NEW VIDEO: Greenlights Music – CDC

In preparation for their upcoming new album “Space Craft” (out July 22), Chicago Hip Hop group Greenlight Music releases “CDC”, the first video off the album.

The album “Space Craft” was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic. Remaining true to their core point of view — social, political, and economic themes are addressed with freshly written rhymes and surgically calculated, innovative production by RP.

The music is a throwback to the Golden Era of Hip Hop, reminiscent of 1990’s collaboratives like the Native Tongues, and best known for groups like Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, and more.

Check out the “CDC” video below and be on the lookout for “Space Craft”, dropping July 22nd.

GREENLIGHTS Music is a production group created by Producer/Engineer/Emcee Andrés Roldan aka RP (former frontman for the live Chicago Hip Hop group Abstract Giants). They have been performing live as a band for over 4 years. A collaboration of sorts, the group features many talented musicians, singers, emcees and djs.

GREENLIGHTS Music is the definition of socially and politically conscious Hiphop who definitely brings back “Golden Era” boom-bap beats with modern day hifi production.

NEW MUSIC: XnationalZ – NeVeRTHELess | EP

XnationalZ, the group project of Los Angeles’ producer/ rapper iota_arcane and producer Namo, releases their latest effort “NeveRTHELess”.

Entirely produced by Namo and written by iota_arcane, this release is an intellectual journey of thought and wordplay and a unique approach to entertainment.

Iota_arcane’s curious way of storytelling stands out so much that the words on
NeVeRTHELess were printed in a limited run of poetry books to go along with a small production of cassette tapes (available via Bandcamp). The poetry book has an extra poem that didn’t make the final music project but was all penciled in while sky starring on iota’s stoop.

Check out the project and grab your copy below:

NEW VIDEOS: Crimson Twins – Loan $harks

We often hear the phrase “for the culture” thrown around loosely but The Crimson Twins are just that.
Matching their psychic connection and their love for real hip hop they want to bring back the feeling that we got the first time hearing the golden era sound of slappin beats and lyrical machine gun rap.
They came to conquer the dumbed down current state of music and bring a revolution, reinforced through new rhymes and the sound that made you fall in love with hip hop.
It’s a new flavor and a new style but feels like you’ve been here before on some déjà vu type of vibe.

The blue is for the working class warrior mindset, the crimson is for the blood, sweat and tears that have been put into their craft. A-$harp and Wes Nihil are the Crimson Twins! And they aren’t stopping for anything or anyone that steps In their path. Coming out of Brick City Newark N.J., in the middle of a pandemic, they are making the impossible possible.
With their new video “Loan $harks” they’re bringing back music to the streets with a new old school type of magic to this. Blending boom bap beats with razor sharp bars, mixed with graffiti writing, their message is clear on the wall for all to see. Featuring the world renowned artist Cent, they’re back and rolling harder then ever in this carnivore, animalistic style track.

Check out the video and grab your copy of the Crimson Twins EP below:

NEW VIDEO: Hightauer ft Soulcat E-Phife & Marie – MMIB (MusikmachenimBlock)

Coming to you all the way from Vienna, Austria, rapper Hightauer presents the multi-language first single “MMIB” featuring fellow Austrian MC/producer Soulcat E-Phife and vocalist Marie off his upcoming EP “Xeno”.

Afrofuturistic rapper and beatmaker Hightauer met the tough, sophisticated and soulful female MC/producer Soulcat this year and immediately felt a mutual creative vibe. They wrote the lyrics to “MMIB” (produced by Kapitel Kool & Jahcopin) in a single day, drinking Gin Tonic on the rocks, recorded right away and collaborated with one of the finest jazzy voices Austria currently has to offer. “MMIB” (Makingmusicontheblock) or in german: “MusikmachenimBlock” featuring Marie is this hypebreaking trio’s homage to the oldschool of Hip Hop. The music video incorporates elements from the legendary “Drop” video by The Pharcyde, another proof of the strong 90’s affinity of this group.

Hightauer’s new EP “Xeno” will be available in all digital music stores on 9/25.

Check out the video and grab your copy of the song below:

NEW MUSIC: DJ Alkemy & Kerry Georgina – Fool’s Paradise (Feat Melo)

Hailing from South Wales, UK, DJ Alkemy teams up with West Wales songstress Kerry Georgina for a slice of Soulful reflection. Fool’s Paradise, the constant struggle of working life, love and it’s impact on our natural artistic impulses.

DJ Alkemy is a producer and DJ and one half of Applied Science & Wasp-18b. “Fool’s Paradise” marks Alkemy’s first, but not last, foray into Soul music.

Kerry Georgina, Singer-songwriter from West Wales and winner of the Roland Music Award for ‘Best Performer’ in 2012 is inspired by everything from 90’s Hip Hop to the classic sounds of Motown. Her sound is effortlessly soulful, but her voice is able to transcend categorical styles and is suited to an array of genres.

Today, DJ Alkemy and Kerry Georgina present to you “Fool’s Paradise”, the title track and first single off their upcoming collaborative EP (out July 24th).

Check out the single and grab your copy below:

NEW VIDEO: Ethemadassassin – Children Of The Night

Ethemadassassin is back with “Children Of The Night,” off the upcoming “Bear Handz 4: Dark Side Of The Mountain.” Swedish producer, Twelvebit, provides the ghostly musical backdrop as E uses the backstreets of Amsterdam to detail how the powers of the moonlight energizes those who make moves in the shadows at night.

Check out the video below:

With 7 albums, 2 EP’s, numerous international collaborations, and over 15 years in the music industry, Los Angeles (by way of North Carolina) emcee, ethemadassassin, is the physical embodiment of dedication, perseverance, independent artistry, and hustle.

Debuting as a solo artist in 2004 with the album, “Proverbs,” E followed up with 2008’s, “Tomorrow Never Comes,” and 2013’s, “Soul On Fire,” all of which E executive produced. During those years, E formed the group, Veteran Assassins, with fellow Los Angeles/North Carolina emcee, Veteran Eye, and co-executive produced and released the albums, “Veteran Assassins,” in 2010, “Paint The Town Red,” in 2012, and, “G.O.L.D.” in 2016. Each of these albums, along with 10 Top 10 charting singles on Rap Attack Lives and Rap Network charts (USA and Canada), numerous guest appearances, a video on MTVBase (“Walk My Shoes” off 2008’s, “Tomorrow Never Comes”), a video on Ralph McDaniels’ Video Music Box (“Lemme In,” off Veteran Assassins’ 2016 release, “G.O.L.D.”), and international festival appearances (New Skool Rules, Rotterdam NL, Hip Hop Sonic, Groningen NL, Midem, Cannes Fr, StreetKrush, Gronichem, NL) have garnered international recognition, acclaim, and praise and helped catapult Ethemadassassin into position as an underground stalwart with a towering stage presence with a lyrical ability to produce uber-vivid depictions of the realities of his way of life.

Ethemadassassin had an eventful 2018, dropping 2 EP’s, (“Motivations” with Luse Kanz, produced by THE WDSMN, “Bear Handz: Magmatic” produced by QuakeMobb) and his 4th solo album (“Bear Handz 2: Bear Market” produced by Nazar).

Ethemadassassin started 2019 off with a super bang, releasing his 5th solo album, “Bear Handz 3: Animal House,” produced by ShortFuZe with features from Celinski The Mayor, J.Bond (of Illpo), O.G. Bobby Ne’gro, Pisto Pop, Sneek Rothstein, and Luse Kanz.

NEW MUSIC: Sean -Toure’ – Garveyite (We Liberate & Motivate)

On Juneteenth 2020 Baltimore Music Producer/Emcee Sean-Toure’s new song “Garveyite” made its debut on all music streaming platforms. The energetic song laced with incredible music production and powerful lyrics promotes Black pride, self-love, and unity.

The track about empowerment and resilience centers on the recent protests, uprisings, and gentrification taking place in America. The powerful lyrics, elaborately produced soulful-beat, and awesomely catchy hook make this song one of the best Hip Hop singles of 2020.

The song is also accompanied by a visually beautiful music video with imagery and soul that will make you raise up your fist in the air. ”Garveyite” is available on all streaming services, now!

Check out the video and grab your copy of the song below:

Baltimore native, Sean-Toure’ Thames is known as a music legend in his hometown. Making his break as a solo artist into popular music culture with 2003’s Rhyme Manifesto, 2009’s Sean-Toure’ Remix Project, and 2012’s Sound Channeller, The Invisible Man, the Baltimore Music Producer/Emcee has continued to help build the legacy of his Rosachi Music Group label. His keen skills of gripping narratives and melodic cadences over his robust music production are among the slew of reasons why he has become a stable for making great music.

In 2012, his label home Rosachi Music Group announced a joint distribution and collaboration deal with the Legendary Fat beats NYC and Los Angeles. This deal leading to the successful release of the Sound Channeler album and the many incredible singles that hailed from the LP featuring Hip Hop luminaries, Kev Brown, Substantial, and many others. Since then, Sean’s success as a music producer and community activist has catapulted him into another stratosphere.

Throughout the years, Sean has successfully interwoven his expression of musicianship with community activism. He remains firm in his unwillingness to compromise creativity, truth, sincerity, and service to others, which are true essence of who he really is. His new album Melanin Magic, Melody, and the Maker will feature Hip Hop Legends Ras Kass, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, and many others.

NEW VIDEO: Tone Liv and Decay, the Llama – Deathsport Ft. Defcee

Animated by bubbling artist No.Pulp, Tone Liv and Decay, the Llama return with new visuals for fan favorite Deathsport.
This song serves as the opening for their album Gas Station Sushi which is available now via Machine Wash Music. Their labelmate Defcee closes the song with a blistering verse which timely addresses crooked police and politicians.

Check out the video and grab your copy of the song below:

Tone Liv and Decay, the Llama are part of the veteran hip hop collective Green Llama Movement that boasts Dibia$e (Red Bull Big Tune Champion) and Butta Verses (De La Soul) among their ranks. Their chemistry has been apparent since the early days of the collective regardless of Tone hailing from New Jersey and Decay being in Chicago. While they’ve collaborated over many years, this is the first time they’ve collaborated on a full project between the two. They are currently planning for a follow up to the highly acclaimed Gas Station Sushi album.

NEW MUSIC: DJ RasCue & Various Guests – Got Kidney? Vol. 2

Bay Area legend DJ RasCue releases the second volume of his “Got Kidney?” compilation for the 10 year anniversary of his project for Organ Donor Awareness

Welcome to the Compilation Soundtrack “Got Kidney? Volume 2”. This collection of music is in support of Organ Donor Awareness, Nutrition, Health Education and Safety. Compiled by longtime SF-Bay Area, CA “DJ RasCue (Various Blends/Cali Agents)”, a renal failure(kidney disease) survivor and recent kidney transplant recipient, this “mixed-genre” compilation features Underground Hip-Hop, International, Latin and Reggae independent artists from around the World!!

We are delighted to introduce a Volume 2 to this great collection of Independent Artists Worldwide! Similar to our Got Kidney? Ten-Year Anniversary Edition, this compilation includes Extra Tracks, Exclusive Selections, Video Links and Additional Bonus Songs!!

With an even more eclectic line-up a second time around, Volume 2 finds our Artists covering topics from Health to Nutrition, Motivation and Inspiration, Illness and Abuse, Strength and Preservation, Relationships, Injustice, Culture and Community and More! Special Thanks to all the Artists for their participation in this project. Portions of the Proceeds go towards the G.K./Uppitees Fashions Donation Fund(Providing masks and other safety materials for patients in dialysis, cancer and other illness centers) and the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund.

Longtime Bay Area, CA and kidney transplant recipient DJ RasCue is a veteran DJ of the San Francisco scene for over 25 years voted “Best All-Around” DJ for SF in 2000(SF Clubby Awards). He is a member of the rap trio “Various Blends” with Solefather Rasco and Friz-B the Free Thinker and former DJ for Rasco, Cali Agents and Zion-I.
Diagnosed with Renal Failure(Kidney Disease) in 2007, spent 8 years on dialysis and received his transplant in 2015. The Got Kidney? Foundation was started to support Organ Donor Awareness, Nutrition, Mental Health Awareness and Health Education.

Check out the compilations and grab your copy below:

GOT KIDNEY? VOLUME 2! A Multi-Genre Compilation Soundtrack of Independent Artists Worldwide in support of Health Education and Safety, Nutrition, Organ Donor Awareness, Mental Illness Awareness and Cultural and Community Education. Featuring Artists Azeem & Fanatik(onBEATS), Planet Asia(Cali Agents/Yard Massive)), J-Ro from Tha Liks, Banga Brownin, Slimkid3 and Nu Mark, Black Aesop, DJ Format, Z-Man and many more. Exclusive selections from Martin Luther, Nara Boone, Lance Canales & The Flood and more! Extra Tracks from Kool DJ Rize, E Da Boss featuring Gift of Gab(Blackalicious) and Lateef the Truth Speaker(Latryx), King Solomonic, Sasaraman and K.nightshift plus Bonus Songs.

The Met will return three African art objects to Nigeria

Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced Wednesday that it is sending three objects back to the country.Two of the works, a pair of 16th-century Benin Court brass plaques of a “Warrior Chief” and “Junior Court Official,” were donated to the museum in 1991 by the art dealer Klaus Perls and his wife Dolly, while the third, a 14th-century “Ife Head,” was recently offered to the museum for purchase by another collector.The museum decided to return the works after conducting research in collaboration with the British Museum, with input from the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM). The two plaques had been part of a 153-piece collection of African royal treasures given to the museum by the Perlses 30 years ago that included brass figures, carved elephant ivory, masks, jewelry and musical instruments.

Explaining his interest in this work to the New York Times in 1991, Klaus Perls said: “I started buying African art simply because I liked to see it together with the works of the Picasso generation of artists in which I specialized as a dealer. Soon, however, my predilection for Benin art asserted itself, and it became the only kind of African art I continued to buy, until, quite unnoticed, it developed into a collection.”According to the museum, the plaques were taken in 1897 from the Benin Royal Palace, in present-day Nigeria, by British military forces and then entered the British Museum’s collection. Around 1950 or 1951, the London institution transferred them with 24 other items to the National Museum in Lagos.The works were somehow removed from that museum “at an unknown date and under unclear circumstances,” the Met said in a press release, and were sold on the international art market, where they were acquired by Perls. Both plaques have now been deaccessioned by the Met.

The brass “Ife Head,” meanwhile, was offered to the museum for purchase by a collector whom the Met did not identify. The 14th-century work originally came from the Wunmonije Compound near the royal palace in Ife. In 1938, a cache of realistically carved portrait heads created by the Yoruba people were discovered in a construction project at the site, and while most went to the National Museum of Ife, several were taken out of the country, leading the Nigerian government to more tightly control the export of antiquities.

According to the Met, the individual who offered the head “had been under the misapprehension that legal title to the work had been granted by the NCMM.” Inquiries made by the museum proved otherwise, it added, and the Met “arranged with the seller and their agent for the ‘Ife Head’ to return to its rightful home.”The Met said it will hold onto the works until the NCMM’s director general, Abba Isa Tijani, can travel to New York to retrieve them.

“We sincerely appreciate the transparency exhibited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art regarding issues leading to the return of these objects,” Tijani said in a statement.

He added that Nigeria is open to opportunities “for collaborations of all sorts, including traveling exhibitions with many of these exquisite objects,” and that it plans to work “with as many willing partners as possible” on initiatives such as the Digital Benin project, an online archive of items originating from the historical Kingdom of Benin. Max Hollein, the Met’s director, said in a statement that “the retention of these works within Nigeria’s national collections is critical to the well-being of the museum community and to fostering ongoing cooperation and dialogue between the Met and our Nigerian counterparts.”

Among the projects that the Met would like to work on with Nigeria, he added, is the planned Edo Museum of West African Art in Benin City.”We welcome the rapprochement developing in the museum world, and appreciate the sense of justice displayed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” said Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, in a statement. “Nigeria enjoins other museums to take a cue from this. The art world can be a better place if every possessor of cultural artifacts considers the rights and feelings of the dispossessed.

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