Episode 3 of Dj Tre’s radio show “The Time Is 95”, which airs every Wednesday from 8pm- 9pm EST on Ground Up Radio’s online radio stream!! Listen in on the TuneIn app or visit www.groundupradio.com and click on the LISTEN NOW button. #PRESSPLAY
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Hip hop recently took a loss with the passing of A Tribe Called Quest emcee Phife, also known as Phife Dawg. With the news stirring the hip hop community, there has been an extreme outpouring of homage being paid to the “5 Foot Assassin”. From mixshow tributes, blog posts, pictures (First Lady Michelle Obama even posed with a picture of ATCQ’s album “The Low End Theory” to pay respect to Phife) and more, the love for Phife Dawg is real and his memory will resonate for years to come.
Prior to his transition, Phife was working on album titled “Give Thanks”. With production from the late, great producer J Dilla (whom Phife dedicated the track “Dear Dilla” to a few years back), Phife’s single “Nutshell’ is available for download. The video for the track was recorded before his passing and features Phife in raw form spitting some the best verses we’ve heard from him in years. Included in the video are some legends of hip hop (Rakim, Redman, Pete Rock, Q Tip, Maseo from De La Soul) summing up Phife Dawg in a nutshell. #PRESSPLAY
“Nutshell” is availabe for purchase and download here.
If you haven’t watched or heard of the webisode series “Respect Life” by now, you need to get in tune! Featured on the YouTube channel of the same name, “Respect Life” depicts life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York and the many different situations that arise from life in the streets. While following the storylines of the show’s characters, many topics (including racism,HIV, and homosexuality) are brought to light. The story line is very relatable and the actors bring life to their characters. Garnering a core audience and steady rise in viewership in Season One’s thirteen episodes, the time for Season Two’s premier is quickly approaching. To get a brief recap of last season, #PRESSPLAY on the trailer above!
Written and shot by rapper/director/actor Boom Pacino, “Respect Life” is a web series destined to rise to greater horizons. Don’t be the last to know about it! Go to the “RESPECT LIFE” YouTube channel to view and subscribe now! Season Two kicks off on April 20th!
Big Grams, a collaborative music project consisting of Big Boi, one half of the legendary hip hop act Outkast, and electronic rock duo Phantogram, has been receiving rave reviews since the release of their self titled EP last year. Dropping a new visual for their song “Drum Machine”, the video boast a feel good, humorous vibe that is as enjoyable as the track. #PRESSPLAY
“WE WANT THE FUNK!!” It seems that the saying is proving to be timeless. Funkadelic, the collective band that is known for its hits in the genre of funk music that include “Knee Deep” and “One Nation Under A Groove”, and it’s frontman/lead vocalist George Clinton, has shared a new track featuring Grammy Award winning hip hop star Kendrick Lamar and legendary hip hop icon Ice Cube. “Ain’t That Funkin Kinda Hard On You? (Remix)” is a smooth groove that finds Kendrick and Cube fitting in comfortably. No strangers to funk, Kendrick’s rap album of the year “To Pimp A Butterfly” was strongly influenced by funk and Ice Cube has rhymed on funk tracks his whole rap career, which includes the 1994 collaboration with George Clinton, “Bop Gun”. #PRESSPLAY
Timeless rap duo Mobb Deep continues to tour and release music to the fans who can “never get enough of this”. Prodigy has made it known that his next solo album, “The Hegelian Dialectic”, is coming, as well as another Mobb Deep album. We’ve been waiting……
…..and here we are! Prodigy drops his first single from the album, titled “Tyranny”. Speaking his point of view on racial and social issues, P points out that the real enemy is the government and those factors are only distractions. Prodigy delivers in the only way he knows…hardcore. #PRESSPLAY
After announcing last week that they will be releasing a posthumous album from iconic hip hop producer/emcee J Dilla, Mass Appeal Records (independent record label under the ownership of rap legend, Nas) posted the first track off the album to their Soundcloud page (https://soundcloud.com/massappealrecs). The track features Dilla spitting bars over the production, which is handled by himself (of course) and House Shoes. #PRESSPLAY
This release will be the second posthomous release on the label as it follows the December 2015 release of legendary UGK rapper Pimp C’s “Long Live The Pimp” album.
‘The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla’s longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary on April 15th, in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records. Initially intended for release in 2002, The Diary is the final batch of unissued material that Dilla had assembled for release during his lifetime, lending crucial insight into the producer’s prowess and thought process in the period leading up to his break with the major label system and the extremely fertile period that followed (which encompassed the making of the canonical classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib, and Donuts). The Diary features vocal performances by J Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane, Frank and Dank, Nottz and Boogie, over production by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins.”
– Mass Appeal Records Soundcloud page
“The Introduction” – produced by House Shoes with additional production by J Dilla
1. The Introduction
2. The Anthem feat. Frank & Dank
3. Fight Club feat. Nottz & Boogie
4. The Shining Pt. 1 (Diamonds) feat. Kenny Wray
5. The Shining Pt. 2 (Ice)
7. Gangsta Boogie feat. Snoop Dogg & Kokane
8. Drive Me Wild
9. Give Them What They Want
10. The Creep (The O)
11. The Ex feat. Bilal
12. So Far
13. Fuck The Police
14. The Diary
15. Bonus Track 1 [iTunes Exclusive]
16. Bonus Track 2 [iTunes Exclusive]
R&B/Pop starlet Rhianna has been riding high on the success of her recent album release “Anti” and the lead single that is heating up airwaves, internet, and all outlets in between, “Work”.
Featuring hip hop headliner, Drake, “Work’ is a sexy exchange between two lovers over a dancehall influenced riddim. Definitely a song to heat up the dance floor and the bodies that will be grinding on it.
As fans lay in wait for the offial video release, the official teaser to the video has hit the web. In the clip, it features Rhi Rhi returning to her Bajan roots by featuring scenes in a dance hall while grinding with Drake and the whole club joins in with that “Work”. #PRESSPLAY
If you have not been enlightened to the “Hidden Colors” documentary series (currently released in a three part seires), I personally suggest that you find the time to view it. The series, produced by acclaimed author/speaker/podcaster Tariq Nasheed aka King Flex, was originally released to expose the hidden history of the melinated people of the Earth and to reveal the facts that were not taught in history class. Having evolved to cover the subjects of “The Power of Melanin” and “The Rules of Racism” in parts 2 and 3, the next installment of the series addresses “The Religion of White Supremacy”. #PRESSPLAY on the video to reveal what looks to be yet another solid installment to the series.
Superstar entertainer Beyonce has used the element of suprise again! Out of nowhere, she has released a single entitled “Formation” and accompanied it with a video that, at the moment, is exclusive on streaming sevice Tidal (which is owned by her hubby, Jay-Z. makes sense, huh?). Beyonce is reported to give a debut performance of the song at Superbowl 50.
The internet is already going nuts. If you haven’t heard it yet, #PRESSPLAY