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  • Deacon the Villain – “Peace or Power” (Release) | @DeacTheVillain

    Truly a triple threat when it comes to this music stuff, Deacon the Villain has dropped his long-awaited solo project, Peace or Power. The CunninLynguists member produced the entire project, rapped, and even sang on a lot of the cuts. There are features from Natti, Kno, Harold Holloway, Jason Coffey, Ebony Love, Champagne Chu, The Remnant, Van Berry, JustMe, Tonedeff, Homeboy Sandman, Sheisty Khrist, and Tunji.  Listen to the project below and head to Bandcamp to pick out your merchandise package.

    All tracks produced by Deacon The Villain
    Cover art by Michael Manomivibul
    Mixed by Amond Jackson for “Salem Psalms” Studios (Atlanta, Ga)
    Mastered by Change for “The Den” Digital Studios
    Head of A&R: Essene “Champagne Chu” Moormon
    Cover Art Consultation: Tonedeff

    After 11 CunninLynguists projects, a side-group project and a slew of production credits under his belt, Kentucky’s favorite son Deacon The Villain finally unleashes his solo debut album, Peace or Power. 16 Tracks of pure unadulterated southern soul as only a triple-threat emcee/producer/singer can bring it to you. Featuring stellar guest appearances by Kno & Natti of CunninLynguists, Tonedeff, Homeboy Sandman, Tunji, Sheisty Khrist and more, this album is loaded with heady lyricism, spiritual mantras and positive vibes galore. And if that wasn’t enough, the production on this album (much of which is live instrumentation) is absolutely album-of-the-year worthy. What are are you waiting for? SPREAD THE WORD!! This album is to awesome to be ignored.

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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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  • 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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  • CoryaYo – “2000” (Release) | @CoryJAltenhofen

    Listen to Chicago producer CoryaYo‘s new boom bap driven 2000 release, which is full of goodness. The project is 22 tracks in length, and based on the cover and titled might just mean that they were made on the MPC 2000. Bump below and cop from Bandcamp.

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  • Zell – “Episode Explode, Erode & End Note.” (Release) |

    Naptown’s own, Zell has dropped his next project with Episode Explode, Erode & End Note.. He scored help from Bunsen for the production on the EP. “10oClawk” is the only track that features a special guest and that is Naptown native Toddy L’Kaim.

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  • Andy O. x Weighn – “I Never Went To Summer Camp” (Release) | @AndyO_TheHammer

    Every once in a while we get a dope submission out of the blue, and Boise, Idaho’s Andy O and Weighn were the latest to fall into this category with their I Never Went To Summer Camp project. After listening to the 12-track release, Andy reminded me of early Slug from Atmosphere, and his bio only confirms this. Weighn’s production is vibe-filled boom-bap sample chops, and the two work well together over their themed album. Read a bit more about Andy below, bump the goodness, and purchase via the name-your-price feature at Bandcamp.

    Andy O. uses his home and his past experiences living in Boise to color his subject matter, also borrowing from andintegrating elements of Slug of Atmosphere’s intense self-scrutiny, Aesop Rock’s wordy and bizarre patterns and flow, and Sage Francis’s impassioned, poetic verses. His freshman album with Boise producer Weighn, titled “I Never Went to Summer Camp”, debuted in Fall of 2015.

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