Last week I dropped Ill Bill and DJ Muggs’ video “Cult Assassin” for their new album Kill Devil Hills. Today the duo discusses their creative process on the project. According to Muggs, they spent 2 weeks straight banging out the songs before going into a revision period. The album has guest spots from Raekwon, La Coka Nostra, and B-Real. The release date is August 24.
Cymarshall Law’s Freedom Express Line hits stores on August 31. This is the official video for “The Flyness” with The Beatnikz. Cy’s voice might initially put people off. But like a few other artists with unnatural rhyme vocals (Freeway, Cormega), he has worthwhile music if you give him a chance.
The Haze Diaries Volume 3
Gotham Green & Quickie Mart got love here last week for their Patrice Rushen-sampling “LA to JFK.” Their new album Haze Diaries Volume 3 dropped today along with a video for “Tell Me Something,” featuring Freddie Gibbs and Jes Hudak. As the album title implies they make smoke out music, so fans of artists like Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa should enjoy them.
Trek Life’s New Mixtape to Precede Album
Trek Life is having a breakout year. His song “Supreme” was showcased heavily by ESPN during their NBA Finals coverage. Today his new mixtape Before Everything Changed is available for free download. Trek says the project is the result of his regular collaborator DJ Tommy Blak rummaging through his hard drive and finding a wealth of dormant, quality material.
“This mixtape came about by Tommy Blak raiding my studio Hard Drive and finding a folder of tracks I had done with other people over the past few years,” Trek explained. “He felt like he should put them together so that people could see what other stuff I’ve done since Price I’ve Paid.”
Tommy Blak mixes the tape while J. Bizness hosts. On the fence about downloading? Check these tracks.
Back to the Bay
I had been sleeping on a lot of these new Bay Area artists. Last week there were drops and free mixtapes from Moe Green and DaVinci. Evan “TRUTHLiVE” Phillips enterrs the fray with a new video for “Ready Set Go,” off his Jake One-produced album Patience. The emcee/entrprenuer is the owner and founder of Interdependent Media, which is also the home of Moe Green.
The second half of 2010 will a landmark year for the label, as Phillips is expecting to release projects from Canibus, Von Pea, and A-Plus.
Fat Joe Goes Back to the Early Days
A few years back on a track with Lil Wayne, Fat Joe shamelessly admitted that he was taking his style “southpaw.” But if this new DJ Premier-produced track and the recent joint with Cam’Ron and the Clipse are any indication, Fat Joe seems to have experienced a wake-up call. Add these tracks with the official single “Slow Down (Ha Ha),” and Fat Joe hasn’t had one bad track yet leak from The Darkside Vol. 1 (July 27). Those fans who jumped ship after Don Cartagena and Big Pun’s death might need to take a second look.
“I’m Gone” (Produced by DJ Premier)