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  • The Underachievers – “Star Signs / Generation Z” (Video) | @THEUALIFESTYLE @YASHXANA

    The Underachievers, AK and Issa Gold, have returned with a new double-set of visuals in support of their latest album, Evermore: The Art of Duality. The video was directed by Yashxana. Get their new album from iTunes, and check out their tour dates as well.

    “Generation Z” (Prod. by Nick León & POSHtronaut).
    Directed by @YASHXANA
    Edited by Cullen Golden & Ben Guzman
    Cinematography by Michael Townley
    Production Assistant: Doug Keenan


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  • Hinx Jones – “Soul Hop” (Release) + “Nothing” (Video) | @HinxJones @Lonegevity @ItsGritts

    Indiana’s own Hinx Jones, the duo of Lonegevity and Gritts, have released their brand new Soul Hop album today, as well as a new video for their “Nothing” single. The ten-track project features production from Lonegevity throughout, but also from ILL Brown, Maja 7th, Slot-A, and Mandog. There are features from Sirius Blvck, Neak, Skittz, and Pope Adrian Bless. Read a bit more below, check out the video above, and listen to their newness down at the bottom. They also have a limited edition CD for sale on their Bandcamp page, which will have lyrics, a digital download code, will be signed and numbered, and is an alternative version of the album that includes interludes and transitions not available digitally. So yeah, cop that. The video was directed and edited by Brand-It.

    “Soul Hop” was made with a different approach than their previous projects, as their new themed album incorporates a lot more direct focus of intent, singing, and more so than ever promotes vibes and thoughts around bettering oneself. The production is a bit more heartfelt than aggressive. The goal was to mesh soul and hip hop together to form something of a new genre. Think Foreign Exchange’s Connected meets The Roots’ How I Got Over, with their own personal touches added to it.

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  • TiRon x Ayomari – “All We Are” (Video) | @TiRon @ayomari

    Watch the latest visual piece from TiRon & Ayomari, which is their “All We Are” song from their previous The Great New Wonderful. The video starts off with a dialogue with a question about creativity and its importance, and it continues with different thoughts from various people about their ideas about being who we are – all while the video and song is played. Shouts to Naptown’s own Gentleman Alphonse who has a cameo and talks about the Indiana mindset. Check out the duo’s album by clicking this link.

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  • Fashawn – “Confess” (Video) | @Fashawn

    Fashawn just dropped a new animated video to his dope “Confess” track, which is from his previous Ecology album. The video was animated and directed by Hectah, and is set in the Wild West. Fashawn will be joining Run The Jewels on their Jewel Runner Tour.

    The video is filled with familiar faces, gun fights and sweet revenge; with Fashawn’s character fighting his inner demons. To celebrate the numerous “guest appearances,” Mass Appeal Records & Fashawn would like to announce a “Spot The Rapper” contest for all fans. Three winners from the correct entries will be chosen and will have the chance to get a signed copy of The Ecology (vinyl) and a tshirt, but also, meet Fashawn and attend a show, as he provides support along the Jewel Runner Tour with Run The Jewels. To make it easy, we’re giving you photographs of two rappers in this video, can you guess the other 11?

    Fashawn Joins Run The Jewels #JewelRunner Tour (with Boots & Cuz Lightyear)
    10/5 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
    10/6 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
    10/7 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s
    10/12 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
    10/13 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
    10/15 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
    10/16 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theatre
    10/18 – Santa Barbara, CA – The Funk Zone
    10/20 – Denver, CO – Ogden
    10/21 – Denver, CO – Ogden
    10/22 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Band Theatre
    10/23 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
    10/24 – Royal Oak, MI ­– Royal Oak Music Hall

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  • KYLE – “Remember Me?” ft. Chance The Rapper | @SuperDuperKyle @ChanceTheRapper

    KYLE has released his Smyle project today, and with that you can listen to the “Remember Me” song that features Chance The Rapper. Get all of his various merchandise for his project over at his website, here, and you can purchase Smyle from iTunes. He’ll also be on the road in the coming months, so hit KYLE’s site for that info too.

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  • Illa J – “Illa J” (Release) | @IllaJ @bastardjazz

    Illa J has unleashed his debut self titled album today, which features sample-free production from the Potatohead People and a few others. The project is primarily feature-free other than a couple features from Moka Only, Ivan Ave, Kaytranada, and a l l i e. Listen to the full-length below, and head over to Bandcamp to browse purchase options (vinyl, CD, digital).

    From deep musical origins in Detroit, rapper/singer/songwriter Illa J has been slowly navigating his way through the oft-turbulent waters of Hip-Hop since the tender age of 13, when the young John Yancey aka Illa J wrote his first rhyme alongside his brother, the late great J Dilla. After his brother’s passing in ‘06, he began teaching himself piano, bass and taking vocal lessons while finding himself touring the world and recording a slew of Dilla-related projects, notably being an active member of Slum Village until 2014. His first solo album, ’08s Yancey Boys and the Frank Nitt 2013 collaborative album Sunset BLVD were both released on seminal label Delicious Vinyl. Feeling the need for a change creatively as well as geographically, in 2012 John moved to the future music hotbed that is Montreal ultimately making the connection with Canadian producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical aka Potatohead People (whose acclaimed Bastard Jazz debut album Big Luxury in Spring 2015 featured Illa J on two hit singles). The success of their initial collaborations inspired the team to dive into the studio and embark on Illa J’s new self-titled solo album, and present an entirely fresh sound of his own.

    The album Illa J, produced without any samples by Potatohead People alongside a few groundbreaking co-producers, showcases a more mature and at-ease Illa J who is equally comfortable on top of an electronic boogie-inspired beat (“Universe”) as he is getting grimey over a trunk rattling G-Funk joint (the Kaytranada co-produced “Strippers”). On tracks like the sparse, Rhodes driven “Cannonball” (co-produced by Montreal’s Noo Bap), and the early 90s Spiritual / Acid Jazz inspired “Sunflower”, Illa flexes his muscles through both song and rhyme. And of course being true to his roots, the classic Detroit boom-bap sound is ever present on joints like “French Kiss”, “Perfect Game” (quite possibly Rap’s only ode to bowling), and “Never Left”, a touching tribute to his brother and a call-out to abusers of Dilla’s legacy. Vancouver mainstay MC Moka Only contributes invaluably to the cohesive sound of the album as well, providing signature smoothed-out vocal choruses to tracks like “She Burned My Art”, “All Good Pt. 2” and “Who Got It” (co-produced by Mosaic). Dropping Fall 2015 on Bastard Jazz Recordings, Illa J is a brilliantly-produced, diverse, and long overdue solo effort from Yancey.

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  • B3Nbi x DÜNGA x ELUDEM x gabonano x Low-Key – “El Tercer Grito” (Release)

    Check out this dope beat collection from B3Nbi, DÜNGA, ELUDEMgabonano, and Low-Key that celebrates Mexican Independence Day and culture. Listen to the grooves below, and you can purchase via the name-your-price at Bandcamp.

    The third installment of the now yearly tradition of Mexican beats celebrating not only Mexico’s independence day but Mexican culture altogether. El Tercer Grito finds itself with new faces such as Low-Key from the very dynamic collective, Humble – Weight and ELUDEM from the Rootnote Collective, along with the familiar faces dunga, gabo & benbi. Drink Responsibly.

    B3Nbi (soundcloud.com/b3nbi)
    DÜNGA (soundcloud.com/d-nga-batidas)
    ELUDEM (soundcloud.com/eludem)
    gabonano (soundcloud.com/gabonano)
    Low-Key (soundcloud.com/low_key_1988)

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  • G MILLS – “260 EP” (Release) | @gabemillman @blvntrecords

    Press play on this new instrumental project from Nashville beatsmith G MILLS, titled 260 EP. Beats and lots of slap. Bump below, cop via Bandcamp, and check out Mills’ Soundcloud page for more tunes. Artwork by Bob Rigg.

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