We’ve featured Jay Complex here on Sermon’s Domain in the past and today we’re treated to another gift from the Bahamian emcee. Jay liberates part 2 to his track “Bad Bitch In A Sundress” and cleverly titles it “Bad Bitch In A Nightgown”. The complexity of the instrumental from D.Original and D.R.U.G.S. Beats allows Jay to deliver a witty flow that he always offers, and it sounds great.
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Everything about Michael Christmas is unique. The name. The title of his debut project, Is This Art?. The song titles. The lyrics. He doesn’t sound like anybody else and that’s played a huge advantage to him gaining the respect of many blogs and fans alike. Art can be anything you choose it to be according to Mikey’s broad definition. It’s certainly what you get when you listen to the project.
Songs like “Leonard Washington” and “Overweight Drake” are lovely and hilarious to the pop culture fan. They bring up some memorable times or people. A lot of the project does. Many references occur throughout the 16 tracks but he’s not limited to it. Joining him for the ride is Thelonious Martin, Rome Fortune, Alex Wiley, Childish Major and many more.
“I was just really interested in the idea of what art is to people in this world right now, and what the limits are/who decides these things,” he says in an interview with Pigeons & Planes. “I’m giving people a chance to let me know if my shit is art and I’m letting people know what I think of things right now from an artistic standpoint.”
Stream and download below.
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Any smart person on this Earth has learned that wealth is a lot more than how many zeros are in your bank account. It’s a concept that Local-Mu12, consisting of Fokis, Stryfe and the newest addition Swiss Juellz, applies on their newest single of the same title. Rapper Big Pooh also lends a verse. The group’s debut album, Labor Day, will be out on March 4 and features Skyzoo, Sadat X, Torae and GLC.
Alexander Dreamer is the epitome of a talented, ambitious kid who has exactly what it takes to go far in this industry. That fact became obvious to us after vibing with his recent project Dancing With The Devil back in January. Today, AD decides to liberate the official video for his smooth track ‘Never Know’ off of the aforementioned project. The video was shot by Prime Time Media Entertainment and was premiered on FSD earlier today.
Purchase Dancing With The Devil here.
Previously: SD Freshmen ’14: Alexander Dreamer
Welcome To Strangeland was the last Tech N9ne collabos album. It properly showed off the team work between the entire Strange Music roster, so if the formula isn’t broke it won’t be fixed. As heads out on another epic 70 city tour, Tech announces the next collabos project titled Strangeulation. Since then, the label has signed Rittz and, most recently, Murs.
With any album coming out of Strange Music, high quality is expected and has been delivered countless times. No clue if Tech and the gang plan to utilize any outside features or if this will remain 100% SM. With May 6 being fairly close, we’re bound to receive more information in the coming weeks.
Watch the announcement video below, then pre-order the LP here in standard, deluxe and vinyl.
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When it comes to mastering the internet, free music is slowly but surely minimizing out. Yeah, there will always be free music, but it’s not like it was a few years ago. Album quality projects from major artists were being put out free and labels didn’t capitalize in some way other than an occasional EP. Now the entire industry is shifting in a better direction with streaming and iTunes releases.
Kidd Upstairs doesn’t have the biggest name in the industry. He does have some of the nicest music, though. DMNDS was released in 2012 before many knew who he was. Revisting the LP, he remasters and remixes the original set of 12 songs, then adds a cool six new ones to the mix.
“I wanted to create a project that represented exactly who I was,” Kidd explains. “Big O filled in a few crucial production elements, but I made the majority of the project, I mixed and mastered the whole thing, and there are no features. This album had no A&Ring, no second guessing – it’s brutally honest and is based on my reality, and if you don’t like anything on it, you have me to blame for everything. If you love it like I do, then it should excite you to know what I’m capable of.”
Stream it below, then purchase on iTunes.
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Raz Simone is three for three on the material leading up to Cognitive Dissonance Pt. 1, which now houses a March 6 release date. While the first two singles were backed up production, “They’ll Speak” mostly stays acapella. I wouldn’t count the Inception theme as much of a beat as it comes through halfway in and he doesn’t rap to it.
“They’ll Speak” could’ve been put over a beat but the words are so powerful to stand on their own. He chronicles his life as a struggling father and a hustler facing conflicted views. That’s the short version of the synopsis, but he takes many lanes and things in his life into this passionate vent. “I had niggas that shoot niggas for me, but wouldn’t give me food when I was hungry,” he raps. This is so deep.
Grab the download here.
Previously: Video: Raz Simone – Don’t Shine
Smiling is God’s gift. Remember To Smile is Rickie’s. To say the Baltimore native hasn’t vastly got better since Live Epic would be an understatement. Yeah, the tweets are still the same, but Rickie’s career has made a lot of notable moves behind the scenes that really do come to reflect the material on this project.
The 13-track album brings us features with Smoke DZA, DUBB, Iman Europe and more. On the production, familiar faces like YOG$ and Eu-IV grace a couple songs. He branched out quite a bit to enlist others like Trakksounds, Rosewood, Young Billionaire, Audio Unit and other names that might not be known to you but still important to the structure of Remember To Smile.
Stream and download it below.
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A couple weeks after Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took home four Grammy awards, the hate and jokes continue through social media. Journalists are taking this opportunity to ask your favorite rappers about their feelings toward the duo. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a lot of stupid views and comments made because of it. Instead of highlighting them, props should be given to Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder for their takes on the situation.
One notable thing between these two interviews with Montreality (Talib) and Nodfactor (9th) is that both individuals tell the people that if they like a particular artist to go support them, which means buy their album! “You’re upset that Macklemore won, but when an album comes out of your favorite artist you don’t buy it,” 9th says.
The issue does span further than just an award. These two speak well about what Mack and Ryan have brought to the hip-hop game. Kweli commends their efforts as independent artists, plus what it should mean for indie artists coming up, while 9th points out how impressive it is to be successful with a song like “Thrift Shop” when a lot of rappers are just following trends about killing, doing drugs, having sex, etc.
And again, neither of them are disputing that good kid, m.A.A.d city isn’t the better rap album (it is). They dived deeper, because fans of rap did and pulled out all kinds of ridiculous slander that went beyond the Grammys.
Talib Kweli’s interview is lengthy covering how he and Dave Chappelle were dating the same girl, the status of Black Star, his favorite cartoon, upcoming memoirs and more.
Watch both below.
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Adra Boo and Action J make up the unique duo known as Fly Moon Royalty. Seattle’s scene is known for Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s early contributions, Nacho Picasso’s dark and lyrical style, but these two bring something new to the scene. In January, I was invited to come check out their show at Neumos that ended up being packed. They’re talented. She can sing beautifully, he can produce exceptionally well.
Unfinished Business is five songs that bends multiple genres, from electronic to soul, on damn near every song. Adra’s presence is felt on the first two songs. Then, Action takes us on a musical ride with “DNA,” sporting heavy autotune lyrics that never take away from the spectacular job done on the beat. Even though Action J produces each song, the first three work as establishing these two apart from each other. It’s not until the last two tracks that they come together to rap over more groovy and up-beat production.
They’re also heading out on various tour dates throughout California and a couple others in Phoenix, Arizona, Salt Lake City, UT and Boise, ID to promote the EP. Check out dates and get tickets here.
Stream below (courtesy of Afropunk) and purchase on iTunes.
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