Zion I "Get Urs" (2014)
Above is the first of five videos in this all-video version of the weekly hip-hop rap up: "Get Urs" by Zion I and featuring an all star line up of guests including Mr. Lif, Kev Choice, Deuce Eclipse, Opio, and Sadat X. It is the brand new music video, published earlier this month, from the hard working Bay Area based duo of Zion I who, although constantly touring and recording, still find time to produce the annual Hella Fresh Fest that is happening this year at The Metro in Oakland on Halloween night. See the full Amoeblog preview here. Also just recently posted is a DL of the Vibe SquaD remix of the new Zion I song "Fresh," available here.
MC Lyte "Dear John (feat. Common & 10Beats)" (2014)
Another brand new video is the latest from legendary golden era hop-hop female emcee MC Lyte
who we havent heard from (album wise) in a minute. Her new track is entitled “Dear John” and features a guest spot from non other than fellow legend Common
(make sure you peep his What's In My Bag?
post from this week). Like so much of Lyte's work, this track and video has a message. In addition to being the first single from MC Lyte’s forthcoming album - her first studio album in 11 years that will drop in 2015 - "Dear John" is the anthem for #EducateOURMen
, which is the signature scholarship initiative of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation
. To date, the foundation has presented two $100,000 university scholarships during the Soul Train Music Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show
each year since the organization's founding. Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jada Pinkett Smith,
and Faith Evans
are some of the celebrities who've shown support to date.
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass "Humble Pi" (2014)
The above video is a nice preview of power duo Apollo Brown
and Ras Kass
- the teaming of Detroit producer with the West Coast rap legend - from the pair's collaborative album Blasphemy
that will be dropping next week via Mello Music Group
(that's the CD
version - the vinyl will drop a couple of weeks later on November 11th). Mello Music, who have an impeccable track record, promise that the album will deliver the duo's undeniable synergy and that "their sacred writ is the same, their blasphemy for those who want to think as they nod to the rhythm. When Ras Kass crucifies supposed facts over Apollo’s beats, it’s clear he is the West Coast’s preeminent philosopher. When Apollo’s blaring suites soothe your soul, it’s an ontological fact that he ranks among the best producers in the game. With Blasphemy
, the duo has delivered the truth."
Kilz - "Conceited (feat. Luke-O & Pyrex Pre$$)" (2014)
Above is the brand new video from Southwest PA producer and sometime rapper Kilz
for his track "Conceited" that features guest spots from his Moola Gang Ca$h Cow$
and Pyrex Pre$$
as they all take video viewers on a tour of Fayette County. The new underground video follows hot on the heels of the artist's popular Krak Kilz
mixtape that is aptly described as "a dark, dingy, drug dealer's dream" lyrically while sonically (all production by Kilz) ranges in styles from traphouse to chilled out relax beats made for smoking weed to. Kilz has recently released a string of diverse sounding singles including "Have Some Fun" that features Mac Miller
's REMember Music signees The Come Up