Tag Archives: Hip hop

SonReal – “Ding Dong” [VIDEO]

One of Vancouver’s hottest independent hiphop acts, SonReal is at it again with this killer video to the track “Ding Dong” off the latest album ‘WHERE’S WALDO’. The song is definitely off the hook and I really like what they did with the video, especially the bottle rocket shot. Check it out and check out more of SonReal.

Stereo Crowd – “I Got It” [VIDEO]

Everyone once in a while you hear one of those songs that you swear you could listen to for months on repeat. I found one of those songs this morning. It’s called “I Got It” by Stereo Crowd, an urban alternative quartet out of New York City. The energy they bring is amazing mixed with their hip-hop/funk/rock/soul vibes creates a truly entertaining experience. I look forward to hearing their future projects. Check out their facebook page to keep of with Stereo Crowd.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Bittereinder – “A Tale of Three Cities” [VIDEO]

 

Bittereinder is an Afrikaans rap group from Pretoria that formed in 2009.  Prior to the groups formation the lead rapper, Jaco van der Merwe had been performing English rap and hip hop using the stage name Ajax. Drawing from their combined influences and diverse frame of references, the three man band produced an album with 12 tracks. It’s rap music, but the emphasis is on music and not the rap.  Each track has a unique sound.  Jaco’s lyrical themes range from humorous and fearless social commentary to fables and narratives.  Check out their video of “A Tale of Three Cities” featuring Jack Parow and Tumi Molekane.

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa |  @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Dot – “The World is Not Enough” [Music Video Premier]

Dot completely killed this track, not to mention this NYC based video is dope a fck! This is a classic right here.

Look out for more from Dot on the way soon. His new mixtape A.G.L. (Above Ground Level), featuring this track, is set out to release in April. They don’t call him the one for nothing. Stay updated on everything Dot’s doin here on fb.

Posted by: Dante Cullari CEO Beat-Play


EJ Von Lyrik – Artist Background [VIDEO]

EJ Von Lyrik is from Mitchell Plains, a township on the Cape Flats of Cape Town and has been producing her own instrumentals since 2001.  She is a strong proponent of the power of music for inspiration, thus her lyrics are filled with positive messages.  By her eclectic mix of funk, hip hop and reggae she believes her music reaches a more diverse audience.  Check out this video to see a more detailed background of this artist in her own words.  You can also stream her music here.

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Shlohmo – “Places” [MUSIC]

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Here is the first track to the LA producers upcoming EP, “Places” releasing next Tuesday. Check out his Facebook Page to catch that along with the full album release in June. The vibe off this song is very chill and relaxing similar to some of the old school Common Sense beats from his early beginning. With all original vocals, guitar, bass, and keys this producer will set himself far apart from the rest who openly take on samples in all their music. Enjoy the day and turn up the volume:

And The Winner Is: Dot Dot Dot [Interview]

It’s 4am in Central Harlem, the city is fairly quiet, with the exception of the blaring loud music that Brandon “Dot” Cromwell is playing for a couple of friends in the studio.  Dressed in all black with his signature black rosary around his neck, he nods his head to the selection of beats his producer, Nana Kwabena created.  “Yo, let this loop real quick,” Dot, says to Nana. Quietly, he starts mouthing invisible lyrics, and grabs his iphone to record the words along with the beat. His friends just sit back and nod with his melodic lyrics.  “Ok, I’m sorry, I’m ready to talk now, I tend to get lost in this (music), that I forget my priorities.” He laughs, “I guess I have ADD or something.”

Earlier this year, Nana came to Dot with a plan that consisted of them moving from Philadelphia to New York to pursue music, “The decision was so easy for me that I sold my car and left.”  After moving to Southwest Philadelphia at a young age Dot, found his passion in rap after surrounding himself with a group that held rap battles with each other, “My friends were much better than I was, until I got better, now I’m the best.”   Philly has been known for it’s legendary singers such as Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, and Marian Anderson, just to name a few. Theses legends have achieved a great amount during their eras, respectively carving their names in stone within the music world, but also giving Philadelphia some attention other than popular tourist attractions such as: the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. In the turn of the century Philadelphia was on top after Jay-Z signed State Property, which consisted of Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Peedi Peedi, Oschino, Omillio Sparks, and the Young Gunz. After many hits and two movies State Property and State Property 2, In 2008, Jay-Z dismantled Roc-a-fella, and since then there has been a missing voice to represent the City of Brotherly love on national airwaves in rap. However, Neo-Soul artist such as Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, The Roots have remained in the mainstream targeting their audiences in their genres. Gathering his thoughts, Nana sits back and reminisces of State Property’s fall out with Rockfella,  “Having our own brand, our own team, our own message, and having our own movement, I think is what gives people longevity.”

Now, in 2010, many may disagree that Hip Hop is Dead because it went from just a genre of music to an era that continues to redefine itself. Today, rappers now sing, create dance trends, and fashion trends that are seen from Los Angeles to Tokyo. While visiting his native home of Ghana, Nana, witnessed Hip Hop away from home with his own eyes, “People in Ghana are still wearing bandanas TuPac use to wear, spitting lyrics he use to say. I feel Nas, when he says ‘Hip Hop is Dead’, but I also realized that the form of rap has changed from before his time and after him and to him, his form maybe dead, but to the people of Hip Hop they’re adapting doing what they use to in a new form.”

In the works for the Philadelphia native Dot, is his mixtape called Aviators & Bombers, which is set to debut by the end of this year and draws a concept with how people equate success with materialistic items, “All we have to do is work really hard and buy all these nice things for attention, and I have people in jail right now because all they were trying to do was look nice.” Dot, briefly looks down at his diamond incrusted watch,  “Not saying that these material things that we strive for are wrong, just saying this is happening, this is what we’re all into and I’m no stranger to it, I’m apart of it too.”

By: Mereb Gebremariam| Beat-Play Ambassador Philadelphia | @MerebwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Mr. Sakitumi – “Azzmatic” + ILL Vid Performance of “This That Beat” – Track off his Upcoming Album!

Mr. Sakitumi is holding it down for Cape Town, South Africa! His latest is pure African Dope. Here’s “Azzmatic”:



Mr. Sakitumi is truly amazing. Not only does he play more instruments than I can count, but his style is so clean and so, so dope. He takes it back to the basics and breaks it down. Allow this video to demonstrate – watch him just murder this MPC, and also note the turntable visuals – doesn’t get much realer than that. This is Mr. Sakitumi performing a live version of his track “This That Beat” off of his upcoming debut album with African Dope Records, scheduled for release later this year.

These are just a few samples of all of the incredibly sick music you’re going to get for free in your email just for signing up to African Dopes mailing list. I also highly recommend the rest of Mr. Sakitumi’s Soundcloud page, and his Myspace.

Posted by: Dante Cullari CEO  Beat-Play

Inflowential – “Sheriff” [VIDEO]

Often compared to the Roots, Inflowential brings a fresh new sound to hip-hop.  Hailing from Greensboro, NC, Inflow’s jazzy, soul sounds resonates from two MCs, a guitarist, bassists, DJ, and a master beat-boxer. This following is a fresh take on Bob Marley’s hit, inspired by recent alleged police brutality in our major cities.

By: Kyle C. Stilley | Online Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

DOT – Live Sessions #1 + Latest [Video]

Gawdamn! Dot man..yes it’s really that real.

Also check out Dot’s latest track – “The World is Not Enough” It’s sooo dope.