The first single from UNBREAKABLE, the WYLD BUNCH’s EP produced entirely by DJ BRANS. This release is scheduled for June 24th in digital, CD and vinyl on EFFISCIENZ label. The NYC emcee will be accompanied by Roc Marciano, Hannibal Stax, Masta Ace, Guilty Simpson, Torae and more …
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It’s been 4 weeks since our new album “The Good Life” by JR&PH7 (Soulspazm Records / Foundation Media) dropped. So now it’s time to let loose of some bonus material.
Check out the link below and listen to our dirty remix version of the album cut “Makin’ Moves” feat. King Mez and Roc Marciano. This track will be featured on our upcoming single dropping December 18th.
CZARFACE” project will include contributions from Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Roc Marciano, Vinnie Paz, Cappadonna, DJ Premier & Oh No
CZARFACE will be released on 2-19-2013 via Brick Records
With his illustrious career spanning nearly two-decades now, it would be easy for Inspectah Deck to sit back and rest on his laurels; after all, he has helped create some of the best hip-hop music ever recorded. Despite his low-key persona, Deck carved out his own unique space in the Wu-Tang Clan, thanks to his stand-out verses from “C.R.E.A.M.,” “Protect Ya Neck” and his otherworldly verse on “Triumph” among many. Likewise, who could forget Deck’s contributions on Ghostface’s Ironman (“Assassination Day”), his many appearances on Raekwon’s OBFCL, GZA’s Liquid Swords (“Cold World”) or his collaborations with Gang Starr (“Above The Clouds”) and Big Pun (“Tres Leches” which also featured Mobb Deep’s Prodigy).
Throughout Deck’s career, whether it was beside his fellow Wu-Tang brethren or in a solo-capacity, he is as adamant today about his culture and pushing the creative envelope as he was before Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers became an epic masterpiece; hence the formation of CZARFACE, a new collaborative project with underground icons 7L & Esoteric. With rap fans again craving more substance and less polish, Deck realizes there is a tangible shift taking place- “The industry doesn’t need another well packaged, put together “act,” instead fans are once again gravitating to the seasoned vets and newcomers that are still true to the game.”
With a working history that dates back nearly as far as Wu-Tang’s, 7L & Esoteric are undisputedly Boston and underground hip-hop royalty. CZARFACE offered the duo an opportunity to pick up where they left off over a decade ago with Inspectah Deck, as he joined them on the title track to their revered Speaking Real Words EP (1999). Deck says “Speaking Real Words is one of the many reasons we are now CZARFACE. After doing that song, it was only right we collaborated on a project to cater to the millions of fans that still support hip-hop from the underground.”
With guest appearances from Ghostface, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Roc Marciano, Vinnie Paz, Cappadonna & additional beats from DJ Premier & Oh No, you can expect nothing less then top notch production and rewind worthy lyricism from CZARFACE. “We are CZARFACE because they know our faces and they know us for being dope rhyme suppliers, like Tony Montana we are known for our balls and our word; lyrically we will conquer the world and everything in it” states Deck. Esoteric explains further, “CZARFACE is a vigilante, anti-hero character who serves as the face of the project, and his focus is on annihilating the media darlings that the mainstream caters to.”
This week, Stu Bangas & Vanderslice released their new album, Diggaz With Attitude. The long-hyped project is proving to be worth the wait; the two producers’ shared love for sinister chops and heavy drums pairs well with the album’s impressive line-up of guests, a list that includes Roc Marciano, The Alchemist, Evidence, Apathy, Ill Bill, Celph Titled, Blaq Poet, Esoteric, and more. To celebrate release this week, the two producers are now releasing the video for the album’s latest single, “Half Dead,” which features Apathy, Roc Marciano, and Planet Asia.
For listeners not yet familiar with Diggaz With Attitude, “Half Dead” is a perfect example of what fans can look forward to with the album. Track producer Stu Bangas sets the tone from jump, letting an old rock sample run, before quickly – and deftly – chopping it up into a descent of piano keys and bass. Apathy takes the first verse (“Ill as Jason Bourne when I’m blacking out,” he raps), while Roc Marciano holds down the second verse, bars full of the slick drug talk that fans have come to love. Planet Asia takes hook duties on the track, also delivering the song’s closing verse. The video, directed by R.M.L., offers a fitting visual for the song, with gritty, dimly lit shots of the three trading bars, joined by cameos from Rhymefest, Xzibit, and more.
New Video: Stu Bangas & Vanderslice – “1st Degree Murder” Ft. Roc Marciano, Vinnie Paz & Celph Titled
“1st Degree Murder” features underground stalwarts Roc Marciano, Vinnie Paz, and Celph Titled, and the song continues Stu & Vander’s impressive streak of bringing together some of hip-hop’s most talented artists. “After the beat was done,” says Stu Bangas, who produced the track, “it fit perfect for Roc Marciano.” He adds, “I always thought Vinnie Paz and Roc Marciano would make an ill combo; Celph Titled came through to bless the hook and torch a verse.”
The video, directed by R.M.L., eschews new footage and instead collages together trippy, gored-out film footage – not to mention a few bikini-clad, machine gun totting models – pulling inspiration and source material from various obscure movies and foreign films, in addition to the cult, experimental early ’90s horror film, Begotten.
On August 28th, producers Stu Bangas & Vanderslice will release their new album, Diggaz With Attitude, via Man Bites Dog Records. Already, the duo has released the album’s cover artwork and impressive track list, which includes features from Ill Bill, Vinnie Paz, Esoteric, Celph Titled, Blaq Poet, and many more, including Apathy, Alchemist, Evidence, and Roc Marciano, who show up on the album’s lead single, “The Gusto.” Stu Bangas & Vanderslice are excited to release the official video for that single today.
Vanderslice produced the track, along with some assistance from Green Steez, who replayed and vamped on the original sample, and his inspiration for the song came from his love for old wrestling footage, particularly that of WWF legend Big Van Vader. “He was always going for the gusto, even if it meant breaking a jobber’s back in a means-nothing match,” says Vanderslice, explaining that it’s this particular ethic that not only inspired this track but also continues to drive he and Stu Bangas. “No matter what your station in life,” he says, “do it to the best of your abilities.”
The video, directed by R.M.L. and shot by J. Grove, keeps things straightforward, allowing the visual emphasis to remain on the artists. “The video moves just as the song does,” explains R.M.L., noting the different scenery – a ghost town. – for each artist’s verse. “It features each artist in their own light, just like the song does.”
To celebrate the release of his debut album Lo-Fi Fingahz, Gensu Dean is giving away the second single. The new album, Lo-Fi Fingahz, features some heavy hitters including Large Professor, Brand Nubian, and David Banner. The entire project was produced on the SP1200.
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Hot on the heels of “From The Top,” the Oddisee/Stik Figa collaborative single off the recently releasedHelpless Dreamer compilation album,Mello Music Group has announced the titular track “Helpless Dreamer” as the latest single to show off their talented roster. This time with Apollo Brown, whose own group album fromThe Left is enjoying high acclaim, on production, affiliate emcees Roc Marciano, X.O. (of Diamond District) and Tranqill offer up verses to compliment the dramatic, horn-heavy beat.
The song acts as the confluence of gifted artists working together for the sake of working together. “That lineup is beautiful, why not collab with them?” Apollo explains of the partnership. He even goes so far as to call Roc Marciano’sMarcberg one of his “favorite albums of the year.” As far as the song’s inspiration, the title of the song says it all. “Sometimes, we want something for ourselves that might be unattainable today,” says the Detroit producer. “But if we work hard and dream hard, we’ll be able to get it tomorrow.” Judging from his contributions on this and his other tracks fromHelpless Dreamer, Apollo Brown’s tomorrow is approaching fast.
The Mello Music Group compilation, Helpless Dreamer, is available now.
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