Hard beats and hard rhymes; both have been core staples of Hip-Hop since the culture's inception. And while artists of today often circumvent this with gimmicks, an LP that combines the two cannot be denied. It's a simple formula that is and will always be effective. Chicago's Verbal Kent brings this formula to the masses on his upcoming LP, Sound Of The Weapon, produced entirely by North Carolina's Khrysis. The two have an established track record for bringing fans heat. Verbal Kent is a member of Ugly Heroes, a group with Detroit's Red Pill and Apollo Brown. Together, the three released there self-titled debut LP, Ugly Heroes, in 2013 to critical acclaim. Meanwhile, Khrysis hails from the 9th Wonder-helmed Soul Council, and has produced for Little Brother, Cormega, Torae, Jean GraeRead more
Immortal Technique Part II By Kyle Eustice
As promised, this is the second installment of the Immortal Technique interview conducted backstage during a War and Peace Tour stop in Omaha, Nebraska. Although his answers may feel a bit long-winded and perhaps hard to grasp at first, there's a deep history lesson in all of it. After all, this is what makes Immortal Technique's music so powerful and unique. Most of his lyrics are focused on controversial issues in global politics. The views expressed in his lyrics are largely commentary on issues such as Marxism, poverty, class struggle, religion, government, imperialism, and institutional racism. His ability to tell the truth is unparalleled and while some of it may be harsh, it's nothing that should be ignored. Please visit http://viperrecRead more
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Minty Burns has spent the last several years honing his craft and developing an enthusiastic global fan-base. Minty is definitely making his mark as an up-and-coming artist to watch.
Proving his dedication to his craft, Minty established his own recording studio, Belvia Sound, which has quickly become one of the more respected studios in Toronto. Artists such as Drake, Raekwon, Sean Price, Slaughterhouse, French Montana, Waka Flocka, Kardinal Official and Travis Porter have all recorded at Mint's Belvia Sound.
Introduced to the hip-hop world as the winner of the 2007 'Mic 4 Your Life Battle' hosted by Mad Linx of BET, Minty has since released four projects in the last four years: Magnificent Road, '09; Red, White & Green, '10; and Canadian Mint, '11, whiRead more
Immortal Technique Part III By Kyle Eustice
Finally, the last installment of the extensive interview with Immortal Technique is here. While reading this, it's important to remember Immortal Technique was born in Peru and grew up in Harlem. He's witnessed first hand the devastation poverty and social injustices can inflict on the human race, just as many people have. His viewpoints, albeit harsh, are molded from his life experiences and offer a poignant view on life in America today. Hopefully, it's read with an open mind. Ladies and gentleman, Immortal Technique...
Speaking of revolutions, I've been listening to you for a while and I used to be super into conspiracy theories and all the books about that and I always thought that you could put all the pieces in the right place fRead more
NYC Rapper, Activist and Sociologist AWKWORD has come together with DJBooth and The Morgan Stanley Foundation to bring listeners his long-awaited studio album, World View.
Five years in the making, the 19-track LP has been described by the artist as "the first-ever 100% for-charity global Hip Hop project." All proceeds are being donated to Guns 4 Cameras, a 501c3 nonprofit working to stop gun violence. Eight countries -- and five continents -- are represented on the album, already being called "a home run".
Guests on the project include Joell Ortiz, KRS-One, Dug Infinite, Sean Price, Slug (of Atmosphere), Chino XL, Mista Lawnge, The Kid Daytona, Jasiri X, ILL BILL, Wordsmith, Jasiri X, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Punchline, Beretta 9 (of Killarmy), Viro The Virus (RIP) and REKS.
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Exclusive: Wara From the NBHD - The RAPstation Interview By Dean Van Nguyen
Taking a giant step away from the huge cluster of mixtapes dropped last year by young rappers all eager to section off their own corner of hip-hop, Wara From the NBHD's ambitious project Ill Street Blues was less an unorganized collection of tracks, skits and scattered verses, and more a fully-formed day-in-the-life of the young MC and a window into his daily grind. Cinematic in its presentation, Wara proves an absorbing protagonist, inviting listeners to witness the good, bad and occasionally unsightly side of his existence, from flashy depictions of youthful energy ("Top of the World") to domestic disputes ("The Ill Street Blues"), tales of drug pushing ("Drug Traffic") and the welcome distractioRead more