Come Again: A Mixtape by Tivert – Essex U.K.

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Killradio/Locash Collective style operative, code name Tivert, has just leaked a heavily coded transmission from his headquarters is Essex, U.K.  After decryption, several Missouri emcees voices could be heard clearly along with classic Hip-Hop heavy hitters.

We would like to recognize agent Tivert for leading the overseas rebellion against wackness and securing fresh style for the good people of Essex and beyond. This message is entitled Come Again and is addressed to all non-conformists across the globe. The mixing and the selection are precision on this. It’s all around on point. Stream or download the entire transmission here. Keep fightin the good fight..it never ends. – Hensley

((( Come Again: A Mixtape by Tivert )))

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Canadian vibe master Akin drops “Harmony” the second single from “True Stories.” (Official video)

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African-Canadian singer Akin’s new album aptly named True Stories turns on a metaphorical light switch for the human spirit. Some people live their whole lives trying to reach the mindset that the second single Harmony portrays.  To see that level of understanding embodied in such a young soul shines a little light on a world that seems to be going completely ballistic somewhere every day.

The new video shot in Toronto, shows people from young to old and in every shade of humanity sending a message of solidarity. The album is ten tracks of heavy drums with Akin and friends J.Robb, Nevahurd and Yomi lacing all of them with rich layers of vocals. The lyrics and vibe ebbs and flows from pride, to struggle, to heartfelt passion.

The main purpose behind the music and the video is to encourage a common ground between different yet equal voices that exist within our society that we might disagree but still respect one another thus some will sing the melody while others sing the harmony. – Akin

 

The album is available on itunes and Bandcamp and Akin is donating 50% of the song’s proceeds to UNICEF Canada to support their initiatives to fight poverty. 50%. That’s breaking bread.  So after you “go hard as a muthaf*cka” and find as many reasons as possible not to “turn down” this weekend, never forget to balance your soul out with some cleansing music.  Check out the video and be excellent to each other. One Love. – Hensley

 

A tour through Oklahoma style with SKER

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SKER UAT graffiti 4 I’ve been following Sker on the interwebs for a while now, after showing up in several pics with our mutual friend D.J.P. I sent him a friend request.  Shortly after, I noticed my already loud timeline becoming even more colorful. Outstanding graff pics with the paint so wet I could almost smell it through the monitor (no drips though), mixed with updates promoting impressive parties with nice line ups were everywhere.  Clearly he was up in the scene…several of them.  Little did I know till now, that he was pretty much running shit Tulsa/OKC. I recently got to ask him about it. He told me the story of a Mid-west kid addicted to freshness. You know a writer is legit when his answers almost fry your auto spell check. It was dope. It went like this.

What are your artistic roots?

I’ve been doing art since I was a kid. Growing up I was really into comic books, drawing, fantasy, monster movies and sci-fi. As a teen I got into rap, and saw album covers like Treacherous Three and Run-D.M.C. where I’d take tracing paper and copy the letters of the logos. I was drawing stylized lettering since about age 13, then moved into graffiti lettering around 1987. My brother and I formed The Evil Boys or EBK in 1987 with 2 friends, I painted my first real piece in 1988, and have painted steadily ever since.

As I turned into my twenties, we were incorporating anime, manga, and lots of graphic styles into our art. I co-founded UAT (graff/party crew) in 92 and have repped UAT (Us Against Them) since. I started writing the name SKER in 1993 and I’ve written SKER ever since then. I formed NDK (strictly graff crew) and repped that til its demise in 2000, and nowadays I rep Okie Boys, a loose group of artists & cool cats that I organized. I paint graff, and I do commissioned murals & art signage for a variety of clients, as well graphic art and custom paintings. SKER UAT graffiti 1996 freight What is your favorite medium?

My favorite medium is spray paint. Graffiti is where I really got into the styles, and I developed a passion for the art of creating graff. This passion is what keeps me going, still painting and still drawing. Spray paint is the core foundation, it’s the one thing that is the same for all graffiti artists; no matter where you come from, it’s up to you to show and prove once you get the cans in your hands.

A close second favorite would be markers. I draw ten times as much as I paint, and I use markers extensively. In addition to drawing graff I now use my markers for body art and calligraphy; figuring new techniques and new styles is always exciting. To me that’s what graffiti is all about: the concept of style, and the competition for the best style – that line is from “Style Wars” 1983 and it’s still true today. SKER UAT graffiti 5 How would you describe your style?

I have many styles. I’m known for big burners, clean lines, sharp edges, bold colors. I like making my pieces look real tight, with lots of energy. I focus on the flow of the letters, making it fresh every time. With UAT having been so strong and on point, and NDK having been so deep with art talent, our crews influenced the styles and we would share knowledge and techniques amongst ourselves.

So UAT had a certain style, and NDK had a recognizable style, that influenced others that came later. Of course, I also do fine art like acrylic paintings and large aerosol canvases, and there I get into lots of abstract styles and also characters. In addition I do professional graphic design, calligraphy, lettering and photography. I like to stay creative and stay busy. SKER UAT 36x48 aerosol canvas

 

On the promotion tip what events have you been a part of?

UATKrewe was just about the top name in the Oklahoma underground scene of the 90s. Very few people have more experience throwing parties in Oklahoma than I do. I’m talking about the OldSkool scene of all-night warehouse parties, no permits, unlicensed venues, DJs, hip-hop heads, B-Boy crews, and the underground music of techno, hip-hop, house, jungle, & electro. The OldSkool scene was a network of crews, working together into a movement.

UAT was formed as a graff crew in 1992 by HEK, CODAK and myself, and the following year 1993 I took the helm to promote the first UAT party. I threw a slew of parties, in the heydays when our scene was under the radar and was quite big (thanks to a list of other Oklahoma party promoters who also put in mad work). UAT parties featured out-of-state DJ headliners, underground venues, strong production values, and stylish graffiti-soaked flyers that people talked about and collected.

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I brought DJ Z-Trip to OKC in 98, I brought the entire Hieroglyphics Crew to OKC in 97, I brought Mix Master Mike to OKC in 96. I brought a slew of regional (Houston, Austin, Little Rock, Kansas City) techno-house DJ’s. I debuted D.J.P. in the OKC metro (he was down with UAT since 1995). I brought Midwest Avengers to OKC in 1998, Theo Parrish in 1995, a bunch of other names. UAT was known from St. Louis to Austin, and had a very strong reputation for quality.

I threw dozens of parties from 1993 – 1999, then took a hiatus after my first child was born. I re-established UAT events in Tulsa in 2003 with a monthly DJ party called “The Down Lounge.” I promoted that and other monthly parties (Mixt and Smoov Monthly) at a number of club venues for years. Then I slowed down heavily on club events, and moved into art shows. In 2008 I organized “Okie Boys Graffiti Invitational” and in 2011 (and in 2013) I did the “Decked Out” group skateboard art show, all in Tulsa. I keep saying I’m retired from promoting (which is almost true due to my work and family obligations), but I still keep busy with the annual Red Party (9th annual is coming this fall) and other events now under the GrownFolks moniker.

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Who are some of your favorite Oklahoma artists?

In OKC/405: My brother HECTK / David HEK, is the most talented artist you could find, he gets my ultimate respect. Way beyond graffiti (and he’s a style master), his illustrations, paintings, murals and lettering are incredible. He’s been a prodigy since we were little, and was my main partner in UAT and NDK, my painting-mission-teammate, and my brother so if you saw one of us back on the scene, you probably saw the other one. He’s at Think Ink Tattoos in Norman doing his thing today, and turning out amazing new work on the regular.

My man RHAK and I go way back, he was in my crew NDK and was a tight painting-partner for years, we’re still homeys. He used to promote parties back in the late 90s too, he brought DJ Craze, DJ Swamp, a bunch of quality underground hip-hop. Now he travels to do art, he gets up and he has great style, and still keeps his ear to the streets. ENTAKE gets good respect from me, he’s a great guy with a good attitude and tight skills. He’s active and he’s pushing himself forward all the time. YAVE I’ve seen his work in OKC since at least 1996, but I’ve never met the cat (he’s the only one on this list I haven’t painted with). I know that his graff characters have been arguably the best out of Oklahoma since back in the day, and I know he’s still getting busy with all types of custom art and airbrushing. Big props to this guy.

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In Tulsa: BSON is one of my favorites out of the 918. He’s been getting up for many years (he writes YOMOMS now), and his style is real clean and crisp. He’s precise, he runs a cool blog, plus he’s a great guy to be around. He also gets busy with paintings and commissioned murals.

AWHIZ is an art-business-owner so nuff respect on that tip alone! He gets busy with the graff, and his style is nice. A quality person too, who knows a whole lot about Golden Era hip-hop.

RUHEK is a cool cat, his style is on point and the guy paints with the best of em. You can spot his pieces easily, he has a certain look that is clean and flows really well.

ERATIK definitely gets mentioned here, he was in my crew NDK and since those days he’s developed into an incredible tattooist and illustrator. He owns Pen & Ink Tattoo in Tulsa, he’s done a slew of commissioned murals around town, and the guy’s art just blows people away.

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How would you describe the Midwest scene today? The OldSkool generation will always be different from those who came afterwards; a lot has changed obviously, but “A” came before “B” came before “C” – the scene today didn’t just pop up, it was built upon foundations that were laid before by the older generations. The Midwest scene does have good appreciation for the real underground culture: the knowledge, the history, the values.

The styles coming out are nothing short of incredible, and the easy availability of thousands of amazing graff photos every week (via social media) means artists can stay inspired 24/7. OKC and Tulsa both have some quality graffiti talent, with some good crews putting in work. The expansion of graffiti jams has also been great for the Midwest scene, the number of regional events (like Denver, Austin, Houston, Kansas City, St. Louis etc) is really good to see since these events give publicity and bring in top names from other cities. It fosters a sense of having a community, so connections are made and that’s what keeps the graff scene going.

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The party scene is long gone, and unfortunately people don’t really travel in any numbers for road trips anymore. Back then Kansas City heads like EAST, GEAR, SCRIBE, KRIE, FIVE, PRES, SCOOB and many others (including the Flavorpak Crew) drove more than once from KC to go to my UAT parties in OKC; partying and painting with us, making connects that went both ways. Heads and crews from Dallas, Austin, Fayetteville, and the whole state of Oklahoma all used to be in the place representing at UAT events and other parties here in Oklahoma.

So having any type of underground event today is still very valuable to the heads, and I give props to the promoters who still organize real hip-hop events, on both the art and music tips. These days with legal walls, writers can take their time to create pieces that are very high quality & creative. Of course, a few folks think that permission walls “don’t count” as graffiti but that’s just their opinion. Me, I don’t knock what anyone does, I mind my own business and I pay attention to what I’m doing not what you’re doing.

Huge respect to all the writers who are getting up with style in Oklahoma, they are pushing the core of the movement and taking the risks to get that fame. That will always be the main foundation of the scene, so props to the artists that get biz on the streets, there are several here who are active. Of course, today beef and drama are everywhere, especially with the younger cats, and made much worse by the internet. But that doesn’t really bother or affect me, I stay drama-free. So the best advice I’d say to any writer is just to avoid all the BS, just do your work and concentrate on your painting, eff all the rest.

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Final shouts?

Thank to Locash for letting me run my mouth haha, and props to you for delivering a quality product. Respect goes out to my wife Lady Miz, and to the UAT Krewe: HEK, CODAK, JEST, TORK, ZEN, DEFIANT, ORBIE, SRVLNC, and BIAS. Shouts to the Okie Boys, and NDK family. Shouts to D.J.P, RHAK, AWHIZ, DJ Snap, Stylarosa, BSON, SADAT, Kartel, ERATIK, JDAM, GEAR, EAST, SCRIBE, JOKER IHU, MYST, QUEST, TAME, DREMR, WERS, MASHER, SLER, D-Range, HUS, MANIK, DASH, DERT, CASPER, MOY1, ABORT, DJ Krisp-E, Jeremy McConnell, SAVES1, Brotha Bee, DJ Moody, Jabee, RIKS, Evol -M, RUHEK, ZUAWE, MANIK, DESPIZE, JASPYR, TEK, LIKER, DJ Chron R.I.P, WWST, DUST, SEIKO, MEEK MC, Oilhouse. DJ Somar, Culture Shock Camp, Thing 1, One Tribe, MSX, DTK, DFA, OAC, ASS Crew, AOS, RAL, DKT, Pozitribe, Storm, Loo-B-Fresh R.I.P, Ed Crunk, Cypher 120 crew, and last but not least Jackie at MadDog.

SKER UAT, also known as Chris Sker, was born & raised in Tulsa Oklahoma. He’s on Instagram @chris_sker

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Cali Miles is pure cane SUGAR – Ft. B-Boy Bobby Champagne, Jemini and Danny Wells

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Cleveland songbird Cali Miles drops us a couple rhymes on her new track Sugar ft. her people B-boy Bobby Champagne, Jemini and Danny Wells. This Ohio crew comes together on catchy, bouncy track produced by Yung Zup that you might catch your girlfriend singin along with.  It’s a twinge poppy, but Zup and the lyricist keep it at a right level of wrongness with some good drums and sex talk, like an icey glass of Kool-Aid with a healthy shot of Grey Goose.  Also did you notice she’s gorgeous?

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Ahem, sorry I got distracted. Back to the platter at hand. Cali rolls with a Cleveland collective dubbed The Bomb Squad. Around 20 members deep, their talents range from music, to promotions, to dance and a hot troop of models that melt the icing right off the cake,  basically they throw the party, then bring the party.  Yo, put me on the list Cali!

Cali has incorporated her vision into a colorful mixture of entertainment services. “One of the huge differences between Cali Miles Inc and other firms is our facility has an in house dance studio, recording studio, a talent agency, marketing dept. and we have promoted our own music and shows in theaters, movies, and arenas worldwide” – Calimiles.com

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G-Eazy drops his most ambitious project to date ‘These Things Happen’

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After putting out free music and touring since 2010, and several hundred thousand downloads later, G-Eazy has just revealed his long-awaited, highly anticipated, and what seems like his debut album These Things Happen.  In reality this is his 5th full length project, and this time around G has transcended into full retail status available on itunes and also on vinyl, (Yes!) online and at record stores near you.

The new digs is 16 tracks strong and features artists such as A$AP Ferg, E-40, Jay Ant, Remo and many more.  Three slick, stylistic as always, official video’s had already racked up 4.5 Million views before the album even came out! The vibe throughout the project can only be described as G-Eazy keepin it as G-Eazy as ever.  That’s how much of a niche this dude has carved out for himself.

It’s awesome to see an artist winning the battle for music’s integrity against the industry shark tank, taking his own bite out the game, and blowing up independently. “I’ve got a lane and I’m in gear/people say who’s next up/that conversation really ends here”  G- flows with braggadocio on the lead off single I Mean It and he does.  It definitely goes to show that raw talent, genuine style, and hard work are still valuable commodities.

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With His self producing, self promoting, indie grind G-Eazy has become one of my favorite artists period.  He could have been a sensation with his production alone but, lacing his own work with slick rhymes, and his James Dean of rap style brings his vision into a finely tuned brand.

His edgy love songs mixed with uber swag, live the life jams make his music something uniquely fresh.  When producing he can be found dusting off decades old records from a golden era of American music magic, he then hooks a beat up and converts it into hip-hop form.

The romanticism and swing of 50′s-60′s Doo-wop and classic rock staples, are captured and blended into a modern sound without losing their original appeal.  His finished projects radiate good vibrations like the Beach Boys, possessed by the Beastie Boys, with the added luxury of modern toys. Apparently, these things happen. – Hensley

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L-Dro – Gettin 2 Tha Money

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Akron Ohio’s L-Dro is on it with some brand new heat.  The first single Gettin 2 Tha Money from the In Us We Trust Mixtape was just released and is motivational to put it lightly. Whatever your job is play this track before you go. The new project is due out in July and features the infamous DJ Drama.

After last summers Drohio mixtape with Don Cannon, L is ready make moves with some brand new sounds and focus is on his side. Gettin 2 Tha Money is hypnotic and the lyrics are alpha rap with the peddle on the floor, all green lights.  Once again the Nerve Dj laced us with a NERVpak download to up the value of your Serato files.

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Dub-O releases hot new project “Old Lights New Lights” #Cleveland

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Cleveland scene smasher Dub-O just released his second full project “Old Lights New Lights.” Since lighting fires last summer with his debut “Do I Know You?” Dub has been going hard on rhymes, style, and quality product.  I’m still knockin his shit from last summer like “Paid” and “Moves To Make” but this hot of the presses for 2014 shit, is when hella good, got great.

“Old Lights New Lights” is 13 tracks of niceness, no skipping necessary, hit play and you’re good for 46 minutes.  The first single”Dope” is loud as hell, accompanied by a loud video, talking loudly about loud ass chronic in parallel to his loud music. There’s no hidden meaning here. It is what it is. Ya heard?

Dub-O represents the Est. 19XX crew founded by Interscope artist Machine Gun Kelly, which also includes Cleveland hitters Ray Jr. and Tezo.  You can catch Dub-O and Tezo live right now on their Canada/North  American tour Guilty For Grinding.  You can also cop an I’m Guilty pack for $35, which includes V.I.P. show access, meet and greet, Dub’s album, Tezo album, tour poster and a tour shirt.  Here’s the dates.  Knowledge is power, now go rock out with the EST. 19XX crew! – Hensley

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Only one copy of the new Wu-Tang Clan double album “The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” will be released.

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The worlds most prolific Rap group has a secret.  For the past six years members of the Wu-Tang Clan have been sporadically disappearing for short spells, sometimes in groups, sometimes by ones.  When a group of that magnitude stays quite for that long, tradition tells us tell something’s coming. On the eve of the new moon in the 20th year since Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers,) the saga continues.

Operating in the shadows and flawlessly displaying discipline in its purest form, The Wu–Tang Clan has managed to secretly record a 31 track double album with every member of the Clan present (ODB unknown.) Not present whatsoever,…the industry, the media, the social media, hype.

Entitled The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolinthis magnum opus has the potential to literally save music, not the music industry, music’s integrity.  Housed in a hand carved Silver and Nickel chest and kept in a secret location in Morraco, there is only one copy in existence and that’s all there shall be.

“The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years. And yet it doesn’t receive the same treatment as art in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it’s been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free.”  Clan leader RZA told Forbes magazine.

“I think it’s a musical portrait that’s going to revolutionize music in the future,” said Wu-Tang swordsman “Masta Killa” via electronic message to Forbes “And I’m thankful to my brother Ringz, to collaborate with, and I’m ecstatic to be a part of it.”

“We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before, we’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.” RZA elaborated.

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The album was mastered by RZA and produced by long time Wu affiliate “Cilvaringz” from the Netherlands, who also diagrammed the once in a lifetime presentation of the project.  The solitary copy will be exhibited through galleries, festivals and museums like any other exclusive work of art.

Running at 128-minutes the album can be heard in one shot, through venue provided headphones after scans for hidden recording devices, also making it the worlds first leak proof album.  The listening sessions are rumored to be priced at $30-$50. After the exhibition tour the group will make the album available to a single entity, for a price “in the millions,” as you can suspect there are already offers upwards of Five Mil.

The albums sound itself remains a mystery, all Clan members are said to represent their respective chambers along with Funk Doctor Spock himself, Redman. More eclectic personas are featured as well, like members of the soccer team FC Barcelona. I’m not sure what that means but I wanna hear it.  A haunting female voice listed as Bonnie Jo Mason appears on two tracks, just confirmed by Rolling Stone to be none other than Cher.

For the non millionaire set, also currently in production is a second full Wu-Tang album slated to be released this summer called “A Better Tommorow” it will be available globally to the masses in July or can be pre-ordered now.  The first single, “Keep Watch” produced by original Wu genius “Mathematics” has already materialized.

Rest easy Wu disciples and believers in the value of expression, passion, style and skill, The Wu Tang Clan has come to restore music’s intrinsic value and save us from the free 33 track “mixtape” buried in (insert tired internet feed here.)  No matter what, it’s always Wu-Tang forever. As if the Led Zepplin of Hip-Hop needed more credibility, Wu- Tang is about to make history on several levels…again – Hensley

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Woo Child – Don’t I prod. by JBJR (Official Video)

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It’s some cold ass Sh*t when rappers can rap, on that note, Saint Louis standout Woo Child just put out the official video for his fast paced single “Don’t I,” from his upcoming EP Heirs.  This video is something I’ve always appreciated, a good “watch me rap cause it’s dope” project.

Orchestrated by tracksmith JBJR, the programming is explosive, gratifyingly typical to his “king me” approach to production. Lyrically, Woo spits Seven hot 16′s like a Uzi, which is awesomely atypical to song structure in general. Seven son.

You can find Woo Child rollin with The Usual Suspects crew and you can find JBJR behind hit lead off singles on every mixtape worth anything comin out of Saint Louis and beyond, putting these two forces together is like putting electricity through water and a lot of fire is the outcome.  The chorus asks “don’t I, don’t I, keep it poppin, playa, pimpin?.. listen” But, it’s a rhetorical question.  Peep game on the new video below. Holla,- Hensley

Pennsylvania’s NICK IAMADON Releases his soulful new party jam “Whoa”

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Erie, PA’s Nick Iamadon from the Cash On Demand crew has just released his futuristic soul party jam “Whoa” on the world. Produced by Nathan Amidon the track itself is a technical triumph.  Melodic raps by Nick and his partner Lake City Fresh, smooth the whole thing out with a “lollipop”-esque vibe.

If you could upload top shelf alcohol, perfume laced stripper sweat and V.I.P. rapper swag into Pro Tools this track might be the result.  You can catch this one on Nick’s upcoming mixtape “Scgo!” to be released June 30th on GUN PLAY RECORDS.  DJ’s you can download the DJ pack right now from NerveDJ’s.com to get your set crackin.  I mean, who likes sex and alcohol?  Exactly, errrrbody.

Holla, – Hensley

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