This joint from Ay-Rock is starting to become my anthem. His recently released album, #4thafans, is chocked full of bangers. You just want to drive around the city with the windows down and the stereo blasting with Ay-Rock on repeat. Do that, and I guarantee you’ll have people chasing down your ride like you were selling ice cream.
Ay-Rock becomes the “Man of the Hour” with a flow that is straight mean over a dope, head-knocking beat. His overall focus for this track, in my opinion, was to open peoples eyes about the current state of hip-hop. Respect in the rap game derives from hard work, and if you’re not working hard, then Rock’s coming for you. If your looking for a rapper that’s “just ok”, then you shouldn’t listen to this track.
Ay-Rock separates himself from the rest of the pack with this one, and he’s just getting warmed up. Take a listen, and while you’re at it check out the rest of his album #4thafans streaming on Audiomack.
A few weeks ago, the homies Ryan (Lynguistix), Justin, and I cruised south to see Action Bronson on his Blue Chips 2 tour at Slim’s in San Francisco. Party Supplies, disguised on the set list as Party Favors, set the tone with funky, yacht rock flavored beats before Sacramento hardcore punk band Trash Talk lit the room ablaze with a high energy, crowd seducing performance.
We were inches from the stage just as Action walked out and sparked the crowd with hits like “Pepe Lopez,” “Through The Eyes of a G,” and “Contemporary Man,” amidst a haze of G-penand blunt smoke.
Then out from the far corner of the stage, making his way behind a bearded Bronson, comes Tommy2Stix.
With a blessing from the crowd, Bronson picked up the Austin emcee and pushed him off into a sea of reaching hands who carefully surfed him around and back to the front of the stage. Unfortunately, 2Stix did not perform that night.
Instead, he’s waited. And now, he’s graced the world with the release of his latest project, 2STIX. The 11 track tape features artists RaH, L.O.E.Gz production from Cory Kendrix, Kydd Jones, and J. Money. Tommy has previously released a video for the single, “Oil Baron,” but has yet to release one since. Hopefully with the release of 2STIX, that will all change soon. Take a listen below.
After much deliberation, emcee Tybox has decided to release The Sunset Limited. Well, almost.
While he promises it’s coming soon, we’ll just have to take the first single to hold us over. “My Day” features production from Trax that possesses a funky West Coast vibe meshed with soulful vocal samples. Take a listen and look out for The Sunset Limited.
Naptown wakes with the drop of Pope Adrian Bless‘ latest single, “IndyGo Child Freestyle,” featuring airy production from frequent collaborator, Harry Otaku.
Let me kiss the cancer from your mouth and build a ferris wheel from it – Bless
“IndyGo” comes almost a month after the release of a tape with fellow Indy native Diop and producer Mandog titled, The Medium. For now, The Pope is working on the finishing touches of his next project, Neighborhood Lights. Be sure to stay tuned for its release, April 26th.
In a recent interview with the Huffington Post,Raz Simone discusses the ideas that molded his art, his morality, and other key aspects of his life that has led him towards a career in music. The Seattle artist has also been involved in a paramount label union, joining his label Black Umbrella with former Warner Music Group and Def Jam CEO Lyor Cohen’s latest endeavor, 300 Entertainment. The collaboration has so far proved successful, adding to their list of accomplishments the release of Simone’s latest project, Cognitive Dissonance: Part One (Download).
The project release comes as an early surprise for fans, as an antsy Raz dropped the project two days early. Raz “Solomon” Simone also released debut visuals for his single, “They’ll Speak.” Set in the dimly lit city streets, Raz opens up with a powerful, personal narrative over Hans Zimmer’s theme from the summer blockbuster, Inception.
CD: Part One opens with “They’ll Speak,” amongst other tracks with beat production from Raz himself that stretches the range of typical hip-hop soundscapes. Be sure to catch Part Two of the Cognitive Dissonance project when it drops, release TBA.