SKIPP WHITMAN, "FIREWORKS"

Massachusetts-bred, LA-based emcee/producer Skipp Whitman presents "Fireworks", his self-produced new single in which he tells the story of his last July 4th weekend. Skipp has collaborated with Skyzoo and Grafh, and has opened for Kanye West, KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Kool G Rap, Nas and Guru. Skipp recently released visuals for "Wild World" (watch on Youtube). Describing the events that led him to write this song, Skipp says "I had a lot of personal stuff happening on July 4th last year. I was at my place, trying to decide if I should go partake in the festivities. I wanted this video to look like a dream. surreal in every way. and to tell the story of the two realities that went on inside my head that day - staying home alone at the pool vs. partying on the beach with pretty girls." "Fireworks" appears on Piece, Skipp's new EP (listen on Soundcloud), composed, produced, written and recorded entirely by Skipp which he says "tells the story of my reality at that time - work, relationships (the failing of), life, death, music, the pursuit of things, failure and minor success."

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FreshfromDE & Roca Beats "The Ritual"

After accumulating 1 million+ plays on soundcloud, countless blog placements and radio spins worldwide for two of his most significant singles to date 'Aston Martin'and 'High On Myself' featuring Splizzy. Up and coming Delaware [via Boston] artist FreshfromDE finally releases the international collaboration EP 'The Ritual' with Netherlands based producer Roca Beats. Having worked on the project for a year, these 9 tracks are the fruits of them 365 days. Regardless of being separated by thousands of miles, different continents and an entire ocean, the chemistry between the transatlantic duo is undeniable.
 
'The Ritual' is a self-empowered EP, which showcases FreshfromDE [Writer, Producer & Engineer] and Roca Beats [Producer & Composer] diversity as musicians, this project provides a mixture of everything from Hip-Hop, Trap, Boom Bap, and even some Pop thrown in there, as the "one emcee, one producer" formula gives every single song on this extended play a fully resinous sound despite cross-pollinating various styles, a vibe you can only accurately capture from that classic MC / producer format. Keep posted for the official video 'Aston Martin,' dropping next month... #freshfromde #rocabeats #theritual

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KEYBONE

Kehinde Arifayan (born 17 April 1984), professionally known by his stage name KEYBONE, is a Nigerian independent rap and hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. Keybone releases “Let Me Go” as a single off his debut album titled ; “Going Pro, Vol.1” for radio airplay. Keybone’s music catalog is available for download and streaming on iTunes, AppleMusic, Deezer, Spotify, YouTube and all other music streaming services.

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JR&PH7 x St. Joe Louis x Phonte x Tamika Waden "Invitation"

'Invitaton' is the latest tune from the forthcoming full-length [studio] album 'Coral Cadavers' [pre-order] set for release through Below System Records on June 16th, 2017. This international Hip-Hop heist, pairs German production duo JR&PH7 [Roc Marciano, Sean Price, Ras Kass] with New Jersey emcee trio, St. Joe Louis [Michael Cardigan, Tommie Chase and Elete Wright]. On this space-age, soul glazed audible, the team acquire a stunning guest verse from Phonte [formerly Little Brother], and melodic vocal assist from Tamisha Waden [Foreign Exchange].

'Coral Cadavers' was written as a concept album of a "neo-noir psychological thriller about a woman's descent into moral ambiguities, against the backdrop of Los Angeles." 'Invitation' is another impressive song from that said LP, which has already unveiled several digital singles including 'Driven' (feat. Roc Marciano), 'Duck Duck Goose' (feat. Rah Digga), and 'I Want It All.' #jrandph7 #stjoelouis #phonte #tamishawaden #invitation

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F.Y.I., "BLAME ME"

       

Los Angeles-based emcee F.Y.I. presents "Blame Me", the new single from his new album ameriBLACKKK. FYI recently released music videos for "Legend of G.O.A.T." (watch) and "Trust Me" (watch). F.Y.I. first gained notoriety in 2010 as part of trio Those Chosen and their collaborations with Grammy-Award winning producer, IZ Avila. In 2012 F.Y.I. collaborated with Ab-Soul on "Dopamine" (Bandcamp). In 2014 he dropped his first solo mixtape Yo! The Places You'll Go which hit #1 on CMJ's Hip Hop Charts (Bandcamp). That year he also dropped an exclusive freestyle for HipHopDX (ameriBLACKKK by F.Y.I.

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The Life & Death of Scenery - by L'Orange & Mr. Lif

George Orwell once prophesized, “if you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.” The latest EP from L’Orange & Mr. Lif, The Life and Death of Scenery, conceives a chimerical “lighthearted dystopia” just far enough from modernity to breathe easily, but close enough to make you consider relocating to that cave in the forest. In this collaboration with the eccentric North Carolina producer, L’Orange, Lif imagines an adjacent future called the “last society,” where culture has been obliterated and physical survival has taken precedence over art.

Released through a partnership between Adult Swim and Mello Music Group, the duo’s latest opus opens with one of four addresses from “The Narrator” (played by The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac). These Big Brother missives capture a world where the, “books are all burned, the vinyl has been melted, and the remaining art catapulted over the city walls.” The mere act of whistling is cause for the guillotine. It’s the rap analogue to Fahrenheit 451, 1984, or a Brave New World, where the Soma is uncomfortably soothing and the sunshine eerily abundant.

The former Def Jux legend inhabits on the role of The Scribe, frantically showing the post-apocalyptic survivors the power of what's been lost. It attacks those who value disposable art over the timeless; it articulates the necessity of preserving culture; it lampoons the absurdity of attempting to destroy one of the most immutable qualities in mankind.

In L’Orange’s words, the collaboration is “a negotiation of influences without compromise.” You can hear the producer’s trademark alchemy of classic boom-rap with glitchy fuzz, a compressed whimsy that slaps against somber scythe-like piano lines, ominous spaghetti western licks, and celestial saxophone licks.

Lif spits staccato bars in double-time, adeptly slicing through the beats like banned books to a shredder. He’s joined on “Antique Gold” by the 19-year old monotone samurai, Chester Watson. Gonjasufi’s banshee yelp makes “Strange Technology” even more resonant. Insight bombards on “Five Lies About the World Outside.” The legendary turntablist Q-Bert contributes cuts on “The Scribe.” While Akrobatik, Lif’s longtime partner in The Perceptionists, pops up twice to exhibit their almost telepathic tag-team chemistry.

The rapping is virtuosic. The production is sumptuous and scene setting. But what sticks is those cumulative effects: the fantastic imagination of this foreign but familiar world, the importance of illuminations in a world that values cold logic, the sly humor of winking oracles, and inexorable fear that this could be a reality—should we continue down our current path.

 

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Gensu Dean & Wise Intelligent

Wise Intelligent is one of the original founders of Conscious Hiphop, on the mantle alongside of Public Enemy, Mos Def & Lauryn Hill. As a founding member of the classic group Poor Righteous Teachers, he landed a gold album with his debut and ended up selling 2 million plus records between 1989-1996. Add to that being named Top 50 most-slept on emcees of all-time by Complex magazine, a Top 100 Albums of All-Time placement by The Source, and a #5 most-underrated emcee award from About.com and you have the understanding of where many of today’s emcees styles come from. But more importantly were the terms upon which Wise Intelligent laid his foundation: Principle above profit, community over self. Wise Intelligent is one of the premiere voices for Black consciousness in music today.

Enter Gensu Dean. Currently based in Austin, Texas, the analog producer has laid rock solid sonic foundations for everyone from Grammy award winner and friend David Banner to Cali-agent Planet Asia. Add a host of Hiphop who’s whos like Large Professor, CL Smooth, Ol Dirty Bastard, Roc Marciano, Denmark Vessey, Homeboy Sandman, Diamond D, and to Shady Records signee Conway The Machine into Dean’s production credits and you’ll start to get the picture. His sound is analog, ranging from MPC3000 to SP1200. Gensu is a one of a kind, back to basics, head nodding, beat making, smash mouth producer with as many chambers as Khufu at Cheops.

Now the two legends have teamed up in Atlanta to record a new album together over the past 6 months. From there Gensu brought the record home to Austin for some preliminary mixing, then flew out to the equally legendary DITC Studios in the Bronx to mix the record with Parks. After a quick flight back to Texas and sessions with Jimi Bowman at Klearlight studios in Dallas, the masters were complete and a new project ready for the masses: “Game of Death.”

Rooted in Universal Science, the album takes dead aim at mediocre, dumbed down, manufactured rap while treating Music as the weapon it is. This is cultural warfare bridging the gap from Roxanne & Biz Markie to Jay Electronica & Erykah Badu. Bending time & space, Gensu & Wise take listeners through history with amazingly wide-eyed clarity. With statements as straight-forward as “Your shit aint Hiphop if it’s corporate” there is no missing the message of self-determination. This is the type of liberation that starts with your mind and is more about what you shed than what you add on. Somebody say Amen.
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releases June 2, 2017

Produced by Gensu Dean
Vocals by Wise Intelligent

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Lando Chill

 

Lando Chill’s new album, “The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind,” is a personal tribute to self actualization, spiritual acceptance and social activism. About the title, Lando says, “The wind is one’s soul. It represents the human spirit and the earth.” Lando Chill is a warrior-poet, a man with one ear to mother nature and one to the plight of humankind. Lando wants to bring the issues of political freedom, police brutality and giving a voice to marginalized communities to the national conversation.

Inspired by the Paulo Coelho book, “The Alchemist,” Lando’s new album is about transformation, personally and spiritually. While working on the project, Lando gained a new perspective. He learned that having answers isn’t enough.

Musically, this album is a movement forward from his previous work. Collaborating with producer Lasso, bassist Chris Pierce, as well as other key session musicians, the music is unique and intimate. The album harmonizes the internal and external in a cathartic symphony. The instrumentation is unlike anything else, sprawling from classic lo-fi hiphop to high production scoring. The album is as reminiscent of James Blake and Bon Iver as it is of Frank Ocean or Kendrick Lamar.

“All is one and one is all. When you speak to your soul, you speak to the world. You speak through love and that’s how you transform.” -Lando Chill
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releases June 23, 2017

Recorded in Tucson, AZ
Mixed by Drew Vandenberg in Athens, Georgia
Mastered by Hans-Phillip Graf in Germany
Executive Producers Lance Washington, Andy Caitlin & Michael Tolle

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Jango

 

Pacific Northwest-based rapper/singer Jango presents "Forbidden", his new single produced by Jimmy Hill of Amplified Wax, the production house responsible for a platinum record for Matthew Koma, as well as collaborations with Myles Kennedy and Eva Simons. "Forbidden" appears on Alone By Choice, Jango's new mixtape produced by Hill and co-produced by Jango. Born in Connecticut, Jango's first mixtape was The Pursuit, and he has toured with Crooked I and Eazy E3. "Being originally born a Jehovah's witness there's a lot of dos and don'ts when it comes to a significant other so as I grew older and farther away from the church my ideals and beliefs started to conflict," Jango says about the song. "The love I'm singing and rapping about in 'Forbidden' is extremely forbidden in the church's eyes. They consider this a sin. Throughout the song I knowingly am committing these sins but admit, 'I just can't help myself' because the woman I'm describing is extremely seductive and has me caught up on her love."

 

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Knowledge Nick

Memphis emcee Knowledge Nick presents "Give It Up", his new single produced by Memphis beatsmith DJ Hush. The video is directed by Prophecy of Liberated Filmz, and the track will appear on Nick's forthcoming mixtape Slaughter Season, a collaboration with Hush featuring beats from Empee and MaxPtah. Nick has opened up for artists like Ghostface KIllah, Raekwon and Gift of Gab. Nick calls his new song as "just a lyrical onslaught - point blank period. I needed the production to be hard yet have that classic hip hop feel with a new jack swing. The inspiration came from how some of these 'viral' emcees put on facades and are culture vultures. In my opinion hip hop is not about how many blogs you are on, how many YouTube views you have, etc. It's literally a way of life. I definitely felt I made my point across with the joint while speaking straight from the heart." Slaughter Season drops late summer on Artist Tree Entertainment.

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