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San Diego’s own Mash released his free 12 track album “So Cal Profiles” earlier this year on DubCNN.com

The LP featured production from Tank and Rez!n with features from Sir Jameson, Boog Bloss, Vic Jayy and Matios.

 

Today he’s dropped the Sinjin Owen directed video for track two off the album, titled “Higher” – watch it below, drop a comment and follow @mash_scp.

MASH – Higher (Video)

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From the time he was first introduced to the world via Erick Sermon’s Hostile, Keith Murray has been the Master of the Metaphor.

With a career spanning 20 years, the East Coast lyricist has worked with a who’s who in the music industry including R. Kelly, Ludacris and his Def Squad member Redman to name a few. Mr. Murray stopped by Microphone Masters Radio to give us an update on all things Keith. To start things off J-Luv asked him to reveal which of his six solo albums is his favorite. It was not a surprise that he mentioned his debut, The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World.

“It was like (my) introduction to the world. It christened everything and that one phrase (the most beautifullest thing in this world) is the one that everyone is still talking about. It is still my favorite because I did it unconsciously. I was 19 and (working) with Erick Sermon going tit for tat.”

Murray went on to sing the praises of the Green Eyed Bandit,

“…he knows what a Keith Murray record is. I didn’t know what a Keith Murray record was because I’m a lyricist, a battle rapper and a poet. He’s the music man and I’m the lyricist.”

Despite a discography that includes six solo albums, does Keith regret not being more prolific with his recording?

“…I never look back in anger. My life is my art and my art is my life. My life imitates my art and my art imitates my life. I’m not the type to ‘woulda coulda shoulda. I’m here and by the grace of God on a wing and a prayer.”

Keith did admit to one regret though,

“I would have switched from Jive to Def Jam…”

Keith Murray goes on to express his frustration over his record sales not adding up to his popularity. Seeing the success of his contemporaries such as Nas, Biggie and Method Man made him question Jive’s dedication to his overall success.

“I see other people (surpassing) Gold and hitting two million (records sold) and my album is at 500,000 just sitting there.”

Keith Murray is currently in the studio with Erick Sermon working on Erick’s ESP project. But you can bet that Keith is collaborating with Erick on his own solo project as well.

“I’m formulating my paragraphs and my rhythms and my concepts right now. I’m very excited to see what I make. “

Check out the entire conversation on Episode 93 of Microphone Masters Radio Show!

Keith Murray on Microphone Masters Radio Episode  93 (05-13-15)

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Hard to believe but it’s almost 2 years since Dom Kennedy dropped “Get Home Safely” to critical acclaim.

In the last few days Dom confirmed that his new self-titled album will drop on June 2nd and released the album cover.

This will be the Leimart Park rapper’s third studio album,  following on from the 2011 LP “From the Westside with Love, II” and the aforementioned 2013 release “Get Home Safely.”

Expect production from DJ Dahi, Jakeone, J.Lbs amongst others and you can rest assured we’ll drop the tracklist the moment we have it! Until then check the DubCNN Dom Kennedy archive for the latest music.

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Yesterday saw the 25th anniversary of the release of Ice Cube’s classic “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted‏” solo album.

We marked it yesterday with this update and today Cube and his team have released the first part of a “Making of AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” video interview series.

Watch the first below and check back for Part 2 soon!

Ice Cube: The Making of AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted – Part 1 (Video)

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It’s been too long since the Young Giantz, a duo consisting of Deuce Mac and Bigg Joe West sons of West Coast legend Playa Hamm, was last on DubCNN!

Since 2007 when they emerged with the banging single Weeest! featuring Playa Hamm, they caught the ear with a string of singles including Truthfully Speak’n, Catch Da Fade, I’m a Dodger and U Can Get It during 2009, all hyping up their Gqcality mixtape which dropped in January 2010 hosted by DJ Battlecat.

Since then they dropped their “#LoveLoveproject with appearances from Titus Notes, A.Gee, Blaqthoven, Andre “Dre Boggie” Wilson, C-Love, Toke Da Smoke, Yung Berg, K-Young, Lokey Tha Y.G. and move over production by Blaqthoven, Battlecat, Phat Beatz, Trio Cliq, Neoh, Epik and others.

Last time out they released “Itz In Uz, Not On Uz” and today have dropped the Eyekon Fotography directed visual for “2P Lane” – sounds damn good to hear Playa Hamm once again – and with his sons! Watch below!

Young Giantz – 2P Lane (Feat. Playa Hamm) Video

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Last year we announced that MURS would be curating and hand-selecting artists for the first ever dedicated hip-hop stage, at Sunset Strip Music Festival.

We shot a bunch of footage for the event but unfortunately it was missing – until now!

Late last year, DubCNN was cordially invited to the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Murs stage. A who’s who among hip-hop heavyweights came out to perform, and DubCNN was in the building. With exclusive interviews and drops from Miss Bliss, Jane Doe, Polo Clubb, Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews, Pterodactyl Jones, RA the Rugged Man, Ces Cru, Speak and more!

Listen to RA the Rugged Man take a moment to tell DubCNN that he feels right now there are “more quality, lyrical MCs in the westcoast today than in New York” – he discusses that in detail, shows love to King T, Crooked I, Locksmith, DJ Quik, and so much more!

You won’t see this anywhere else! Watch below;

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25 years ago today Ice Cube released the classic and ground-breaking “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted‏.” Just after leaving N.W.A. this was Cube’s chance to prove himself as a solo artist – and he more than delivered.

To mark the anniversary Ice Cube had issued the below statement, gave an in-depth interview about the albums social and political impact with XXL, as well as releasing a limited edition t-shirt that will be available one time only!

“It was my first solo album after leaving NWA. Although my single was doing okay, I was still very nervous on this date in 1990. All I knew for sure is that I put my best foot forward. With Chuck D of Public Enemy’s help, I got the Bomb Squad to produce the album along with my child hood homie Sir Jinx. Recorded in a little over a month AMW broke ground with connection a West Coast MC at the top of his game with East Coast producers at the top of their game. Sean “Puffy” Combs told me him and Biggie would listen to AMW religiously before they did READY TO DIE. That’s the impact….”

Show some love by listening to the album today – and then head to cop the limited edition Tee shown below!

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Yeaaaa! New music from DubCNN favorite and Empire representer Sly Boogy is unfortunately a rarity these days as he’s incarcerated but thanks to another DubCNN alumni, Brian James we can drop off a new joint!

Sly down the years has dropped The Beauty Of Death EPUp & Down featuring Akon and Let’s Go – and last time out we brought you Owe U Love,” “Who Can Ya Trust,” “Done With All The Favors” alongside Coolie High, Deksterlab and Gseez and its accompanying video -and then in 2013 the Brian James and Tariq Beatz collabo “Power Bars.”

Today it’s that same combo of Sly, Brian and Tariq who combine to drop “Lost For Words” – the track knocks and we hope we get more new music from this trio for you soon. For those wondering how Sly is the quote we’ve had is;

“Sly is currently incarcerated doing well and looking forward to being released”

Let’s hope it’s soon, keep your head up Sly!

Brian James – Lost For Words (Feat. Sly Boogy) (Audio)

 

 

 

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