I Don’t Care
Iconiq Vol. 2
Directed by: Benji Filmz
Styles P, Jadakiss & Sheek Louch are coolin’ out & enjoying every moment of doing so. Their new visual is promo for the 2nd installment of the ‘Iconiq’ mixtape series. ‘Iconiq’ is a collaboration between the online music mag ‘Elevator’ & liqueur brand ‘Hypnotiq’. Elevator cover Hip Hop in a more alternative manner & Hypnotiq, a mixture of vodka, cognac & fruit juices, became popular in the Puff Daddy era of rap circa 2001.
Stream side A of ‘Iconiq Vol. 2’ here
Blueprint From The Masters / Non Destructive Chop
Apart from some instrumental projects there’s been no Kev Brown vocal album since 2005. Well, the wait is over! This double header visual is the first promo from Kev’s forthcoming album ‘Homework’, which is scheduled for release on August 3rd.
A Tribe Called Quest
The Space Program
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Directed by: Warren Fu
This visual has been available since March of this year, but only on limited websites. Now it has been given universal release for all to view. ‘The Space Program’ is taken from Tribe’s last ever album & resembles a short movie. It’s mystical imagery switches back & forth from set scenes & leaves you intrigued. What’s going on? This is like a condensed sci-fi film of a journey from past to present, ultimately leading somewhere, somewhere…
There are numerous big name cameo appearances including: Doug E. Fresh, Common, Black Thought, Erykah Badu, Questlove, Pharrell Williams, Consequence, Talib Kweli, Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys & Rosario Dawson.
What ever the specific meaning behind ‘The Space Program’ is, the visual serves other purposes. It’s the final A Tribe Called Quest music video & a tribute to Phife Dawg.
DJ Jazzy Jeff
It’s June Already
Animation by: Konee Rok
Just in time to reflect the vibe before the month ends, Jazzy Jeff drops a smooth & summery animated visumental entitled ‘It’s June Already’. The storyline is reflective of Jeff’s work as he travels worldwide to perform his DJ skills. The weather, location, hotel accommodation & modes of transport all change, but his family are always waiting at home for him when he returns.
This instrumental interlude is taken from Jeff’s latest album ‘M3’, the first on his own independent label & the last of his ‘Magnificent’ compilation series.
Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2
Marvel & ABC Studios
As expected, to coincide with the release of the 2nd season of Marvel action hero ‘Luke Cage’, a soundtrack for the television series has also dropped. The legendary Rakim has recorded a track especially for the show entitled ‘King’s Paradise’. Filmed at the fictional ‘Harlem’s Paradise’ nightclub, the rapper actually performs the track in the season finale (Episode 13).
‘King’s Paradise’ was produced by Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Together they composed the entire music score for the season 2 soundtrack, just as they did for season 1.
This visual is for promotional purposes & is only a short preview. A full version of the audio can be found on the soundtrack. The new season of Luke Cage is available for streaming on Netflix as of today (June 22nd).
I Love Hip Hop
Riveting Music/Riveting Entertainment
Using the chorus from Cypress Hill’s ‘Hand On The Pump’, Redman shows that Hip Hop from the 90’s era still has a place in this day & time. The visual is a humorous skit where Redman is a janitor in a club. He’s working for a boss who clearly dislikes him & eventually ends up firing him! In-between the drama of the day, Reggie imagines he is rocking the mic at a show, but in reality we know what he’s capable of. He’s been doing this for over 2 decades. It seems like we’ve been waiting decades for his promised album ‘Muddy Waters Too’. Word has it now that the aforementioned project will not drop until 2019.
For now, Redman’s message is clear: “I Love Hip Hop”!!!
Preview, buy & download ‘I Love Hip Hop’ @ iTunes here
Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs
Frozen Angels EP
Soul Assassins Records
Directed: by The Infamous Oz
Originally a bonus track from the Duo’s 2017 album ‘Gems From The Equinox’ album, ‘Frozen Angels’ has now become the title track of Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs’ new EP. They set the scene with a murky, dark visual as a backdrop for Meyhem’s street rhymes & Muggs’ string laden boom bap.
The ‘Frozen Angels EP’ is available from today on Soul Assassin records.