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BROTHER ALI: Own Light (What Hearts Are For)(2017) + Pen To Paper video + ‘All The Beauty In This Whole Life’ LP announcement

Now then – you’re Rhymesayers legend Brother Ali and you’ve got an album out soon. It only makes sense to put out a single to promote it but you’ve also got a video for another track and an album video promo announcement ready to go to – gahh! Which do you put out first? How long a gap do you leave between each one to ensure maximum exposure? Oh – the PR agony
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SA-ROC: Queen Ting (2016) Free download

Queen Ting Sa-RocRhymesayers signing Sa-Roc provides a timely reminder (some forty years after the appearance of her near namesake and first female rapper ever, Funky Four + 1’s Sha-Rock) of just how dope female emcees can be with the dancehall-tinged Queen Ting as part of a her weekly free song/video Wisdom Wednesdays series. Said track finds her busting out rhymes over artfully distorted
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AESOP ROCK: Rings (2016)

Rings Aesop RockIndie hip-hop king, Aesop Rock is back shortly with new LP The Impossible Kid. Out already though is the video for album cut Rings – all lurching Def Jux-ish drums, synths and lyrical reflection that perhaps Aesop shouldn’t have put his artwork on the back burner. How to reflect that in video form though? How about having Rock stumble across a ‘missing’ poster for himself in a
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PROF: Motel (2015) Video

Motel ProfHotel, motel, whatcha gonna do today? Well, if you’re Rhymesayers rapper Prof and you’ve just finished a month-long tour of your latest album, you make a video of your track, Motel, on which you sing the blues (rather well and not just ‘well for a rapper’) about the lonely and the dispossessed hooking up in a sleazy motel for sex. Then you make a video showing those same
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PROF: Bar Breaker (2015)

Bar Breaker ProfRhymesayers‘ secret weapon and resident jester Prof returns with the video for another cut off his Liability LP. During its course he manages to dig himself out of a shallow grave, crash a mobile porn shoot, jump off a bridge, wind up in bed with three women, get chased into a kitchen by a crowd of women and generally ‘wile out.’ Oh yeah – and the whole thing was shot on a Go Pro camera mounted
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PROF: Farout (2014) Official video

Farout ProfRating: ★★★★★ Rhymesayers signing Prof goes through parody and comes out the other side with the video for Farout. His skinny, white daydreaming carwash attendant’s mind goes into fantasy overdrive when a carload of bikini-clad beauties arrive – cue much ass-shaking, grinding, pouring of champagne over said asses and other soapy fantasies. I quite like it. More importantly
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BROTHER ALI feat. BAMBU & MALLY: ‘Home Away From Home’ free download (2014) + video

Home Away From Home Brother AliBrother Ali is on tour back home in the States it seems and as is apparently his wont, he’s made a tour theme tune. Home Away From Home features an uplifting Philly soul-style beat, fellow rappers Bambu and Mally and is an ode to the joys of the tourbus. The video appears to be filmed on the tourbus too. Less one of those glorious efforts with luxury toilets and a heated swimming pool though
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DILATED PEOPLES: Directors Of Photography (2014)

Directors Of Photography Dilated PeoplesAnd so veteran L.A. hip-hop crew Dilated Peoples – contemporaries of J5, People Under The Stairs and the like – return with long overdue fifth studio full length Directors Of Photography. Dilated’s career is one that can broadly be divided into two distinct eras – the boom-bap of the first two (official) LPs The Platform and Expansion Team on the one hand and everything else (more new
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DILATED PEOPLES feat. ALOE BLACC: Show Me The Way (prod. JAKE ONE)(2014) + video

Show Me The Way Dilated PeoplesHot on the heels of previous single (the Premier-produce Good As Gone) comes…why – another single! This time around West Coast underground legends Dilated Peoples do the do atop the Jake One-produced Show Me The Way featuring a hook sung by one Aloe Blacc – presumably in need of a dollar or if not – at least aiming to help Rakaa, Evidence and Babu get hold of a few. This time
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AESOP ROCK: The Blob (2014) Free download

The Blob Aesop RockRhymesayers‘ resident hip-hop experimentalist and former Def Jux signing, Aesop Rock has got 32 minutes of stuff for you. According to AR, “The Blob is a…continuous mix of beats & sounds that have otherwise been orphaned by their hell-bound father. It is largely unmixed and occasionally offensive…you can play it with your friends, you can rap to it, you can dance to it, you can play it
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