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14.11.18

Sahtyre - "NonViolent" Feat. Chuuwee


Shout out to my guy Sahtyre on his new release with Chuuwee produced by the other homie, Chase Moore.

I keep my phone on DND. I got like 25 people saved in my "favorites" and that's the only phone calls or text messages I even get a notification from. I'm not concerned with constantly being connected to the world wide web as much as I'm trying to be connected with the moment I'm living in.

I think art is about being yourself and doing whatever it is you do without thinking too much about it.

That's why I hit Chuuwee for this record. He's been one of my favorite people & rappers since we first met in Sacramento hella years ago through Chase Moore. It's crazy how everything comes full circle. - Sahtyre

8.11.18

Dumbfoundead Changes Name & Drops New EP


K-Town, L.A. emcee Dummie (fka Dumbfoundead) just dropped his 10th solo project, Café Bleu. "The milestone release is a nod to his evolution as an artist as he is free to venture out with progressive unconventional sounds that pay tribute to the kind of tolerant community we’re all looking for…the one where we are accepted as we are."

“Café Bleu is an imaginary neighborhood spot where everyone is free to come hangout… nobody needs to know your name or your history and you can figure out your next moves in life without judgement. With this being my 10th solo project, I feel like I’m in a place where I am free to make choices without having to worry about the reactions of those choices. It’s a very liberating feeling. As an artist, I am now more open to exploring television, film, screenwriting and more.”

Dummie is also making his big screen debut in the Eminem produced satirical film Bodied. Starring as a seasoned battle rapper named Prospek, Dummie coaches the outsider about the in-your-face rapid fire street battles. The film has already won the Toronto International Film Festival People’s Choice Award as well as Fantastic Fest’s 2017 Audience Awards. Bodied has been met with critical acclaim earning a 92% positive approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and rave reviews from RobertEbert.com, LA Times, Slash Film, The Verge, Coming Soon, Joblo and The Globe and Mail.

I'm definitely going to check it out. As you should check the new EP.


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28.10.18

Hip-Hop In: Turkey (Onur Yeğin)


In this issue of my international series, "Hip-Hop In" we head over to Istanbul to check out Turkish producer Onur Yeğin. I was actually talking with a Turkish friend this morning about visiting and some of their beautiful architecture. Onur is known for his productions for underground Hip-Hop artists Çağrı Sinci, Harun Adil, Onur Uğur and Dipnot. Sampled from Turkish cult songs, he also released two instrumental projects titled "Instrumental Vol. 1" and "Je Suis Perdu".

Onur Yeğin's new instrumental EP "Örs" (meaning: anvil) is now available via Deadly Habits Music owned by Turkish producer Farazi.

Click Here to stream/buy the album

Far East Movement Sign Multi-Million Dollar Chinese Partnership


I've been down with F.E.M. since the early 2000s back in my AznRaps.com days. I have a track called Blue Collar Blues when they were more backpacky (similar to Black Eyed Peas' evolution). I love seeing their growth and what it does for the urban And Asian communities.

They recently signed a multi-million dollar deal as the first American act with Chinese company, NetEase. "Not only is NetEase one of the largest internet companies in the world, this new venture breaks ground as the very first deal they’ve signed with an American recording artist to develop and release brand new musical content."

“We spent the last few years in Asia learning about the music scene out there, and we felt it was important to add that identity into Far East Movement. This project is specifically inspired by our journey in China. It’s a humbling story of discovering new things about yourself and being open and receptive to wherever life takes you.” - Prohgress, Far East Movement

Check out “BAMBOO” featuring Chinese Pop Sensation Jason Zhang and Asian-American Songstress Kina Grannis below.

8.10.18

Fellow Foreign Adoptee, Kingsley makes a new fan in "Lock Me"


This cat's dope. Being a foreign adoptee who found roots in hiphop and wants to rebuild his own community, I can dig this dude's story.

Born in West Africa, adopted at 11 months and raised in Newark, NJ, Kingsley’s sound makes connections to his roots by incorporating R&B, Pop, Reggae, and Afro beat. Kingsley’s goal, along with his home team F.E.D.D.I, (Fetch Every Damn Dollar Insight), is to show the world the power of self love and to help rebuild the black communities by encouraging others to pursue their dreams by reaching passed their limits and always believing that anything and everything is possible.

Check out his video for "Lock Me" below and follow @kingsley_feddi on Instagram.

1.10.18

Layla Khepri gets personal on "The KickBack Reloaded"


This gets real personal and heavy. I've been working with Layla Khepri for a couple years and I have no doubts she'll be a household name. But in this cyclical life no rise is complete without falls. She went to social media and was open about the passing of her mother and how it obviously affected her personally and career-wise.

I was surprised Diamond B Frazier, host of The Kickback Reloaded was that blunt in some of her questioning but I know Layla needed to share her experiences not only as a release but to help others going through such a close, personal loss. Layls's extremely strong and her bounce back is tremendous. The interview is very deep and personal as she not only discusses her forthcoming album but topics of drug use and timing in the industry!

Check it out below and follow @LaylaKhepri on social media and visit www.LaylaKhepri.com

27.9.18

New Music from Sincerely Yours - "96 [Nightmares]"


Ahh, nice to hear some lyricism now. Chicagoland emcee, Sincerely Yours teams up with producer RD after a 3-year hiatus to create a new project as well as a project with Neak (wonder if Neak is Neak?)

On this song, I talk about what being an artist is all about; shaking your fears to be courageous, bold, and fearless in the eyes of chasing your dreams. RD provides an amazing nostalgic hip-hop backdrop that makes it easy to write the truth of my life!


Produced by RD. Mixed and Mastered by A.Quality

'96' is also available on all major streaming platforms (ex: Apple Music, TiDAL, Google Play).

Website: www.since96.bandcamp.com
TW/IG: @sinceninesix
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sinceninesix

24.9.18

Neak knows his "Legacy"


Chicago MC/Producer, Neak dropped his new self-produced single, "Legacy" which touches on "how I want to be remember; through hard work while utilizing my God-given talents to be a vessel to serve others striving for greatness."

I was intrigued by reading up on him because [remember Chicago] his bio starts out with 'If your father, Robert Kelly…', MY first thought was, oh, Damn R. Kelly has a kid who raps? lol but the sentence continues with '...of the R&B/Gospel/Soul group "The Kelly Brothers...' which is still dope. He has some Bars. So all my fans of true lyricism, which if you're here I'm sure you are, will like.

"I'm currently gearing up to release my new self-produced album, 'KWESBAAR' and new crew album, NRFS, with Chicago MCs/Producers Rashid Hadee and F.A.B.L.E., MC/songwriter Sincerely Yours, and myself. Both albums are scheduled to be released very soon._ - Neak


Download Now via Bandcamp. It will be available on all major streaming platforms (Apple Music, TiDAL, Google Play, etc.) Friday, Oct. 5th.

Website(s): www.neak-co.com | www.neak.bandcamp.com
TW/IG: @Neak_Undefined
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Neak84
YouTube: www.youtube.com/84Neak

Old Age



Been a big fan of Masego for a minute. He makes some super dope music and it's heavily jazz/instrumentally focused; as a [former] saxophone player myself I love it. He also touches on a favorite topic of mine, mature women.

Even back to high school/college I always went for older girls. Few girls a year or 2 younger but I was the 20 year old going out with 24 year old co-workers. I always appreciated an older, more mature woman and Masego gets it lol

14.9.18

Eminem - "Lucky You" ft Joyner Lucas



Is this 'beef' [publicly] over yet? Can I say I'm a fan of Eminem's new album, Kamikazee without appearing like I've taken a side?? Cool. I had no dog in that fight so I'll focus on the music. THIS track with Joyner Lucas SLAPS. The beat is nasty, both dudes go OFF. I'll let it speak for itself.

'y'all gotta move'.

12.9.18

MAG5 - "Not My Fault" (Lyric Video)


War. Fake news. Austerity. Control. Power. Depression. MAG5's record, "It's Not My Fault" explains how it's not his fault, but still has to deal with the consequences. Stream the track on Soundcloud and watch the official lyric video on YouTube.



MAG5 is an anonymous rapper based out of NY. Little else is known about the artist.

28.8.18

Vevo Original: Scott Storch "Still Storch" documentary


Scott Storch is one of my favorite producers. The piano licks this dude has are incredible. He has a minute at the beginning of this documentary that I've had on repeat since it was released. He also has such a crazy story that it needed to be shared.

Vevo has exclusively released, 'Still Storch,' an original film about legendary music producer Scott Storch. From his early beginnings as a member of The Roots band to producing worldwide hits for Beyoncé, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Chris Brown and many others. This no-holes barred mini-doc delves into Scott’s world, to tell his harrowing story of addiction and fame in his own words. Both of which led him to burn through a $100 million+ fortune, and hit ‘rock-bottom’, however his unrelenting genius-like talent and hunger to prove his critics wrong has only fueled his passion for creating. 
 
“People have their bottoms – I shot through the bottom and I went like a hundred thousand leaps beyond the sea bottom… I don’t know many people who could survive emotionally, mentally through what I went through.” - Scott Storch
 
Now, Scott is back making headlines; having never left the studio, he is ready for a come-back, working with some of the most exciting names in music.

The documentary was commissioned by Vevo, directed by Rollo Jackson, from SomeSuch Productions, with executive producers Joseph Patel and Justin Prager.
 
 ‘The hunger is taking back my throne.”
- Scott Storch.


24.8.18

Hip-Hop In: Africa (Sean Dampte)


I'm a connoisseur of foreign music and love the afrobeat sound so I had to feature African artist, Sean Dampte. His new video "2Nite" has been getting a lot of views and had to share!

"Afrobeat rising star, Sean Dampte drops the video to his successful commercially acclaimed single, ‘2nite’. Fans anticipated the visuals to the single ‘2Nite’ weeks ago and after several push backs, Sean Dampte has finally given us something to be excited about. Shot in different locations around Canvey Island, United Kingdom, and directed by award-winning director, Ovie Etsetayse, the video show-cases Sean Dampte’s super star power. The video is undoubtedly one of the best to date from the artist and in the afrobeat scene."


About Sean Dampte
Sean Dampte (F.K.A. Dampte) has already taken Africa by storm with his perfect concoction of Afrobeat and World Music. Known in his home country of Nigeria for music that guarantees to get everyone up and on the dance floor, Sean Dampte is bringing his untameable groove to the UK. Citing influences such as Warren G, Wale and LL Cool J, Sean Dampte successfully blends all he has learned from his muses with his African heritage. Having worked with industry professionals such as Tay Dizm and with significant backing from YoRaps, Sean Dampte is constantly creating and building on an already impressive career.


Follow Sean at
- Instagram & Twitter @seandampte

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