Freebie | Atmosphere, “Free Fallin”

On September 9th, Minneapolis’ Atmosphere will be performing live at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee.  It will be their second stop on their “To All My Friends Tour”.  The guys recently dropped a free track called “To All My Friends” a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday they dropped another track and it will be part of an double EP  full of new songs called To All My Friends, Blood Made The Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EPs. They sure know how to give names to albums and EPs.  You can listen and download the “Free Fallin” below. The EP will be available digitally  via iTunes and Amazon and at their show on September 9th.

Atmosphere – Free Fallin’ (download)

Rhythm Lab Radio Presents: Soundset 2010 Mix

Last night, Rhythm Lab Radio presented a speical mix in honor of one of the most premiere hip hop festivals of the year – Soundset.  The mix features artists performing at this year’s festival and after party.  Soundset kicks off on Sunday, May 30th at Cantebury Park outside of Minneapolis. Later that night, there will be an after party featuring BK-One, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and DJ Z-Trip.  Morning show host Jordan and myself will be in attendance and hopefully getting some interviews. In the meantime enjoy this special mix.

Event | Soundset Lineup Announced

Rhymesayers, voted label of the decade by Urb Magazine, just announce the lineup for one of the country’s premiere Hip Hop festival Soundset.  Soundset will be held at Cantebury Park in Minnesota (south of the Twin Cities) on May 30, 2010.  This year’s line-up is crazy. Check it:

Confirmed artists for Soundset 2010 include: Atmosphere, Method Man & Redman, Brother Ali, Hieroglyphics featuring Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Casual and Pep Love, P.O.S, Murs, Freeway & Jake One, Eyedea & Abilities, Wiz Khalifa, Cage, DJ Rob Swift, Grieves & Budo, 45 King, People Under The Stairs, BK One, DJ Revolution, Dessa, Yelawolf, Fashawn, Themselves, Busdriver, Toki Wright, Solillaquists of Sound, Prof & Rhazwell, Cecil Otter, Dark Time Sunshine, Ernest Rhodes, A.R.M (M.anifest & Krukid), Mike Dreams, I.B.E, Ice Rod, Plain Ole Bill, Mike 2600, Kid Cut Up, DJ Pratt and DJ Anton. Hosted by Peter Parker, Kevin Beacham and DJ Snuggles.

With options of two stages delivering over 40 artists performing nine hours of diverse music, an expanded B-Boy/B-Girl DJ tent, live painting exhibit, skate demo area, Slow and Low custom car show and a special Last of the Record Buyers production showcase, Soundset 2010 is guaranteed to bring the fun for the whole family!

I would love to see Redman and Method Man again.

Freebie | Toki Wright, “Blackmale” EP

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For most, Minneapolis has been know as the home of bands such as The Replacements and artists such as Prince.  Minneapolis has always been known as a “Rock” city, but within the last 5-8 years, Minneapolis has been known has a Hip Hop city thanks to the crew and label known as Rhymesayers.  Home to acts such as Atmosphere and Brother Ali, Rhymesayers helped put Twin Cities hip hop on the international map. Recently,Urb Magazine awarded them record label of the decade. They recently signed and released an album from Philadelphia based MC Freeway called The Stimulus Package.  The one thing that makes this label special is their committment to their community.  This includes putting on one of the premiere Hip Hop festivals in the country, Soundset.  There is also a committment to the local music scene, which not only includes hip hop but other genres as well.  One of the artists, who I know well, that they support is the talented Toki Wright.  Not only Toki Wright is an amazing artist, he is an activist who has been heavliy committed to the Twin Cities community.  He is now part of the Rhymesayers camp and just released an EP called “BlackMale”, which you can download for free.  Check out the video below on the idea behind this EP.

Download: Toki Wright, “Blackmale” EP

Ant takes Brother Ali to Baltimore

It’s Tuesday….
Time again for a SEVEN O CLOCK SAMPLE!
Yesterday I was listening to a little Brother Ali and said to myself; “Let’s explore this sample on Tuesday!”
Here’s FREEDOM AIN’T FREE from Brother Ali’s Undisputed Truth album.

So I went to the crates and busted out Nina Simone’s Baltimore album. The title cut “Baltimore” was the sample used by ANT for the above Brother Ali track.

Funny story about this record, I made a beat using this track back in 1999 on my old Roland DR. Sample. However you will NEVER hear that beat, because it was whack!
LOL!

Freebie: New P.O.S, “Goodbye”

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Doomtree member and founder and Rhymesayer artist P.O.S. has a new album coming out on February 3rd on Rhymesayers. We have been playing the Doomtree song “Dots and Dashes” feat. P.O.S and Dessa here on 88Nine RadioMilwaukee.  Check out the new song “Goodbye” and let me know what you think.

P.O.S – Goodbye from his forthcoming album “Never Better” (download)
 

He will be going on tour to support “Never  Better” here are the tour dates.

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Interview: Brother Ali

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I got a change to interview Rhymesayers artist Brother Ali before his show in Milwaukee this Saturday at Turner Hall Ballroom.  We talked about how he got started in Hip Hop, his muslim faith and how it plays a role in his music, his involvement in this year’s election, race and about his song Mr. President.  You can listen and download the entire interview right here.

Brother Ali Interview Pt. 1 (download)

Brother Ali Interview Pt. 2 (download)

Brother Ali – Mr. President (You’re the Man)