Zumo Kollie – You’re A Good Sport, Zumo Kollie EP

Zumo Kollie – You’re A Good Sport, Zumo Kollie EP

For those not familiar with Providence, Rhode Island emcee, Zumo Kollie, his head-nodd inducing banger, “Park Day,” makes for a great introduction. But just to make it clear that he’s got much more on deck for your eardrums, take  some time out and peep his brand new OKP premiered EP, You’re A Good Sport, Zumo Kollie. Save a feature from Jeff Gore (who handles most of the production) on track #3, young Zumo handles the bars for dolo on this 6-song release. A real refreshing listen and worth your 16 mins (and it’s free, so you have no excuse). Check it all out, below, and get some words from Zumo on the state of mind that created his latest EP. Check back on Wednesday, when we premiere a doc that will give you a closer, more in-depth look at this emerging emcee. I started working on this project about two years ago, before I ever wrote one line or listened to a beat for it. I was angry. I was frustrated. I was stuck. The EP I put out before this, Elegant A.D.D., had done okay, but it was a regression in sound from previous stuff . . . sounded like I was reaching. I was out of college with no real job and loans on my name. People I trust told me that I looked and sounded off, like I was all of a sudden aware of the world around me and had to compensate for the fact that my sound wasn’t ‘big enough’. I needed to get my shit together, I was told. I’m a quiet kid when I get mad; I nod...
Khary Durgans (@sorrykharry) – “The Giving Tree”

Khary Durgans (@sorrykharry) – “The Giving Tree”

Brooklyn transplant courtesy of the Island of Rhodes, Khary Durgans, just made available his latest assist in the form of a track called The Giving Tree. There’s a bunch of great allegories and metaphors conveyed in the track produced by Prof. Logik. Like taking you on a travel through the mind of a burgeoning male in an honors class. The self proclaimed “nerd”  dances with ease over the uptempo at times off/on beat of this song. One thing I hope you take from this track is the true elegance and diversity of the art of hip hop.   www.sorrykhary.com Facebook Twitter Tumblr YouTube Share...
The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop

The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop

Steve Stoute is certain that you can draw a line connecting the birth of hip-hop, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, directly to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where President Obama is serving his second term in office. He began to tell that story in part one of his new series, “The Tanning of America,” which premiered on VH1 Monday night. The series is based on Stoute’s 2011 book of the same title, but the four-part show is proving to be even more interesting with commentary from hip-hop legends such as Russell Simmons, Reverend Run, Rick Rubin, Nas and Diddy. Stoute, a marketing mogul and longtime business partner of Jay Z, makes the factual argument that hip-hop culture is responsible for blurring color lines in America, and making room for the country’s first black president. The first segment highlights the 1970s origins of the culture through the mid-80s, culminating with the meteoric rise of Run-D.M.C. Even for those who are well-versed in hip-hop’s beginnings, the special included some priceless footage. Get More: Diddy, The Tanning of America, Music News, Rock Docs     Share...
De La Soul Giving Entire Catalog Away For Free

De La Soul Giving Entire Catalog Away For Free

  In honor of next month’s 25th anniversary of their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul are making their entire catalog available for free download for 25 hours on the group’s website. The download bonanza will begin on Friday, February 14th at 11 a.m. EST until Saturday at noon. “It’s about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it,” De La Soul member Posdnuous tells Rolling Stone. “Its been too long where our fans haven’t had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them.” The same things that made 3 Feet High and other De La albums so influential — its creative, if not fully licensed, use of a myriad of samples — has also prevented the group’s work from appearing on many digital platforms. “It’s been a trying journey,” admits Posdnuous. “We’ve been blessed to be in the Library of Congress, but we can’t even have our music on iTunes. We’ve been working very hard to get that solved.” The rapper points to frequent changes at record labels and hazy language in early contracts that have led to long delays in properly clearing the group’s catalog. The release of the group’s catalog is the first of numerous upcoming projects. In a few weeks, they’ll post new songs to their site alongside You’re Welcome, their first album since 2004’s The Grind Date that they hope to release before summer. Next month will also see the release of Preemium Soul on the Rocks, a six-song EP with three beats each from DJ Premier and Pete Rock. The group is also...
Turn UP for Jay Dilla! 2/7 – 2/9

Turn UP for Jay Dilla! 2/7 – 2/9

This weekend will host a myriad of events and showcases in honor of the late, great James Yancey in Detroit and around the globe! If you’re like us and unfortunate enough to not be participating in any of those events I submit to you one of the illest Jay Dee mixes I’ve heard over the years. Enjoy Share...
Stones Throw Documentary Goes On Tour

Stones Throw Documentary Goes On Tour

Stones Throw Documentary Goes On Tour Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton, a documentary about seminal underground hip-hop imprint Stones Throw, is due for several exclusive screenings in select North American cities. Live performances by Peanut Butter Wolf, J Rocc, Jonwayne and Knx will follow each screening, and so will a Q&A with the label’s founders. Here are the dates and locations: 02.26 San Francisco, CA: Noise Pop HQ 02.28 Vancouver, BC: Fortune / The Vogue Theatre 03.02 Brooklyn, NY: Music Hall / Indie Screen 03.03 Philadelphia, PA: Boot & Saddle (Performance only) 03.04 Boston, MA: Middle East / Brattle Theatre 03.05 Montreal, QC: SAT / Rialto Theatre 03.06 Toronto, ON: Coda / Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 03.07 Detroit, MI: Magic Stick / Emagine Royal Oak Theatre 03.09 Chicago, IL: Empty Bottle / The Logan Theatre SXSW Screenings: 03.07 @ 9:30pm: SXSatellite: Alamo Village 03.13 @ 9:30pm: Vimeo Theater 03.15 @ 4:00pm: Stateside Theater Based out of Los Angeles, Stones Throw has been around since 1996. It was started by DJ and producer Peanut Butter Wolf, and since its inception has housed some of the most respected names in leftfield hip-hop and related genres, including Madlib, J Dilla, Meyer Hawthorne, and Dâm-Funk. Dilla’s Donuts and Madlib/MF Doom 2004 collaboration Madvillainy were both released on the label. Take a look at the official trailer of the documentary: via Prefix Mag Share...