Project E.A.R. (East Asian Revolution) is a musical movement of bands and acts from South East Asia with the mission of giving Asian music exposure across the globe. Originally brought together for the 2008 MTV Asia Awards, it is a collaborative project with members of groups from five countries in the region, including Ahli Fiqir from Singapore, Pop Shuvit from Malaysia, Saint Loco from Indonesia, Thaitanium and Silksounds from Thailand, and Slapshock from the Philippines. With musical influences from metal to rock and pop music, the group's sound changes from song to song and even verse to verse, as the players trade off songwriting and singing duties with ease. On their first ever trip to the US for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon, the group dropped by our studio to talk about the project and to share some of the songs written for their upcoming record during a trip to Bali earlier this year.
Led by 18-year-old emcee Patrick "Wiki" Morales, Ratking is proof that hip hop runs deep into the veins of New York City.
The music of Miro Belle invites listeners into a dreamland of instrumental wonder.
Remixing music, genre, and identity, electronic music producer Yarlen can enter a room and immediately get attention.
The truth and rhetoric surrounding America's prison system both in the news and in hip-hop.
Performing as Cadence Weapon, Rollie Pemberton is known for his way with words -- even spending two years as Poet Laureate for the City of Edmonton. Pemberton’s last two albums, Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies, were nominated for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize while his latest release, Hope In Dirt City, is an attempt to capture the artist’s newest musical phase while also paying homage to earlier forms of hip hop. The album combines several genres of music fluidly for what Pemberton considers his most mature album yet.
Polly, a rapper with a decade of experience, produces songs of a storytelling nature. Although influenced by artists such as Eminem, Joe Budden and DMX, he boasts a style all his own. In the midsts of releasing a new album, we caught up with Polly at the Highline in NYC for this episode of BTR Hear & There.
He rhymes like Busta, but unlike the flow impresario, bounce rapper Nicky Da B raps to outpace the music.
Originally hailing from central Iowa, but now spending plenty of time on the coasts, Coolzey takes inspiration from a wide range of genres, including hip hop and 90s indie rock, and has toured with Raashan Ahmad, Akil of Jurassic 5, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, and Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen. When he visited us for a performance of his new, yet to be released song, “Want It The Most,” his hip-hop influences were on display. Here, he performs the song at a DIY event and arts space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Every year die-hard fans of the horrorcore rap group The Insane Clown Posse, travel to the rural midwest for a four day music festival. These devoted fans call themselves Juggalos, and their annual event is appropriately known as The Gathering of the Juggalos, sort of like the Juggalo Woodstock. Some bring the whole family, some come to drink and take drugs, some come to just hang out and many paint their faces in black and white clown make up, the trademark style of the ICP and other acts on their label Psychopathic Records
It's tuesday, wayne ski, i friended u on facebook, myspace, twitter, i got u can i get u more then once a week i can't get enuf of that hip hop show on
DJ Wayne Ski plays the best electric beats -- RIDE IT
Blurring the lines between genres, Emily Wells is a New York-based musician who channels hip-hop, synth rock, pop and even classical music. Her songs are at once sentimental, hypnotizing and electrifying. Though she’s been dubbed a hybrid of Nina Simone, Biggie Smalls and Bob Dylan, on stage Wells offers her own uniquely impressive one-woman show, playing a number of instruments and looping them live throughout her entire set. Here she performs a brand new song called “Come To Me.”
With the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch last week, BTR Pulse looks back on the extraordinary contribution of the Beastie Boys, asking New Yorkers their thoughts on the hip-hop trio’s impact in the worlds of music, culture, and even politics.
At this year's Coachella, the late Tupac Shakur was brought back to life as a hologram to perform alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Video of the concert has become an instant sensation, helping to push the possibility of a “virtual tour” in the near future. On this week's BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers what they think of the late rapper's resurrection and who they would like to see represented as a hologram.
Rapper Loedis may be the next (or only) great thing coming out of the Poconos right now, at least in the form of beats and rhymes.
Bear In Heaven, if you were unaware, has been streaming their new album in its entirety for something like the past two months. Granted, they slowed it down 400,000 percent, so it’s impossible to discern much of anything; every so often they will tweet that they’ve reached the next song on the album. At the speed at which they’re streaming the album, it doesn’t sound like much more than a lengthy instruction in grating drone – not at all like the upbeat cuts that haven’t been altered. And while that’s a nice little gimmick, the real genius lies in the unaltered versions of the songs. “Reflection of You” was absolutely arresting, and this track, “Sinful Nature” which was released yesterday, is more of the same. The song feels like it’s going to build to a climax, but it holds the same tension throughout its five-plus minutes, instead combining the best parts of pop radio in the 1980′s – a darker ambiance of synths and ethereal, haunting vocals. I Love You, It’s Cool comes out in less than month at this point, hitting shelves and iPods on April 3. Really looking forward to this one, you guys. via Tympanogram
Muungano Cultural Troupe Volume 17 Mambo Yapo Huku Side A Mambo Yapo Huku Si Mzizi Side B Hutomchukua Natumia Ufundi Taarab music from Tanzania's long-running and legendary Muungano. This tape gets the award for wily, sinewy and swirly lo-fi keyboard tone of the year. Similar in crucial melodic and rhythmic ways to my earlier faves from Dar es Salaam, Jagwa Music. Stop by Afropop Worldwide for extensive cultural/social/political background on taarab in general. via ATFA
So, Pete from Dinowalrus, has unveiled his 80s sleaze/biker/arena metal project, LOVEWRECKER and is offering (just in time for Valentine’s Day) a free download of a Whitesnake cover. The song poses the sonic question: what if Whitesnake were a bit more into the NWOBHM and were fronted by Bon Scott? Listen. Downloadable: Slide It In (Whitesnake) (mp3) via Gimme Tinnitus
GT favs Hunters done made a music video for their song “Acid Head” in a suburban mall right before they left for their current tour with The Kills and Jeff The Brotherhood. The video was edited by both Daniel Martens and Owen Cook. Watch/Listen. Streamable: Acid Head (vimeo) In case you are wondering, you can stream the whole of Hunters‘ Hands on Fire EP @ You can order the amazing clear vinyl @ Upcoming NYC Show: Feburary 11th @ Terminal 5 w/ The Kills + Jeff The Brotherhood Hunters are on Tumblr Hunters are on Bandcamp Hunters are on Twitter Hunters are on Facebook Hunters are on Hunters are on Hype Machine Hunters are on Swill Children Hunters are on Aagoo Hunters are on Insound Hunters are on Amazon MP3 BONUS: Brat Mouth (mp3) via GIMME TINNITUS
While reggae at his core, this rising Jamaican artist-nouveau manages to mesh elements of classic hip hop into his island jazz, giving beat to the off-rhythms, and a spin to the rocksteady roots of his bloom.
Born in Libya to Pakistani parents, Roach Killa creates intoxicating, beat-heavy music that combines elements of reggae, hip-hop, and Bhangra. Though he currently lives in Canada, he’s toured Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and his hypnotic dance-floor anthems have garnered international acclaim — his single “Yaara Dildara” once ranked #1 on the BBC Asian Network Music Chart, while another called “Bomp” topped Italian Dance Charts. He was also featured on a dancehall compilation album alongside Sean Paul and Beenie Man.
Did you want to hear Suga Free rapping over a sample of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” about how much he wants to sex Jill Scott, Sade, and Raven Simone? Maybe it’s best that you don’t publicly answer that question (though the comment section is open). Not only does Suga Free protege Pomona Pimpin’ Young have the best new name in rap, he is far more than weed carrier. on their new mixtape, there is also a song called “Succa Repellent,” where Suga Free kicks his silky flow with waves still deeper than Redondo Beach. This is Cadillac-riding, Vaseline-smooth pimp shit and that will never go out of style. At least according to Jezebel, the website and biblical worker. Download: MP3: Suga Free ft. Pimpin Young & Casino G-”Turn Me Up” MP3: Suga Free-”Automatic” ZIP: Suga Free & Pomona Pimpin ‘ Young-We Do the Work via
This week, BTR blogs from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.