HBO wants to encourage more hip-hop heads and reggaeton fans to partake in the popular American fantasy drama series, Game of Thrones by bringing in 10 hip-hop and Latin-music artists to rhyme about the show. A team of producers at New York’s Launch Point Records spent time layering samples of dialogue and music from the show over hip-hop beats, while the artists dropped verses over them. The end result, a hip-hop “mixtape” titled ”Catch the Throne” that is expected to be released online on Friday, March 7th. The goal is to reach out to the show’s urban, “multicultural” audience to help attract more viewers and expand the premium cable channel’s subscriber base. The mixtape will include tracks from hip-hop emcees such as: Wale, Common, Big Boi of Outkast, and several Latin-crossover artists including reggaeton star Daddy Kane and rapper Bodega Bamz.
Upbeat energy and rhyming ability aside, hard work has no substitute. But New York’s Dow Timo, who single handedly build his own studio and wasted no time paying his dues, is no stranger to pounding the pavement. With the release of his mixtape Scummy In America and the visuals to “Motion Picture” already under his belt, Timo has taken 2014 by storm and isn’t prepared to take a break anytime soon. “A Must,” with its catchy instrumental and anthemic chorus, is bound to be your inescapable Springtime anthem as Timo touches on the finer things in life. Be on the watch for Dow Timo to make moves throughout this year as he gets set for the forthcoming release of The Sippas Story, scheduled for a June release date. In the interim, hit the jump for the stream/free download.. that’s “a must.”
This week’s podcast comes from the aptly named duo Formally Unknown, a Moscow-based outfit that’s coming fresh off a debut 12″ on the Capital Bass imprint; delving into territories that stray the sounds existing between producers such as Joe and Blawan. With early DJ support from the likes of Ben UFO, Breach and Loefah, this twosome is primed to deliver their evolving sound to the masses soon enough. Seeing their massive potential, we at URB asked them to contribute to our podcast series, and they certainly came through with some serious vibes. Check out the mix, with tracklist down below. Enjoy wisely.
Los Angeles Producer/DJ, Anthony Valadez, can be heard every week through his weekly radio show on KCRW 89.9 in Los Angeles.
On March 18th, Anthony Valadez will present “In Search Of…” the introspective follow-up album to his 2012 debut “Just Visiting.” The upcoming album continues where his last LP “Just Visiting” left off, feeding off of personal life experiences, music discovered over the last two years, and the organic relationships he’s forged through DJing and his KCRW radio show.
Today, enjoy the first song leak from the upcoming “In Search Of…” album for the song “Searching For” featuring Kansas City singer, Miles Bonny.