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.
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.
DJ iLL Tariq - Bend Dat Back ill Tariq demands, urges, and pleads - a driving compulsion - an obsession - to succumb and “Bend Dat Back”. Its repetition is hypnotic, an opiate of hammering beats and percolating, bursts of alarming samples. Clocking in at 3:40 - its a sort of composition that could endlessly loop - inducing one into a trance consisting of dips, catwalks, and hands. Bend Dat Back. Sndcld via
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.
I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with this track but 19-year-old Ro Random adds to it’s beauty.  Good thing he’s legal. posted by @clarkbs via
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.
Paper Moon (Sleep Steady Records) is the first full length collaboration by American emcee “Perry Porter” and French producer ICBM.  ICBM lays down interesting and diverse beats, layering samples, lots of piano, drum sequences, and synthesizer – it provides a nuanced and textured foundation for “Perry Porter’s” laid-back, fluid vocal style.  His rhymes are sincere and playful and distinctively drawling (reminiscent of Jay Z).  Paper Moon is available for minimum price of $1 on bandcamp – a bargain for a tasty slice of hip-hop! Check Out: Apollo 11 [mp3] via
This week, BTR blogs from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.