TRAE THE TRUTH “DETERMINED”
A gloomy Paris day serves as the setting to H-Town legend Trae Tha Truth’s introspective album cut, “Determined.” Directed by Phillyflyboy, the Eiffel Tower soars in the background, lighting up the gray skies as Trae reflects on challenges that’ve thrown his life off track while sustaining a hustle that’s kept him intact. “Trae puts his typically complex emotions on display in the European capital,” noted Rap-Up, while Global Grind added that he “spits some heavy bars that will inspire fans to put his album back on repeat.” A prime example of the versatility and depth that Trae presents on Tha Truth, “Determined” delves deep into the veteran emcee’s life, as he reflects on his own children: “Neeko is getting older, walking, talking, and laughing, and talking shit at the same time, funny how time is passing/ Lil Jared is fly as a hawk, I know them girls gonna be in trouble you can tell when he talk, it ain’t a game/ baby Houston is a star I can feel it, give him a year I swear he’s gonna be as hot as a skillet.”
SOLAI VIDEO “LES”
Sunny southern California’s, SOLAI, has unveiled the latest music video for Les. The track comes from the self-released, eponymous album SOLAI.
“Solai, aka Chris Pope, continues to entertain the sounds, feelings, visuals, and narratives that speak from the heart and extra sensory levels and depths of perception, sounds, and visions.” – Sjimon Gompers, IMPOSE
STEEP CANYON RANGERS’ RADIO NOW STREAMING AT PASTE
Grammy award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers’ highly anticipated upcoming album, RADIO, is now streaming in full exclusively at Paste Magazine. The album will be released August 28 on Rounder Records and is now available for pre-order via iTunes. Produced by Jerry Douglas (John Oates, Alison Krauss, Béla Fleck) and already receiving critical acclaim, The Wall Street Journal calls the album’s title track “…a wide-eyed tribute to the magic of discovering music over the airwaves.” Paste also recently premiered the music video for the song, which can be viewed/shared here: http://bit.ly/1NSDxwk.
WILLIS EARL BEAL ALBUM STREAM
Willis Earl Beal was born on the South Side of Chicago. He would never consider it home. An odd kid, he spent a lot of his youth talking with his grandmother, who would entertain his endless questions about the universe and encourage his love of drawing. He developed an obsession with Batman that would last well into his teenage years, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a form of vigilante training.
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS RELEASE NEW TRACK “AUDIO WAR”
Placentia, CA based psych/hip hop group Kottonmouth Kings have released a new track “Audio War,” now available on iTunes. The band also released a brand new music video for “Sink Or Swim.” Both tracks are from the group’s upcoming album Krown Power, out August 28th via United Family Music / Capitol Records. Krown Power is available for pre-order now on iTunes and in Kottonmouth Kings’ merch store.
ORYX & CRAKE NEW VIDEO
“The video for “The World Will Take Care of Me” was made by The Green Room ATL in coordination with re:imagine/ATL and MASS collective. Many of the kids involved with the camp were from non-profits who serve kids abused/neglected and for those who help kids with mental health issues.
They came up with the concept that a homeless “Robin Hood” kid isn’t seen by others but is seen by the other homeless. And the world provides for him. Sort of. The concept is particularly crazy because it is the life that many of the kids in the video have actually lived.
PROF RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR “BAR BREAKER”
Rhymesayers Entertainment emcee PROF has released a new video for his track, “Bar Breaker,” via HipHopDX. Produced by Aesop Rock, “Bar Breaker” is the second single from Prof’s forthcoming Rhymesayers debut, ‘Liability.’ The outlandish video begins with the rapper digging himself out of being buried alive, followed by him crashing an amateur porn shoot in a van, jumping off a bridge, getting hit by a car, and taking an IV from a bottle of Jameson in the back of an ambulance. Or…what Prof calls Tuesday. The video was shot entirely with a GoPro camera, mounted to Prof on a custom-made Snoricam rig. Each verse was filmed as one continuous shot, giving a fun and unique perspective of the action as it unfolds.
R. CITY SET TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ‘WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF’
R. City, the platinum-selling songwriting/production duo, will release their debut album, What Dreams Are Made Of on October 9th via Kemosabe Records/RCA Records. Fans who pre-order the album will receive an instant download of two new songs from the album – “Checking For You” and “Take You Down,” as well as their current hit single “Locked Away” featuring Adam Levine. What Dreams Are Made Of is available for pre-order now at Apple Music/iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
LUWUM ALBUM STREAM
Today, Seattle’s LUWUM had their forthcoming album Places Worn picked up by the one-and-only music aggregator site, Hype Machine. Hype Machine has set up an exclusive premiere stream of the album – allowing users to hear the album in it’s entirety before the album drops for the public on August 28 via Olympic Dreams Records.
SCARFACE’S NEW VIDEO “STEER” FT. RUSH DAVIS
Scarface is a legend. You’ve probably heard that. Maybe you’ve heard all his music, too. (Maybe you’ve even read his book-or at least the very interesting Noisey article about it). But maybe you haven’t, and the idea of diving into the body of work of a rapper who’s been making music for 25 years with his new single seems ridiculous. In this case, though, it’s not.
CRUISR ANNOUNCES FALL TOUR DATES WITH MISTERWIVES AND WATERS
In the past year CRUISR has been touring non-stop, sharing the stage with the likes of The 1975, Bleachers, Young Rising Sons, and Imagine Dragons to name a few. Today, the band is excited to announce they will be joining MisterWives and WATERS on The Scrapbook Tour. The tour kicks off in their home-state of Philadelphia on 9/23 and wraps up in DC on 11/08 after taking CRUISR across the country and back.
PLASTIC RHINO NEW SINGLE
Their new single, “Big Man Baby” was co-written by Atara, Jack, and Tom Chandler, who also produced on the track. This in-your-face rock powerhouse reigns in the intensity of the late-period glory days of alternative rock, a vivacious mix of punk, industrial rock and grunge. Its wildly kinetic pace remains all together invigorating as Atara’s howling vocals soar across the reverberating sound. On a track about refusing to confirm to a mans standards, Atara takes centerstage, showcasing how truly powerful women can be. Both in rock music and outside of it.
YOUNG POETS NEW VIDEO / SINGLE
Young Poets is an Australian indie rock band from Melbourne, formed in 2013. Since then, Young Poets have played headline shows all across Melbourne at venues such as The Esplanade, Northcote Social Club, The Workers Club, The Prince band room and Revolver. Young Poets was formed by singer songwriter Tj Alcaniz as a music project so he could share the songs he heard in his head with everybody else. Tj with childhood friend Jayden Reid (Drums) quickly clicked together with this new music project consisting of songs all written by Tj. Chris Hepworth (Guitar) and Bryce Buxton (Bass) joined the project soon after.
AC SLATER “U GOT 2”
Night Bass party founder and figurehead of the West Coast bassline / UK garage revival, AC Slater, has released the official video for “U Got 2” off his debut OWSLA EP, Take The Night. The video follows a “mole person” emerging from the underground NYC subway complex, leaving his home of 30 years to seize the day and Take The Night. Watch below and grab AC’s EP now on OWSLA.
LEX LUCA ‘HOOP’ PREVIEW
Following on from his latest release ‘Push’ on Lowsteppa’s Simma Black label, London producer Lex Luca hits us with another addictive bass laden number, ‘Hoop’, making up part of a 4/4 EP on 1980 Recordings.