Photos: Little Brother LIVE at Peter’s Room in Portland

North Carolina’s own duo of MC’s Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, better known collectively as Little Brother, have built a cult following over the last 15 years and have achieved underground legend status in the process. They just might be your favorite rapper’s favorite rappers…literally, if you don’t believe me, just ask Drake. They’ve been on somewhat of a hiatus since their split with famed producer 9th Wonder, but this fall they returned with a bangin’ full length album May The Lord Watch, and they’ve been on the road for the last few months promoting it. We were lucky enough to catch their stop at the intimate Peter’s Room, directly underneath the famous Roseland Theater in Portland.

King Femi – Young Queens

King Femi is a Hip-Hop/Rap artist hailing from Atlanta, GA. His latest release is “Young Queens,” a single that takes a new direction after the drop of the more energetic “Rolex.” The song is a more slowed-down trap song with a smooth flow. “Young Queens” was released by Royal Family Productions, LLC and is available on Soundcloud and Spotify. Check it out here first, listen below.

Maxime – The Honest Me P1

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father wrote Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child, he played cello for eleven years but knew he never wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps. Maxime studied photography at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco and after a year realized that it wasn’t for him. He soon found what he was looking for when he walked into a friend’s dorm room one day and picked up their guitar. Soon after, he switched his major to Music in Visual Media and started composing. Maxime eventually pursued a career as an engineer at “Furstock Studios” with three-time aria award-winning engineer Doug Brady, all the while writing his own songs on the side. Realizing he needed to do something with the over fifty songs he had written, he began to produce and record his own music. Listen to Maxime on Spotify and SoundCloud. Follow Maxime on Instagram for news and updates.

Kamaiyah – Back To Basics ( Prod. Link Up ) Dir. WethePartySean

Famed West Coast Rapper and Oakland’s very own, Kamaiyah joined forces with Producer Link Up and Director WeThePartySean to release a reimagined version of the classic Warren G. & Michael McDonald anthem “Regulate/ Keep Forgettin” recorded, filmed, and released in 24 hours. With effortless swag and a unique style it’s easy to see why Kamaiyah is one of our top artists to watch in 2019 and 2020. Check out the video for “Back to Basics” and look out for more from the promising young artist!

Rene Brown – ZONIN

Zonin is the new song by up and coming LA artist Rene Brown. The track was produced by Grammy nominated producer Lord Quest and is the first release from Rene Brown’s upcoming EP! Check it out here below and be sure to follow @ReneBrownMusic

Royal – Summer on Main St.

Royal is an established hip hop artist hailing from Hockessin, Delaware. He has performed alongside artists such as Waka Flocka, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, YG, and Tory Lanez to name a few. His latest album “Summer on Main St” just dropped and you can check it out below. The album is definitely worth a listen and your support. Royal is not just a rap star he is a outstanding member of his community. Royal has donated the proceeds from his past concerts and albums to surrounding local neighborhoods and schools; and also performing at dozens of middle schools and high schools in his area for free. You can follow Royal on Instagram here: @theofficialroyal

Midnight Mother – When the Whites Turn Red (EP)

When the Whites Turn Red is the debut EP from songwriting musician and producer Anto Baharian, better known as Midnight Mother. Born of a passion for raw expression and music, his project defies genres and norms with a seamless blend of organic and electronic elements. Sonically, the EP is as big and dynamic as a full band, but as personal and detailed as a fully electronic production. The EP features crashing drums and grungy guitars reminiscent of the 90’s transported into the future with unexpected synth textures and hypnotizing rhythms that lie beneath. On the stand out single “She Shifted,” drowned out vocals courtesy of Salpy bring another level of humanity to the mostly instrumental EP, performed and recorded entirely by Baharian himself. Check out When the Whites Turn Red on all major streaming platforms, and look out for more from Midnight Mother coming soon!

A.Y Finesse – Tonto

The new single “Tonto”, from up and coming artist A.Y Finesse, is now available on all streaming platforms. Subscribe to his channel, and enjoy the video below and also be sure to follow A.Y Finesse on Instagram @ay.finesse

Maniaxo – Maniaxo Worldwide

Hailing from Toronto, Maniaxo is a artist and producer. She makes EDM, pop, hip hop, dancehall and R&B records. Her latest techno album titled “Maniaxo Worldwide” below. The album is composed of 7 tracks, all techno beats that will make you move. Maniaxo regularly uploads new music to Spotify and other platforms. Connect with Maniaxo on Instagram @maniaxo1

Photos: Atmosphere x Brother Ali at Mission Ballroom

23 years, 9 studio albums, 10 EPs, and countless shows. That’s how long the duo of MC Sean Daley and DJ Anthony Davis (we know them better as Slug and Ant) have been making music as Atmosphere. The hallmark of a true MC is one who knows how to clutch the crowd in their hand like so many clutch their mic, and even after 23 years – the Rhymesayers label boss remains the consummate professional in that regard, deftly straddling the line between sage lyricism and sycophantic braggadocio. Together with Ant’s brooding yet buoyant production style, the sold out crowd at Mission Ballroom last Friday was treated to a sonic jaunt through the group’s history, dropping gems from their many classics including God Loves Ugly and Sevens Travels all the way through their latest release Mi Vida Local. This epic performance (preceded by the same from opener Brother Ali) was not one likely to soon be forgotten. Check out the photo recap courtesy of Adrian Garcia below! – Kevin Lucas

StankNDert – ‘Meatloaf’

StankNDert, hailing from Winchester, Virginia, just dropped their latest album titled ‘Dumplings’. The hip hop group is comprised of two members; Stank aka ‘Stank Wrankle’ aka DJ Goodz aka Twin Loopz a hip hop DJ and low key producer for nearly 2 decades and Dert aka Capt Kirk who is a multi-talented artist. Our favorite track from the album is a record called ‘Meatloaf’ which featured below. Lando Riginal is also featured on the track doing some beat boxing; and lastly musician Doc Arcana came on board for this project to lay down some bass. Be sure to check their website where you can find links to all of their music: stankndert.com

The Interview – Trippy Trip

Hip Hop Artist Richard Ennis, AKA Trippy Trip, dropped his new album titled “The Interview” earlier this year. The project features 13 tracks, “Chill”, “Best Friend”, and “Ordinary” are a few of our favs. Hailing form from South Jersey the humble rapper classifies his music to be conscious hip hop. He writes to inspire others and because he loves the culture of hip hop immensely. Don’t let his name, Trippy Trip, fool you; Rich strongly advocates for a drug free and positive life. His example and music are both definitely inspirational and “The Interview” doesn’t disappoint. Check it out below and make sure to give Rich a follow here: @trippy156

Review: Darnell – Bail Money (EP)

Roc Nation artist Darnell Williams, known to many as simply Darnell, is a busy man. He’s been on full court press all year dropping an onslaught of consecutive singles and EP’s, and now he’s back with his latest effort, the six song EP Bail Money, out on the newly founded and already highly respected 12 Tone records, home to heavyweights like Anderson .Paak and more. With six songs, all running less than 3 minutes, it’s clear that the young artist isn’t wasting any time on this project. Darnell is highly ambitous, highly energetic, and highly confident, and Bail Money is a bold testament marking his official arrival in the rap game.

Kÿpe – I Just Feel Alive Again (Single)

Kÿpe is a musician out of Atlanta, GA with a passion for writing music and changing peoples lives through the power of song. For 6 years, he’s have honed his craft, mixing, mastering, and writing every lyric. Check out his most recent single “I Just Feel Alive Again” out now on Soundcloud and other major platforms. Over an energetic but ambient trap beat Kÿpe’s relentless flows and dynamic vocals are unlinke anything else we’ve heard.

Photos: Flying Lotus 3D Tour at Mission Ballroom in Denver

Fire is coming, fire is coming,” a David Lynch narration opens our ears as young heads circle around an outdated room listening to iconic horror tales of Tommy — a moment, captivating in its nod of old on-air chronicles and the story of the world’s burnings. The shapeshifting Steven Ellison, better known by his moniker Flying Lotus, made his first incendiary contribution to Denver’s newest venue, The Mission Ballroom, this past Friday night and goosebumps ensued.

 
 
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