"At beginning of 2015, while on vacation with my closest friends and family, I was introduced to a record by Julio Iglesias entitled "Pobre Diable"; It was one of those tracks that I immediately fell in love with, and at that moment that I knew I wanted to make a rework of the record in a completely different way.
About 8 months later Sean sent me his own take on Jidenna's song "Classic Man", "Ganja Man". I played him Diablo and everything just clicked!
It is a very special record for me and this free download is the result, I hope you enjoy!"
In a setting dominated by crime, mis-education and economic hardship, Pearl Gates's third eye deflects darkness and spotlights the powers of thought on his debut EP "Diamond Mind". While finessing East Coast rap over edgy boom bap production, Gates invites the listener in to the process of excavating raw gems from even the rockiest surroundings. "Diamond Mind" features production from Khrysis of Justus League (9th Wonder), Kic Beats, iRobot Scott (for Matrax Productions), Sirplus, Jay Notez and M. Stacks. Artists featured include Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Boldy James, Stricklin and more. The EP is now available as digital and CD release on Below System Records.
Play On Words and Asaiah Ziv join forces for a new joint called "Stay Up". It is produced by Moose. Press play below.
50 Cent Announces “Reloaded” Mixtape, Explains “KANAN” Delay And Talks Beef, Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine, Game & “Power” [Audio]
50 Cent chops it up with DJ Whood Kid on Shade 45, Sirius XM.
50 Cent reveals "The Kanan Tape" will be released the first week of December. illmind, Alchemist, Sonny Digital, & London On Da Track are featured on the tape. "The Kanan Tape" will feature 8 track, have features, and be followed up by a new mixtape 50 announced "Reloaded". 50 Cent also talks about Power season 3 and his beef with Empire. 50 talked to Chris Brown about concepts for videos, there will be a video for every song on the Kanan Tape. 50 talks about his beef with Rick Ross, Game, & Interscope sabotaging his "My Life" song with Eminem & Adam Levine. 50 spoke on his relationship with Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine. 50 also talks about movies, Floyd Mayweather. and a record on the Kanan Tape that DJ Whoo Kid says will cause havoc.
Off of Zambian emcee Zubz' forthcoming Nina Simone tribute project, "Last Letter to Nina: A Tribute To The High Priestess of Soul".
"Nina Simone’s influence on me sits in my view of the world more than anything else," Zubz shared with OKP. "It’s because of artists like Nina and the songs she sang that I think a certain way or view the world through a certain lens. The honesty in her voice, the magnetism of her live recordings all add to what has shaped me as an MC as well as a person. As for doing a tribute, that was a collective idea sparked by Mizi and Inyambo. Mizi came to me with the plan to do a tribute and explained how he and Nyambz had been hearing my voice all over the soundscapes they were creating inspired by Nina Simone’s music. I heard some of the music they were incubating and I instantly resonated with the project and we knuckled down to recording. Artists like Nina are a rarity. Paying homage to powerful spirits like hers musically is a duty for artists like me."
Bonus: Zubz feat. Ninan Simone - Hold It
The Nickel EP marks Red Apples 45's five year anniversary. It's only right for AG & Ray West to celebrate the label in the spirit it started. The Nickel showcases the duo's chemistry and growth while keeping to their essence. Special guests appearances that include Roc Marciano, L Fudge, John Robinson and Red Apples' own Superstar Dave Dar.
With original water color art by world renown artist & Graffiti writer Cern1 of the Ymi crew. To all that have supported us: The red apples movement has been about the music from its inception and will continue to be. Our only goals are quality pieces and culture preservation. Thanks to all the great artists whom have contributed their various talents and energy to our projects along the way. Thank you to all the people who have listened, shared, purchased, blogged, downloaded, interviewed, wrote about & help spread the word of our movement. This EP is dedicated to the late Party Arty.
“This album is raw”—this is one of the first things heard when you press play on NOW HEAR THIS, and raw it is! KRS-One puts on his headphones, checks on his lead producer DJ Predator Prime, and Boom! Song after song speaks with clarity, strength and substance! Much of the subject matter on NOW HEAR THIS deals with the current social challenges of our time and documents the often ignored views of America’s “other” citizens. KRS-One has always been ahead of his peers with beats and rhymes that have guided and developed Hip Hop itself, but with songs like “Drugs Won”, “American Flag”, “From the Beginning Again” and G Simone’s “Oh Cruel Mob” poem which concludes the album, KRS-One clearly leaps ahead of what is commonly called “hip-hop” today, and brings us right back to what original Hip Hop was always meant to be—THE UNAPOLOGETIC VOICE OF THE PEOPLE! Yes, we all like to party and get crazy at times; but not all of the time, and KRS-One’s NOW HEAR THIS project brilliantly balances salient social street issues with classic DJ and emcee party-rocking rhymes. Songs like “Duty”, “Let’s Go” and this week’s release “Sound Man” are sure to move the neck of any true Hip Hop head.
Another one off DeeMoney & Migos upcoming tape "Migo Money".