The Hip-Hop Update.
Thanks for checking out the latest installment of “The Hip-Hop Update”. This week we have plenty of content to round out this edition, including brand new mixtapes from Stryfe, French Montana & The Coke Boys, and OBX & DJ TechNeek. In the Fresh Audio section, we got hot new bangers from Sadat X, First Serve, Big Shug, Local MU12, and David Banner. Following in our Music Video section we have recent visuals from Promise, MrMecc, Chuuwee, Hasan Salaam, Blacastan, Moe Pope, Fokis, and more. This week’s installment is actually kind of special because we have for your listening pleasure an interview I did with the one and only Iron Solomon in which we discussed his new album entitled Monster, so you can check that out as well. Wrapping it up with The Word, we got the Urban Nomad interview the Boot Camp Clik, David Banner attending Harvard, Suge Knight threatening Rick Ross, and MrMecc playing the piano and riding an elevator. You’ll notice this week’s cover image is that of the late great Tupac Shakur, and you may be wondering why I didn’t mention the lifelike Tupac hologram that appeared beside Snoop Dogg at Coachella. Well, I just feel, that at this point, it’s already like beating a dead horse. I know you’ve already heard about this; we’ve all heard about this. It happened like, what, five days ago? And it’s already worn-out. Yes, I know there was a Tupac hologram at Coachella. Yes, it was cool. Yes, it would be crazy if Pac was still alive. No, I don’t know how they made him talk like that. We get it. However, check out all the great content we have below and make sure to tune in next week for another Hip-Hop Update. Furthermore, make sure to check back regularly because we will be releasing exclusive interviews with REKS and David Banner within the next week. Oh! And on a side note, if anyone knows where I can purchase one of those Pac holograms, I’d love to have one for my living room. Hit me up.
Stryfe – The Opening Act
After generating significant attention with the single “We In New York” by Sadat X, Loyalty Digital Corp. is back with a another treat. The Opening Act a FreEP by Stryfe, a Local MU-12 Union member and artist on the Loyalty Digital Corp. roster.
With the upcoming LP The Vintage Album slated to be released this Spring, overseeing Sadat X’s upcoming project and with a burgeoning roster for his own fledgling Loyalty Digital Corp. imprint, Fokis is primed for a breakout year in 2012, as he states “The Opening Act EP is a classic, Stryfe is a wizard on the mic and Illingsworth is a magician with the beats. This project is filled with head nodding, neck snapping dope music. I believe in his talent and feel he is going to be a really big artist.”
Upon completing his forthcoming LP, The Last Resort, Stryfe teamed up with fellow Detroit native Illingsworth to create The Opening Act EP, which will serve as the prelude to his debut LP and is now available below for free download.
French Montana & Coke Boys – Coke Boys 3
“Rappin’ never been part of the plan/Gettin’ bricks 35, Kevin Durant,” French Montana admits, in a half-baked monotone, on “Headquarter,” from his latest musical venture, Coke Boys 3. The revelation that the 2012 XXL Freshman hasn’t had rapper aspirations his entire life shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who’s heard any of his records. And that’s not a knock. The truth is, this sort of cavalier admission, mixed with mindless dope boy posturing, reflects exactly why French has been resonating with fans and rappers, and landed a deal with Bad Boy late last year following a major label bidding war. He’s rich in a particular asset that, in 2012, can be more important than lyricism or even an ear for strong production: a magnetic persona.
The Bronx-bred rapper has brought his Coke Boy cronies Flip, Cheeze, Chinx Drugz, and Charlie Rock along for the ride here for a collective effort. There are guest spots that compliment French well. A sample flip of Wu Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M” is bolstered with an assist from Wale, and Bad Boy colleague Red Café impresses on “Headquarter” before French takes over on the moaning hook, “Ahhhhh, I be so high, and that bullshit don’t bother meeee.”
What’s especially impressive is how French has grown to be able to anchor songs ranging from Rick Ross-esque street bangers (“Dirty Money”) to laid back summertime gems like the Harry Fraud-produced “Tap That,” featuring the late Stack Bundles. Even the lackluster songs here fall into a “so bad it’s good,” intangible category. A five minute skit entitled “Pussy Quint” (Um…Just listen to it for yourself) is followed with the dancehall inspired “Husband and Wife,” and “100” samples Adele’s “Fire To The Rain.” While neither are the tape’s strongest cuts, they’re still rife with comedic moments courtesy of the Bad Boy signee, with lines like “Hittin’ Key West/That’s a muthafucka, Delonte West.”
Omnipresent throughout French’s sound is the influence of his pal Max B, but French has already been able to take it to a level Max B didn’t reach before his untimely incarceration. What this all adds up to is French Montana’s developing character within the hip-hop landscape which mirrors early stages of careers like Rozay’s. (He’s even got the infectious “Coke Boy Baby” tag, similar to Ross’ “Maybach Music” drop.) The idea of French Montana is appealing; so, by extension listeners want to enjoy his music. With Coke Boys 3, he makes that easy.
OBX & DJ TechNeek – Middle Class Dreams/Blue Collar Schemes
After leaking a few solid videos and the !llmind heat rock, “Better Run”, the San Antonio, TX duo of OBX & TechNeek release their FreEP Middle Class Dreams/Blue Collar Schemes for free in it’s entirety. Expect to hear more good music from these two real soon as well.
Tracklisting for Middle Class Dreams/Blue Collar Schemes:
1. Intro (produced by Ben Diggin)
2. Time (produced by Kuse)
3. We Gone (produced by QB & NaScent)
4. Alone feat. JP (produced by Kuse)
5. Better Run (produced by !llmind)
6. Everything (produced by QB & NaScent)
7. What Would U Do (produced by QB & NaScent)
8. Falling (produced by Ben Diggin)
9. Make Up Your Mind feat. JP & Sel
Sadat X – “We In New York”
“We In New York”, the lead-single from Sadat X’s forthcoming solo-LP, New York, was featured on DJ Premiers Show “Live From Headqcourterz” a few weeks ago and due to the response and feedback, the record is being released ahead of schedule. Sadat X dropped by as a guest on Premier’s show and he gave him a rough version of “We In New York” to play and Premo brought it back for 3 straight weeks. At that point, Sadat expedited the plans for the release, “when you are getting spins and people are asking you for it, you give the people what they want!”
The energy, the sound and vibe of “We In New York” just feels like New York. “Its a real vivid record” says Sadat, and its also the perfect track to spearhead the “New Golden Era” movement, “its not about going back in time, or replicating a certain sound, its about pushing forward and creating something new, its a like minded group of artists and producers that push a certain brand/sound of music. The sound we (Loyalty Digital Corp.) push is definitely influenced by the 90’s, but we build and add onto it” says Fokis. We are now living in the new version of the 90’s so we say #TheNewGoldenEra. I’m very excited about this single and upcoming album from Sadat X. This is a dream come true for me. To be able to partner up with someone like him and release his project through my Company is amazing. His work ethic is crazy and very inspiring; this is “The New Golden Era” Fokis laments.
Sadat X’s forthcoming LP, New York, will be released Summer 2012 on Loyalty Digital Corp and will be available in CD, MP3 and limited edition vinyl formats.
First Serve (De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2) – “The Work” (2&4 Remix)
Here’s a hot new track from First Serve, the rap duo made up of De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2. It’s called “The Work” and is one of four remixes off the deluxe-edition of the Fist Serve album.
The First Serve album was released on April 2nd, 2012 and can be purchased from iTunes or any of your other local record spots.
Big Shug – “Big Fly Homie”
The “Big Fly Homie” Big Shug is back and prepping his new LP, I.M. 4Eva which will be dropping this summer on Brick Records. In May, Shug will release the lead-single from I.M. 4Eva which features Fat Joe & M.O.P. and is produced by DJ Premier.
Local MU12 – “Pay What You Owe”
Fresh off of releasing Sadat X’s “We In New York” single, Fokis & his bi-coastal conglomerate Local MU12 release their debut single which is entitled “Pay What You Owe.”
With Stryfe just recently releasing his EP, The Opening Act, “Pay What You Owe” features him alongside his fellow Local MU12 Union Members, RP & Fokis. “We plan to drop a new record every week leading up to our debut album release Labor Day. This record most definitely fits the #NewGoldenEra format too says Fokis. “Pay What You Owe” is produced by Local MU12 member, MoodsandVibrations, who has previously produced for the likes of Boot Camp Click, Run DMC, Punchline & more.
DOWNLOAD LOCAL MU12’S “PAY WHAT YOU OWE” HERE FOR FREE
David Banner – “Californication” feat. Snoop Dogg, The Game, Nipsey Hu$$le, Ras Kass, & Kree
The Grammy award winning recording artist and producer David Banner releases his third single “Californication” featuring Snoop Dogg, The Game, Nipsey Hu$$le, Ras Kass & Kree off his free album Sex, Drug & Video Games which will drop on May 22nd, 2012, as a free download for his fans on www.livemixtapes.com & www.davidbanner.com. The album will feature Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, Big K.R.I.T., A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Bun B., Maino and more. The program kicked off on March 14th with the release of the single “Believe” featuring Big K.R.I.T. and will continue to feature new music off the album every other Wednesday with accompanying videos the following week.
“It was important to me to deliver a steady stream of great music and videos from this release to show fans it’s not about a single song but rather an overall album,” explains Banner.
Inspired by comedian Louie C.K., The 2M1 Movement (2 Million $1) is a mission that David Banner has created in order for fans and consumers of urban music, movies, media and content to gain control and influence on what they consume in this space. Through donating a minimum of $1 to the 2M1 Movement, Banner is going to consistently deliver music, videos, movies and charitable donations to positively influence urban culture. It’s for THE PEOPLE, by THE PEOPLE.
“The goal of approaching urban entertainment from this perspective is that it puts the most important people first, that of the fans and the artists who create those mediums (DJ’s, musicians, directors, writers, graphic designers, artists, etc.)”
Fans can log onto DAVIDBANNER.COM to hear the latest cuts from Sex, Drugs, And Video Games as well as watch the newest videos and donate to the 2M1 Movement.
Promise – “Don’t”
Check out “Don’t” — the newest video from Toronto’s very own Promise. “Don’t” is featured on the MC’s latest album entitled Awakening, available now.
MrMecc – “#JBF”
After three hilarious episodes and tons of responses on the #JBF Kit comedy series, MrMecc is proud to present the world premiere of #JBF, the official video for his first single from his upcoming mixtape, I Can Explain featuring, up-and-coming femcee Nova Rocafeller, radio host Combat Jack, The Company Man, and porn star extraordinaire and AVA mainstay Aryana Starr.
Chuuwee – “West Francia” & “Le Pere Du Peuple”
Chuuwee’s Crown Me King will serve as the prelude to his long-awaited official solo-debut, Wild Style, which will be released on May 29th, 2012 via Amalgam Digital. Whereas Chuuwee’s previous efforts were hybrid sub-genres he created such as “neo-boombap” (neo-soul meets boom-bap) or “hooliganarism” which Chuuwee describes as Treach of Naughty By Nature meets Wakka Flocka Flame, Wild Style can be summarized as pure 90s hip-hop, where he is taking the classic elements of the golden era with the look, sound and the feel and then applying them to the present day. Inspired by Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Big L, De La Soul with even hints of DMX, Wild Style promises to be Chuuwee’s break-out project, one that will showcase him as being a frontrunner lyricist from hip-hop’s new school; while also paying homage and respect to the great pioneers of the 1990’s. “Wild Style is the album that’s going to eradicate weak rap off the face of the map. It is the return of real hip-hop. It’s pure and it’s not me trying to re-make it. It’s not me telling you its 90s hip-hop; it is 90s hip-hop” says Chuuwee.
After leaking the Don Trip assisted remix for “The Crown Don’t Make You King” a bit ago, Chuuwee returns with the first and second video, “West Francia” and “Le Pere Du Peuple” respectively from his forthcoming mixtape Crown Me King hittin’ the streets April 24th, 2012.
Wild Style will be released on May 29th, 2012.
Hasan Salaam – “Miss America” feat. DJ GI Joe
The third single off of Hasan Salaam Music Is My Weapon project. “Miss America” addresses the harsh realities of the past and the present actions and policies of the United States. The video depicts how apathy and lack of action by the masses allows these modern day injustices to exist. It is our duty to not stand by and remain silent. Change begins with us.
The concept behind Hasan Salaam’s EP Music Is My Weapon is the belief that music can be used as a powerful tool in the pursuit of freedom, justice, and equality. With the release of the project, Hasan is aiming to prove that music can change people’s lives, literally. All profits from the sale of the EP are being used to fund a school, clean water well, and medical clinic in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. The school has already been completed, and construction of the well is underway.
Blacastan – “Funny Faces”
The latest music video from Blacastan’s forthcoming LP The Master Builder Part II, a double-disc album with disc 1 featuring the full length album and disc 2 featuring the mixtape version of full album plus bonus cuts. Now available, hosted and mixed by Doo Wop & Mr. Peter Parker, Blacastan’s The Master Builder Part II features appearances from Slaine, Celph Titled, Moe Pope, OuterSpace, Mr. Green, Reef The Lost Cauze & more.
Moe Pope – “Dead Kennedy’s” feat. Slaine
Moe Pope’s career first took off in the early 2000s with the Bay Area-based hip-hop band Mission (who later became known as Crown City Rockers). After a series of 12″s, Pope appeared on the group’s LP, One, in 2001, before deciding to return to Boston in order to look after his daughter. Back in his hometown, he connected with rapper/producer Insight and his five-man outfit, Electric (aka Electric Company).
Along with members Anonymous and Raheem Jamal, Pope broke off from Electric to form Project Move, issuing their debut album, Love Gone Wrong/Butterfly Theory, in 2006. As each group member went off to make solo records, Pope reunited with his former Crown City cohort Headnodic for the well received collaborative album Megaphone in 2008.
In 2010, Moe released his critically acclaimed Life After God LP, which was highlighted by iTunes on its 2010 “Rewind List.” Currently, Moe Pope is working on a few new projects, with a new production partner and a new label for his latest and most mature works to date. Here is a sampling of some of that new work as Moe collaborates with fellow Boston spitta Slaine on “Dead Kennedy’s.”
Fokis – “Lyrical Homicide” feat. Sadat X & Livin Proof
“Lyrical Homicide” is the fourth video off Fokis’ A Vintage State Of Mind mixtape. It features Brooklyn rapper and Roc-A-Fella affiliate Livin Proof who was once signed with Memphis Bleek and was featured on the track “Get Low” from Bleek’s 534 LP.
David Banner – “Californication” feat. Snoop Dogg, The Game, Nispey Hu$$le, Ras Kass, & Kree
Here is the music video for the third single off Banner’s Sex, Drugs, & Video Games mixtape which hit streets May 22nd, 2012. Static Multimedia also has an exclusive interview taking place with Banner next week to talk about his newest mixtape and his 2M1 Movement, so make sure you keep an eye out for that link as well.
We got some exclusive content for you today. I recently sat down and had a little chat with battle-rap champion and hip-hop underground upstart, Iron Solomon (man, it’s been a minute since I’ve done an interview), who just released his debut album entitled Monster late last month. We discussed a variety of things, including what it was like making Monster, his recent trip to the South By South West (SXSW) film and music festival, why he decided to stream his entire debut album on SoundCloud.com for free, his upcoming Monster tour, where he believes he’ll be at in the next five years, his dream collaboration with Kanye West, and much, much more. You can check out the full interview below as well as take a look of some of Solomon’s highlights at SXSW. I would just publicly like to say thanks again to Iron Solomon for being so professional and cordial; he was definitely the most entertaining/intelligent/down to earth guy I’ve interviewed since I talked to Vinnie Paz and Jus Allah of Jedi Mind Tricks. So, thank you again Mr. Solomon, we here at Static Multimedia genuinely appreciate it and wish you the best of luck on your debut album. Monster is available now, go pick up your copy because it is most certainly worth the money, and I can personally guarantee you that you will not be disappointed.
STATIC MULTIMEDIA EXCLUSIVE – IRON SOLOMON INTERVIEW
The Urban Nomad Interviews Buckshot & Smif-N-Wessun in Austin
Urban Nomad checks in with East Coast heavyweight rappers Boot Camp Clik in the thick of the madness surrounding the major festival in Austin. Watch Smif-n-Wessun and Buckshot Shorty talk about their unreleased tracks with the late Tupac Shakur.
CHECK OUT THE URBAN NOMAD’S FULL INTERVIEW WITH BOOT CAMP CLIK HERE
David Banner to appear at Harvard University for the LA Riots: Twenty Years Later Conference
Grammy award winning rapper/producer David Banner will appear at The LA Riots: Twenty Years Later Conference taking place on April 27 & 28 at Harvard University. The conference brings together leading scholars, activists and artists to look back at –and forward from- the LA Riots. It will combine a critical retrospective examination of the uprising with reflections on democracy and inequity today, a time of economic crisis and revolution in much of the world.
Banner who has been very out spoken about the recent murder of Trayvon Martin and lives lost in the Tulsa, OK shooting, will be joined by Henry Louis Gates Jr. along with other panelists from Harvard University, NYU, Temple University and more, to address attendees in the TSAI Auditorium about the state of the black community seen through his eyes. Banner has appeared on BET 106 & Park and BlackEnterprise.com voicing his opinion on the safety of black youth and the community, imploring that there be some kind of legislation along with other solutions to help keep African Americans safe in the United States.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to speak at Harvard…it is vital that we talk about what we can do to better ourselves and our communities; now and for the next 20 years. The people of America, especially our youth, have the power to be heard; to change legislation and positively impact our culture for generations to come.”
Banner is currently gearing up to introduce the world to a revolutionary new concept in urban culture called the 2M1 Movement. On May 22nd, he will release his new project, Sex, Drugs and Video Games (which was solely funded by Banner) for free via www.livemixtapes.com and www.davidbanner.com. In exchange, Banner is asking two million people to donate a minimum of $1. With these proceeds Banner is going to consistently deliver music, videos, movies and charitable donations to positively influence urban culture.
For more information on David Banner’s appearance The LA Riots: Twenty Years Later Conference log onto www.Tinyurl.com/lariotsharvardsymposium.
Suge Knight Says He’s Going To “Beat The Dog Sh*t” Out Of Rick Ross
While Suge Knight’s wild speculations that Tupac may still be alive earned him a lot of publicity earlier this week, it looks like that wasn’t the only memorable soundbite he dropped during his interview with 93.5 KDay. The former Death Row head honcho also threatened to put hands on Rick Ross over his song “Tupac Back.”
Later in the interview with 93.5’s Tattoo and Cee Cee, Suge Knight said that he will “beat the dog shit out of Rick Ross” if their paths ever cross. He explained that while he’s not bitter to Rozay and actually enjoys his music, he feels it’s extremely disrespectful that the MMG rapper would make a song titled “Tupac Back” when he maintains ties to Diddy, who Knight attributes to the murder of Tupac.
“I can’t sit up here and say I’m bitter to Rick Ross, ‘cus like anybody else, we don’t know Rick Ross,” Suge said. “That’s a guy who uses somebody else’s name. This guy comes from being a correctional officer. I don’t got nothing negative against him personally, I just feel like he do do good music, and you can’t take that from him. That boy got bars, he’s gonna write…at the same time, I feel like there’s a line you cross, and Rick Ross crossed that line. If you’re gonna be with guy (Diddy) who killed Tupac, you can’t go turn around and do a record called ‘Tupac Back’…Rick Ross is a grown ass nigga. I’ll beat the dog shit out of Rick Ross for manipulating these people out here.”
Journalist MrMecc Offers Up The #JBF Kit- Part 3, Piano Play
Here is the final part of a three part series of new comedy skits from Journalist and artist MrMecc, who many of you know from his pen game, his work with JumpOffTV and his the “Shit Rappers Say” comedy sketch which featured Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Killer Mike and Kim Osorio.
In gearing up for the release of his upcoming mixtape, I Can Explain, and the world premiere of #JBF’s video release, MrMecc completes the trilogy of promotional skits with the release of #JBF Kit, Part 3, Piano Play for it which you can view below.
With his momentum picking up steam, MrMecc was asked to flex for Bosslady.TV x Convention Magazine’s all-star series “Minute To The Top” by the Bosslady herself, joining the ranks of Roscoe Dash, Don Trip, Dorrough Music and many more which you can also view below.