The Lesson w/ DJ Sanchez – The Source http://thesource.com Latest in Hip Hop, Entertainment, Sports and Film Tue, 16 Oct 2018 04:55:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 2018 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Award Nominees Announced http://thesource.com/2018/10/15/2018-australian-recording-industry-association-aria-award-nominees-announced/ http://thesource.com/2018/10/15/2018-australian-recording-industry-association-aria-award-nominees-announced/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:27:50 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=469969 The five nominees for Australia’s industry voted annual Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards have been announced for “Best Urban Release.” Familiar hip-hop faces in Hilltop Hoods, Esoterik of Bliss N Eso and 360 all received nominations, as did R&B/Soul singer Mojo Juju. Somewhat surprisingly, independent Sydney rapper Kerser was not overlooked this year and […]

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The five nominees for Australia’s industry voted annual Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards have been announced for “Best Urban Release.” Familiar hip-hop faces in Hilltop Hoods, Esoterik of Bliss N Eso and 360 all received nominations, as did R&B/Soul singer Mojo Juju. Somewhat surprisingly, independent Sydney rapper Kerser was not overlooked this year and finally received a much-deserved nomination after many years of being unfairly ignored.

Australia’s undisputable independent king of hip-hop in Campbelltown-bred rapper Kerser has finally been recognized by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and nominated for Best Urban Release for his seventh solo studio album “Engraved In The Game” that dropped last November. Despite his previous six albums all charting, selling well and providing a self-made platform to tour the country independently all made off his own back, an ARIA nomination had alluded him until now somehow. Kerser has proven to be one of the most influential music artists of any genre in Australia over the last decade, coming from local rap battles to selling out his own major tours like no one before him has and inspiring a new generation to rap.

With a change in requirements and name of what can be nominated this year, we see the ARIA award for this category changing from “Best Urban Album” as it has been since 2010 to “Best Urban Release” as it previously was from 2004 – 2009. This change in rules allows two releases to be in the running for consideration this year that would not have otherwise been possible. Those include the 8/9-track “My Astral Plane” E.P. by Esoterik (of Bliss N Eso) and Hilltop Hoods’ excellent single release featuring Adrian Eagle “Clark Griswold”.

The five nominees for this year’s Best Urban Release award are;

– 360’s “Vintage Modern” album on Forthwrite / EMI Australia (Album)

A comeback album of sorts, 360’s 17-track album featuring Pez, Seth Sentry, I.E., Travy P and Hein Cooper was released late last October. It is his fourth solo studio album since his debut album “What You See Is What You Get” was released in March 2008 on Soulmate Records. It was not until late-2010 that his career really started to significantly develop commercially, with the release of the single “Just Got Started” featuring Pez going Gold as well as charting at #59. A number of Platinum-selling singles followed, as well as two ARIA-nominated albums in “Falling & Flying” (2012) and “Utopia” (2014). 360 was relatively quiet on the music front since late-2014 until he came back with a bang in mid-2017. A solid and widely well-received album, 360 is a strong contender to potentially take out the ARIA award this year along with Kerser.

– Hilltop Hoods ”Clark Griswold” feat. Adrian Eagle (Single)

A single-track release from the kings of hip-hop from Australasia in the Hilltop Hoods was enough to earn them a nomination this year. This is their sixth nomination (having won with each of the previous five ARIA nominations in this category) and their first non-album nomination since taking out Best Urban Release in 2006 for their “The Hard Road” Album. They followed it up with wins with “The Hard Road: Restrung” (2007), “State of the Art” (2009), “Drinking from the Sun” (2012) and “Walking Under Stars” (2014) with all of the original releases going #1 and 2x Platinum, with the exception of The Hard Road which has earned Platinum itself so far.

Despite being an excellent song with a notable feature chorus from the talented Adrian Eagle, it does seem hard to objectively compare singles to albums in this newly reconstructed ARIA category.

– Esoterik “My Astral Plane” (E.P.).

The eight-track plus opening interlude EP on Flight Deck / Mushroom Group is Esoterik’s of multiple award-winning, 2x Diamond selling group “Bliss N Eso” debut solo release. It also features James Crooks, ASTA, Spazzy D, imbi the girl and Ev Jones. Released back in May, the EP spawned the two single “Bless Up” and “Be Like You” featuring ASTA, with the latter attracting an official KLP Remix.

– Mojo Juju “Native Tongue” on ABC Music / Universal (Album).

The excellent 16-track album released in late August is her first release since 2015’s 12-track “Seeing Red/Feeling Blue” album. “Native Tongue” debuted at #76 on the ARIA Chart upon release in its first week . The project features the talents of Lay the Mystic, Joshua Tavares and the excellent Pasefika Victoria Choir on the lead single “Native Tongue”.

The lack of a stand-alone category in the ARIA awards for “Best Soul/R&B Album” means that Mojo Juju is up against four hip-hop artists for Best Urban Release this year. In years to come it is likely that the Best Urban Release category will finally be split into two separate categories in Best Hip Hop Release and Best Soul/R&B Release. The lack of a category for Best Funk Release, Best Folk Release, Best World Release further makes it difficult for artists in these genres to also break through and win an ARIA award.

– Kerser “Engraved In The Game” on the independent ABK Records (Album).

Kerser’s 15-track “Engraved In The Game” album is his seventh solo studio album self-released in seven years and features his ABK Records label mates RATES and Jay UF, long-time collaborator Fortay (of At Large Productions) as well as talented singer Alicia Renee. The album was produced by Allrounda.

The past year has shown Kerser remains consistently strong and also spawned arguably the biggest American – Australian hip-hop single collaboration ever with “Total Concentration” featuring Future, Young Buck of G-Unit and Kerser all dropping verses over a Ghosts In The Room beat. Officially Australia’s most viewed rapper on YouTube at nearly 200 million, next year promises to be even bigger than this year with his eighth album set to drop in February, a national tour set for March/April and further potential for Kerser to develop in international markets in New Zealand, Europe, America and the UK all on the horizon. Kerser and 360 with strong album releases appear to be the two clear standout favorites to battle for this year’s award and it appears we may see a new 10th ARIA award winner for this category.

Only once has a single song won the ARIA award for Best Urban Release, in Melbourne R&B singer Daniel Merriweather’s “She’s Got Me” second non-album single off his debut Promotional EP “Merriweather” back in 2005. An EP has never been nominated previously and a single has not been nominated since Bliss N Eso’s 2006 “Up Jump The Boogie” produced by LA’s DJ Hoppa that was the lead single to their second studio album “Day Of The Dog” on Illusive Sounds. Despite dozens of nominations from New South Wales and Sydney artists over the last 14 years, only Bliss N Eso (2008) has managed to take out the top prize with their third album “Flying Colours” a decade ago.

Last year’s ARIA winners were A.B. Original (Briggs and Trials of Funkoars) with their excellent debut album “Reclaim Australia” on Golden Era Records / Bad Apples Music, fending off tough competition from Tkay Maidza, Remi, Thundamentals, and Illy. The other eight different winners for Best Urban Release since its inception in 2004 include Drapht (x2), Seth Sentry, Hilltop Hoods (5 wins from five nominations), Illy, M-Phazes, Bliss N Eso, Daniel Merriweather, and Koolism. Before there was an exclusive Best Urban Release or Best Urban Album Categories, Melbourne hip-hop legends 1200 Techniques in 2002 won the ARIA award for “Best Independent Release” with the lead single “Karma” from their debut studio album “Choose One”. 1200 Techniques were hugely influential in being the first hip-hop act in Australia to win an ARIA and subsequently broke down many barriers for hip-hop in Australia.

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Eminem, Lil Wayne, Logic, Hilltop Hoods and Thundamentals Dominating Album Charts in Australia http://thesource.com/2018/10/12/eminem-lil-wayne-logic-hilltop-hoods-and-thundamentals-dominating-album-charts-in-australia/ http://thesource.com/2018/10/12/eminem-lil-wayne-logic-hilltop-hoods-and-thundamentals-dominating-album-charts-in-australia/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:51:13 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=469706 Strong album debuts on the Australian Urban Album Chart by both Lil Wayne and Logic were not enough to knock Eminem’s Kamikaze off the top spot, which he has occupied since debuting their five weeks ago. Tha Carter V debuted at #2, just ahead of Logic’s YSIV at #3 and represents a re-entry for both […]

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Strong album debuts on the Australian Urban Album Chart by both Lil Wayne and Logic were not enough to knock Eminem’s Kamikaze off the top spot, which he has occupied since debuting their five weeks ago. Tha Carter V debuted at #2, just ahead of Logic’s YSIV at #3 and represents a re-entry for both of them into the Australian charts. Wayne also has six songs from Tha Carter V currently in the Single Charts, a feat only matched by Eminem and Drake.

Eminem continues to reign supreme, with a further four albums on this Top 40 Album chart demonstrating his continued longevity down under. His 2002 classic The Eminem Show is the highest selling Hip-Hop album ever in Australia, being one of the only rap albums to achieve Diamond certification locally as well. The Eminem Show is the highest selling hip-hop album worldwide with over 27 million units sold, ahead of his The Marshall Mathers LP album at 21+ million copies sold since 2000. Eminem also has the two top-selling hip-hop albums of all-time in America with these two landmark releases as well.

On the domestic front, Thundamentals remain in the top 30 after their new fifth studio album “I Love Songs” debuted impressively at #5 last week and features the talents of Eves Karydas and the rising superstar that is Adrian Eagle. With ten years deep in the game now, Thundamentals continue to hit their stride and show no signs of slowing up with an ongoing packed touring schedule that has helped them develop such a wide fan base.

Australia’s hip-hop kings Hilltop Hoods also remain in the top 30 with solid sales of their latest Platinum-certified album release Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung continuing despite being on the album charts for over the last two and a half years – a testament to the legacy they have built for themselves over the years.

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Australian Hip-Hop Icon Pegz Releases New Album ‘Equilibrium’ with Silent Titan http://thesource.com/2018/10/08/australian-hip-hop-icon-pegz-releases-new-album-equilibrium-with-silent-titan/ http://thesource.com/2018/10/08/australian-hip-hop-icon-pegz-releases-new-album-equilibrium-with-silent-titan/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 13:23:49 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=468923 Melbourne’s Pegz has released a long-awaited new 9-track album with producer Silent Titan titled Equilibrium last week. The impressive 38-minute offering released on Brisbane’s legendary Hydrofunk Records (Resin Dogs, Blunted Stylus) features Jace XL, DJ Cost was long in the making and a somewhat unexpected release when it finally dropped. Silent Titan is a well-established, […]

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Melbourne’s Pegz has released a long-awaited new 9-track album with producer Silent Titan titled Equilibrium last week. The impressive 38-minute offering released on Brisbane’s legendary Hydrofunk Records (Resin Dogs, Blunted Stylus) features Jace XL, DJ Cost was long in the making and a somewhat unexpected release when it finally dropped. Silent Titan is a well-established, talented producer / DJ from Australia having worked with Thundamentals, Prince Po of Organized Konfusion while Pegz is one of the most important figures in hip-hop to emerge from Australia yet.

Coming up as a young graffiti artist before beginning to rap in the early 90’s, Pegz then known as Pegasus had an early track featured on a release from the hugely influential Melbourne hip-hop label Nuffsaid Recordings. Upon starting to work at a then-emerging hip hop shop/record label called “Obese Records”, Pegz released his debut self-titled EP Pegasus in 2001 that really kick-started a prolific next decade that had not been seen before on such a scale.

Before Pegz released his classic debut album Capricorn Cat back in 2003, he had purchased the Obese Records shop he was working at and had continued to significantly develop the release side of the emerging business. With landmark, early releases from the likes of Brad Strut (Lyrical Commission / Unkut Recordings), Hilltop Hoods, Reason, Funkoars, Bias B, Hunter & Dazastah as well as the Culture of Kings compilation releases, Obese Records had positioned itself nationally as having a significant market reach at the time. Local Australian-made hip-hop at the time was just beginning to find a larger market audience and commercial acceptance off the back of Resin Dogs, Downsyde and 1200 Techniques influential local releases / festival appearances, and the Obese Records releases of Culture of Kings Volume 2 compilation and especially Hilltop Hoods’ The Calling smashed through the glass ceiling that appeared to exist then.

With Obese Records now on fire throughout the mid-2000’s with a string of quality releases, Pegz released his own acclaimed albums in “Axis” (2005) and “Burn City” (2007) to great success. The 14-track Axis features Hilltop Hoods, Hyjak N Torcha, Oregon’s Debaser, was largely produced by Plutonic Lab and certainly cemented Pegz in the scene as a talented emcee. His latter Burn City released in late-2007 featured Vents, Drapht, The Funkoars, Illy, Muph and Cali’s Planet Asia and proved to be commercially more successful peaking at #70 on the ARIA Album Chart, #10 on the ARIA Urban Album Chart and #4 on the ARIA Hitseekers Albums chart as the audience widened.

Following Burn City, Pegz developed a trio group called “Gully Platoon” with Joe New and Dialectrix (both formerly of Down Under Beats Crew). They dropped a 14-track album in mid-2009 on Obese Records called “The Great Divide” featuring DJ 2 Buck, Plutonic Lab, future members of the current award-winning group Remi and reached #5 on the local independent Top 20 Album charts and #18 on the ARIA Top 40 Urban Album charts. This period continued a string of successful and critically acclaimed releases on his Obese Records including Drapht “Brothers Grimm” (2008), Muph & Plutonic “…And Then Tomorrow Came” (2008), M-Phazes “Good Gracious” (2010), Mantra “Power Of The Spoken (2010) and Bias B “Biaslife” (2011) amongst others.

By the time Pegz’s fourth solo album perfectly titled as “Drama” dropped in 2011, Obese Records in retrospect had somewhat hit a high watermark. The leading group from Obese Records in Hilltop Hoods had left and gone independent forming Golden Era Records, the physical record pressing arm of the business had closed down and his large influence had led to some concerns of Obese monopolizing the rapidly developing local hip-hop market. “Drama” largely marked Pegz exit from hip-hop as an active rapper, leading him to focus more on the label aspect, management and distribution arms of Obese Records.

Pegz legacy as both an emcee and through Obese Records is of incredible importance to hip hop’s development and wider embracement it now enjoys throughout Australia. This recent EP drop with Silent Titan was more than a welcomed surprise and re-opens the door to continuing the Pegz story – or closes it again. Time will tell, but the messages touched on throughout Equilibrium are timely in a musical landscape that has changed so much in recent years. Stay tuned to The Source for an upcoming article on Obese Records – Australia’s most influential hip-hop record label to date.

Thanks Pegz.

Pegz & Silent Titan’s new Equilibrium album out now.

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Pat Stay to Battle Tay Roc on URL’s Summer Madness 8 in London http://thesource.com/2018/10/08/pat-stay-to-battle-tay-roc-on-urls-summer-madness-8-in-london/ http://thesource.com/2018/10/08/pat-stay-to-battle-tay-roc-on-urls-summer-madness-8-in-london/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 13:20:22 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=468920 Canada’s talented and imposing yet hilarious Pat Stay is set to battle URL’s top gunner, Tay Roc on SMACK/ URL’s Summer Madness 8. This card will be the league’s first ever abroad event held in London on Saturday, November 10th. Since the Don’t Flop (UK’s most dominant battle rap platform) hit a low a couple […]

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Canada’s talented and imposing yet hilarious Pat Stay is set to battle URL’s top gunner, Tay Roc on SMACK/ URL’s Summer Madness 8. This card will be the league’s first ever abroad event held in London on Saturday, November 10th. Since the Don’t Flop (UK’s most dominant battle rap platform) hit a low a couple of years ago, leaving the British battle climate ripe to have other platforms emerge. One example is Canadian league King Of The Dot (KOTD), who has teamed up with Chalked Out to fill this gap. You know who is else looking to at least test the waters? SMACK/URL, the #1 English speaking league in the world.

Pat Stay ascension to the URL has been a long, patient road. Many believe it is overdue because he has put the work in. Stay has had classic battles on KOTD with many of the top battlers in the culture: Arsonal, Hollow Da Don, Dizaster, Head I.C.E, Math Hoffa, Charlie Clips, Daylyt, Bigg K, Serius Jones and a heated encounter with Calicoe. He has battled DNA on UDUBB, Aye Verb and Danny Myers on RBE, and both  John John Da Don and Tony D on the UK’s Don’t Flop. Battling artists that have been known to win on URL should give him insight on what to expect that Summer Madness stage (albeit a different dynamic as no one knows if the URL European fanbase differs across the pond).

If Pat Stay is able to have a strong performance versus Tay Roc next month, the demand for him to make his URL debut in America will be hard to ignore. And perhaps, we could expect to see him on a URL New York stage early next year. Pat Stay’s comedic ability is likely to play in his favor in England, but if Roc is able to get in his bag and rebuttal with unexpected jokes of his own it could hit twice as hard and turn the battle around possibly.

Anything can happen with these two.

While Tay Roc has proven over the years to be nearly unbeatable on URL in New York (having battled nearly every top name), some would say he has been less convincing on the road. His battle against Dizaster in LA was not his best performance. Also, despite being booed by an attentive and at times hostile Houston crowd when he battled Goodz, he still took away a 2-1 debatable win. Those domestic battles have done little to alter how anyone looks at Roc as a champion. But his battle against the Canadian born, Charron is one that people are pointing to as caution for The Gun Bar King. Tay Roc had a very difficult battle versus the KOTD/Wild ’N Out’s star on UDUBB.  Fans will look at Pat Stay and Charron as similar types of opponents. That would be pedestrian, as both emcees bring entirely different swag to the table. The only things that are similar is that they are funny, white and from Canada.

Another thing to note is that this will be his first ever international battle for Roc. And to go against the seasoned traveler Pat Stay will prove to be a difficult match-up, particularly in front of the much more neutral London crowd.

Salute to Tay Roc for taking a challenging and possibly awkward battle here. Roc has been developing his pen and pushing himself to be more than just the Gun Bar King. This battle represents a real opportunity for Roc to showcase the creative writing ability and personality.  Real Talk: despite his age, Roc is a bonafide vet, seasoned over the last 14+ years. Fans and critics need to remember that, as Roc’s superpower tends to make people cast him as the underdog. If Tay Roc is able to overcome what he has called himself his “biggest challenge yet” in a multi-faceted and adaptable Pat Stay in London, the case for Roc to be etched on Battle Rap’s Mt. Rushmore increases.

The announcement comes on the back of the Battle of Da Don’s headliner for Summer Madness 8, with Hollow Da Don set to face his name-sake nemesis in John John Da Don in what is sure to be a heated encounter and is long awaited. With only two battles announced to date for SM8, the card is already looking fire and has sent battle rap fans into a frenzy. It will be interesting to see how all the battle emcees adapt to an away URL crowd in London – now a long, long way away from New York’s home.

London fans, tickets available now from here to support the culture and allow battle rap to continue to develop. The Pay Per View is available as usual from http://www.watchbattlelive.com/

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Fat Joe Passes Through Sway In The Morning to Talk ‘Family Ties’ http://thesource.com/2018/09/28/fat-joe-passes-through-sway-in-the-morning-to-talk-family-ties/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/28/fat-joe-passes-through-sway-in-the-morning-to-talk-family-ties/#respond Fri, 28 Sep 2018 14:11:40 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=467437 D.I.T.C. legend Fat Joe passes through Sway In The Morning with Heather B as part of his current media run in the lead up to his highly anticipated new album Family Ties, which is scheduled to release later this year. Fat Joe gets into his infamous storytelling vibe and talks on all things sneaker stores, […]

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D.I.T.C. legend Fat Joe passes through Sway In The Morning with Heather B as part of his current media run in the lead up to his highly anticipated new album Family Ties, which is scheduled to release later this year. Fat Joe gets into his infamous storytelling vibe and talks on all things sneaker stores, acting with Kevin Hart in Night School and much, much more.

Tune in to hear Fat Joe in fine form giving some insights to his incredible career to date that has spanned over 25 years to date already. Fat Joe also recently released the new single “Attention” with Chris Brown and Dre – catch it below. The impressive film clip also features cameos from longtime collaborators Scott Storch and Ashanti. Fat Joe proving All The Way Up was just a string in a collection of hits, and Attention seems to be the next one.

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Queen of the Ring Brings Female Battle Rap to Miami http://thesource.com/2018/09/24/queen-of-the-ring-brings-female-battle-rap-to-miami/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/24/queen-of-the-ring-brings-female-battle-rap-to-miami/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:23:59 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=466415 Influential battle rap platform Queen of the Ring (QOTR) will be traveling down to Miami, Florida to bring battle rap fans a QOTR event live and direct for the first time. They’ve received strong reviews since their Evolution 3 event and this is the next step in their attempt to continue to bring great female […]

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Influential battle rap platform Queen of the Ring (QOTR) will be traveling down to Miami, Florida to bring battle rap fans a QOTR event live and direct for the first time. They’ve received strong reviews since their Evolution 3 event and this is the next step in their attempt to continue to bring great female battles back to the culture. This event is done in conjunction with Mo Wash Battle League and they are bringing a stacked card to Miami on Sunday 30th September from 1 pm.

Full Battle card is:

Ms Miami vs. Ms Murk
Melato Black vs. Tia
S Rx vs. Pash Porter
Toni Blanco vs. Joy Lennox
Taylor Jay vs. S.O. Finesse

Miami and battle rap fans, the event will be held at the Flo Fit Gym and tickets are on sale now from www.queenofthering.tv. DEBO also recently stopped by CHAMPION to discuss all things female battle rap, QOTR and his role in it all with Jayblac and Tech9 – watch below.

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Cypress Hill Ready to Set the World A Blaze with ‘Elephants On Acid’ http://thesource.com/2018/09/24/cypress-hill-ready-to-set-the-world-a-blaze-with-elephants-on-acid/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/24/cypress-hill-ready-to-set-the-world-a-blaze-with-elephants-on-acid/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:53:24 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=466395 It’s been a while since the ever so legendary Cypress Hill (B-Real, Sen Dog, Eric Bobo, and DJ Muggs) released something as a whole unit, eight years to be exact. Those years are about to come to a halt, with their ninth studio album that is set to take the hip-hop world by storm this Friday. […]

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It’s been a while since the ever so legendary Cypress Hill (B-Real, Sen Dog, Eric Bobo, and DJ Muggs) released something as a whole unit, eight years to be exact. Those years are about to come to a halt, with their ninth studio album that is set to take the hip-hop world by storm this Friday.

Elephants On Acid is a twenty-one-track monster, with guest appearances from the likes of Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda and Rage Against the Machine’s gifted guitarist Tom Morello (who also plays with B-Real in their group Prophets of Rage with Public Enemy’s Chuck D). The album is set to deliver a psychedelic trip into the world of rap music, using jazzy instruments, lead guitars and other instruments to set the mood for one hell of a ride! “Band of Gypsies” was the first taste of the album, with a video being released for the lead single early August. The video is set in Egypt and gives a good insight into what to expect.

Not only is Cypress Hill reviving themselves in the studio, but also on stage, as they plan to embark on a world tour this fall which includes dates in North America, South America, and Europe. Pre-orders for Elephants On Acid are available on iTunes as it nears its release. September 28, save the date!

Watch the lead single “Band of Gypsies” below:

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Going International: Jhené Aiko On Tour in New Zealand and Australia http://thesource.com/2018/09/21/going-international-jhene-aiko-on-tour-in-new-zealand-and-australia/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/21/going-international-jhene-aiko-on-tour-in-new-zealand-and-australia/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:41:00 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=466035 Talented LA singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko has made her way down to New Zealand and Australia this week for a string of major shows. Having collaborated extensively with the likes of YG, Kendrick, J.Cole, Vince Staples, Logic, Common, Drake, Childish Gambino,  2 Chainz amongst many others, Jhené hits Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. She took the musical […]

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Talented LA singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko has made her way down to New Zealand and Australia this week for a string of major shows. Having collaborated extensively with the likes of YG, Kendrick, J.Cole, Vince Staples, Logic, Common, Drake, Childish Gambino,  2 Chainz amongst many others, Jhené hits Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.

She took the musical world by storm with the release of her #1 charting debut studio solo EP Sail Out on Def Jam in late 2013 that went Gold. It contained the two hit singles “Bed Peace” featuring Childish Gambino that went Gold itself and the widely highly charting “The Worst” which went Platinum. She has since gone on to produce a string of successful album including 2014 “Souled Out” the collaboration project with Big Sean titled Twenty88 and most recently the solo “Trip” that dropped a year ago. She has steadily featured on many hugely successful and diverse singles in recent years, opening her up to various audiences and cementing her as one of the most exciting artists to watch. A solidified star home and abroad now.

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The Strike Is Over – URL Presents “The Strike 2.5” http://thesource.com/2018/09/17/the-strike-is-over-url-presents-the-strike-2-5/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/17/the-strike-is-over-url-presents-the-strike-2-5/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:33:36 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=465101 URLTV / SMACK have announced their next event on Saturday 13th October, titled “The Strike 2.5.” With unsubstantiated rumors circulating that URL made $2.5 million off the last PPV resulting in a self-declared strike from some battle rappers of sorts that never really lived up to the hype surrounding it, URL is back with a […]

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URLTV / SMACK have announced their next event on Saturday 13th October, titled “The Strike 2.5.” With unsubstantiated rumors circulating that URL made $2.5 million off the last PPV resulting in a self-declared strike from some battle rappers of sorts that never really lived up to the hype surrounding it, URL is back with a bang with a well-received battle card that puts all dozen battlers back to work.

The six battles announced gives the fans the long-awaited DNA vs. Danny Myers battle of the prolific, while Glueazy vs. Ryda is a battle of two of the hottest relative newcomers both in The Goonies click. Geechi Gotti is widely tipped to take out CHAMPION of the year and top bills against the formidable T-Top, while JC takes on a red-hot B Dot (in his quest to get to Loaded Lux). K-Shine vs. Ave promises to be a classic barfest, while Chef Trez takes on one of the rising new superstars in battle rap in the energetic Loso. Promises to be a classic event – now that the Strike Is Over.

Full Battle Card released is:

Geechi Gotti vs. T-Top

DNA vs. Danny Myers

K-Shine vs. Ave

B Dot vs. JC

Chef Trez vs. Loso

Glueazy vs. Ryda

Log on and cop the PPV work from http://www.watchbattlelive.com/ as per usual. #youcantcopyrespect

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Noname Releases New Album ‘Room 25’ http://thesource.com/2018/09/17/noname-releases-new-album-room-25/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/17/noname-releases-new-album-room-25/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:32:08 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=465107 Fatimah Nyeema Warner (better known by her stage name Noname) is lights, camera, action for the release of her second solo studio project, this one entitled Room 25. The album dropped everywhere on digital stores on September 14, impressively self-released for the second album in a row. Her last project Telefone dates back to 2016 […]

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Fatimah Nyeema Warner (better known by her stage name Noname) is lights, camera, action for the release of her second solo studio project, this one entitled Room 25. The album dropped everywhere on digital stores on September 14, impressively self-released for the second album in a row. Her last project Telefone dates back to 2016 and was quite a success, with rave reviews rating her track “Yesterday” as one of the best songs of 2016 of her quality album.

Room 25 comes loaded with eleven tracks and is sure to cement her as one of the most promising newly emerging talents in hip-hop and beyond. Currently, on tour out in Australia, Noname returns home shortly before embarking on a string of tour dates which will only further cement her broad and ever-expanding appeal. Before and after the release of critically acclaimed debut Telefone, the Chicago born rapper has worked with the likes of fellow Chicago natives Chance The Rapper and Mick Jenkins, allowing the door to open and exciting opportunities to arise.

Noname is among the list of names arising through Chicago’s youth, bursting through today’s modern era hip-hop scene. As for the interesting album cover art, it was created by fellow Chicago artist/designer Bryant Giles giving the entire project a unique vibe. Tune in to

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On Tour: Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko Hit Australia http://thesource.com/2018/09/09/on-tour-tech-n9ne-and-krizz-kaliko-hit-australia/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/09/on-tour-tech-n9ne-and-krizz-kaliko-hit-australia/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 03:12:02 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=463802 This week Strange Music Inc’s Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko make their way to Australia yet again for a string of shows across all major capital cities. Just last week both of their New Zealand shows were sold out in advance, highlighting just how popular Tech has remained throughout the years internationally. Tech N9ne is […]

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This week Strange Music Inc’s Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko make their way to Australia yet again for a string of shows across all major capital cities. Just last week both of their New Zealand shows were sold out in advance, highlighting just how popular Tech has remained throughout the years internationally.

Tech N9ne is widely ranked as one the most successful independent hip-hop artist in the world and has had his unique brand of music attached to numerous video games, movies and TV shows over the past two decades with Strange Music Inc. He most recently released his 20th solo studio album entitled Planet, featuring the likes of Machine Gun Kelly, Snow Tha Product, Krizz Kaliko, and Jordan Omley. Planet not only topped the US Independent Album charts but also impressively charted on the wider Billboard charts, proving that his fan base remains strong.

Immediately following their Australian tour, Tech and Krizz make their way to Hawaii before they both embark on their extensive “Independent Grind 2018” tour with Futuristic, Dizzy Wright and Mackenzie Nicole (selected dates). The 49-date tour starts October 6 and runs almost back-to-back throughout America until its culmination on December 1. Tech may have announced plans for retiring in the coming years, but he certainly shows no signs of slowing up as he continues his jam-packed touring schedule which is almost second to none with well over 120+ shows this year alone. Technicians be ready – he’s most certainly coming to a city near you soon.

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Bow Wow Set to Tour New Zealand and Australia http://thesource.com/2018/09/09/bow-wow-set-to-tour-new-zealand-and-australia/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/09/bow-wow-set-to-tour-new-zealand-and-australia/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 03:07:42 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=463804 Rapper / Actor Bow Wow aka Shad Moss is about to embark on an extensive 13-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, taking in all major cities and many regional centers over September and early October with Lucky URBN. Bow Wow has previously toured Australia on multiple occasions including in 2017, 2015, 2012 and in […]

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Rapper / Actor Bow Wow aka Shad Moss is about to embark on an extensive 13-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, taking in all major cities and many regional centers over September and early October with Lucky URBN. Bow Wow has previously toured Australia on multiple occasions including in 2017, 2015, 2012 and in 2011 (w/ Snoop Dogg, The Game, Nelly, Busta Rhymes, DJ Nino Brown, Fat Joe plus more for the Supafest concert to ur). Well and truly out of rap retirement, Bow Wow has released a string of new music film clips in recent months – watch below.

Bow Wow then returns back to America for the 11-date arena So So Def 25th Anniversary CULTURAL CURREN$Y Tour w/ Jermaine Dupri, Xscape, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Anthony Hamilton, Bone Crusher, Youngbloodz, Dem Franchize Boyz and J-Kwon throughout October and early November. This anniversary tour builds off the back of the recently released compilation, “Jermaine Dupri Presents So So Def 25”.

Bow Wow recently released the song “Too Real” with Sydney DJ / producer DJ Williwith the film clip filmed on location in Sydney – check it out below.

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Will Lord Jamar Respond to Eminem on Record? http://thesource.com/2018/09/09/will-lord-jamar-respond-to-eminem-on-record/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/09/will-lord-jamar-respond-to-eminem-on-record/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 02:42:27 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=463806 Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian is pleased that Eminem is finally addressing him. After five years of discussion from Jamar regarding Eminem and his place in hip-hop amongst much more. With Em not really engaging in the debate until now, it had been left largely to Royce da 5’9” to speak on the topic. Eminem […]

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Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian is pleased that Eminem is finally addressing him. After five years of discussion from Jamar regarding Eminem and his place in hip-hop amongst much more. With Em not really engaging in the debate until now, it had been left largely to Royce da 5’9” to speak on the topic.

Eminem addresses Lord Jamar at 04:13 on his most recent music video clip for “Fall.” The diss-heavy track also gets at Charlamagne Tha God, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, Tyler The Creator, Machine Gun Kelly amongst others. Stay tuned as to whether Lord Jamar will respond musically to Eminem or just through his popular new podcast, the Yanadameen Godcast with Lord Jamar & Rah Digga.

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Mistah F.A.B. Sets ‘Sway in the Morning’ on Fire Again http://thesource.com/2018/09/03/mistah-f-a-b-sets-sway-in-the-morning-on-fire-again/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/03/mistah-f-a-b-sets-sway-in-the-morning-on-fire-again/#respond Mon, 03 Sep 2018 09:00:42 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=462864 Oakland’s Mistah F.A.B. came through Sway In The Morning on Shade 45 w/ Heather B to promote his new album Year 2006. His new release features E-40, Too $hort, Snoop Dogg, Berner, Serius Jones and his new book D.O.P.E – E.R.A also dropped on the exact same day. FAB came through with an extended interview […]

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Oakland’s Mistah F.A.B. came through Sway In The Morning on Shade 45 w/ Heather B to promote his new album Year 2006. His new release features E-40, Too $hort, Snoop Dogg, Berner, Serius Jones and his new book D.O.P.E – E.R.A also dropped on the exact same day. FAB came through with an extended interview as well as dropping one of the best off-top freestyles on 5 Fingers of Death yet. Mistah F.A.B. brought through with him the young and impressive rapper Oke Junior of East Oakland who also flexed on the microphone.

FAB has had an interesting and extensive career to date. Starting of developing his razor-sharp skills through battle rap, he went on to battle the likes of Jin of Ruff Ryders, Royce Da 5’9 of Slaughterhouse, Clyde Carson of The Team and most recently Arsonal Da Rebel on King Of The Dot in 2015.

F.A.B. has released a further four solo studio albums, ten compilation albums and an amazing 28 mixtapes in the last 15 years. With nearly 50 releases under his belt already, Mistah F.A.B. has certainly shown and proved his skills in battle rap and in the booth. Mistah F.A.B. has worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Eric Bellinger, B.o.B, Kanye West, Yukmouth, Spice 1, Pete Rock, Bun B, Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon, The Alchemist, KXNG CROOKED, Jadakiss, + dozens more, widening and cementing his fan base across America and internationally. Also, one to give back to the community, F.A.B. has been prominent in local affairs so much so that the Oakland Mayor declared a special Mistah F.honoringhonouring all his work. Watch below to hear from one of the best currently doing it without compromising.

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The Joe Budden Podcast Discuss Lauryn Hill Writing Rumors http://thesource.com/2018/09/03/the-joe-budden-podcast-discuss-lauryn-hill-writing-rumors/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/03/the-joe-budden-podcast-discuss-lauryn-hill-writing-rumors/#respond Mon, 03 Sep 2018 09:00:37 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=462883 The hugely popular Joe Budden Podcast with Mal and Rory recently discussed the unpopular opinion/rumor that Lauryn Hill may not have fully credited the appropriate people on her debut smash solo studio album in 1998. Her now 1.5 x Diamond selling album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill featuring Carlos Santana, Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo […]

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The hugely popular Joe Budden Podcast with Mal and Rory recently discussed the unpopular opinion/rumor that Lauryn Hill may not have fully credited the appropriate people on her debut smash solo studio album in 1998. Her now 1.5 x Diamond selling album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill featuring Carlos Santana, Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo (credited) was hugely successful internationally ever since it was released twenty years ago and contained the singles “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Ex-Factor” and “Everything Is Everything” on Ruffhouse Records x Columbia Records.

The seventy-minute, 14-track, record-breaking album is widely considered as one of the greatest Neo-Soul hip-hop albums of all-time and has certainty immortalized Lauryn Hill in hip-hop’s hall of fame following on from her earlier 2x Diamond “Score” album with the Fugees which also earned a Grammy. Click below to hear what the trio from The Joe Budden Podcast have to say on this topic that has followed this album in some shape since its release when there was a lawsuit brought against Hill by New Ark, which resulted in a multi-million dollar out of court settlement against her in 2001.

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Bun B Talks New Album ‘Return Of The Trill’ http://thesource.com/2018/09/03/bun-b-talks-new-album-return-of-the-trill/ http://thesource.com/2018/09/03/bun-b-talks-new-album-return-of-the-trill/#respond Mon, 03 Sep 2018 09:00:11 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=462860 Texas legend Bun B has released this week his fifth solo studio album in Return of The Trill which features the likes of Pimp C, Big K.R.I.T., Yo Gotti, Lil Wayne, Run The Jewlez, 2 Chainz and London legend Giggs. As one half of the influential and chart-topping Southern hip-hop group UGK with the late […]

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Texas legend Bun B has released this week his fifth solo studio album in Return of The Trill which features the likes of Pimp C, Big K.R.I.T., Yo Gotti, Lil Wayne, Run The Jewlez, 2 Chainz and London legend Giggs. As one half of the influential and chart-topping Southern hip-hop group UGK with the late and great Pimp C (RIP), Bun B has carved out a significant legacy in hip-hop since UGK’s debut Too Hard to Swallow was released in late 1992.

With dozens of releases under his belt over the last 25 years, Return of The Trill marks Bun B’s re-entry to Hip-Hop in a major way since his fourth studio album was released back in late 2013, the successful Trill OG: The Epilogue on Rap-A-Lot Records. Over the last five years, Bun B has kept busy with dozens of features and an evergrowing list of interests outside of music.

The lead single for Return of the Trill was released in March titled “Knowwhatimsayin” featuring Slim Thug and Lil Keke, while the second single of the album, “Recognize” features T.I. and Big K.R.I.T. film clip was released exclusively last week on WSHH – watch below.

Bun B recently passed through The Breakfast Club and talks on things world tour with Gumball 3000, his wife encouraging him to get back into the recording studio to make this new album, his Trill Meals, family issues plus much more with DJ Envy and Angela Yee. The hip-hop icon also stopped by Sway In The Morning to talk his legacy in the game, personal struggles in his career and the incredible legacy that DJ Ready Red had contributed to Houston hip-hop as a producer and DJ on much of the Geto Boys early, discography defining work.

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Tray Deee Talks the Dangers of Flaunting Wealth and Incriminating Yourself Online on VladTV http://thesource.com/2018/08/25/tray-dee-vlad-tv/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/25/tray-dee-vlad-tv/#respond Sat, 25 Aug 2018 14:56:45 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=461472 The former Death Row and Doggystyle signee recently sat down with DJ Vlad on VladTV to discuss the dangers of flaunting wealth and incriminating yourself online. Big Tray Deee has proved to be a very popular reoccurring guest of recent times, joining the likes of Lord Jamar, Godfrey, and Daylyt as current rolling guests. The […]

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The former Death Row and Doggystyle signee recently sat down with DJ Vlad on VladTV to discuss the dangers of flaunting wealth and incriminating yourself online. Big Tray Deee has proved to be a very popular reoccurring guest of recent times, joining the likes of Lord Jamar, Godfrey, and Daylyt as current rolling guests.

The former Tha Eastsidaz member (along with Snoop Dogg and Goldie Loc) has appeared on dozens of Vlad interview clips, totaling in the tens of millions of views collectively. A vivid storyteller who was in the middle of all things West Coast hip-hop for well over a decade from the mid-nineties, Tray Deee’s musical career suffered a significant break due to a nine-year prison sentence from 2005.

In this new interview clip, Vlad and Tray Deee talk on a whole range of recent topics related to various people flashing wealth through social media and the potential dangers of doing so, as well as self-incrimination. Watch below.

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Ice Cube Talks BIG3 Championship, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James on the Lakers & More http://thesource.com/2018/08/25/ice-cube-talks-big3-championship-kobe-bryant-lebron-james-on-the-lakers-more/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/25/ice-cube-talks-big3-championship-kobe-bryant-lebron-james-on-the-lakers-more/#respond Sat, 25 Aug 2018 14:44:59 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=461475 Ice Cube recently sat down with the Breakfast Club and talked all things BIG3 Championship, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and more with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God on Power 105.1 FM / Revolt TV. Over the course of the fast-paced 23-minute interview, Ice Cube talks all things on the BIG3’s drug use […]

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Ice Cube recently sat down with the Breakfast Club and talked all things BIG3 Championship, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and more with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God on Power 105.1 FM / Revolt TV.

Over the course of the fast-paced 23-minute interview, Ice Cube talks all things on the BIG3’s drug use policy, attracting former ballplayers straight into the BIG3, future plans of expansion for the competition, LeBron coming to LA, the Lakers future prospects, gang life on the West Coast, upcoming music and film projects (including the next Friday instalment) and much more.

The BIG3 basketball league has proven a huge success since it was co-founded by Ice Cube early last year and predominately features former NBA players in a 3-on-3 modified format broadcast on Fox Sports 1. Adidas joined forces with the BIG3 league earlier this year, elevating the platform to a further, deeper entrenched professional sports level. Check the interview below and highlights from the championship game of Season 2 between “3’s Company” and the eventual victorious “Power” in a close, physical encounter at the Barclays Canter in Brooklyn.

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Australian Producer Royalz Releases New Album With Shady Records Conway and Roc Marci http://thesource.com/2018/08/24/australian-producer-royalz-releases-new-album-with-shady-records-conway-and-roc-marci/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/24/australian-producer-royalz-releases-new-album-with-shady-records-conway-and-roc-marci/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:26:37 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=461349 Melbourne-based producer Royalz has recently released his debut album Live 95 on local imprint GRHYME Productions. The impressive debut features the likes of Conway aka Conway The Machine of Shady Records / Interscope and Roc Marci aka Roc Marciano over a stacked 12-tracks will no fillers. A hip-hop purist at heart, Live 95 is the […]

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Melbourne-based producer Royalz has recently released his debut album Live 95 on local imprint GRHYME Productions. The impressive debut features the likes of Conway aka Conway The Machine of Shady Records / Interscope and Roc Marci aka Roc Marciano over a stacked 12-tracks will no fillers. A hip-hop purist at heart, Live 95 is the capstone project so far in a career spanning almost 15 years and a dozen or so various releases of sorts since his Sinergy Crew days. Steadily honing and building his craft, this release promises to help elevate Royalz to the next level that his production now commands.

The quality release is interesting in the sense that it combines two top quality feature verses from American emcees currently at the top of their game with a mixture of verses from well established Australian emcees including Kings Konekted, Tornts, Dialect, Hau, One Sixth, DownPat, Bigfoot of Hired Goons, Angus Younga plus New Yorks’ SmooVth.

Royalz over recent years has been highly prolific on the remix, churning out an impressive catalog of high-quality remixes from the likes of Hau, Delta, Trem, Bias B, Vents, Brad Strut and his trio of Man vs Maschine releases. It will be interesting to see where Royalz goes next, but for now, he joins a growing list of Australian producers making their significant mark on hip-hop beyond their home country currently which includes the likes of M-Phazes, Kronic, Ghosts In The Room, Katalyst and Discourse.

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Australian Producer Ghosts In The Room Teams Up with Young Buck for Joint EP http://thesource.com/2018/08/23/ghosts-in-the-room-young-buck/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/23/ghosts-in-the-room-young-buck/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:56:55 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=461183 Australian producer Ghosts In The Room earlier this month released the four-track joint EP with G-Unit’s Young Buck titled Until Death on Mudd Music. The short but sweet release builds on the single in which they teamed up with Future and Kerser titled “Total Concentration” which proved to be one of the biggest American – […]

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Australian producer Ghosts In The Room earlier this month released the four-track joint EP with G-Unit’s Young Buck titled Until Death on Mudd Music. The short but sweet release builds on the single in which they teamed up with Future and Kerser titled “Total Concentration” which proved to be one of the biggest American – Australian hip-hop collaborations yet.

Although Until Death itself clocks in at only 13 minutes long, it is also blessed with a wealth of features from Australian rappers including Manaz Ill, Mitchos Da Menace, TKO, Fortay, Omac, Cortext as well as Alabama’s Rich Boy.

Ghosts In The Room himself is a Hip-Hop producer from Australia’s capital Canberra of Mudd Music who has been producing beats since the early 2000s and cites The Alchemist, RZA and Just Blaze as key musical influences. Ghosts In The Room has worked previously with Iron Solomon, Kool G Rap, Okwerdz, Havoc of Mobb Deep, Bishop Lamont, Big Pooh, Mistah F.A.B., Block McCloud of Army Of The Pharaohs, Ras Kass, Ruste Juxx, Shabaam Sahdeeqplus a stack of talented locals over the last few years. Stay tuned for more from GITR soon.

Stream the EP in full here.

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