Hip-hop albums these days are almost a dime a dozen, or if anything, you have to dig much deeper to find the music that you know you’ll love, and not love it just because the masses are into it. L’Orange & Stik Figa represents the type of hip-hop that is harder, crisper, and for all intents and purposes, what people would call “the dope shit”. Here, that dope shit is called The City Under The City (Mello Music Group) and it comes from writing and saying lyrics and words that sound like they’re life experiences, not something that is meant to be hashtag rap or nothing but a massive list of keywords. They are diary entries from the pages of one Stik Figa, showing how he is more than just a figure in the shadows and a human with emotions and concerns that will touch those who enjoy tight flows, puzzle schemes, and the transformations of concerns to dreams. Producer L’Orange sketches out his path while creating diagrams for Stik Figa’s lyrics and together they create something that sounds like something they worked together, and not just something that was thrown or dropped into a studio and “just add water”. One of the best moments on The City Under The City is when Rapsody stops in to share advice in “Before Midnight”, but cameos from Open Mike Eagle, 7evenThirty, and Has-Lo are great listens too. This is about hard times understanding there is much better around the corner, even if that corner seems like an endless circle. Even underneath the concrete, there is life when it is sought.
The City Under The City (Mello Music Group) is a new album by L’Orange & Stik Figa and you may have heard the track they did where they brought in North Carolina MC Rapsody for the song “Before Midnight”. If you liked it, you are sure to enjoy this. It’s a remix of the track that also brings in Castle and on top of that, it’s a Billie Holiday Remix. No, there isn’t a new producer using the Billie Holiday name but when you listen, it will make sense. The remix is free to download, share this post with everyone you know.
Producer L’Orange and MC Stik Figa have been working on an album together, and on October 15th, you’ll be able to pick up The City Under The City (Mello Music Group). Some of the people on it include Rapsody, yU, and Open Mike Eagle, and pre-orders for it are happening now and if you need something to hook you in, to make you say “this will be an album worth waiting for”, have a listen to “Blind Tiger”. The video trailer also offers a few hints.
People who are in tune with 9th Wonder’s Jamla label know how much he and others have been pushing for people to become aware of Rapsody. Songs with her have been dropped here and there, and then word of an album materializing was out. The album has finally been released for all to hear, and best of all, she’s making it available for free. It’s called She Got Game and it’s safe to say when you, your main man and your mama hears this, they will all repeat the name of this album. The entire package is hosted by DJ Drama with a wide range of special guests and producers, and now you can take it for a car test, courtesy of DatPiff.
You may have heard of Rapsody in the last year, as a buzz about her style has been growing online and elsewhere. Today is the day that her album will be released, and you’re now able to hear a track from it as a preview. This one, produced by 9th Wonder, also welcomes in Phonte and Jay Electronica into the fold for some talk about the “Jedi Code”, insuring that the Jamla flag is raised and kept up there for all to honor and respect.
The full album will be released in just under three hours. Stay tuned.
While Blue Scholars have two West Coast shows in their near future, they’re looking to get their post-Thanksgiving grub shed and will be doing so by doing some shows afterwards for the Town All Day Tour. First off, the two shows coming up:
September 26… Santa Clara, CA (Santa Clara University) *
October 26… Corvallis, OR (Oregon State University) **
* w/ Tyga
** w/ Big K.R.I.T., Timeflies, Rapsody & 9th Wonder
Now, the dates for the Town All Day Tour:
November 29… Bellinghamm WA (Wild Buffalo)
November 30… Seattle, WA (Showbox at The Market)
December 3… Portland, OR (Hawthorne, Theater)
December 4… Eugene, OR (WOW Hall)
December 5… San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)
December 7… Santa Cruz, CA (Atrium)
December 8… San Diego, CA (Porter’s) +
December 9… Los Angeles (Troubador)
December 11… Chicago, IL (Lincoln Hall)
December 13… New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)
December 15… Northampton, MA (Pearl Street)
December 16… Boston, MA (Paradise)
+ w/ Watsky
Opening acts for this tour are still being finalized, but for ticket information, head to BlueScholars.com for more info.
Brand new video from an MC you might have heard about, perhaps on the radio, a mixtape or two, or maybe in the social media circuit but if you have not heard Rapsody rap yet, begin here. She is on 9th Wonder’s label Jamla, and while many have wanted to like her simply because of the 9th connections, she is very much someone who represents, on her own, the good hip-hop. When you are working with a producer who knows and understands that “good hip-hop”, it’s a perfect union. She is united here with Nomsa Mazwai in a powerful song, complimented in video form by the very-busy-as-of-late Kenneth Price. It’s also more than just music. As Rapsody, it also represents home, which is North Carolina. To paraphrase, Method Man, no need to fuck around when you got that good shit at home, but Rapsody is ready for your ears and mind, no matter the locale you call home.
The song is from her album The Idea Of Beautiful, which was released today.