Sean Price – Imperius Rex

Album Release

Sean Price
Imperius Rex
Ruck Down Records/Duck Down Music Inc.
Release date: August 8th

On August 8th 2015, the death of Sean Price sadly took place. Today the 2nd anniversary of the event has been marked by the release of a collection of tracks by him entitled ‘Imperius Rex’.

The album features guest appearances from Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Junior Reid, Buckshot, Ruste Juxx, DOOM, Prodigy, Styles P, Smif N Wessun, Rock & more. Amongst those who handled production duties are Marco Polo, Nottz & Alchemist.

Tracklist:
1. Imperius Rex
2. Dead or Alive (feat. Bernadette Price)
3. Definition Of God
4. Ape In His Apex feat. Ruste Juxx
5. Apartheid (feat. Buckshot & Steele)
6. Lord Have Mercy (feat. Rim P & Vic Spencer)
7. Negus (feat. DOOM & Ike Eyez)
8. Church Bells (feat. Junior Reid)
9. The 3 Lyrical Ps (feat. Prodigy & Styles P)
10. Not97 Skit
11. Refrigerator P!
12. Prisoner (feat. Freeway)
13. Resident Evil
14. Clans & Cliks (feat. Smif N Wessun, Rock, Method Man, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck & Foul Monday)
15. Rap Professor
16. Price Family (feat. Bernadette Price)

Preview, buy & download @ iTunes here

Ka Zodiak – Mobile Zombiez

Ka Zodiak
Mobile Zombiez
kazodiak.com

For his latest release, Ka Zodiak touches on the subject of those who are caught up in the internet matrix, tuned in via their mobile phones.

His own poetic description of the mobil cyber-zombies says it all:
“Here’s a song about smart phones
and stupid people
talking selfies all day just so that you can see you
here’s to those who’d rather crash into the wall
when they have to end the call
others laughing when they fall
listen only truth can free you
twitter junkies
living lovely
waiting for the news to feed you
bout to scroll your life away
look at what it do to people
cant afford the price they pay
measuring their self esteem
by the amount of likes today
you cant live your life this way”
(Ka Zodiak)
Lyrics:
MARS TO VENUS
URANUS TO JUPITER
THE PHONES GETTIN SMARTER
WHILE THE PEOPLE GETTING STUPIDER
ZOMBIES EVERYWHERE
WHO MADE EVERYONE DUMBER
GOD IS EVERYWHERE
IN A VERY DEEP SLUMBER

DIVINE CUZ YOU HAVE TO
THE BLIND WILL THEY GRASP YOU
WHEN YOU SEE THINGS
THE AVERAGE MIND COULDN’T
LAST THROUGH
THE LAST SUPPER FOR THE DUMB
ITS THE LAST CHEW
PARENTS BE AWARE DON’T BE MAD
WHEN THEY PASS YOU
CUZ MOST WILL ASK GOOGLE
B4 THEY ASK YOU
GROCERY CHECK OUT LINE
SHE COULDN’T ADD TWO CENTS
JUST TO CALCULATE
NEEDED A MACHINE
YEARS OF BRAINWASHING
STILL FILTHY ISN’T CLEAN
REALLY WHAT IT MEANS
THERES A WHOLE GENERATION
THAT BE EATING ANYTHING
THEY DON’T RECOGNIZE GREENs
PAY ME TO BE LAZY
WHAT DOES EXERCISE MEAN
THEY AIN’T REALLY ON THE SCENE
RATHER FEEL ME ON A SCREEN
THEY WILL HEAR ME WHEN I SCREAM
THERE ARE ZOMBIES EVERYWHERE
TEXTING WHILE THEY DRIVING
IN THE LOBBY ANYWHERE
STYLE THEIR AVATAR BUT THEY
DON’T GIVE THEIR BODIES ANY CARE
YEA SO I AINT LETTING YOU
ROT WHERE FATE PUT YOU
FAKE ACCOUNTS SPYING
SO COPS CAN FACEBOOK YOU
RIGHT THE LIVING DEAD
LOOKING DOWN WHEN THEY WALK
BUMP INTO EACH OTHER SO
OUT OF BALANCE IN THEIR THOUGHTS
CALIFORNIA TO NEW YORK
AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN
SIRI IS SIRIUS
THEY ARE REALLY DELIRIOUS
NATURE IS MYSTERIOUS
CUZ IT AIN’T WHAT IT SEEMS
IPHONE 20 THINK YOU RUNNING
OUTTA SCHEMES SO
WHO GOT YOUR THOUGHT TRAIN
RUNNING OUTTA STEAM
I DONT MEAN A VIDEO
WHEN I TALK ABOUT A STREAM
I MEAN SOME FRESH WATER LIKE
FLOATING IN THE RIVER
WASHING THE STRESS OFF OF YA
NOW HOPE HAS BEEN DELIVERED
WHEN I WAKE EM FROM THE DREAM
ANOTHER MATRIX FIGURINE

Stream & download @ Bandcamp here

Sean Price’s ‘Imperius Rex’ album art & tracklist

Album Preview

Sean Price
Imperius Rex
Ruck Down Records/Duck Down Music Inc.
Scheduled release date: August 8th

On August 8th 2015, the death of Sean Price sadly took place. This year the 2nd anniversary of the event will be marked by the release of a collection of tracks by him entitled ‘Imperius Rex’.

The album will feature guest appearances from Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Junior Reid, Buckshot, Ruste Juxx, DOOM, Prodigy, Styles P, Smif N Wessun, Rock & more. Amongst those who handled production duties are Marco Polo, Nottz & Alchemist.

Finally, the album name? ‘Imperious’ means: befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments, commanding & dominant with arrogant assurance. ‘Rex’ means: ‘King’ in Latin. Does that define Sean Price? His fans would certainly say so!

The project is scheduled to drop next week, August 8th 2017 & will be released through Ruck Down Records & Duck Down Music Inc.
(Rashad Unique)

Check out the full tracklist below:

Tracklist:
1. Imperius Rex
2. Dead or Alive (feat. Bernadette Price)
3. Definition Of God
4. Ape In His Apex feat. Ruste Juxx
5. Apartheid (feat. Buckshot & Steele)
6. Lord Have Mercy (feat. Rim P & Vic Spencer)
7. Negus (feat. DOOM & Ike Eyez)
8. Church Bells (feat. Junior Reid)
9. The 3 Lyrical Ps (feat. Prodigy & Styles P)
10. Not97 Skit
11. Refrigerator P!
12. Prisoner (feat. Freeway)
13. Resident Evil
14. Clans & Cliks (feat. Smif N Wessun, Rock, Method Man, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck & Foul Monday)
15. Rap Professor
16. Price Family (feat. Bernadette Price)

Preview, buy & download ‘Imperius Rex’ @ iTunes here

Masta Killa feat. Boy Backs & Moe Roc – OGs Told Me

Masta Killa feat. Boy Backs & Moe Roc
OGs Told Me
Loyalty Is Royalty
Nature Sounds
Directed by: Jeff Pliskin

It’s been a long wait for the follow up to Masta Killa’s ‘Selling My Soul’ album which dropped in 2012. For now, the Wu-Tang Clansman has teamed up with Boy Backs from Philadephia & Harlem’s Moe Roc on ‘OG’s Told me. As the title suggests, it’s a tribute to the elders who taught him valuable lessons. ‘Loyalty Is Royalty’ is the title of the forthcoming project, hopefully due out later this year.

Japreme Magnetic – Retired Armed Robber

Album Release

Japreme Magnetic
Retired Armed Robber
R.G.M.
Release date: July 28th

The latest full length release from Washington D.C.’s Japreme Magnetic is entitled ‘Retired Armed Robber’. The album includes vocal features from Kasim Allah & Queen Divinity.

Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Just When I Retired
3. The Fresh One
4. Wisdom Bodies
5. No Religion (feat. Kasim Allah)
6. Calculated & Patient
8. Shotgun On A Budget
9. Underground Hip Hop (feat. Queen Divinity)
10. Stocking Mask

Stream, purchase & download @ Bandcamp here

Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) – Resolution

Album Release

Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists)
Resolution
Mello Music Group
Release date: July 28th

After a 12 year hiatus, this is the first album release from Mr. Lif & Akrobatic since then. The duo are known as ‘The Perceptionists’ & the album title is ‘Resolution’.

1. Early Mourning
2. Hose Down (feat. Syne)
3. Out of Control
4. Lemme Find Out
5. When Push Comes To Shove (feat. Dutch Rebelle)
6. Let’s Battle
7. Free At Last (feat. Syne)
8. Dirty Drumz
9. Grab Hold
10. A Different Light
11. Resolution

Album description:
The first full-length from Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) in a dozen years reflects the struggles and near-death sagas that struck them. During that span, Lif miraculously survived his tour bus plummeting over a 38 foot cliff. Akrobatik weathered a sudden aortic rupture and emergency open-heart surgery. The impact of those experiences forced the former Def Jux duo to contemplate fate, luck, and their own place within a world spinning out of control.

But their ability to survive has allowed them to thrive. They’ve harnessed a radiant hard-won optimism that refuses to flinch from the evils of existence. From the album’s first track, “Early Mourning,” Akrobatik asserts that courage comes from within, but reflects on the millions of young black men sent to premature graves. He considers whether gang affiliation is inherent in their souls, or more likely, whether things would be different if these neighborhoods were well lit and effectively policed.

If turmoil and inequity currently wrack the globe at record levels, Lif’s verses seem more prophetic than ever. His verses offer searing indictments of corporate and political corruption: corporations oppressing local farms, governmental duplicity in dealing with big pharmaceutical companies, and the crooked brutality of cops who get away with shooting unarmed black men.

On “Hose Down,” the pair brilliantly intersperse news reports from the MLK-led Birmingham protests of 1963 with the internecine problems of the present—where a traffic stop can still lead to a funeral. It’s as poignant of a polemic as you’ll find, but blended with a danceable Caribbean lilt.

With the Perceptionists, the personal is political and vice-versa. Akrobatik rhymes about his “desire to breathe in the sun before my skin dries out” but still refuses to be “the coward in a pretend hide out.” On “Lemme Find Out,” they kick ingeniously sinister dystopian horror raps about our grotesque addiction to technology. There are love songs over beats that sound like they could’ve been on Madvillainy, stories of cypher demolitions of would-be challengers, and dirty ass rhymes over dirty ass drums—as The Perceptionists sagely insist, that’s all the world really wants.

It’s music from deep in the trenches, songs that confront the blitzkrieg of bad news but offer light at the end of the bombardment. If you listen closely, you can intuit a profound story of friendship and camaraderie between Lif and Akrobatik—lifelong friends trading bars with the chemistry of Tip and Phife, Andre and Big Boi, Erick and Parrish. They’re mortal men who made mistakes, gained experience, and obtained wisdom. This is Resolution.
(Album description via Bandcamp)

Preview, buy & download @ iTunes here

Stream, purchase & download @ Bandcamp here

Rap Noir – Let It Rain

Rap Noir
Let It Rain
Rap Noir
Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings
Directed by: Unjust

Souls Of Mischief’s Tajai has collaborated with producer Unjust to form the group ‘Rap Noir’. The first visual offering from the duo ‘Let It Rain’ is clearly influenced by the Noir genre of film. Noir is a type of crime film or fiction characterized by cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity.

More of the same, along with some narrative rhymes can be expected on the Rap Noir debut album, which is self titled.
(Rashad Unique)