“Below Sumerian Skies”, is the debut solo album from Code Nine of Massachusetts super-crew Tragic Allies. Production is held down entirely by fellow Allies member, Purpose who has previously worked with Tragedy Khadafi, Paranom, Estee Nack and Confidence. The dusty soul-strewn beats make the perfect backdrop for Code Nine’s gritty wordplay, rife with historical figures and metaphors. Guest features on the release include Paranom, Estee Nack, Purpose and M-Credible. This release has been a long time coming, since Code Nine’s first appearance on the Tragic Allies “Grey Skies” mixtape (2007) at the age of sixteen. Born and raised in Lynn, MA Code Nine used lyricism as an escape from his surroundings including crime, gangs and alcoholic parents. Unfortunately things got worse around the time “Grey Skies” was released, with his father’s passing. With financial pressures on the family, Nine dropped out of school and began hustling. Numerous possession charges and a near fatal altercation helped him to rededicate himself to his music. The result is “Below Sumerian Skies”, a mature and graphically verbose hip-hop offering that any 90’s hip-hop purist must own.
After the success of the critically acclaimed "The South Sack Mack" album with Chuuwee, the German producer team JR&PH7 is getting ready to make more noise in the late summer of 2015. Next up is "Noir", an eight track EP that will make listeners across the globe remind why JR&PH7 might just be the best German export next to your favorite car and lager. "Noir" features include some of finest up and coming artists in Hip Hop today. Extremely hungry and talented emcees such as Chuuwee , Eric Biddines and Romaro Franceswa have been bubbling on the blogosphere for more than a minute. On their JR&PH7 produced tracks they prove why Hip Hop heads should be on the lookout for them in the future. Once again, throughout this record, JR&PH7 deliver sample heavy beats that serve as the perfect canvas for the respective emcees storytelling and innovative wordplay. Highlights of "Noir" include the lead single "We Do Our Thing" that has Willie The Kid, MaLLy, P. Blackk and Fabrashay trade rhymes over an atmospheric instrumental backdrop as well as Chuuwee's "Rock The Party (Bang Bang)". On this standout track the Sacramento rhymesayer and longtime JR&PH7 collaborator rocks your local house party over a hard knocking drum break that will leave you with neck problems. With the release of this new EP, the two German beatsmiths let everybody know that they are a force to reckon with in 2015. There is light in the darkness, just ask JR&PH7.
Pawz One announces the release of his album ‘Face The Facts’, after releasing 3 well received mixtapes and independently touring the United States, Pawz One returns with his first solo album. Featuring a combination of gritty and smooth production from Los Angeles producers Default & Breeze that embody the genuine golden-era style. Heavyweight guests such as Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Ras Kass, Termanology, 2Mex and Masta Ace all make solid appearances throughout the album. ‘Face The Facts’ is set to impact audiences all over the world by carrying on tradition and adding something new to hip hop’s already rich history. The culture's in good hands, it’s time to face the facts!
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