Daily Archives: December 15, 2010

Talib Kweli Prepares For The Release Of Gutter Rainbows

On Reflection Eternal’s 2000 album “Train of Thought,” Talib Kweli challenged fans, and himself, to “do what comes naturally.” After years of recording on mainstream labels, he now has the chance to produce exactly what he wants—and feels he needs—to produce: an album straight from his mouth to the ears of his fans. Invoking the true meaning of MC, Master of Ceremonies, Kweli brings incredible power to his live shows and feeds off the spontaneous energy of his audiences. Being able to interact directly with his audience and the musicians he most respects, he has created an album and a sound that best reproduces that ceremony for his fans. Finally, after serious urgency in the studio, Kweli presents ‘Gutter Rainbows,’ an album that takes a trip back to childhood while marking the newest stage in his long and dynamic career. This newest release, recorded on his time and with his talent as the driving force, proves Kweli is a complete and formidable musician—it presents the depth and breadth of his experience and ability, and sets a new bar for the cutting edge of hip-hop music.

Through Kweli’s various collaborations, he has been able to grow as an artist and expand his fan base. For over 15 years, Kweli has been a king of New York hip-hop who has an expansive international audience. Kweli’s work with Mos Def on “Black Star” (1998) still stands as one of hip-hop’s premiere expressions of truth. On “Train of Thought,” Kweli teamed up with Hi Tek to form Reflection Eternal, a virtuoso hip-hop duo that continues to wow audiences and critics alike. In 2007, Kweli and DJ/Producer/MC Madlib gave their fans “Liberation”—originally released free on the internet—an album that was filled with their joint love of the music they make and the respect their fans give them. Performing all over the world with unique style and an unequaled dedication to his music, Kweli has worked with artists as diverse as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, MF Doom, Mary J. Blige, Fabolous, Common, Nelly, The Roots, Quincy Jones, Gucci Mane, Norah Jones, KRS-One and many more. With a career filled with success and innovation, it comes as no surprise that both Jay-Z and 50 Cent, at the height of their stardom, both counted Kweli among their favorite rappers. On his “solo” albums, there is no question that his lyrical talent and unique musical drive rank up there with the best in the business. Recording with other world famous musicians or alone on the mic, Kweli gives both the long-time fan and the uninitiated an unforgettable experience.

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Charlie Wilson-You Are

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Charlie Wilson’s Just Charlie is in stores now.

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MP3: Mr. Brady – “Get Choze” Feat. Diamond D and Blu

While outside may feel like a winter wonderland, this next serving from Cali rapper Mr. Brady has a warm, laid back feel – one that harkens memories of past summer seasons – with “Get Choze,” the latest single from Labor of Love, Brady’s latest release on Clear Label Records. Produced by Brady, himself – Mr. Brady eschews rhyming on Labor Of Love, instead handling production duties for the entire album – the producer/rapper acquired the collaborative efforts of the legendary Diamond D and fellow west coast rapper Blu.

It was after a connection on MySpace between Brady and Diamond D that the track came to be, and with Brady’s vision to bring the old school and new school together, Blu added the perfect final piece. “I wanted to bridge the gap between the O.G’s like Diamond D and artists that I consider to be the future, like Blu,” explains Brady. “Nobody is really doing that right now and making it sound right, so I wanted to do something different, something that I thought would sound right.”

Listen to Mr Brady’s “Get Choze Feat Diamond D and Blu.”

“Get Choze” at iTunes.

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Johnny Polygon “Wolf In Cheap Clothing EP” | Presented by DJBooth.net & 2DopeBoyz

Emcee/singer Johnny Polygon has joined forces with DJBooth.net & 2Dopeboyz for the release of his highly anticipated new EP, Wolf In Cheap Clothing. The EP is out today.

Johnny decided to go the independent route as a salute to the dying music business and the rebirth of a new one. His new EP Wolf In Cheap Clothing is the first batch of new music from Johnny since his critically acclaimed Rebel Without Applause which was called by XXLMag.com as “one of the more stellar releases this year.” The EP has straight club bangers, college pre-gaming jams and even some soaring pop love songs thrown in for good measure. Johnny doesn’t take himself too seriously and this EP delivers church giggles and hilarious one liners more than a few times. Maybe it’s because Johnny was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma? Listen for yourself.

Download Wolf In Cheap Clothing EP.

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Cymarshall Law x KRS-One – Control (Remix) – Prod. by Inf

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Cymarshall Law’s Freedom Express Line will be out in 2011. The “Control” remix with KRS-One is the bonus track. You can download it here. Check out Cymarshall on his tour of France last month:

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