Def Sounds would like to introduce you to up and coming South Florida rap duo, The Twentys.
As one of the top upcoming artists in South Florida, The Twentys bring an unheard style to the game.
Just returning from their “Stay Close” tour in which they opened for major artists Rockie Fresh of MMG, Cyhi The Prynce of G.O.O.D. Music, and Spaceghost Purrp, The Twentys are undeniably on the rise.
The Twentys released their most recent project “Stay Close” in September of 2012 and have achieved close to 10,000 downloads in the first few weeks that the tape was released.
Get to know The Twentys and listen/download their mixtape, Stay Close, and also check out the music video for their single “O.L.I.T.B” that appeared on the tape.
Music Video for “O.L.I.T.B.”
For more information and to stay up to date with the moves that The Twentys are making, check out the below links.
On October 22nd, Kendrick Lamar released his critically acclaimed album “Good Kid: M.A.A.D City” through Top Dog Entertainment/Aftermath. Among the project’s many hits, one record features production from one of the most talented up-and-coming production teams out right now.
Tabu is an upcoming and highly talented production team out of Copenhagen, Denmark who have already worked with some of Hip Hop’s most notable acts. In fact, the Treacherous Records in-house producers recently laced Kendrick Lamar with a beat for his song “The Art of Peer Pressure” which has received an incredible response among critics. However, Tabu has also worked with Kendrick Lamar‘s Top Dawg Entertainment label mate Schoolboy Q as well.
In a recent interview with The Shadow League, Tabu explains:
We love what the T.D.E. camp brings to the table, the sound and how they bring the good stuff back in Hip Hop … getting on Kendrick’s album was just a double bonus for us.
It is certainly a great look for Tabu to appear on such a highly regarded project and fans can expect to hear a lot more coming from them going forward.
While Tabu has provided beats to artists outside of their own camp, fans will surely recall their work with Crooked I, the Horsehoe Gang, One-2 and K-Young. Please preview a few sample’s of their production that they’ve been apart of this past year.
Check out Tabu’s production preview sampler which includes snippets of the tracks listed below:
-Schoolboy Q “Sacrilegious”
-Crooked I “Praise God”
-Ab Soul, One-2 & Fashawn “Donnie Brasco”
-Horseshoe G.A.N.G. “Picture of Anger”
-Horseshoe G.A.N.G. “She Said”
-Crooked I “BBBB”
-Kendrick Lamar “The Art of Peer Pressure”
Follow Tabu on Twitter: @Tabu_Beats
Tune Pushes Back “Dedication 4″ Release For Chainz
Lil Wayne's Dedication 4 mixtape with DJ Drama was supposed to drop yesterday, but apparently he didn't take into account 2 Chainz' release date when he originally picked the date. When he realized, he made the decision to push it back a bit. Above, he reveals the new day to expect it, as well as delivers a song off the tape, a “No Lie” freestyle.
For this month’s Def Sounds Indie Spotlight we feature BigStat, who received a tremendous response when we introduced the Connecticut-based rhyme-slinger with his freestyle session along with co-sign from Method Man, then we brought you his appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show, as he displayed his off the top freestyle skills, and most recently we posted up the wordsmiths studio session with Mobb Deep’s Havoc. At the time when I first heard BigStat’s music, I knew I had to reach out, and get him featured in the spotlight. With that said, look-out for BigStat to make a major impact on the game… as he has what it takes to take the industry by storm.
Now let’s get to know BigStat some more. Read up on Stat, download his, Don’t Quit Your Day Job mixtape, which is hosted by Redman, watch the video of his single “Pain,” and take to the comment section to leave your thoughts and opinions on the extremely talented emcee, who I could soon see at the forefront of the East Coast Hip Hop scene.
BigStat born (Gary Monteleone) has accomplished a lot in his early twenty years, and all of it; the tours with Method Man, Redman, the write ups in national magazines, the major radio airplay, can be attributed to his steadfast refusal to give up. Both in music and life he’s had numerous opportunities to throw in the towel. The first being when he was just 12 years old and his mother was murdered.
For a lot of kids the loss of a parent can send them spiraling down a negative path in life. Stat however, took a look at the situation. He saw his father having to take care for three children on his own and decided that as soon as he was able to, he’d start making his own way. His first opportunity came at 14 when he was offered a job at a tobacco farm. It was grueling labor, but he did it and by the end of the summer of 1998 he had saved up enough money to purchase a used car, a set of turntables and recording equipment. It was time to get to work as an emcee and producer, where once again his refusal to give up would be tested.
Stat’s career started in several groups based out of Connecticut. He was written up in XXL and in Billboard They were featured on major radio stations up and down the east coast from New York to Miami, on satellite radio on both Shade 45 and Hip-Hop Nation, and local TV affiliates for NBC and FOX interviewed them. They even landed a spot on ABC’s national news. His group sparked the interest of several successful and famous artists such as Rakim, Talib Kweli, Wyclef and Akon. His group also appeared on the Howard Stern show at the age of eighteen. Despite all the success they were having, his groups began to grow apart musically. This is when Stat decided to go another route; and he became a solo artist.
It was during this time that Stat also developed a close friendship with Wu-Tang legend Method Man. A tireless networker, Stat first approached Meth at a local fast food restaurant but at the time, the renowned emcee wasn’t interested in hearing him. As the month’s passed, Meth started seeing Stat networking at more and more concerts and the two started to connect. Stat ended up touring with Method Man, Redman, Ghostface and D Block from 2008-2011. He would perform at sold out venues including BBKings, Best Buy Theatre, and the House of Blues. Stat refers to Meth as a “mentor.” This can be seen in the viral “Method Man Bigstat 2am Marriott Cypher” video which gained over 250k views across the web in less than a week.
With everything on him now, Stat’s work ethic is shining brighter than ever. Stat released a mixtape titled Don’t Quit Your Day Job which was hosted by Redman. Stat’s mixtape gained him Cosigns from Krs One, Rakim, Raekwon, and even Comedy Central comedians Ralphie May and Jo Koy. In 2012 Stat freestyled with The Legendary Roots on The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show gaining him several shout outs from Regis Philbin.
Stat has recently released his first official music video to “Pain”. This particular song is very personal to Stat because it deals with his Mother and her murder. Stat has perfected being able to write a song so the audience hears every word clearly visualizing the song like a movie and he plans to do exactly that with his Debut album Heart Of a Lion.
Watch the video for BigStat’s “Pain” featuring Jordan Meyer
Listen/Download: BigStat – Dont Quit Your Day Job (Hosted by Redman)
Direct Download: BigStat – Dont Quit Your Day Job (Hosted by Redman)
While you wait on the release of Stat’s debut album Heart of a Lion, keep up with the moves he is making by following him on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.
Def Sounds would like to introduce you to the very talented LA by way of Mississippi emcee/producer, Swish.
Read up on Swish’s background and below that listen to some music from the Mississippi born and bred wordsmith.
Mississippi born and bred, Swish is the product of tough streets and strong family roots. He stands at the nexus of unbridled creativity and a blue collar sensibility that celebrates hard work and the common man. From his teenage years to today, Swish has eagerly consumed music in large quantities and a variety of styles. The self-described “rapper’s rapper” was born to a pianist father and a mother whose work ethic knows no bounds and both were instilled into him at a young age. He was taught the sounds of the Baroque, Romantic, and Classical periods as well as Gospel, Jazz, Soul, and Blues. Growing up Swish was influenced by artists such as Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk, and composers such as Rachmaninoff, leaving no genres untouched. In the arrangements of his production style you can clearly hear these musical influences. In his lyrics you can hear a strong foundation that sees the ills of society as an opportunity to reach a higher calling. Having already produced tour intros with video support seen by over one million fans in Europe with Anna Vissi and having worked with legends and peers alike in music such as Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Mike Bradford, Nadirah X, Rapper Big Pooh of Little Brother and Bishop Lamont, this Mississippi-bred rapper/producer is nothing like his predecessors. Recently, Swish has been seen performing everywhere from London’s famed Victoria House, Helsinki Finland and to television programs in Kingston, Jamaica but it’s not his resume that provokes curiosity, it is his music. His ideas transcend popular music and translate into material that can only be described as great and timeless. In his delivery, you can hear his hunger, pain, passion, and intelligence. In his lyrics, you can hear truth. In his production you can hear his aspirations and ambitions which provide more than enough insight into the character of the artist that is Swish.
Listen to some music from Swish, and check out his production skills as he produced 2 of the 4 tracks, below.
Here’s a breakdown of the tracks, the first joint is a freestyle. The 2nd track is Swish featuring heavy hitters, Bishop Lamont and Rapper Big Pooh, titled “It’s Over” that was produced by King Karnov. The 3rd joint is called “Almost Home” that is self produced and was on Swish’s EP, but will also be featured on his upcoming solo album. And the 4th track is called “Know Mi Name,” which is also self-produced and will appear on the Mister+Misses group album he’s doing with female emcee named Nadirah X from Jamaica.
Swish – Dynomite
Swish, Bishop Lamont, Rapper Big Pooh -It’s Over (Prod. By King Karnov)
Swish – Almost Home (Prod. By Swish)
Swish & Nadirah X (Mister+Misses) – Know Mi Name (Prod. By Swish)
Be on the look-out for upcoming work from Swish as he is currently work on two albums. One is the Mister+Misses joint album with femcee named Nadirah X from Jamaica. The other is his solo album called The Appreciation.
Swish will also have guest spots on Bishop Lamont’s upcoming album, The Reformation, Dave New York’s new project, I Got A Story To Tell, which will also feature Bishop Lamont, Raekwon, Talin Kewli, Jean Grae, Charlie 2na, Rapper Big Pooh, and others. Swish will also beat featured on Bishop Lamont and Torae’s project, Planet Of The Apes.
Stay tuned to Def Sounds for more new material from Swish in the very near future, and in the meantime stay in-tune with the moves he’s making by following him on Twitter.
Follow Swish on Twiiter: @OfficialSwish
Nothing new or rare here. Posted because some may have never seen this footage. Featuring Premo, Guru, Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, Afu-Ra, DJ Scratch & the rest of the Gang Starr foundation. Some of the things Preme mentioned back then seem almost prophetic now, especially his dialogue about vinyl culture. (2)dope! Hit the jump for part two.
For this monthâ€™s Def Sounds Indie Spotlight we feature S-Mak, who received a tremendous response when we introduced the LA rep to you with his â€œ6 Minute: Live From La Freestyle.â€ At the time of hearing the freestyle, I knew I had to reach out, and get S-Mak featured in the spotlight. With that said, look-out for S-Mak to make a major impact on the industry… as he is extremely talented, and I don’t see too many emcee’s touching Mak when it comes to skills on the mic.
Read up on S-Mak, download/stream his 2-part 20-20 mixtape series that contains 40 tracks of straight heat, Side A: Uprise and Side B: Aftermath, and take to the comment section to leave your thoughts and opinions on the extremely talented 25 year old emcee, who I could soon see at the forefront of the West.
Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Scott Antilla Thomas, better known as S-MAK, is a rebel with a cause who has plenty to say. The young up and coming emcee is not playing around when it comes to bars and is definitely not someone to sleep on! At the young age of 25, S-MAK has gone from the streets to the recording studio, taking every experience with him while creating not only a vehicle, but also a movement to communicate his message. After leaking his double mixtape, “20 20″ with over forty songs worth of material from the past couple of years, S-MAK has his eyes set on “MadMak,” which is his first official mixtape release packed with all new original music hosted by DJ Skee with production by THX, Swiff D and Ric Rude. “MadMak” will be releasing in Spring 2012.
To keep up with all the moves S-Mak is making follow him at the below links:
S-Mak’s Official Website: OfficialSMak.com
Facebook Music Page: Facebook.com/sdashmak
Youtube Channel: Youtube.com/officialsmakTV
Contact/Management/Booking: @Erth1Â - email@example.com
A name I have seen popping up on the NC Hip-Hop scene was the group ILLPO. Repping Greensboro, the duo have been putting in work on the NC scene for a minute now. With the attention that Phonte and J. Cole has brought to the area, more people are starting to get some shine in a state that wants to be recognized for something else besides basketball. Here is a bio on the group
“There are a lot of hip hop groupsâ€¦.But only a few movements. Rarely before in hip hop history has one group succeeded in taking their entire local hip-hop community to a different level of musical ingenuity. Each energetic performance built on the last, ILLPO has consistently rocked local fans, radio, and industry insiders throughout the Carolinas. In fact, the UPSOUTH Movement began when Damon Blanchard, a.k.a. Mundae Boones, & Jermaine Brown, a.k.a J Bond, realized that they had two gifts: talent to win and courage to compete.
Both born in the north and raised in the south, they united with a singular mission: to establish North Carolinaâ€™s rightful place to the top of the rap game. Students of hip hop since childhood, both have survived the struggles associated with hood life- and made the most out of all sorts of ill positions. Thus, ILLPO was conceived. Artistically, Mundae Boones and J Bond compliment each other. Their sound is simultaneously North and South; big city and small town; struggle and drive. Their vibrant connection and passion for music comes through on every track, and you can taste their hunger in every verse.
Already at that proverbial â€œnext levelâ€ & been featured on top hip hop sites such as 2 Dope Boyz, Kevin Nottingham, DJ Booth, The Sermon’s Domain, We Up On It, Nanci O Radio & more, ILLPO is poised to be the group that they set out to be: champions of the movement that is quietly getting North Carolina the respect that it deserves. Fans and critics agree: ILLPO forces you to take a trip with them UPSOUTH!”
Check out the video for their song “Windows Up” and “Carolina Nights” so you can see what the duo brings to the game!