Las Cafeteras teams up with Sa-Roc, Boog Brown , QVNL and Mega Ran on “If I Was President Remix” [video]

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

L.A.-based Las Cafeteras along with The Center for Cultural Power tap the artistic talents of Sa-Roc, Boog Brown , QVNL and Mega Ran for a politically charged track titled  “If I Was President Remix .” This remix which also gets a visual treatment. The original version was released in January 2017 as a musical form of protest to Trump’s Inauguration Day and now four years later, the new version brings together 5 artists from 4 cities and 3 Swing states who represent the Collective Vision of America that represents Black, Indigenous, Working People of Color who helped change the direction of the 2020 Election.

 

On the night of Biden’s victory speech in November, he exclaimed loud and clear to the Black community, “you’ve always had my back and I will have yours. Bolstered by those words, Las Cafeteras invited rappers Sa-Roc from Atlanta, GA and Boog Brown from Detroit, MI to join them. Sa-Roc and Boog Brown brought their voices and lyrical chops, as both black women and swing-state residents, to this project to speak ‘Truth to Power’ and share the desires from the communities that changed the face of power in states across the country.  Arizona based artists, QVLN and Mega Ran, who were part of the historic elections that flipped the swing state’s electoral vote, were also invited to add their voices to the track.

Get “If I Was President Remix”  on all platforms here.

 

“If I Was President” is the third edition to the critically acclaimed electoral anthem series released from Las Cafeteras in the last four months. In partnerships with socially conscious non-profit organizations, Las Cafeteras anthems advocated for the power of voting and in support of the BLM movement they worked with artists to unify Black and brown voices through song. The trilogy has received national attention from national newspapers and media outlets including The New York Times, NBC News, Latino USA and KCRW to name a few.

 

Keep up with Las Cafeteras | Las Cafeteras Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram

Keep up with Mega Ran  | SoundcloudFacebook :Spotify : TwitterInstagram 

Keep up with Boog Brown  |  Twitter

 

Son of Tony – “Son On A Sunday” (Album Review)

Son of Tony is a Buffalo-born MC. Over the past few years, he’s released a series of projects, including “The Son and His Father Tape 2” and “Tshaft3 Sunset”. To kick the new year off, he’s dropped a brand new album, “Son on a Sunday”. With features from industry titans like Skyzoo and Mickey Factz, will Tony be able to make his best album yet?

What separates Son of Tony from most rappers in the underground scene is his relentless demeanor. From the banging intro “Energy” to the climactic outro “Iron Heart,” the passion in his vocals nearly force you to love him. Rounding out his stylistic grit, the Buffalo spitters songwriting is both passionate and relevant to the current issues millions face today. Whether it’s the prideful “All Mine” or the traumatizing “Fore Thought,” the knowledge embedded in these stories truly deems Tony the title of street prophet. Out of all these moments, “Wet Stones” with Tish Hyman I found to be one of the most memorable of the group with its memorable hook and lighter-toned themes. On the note of collaborations, Son’s guests keep this experience every changing and exciting, which is emphasized by Mickey Factz on “Comicon,” Ren Thomas on “Zoo,” and especially the legendary New York MC Skyzoo on the projects ultimate highpoint, “Snd”. Overall, the show-stealing features and Son of Tony’s well-equipped skillset set this record apart from 95% of his rivals. 

Behind the boards, theres a soundtrack that embodies both the fierce and glamourous sides of hip hop. Best seen on “Comicon,” the beautiful vocal sample is chopped up and tampered by with an array of effects to create something much more haunting than any of Tony’s older material. On top of this, the soundtrack is rounded out with other standouts like the piano-based “No Mercy” and hard-hitting “Iron Heart”. While none of these tracks are doing anything to break the sonic boundaries hip hop has been stuck in recently, each beat spices things up with an interesting sample choice. On top of all this, the soundscapes’ best quality is that it masterfully matches the skilled MC’s gifted demeanor holding this entire journey together, which is certainly a pro. Going down the line, each one of these moments can be broken down for the sonic beauty they withhold, but with the knowledge of their core, each instrumental twist and turn will be more enjoyable when listening. 

In conclusion, “Son on a Sunday” is hands down Son of Tony’s magnum opus, and it may just be the best underground record of 2020. His lyricism is super refined, and between his potent songwriting and well-fitted production job, there’s so much to enjoy here. As Buffalo continues to grow into rap’s new hot zone, I’m sure Son of Tony will get the recognition or being one of the top guys in the entire city!

Rating: 9/10

Highlights: Lyricsm, Subject Matter, Production

The post Son of Tony – “Son On A Sunday” (Album Review) first appeared on UndergroundHipHopBlog.

Las Cafeteras teams up with Sa-Roc, Boog Brown , QVNL and Mega Ran on “If I Was President Remix” [video]

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

L.A.-based Las Cafeteras along with The Center for Cultural Power tap the artistic talents of Sa-Roc, Boog Brown , QVNL and Mega Ran for a politically charged track titled  “If I Was President Remix .” This remix which also gets a visual treatment. The original version was released in January 2017 as a musical form of protest to Trump’s Inauguration Day and now four years later, the new version brings together 5 artists from 4 cities and 3 Swing states who represent the Collective Vision of America that represents Black, Indigenous, Working People of Color who helped change the direction of the 2020 Election.

 

On the night of Biden’s victory speech in November, he exclaimed loud and clear to the Black community, “you’ve always had my back and I will have yours. Bolstered by those words, Las Cafeteras invited rappers Sa-Roc from Atlanta, GA and Boog Brown from Detroit, MI to join them. Sa-Roc and Boog Brown brought their voices and lyrical chops, as both black women and swing-state residents, to this project to speak ‘Truth to Power’ and share the desires from the communities that changed the face of power in states across the country.  Arizona based artists, QVLN and Mega Ran, who were part of the historic elections that flipped the swing state’s electoral vote, were also invited to add their voices to the track.

Get “If I Was President Remix”  on all platforms here.

 

“If I Was President” is the third edition to the critically acclaimed electoral anthem series released from Las Cafeteras in the last four months. In partnerships with socially conscious non-profit organizations, Las Cafeteras anthems advocated for the power of voting and in support of the BLM movement they worked with artists to unify Black and brown voices through song. The trilogy has received national attention from national newspapers and media outlets including The New York Times, NBC News, Latino USA and KCRW to name a few.

 

Keep up with Las Cafeteras | Las Cafeteras Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram

Keep up with Mega Ran  | SoundcloudFacebook :Spotify : TwitterInstagram 

Keep up with Boog Brown  |  Twitter

 

Rihanna Helps Joe Biden Take Out The Trash

Rihanna is an absolute icon, and she’s going to continue doing iconic sh*t forever and always. On today’s history-making day, marking the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Rihanna felt like doing her part, taking a picture of herself taking out the trash and offering her services to the Biden-Harris administration.

“I’m just here to help,” she wrote on Instagram, adding, “#wediditJoe”. In the picture, Rihanna stands tall in a pair of kitten heels, rocking a bodysuit with an “end racism” t-shirt over it. She covered her eyes with some dark shades and layered a few choker necklaces.

Previously, Rihanna offered massive praise for Biden and Harris after they delivered their victory speeches in November. “The faces of history makers, boundary breakers, and WINNERS!! CONGRATULATIONS to you both, and mostly to the American people,” she tweeted after the election. “So much work to do, so much hurt to undo! Let’s GO! I’m so proud of you America!”

A year before her congratulatory message was sent out, RiRi was critical of Biden and his message about “poor kids” being just as talented as white kids. “Whoa! And he’s convinced he said something great here,” she wrote in August 2019. “Even when they fake it, the truth about how they feel about us is blatant!”

While Joe Biden likely isn’t her preferred choice for President, Rihanna is celebrating the fact that Trump is officially out, gladly taking out the trash they left in the White House. 


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This week, Rihanna shared photos from her summertime visit to Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Read about that here.

Talib Kweli & Diamond D Connect With A.F.R.O. On "Far Out Bar Out"

One of the greatest MCs of all time will be linking up with the legendary Diamond D of the Diggin’ In The Crates Crew for an ode to New York City. The rapper and producer announced that they would be releasing a joint project titled, Gotham: A Hip-Hop Love Letter To New York City. The album’s due out sometime this year, though a release date hasn’t been set. Until we get that, they’ve served up a new single to get us excited for what they have in store this year. The two teamed up for the single, “Far Out Bar Out” featuring A.F.R.O. Kweli and A.F.R.O. go bar-for-bar over the classic East Coast production.

Peep the single below and sound off with your thoughts in the comments. 

Quotable Lyrics
I’m never subtle
and I love it when they fumble they words
And start to mumble, and I’m still calm and humble

The Roots Were Debonnair As Hell On "The Seed (2.0)"

Today is a special day, as the legendary Questlove celebrates his 50th birthday. Having played an integral role in developing the iconic and genre-bending sound of The Roots, Quest has been widely hailed as one of hip-hop’s most accomplished musicians — and for good reason. Having amassed an incredible discography to his name, it’s difficult to single out a specific track. However, there’s something electric about The Roots Phrenology crossover classic “The Seed 2.0,” on which Quest provides a sturdy backbone with plenty of swagger. 

Speaking of, “The Seed 2.0” is about as debonnair an anthem as they come, fueled by twangy guitar chords, a dominant bassline, and Quest’s controlled drum work. Black Thought and Cody ChestnuTT hold down the vocal honors, the former’s gravelly storytelling the perfect contrast to the latter’s soulful vocals. “She want platinum or ice and gold, she want a whole lot of something to fold,” raps Thought, his flow locked in an infectious scheme. “If you an obstacle, she just drop you cold cause one monkey don’t stop the show.” Though he doesn’t provide any vocals, Quest’s presence is certainly felt throughout, especially by way of his subtle yet impactful fills. 

Revisit “The Seed 2.0” now, and show some love to Questlove on his birthday!

QUOTABLE LYRICS

Little Mary is bad, and these streets she done ran
Ever since when the heat began
I told her “Girl, look here, calm down, I’mma hold your hand
To enable you to peep the plan, cause you’s quick to learn
We can make money to burn if you allow me to lay this game”

Son of Tony – “Son On A Sunday” (Album Review)

Son of Tony is a Buffalo-born MC. Over the past few years, he’s released a series of projects, including “The Son and His Father Tape 2” and “Tshaft3 Sunset”. To kick the new year off, he’s dropped a brand new album, “Son on a Sunday”. With features from industry titans like Skyzoo and Mickey Factz, will Tony be able to make his best album yet?

What separates Son of Tony from most rappers in the underground scene is his relentless demeanor. From the banging intro “Energy” to the climactic outro “Iron Heart,” the passion in his vocals nearly force you to love him. Rounding out his stylistic grit, the Buffalo spitters songwriting is both passionate and relevant to the current issues millions face today. Whether it’s the prideful “All Mine” or the traumatizing “Fore Thought,” the knowledge embedded in these stories truly deems Tony the title of street prophet. Out of all these moments, “Wet Stones” with Tish Hyman I found to be one of the most memorable of the group with its memorable hook and lighter-toned themes. On the note of collaborations, Son’s guests keep this experience every changing and exciting, which is emphasized by Mickey Factz on “Comicon,” Ren Thomas on “Zoo,” and especially the legendary New York MC Skyzoo on the projects ultimate highpoint, “Snd”. Overall, the show-stealing features and Son of Tony’s well-equipped skillset set this record apart from 95% of his rivals. 

Behind the boards, theres a soundtrack that embodies both the fierce and glamourous sides of hip hop. Best seen on “Comicon,” the beautiful vocal sample is chopped up and tampered by with an array of effects to create something much more haunting than any of Tony’s older material. On top of this, the soundtrack is rounded out with other standouts like the piano-based “No Mercy” and hard-hitting “Iron Heart”. While none of these tracks are doing anything to break the sonic boundaries hip hop has been stuck in recently, each beat spices things up with an interesting sample choice. On top of all this, the soundscapes’ best quality is that it masterfully matches the skilled MC’s gifted demeanor holding this entire journey together, which is certainly a pro. Going down the line, each one of these moments can be broken down for the sonic beauty they withhold, but with the knowledge of their core, each instrumental twist and turn will be more enjoyable when listening. 

In conclusion, “Son on a Sunday” is hands down Son of Tony’s magnum opus, and it may just be the best underground record of 2020. His lyricism is super refined, and between his potent songwriting and well-fitted production job, there’s so much to enjoy here. As Buffalo continues to grow into rap’s new hot zone, I’m sure Son of Tony will get the recognition or being one of the top guys in the entire city!

Rating: 9/10

Highlights: Lyricsm, Subject Matter, Production

The post Son of Tony – “Son On A Sunday” (Album Review) first appeared on UndergroundHipHopBlog.

Channel Th1rt3en performs on NPR’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert”…

By EricSoul Word Is Bond

On Monday, Channel Th1rt3en (Pharoahe Monch, Daru Jones, and Marcus Machado) stopped by the NPR‘s “home” offices to perform a few songs from their upcoming album, A Magnificent Day for an Exorcism. Peep it above.

Album is out on January 22nd.

Channel Th1rt3en performs on NPR’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert”…

By EricSoul Word Is Bond

On Monday, Channel Th1rt3en (Pharoahe Monch, Daru Jones, and Marcus Machado) stopped by the NPR‘s “home” offices to perform a few songs from their upcoming album, A Magnificent Day for an Exorcism. Peep it above.

Album is out on January 22nd.

Ari Melber Spits 21 Savage Bars To Troll Trump

With Donald Trump no longer shielded by the Presidency, it’s likely that many of his critics will double down in their venomous teardowns. And seeing as he is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory, expect plenty of disrespect to follow his departure from the White House. For Ari Melber, implementing rap bars into his media appearances is nothing new; the MSNBC host has proven himself to be rather savyy about the hip-hop world. Last night, the MSNBC host looked to the wisdom of 21 Savage to predict Donald Trump’s rocky road ahead. 

Ari Melber

Harry Smith, Yo Gotti & Ari Melber –– Johnny Nunez/WireImage/Getty Images

“Donald Trump has some problems here,” begins Melber, alongside an image of 21 Savage. “How many lawyers you got? A lot. How many problems you got? A lot. How many people doubted you? A lot. Left you out to rot?” A dramatic pause for emphasis. “A lot.” While it’s unclear as to whether or not Donald Trump will indeed face legal consequences following the end of his presidency, it seems as if Melber is predicting such a fate for the one-term President — and doing so with style, it would seem.

While it goes without saying Melber’s casual invocation of bars will likely rub some the wrong way, it has certainly had the opposite effect on many viewers, to the point where the host has gained a considerable fanbase through his hip-hop knowledge. Clearly, the person watching the segment embedded below was having a grand old time — check out Melber’s remix of 21 Savage’s “A Lot” below, and sound off if you think Donald Trump is indeed destined for some challenges ahead. 

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