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Currently residing in  Seattle, Washington after 7 years in Boston, Mass., Elemental Zazen releases his first single from his highly anticipated album, “Nothing To Lose, But Change.” Kill’em with The Beat is a classic boom bap track featuring veteran M.C.’s Jean Grae and Canibus. Also featured on the track is the young gun Fashawn, fresh to def from the city of angles. This is just a small taste of what Elemental has to offer. Check the track out, download it and tell your Moms. Elemental Zazen has arrived!

Download “Kill’em with The Beat” here



When he’s not tattooing the likes of MURS, Jean Grae, 2Mex, Big Pooh, members of Arcade Fire, and others at his popular tattoo shop STARING WITHOUT CARING, Tucson, Arizona rapper Isaiah Toothtaker continues to turn heads with his latest album, Illuminati Thug Mafia, released late last month as part of a joint venture between Alpha Pup Records and his own label Machina Muerte. Now the Tucson native is treating fans with the latest single, “Baby,” which fans can also expect a video for in the coming days.

Convicted multiple felon and participant in over 400 witnessed street fights — all after being kicked out of his home at the age of 11 and having his father murdered by Tucson Police — it’s no secret that Isaiah Toothtaker has seen and experienced plenty of violence’s shady underworld. And the combination of heavily reverberating drums, high-speed crashing percussion, deep bass, and shrill organ stabs, create a perfectly grim and sinister backdrop for the Machina Muerte Capo to unwind his tales, starting with his off-kilter, semi-melodic chorus, as he sings, “Dear mama, didn’t mean to kill your baby, is that your baby?/ Holy father, I’m waiting for you to save me, so can you save me?” Later referring to himself as the “Only undertaker that overachieves,” Toothtaker, on “Baby” as with the rest of the album, mixes mayhem with deft wordplay, and leaves it up to listeners to decipher their own meanings.

Isaiah Toothtaker’s newest album Illuminati Thug Mafia is available now via Machina Muerte/Alpha Pup.

Download Isaiah Toothtaker’s “Baby” here:
Isaiah Toothtaker – “Baby”

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After beating myself in the head with “street”, “hardcore”, and or “angry” hip hop, I had to change it up a little bit. I mean come on, how many times can I hear about someone getting shot or having their limbs being ripped from them? So the voice inside of me says ” You gots to chill.” It was pretty cool because it was Parrish Smith’s (PMD from EPMD for you whipper snappers) voice.  So what was the remedy? More cowbell you say? No you idiot! It’s the new album from Black Sheep, “From The Black Pool Of Genius.” I was so excited when I heard this album. Dres’ voice has not changed from when I first heard him on “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Laid back, smooth, with a touch of arrogance. The thing about this album is that I feel the younger generation could appreciate it too. Classic boom bap with new school appeal. I keep telling people about this album, but really they have to find out for themselves.  With features from Psycho Les, AZ, Jean Grae, the o.g. himself, Q-Tip, and my childhood crush, wait for it……………………..Rosie Perez! While I love my Vinnie Paz, and the rest of the Army Of The Pharaohs, I just needed to turn the serious knob down a bit and just nod my head for a bit and smile.

Also on a side note, cop that new Apollo Brown, “The Reset”.

peace, love and dope beats,