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East European Rapper SLKT4 Is Putting His Area On the Map

“The sound me and my team put together is wavy, often harsh and sometimes depressive.”

SLKT4 (pronounced as Selektah) hails from a post-soviet republic of East Europe. I make music to [really] tell people about the places I’ve been and have come from,” he tells AAHH.” He called his particular blend of hard-edged Hi-Hop East Wave. “The sound me and my team put together is wavy, often harsh and sometimes depressive,” he notes. “It’s all reflective of the reality we are living now because things here are a big contrast in comparison with the Western World (the US in particular).”

As he tells us, his father used to listen to American records — mainly rock. “That’s why I loved music in English from the start,” he says, noting his mother tongues are Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian.

His latest single, “Motorola,” is a bassy slice of relatable Hip Hop. “In 3 weeks I’m going to release another single which will sound more like ‘future r&b,’ rather than rap,” he says. “I’m also working on the mixtape called CheapLife.”

He cites one of his biggest influences in the game as Pac. “He is not just a rapper; he is not even just an artist or an actor. This guy is a legend. His spirit is in his music, that’s hard to find,” he says. “There are only a few artists who had that in their music, and most of them are dead now … I [also] had a big influence from Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Bob Marley, Kurt Cobain, and Motown in general.”

His biggest show to date was for an audience of 8 000. “They loved that shit,” he says of the experience. Ultimately, he’s aiming to put his area on the map. “[I want to be] the representative of our lifestyle and share it with the others. Become Gosha Rubchiskiy of the rap game.

“I’m really into production,” he says of his plans. “I want to produce records not only for myself but also for other artists.”
Check out “Motorola,” below.

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Quality Control Announces QC DJs Tour

Too Official Promotions in conjunction with Ov’r Da Top Promotions and Industry Rollout have partnered together to bring us The…

Too Official Promotions in conjunction with Ov’r Da Top Promotions and Industry Rollout have partnered together to bring us The Quality Control DJs Tour. Quality Control has its finger on the pulse of today’s hits with multiple hits by its roster of superstars including Migos, Lil Yacthy, and Lil Baby. Spearheaded by Too Official who is the marketing manager for Quality Control Music Group, the QC DJ’s 2018 Tour will start August 10, performing in 15 cities across Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and St. Louis. The three artist that will be headlining this tour are Erica Blac , DurtyDu And Trap Dinero.

DurtyDu mixes the hard sounds of the streets of uptown Washington DC, where he was born and raised, with chill, hip hop vibes. Raised by Muslim parents from Sierra Leone, DurtyDu uses his time spent abroad to creatively blend both his American and African influence in his lyrics and style. Raised in Cypress Hills in East New York, Brooklyn Erica Blac is a singer with an island sound stemming from her Haitian roots and spiritual vibes. Her soulful lyrics are inspired by her love for reggae and soul music.

See the complete tour dates below for a city near you.
August 10th, 2018 In Jackson, MS At Freelons

August 13th, 2018 In Macon, Ga At Sparks Lounge

August 17th, 2018 In Warner, Robbins At Blitz

August 18th, 2018 In Gainesville FL At Saga Nightclub

August 19th, In Savannah, Ga At Dapphin Park

August 23rd, 2018 In Valdosta , Ga At Stadium

August 25th, 2018 In Fort Valley, Ga At Shaggys

August 30th, 2018 In Columbus, Ga At Club Fetish

September 1st, 2018 In Millidgville, Ga At Ballroom

September 7th, 2018 In East St. Louis, IL At Da Beno

September 8th, 2018 In Augusta, Ga At Club 706/ Private Eye

September 15th, 2018 In Jacksonville, FL | TBA

September 16th, 2018 In Aiken, SC At Seventh Lounge

September 21th, 2018 In Ridgeland, SC At Pluto

September 22th, 2018 In Barnesville, Ga At Rendezvous

The tour is lead by the new single, “Every Little Thing” by Erica Blac. Listen to the new single below, courtesy of Spotify.

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Mr. P Chill Returns With “Funky Uncle Chill” — A Crate Digger’s Dream

Mr. P Chill is no stranger around these parts; he’s remained one of those fixtures who stays true to the…

Mr. P Chill is no stranger around these parts; he’s remained one of those fixtures who stays true to the grind/hustle without wavering. Flying under the radar, he’s continued on the road, bringing positive energy and a love of Hip Hop across the nation. His 13th solo album, Funky Uncle Chill, is a testament to his non-stop journey, a realization and acceptance of his OG status, and a simultaneous nod to loop diggers everywhere.

You can almost picture P in his studio surrounded by stacks of dusty vinyl while putting together this tracklist. From the onset of the super laid back breakbeat of “The Rhyme,” he laments that 25 years later in his career he’s far from finished. He also fondly reminisces about the early days (golden era) of the culture which birthed him.

The theme of keeping it moving is present in a few spots. He revisits it most notably on “More Time,” where he asks for “a little more time” to reach his dreams. “I Don’t Care,” dripping with a funky almost vintage Too $hort vibe he raps “till the day of my death and my very last breath, spread knowledge on tracks trying to do my best.” He does this of course, as the chorus suggests, whether you’re feeling him or not.

Some shining moments on the project see P take slightly different approaches to the album’s big-picture arc of riding out an innate need to reach goals within our lifetime. “Summertime” is a laid-back ride through Sacramento; top down, blunt rolled, sunshine beaming.

The production is noteworthy as hell. Handled by OmegaZ, Elephant Gerald, Joe Doose, and P himself, it has a meticulous aura about it; tracks like “4 AM,” the super poignant message to gun-happy police officers “Don’t Give Up The Fight,” and even the title track (which is an instrumental) are laden with funky samples worthy of a standalone Tidal playlist.

Overall, P stays true to himself. It’s something he contextualizes best on the last track “Reach You,” where P accepts that he continues down the same path with a throwback sound that may be hit or miss; however, he continues to craft songs packed with honesty, relatable truth, and an endearing dedication to the culture. All — as he notes — to reach you.

Give Funky Uncle Chill a spin!

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#IndieSpotlight: ATL’s Primo Jab Keeps It Extra Grimey On ‘ The Book Of Jab’

There is a certain sonic element that we quite naturally — and unjustly — attribute to Atlanta artists, quite honestly….

There is a certain sonic element that we quite naturally — and unjustly — attribute to Atlanta artists, quite honestly. With a particular wave bubbling out of the cultural epicenter of the south, rapper Primo Jab is swimming against the current, delivering healthy doses of that Hip Hop that I try (and sometimes fail) to not hold unsigned rhymers up to. The man can spit, and his latest effort, the ten-song effort The Book Of Jab is an unexpectedly grimy 90s vibe with a timeless gloss. Plus, Ras Kass … so auto cop.

The project is his second of 2018, as he released a collaborative EP with Ice Lord earlier this year titled Pot Work. Officially his 5th solo-LP, TBOJ is a reaffirming slice of raw uncut that would be at home on the tape deck of any fans of shit that falls in the vein of 90s era underground college radio gems.

 
Stitched together with movie clips and production that keeps the vibe strictly backpacking through the metropolis with your polo on, it sometimes borders on dark. Not horrorcore dark, but like RA The Rugged Man dark … if that makes sense. Kicking off with the almost Wu Tang-ish vibe of “Natural Selection,” the project is all protein no filler.

The whole shit is a flame emoji, but I found myself revisiting the three-song run of “Hard to Kill” featuring El Camino and Flee Lord — with its drumline pattern — the wordplay of the a.flip and Blacksmith featured “Facts,” and the masterpiece that is “Pokey” featuring iconic west coast wordsmith Ras Kass. “Disrespectful, thinking they special being successful,” he spits on the track, holding his own alongside the well-respected MC.

In fact, none of the features overtake him; instead, they all serve to compliment the overall vibe of the project, which is wildly cohesive. His longtime producer godBLESSbeatz is the glue that sonically gives the project an incredible top-to-bottom playability.

His past release gave me immense Griselda Records vibe, and this project didn’t fail to live up to the hype that he’s set for himself. It feels like people are sleeping on the kid, but hopefully, you all start smelling the Folgers!

Early.

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Rowzen Stays Reppin’ For The Garden State

Rapper Rowzen — hailing from the Garden State — attributes his view of the game (and the world) to troubled…

Rapper Rowzen — hailing from the Garden State — attributes his view of the game (and the world) to troubled adolescent years. Having persevered developed and with a unique blend of sounds influenced by classic and alternative rock from the suburbs of NJ juxtaposed against the underground hip-hop culture of Staten Island, NY, he is overcoming and leaving his stamp on the game.

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The ideology of rebelling against authority and determination to not conform to a society set up for many — especially in the black community — to fail, is something that is omnipresent in the core values of his music. Being the only black child in his class exposed him to racism at an early age — some that’s stuck with him.

Laden with jewels, his music is worth a few spins.

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