Tag Archives: Los Angeles

“The Grands” featuring Uncommon Nasa – New Official Music Video from Gajah – Out Now!

New Music Video from Gajah for his track “The Grands” featuring Uncommon Nasa!!
check it out here:

Lifted from Gajah’s LP, “Hands of Gold Are Always Cold” (one of our Choices of 2014) and you can purchase your copy in various formats via Uncommon Records right here:
https://uncommonrecords.bandcamp.com/…

For more information and to keep up to date with Gajah and his works, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gajah/165565826804902

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Listen” – New Music Video from Matre & Embassy Live Collective – Out Now!

In recent months, media across the US has been reporting on the outrage of communities nationwide speaking out against the funneling of military-grade surplus weapons to local police departments through a federal program called The Department of Defense Excess Property 1033. This program also gives military weapons to school police. An outraged Los Angeles-based hip-hop recording artist and youth educator, Matre and the Embassy Live collective, have released a lyric video & free download in response to the news…
Check it out here:

The song, titled “Listen” is now available as a free download in an effort to bring attention to the serious issue: http://mcmatre.com/listen/.

For more information, check out:
http://mcmatre.com/
https://www.facebook.com/matremusic
https://twitter.com/matremusic

Enjoy! ~dhh

Scarub - Want for NOthing

“Get Out”! – New Music Video from Scarub + “Want For Nothing” New Album – Out Now!

Check out this slick video offering from the living legend Scarub for his track “Get Out”!

This track is lifted from Scarub’s new album “Want For Nothing” available here on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/WantForNothing

For more information and to stay up to date with Scarub this is where to look:
http://scarubmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/scarub

Enjoy! ~dhh

Smokey Joe & the Kid - Slow Drag

“Slow Drag” – New Official Music Video from SMOKEY JOE & THE KID – Out Now!!

Check out these epic new visuals from Banzai Lab production duo Smokey Joe & The Kid for their all new track “Slow Drag”!!

This track is lifted off “Rough & Tough EP” out December 1st 2014 on Banzaï Lab Records!!
PRE-ORDER HERE : https://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/rou…
Video Directed by Eddy Loukil et Victor Jardel from Grey Monkey Studio.


Follow us : https://www.facebook.com/smokeyjoeand…
Twitter : https://twitter.com/smokeyjoethekid


Follow Banzaï Lab : https://www.facebook.com/banzailabfan…
Twitter : https://twitter.com/banzailab


Follow Grey Monkey Studio : https://www.facebook.com/greymonkeyprod

Have a good day yawl…

Enjoy! ~dhh

Mike Mictlan - Hella Frreal

“HELLA FRREAL” – New Album from Mike Mictlan – Out Now!

Mike Mictlan recently released his fresh new mini-LP called “HELLA FRREAL” and itz available for purchase right here:

“HELLA FRREAL is the brand new 10-song mini LP from Mike Mictlan available now from Doomtree Records. It features the best Mike Mictlan songs you’ve ever heard over neck-snapping beats from the likes of Cecil Otter, RedVelvet Beats, 2% Muck, 1990, JuanL, Mike Frey, and Lazerbeak. Plus awesome guest features from Greg Grease, Ceschi, and Aby Wolf”.

For more information and to follow Mike Mictlan, these are the spaces:
http://www.doomtree.net/mikemictlan
https://www.facebook.com/mikemictlan

Peace! ~dhh

Bus Driver - Eat Rich

“Eat Rich” prod. by Kenny Segal – New Music Video from Busdriver – Out Now!

Recently Busdriver released this slick Music Video for his track “Eat Rich” produced by Kenny Segal and directed by Brent Weinbach! Check it out here:

This is the 4th single from Busdriver’s new record “Perfect Hair” available here:

i-Tunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/per…
Mp3, Cd or Vinyl: http://perfect-hair.bandcamp.com/albu…

Be sure to stay up to date with Driver @ these spaces:
https://twitter.com/Busdriverr
http://instagram.com/busdriverr
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Busdri…
http://busdriverse.com/

Enjoy! ~dhh

Undercooked Beats – The Marc Handler Interview

mainProfile_smRarely do you find a musician so humble and skilled as Cape Town based emcee and producer, Marc Handler. Having grown up in two opposite ends of the planet he brings a unique flow and sense of style to SA with some LA underground flair. New to the scene he is progressing rapidly and doesn’t seem to be holding back, even if he is using a ‘vintage’ laptop, his trusty Akai MPK49 does a lot more than simply compensate. We sat down with Marc at his hometown lair in SeaPoint, to understand a little more behind the scenes and drink beer over a beat or two.

Denton: To kick this off tell us how you got into making beats and how long have you been producing?

Marc: I have been producing for probably about a yeah and half now. And I think I’ve always had music in me, like I’ve always had melodies playing in my head all day. I think it was always needed that I make beats, that I do something with it. I played guitar, and bass a bit and drums and this and that and I was in a band when I was younger, and I was really into a lot of punk music and you know growing up in LA there’s so much musical influence.

D: So what kind of influences outside of HipHop would you say fuel your passion for music at the moment?

M: I think just melody in general, and I can’t classify that to any kind of music. I really like the way HipHop borrows from every kind of genre and its constantly evolving which is exciting. HipHop has the potential to take from every genre and not just be a certain tempo, and its just going to grow and evolve and really its exciting like that. But I think all genres inspired me in some way or another like old Rock, Punk Rock, Jazz, some R&B; any great artist. Its not about the genre its about the individual.

D: You seem to have a very signature styled approach to your process, often making a solid beat in one sitting and swiftly moving onto the next, is there any reasoning behind this?

M: I’m very much inspiration based. I’ll sit down and get in a bit of a zone and put one melody down and try put another melody on top of it that’ll sound really good and some drums, and I’m always excited for the newness. I love 90s HipHop but I always want to hear whats new and whats current, and whats pushing the boundaries, or like what sounds really good and its coming from 17 / 18 / 19 year olds. So for me with music I kinda have a short attention span, which is a good and a bad thing. We all have the shortest attention span these days, its all about the little 30 second sound-bites and I think thats applied to music. I listen to something for 10 / 20 seconds and I’ll kinda know whether I like it or not. And sometimes I’ll be wrong. Sometimes if I give it another listen I will learn to like it and appreciate it for what it is. So I think the same applies for my music, I’m either feeling it or I’m not. And I might feel it for 4 or 5 hours and feel that its somewhat finished and then not really want to touch it again. And even though at another listening, I’ll be like ‘I could do this or I could do that’, the next time I sit down and do something I’d rather just start fresh and create something new.

D: The local scene seems very isolated and distant from whats happening out in Europe and the States – whats your take on this, and do you see it changing anytime soon?

M: This is a difficult question. I think because I lived half my life in LA and half my life here, but I grew up in LA I come from a different perceiving point. I think SA’s got so much potential talent and a lot of it doesn’t come to the surface because of economic problems, people don’t have the money to advance their talent and then certain people do have the money, and maybe their talent is not as good or whatever the case is, but I think there is huge potential and its only going to grow in SA and I think its going to get bigger and bigger.

D: Are there any local artists you would be down to collaborate with?

M: The one track I made with Petit Noir who is already doing his own thing, and is already pretty recognised overseas and plays huge concerts and festivals in the States. And he’s really got his own style, and when I have worked with him its been really awesome. Theres a guy Sol Pros who lives in my neighbourhood who really got me on the beat making tip, like I always wanted to do it, but he kinda gave me a half hour of his time to show me how to start if off. He’s been doing stuff for a while, he makes really cool shit.

D: Your beats have a very sombre and cool vibe too them, borderline melancholic – is there a particularly mood you want your listeners to feel or is it something deeper you expressing?

M: Its not necessarily about the emotion or particular mood, everybody is open to their own perception based on how they’re feeling at the time. For me its all about beauty, creating something beautiful and I think thats what all art is. Thats what artists are out here to do, to create beauty in this world. So for me its really about the melody. I don’t start a song and go for a particular theme or emotion, I maybe subconsciously do depending on my mood, but its really just about creating something thats really beautiful, just really good to the ear, and hooks you in. I like things that are catchy, but catchy maybe in a melancholic way or maybe in an emotional way, but I’m not trying to create any particular emotion, just trying to make something that will make you feel. And I think beautiful art makes people feel.

D: So are there any future projects in the pipelines?

M: Just to really keep making music. Should be doing more stuff with Petit Noir and I got couple friends in the States that Ive worked on stuff with. Definitely collaborations are on the table.

D: Peace

https://soundcloud.com/marc-handler


 

Willie Green - A Suite for Souled People

“A Suite For Souled People” – Brand New E.P. from Willie Green – Out Now!!

New York producer Willie Green just dropped his new E.P. called “A Suite For Souled People” focusing on and around the tragic events that happened in Ferguson, Missouri recently. It features Elucid, Curly Castro, and billy woods and is in our opinion, simply incredible. The powerful and emotive messages, and awe-inspiring production makes this a must have Project in 2014…
You can get your copy for free download right here:

“The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri (as well as Staten Island, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Los Angeles) have lifted a veil of comfortable ignorance across this country. The murder of Michael Brown, resultant cover up and egregious treatment of protesters has shown that the perception of Black people in America has changed little since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. Americans live in a country where the oppressed are dehumanized and told to be quiet and gracious about their anger; and where the oppressors are harbored by our government and rewarded by our peers. Where the media warps facts to prove agendas against citizens and digital voices rush to play devil’s advocate to conceal their own bias. These are terrifying statements and not exaggerations. I’m no revolutionary. But I am someone who wants to look his children in the eyes and say when his country showed its worst, he did something”. – Paul “Willie Green” Womack, Sept. 15th, 2014

For more information and to stay in touch with Willie Green, check out:
http://www.williegreenmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/WillieGreenMusic

Peace! ~dhh

Clipping - CLPPNG

“Work Work” feat. Cocc Pistol Cree – New Official Music Video + Debut Album from clipping. – Out Now!

Check out this slick new video from clipping. for their track “Work Work (feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)” !!

This track is lifted from their album, CLPPNG. available for purchase right here:
Sub Pop https://megamart.subpop.com/artists/c…
Itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/clp…
Amazon http://amzn.com/B00IY30JVA

“CLPPNG is the debut album from LA based rap trio, clipping. for Sub Pop Records. Blending precise, quick fire vocals with caustic burst of noise, clipping. are classic west coast rap music from the tradition where sounding different wasn’t cause for fear”.

For more information and to keep up to date with clipping. this is where to look:
clipping. / Sub Pop –  https://www.subpop.com/artists/clipping
clipping. – Website http://www.itsclippingbitch.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/clppng
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/clppng
On Tour https://www.subpop.com/artists/clippi…
Subscribe To Sub Pop’s YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/subpoprec…

Sub Pop Records http://www.subpop.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/subpop
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/subpoprecords
SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/subpop
Mega Mart https://megamart.subpop.com/

Peace! – dhh