One of the promising new artists to come out of the hip hop/neo soul/electronic genres, KALAE ALL DAY, released her debut album this week. Kalae is a blend of Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, Res thrown in a blender with a pinch of Hendrix...Nona Hendrix that is. I first witnessed her eclectic blend of hip hop at an all female showcase presented by Brooklyn Bodega during the CMJ Music Festival last fall. Kalae has great stage presence and a command of lyrics that left me in awe. I am working on an interview with this great new talent very soon (thanks Eternia!). Check out the link below to preview the album and make a purchase if Kalae tickles your synapses-
KALAE ALL DAY- "AFROMATIKNEOHIPPIEROCK*SOLEMUZIK"
Fresh off the tube from "Run's House", "Diggy" Simmons, son of Joseph Simmons (aka "Run"), shines on the instrumental for Nas' "Made You Look". Who knew shorty could rap so well? He definitely displays his bloodline on this one!
I have never heard of Baltimore emcee, Keys, but she goes IN with this tight diss against Young Money's Nicki Minaj. Not sure what the basis of this diss is about but Keys reps it well in this video. She spits flawlessly for almost 3 minutes with no hook.
CRATE KINGS posted this great 2 part interview with accomplished producer Just Blaze. Just offers a ton of insight into his journey from DJ to studio rat to super producer.
Original posts found HERE and HERE
VIDEO: Double Play- Lloyd Banks & Juelz Santana "Beamer, Benz or Bentley"/Joell Ortiz & Jim Jones "Nissan, Honda, Chevy"
The original track by Lloyd Banks is burning up the net right now and many rappers are jumping on this beat like its a new "A Milli". Check that new DJ Drama & Fabolous Gangsta Grillz mixtape, "No Competition 2", for Fab's version. He kills it too.
This week THE ZRO HOUR salutes one of the illest groups in hip hop- THA ALKAHOLIKS. Tha Alkaholiks repped with party music full of crazy flows and banging production. After making an appearance on KING TEE's "Tha Triflin' Album", Tha Liks (J-Ro, Tash and E-Swift) released their first album "21 & Over" in 1993. As one of the first groups to sign with Loud Records, they were among the most influential groups to come out of that era as well as label mates with some of the finest in hip hop music including Big Pun, Wu-Tang and Mobb Deep. Their catalog consists of 5 albums with a couple of solo projects by Tash and J-Ro respectively.
Tha Alkaholiks' emcee Tash calls in to talk about the formation of the Likwit Crew, studio sessions with Ol' Dirty Bastard and current tours. Tash also introduces me to rapper Black Silver and they speak on a new supergroup featuring Prince Po from Organized Konfusion!
Enjoy the show!
ONLY WHEN I'M DRUNK
LET IT OUT
HIP HOP DRUNKIES feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard
OVER HERE feat. King Tee
GOT IT BAD YA'LL- King Tee feat. Tha Alkaholiks
INTERVIEW WITH TASH
21 AND UNDER
WLIX feat. The Lootpack & Declaime
BOTTOMS UP feat. King Tee
KILLING IT feat. Xzibit
ALL THE WAY LIVE feat. Q-Tip & King Tee