Crossing Red Lines finds themselves once again moving further away from their rock Influences with their latest single “Wake Up”. Definitely in the vein of early punk and reggae their clean guitars and crunchy sound puts them somewhere between G Love and Sublime. It’s a great tune with deep melodic hooks, rock roots flavor and a nice Aussie touch.
Crossing Red Lines formed back in 2010 at a beach café in Moroubra Australia. Their début EP “Young and Free” released back in 2011 with an extremely positive reception. Since then they’ve played in some of the best venues in Australia and their newest single “Wake Up” made it to the top ten charts of a very popular Australian music site JJJ.
Wake Up’ by CROSSING RED LINES is out 12 May through The A&R Department.
Madlibs diabolical alter ego Quasimoto is back with “Planned Attack” off his new album “Yessir Whatever” out June 18 (out digitally now). This album was made over a 12 year period and it brings together 12 tracks previously only released on now rare and out of print vinyl. For the dedicated audiophiles you might have already heard some of these. For those of you who are not avid vinyl junkies. It’s a chance to hear some rare cuts of Hip-Hop from the real deal.
Madlib is one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed Hip Hop producers of the 2000′s. He’s collaborated with a myriad of artists, including MF DOOM (as Madvillain), and the late J Dilla (as Jaylib). Madlib has described himself as a “DJ first, producer second, and MC last.
Quasimoto came about when Madlib decided to rap to his own beats. He didn’t like the sound of his voice so he decided to slow his recorder down, rap slow, then speed the recording back up to produce Quasimoto’s distinctive high pitched voice.
Peanut Butter Wolf DJ, Producer and founder of Stones Throw Records encouraged him to do more. Quasimoto made his first appearance in 1998 on Peanut Butter Wolf’s “My Vinyl Weighs A Ton” and Madlib put out Quasimoto’s debut album “The Unseen” in 2000. This album received so much attention from underground Hip-Hop heads and and mainstream media that it ended up making it onto Spin Magazine’s top albums of the year list.
Jamal Dewar, better known as Capital Steez, is one of the founding members of the Brooklyn Hip Hop crew Pro Era. His latest video 135 released just a few days ago sadly represents the last piece from Capital Steez. On Christmas Eve 2012 19-year-old Jamal chose to end his life and we lost a talented artist, a mother lost a son and a crew lost a brother. His last message was left on Twitter and simply stated “The End.” I can’t speak on the personal reasons he had for ending his life at such a young age; what impossible problems were troubling him that he thought the only way out was by physically ending his life. I didn’t know him, but through his music I felt like I did. He built every verse with a clear voice and thoughtfulness of a true poet and executed it with the spirit and heart of a champion. So we mourn the loss of a real artist who helped start a revolution and began a Progressive Era in Hip Hop. Please download his free album AmeriKKKAN Korruption and help keep his music alive. He left us with a small but powerful body of music and we’re lucky to have it.
I remember something my grandfather used to say “I wonder how many people I have changed and influenced in my life.” I wish I could have told Jamal how many thousands of people he changed and influenced in his. I hope he knows it now.
RIP Capital Steez. We will never forget you.
FemC Azealia Banks dropped “BBD” a Trap single Produced by Apple Juice Kid and Sup Doodle. It hasn’t been confirmed if this track is actually on her début album “Broke With Expensive Taste” which is due to come out in February on Interscope. I think it’s safe to say Azealia Banks is riding pretty high she’s getting tons of praises from magazines and bunch of successful mix tapes so it’s no surprise that “Broke With Expensive Taste” is at the top of many lists on the Internet of albums to look out for in 2013. Making that jump from underground to mainstream can be a difficult transition. On a recent comment she made about the rap game she gave us some understanding to where she wants to go as an artist and how she plans on making that leap. “I’d eventually like to stop rapping, that’s just the honest truth,” Banks said. “One day I don’t wanna rap anymore, just because I think it’s easy, but I think it’s kinda tacky. I think it’s very unladylike. I like it but I think I’m gonna get tired of it.” I don’t know about tacky and unladylike but there’s some underlying truth here that eventually mainstream audiences get tired and end up wanting more from an artist that’s just the way it is. If you want to make it in the big picture of the music world as a female MC you better be multi talented. So at least Banks has the foresight to understand that and the honesty to admit it, now all she has to do is make it happen. The World is still waiting for that Female anomalie in the rap game and I look forward to the Lady who can break that boundary and make it happen, but you better bring some serious production and lyrical skills. Hell nobody thought white people could rap until Eminem came and proved them wrong so it’s not impossible. Banks has allot of talent, a great sense of style musically and fashion wise and 2012 was really good to her. Now in 2013 I think she wants to prove that she’s no one-trick pony. So go check out “BBD” (Bad Bitches Do it) and make sure and keep up with her on the Inter-Web by following the links below.
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New York City presents Dyme A Duzin premiering his New video “Swank Sinatra” with Pro Era guest MC’s Joey Bada$$, Capital Steez, & CJ Fly . These kids are taking Hip Hop to the next level by incorporating that Boom Boom Bap that Hip Hop has been missing so much.
The Lion has returned. Today, Snoop Lion released his second single off his upcoming reggae inspired album Reincarnated. The song “Here Comes The King”, featuring Angela Hunte and produced my non other than Major Lazer. It has a traditional reggae sound while still pushing genre limits by integrating some of Snoop’s hip-hop influences.
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