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In the spirit of posting great pop music before it gets too popular, this new Travie McCoy song “Golden” featuring pop sensation Sia will DEFINITELY be on the radio eventually. It’s got everything you’d want in a pop song: catchy electronic instrumentals, a dope beat, Sia’s strong vocals, and Travie’s college-dude rapping style reminiscent of the best of Gym Class Heroes. You already know what this could sound like, so listen to how it actually sounds; they may be one and the same, but I see no real issue with that.

Stay repping the game, kids.

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Czarface feat. R.A. the Rugged Man - Good Villains Go Last

Watch Eminem Become An Action Hero Superstar In This ‘Phenomenal’ Video Preview

Watch Eminem Become An Action Hero Superstar In This ‘Phenomenal’ Video Preview

Eminem is already a rap star, but could he be an action hero, too? The rapper appears to be taking on that role in the music video preview for “Phenomenal,” which dropped Tuesday (Jun. 30). Here’s a look at how Slim Shady transformed from a dope spitter to the next Jason Bourne. First, we see Em wake up in a mysterious location. Eminem Then, we see Slim Shady is lost and confused. Eminem Em is…

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Hero - Brockhampton

I was sitting in my room at my computer playing guitar. I received a text from Romil asking for a solo on this track. I looped the track and improvised a solo for about 8 minutes. I took from that my favorite part of the solo and sent it out to everyone. They fell in love with it. Months later I was performing that very same guitar part on stage alongside my family. -AG

Note to self:
I’m creating my first album with a great group of people. I started this album alone in Derrick Drake’s old apartment. The team has grown since then. The team has gained and lost people since September 2014. It’s beautiful. It’s amazing. It’s a group of positive adjectives that I can’t think of because it’s 4 am. Regardless of how this album “performs” this is a beautiful time in my life. I’m making the album I always wanted to make. Better than Venom IV (Zyke Lloyd you remember those days!?!?!). Better than Nevermind the Dropout. The album is nowhere near done at this moment but, this album has been a beautiful process. Never again will I have my first album. That’s weird to think about. Even if I blow up & sell out one day. The purity of this album is beautiful. I look forward to working with everyone else I plan on working with, I’d tag them but, they’d probably like and never read it. As I started this album I was no one. As I work on this album I’m no one. By the end of the album I’ll probably still be no one. I’m unimportant to the game at the moment. People are still deciding to work with me. I appreciate that.

“If you’re here now, you’ll be apart forever.”

-scReam heRo

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Episode 400 - Every Hero Needs A Villain by Czarface - Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric deliver a more colourful and more fun hip-hop record than their debut with a stronger guest line-up. Overall improvements across the board makes for an easy great. 8/10

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Czarface - Every Hero Needs A Villain (Album Review)

The lore of the supervillain is in many ways parallel to that of the rapper: an origin story of a struggle against oppressive powers, the flaunting of one’s strengths/accomplishments, and a fiery winner-take-all attitude. Though the concept has been somewhat played out (Ghostface’s Tony Stark, MF DOOM’s Madvillain, etc.), there is a necessary resurgence in light of media trends in recent years (Marvel Studios’ box office domination, the success of Batman Arkham video games, etc.).

Lo and behold, Inspectah Deck, 7L and Esoteric’s supervillain-themed collaboration: Czarface. With a debut album in 2013, the trio shocked us with their out-of-left-field approach to their album release, as well as an infatuation with WWE wrestling, comic books, and a return-to-form boom bap sound. So what do we get with their second outing, Every Hero Needs A Villain? Well, everything is bigger, louder, and ultimately, better.

Production:

7L holds the reigns on 16 tracks, leaning toward nostalgic boom-bap, the style Inspectah Deck and Esoteric cut their teeth on in the mid-90’s. Sounds range from loud, crunchy guitars on tracks like “Czartacus” and “The Great (Czar Guitar)” to wonky, low-key synths on “Red Alert”. The heavy use of samples is blatantly homesick – yet, even in the millennial generation, they still bang louder than most trap beats. The track “When Gods Go Mad” uses a cinematic score redolent of 70’s James Bond films to create a haunting, dominant sound in spite of its archaic methods. Also impressive is 7L’s A.D.D. beat-changes, most evident on the 8-minute track, “Escape from Czarkham Asylum”, where a total of 4 beat changes occurs. The result is a fresh, epic song reminiscent of Beastie Boys’ B-Boy Bouillabaisse, or MF DOOM’s Change The Beat, that justifies its length.

Lyrics:

Another technique Czarface resurrects is the punchline. Similes and metaphors are in abundance, adding a layer of energy and playfulness to the project without coming off passé. “I’m hungry like Olajuwan, playing through Ramadan” (“Ka-Bang!”) and “Bring fire to your camp like kumbaya” (“Lumberjack Match”) are personal favorites. Naturally, references to The Flash, Predacons, Nightcrawler and other nerd mythos are strewn throughout, maintaining an overall sense of a larger-than-life image of the powers and abilities of Czarface.

Flow/Sound:

While the old-fashioned sound is successful, the group’s flow may not be enough to hold the attention of the average millennial audience. The modern tendency to rap at lightening speed (à la Tech N9ne or Kendrick Lamar) is so desirable nowadays, that the more traditional, deliberate execution of these veterans may sound dated. That being said, if the flow doesn’t grab you, the number of features certainly will. The ante has certainly been raised from Czarface’s first album when it comes to the guest appearances: legends like DOOM, GZA, Method Man, R.A. the Rugged Man, and Large Professor unite in the same way a super villain collective like The Sinister Six does – with a shared purpose to cause as much chaos as possible. Impressive verses all across the board.

Overall:

Inspectah Deck’s solo efforts – though with marginal degrees of praise – never truly attained Cuban Linx or Supreme Clintele-calibur of prestige found in his fellow Wu confidants. With RZA production essentially nonexistent, the Rebel INS desperately needed a faithful producer to wed music to his vocals. The Czarface project is very much a long-awaited victory that nobody could have expected. It’s a comeback of Run The Jewels proportions: Deck just needed to find the missing link in 7L and Esoteric. The album bangs, the lyrics are fire, and in a year already so full of hot releases, Every Hero Needs A Villain has a lot to offer.

Head-Roc rocks "Black Rock Star Super Hero" Music on the Mall June 30th @ Noon!

We look forward to seeing our Black Rock Star Super Hero & Chocolate City Rocks Family out for a Special Mid-Day performance by Head-Roc!

Much Love to Goldie Deane and Baye Harrell for their Organization and Leadership of this year’s DC Hip-Hop Theatre Festival!


06.30.15 Washington, DC: National Air and Space Museum (Outdoor Performance).
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and DC Hip-Hop…

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Key!, Post Malone, and Heroes + Villains Recap at Beer N’ Tacos

Atlanta was on fire at last week’s Beer N’ Tacos concert featuring Key! and Post Malone as their headliners.