Verbal Kent of Chicago has been busy making a number of projects with producers in recent days, he dropped off to us an EP worth of material highlighting what he’s been working on including a new joint with Apollo Brown – his Ugly Heroes brethren, as well as illMind, Khrysis and The Unhappiest Crew.
NYC’s Jesse Abraham continues his push for his recently released album “I Am Water” in which 100% of proceeds to go Charity Water, a non-profit organization that helps deliver clean water to developing countries around the world.
Today, enjoy the stream for the album cut “1der 2der” produced by !llMind and you can also check out his NYC “I Am Water” Album Release Party video re-cap.
In just a few more weeks, the Hip-Hop community will be given new voice and guidance through the release of an exceptional new documentary. Today, REEM Docs is proud to offer the first look at this groundbreaking film, DEMOS: An Independent Artist’s Guide To Success, as the first in a series of events leading up to the film’s May 22, 2013 release.
Two years ago, DEMOS creator and budding documentarian Kareem Fort set out to show the world alternate view of success in Hip-Hop. As COO of HiPNOTT Records, Fort knew first hand that, contrary to popular belief, success as an independent Hip-Hop artists is more than attainable; it happens daily, across the globe, in so many ways. Fort embarked on a journey to bring new light to not only the countless artists who have found success outside of the major label system, but also to the myriad ways in which they have created that success. The result is unrivaled resource that aims to inspire and educate aspiring Hip-Hop artists with the experiences, advice and proven techniques recounted by an elite group of Hip-Hop legends, successful independent Hip-Hop artists, and industry tastemakers covering the entire span of music culture.
Narrated by critically acclaimed artist Skyzoo, DEMOS features interviews with a wide range of artists, from newcomers like Hopsin and Nitty Scott MC to more established indie Hip-Hop veterans like Jean Grae, El Prez, Torae, and Mikkey Halstead, and even the likes of Rapper Big Pooh, Talib Kweli, Freeway and Naughty By Nature, who have seen both sides of the “indie vs. major” debate. In addition to the unique viewpoint provided by the featured artists, DEMOS also draws from the expertise of producers including NO I.D., !LLMIND, and Needlz as well as a cross-section of industry execs and journalists, including Fusicology founder Asya Shein.
In the weeks leading up to the official release of DEMOS, which will occur as a simulcast across several digital platforms on May 22, Kareem Fort, Skyzoo and several of the other voices that have contributed to the film will be traveling across the country presenting the movie and engaging audiences in panel and townhall-style discussions about the topics it raises. The first of these screenings is set to occur on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, FL from Noon to 2p.m. EST. The film’s release will also be supported by DEMOS: The Web Series, a ten-week long collection of outtakes and interviews from the film, set to launch in late February.
Both director/creator Kareem Fort and narrator Skyzoo are currently available for interviews to support your coverage of the film. For all media inquiries or to schedule a screening, please contact project manager Tai Saint-Louis at email@example.com. For your convenience, we have included a link to first trailer below.
For updates and additional information on screenings, other DEMOS events and news, please visit the film’s online home at www.demosdocumentary.com or follow the film at Twitter.com/DemosDocFilm.
Alt-hip hop crew Smokey Robotic are offering an exclusive stream of their highly-anticipated new album, MUSIUM, at The DJBooth, before the album officially drops on Tuesday.
Recorded at Manhattan’s Sound Association studio, the project features 13 tracks’ worth of original material from the NYC/Vancouver-repping four-piece. Included on the tracklist are reader-approved singles “Schizophrenic DJ,” “Dance for Revenge” and “Unlike Anyone.” Seer and Father Dude provide all vocals throughout the album, which is produced by crewmates !llmind and Konrad OldMoney.
J Dilla, what more can I say about the man that hasn’t been said already. He’s one of the greatest. When I started messing with beat making in the late 90’s, he was the one producer I studied. I still study him, to this day. During a time period of about 5 years, I was in “beat-making-boot-camp”, or “5 beats a day for 3 summers” as Kanye would say. I trained my ear and was inspired by Dilla the whole time. This is a collection of 4 beats (out of thousands) that I made during that time period. I hope you enjoy! Rest in power J Dilla. Forever. – !llmind
Jesse Abraham has presented himself as an artist of multiple facets, an articulate wordsmith whose dedication to the craft of emceeing is as apparent as his penchant for wittiness and unbridled candor. On I Am Water Abraham fearlessly explores the balancing act that is his life, combining the storytelling prowess of Nas with the lyrical dexterity of Andre 3000, and what emerges is a powerfully compelling narration, unparalleled in contemporary hip-hop. Though the soundscape of the album is reminiscent of his previous work, soaked in classic boom-bap assertiveness and innovative sonic exploration, Jesse Abraham uses I Am Water as an opportunity to explore his ability to adapt to multiple production styles. Recent Kanye West collaborator IllMind paints a third of the album’s production in a coat of pugnacious drum patterns and synths, while European producers Paul White (Danny Brown, Black Milk) and Tommy Black (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q) contribute equally galvanizing backdrops on this, Abraham’s third, and perhaps finest work. Joining JA on the album are superb features from Chino XL, Emilio Rojas and Nitty Scott, MC, with whom Jesse seamlessly meshes, standing strong as a remarkably talented lyricist in his own right. Abraham’s previous mixtapes and albums have been available for free download, yet he chose to make I Am Water a sellable entity with 100% of the artist’s proceeds going towards a worthy organization, Charity Water. Charity Water’s impact is unquestionable. All public donations directly fund water projects in developing countries, and all it takes is about $20 to get clean water to an individual who previously did not have access to it. To make a donation towards JA’s campaign please visit mycharitywater.org/JAWater.