Entries tagged with: Rhymesayers

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DOWNLOAD: Aesop Rock - "Zero Dark Thirty" (MP3)

Aesop Rock at McCarren Pool in 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock is set to release his sixth full length album, Skelethon, on July 10 via Rhymesayers. It includes guest appearances from Kimya Dawson, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, Hanni El Khatib (who recently played two NYC shows), and more. The video for album single, "Zero Dark Thirty," is below and you can download it above or stream it below too. The album art and tracklist, and two album trailers are also below.

Aesop Rock will be touring in support of the album with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz this summer after playing Rhymesayer's Soundset Festival later this month in Shakopee, MN. That tour includes Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party and a NYC show happening on August 3 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale today, Friday (5/11) at 10 AM. All US dates, including the Irving Plaza show, are with San Francisco producer Edison, who remixed a Hail Mary Mallon track (stream below) and Seattle duo Dark Time Sunshine, which is made up of Onry Ozzborn of Rhymesayers group Grayskul and producer Zavala. Aesop, P.O.S., Peegee 13, and DJ Zone were featured on the track "Primor" off their 2010 LP, Vessel. You can stream that track below.

All dates, video, streams, album art and tracklist below...

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by BBG

Slug of Atmosphere at Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Atmosphere

After Atmosphere complete their "Welcome to Minnesota Tour" this month (five MN shows in five days), the band will get rady to hit toe raod for "The Family Tour" which will see them team with Blueprint, Grieves with Budo, Sab The Artist & DJ Abilities for a strong of US dates that will include April 26th at Terminal 5 Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday at noon (2/16) and regular sale on Friday.

The tour kickoff comes eight days after the release of the new Atmosphere LP, The Family Sign, the Minnesota crew's seventh due on 4/12. Blueprint will also release his new LP, Adventures In Counter-Culture, just a few weeks prior via Rhymesayers; check out the second single "Keep Bouncing" below.

Check out the tracklistings, some video, and all tour dates below.

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by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Brother Ali - "Us" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Freeway - "Freezer's Back" (Freestyle, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Freeway - "Know What I Mean" (MP3)

Brother Ali
Brother Ali

Brother Ali, whose new album Us was released late last year (title track above), has been added to the Freeway & Jake One shows at the Trocadero on 2/15 and at Highline Ballroom on 2/16. Highline tickets are still available. The shows are in celebration of Freeway/Jake One's new LP, The Stimulus Package.

Brother Ali, Freeway, Jake One, and a good portion of the Rhymesayers crew will also play a benefit for Haiti in Minneapolis on 2/9. Following those shows, and the Stimulus release parties, Brother Ali will jet out to Europe for a string of dates with BK-One.

All dates, the "Us" video,and a Jake One video featuring Freeway and Brother Ali, below...

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by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Freeway - Know What I Mean (MP3)

Stimulus Package

On Feb 9th, Rhymesayers will band together a gang of notable MCs on their home turf (Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue) in honor of Rhymesayers Presents: A Benefit For Haiti. Along for the ride are Brother Ali, Sage Francis, Freeway, I Self Devine and others, with the entire event hosted by head Rhymesayer himself, Slug. Tickets are on sale.

Freeway is also on board for another charitable look at Haiti. He is one of a few notable MCs who have joined on for HipHopDX Presents... Hip Hop Helps Haiti. The mixtape features tracks from MCs like Raekwon, Skyzoo, JR Writer, Ras Kass and many others. The mixtape is free, but it's host Hip Hop DX, is accepting charitable donations towards the devastation in Haiti. Give and give big people. Cop that mixtape here.

Exactly one week after that Haiti benefit in Minneapolis (2/16), Freeway & Jake One will tear down Highline Ballroom in NYC with Joell Ortiz. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of three dates that Freeway has around the release date of his new album with Jake One, The Stimulus Package - out 2/16 on Rhymesayers. Cover art and an MP3 from the album above.

All Freeway tour dates and a few videos, including the new-ish video for the same song linked above, below....

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Guilty Simpson & Madlib - "Coroner's Music" (MP3)

'Coroner's Music' off O.J. Simpson
OJ Simpson

Before we go any further, no, Mr. Bloody Glove has not released a solo record. Yet. (More on that below). BUT, Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz is prepping his. Vinnie Paz recently dropped the early-Wu-tastic single "Drag You To Hell" which is currently streamable here and available via iTunes here. The track comes from his upcoming solo LP The Assassin's Creed, which features appearances from Beanie Sigel, Clipse, and Freeway as well as production by Madlib, Lil Fame (M.O.P.), Da Beatminerz, and 4th Disciple (Wu-Tang) among others.

Jedi Mind Tricks will hit the road in mid August for a west-midwest-east tour with Esoteric (of 7L & Esoteric) and Reef the Lost Cauze that includes an NYC show at Highline Ballroom on 9/13 and a show on L.I. at Crazy Donkey the night before. Tickets for Highline are on sale.

Speaking of Madlib, the Beat Konducta has announced his collaboration with Guilty Simpson for an album named, er, OJ Simpson (Madlib's real name is Otis Jackson). The new track "Coroner's Music" (available above) comes from an LP due on the mighty Stones Throw this fall (and a 12" that is out now), and features Strong Arm Steady, Elzhi (of the recently reunited Slum Village who played Rock the Bells at Jones Beach on July 19th), as well as cuts from the great J.Rocc.

Speaking of Rock the Bells (and Wu-Tang),

Between the end of Wu's set and the beginning of Slaughterhouse's, Method Man and Joe Budden were seen walking together in the parking lot. The two took their time quashing the beef.

When Slaughterhouse, which also includes Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz and Crooked I, took the stage, they publicly announced the end of the short-term feud.

"It will never be a beef with Wu-Tang clan," Royce said. He then revealed the convo between Meth and Budden, saying the situation was "squashed." [MTV]

Ghostface, Redman & Method Man play Nokia Theatre in NYC on July 30th.

Brother AliAnnnnnd while we're on the subject, Evidence (who performed At Jones Beach with The Alchemist as Step Brothers) will hit the road this coming fall with Brother Ali, BK One and Toki Wright for a US tour in celebration of Brother Ali's new LP on Rhymesayers, US. Evidence recently signed with Rhymesayers, and will release Cats & Dogs via the label in 2010. The Alchemist's new album, Chemical Warfare, is out NOW and features appearances from Kool G Rap, Eminem, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep - recorded before he hit the lock-up I'm assuming) and many others.

The NYC Brother Ali date is November 7th at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the whole tour are now on presale. All dates below.

Founders of the Rhymesayers crew, Atmosphere are on tour, and hit Webster Hall in NYC TONIGHT (7/27).

Stones Throw badass Peanut Butter Wolf is scheduled to perform at All Points West this weekend (July 31 - Aug 2). Jay-Z, KOOL Keith, Q-Tip, Pharcyde, Organized Konfusion, The Cool Kids and others will also be part of the Jersey City festivities.

Esoteric of 7L & Esoteric will release his solo debut Saving Seamus Ryan on 9/22 featuring appearances by Masta Ace and DJ Premier.

Video of Step Brothers @ Rock The Bells, as well as all tour dates are below...

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Brother Ali - Truth Is (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brother Ali - Original King (MP3)

"People think I'm in the independent category by choice."

Brother Ali

Brother Ali is a minority, but not in the ways you might expect. First, he's a white rapper in a genre filled with mostly black artists. Second, Brother Ali is an albino.

Ali, who was born Jason Newman, converted to Islam when he was 15. He says that he felt like an outsider among white people, and has never identified with the word "white."

"I was taken in, early on, by black folks," he says. "Those are the people who taught me the things that I needed to know to survive being who and what I am." [NPR]

Brother Ali came up in the same midwest hip hop scene that birthed fellow indie b-boy and Rhymesayers co-owner Slug, making a name for himself through his self-produced and self-released debut Rites Of Passage. On the strength of Rites, Ali signed to Rhymesayers and dropped Shadows On The Sun, followed by the Champion EP and ultimately The Undisputed Truth in 2007. He's not strictly a "booth" rhymer either. He battled and triumphed over freestyle champ and Rhymesayers MC Eyedea at Scribble 2000, and he has logged more than 500 shows on four continents.

Brother Ali will be back in NYC to play a free show at South Street Seaport on Friday, August 1st (8 pm) with notorious DJ Crew The Rub (7 pm). We cornered Ali for a moment before that show as he dropped two pennies on working with Rhymesayers go-to guy Ant, the follow-up to The Undisputed Truth, and why he thinks 50 Cent is ill.

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BrooklynVegan: Ant has produced each of your last few records. Is there something about Ant's production that you feel complements your own style/flow? Are there any plans on working with any other producers and if so, who?

Brother Ali: Ant and I have been working together for several years and he's one of my closest friends. Not only do I love his beats but we share a similar outlook on music and life. He's a true producer in the sense that he sees elements of the people he works with as human beings and creates musical beds that allow those things to come out in the work. He has an ability to read people and help them present themselves in a really raw and personal way. There are other producers that I like and respect but I just can't believe that I could have the same creative chemistry with someone I don't really know.

interview continued below...

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