With triumphs by Nas and Erykah Badu, let downs from Black Star and Lauryn Hill, and missing pieces with Wu-Tang Clan, Rock the Bells 2011 was as exciting, confusing and controversial as the hip-hop generation that it celebrates.
Bay Area’s own Hopie presents her “Space Case” song featuring Del the Funky Homosapien, produced by 6Fingers. The video for the song drops next week and the single for “Space Case” is available now via iTunes.
“Space Case” is the first single from Hopie’s upcoming album “Raw Gems” dropping September 13th and features guest appearances by MURS, Del the Funky Homosapien, LuckyIAm, Donwill, Psalm One and others and is entirely produced by 6Fingers.
Check out this song and music video from Bay Area’s Hopie, for her video “Off Tonight” from her previously released “Dulce Vita LP.” The video was directed by David Dutton for DuttonFilms.com and was styled by Step HEAVVY.
Hopie is preparing for a brand new LP release entitled “Raw Gems” which is her best work to date, and features an impressive group of guest features including MURS, Del The Funky Homosapien, LuckIAm, Moe Green, Donwill, Psalm One and others. “Raw Gems” will be released on September 13th!
The most difficult challenge an artist may encounter is the struggle that comes with generating new fans while remaining true to their core audience. Fans often feel alienated when expansion happens too quickly. More than anything, it seems like they want to know that they are still being represented by the artists performing. Now apply this relationship between expansion and fans to the growth of a festival. For the past five years, Paid Dues has provided fans with the most consistent annual hip-hop festival, but with each year comes higher expectations as fans argue how Guerilla Union and Murs will be able to top themselves. On Saturday April 2nd, at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino California, the sixth installment of Paid Dues demonstrated that the best way to bring in new fans is to bring in new artists that represent the Paid Dues culture, and in doing so this installment the most successful to date.
Quite the celebration/release show for “weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3″. I’ve seen EL-P do a live show a handful of times before, but never a straight beat set. At Cage and Yak Ballz’s El-Rey show last year he was on hand to watch the emcee’s like everyone else, this time was something completely different.
Low End Theory has been a staple of the Los Angeles night life for years. Technically nestled in the Lincoln Park neighborhood a few blocks north east of downtown, it’s dirt cheap compared to, well everything else in Los Angeles. Other than the cost of waiting in line, that is if you happen to get there late.