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Fly Commons dropped his “Greyscale” project on January 20th and having dropped the Erk Tha Jerk, Nio Tha Gift and Traxamillion featured single “Elevators.”

Today he’s taken the reigns on production for a track “Hold It Back” the first single from a collaboration EP with Oakland representer Stevie L titled “No Air.” The EP chronicles a relationship between a man and woman from beginning to end. A storyboard style project that Fly explains;

“When a relationship starts it takes your breath away. When a relationship ends it suffocates you. Either way their’s no air, this R&B project takes you through the story of relationships from start to finish through the trials and tribulations of our experiences.”

The single and EP were created by three of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best talents–Fly Commons (producer), Stevie L (Artist) and D.Bledsoe (writer). To get a taste of what the 3 talented fellas are all about;

Fly Commons: The San Francisco native has a growing repertoire of music in Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae and Soul that includes Top 10 albums, work with G Eazy, Erk Tha Jerk, Locksmith, Jay Ant, and even members of The Drifters. A classically trained pianist with a decade of professional experience, Commons limitlessly builds songs from scratch with the artists he encounters. Thus, the spectrum of results has made him one of the more versatile producers, with a sound all his own.

Stevie L: Born in Oakland, CA, Stevie learned how to play piano and sing early on. He bought his first Roland Phantom keyboard in high school and after graduating from Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2007 he moved to North Hollywood and started his internship at Blakeslee Recording with Grammy award winning producers Raphael Saadiq & Bobby Ozuna. There he worked with artist like Bobby Valentino and recorded with Joss Stone on her 2009 album Colour Me Free! and was encouraged to pursue a career as a singer not just a producer. Over the last year he has recorded over a 100 songs and continues to work with Bobby Ozuna. Stevie is set to release his debut single “Every Day” in late 2015.

D.Bledsoe: The Richmond, CA native has made a name for himself as a rap artists, releasing eight solo mixtapes. The 6’7″ artist/songwriter bypassed sports to share his musical gifts with the world. He’s been hard at work on the next chapter of his career which is crafting and writing R&B music.

Give the single a spin below and drop a comment!

Fly Commons, Stevie L & D.Bledsoe – Hold It Back (Audio)

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Last year California native West Haven Blast was first on DubCNN as part of an On The Come Up feature with tracks alongside Kokane and E-White.

In the last 12 months West Haven Blast has not only been working on his music but also instrumental in countless DubCNN exclusive video features and interviews – including the DubCNN 2014 Reunion footage and Eazy-E 50th Birthday, as well as interviews with Curtis Young, Scoe, Suga Free, DJ Quik, Kam, YG Hootie and more.

In 2015 so far the Lynwood and Compton representer has dropped the “St Patricks Day Slaughter” and his Kokane featured single “Everywhere I Go” but today he confirms he’s working on a new project by dropping a track that features Tash of the world renowned hip-hop group Tha Alkaholiks.

“City of Angels” is produced by West Haven Blast, with scratches provided by DJ Leaf, and sees West Haven link with an artist he’s admired for years, he tells DubCNN how the collabo happened;

“I actually met Tash in 1998, at Loud Records, while mentoring under A-n-R Shane Mooney. I recently interviewed Tash for DubCNN.com, and eventually we collaborated on a few ApparelZoo.com mixtapes. Upon the completion of “Rep That Hub City” [his upcoming single] I sent the track to Tash to critique. Much to my surprise, the feedback was amazing. I mean, I thought the song was dope, I love [that] raw hip-hop sound, beats and lyrics – but when Tash told me that while in New York, he accidentally played my song, and Wu-Tang Radio immediately picked it up and started spinning it…and when he told me a bunch of East Coast MC’s were in the studio with him, bangin the joint, and complimenting the lyrics…I thought, ‘we might have something here’ and then Tash jumped on the remix, “City of Angels”, laced it with a dope 16, and my man DJ Leaf killed it on the scratches.”

 

West Haven Blast – City of Angels (Feat. Tash & DJ Leaf) (Audio)

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Check West Haven Blast’s mixtapes “Bompton,” “Welcome to the City of Compton” and “St Patricks Day Slaughter” and then follow him on Twitter. Lookout for his new album and single dropping soon!

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Today, DJ Quik drops this brand new visual for his song “Puffin Tha Dragon.” Directed by Sawa, the videos concept borrows imagery from the popular film Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas and was shot on location throughout the rural deserts of California and Las Vegas.

“Puffin Tha Dragon” is from Quik’s latest album, “The Midnight Life,” released last year on the producer/rappers own Mad Science Recordings. DubcNN caught up with Quik at the release party for this exclusive footage and interview and then caught up with him as part of a Tray Deee feature.

The new video made its premiere on MTV Jams yesterday and now is available to watch below. Quik was also recently featured on TV One’s “Unsung,” where the legendary Compton, California rap-pioneer gave the TV audience a rare in-depth look inside his 25 year career in the music business. You can order the new album via iTunes 7digital and Spotify.

DJ Quik – Puffin The Dragon (Video)

 

DJ Quik – The Midnight Life (Sampler)

“The Midnight Life” features appearances from Tay F 3rd, David Blake II, El DeBarge, Bishop Lamont, Suga Free, Dom Kennedy, Mack 10, Rob “Fonksta” BaconTweed Cadillac. You can order on iTunes 7digital and Spotify.

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It’s been a little while since we had a new cut from Inglewood spitter Element Rhymes – last time out he dropped “King Slayer” and “Real Niggaism” – but he’s more than back today with this cut!

Touching on everything from Young Thug, and Chuck Wilson from Babygrande (his former label) – who reportedly stole money from the artist – “The Best Is Back” features fellow Inglewood native Mike45 on the hook reminiscent of the Lox with it’s rawness.

Definitely give this a listen. You don’t want to miss out!

Element Rhymes – The Best is Back (Feat. Mike45) Audio

 

 

 

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The G4 Boyz consist of brothers Ice Baby & Buggy who were born in the Park Hill section of Staten Island, New York. Their style and sound is influenced by their cultural background being born of Nigerian and Ghanaian descent.

The charismatic duo has attracted a growing fan base over the last 12 months having worked with acts including Lil Wayne, Migos, Waka Flocka, Lil B to name a few.

Recent singles “Alexander Wang” and “On My Mama” has peaked interest in the duo and recently they dropped a new record that caught out ear featuring Compton rapper AD for their new single “No Time” produced by Yung LAN from their soon to be released “Control Your Jealousy” mixtape.

Listen below and follow the fellas on Twitter.

G4 Boyz – No Time (Feat. AD) Audio

 

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The Original East Bay Gangsta is back! Spice 1 has released his long awaited and highly anticipated “Haterz Nightmare” album with 24 explosive tracks!

Many of you will remember the Layzie Bone (of Bone Thugs N Harmony) featured “Sidelines” dropped in 2014 when the album was expected to drop, that track is on the new album.

The release features renowned artists such as Twista, Game, WC, Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, comedian Katt Williams and Thug World music group Artist Bossolo and Madman Meezy.

As a taster for the project – which you can purchase “Haterz Nightmare” digitally on Amazon or physically here – give “Thug Ray Vision” a spin below!

 

Spice 1 – Thug Ray Vision

 

Cop “HaterzNightmare” digitally on Amazon or physically here.

 

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In June 2015, an epic night of Hip-hop artistry went down in Los Angeles, CA an of course DubCNN was in the building!

The night was headlined by Aceyalone, and also featured KING, and 2Mex of the SHAPESHIFTERS crew.

We get live performance features, as well as an interview with 2Mex, in which he discloses information about an upcoming collaboration with Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm.

We also get an exclusive interview with the Legendary MC, Aceyalone, in which he discusses multiple topics including his new project that just dropped in April, get his thoughts on the state of the game, as well as his top rappers of all time. Only on DubCNN, spread the word!

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Enigmatic L.A. wordsmith Blu recently released The Return, a limited-edition vinyl + digital EP highlighting a standout track from his most recent album Good To Be Home.

To celebrate the EP’s release, Blu is now debuting the official music video for “The Return”, complete with remixed audio and a new beat from Bombay. Appropriately drenched in Cali sunshine, the video provides the perfect compliment to Bombay’s soulful soundbed and Blu’s intricate, heartfelt wordplay. Check out the video now.

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