Archive for September, 2010

Bay Area natives and legendary hip-hop crew, Hieroglyphics and GOLD COIN have teamed up to create The Hieroglyphics x GOLD COIN Capsule Collection, a series of Hiero inspired clothing and accessories, with the first release from this collaboration being the limited edition Hiero action figure, Hieroman. Standing 7″ tall, the vinyl toy has the classic Hiero logo face, and comes equipped with a laser engraved wooden medallion necklace. Just like the better rappers in the industry he doesn’t have just one face, but two. His head spins around to reveal a signature GOLD COIN piece. Celebrating classic backpack rap, he’s equipped with his own knapsack and green beanie.

Hieroman will be available mid-October as part of The Hieroglyphics x GOLD COIN Capsule Collection. More info on the full collection will become available soon, as Hiero plans musical releases in support of the Hieroman toy.

In addition to The Hieroglyphics x GOLD COIN Capsule Collection, make sure to look out for upcoming Hiero tours.

For more information on The Hieroglyphics x GOLD COIN collaboration, please visit:
http://www.hieroglyphics.com
http://www.followthecoins.com

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The wait is finally over. After a string of singles, a handful of visuals, and live performances alongside the likes of Talib Kweli, Big Sean, Mickey Factz, and more, the time has come for the official release of The Niceguys‘ widely anticipated debut album, The Show. Releasing the album for free, the four man Houston-based group comprised of rapper Yves Saint, producers Cristolph and Free, and DJ Candlestick is also making the album available for sale through digital retailers for fans who would like to support the music.

A group with southern roots and worldly musical sensibilities, The Niceguys first burst onto the national scene with the late 2009 release of The Green Room EP, spawning the popular single and video “Not At All,” and leading a seamless transition into the group’s debut full-length.

The album is a testament to the group’s development. The album that was originally aimed at being a jovial, lighthearted party album saw a metamorphosis during the production that resulted in a multilayered offering, ranging from the celebratory braggadocio of tracks like “Toast,” to the powerful, rock-inflected “Mr. Perfect,” and the word play flipping “Good Shepherd.” On the production side, the album also shows a progression in the group’s sound, as Cristolph and Free deftly mix samples and live instrumentation to give the entire project a cohesive feel.

With The Show dropping today, fans can also look forward to The Niceguys making their New York debut during CMJ 2010 and can look forward to Yves Saint’s musings on the forthcoming New York Knicks’ basketball season as he prepares to kick off his own blog with leading basketball publication SLAM Magazine’s SLAMonline.com.

The Niceguys’ debut album, The Show, is out now  http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-show/id395148098

"I only drink 40's and Breast Milk"

In proper Soul Khan fashion, he waste no time to get to the point with, “SUCK MY DICK.” With classick boom bap production from J 57(love the drum, kid), this track is a must if you like your dick sucked.

Download Soul Khan ”Suck My Dick” (Prod. by J57) HERE
and check out the “Suck My Dick” Video HERE

New Release Date For Nottz: October 26th

Posted: September 27, 2010 in hip hop

Originally scheduled for an October 12th release, Nottz and his label Raw Koncept Media Group have announced a new release date for the album, October 26th. While his fans eagerly await You Need This Music, the Grammy winning producer/rapper is releasing a new single to appease fans’ appetite over the extended wait. For the latest single, “Blast That,” Nottz enlists the help of fellow acclaimed producer/rapper Black Milk, whose own project Album Of The Year is garnering a swell of buzz itself.

"Blast That"

“Turn up this real hip-hop and turn that wackness down,” says Nottz on the message behind his latest single, a track with Brash guitar licks laced over top the beat’s heavy, trunk rattling drums. Collaborating with the aforementioned Black Milk proved to be a wise choice, as the track’s staccato feel matches perfectly with Black’s unique flow, while showcasing both as artists just as dangerous behind the mic as behind the boards. “I felt like Black Milk was the right person for the job for a real ‘bring the boom bap back’ type record. Something for the new generation to hear,” remarks Nottz. Given the chemistry between the two – it took Black Milk only a day to write and record his verse for the song – it sounds like the two may be onto something.

Check out the latest single from Nottz ‘Blast That” Featuring Black Milk
Blast That”: http://media.audibletreats.com/Nottz-Blast_That_Ft_Black_Milk.mp3

The Niceguys’ new single, “It’s Like That,” is the latest from their inclement debut album, The Show, and, in some ways, the most important yet. “Without recording this song there would absolutely be no album,” reveals Christolph, one-half of the group’s producer core (along with Free). “It sparked something inside us to continuously make good music and to push our talents and start taking music more seriously.” This decision to get serious was a good one, as “It’s Like That” will be the latest single to garner video treatment in the coming weeks and will also serve as the first official remix from The Show, with some exciting soon-to-be-announced guests.

The song makes no attempt to be anything other than a good time. The lyrics are fun and breezy and serve to show off the skills of Yves Saint, the rapper of the group. “One deep / Two Swisher Sweets / You can’t move like I move / It’s like I got three feet” he rhymes effortlessly, calling to attention his own expertise with the mic. Complimenting Yves’ rhymes is a complex but equally enjoyable instrumental featuring brass, woodwinds, vocal chops, and other instrumentation contributing to a sometimes upbeat, sometimes relaxed backing track. “Basically, we were just having fun,” explains Christolph. “This is our soundtrack to the fun we will continue to have while pushing the album.” It’s clear that, no matter how seriously The Niceguys take their work, their goal in making music will always be to entertain themselves and their fans.

Check out the “It’s Like That” here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/The_Niceguys-Its_Like_That.mp3

I'll take 2

Dam-Funk – Hood Pass Intact

Posted: September 22, 2010 in hip hop
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damn that's funky

I had to re post this. I got the Stone’s Throw email today letting me know the video  is out. Man, this shit is funky as hell. Reminds me of all the g-funk back in the early 90’s and late 80’s. Definitely a party starter. Enjoy and don’t break your ankles trying to c-walk to this.

http://sthrow.com/hood

High Life

The official video for “HIGH LIFE” by SOLO FOR DOLO. This Domingo produced gem has been gaining praise from reviewers and fans since SFDs debut album “The Truth For The Youth” was first released. Heres a little visual element to enhance the ride…

Shot & edited by SFD & PRE459 (www.pre459.com)

You can purchase this track on iTunes @ http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-…

For More Info Please Visit
http://www.solofordolo.com

"Heaven Razah" on Nature Sounds

Brooklyn-bred MC Hell Razah finished his new album Heaven Razah in late March, and now, after delays due to unforeseen circumstances, Nature Sounds is proud to announce that Heaven Razah will be available in stores everywhere on September 28, 2010.

The Wu-Tang Clan affiliate and former Sunz of Man main member released his acclaimed debut Renaissance Child in 2007, and fans have been eagerly awaiting his follow-up ever since. What fans were not anticipating was the health emergency that landed Razah in the hospital in April, just after recording for the album had completed. To help Hell Razah and his loved ones through these trying times, Nature Sounds will be donating profits from the album to the rapper’s family.

Heaven Razah marks a rebirth for Razah, who has re-fashioned himself as a modern day hip-hop prophet, spitting spiritual wisdom about the apocalypse, the presence of demons, mortality, and the afterlife. In light of recent events, his words sound even more prophetic. “It was like a premonition. I was thinking about these themes, and my destiny was already in my brain, but I didn’t even know it,” explains Razah in his first comments since his being hospitalized. “This is my testimonial. It’s like I’m seeing the future through music.”

In recent years, Hell Razah has become one of the most prolific artists in hip-hop’s underground, releasing albums with 4th Disciple, T.H.U.G. Anglez, Blue Sky Black Death, and his supergroup, Black Market Militia (Razah, Tragedy Khadafi, Killah Priest, and Timbo King). While Razah enjoys collaborating with his peers, he held off on guest spots for Heaven Razah, with only R.A. The Rugged Man, Timbo, and Shabazz The Disciple making appearances. “I wanted to show that I can hold my own,” he explains. “To me, features look like mixtapes. If you go back and look at classic albums like Illimatic, there weren’t a lot of features.” Backing up Razah’s prophecy is an impressive collection of knocking instrumentals from the likes of Havoc, Ayatollah, Bronze Nazareth, 4th Disciple, and Mathematics.

In one more twist of fate, the album will hit stores just a few days before Razah’s birthday, which falls on October 1st. “There is no better birthday present I could get than sharing this album with my fans,” says Razah. “There’s a lot of soul in this album.” In a final message to supporters, Razah gave an update on his status. “Right now, I’m in rehabilitation, doing physical therapy everyday to get back to 100%. I’m writing rhymes too, and the ideas are flowing. That’s my spiritual therapy.”

Hell Razah’s Heaven Razah will be available September 28, 2010 via Nature Sounds.

Download the single “Return Of The Renaissance” feat. R.A. The Rugged Man here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/Hell_Razah-Return_Of_The_Renaissance_Ft_R.A._The_Rugged_Man.mp3

"Just Be"

Detroit based producer Apollo Brown and Atlanta based rapper Boog Brown are at it again. The pair’s first collaborations resulted in the enchanting mixtape The Grind Season Vol. 1, a tantalizing taste of what was soon to come. The wait will finally be over when the duo release their first full-length album Brown Study on September 28, 2010, via Mello Music Group. The long-awaited album will feature the likes of Miz Korona, Invincible, Kam Moye, and Kenn Starr.

The first single off of Brown Study is the sensual “Just Be,” an intimate whisper that floats over Apollo Brown’s shimmering samples and passionate groove, inspiring the intense pleasures of living in the present and savoring every moment. Boog expressed that desire, advising us to “Live in the moment. In all things, intimacy, joy, pain, hurt, loss, gain, triumph. All of that — be in it. Feel it, because it’s the fabric of life. Blink and it’s gone.” Powerful and vibrant lyrics such as “Enraptured in the scent/ This is bliss at length/ From start to the finish/ Euphoric/ Absorbed in the ebullience/ Elegant every sense awakened” meld with Apollo’s sampled soft horns, sweeping strings, and chimes, echoing his thought that “‘Just Be’ is one of those songs that exude passion and feeling. We don’t have a lot of true feeling in the music now days. Emcees and producers shouldn’t be afraid to express themselves exactly how they please.”

Boog Brown and Apollo Brown’s album Brown Study will be available September 28th via Mello Music Group.

Download Boog Brown & Apollo Brown’s “Just Be” here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/Boog_Brown_and_Apollo_Brown-Just_Be.mp3

With their aptly titled new release “Good Shepherd”, The Niceguys showoff their musical prowess as they literally and figuratively prove themselves as leaders in the scene of burgeoning young hip-hop artists. With witty and discerning lyrics, Yves Saint, rapper and one-fourth of the Houston-based group, alludes to his pioneering position among the flock of less talented rappers with clever lyrics. “I never sheared ya brother/ And covered your face, appears that I love ya,” raps Yves, remarking that the lyric holds special meaning in context to the song’s title. “The subtleties are important here. It’s saying that as sheep I will not pull the wool over your eyes, but still look at you as equals who’s intelligence I will not insult.”

For Yves, the song is somewhat a fulfillment of unforeseen prophecy. “I didn’t know I was going to be a rapper,” says Yves, while likening his position to that of a benevolent leader. “I never had the same agenda as others. I realized this was a gift, and this is me responding dutifully as ‘The Good Shepherd”. While Yves does admit, “Leaders aren’t always going to be perfect”, his skills on display are unsurpassed and prove that, “The best leaders are often not the ones looking for the job.”

The Niceguys’ debut album, The Show, will be available September 28th via 265 Pro/The Pi Group

Check out the “The Good Shepherd” here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/The_Niceguys-Good_Shepherd.mp3