Raashan Ahmad is rolling through your city to perform his newly released Album The Push.’ This new album from Raashan Ahmad is a throwback to his roots, according to Raashan himself, it’s “a return to basics, that good ol’ boom bap, the beats and rhymes It was where I started as an M.C. and I needed to touch that again.” Raashan definitely gets personal in this album, pulling inspirations from deep within his own life’s struggles and point of view, pouring them over some dope beats and old school hooks. Listening to this album brought me back to the very beginning of my love affair with hip hop, that old school vibe where an artist lets you into their process, struggle and reality. In a time where hip hop has become almost synonymous with bling bling, benzes and beezies, this album makes me want to give Raashan Ahmad a hug and thank him for reminding me why I fell in love with hip hop in the first place. If you are craving a reminder of the full potential of hip hop music, then you can’t miss out on this album or the chance to see Raashan throw it down live.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on September 15, 2008 @ 12:45 PM
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Om Record’s veteran J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science has done it again with his newest creation, Soul Vibrations, and guess who got an exclusive first listen before it drops on September 23rd? That’s right.. me, Om’s newest intern Dani aka DFISH and let me just say that the reason this album is titled Soul Vibrations is because it genuinely has vibrated my soul. Like a well-balanced breakfast for your ears, Soul Vibrations is a feel good album jam packed with soulful vocals, old school beats and new school flavor. This album has the perfect blend of kick back tracks and hip hop rhymes, sprinkled with some Latin flavor, rhythmic drums, and even some disco dance beats. Track 3, ‘Que Pasa’ is a prime example of the perfect blend that is this album. As soon as the beat drops on this track my hips are already moving to this mezcla of a hip hop and latin beat. This track not only delivers a kick ass beat, but it serves up some bilingual lyric action and a political message. ‘Soul Vibrations’ also features some equally amazing musical creations from artists including Lyrics Born, Zumbi (MC Zion of Zion I), Crown City Rockers, Ohmega Watts, Rich Medina, Capitol A, Tony Moses, The Mamaz, Deuce Eclipse, Rithma, Tim’m West, Jennifer Johns, The Rebirth, Lunar Heights, and more. Take it from the fish, check out J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science Soul Vibrations when it drops on September 23rd, it is sure to become the funky, laid back, hip- hop, soulful, soundtrack for your life.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on September 5, 2008 @ 1:41 PM
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What happens when you take a chainsaw, some fire, a mountain of ants, a lake of soda, a tree trunk, a broken television set and a large dose of insomnia and throw them in a martini shaker with some amazing electronic music and a musician with a lot of extra time on his hands, armed with a video camera?? Well, that is pretty much what went down when Om created Rithma TV. Tune in to Rithma TV to escape boring confines of your cubicle and enter a world where the possibilities for new discovery and destruction are pretty much endless, and usually end in some sort of amusing disaster. Take it from Rithma " A lot of weird shizzle goes down here at ‘Rancho Relaxo’ home of Rithma Music and haven to ridiculous people. Don’t Worry. More on the way."
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on September 4, 2008 @ 2:24 PM
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The most stressful time of year is on its way, and I have found myself a musical remedy, Mushroom Jazz 6 is arriving just in time to get me through. On October 21st, DJ Mark Farina is back again with his signature style, and the 6th installment of the Mushroom Jazz series. Just as life kicks into high gear and the holiday season approaches, Mushroom Jazz 6 swoops in and carries you away into a downtempo mix up of instrumental hip hop sounds and soulful beats. Sitting back with my headphones and listening to Mushroom Jazz 6 has brought me to a level of pure chill contentment. I have just taken a hit of some musical marijuana with Mushroom Jazz 6 and I am coasting off of it’s smooth, soulful, funky flavor. It is rare that an entire album can totally clear your mind, and flip your mood, and this newest edition to the Mushroom Jazz series has captured that. Don’t do drugs kids, just pick up a copy of the long awaited Mushroon Jazz 6 when it drops on October 21st.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on September 3, 2008 @ 1:46 AM
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Check out the world premier of Black Spade’s first music video for ‘Evil Love’ from his new album “To Serve with Love.” In this new album Black Spade continues to separate himself from mainstream hip-hop artists with his distinctive sound and themes of love, life, and politics. Through his smooth vocals and poetic rhymes, Black Spade reflects on the emotions that come along with human relationships, and his dedication to serving the music game with love. In his video for ‘Evil Love,’ directed by assistants for Sophia Coppola, Spade paints an artistic picture of the struggles, expectations, betrayals, break-ups and make-ups of life with a mix up of home video clips and old war footage. This video combines tender imagery of a sacred love declining with clips of dropping bombs, fighter planes, and explosions. These contradictory themes not only showcase Black Spade’s unique style, but also illustrate the song’s title ‘Evil Love.’
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on September 1, 2008 @ 2:00 PM
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If you have already had a chance to sample the sensual sounds of Om Hip-Hop’s newest addition, the sexy, sophisticated, soulful chocolatey goodness that is The One, then you are probably fiending for another taste. Well, lucky for you, The One’s flash site serves up a tall order of everything The One, including samples from his debut album, “SuperPsychoSexy,” a direct link to The One on itunes where you can buy the album, The One photos, wallpapers, and much more. If you haven’t yet pleasured yourself with what The One has to offer, or you are just back for seconds, then slip into something comfortable, sit down at your computer with a cocktail, light some candles, and head on over to The One’s flash site at:
The One is sexy.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on August 29, 2008 @ 2:59 PM
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Soooo, I have never hopped on the dropping acid band-wagon, but if I did, I hope this is what it would be like. The trippy, weird, and wonderful sounds on Mike Monday’s album Songs Without Words have met their visual match with the crazy colorful, psychedelic artwork of Seb Godfrey of Drunk Park Design and Illustration. The first two episodes of the three part Catnip series have already dropped, and take our cool little blue friend on a mystical adventure through a technicolor musical play land, where he encounters golden pyramids, purple star-lit skies, rainbow tunnels, a flying key board, and many other crazy sights along the way. Never too far behind him, is a very sneaky kitty, always along for the ride. I can’t figure out if the kitty is mean or nice, his sharp fangs are deceiving, but all in all I can’t wait to find out. Stay tuned for episode 3, because like episodes one and two, it is sure to please your ears, eyes, and imagination!
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on August 22, 2008 @ 4:44 PM
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In the spirit of everything Mike Monday, I introduce you to Drunk Park — The masterminds behind all the album artwork for ‘Songs Without Words’.
They also did the animation for the ‘Catnip’ video. You can check out more of their work here.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on August 18, 2008 @ 4:03 PM
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