Fresh off the Love Will Get You Killed Tour that wrapped up a little over a week ago, Jae Skeese attaches some visuals onto the JR Swiftz-produced “Mandarin Manuscript” off his new mixtape Revolver Ocelot.
Planet Asia’s forthcoming album Rule of Thirds has just been announced by Evidence‘s newly-minted record label Bigger Picture Recordings, and is set to release on October 29th. Exclusively produced by Evidence, Rule of Thirds will also feature guest appearances from Domo Genesis, Rome Streetz, Milano, and a verse by Ev himself.
In tandem with the announcement of the new project, Bigger Picture Recordings has released the first single “1984” and accompanying music video. The music video was shot and directed by Evidence, and perfectly captures the hallucinogenic neon underworld of nighttime in the City of Angels.
Evidence explains, “I started a label wanting to shape the sound through my production and be influenced by the people in my life who come over to work. This album is an honest reflection of just that.”
“My goal was to make the music dope, but just enough to get out of the way of what he’s doing. I want him to be the star. I want to make beds of music for him to do what he does best. I produce it, not just on the beat, but vocally, making sure I’m recording him right, good mixing, all the things that say to me, we are taking this seriously even if the goal is not an over-polished sound.
Mark 40rd - Sun Baths In North Korea
The album starts off with an excerpt from Tpain saying that if artists make too much money they are considered the devil. Before you even get a laugh however, the intro transitions perfectly into the first song; which you might have seen on our website already, “Oaths” feat. Trizz. This dark gritty track is laced over a Bodybag Ben beat and has cuts but Cutmaster DJ Manipulator. As Oaths end, a gunshot transitions us to the next song; where we are plunged into a deeper and darker vibe Prod. by none other than 4ord himself. This track features Bodybag Ben on the rapping side of things, and upon first listen; we were thoroughly impressed. The song is aptly titled “Perkins Rd” which we guess holds some relevance to where both Ben and 4ord reside
The dark vibes continue as we get into the track entitled “Directors Cut” ft. X. This track is produced by Aesthetic and has a hard hitting bassline followed by keys with some raw drums. Mark and X both snap on this track and we are definitely hoping for a visual soon, as this is one of our favorite tracks. Next on this list would be east to west which is an ode to IFC yipes being from New York. This track is composed by DJ Manipulator with a nice melodic beat and bassline that allows both parties to speak their mind and get to work with the bars! This track closes out with a couple Mohammad Ali quotes and sets the moon for the next track.
Sunbath Interlude is a short track produced again by DJ manipulator, but before we even get into it, it drops into the 4ord910 (from Lordmobb, not Mark 4or) Prod. track Glide freestyle. This is a dope track of mark just cruising across the beat and snapping us out of boom bap for a sec to spit some bars on a subby mellow vibe. This is definetly a EP but even still some EPs have alot of skips. I feel this does not and flows solidly from end to end. We give it 8/10 even though it’s a great listen we’re left wanting more
In a Hip Hop match-up as heavy as Freddy vs Jason was to horror cinema, Los Angeles emcees Mykill Miers and Pawz One have released their collaborative album titled “Double Homicide“. The project is packed with multi-syllabic lyrical barrages and DJ cuts as gritty as the boom-bap backdrops for a journey through the dark underbelly of the city of angels.
Mykill Miers, the self-proclaimed “Hitchcock Of Hip Hop” has been a threat on the mic since the late 90’s, coming up in the same circle as notables including Planet Asia, Dilated Peoples and Phil The Agony. Pawz One has been releasing music for the past decade has been repping hard for the real ish. Speaking on their initial link-up Pawz recalls “I had obviously known of Myk for a while from killing it on the “Wake Up Show” to all the work he dropped. I was circulating around shows in LA a few years back and we ended up on the same bill a few times. We exchanged contact and did a few songs and I felt like it was a combo people would like to hear more from.”
Production on the album includes work from Default Beats, Big Bob, Phaisrok, DJ Ray Swift, Science and Mykill Miers himself. Turntablists including DJ Merk1200, DJ Breeze, DJ Romes and DJ Fastcut lend their skills and emcees including Ruste Juxx, Mic Handz, Edo.G, El Da Sensei, King Magnetic and Buddah
Reverie - Tell Another Lie [Music Video]
Reverie is back with her fullest body of work to date! “Sometimes I Like 2 Sing” serves as a follow up to her 2017 release “Satori”, not to mention, “Where The Darkside Ends” in 2019 which was a collaborative project with her brother Louden Beats. Being based out of L.A., at this point, if you are in the indie Hip Hop scene here, there’s nobody in this market who doesn’t know who she is.
Remaining independent has been the secret recipe to the success of her music career. She’s known to not care too much about her critics, or major labels who tend to try to control what she should say in her music. Her fans not only listen to her music, but are also considered her family as she’s been taking them on a roller coaster ride thru her up’s and down’s for the past 10+ years. If there is something we love about Rev personally, it’s that she does everything “she” wants to do in music, not what “they” want
She started her campaign promoting this album with her hit video “tell another lie” releases last month which was a style of music we weren’t use to but she executed this song with her soft vocals flawlessly. The name of the album hints on what you will find with songs like the intro track “im a broke artist but illy”, “i am god”, and and “begging you to stay”. Don’t get it twisted, that raw Hip Hop that Rev is known for is surely represented in this too with songs like “begging u 2 stay”.
Being that this project is 20 tracks long mixed with creative interludes in between, we love the fact that it has minimal features. Only Emilio Rojas on “f*** me like you miss me”, Almanegra on “rico como un churro”, and Chato 473. If there is one song I want to highlight, it would be “im high af rn“. We feel this song resonates the most defining this project the best as she opens up not only in an emotional level, but lyrically in a dominate level too
Grafh - Stop Calling Art Content
Grafh is a 39 year old MC from Queens, New York who came up in 2003 off his debut mixtape The Bang Out. However, he went on to release 7 more tapes before dropping his first full-length album Autografh only a few years later. But with a total of 18 mixtapes & an EP under his belt now, Grafh has signed to Benny the Butcher’s very own MNRK Music Group imprint Black Soprano Family Records for his official sophomore effort produced entirely by the late DJ Shay.
After the intro, the first song “God Bless” is a rich opener praying that his homies make it out the hood whereas “Very Different” with Benny the Butcher works in some high-pitched saxes to compare & contrast themselves to their opposition. “No Reason” has a more settler boom bap tone talking about being the top chef, but then “Chosen” takes a more occult route comparing himself to that of a prodigy.
Meanwhile on “Out the Pot”, we get some keyboard embellishments & dusty drums to talk about how it’s all in the wrist leading into Heem & Rick Hyde tagging along for the uptempo “Promise” which despite it’s annoying hook has a great message to it about staying true to their words. CyHi the Prynce & 3D Na’Tee come into the picture for the ominous “Slums” detailing their way up to the top just before the soulful “From the Start” with Bun B & Styles P speaks on foreseeing their success.
“Bellini” has a bit of a theatrical tone instrumentally talking about doing it all while the organ-laced “Crystals” spitting that slanger shit. The penultimate track “Valid” with Ransom & Sheek Louch sinisterly talks about everything being well-founded & if you couldn’t tell by the title of “God Must Love Me”, it serves as a heartfelt closer thanking the higher power for where he is today.
I’ve enjoyed a couple of this dude’s tapes every here & there throughout the year, but Stop Calling Art Content really exceeded my expectations coming away from it. Quite possibly his finest hour in my opinion. Even though Shay has been gone for almost a year now, his sound & Grafh’s lyricism bounce off each other so naturally on this album.
Sean Delaney - W.A.R. Feat Asha Q'Dira
Born in Hudson, NY., Sean Delaney also known as SDot is an Irish/American Rapper and Musician. He is a driven, passionate and charismatic artist and entrepreneur with a unique approach to his blend of hip-hop. He has always approached his brand as a positive movement to try and help people understand the significance of being inspired, passionate and dedicated in life. He even created his own fashion line Sincerely Dedicated Co. to represent his love of being dedicated.
His many accolades include opening up for talent like Slaughterhouse, the late Sean Price and the late Legend DMX.
He has a string of awards as a songwriter including the New York State Excellence Award for his lyrics on “Open Your Eyes”, which was the first ever Hip hop song on Autism. The video reached a quarter million views before going viral was an actual thing. He was given a front line pass for his songwriting ability for Season 9 of America’s Got Talent and has performed all over the country since coming onto the scene in 2014.
He has released numerous tracks and albums independently under his indie label Hud City Entertainment which is now Rock Your Weird Entertainment.
His next plan is to hit the scene hard with new songs that are relatable, catchy and worthy to be amongst the most elite in the industry. When it comes time for a full-length album or EP he is surely not to disappoint.
His sound is all about connecting with his fans through high-energy release, uplifting melodies, and an inspired personal flow that has been mastered throughout the course of his career.
North Carolina-based lyrical titans ethemadassassin and Seven Da Pantha deliver visuals for “Push The Line.” The single/video featuring Rick Vega is the third release from the duo’s critically acclaimed album ‘Carter N Newton: The Field Report’ (produced by Slidebeatz).
The triple threat of emcees unleashes explosive bars about what happens when boundaries are pushed and lines are crossed. Slidebeatz production provides a breezy backdrop intensifying the critical wordplay, take heed
Jamal Gasol - Friends (Oxtail Album)
Jamal Gasol teams up with Deuce Ellis for a new single titled “Friends.” The Ellis-produced track has a soulful and somber texture layered over crunchy drums to match the rapper’s smooth flow and vivid lyrics. The duo detail the dynamics of being a friend than a lover within relationships and the drama that can ensue from it.
“Friends” is the lead single from Jamal Gasol and Deuce Ellis’s forthcoming collaborative project titled Oxtail. Oxtail is fully produced by Ellis (who also appears on four of the tracks). Gasol, who would travel from his home base of Niagara Falls, NY to Brooklyn to record, named it Oxtail because “It’s the one dish I always eat whenever I come down to the city. Expensive taste at a good price every trip.”
Jamal Gasol has been a whirlwind of activity pre and during quarantine. This includes recent releases For Bern (Produced by Infitada Beats), The Black Ball EP (Produced by Blessed Girl) and the 100 Blunts In Venice release (Produced by DirtyDiggs). In addition, he has released a new freestyle every few weeks (for his Stir The Pot series) all Produced by The Standouts. On the branding tip Gasol’s Piff Music Empire has been building including air freshner, Piff Papers, slippers, jerseys, and more.
Emcee/producer/musician Deuce Ellis wears many hats. In addition to his lyrical poetry, he plays guitar, keys and other instruments. He actually owns the same KORG Triton once owned by the RZA (gifted to him by Popa Wu). His most recent release was ACID, which featured appearances by Homeboy Sandman, Che Noir, Sauce Heist and Napoleon The Legend. In addition to music, his boundless creativity also expands to writing comic books and designing sneakers.
Alchemist - Miracle Baby/Lossless
“Miracle Baby” by MAVI is a heavenly opener proclaiming himself as such whereas “Lossless” by MIKE serves as a jazzy boom bap follow-up talking about never losing. The song “Flying Spirit” by the Bruiser Brigade works in a drumless loop for the group to proclaim their work isn’t done while the penultimate track “Wildstyle” by ZelooperZ has a more ominous sound showcasing his wordplay. “6 5 Heartbeats” by Vince Staples ends the EP by somberly recalling his youth
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