DaVinci

Straight out the Bay Area, up and coming emcee DaVinci, is prepping to drop his first solo debut titled “The Day The Turf Stood Still”.  Before the album drops on March 9th (via SWTBRDS Creative Collective) you can take a listen to a gem that was left on the cutting room floor.  ‘It’s On Me’ is a real smooth track with production from Vancity’s own Blunt.

DaVinci – “It’s On Me” prod. Blunt

Review: Chemical Warfare

Alchemist has been one of the top producers in the game for years, with a style that truly sets him a part from his peers.  This Tuesday ALC drops his second solo project titled “Chemical Warfare”.  His previous effort “1st Infantry” came out in 2004 and the game has changed since then. There’s been a significant shift away from the hardcore, gritty realism that Alchemist beats are more often then not the theme music for.  Yet Alchemist has proven with his new album that his production skills transcends eras, trends/fads and still stay true to what he’s about and what he’s been doing for years.

Peep the track by track break down of “Chemical Warfare” after the jump.

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Kill The Record Labels

“Industry shady, it need to be taken over…” – Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter

This is a very important documentary right here, that sheds light on the misappropriations conducted by the RIAA and recording industry towards Hip-Hop and how hip-hop should strike back.  Brought to us by Focus Media and featuring a cavalcade of artist and DJ’s from the underground to the mainstream.

“For decades hip hop has been controlled by the record companies. They invest millions and profit billions from global cassette, cd, and now ringtone sales. Music moguls afford a lifestyle comparable to what we see on mtv cribs. Eventually hip hop artist would adapt the record company formula, and start to strategically promote and market there own music. This has created a conflict inside the industry. The Record companies, in conjunction with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), have declared war. Offices have been raided, Mom and Pop stores have been closed, and many have been arrested. Hip Hop Artists, Djs, and producers have decided that the only way to survive in the music business is to “Kill The Record Labels”.WATCH IT NOW ON DEMAND AT KILLTHERECORDLABELS.COM”

Check the trailer here:

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{courtesy of NahRight and KillTheRecordLabels.com}

StreetMedia

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Listen up loud and clear we’re bringing you the heat courtesy of Sweetbreads Creative Collective {props to Alex J} with StreetMedia (E.L.S. and Ammbush) and their self titled album which is available on iTunes now.  Top notch production and dope rhymes, make this debut from this duo actually really hot and not what you expect.

Take a listen for yourself:

 

Also check out their video for the single “$ Orientated”

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El Prez EPK

Vodpod videos no longer available.Coming straight out the underground Inglewoods own El Prez brings you his EPK – Past 2 Present.  In this video (created by DRG Films) he speaks on his influences and about the hustling and grinding he did to create himself a firm foundation in the west coast rap scene.

“Born out of the new hotbed of West Coast Hip Hop Inglewood, CA, El Prez is a part of the new generation of M.C.’s that are redefining the culture out of the L.A. area. After putting the Broke Million Dollar Man Mixtape, the Prez-A-Nomics EP and the critically acclaimed The Daily Show EP, Prez is plotting for a release in late ’09. After just completing the Perfect Strangers EP with Dale Danja, Prez is putting the finishing touches on Bottles On The White House Lawn.” 

I F*cking Hate Rappers

Rap has drawn a lot of critics from the beginning of the emcee, of all the critics none are more harsher than rappers towards themselves.  Brooklyn emcee PackFM (trying to lead the way in self-hate) has created the I F*cking Hate Rappers contest.  A contest where you can let out your frustrations about rappers, the cliches, fads, phony gangsterism etc. and win a t-shirt.   In the video Masta Ace, Iron Solomon, DMC, B-Real, Sadat X, Skyzoo, Poison Pen and more show why they F*cking Hate Rappers.

Contest Rules

Step 1. Record your own video explaining why you “F*cking Hate Rappers” 

Step 2. Upload your video to youtube (or whichever video hosting service you choose) 

Step 3. Email the url to IFHR@qn5.com by 11:59pm EST March 25, 2009 

The winner of the contest will be announced on March 30, 2009 and featured on QN5.com and receive one FREE “I F*cking Hate Rappers” T Shirt courtesy of MooseShirts.com. 

T-Shirts go on sale April 1, 2009 

 

{via Shamz @ OKP}