latest mixtape “The Conference Opener 2” which showcases the rappers growth while working with Amplified Music Group. A southern voice,unconquerable swagger, and intricate lyrics can account for the buzzing fan base Philo has amassed from various shows.
Straight outta New Jersey & currently residing in Chicago, the Buttress (AKA The Flyest Buttress) is a filmmaker turned rapper as of October 31, 2012. Although she enjoys butt humor, the name is a reference to the architectural structure. Citing RZA as her biggest influence, the Buttress describes the content of her music as “deep & dark”, rapping about such topics as the Old Testament, phenomenology, and filicide, to name a few. Along with her crew Ghost Gang, she is currently producing a lineup of music videos to be dropped in succession over the course of 2013, of which “Pilgrims by the Millions” is the first. Stay tuned!
“Los Angeles-born, overtly-Armenian rapper R-Mean is bringing word of his mountainous ancestral republic to one of our biggest cultural expressions of all; Hip-Hop! Dedicated to the 98th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, on 4-1-2013 R-Mean released the music video to “Open Wounds” on Pentagon Records; the documentary like political video is dedicated to the Armenian Genocide of 1915. With bone chilling visuals and a humble performance by R-Mean, the video promotes hope and awareness in recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
In just 24-days, the official video for “Open Wounds’” has received over 246k views on YouTube (the Video was released on April 1st) and loyal fans were so touched by the lyrics to “Open Wounds” that they tattooed them on arms and chests.
Also, The Game posted a picture of him wearing the “Open Wounds 1915” T-Shirt on all his social media networks on April 24, building awareness through his followers about the Armenian Genocide
One of the most influential hip hop hosts Sway & Tech and DJ Revolution interviewed R-Mean about the “Open Wounds” song and video, on SiriusXM radio station SHADE45, on “The Wakeup Show.” They proceeded to play the song following the interview.
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Latyrx is an alternative hip hop group consisting of Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born. The roots of their partnership lay in the formation of the Solesides collective at the University of California, Davis.
The crew’s charter members—which also included DJ Shadow and the future Blackalicious team—were all involved in student radio and shared a progressive-minded approach to hip hop. Lateef and Lyrics Born initially recorded as solo artists; under the name Asia Born, the latter released the first single on the Solesides label, “Send Them,” in early 1993.
The first proper Latyrx release came in 1996, and was actually the B-side of Lateef’s solo single “The Wreckoning.” For the track in question, also called “Latyrx,” both MCs recorded completely different raps that were played back simultaneously. Coupled with DJ Shadow‘s production and its unique effect, it started to build an underground buzz for the duo. More solo sides followed that year—Lateef cut “The Quickening (The Wreckoning, Pt. II)” with DJ Shadow on the boards, and Lyrics Born produced his own 12″ release, “Balcony Beach” b/w “Burnt Pride.” Most of these solo sides, along with a raft of new material, appeared on the duo’s debut LP, Latyrx (The Album), which was released in 1997.
DJ Shadow produced a total of four tracks, and Chief Xcel (later of Blackalicious) helmed two, while Lyrics Born handled the rest himself. The Album earned rave reviews for its adventurous, electronic-flavored production and the distinctive flows of both rappers. It was followed closely by the Muzapper’s Mixes EP, which contained the boundary-pushing single “Lady Don’t Tek No.” Muzapper’s Remixes appeared in 1998, but unfortunately, The Album didn’t stay in print much longer; it was reissued briefly in 1999 before disappearing again. Meanwhile, Solesides was reconfigured into a new label, Quannum Projects, and the collective officially changed its name to Quannum as well. Latyrx didn’t record much following their brief reign as an underground sensation. They guested on “8 Point Agenda,” a 1999 single by the Herbaliser, and also contributed new material to the Quannum Spectrum compilation that year.
Quannum Projects finally reissued it in 2002, allowing it to take its place alongside the new crop of independent hip hop that included El-P’s Def Jux crew, Anti-Pop Consortium, and Anticon Both Lateef and Lyrics Born went on to successful solo projects, the former with Blackalicious‘ Chief Xcel and Fatboy Slim. Lyrics Born released two successful solo albums on Quannum Projects, before signing in 2006 to Epitaph Records