yU – “If U Down”

Posted: November 23, 2011 in hip hop
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If U Down” starts with the question what’s going on?  yU then reveals the struggle and march of life he’s been living through.  With a keen eye yU comments upon Uncle Sam’s destructive forces, prayer, honest living, and asking people who are down if they want to get up.  The musical backdrop is laid by yU’s 1978er collaborator SlimKat78 who uses piano keys to pull a rainy heartstrings while the drums drive the beat forward into a fruitful blossoming of chorus “Hearts frozen, why do we be on that cold sh*t,
We used to be cultured, influenced by the vultures they’ve been scoping, analyzing with a motive
Its.. like we’ve been tied up with an invisible rope and
Them jails open, they get paid when they put month in-side, kinda currupt.. Its time for us to just expose them
Its wild, especially when ur skintone’s brown, but right now we boutta turn it around
U wit me? Hit me if u down..”

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yU – If U Down
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Big Pooh has conjured up a whopping new remix with some big names to go along with it. “They Say,” the most recent single released from Pooh’s upcoming album, Dirty Pretty Things, gets a once-over by producer Focus…, along with some stellar guest verses from two rappers who have spent much of their now legendary careers unjustly overshadowed, namely, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest and T3 of Slum Village.

“I wanted to do a remix that felt like when Pete Rock or DJ Premier used to remix records, give it a whole new feel,” says Big Pooh. “As I was listening to the track and thinking about the message, I reached out to two legends from legendary groups who’s contributions and skills may have also been overlooked.” With Big Pooh’s first verse untouched, the remix moves on to Phife’s honest dialogue, sparring with the opinions of music fans who have may doubted his skills as a solo artist. T3, who closes out the track, offers his own scathing bars. For his part, Focus… doesn’t disappoint, flipping the Cali-vibe of the original in favor of some classic horn chops of heavy drums, swapping out Choklate’s singing in lieu of some sharp scratching that serves to keep things entertaining between verses.

Download “They Say (Legendary Remix)

"I compete to win though I lose myself / In a penthouse room, with a view from hell"

Never Was Yours is a stark look at life’s often unforgiving path.  The  recognition of everything’s impermanance is reflected upon throughout the tracks lyrical display of wisdom.   Has-Lo tackles aging, disapointment, loss, financial woes, and the devils deals we make to attain success, all with a stoic’s calm and unflinching eye of a narrative reporter.   Underneath Has’ heavy lyricism, Kev Brown kicks another Low Budget classic.  Kev’s track features a funky guitar chop, minimal drum programming, and an atmospheric vocal sample to complete that completes the transformation. I must say, I’m really liking Has-Lo’s music.

 

With the release date of Saukrates’ upcoming EP, Season One, rapidly approaching, the godfather of Canadian hip-hop is unleashing his new single, “Megaman,” to the masses. The man that helped kickstart the successes of Drake, Nelly Furtado, and Noah “40” Shebib was recently featured in Nike’s ALWAYS ON 24/7 campaign with his song “Say I,” also off of Season One, which is currently available for purchase via Frostbyte and eOne.

Coming off the heels of his previously released single, “Drop It Down” which features his longtime friend and collaborator, Redman, “Megaman” is a dizzy, electro joint that celebrates the hype of 80’s synth-pop. The lyrics take the listener into the mind of Soxx at the club, pounding potent shots that give him the confidence and vigor of a prize fighter. “Just how Maximus from the movie Gladiator screamed, ‘Hold the line!’ you have to stick to your guns and prove yourself,” says Saukrates. “And that applies to both men and women!”

Listen to and download “Drop It Down”

 

Following the release of lead single “Gotta Get Paid (Remix),Constant Deviants are back with both a new song and the official release date for their forthcoming mixtape. Consisting of emcee M.I. and producer DJ Cutt, Constant Deviants are excited to announce a release date of November 6th for their upcoming Platinum: The Mixtape, which will serve as a preface to their forthcoming Diamond album, and in continuing to hold fans over until next month’s release, the duo is letting loose another brand new track, “Fulton Street.”.

“This song started out as a freestyle that we put on YouTube,” explains M. I. when speaking on the inspiration behind the creation of the track. “Our audience fell in love with it, so we added a hook and a second verse to complete it.” Pulling the production from a “vault” of beats, the tracks pulls together a collage of ambient chops, mixed with the vocal samples and DJ cuts, create the perfect plateau for M.I.’s lyrics to shine through on a song that, in what is easily becoming the standard for Constant Deviants, “captured the feeling of ‘The Golden Era’ while keeping it fresh.”

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The song, produced by Kudie Fresh and featuring R&B chanteuse Chokolate on the hook, kicks things off with an innately west coast-vibe; a mix of staccato strings, heavy bass, vocal chops, and synths create a fittingly raw backdrop for Pooh’s aggressive raps as he rebukes naysayers and shakes off hanger-on’s. “Get it done anyway/ Fuck what them people say/ As we look around, notice who ain’t with me here today,” raps Pooh, before exclaiming, “My circle getting small, my legend growing bigger/ And I’m yet to reach my apex, go figure/ All the respect that I’ve accumulated/ You could times that by 10 and it’s understated.”

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Constant Deviants, consisting of emcee M.I. and producer DJ Cutt, are excited to release “Gotta Get Paid (Remix).” The track serves as the lead single from their upcoming Platinum: The Mixtape, which will serve as a precursor to their forthcoming album, Diamond, and will be released via their Six2Six label and offered to fans for free download.

This part-Baltimore, part-NYC duo got their start in 1995, and five years later, M.I. was signed to Arista Records and brought Cutt on board as his sole producer. Since then, they’ve worked with the likes of N.O.R.E., Rick Ross, and Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records. Never ones to sit still, the Deviants decided to start their own record label, Six2Six Records, in 2009, with the intention of cultivating their signature sound. Enter Constant Deviants’ new release, Platinum: The Mixtape. The seventeen-track project is stacked with a slew of freestyles from M.I as he raps over industry beats along with 2 original exclusives.

“Gotta Get Paid (Remix),” a flip of a song that will ultimately appear on Diamond, finds CDS teamed up with Spain’s own D Cut Love, which resulted in a unique collaboration stemming from an artist-fan connection. “Being that we have such a personal relationship with our audience, we like to give them a chance to become a part of hip-hop history,” says M.I. “D Cut Love is one of the dopest producers I’ve heard from overseas.”

Despite the seemingly commonplace title, “Gotta Get Paid (Remix)” is more about CDS achieving financial enlightenment than about materialistic excess. “It explains the feeling of doing music your whole life, and making the decision to stop ‘shopping for a deal’ and finally selling your product,” explains M.I. Almost unrecognizable from the original, the remix track features M.I.’s laid-back lyrical flows over a cushy and soulful synth chops, not to mention a well-placed KRS-One vocal sample on the hook.

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The last time we checked in with League510, they were releasing their debut retail EP, Believe In The League. It’s been a minute since then, but the League hasn’t lost a step – or their signature feel-good swag . On the contrary, the Bay Area foursome, comprised of Monty, TK, Mr. Knowitall, and DJ Blacksmith, are poised for a triumphant return, complete with a newly developing sound, and are celebrating that return by flipping Flying Lotus’ “Computer Face/Pure Being.”

After stumbling across the track as background music for a Cartoon Network commercial, the League realized the beat was simply “begging to be rapped over,” and the rest, says League510, was history. The end result was the flipped track, which the crew dubbed “Soul of a Synth,” a title, according to League510, inspired by “the super swinging, heavy, and soulful drum cadence and the layered 8-bit, video game-style synths.” League510 impressively rides the off-kilter production, in what comes off sounding like a completely natural collision of the League’s bouncy flows and Flying Lotus’ less-than-orthodox production. “We made the track to display our style, the positive attitude and strong lyrical ability,” explains the League. “We’re back – and better than ever.”

Download “Soul of a Synth” here: http://soundcloud.com/league510/the-soul-of-a-synth

Purchase Believe In The League EP:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/believe-in-the-league-ep/id422907443

 

 95 Live begins with scratches, a clap your hands call, and steady drums that open up to include jazz horns,  and a swirling warmth that envelopes the lyrical content like a good shot of something heavy. Then Quartermaine picks up the mic to offer the opening verse some greatness: “Through the District / Daily do I troop / I get pounds from mystics / Who sit bearded on their stoop / And lose their roof when they hear an open loop.”   DTMD emcee Toine offers his casual brand of braggadocio on the next verse:  “I’m taking it all, that’s no fable / Spit caine and the flow abel / Deep enough to go naval on your whole stable / Verbally fatal”.  The result is one beautiful song.
Enjoy the song 95 Live & then be sure to cop the album Makin’ Dollas!

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DTMD – 95 Live (feat. Quartermaine)
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DTMD – Makin’ Dollas
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Canadian hip-hop veteran Saukrates is excited to announce the upcoming release of his new album, Season One. The album will be released in three parts; the first and second parts will each contain three songs and the full album, which will contain the first six songs plus six new songs will be released the first quarter of 2012. The first part contains the songs “Drop It Down” featuring Redman, “Say I,” and “Na Na Na” is available now through a joint partnership between Frostbyte and eOne.

Saukrates, a Toronto-native who played an integral part in shaping much the country’s hip-hop scene, made the transition from childhood violin prodigy to serious MC in the late 1990s. He met close friend Redman in 2000, and by 2005 had been featured on How High soundtrack with Red and Method Man, produced for the likes of Nas and Kardinal Offishall, and toured with fellow Canuck Nelly Furtado on her 2006 Loose Tour. And before Young Money fame, Saukrates was showing Drake the ropes, introducing him to other soon-to-be famous artists like Toronto producer Noah “40” Shebib.

Saukrates, who has long contributed to the meteoric rise of his Canadian cohorts, is proud to release his own upcoming album, Season One. Much of the production comes from both Saukrates and his Toronto comrade Rich Kidd, who also produced Soxx’ single “Say I,” which was recently used in Nike’s Always On 24/7 campaign. Featured artists on the trilogy’s first installment include Redman, OB O’Brien, Michelle Nyce, Richie Hennessey and Andreena Mill. Says Saukrates of the album, ‘I’ve gone back to the basics… sharing simple melodies and interesting stories is what I’ve always done best and enjoyed the most. When it calls for collaborations I let that happen naturally. Friends and associates I’ve been anxious to work with and vise versa make it easy to accomplish my ‘lofty’ ideas!”

After working with each other for 11 years, Redman joins Saukrates once again in Season One’s first video and lead single, “Drop It Down.” The visual harkens back to the days of the iconic iPod commercials: fluorescent colored backgrounds against the distinguishable silhouettes of Soxx, Red, and a couple of ladies. And don’t let the animated doodles Sauk made using Nintendo DSI fool you; the song is bona fide club-ready.

Download “Drop It Down” here