Dilated Peoples - Directors of Photography (Review)

Dilated Peoples - Directors of Photography (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"Directors of Photography" is the latest album from Los Angeles hip-hop trio Dilated Peoples (consisting of emcee/producer Evidence, emcee Rakaa Iriscience and DJ/producer Babu). The album features guest appearances from Vince Staples, Aloe Blacc, Krondon, Gangrene and others as well as production from Evidence, Alchemist, Diamond D, 9th Wonder, DJ Babu and others. It was released on August 12, 2014 via Rhymesayers Entertainment, LLC.

The Jazz Jousters - Connect The Dots (Instrumental Album)


Hip-hop production crew The Jazz Jousters are back, this time with their latest instrumental compilation called "Connect The Dots". The album experiments with the "sound of Jazz harp by Dorothy Ashby, the American Jazz and Soul Harpist and composer" and features instrumentals from RickMal, Diligent Fingers, Es-K, Gadget and many others. Very dope. Peep it below.



Epidemic and Tantu - The Soulution (Review)

Epidemic and Tantu - The Soulution (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"The Soulution" is a collaborative album between South Florida based hip-hop duo Epidemic (consisting of emcees Hex One and Tek-nition) and Dutch hip-hop producer Tantu. The album features guest appearances from Fashawn and Johaz of Dag Savage and is fully produced by Tantu himself. It was released on August 5, 2014 via Mic Theory Records.

Graphik - Sunshowers (Video)



19 year old hip-hop artist Graphik recently dropped some ill visuals for his track "Sunshowers", which features the Frederick, MD native spitting over a J Rawls production. According to Graphik
"I wrote this song to motivate and inspire any and everyone going through hardships, whether they be personal or wide-spread obstacles. The world doesn't need to be as dark of a place that it's become, so I made this song to be a light."
Very dope. Peep it above and then hit up his Soundcloud page if you like what you hear.

Ceazar and Reason - Till Hell Freezes Over (Video)



Ceazar and Reason (aka. The Cartel), come through with the first drop from their upcoming "Double Dynasty" EP in the form of some visuals for the track "Till Hell Freezes Over". The song finds Brooklyn emcee Reason and Ice H20 hip-hop artist Ceazar doing their thing over a cinematic instrumental from Canadian hip-hop production team The Bakers Men. "Double Dynasty" is set to drop sometime later this year.

Planet Asia and TzariZM - Via Satellite (Review)

Planet Asia and TzariZM - Via Satellite (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"Via Satellite" is a collaborative album between West Coast hip-hop veteran Planet Asia and Orlando-based producer TzariZM. The album features guest appearances from Killer Ben, Rock (of Heltah Skeltah), Oh No, Prodigal Sunn and others and is fully produced by TzariZM himself (except for one of the bonus remixes, which is produced by IMAKEMADBEATS). It was released on July 29, 2014 via Doxside Music Group.

C.Shreve the Professor - Dogfight (Single) and What It Do (Video)


C.Shreve the Professor is set to drop his "Summer Ransom" project on August 13 and decided to release a new track and video to hold everyone over until then. The first track is called "Dogfight" and finds the North Carolina emcee spitting some hard ass rhymes over a head nodding instrumental from Valence, France hip-hop producer ROMAINNN.




The second release is a video for the song "What It Do", which is produced by Soul Monk and was shot last week when C.Shreve opened for Three 6 Mafia in Asheville.



Apex Zero - Obtain Bearing (Video)



West London emcee Apex Zero just dropped a video for the final release from his ill "Reality Provoking Liberation" album that dropped last year in the form of the track "Obtain Bearing". The song finds Apex kicking some reflective rhymes about his inner struggles and about his drive to make a difference in the world over a mellow piano-based instrumental. By far the most laid back song on the project, it's also easily the most heartfelt. Peep the video below and make sure to read my full review of the album if you like what you hear.