As we all await Stara-Nova to be released on July 10th, Toronto emcee ELMNT drops a six song cut off it to hold fans over until that day. Featuring production from Ski Beatz, TF House, Illmind, Lakim, Ikaz, Mr.Carmack; Silver Magic Ships (Ships-tape to Stara-Nova) is a collection of tracks you can hit play on and listen straight through until the end, hypnotized by the inspiring melodies and thoughtful wordplay. I'm certainly anxious to hear Stara-Nova after hearing this teaser. Continue reading to check out the album artwork, stream all six songs and read ELMNT's thoughts on the project.
Murs is back with the visuals to "Epic Salutations", the intro off his October 2011 album, Love and Rockets, Vol. 1: The Transformation. Love and Rockets is his first full album since 2008's Murs for President, and is backed by production from North Carolina's Ski Beatz, best known for his work with Camp Lo and early Jay-Z. Murs' most recent project is Yumiko: Curse Of The Merch Girl, his album and graphic novel collaboration with Josh Blaylock. The California native recently curated Through The Mic, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's first-ever hip-hop concert series, and this year's installment of his annual Paid Dues festival featured Wu-Tang Clan, Odd Future, Kendrick Lamar and many more. Check out the visuals to "Epic Salutations" below.
Dopeness! This track and video came out in 2010, but Ski Beatz just uploaded the visuals to his YouTube so I thought I'd give it some shine. Ski Beatz, the producer behind much of Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt, linked up with the artist formerly known as Mos Def for "Cream Of The Planet". Yasiin sounds like his Ecstatic self here, and Ski lays down some absolutely smooth, jazzy production. Hip-hop needs more of this! Check out the visuals for "Cream Of The Planet" below.
Locksmith does it again...The YouTube description reads:
SLIGHT DISGUST is a short film/ music video meant to stimulate thought and invoke discussion on how we perceive our freedom and to what lengths we might go to protect it. Follow @dalocksmith Music prod by @producerMC and visuals directed by @Paduan0 & @GarettFranzThis man can rap so f*cking well. He's got such great lyrical content and he delivers it in such a tenacious and raw flow. Make sure to be on the lookout for Locksmith (listen to his album Embedded with Ski Beatz) and check out his site IAmLock.com to see out his other content. Also follow him on Twitter @dalocksmith .
BLUROC RECORDS, Embrace & SmashMouth Entertainment PRESENTS THE HIP HOP & LOVE TOUR WHO:MURS with TABI BONNEY, SKI BEATZ, MCKENZIE EDDY, SEAN O'CONNELL & DA$H WHEN:Thursday, October 20, 2011 - Wrongbar - Adv. Tickets $18.00 (plus s.c.) | Doors @ 8pm | 19+ Event WHERE:1279 Queen Street West, Toronto Question: This album would put Murs at how many albums released? Tickets available on-line @ TicketWeb or in person @ ROTATE THIS, SOUNDSCAPES & PLAY DE RECORD