FREE MP3 DL: Royce Da 5’9″‘s “Tabernacle: Trust The Shooter” (EP)

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You may already know Royce Da 5’9 is about to drop a new album called Layers but he has other music to share with you, consider this an exploration of other layers he has hidden somewhere and here it is. He is calling this set of 12-songs Tabernacle: Trust The Shooter with tracks produced by DJ Premier, DJ Pain 1, Jake One, Nottz, AraabMUSIZ and more. I’m unable to embed the player on my site so you’ll have to click here to check it out for yourself.

VIDEO: Royce Da 5’9″‘s Which Is Cool”

Royce Da 5’9′”‘s Layers album is on its way and he has now made the first video to promote it but wit a different twist. While recorded during the Layers sessions, the song will not be on the album. Nonetheless, he seems to be
continuing the power of Richard Pryor’s coolness because this one is titled “Which Is Cool”, which may be about his rhymes, his flow, his talent, or just being a contributor to hip-hop. The clip was directed by Rik Cordero while the song was handled by producer Nottz.

VIDEO: Royce Da 5’9″‘s “Tabernacle”

“Tabernacle” is the brand new cut from Royce Da 5’9″, a preview of what’s to come on his forthcoming album Layers. You read that right, Royce is about to drop a new album in 2016 so that is an event in itself. The album will drop on April 15th but you are able to pre-order it through iTunes. No Amazon link yet so I’m unable to post a look but I’m sure it will surface soon.

FREE DL: Apollo Brown & Ras Kass featuring Royce Da 5’9″, Xzibit & Bishop Lamont’s “Giraffe Pussy”
If hip-hop were on bath salts, what would it sound like? It may look like “Giraffe Pussy, but what would that sound like? What would that look like? Apollo Brown and Ras Kass figured it out, and were able to get Royce Da 5’9”, Xzibit and Bishop Lamont to be sure that the feeling was somehow mutual. The song is from Apollo Brown & Ras Kass’ album Blasphemy, and you’re getting a chance to download the song, free of charge.

AUDIO: Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond’s “One for the Money” (Mananz Remix)

You should have the new compilation on Coalmine called Unearthed, but if you’re waiting to get it on iTunes, you’ll be able to find it as a deluxe edition, which features this track called “one For The Money”, a nice tune by Royce da 5’9″, Skillz and Diamond and remixed by Mananz. This is not to be messed with.

FREE DL: Fluent’s “Retro Future”

Royce da 5’9″, El Da Sensei, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, and SpaceGhostPurrp are just some of the people associating themselves on the new album by North Carolina’s Fluent. Not only is Retro Future brand new for you and all, it is available for free. Street albums are a dime a dozen these days, but here is one that is worth checking out.

FREE MP3 DL: Fluent’s “Cash Flow”

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From the days of Galaga to wondering about the futuristic unknown, Fluent has seen it and hopes to see more in the years ahead. This North Carolina MC will be releasing the album RetroFuture next week Tuesday, and this song is a mere taste of it. It’s called “Cash Flow”, which may very well be about the money he desires, or that his flow is “cash money”, worthy of you taking time to listen. Also worth your time is the production of 9th Wonder, who produced this and RetroFuture in full. The album will also feature contributions from J. Cardim, SpaceGhostPurp, and Royce da 5’9. For now, take a slice of the “Flow”, which you may download for free, while supplies last.

AUDIO: Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D’s “One For The Money”

You don’t have to second guess this, but if you must, let’s do it together:

Royce Da 5’9″. The man has been doing movie for years, skilled to the hills. As for skills…

Skillz. The formerly Mad one. You should know where he’s from by now, you’re probably still nodding your head to him.

Diamond D. Case closed, and I’m talking about those in vinyl storage. Beats galore by the pound, an eternal crate digger and beat miner.

You put these three together, and they’re ready. If you press up this song on vinyl, you get two for the show so you can bounce them off back and forth. But we must start at the beginning, because these ready three are “One For The Money”, and with production from G-Squared, that’s four to go. The track was released today and is available now.

REVIEW: Pharoahe Monch “W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)”

Photobucket There was a time not too long ago when the lyrics of Pharoahe Monch was considered ahead of its time, futuristic, and yet as the music evolved into new eras, everyone loved him but so-called experts refused to rank him up there with alleged greats. Pharoahe Monch doesn’t need validation, although I’m sure there’s a bit of that ego in him which says “fuck that, of course I want that recognition” but having a hard work ethic has made him one of the best MC’s of the last 20 years. He is now making music in his third decade, how many people from back then can still sound “of the future” and “in the now” without people ever having to think of what came before?

Okay, maybe that last comment was kind of rude so let me say it differently. With quality artists, you always should acknowledge what came before, because they wouldn’t be what they are without everything that lead to it. Yet with his new album, Pharoahe still sounds like he’s speaking to people of the future, hoping for everyone to catch up someday and yet a lot of what he has been speaking about for the last 20 years is being realized today. W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) (W.A.R. Media/Duck Down) is a collection of songs that fits what some would call an audio movie. There are no interludes even though some of the tracks are as long as them. Instead, the pace of the album and how it’s programmed show how important the process of making music is for Pharoahe, as you get a sense of the horrid outlook he has on the world we live in, which maybe is a reflection of how we view ourselves. These songs are filled with metaphors and complexities that show classic Pharoahe, but by taking a deep listen to tracks like “Haile Selassie Karate”, “Let My People Go”, and “Calculated Amalgamation” you realize he has always been speaking like this, it’s just that he’s capable of looking for, exploring, and discussing new stories and ideas. This is the kind of hip-hop that seems perfect for sci-fi junkies, those who seek to use metaphors as ways to speak in code so that those easily offended will not realize they’re evil ways are being exposed. Yet you don’t have to hang out at Comicon’s or Dungeons & Dragons to understand what he’s talking about, he’s direct and to the point at times almost too direct but that’s how he cuts and soothes listeners at the same time. He knows he’s capable of saying something that will make fans go “wow, now this feels good, I sense something great here” while fans will put faith in him, knowing that he’s in control of his destiny and people admire the paths he’s willing to take.

In other words, W.A.R. is what The D.O.C. once called “Rhythmic American Poetry”, a/k/a the essence of R.A.P., a dialogue that isn’t just someone speaking out of his ass just because he admires the sound and smell of his own verbal farts. Pharoahe Monch is a communicator, and fortunately there are enough fans who put faith in what he does in order to keep hearing it year after year. As a hip-hop record, people need to listen to this and understand what proper programming and producing can do and sound like.