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Flatline

With the heavy saturation of mumble rap and fashion artist in the mass media many Hip Hop fans tend to believe the art of word play and storytelling has died with their generation, this is not true there is a creative wave of artist pushing the envelope and forwarding the art in a positive light. Today’s post features one of those artist, a lyrical juggernaut named  STREET LIGHT an international recording artist from Detroit, MI known for his story-telling ability, genre-blending and lyrical diversity unleashes his latest single ‘Flatline’. A motivational message encouraging listeners to keep going, reminding his fans that they have been through worse and every obstacle placed in front of them serves as a testament to their character today. Street Light recently founded a media management and production company entitled ‘RED EMPIRE’ which atones that STREET LIGHT is not only leading with his words but with action as well. Make sure you stream ‘Flatline’ below and be on the lookout for more content from STREET LIGHT here at DA BASSMENT BLOG and as always…

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Act 2

Today’s post comes from the talented musician singer and songwriter Izzy Rez as he releases his latest single ‘Act 2”. This song speaks about love in our generation or the lack of it, Izzy explains how in society today the chivalry is dead and we use money sex and drugs to substitute for love. Which in turn creates a viscous cycle in relationships, placing value on everything but love. Izzy plans on creating a new lane in RnB, one that uplifts the female spirit and teaches respect and love instead of discrimination and hate. Using his angelic voice as a vessel of light to speak on the social injustices of today while keeping you entertained with flawless production that marries perfectly together. Make sure you stream the song below and as always…

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Grown Up Calls

Today’s post come from the very talented Toro Y MOI as he follows his fourth studio album and brings to the screen a sonic experience featuring all new live arrangements. Filmed in the middle of the Mojave desert, the vibes are to die for as you get lost in the mystic instrumentation and groovy visuals. This video is easy like Sunday morning and a great stress reliever for a hectic day or early morning meditation, do your self a favor and stream below and as always…

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The Afrikan Space Program

Today’s post comes from a talented producer who goes by the name of Ras G. Not too often does a sound tickle the ears as well as blow you away mentally, but leave it to Ras G and his comrades to produce a sound so unique that it requires you to listen numerous times before catching everything that is going on. Manipulating melodies and creating the perfect imperfect beat, making off-beat weirdness sound cool. Not only does he deliver sonic-ally but he accompanies his sound with intense visual concepts that accent the song well. The Los Angeles producer prides himself in making unconventional brilliant music while mixing genre’s creating a fusion that’s international. Delivering sounds seldom heard on the western hemisphere, opening a new world for the listener to explore. Make sure you check out Ras G song below and as always…

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Devastated

Emerging hip-hop star Joey Bada$$ has been doing his thing recently, after dominating the stage at Coachella and touring cross country in music festivals, Joey has been spreading positivity to his fans worldwide. In spite of his busy schedule Bada$$ still finds time to crank out new music, his latest single is called “Devestated”, and it’s way more uplifting and fun than the title suggests.

“I use to feel so devastated/ At times I thought we’d never make it / But now we on our way to greatness.”

The rapper sings between verses that are sure to set the radio/internet on fire this summer. With smooth instrumentals the production is booth groovy and uplifting, showcasing a more pop-oriented direction that Bada$$ can certainly build on with his next record.

Listen to “Devastated” below and as always…

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D’Artiste

Often times music producers get the least credit for helping create great music, but in actuality they are the reason most magic happen. Many hear Willow and Jaden Smith sound and attribute them for creating a new wave of frequencies and style. While their uniqueness needs not be overlooked neither should the production work of the young guru Daniel D’artise. The California native has generated much of the two superstar’s tracks by blending beautiful ambient sounds with abstract drum patterns creating a futuristic wave. Taking you thru a psychological mind floss of vibrant sounds, while stimulating balance with his selection of chords and melancholy feels. Below is a beat/mix-tape of his latest production placements in the industry, I highly recommend you take the time and check this entire tape out.

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BOOM

Nadia Rose a 23-year-old MC from south London was tired of feeling like a robot. She felt like she needed to do something different to feel like herself. Realizing her passion for music she quit her day job and invested into her musical career. Nadia is no stranger to music, she began writing her own rhymes as a teenager with her father who was a local DJ. Since then she has honed her own style and contributes her own versatile flow to a developing genre in British rap.  She brags about her skills on the single “BOOM” in which she states: “I kill rap beats then I kill techno. Not to mention, she’s got punch lines for days.”  With her witty lyrics and no holds bar attitude, Nadia finds ways of turning any rhythm into a fun hook, making any song she blesses magical. Make sure you are on the lookout for her EP dropping in September, as well as stream her latest single :BOOM: below, and as always….

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East Coast Ain’t Dead

Illanoise releases his very impressive album titled “East Coast Ain’t Dead”, a deep street knowledge driven album speaking on real life situations. His lyrical output is exceptionally original along with his cadence and polished delivery. This 21 track album may seem intimidating but Illnoise has accepted the challenge and holds his own on every track. His impressive talent stands out in an over-saturated game, placing him on a different level. Illnoise tracks shines light on the negative ways people are taking advantage of others, the problems of our country and relatable stories dealing with relationships. Overall this album will catapult him to the top of the Indie Hip Hop scene and if nothing else prove that East Coast Hip Hop is not dead as long as he is making music. Stream the album below and as always…

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Political Music

In the past month, musicians Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar have used two of pop culture’s biggest stages to showcase their political message.

Beyonce’s Super bowl halftime show included her controversial new song “Formation.” Meanwhile, Lamar took home five Grammy awards and offered a visually and lyrically stunning performance of his own songs at the awards show. Queen Bey held court at the Super Bowl half-time show, urging people to join the cause, and get in formation. Leading an army of Afro-American dancers in black attire through a series of choreographed maneuvers concluded with the pumping of raised fists. Compton rapper Lamar took the stage at the Grammy Awards in a different formation, stepping out shackled and chained a story many young Americans know too well. Offering visual metaphors of police brutality and the complexity of prison with his band caged inside cells. Ending the song with a jailbreak and transition to “Alright,” an anthem about the struggle, showing a resurrection from the chain gain. Both performances where political statements, displaying the power of music, addressing generational problems encouraging listeners to change the psychological cycle. Bringing awareness to former activist groups (black panthers) and paying homage to ancestors who created a counter culture with food co-ops, free clinics, underground newspapers and exemption from the draft. Promoting a self-sufficient lifestyle and unity within the community. To see re cap of both performances click the links below… and as always

 

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Anderson .Paak| Malibu

“Music is not music without soul” and the 29 year old Oakland native Anderson .Paak is the definition of soul. Following his debut album Venice .Paak delivers yet another masterpiece with Malibu. The 16-track project is full of energy thanks to his funky beats, witty wordplay, and a charisma that the music industry has been lacking for a while now. You definitely can see the fruits of his labor from Dr. Dre’s Grammy nominated Compton album as he scored features from BJ The Chicago Kid, Rhapsody, and hip-hop legend Talib Kweli to name a few. .Paak shows his versatility as an artist as well as he not only sings but displays his rapping ability. The album doesn’t just sound good though, his music has a message highlighting the real life situations and perspectives many artists of his stature seem to either conveniently forget or consciously neglect for financial gain. .Paak is gearing up for a huge 2016 with his band The FREE NATIONALS as they are set to tour Europe in February and to perform at Coachella this upcoming April. Malibu is available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play.

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