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Introducing… Kendrick Lamar [NEW MUSIC]

In his neighborhood of Compton, Kendrick Lamar is as known as K. Dot . I don’t need to explain how much of a struggle it is growing up in an environment that is built to fight social and individual progress. With such suppression Lamar has harnessed this emotion to be recognized as one of  West Coasts’ top lyrical geniuses. He dedicates much of his success to his upbringing and being surrounded by his father and the rest of his small family that consists of around 13 aunts/uncles, baring at at least 6 kids apiece. Lamar grew up around it all as a youngster; the good, the bad, the drinking, the smoking, the gangs and the violence, all of which seems to be portrayed in his music.

His music has been acknowledged by the best of the west. I saw footage a couple weeks ago of a concert where Snoop Dogg, The Game, Dr. Dre and The Dogg Pound all publicly showed their full support of the young rapper and his style of music. Have a look at the footage below:

Let me throw some examples your way,

The Heart.1

A.D.H.D.

In the song A.D.H.D. Kendrick makes continuous drug references, attributing this to experiences that he has come across along the west coast streets. This song is not about him, but rather the generation that he sees beside him being too often brought down the wrong path of drugs and violence. Lamar speaks openly on not even smoking weed (a very rare thing coming from the coast that brought you such green-leaf endorsing rappers such as snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, game, Cypress Hill, Nipsey Hussel)

Now Kendrick does not look highly on featuring big names in his music, for he doesn’t look for such quick exposure, or fake press. Another +1 in my respect book, ya, I keep tally. What are some artists that Kendrick would love to include on some of his upcoming music you might ask? Well the list includes such names as Erika Badu, Andre 3k, Bilal, and Floetry. When I heard those names come out of this dudes mouth I about dropped my glass. These are all artists that put out music with a message, not just a club hit. You can instantly tell by listening to just a couple of songs of his that he is different. Then you listen to a couple more songs, and realize that Kendrick Lamar is the truth. He is every hip-hop fans great hope, lyrically he can only grow. Having such a rich west coast background look for a couple exclusive Dr. Dre beats to be thrown his way to be used as canvas for Lamar’s lyrical masterpieces.

After reviewing his thoughts on the music industry you can’t help but get excited for lies ahead for Kendrick Lamar.  He seems to fully understand the way the industry works and is taking advantage of the benefits of owning your music.  His music is art and, seeing how great music spreads, I can’t wait to see where he is this time next year.

Lamar’s newest mixtape, Section.80 grabbed much attention and is now on itunes.

Hiiipower

Kian Bardikalaie | San Diego, CA| @KianwithMWL

Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC

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Digital Native Tongues

For whatever reason, I equate a lot of my experiences as a Beat-Play company member to several verses and hooks in my favorite songs.  I was born in ’77.  So, that sweet spot has EVERYTHING to do with A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, The Jungle Brothers, Freestyle music, Gang Starr, Rakim, Big Pun, Biggie, and all of the other greats.  If you’re feeling me on this already, then read on.  If you’re a bit hesitant, then I invite you to step in; and understand why these pioneers have laid the foundation for elevated thinking and prosperous language skills.

And it goes a little something like this….

Lyrics from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Steve Biko”

Q-Tip simply rips it with:

Okay
I am recognizing that the voice inside my head
Is urging me to be myself but never follow someone else
Because opinions are like voices
We all have a different kind
So just clean out all of your ears
These are my views and you will find that
We revolutionize over the kick and the snare
The ghetto vocalist is on a state-wide tear
Soon to be the continent and then the freakin globe
Theres room for it all as we mingle at the ball
We welcome competion cuz it doesnt make one lazy or worn
We gotta work hard, you know the damn card
Try to be the fattest is the level that we strive
Try to be the fattest also to stay alive

This is the feeling and the passion that is communicated in every single one of our meetings.  Whether we’re tawkin’ about our Creative Designs, our Integrated Marketing plans, our Social Media tactics, our Web Development, or whatever.  We’re very fortunate to have a really strong support network.  This is a team of entrepreneurs and innovators.  There’s a magical chemistry that we’re brewing.

I remember when I first heard Tip spit this verse, I always knew that he would forever be a voice that leads a generation.  This verse kills in more ways than one.  4 highly essential things happen in one key exchange.  First, Phife’s dish to Q-Tip is classic:

Tip educate ‘em, my rhymes are strictly taboo

Fill ‘em with some fantasies and I’ll look out like Tattoo

Then DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad just completely destroys it with the phattest jabs; he stabbed that record.    Then, Tip’s lyrics ignite the beast in just about anyone that takes their shit serious.  Peep the talented tempo and the BPM’s.  Fuckin’ Genius!  Finally, the Delivery is just pure HIP HOP.  That’s what’s up, and that’s what we’re all about.

*{pick it up @ 2:45}

 By: David Botero | Harrisburg | @DavewithMWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

Hoodie Allen – “Leap Year” [FREE DOWNLOAD]

It was a bit under a week ago that we were bumpin’ the most recent Hoodie Allen release, “The Chase Is On”. (If you didn’t catch the video, definitely visit his youtube page and get a glimpse.) Yesterday was the drop of his upcoming mixtape Leap Year which we are glad to present to you as a FREE Download, as we have with all of his content. With the release of a new album, you can guarantee a tour. Have a look here at his tour schedule, to see if he’ll be performing in a city near you. Here is Leap Year!!!

Hoodie Allen – “The Chase Is On” [NEW MUSIC]

hoodie allen - the chase is onIt was just a bit under a year that we were all blessed with the uplifting positive Hip-Hop vibes of Hoodie Allen, with the release of his first hit single “You Are Not A Robot”. Following up with fire he’s at it again with another instant hit in his latest single release “The Chase is On” to be on his upcoming mixtape Leap Year, out on July 26th. Being newer to the scene, as an independent, Hoodie Allen is making all the right moves with his promotion, quickly building a great reputation throughout the independent music community as a whole. Dropping his last two big creations for FREE via mixtape, has given him the leverage he’s needed to continued success down the road. So enough chatter here and lets get to the sounds of Hoodie himself. Here is “The Chase Is On”

AraabMuzik – Electronic Dreams [NEW MUSIC]

araab muzik electronic dreams

So I know most of you on here know of The Diplomats. You know, the harlem hiphop group started by rappers Cam’Ron and Jim Jones. Well I heard the new single “Streetz Tonight” as my first AraabMuzik song and was just completely blown away by the killer composition and transitioning between hip-hop and dance with such ease. Turns out that Araab’s been rollin’ under The Diplomats for quite sometime and definitely making his mark as one of the illest producers in the game on an MPC. Having only been in the spotlight for a few years he is really starting to make a name for himself with the recent release of his solo debut album Electronic Dreams. Here’s the first track I heard and one of his top singles so far, “Streetz Tonight”

After hearing that track you sense that heavy hiphop influence throughout the rhythms and drums, while incorporating that ever popular trance synth the modern party scene looks for in a dance hit. This Providence, Rhode Island native has definitely bagged a new sound and something with much room to build on. I’m excited to have heard such an amazing album in Electric Dreams and I encourage you to check it out. This second track builds beautifully off the ecstasy of female vocals dropped into a sick hip-hop breakdown suitable for any listen experience. Here is “Golden Torch”

Written By: Mark G. Valente | Online Marketing Director | @MarkwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Sublime with Rome “Yours Truly” [NEW MUSIC]

This weekend is being deemed “Car-Ma-Geddon” in LA.  Kinda like Armageddon, but even shittier than that movie.  They are shutting down one of our main freeways and basically telling the rest of the city to eff off and find another route.  Greaaaaaaaaaaatttttttt.  They expect traffic to be backed up 50 miles north and south.  If you go 45-50 miles south of LA you reach the fine city of Long Beach CA.  Now just pretend your sitting in terrible traffic in Long Beach.  What music comes to mind?  You probably have heard of a little band from Long Beach called Sublime.  “Santeria,” “What I Got,” Date Rape,” “Wrong Way,” just to name a couple are some of the tunes that have defined this section of the country and the reggae rock movement on So Cal not to mention propelled this band to uber success.  I went to a concert one time and “Sublime” was playing over the PA before the Dave Matthew’s Band took the stage. The crowd sang the lyrics so loud when the band took the stage they were so astonished by what they were hearing they sang a long and let the last tune play out, unreal.  The new in carnation of the band is called Sublime with Rome (The new lead singer) and today they have just released “Yours Truly”.  Check it out, then we’ll discuss…

Panic – Sublime with Rome

It sounds similar.  It sounds good.  They look similar because the rythm section of Eric Wilson on bass and Bud Gaugh on drums is still in tact.  The big difference is the lead singer Rome who replaces the deceased Bradley Nowell.  He has an amazingly similar voice to Nowell.

Now before you start thinking I’m going in the direction you think I am I will have you know I’m not.  I have to make the initial comparison, a little background.  This is a new band playing the great style music that made them famous and people like me love them in the first place.  Quite frankly im excited Sublime is back in any state making great So Cal roots rock.  This tune should get you in the mood for some new Sublime music.

Only – Sublime with Rome

Enough of that serious stuff from before.  This band since I have known about them and beyond has been all about fun upbeat music and nothing has changed at all.  In “Yours Truly” we get to hear Sublime’s slightly different take on what the have been doing.  There are your standard Sublime-y songs throughout the record.  Great tunes  like “My World,” “Murdera,” and “Only,” are definitely in the same vein as the good ole days.  The best part about this record however is the new sounding stuff.  Tunes like “PCH” and “Paper Cuts” have the lighter and slightly harder sounds respectively that we haven’t heard recently from Sublime.

PCH – Sublime With Rome

Paper Cuts – Sublime with Rome

I’m not entirely sure I can get behind that tune PCH.  I think it has to much bubbles to it… To much Jason Mraz-y, Jack Johnson-y vibey “hey lets go to the beach”-ness to it.  Did that make sense?  Prolly not, but hey they can’t all be gems?  Am I right?  “Paper Cuts” however is a hard, fast and in your face awesome song.   Any way as you can see this record has a lot of different flavors in it… even a little something for the Jason Mraz fan in you, I know it’s there.

Thats what the band sounds like playing one of my all time favorite Sublime songs.  They sound awesome playing the old stuff and I’m sure the new stuff sounds equally great.  For those who are nostalgic “Yours Truly” hits all the right notes and for those who love Jason Mraz this record hits one very brief note.  Had to…

Sublime is touring with 311 (ummm… awesome?) and although they don’t have a home town show booked as of yet I think the So Cal area is always on their radar.   You can buy their new record literally everywhere.

Here’s the last tune from Sublime with Rome’s “Yours Truly” and a bonus track feat. everyone’s favorite pot head Wiz Khalifa.

Spun – Sublime with Rome

Can You Feel It (Feat. Wiz Khalifa) – Sublime with Rome

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

10 Awesome Independent Record Labels [LIST]

Here at Music Without Labels we do our best at providing you with some of the top independent music worldwide, which is why I’ve decide to show some love and promote the main industry that helps manage these artists’ insanely busy music schedules; Independent Record Labels! Now this list is in no particular order so their is no hierarchy of which label is better than the next. This is an independent community so it’s our job as indie people to promote quality independent music equally together. We will continue to promote the Independent Record Labels in this new series. Hope this comes as a great reference, and please stay tuned for more:

1. Toolroom records

Label Genre(s): Dance (HOUSE)

Description: Being started by one of the United Kingdoms’ largest dance DJs in Mark Knight, it was certain to be a hit immediately following their release to the world in 2003. After 8 years the label has continuously gained international recognition for it’s unprecedented release of non-stop quality, throughout the entire dance spectrum. Their focus on originality and funk influenced HOUSE has really brought them to the level they are today having taken a stronghold on their niche from the beginning.

tool room records

Artist Count: 46 active

Beat-Play Feature(s): Having had one of Music Without Labels favorite HOUSE DJs in the game made it a bit of an easier decision when trying to figure which labels should be on the list. We all know Mark Knight is a genius (the guy started toolroom! duh) but Toronto, Canada native progressive-house DJ DeadMau5 has set a whole new standard for the work ethic of a modern day House DJ, which was sure to have helped propel Toolroom Records down their long road to success. It was bit tough to pick a track here since we’ve posted DeadMau5 about 8 times on here, but it was decided that everyone enjoys some “HR 8938 Cephei”

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2. Sumerian records

Label Genre(s): Metal | Hardcore | Rock

Description: Coming from both sides of the United States in LA and DC, co-founders Ash Avildsen and Shawn Keith have managed to open the independent heavy metal market not only domestically but internationally as well with their first non-US band, Fellsilent, signing back in 2008. Sumerian was created ‘by artists, for artists’ which has continued to help ship their music to the top of the metal genre, representing 25 bands with endless potential. The labels’ ability to expand their demographic early has surely given them the edge they’ve needed in the grueling music industry of today. More recently Sumerian has worked with the video game series Rock Band to provide music to their network. Songs by Asking Alexandria have made it into the mix already in the past and you can expect to hear more in the latest production with groups Veil of Maya and After the Burial.

sumerian records

Artist Count: 25 current

Beat-Play Feature(s): A bit earlier this year we were halted by a follower on our Facebook page by the fact that we hadn’t posted metal music in awhile. After digging into some newer metal tracks I was more than pleased to come across Sumerians own Chicago, IL band Born Of Osiris with their latest single release entitled “Follow The Signs”. Since the release of the song in February the band has completed their full-length album “The Discovery” which dropped in the later days of March. Here is “Follow The Signs” by Born of Osiris:

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3. Stones Throw records

Label Genre(s): Mostly Hip-Hop

Description: Stones Throw was created in 1996 by San Jose, CA native Chris Manak, aka DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, to originally produce and distribute music he had recorded with his best friend and fellow artist Charizma, who had been killed 3 years earlier. With that being said this label is very personal to Chris and has gained countless recognition and the overwhelming addition of 44 more artists than day one of Stones Throw Records back in ’96. The success of the label has come primarily from the approval of Chris Manak in all music represented. As the executive producer, he picks what he likes, and that’s the final decision, and main key to their ongoing success. It’s that old school vibe that keeps them alive, with artists like Mayer Hawthorne and Aloe Blacc who so smoothly bring old into the new with everything they do, from music, to merch, to design, and videos, this is a cool class of music with a lot to offer.

stones throw records

Artist Count: 44 all-time

Beat-Play Feature(s): So I had to add the “(s)” on the end there specifically for these guys because we have posted many tracks from Stones Throw and would like to share 2 with you right here. Mayer Hawthorne and Aloe Blacc are just non-stop turning heads all across America, each having albums released by Stones Throw early this year, they’ve seen much hype with their videos and multiple hit singles. With two tracks to play let’s jump right into it:

Aloe Blacc – “I Need A Dollar”

Mayer Hawthorne – “No Strings”

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4. Sub pop records

Label Genre(s): Indie Rock | Alternative | Punk Rock

Description: Created by Bruce Pavitt in the early 80s as a fanzine (non-official fan magazine of independent musicians) called Subterranean Pop this label has undergone some pretty influential transitions throughout their long journey to the top of the independent label scene. Today Sub Pop Records is one of the leading producers and distributors for independent rock, with 2 Platinum and Gold Records from past artists such as Nirvana, The Postal Service, The Shins, and Flight Of The Conchords, it comes without question why such high interest has been carried out throughout the years. Some of today’s biggest names in indie rock still call Sub Pop their home as the fans continue to hear hit after hit.

subpop records

Artist Count: 71 active

Beat-Play Feature(s): With 71 active artists it’s really tough to try and pick one out and go with it as your best choice, so this is not my best choice, just a damn good song like the long list of others Sub Pop has to offer. Fleet Foxes bring a great deal of originality to the modern music scene, and sometimes their old soul makes it difficult to appreciate at first, but with the release of their latest album “Helplessness Blues” we’ve seen a great deal of excitement stir up about the group. Here is the title track off their new album:

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5. easy star records

Label Genre(s): Reggae | DUB

Description: These guys are an absolutely unstoppable force in the reggae scene today with an incredible talent pool in their list of artists. Music Without Labels has had the pleasure of working with a number of these artists, including Cas Haley, Easy Star All Stars, John Brown’s Body, and The Black Seeds, writing reviews and capturing live concert photos for them in our select cities. The earlier in-house productions of Easy Star All Stars brought 3 best-selling reggae albums of the decade, giving Easy Star Records the glory moment they needed to transition into that next step as an independent label. After capturing an impressive sound they knew people loved, it was at that time where they began focusing on other artists as well as themselves. Having that re-inventive reggae niche on hold in the Easy Star All Stars, bringing in progressive, classic, and modern reggae proved to be an essential decision for where they’ve come to be.

easy star recordsArtist Count: 13 active

Beat-Play Feature(s): As mentioned in the ‘Description’ above, we have done many types of promotions for Easy Star Records’ artists, from album and song reviews to live concert photography. The Easy Star All Stars brought a whole new world to the reggae scene with the release of their Beatles and Pink Floyd classic  full-album reggae/dub remixes in “DUB Side Of The Moon” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts DUB Band”.  Since it is Easy Star All Stars show here, I’m going to go ahead and choose a track by them along with a link to their concert photos. Here is one of my personal favorites by Pink Floyd and now Easy Star All Stars, “Money” (The Alchemist Remix).

Easy Star All Stars [PHOTOS]

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6. partisan records

Label Genre(s): Folk | Alternative | Country | Experimental

Description: Being one of the younger independent labels in our list of longtime forces, this Brooklyn, NY label has quickly made a name for itself within it’s short 4 year life-span. Partisan Records brings a different style to the record label business, encouraging their artist to create and share their own sound and stories, indicative in the labels’ wide-range of genres. This sense of originality is the key to their fast growth in such a competitive market, harnessing some of the great indie artists of today in, Deer Tick, Dolorean, Holy Sons, Paleo, Middle Brother, and Mountain Man. Expect to see much more from this label in the near future including new artists, videos, music, merchandise, etc…

partisan recordsArtist Count: 13 active

Beat-Play Feature(s): It was just the early part of March when we were blessed with the joyous ring of Middle Brother and their self-titled hit track “Middle Brother”. A driven group of musicians in search of their next great sound, the band consists of John J. McCauley of Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit. The fun-filled tone they bring with their first release was a sure hit, joining that classic oldies vibe with the popular folk sounds of today.

Middle Brother – “Middle Brother” 

Contact Link: Website | Facebook | Twitter

7. Alpha pup records

Label Genre(s): Experimental | Creative | Adventurous

Description: This isn’t your normal independent label. Or should I say labels? Alpha Pup Records has made it’s mark in the music industry by perfecting the art of collaboration, not only bringing artists together but harnessing 40 independent labels under one outstanding network. This is the sort of collaboration you expect from a label pumping out tracks for artists such as P-Funk All Stars, Hello Morning, dak, Busdriver and many more.

alpha pup records

Artist Count: 160 active

Beat-Play Feature(s): With such a long list of artists it’s kind of hard to miss an Alpha Pup client when promoting the independent world. We’ve featured a number of theirs including Abstract Rude, Nosaj Thing, and Shlohmo. Being big fans of electronic music, Shlohmo had caught our attention earlier this year with the release of “Places”.

Shlohmo – “Places”

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8. Hopeless records

Labels Genre(s): Alternative | Punk | Pop | Rock | Metal

Description: Spending a majority of their focus on the independent punk scene Hopeless Records has owned this sound, claiming the top spot of the punk record labels since their early 90s start. Some of the greatest artists in punk rock and metal during the mid 2000 era were represented by Hopeless. Aritsts including Avenged Sevenfold, Thrice, Yellowcard, All Time Low, and Silverstein were putting in some serious work to help take the new label to it’s forefront of being one of the great independent labels. With the recent addition of Yellowcard, it is expected to see them reach another milestone in the near future with this incredible collaboration.

Hopeless Records

Artist Count: 15 active

Beat-Play Feature(s): After leaving the spot-light they had earned through Capital Records in 2008, Yellowcard decided to rejoice with the indie world and post up with none-other than Los Angeles, California’s Hopeless Records. They followed up their longtime run of major label success with the amazing production of their latest independent album release, “When You Are Finished, Say Yes”. Here is their hit featured on The Beat-Play Experiment:

Yellowcard – “For You, And Your Denial” 

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9. ghostly international

Label Genre(s): Experimental | New Age | Everything

Description: With 12 years in the game this Ann Arbor, Michigan label has managed to capture an entire style through the many different forms of expression art has to offer. Ghostly International isn’t just about music but the art within music and everything that comes with that art including their roles in design, clothing, technology, innovation, and publishing. They represent a plethora of genres that all seem to fit a similar expression or feeling within the overall tone or message of their art.

ghostly international

Artist Count: 15 active

Beat-Play Feature(s): I am unfortunately unable to provide any tracks from the Beat-Play Experiment archive, but you can guarantee a few tracks throughout the year. One of my personal favorites, being Com Truise, has been on the fence for an artist review for a couple months now and it’s probably about time to pull the trigger on that. To show some love to the electronic expertise of Com Truise here is his track “Pyragony”.

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10. vicious Recordings

Genre Label(s): Dance | Electronic | HOUSE

Description: With over 18 years of experience in the dance music game, this Melbourne, Australia label has perfected the industry, producing some of the top HOUSE DJs of the world in Avicii, Mind Electric, and butterBOX. Founders and Producer/DJs Andy Van and John Course have an energy that is unprecedented in the electronic dance scene, helping them gain the attention of many up and coming house DJs from all over the world including, the US, Sweden, Australia, Indonesia, and many other countries.

vicious recors

Artist Count: 15 active

Beat-Play Feature(s): Being a huge fan of the growing HOUSE scene from Europe, Avicii has continued to capture our ears here on The Beat-Play Experiment with hit after hit. So we’ve probably featured 3 tracks so far on the blog by Avicii and it’s pretty hard to determine which one is the best, but judging by the stats, the people love to hear “ID + Vocal”. In this new dance era the progressive sound of Avicii has proven to be the best joining an eclectic group of DJs such as DeadMau5 and Benny Bennasi.

Avicii – “ID + Vocal”

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Written By: Mark G. Valente | @MarkwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

UmConscious Live at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO [Photos]

UmConscious Live at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO

Jimmy Iles Beat-Play Umconscious

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TopCast RUNDOWN (6/21-6/28) [CHARTS]

This week was flyin’ by with tons of new songs from so many spectrums, I could barely even keep track of them all!!! We went all over with this TopCast, capturing a wide-range of genres from reggae to punk-rock to jazz. Please sit back and enjoy last weeks 8 top posted independent tracks in this weeks TopCast RUNDOWN!

TopCast RUNDOWN (6/14-6/21) [CHARTS]

Beat-Play Top Cast RUNDOWN