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Aesop Rock – “Rings” video

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Aesop Rock is preparing to drop a self-produced album, called The Impossible Kid, at the end of April via Rhymesayers. I’m sure you’ve already heard about that, though. We haven’t seen a solo project since 2012’s Skelethon, so I’m extra pumped for this one. “Rings” is the first single and music video to drop, and Aesop said the following regarding inspiration for the song: “Rings reflects on my failure as a visual artist, and some of the regret I’ve experienced in regards to not pursuing it further.
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Blackalicious – “On Fire Tonight” (Ft Myron) video

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Straight from their 5th studio album, titled Imani, Vol. 1, one of my long-time favorite groups Blackalicious dropped a NSFW video for “On Fire Tonight”. Featuring singer Myron (of Myron & E) on the soulful hook, the rapid-fire spitting wordsmith Gift of Gab shoots off straight-for-the-jugular raps, over Chief Xcel‘s hard-hitting, horn-blowing, boom bap funk beat. Directed by James Connelly, the music video switches between color (during the hook) and stark black-and-white coloring (during the verses), with beautiful women moving and dancing, while naked and free. It’s strong, sexy, and so dang good. Watch now, and grab that album!
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Onry Ozzborn – “duofilm” video

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Leading up to Onry Ozzborn‘s highly anticipated DUO album, releasing March 25th via Fake Four Inc., he has released a few singles. As of a few days ago, though, he dropped a short-film of sorts that acts as a cohesive music video to a 15-minute mix of the album. Directed by Soundlapse, we see almost every guest from the album participating in the visual (such as Kimya Dawson, Aesop Rock, P.O.S, Sadistik, Terra Lopez of Sister Crayon, Theory Hazit, Rob Sonic, Nathan Quiroga, and others), in a get-together environment where they are either occupying various rooms with Onry Ozzborn or are seen projected on walls and screens. Similar to the album itself, the visual captures a lot of diversity, moods, and gives you something unique to absorb in each scenario. I enjoyed the cinematography and editing, too; it’s all visually intriguing and executed awesomely. Check it out below, and make sure you pre-order the album for $10-$15, depending on what you want (or grab it when it drops).
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Equipto & Otayo Dubb – “Yuk The World” video

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From their collaborative Baby Steps album, released mid-last year, California emcees Equipto and Otayo Dubb dropped a music video for the song “Yuk The World”. Produced by Bean One, the song finds the two rapping about ignoring propaganda while acknowledging the real positive contributions, standing up for what’s right, and celebrating life’s good moments, even through adversity and the bad times. “Life’s a struggle, yet I still laugh // Can you feel that?

The video was filmed by Bambu, at a Free Breakfast event put together by the duo, at The Black & Brown Social Club. Watch the video below, and then check the maxi single below, which comes with a Digital Martyrs remix (free downloads on Soundcloud).
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Adeem – “Looking For A Window” (ft Blueprint) video

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New Hampshire emcee Adeem, whom some might be more familiar with through his hip hop group Glue, has just released a brand new song, called “Looking For A Window”. This was a bit exciting for me to come across, seeing as how it’s been quite some time since I’ve heard/seen his name–I think the last time that I saw his name somewhere was on a Mike Relm song in ’08 (and before that, it was the Catch As Catch Can Glue album). He’s been gone for a long time, but not forgotten…and I sure am happy to see him back.
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Raquel Rodriguez – “Don’t Be Afraid” live video

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Los Angeles singer Raquel Rodriguez dropped a brand new live video the other day that I wanted to share. Recorded at the Blue Dream Studios, she performed previously unreleased (I think) song, called “Don’t Be Afraid”. It’s an intimate song that finds her telling someone to let go of their fears of falling in love (with her). Complimenting both her live band and her sweet pop-soul voice, it’s a beautiful song. I’ve missed hearing Raquel Rodriguez’s music, so I’m glad that this popped up in my inbox. Video filmed and edited by Giovanni Solis. Check it out, and don’t be afraid to want her… music in your life!
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Ripsy May – “Black Wine” video

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I stumbled upon this Ripsy May song when I was listening to music on JONESSoundcloud page, as it was one of the recommended songs. She caught my attention with her “da-da-da-da“‘s vocals posing as a catchy beat, but what captivated me the most was when I heard the Los Angeles-based singer’s cool, jazzy vocals drag out along the ambient Vud-produced electronic beat led by mellow drums, haunting vocal arrangements, and a sweeping breeze. So hypnotic and lovely, especially with such strong, thought-provoking lyrics that are rooted in media manipulation and racial divide.
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Tour Necessities Q&A: Gajah on West Coast Halfway tour

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First, let me say that Los Angeles-based emcee Gajah is not a stranger to CrayonBeats. Second, let me introduce you, in case you aren’t familiar with his work. Gajah jumped into the hip hop scene sometime in the early 90’s with a couple of rap groups, until he became the founding member of the long-standing, two-man hip hop group, Acid Reign (with BeOnd), who eventually earned their stripes with Project Blowed. As a group, they’ve released a handful of projects, worked with a ton of West Coast underground hip hop legends, have started their own label (Acid Lab Records), and have had countless performances. As a solo act, though, Gajah has released nearly 10 outstanding projects (some of which we’ve talked about here), performed all throughout the West Coast, and has worked with various hip hop artists (such as Open Mike Eagle, Uncommon Nasa, Abstract Rude, The Kleenrz, Duke Westlake, Graves33, Atari Blitzkrieg, Ceschi, Tommy V, Ellay Khule, Mute Speaker, and more).
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Greg Hvnsen – “What Would You Have Me Do”

Greg Hvnsen had me at “hello” with his thick, raspy vocals at the beginning of his “What Would You Have Me Do” song. It smooths out a little bit once the rest of the beat falls in line, but, overall, his smoky voice with this synth-pop wonder beat and joyful melody is such a stunning pairing that I didn’t expect to hear when I pushed play. I damn near melted like buttah–not butter, buttahhhh. He has released a few singles prior to this one (check them out here), but this is my introduction to him and, I assume, is his big push into the music scene. Let it be your introduction to this Florida singer/producer, too, and look out for more from this guy.
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Special Education with Anderson .Paak

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For the latest episode of Special‘s Special Education game show, she has singer/rapper/producer Anderson .Paak (previously known as Breezy LoveJoy) as a guest. After first learning that he has to choose songs he’s already released (in regards to the first question, haha), we learn that his favorite word is “N8PS” (pronounced “napes”, which is slang for “hell no”), that he’d choose to perform “Celebrate” at an old folks home (in contrast, Special chose “Home Going“, because she thought it was a lighthearted song, but it’s really about death), he says “Drugs” was the most fun song to perform live, and he says who he loves working with. There’s also a point in this game where he flips it up and asks Special a NSFW question, where they each share the age that they first experienced the act of “69”. Hahaha. Watch below!
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Zerolex – “Twofold” EP

The last time that I wrote about French producer Zerolex was over a year ago, when he released an EP with Holy Two. Since then, he has dropped the Volutes EP with his Cotton Claw producer collective, and has released his second solo EP, titled Twofold, which is also the most recent. Composed of two new songs, and a dazzling remix by Nikitch, we hear Zerolex exploring a more evolved electronic path, where he has constructed futuristic-type beats that are ultra rich in synth textures, percussion samples, underlying jazzy tones, and melodic movement. I like them both a lot, as well as the remix. Watch the animated music video for the title track, done by Dylan Cote-Colisson and Pierre Lafanechère, and then stream the EP. Then, purchase for $2 via Parisian label Cascade Records.
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