Ah yes, one of my personal favorite festivals of the year is just around the corner. With Atmosphere, Slaughterhouse, Big Boi, De La Soul, Brother Ali and many more (all listed in the video above or written out after the jump) rocking the stage(s), May 29th is a great day to be in Minneapolis. Get your tickets here.
Ah yes, one of my personal favorite festivals of the year is just around the corner. With Atmosphere, Slaughterhouse, Big Boi, De La Soul, Brother Ali and many more (all listed in the video above or written out after the jump) rocking the stage(s), May 29th is a great day to be in Minneapolis. Get your tickets here.CONTINUE READING
Directed by John Bollozos.
“Shadow of a Giant” documents Grieves as he comments on the tour, how his signing with Rhymesayers has affected him and his expectations for his future releases. This four-minute film encapsulates the artist as he comes to grips with the shift from being a respected tour musician with a cult following to a representative of what URB Magazine (and Shake) calls the “best label of the decade”.
This week on RSE Radio* (hosted by Siddiq and Zeke the Freak), Slug calls in to talk about absolutely nothing; Travie McCoy calls in to talk about his Forgetting Katy Perry mixtape; and Lazerbeak speaks on his Legend Recognize Legend project. Brother Ali, P.O.S, Mike Mictlan, Astronautalis and M.anifest were also in the building; so it’s only right a cypher of some sorts jumps off.
DOWNLOAD: Rhymesayers Radio (09.25.2010)
*To help keep KRAI Fresh Air Community Radio commercial free, Rhymesayers and Fifth Element are holding a Fall Pledge. Read more about it here.
Available on iTunes. Also, Ev and Rhymesayers are giving folks that purchase the single an opportunity to remix the track. Grab the a cappella and do what you (may or may not) do best. Shoot your 320kbs entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 7th. The winner will be picked by Ev himself and the track will be featured on Rhymesayers.com. They’ll also receive a prize pack from Diamond Supply Co. And now… a word from Ev himself.
What a great way to return! Hard rhymes (Me), hard cuts (DJ Revolution), hard beat (Sid Roams), a powerful image to back up my excitement (Jason Goldwatch) and a new label (Rhymesayers Entertainment)! This is the 1st banger to surface from “Cats & Dogs” which was leaked by DJ Premier a couple months ago. Ever since the leak the album version has been in high demand and here it finally is along side one of my favorite videos I have ever done. The video symbolizes turbulent times and personally this last year has been full of “ups and downs” but made me realize even more how important this music is to my life and how important sharing it with my people is. Can’t wait to see you on the road, until then this is, “To Be Continued…”
PREVIOUS: Alchemist & Evidence in Russia (Video)
On June 19th (in Chicago), Brother Ali will be joined by Mos Def and the Rock Steady Crew as they headline a predemoinantly Muslim Musica Festival called Talkin’ to the Streets. With a mixtape being put together for the (free) event, the big bad Brother put out a request for beats. Ending up picking one from Medium Zach.
Fan footage of Rhymesayers/Soultools emcee Toki Wright performing Next Best Thing & More Fiya at Soundset 2010.
As you may know, Game (formerly known as “The Game”) recently did a song in which he rapped for 400 bars. That’s a long time. That little stunt blew up the Internet and had everyone talking. Several questions were raised, including a question Game posed; he asked fans (via Twitter) to name other artists that they would like to hear do a 400 bar song. Psalm One’s name came up several times, and Psalm accepted the challenge. In her world, it raised the question of raising the “bar”, as it were. The rapper in her wanted to go longer than Game, and actually take on the writer’s task of spitting relevant and refreshing bars for over 25 minutes. Even with the best lyrics, a 25 minute song can become repetitive using a continuous loop, so Psalm teamed up with Chicago Veteran DJ Jay Illa for an 8-hour live marathon session.
PREVIOUS: Psalm One – Better Than My Last (Video)
On Friday, April 23rd 2010 at approximately 1:30pm Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed into law the most aggressive bill against undocumented residents in the United States. Under Senate Bill 1070 (SB 1070) local police departments have been given the authority to identify, detain, and deport anyone they deem to be illegally in the US based solely on their suspicion. Yet we ask, “what does illegal look like?”
We the people believe that this is not only a decision deeply rooted in racism, but also a political plot to cause disruption between the State and Federal government at the expense of hard working families. The same stigma that has plagued people of color in unfair hiring and housing practices, education, police profiling and more has now been passed into so-called “law.” Law is nothing but an opinion reinforced by intimidation. Also, how can you call someone else illegal when you live on stolen land?
After the a capellas and instrumentals of Slug, Murs & Aesop Rock’s latest project were made available, Grieves & Budo got together a remixed their 5 favorite joints. Their remix of Protagonist can be streamed below and the rest is available below.
Tracklist + Download link after the jump…
On a recent stop in Madison, WI Toki Wright and Rhymesayers 1st Lady Psalm One discuss upcoming music, cheese curds, and rap marriage. Also shots of F. Stokes and Noam the Drummer.
Some new visuals off Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez. Aesop Rock on the production.
Before giving an in studio performance, Brother Ali breaks down the idea behind the record off his latest release US. Filmed at Different Fur Studios. Shouts to yourstru.ly.
Brother Ali’s “Tight Rope” tells a story in three parts. Verse 1 tells of the Somalian refugees who try to find home and hope in Ali’s native Minneapolis. Verse 2 touches on the all too familiar subject of the broken home and the insurmountable obstacles of going on like normal when there’s really no such thing. Verse 3 boldly explores the psyche of a young man outcast by homosexuality, desperately trying to hold up what’s left of an open identity.