Brooklyn great DcQ of Medina Green releases the Olise Forel directed video to his second single off the Save The Children mixtape featuring from Ali Shine and Brand Nubian’s Sadat X…and includes a cute set of kids! That’s what Save The Children is all about after all!
Save The Children is produced in its entirety by Shawneci Ice-Cold & super-producer Ayatollah with features from Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Joell Ortiz and more and is OUT NOW on the Medina Green website!
Up and coming L.A. rapper Melo KAN takes his bold new “Royal” campaign a step further with a controversial new cover of Chris Brown’s hit record “Loyal.” Melo’s “Royal” rendition highlights how women may be victims of rape and abuse that leave haunting affects on how they conduct themselves as adults, while also challenging men to start giving our women the respect they truly deserve.
With standout lyrics including “Real men teach boys women ought to be respected…These girls are royal. My job as a man is to protect and love you,” Melo belts out an entirely new song with a meaningful purpose over the popular track. The creative artist also releases stunning visuals featuring Melo painting the word “Royal” on the beautiful nude body of model Bria Myles while highlighting women everywhere as “Queens” instead of “hoes.”
Daring and unpredictable, you never know what Melo KAN, best known for his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on the song “You Don’t Like,” might release next in his buzzed about “Royal” campaign. Stay tuned…
Phoenix’s own Judge Da Boss is definitely on the rise this year. From being seen on red carpets to his brand new mixtape, First They Love You, Then They Hate You, Judge is proving why is one of the most emerging artists of 2015. On this Phone Tap, I caught up with him to speak on the new mixtape and how life is treating him after the Hell Yeah success. It’s always great to speak to him, just like old friends.
Be sure to cop the mixtape, First They Love You, Then They Hate You, out now!
The Cannabis Day Parade is tomorrow in New York….this year is also the 20th Anniversary of Channel Live’ s marijuana smoking anthem, “Mad Izm”. In honor of it, Channel Live’s Hakim Green has released a reboot of the hemp-laced track for the Underground Burn Music project with some help from Keith Murray, Naughty By Nature’s Treach, Do It All, Minty Burns & Dyme A Duzin.
Catch Hakim Green in action tomorrow at the Cannabis Day Parade at Union Square Park NYC along with Sadat X, Smooth Da Hustler, Trigger Da Gambler and more at 1PM!
Last year, New York duo Dynamic Equilibrium released Post Crack Era to critical acclaim in the underground rap community. To celebrate the one-year anniversary, they’ve released “The Formula,” the first single off their follow up project, Formula 9DE featuring the legendary Sadat X and Audible Doctor. Simple yet effective, the song features sharp lyricism from Alpha Memphis over gritty, scratch-laden production from Machia. Look for more from Dynamic Equilibrium as they prep the release of Formula 9DE later this year.
In an industry where both longevity and productivity can be fleeting, few producers can claim the continued diligence and success of Nick Wiz. Born in NYC, but raised across the river in nearby Teaneck, New Jersey, Nick Wiz has been a Hip-Hop mainstay since his teenage years. Having first impacted the early 90’s Hip-Hop scene with his beat contributions to Ecko Unlimited’s Underground Airplay cassette series (which are now highly collectible); Wiz’s sound was (and still is) a considerable part of the early Lyricist Lounge movement. Working with Lounge alum, The Cella Dwellas, on their classic 1996 debut album, further cemented Nick Wiz as an up-and-coming beat phenom. From there his unique fusion of filters, horns, smacking SP-1200 drums and dense bass-lines were soon heard on projects from Mad Skillz, Darc Mind, Chubb Rock, Chino XL, Rakim amongst others.
More recently, Nick Wiz released a compilation of hip hop instrumentals which has been appropriately titled Nick Wiz Unreleased 90’s Hip Hop Instrumentals. These instrumentals are now being exclusively sold online and to date, the album has garnered positive attention. If you’re a true Hip Hop fan and have not bought the album yet, you’re truly missing out.
Producer Mark Ronson has worked with who’s who in music for over 10 years. For the first time in several years, Mark will be playing his first DJ set back in the “city that musically raised him” at Brooklyn hostpot Verboten this Thursday, April 30.
With his “Uptown Funk” ft. Bruno Mars #1 on the Billboard charts for 14 weeks (the longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1 of the 2010s), Mark is sure to bring some of that magic to the dancefloor along with Blu Jemz as part of Verboten’s weekly Zeitgeist series featuring diverse and cutting-edge indie dance, nu-disco and more.