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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

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.”

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)

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.

Fletcher – “Live Young, Die Free”

Pop singer Fletcher‘s latest song is called “Live Young, Die Free”, and it’s another uplifting single. Over an energetic, dance floor-ready beat that’s booming with percussion, this catchy rebellious tune is about living life without any regrets, and not being afraid of taking risks and making new opportunities for yourself. Stream the song and look out for it on her debut EP due out early next year.

Fletcher – “War Paint” video

I didn’t know pop singer Fletcher released a music video for her anthemic single “War Paint” back in July, so here I am sharing it with you now. Directed by Garen Barsegian, a group of contemporary dancers dance with great strength and confidence, in the dark, with colorful bursts of powder paint and glitter, while Fletcher’s fierce voice sings the chant-along song about fighting for what you believe in. Check it out, and then listen to a remix of the song by Vancouver production duo Young Bombs.

Credit: Edwina Hay

Tour Necessities Q&A: Uncommon Nasa on A Few Days to Churn tour

After talking with Brzowski about this tour in my previous Tour Necessities Q&A (read here), I knew that I had to shoot some questions about it over to New York-native emcee (and man of many other hats) Uncommon Nasa. If you’ve been around CrayonBeats for awhile, you would know that he’s no stranger to our site either (although, I’m a bit behind on writing about a couple of his projects–I’ll catch up, I swear!). Since the last time that I covered him, he released two projects that you should listen to: New York Telephone, which released in August 2014, and Halfway, which released October 2015.

After you read this Q&A, I highly advise that you go through his discography. Now, let’s get into this interview. Before he goes on this short run with Brzo, he’ll be throwing down at Yule Prog’s 9th annual event on December 3rd (peep the FB event), so I started this Q&A by talking about that first. Then, we jump right into all CHURN tour stuff, so give it a read.

Savages – “Fuckers” video

Savages are a London-based, 4-piece rock band made up of Jehnny Beth (singer), Gemma Thompson (guitar), Ayse Hassan (bass) and Fay Milton (drums), and their genre classification on Facebook is “loud, quite loud.” These ladies released their debut album, titled Silence Yourself, in 2013, via Beth’s label Pop Noire and Matador Records; and they are scheduled to release their sophomore album, Adore Life, on January 22nd, 2016, via the same labels.

Astrid S – “Hyde” live acoustic video

Shortly after posting up Astrid’s music video for “Hyde“, I came across this exquisite acoustic rendition and fell in love. Good laaaawd! Her goosebumps-inducing voice soars through the high, tender notes and mid-range notes so effortlessly, and her melodies are beautiful, over the three live cellos playing behind her. No words can explain the melancholic beauty of this version and her voice. Watch it now.