RedAir – Hidden Darkness (Free Download)

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RedAir returns with new single “Hidden Darkness”

Chicago alt-soul outfit RedAir balances the melodic with the chilling on new single “Hidden Darkness,” the follow-up to this spring’s equally stark “Cha Cha Cha.”

While producer Rediculus builds a haunting atmosphere on “Hidden Darkness,” singer-songwriter Airon Azure delivers hints of light with inspiring lyrics and distinctive sing-along vocals. He asks the listener to ditch the darkness from one’s life to expose the truth, no matter how ugly or terrifying it can be. It’s an uplifting, thoughtful message of positivity that’s shared the right amount of musical eccentricity, making it fresh and never hackneyed. RedAir’s dose of reality may be coming through a crooked lens, but it’s reality nonetheless.

Like “Cha Cha Cha” before it, “Hidden Darkness” serves a loosie release by the duo. That being said, be on the lookout for more information on the proper debut project from these Chitown artists as they continue to hone their craft.

Iomos Marad – Listen (Video)

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Iomos Marad releases new visuals for “Listen”

Chicago MC Iomos Marad returns with the video “Listen” off his “Liberation – The Voice” EP.

Iomos is an acronym that stands for ‘I’m On My Own Style’ while Marad is an arabic word meaning ‘different, set apart, not like anyone else’. Raised by his mother in Chicago’s Southside Englewood community and the infamous ‘Wild Hundreds’ area, his music pays homage to her love and instilled spirit of activism. His life has been a unique spiritual journey and his rhymes reflect that depth of experience. Standing 6′ 3″, he casts a long shadow both literally and figuratively. Iomos Marad walks tall through Chicago’s rough streets to the beat of a different drum…his own.

Download the EP here: Bandcamp

The 20/20 Project – Spit (Free Mp3)

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Toronto based rap crew The 20 / 20 Project releases new single “Spit”

The 20/20 Project are back with their follow up single “Spit”, from their forthcoming EP “Tapes and Crates”.

MCs D-Squared and Idrees trade bars over Dj Unknown’s up-tempo throwback track, paying homage to the classic beats of the golden era.

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Check out the track and grab your free copy below.

Finale – The Revival (feat. Invincible & Pierre Anthony) (Free Mp3)

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Detroit’s Finale works with Invincible & Pierre Anthony on Oddisee produced “The Revival” – Free Download

Roughly five years ago Finale was in the middle of working his new album “Pipe Dream & A Promise” – a great record of music that was ahead of it’s time.  The record featured prodcution from Apollo Brown, J Dilla, Black Milk, Flying Lotus, Nottz, Oddisee, Khrysis, M-Phazes, Waajeed and more.  Labels were reaching out to sign him for future projects. Pete Rock wore a Finale tee shirt in an interview.  In short, Finale was ready to take over.  He had just put out an incredibly strong record and everyone wanted more.
But what happened next is for artists everywhere – he stepped away, started a family, had his first child, and lived.  Yeah, that’s right,lived life, took care of his family, and worked.  Now that’s not to say he stopped making music, in fact he had a record deal to create a new album with a then new Mello Music Group.  But what Finale did was take the next few years to live his life and experience things.  This became the topics and themes of his new record, 4 years in the making.  And just to show how ahead of the curve Finale has always been, the entire record is produced and mixed by Oddisee.  Yeah, he lined that up long before everyone knew Oddisee’s trajectory upwards as a musician.
 “The song is about taking time out to live but also planning out your next move at the same time,Finale said when asked about the track.  It is produced by Oddisee and features long time collaboratorInvincible along with Pierre Anthony.
The project is finished, the artwork is done, the masters are handed in, and in two weeks on August 14th Finale will release his new album “Odds & Ends” via Mello Music Group.
Pre-Order the album here: iTunes

I Still Love H.E.R. – The Show 07/15 (Listen)

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I Still Love H.E.R. Show 07/15 is now online!

We just dropped the latest episode of our I Still Love H.E.R. show, where we put together our favorite new tracks of the month for you.

This months episode features:
Omen (Dreamville), The Internet, Joell Ortiz & !llmind, Statik Selektah, Blu, Lil Wayne, Your Old Droog and much more.

As usual, we blended underground Hip Hop with mainstream Rap to showcase the best of both worlds and deliver to Hip Hop heads across the boards. Be open! :-)

Less talk, more music! :-)

You can listen to and download Episode 07/15 for free below. Check out our previous episodes at here.

I Still Love H.E.R. – The Show 07/15 by Wanja @ Istillloveher.De on Mixcloud

RedBaren 907 ft Homeboy Sandman – Red Sand (Free Mp3)

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RedBaren 907 releases free single featuring Homeboy Sandman

“Red Sand” makes for a perfect collaboration from RedBaren 907 and Homeboy Sandman. This dynamic duo of MCs both drop lyrical verses while sharing duties on the beatbox hook. Providing listeners a buffet of heavy bars, metaphors and similes to head-bop to. Homeboy Sandman’s pen game and original style is well respected in Hip Hop and this track proves that RedBaren felt right at home following his lead over an ill production, orchestrated by Shafeeq Beats.

The track is the first release off Red’s upcoming album “Life Behind Bars”.

Listen to the track and grab your free copy below.

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Jamall Bufford x Kensaye – Freedom Is (Free Album) / The Black Opera

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Jamall Bufford collaborates with french producer Kensaye for “Freedom Is” album

The Black Op: Era II continues to shine a light on the collective’s individual artists, this time around it’s co-founder Jamall Bufford’s turn to hold the torch. In collaboration with new TBO producer Kensaye, London resident, he delivers Freedom Is. The album is not only a statement but also an exploration of freedom’s complexity, a question aimed at engaging the listener and provoking thought.

Jamall Bufford stays true to himself and shows maturity and growth, exploring different topics with unconventional viewpoints and his personal insights. Once again Bufford demonstrates the versatility that has garnered the Ann Arbor, MI native worldwide recognition. Kensaye gives his take on freedom by showcasing a varied palette of sounds. His live instrumentation, electronic synths and soulful undertones prove that he cannot be pigeonholed. The genre-bending sound is the perfect ingredient to blend with Bufford’s verses. Freedom Is is Jamall Bufford and Kensaye’s idea of freedom, and at this crucial time in history, it’s their way to engage listeners to join the conversation.

Stream the album below and grab your free copy, or support the artists via the “name your price” option.

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DTMD – “The Tunnel” x “While You Wait” (Free Download)

 

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DTMD are back with two new tracks

The Maryland duo DTMD has kept it quiet for a while but now they are back full force with not one, but two singles. Check them out below, free download included.

 

 

Follow DTMD here: @DTMDmusic


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