Noah Vinson is an up-and-coming emcee out of the Bronx who has released the track Y.G.A., which will appear on his upcoming “Young & Proud” mixtape due out later this year. The song features a great 1970′s-sounding soul sample which matches up perfectly with Vinson’s smooth flow. Y.G.A. stands for Young, Gifted & Authentic – and so far he is representing that in full. Listen and download below.
The Child of Lov is a singer/songwriter/producer from Amsterdam who made quite the splash in the blogosphere last year and who has now released his full-length self-titled debut album. The sound is a unique blend of psychedelia and funk and is definitely unique – not many newcomers can get both Damon Albarn, DOOM and Thundercat to guest on their first record. As far as the DOOM track goes, it is a weird and wild ride, check it below and head over to Double Six Records to order the album in a couple different formats.
Hannibal Stax has teamed up with GOF fave Marco Polo for the collaborative project “Seize The Day”. Stax was discovered by none other than DJ Premier and actually appeared on a couple of Gangstarr tracks and while he has been making his way through the NYC hip-hop underground this is actually his solo debut. Give the nice Warrior Drumz a listen below and head over to Soulspazm to grab the album.
The latest film from Red Bull Music Academy is an amazingly awesome thirteen minute film detailing the twelve year history of the DFA record label. It is a quick but through history through a label that has released 141 12″ singles, 34 albums and 6 compilations while still remaining small and relatively underground. There are too many great things about this video to rattle off here, so just watch it below.
Yo Dot is an MC from Milwaukee who has just dropped the track SPM Freestyle 1, which will be the first in a series leading up to the release of his full-length “Sherman Park Memoirs” in June. Dude definitely has skills and has us very intrigued for the album. Listen/Download below and then watch the nice Spaz Gordon produced video here.
The June issue of Juxtapoz features a visual history of the Beastie Boys, with interviews of every artist that contributed to the album covers, inner-sleeves and photographs that make up how we see the B-Boys through their musical releases. Many of these images are not only iconic in the hip-hop world, but in popular culture as well (see a few samples from the issue – and a nice Beasties mix that Chris Read put together last year – below). The magazine also features a tribute to MCA, as well as the usual art and aesthetic that Juxtapoz is known for. See more at Juxtapoz’s website here.