Fast-rising Houston rapper, and OG Maco affiliate, John Ibe is back with his brand new single titled ‘F.O.M’, taken from his long-awaited forthcoming EP JIBE, which is scheduled for release in the summer, and follows on from his acclaimed 2016 mixtape Obstructed Environments.
Released via Next Records (Stalley, Willie The Kid, Harry Fraud) and produced by EZM (A$AP Ant, Pro Era, Zaytoven), ‘F.O.M’ is a hard-hitting rap track from John Ibe, backed by daunting grand piano arrangements, and highlighted by the Houston native’s trademark assured cadence, vivid wordplay and infectious rap flow.
From emerging on the scene in 2015 with his seminal debut mixtape The Departure, John Ibe has seen his stock steadily rising ever since, with co-signs from the likes of Joey Bada$$ and OG Maco, collaborations with A$AP Mob, Odd Future, Danny Seth and Allan Kingdom, to mention a few.
Speaking about the inspiration behind his new single ‘F.O.M’, John Ibe says, “the song came from being around supposed friends who claim they have your back, but turn on you in time of need. ‘F.O.M’ is a defiant song to listen to, when you feel like you have been betrayed, or people are against you”.
60 East and Phil The Pain are back with another Music Video from their collaborative project “The Freeway Series Vol.2”. Since 2018 sparked the legalization of recreational Marijuana in California, 60 and Phil decided to drop “Smoke One”, a song guaranteed to get added to your smokers playlist.
FREE DOWNLOAD of EP: sixtyeast.net and make sure to catch 60 East on Tour in Australia this April with Termanology.
“Tell Cupid he is late, I have been waiting for a while for his arrows of fate…” are the opening lines from South London rapper Mr Ekow‘s love laden record “Heart of the Matter”. The laid back soulful record is a brilliant display of down to Earth emotions regarding love, St Valentine’s day and everything regarding matters of the heart. He also gets real about his own struggle to find love, while attempting to redefine it.
The Nathan Prospect produced song is a smooth, jazzy cut that fits Mr Ekow’s laid back flow and insightful lyrics. The visuals which was shot on the the rooftops of his hometown Croydon is simple and shows the emcee in his performing element.
The Croydon rapper shares some of his thoughts on making the song:
“It’s funny, it turned out to be way more personal than I originally intended. It’s crazy reaching your mid-twenties and seeing people around you start to settle down and get married etc. There’s something really powerful about two people saying, “I want to do this life with you”… and when you haven’t experienced that yourself it can leave you scratching your head. Add to that, the barrage of love stories we’re fed through the media and it feels like something isn’t quite adding up. This song was a chance for me to explore what’s gone wrong along the equation and figure out whether our current definition of love has a part to play.”
BIO: Growing up in Croydon as a 90s baby, he was strongly influenced by the tail end of Golden Era Hip Hop and the ascent of UK grime and rap. The end result is a versatile, jazzy and lyrically sharp rapper who loves to get a crowd vibing.
The Hip Hop collective, The Council, return for 2018 with the release of their first music video, for their song, “Council Arts.” Originally released in September 2015, Council Arts was the first track recorded by long-time collaborators Five Steez, The Sickest Drama, Inztinkz and Nomad Carlos under the name, The Council. It also appears as the first song, after the Intro, on the crew’s album, which was made available in September 2017. On the track, the four MCs trade powerful verses over a hard-hitting boom-bap beat with a rich female vocal sample, chopped by Inztinkz, the group’s producer.
Directed by Scotty Dreamkiller, shot by Warren Buckle and edited by David ‘Enco’ DaCosta, it shows The Council in an intense cypher, with exciting visual effects complementing it.
“Council Arts” is from the group’s full length album, Nothing Else Matters.Get The Council’s Nothing Else Matters here and Stream on Bandcamp: HERE
ADad & Tensei return to our pages with the visuals for their record “Danger Us”. The jazz influenced record takes a visual form under the direction of ADAD. The video is dedicated to the misguided and fallen sons in the struggle. “Danger Us” is a story about the reality of what happens when you come up young and reckless. The stick up kid in the video (Darius Johnson) is a character like so many of our lost sons and brothers, his life is turmoil, his conscious is compromised and his actions are vicious. He victimizes for survival, not oblivious to his wrong but not aware that he has alternatives. As with so many stories his ends in retribution, another sacrifice to a cycle that never seems to end. The chorus by Yaw Ageyman who adds his own unique perspective on the subject matter.
The duo of Benjamin Brown and Huey Blue provide us with a summery, soulful collaborative joint they call “Shoot On Sight”. The love lorn song explores the intricacy of lopsided love, after initial attraction and the frequently described “honeymoon period” burns out.
The duo have spent the past twelve months removing themselves from comfort, embarking on inquisitive sonic treks to a summit now in reach.. “Shoot On Sight” is the second track off Brown & Blue’s upcoming second EP “Forest Fires“. Get the audio HERE
Zimbabwean born UK artist COLL brings the listener closer to home on his insightful record titled “In My Lifetime”. Over the self produced song, COLL employs a somber piano riff and angelic vocal string to tug on the listener’s emotions. The track is very personal as he talks extensively about the ups and downs of his upbringing amongst other things.
The video is Directed by Macfadden Dancers and shows the emcee in his element. “In My Lifetime” is taken from his forthcoming EP that’s due for release in March 2018, In My Lifetime is raw, punchy, based on true events and keeps an upbeat vibe throughout.
The Worth is the final video from Armond WakeUp’s 40 Days EP. The EP is one of our favorites of 2017 and features production by Wes Pendleton.
Armond shares, “The Worth is the apex of my most recent EP 40 Days & perfectly sets up my next album Even If I Lose. The idea behind “The Worth” is simple. Society encourages us to find our identity & worth in what we do & what we’re good at & who we know. But if you live long enough, you know all of those things eventually lose their luster & die off. The value is never the same, even though we have to work. However, the Bible tells us over & over that our worth is in Him. Understanding, believing & accepting that we were created by Him & for Him produces a worthiness that transcends time, space & effort. That’s what I wanted to communicate with this song.”
He continues, “Even If I Lose sounds nothing like 40 Days sonically, but the sentiment is the same.”
Kosha Dillz revisits his roots on the reflective record titled “So Many People”. Over the Nate Greenmberg produced record, Kosha pens a heartfelt tribute to the holocaust victims. He also details his own personal struggle and the realization of being true to ones heritage regardless of the circumstances.
The visuals were documented during the numerous travels Kosha did after a long USA tour. He flew to Poland, performed alongside Matisyahu in the former Warsaw Ghetto and visited Auschwitz-Birkenau. He later performed at the Synagogue Festival in Krakow. The video pretty much takes the viewer along with Kosha while also splicing historical clips from WWII.
It’s been quite a hot minute since we got new material from emcee/producer Lou Piensa. For those who may not be privy to his work, he is a member of the renowned multi talented collective known as Nomadic Massive and also part of the Loop Pilots (Alongside producer Dr Mad). With a catalogue that spans the length of the globe, Lou is pretty much a busy individual as he traverses across several countries uplifting the culture.
On his latest venture, he teams up with Sao Paulo based Jazz rap crew Mental Abstrato on a solid record titled “Head Lost”. The track is an organic piece of art that blends live jazz instrumentation with hip-hop sensibilities. Lyrically Lou delivers his trademark commanding flow with insightful lyrics to match. The emcee dwells on the current state of world affairs such as the pursuit of self realisation and much more. He kicks gem after gem but one particularly bit that hit me is “…I meant it when I said “peace” My mind the kids in Aleppo, may they rest please/ Graphic reminders in my feeI don’t feed off sensationalism, let me be free From all these false prophets and info crooks in the place/ How about less facebook and more books in your face?…”
Mental Abstrato is made up of Omig One: percussion Calmão: MPC Guimas Santos: Bass Thiago Duar: Guitar Cauê Vieira: Sax & Flute Beto Montag: Vibrafone. Hit the play button and get familiar.