D Smoke’s Black Habits remains one of the best albums released this year and the outpouring of videos that the Inglewood emcee continues to roll out have been nothing short of stellar. His latest features Issa Rae as a stripper and Danny Trejo as the club manager while Smoke and his brother SiR hatch a scheme in reverse with the “Lights On” video.
1/2 of Slaughterhouse has joined forces for a project as Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked recently announced the H.A.R.D. EP. The album, which stands for Housing Authority Rap District, will drop on May 29th courtesy of Mello Music Group and features a stellar group of producers with Erick Sermon, !llmind, Apollo Brown, Erick Sermon and others. Check out the title track now.
Boldy James and Alchemist drop another video from their Price of Tea in China album with “Slow Roll.” Check out the Jason Goldwatch directed video now.
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Being productive while on lockdown is the name of the game for Styles P as The Ghost is hard at work with some new music. He drops “Mind Power” as a dosage of what he’s got coming.
Being stuck at home is no fun. But Jeru The Damaja makes being home dope as he connects with NPR for the “Tiny Desk Home Concert.” Sitting in front of a microphone, laptop and turntables, Jeru delivers classics such as “You Can’t Stop The Prophet,” “Ain’t The Devil Happy,” “Scientifical Madness,” “My Mind Spray” and “So Raw.”
The legendary DJ Premier sits down with NPR’s “Behind The Beat” to explain his inspiration behind some of his classic beats. Watch as he breaks down the significance of Steve Davis’ “It’s All Because She’s Gone” (“The Planet”), Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I Put A Spell On You” (“Kick In The Door”) and Curtis Mayfield’s “Kung Fu” (“Nice Girl, Wrong Place”).
A few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic shut down America, Killer Mike, El-P, Greg Nice and DJ Premier held the ultimate block party for the “Ooh La La” video from RTJ4.
“We shot this video only a few weeks before the pandemic hit with no clue as to what the future held. the fact that we got the chance to do it is damn near miraculous in hindsight. in conceptualizing the video with our friends Brian and Vanessa Beletic we imagined the world on the day that the age old struggle of class was finally over. a day that humanity, empathy and community were victorious over the forces that would separate us based on arbitrary systems created by man. this video is a fantasy of waking up on a day that there is no monetary system, no dividing line, no false construct to tell our fellow man that they are less or more than anyone else. not that people are without but that the whole meaning of money has vanished. that we have somehow solved our self-created caste system and can now start fresh with love, hope and celebration. its a dream of humanity’s V-DAY… and the party we know would pop off.