Category Archives: HipHop

Finale-Just Due Featuring Homeboy Sandman & Miz Korona Produced By Oddisee

Detroit rapper Finale is returning to music after a five-year hiatus. “Just Due” featuring Miz Korona and Homeboy Sandman is the first single from his forthcoming Odds & Ends album which is entirely produced by Oddisee. And even though it’s Finale’s return Miz Korona steals the show.

Finale Odds & Ends Tracklisting:

1. Choppy Waters
2. Cut Day
3. Just Due (feat. Homeboy Sandman & Miz Korona)
4. Steep Climb (feat. Thaione Davis)
5. Plain View (feat. Bilal Salaam)
6. 7 Days (feat. Kenn Starr & Hassaan Mackey)
7. Perseverance (feat. Big Tone & Vandalyzm)
8. Spike The Punch
9. Hard To Kill
10. The Revival (feat. Invincible & Pierre Anthony)

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Daye Jack-First Glitch Album Stream

Atlanta rapper Daye Jack’s First Glitch debut album came out today and you can stream it at Spotify or download it at his site. Jack released his first mixtape, Hello World last year and gave it away on Soundcloud. He’s a computer programming student at NYU but his left field hip-hop might become his primary career. You can watch his video for “Easy” here.

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E-Reece On Success And Hip-Hop (Interview)

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E-Reece’s music is the kind of hip-hop that’s usually classified as a throwback to a time when conscious rappers received major label support. His current single, “Success (Keep On Rising)” with Jimetta Rose is an anthem for the go-getter. He’s worked with Oddisee, Mayer Hawthorne, DJ Rhettmatic and Kev Brown. His music has appeared in TV show’s like MTV’s The Real World, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, 2K Sports’ College Basketball ’08, and Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club. Los Angeles is his current home base but he grew-up outside Maryland soaking up jazz, R&B and hip-hop. He talked to Kick Mag about his creative work, Rachel Dolezal and the reception to his music.

“It’s important for the youth to know the importance of getting an education and being respectful to their elders”


What’s your take on the Rachel Dolezal situation?

I honestly don’t understand why she got all of this attention. There are much more important issues going on right now and stuff like this is just a distraction. She obviously has a lot of issues and self-hatred. She doesn’t know what it’s like at all to be black and it’s kind of a slap in the face, especially to black women. For anyone to be dishonest and deceptive about their identity shows that they’ve got some deep-rooted problems. She says she strongly identified with black people, but she seems a bit confused – a lot, rather. Her civil rights work is to be applauded, but she can still contribute to our community while being white.

Do you prefer rapping over sample-based beats or live instrumentation? Why?

If I had the choice it would be live instrumentation. There’s just a certain feeling that you get when live instruments are involved. Since I grew up playing jazz saxophone, the vibe of a band is something that I’m used to. It’s hard to explain, but there’s just a feeling that comes over me when I’m rocking with a band. I formed my former band back in 2007 and released a couple of projects with them. I just love the entire process of coming together to form an idea with other musicians. There’s a lot more freedom with live instruments and more creative options of things you can do.

Lyrically which rappers do you gain the most inspiration from and why?

It depends. I get a lot of inspiration from a lot of different rappers who have diverse styles. I guess it all depends on the music and how that rapper is fitting in with it, their style and what they’re saying and how they say it. I like artists who are a bit more lyrical and have distinct wordplay and delivery. People think that since my music tends to be more positive and “conscious” that that’s what I prefer to listen to, but I like a lot more hardcore material as well. It’s just the feeling of the music. If it triggers something in me, then I tend to draw inspiration from it.

How do you think the average listener reacts to your music, keeping in mind that most of the music they listen to these days is not as positive?

Most people tend to appreciate the music that I make and can feel the authenticity and truth in it. I hear often that it’s a breath of fresh air and that I should keep doing what I do. People tend to get inspired from the messages within my music and feel that I should be gaining just as much commercial success as the popular rappers out there today. I just make music that feels good to me and most of the time people are feeling good right with me.

What’s your favorite song in your catalog apart from “Success” and why?

If I had to pick I would say that it’s a track from my ’07 LP A New Breed entitled “B U.” I wrote that track in one sitting and it kind of just flowed through me. It speaks to the youth particularly and, really, to everyone. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Be happy with who you are. At the time, I was hardcore against commercial hip hop and the images that are portrayed. Kids really look up to these rappers and tend to be blind to the things that really matter in life. I still believe that this is true, but am less judgmental with that sentiment these days. It’s important for the youth to know the importance of getting an education and being respectful to their elders and to just be good people in this world who do the right things for the right reasons.

Follow E-Reece on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and his official site

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Kendrick Lamar-Alright At BET Awards

Kendrick Lamar opened the BET Awards show tonight with “Alright” against a set of American flags, dancers dressed as neighborhood residents and police cars.

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Kanye West At Glastonbury

Kanye West’s performance at Glastonbury triumphed over all the naysayers who signed a petition to have him taken off the bill. His 30-song set proved again why he is one of the most relevant artists today. All of his colorful media appearances have a tendency to distract people from his artistry but he made the Glastonbury crowd very happy. He surprised them with a performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rapsody” which social media took him to task for because he forget some of the words.

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Throwback: Da Bush Babees-We Run Things (It’s Like Dat)

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Da Bush Babees were a three-man (Mr. Man, Lee Majors and Y-Tee) group from Brooklyn via Jamaica and Trinidad with affiliation to the Native Tongue collective. Ali Shaheed Muhammad produced “We Run Things (It’s Like Dat)” which was from their debut album, Ambushed. The influence of their Caribbean backgrounds, jazzy horns and their promise to make hip-hop instead of rap made the song a representative moment of The Golden Era. Jermaine Dupri and Salaam Remi also produced songs for Ambushed which had a second single to get radio play with “Remember We.” Gravity followed Ambushed and “The Love Song” featuring Mos Def was a high point of the album that had production from The Ummah, Posdnous and Rahzel. Mos Def made appearances on three songs and it was one of his first introductions to the public. Q-Tip was also a guest rapper on Gravity and lent his skills to “3 MC’s.” Da Bush Babees’s contract with Warner Brothers ended, they disbanded and Mr. Man became Mr. Khaliyl. In 2012 they started performing under the Dub Rock All-Stars and Mr. Khaliyl has produced for Fabolous and was also behind “Ice King” for Res.

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Media Questions Of The Week

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Is Viola Davis telling the truth in her interview with The Wrap about the paper bag test still being used in Hollywood today?


Is David Banner right about integration being worse than slavery for African-Americans?

Confederate Flag

Now that South Carolina may remove the Confederate flag and Alabama has removed it from its state Capitol grounds will the rest of the south do the same?

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Quelle Chris-Where The Wild Things Roam

Quelle Chris drops his video for “Where The Wild Things Roam” before the release of the upcoming Innocent Country. Chris and friends all wear animal head hats and while he seen rapping through a grainy lense and moving spotlight.

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Georgia Anne Muldrow-Arkansas Official Video

Georgia Anne Muldrow’s visual for “Arkansas” is a minimal affair of black and white and has the look of a blaxploitation film. She waxes about her relentless fight to spread the funk and consciousness to listeners. “Arkansas” is off her current A Thoughtiverse Unmarred.

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Gang Starr’s Mass Appeal Magnum Opus Complex

Gang Starr’s Mass Appeal is discussed during Complex’s Magnum Opus series. DJ Premier, Stretch Armstrong, Noah Callahan Beaver and Jadakiss talk about Gang Starr’s critically acclaimed career that never reached huge commercial recognition and how they stayed true to their aesthetic. It’s noted how DJ Premier and Guru became defining creators of New York hip-hop even though they both were from other places. DJ Premier also mentions the lack of a magazine cover for Guru when he passed in 2010.

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