The Hip-Hop Update.
Wow, I know that I’ve said before that we have had some rather LARGE Hip-Hop Updates, but this one is in a whole different league. It’s a beast. That probably has a lot to do with my own personal schedule and the fact I haven’t been able to get some of these articles up as soon as I would have liked due to other obligations and projects I’m involved in, BUT, none the less, this update is redonkulous and chock full of info about the latest and greatest in the game. We kick off things with a little preview of REKS newest joint entitled Straight, No Chaser, which hits streets later this month. Then we move into some hot new mixtapes, all available for download. We got street albums from The Game, David Dallas & Forty One, and Smoke DZA whose mixtape features what I am convinced to be the GREATEST ALBUM ARTWORK EVER (period). We also got fresh audio from Blacastan, Jaecyn Bayne, First Serve, Copywrite, Herukhuti, REKS, and Chuuwee. There’s new music videos from Sean Price, Boot Camp Clik, OBX & DJ TechNeek, Skyzoo, Stryfe, Ruste Juxx, and my dude, Planet Asia. We finish things off with the latest word on Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s shenanigans, Lupe Fiasco’s new album, the Rah Digga and Tyler The Creator beef, and Young Bucks ongoing financial troubles. Check it out all below and enjoy! Furthermore, make sure to check back tomorrow for the exclusive Static Multimedia interview with Iron Solomon in which we talk about his latest album, Monster.
REKS – Straight, No Chaser
Still living off the praise of fans, critics and peers as well as sales of last year’s instant classic R.E.K.S (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme), REKS now sets out to take the next step in his progression with his official full length follow up opus Straight, No Chaser. Once again teaming up with super-producer Statik Selektah, the two combine like a modern day Gang Starr for Straight, No Chaser.
REKS took the underground scene by storm with his debut LP, Along Came The Chosen back in 2001. The album featured production from a then eighteen year old Statik Selektah and featured collaborations with underground stalwarts: Pace-Won & Young Zee of the Outsiderz, 7L & Esoteric, J-Live and more. The critically acclaimed LP was featured in the Source, XXL, Vibe, and REKS was named to URB Magazine’s “Next 100”. The album’s single “Skills 101” reached #45 on the Billboard Singles chart, putting him on shows and tours with huge national acts. REKS finally released his highly anticipated sophomore LP, Grey Hairs, in 2008. The momentous album featured production from DJ Premier, Large Professor and ten-tracks from Statik and featured collaborations with Lil Fame of MOP, Consequence, Skyzoo, Termanology, Jon Hope and Big Shug. Grey Hairs lead to REKS being profiled by XXL Magazine in their “Show & Prove” section. REKS released the companion piece More Grey Hairs, appeared on Statik Selektah’s Spell My Name Right: The Album and released two more mixtapes (In Between The Lines Series Vol’s 1&2 which were hosted by Statik Selektah/DJ Green Lantern and DJ Ill Will respectively) and both mixtapes garnered thousands of downloads and widespread praise.
REKS has already set things in motion for Straight, No Chaser with lauded appearances at SXSW, an upcoming European tour and the recent leaks of the LP’s buzz-singles, “Chasin’” and “Autographs” which have migrated to every corner of the streets and internet alike. REKS laments “I feel Straight, No Chaser was necessary to add too the understanding of how well Statik and I come together and make a timeless pieces of work. I feel the album is varied in topic and focused on issues I feel still plague our society; its raw, its real, its refreshing and its REKS.
STRAIGHT, NO CHASER WILL BE RELEASED ON APRIL 24th, 2012.
The Game – California Republic
The Game’s sprawling Purp And Patron was one of 2011’s hottest mixtapes, a word-of-mouth hit that, according to the rapper, was downloaded over a million times within the first three days of its release. The Game may repeat that success with California Republic, a similarly sprawling mixtape featuring guest verses from Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Drake, Lil’ Wayne and Pharrell.
Smoke DZA – Cuz I Felt Like It
The Kushed God, Smoke DZA, decided to drop an eight-track EP a few days ago, Cuz I Felt Like It. The EP includes a feature from Jae Millz on the track “E.T.’s Finger” and more of the same marijuana-inspired music that is expected from Smoke DZA.
Best. Album. Cover. Ever.
DOWNLOAD SMOKE DZA’S CUZ I FELT LIKE IT MIXTAPE HERE FOR FREE
David Dallas & Forty One – Purple Tinted
Producer Forty One, a long time collaborator with David Dallas (Big Time, Get Out The Way, How It Is, Dream) has remixed David Dallas’s latest album The Rose Tint.
In David Dallas’ words: “With all the bad mash ups and remixes that happen nowadays on the net, it’s a great thing to hear someone who’s completely familiar with me re-invent these songs that I’ve written. Forty One killed this shit. Purple Tinted.”
DOWNLOAD DAVID DALLAS & FORTY ONE’S PURPLE TINTED MIXTAPE HERE FOR FREE
Blacastan – “Freeze”
The latest leak 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.
Jaecyn Bayne – “We Got Now” & “Heat Stroke” feat. Keith Murray
Before Jaecyn Bayne releases his debut LP, Audio Therapy, he will be releasing a new EP, The Prognosis, as well.
Signed to renowned Jazz label “Owl Studios”, Jaecyn Bayne’s debut LP, Audio Therapy, is slated for a April 24th, 2012 release date and will feature guest appearances from Styles P, Fred the Godson, Canibus & Keith Murray alongside production from Streetrunner and Bronze Nazareth among others.
DOWNLOAD JAECYN BAYNE’S “WE GOT NOW” HERE FOR FREE
DOWNLOAD JAECYN BAYNE’S “HEAT STROKE” FEAT. KEITH MURRAY HERE FOR FREE
First Serve (De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2) – “We Made It”
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 “We Made It” and features production from Chokolate and Khalid.
The First Serve album was released on April 2nd, 2012 and can be purchased from iTunes or any of your other local record spots.
Copywrite feat. Illogic & Don Jaga – “Sorrow”
Here’s a new leak from Copywrite, featuring Illogic & Don Jaga, entitled “Sorrow”. The track was produced by Stu Bangas and is taken from Copywrite’s God Save The King LP; which is now available for a limited time on Amazon.com for $8.99
Herukhuti feat. Slim Da Mobster – “Blood On My Shoes”
Herukhuti Ausar of Money Over Death can best be described as a rapping soldier on the rise. Now residing in Los Angeles, the Raleigh, North Carolina native marches to a beat of his own and with his Street LP, Feds Don’t Like Me (hosted by Greg Street), Herukhuti has crafted a lyrical compilation that is certain to captivate all audiences. He has mastered the art of exemplifying his life’s struggles, through music – music that is genuine, raw, and real; yet uplifting and empowering.
Standing out at six feet four inches tall, Herukhuti is a physical and lyrical powerhouse and his words are just as powerful and enlightening. Encountering and overcoming many of life’s trials and tribulations, Herukhuti has a story to tell and just as important; a testimony to give. Herukhuti believes that his constant thirst for knowledge and truth, combined with his undying resilience and strength, is what distinguishes him from other artists.
As Herukhuti begins to gear up for the release of, Feds Don’t Like Me through Universal/Fontana/Bonzi, listeners will soon hear the diversity contained within his struggle.
Recently, in an effort to finish Feds Don’t Like Me and his solo-debut, Herukhuti relocated to Los Angeles to work more in-depth with Aftermath producers DJ Silk & Choc and can be found in the studio alongside Dr. Dre as well. Herukhuti’s work with Aftermath artist Slim Da Mobster can be heard on the chilling “Blood On My Shoes.”
Herukhuti is already manifesting his dreams, with Feds Don’t Like Me (which includes guest appearances from Slim Da Mobsta, Glasses Malone & Carl Thomas and production from J Wells and Aftermath producers Choc & DJ Silk), his debut LP, working with the Aftermath team and two placements on the upcoming soundtrack for 50 Cent & Bruce Willis’ Fire With Fire movie (one of which is “Blood On My Shoes”).
Herukhuti’s Feds Don’t Like Me will be released in May 2012.
REKS – “Such A Showoff”
On April 24th, 2012, REKS will be releasing his new LP, Straight, No Chaser, which is entirely produced by Statik Selektah and features appearances by Action Bronson, Slaine, Termanology and more.
Tracklisting and credits for REKS Straight, No Chaser LP:
3.) “Power Lines” feat. Ea$y Money
4.) “Riggs & Murtaugh” feat. Action Bronson
5.) “Such A Showoff” feat. Kali, JFK & Termanology
6.) “Cancel That” feat. Wais P The Pimp
8.) “Break Ups” feat. C Sharp!
10.) “Sins” feat. Alias
11.) “Straight, No Chaser” feat. Slaine
12.) “Lost In Translation”
(****All tracks produced by Statik Selektah)
DOWNLOAD REKS’ “SUCH A SHOWOFF” HERE FOR FREE
Chuuwee feat. Don Trip – “The Crown Don’t Make You King” Remix
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.
A few weeks ago we leaked the first track, “Lottery Ticket” from Chuuwee’s Crown Me King mixtape, and followed it up with the second leak “The Crown Don’t Make You King” (produced by Audible Doctor, DJ Next on the cuts”) and today Chuuwee releases the remix of “The Crown Don’t Make You King” featuring Don Trip. Check it out below and be on the look out for Wild Style.
Sean Price – “Ruben Blades”
Sean Price is “rather unique / funky like I ain’t take a bath in a week.”
Here’s a taste of what’s in store from Sean Price’s Mic Tyson album out later this year on Duck Down Music.
Boot Camp Clik – “West Coast Tour Dates”
The entire Boot Camp Clik are heading to the West Coast to start their latest tour. They’ll be rockin’ these fresh-ass Duck Down Music Letterman jackets all tour long, and you can check ‘em out and pick up your very own right here.
OBX & DJ TechNeek feat. JP – “Alone”
Here is another set of visuals from OBX & TechNeek, who seem to be causing a heat wave in Texas. The latest track, “Alone” is produced by DBDFam member, Kuse, and features additional vocals from JP. “Alone” is taken from OBX & DJ TechNeek’s new EP Middle Class Dreams/Blue Collar Schemes which hit streets TODAY! Check it out.
Skyzoo – “Rocket Science”
The official video for “Rocket Science,” from the revisited version of Skyzoo’s latest album The Great Debater. Directed by Anthony Sylvester and song produced by !llmind.
Stryfe – “Shells” (SXSW Video)
With the upcoming EP The Opening Act slated to be released April 17th, 2012, Stryfe, a Local MU-12 Union member and artist on Fokis’ Loyalty Digital Corp. Roster puts together a mash up video of his single “Shells” live from SXSW with Features from Danny Brown, Apollo Brown and More.
Planet Asia – “Furniture”
Planet Asia presents the next music video from his new album Black Belt Theatre, in stores everywhere now. Inspired by classic kung-fu and blaxploitation cinema, Black Belt Theatre features appearances from Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, Fashawn, Rasco, Willie The Kid, Torae, Mistah FAB, and The Jacka, plus production from Oh No, Khrysis, DirtyDiggs, and more.
Video Directed By Steven Lefkovitz & Paul Symons.
Ruste Juxx – “Hardest From The Underground”
Here’s the visuals from Ruste Juxx’s new album, Hardbodie Hip Hop, out now.
Video directed by Anthony Sylvester. DP: Ant DeRose.
Kris Humphries to Kanye West: “Good Luck Dude, You’re Going To Need It”
Looks like Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband, Kris Humphries, from her infamously short marriage has some choice words for her rumored next victim, Kanye West.
According to RadarOnline, an insider claims, “When Kris found out about Kim going public with Kanye, he told his friends he wanted to tell West, ‘good luck dude, you are going to need it.’ Kris knows that while he was with Kim, he was completely faithful, and he has serious doubts that she could say the same.” The insider also claims that Kanye would never have recorded the controversial “TheraFlu” verse heard through the interwebs without Kim’s prior consent.
It’s being reported that Humphries believed Kim was still messing around with Kanye during their 72 day marriage, and the timing of Kim deciding to go public with the relationship is suspect, seeing as the new season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians premieres in May and Kanye is gearing up for a new album.
Lupe Fiasco Confirms Completion Of Food & Liquor 2: Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
Lupe Fiasco has revealed that he has completed recording his new album Food & Liquor 2: Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 and is previewing the project for his label Atlantic Records in New York City, New York.
Announcing the news on Twitter, Lu revealed that the LP is “in NYC” and that he’s having the “1st Label Listening Session” for the follow up to Lasers.
For the release of Lasers, the Chicago, Illinois rapper’s LP was delayed on account of the imprint. With Food & Liquor 2, Lu said that the only thing that could keep it from releasing would be whether or not it’s a double-disc project.
“Food & Liquor 2 is done. Release date? I dunno. Let’s just say…July,” he said during a recent performance. “The only thing that’s holding Food & Liquor 2 up…is whether or not it’s gonna be a double CD or not.”
Rah Digga and Tyler The Creator End Beef
A day after releasing her scathing diss track “The Nigga In Me,” Rah Digga has officially deaded her beef with Odd Future ringleader Tyler The Creator.
Both Dirty Harriet and Tyler tweeted that they were hanging out together at the Paid Dues 2012 festival. “Awwww look at lil Ty-Ty and Auntie Digga,” wrote Digga, retweeting Tyler’s picture of the two at the event.
Digga also took to Twitter to reply to a fan who claimed that she was dissing Tyler and Fat Trel as a publicity stunt. “The facts are…he clowned me b4…I clowned back…I’m stage right DOLO waitin to see them perform its NUTHIN #PAIDDUES2012,” she wrote.
Young Buck’s Songs And Royalties For Sale
As part of Young Buck’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, the rapper’s assets are going on sale.
Among the items included are Young Buck’s songs and royalties. The Wall Street Journal reports that Buck was required to sell all of his intellectual property, which court documents say includes “trademarks and copyrights, all masters, compositions royalties, rights and licenses owned by debtor and all rights of publicity owned by debtor.”
The sale proposed to occur at a May 14th auction at the Nashville law firm of Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Nashville, Tennessee still needs to sign off on the auction proposal.
A judge ordered Buck last year to sell the intellectual property after he couldn’t come up with a viable business plan for reorganizing his finances.