Archive for October, 2010

"The Cycle"

As the October 26th release date for Nottz‘ debut release, You Need This Music, nears, a steady stream of music continues to be released from the album to hold fans over until its arrival. Following Nottz’ most recent single with Asher Roth and Colin Munroe, for which fans can expect a video to drop sooner rather than later, Nottz’ latest single, “The Cycle” features a guest verse from Brooklyn’s finest, Joell Ortiz. Soulful piano chops atop Nottz’ signature drums and bass set the mood for the story-telling track, with Nottz and Joell trading verses on the trials and tribulations of the revolving cycle of America’s prison system and those caught up in it.

Download “The Cycle” Feat. Joell Ortiz here:

Detroit is home to many of the illest  emcees and producers on the planet, Dilla, Eminem, Black Milk, Elzhi, Proof: Add to the list Apollo Brown who took the stage in 2010 when he signed to Mello Music Group.  His new group The Left is made up of Apollo behind the boards, emcee Journalist 103 (featured on Proof of D12’s Broken) and DJ Soko on the cuts.  The Left‘s debut album Gas Mask has already begun garnering talk of underground album of the year.  To introduce the group, The Left has com

-posed a pre-album EP entitled Gas Leaks, which is now available on iTunes.
The sound is raw, grimy, and haunting.  Rugged boom bap filled with soul samples – the type of Detroit Hiphop that the streets have been clamoring for.  Scared is the first track off the Gas Leaks pre-album EP.  The track opens with a siren that builds until the drum kicks in: boom boom bap.  Horn stabs finish laying the instrumental foundation for Journalist 103 who jumps in with “You will now bear witness to the LEFTist movement / So if you know like I know step aside for the improvement.”  DJ Soko scratches that old real shit, “It’s on and poppin this year,” adding the perfect touch of tablelism to an already banging track.
“When I was making the beat, I wanted to make something that stabbed listeners in the ears.  The horns I heard on the sample did just that, so it was a must that I chop it up.  I wanted a suitable introduction to not just the Gas Mask album, but also The Left,” said Apollo Brown.
The Left’s new album Gas Mask produced by Apollo Brown is available October 26th via Mello Music Group
You can download the new single from The Left “Scared” Produced by Apollo Brown here:
Gas Leaks Pre-Album EP – Available Now @ iTunes:

Pre-Order THE LEFT “Gas Mask” CD:

With the release of Canibus’ latest album, the 10th of his illustrious career C Of Tranquility, having finally arrived, the accomplished lyricist celebrates the release as he hits his fans up with another sharp-tongued single, “Title 17 USMC.” Atop producer Martin’s steadily cadenced drums, Canibus’ lyrics march through the song with calculated precision, while the intertwining of guitar licks and deep bass notes add to the track’s hardened air. As an emcee known throughout his career for his displays of verbal supremacy mixed vivid story telling, this latest track comes no holds barred as he opens the track with lines like, “I’m in the meeting with surgeon general of written text/ The battery of 1,000 psychological tests/ I am exhausted and stressed, but I continue to press/ She asked me if I’m the best, I sign language-ed back, ‘YES’.”

Download “Title 17 USMC” here:

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With their fourth coming album being released on October 16th, Epsilon project brings you “Get Live” remix video. Directed by Unxpect. Song Produced by Preme.
Camera Operators: Gabe Ulloa and Diego Zuniga. The album “Audacity” will feature production from Kev Brown, Oh No, Dj Vadim, and Supa Koopa. The album will be sold has a package available exclusively through,  which will include  originals and remixes, a digital version, a CD version, t shirt, bag and a poster.


“Those steeples on those churches weren’t built for nothin’. They are designed to launch.” So begins Hell Razah‘s new single, “Negro Angelitos” (Black Angels), a haunting ballad off of his new record, Heaven Razah, out now via Nature Sounds. Having landed in the hospital in April with a serious health emergency, Razah 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.

The song’s chorus mirrors Razah’s own rise from a place of darkness. Produced by Dev-1, “Negro Angelitos” is grounded in a spooky electric piano and progresses to include a reinforcing string melody, thunder claps and, because it was recorded before Razah’s stint in the hospiital, an eerily prophetic chorus. “Look deep into my eyes, can you see my soul? Man fell from heaven ’till there’s one hell hole. From this hell we excel and we rise again. Look deep into my eyes again. Black Angels.”

Download “Negro Angelitos” here:

Producer Nottz and rapper Asher Roth take a casual stroll together down memory lane on the latest single “Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor)” from Nottz’s forthcoming debut solo album You Need This Music to be released October 26th on Raw Koncept Media Group.

Raw Koncept Media Group

From the get-go, shimmering xylophone samples recall nostalgic flashbacks, signaling the eternal backward glance into breezy summer days and hanging out around the block. Far from simply telling their stories, Nottz and Roth invite us to join in their respective journeys with the hook, crooned by Colin Munroe, “Welcome to the world that I’m from/ Maybe you’ll wanna be/ My neighbor/ They say that where you goin’ ain’t always where you from/ Maybe some day you’ll be /My neighbor.”

Fans can also expect a video for the single in the near future. Nottz and Roth are currently collaborating on the upcoming The Rawth EP. Download “Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor)” here:

Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor)”: