Brother Ali ft. Nikki Jean – Shine On [Video]

Pretty criminal that this video only has 154K views. I used to sleep on Brother Ali for reasons I am unable to justify. But tracks like this show not only how wrong I was, but also how Ali is constantly pushing the envelope for conscious hip-hop and a leading light in the underground scene.

Straight from Ali’s FreEP The Bite Marked Heart, Jake One lends a hand (several in this case, producing the majority of the EP) to craft a soulful R&B backdrop whilst Brother Ali spins a tale of meeting a chick at a restaurant. The visuals themselves are made specifically with Ali’s lyrics in mind, but I don’t want to give too much away as it will make you smile halfway through when you realise what’s going on. If you like hip-hop, it’s hard not to like this. If you don’t? Well firstly you probably shouldn’t be here, but watch it anyway as the track will make you realise not all hip-hop is about guns, money and bitches.

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The Rhymesayers European Tour-Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Evidence, Blueprint and Grieves & Budo


“Rhymesayers Entertainment is proud to announce its first ever European label tour, in association with Carhartt. The Rhymesayers European Tour is the first of its kind for the Rhymesayers collective and features heavyweight figureheads Atmosphere alongside label-mates Brother Ali, Evidence, Blueprint and Grieves & Budo.

The Rhymesayers European Tour will be headed by Atmosphere, who released their latest opus ‘The Family Sign’ this year. It reached number 12 on the US Billboard Charts and cemented their position as the brightest light in independent hip hop. The four-piece are consummate entertainers Having already rocked sold-out shows at London’s Koko and Scala as well as playing across Europe to packed crowds including this year’s Sonar Festival.”

That is one heck of a lineup, click on below to see the tour dates and to check out the soundcloud stream to hear some good reasons why you should attend one of these dates.

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Joell Ortiz-Farewell Summer EP


Indi’s been raving about Battle Cry from this EP (I’ve not heard it yet so can’t comment!), and mere minutes ago Joell let the entire project loose. Tracklist and download link below.

  1. 1. Intro produced by Frequency
  2. 2. Murder produced by Statik Selektah
  3. 3. Battle Cry produced by The Audible Doctor
  4. 4. Sing Like Bilal ft. Sheek Louch, produced by DJ Premier
  5. 5. So Wrong ft. Talib Kweli, Brother Ali and Jean Grae, produced by Frank Dukes
  6. 6. Farewell Summer produced by Don Cannon

Joell Ortiz-Farewell Summer EP

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 7

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A clearout of the inbox and BOOM: It throws up another UGHH for the hip-hop heads to enjoy.

This one is (mostly) full of artists who haven’t been featured on the site before, so amidst all the mainstream music that’s been up recently, we’ve gone so underground that you’re gonna need some sort of torch.

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 6

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Yeah, it’s that time. Another post stuffed with the best music from talented, upcoming acts in the hip-hop world and of course a couple of more established names thrown into the mix.

Hip-hop heads, you know what to do and you know where to click.

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