Kyle Rapps & Hefna Gwap release new EP as a free download

Kyle Rapps, based out of Harlem, has teamed up with East Palo Alto emcee Hefna Gwap for the release of their debut effort, European Tic Tacs. Guest appearances on the EP include Vulkan the Krusader, Fudge, Aaron Cohen, Spaceman, Abgohard, Lord Plawz and the Inner City Kids. The production on the project ranges from punchy snares and jazzy horns, to a bevy of lush and atmospheric soundscapes. In terms of lyrical aptitude, the duo cease to fall flat; their emphasis of implanting obscure images in your head, makes this project worth repeating again and again. Please visit https://soundcloud.com/kyle-rapps/sets/european-tic-tacs-kyle-rapps-x to download now and the official track list can be found below: 01. Blue Pork (Who Ridin) [prod. by Vulkan the Krusader] 02. Hold Tyte (prod.

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Brother Ali: The RAPstation Interview

The Real Story: Why Brother Ali Is On The Home Away From Home Tour By Kyle Eustice As the Home Away From Home Tour comes to a close (last show is November 14 in Chicago), Brother Ali is still thoroughly enjoying his time on the road with his partners in crime, MaLLy and Bambu. After all, this is the first time he's been on his own in quite awhile. The last tour he did was with Immortal Technique and he had a few Rock the Bells dates sprinkled in between. He hasn't toured on his own since his last album, 2012's Mourning in America Dreaming in Color was dropped on Rhymesayers Entertainment, the Minnesota native's musical home since 2000. As Ali criss-crosses his way across the country, he took some time to talk to RAPstation about the tour, meeting Bambu and the value of small,

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Ray West & John Robinson to release new EP on cassette

Red Apples 45 brings you yet another artistic EP, this time combining Ray West's production and lyricist John Robinson from Science Of Life. Together they bring you "Sample & Percussion" - a limited edition cassette tape produced entirely on an EMU SP12 Turbo. The project comes complete with fold out double sided panel art and liner notes, plus a special guest appearance by J-Zone and 4 bonus instrumentals on the b side. Please visit https://soundcloud.com/ray-west-45/classic-vibes to check out a sample from the project and consider the EP a prequel to more music coming soon from Red Apples & John Robinson. Please visit http://www.fatbeats.com/products/ray-west-john-robinson-sample-percussion-cassette to order "Sample & Percussion" now. Also check out http://shop.madina.co.uk/coll

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Blockhead to release Bells and Whistles album

New York based hip-hop producer Blockhead aka Tony Simon has been active since 1999 and is well known for his celebrated work with Aesop Rock and solo releases on Ninja Tune. On November 18th, 2014 he will self-release his sixth studio album, Bells and Whistles. The album continues his proven techniques of exquisite beat making with methodically arranged samples, all the while being fluid and experimenting with new tempos and genre flavors. The offerings on Bells and Whistles lay somewhere between a 70's horror movie soundtrack ("Sacrificial Santa") and what you might hear in a Turkish café ("Kaput!"), with boom bap roots front and center ("Desirebulation"). Shuffling rhythms play off of often ominous and emotionally nostalgic samples. Composed using not much more the

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Kosha Dillz release new video for In Da Club

Kosha Dillz has just released his latest music video for "In Da Club" off his most recent album, Awkward in a Good Way, which was put out on Murs' Label 316. The video is produced by Jesse Shatkin, who most recently became infamous for producing Sia's infectious Billboard and radio hit "Chandelier." The video was filmed by Ed Jansen during the summer festival season in Holland and Belgium where Kosha played festivals with artists such as Dilated Peoples and Danny Brown. Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3yLUGk2pKw to view the video now.

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DJ JS-1 drops single with Breeze Brewin, Homeboy Sandman & Kyle Rapps

"The safest way to get what you want," said famed investor Charlie Munger, "is to deserve what you want." We're faced with people on a daily basis who don't want to do the work necessary to succeed. Instead of trying to game the system and risk your reputation as a half-stepper, you should learn to love the work. This is nothing new for a student of the game like Queens' deejay/producer, DJ JS-1, who after studying alongside the greats in the industry, and mastering his craft, is here to smash the clowns guilty of robbing the culture with their shortsighted gimmicks and bogus antics. Joining in his onslaught are Breeze Brewin' of the Juggaknots fame, Homebody Sandman, and Kyle Rapps, who all speak on how they intend to rule their respective fields. "110 Percent"

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