Bambu x DJ Phatrick Release “Something” [Free DL]

There are moments when I listen to a rap song and I just think, I love Hip-Hop. This is one such moment. LA’s Bambu gets down and personal on a track about domestic violence, and no joke, this is one of the realest verses I’ve heard in a while. His long time partner in crime DJ Phatrick provides the beat, utilizing a great Adele sample from the song “Someone Like You”. This is a dope track and will be on the bonus EP Short Change due in April. DL it for free here.

March, in case you were unaware, is Women’s History Month. Los Angeles’ own, Bambu, leaks a song that takes a look at domestic violence from a personal perspective. The song speaks on his family history with violence in the home, as well as his own struggles with it, even touching on the normalcy of such violence against women in our own Hip Hop culture. For this one, DJ Phatrick stepped out from behind the turntables to produce, sampling Adele’s “Someone Like You.” A video is set to drop at the end of the month and the song will also be included on Bambu’s …Exact Change… re-release bonus EP, Short Changed, dropping on April 29, 2011 through Beatrock Music Label.

Jihae Releases Visuals for “Tuilerie”

Experimental rocker Jihae has just shared some visuals for the song “Tuilerie” off her Fire Burning Rain album. It’s a bit abstract and trippy, and definitely not conventional but that’s what helps it stand out. Pairing the dark, eerie footage against the hauntingly simple music was a great choice and drew me in. I honestly can’t tell if this is an official MV or visual art, or perhaps they are one and the same but it’s a novel way to experience the music either way.

Critic’s Corner: Far East Movement – Free Wired

Yes, we know this album is 5 months old. But we’re still digging ourselves out of the perpetual backlog of album reviews and we definitely couldn’t leave out one of the most significant releases in years for the AA music scene. Free Wired is the album that helped propel the Far East Movement from the “up and coming” stage they have been at for years to the “they’ve made it big” stage where you can hardly go a day in public without hearing one of their songs. So is Free Wired the result of great marketing and luck? Or is it truly worth the mass exposure and recognition that it’s gotten?

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Kollaboration Toronto Finalists Release the “Yeah 3x” MV

The Kollaboration Toronto folks have already dropped the promo video, but with the event only a few days away they’ve put the promotion into high gear with a new MV as well. They appear to be mimicking the formula that made the Kollaboration 9 trailer MV a hit by making an unplugged remix of a Chris Brown song. This time it’s “Yeah 3x” though the results weren’t quite as golden this time around. Either way it should be a fun competition along with special performances by Boombox Saints, Esly, Krnfx, J Reyez, and Clara Chung. You can find out more here, and buy tickets here.

Blue Scholars Start Kickstarter Campaign for Cinemetropolis

It’s been four years since their last full length album, and the Blue Scholars want to return in style. They have a new album in the works called Cinemetropolis and they intend to drop a number of visual projects and music videos to accompany the LP. Their albums thus far have all been very strong collections of work and I have high hopes for this one too. Like all kickstarter campaigns, there are various incentives based on the dollar amount you are able to contribute ranging from a simple thanks to a credit in the liner notes of the album. If you’re interesting in helping see this project fully reach actualization, visit their KS page here.

Behind the Scenes of Jin’s New English Album with Joseph Vincent

Being label mates certainly seems to have its perks as new signee to Catch Music Joseph Vincent now finds himself teamed up with veteran artist Jin. JV takes the opportunity to share some behind the scenes footage of the recording of Jin’s upcoming English album, his first in 5 years. The former battle rap champion flew out to LA and holed himself up in the studio to record this much anticipated project. You can expect some material to feature Joseph Vincent’s smooth vocals as well. This clip is a fun look at life behind the scenes with Catch Adventures.