North Carolina’s Castle released his album “Gasface” today via Mello Music Group. The rapper/producer is one of today’s most impressive new artists, characterized by his unique voice, dense flow, and impressive production. “Gasface” is slatted to set his foundation for a substantial career and rumor has it that an upcoming project with Has-Lo is in the works.
In celebration of Castle’s album release, enjoy a non-album track for the Blueprint (Rhymesayers, Soul Position) remix of the song “Opium.”
Twin Cities emcee Brother Ali has unleashed the latest single from Mourning In America and Dreaming in Color by way of the hard-hitting “Mourning In America.” Seattle beatsmith Jake One, who produced the record in its entirety, is in full beast mode on the track which finds Ali diving into a host of sociopolitical ills. Brother Ali is a shining example of art imitating life, as evidenced by his June arrest in solidarity with the Occupy Homes movement.
Mourning In America and Dreaming in Color drops Sep. 18. Catch Ali on tour this fall alongside Homeboy Sandman.
The moodiest tune off of Atmosphere’s 2011 album, The Family Sign, has been given an equally moody video, compliments of a collaboration between the Minnesota School of Business, MTS Digital Media Academy, Alex Horner Pictures, and Hickey Photography. Check out the mixed-media clip here, then go on to the making of video after the jump to be amazed at what you can do with an indie budget and some helpful friends.
Rhymesayers isn’t wasting any time bringing some heat to 2012. The Minneapolis hip-hop institution woke up after vacation, log on to their YouTube channel, and uploaded this new clip by Brother Ali, “Writer’s Block.” The tune features a firey boom-bap beat from producer Jake One that has us drooling over the collaborative album set to drop later this year.
With a new solo album and a new label (Rhymesayers), rapper Evidence will be the first person to tell you he is prepared to put in nothing less than hard work. We caught up with him before his show right as he received the news his DJ (Fresh) couldn’t fly to the show due bad weather conditions. But obstacles be damned, not only did his improvisational DJ deliver, Evidence also brought a female fan onstage and began to do a flawless rhyming duet and fearlessly rocked the spot without any “evidence” of hesitation.
“In 2011 putting out a successful album is a mirror of your effort. If you’re working hard at it and you deserve it, you’re getting paid.” …MORE