Ryu – “Been Doing This” | @therealryu

Ryu – “Been Doing This” | @therealryu

Los Angeles native, Ryan ‘Ryu’ Maginn’s story in Hip-hop is one integral thread in the tapestry of the underground Los Angeles Hip-hop diaspora. From his early years ruling the Los Angeles radio and cypher scenes, to breaking necks and banging heads with Styles of Beyond via their critically acclaimed seminal debut album 2000 Fold and their sophomore follow-up MegaDef through to his work with Mike Shinoda in Fort Minor on their Jay-Z over-seen Rising Tied album.

Experiencing both mainstream and independent successes, Ryu is finally venturing into a realm of soloist for his album Tanks For The Memories’. “Tanks For The Memories is a metaphor for the battles I’ve fought throughout my career in the music business. That would include the bad and the good. You win some, but in my case I’ve lost a lot as well. In the end, I believe I’ll win the war.” Ryu explains: “Going into it, as I’ve always done when recording an album, I try my best to stay out of my own way. Try not to let expectations and the second guessing stifle the creative process. The album usually will start to take on a personality after we lay down the first few tracks, and that’s how it went down with this album as well.”

The first single from Tanks For The Memories is “Been Doing This” which is a take on the Gangstarr song “BYS” and the video exudes a Beastie Boys ‘Root Down’ vibe. “The song is a brief look at my past and present, as well as a tribute to my good friend Redeem, who recently passed away. He was the first one to believe and me as a rapper and always wanted me to do a solo record.” Ryu concludes “He was also a huge fan of DJ. Premier, who produced the original song.”

“Been Doing This” is also a perfect representation of what to expect from the Tanks For The Memories album as a whole. “I really wanted to go back to beginning and try to capture the original feeling we had with early Styles Of Beyond, without sounding like a throwback. I think we’ve accomplished that with this album.”

Reuniting with Divine Styler on production was a no-brainer for the San Fernando Valley Rambo as he explains “Divine was instrumental in the development of the “S.O.B. Sound.” So it was a very natural process when working together on the ‘Tanks For The Memories’ album.”

“We tend to like the same kind of beats and Divine’s production fits my style perfectly,” Ryu concludes. “He’s always been my favorite producer and I really wanted to take it back to where it all started, and work with all of the people who were there from day one.”

Tanks For The Memories drops in September. Pre-order the album on iTunes.

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Mic Handz Launches Mic Mobile App | @therealMICHANDZ

Mic Handz Launches Mic Mobile App | @therealMICHANDZ

Attention Mic Handz fans! Mic Handz wants to connect with you!

Today, the Boot Camp Clik affiliate launched his interactive new app, Mic Mobile, so you can connect with his music, career, videos, blog, vlog and photos. Special members will receive exclusive content and you will have the ability to speak directly with him.

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The app is free to download at the iTunes Store.

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C-Zar Van Gogh feat. Shabaam Sahdeeq – “That’s What It Is” | @CzarVanGogh @ShabaamSahdeeq

C-Zar Van Gogh feat. Shabaam Sahdeeq – “That’s What It Is” | @CzarVanGogh @ShabaamSahdeeq

New York City-based independent label SpaceLAB Recordings presents “That’s What It Is”, the 1st single from C-Zar Van Gogh’s upcoming project Water: Drink or Swim, due for a fall release date.

C-Zar Van Gogh’s “That’s What It Is” is a surprisingly upbeat & humorous commentary on the horrible state of the world today – injustice, politics, police corruption, war, reality television, shrinking attention spans, & every undesirable detail in between. For his first single back since his hiatus, the artist born Cedrick Blue calls in veteran emcee & Rawkus Records alumni Shabaam Sahdeeq to bless the 2nd verse with the sharp lyricism he’s revered for.

As with all the songs on Water: Drink or Swim, “That’s What It Is” is produced by SpaceLAB Recordings founder Jake Palumbo, who provides a sample-driven, horn-heavy, instrumental for the two thoughtful emcees to float over. As long time collaborators, C-Zar Van Gogh appeared on Jake Palumbo’s 2015 single & music video “Tuffalupagus.” Palumbo has also worked with Shabaam Sahdeeq previously, having mixed & mastered Shabaam’s 2014 Keepers Of The Lost Art LP, plus production work on the 2015 IV League compilation & Shabaam’s upcoming Timeless: Of The Collection LP.

Water: Drink or Swim is C-Zar Van Gogh’s 3rd full-length project, following 2013’s This Time Next Year (which featured a foreword written by Dr. Cornel West) & 2011’s Hood Stimulus Package. While Water is the artist’s 3rd official solo LP, it is far from his 3rd project. The prolific artist also released two mixtapes: Lay Up Lines (2014) & Good Writtens (2012), an EP of unreleased material This Time Last Month, plus A-1: History In The Baking, a collaborative mixtape with label-mate Ed Ward of Gotham Heights.

“That’s What It Is” will be available for purchase & streaming at iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, & all major digital outlets.

@CzarVanGogh | @ShabaamSahdeeq | @JakePalumbo

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Innocent? feat. Sean Price – “The Storm” | @INNOCENTFLOW13

Innocent? feat. Sean Price – “The Storm” | @INNOCENTFLOW13

THEM Recordings’ CEO Innocent? reminisces of the late veteran MC, Sean Price.

The two were working on an album together before Price’s unfortunate death last year. Produced by Stan Da Man, “The Storm” is Innocent’s dedication to Sean Price, his family and the legacy he left behind.

“The Storm” video directed by Megadon

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MozRoc feat. Ashley Hellings – “Ups & Downs” | @MozRoc & @AshleeHellings

MozRoc feat. Ashley Hellings – “Ups & Downs” | @MozRoc & @AshleeHellings

MozRoc was born February 13, 1985 in South Africa , moved to Mozambique at the age of 3 where he spent most of his childhood. At the age of 14, he moved to Amsterdam, The Netherlands. MozRoc started writing and recording at the age of 16, he has been part of different groups and has worked on different projects. MozRoc is a experienced MC, technically and lyrically strong, he is currently working on his first official EP that should be dropping in 2017.

MozRoc releases his first official single named “Ups & Downs”, which is about the highs and lows in life, and the will to continue fighting for success after setbacks. “Ups & Downs” features vocals from Ashley Hellings and was produced by Farstyle. The video was shot by Off Concepts and directed by D-luzion.

Grab the single on iTunes & Spotify

@MozRoc | @AshleeHellings

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Freeway – “Primates” | @Phillyfreezer

Freeway – “Primates” | @Phillyfreezer

No stranger to tough talk and lyrical beatdowns, Freeway isn’t mincing words on his latest track, “Primates.” Like his previous drop, “Bombdroppaz,” this joint is another bruising and neck-snapping collaboration with Amsterdam’s Big Ape.

The horns and strings-laced slapper emphasizes the best parts about the Philly Freezer and his trademark gruff vocals. Free embraces the energy of Big Ape’s instrumental and goes the f*ck off on his verses filled with varied cadences, clever wordplay, and menacing bravado. Funny enough, the emcee actually addresses those talents in some of his opening rhymes: “When it comes to flows, I’m the rapper with the mostest / Shut down the party, it don’t matter who the host is.”

While Freeway can certainly kick some knowledge with his raps, he can also stand alongside any rapper trying to flex on a track. And that’s exactly what he’s doing on “Primates,” which is all about bully raps spread across a heavy instrumental, with dextrous cuts courtesy of Sweden’s DJ Devastate.

“Primates” and its B-side, “Bombdroppaz,” are now available for stream and download through all major digital retailers, via Elite Fleet Records, and drops next Friday on wax, as a limited edition blue 7-inch.

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De La Soul – “Drawn” | @WeAreDeLaSoul

De La Soul  – “Drawn” | @WeAreDeLaSoul

The legendary hip hop trio known as De La Soul drops their 3rd teaser, a laid back groove called “Drawn” featuring Swedish electronic band Little Dragon.

“It’s a dreamy journey about not taking anything for granted in life,” Little Dragon vocalist Yukimi Nagano describes. “It’s about love and being lost in something dangerously good.”

…and the Anonymous Nobody drops August 26th. Pre-order the album here.

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