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.
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!
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.
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.
Highly respected German production outfit, Snowgoons team up with QB Legend Big Twins (Infamous Mobb) and Miami’s Hex One of Epidemic, for this dope split video feature, “It’s A Queens Thing/Tight Team“.
Big Twins features in the first half of the video against the famous QB housing projects back drop, at 42nd Street. Hex One’s performance was out in Berlin/Germany. Check out the cuts from DJ Danetic. Latest Snowgoons album Goon Bap out now.
Back in 1995, Brownsville’s own Smoothe Da Hustler rocked the underground scene with his self released debut single “Broken Language”. The track was an instant anthem among fans and featured as a hip hop quotable in the November 1995 edition of the Source magazine. The track is noted for it’s creative play on words. The unusual arrangement in which the lyrics are delivered make it one of the most original rap songs of all time.
Fast forward a couple of decades and it’s evident that the song still resonates with today’s artists. Unlike most rap songs, Broken Language has a unique structure and arrangement, meaning that even if you completely change every lyric, the song will still resemble something like the original. This gives the track almost limitless potential for “reinvention”. And that’s exactly what Norfolk, Virginia hip hop duo, “The Rubber Peeple” did with their 2017 retake of the golden era classic!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this track from Cali based artist Hassan Haze, The first 5 seconds after hitting play, it kind of reminded me of a slowed down version of “Jump” by dancehall duo RDX. But then the beat dropped in fully and the song suddenly morphed in to something so infectious that I was smiling from ear to ear. It was at this point that I thought to myself, “when was the last time I heard a track that was both uplifting and super infectious at the same time?”. I listen to a lot of hip hop and I get sent a TON of hip hop daily, but the last time I heard a genuine spaz-out, feel good anthem, with tight-ass production like this, was probably The Rubber Peeple’s “Dee Dah Dat“. You knocked this one out the park Hassan, maximum props.
Realz (formally I-Realz), is probably NY’s best kept secret. A white rapper, but unlike your stereotypical Caucasian battle rhymer, Realz is more akin to RZA than Eminem. This is especially evident in his lyrical content, as he interlaces abstract, metaphysical concepts to create vivid street analogies, and all with a razor sharp flow and witty delivery.
I first heard Realz on a track called “Solar Flarez”, featuring Cannibal Ox heavyweight and fellow Crimson God, Vast Aire. From that moment I was a fan. Realz is the kind of emcee outside the golden era that could be entrusted to carry the culture in to the next decade, and I think he has the persona to reach a wide audience without diluting a drop of integrity.
Now on to the main feature of this post. “Put Jewels On It” is the lead track taken straight from Realz new album, “Blue Lion Chamber,” which he dropped on us earlier this month. The track, is produced by Wu Tang affiliate producer, “Falling Down”, and features a blazing verse from Vast Aire and some majestic cuts from DJ Afar.
This could quite literally be one of the greatest hip hop tracks you are ever likely to hear, as the chances of stumbling on a track this good in a social media sea of musical mediocrity are slim. Enjoy….
Emmy award-winning Oklahoma City rapper Jabee presents the Todd Beats-directed music video for “Tried So Hard”, the Phen-produced single fromBlack Future, his new album featuring Chuck D, Brother Ali and Killer Mike as well as production from J57, Hannibal King and M Stacks. In 2013 Jabee released his albumEverything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt(iTunes) on Murs’3:16 label. Jabee was already one of URB Magazine’s Next 1000 when his DJ Vadim-producedBlood Is The New Blackmixtape dropped in 2008. HisMust Be Nicemixtape collaboration with Terry Urban and Mick Boogie featured Green Lantern, 9th Wonder and Blu and Oddisee.
His 2011Lucky Memixtape clocked 40,000 downloads. Jabee contributed a track to the officialBoondocks Season 3mixtape, and won an Emmy for his writing and performance in a commercial for Science Museum Oklahoma (watch). Jabee was a vocal and focal point for a leading role in the new NIKE x Kevin Durant commercial “The Baddest“. In 2014 Jabee was invited to Shade 45 in NYC to be featured and interviewed by Sway of “Sway in The Morning” (watch). Chuck D of Public Enemy says “Jabee’s music has the potential to change the world.” Jabee says the song is about “me dealing with my insecurities, my faults and how people will kick you not knowing that you are already beating yourself up inside. The video is a picture of that and how you still need to be able to smile through it all.”