Archive | December, 2013

New Music: Drake – “Trophies”

30 Dec


With fans eagerly waiting and even grabbing up a leaked unfinished version of the track–Drake releases the CDQ version of his newest song, “Trophies”. “Trophies” was produced by HIT-Boy and co-produced by 40 and Hagler; with the blaring trumpets in the background lending to the track’s overall feeling of triumph. Also, if you haven’t heard it yet, listen to Drake and Souljaboy’s surprising collaboration “We Made It Freestyle” below. With Drake’s midas touch on other artists’ careers, does this signal Souljaboy’s musical comeback in 2014 (hmm)? Check it out below.


New Music: Phillip M. Hartley – “TLC”

28 Dec


Up-and-coming singer-songwriter, Phillip Magnus Hartley recently released “TLC”, a song from his upcoming project The Heart of Hiroh Book One: Nebula . “TLC” is a psychedelic yet soulful love song–backed by a guitar wickedly playing in the background. Check it out below; you won’t be disappointed.

Dom Kennedy Announces the Get Home Safely Tour

28 Dec


Mark your calendars! Dom Kennedy recently announced his upcoming Get Home Safely Tour–kicking off next month. Dom along with fellow West Coast rapper and special guest Skeme, will be crisscrossing across the states for roughly a month. Some dates are yet to be announced but look below to see if he’s coming to a city near you.

1/23 Baltimore MD @ Soundstage

1/24 Washington DC @ The Fillmore

1/25 Boston MA @ Middle East

1/26 Philadelphia PA @ Trocadero Theatre

1/28 New York NY @ Irving Plaza

1/29 Pittsburgh PA @ Altar Bar

1/30 Syracuse NY @ The Underground

1/31 Toronto ON @ Hoxton

2/1 Detroit MI @ St Andrews

2/3 Minneapolis MN @ The Cabooze

2/4 Chicago IL @ Metro

2/5 Cleveland OH @ House of Blues

2/7 Miami FL @ Avenue D

2/8 Atlanta GA @ Masquerade

2/9 Charlotte NC @ Fillmore

2/10 Nashville TN @ Anthem

2/12 New Orleans LA @ House of Blues

2/13 San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit

2/14 Dallas TX @ Trees

2/15 Houston TX @ Warehouse Live

2/16 Austin TX @ Empire Control Room

2/17 Baton Rouge LA @ Varsity Theatre

2/19 Denver CO @ Gothic

2/21 Las Vegas NV @ Hard Rock Cafe

2/22 Ventura CA @ Ventura Theatre

2/23 Santa Ana CA @ Observatory

2/24 San Diego CA @ SOMA

2/25 Santa Cruz CA @ The Catalyst

2/26 Sacramento CA @ Ace of Spades

2/27 San Francisco CA @ Regency

Music Video: Sage The Gemini – “College Drop” Feat. Kool John

28 Dec


Bay Area artist, Sage The Gemini delivers a music video for his new party song “College Drop”–featuring frequent collaborator Kool John. The beginning of the video is a nod to Method Man and Redman’s cult classic, How High; the rest of the music video fits into the overall fun college house party theme of the song. Watch the music video below.

New Music: Bleu Davinci – “Lil’ N*gga” Feat. Jim Jones, Cap 1, Fly Boy Pat

28 Dec

Play this joint in your car, flagrantly loud. B.M.F artist Bleu Davinci drops “Lil’ N*gga”, featuring Jim Jones (who I could honestly have done without), Cap 1, and Fly Boy Pat. “Lil’ N*gga” is the first release from Bleu Davinci’s upcoming mixtape, Angels & Demons, due sometime in 2014.

SICKERTHANYOURAVG Presents: Sangoma: The African Beat Tape

26 Dec

Sangoma Artwork

Many of you know (or don’t know) that along with writing about and promoting Hip-Hop music and culture, I also produce it. In fact, I’ve been producing it longer than I’ve been writing about it! For the past few months, I’ve been particularly busy putting together a special beat tape…one that fuses African music and Hip-Hop. Like many of you, I grew up listening to music from Africa. Some of the samples you’ll hear on this tape take me back to my early childhood years. I hope this little collection of instrumentals takes you to a happier place as well. Let me not talk too much. I humbly present to YOU…Sangoma: The African Beat Tape.

– Chisom Uzosike

Nino Blanco Reviews Beyonce’s Latest Album

20 Dec

Check out our very own Nino Blanco’s take on ‘Yonce’s latest work:

Mixtape: Q-tip & Busta Rhymes – The Abstract & The Dragon

12 Dec


Two legends in the game and early collaborators–Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip drop their much awaited joint mixtape, The Abstract & The Dragon. It’s great hearing Busta kick it up a notch after dropping some lack luster songs and any thing new from Tip is something to rejoice over, while still reminiscing over the old. The two’s chemistry on the mic is undeniable and there is some dope beat selection here; so check out this “boom bap gift” below. Enjoy !

*Sidenote: can we just take a moment to celebrate the fact that they changed the artwork for the mixtape

New Music: Justin Bieber – “Confident” Feat. Chance The Rapper

12 Dec

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If you haven’t heard yet, a few days ago the young don Justin Bieber dropped a song with one of the hottest up and coming rappers out of Chicago. Justin Bieber surprisingly snagged up Chance The Rapper for a feature on “Confident”; another “Music Mondays” track of his, where Da Biebz croons about a young confident, sexy woman. Justin has been doing his thing with these new tracks and he’s clearly setting the blueprint for his new musical direction. Check out “Confident” below along with his subsequent Music Monday posts since “PYD“, and his music video for “All That Matters” (full of guitar playing, sensual gazes, all black outfits–the works).

New EP: Shine – Water For Elephants

8 Dec


“Newly Released EP from 20 year old emcee/producer Shine ‘Water For Elephants’ – Mixes hip-hop, neo-soul, and an experimental genre to create a unique sound in order to convey a love story. Take a listen to his newest art piece.”

*Note from the editor: This MC from Baltimore, by way of Raleigh, NC is one of the illest rising artists I’ve gotten the pleasure of listening to and collaborating with. You’ll be very glad you listened to this tape. Follow Shine on Twitter @ShineIsIll.

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