No matter what state you go to, there is always one artist that”hasn’t gotten their shine yet.” No matter what year of Hip Hop you research, there are two distinctive brackets that particular artist go in to. The first bracket it the artists that were on the cusp of doing something amazing, and everyone knew it, but was never was able to turn the corner (AZ, G Dep, Rass Kass, Field Mob). The second bracket contains artists that were flat out dope. They were better than 90 percent of the music being heard, but never got their moment in the Sun (Alley Boy, Cuban Link, Twisted Black, Bad Azz, Sick Jacken (of Psycho Realm). An artist who is gradually getting their moment in the Sun, and the chance to turn the corner is Killa Kyleon. If you’ve had an ear to the street for the Texas underground music scene, he’s been around for a minute. He’s not only been around, but has gotten on tracks with artist who have became stars and had the best verse on the song (Wiz Khalifa, Currency, Mike Jones, Paul Wall). He got in the studio with Nessacary (who is a beast in her own right) and put together a very solid project in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Don’t expect a bunch of stunting and getting to the money songs with this team. You get a few songs on that vibe (“Watching Me”, “Riding”), but it’s all business after that. “Since you niggaz bumping, I ain’t heard a better rapper yet. Still the hottest, I ain’t taking off my sweater yet. Besides the man in the mirror, I never met a threat. You a rookie, I’m a vet, verified without a check”, says a aggravated Killa Kyleon on “Intro”. Nessacary keeps up with Killa bar for bar on “Intro” saying “Opitical illusion, hoes ain’t really seeing me. Even with some Lasik, they ain’t really seeing me. Third times the charm bitch, but I don’t need your trilogy.” The duo has a pretty good chemistry throughout the album and showcases it on songs like “Talk is Cheap”, “Drugs”, and the aforementioned “Intro”. The cool thing about this project to me is that it seems as if they came into the studio and said “let’s make some dope shit”, instead of “let’s make some hits”. And, if “let’s make some dope shit” was their mind state, they succeeded.
Topeka, Kansas’ best kept secret may very well be Stik Figa. He’s got a classic under his belt already with Nashville producer L’Orange (The City Under The City), as well as a full EP with Oddisee that turned heads, and now he is back with plans for a January 27, 2017 album declaring whose turn it is: “Central Standard Time.”
To start things off, Stik Figa is coming out the gate with a short and precise lyrical exercise of a track showcasing his pen over an elegant beat from Detroit’s Black Milk.
“This cut, “Ends & Outs,” is a bit of nostalgia for me, I’ve always wanted to get on a track like that and do the lyrical exercise thing. When I heard the Black Milk beat, I was immediately drawn to the percussive elements first, and how it’s not something you hear much anymore. I was inspired by Outkast “Wailin” just a cut with dope beats and rhymes that’s fun to listen to, and rewind to make sure you caught everything,” said Stik Figa
The New Album Stik Figa “Central Standard Time” is available 1/27
Born in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, John Westbrook, Jr. grew up in Topeka, the capital city of Kansas. Stik draws on a southern style mixed with a Midwest flavor. His first southern influence came from his parents who are from Arkansas and Tennessee. His mom even contributed to his moniker after she commented on his thin frame. She told him he looked like a stick figure.
His other southern roots come from experience. His southern stint honed his craft on the stage and molded him into what he is today. Stik claims Memphis, Tenn., as his second home. He says places in the south like Memphis helped to develop his style as likable, down-to-earth and honest.
Featuring Sean Price, Dr. Dre, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey, Gangrene, Guilty Simpson and more
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- Dr. Dre – For the Love of Money (feat. Jill Scott, Jon Connor & Anderson .Paak)
- Sinitus Tempo – Gangsta
- Sean Price – Go Rambo (feat. Illa Ghee & Head I.C.E.)
- Finale – 7 Days (feat. Kenn Starr)
- The Foreign Exchange – Work It To the Top
- Talib Kweli – The Venetian
- Guilty Simpson – Blue Collar feat. Elzhi
- Dr. Dre – Animals (feat. Anderson .Paak)
- Method Man – The Purple Tape (Feat. Raekwon & Inspectah Deck
- Prince – This Could B Us
- Sean Price – Planet Apes
- Illa J – Never Left
- DJ Soko – Ambassador Bridge (feat. Stryfe)
- Talib Kweli – Gratitude
- Pusha T – Amen (ft. Kanye West & Young Jeezy) (Hudson Mohawke Remix)
- Golden Rules – Down South Boogie
- Dr. Dre – Genocide (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
- Gangrene – Better Things
- The Weeknd – The Hills
- Guilty Simpson – Money
- Finale – Just Due (feat. Homeboy Sandman & Miz Korona)
- Styles P – Ghost In Me (feat. Dyce Payne)
- Sean Price – Soul Perfect (feat. Illa Ghee & Royal Flush)
- Yasiin Bey ft Ski Beatz – Sensei On The Block
- Sinitus Tempo – Seamstress
- Dam-Funk – Glyde 2nyte (ft Leon Sylvers III & Leon Sylvers IV)
Dennis “DEZO” Williams (Staten Island, New York Beatsmith/ Remixer/ Recording Artist), brings another exciting Hip-Hop instrumental track, WINDS. This track, the second leak from his heavy instrumental album BAGELS 2: DIRTY MUZIK, is a euphoric psyche-soul ride through the mind of Dennis Dezo Williams.
“Yes that’s right, setting the scene in your imagination once more; it’s the early 1940’s and tickets are completely sold out for the 2nd concert Nas and Funky DL are about to play at the most popular jazz club in town.
This time around, the duo return with a different collection of tracks and throw down for the audience who have excitedly packed the venue out.
Rumour has it that the performance will vary in jazz style from the previous “Jazzmatic” performance, but will be just as colourful and creative, with DL orchestrating the musicians and Nas effortlessly controlling the microphone with ‘words and flows of gold’.
This time, Nas is doing the photo duties alone with a slick pose just around the corner from the venue (check the artwork), whilst DL is inside putting the finishing touches to getting the sounds right before the night commences in a short while.
So get ready for another classic moment in music and entertainment as the these two greats unleash the audio brilliance of “Jazzmatic 2”.
Featured on two of the songs is Rapper Ricko, hailing from London, UK.
Now all you have to do is… press play”, because “Time Is Jazzmatic”.”
Veteran NYC Emcee Darkim be Allah unleashes a new single from upcoming collaboration project with Producer Endemic Emerald. The record is a New York style banger with sharp intensely delivered rhymes from Darkim and a raw melodic backdrop from Endemic. “We were working closely with Endemic Emerald for a minute before he moved to NYC last year, so it was only a matter of time before we came with a collaboration project” says Darkim who has his Fame Labs team representing on the album. Endemic Emerald [Formerly Just Endemic] is originally from the UK and has released his Terminal Illness 2 project to critical acclaim as well as working with artists such as Immortal Technique, Royal Flush, Tragedy Khadafi, Shabaam Sadeeq, Easy Mo Bee, Bankai Fam, Nutso & many more since dwelling in Brooklyn.
If your a fan of subliminal messages, conspiracies, and esoteric knowledge you’ll love this video from TORCH UP / TUFF CITY STYLES own NIGHT. Its entitled “TEARS OF BLOOD” and is off of NIGHTs “BODY BAG BARS 2.5” (coming soon).
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With his latest release, ‘Last Time’, Ice Cold Sophist serves up hard hitting raps about real life and trying to break out from the underground to reach new heights. A dark baseline drives the scenic lyricism with an accompanying snare that sounds more like a late-night train ride than anything else, with the Sophist serving as the conductor of this trip. The track serves as an offering from his long-anticipated forthcoming full-length release, ‘Beautiful Destruction’, due this fall.