This is a record that was born out of the necessity to contribute of the efforts to shine light on social and criminal injustices being imposed by the police and state activities here in the United States of America. Young black and minority men are being targeted as if hunted for sport, brutalized and far to often, executed on their neighborhood streets as if to say they are expendable or worthless, as if they are not worthy of fair treatment or a fair trail as stated by law. Handz, Steele & Hakim created this track to tell the world that black lives DO and always will, matter.
Yeah, I got snapped on because I came late to this interview. It was all in good fun, though. I got invited to Bushwick Radio to sit down with Dysfunkshunal Familee member Napoleon Da Legend to talk about his upcoming Propaganda album, his recent trip to Germany, Empire and his love/hate bromance with group member Crazy DJ Bazarro, who was playing the one man Statler & Waldorf in the background. I had a lot of fun doing this, so I hope it was good for you like it was for me!
Rapper Drag On is back and better than ever before! Formerly with the Ruff Ryders, known for his clever lyrics, expressive chops and undeniable talent, his new single “NRG (New Rap God)” featuring Juice is out now on Amazon, Google Play and other digital music outlets.
Drag On blazed onto the music scene in 2000 as one of the original artists under the renowned Ruff Ryders Entertainment imprint, via which Interscope Records released his debut album, called Opposite of H2O. That CD solidly established his place in hip-hop, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 500,000 copies and earning him a Gold record from the RIAA.
Since then he has started his own record label, “Hood Environment”. These days Drag-On lives in the studio, continuously honing his skills and perfecting his craft. I caught up with the rapper as we spoke about music, Steven Segal and the Ruff Ryders after the Ruff Ryders.
There is a little story before this interview happened. I was waiting for Knytro and his crew to arrive. We were supposed to meet on Marcy Ave. and Broadway in Brooklyn, but they wound up being on Marcy Avenue and Flushing Avenue, which wasn’t far, but wasn’t close either. Being from the hometown of London, they didn’t know Brooklyn all that well (Neither did I and I was here for 2 years), so I tried to get a cab to reach them, but NO CAB was stopping for me whatsoever (so they are not stopping for black women either??)! So they jumped in a cab got up with me and we went to Jackbar on Havemeyer & South 1st, I believe. They were amazed with all of the pinball machines that the bar had in tow. We sat down, kicked it…his crew wound up in a rousing game of Connect Four, while Knytro and my conversation went like this….
Technicians! Prepare yourself for Special Effects, Tech N9ne’s 15th studio album, hits stores on 5/5, but here’s your chance to preorder the most anticipated album of Tech’s career. Special Effects is the album that’s poised to see Tech change the entire game and you can be a part of history. There are 5 versions available for preorder – all versions will include a limited edition Special Effects t-shirt (XL only), a Strange Music sticker and 2 free download tracks. For the first time ever, one of the free download tracks will be the first track from the album! That’s right, Tech’s doing something he’s never done before and is giving away Track #1 off of the Special Effects album!
For all of you DJ’s and vinyl collectors, don’t miss out on a preorder package that includes the Special Effects vinyl version! With an amazing lineup of features as well as some of the most incredible production the world as ever heard, Special Effects is destined to be the most talked about album of 2015.
The most awaited single, “Speedom” featuring Eminem & Krizz Kaliko drops April 19th! Click here to pre-order the album!
Top 40 Urban A/C Recording Artist, Esnavi, is ready to introduce us to the next level of her artistry with the first single, “Think About It”, from her highly anticipated forthcoming sophomore album due to release later this year.
Esnavi continues to roll off the success of her debut album, Exit E, with new music, new energy and new stories. “Think About It” is a self-reflective song with a funky organ & bass driven beat that sets the tone for her next album.
Welcome to another dimension of soul.