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From Kwamizzle’s DunDemWorld – Hip Hop Blog!
Some said it couldn’t be done. Others said it shouldn’t be done. Well, we did it anyway. “The _____ Experiment” put together by Kane, KassCrook, and Kwamizzle is a audio-social test. Its a test that combines: Hip Hop, rap, poetry, and social commentary into a compilation of dynamic imagery.
From the start of the album, “The_Exp” grabs the listener and exclaims “You may want to sit down first…” with spoken word from Poet (featured throughout the album). The _____ Intro perfectly explains the reason for this musical study, but if you don’t get the picture from that all hope isn’t completely lost. The 3 scientists revisit these main topics of discussion all through the album while still keeping listeners entertained with radio-friendly songs like: We Gone, Maintain Control, and By Any Means. 2 of which feature the vocalist DeSean Moore on the hook/chorus. Unhappy Home, Boondocks Theory, 1 Train Cypher, and Sworn Testimony keep the project well rounded and serve as pivotal transitions in the overall story line.
I just recently revisited a project I downloaded a couple months ago from the talented Memphis producer Moebius. Love’s Gonna Get You is a completely instrumental EP that lives somewhere in the realms of experimental hip hop sampledelia. Meobius calls it a “sketchtape”.
Download Love’s Gonna Get You on Bandcamp
Listen to more Moebius on Soundcloud
Albany, NY – It’s been a little over a year since the last Breaking Point, KassCrook has reached another level and is ready to present to the world. Overall a much more polished rap artist, KassCrook, displays the confidence of a true veteran. Breaking Point 2 aims to secure KassCrook’s average listener as a core fan, and make them desire more. Features on this project come from HGH’s Intell Hazefield and Kwamizzle, DeSean Moore, Vay Cool of FiF, and also Concrete Kid. Don’t pass on this without giving it an unbiased listen. ~DunDemWorld
Music Video “Grind” from Breaking Point 2.
Hand Gunz High member, Kane’s debut solo project is an ode to some of the finer things in life that we often take for granted… like love, herbal remedies, and the sheer ability to use our brain.
Check out Kane’s videos off of Higher Learning below.
When That Day Comes
Catch The Sun
You usually see Jo Biggs accompanied by his First Class comrades, Ace Gifted and Sonny Black, but this summer he’ll be showing off his skill as an individual MC. Off his first solo project, “The Conceited Nobody”, Biggs gives you “Head To The Sky” featuring Rocka Boy directed by Moore Than Vision.
It isn’t usually known as a holiday of gift giving, but on this past Earth Day, Kwamizzle bestowed upon us his latest production, “Full Mental Alchemy.”
Its been a little over a year since I’ve started recording for FMA. I wanted to up the ante from my last project. I wanted to really show that I could bring out that essence of hip hop. I felt like that particular feeling was the exact same vibe one gets while listening to any Alchemist production. Full Mental Alchemy. Alchemy, basically, is being able to create something great out of “nothing”. With FMA I aimed to create something great using my “full mental”, my mind. It seemed almost perfect to create Full Mental Alchemy, I’m very excited to see what listeners think about the project. I want to thank everyone in TRUSIC for encouraging me to push myself to be great, and also for being examples of the paths to follow. Enjoy the project and share it with a friend. -KWAMIZZLE
Above & Below is the second installation in SES Da Great‘s Duality mixtape trilogy. SES explores another way to look at man’s dual nature in Above & Below; this time focusing on conflicts within one’s self. Above & Below is the hip hop form of the classic debates of good vs. evil, nature vs. nurture. SES opens up about his struggles with his demons in the past and present, but balances it by discussing some of his victories in other songs. SES Da Great’s display of honesty and complex feelings in Above & Below makes it an instant classic.
Ses Da Great sets off his thematic mixtape trilogy, Duality, with his first installment, Young Man – Old Soul. In this chapter of Duality, Ses puts his spin on old school flows and uses classic hip hop sampledelic beats as a soundtrack to introduce himself as the “Young man spitting like my hair grey.” Some say wisdom comes with age, but in this project, Ses Da Great shows he’s put in the man-hours to accrue the experience of someone way beyond their years.
The Duality series is a prequel to the album All In. Stay tuned for the next two installments of Duality in coming weeks and then the release of All In following shortly after.
Find Young Man-Old Soul and the rest of Ses Da Great’s work at SesDaGreat.com.
Ses Da Great VLOG #2 – DUALITY
Rashad thaPoet uses one of Skibeatz dopest tracks to bring “Put Your 2′s Up” to life. A track off this past summers album “The Journey Back” available for FREE download at http://www.RashadthaPoet.Bandcamp.com.
Directed by Intell Hazefield (@intellhazefield)
Art Director: Bob Marshall (@bobbyhedak)
I enjoy anything that musician Whitney Coleman or director Jace produces on their own, but when these two great minds come together it’s really something special. The lyrics are simple in a very poetic way, but what I really love is how the rhythm and cadence of certain lines over the afro-electro reminiscent beat adds another element to the song. I don’t want to give away too much, but this video is a great interpolation of the song, with a very conceptual narrative and stylistic execution from Jace. Also lending to the creativity in this video is Erica Mitchell, the stylist who put together Whitney’s chic, flowing ensemble.
Here is the back story on the song.
“I wrote this song about 4 years ago, actually all instrumentation and sounds that I made from my computer in Garage Band. I was sitting on my couch recovering from an ACL injury on my knee (note: I used to play basketball for my college) and a break up as well with a guy I used to date. In my misery I came up with this song. It represents something new…something true…something real and that can, in a sense, represent “love” in a different light…in a desperate, vulnerable light, that makes you risk anything to have it and to experience it. The title and video “Falling Hearts” is just that. Taking the notion of “Falling Stars” and “Falling in love” and literally showing it with representation of two people meeting …even if things don’t go well…that’s just how I want to love…risking it all”
Purchase Whitney’s newest album, “The Love Chapter: Lessons From A Human Heart” Today on iTunes!
Mr. Five O’Clock is doing work right now in the Mid-West. Here is some footage of him opening for the Broad Street Bully along with some backstage bars from Beanie himself. Hopefully he releases the extended version soon.
I introduced you to Connecticut rapper/producer, King Dreams, back in June when he dropped “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” King Dreams is getting some recognition at the 2011 Connecticut Hip Hop Awards. He is nominated in a couple of categories, but what I’d really like to see him win is Mixtape of the Year.
VOTE FOR TOMORROW NEVER COMES HERE 2011 Connecticut Hip Hop Awards
Dope rhymes + dope beat + Creative Control. Seems like Rick Gonzalez knows the formula for a great hip hop video and some instant exposure for his rapping debut as Realm Reality. You may remember him as the dude from Coach Carter, but he definitely has exceptional skill with the flow and lyrics.
Download his mixtape “The Invisible Man” from his website
“What I Want” on Vimeo
Seems like there’s another actor recently trying his hand at music.
Idris Elba singing/rapping on a 9th Wonder beat.
Two years ago, I had the pleasure of sound engineering a concert put on by Whitney Coleman at the impressive, EMPAC, located on the RPI campus in Troy, NY. Whitney Coleman is a special artist. Her soulful, inspirational music is deeply rooted in gospel, but you can’t help but feel comforting qualities of Goapele in her voice in her neo-soul/R&B-like tracks or be impressed by her versatility, reminiscent of Lauryn, when she seamlessly switches to hip hop.
“Dreams” is her second official music video off of her new album “The Love Chapter: Lessons From A Human Heart”. The concept of the song is “Always keep dreaming…believe in your dreams.” This idea is translated through shots of Whitney running through the woods, jumping over metaphoric obstacles, falling, getting back up and continuing her journey. I love that she’s releasing music videos, but if you get a chance to see her live, do it; she really puts on a show. For those in the Indy area on September 17th, you’ll be able to check her out at the Oranje arts and music showcase.
WHITNEY COLEMAN’S ALBUM “The Love Chapter: Lessons From A Human Heart” on iTUNES
Behind the scenes on “Dreams”
Feelings ft. Alpha Live
I love good videos. I love quasi-celebs from the 518. So when Vashtie (Albany-raised, NYC-based visionary and socialite) directs a Kendrick Lamar video, I’m definitely posting it. Enjoy.
via Vashtie’s Blog
Producer, Kaimbr pays homage to the original musicians of the original Karate Kid by sampling the soundtrack. Listen to some of his work and download the free beat tape below. He also released in album with co-production by Kev Brown called The Alexander Green Project. I’m just finding out about this guy today, but I like his work.
Download MR. MIYAGI HERE
via Crate Kings
True Righteous Unique Successful Inspiring Creative
TRUSIC was first introduced by Ses Da Great as its own genre of music, so you may be confused when you listen to this compilation and hear hip hop, R&B, pop and even a track reminiscent of rock & roll. It’s ok, I’ll fill you in. What defines the TRUSIC style of music is not the sound properties or its instruments, but the actual content. This music is positive, real, calculated-yet-organic, authentic, it’s True, Righteous, Unique, Successful, Intelligent, and Creative. Currently, TRUSIC consists of a roster of around 10 artists, including rappers, singers, producers, & DJs, but there are also some featured artists stepping into the TRUSIC realm.
1. We Grind- Ses Da Great ft. Ali Sifflet, Commissioner Castro
2. Money Rules The World- Kane ft. G-Bags, Ses Da Great
3. Make History – Kass Crook (Breaking Point Mixtape Intro)
4. They Love Me- Ses Da Great ft. Intell Hazefield
5. Olympus- Hand Gunz High (Intell Hazefield, Kane, Kwamizzle)
6. Tonight- Yung D.O.C. ft. Ses Da Great
7. Dream Chaser- Ses Da Great
8. High Rise -Hand Gunz High (Intell Hazefield, Kane, Kwamizzle) ft. Ses Da Great
9. Good Morning- Kwamizzle ft Intell Hazefield
10. Like Rain – Ali Sifflet ft. Kevin Sifflet
11. Persevere- Hand Gunz High (Intell Hazefield, Kane, Kwamizzle) ft. Ali Sifflet
12. I Can Go On Forever – Poo Grams
13. Castrolude – Commissioner Castro
14. Our Way – Hand Gunz High (Intell Hazefield, Kane, Kwamizzle)
15. Shining Down – Ses Da Great
16. No More Smiles – Kass Crook
17. Catch The Sun – Kane ft Jaja Gibore, Lyrical Vangogh
18. Real Music – Poo Grams ft. Ses Da Great
19. Castroduction – Commissioner Castro
20. Cartoon Dedication – Ses Da Great, Commissioner Castro
21. Just Friends – Yung D.O.C.
22. Fire In Your Soul – Hand Gunz High (Intell Hazefield, Kane, Kwamizzle) ft. Ali Sifflet
Mr. Five O’Clock gives you a video for “I Made It”. It features footage from his performance opening for Travis Porter.
Mob Muzik’s Chaz Money jumps on Joe Budden’s The Breakthrough Tour to bring his style of New York rap music to the DMV area. Another step in the right direction for all rappers in Upstate NY. I recently heard from an industry insider that to many, Albany, NY is known as a musical and cultural “Dead Zone”. Let’s change that popular misconception, Chaz.
VENUES – DATES:
Paradigm – Norfolk, VA – 7/5/11 – Ages 21+
U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC – 7/6/11 – Ages 18+
Fish Head Cantina – Baltimore, MD – 7/7/11 – Ages 21+
via FMA Blog
A year in the making, Almost Famous is a testimony of Airline Jay’s skill as a rapper who can switch roles from a thoughtful lyricist, constructing less-than-straightforward punchlines, an artist who can portray a mood on a track, or a tactful remixer who can take an industry beat and seamlessly make it his own. He gave his fans a treat. Definitely cop this.
“Much love and support in my city for this young rapper who’s quickly garnering more and more fans by the week. AirlineJay has a dedicated team that helps him promote his music as well as an awesome graphic and video crew. I could only imagine being able to engineer his own music is just as valuable to him as his support system.”
A departure from the last video I posted, these show that Mr. Five O’Clock can shine over any type of track. Visuals provided by DVA Films.
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Breaking point. The title is indicative of a moment you’ve reached where something drastic is going to happen. Kass Crook can hold his own in any street corner cypher, but he is now taking his energy and putting it towards making a cohesive piece of work. In Breaking Point, Kass Crook talks about his crossroads in hustling, life, love, and music. You can definitely hear the growth throughout the mixtape even if you haven’t heard his past work.
I first introduced you to Mr. 5 O’Clock back in January with the video I directed for his track “Cool Kidd” off of the tape. This week, I got the privilege to get a pre-listen of this Motor City lyricist’s upcoming mixtape, Pardon The Interruption. It sounds like what a mixtape should sound like; a compilation of songs, not necessarily related, but all very appealing, spanning several topics and genres, showing his versatility as not just a rapper, but as an artist. Really dope work.
Keep an eye out for the link on June 1st, 2011.
Here’s “Cool Kidd” in case you missed it.