Friday, August 30

Discussing Hip-Hop With Rich Quick

Out today, get it on iTunes
All you got to do to know that Rich Quick is an interesting guy is read the first paragraph of his bio. "Learning to play piano by ear, mimicking riffs and bass lines he heard on the radio and television; this was the beginning of Rich Quick’s music career. At the age of 7 he obtained a copy of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”. The CD had another track on it, the instrumental which sampled Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise” from Songs In The Key Of Life Vol. 1. Quick spent hours penning rhymes to the instrumental as a child not knowing this was the start of a life long passion."

From bar driven appearances in cyphers to reflective & insightful tracks, his music pretty much runs the gamut. He's definitely knowledgeable about music outside of Rap. I've come to respect his opinion and  how he incorporates multigenre elements into his work frequently. With that in mind I thought it'd be interesting to have a discussion with him about his music, artistry, attention to detail, and issues pertinent to today's Hip-Hop climate.

 What is true skool?

So, if 'old school' is old, and 'new school' is new, I feel that 'true school' is what you get when you have classic, current hip-hop.  It's fresh, yet familiar.  True to the culture.

 Is it hard to balance musical experimentation and musical integrity?

Absolutely!  I struggle with this.  There is all types of music I'd like 2 make, but there is always a thought in the back of my mind that I'm going to lose a demographic or a fan base, or offend someone's musical taste.  When really I'm just tryin to be my full-self!  Not that I let that stop me...but it does tend to make me second guess myself as an artist.

Thursday, August 29

Kid Dro - Roll Up

Stori ft. A Layne - Top Down


Tokyo King ft. Y2 - Gettin' All I Wanted (Prod. Charley Brown)


Model Coco Francesca


@COCO_FRANCESCA on Twitter & Instagram

T. Boogie - Races' [Prod. Ezee]


MixTrapNation & DJ Don Gee - Streets 2 Da Booth



1.Glasses Malone ft. Tyga - Get Busy
2.San Quinn - Million Dollars
3.Big Spec - Turnt Up
4.Murdah Baby - Campaign
5.Ricky D ft. Matt Blaque - You
6.Turf Talk ft. Problem - Long Time
7.Bad Lucc ft. Iamsu - Beast
8.DD ft Ty Dolla Sign Iamsu - In This Thang
9.Lee Majors - Dollar Signs
10.Big Spec - So West Coast
11.Cap 1 ft Problem - We Wit It
12.San Quinn ft. Ricky D - Turn Up (Million Dollars Everywhere)listen download
13.Murdah Baby ft. Milla On Deck - #MURDAHGANG Here
14.Murdah Baby ft. Big Spec x Smoove x Dante Hawkins - Krak Money Remix (I Get Money)

Darkside UCONN ft. Scarface - Black America

Monday, August 26

DC ft. Gucci Mane - Get Money



Twitter / Instagram: @DC_GME

Jae Hall - Aaliyah



Aaliyah was one of the industries brightest and biggest stars. Her influence and talent touched so many people.  This track gives Jae a platform to talk about being a product of Hip-Hop and the people who influenced him to follow his dreams.  Look out for a new mix tape from Jae Hall next month.

Minty Burns ft. Boogz Boogetz - Keep It Playa


Minty Burns features Boogz Boogetz on his latest song "Keep It Playa." The Toronto rapper has teamed up with Cinematic Music Group A&R Gully on his upcoming project, The Golden Ticket, which is set to drop Fall 2013, and includes production from Chase N Cashe, Arthur McArthur, Wondagurl, Rich Kidd, Showboiz and more. 

Young Swift - Levels

Tuesday, August 20

Cool Amerika - Shooters


EYEGOTME - Booty Poppin


The time is always right for a record that would bang in the strip club. EyeGotMe has the perfect record to get the party jumping and the girls dancing. In this upbeat and energetic track, M. Dot and Hollo turn up for the chicks who like to twerk.

Benzino ft. Arlis Michaels & Mugga Mancini - Young Gunz


Being a vet in the rap game carries a great responsibility. One should not only make music for himself, but one should also pave the way for fresh new talent. In this case industry veteran Benzino has accomplished both of those feats with his new song "Young Gunz". This Jeff "2 Times"produced track features two rising stars in Arlis Michaels & Mugga Mancini. Checkout this heater and see why Benzino doesn't have a problem putting on the "Young Gunz"



Nature - Seasons Changed Summer Edition (Album) / Some Real Some Fake




Nature drops The Summer Edition to his 4 part EP series Seasons Changed. Summer Edition features production from Little Vic, Xtreme, Undefined, Big KO, Sickness, DJ Concept and Skammadix along with features from long time collaborators/homies Cormega & Noreaga. This is the first video off the Summer Edition Ep with a guest appearance fellow Queensbridge alumni Metta World Peace.



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Visto - Before Euphoria


DMV artist Visto releases his highly anticipated free album “Before Euphoria. “ The album which features the singles “How That Pxxxy Taste” and “Fxkin Around” also features collaborations with Ft Trel and Black Cobain.

About Visto
Originally from Virginia and migrating throughout the DMV, Visto is a singer, rapper, songwriter, and founder of hip hop collective Hippie Life Krew as well as the entertainment brand Dirt2Gold. With little more than faith and the clothes on his back, Visto has created a movement in the DMV (DC MD VA) proving that he has what it takes to make it in the music industry. Armed with an undeniable work ethic, hunger, and the ability to hit a falsetto as well as hold his own on a verse, Visto has elevated from "Who is Visto?" to being signed by Raheem DeVaughn & Dre the Mayor's 368 Music Group (CCCLXVIII), featured in the Washington Post, The Washington City Paper, and having his single played on DC's 93.9 WKYS and independent radio stations nationwide within one year.





Follow Visto on twitter: @itsVisto    



Young Jade ft. V Dot Period - All I Kno (Prod. Producer Gino)



Monday, August 19

@RepTheCode Presents OFFICIAL Pre-VMAs Party Honoring @YungFliiboy & @KanaryD!

#INDUSTRY ALERT!! Pre VMAs Official Party for @yungfliiboy & @kanaryd !!! Presented by @repthecode & Hosted by Junior Reid. BY INVITE ONLY! CONFIRMED media includes Shade 45, Hot 97, Power 105.1, XXL, BET and more! Interested parties, please email info@bernadettegiacomazzo.com for your confirmation. NO CONFIRMATION, NO ENTRY!! Last Minute Boutique 711 Fulton Street ( @ St. Felix Avenue, across the street from the Barclay Centre) Brooklyn, NY August 25th beginning at 2pm!

Rel - Night Cloth


Visual for Rel's single Night Cloth. Shot by Edge Media. You can get the single on iTunes HERE.  

Kendrick - One Man Army

Kendrick (@KendrickWorld) "One Man Army"


Bio


Ever since he could remember, Kendrick wanted to be a singer. Continuing in the legacy of music his parents established, he has devoted his life to the study of music and performance. Doing everything he could to nurture his natural abilities, his passion is matched by his determination to entertain the world.

In 2003 he discovered his lyrical talents, and in 2004 he began his recording career. He made many lyric and vocal contributions to local independent artists. Because everyone sounded the same to him, he was driven to forge his music with an original sound.

In 2009 he started production of his first solo project untitled. This project is a result of an endless battle of Kendrick struggling to be in control of his own independent sound. The result of his rebellious attitude ends up in a new direction that goes beyond the "standards" of today's pop music.

With his impending release, Kendrick is preparing himself in the world for the end of mediocrity.


Artist Name:  Kendrick
Track Name:  One Man Army
Artist Email:  kendrick@lionation.com
Contact Phone: (888) 431 -5552
City: Los Angeles
State: CA

Markell Clay - Magic (Prod. Jamezz Bonn)




Yak – Long Nite




Friday, August 16

Face 49 - No New Friends (Remix #FreestyleFriday)

 
It's Friday the end of a crazy week in Hip-Hop, with Kendrick Lamar calling out a whole coast the industry as been shook and landed on it's ear. Now everyone is looking for the next set of Emcee's to step up and give the industry a much needed shot in the arm. Well the NJ Emcee Face 49 has been quietly making a name for his self in this game. With two successful singles "Do That Dance" & "Dear You", and a dope performance during Phil Ade's Rose Tour Show at Webster Hall. Face is starting to make waves. To close out a crazy week in Hip-Hop Face drops this dope #FreestyleFriday visual "No New Friends Remix" where he drops some serious Barz to a remixed beat produced by K-Mack (Souldiggaz). Peep the visual and see why Face 49 doesn't need "No New Friends"


Gorilla Phil - Phil Talkin Sh*t


Newcomer Gorilla Phil releases the video for his first single “Phil Talkin’ Sh*t.” In a laid back restaurant with a beautiful woman, Phil talks about the typical rapper topics like money, cars and women with the natural flair that only he has.
“Phil Talkin’ Sh*t” is the first offering off of his forthcoming project “African’s In Traffic Vol. 1”



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Grilly - Pour Up A Player




Also the project was recently featured in the Birmingham news. Checkout the dope interview here.


Android users can get the new @Rayleeotta x @BlockBeattaz Pour A Player Up - Mixtape plus 2 Bonus Tracks free VIA: Google Play

Thursday, August 15

Kritikal - Addicted



Hailing from the same borough that produced the Wu Tang Clan, Kritikal could just be Staten Island’s next hip hop hero.‘The New Drug’, the debut album from Kritikal – aka The KRT –  deals with as many themes and issues as there are in life. It is real and honest, perceptive and poignant, funky and funny all at the same time.

AND1 Summer Remix Streetball Tournament Philly (August 29 – September 1)




The AND1 apparel and sneaker brand and event partner IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, today announced additional participants and entertainment partners for the inaugural 12-team, $100,000, winner-take-all Summer Remix Tournament, the largest cash prize in streetball history. The event will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University during Labor Day Weekend (August 29 – September 1). 

Thirteen year NBA veteran Stephen Jackson’s OG Trill Squad, featuring NBA players Wilson Chandler and Marcus Thorton, won the Tournament of the Stars in Louisiana this past weekend and will be competing at the event. In addition, Skull Gang, a team assembled by hip-hop icon Juelz Santana has been added. Santana, who will perform before his team takes the floor, joins a trio of music legends with a passion for basketball in Michael Bivins, Jermaine Dupri and Rico Love, who will all captain or coach teams which will be comprised of several pro players, as well as some of the most accomplished individual basketball and streetball talents in the world.

The latest additions will join the previously announced streetball teams led by NBA Legend Shawn Kemp, and Indiana Pacers star and AND1 athlete Lance Stephenson, who will captain and coach a team of players selected from Indianapolis-area Pro AM League.

In addition “elite dunkers” Justin Darlington,  known as “Jus Fly,” who won the 2012 Nike World Basketball Festival Dunk Contest in Washington, D.C.; Guy Dupuy, a 6-foot-3, 26-year old star from France is known as “The Best Dunker In The World,”; Brandon “Werm” Lacue the former winner of the Sprite Slam-Dunk Showdown; Haneef Munir, known by the nickname of “Young Hollywood”; and former Globetrotter star Chris Staples, better known as “Hoopstar”; will also compete with others for an additional $10,000 winner take all prize.  
AND1 previously announced that some of the most accomplished deejays in the music industry, including DJ Diamond Kuts,  DJ RL and DJ Johnny V, plus special guest DJ Aktive will provide the soundtrack for the Summer Remix Tournament events in Philadelphia.

Little Vic - Let Alone


Here is the first sneak-peak to the long-awaited Widowmaker album being released by DCM/Orena Records later this year. Vic talks about the ups & downs of a relationship he is continuously forced to walk away from, but keeps returning to with hopes of fixing.. to no avail. Fully produced and performed by Little Vic.




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Jig Dolla ft. J Neal - Roll Up/Po Up

Wednesday, August 14

Face 49 - Dear You



To better yourself you always have to start with the man in the mirror, and the best way to do this is to acknowledge and except your daily challenges. In his new single “Dear You” Face 49 gives himself and others that reality check that’s always much needed to keep you motivated.

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P'CISE - You're Warned x Imagine


Over this hardcore beat P’CISE gives you a piece of his mind on his first single “You’re Warned” off his new LP “While You Were Sleeping.” P'cise gives notice that he's nothing to be played and that he's looking to make his name in the industry.



Follow @PCISE198 on Twitter

T'Melle - Black Benz


Sometimes a night out is all your need and if you're headed out in a big body Benz, it makes it all the more fun and makes your haters sick. Singer/Songwriter T’melle is all about having a good time and turning up. On her on new single “Black Benz,” produced by ArchTheBoss, T’Melle talks about having a great night out, making haters sick and getting attention from a certain guy. “Black Benz” is the second single off of her mixtape “The Interview” hosted by DJ Scream and DJ Xrated.


Download “The Interview” here Follow T’Melle on Twitter: @itstmelle

Arlis Michaels - Got A Couple (Prod. P-Dubb Mancini)


NY Rapper Arlis Michaels is back with another video for his new track “Got A Couple.” Produced by long time collaborator P-Dubb Mancini, Arlis takes it back to the hood and spits some bars about his life and how far he has come. This is classic Arlis, light on the flashy antics and heavy on the lyrics.
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D-Boi (SODMG) ft. Jon Doe & Taj Mahal - No Days Off (Prod. SM Tracks)

Big Shane ft. Hezeleo (UGK Records) - My Lac (Prod. Yung Stylez)

hezeleo-My-Lac

Demi G ft. Truck- Versace Remix (Dir. @WILDBEATSTEAM)

Tuesday, August 13

Jae Hall - F.N.W.A


Things change and people move when you have an attitude about yourself and at times it is necessary for people to get the point. Other times you just have to carry yourself a certain way.  For Bronx born rapper Jae Hall, he does both.  Not just focused on being young, fly and flashy, he forces you to read between the lyrics with his clever word play.  Jae Hall believes in the true meaning of hip-hop and he is willing to take NY on his back.
Check out the video for his new single "F.N.W.A" (Fly N*gga With An Attitude)




Grilly x Block Beattaz - My Business


Here is another track from Grilly & the Block Beattaz as they prepare to release their new project, Pour A Player Up next Friday via Live Mixtapes. This one won’t appear on the mixtape. VIA: @Haze_DGB