Jeez – it seems like forever since there was a free download to post about on monkeyboxing but here one suddenly is – and what a one – from JStar no less. Back in the day before DJ Maars and Tom Showtime appeared on the reggae hip-hop mashup scene, there were JStar and Shepdog who practically wrote the guide book on the subject. And now here is JStar returning to that arena with a massive tribute to Blackalicious/ Quannum rapper Gift Of Gab who sadly passed away last month. This splicing of the acapella for Motion Man and Gift Of Gab’s 2006 cut One Time For Your Mind, is a timely reminder of just how tight Gab was on the mic – now over a heavyweight reggae groove from Mungo’s Hi-Fi. Cop it below and reflect on the rap talent.
Rising Amsterdam-based alt-pop/ R&B artist Noha Saré caught our attention with the visuals for her single “ALL.” A pop/soul-infused track that showcases her unique melodic runs and evocative lyrics that dives into the dynamics of love and self-healing. She reflects on being caught in a toxic relationship that she finds difficult to escape from and finds other ways to cope with the situation through cynicism and ridicule. It’s quite unapologetic, bright, and heartfelt all at once. The track is produced by Tom Bachmann and Marius Koch.
The visual is expressive and blends different running motifs with engaging performance shots and exotic set pieces that keep viewers locked from start to finish. The visual is directed by Puck Litaay (director) and Noha Saré herself.
Born in Amsterdam and raised by parents who are both artists, Noha Saré grew up surrounded by art. From an early age, she and her brother Marius (who is a multi-instrumentalist and composer) started to perform and make music together. They collaborate on songwriting and Marius co-produces her music together with producer Tom Bachmann. Over the last years, an inspiring collaboration and strong friendship have evolved between the three of them.
Photography is by Kick Van Doorn.
Get “ALL” on SoundCloud
Keep up with Noha Saré | Soundcloud
Producer Fabich taps into the summer spirit with this warm horn-driven jam titled “Summer 21.” He blends warm textures, catchy retro-vocal melodies, and throws in some heavenly trumpets courtesy of Lahos.
The result is a bouncy, summer jam that reminds listeners of the sunny beaches, cold drinks, and beautiful ladies in bikinis.
Get “Summer 21” on SoundCloud .
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Hip-Hop has lost another icon. Rest in Peace, Biz Markie. You made us laugh, kept the beat going with your mouth, rhymed alongside some of the best to ever do it, all the while with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. The show starts out with a tribute mix to you this week. You will never be forgotten.
After the opening tribute set, we have a half hour of John Robinson tunes before he calls in to the Word is Bond Studios for an in-depth interview. And then we close off with some great new music.
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Chase March & Wizekrak – Word is Bond Theme
Marley Marl ft Heavy D & Biz Markie – We Write the Songs
Biz Markie – Vapors
Biz Markie – Biz is Goin’ Off
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo ft Big Daddy Kane & Biz Markie – Erase Racism
Biz Markie – Just a Friend
Cut Chemist ft Biz Markie – Moonlightin’ With Biz
Biz Markie – Nobody Beats the Biz
Morcheeba ft Biz Markie – In the Hands of the Gods
Biz Markie – Make the Music With Your Mouth
Chan Hays ft Homeboy Sandman, John Robinson, & Ghettosocks – The Shoes
Configa & DJ Views ft El Da Sensei, John Robinson, & Solemn Brigham – Word Science
J. Rawls & John Robinson – Jazz Unconditional
MindsOne & DJ Iron ft John Robinson – Horizons
John Robinson & PVD – Full Circle
Jay Are ft Tiffany Paige – YCP
DJ K.O. Ft Torae, John Robinson, Talib Kweli, & Tiffany Paige – Someday
Eloh Kush & Dus ft John Robinson, El Da Sensei, & StaHHr – B-Boy Bonanza
Tiffany Paige & John Robinson – Long Time
John Robinson – Better Music
John Robinson ft Eloh Kush – Dreamer
Elzhi, Meeco, & DJ Access – Back in the Days
Fortunato & Royce Birth – No Half Step
Ramson Badbonez ft Tru Trilla, Fly Kwa, & Prince Ak – Lame Duck
Eleven & Jason D – The Combo
Dan-e-o ft Wizekrak, & MikeAll – Sick Widdit
bRavenous – The Twist
Frac & Tone – Coast is Clear
Frankenstein – The Projects
Chadio & The Dirty Sample ft Rozmo – Commercial Kids Totem
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This Episode Will Air – Thursday July 22, 2021.
I wanted to podacst this episode early as a special tribute. Last week’s show with A.D. Carson will be posted next week. Sorry about the delay on that one.
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After dropping the insightful single “Lolita Express,” indie emcee Jehdi shares new 8 track body of work titled The Glitch. The LP follows Jehdi as he embodies the rebellious spirit of Anakin to find his path through this maze called life.
The opening track “Wake Up Neo” sets the stage and reveals to the listener who Jehdi truly is. Over a moody backdrop, he brings us close to the mix of action as he sets forth to find his true purpose. The song “Hook” makes use of a reggae sample and rousing drum grooves that fit the rapper’s smooth flow and bravado-laden lyrics. The project dips into different territory on “Bugsy Malone” as Jehdi makes use of a somber and dark backdrop to share his struggles and hopes, he throws in the interpolation of a Ma$e lyrics as the hook and it’s brilliant. On “New Jerusalem” he pays homage to his hometown of New Jersey and gives listeners a glimpse of the dynamics of the city. From the good, bad and ugly, Jehdi gives us a balanced view of things. Some other stand-out tracks include the 007 references filled “James Bond,” the previously released “Lolita Express” and the dreamy vibes of “Witching Hour.” The project closes up with “Stay With Me” a culmination of all his experiences from achievements, losses, and more.
Keep up with Jehdi | Twitter: Instagram
VivaOla teams up with vocalist Sagiri Sol, a singer of Japan and Iceland origins for this mid-tempo jam titled “Over The Moon.” The track blends a healthy dose of pop, r&b, and soul and captures the duo’s smooth melodic runs and unapologetic lyrics about 2 ex loves getting over their past relationship. The duo sure has fun with this one and delivers a catchy tune that everyone can rock with.
Get “Over The Moon” on all DSPs here.
Keep up with VivaOla | Soundcloud : YouTube: Twitter : Instagram
Project 91, a New York City-based event experience and production company produced the first festival in NYC since 2019 on the waterfront in Brooklyn this past 4th of July. Project 91 advertised the festival as a “block party”, which indeed it was. With over 3,000 + guests in attendance, they had food trucks, a beer garden & a VIP lounge for guests.
Project 91 has been producing events all over New York City since 2019, but their brand took off this spring/summer as they were first on the scene to start throwing underground parties as well as booking well known DJ’s such as Carnage, Cheat Codes, SNBRN, & David Berrie.
The Project 91 team, founded by Todd Mackall & Duncan Abdelnour, have some very exciting plans coming down the pipeline this summer and fall. On July 17th, Gryffin will be making his return to NYC on the Infinity Hornblower, titled, PROJECT 91 AT SEA. The hornblower is the biggest party yacht in all of New York City. The show sold out in under 48 hours.
Project 91 focuses on bringing high-energy house music experiences to different venues around NYC. Recently, they started a series of parties called “Off The Record” where they bring in unannounced artists as secret guests. Carnage and Cheat Codes were both featured on this series at nightclub Schimanski, an iconic venue in Brooklyn.
PHOTO CREDIT: Jarrett Birnbaum
Irish hip-hop duo Social Interaction share their new single “Slice of Bread” as they prepare to release their full-length project. The off-kilter track is bolstered by a dark and somewhat trippy production that lends its strength to the insightful verses that dwell on what people would do to get what they want.
‘Slice of Bread’ is the second single from Window2Soul, a psychedelic trip into what it is to be.
Get it on SoundCloud.
Keep up with Social Interaction | Soundcloud:: Instagram
Bilingual, immigrant recording artist ILL ZakieL’s journey in the rap game inspired the concept behind the buzzing artist’s new album, Against All Odds. On the new project, Zakiel teams up with an underground great, Kung Fu Vampire, for a witty and energetic sound that talks about the pitfalls of underground hip-hop. ILL has come a long way from where he started and this album is a testament to that. The sky’s the limit for this talented artist and he should be on any hip-hop fan’s music library.
A brief history on ILL Zakiel, the Mexican born, Nevada raised has had to earn everything he has gotten in the rap game from the very beginning, ILL learned how to grow his own fan base from scratch and with zero guidance using the internet and social media as the main source of growth. This self-taught producer/engineer/MC really had no choice but to figure things out on his own, having to cultivate his craft in an area with virtually no music scene whatsoever.
Best known for breakout songs “America” and “Mexicano,” which charted on iTunes Latin and Urban Latin charts as well as garnered more than 200k views on youtube in just one month, he displays his undying love for his heritage while also recounting his and his family’s journey from Mexico to the United States. ILL is inspiring while telling a story of triumph in what he and his family have been able to accomplish while pursuing the American Dream. He also touches on the current border and immigration issues so many people are facing today.
Without further ado, stream the entire project, below via Ill Zakiel Music LLC.
Big30, a new Memphis rapper with features from Gucci Mane, Pooh Shiesty and Yo Gotti, gears up for his anticipated album with the release of it’s lead single/music video “Mista.” In the visual, 30 whips around his old stomping ground in a tricked-out, loud pipe roarin foreign while rapping about his old life, forewarning what his side of town has to offer and paying homage to his neighborhood that raised him. Before “Mista,” Big30 is best known for his friendship with Pooh Shiest and the hit song “Allegations.”
“Mista” is currently the #3 trending music video right now on YouTube. Available now via Bread Gang/N-Less. For more on Big30, follow him on social media.
Watch the new video below.