Bassist/producer Alissia is on to new things as she drops her latest produce, a video showing her in her producerial essence. The song in question is the uber funky cut titled “Get Away”. She was recently called upon to produce and play bass on Bootsy Collins ‘ upcoming album World Wide Funk which also featuresrespected artists Kali Uchis, Bernie Worrell, Big Daddy Kane and others.
Now as she takes on the mantle of a producer, she drops her first single/video for the world to see. The visuals captures her nerding it up with head phones, laptop and the Maschine hardware while traversing the city.
She also recently collaborated with the likes of Khalid, Havoc(Mobb Deep), Anderson Paak and Q-Tip.
“Leave It All Behind“ is the third release from Hex One‘s official debut solo album “Words Worth a Thousand Pictures”. The Song deals with all the ills that come with growing up in many low income neighborhoods in America. The influences these environments have on the youth and the exacerbation of these problems by the media and television. Video was shot in New York City.
Fueled by today’s lack of appreciation and the decline in the art of the lyricist, Hex One’s latest album ‘Words Worth a Thousand Pictures’ aims to take a stand for those who are truly masters of their craft. Technical, yet with a clear and concise message and deeply personal at times, Hex One offers a glimpse into his life as an MC and the world he lives in as seen through the scope of his lens.
Backed by hard headnodic beats, deep, soulful samples with east coast and jazz influences, and booming drums and bass lines, Hex masterfully shatters contemporary society’s notion of Hip-hop being a lowbrow genre of music. Despite music itself being highly subjective in nature, he aims to remove some of this subjectivity and boldly proclaim that some art simply takes more skill than others and talent is most certainly measurable.
The ironic disconnect, however, between this measure of talent and the measure of one’s success poses to be one of his life’s greatest woes. The album is thus presented with a subtle melancholic tone throughout, as he struggles to come to terms with this realization. The bigger irony perhaps being that he does so with the same intricate attention to detail and lyrical prowess that is undervalued and overlooked in Hip-hop’s musical landscape today. His philosophy remains: if a picture is worth a thousand words, so too can a poets words be worth a thousand pictures. Order the album digital or physical HERE
Tracklist: 1. Intro 2. Yes Y’all 3. Where I’ll Go 4. My Story 5. Sallyble Mux-Ip 6. Back to the Boom 7. Extraterrestrials 8. Leave It All Behind 9. Flava for Ya Mind 10. I’m Gone 11. Peep the Steeze (Ft. Skyzoo) 12. Energies (Ft. Tek-nition)
UK rapper Titan drops his brand new video for his song “Chemistry” featuring singer Angel. teaming up with powerhouse production trio Fanatix, who craft a mellow/sensual backdrop for Titan’s straight to the point lyrics involving his significant other as they work out the kinks in their blossoming relationship.
Video director and filmmaker Simon Aukes Stolland (Paigey Cakey, Noel Clarke, WizzyWow) handles the visuals for ‘Chemistry’ who deliver a befitting visual offering, shot in the heart of London, that captures the smooth and romantic rap feel of the ‘Chemistry’ track, and helps brings the record further to life.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the record, Titan says,
“‘Chemistry’ is one of my favourite tracks from my forthcoming self-titled EP which I plan on releasing early next year. The track illustrates the situation between two lovers working out the pros and cons of their relationship and where it may take them, and it was a blessing being able to work with Angel to create this one
Boston rap duo G. Dot & Born team up to craft a groovy joint,“She’s So Perfect.” paying homage to all the special ladies in their lives. The mellow, trap heavy single is a departure from the duo’s usual street themed collabos and makes for a good listen.
The video is directed by D. Baines, who has previously worked with notable acts including Akon and Young Dolph, and he brings a cinematic vision to the romantic rap anthem. This means crisp and high-def footage of G. Dot & Born enjoying the finer things with their equally fine women at their side. Whether they’re just out on the town or getting cozy in the bedroom, the two emcees are keen on making good of the promises in their verses.
The single itself was released earlier this year and produced by Cxdy, though it’s not taken from any forthcoming release from the pair. G. Dot & Born may be more focused on their individual pursuits at the moment—particularly Born’s steady-rising solo career that has included the explosive “Hot Topic” single—but they’ll always connect as a duo and put on for their city. And they’re doing it in the tradition of their mentor, Boston rap veteran, Edo G, who we can safely say must be proud of his students.
EDo G follows up with his second single “Beast” off his latest album “FreEDOm”. The visual starts with a very poignant quote and ends with Edo G kicking the ledge over a hard banging backdrop.
“Beast” is the second single and music video “Beast” from EDO.G’s“FreEDOm” album is a lyrically driven aggressive song, produced by Torchbars where EDO.G shows his competitive skills on the Mic while delivering his message of FreEDOm.
“FreEDOm” full length album now available digitally worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more!
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)