After releasing the project 8 Dayz with Racecar (aka Dayz) back in february, ICBM strikes back with an instrumental travel through space and time! The destination is the planet “Wunderbar”. The project portrait different moods and colors from the french producer. Are you ready for this retro cosmic trip?
Hip’opsession is almost upon us and the 2018 edition promises to be one for the books. Year after year the famous french Hip Hop festival continues to highlight all the elements of the culture and bringing people of all race and age together with the motto “one nation under a groove” in Nantes and his suburb. A special s/o for the organisation to make it also accessible for the deafs and hard of hearing people since 2015.
Hip’opsession is starting officially from the 1st March till the 18th. But if you familiar with the organisation behind the festival you know that it has already started. A sort of warming up before the big bang!
As the tradition goes the Battle Opsession, the major rendez-vous for dancers from all over the world, will launch the festival. During 2 days it will be about cyphers, exchanges, trainings and of course battles for the titel for each category: House, Hip Hop, Lock, pop, Top Rock, Bonnie & Clyde (2 vs 2) and Crews (3 vs 3).
Hip’opssesion is music as well, MC challenge (EOW)
grafitti, Theater ,cinema
Q&A, Dance, Beatbox and so much more…
To sum up all the events will be like climbing the Himalaya, so check the entire program here
If you are around the city one of the event not to be missed is happening at Stereolux the 9th of March. Hip’opsession is headlining Alltta, the Electronic-rap duo composed of 20Syl (C2C, Hocus Pocus) & J.Medeiros (The Procussions).
Opening acts for the supergroup are Gracy Hopkins (FR/ANG/BR)
Sorg & Napoleon Maddox (FR /USA)
and all away from New Zealand the hip hop artist Raiza Biza.
Let’s forget for a moment that the world right now is in a bad shape. For 3 weeks, Hip’opsession 2018, is inviting you to celebrate a culture in full glory. A culture that still unify since the day of his birth some 40 years ago.
See you there…
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JR & Th’Acquisition are long in the game. Individually, JR has been involved in different projects like Funky Organizers (who recently toured in Europe), on featurings by the East Garden label and also with his solo stuff. Beside the music he is also hosting events. Th’Acquisition wears also many hats. Beside being DJ, he is also a producer, organising events and doing workshops all over country. What the two have in common is doing a lot for the culture in the city of Rotterdam and their love for the music. So it was only a matter of time for the two to team up. They went on winning the Sena Grote Prijs 2017 with best act and the public’s choice.
We had the chance at the redaction to hear a preview of their first project “Bedtijd” (bedtime) and it’s a little masterpiece. You can hear that the experience is flowing all over each track and it’s calling for more, not only for the lyrics but also for the productions. It’s like all the pieces of the puzzle coming together effortlessly.
The two are now nominated for the Rotterdam Music Awards in the category “Promising act” (Belofte). It’s only a matter of time before they take on the international scenes with their act.
Mark the date in your agenda for the Rotterdam Music Awards: 11 December. And if you cannot attend, please vote for our favorite (yes, we are bias…don’t care)
After dropping the track “Lazarus” few months ago, the homie DNG is back with another banger titled “Dead End”.
In this track DNG let us know that the art of story telling is alive and well.
I can’t wait to hear what’s next from the Vet. Stay tuned !
Fusing the sounds of Soul, Reggae, and Hip-Hop, White Tiger Society bursts onto the music scene with a rotating cast of talent led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dajla “The White Tigress” and Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Comissioner Gordon Williams. It’s a movement with a shared interest in classic songwriting, live instrumentation, and solid production made evident on the official debut single “Why” featuring Stephen Marley. The track is from the forthcoming debut album “Sound of the White Tiger” to be released on September 15th via Lalabela Music Group.
“White Tiger Society is a union of reggae, heart-felt soulful vocals and feel-good production,” says Dajla. “We bring these various flavors together with a positive message to create our sound. The Sound of the White Tiger.”
Williams adds, “Stephen and I have a long relationship in music, going back to the days of The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, all the way up to Welcome To Jamrock, on which we worked.
together, as well as his latest album, The Fruit Of Life. Stephen actually picked ‘Why’ to collaborate with us on, and we are thankful to have ‘Ragga’ as part of the White Tiger family!”
Born in France of a Tunisian dad and a French-American mother, Dajla began playing music at the age of 7 inspired by her parents’ Soul, Jazz, Reggae, and Blues record collection. Armed with keys, bass, and vocals, she has made her way through the music scenes in France and the UK while seeking inspiration in central Africa. Dajla has released two albums and an EP to date. She has shared the stage with the likes of Angelo Moore from Fishbone, Nneka, De La Soul, Sa-Ra, & The Brand New Heavies and currently resides in New York City.
Comissioner Gordon Williams’ impact on popular music is undeniable. Dubbed the “Comissioner” (yes, just one “m”) by rapper KRS-One, he experienced the creation of Hip-Hop up close in the Bronx and began DJing & producing. Throughout his career, he has won multiple Grammy Awards including Album of the Year wins for The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and Santana’s Supernatural. Additional credits include Joss Stone’s multi-platinum Mind Body & Soul, Damian Marley’s Grammy-award winning Welcome to Jamrock, and Amy Winehouse’s debut album Frank.
In 2013, Gordon and Dajla met in New York City and through their work, initially as a writing/production team, the White Tiger Society was born.
Combining the talents of two of the most dynamic, confident & raw emcees in the independent Hip- Hop music-scene today, Outnumbered But Deadly (OBD) contrasts gritty rhymes and vibrant beats in a wild-fusion and sound that’s all their own, but designed entirely, for all.
Originally formed in 2011, OBD is based out of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and comprised of the joint-forces & lyrical-talents of rappers Kawil and D-tech. Creating rhythms & rhymes that provoke the mind and stoke the spirit – OBD is determined to be the voice of change and ready to lead the people towards a better, more-empowered tomorrow through music.
Together, OBD is an undeniable sonic-force and powerful set of voices that are unafraid to put their knowledge, experience & music to work on behalf of the people. Through their own intense bond – the rhymes of OBD have the strength, charisma and attitude to be an authentic call for change that the people can genuinely connect with & respond to…they make music that can truly unify and mobilize.
The movement has already begun with the official release of their single: Renegades. Outnumbered But Deadly – make no mistake, these two emcees are ready to take on the world… and ready to take you with them side-by-side into the future of Hip-Hop.
The Strangest Freaks are PRY and Binkbeats. Building a bridge between hip hop, disco rap and old school p-funk, “Check Out the Sound” is their first single of their upcoming album “Thrills Galore”. The track has a great beat, combined with a sophisticated bass line. Binkbeats is unleashed on the vibraphone, featured MC Dudley Perkins tells his story about the golden age of hip hop and PRY’s guitar sounds just like George Clinton would have liked it.
The second single “Initiation” is nailing the coffin’ as the two impose their own style and we can hear how they compliment each other. This is mastery in motion throughout the whole project…
After all is not for nothing that they are called The Strangest Freaks. Stay tuned for “Thrills Galore” to be released this month.
There is a key in the past, giving those who hold the understanding of this key, access to the future, while based in the present. Dutch hiphop producer, guitarist and bass player PRY has found this key, as you can hear on his debut album “Future, Past, Present, Infinity”.
This album marks a new chapter in PRY’s history as a producer and musician in The Netherlands. “Future, Past, Present, Infinity” started of as a collection of songs, until PRY found the common ground for those songs and transformed them into his first album.
It’s not just guests like Donte, Incksalonius, Cymarshall Law & Skit Slam, Buggs Tha Rocka, PAX and Jay Colin that make his album so versatile… yet it is also the combination of samples and live instruments used to make each track on the album.
Sounding like Jazzmatazz or the early Roots crew: PRY, shows his versatility, skills and passion for music on his first single “Beautiful Thing” where he teams up with Brooklyn based Incksalonius. The mixture of guitar and her melodic rap, paired with the saxophone and relaxed beat, tells a story of “beautiful things” creating the perfect ingredients for a musical cocktail hiphop lovers can kick their feet up to and enjoy.
For PRY summer is the feeling of jazz and relaxation. You can definitely hear it on the track.
From the golden age of hiphop and boombap, to the best of nineties and the underground raps today PRY is able to combine these elements and create an album that is for the true fans of the style.
“Future, Past, Present, Infinity” started in the past, gives joy in the present and just make you ask for more PRY in the future.
The new LP, from Grant Phabao & Racecar, is a blend of rap with funk, reggae, ska, afrofunk, jazz and soul instrumentals titled “A Healthy Obsession With Pétanque”. Feel good music all the way.
Grant Phabao and Racecar don’t need any introduction anymore. One being part the collective Paris DJ’S and the other being involved and collaborating on many projects (Sax Machine, Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra, Asagaya…) before you can start counting till three…
“C’est un exercice de styles” for both party like we say in France and the result is astonishing. The groove is the common factor on all the tracks. The goal is to release this project in September 2016 on a cd format and vinyl LP.
If you want to support a great cause and find your name on the booklet (or insert for the LP), or get yourself a collector t-shirt printed and illustrated by poster artist Ben Hito check the new crowdfunding campaign after this appetizer:
If you are diggin’good music this one cannot be missed in your collection if you ask me !