Es-K (Essential Knowledge) was born in Holland, raised in Kansas City Missouri, and currently lives in Burlington Vermont. You may know him from his Spontaneous Grooves series on Cold Busted. Serenity is his first album and features A.G. of D.I.T.C, General Steele, MC Dialect, C-Rayz Walz, Charmingly Ghetto, DJ Grazzhoppa, Central Parks, Maw-, Chel Strong, K. Sparks, Fish Grease, M-Dot, S.Dub, Chromadadata, and Mike Gerbino.
Butterflies (Pro Era (Dirty Sanchez x Rokamouth x CJ Fly x Dessy Hinds x Nyck Caution x A La $ole x Kirk Knight x Dyemond Lewis x Jakk the Rhymer x Joey Bada$$) produced by Powers Pleasant.
Scion AV Presents: The Shift, the EP will be available for streaming and as a free download via the Scion AV Soundcloud and on ScionAV.com on 5/27. Pro Era and Scion AV have also teamed up for a video due out beginning of June.
Pro Era is the Brooklyn collective of Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, A La Sole, Dessy Hinds, Chuck Strangers, Powers Pleasant, The 47s (Dirty Sanchez, Roka-Mouth, J.A.B and Jakk The Rhymer). The young MCs have a developed a cult-like following with fans embracing their music & lifestyle…”That OG $wank.” Fans can look forward to Joey Bada$$’s debut album, ‘B4.DA.$$’ this Fall.
The Shift EP is their fourth as a collective and for this special release they teamed up with Scion AV for a sample free EP that both highlights their diverse style and sound while further establishing Pro Era as the future of hip hop.
duckdowners, skyzoo and torae have been dope for a minute. there was sky’s collab with 9th, the maffew track “bk accent,” and other gems i’m sure i slept on. same thing w/ torae: “daily conversations,” the marco polo joints, etc. are ALL bananas. yet for some reason, i never went out of my way to clock either of them. then i heard this: “barrel brothers.” featuring production from antman wonder, apollo brown, black milk, dj premier, cyrus tha great, !llmind, jahlil beats, khrysis, marcnfinit, oh-no, praise, the stuyvesants, and tiga. so, basically boom; never will i sleep on these cats again.
The new street single from Skyzoo & Torae: “All In Together” feat. Sean Price & Guilty Simpson, produced by Black Milk. The album “Barrel Brothers” hits stores and itunes on 5/27. And if you’re in NYC make sure to catch the album release party at SOBs the night of 5/27 as well. Twitter: @Skyzoo / @Torae
-heads up from 2dopeboyz
This month marks the passing of the lauded rapper Notorious B.I.G. and to honor his legacy, New York resident DJ Finesse debuted a special tribute during DJ Premier’s Sirius/XM show “Live From Headqcourterz” on March 8.
The mix showcases Biggie’s acapellas paired with Premier-produced beats. While the original tribute was shortened for air-time, Finesse extends the tribute for hip-hop fans here with a special intro by Premier himself.
DJ Premier’s “Live From Headqcourterz” airs every Friday night from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sirius/XM Channel 44, Hip Hop Nation. DJ Finesse is a regular guest on the show, filling in for Premier as an on-air mixer.
01 - DJ Premier Intro
02 - Flava In Ya Ear rmx over I Gave You Power
03 - Big Poppa over Ex To Next Girl
04 - Dead Wrong over 2 Thousand
05 - 10 Crack Commandments over One Day
06 - Who Shot Ya over Come Clean
07 - All About The Benjamins over Supa Dupa Star (1994 Demo Version)
08 - One More Chance over Recognize
09 - Long Kiss Goodnight over You Know My Steez
10 - Things Done Changed over The Format
11 - I Got A Story To Tell over Shit Is Real
12 - Real Niggas over Ready
13 - Juicy over Nas Is Like
14 - One More Chance rmx over Freaky Flow
15 - Warning (Freestyle) over Mind Ya Business
16 - ‘95 Freestyle (7 Mac 11’s) over Who Got Gunz
17 - Victory over Project Boy
18 - Kick In The Door over Come Get Me
19 - Going Back To Cali over The Invincible
20 - Mo Money Mo Problems over Golden Child
21 - Party And Bullshit over Now Your Mine
22 - Unbelievable
“Astonishing” - Marco Polo, ft. Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C., Tragedy Khadafi & DJ Revolution
"This shit is called Astonishing for a reason. Enjoy. PA2 coming soon." -Marco Polo
It’s been six years since Marco Polo took the hip-hop world by storm with his Rawkus/Soulspazm Records debut LP, Port Authority. This album not only established the Toronto, Canada native as one of the top emerging producers in his field, but also transformed Marco into a very sought-after collaborator as well. He has since gone on to release the collaborative project with Torae, Double Barrel, in 2009 and has also worked with acclaimed artists such as; Masta Ace, Special Teamz, Heltah Skeltah, Buckshot, KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, Copywrite, Vinnie Paz and Large Professor.
After generating tremendous momentum this summer with his free LP, Newport Authority 2, Marco Polo returns to offer up the highly anticipated sequel, PA2: The Director’s Cut, which is the culmination of thousands of hours of creative energy, manpower, crate-digging, knob-twisting, Newport-smoking and coffee-bingeing, to create an impeccable infrastructure of music that will resonate with hip-hop fans across the world.
Fans have already heard glimpses of what MP has in store for PA2: The Director’s Cut, as his heartfelt dedication to Gang Starr’s Guru (“G.U.R.U.” featuring Talib Kweli & DJ Premier) not only went viral in a day, but also clearly resonated with the late MC’s friends and family as they offered up their support for the track. The LP’s most recent leak, “3-O-Clock” did what hip-hop fans have been impatiently waiting on for over fifteen years; reuniting Organized Konfusion (Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po) on the same track. Official music videos for these tracks will be released in the weeks leading up to the album. The “G.U.R.U.” video is a nostalgic tribute to the legendary lyricist, directed by Todd Angkasuwan, while “3-O-Clock”, directed by The Doppelgangaz, effectively captures the grimy and gritty New York vibe on this MP x OK collabo.
PA2: The Director’s Cut is not a “compilation” project. Rather, much like projects from the producers (Jay Dee, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, etc), that have influenced Marco, it’s a seamlessly blended piece of art featuring a who’s-who of the industry’s top MCs; each track crafted and specialized to fit each MC’s strengths. This is evident throughout PA2. On “West Coast Love” Marco displays his versatility, cooking up some premo G-Funk for West Coast legends MC Eiht and King Tee to spread their Cali love on. Further, “Astonishing” featuring Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C. and Tragedy is like riding shotgun to “The Tunnel” in Doc Brown’s DeLoreon, and the shimmering “Strange Brew” with Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No) pushes the BPMs to maximum levels. The LP’s apt closing track, “Glory” (Finish Hard) featuring Masta Ace, A.G. and Posdnuos (of De La Soul) offers up a hilarious commentary from Ace on Marco’s tedious “work ethic” and ends with commentary from everyone’s favorite beer-drinking Canucks Bob and Doug McKenzie (of Strange Brew fame) who revisit their “Strange Brew” days.
For nearly 10 years, Marco’s mission has remained the same: to keep the masses moving and their heads bobbing, and PA2: The Director’s Cut is a shining testament to that. “I put together an album that I felt picked up where Port Authority left off but updated it for 2013. I’m proud to finally let this album out into the world. It’s a long-ass album and I don’t give a flying #!@*. At the end of the day I’m excited with the finished product; which took me five-plus years to create. DJ connoisseurs can also expect some of finest-quality cutting courtesy of DJ Revolution, DJ Premier, Shylow, DJ Linx & DJ Romes. Moving forward, I’m seriously looking forward to touring this record and smacking them MP pads live for all those inviting me to do so. Catch me traveling the world again soon backing my big bro Masta Ace, as well as rocking some solo production sets for the hip-hop heads.” Marco states.