Whenever Hip-Hop sonically meets Soul legend Marvin Gaye its always the inception of a classic. Indianapolis, IN producer, Maja7th was inspired earlier this year to put together a 9-track ‘instrumental’ EP “Songs In The Key Of Marvin” as a tribute to the genius.
Every once in a while, by using various conduits of people, places and things, the universe can serve up some of our worst nightmares subtly disguised as some of our biggest gifts, transmuting what seems like a personal armageddon at the time to an invaluable source of internal resolve. The Darkness Brim EP by Raleigh, NC lyricist Lena Jackson highlights some of those relatable life experiences, from domestic abuse, mental illness, and scarcity to finding catharsis through music.
Maxxx and producer Mike Hector have teamed up on a collaborative EP entitled You’re Here Early. Very wavy!
The Lyrical Engineer Rewind takes a step from songwriting for others and returns to the stage front with I Just Came For The Mildsauce. The 11 track project has a star studded supporting cast from GLC, The Boy Illinois, Z Money, Real T@lk, Quez, Nyanga and Phenom. Special guest appearances from PHLI clothing line creator Dave Jeff, and actor/comedian LaRoyce Hawkins from NBC’s Chicago PD. The project is also scored with production from Saba, C-Sick, Na$im Williams, DJ L, and long time collaborators DJay Cas & Justin Famous.
Sacramento MC, Chuuwee releases yet another studio album in his highly acclaimed ‘Dystopia‘ series. As part 3 of 5, Chuuwee teams up with New Mexico’s Khalisol, who produced the entire album. The sac-town artist states “It started out as just a joint project. We’ve actually been working on it for 3 years but then I started doing Dystopia. By the time I came back to review and listen to what we had so far and thought, this would’ve been the perfect continuation from Sabbath – Released via Below System Records the album is titled PassOver being sequentially the next holiday after Sabbath, however in the storyline of the series, this is the breaking point.
Ozay Moore is back and better than ever with In The Wake of O. In The Wake of O is a reminder of why hip-hop is such a powerful mode of communication. It also speaks to Ozay Moore’s deep love and respect for hip hop culture. As Wake plays from start to finish, Moore beautifully speaks on his personal journey while also making space for listeners to reflect on their own lives. There is something for everyone on this record.
King Kade, from Boston, MA. has released his new album Heartbreak Kidd. The 10 track album highlights times in Kade’s life when things were down and out and when he feels on top of the world. The project features Texas artist Rikki Blu, and young producers Mike Hector and Derrick Ingram.
Tee-Wyla and Illect Recordings are excited to share an 11 track instrumental hip-hop Journey with you. It’s recommended for fans of beat tapes and producers like J. Dilla, Freddie Joachim, L’Orange, Mndsgn, Thes One, Birocratic and others.
Gospel’s unique city soul artist, Shyne On Me returns with a seasonal treat titled, Barmonies: The Long Fall. The Fall- themed project makes a metaphorical twist on the season of “Fall” and our human nature to “fall” to the temptations of sin. Shyne On Me openly confesses his struggles and shortcomings in a versatile display of musical artistry throughout his latest full-length project.
After a 2017 that saw Pennjamin Bannekar secure placements with upcoming YouTube Red TV Shows and writing Dhniera Blu’s solo debut, Pennjamin Bannekar opens up 2018 with the release of his 1/11 EP for listeners everywhere! The 8 song EP features the lead single, “Alter Prayer” and features appearances by Dhniera Blu, D2G and longtime collaborator J. Hill. The EP features production from KiingR, BobbyMadeTheBeat, Canis Major, Kenneth English and more! 1/11 is available on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and all other major music streaming services!