Truez Sits Down With DJ Kay Slay On Shade 45 (Video)
Georgia living MC Truez heads north to New York City and gets a second sit down with DJ Kay Slay on Shade 45.
While receiving high praise from Kay Slay and the crew throughout the interview, Truez debuts a snippet of his new track, “The Bag,” discuss his latest video directed by GT Films, “Peeping Tom,” his upcoming album True3nough, and a hilarious take on the fast approaching “baby making season.”
Take a look.
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A-Hi Feat. Ya Boy Rich Rocka “Through The Night” (Audio)
A-Hi links with Bay Area MC Ya Boy Rich Rocka to spit their swagger stuffed lyricism straight “Through The Night” over infectiously light production from ChexMex in his latest single.
The Chicago based A-Hi debuts the cut from his recently released album, Skywalkers, that features the likes of Vic Spencer, Berner, and Alex Wiley.
Take a listen.
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Raz Simone “Cheap Money” (Video)
Raz Simone releases yet another cinematic single molded in the form of the Stephan Gray directed video, “Cheap Money.”
For this cut, Raz’s unique vocals provide a comforting grit to his self reflective lyrics about the importance of family and fighting through hardships to follow your dreams. Albeit a simple and important message, his line “Time is everything, and money means nothing” is a complicated concept to live by. Raz’s journey to arrive at this point in his career has been similarly as complex and difficult. Despite the fact that the stories he weaves about his own history and his view of the world around him may not always be bright, the humble MC’s ultimate lessons tend to poke through the dark clouds of his Seattle state of mind and shine light on what truly matters in life.
Be sure to watch out for Raz Simone’s upcoming album, Cognitive Dissonance Pt. II, later this year.
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Tunji Ige Feat. Michael Christmas & ILoveMakkonen “Day2Day” (Video)
Enter a day in the life of 19 year old MC Tunji Ige in his latest video for the cut, “Day2Day.”
From the streets of Philadelphia, Ige links up with Boston native Michael Christmas and Drake’s most recent OVO signee, ILoveMakkonen, for a single boasting some buttery, Electronic production that jets listeners back in time on a jam meant for a summertime cruise.
Take a look.
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Sterling Hayes Feat. Joey Purp “Father’s Son” (Audio)
Peer into the dark thoughts of 21 year old artist Sterling Hayes in his latest single, “Father’s Son.”
The Chicago based artist links up with fellow SaveMoney crew member Joey Purp as the duo aggressively unleash their inner demons and similarly wicked, boastful lyricism over eerie, creeping production that settles under their rhymes like a thick, ankle biting fog.
Take a listen.
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Joey Bada$$ “Get Paid” (Audio)
Joey Bada$$ has been hard at work. To celebrate the start of his latest tour, the Bed Stuy native and Pro Era Hip-Hop collective co-founder dropped the cut “Get Paid” as a sign of what to expect on his upcoming debut studio album, fittingly titled B4.DA.$$. The DJ Relly Rell produced track features some heavy organ melodies and deep bass lines, paired with Boom-Bap kicks and snares in their truest form. Joey speaks on the importance of maintaining a concrete focus on advancing, both as an artist and a human being. It’s about putting in work towards something you love, and trying to leave behind the stagnant, dead end lifestyle that many rappers personify. Essentially, Joey Bada$$ is a lot like the rest of us: He’s just trying to get paid.
The album has been confirmed to feature tracks produced by past collaborators DJ Premier and Statik Selektah, in addition to HS87′s Hit-Boy. Expect to see it drop on September 30.
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DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Spin Afrika Bambaataa Vinyls In Renegades of Rhythm
This past Thursday in Austin, Texas, Hip-Hop fans gathered at The Moody Theatre for an experience of legendary proportions. Armed with 6 turntables, a collection of Afrika Bambaataa’s original vinyl records, and the blessing of Bambaataa himself, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist put together a performance showcasing the origins of Hip-Hop and how it all started. They mixed Funk, Soul, West African music, Salsa, and countless other genres to pay tribute to the pioneer that started it all. There were no laptops, sync buttons, or auto-tune used in the production of their set, which conveyed their showmanship thoroughly in a mistake free, vinyl only spinning session.
Paying tribute to the “The Godfather” of Hip-Hop and leader of the Universal Zulu Nation is not an easy task. The duo dug, and probably re-dug several times through a collection of over 40,000 of Bambaataa’s original records, which are permanently archived at Cornell University. Needless to say, they took no shortcuts in giving the crowd a lesson on the earliest influences of Hip-Hop through perfectly synchronized rhythms and visual art. DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist continue their Renegades of Rhythm tour, with tour dates confirmed throughout November. You won’t want to miss it.
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Luke Christopher “The Boy Is Here” (Audio)
Luke Christopher is a multi talented artist who flexes his skills as a singer, rapper, and producer with his latest single, “The Boy Is Here.”
If you dive into the Los Angeles born artist’s catalog you’ll find a slew of audio nuggets featuring old school, timeless sampling, smooth lyricism and crooning vocals. Luke doesn’t waver too far from that trend with this cut, as the MC draws up a lighthearted, soulfully charged sample with similarly laid back, yet boastful wordplay about his past struggles and new found life in the music game.
Be sure to watch out for Christopher’s upcoming mixtape, TMRW, TMRW Pt. II, September 30 on Datpiff.
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