no one wants to do in order to get famous.

November 14, 2008

The Album Sampler – Still a Great Idea by Adam Bernard

If you’re an artist who is selling your music hand to hand you know how hard it is to convince someone who has never heard of you to shell out their hard earned money to listen to your work. Heck, people are barely willing to open up their wallets to purchase the music of the artists they are familiar with. There is a simple, and not too pricey, solution to this, and it’s one that’s almost as old as the music industry itself – the album sampler. Click here...

November 12, 2008

Sumkid Featured On Beyond Race's Website

SumKid is the creative genius behind the song “Chuck Norris on Drugs.” A California based emcee, SumKid has built quite the career on being a creative and unique individual. To say he bucks the usual trends in hip-hop would be an understatement. From The Lil Folk, to The Nobody Beyond Race: You range quite a bit musically. How do you define yourself both as an emcee and a...
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Nov.14th @ The Knitting Factory

Don't miss this show! The Knitting Factory is closing it's Manhattan doors this year and there are only a handful of shows left to see at this legendary venue. Just this past weekend Black Moon & Smif N Wessun performed for the first time with a live band to a packed house for an unforgettable night. Q-tip had his album release just a few weeks earlier, while Bustah did a special free show for fans. Even Kanye West made an appearance performing Love Lockdown from his forthcoming LP. Be a part of history. Don't you wish you'd have gone to CBGB's a few times before they closed their doors...?

November 10, 2008

What's In My Bag? with Mos Def

K'naan & Matisyahu Announce Winter Tour Dates

(November 11, 2008 - Brooklyn, NY) K'naan returns to the road for his latest tour excursion, this time with Matisyahu. A survivor of war-torn Somalia, K'naan struck the industry head-on with the inspired tracks from his debut album The Dusty Foot Philosopher. With singles like "Soobox" and "Strugglin'," K'naan has garnered much attention from the media, meriting glowing reviews from sites like PopMatters.com and SkopeMag.com, who raved, "K’naan uses his unique voice and authentic style to bring an enormous dose of realness and urgency to the hip-hop world, in the tradition of great folk singers and protest songs he carves a new path filled with eloquent and thought-provoking lyrics." Check out what all the buzz is surrounding the release of The Dusty Foot Philosopher Deluxe Edition at one of his winter tour dates. The Dusty Foot Philosopher Deluxe Edition is available in stores and online now courtesy of Interdependent Media.

K’naan Winter Tourdates w/ Matisyahu:

11.26.08 8pm Harry O’s Park City, UT
11.29.08 8pm Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
11.30.08 8pm Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
12.06.08 8pm Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY
12.07.08 8pm Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
12.09.08 8pm The Blue Note Columbia, MO
12.11.08 8pm Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
12.14.08 8pm House Of Blues Cleveland, OH
12.16.08 8pm The Phoenix Concert Toronto, ON
12.17.08 8pm Metropolis Montreal, ON
12.18.08 8pm Higher Ground Ballroom South Berlington, VT

"In The Beginning"
http://www.audibletreats.com/download/Knaan/Knaan-In_The_Beginning.mp3

"If Rap Gets Jealous"
http://www.audibletreats.com/download/Knaan/Knaan-If_Rap_Gets_Jealous.mp3

"Strugglin'"
http://www.audibletreats.com/download/Knaan/Knaan-Strugglin.mp3

"Soobax"
http://www.audibletreats.com/download/Knaan/Knaan-Soobax.mp3

K'naan official site:
http://www.thedustyfoot.com/

Artist Of The Week - Fiyawata

Remember back in the day when east and west coast artists beefed with each other? Well, Fiyawata is the complete opposite of that. Composed of Brooklyn born emcee Ambessa the Articulate and Oakland songstress Zakiya Harris, Fiyawata and their music not only work to break down barriers and misconceptions, they also push the boundaries of Hip-Hop and work to expand its definition. This week I caught up with the male half of the married musical duo to find out how two people from totally opposite ends of the country ended up finding each other and what kind of journeys into sound they’re teaming has given birth to. Click here...

November 14th @ The Knitting Factory

You must check out this show! Hosted by The Bronx Über Villain and AOK Collective's Homeboy Sandman. Plus spinning all night MTV Made's Rabbi Darkside... Come out, get some great food and rock out with a crazy lineup of artists and some guest appearances you definitely won't forget.

The Knitting Factory is closing this year so get out to as many shows as you can make it to!

November 7, 2008

Dub MD & Fresh Daily Presents "Winter Fresh"

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Winter Fresh, is the exclusive new mixtape project from the incomparable Brooklynite Fresh Daily and Dub MD, this AOK Collective presentation is available right here, for free download. This new project features rarities, exclusives, remixes, unreleased joints, collabos and freestyles from 2005-2008, it features tracks with Supastition, Jesse Boykins III, Substantial, Mickey Factz, SiLent Knight and more, with production from the likes of Illmind, Analogic, M-Phazes, 9th Wonder, Madlib the list goes on, all unlocked from the vault for your listening pleasure.

Be on the lookout for Fresh Daily's new project "Tomorrow Is Today", along with his long awaited new album "The Gorgeous Killer In Crimes Of Passion" both hittin shelves real soon, featuring Tanya Morgan, P.Casso, Cool Calm Pete, Substantial and many more, with a production list including Illmind, Oh No, DJ Spinna, Ski, 88 Keys, 2 Hungry Brothers and Analogic all holding down the boards. For more information on Fresh Daily make sure you hit up his official myspace page at www.myspace.com/freshdotdaily.

Also keep your eyes out for Dub MD's exclusive new mixtape project for the purest called "Hip Hop Renatus" which features the whos-who of underground hip hop emcees (44 MC's / 34 Tracks) doin what they do best over the greatest hip hop producers of all-times instrumentals, out later this month for exclusive free download!

01. Winter Fresh (Intro)
02. Raw Hip Hop (Produced By DJ Evil Dee)
03. How Good Is Ya Game (feat. Emilio Rojas) (Produced By Muneshine)
04. Next In Line (feat. Supastition & Outburst) (Produced By Analogic)
05. Assassination Tango (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
06. Fresh (feat. 8thW1) (Produced By Nas550)
07. That Damn Good (feat. Substantial) (Produced By Algorythm)
08. Kill A Brand (Produced By M-Phazes)
09. False Teeth (feat. Svengali Bros)
10. Keep Moving (feat. Mickey Factz)
11. Fast Lane (feat. East & SiLent Knight) (Produced By 9th Wonder)
12. Winter Fresh (Interlude)
13. Gimmie My Props (Produced By The Applejuice Kid)
14. HBO (Heart Barely Open) (feat. Jesse Boykins III) (Produced By The Architect)
15. Ricky Vaughn (The Major Leagues) (feat. XV) (Produced By Nottz)
16. Supaspectacular! (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
17. Rising (feat. Supastition & Deacon the Villian) (Produced By Tonedeff)
18. Get Over (Produced By Illmind)
19. Boom! (feat. P. Casso) (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
20. To My Homie (feat. 8thW1) (as Charlie Browns Field Goal) (Produced By Nas550)
21. Figaro (Fresh Daily Remix) (Produced By Madlib)
22. What It Is (feat. SiLent Knight & Shabaam Sahdeeq) (Produced By Erv Ford)
23. New Blood v2 (feat. Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas & Torae) (Produced By Illmind)
24. Winter Fresh (Outro)

November 6, 2008

B-Real of Cypress Hill Preps "SMOKE N MIRRORS" For A February 24th, 2009 Release

B-Real, a rapper of Mexican and Afro-Cuban heritage, is best known for being the lead rapper in the hip hop group Cypress Hill. Since the group's formation in 1988, the pioneering rap-rock quartet Cypress Hill -- founders B-Real, DJ Muggs, and Sen Dog, along with newest member Eric Bobo -- have come a long way from the streets of South Central L.A. Over the course of its 17-year history, Cypress Hill has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, including more than 11 million records in the U.S. alone. The group has garnered 15 multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications from the RIAA; headlined Lollapalooza, Woodstock and the group's own Smokin' Grooves tour. B-Real has appeared on "Saturday Night Live," all the while breaking down the musical and cultural barriers between hip-hop, alternative, metal, rock, reggae, ska and Latin music.

Recently, B-Real, along with Cypress Hill received a VH1 Hip Hop Honors, to celebrate the vision and innovation that the group continues to bring to Hip Hop, strengthening its force around the world. Other artists honored in 2008 were De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick and Too Short.

In B-Real's first ever solo effort, "SMOKE N MIRRORS", he wanted to showcase his musical talent over beats produced by Alchemist, Scoop Deville, & Sick Jacken (from Psycho Realm). B-Real produced several songs on the project as well, including the lead track "FIRE" with Damian Marley. "Smoke N Mirrors" also features tracks with Snoop Dogg, Buckshot, Kurupt, Too Short, Sen Dog, of Cypress Hill, & Young De.

B-Real is confident his fans will appreciate "Smoke N Mirrors" stating: "I am excited to be putting out my first solo project. It's been in the works for a while now. I want to show my fans a different side to my creative abilities including my own production. I am also excited to have teamed up with Duck Down. They have a strong team and I believe they will push my project to the fullest.”

Two Videos will be filmed off "Smoke N Mirrors" for "Don't Ya Dare Laugh" featuring Young De and "FIRE" featuring Damian Marley.

SMOKE N MIRRORS is in stores February 24th, 2009, courtesy of Audio Hustlaz/Duck Down Records.


Tracklisting and credits for B-Real’s Smoke N Mirrors:

1.) Children of The Night f/ Bo Roc (produced by Scoop Deville)
2.) Gangsta Music f/Bo Roc (produced by Soopafly)
3.) Don’t Ya Dare Laugh f/Young De (produced by Scoop Deville)
4.) Everything You Want f/Buckshot (produced by Soopafly)
5.) 6 Minutes f/Young De & Tek (produced by Alchemist)
6.) Pyscho Revolution f/ Sick Jacken (produced by Sick Jacken)
7.) Fire f/Damian Marley (produced by B-Real)
8.) 10 Steps Behind f/Young De & Tek (produced by J. Turner)
9). Get That Dough f/Mimi (produced by Fifth)
10.) Dr. Hyphenstein f/Snoop Doog, Young De & Trace Midas (produced by B-Real)
11.) Stack’ N Paper (produced by J. Turner)
12.) 1 Life f/Send Dog and Mal Verde (produced by B-Real)
13.) Dude VS. Homie (produced by J. Turner)
14.) When They Hate You f/Mimi (produced by Salaam Wreck)
15.) When Were F*cking f/Too Short, Kurupt and Young De (produced by J. Turner)

November 3, 2008

The return of those 'Desperate Housewives'.

I guess you would call this a remix but not in the traditional sense. Vinyl Junkie Sumkid Majere claimed to have listened to the original over thirty times then decided he wanted to toss a rhyme upon this collaborative effort between Conscious and Coole High. Why not? So folks, here goes the single, 'Desperate Housewives' produced by Verse All, now with additional vocals from Sumkid. Enjoy.

Artist Of The Week - Fresh Daily

To say I’ve known Fresh Daily for a while would be an understatement. I knew him back when he rhymed under a different name and was part of a totally different crew. Now he’s heading up the AOK Collective and the name Fresh Daily is well known and highly respected throughout NYC. He has a unique style and a personality which exudes zero ego. Fresh Daily isn’t just good at emceeing, he has a lot of fun doing it. This week I sat down with him to talk a little bit about his history, how the AOK Collective came to be, and the Fresh Daily album that’s nearly four years in the making. Click here...

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