Los Angeles emcee Blu stopped by Rap Is Outta Control to tell DJ Eclipse about his latest body of work, In The Flesh EP. DJ Eclipse remembers first hearing about Blu from the 2007 collaborative Blu & Exile album, From The Heavens, and how it sold out in Fat Beats NYC. The latest project in 2016 is produced entirely by platinum-producer Nottz. Blu describes how he was introduced to Nottz through Matt Diamond of Diamond Media and the immediate mutual interest in working together. In The Flesh EP includes vocal appearances from Nottz himself, Exile, Bishop Lamont, Torae, Skyzoo, TriState, Mickey Factz, and more. Purchase Titans In The Flesh EP and stream it below.
DJ JS-1 and Tonedeff were the personalities on this episode of Rap Is Outta Control. With a new album Polymer, Tonedeff spoke about the elements of composing this album from writing to producing, to engineering, and more. As one of the more unique emcees in the world of music, Tonedeff was accompanied by long-time friend and collaborator DJ JS-1 for a live, in-studio performance of the single “Competitive Nature” from Polymer. Check it out!
DJ JS-1 took over Rap Is Outta Control and played a dope mix of new Hip Hop songs. He was joined by special guest Tonedeff who spoke on his latest album, Polymer. Tone approaches Hip Hop music as a singer/songwriter would approach songs, by being genuine to himself. He raps about “what everyone goes through, but no one wants to talk about” because rappers portray lavish lifestyles that are beyond the means of their livelihood. Some of the topics Tone covers on Polymer are dealing with child abuse, sex addiction, and divorce. One of the more notable songs on the project is “Five Sisters”. The song is about each of Tonedeff’s five sisters and how they individually represent a unique element of their mother. With Polymer being a combination of four previous EPs combined into a full-length with remixes and new songs, the entire project was written, produced, mixed, and engineered by Tonedeff himself. Purchase Polymer and stream it below.
It has been 20 years since BIG K.O. launched Tru Criminal Records with projects from F.T., Street Smartz, AK Skillz, and more. After the label ran its course, K.O. linked up with the late Proof (D12) and recorded five songs together. He’s since produced for Obie Trice, Busta Rhymes, and 50 Cent for the Get Rich Or Die Trying Soundtrack. Most recently, K.O. has been working with DMC (Run-DMC). DJ Eclipse and K.O. discuss the 2015 song “Hellraisers” they put together with some legendary artists such as DMC, Chuck D, MC Serch, and Terminator X. Check out the music video below.
Nolan The Ninja and DJ Soko appeared on DJ Eclipse’s show to talk about Nolan’s latest album, he[art]. With over a year in the making, Nolan describes he[art]. as being a reflection of his growth and progress from the past few years. He’s learned a lot and has been increasingly recognized by his elders that have influenced him. Producers on he[art]. include MoSS, Nick Speed, Def Dee, and more. Emcee appearances include Guilty Simpson, Red Pill, Phat Kat, Finale, and Noveliss. Purchase he[art]. at FatBeats.com.
Detroit emcee Nolan The Ninja has earned his stripes over the years as an increasingly talented recording artist. From working with some of his city’s most talented artists, to appearing on the legendary Halftime Show, Tony Touch’s Toca Tuesday show, and TheBeeShine Cypher, Nolan is picking up more steam along the way. Check out his freestyle on Rap Is Outta Control and purchase his latest album, the he[art]. vinyl LP at Fat Beats.
Constant Deviants members DJ Cutt and M.I. released their latest project Omertà and reminisced on their longevity of 16 years as a group. Omertà was released on June 28, 2016 and refers to the Mafia’s code of silence. The duo talks about how they met over a decade ago, with DJ Cutt living in Brooklyn and M.I. living in Baltimore. Purchase Omertà and stream it below.
DJ Eclipse hosted another great mix show of dope Hip Hop, this time with guests Constant Deviants (M.I. & DJ Cutt) and Bronx emcee Akbar. Constant Deviants released their latest project Omertà. Akbar has been getting some serious radio spins with his song “MC Serch” and is preparing a full project. Check out this freestyle session with Baltimore emcee M.I. (Constant Deviants) and Akbar.
Craig G reminisces about the mid-80s when he was 12 years old, recording with Marley Marl. He distinctly remembers how people were excited simply to have made records, regardless of any success. In 1989, he was signed to Atlantic Records and saw the political motives in the music industry at an early stage. Craig left the label and took a 5-year hiatus until the independent Hip Hop scene emerged in the 90s with the success of 12″ singles and boutique record companies. His latest album in 2016 is called I Rap And Go Home, produced by Big Earth of VaporWorldz. Purchase I Rap And Go Home, with features from Kool Keith, Buckshot, Ras Kass, Rockness, Jarobi (A Tribe Called Quest), and Canibus.
Craig G recorded his first single in 1985 and has just released his latest album in 2016. The title is I Rap And Go Home and it represents “the people that live a normal life”. Craig expressed his interest in working with a single producer on a project, as they can naturally hang out, barbecue, and make music together. Features include Kool Keith, Buckshot, Ras Kass, Rockness, Jarobi (A Tribe Called Quest), and Canibus. Purchase I Rap And Go Home, produced entirely by Big Earth of VaporWorldz.