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In The Studio: “Thuggin” Session With Glasses Malone & Kendrick Lamar

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Last week Glasses Malone was back with a monster new single from his long overdue “Glasshouse 2” project.

The Kendrick Lamar featured “Thuggin” (available via iTunes) received widespread acclaim and now SKEE.TV have dropped behind the scenes studio footage focusing on Glasses view on society, and Kendrick’s focuses on how society looks at him.

Mixing-A-Masterpiece: “Thuggin” Glasses Malone & Kendrick Lamar (Video)

Glasses Malone – Thuggin (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Audio)

Stay locked for more news on  “#GlassHouse2” coming soon!

Shade Sheist Enlists Tommy Black For “City of Angels” Single

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On the 23rd anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots, Shade Sheist unleashes a heavy new record entitled “City of Angels.”

His first new track of 2015, Shade pairs up with Tommy Black on production, who recently seen Billboard Hot 100 success with Kendrick Lamar and the single “Institutionalized” from Kendrick’s gold-selling “To Pimp a Butterfly” album.

“City of Angels” features the classic vocals of funk singer Bill Withers and tells a true story of the historic L.A. city unrest as told through the perspective of a very young Shade Sheist.

“BLACKOPS,” Shade Sheist’s third solo lp is in the works to see a release later this year, last time out we dropped off “Cali Is My Main Bitch” – stay tuned for more

 

Shade Sheist – Cali Is My Main Bitch (Feat. Sergio Selim) (Audio)
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Checkout all our recent Shade Sheist updates in the archives.

Microphone Masters Radio Episode 91 With Kxng Crooked Interview

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First up before we get into this weeks show we want to let our readers know that the one and only J-Luv, the man behind the Microphone Masters Radio Show and without whom it wouldn’t happen, celebrated a special birthday this week so we wanted to some love and respect!

In terms of the show, Kxng Crooked – The West Coast Emcee and ¼ of the Supergroup Slaughterhouse – stops by to talk about his upcoming collaboration with Statik Selektah. He touches on his dedication to the game and why choosing to become a member of Slaughterhouse was one of the best decisions he has made in his career. In addition to answering the question: Lakers or Clippers, Crooked talks about the independent spirit and why there is still value in the physical copy of an album.

J-Luv and Starr Saxxxon hold it down this week. Saxxxon shares a couple of stories about the worst shows that he has ever Deejayed or attending. The MM crew share their thoughts on the new De La joint that features Mr. Illmatic himself, Nas. That and much, much more plus some heat from: Evidence, Kxng Crooked, Killer Mike, Nas, De La Soul, Phora, Opio, Mega Ran and more.

Reach out to the show at mm@dubcnn.com and check us out on Facebook!

Microphone Masters Radio Episode 91 (04-29-15) Tracklist

Evidence – Strangers
Intro: Starr Saxxxon’s Worst DJ show and Show Attended
Black Moon – How Many Emcees
De La Soul feat Nas – God It
DJ Efn feat Killer Mike, Webbz & Kxng Crooked – If U Run
Segment 1: Kxng Crooked part 1
Kxng Crooked – Freestylin Under Oath
Def Squad – Check ‘n Me Out
Joell Ortiz – House Slippers
Segment 2: Kxng Crooked Part 2
Kxng Crooked – I Can’t Breathe
Mega Ran feat Esoteric, Reks & Reef tha Lost Cauze – Artillery
Ras Kass – So O.G.
Segment 3: Reaction to new De La joint
Earl Sweatshirt feat Action Bronson – Warlord Leather
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Thuggin’
Phora feat Dizzy Wright – Roll Witchu
Outro: Last Words
Opio & Free the Robots – Let the Bass Go

Microphone Masters Radio Episode  91 (04-29-15) Show (Stream/Download)

Thank you for your continued support of Microphone Masters Radio and you can hit up the show at mm@dubcnn.com or hit the comment section or the Dubcnn Facebook page. Tell a friend to tell a friend!

Bad Lucc Drops Debut LP “Off The Porch” – Drops “GO” Single With Problem

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After months of hype West Coast MC, poet and DubCNN alumni Bad Lucc has released his highly anticipated debut album “Off The Porch” via independent Diamond Lane Music Group.

In March he told our MM Radio show that he “wants your full attention while he takes what’s his” and in the weeks prior we dropped back to back teasers including “Hood 2 Hood” with Mitchy Slick, Trick Trick & Fred The Godson, “Top Of The Diamond” with Problem, Ab-Soul and Punch, “Get Em” with Problem and Jay Rock, the Travis Barker assisted “F*ck It Off,” “Let’s Get Money as well as the solo cuts “Hands Down.”

Big Boy premiered Bad Lucc’s first single “Go” during his brand new Neighborhood morning show and exclaimed that the “Go joint, goes!” and told listeners and followers “that’s my shit!” – missed it? Listen below!

Bad Lucc – Go (Feat. Problem) (Audio)

Bad Lucc explained about the album;

“To be honest, this album has been a long time coming for me, but you know what, 2015 is our year! Diamond Lane is going to release a lot of projects this year including Diamond Lane America and Problem’s solo project. I’m excited to be the one setting things off with Off The Porch.”

The Watts, CA artist and poet began his career right here on DubCNN in 2006 with “City Life” and went on to pen hits for superstars like Snoop Dogg and Warren G.  He later joined rap group Dubb Union on Doggystyle Records and made an appearance on Snoop Dogg’s Tha Blue Carpet Treatment.

The album, which is out now on iTunes, features 16 tracks – check the tracklist and cover below and support Lucc now and cop the LP!

01. Intro
02. $40 Bill
03. Buck Buck Buck f. Problem
04. Bobby’s World f. Problem
05. Lucc Speaks
06. Go f. Problem
07. Amazing f. Problem & Stoney Tha Dealer
08. My Boy f. Candice
09. Mr. Officer f. Kay Cola
10. 354.Fm
11. Easy f. Problem
12. F*ck Mondays
13. 4MyMomma f. Problem
14. Lucc Speaks 2
15. Don’t Make Me f. Travis Barker
16. One the Real

Nina Macc Releases “Memoirs of a Boss Bitch” Album

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Last month San Diego representer Nina Macc returned with a new single to build anticipation for her “Memoirs Of a Boss Bitch” album.

The track “Where Was These Hoes” was the first new music since last year when she dropped “I Sit On Ya Face,” “Business Of Breakin,” “Straight Fuccn” produced by Shade Sheist and Krohme, “Factory Sealed,” [and its hard-hitting remix “What A Real Bitch All About“] as well as “Royalty.”

Today the album “Memoirs Of a Boss Bitch” – executive produced by Shade Sheist – has been made available iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, in Hi-Fi on Tidal and NinaMacc.com. The 15 track album features production from Shade, Ben Rosen, DJ Sicc and more.

Check the full track list and covers and then head to iTunes to cop.

01. Never Saw Me Cummin [produced by Ben Rosen & Shade Sheist]
02. I Sit On Ya Face [produced by Shade Sheist & xXx Productions]
03. Business of Breakin [produced by DJ Sicc & Shade Sheist]
04. Factory Sealed [produced by DJ Sicc & Shade Sheist]
05. Role Model [produced by Shade Sheist]
06. Where Was These Hoes [produced by DJ Sicc & Shade Sheist]
07. Fuccboys [produced by DJ Sicc & Shade Sheist]
08. Threat [produced by Ben Rosen & Shade Sheist]
09. Hustler’s Inspiration [produced by Ben Rosen & Shade Sheist]
10. Royalty [produced by DJ Sicc & Shade Sheist]
11. 100’s In My Draws [produced by DJ Sicc & Shade Sheist]
12. 2 G Wit It [produced by DJ Sicc & Shade Sheist]
13. Money On The Weekend [produced by Ben Rosen & Shade Sheist]
14. Rose Petals [produced by DJ Sicc & Shade Sheist]
15. What a Real Bitch All About [produced by DJ Sicc & Shade Sheist]

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The New Generation of N.W.A – Like Father Like Son?

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It has been 20 years since Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, who was the forefront of the Gangster Rap group N.W.A, passed away due to the AIDS/HIV virus.

Eazy was one of the first to put Compton, California on the map and left the hip-hop community with a legacy of music that pioneered a whole movement.

Years later and with anticipation for the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, due later this year we wanted to take a look at the members of N.W.A.’s offspring who are well into the music scene. Some follow the same approach as their fathers well others may take you by surprise.

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OMG (Oh My Goodness) aka O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Son of Ice Cube, OMG, has taking the same footsteps as his father and in 2012 released his first mixtape entitled, Jackin For Beats right here on DubCNN and a single entitled “OMG” in 2014 [watch video below]. Not only is OMG recording in the studio, he has also taken on his first acting role to portray his father in the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton due August 14th, 2015.

Give OMG’s Jackin For Beats a spin here and watch the video for “OMG” on youtube.

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Waxxie

Son of MC Ren, Waxxie, first emerged in 2012 with his debut mixtape Sky Times – since then Waxxie has been elevating and perfecting his craft in the rap game getting ready for a new release.

With a distinct style from his fathers if you missed it ensure you give his mix tape a listen here and then read our full interview with him from early 2012.

Lookout for new music on DubCNN later this year.

 

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Lil’ Eazy Baby Eazy (E3):

Sons of the late great Eazy-E (R.I.P.), Lil’ Eazy & Baby Eazy, have decided to fill the shoes of their father who put Compton on the map and changed the rap game forever. As a CEO of his company NWA Entertainment, LLC and managing artists such as The Compton Money Gang, Lil’ Eazy has been putting in work holding up his fathers’ legacy with two mixtapes under his belt Cali Untouchable Radio 14: Rebirth of Gangsta Rap and This Ain’t a Game. 

Baby Eazy, has been making his impact in the rap game representing for his father with his debut mixtape @BABYEAZYE, collaborating with French producer Cartel Sons for his second release Solo But Not Alone with many future collaborations and projects in the making.

Check out Lil’ Eazy, Baby Eazy along with the Compton Money Gang below:

 

Curtis Young fka Hood Surgeon

Curtis+Young+Kobe+Bryant+Hand+Footprint+Ceremony+UQrlLO6utZVlLast but by no means least is Curtis Young fka Hood Surgeon, son of the legendary Dr. Dre. Born in 1981 the DJ and then rapper first emerged on the scene in 2005/6 under the moniker Hood Surgeon [see DubCNN archives].

In 2014 he became known by his birth name Curtis Young and spoke to DubCNN about his father, the upcoming NWA movie, his mission to establish himself as the next mogul of our generation, as well as his top 5 MC’s of all-time – if you missed the interview watch it below!

 

 

DUBB: The Light In The Dark (Documentary Video)

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Fresh off releasing his latest project “Perfect Timing” hosted by DJ Skee & DJ Whoo Kid on DubCNN earlier this week, L.A.’s own DUBB looks to reach the next level in the Hip-Hop psyche.

Hailing from the Athens Park section of South Central, a neighborhood notorious for all of the ills often glorified in music and cinema, DUBB opts lace his musical palette with messages of hope and prosperity. Having passed through some of the most high profile platforms Hip-Hop culture has to offer, while also working with some of the industry’s biggest names, DUBB’s star is only rising.

The Rapfest paid a visit to DUBB in his home turf for the first installment of their documentary series, Archives. With gang affiliations playing such an integral role in the lives of South Central’s youth, DUBB sees beyond the bloodshed, using his music as the light in the dark.

Erk tha Jerk: Bridging the Gap

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Erk tha Jerk stopped by Microphone Masters Radio again this week.

Last time he had just released his Junkfood & Vegetables project with Fly Commons. If you have listened to MM then you know that J lauded the project as one of the best in 2014. When asked how the project was received by the lyrical elite circles in Hip Hop Erk admitted,

“…it wasn’t too well received but that’s a gamble that you take when you are creative and you try to be, I guess a concept project. It was basically a concept project. It was definitely worth the effort and it was definitely received (well) by Hip Hop fans though. I definitely want to bridge the gap though but it was great.”

Pushing the boundaries or stepping outside of the norm can be the ultimate example of opportunity cost. Letting your artistic side shine can hurt the pocketbook while doing what the masses are doing can result in a full slate of shows. Does Erk struggle with this?

“I definitely do because at a point in time when I was gearing up to drop the project it was different and rap was more Trap and different Southern influences on music. There wasn’t a lot of Hip Hop coming out, especially from my area. There’s more of a Turn Up culture in the Bay. So what I did was different…so lets say six months later J. Cole drops a Hip Hop and it fits in that vein. So I’m kind of like hit and miss. But I have to keep pushing what I believe in…”

As he preps his next project, Airplane Mode which addresses relationships, distractions and peace of mind through medicinal stimulation Erk reflected on the oft asked question about the state of Hip Hop. In his opinion the music is in a great space mainly because of the independent spirt that artists have as they rely less and less on major labels and find a niche for themselves. Artists have to wear many different hats,

“they kinda have to be their own manager, their own publicist, create a website and push (their) brand so they get a lot of freedom.”

There is a yin to every yang and Erk is quick to point out that the industry,

“…can be very fickle. Certain markets might lean towards different genres and different sounds. I do think there is space for everything to breathe but I don’t think Hip Hop is necessarily dead but I do think there is a lack of people that appreciate substance…”

Peep out the rest of the conversation in Episode 90 of Microphone Masters Radio Show. And you will want to hear Erk’s thoughts on where artists like Kendrick Lamar fit into Hip Hop. Are they worthy of the praise they receive about their Avant Garde status?

Erk Tha Jerk on Episode 90 of Microphone Masters Radio

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