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!!!
It 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”
This is the newest from Philly rapper Arsonist feat. Dot The One and Jimmy Konway. The Biggie sample on this beat is dope. Off of Arsonist’s new mixtape Human Torch Swaggerhosted by Dj R to the Izza, this is “Let My Tape Rock”:
Dot The One has really been gettin busy lately, readying up for his new mixtape Above. Ground. Level., to be released on July 6th. This will be the must-have underground hip hop mixtape of the year, if you want my opinion. Here’s a little preview of what you can expect on A.G.L.:
It’s your boy KING OLA out of Atlanta, Georgia with another sweet mix for the ears. He was goin for the baby makin’ grooves on this one and he puts it ever so nicely, “This is something you turn down, or off, the lights and get down to business with.” Please enjoy the new mix and catch the full-length download or individual track download below. And I almost forgot, but this is clearly the Friday List styl-E.
This Vancouver hiphop prodigy has really made a big name for himself in the past year with the release of “The Lightyear Mixtape” last summer. Coming back this year early in February with his latest full length album “Where’s Waldo?” you’re taken to a whole new level of flow and production. I totally get that Lupe Fiasco feel in his flow mixed with some vocal sound of Mos Def. It’s artists like this that make you happy to be independent and remember the indie music world is the best world for quality sound. The second track on the album “Blast Off” really excerpts the young phenoms lyrical ability on top of his speedy flow. Enjoy the track and please check out SonReal here to download the full album for FREE.
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.
People gathered at a small West Philadelphia bar in anticipation for Selassie’s farewell performance. The Philadelphia rapper by way Ethiopia was now heading to LA to expand his career and follow his dreams of a successful music career. Many friends began smiling and were excited to see which songs off his album he was going to perform, as strangers kept a neutral Philly facial expression and refused to show any interest until Selassie could prove himself. Dressed in a burnt orange shirt with an imprint of his face in all black in the middle, that purposely resembled his mixtape cover for marketing purposes and a plain black fitted on his head. Fresh and ready to start his show, he grabs the microphone and spits his rhymes for the last time in Philadelphia.
At the age of 11, Selassie picked up his older brother’s rhyme book and rapped his lyrics to his older cousin and her friends; the reception he received was immense. “ It made me feel so good, that I decided to pursue a career as an emcee. Becoming a rapper helped me find the one thing – that I was great at writing. After years of perfecting his craft Selassie decided to make the ultimate move three years ago, the Philadelphia native left Philadelphia for Los Angeles with only $300 to his name, taking the chance of a lifetime in pursuit to expand his rap career and further educate himself about the music game, ”A doctor goes to Medical school, a lawyer goes to Law school. So I thought I should do the same, and that’s when I enrolled at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles.”
His stage name, Selassie which comes from his deceased father Haile Selassie Fekadu, who was also named after the great Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, who was believed to be the second coming of Christ by Rastafarians. Selassie wasted no time and began networking and building a studio in his home producing and recording non-stop. His latest mixtape is called Mind on Pluto, which explains his state of mind, “The state of mind I’ve always been in, which is so far left that I feel foreign to today’s common man. His favorite song on the freshman mixtape is “Aurora Borealis,” which he plans on making it his intro to his mixtape, “It really gives you a view of my world and really sets the tone of the mixtape.”
By: Mereb Gebremariam | Beat-Play Ambassador Philadelphia | @MerebwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
At the age of fourteen Kenny discovered his jones for rapping, but music had been in his blood long before the thought of his existence. His youthful father, who was an amazing base player was named “Toomuchbase” because he would rip a lot of James Brown cover songs, which had got him noticed by Kenny’s maternal grandmother who was a singer in the group, Norma and the Heartaches. Though passionate about his music, Toomuchbase had his eyes set out for Norma’s daughter and later married her. Like most artists, college was an option that he pursued for a year, but then took the wise words of his professor who encouraged him that a degree will help, but if there are other certain opportunities, take it. Not motivated by fame or money, Kenny just wanted to be able to be the rock for his family who inspires him to fulfill his family’s musical destiny, “My family never really made it. Outside of just having a good job, no one has hit that big money to where you can do stuff for your family. Everyone has a ‘cash counter’ in their family, an uncle or aunt with money, but not us. I want to provide for my family and community.”
The rapper describes his music as Urban Heavy Metal, which is also his Mixtape title, which is a mixture of Hip Hop, R&B, and Rock and Roll. This genre of music isn’t new to him, but apart of a generation who accepts everyone for who they are from the Gagas to the Beibers,“ I call it ‘Urban Metal.’ It’s all urban music in one. It comes with a lifestyle and the younger generation accepts anything… no more racism, gay bashing, and everyone is equal.” His perfect example of his genre would be Kanye West’s, All of the Lights single, where different artist from different genres came together and blended their styles in one song, which was epic. His album will contain songs you can dance to and creative lyrics that the streets can respect.
After performing to a receptive crowd at the Walnut Room in Philadelphia, Kenny is preparing to release his mixtape entitled, Urban Metal by July 4th, declaring his own independence. During his show he performed a song called Translucent, which explains his stance in the competitive rap game as a lyricist, “Translucent means you can see through it sort of. Some people can see me, but you can’t see me rappin’.”
By: Mereb Gebremariam | Beat-Play Ambassador Philadelphia | @MerebwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
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
A college graduate in Speech Communication, Chill Moody is now gaining a degree in the underground rap world of Philadelphia. Moody’s distinctive lyrical content is often compared to conscious rappers such as Talib Kweli, Black Thought, and Common, so much so that he was fortunate enough to meet and rap for Common at a performance at Millersville University, “ He (Common) really took a liking for my lyrics. (He) Liked what I was saying, liked what I was doing. He even shouted me out in one of his freestyles.” Even though, he’s probably cursed about four times in his last album, mainly so that his mother wouldn’t feel embarrassed playing his music in front of other people, he thinks that’s where people tend to draw the comparisons from Chill Moody to conscious music. Moody called out the labeling in one of his songs “I carry a back pack, but I’m not a backpacker. It’s just me being me, just Chill… I’m not in the streets, I’m college educated, so I can only talk about the things I know.”
In 2009, the novice rapper debuted his Ill Chill album on his website, which had 100 downloads in 10 minutes and overall cleared an impressive 3,000 downloads. “I didn’t know 100 people were looking for my music or like anticipated for it to drop. It just started buzzin’ and it was like a snowball effect and it was a blessing.” As the front man for a hip- hop stable called, “Tha ESTablisymynt,” that includes a team of producers, rappers, and singers. In addition, Chill has a show on YouTube called, E.S.Tv. and has also created a clothing line called, Moody Sunshine. Chill plans on getting his feet into many production projects as possible and plans on directing as well as pursuing his music career.
Currently, Chill has released a more recent album entitled, wESTchilly with producer, Wes Manchild who has worked with him on his last album, “We tend to stick to the same formula. I like to work closely with one producer and get a cohesive sound for the album.” His sound is distinguishable amongst other Philly rappers and carries a prolific sound that expresses the pits of reality that he has witnessed. He is without a doubt comparable to Nas, Common, and Talib Kweli for a reason and rightfully so, deserves respect for his art.
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