In this vast expanse of a genre that we call Hip-Hop, I think it’s important that each artist brings something specific to their particular group of listeners. What does Illogic bring to the table? From what I’ve heard so far, it sounds as though they tend to write music for Emcees, for any one who has every tried to emcee, and for those who deeply appreciate the actual craft of rhyme writing. They get a bit more intricate, and they say a lot of things that few artists really speak on. To entertain, tell stories, or even to just pretend can be entertaining in Hip-Hop these days. But at the end of the day I think that people will always gravitate towards lyrics written about things that they can relate to personally. KRS said it best!

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The year of Infinito 2017 continues!

Short and sweet.

Alright… It’s been a while.

A few weeks back I was at a music festival in Halifax, Canada, and had the pleasure of listening to a local act and legendary Canadian Hip-hop group called Universal Soul. You may not have heard about Universal Soul, as I hadn’t, but they have been steady rocking in the background since the mid 80s. Apparently they’re one of Classified’s main influences. But more than that, it’s good to witness acts like these who are relics in their own zone, so much so that they put way more effort into winning the hearts and minds of their local fans than on achieving global fame. The song that caught my ear was “Where I’m From”, which I was able to get a small clip of. But to appease your curiosity about this group, I’ll feature their song “Back and Forth”, which is just as moving. These cats put Halifax on the map before many others, and believe me when I say that the people where they’re from appreciate their dedication to their roots. It was a beautiful sight to see. Enjoy!

 

Hadn’t heard of Collective Efforts before this. I’m feelin’ it.

And was that a cut from People Under the Stairs I heard?? Enjoy.

Any of you heard this yet?? Lady Leshurr seems to have a good formula going, and I don’t see how anything could get in her way. Maybe that’s it. Maybe that’s “the juice”?? You gotta love a good shine-on-the-haters song.

Happy Monday to all…

Woke up last Monday feeling a bit down, very tired, and felt like I was buckling under that week’s stress before it even started. Didn’t want to face the world! It was going to be a challenging day I would have liked a longer weekend, or a longer sleep for that matter. We all know how it is!

So what did I do? I reached for a tried, tested and true remedy for me, which is positive hip-hop. There was a time when I would have started bumping some hardcore tunes and just gritted my teeth through it, angry and all. But that’s even more exhausting, and that’s no way to start the week. Nowadays I’m really digging the positive energy, and The Shinsight Trio never disappoints.

Ocean Skyline, from their album Moonlight Sunrise, was a true blessing that morning out of the many great Shinsight Trio songs I listened to that morning. Takes your mind right away, and like a quick vacation, sometimes that’s all you need to get you started.

Hope you enjoy this one like I did.

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Lol, LOVE this.

This track from Culture Power 45’s latest vinyl-only release: Fruition, really stood out. Something about “vinyl only” just makes the music more appealing… As in, it makes you want to buy a record player, or at least dust off your neglected one. I think we all have a growing list of vinyl releases, and if not, here’s a start to your own. Many nice, clean, and fresh tracks on this compilation, but this was a shoe-in for our growing Rap Rock/Rap Metal category. And overall, this is definitely a hardcore track. Hardcore not just as in rough and hard, but it’s for those hardcore Hip-hop heads who really care about this culture and understand the dynamic between real hip hoppers… and the other guys. In other words, it never gets old hearing a good emcee talk about how good he or she is, in ever increasingly creative and witty ways. Because at the end of the day, there is still a lot of wack hip hop out there (hence why we’ve gathered here today).

But what is Culture Power 45?
Culture Power 45 is quickly solidifying itself as a staple in the limited vinyl release arena. Manifested from the thought that black artists could come together and succeed collectively through self investment, Culture Power 45 since its first limited/collectible 45 release in December 2016 has consistently sold out of its releases. Monthly the collective has released their color coded limited edition lathe cut 45’s from Infinito 2017, Thaione Davis, Max Ptah feat. Blueprint, Radius, and Rashid Hadee to name a few. Due to a high demand Culture Power 45 decided to put together a compilation that showcases the artists associated with the collective. That high demand along with Financial efforts from each artist gave birth to the 7th CP45 release ‘Fruition’.