Kue The Vandal unleashes his latest single, “American Degenerate.”
The Dallas artist gets personal with an introspective cut that touches on Kue’s personal struggle with drug abuse and addiction over production from Dope Antelope that boasts downtrodden instrumentals and stirring vocal samples.
I’m never doing drugs again, I always say this. – Kue The Vandal
The author, composer, director, entrepreneur, and artist extraordinaire that is RZA sits down with Hot 97 to discuss his upcoming movies, Brick Mansions and The Protector 2, but mostly touches on the widely publicized interview that fellow Wu-Tang member Raekwon had with Rolling Stone regarding their relationship and the upcoming Wu Tang project, A Better Tomorrow. The interview has some serious yin and yang, and it’s always great to hear the RZArector open up and speak his mind.
RZA is unquestionably one of the most influential, intellectual, and inspirational artists out there and his firm grip as the creative foundation of the Wu Tang Clan is felt and heard throughout this heartfelt interview. Not only that, RZA speaks on his role as defender of the community and as an advocate for the youth, which is quite possibly far more heroic than his musical talents and abilities alone.
However, it’s disconcerting as a hip-hop fan to see legends like Rae and RZA dispute like this, but after almost twenty years in the making, it’s not surprising that some bad blood has surfaced and blistered their relationship a bit. But, as the saying goes, time heals all wounds. If you’ve got the time to sit through this excellent 40 minute piece, it’s possible that the two will have worked something out by the time you’re finished so they may continue work on their highly anticipated anniversary album. One can only hope.
Truez unleashes his latest single, “I Been Around.”
Old school. Those two words could easily describe this track and stand alone, but those words by themselves are relative and need some context. So, I’ll provide some.
Augusta native and producer Abstrak Mac applies a 90′s era base coat that features layered vocal samples chopped from 2 Pac’s “I Get Around.” The West Coast inspired brew is then fermented with the addition of a laid back flow that only reinforces Truez’s extensive versatility and capped off with strong verses from Mac and Slim.
Catch the track on Truez upcoming project, Damn My Lifetime, later this year.
Chuuwee is back rocking that Major Look with his latest music video for the single, “Cool Fire.”
El Chez flies in with the super hero, comic book stylized visuals, spitting dragon flames about getting lit and burning gas on his way to becoming… a professional video gamer?
Well, that isn’t happening. Thankfully for us, the dude is sticking to sparking a lyrical blaze under the rest of the West and beyond with his impactful bars and infectious flow.But damn, that skit was hilarious.
Before the multi talented Chuu decides to quit rapping and video games to hit the big screen with his acting skills, you can find “Cool Fire” and more on the Sacramento emcee’s upcoming project, Cool World, April 29th.
Cincinnati artist Sleep takes control of the internet with his latest single, “Cousin Of Death.”
The other half to hip-hop duo, 2-Man Cypher, Sleep “wrestles with death” and attacks the mic over instrumental samples with powerfully classic quality and style from fellow Fraternity brother, Dope Antelope.
Be sure to listen and catch a video for this track coming soon.
Ab-Soul releases his latest single, “Tree Of Life” via the Top Dawg camp’s Soundcloud today.
Talk has already circulated about the release of Ab’s studio album and a week ago the world learned that he’s working on the third installment in his Longterm series. Now that the cat is out of the bag, we get a little taste of what he’s been cooking up.
Light, string filled instrumentals from Curtiss King provide a landscape for the Black Lip Pastor to spread his lyrical seedlings like the Rap Game Johnny Appleseed. Ab is a captivating lyricist, utilizing his exceptional wordplay to paint vivid storybook imagery. Be excited for more from Ab as it heads your way and cop this track on Longterm 3, later this year.