Check out the new music video from Optimystic of Lifted Mindz for his track “Going uP”!!
Lifted from the “Hennepin & Hyperspace” mixtape available here:
Long time collaborators Willie Green (Producer – Brooklyn, NY) and Pastense (emcee – Boston, MA) recently released their fresh new album Willie Green Presents: Pastense – “Paper Seatbelts” via Backwoodz Studioz!!
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“This album is definitely a labor of love. It’s taken 5 years, 4 studios and countless revisions, but I’m excited to finally have it out. Production-wise it’s pretty different from most of what you’ve heard from me, and Past has the illest visuals in his lyrics; there’s a lot to dig into here.” -Willie Green
With all production duties handled by Green and features including Super Chron Flight Brothers, The Foundation Movement, Warren Britt, JTronius and more, Pastense has crafted a 14-track view into the darker recesses of his mind.
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Zion I and Locksmith recently dropped their slick new music video for their track “Culture Freedom”!!
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“We decided to shoot the Culture Freedom video while on the Rapture tour because we wanted to capture the energy of just being in the moment and grinding. I wasn’t tripping off of a deep concept, its more about the way we live than trying to present some glamorized version of ourselves. Most of the footage was taken during the last leg while we were traveling thru Colorado and Wyoming. Plus, we’re from the Bay Area, so being in snow just adds an exotic element in our minds. We had a good time just being free with it. Stay tuned for more from Zion I and Locksmith”.
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Check out this fresh new music video from Joshua for his freestyle version of “The Context” produced by ’91beats!
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So here’s another review from yours truly, Mr A aka The Rapture. Today I’m reviewing a compilation EP titled, “Banzaã Lab Compilation #7” coming strait from France. Banzaã Lab is the label that has put these producers and artists together on this EP.
The first track is, “Forgive Me” by Redrum(instrumental). From the start, the old school vocal sample used sets the tone for the track, as the beat kicks in you know for sure that this is some real soul Hip Hop. The vocals that are accompanied with some emotional strings just compel me to start freestyling, the beat is just a soulful masterpiece, pity its only 1:15min.
Track 2 is by Degiheugi – “Qu’attendez vous de moi”(instrumental). Damn just so much soul going on so far, I’m really diggin’ where this EP is headed. I feel like I just walked into a 60’s gentlemans bar wearing my top hat and pin stripe suit. Degiheugi really does a nice job of making all the elements working harmoniously in this composition, its 60’s swag with a bit of 90’s Hip Hop grit.
Then track 3 by Senbei – “Rain”(Instrumental) now this is just too DOPE! What starts out as a Mary Poppins(movie intro scene and just bursts into a happy go lucky, put a smile on ya face type tune, and then… oh wait… a banjo? and country style vocals? In contrast this crossover could seem far fetched, but it’s done flawlessly, from brown paper packages to the bayou, just like that. As the track progresses these various styles of music our brought together like it was priesthood Alchemy!
The previous track was the perfect precursor to this next one by Scarecrow – “Left Behind”. Oh Lord, now this is country with some soul! From the start, the chorus vocals draw you into the beat, if you’re not clapping along, you’re definitely tapping your feet. The bass line is just the cherry on the top to add some funk. Unfortunately I don’t understand French, but DAMN these guy’s flow is just immaculate. Their delivery is on point and work so well together, they understand each other like they understand the beat and it comes through in the song. Their rhymes carry the beat at their own pace and the timing between the two is powerful. It’s one hell of a track, big-ups!
Track 5 is Dj Low Cut – “2 Chains” (Feat. Akin Yai) is that real old skool Hip Hop. Don’t let the pantomime melody fool you, this track has some real shit to say. The 90’s snare is always a sure way to make the listener nod their heads. I like the benevolent beat with the serious undertone, the contrast works well together and gets the point across.
Track 6 is by Clem Beat’z and titled, “Fusoku”(Intrumental). Appropriately titled because as soon as the vocal sample kicks in, you feel the Japanese influence. I picture myself riding along the mountainside in Tokyo with cherry blossom flowers dropping all around me as I make my way to the top. Cool laid back beat, the jazzy brass and smooth keys create the perfect introduction. The bit crunched synth and back round jingles that vary from 8-bit gaming samples to symbol crashes just add that extra bit the flavor.
Ok, now I’m feeling this joint, this track is titled “Serenade”(Instrumental) by Tismé and is the second last track of the EP. It’s one of those abstract beats with spacey samples and dreamy vocals in the background. It’s not trying to impose any thought or specific feeling, it just puts your mind in void that draws what ever emotion or topic that’s applicable to you at the moment. It serenades the mind, body and soul.
Last track already? That sucks, I was really getting into the EP. Track 8 is by Bonnie Li – “Mallory”. Bonnie Li has beautiful voice, the song itself is very thought provoking, you feel the struggle and journey of Mallory. I like the way the song was composed, and the lyrics just emphasize the mood.
Over all it was a dope EP to listen to, it isn’t just traditional Hip Hop, it extends its reach through multiple genres and displays true talent. I’d have to say Scarecrow – “Left Behind” is my favorite track, the beat, the flows with “Rain” being a close 2nd. I give this EP 2.5/5 punchlines and would recommend it to anyone looking for some good music to sit back and listen to, by the way did I mention it’s FREE to download! Shout out to the producers, artists and Banzaã Lab for making good music and a great compilation.
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Canadian hiphop crew Backburner recently dropped their new project called “Eclipse”!
Get your copy via Hand Solo Records right here:
Backburner is Fresh Kils, Wordburglar, Timbuktu, More Or Les, Uncle Fes, Ghettosocks,
Chokeules, Jesse Dangerously, Savilion, Jay Bizzy, Thesis Sahib, Beatmason,
Frank Deluxe, Dexter Doolittle, Psybo, Ambition, Johnny Hardcore, Ginzu333 & Mister E and “Eclipse” features Attikus, D-Sisive, Mega Ran, The Mighty Rhino & Rift…
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“Perfume” is the new music video from Rag’n’Bone Man!!
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Lifted from the Disfigured EP, available right here:
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