Clay Dub Releases Part 1 Of Short Film-Song Series "Best Friend" • Word Is Bond

Clay Dub, acclaimed artist known for creating music “good for the soul, good for the hips, for the mind, for the culture” releases part 1 of his 3 part song series. “Best Friend” is available now for digital streaming and purchase.

The classic Hip-Hip beats, and soulful thumping rhythm set the tone for Dub’s reminiscent tale. Dub cleverly intertwines his love for the culture with his Hip-Hop rooted flow to deliver a fun, feel good track.

Dub shows off his entrancing storytelling expertise to canvas nostalgia between friends.  What appears to be a forbidden childhood connection resurfaces into adulthood.  A believer in fate, Dub is convinced the run in isn’t coincidental.

The versatile lyricist reminds us of lost innocence. “Best Friend” will take listeners back in time to “check yes or no if you like me” note passing, and harmless giggles in class.  However, do remember this is a series so prepare for a cliffhanger.

Stream “Best Friend” here

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B Troy follows up “The Back & Forth” EP with new release, “Make It”

A native of Queens NY this performer who creates under the moniker B Troy is one of the fresh faces for Hip Hop in the Big Apple. A diverse composer B Troy is lauded for his animated delivery and wordplay. After releasing his The Back & Forth EP this past Summer he has gotten right back to the grind with new music. Check out new track, Make It.

 


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Fat Beats Returns To Los Angeles • Word Is Bond

On Saturday, September 22nd 2018 Fat Beats Los Angeles reopened its iconic doors. 

Fat Beats closed its doors in Los Angeles back on September 19th, 2010. The New York location closed down earlier that same month. For many, the closure of Fat Beats marked the end of an era. The record store being closed left a tremendous void in the city. Fans no longer had that go to hub for celebrating Hip-hop culture. Fat Beats was a place where music was pushed to the forefront, you could discover new artists and see incredible live performances on any given night.

Thats why when it was announced that Fat Beats would make its return to LA, the Hip-hop community spread the good word like wildfire. House Shoes had a particularly great post on his Instagram about the grand opening of the new store.

The grand opening was incredible, two of our Word Is Bond team members George and Eric were able to attend. So many pillars of the Hip-hop community in LA were there to show support. The lineup up of performers was special as well. The lineup included the most talented beatsmiths and DJs from the likes of DJ Rhettmatic, Dibia$e, House Shoes, Ras G, Exile and DJ Babu. One after the other, these talented artists spun dope records that had the new store packed to the brim with fans. Check out some photos taken from the grand opening of Fat Beats below.

Exile went on at 7:15PM and had one of the best sets because he brought along a handful of special guests. Most notably, he brought out his longtime partner Blu. After his surprise performance with Exile, we had the opportunity to speak with Los Angeles legend Blu.

When asked about what Fat Beats meant to him, Blu shared his nostalgia associated with the record store.

“The record store was the source. It was the source, it was where everybody touched down at. We used to come by bus and ditch school to get to Fat Beats. That was way back in the days and we’re glad Fat Beats is back! Plus we don’t have to ditch school anymore haha.”

Blu went on to discuss what performing at the grand opening of Fat Beats was like.

“It feels good, it feels really good man. Exile brought us out and had us here as special guests. We’re honored to be here.”

Blu also shared some information about future events and shows at Fat Beats from him at the Dirty Science crew.

“We have some new records coming out with Fat Beats. So we are definitely looking to do more in-stores in the future.”

DJ Babu arrives to spin around 9PM for his attendees. The Beat Junkie turntablist decides to play some new music from his upcoming projects that will be available through Fat Beats, such as a 45″ series, the fourth installation of Duck Season, and Super Duper Duck Flips. Before he starts his set, he takes people back in time to when he discovered Fat Beats in New York, and how he and the rest of the Junkies eventually worked for Fat Beats when it opened for the first time in LA. The opening of the LA store happened 6-8 months after Babu and Fat Beats founder Joe Abaijan (aka DJ Jab) initially met.

According to Babu, he went to his first DMC battle, and somehow he heard about the record to store that took over the space over the Beatles’ old shoe store. He and the Bay Area legend DJ Shortkut went to go pay the store a visit.

“And so I walked in and they’re playing my DMC battle tape on the TV,” Babu said. “And my man Joe was behind the counter and was like, ‘Yo, Shortkut, Babu… what’s up,’ and it became like family ever since.”

Abaijan acknowledged that the resurrection of the store was important to his team and the community. Ever since the store closed, the element of even having a great store that was dedicated to the hip-hop community, went along with that, too. The idea of an underground community nowadays seems to fall on ears of those who have apparently been unaware.

“Hip-hop has all these different meanings, but there’s a void of all the good stuff that’s (kind of) not being pushed,” Abaijan said. “There’s an underground community that’s really big but people don’t know about it.”

When the store was open back in the ’90s, it was for the meetings of the minds. Customers would either come in and shop, or even just hang out and listen to dope music that would be playing by the DJs that worked there. Abaijan hopes that this element of the experience will also return to today’s crowd once they step into the store.

Plans to reopen a store in New York aren’t currently in the works. For Abaijan, the possibility of a chain opportunity has to be reasonable.

“I wouldn’t go open a store in New York,” Abaijan said. “But if the situation presented itself that makes sense, there could be one there.”

Talks among the attendees were nostalgic when it comes to the memories of their past experiences at the store. Now that the store is back and running, more memories are expected to be made.

“Congrats Joe, we’re glad to have you back,” Babu said.

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Ra-Sool – “MsBehavin” (Video) | UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

All summer long, the West Coast has been boiling hot with new artists breaking out onto the mainstream landscape. Helping lead the charge is Phoenix, Arizona buzzworthy new recording artist known as Ra-Sool (also Ra-Sool The Alpha). Coded with a variety of styles and star power, the new comer grabs his fellow upriser Stanboi for the new video, properly-titled, “MsBehavin”.

A creative blend of Reggae, R&B, and Hip-Hop, Ra-Sool calls up a couple beauties and allows Stanboi to croon the lovelies with sensual melodies while Ra hypnotizes them with body moving wordplay. “MsBehavin” is a vibe that is perfect for the summer time conclusion. Easy to recognize that the Arizona star is becoming a marquee name in no time.

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Cali Native Genra Releases "24 Hours" Single Featuring Lucid Soundz & Kjfocus • Word Is Bond

Oakland, California native Genra releases new music titled “24 Hours”.  The independent artist links up with producer Lucid Soundz and saxophonist Kjfocus.  The chemistry between the three offers an innovative listening experience.

“24 Hours” begins with sounds from the saxophone penetrating a jazz ambiance. Genra, who is acclaimed for adding a modern spin to traditional Hip Hop roots, channels in with wordplay to break down the mechanics of “24 hours”.   He describes feeling overwhelmed and falling into the redundancy of  life’s daily routines. He speaks specifically on family, relationships, health, and wealth. The unconventional emcee shares a lyrical proctor to exercise self-care and to clear one’s mind.

The trio set a tranquil precedence for listeners to tune in and enrich the ways of our world. Listen to “24 Hours” here. 



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New Music "Societal Pressure" Napoloen Da Legend x Micall Prarknsun x Giallo Point • Word Is Bond

One of Hip Hop’s most elite, conscious Hip Hop artists Napoloen Da Legend announces the release of his new album titled “Coup D’Etat” produced entirely by UK producer Giallo Point.  The album is available for digital streaming and for purchase.

The single “Societal Pressure” featuring Micall Parknsun captures an avalanche of social injustices that transpire around us.  From a poor miscalculated health care system to tainted nourishment, from governmental devised plans to uncertain and confused youth.  The record marshals as a lyrical testament of awareness over an arrangement of classic scratches and unyielding beats.

“Coup D’Etat” is available for streaming here 

 

 



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New Music "Societal Pressure" Napoleon Da Legend x Micall Prarknsun x Giallo Point • Word Is Bond

One of Hip Hop’s most elite, conscious Hip Hop artists Napoleon Da Legend announces the release of his new album titled “Coup D’Etat” produced entirely by UK producer Giallo Point.  The album is available for digital streaming and for purchase.

The single “Societal Pressure” featuring Micall Parknsun captures an avalanche of social injustices that transpire around us.  From a poor miscalculated health care system to tainted nourishment, from governmental devised plans to uncertain and confused youth.  The record marshals as a lyrical testament of awareness over an arrangement of classic scratches and unyielding beats.

“Coup D’Etat” is available for streaming here 

 

 



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Tuff Kong Records Presents "Brick", New Music Video by John Jigg$ Featuring Daniel Son • Word Is Bond

Lyrical genius and notably respected Long Island emcee, John Jigg$, announced the release of his highly anticipated EP titled Teflon John courtesy of Tuff Kong Records.  The project, produced entirely by CUNS, features Hip Hop elites including Benny the Butcher, Daniel Son, Crimeapple, and PF Cuttin.

“Teflon John” is a declaration of skilled warfare against fabricated rappers in way of his success and lyrical reign.  His natural cadence over a blended mixture of dramatic pulsations and Hip Hop beats is uncanny.

Brick, one of the singles off the EP provides listeners with a classic, yet intensified delivery of impeccable mastered bars.  Jigg$ mentions the “bricks” he used to long for then quickly flips up his collar with a message for industry vultures.

Watch “Brick” by John Jigg$ featuring Daniel Son produced by CUNS 

Jigg$, returning to “Strong Island” from his personal European Tour, is full throttle in the studio as well as performing “Teflon John”tracks on Tri-state area’s most prestigious stages and radio shows.  The EP is available for digital streaming and for a limited time on vinyl and cd.



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