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Han Sino Drops His Opus ‘Exquisite Gardenz’

There is something inherently perfect about the right soundtrack for your movements at the right time. In a wave of…

There is something inherently perfect about the right soundtrack for your movements at the right time. In a wave of commercial Hip Hop — with the genre being at its absolute height regarding actual quantifiable popularity — it may be hard to explain to someone why instrumental LPs are so vital for your soul. But in the word of King Push: “if you know you know.”

I continuously thirst for new instrumental soundtracks, and French producer/poet/creative Han Sino is someone that I’ve covered in the past — in particular his project titled Glucose. He creates this refreshing blend of funk grooves, jazz, ambient hip-hop, and atmospheric melodies that seriously make for a trippy experience, dependant on how you consume his ambitious projects.

Relevant: Check out the run-down of Han’s LP Glucose

His latest output, Exquisite Gardenz, is one which Han himself considers to be his opus. Much like his previous release — during my first few listens, I noticed that the core bass lines created that signature continuous flow that moved the 12-song soundscape along. The best way to describe this project is that if a crate digger were to randomly come across this during a record shop excursion, and take it home and drop the needle anywhere, they’d be excited as hell to fire up the MPC and start chopping. It’s gorgeous.

Beginning with the atmospheric intro track “Exquisite,” we’re introduced to an Asian influence that creeps in throughout the project. The second track “Red Fishes” gave me chills off the top, as the bassline was reminiscent of the iconic bass strums from Eric B. & Rakim’s “Don’t Sweat The Technique.” Rather than commit to a hip-hop-centric platter, though, it expands into this difficult to describe Sunday afternoon, soulful, 70’s vibe — accentuated with these ambient wind chimes that make for a crazy audio trip.

Later on in the tracklist, I found myself drawn to the mysterious vibe of “Deep Lagoonz,” with an almost video game vibe, set-off with this super cool flute, and some frantic strings that add this odd amount of tension to track. The strings in the album closer “Gardenz” also had me intrigued; groovy, jazzy, and insanely engrossing.

As Han himself says in the album’s liner notes, “I hope you will [take] this Opus as a proposition to see life differently, and bite it to the fullest … drunk of the liquor of paradise.” This should be the goal of any great instrumental affair — a soundtrack to the movie that is your life; whether you’re getting lost in a world of writing or banging it which you’re trekking through the metropolis after dark. Exquisite Gardenz is a beautiful body of work. If you’re into nu jazz, rare groove, or a fan of instrumental hip-hop, you’ll want to give it a spin.

Riley here — father, artist, videographer, professional writer and SERIOUS hip-hop head. I'm a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, and I think everything is better on vinyl. Add me on Twitter! @specialdesigns
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Bishop The Overseer – “Rap Kulture”

Through his lyricism, as contained within his new commercially recorded release, “Rap Kulture “, this Missouri, USA born Master of…

Through his lyricism, as contained within his new commercially recorded release, Rap Kulture, this Missouri, USA born Master of Ceremony (MC), Bishop The Overseer, sensationalizes his duality of citizenship with the chorus line “Nigeria is in the building so its bound to hit.”

This single follows his previous hit single “Runnin Back”, which was featured on BBC Music by DJ Semtex on his show “5 Tracks You Need To Know.” The son of a Nigerian born Father, and a American born Mother, Bishop unequivocally embraces his duality roots to Nigeria through his collaboration with the Lagos based Silverbird Communications media outlet. Bishop performs his newly written and composed theme song “Rap Kulture” for the Lagos, Nigeria based commercial radio station 93.7 Rhythm FM, which is owned and operated by Silverbird.

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Skinny Million$ – ‘Kelly Sl8er’ [ALBUM STREAM]

This past Friday San Fernando Valley rapper Skinny Million$ released his album dubbed, Kelly Sl8er. The project is Skinny Million$ third release overall and his…

This past Friday San Fernando Valley rapper Skinny Million$ released his album dubbed, Kelly Sl8erThe project is Skinny Millionthird release overall and his debut effort with Los Angeles based record label, VerySpecial Music. 

Skinny Million$ grew up in a musical family and always knew that rap music was his path to realizing his life’s goals.  Inspired by watching his older brother get a record deal, while also participating in choir and other musical outlets as a youth, Skinny began to write his first raps around the age of 8 years old. The Kelly Sl8er project is a culmination of his life since then and looking forward with his Valley Waves movement .

“This Kelly Sl8er project is a project that’s been accumulating my whole life. Even though this is my 3rd project that’s how I feel. It’s fully produced by Mitchell Dolphin and I believe it shows my growth. It’s about being my own style and it’s about me being the best at what I do. Kelly Slater is the best at what he does, he’s the Tony Hawk of surfing. My shit is water based too, with the Valley Waves we’ve been pushing,” Skinny Million$ explained. “From my section I feel like I’m the best at what I do. Me and Mitchell have been working for a few years on this sound. It sounds like the end of Summer vibes and it’s all about flexing on everything that’s not you. It’s about having a good time and being your own person at the end of the day.”

Growing up just 30 minutes from Los Angeles city limits, Skinny Millionwas bred in Pacoima in the eastern part of the San Fernando Valley where skating, graffiti and street culture are paramount. Rather than growing up around the stereotypical Valley teens fixated on the malls and a preppy lifestyleSkinny Milliongrew up experiencing a wide range of cultures, which ultimately influenced his music. 

“A big part of my story or struggle is being an artist from the Valley because we are in LA County, but people from LA city, treat us like we’re outsiders.  Like, ‘Oh you not from LA.’ Which is true because we are like 30 minutes away, but we’re in the same area,” Skinny Millionexplained..  “So I created the Valley Wave to show people how we get it out here. No matter what – we can do what we want. We don’t have to sound like LA, but we are still a part of this shit because we in the city, we part of this shit. I’m from Pacoima, East Valley, it don’t look like Porter Ranch, Woodland Hills, Northridge, but they still call it the Valley.  On my side its more skate culture, tagging, street culture. That’s why I’m cool with all the Hispanics and Cholos and all that. I really want to show the culture of the Valley in my videos and how you can be one nigga and just soak up game from so many different cultures. There’s so much to do out here, you just have to tap in.”

Led by his music video for the track “Hol’ Up Wait” Skinny and VerySpecial Music have made a push this Summer that will not only put Skinny Millionon the map on the LA scene, but as a whole the project Kelly Sl8er puts a stamp on a new era of “Valley” culture by bringing awareness to the reality of living in all parts of the San Fernando Valley. 

Hol Up Wait came out very crispy and it had all my niggas in it. Nine times out of ten it’s hard to get all of your niggas together in one spot and we actually did it. That shit came out very crispy and it really set the tone for me really putting my foot out there for the Valley in the industry. Im basically letting people know I’m fucking with Very Special Music Group. That was our first really big release so that video is a big deal for me.

Going forward, On August 16th Skinny Millionwill be hosting an album release party at the Hall of Fame clothing store on Fairfax in Los Angeles.

 

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Brooklyn Rapper Illanoiz Drops ‘Caina’ Visual

New York City MC Illanoiz — a vet on the regional battle scene — is continuing to build on the…

New York City MC Illanoiz — a vet on the regional battle scene — is continuing to build on the buzz of his November (2018) single “Down” with his latest banger, “Caina,” produced by 314 Corey.

 
The song was given a video treatment by High Life Media — and builds upon his reputation for intricate storytelling. “‘Caina’ is about the person who’s willing to risk it all for a dream of making it out of poverty to indulge in the luxuries of the upper echelon,” Illanoiz says of the track.

Illanoiz’s “Caina” is available on all streaming services — full-length LP coming soon.

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BrYlan Kerr – “What I Want”

Today rapper  BrYlan Kerr releases his new music video for the song  “What I Want” (Death of Mumble Rap).  Known for his underground…

Today rapper  BrYlan Kerr releases his new music video for the song  “What I Want” (Death of Mumble Rap). 

Known for his underground college party series dubbed $tudio No•37 featuring live Hip-Hop acts, fashion, graffiti and painters, BrYlan Kerr is a leader of the “ART IS CURRENCY” movement that’s gotten so much attention in Atlanta amongst artists, entertainers and Hip-Hop fans.

Believing wholeheartedly that, “you can and should do What You Want!”   BrYlan Kerr unleashes the visual for  “What I Want” which he directed and edited on his own.

“I got started by being inspired by the great artists that came before me. How free they expressed themselves which gave me the confidence to continue along my day when I was young,”  BrYlan Kerr said. “I wanted to give the youth the same feeling that these artists gave me and being around all of my friends, that’s how we related to each other…through music.”

Taking charge of his career, BrYlan Kerr has hosted, performed and modeled at all 47 of his events to date with over 100K people attending his showcases in total.  Combined with hosting the  Places + Faces Boiler Room event,  BrYlan Kerr aka AiC BrY is prepared to realize his dreams, which include directing short films and movies alongside making music.

Looking forward BrYlan Kerr has another  $tudio No•37 show planned on August 24th in Atlanta, Georgia where he will be continuing his ART IS CURRENCY movement. Living his creed:
“Many are born with eyes, few have VISION.”

“I just want my fans to keep God first and be ready to inspire each other, that’s how we keep creativity growing by inspiring each other to make even more dope content!”  BrYlan Kerr told fans in a statement to the press.
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