The independent grind for artists is never an easy road and that has been the story of PG Blao. The man PG Blao has been on the music hustle for quite some years now and though he has been underground for a long haul, he is now climbing up to the surface to with materials. New Era is one of such offerings PG Blao has served us and he even provides a visual for it. The hip hop struggle in the Nigerian environment has been a tedious one and Blao is one of such emcees who have survived that struggle and have the scars to show for it. With his Blao Family imprint, Blao has been on a mission to reshape the face of hip hop in Nigeria and of course this attests to why he is boldly declaring that this is a new era.
Independent rapper and producer SuNWhoa Love sends along another quality video for his single “Enter the Whoa”. The track features production by DavDBeats and is from the Black Samurai Music album (stream on Spotify).
After dropping the visuals for his afrocentric themed song “Asantihini“, the Da Flyy Hooligan is back with another jawn for the streets. Something off the hook which he calls “Velvet cake” which is taken from his “F.Y.L.P.M.” EP released earlier this year.
Produced by NCL TM, the beat blasts out a cacophony of brass and soul samples over which DFH gets creative delivering trademark dexterous wordplay and high calibre rhyme schemes. On the track title he simply states “When you’ve had the best red velvet cake from Lords Bakery in Flatbush, Brooklyn, you’ll understand why I named this jawn – definitions of deliciousness“.
Directed by The Ol’ Cyruss in London, the theme of the video is an ode to Ghostface Killah’s “Supreme Clientele” album cover, employing imagery as a pastiche of retro cinema and film noir.
Da Flyy Hooligan’s new album “S.C.U.M.” featuring Westside Gunn and Hus Kingpin releases worldwide on CD and digital formats through Miami label 22 Entertainment on October 27th.
UK emcee Apex Zero recently dropped his EP “All Or Nothing” which we featured here, the EP captures the artistic growth inspired by Apex’s recent travels in Africa and Asia, both lyrically and sonically. The project features collaborations with pioneering Chinese Hip Hop/Reggae artist MC Webber aka Raddam Ras, New York emcee Jackson Turner, Cameroonian/French Reggae singers UBC and fellow First and Last member OMeza Omniscient and production from OMeziah, Frank Freeman, GI and In:Theory.
Today, he released the visuals for the song “Flying High” off the EP. Like the title states, the song is a true reflection of Apex’s definition of freedom outside his home in the U.K. We get to see several landscapes in countries Apex Zero visited throughout his journey. The inspiring video (produced by GlobalFaction) was shot across China, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore, showing Apex performing at festivals and shows as well as on top of mountains, swimming in waterfalls above rainforests and multiple other beautiful spots in Asia.
Five Steez who has been working alongside the super hip-hop collective The Council goes solo as he commemorates 3 years since the release of his 2014 EP These Kingston Times. He teams up with director Tony Polanco to shoot a new set of visuals for the song “Night Streets”.
Shot in the business district of New Kingston, we get to see a glimpse of Five Steez’s stomping grounds at night time as he kicks a verse over a jazz influenced backdrop( provided by Truck Julius) that hits like a sentimental brick.
The video was shot by Tony Polanco on his recent visit to Jamaica as Five Steez took him around the business district of New Kingston.
Night Streets is the seventh cut on the 8-track These Kingston Times.
Tracklist 1) Welcome (Produced by OneMan Beats) 2) These Kingston Times (Produced by The Patents) 3) Wild West Indies (Produced by Symbo Science) 4) From the Ground Up (Produced by Most Phear) 5) The Starting Five f/ K. John, Kash Kapri, France Nooks & Nomad Carlos (Produced by Bravo) 6) Deadly (Produced by DJ Crooks) 7) Night Streets (Produced by Truck Julius) 8) Untold Stories 2 (Produced by Phil Chronics)
NY State rapper Tone Chop & producer Frost Gamble released their album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” late last month via Miami label 22 Entertainment. The duo sought to bring the music back to the raw essence with tight, banging beats and organic, unadulterated lyricism over 14 tracks and features such as Tragedy Khadafi, Bigga Haitian, Canadian upcomer White Rhino and many more.
Producer 14k and emcee Ro Spit team up for a joint project titled “RSXGLD”. As they prepare for said project, the Detroit duo gift us with the debut single/video “I Believe” , a mid tempo cinematic jam that is groovy and yet thought provoking.
The visuals for “I Believe” is presented in two different halves, the first half covers Ro Spit in a distraught state of mind after a robbery gone wrong-with his partner KT biting the proverbial bullet. Shot in black and white, Ro attempts to clear his mind but the earlier events continue to dog him. The second half switches to a whole different mood as the color returns and Ro feels spirited enough to ignore the past events.
Check out the visuals, and head over to the retailer of your choice to pre-order RSXGLD, which drops on Nov 03. The 12 track LP boasts features from Royce da 5’9”, Denaun Porter, Elzhi, JMSN, Ronnie McNeir and more, and will be available in all formats (CD, vinyl, and stream/download), via Fat Beats Records.
We’re excited to premiere “The Kids That Can” music video from hip-hop duo TheKnuBlack.
The group shared with us what inspired them to create the track:
The song was inspired by a feeling of being boxed in from the conversations concerning music and art. At the time we wrote it, many artists were wrestling with their identity concerning what genre or sub-genre they will be a part of. From our observations, oftentimes choosing one takes the form of rejecting another. We decided to side-step that conversation by saying we can do what we want. We can “fly with the eagles and still dance with the penguins” in the words of Knu or “we are Tritan, Neptune AND Poseidon, all in one” in the words of Sade. At the end of the day our gifts are God-given so all our choices should be God-honoring. But the funny thing is that exactly at the point that we desire to honor God is the same point that the possibilities become limitless and we find ourselves saying “we are the kids that can” do all things.
Video: The Kids That Can
Video was shot, directed and edited by iMinikon.
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Eshon Burgundy releases Nothing Above You video, the first single from his upcoming For the Love of Money EP.
“Nothing Above You” was written to pay homage to God’s faithfulness. In the song Eshon Burgundy expresses how much he respects God, so much so that he can’t put anything above Him. Even Eshon’s personal desires are no match for the position God holds in his life. To create “Nothing Above You”, Eshon linked up with California based producer Carnegie who also produced a song called “Smoke and Fire” on his recent Billboard charting album The Passover.
Nothing Above You video
Video Shot and Directed by Freemade.co
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