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BLAKFACE – “Humble Pie PT. 1”

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Sincere & Logik are duo Blakface, presenting the music video for “Humble Pie, Pt. 1”, a single from Bamboozled, their new album featuring Planet Asia, Illa J, Poetik Force & Oh. Directed by the Bishop and produced by $in, “Humble Pie, Pt. 1” is part of a two-part series. Sincere representing South Bend, Indiana and Logik hailing from West Covina, California, the duo are cousins, and each are emcees and producers in their own right. Blakface has collaborated with Planet Asia (stream “Less Talking”), Illa J (stream “Slow Down”), Guilty Simpson (stream “On The Edge”). “The meaning of Humble Pie is basically to just humble yourself,” $in says about the song. “Sometimes people forget to appreciate the little around them. Everybody needs a slice of humble pie, it’s like food for thought, something fulfilling to the soul. The inspiration was more so on Logik’s end. I created the beat and Logik made the hook. I named the beat ‘Humble Pie’ and Logik just went off of that. We just have a chemistry where he can put in words what I felt in the beat.” Bamboozled is out now on iTunes and Spotify.

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Prince Ak – Clarity

Brick City’s Prince Ak is back with a track that perfectly balances the old school elements with contemporary flavour.

If there was any justice in the world this would be a couple of million views deep by now. At least the real heads will get their moment of “clarity”.

K.GAINES – OPULENCE

Brooklyn emcee K.Gaines presents “Opulence”, the first single from Ticket To Elsewhere, his forthcoming collaboration EP with Los Angeles-based producer Maxwell Benson dropping December on Priority/Capitol Records. Ras Kass, Lyric Jones, Phaze4K, Leo Coltrane and Sebastian Marciano are set to appear on Ticket To Elsewhere, the first of five EPs K.Gaines plans to drop in 2018, each of which will be a collaboration with a producer from a different region of the US. Maxwell Benson has worked with Too Short (stream “19,999”), Rapper Big Pooh and Sadat X (stream “Sadat X Is Back”), and gives Ticket To Elsewhere its West Coast focus. Gaines’ last album was Rumspringa: The Wildman Chronicles (Spotify) and starred in the short film Kung Fu Bum (Youtube) which was showcased at several film festivals. Los Angeles visual artist Reef Kills provided Ticket To Elsewhere‘s cover art. The artwork for each EP in the series, once juxtaposed with each other, will form a more intricate visual piece with all the purpose and intention of a map which can lead you to hidden prizes around the country. “I was listening to a lot of Tribe Called Quest when I made this track,” Benson says about the new single. “I was really geeking out over their use of basslines and wanted to make my own version of that. Getting in the studio with Gaines is always an exciting venture. He has a secret method and ritual that has to happen before he lays all his vocals that only those that work with him know about.” Regarding “Opulence” Gaines says simply,”Either you are with it or not. If you don’t get it then it wasn’t meant for you. If you get it …welcome to Ticket To Elsewhere.”

Rage Is Back And She’s Colder Than Ever!!!

Compton vet Mc Eiht dropped his thirteenth studio album back in June. Which Way Iz West is a part collaborative album with long time Gang Starr super producer DJ Premier. The album features guest appearances from WC, B-Real, Bumpy Knuckles, Kurupt, Xzibit, Outlawz and Compton’s Most Wanted members. The WC feature was the first to get the video treatment upon release but now we have arguably the best guest spot performance so far from non other than the original Death Row N’Mate herself, The Lady Of Rage.

The lyrical murderer has never sounded so good over this Brenk Sinatra beat that’s cut up to perfection by Preemo. “Heart Cold” is a very fitting title because Rage is cold as fuck with the word flows!

AWKWORD – Heather Heyer (Fuck Trump) Feat. DJ Wayne Ski

“New York emcee AWKWORD has decided to return to the fold after 9 months with a powerful new song titled “Heather Heyer (F*** Trump),” named after the 32-year-old woman who was tragically killed while protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA. It’s clear that he’s just as sharp as ever lyrically, holding no cut cards in regards to his feelings on the matter (and the powers that be, period)” – RESPECT Mag

I don’t fully subscribe to the whole anti-Trump narrative, but if bashing the Trumpster is your thing you will love this, as Awkword does it mercilessly.

Loose Logic – No Shame

Southern California emcee Loose Logic presents the music video for “No Shame”, the new single from Reflections, his forthcoming album featuring JL of B.Hood. Loose is recipient of the All Access Magazine Music Award “Best Hip-Hop Artist of The Year”, the O.C. Music Awards’ “Best Urban Artist of the Year”, and was also named a “Top 100 Unsigned Artist” by Music Connection Magazine. “No Shame” was produced by Soleternity, the beatsmith behind singles with Snoop Dogg and Tech N9ne. Loose has several full-length releases under his belt, and has collaborated with Jadakiss (“Dumb It Down”), RBX (“Turn To Dust”) and Jay Rock (“Never Sleep”). Loose has opened for and performed with Mos Def, Too Short, DMX, Pitbull, KRS-1, DJ Quik, Ying-Yang Twins, Strong Arm Steady and Evidence. He is also a founding member of rap group The Fraternity. “‘No Shame’ is about trying to find meaning in existence and a reason to not give up in different aspects of life; that meaning comes in many forms,” Loose says about his new single. Reflections drops October 6 on Passion Play Productions.

 

Dillon Teams With Bronx Legend Diamond D For ‘Black Tie Affair’ – EP

Atlanta emcee Dillon Maurer has teamed up with producer Diamond D for Black Tie Affair. A collaboration EP out now featuring Dillon on rhymes and cuts and Diamond on beats. The EP features Dillon’s longtime collaborator Paten Locke (who also works frequently with Edan) plus support from Boog Brown, Alexa Lima on piano, Terminus Horns, Ben Hameen on guitar & DJ Harrison on Rhodes.

Residing in Atlanta, Dillon recently released the Food Chain full-length with Locke, which featured Dres of Black Sheep, Homeboy Sandman, Count Bass-D, J-Live and Supa Dave West. A bona fide Hiphop legend and Grammy-Winner, Diamond D is a member of the Diggin In The Crates crew which also includes Lord Finesse, O.C., Fat Joe, Buckwild, Showbiz and A.G. and the late Big L, and has produced tracks for The Fugees, Big L, Pharoahe Monch, Busta Rhymes and Mos Def. Dillon’s solo releases include Studies In Hunger, Dillon Ain’t Playin’, and Cupid’s Revenge (Bandcamp). Diamond most recently produced Sadat X’s new album The Sum of a Man. The instrumentals are included on the limited-edition vinyl, which you can order at Bandcamp or Fat Beats.

Marz Romain – “Almost Got The Best Of Me”

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MarzRomain is a female rapper from Harrisburg PA. Drawing inspiration from wordsmiths such as Antonio Hardy, Kris Parker, Shawn Carter, Rakim, and Nasir Jones, Marz received the necessary tutelage from some of the best emcees to ever hold a microphone.

“As a small child I was inspired by classics like ‘Going Back To Cali’ and Ain’t No Half Steppin, which was the music my older siblings and parents listened to….’grown up music’,”

This deeper understanding and appreciation of the craft since childhood is evident throughout her music. Marz has developed a mature and unique flow that delivers. Something which is (for the most part) inherently missing from today’s hip hop!

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3 Femcees That Male Rappers Should Be Afraid Of

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Long Before Lil Kim, Choice Was The Queen Of X-rated Lyrics

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6 Emcees, 1 DJ, All Female (Beat Bitches – Deadly 7)

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Big Boi – Kill Jill – Ft. Killer Mike & Jeezy

Big Boi’s latest video “Kill Jill” featuring fellow Atlanta MCs, Killer Mike and Jeezy, is an ode to Tarantino’s contemporary Samurai slasher, Kill Bill.

This is a very catchy track and even though the overall flows sound typical of what gets churned out these days, it still goes to show that even the old school vets can do “dumbed-down” shit! better than the youngsters do it.

 

6 Emcees, 1 DJ, All Female (Beat Bitches – Deadly 7)

Remember the “3 Femcees that male rappers should be afraid of” post we did a while back? Well here are 6 more and they’re all just as deadly on the mic too.

From the perspective of a blogger and music lover, social media can be both a blessing and a curse. Filtering through endless noise to find the quality cuts is a bothersome task at times, but eventually the gems do reveal themselves. My recent find on Instagram was one such occasion, when I stumbled upon an interesting preview to what appeared to be an all female posse cut. As soon as I pressed play and heard the classic 90s style loop, that was befitting of an early Wu Tang joint, I knew I had to dig deeper and find out a little more about these intriguing femcees, A quick google search led me to Katana Da Don’s website, where I found the full track titled Beat Bitches – Deadly 7.

 Beat Bitches; is a collective of 6 emcees, Jamaris, Katana Da Don, CASS, Honey Dinero, Flamez, Reason and one Dj by the name of Honey, The all female super group was the brainchild of Brooklyn rapper Jamaris, who recognised early on that a blending of their individual styles could produce something special.

“Basically, all the ladies in the group were solo emcees who I thought were extremely dope yet all so different, and I asked them to get together to create this all female Hip Hop group. The blending of our individual styles creates something new yet still true to the raw, gritty sounds of original Hip Hop. Part of the vision is that we are represented as these cartoonized Hip Hop characters in our artwork.”  –Jamaris

So far, Deadly 7 is the only release from the project, but Jamaris tells me a full mix tape is due to drop later this year. This first release has some fine production. I love how the beat dramatically switches between verses keeping my head nodding from start to finish. The bars are flames too, and as the song is a conceptual piece, each emcee puts it down with purpose.

“The concept of the song was about each of us representing a certain plague. I was Psychotropic plague, Katana Da Don was Malaria, Cass was Pandemic, Honey Dinero was Black Death, Flamez was Spanish Flu, Reason was Pnuemonic, and DJ Honey was the Mad Scientist. Some members are not permanent but will remain in the mixtape. I’m currently looking for more emcees.”  -Jamaris

If the production stays tight and the bars razor sharp as demonstrated in this initial offering, then I’m expecting great things for the mix tape release. Drop a comment below ⇓