Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This is the title track to Minneapolis rapper Mally's third official release, The Passion, a powerful and heartfelt EP that truly was a pleasant surprise when I found this in my inbox. Though I unfortunately had not heard of Mally until recently, I gave his EP a listen and was legitimately impressed. This title track from the EP displays his breezy, effortless flow and clever wordplay. The rest of the project is more of the same, and also boasts impressive production from start to finish by Miami producer Mydus.
Furthermore, for those of you Twin Cities residents who don't want to spend the $35 is costs to see Mos Def at First Avene on Saturday, August 1, fear not. You have another hip-hop concert option, as Mally is having his release party for The Passion that night at The Fineline. The concert flyer is below, and I cosign attending this event.
Mally: "The Passion"
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Longshot: Healthy Self Esteem (Prod. Brandon Allday)
DOWNLOAD - Zerostar: Are We There Yet? EP
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Here are some videos from the Atmosphere show last night at Webster Hall in NYC. Above is a freestyle Slug did on stage during his set with opener Eyedea, and "Guarantees" (with a new third verse) and "F*@k You Lucy" are below.
Monday, July 27, 2009
S & M (Sarah White & M.anifest): "Losing My Religion"
Brother Ali's last album, the critically acclaimed, The Undisputed Truth, was a landmark in hip-hop, an album that carried weight equally with critics and fans alike, an album of bold statements and bolder beats, politically and socially aware without being preachy. His new album, Us (Rhymesayers Entertainment), is a progression that will make Brother Ali one of the most enduring figures in hip-hop; while still aware, Ali has turned his gaze inward, and started examining the human condition from the outside in. A profound personal glimpse into a vulnerability seldom seen or heard in music, Us touches on the strengths and flaws of the human condition, exploring drug abuse, divorce, homophobia and many more topics that most people are scared to touch in their own lives, much less on an album for the world to see.Ali will also be embarking on the two-month long 'Fresh Air Tour,' starting September 22 in Duluth, MN, and concluding on November 20 at none other than First Ave, in Minneapolis, MN. Guests will be the newly signed Rhymesayers artist Evidence, as well as BK One and Toki Wright. If they don't hit your city, I feel sorry for you because there are about 40 shows in this tour, ranging from New Mexico to Washington to Florida to Maine. He's hitting all four corners of the nation on this journey. Props to Ali, and the entire Rhymesayers crew for their relentless work ethic and dedication to their fans.
As with previous endeavors, the beats here are courtesy of Ant, whose production work seems to be getting more soulful and lush by the minute. The guest appearances only accentuate Brother Ali's strengths, with Chuck D, Freeway, Joell Ortiz and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition making strong appearances.
Pre-Order: Fifth Element
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
DOWNLOAD - Lupe Fiasco: Live at The Palace Theatre in Melbourne, Australia
Psalm One: "Uptown Freestyle"
Rhymefest took to the steps of City Hall yesterday to protest with a rather large group in hopes to bring jobs to the black community on the Southside of Chicago. More specifically, a Walmart, that Alderman Howard Brookins is trying to build on 83rd & Chatham, that will bring close to 300 jobs to the area. 'Fest in particular also hopes this will also bring fresh produce and food to this community, that does most of their grocery shopping at 7/11's and BP stations.
Jay-Z: "Run This Town ft. Kanye West & Rihanna" (Dirty)
Jay-Z: "Run This Town ft. Kanye West & Rihanna" (Clean)
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Additionally, head over to Stones Throw for the 12" exclusive of "Coroner's Music," as well as more information regarding the upcoming OJ Simpson album itself.
Guilty Simpson: "Coroner's Music" (Prod. Madlib)
Previosuly - Freez: For Real, It's 2 EZ, Pt. 1
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
DOWNLOAD - 4Shades: Ubiquity (Free Instrumental Album)
Bonus: 4Shades gave Big Quarters a tour of their home studio in promotion of the June 18th installment of Last of the Record Buyers, which they hosted.
Chuck L.I.: "Run (Remix)"
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
These Chicago rappers get together for a collaboration, presented by The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (what up Zack?). Only Looney is pictured above, because that's the only photo I have sitting around right now. All three rappers do their thing though, don't act surprised.
Dave Coresh, 3D, & Jordan Looney: "Rewind"
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Add-2: "School Daze ft. Slot-A" (Prod. Slot-A)
Friday, July 17, 2009
I'll be in a car driving to Minnesota today, so don't expect any action until later this afternoon.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Mac Lethal: "Woodchip Grinder ft. Aesop Rock & Soulcrate Music"
Freeway & Jake One: "Blogger"
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Naledge: "I Rock (Freestyle)"
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Trey Lane: "Bars"
Category F5 is available now, so here's to hoping the messages cease and desist. Below is a download link for the iTunes bonus track off the album, featuring a phoned-in verse from Kanye.
Twista: "Alright ft. Kanye West"
Young Son: "Success Is... (But A Breath Away)"
Nametag: "Back On My Shit ft. Skyzoo" (Prod. Black Milk)
Monday, July 13, 2009
PREVIOUSLY - "Optimist" - "Drumroll" - "Goodbye"
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
On June 13th Eyedea & Abilities performed their new album By The Throat, which drops 07.21.09, for an intimate audience at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, MN. Each song was prefaced with a short story or an explanation about that song. Michael Gaughan, the artist responsible for the album artwork, did a watercolor painting of the duo while they performed. "Spin Cycle" is the first video in this series so stay tuned. More videos to come!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records presents a FREE download of the remixed/re-worked “Harry Potter,” a song that finds emcees Guante and Chantz using the book/film series as a metaphor for smashing down the walls of the literary/musical/artistic canon. Over a brooding, propulsive Big Cats! beat, the two rappers touch on hip hop, culture and much more, all the while dropping punchlines that play off of the book’s many characters and ideas. Fresh off their appearance at Soundset ’09, Guante & Big Cats! are dropping this song for free as an appetizer to their upcoming zombie-superhero-love-story, the concept album “An Unwelcome Guest.”Guante & Big Cats!: "Harry Potter (Remix) ft. Chantz Erolin"
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Royce Da 5'9": "Warriors ft. Crooked I, Joe Budden & Joell Ortiz"
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
hello party people. as we approach the launch of our new digital online store anthony and myself [Slug] have put together another project that we are giving away for free to any of you who sign up for a user account on our online store www.FifthElementOnline.com. the project is a 7 song ep called LEAK AT WILL, and it was a lot of fun to make. nothing too serious, just smiles and cries. consider it another “thank you” for all of the support you have offered us over the years.Also from Slug:
Or you can get it from this zshare link below. Sorry this post is so messy. Late night last night. 4th of July festivities to go to today.
to retrieve it, just follow these simple steps:
1. click the download link below, that will take you to fifth element online (the official rhymesayers entertainment store)
2. add “LEAK AT WILL” to your cart (added at $0.00)
3. click “check out” and enjoy your new ep
and again, thank you very much. have a good summer. see you later player.
DOWNLOAD - Atmosphere: Leak at Will EP
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Rock Flowers: "You Shouldn't Have Set My Soul On Fire"