Izzy Strange returns with a Geoffrey Ladd directed video for “Televised” featuring the vocal workings of Tahlyn and outer world production from Casa Nada
“Televised” plays on the outlook of society’s social media dependency and the instant gratification age we are currently living in. With the way things move so rapidly across the internet these days, we’re seeing more controversial material and people becoming viral sensations overnight. With that comes the flood of individuals willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their fifteen minutes of social media fame. Slowly but surely, we’re starting to see people detach from real life and submerse themselves into a reality world circa the Bruce Willis’ “Surrogates” realm. Izzy attacks these points and much more on “Televised”.
Casa Nada provides the soundscape with Tahlyn sharing chorus duty with Strange as he chants “televised, televised, mom I think we made it / 80 likes on Facebook, I think we’re fucking famous”. The video takes the song concept even further. We find Izzy playing a live set to an empty venue while everyone tunes in via a Facebook Live stream of the show. The video focuses on a few of these stream viewers lives. Ultimately summing up the downside of social media platforms and the disconnection from actual real life interactions. The Rock and Hip Hop hybrid is yet another introspective based singles from the Pennsylvania emcee as he continues to tour and work on his next album, “The Die Is Cast”. Thus far, “Televised” has amassed over 22k views on Izzy’s Facebook page and continues to garner views.
This won’t be the last we hear from the official 2018 A3C artist this year either. He plans to release two new singles, one featuring 2009 XXL Freshman Blu and the second featuring Mick Jenkins of “The Healing Component” fame. This will mark the second collaborative effort Strange has had with the emcees, the first outings were featured on his sophomore album, “A Good Day 2 B The Bad Guy“. While awaiting the upcoming releases, enjoy the official video for “Televised” here.
Jackson, Mississippi’s Willie D. Tha Kang helps to get things geared up for summer today with a new club banger titled “GP”. Equipped with bouncing production from JP On Tha Track, Willie D. gleefully speaks about a lady who has crossed his paths that looks to possess a certain risque quality. Joining him on the record is a familiar collaborator in Van Cle who adds to the feel of the song. This may be one to add to your playlists. Listen below and if you like what you hear check out his “Free Sample” LP on all streaming services now.
Nothing worth having comes along without putting in some good old-fashioned hard work. Budding Houston, Texas based rapper/singer Elias M. Powers knows this well and is living it out on his latest release “#WorkBoy”. Kenneth English provides some production that is equal parts trippy and hypnotic to match some of the more braggadocious music you’ll find in his growing catalog. Definitely a potential summer banger here. Check it out below and look for more from Elias M. Powers in the near future.
There is a new web series on the horizon and it focuses on bringing the bars. Courtesy of 66 Raw Radio,”5 Minutes of Dope” showcases upcoming talent freestyling over an assortment of Hip-Hop beats. The internationally known DJ COTTON acts as the show’s host and visionary for creation. 5 Minutes of Dope is filmed at the world famous Patchwerk Recording Studio in Atlanta, Georgia.
For the first episode DJ COTTON invites Mu’min Muzik/Famerica recording artist Jean D’eau. The southern lyricist tries his hand over a montage of instrumentals from Drake, Jay-Z and more. Watch it below and check out the artist’s debut project “Who is Jean D’eau?” which contains features from label-mate Ralo, Swift, Louieyski, and Daytona as well as production from 808 Mafia, Cassius Jay, The Colleagues & Ybondabeat at http://www.whoisjeandeau.com/.
Forged in the flames of lyricism and storytelling emerges The Realms… Realm 1: I’m a Rise, a new album, from Mississippi native, Montshodaw. The rapper you didn’t know you were waiting for reps a style that’s gritty and unsuspected. In other words, the rule of thumb here should be “expect the unexpected.” With content that easily spans the dynamic spectrum of urban life it’s sure to connect with you in someway.
The album will have its official physical released via CD on Friday, May 11, 2018 (Limited copies available) at https://montshodawmusic.com/the-realms-realm-1-cd
However, you can get the digital download format of the album early and exclusively at https://montshodawmusic.com/the-realms-realm-1/
Follow Montshodaw on social media (facebook, instagram, & twitter): @montshodaw
From Reno, Nevada and currently residing in Jackson, Mississippi is Ty Knight. The MC brings his own flavor on his latest EP Therapy Vs. Theory as he uses a mix of styles to both escape his own tribulations and help the listeners with theirs. 5 tracks round out the EP, which contains no features at all as Ty Knight ops to carry the load solo. Check it out below and look for more to come from Ty Knight in the future.
Bringing the feeling of old school boom-bap mixed with a certain progressive style of bass/synth heavy production is Jackson, Mississippi’s Mr. Fluid. Today he aims to bring change to the mundane day-to-day life that can be brought your way as you grow older in a society that pushes you towards to corporate world. Over the course of 15 tracks we get to hear him lyrically breakdown what he thinks the issues are in America and how they can be solved, bringing a unique perspective to it all. Check out “When Conformity Is Not Comfortable” in full below.
As the culture in rap continues to embrace different styles and sounds we get introduced to more unique rappers all the time. One of those who rising talents who stands out is Florida’s own YG Ivy. The West Orlando native takes us on a wild trip in the visual, which is filmed in a mansion fit for a rapper of his stature. The catchy single comes with production from Omar The Director. Check it out.
Delaware’s own Young Seda is here with a new visual directed by Bilal Ali Brown. It comes for his emotional single “ALONE”, produced by Relevant. The single see’s Seda in a tough position mentally as he aims to shake off a failed relationship in hopes of being fruitful to a new lady in his life. If you’ve ever been there then you know it can be very difficult to work through and he manages to convey that perfectly in the record. Peep it now.
Fred Nice brings his signature mix of R&B and Hip-Hop in full glory on his latest set “Nice & Slow”. The mixtape features brand new music, compiled alongside a few singles that we’ve been introduced to over the course of the past few months. It’s a moody set, with songs rooted in feelings of lust, love and heartbreak. The Oxford, MS native has a lot planned in the coming months so keep an eye out for it all by following him on social media @IAmFredNice.