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Knightstalker & Falling Down – “Demolition Squad” (ft Sav Killz & Dark Skinned Assassin)

Berlin emcee Knightstalker and New York producer Falling Down will be following up their 2013 EP with a second installment, called Kept In Perspective II. The forthcoming EP’s first single was “Demolition Squad”, which also featured New York emcees Sav Killz and Dark Skinned Assassin. Over a hard-hitting, horn-blowin’ beat, the three emcees come out swinging vicious, gritty bars that aim to destroy anyone in their way. “This is demolition music, the sound of destruction // Bars with the power of a thousand eruptions // Demolition music, the sound of destruction // We’re out here to crush ’em, without no discussion!” Stream the song below and download for free.

Ceschi – “This Won’t Last Forever” video

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From his Factor Chandelier-produced Broken Bone Ballads album that released earlier this year, hip hop artist Ceschi dropped a music video for the song “This Won’t Last Forever”. The song is a thank you letter to their mothers, and all other good mothers, who went above and beyond to show endless love through any and everything; it’s filled with apologies, promises, love, and teaching moments. “Mother, I know they never paid you a proper wage // So thank you doubly for every sacrifice you made // If we reach the end of days or I ever lose my way // I’ll follow crumbs back to you and will never stray // Loved ones found // Loved ones lost // Just know that I will never forget any of them – none.

Onry Ozzborn – “Let Them Go” (ft Scotty Preston)

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Onry Ozzborn‘s latest single, from his highly anticipated album DUO, is the song “Let Them Go”. Produced by Jack Rylands, our ears are hit with a rock-infused instrumental that’s led by gentle hi-hat jingles, thumping kick drums, and prominent guitars, while Onry unwinds with dark lyrics about hopelessness, running scared and feeling oneself slip into a place of hurt and vulnerability. Scotty Preston‘s intense punk vocals cry out in the chorus, really adding to the aggressive emotion and feeling of pain in this song. Listen below and look out for the fourth single later this week.

Onry Ozzborn – “Something Is Wrong” (ft Jaeda)

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In October, Onry Ozzborn dropped a second song from his forthcoming DUO album, called “Something Is Wrong”, and I freakin’ love it! Over a hollow and eerie beat, produced by SmokeM2D6, Onry Ozzborn takes the form of Psycho killer Norman Bates, spilling dark raps that dissect and question his own actions and warped mind. In the second verse, Jaeda takes the form of his twisted, deceased mother that, if you remember, Norman sees/becomes with his split-personality. They trade verses a few times and maaaaan… they both SLAY this psychological thriller of a song, with vicious and vivid storytelling lyricism that embodies the two characters really well. It’s so damn cool and creative. Put this one in your soundtrack somewhere, Bates Motel! Give it a listen below and download the song for free (name your price), if you haven’t already.

Zavala – “Memory Traps” EP

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Producer Zavala, who you might know from Dark Time Sunshine, has dropped a brand new EP, called Memory Traps. The Chicago native was inspired by his own hometown’s house scene, and you can hear that in these four tracks. This EP is a stunning and rather serene listen. It’s electronic music that’s largely driven by calming, downtempo vibes, sizzling synths, uptempo drum lines that give it that footwork movement, and an array of atmospheric sounds, vocal bits, and instrumental samples that are hypnotically looped. This music is perfect to listen to while reflecting, unwinding from a long day, to feel at peace to, or to dance with. I’ve been listening to Memory Traps for the last week or so, between hanging out in my bedroom and walking outside in the chilly morning weather, and I cannot get enough of it. Give it a listen. Stream the album below and then name your price on it over at Bandcamp.

Monday/Friday – “Right On” video

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The Georgia-based Monday/Friday hip hop duo released a brand new music video for the song “Right On”, from their self-titled album released in August. Over Illastrate‘s soulful, head-nodding beat, we hear Yamin Semali spitting conscious lyrics about being instilled with fear at a young age and being judged and racially profiled wherever he goes, while also spreading the message that he’s going to keep on keepin’ on despite the every day struggle (“Everything isn’t what it appears to be // So I believe in me more than any conspiracy // They put that fear in me and said ‘here, you’re free’ // I see it clearly, struggle don’t disappear // But neither do we, so right on“). Directed by Dazzell Matthews, Yamin walks the city streets while rapping and proudly representing for his African heritage.

Ciphurphace – “Elbow Space” video

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Ciphurphace dropped a music video for his high energy, bass-banging rap song, “Elbow Space“. Shot and directed by Team Ciphurphace (which is him and his kids: Naiim Sun and Sela Eunae), we see Ciphurphace and his kids hanging out in different locations–from empty alleys, to pool parties, and at home–spitting tough raps, mean muggin’ and stretching them ‘bows for some room. You miiiight even see him wearing a CrayonBeats logo shirt under that jacket, in some of the shots (haaaaay!). Check out the video right now, buy the single from iTunes, and be on the look out for his sixth album, In Phaced God We Trust.

Ciphurphace – “I’ll Always Love H.E.R.”

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Last month, New Jersey-based emcee Ciphurphace dropped a song called “I’ll Always Love H.E.R.” It’s a straight-forward, boom bap song, produced by Scorpioflo, that finds Ciph rapping about his long-time love for, and dedication to, hip hop. His wordplay is fun, too, because he weaves hip hop artists and songs into his story about hip hop’s progression. Give it a listen below, download for free via Soundcloud, and look out for this song on his forthcoming album, In Phaced God We Trust. Until then, go browse his extensive discography over on Bandcamp.

Da Hermit – “Lighters” (ft Bambu & Dem One)

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Back in October, California producer/DJ Da Hermit released a song called “Lighters”, which featured emcees Bambu and Dem One on the mics. Led by head-nodding, upbeat percussion and a melancholy guitar loop, they deliver a powerful message about getting sick of being force-fed false claims and half-truths, and going on a mission to finding your own truths and being your own torch in the darkness. Love the chanting and sing-along chorus, too. Read what Da Hermit had to say about the song below, and then listen to the song.

Pussy Riot – “Refugees In” video

In efforts to express solidarity with refugees, Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot released a song and music video called “Refugees In”. Fueled by powerful political lyrics and an angry delivery, Pussy Riot send a very clear, pro-refugee message about desperate people fleeing from war, only to be met by locked borders, police brutality and government injustices, through this fist-pumping, chaotic, electronic song. Produced by Tev Nev, bretonLABS, with additional production by Alexander Parsons.

Tour Necessities Q&A: Bonnie Blue on See Me Tonight tour

California-based emcee Bonnie Blue is wrapping up her See Me Tonight tour, along with Nat The Lioness, Zzay, Rics Rumble, and Razor, so I thought I’d ask her some questions about it and touring, in general. To give you a *little& bit of background, Bonnie released a collaborative album with Rics Rumble and Razor under the name Bushwall Junkies, back in 2013, called Black Eye Blue, and then released her debut solo album All Things Considered early last year. If you caught Issue 4 of our magazine, you would’ve seen her name and picture in my “Do The Ladies Run This Motha…” article, where I talked about some talented women in music whose names you should’ve gotten to know (it’s not too late). Since then, though, she has been performing a lot (especially throughout California), working on new music, and, basically, kicking ass and taking names.

So, go ahead and read over this Q&A, where you will find her talking about packing for tours, what she’s been listening to on this run, travel necessities, Hot Cheetos and cheese dip, what a full day of touring generally consists of, tour riders, some memorable experiences, touring advice, and more.

Kuna Maze – “Tricky Part” EP

Kuna Maze is a producer from Lyon, France, whose music sits somewhere between electronic, hip hop, and experimental jazz. He released his debut EP, titled Tricky Part, on September 4th via Cascade Records. It’s a 4-track project that plays out like a chill soundtrack to a journey through space, made with head-nodding drums, delicate percussion, funky electronics, and a lot of silky smooth synth lines. While I like the EP as a whole, my favorite tracks are “Time Trial” and “Flip It”. Give the EP a listen below, and download it from Bandcamp for only $3.