C-Rayz Walz • L.I.F.E. Long • John Robinson • Jasiri X • ‘Stimuli’ (Video)
C-Rayz Walz drops a buttery self-directed video off his album ‘Almighty: The Solar Facts’ a “manifestation of godly bars.” Part 1 of a 9 album cycle from C-Rayz Walz, Almighty: The Solar Facts features Wordsworth, Q-Unique, Afu-Ra, Sadat X, Reef The Lost Cauze, Icon The Mic King, Tragedy Khadafi, Grandmaster Caz & myself, GMS, to name a few.
This cut Stimuli (I’m Ready), features L.I.F.E. Long (Stronghold), John Robinson (Scienz of Life) and Jasiri X, and was produced by Kentron The Mastodon. Besides being graced by MC’s who can truly spit, the chorus “I’m ready … to live my life” along with the positive energy of the track, will make you feel good about Hip Hop music. No ice grilling in this video. All the MC’s drop science with a smile. The song is a celebration of life. Get you some.
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Mic Handz has been putting in serious work in the New York Underground scene in the past couple of years. Collaborations with Rockness Monstah and Sean Price (of Heltah Skeltah), Mims, Shabaam Sahdeeq and other New York underground heavy hitters, plus throwing and hosting his own Hip Hop events, his face on your screen, his words in your ear. Mic Handz made enough noise this past year to rank in the “Top 50 Emerging Artists of 2013″, according to AllHipHop.com.
This latest joint venture, “BRIGHT LIGHTS“, will once again make you sit up and take notice as the Brooklyn MC is joined by the legendary Jaz-O, best known as Jay Z’s mentor and rhyme collaborator in the late 80′s (“Hawaiian Sophie”) and 90′s (“The Originators”). Who can forget the smash hit single “Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)” off Jay Z’s Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life.
Directed by Donald Robinson Cole, the video is about the bright lights of the city and the pride of reppin’ your hometown.
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See what had happened was … in 2011 French filmmaker Mikael Colombu directed a video for Drake – “We’ll Be Fine“ (off Drake’s last album “Take Care“), but it was never released. Supposedly, both Drake and the director weren’t happy with how it was coming out, so they scrapped it.
Colombu wanted to put it out, but couldn’t get the label to sign off on it, since they felt promoting a song off the old album might distract from the NEW album, “Nothing Was The Same“, so Colombu couldn’t use the audio for the song or it would get pulled for copyright infringement / unauthorized use yada yada. Follow me?
Colombu released it anyway, using the music “Don Carlo” by Verdi instead. The result is kind of awesome! Watching the visuals while listening to the classical music is eerie and puts you in a mood. I like it. Let me know what you think.
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I heard this song on SiriusXM Radio on the drive home today (big up @LordSear) and I got so hyped! Busta Rhymes is in rare form, spittin’ ferocious on this and Q-Tip bodies the track as well. I had always wondered why some MC’s had never exploited the “I wanna thank you, heavenly father …” sample for a chorus. Well now they have.
Kanye West and Lil Wayne both play cheerleaders to their star players. Adding their names and presence in the videos is sure to make sure the younger audience sit up and pay attention to the legendary Native Tongues representatives. Smart move. But I have a suspicion they are planning a remix with everybody’s verse, this is just the teaser. The video is pretty slick. Simple, but with a lot of ‘production value’. The beat, the personnel, the rhymes and the hype are sure to make Thank You a classic. A great vehicle to promote Busta Rhymes’ upcoming ELE2 (Extinction Level Event 2) album.
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Shabaam Sahdeeq has come along way from the days of Rawkus Records, “5 Star Generals” (ft. Eminem, AL Skillz, etc.), “Arabian Nights” and performing at shows produced and hosted by yours truly (pats self on back, heh heh). The veteran spitter is still cranking out hip hop bangers in the form of mix-tapes, albums and collaborations like this one, over a track by Alterbeats.
The visuals for “Stop It”, off of Alterbeats’ new album ‘Class Struggle,’ have Sahdeeq bringing heat to all parts of the County of Kings, representin’ BK to the fullest, to quote a Biggie lyric. The song is basically a showcase of an Alterbeats production while Sahdeeq entertains with above average lyrics, wordplay and delivery. It also features cuts by DJ Tricks. If you had any intention of frontin’ on any of these brothers … Stop It!
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