To commemorate his 29th birthday yesterday, Jermaine Cole hit the guests at his Madison Square Garden show with a surprise. Each seat in the iconic venue had a handwritten message on it stating Cole’s imprint label Dreamville Records had signed a deal with Interscope. Along with the message was a hard copy of the labels first compilation project Revenge of the Dreamers. To cap the night, the New York crowd was treated to guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z.
The young emcee from Toronto, Canada is just beginning to make a name for himself. At just 18 years of age, Jahkoy Palmer has worked with the likes of Nipsey Hussle, Jim Jones and producers Statik Selektah and Tha Bizness, as well as opening for Juicy J in Toronto. It’s hard to put a finger on his sound or style, but if I had to draw a comparison; he’s a combination of The Weeknd, PartyNextDoor, Gilbere Forté with a little Dom Kennedy.
December is a month in which you either entrap yourself completely with the glitter, glamour and gifts, or it’s a month in which you leave your subconscious constantly wondering about what the new year will bring. Regardless, it’s a busy time for everyone, and the days feel incredibly short. Apologies go out to my avid reads for avoiding the blogosphere this month. Just because I wasn’t writing about it, doesn’t mean my ears weren’t constantly listening. I am compiling a MegaMix of the music that’s been coming through my speakers this month, and it shall drop December 30th (Monday of course). Also, as per the end of 2013, I am creating a list of my Top 25 Albums of this year, so stay tuned for that as well. For now, it dawned on me that quite a few artists gave away free projects this month, so here are 5 that I have been in heavy rotation. Enjoy
Price Tag and Oktane, aka Audio Push have let go of their latest project for FREE. When I heard “Space Jam” with Lil Wayne, I was impressed, then “Shine,” reassured me these cats were a long way from Jerkin’, and with the recent release of “Theme Song” with T.I., this album became top priority. The work Hit-Boy has done with HS87 is incredibly impressive, taking two guys on the verge of being YouTube sensations, and helped them become something substantial. Regardless of how they got to this point, I think Come As You Are will solidify them within the Hip Hop community, so look out for them on upcoming feature lists.
Gilbere Forté was born in Michigan, moved to Chicago and ended up in Philadelphia. The common denominator in each of these places; Hip Hop.
Forté has slowly but surely made a name for himself in the industry. After being signed to a dead-end record deal, he worked his way out of it with determination. He had a stint in Paris along side DJ Bob Sinclar on tour and in the studio. Since returned, Gilbere intends to release a independent short-film called PRAY, and this mixtape serves as the soundtrack. Most of the production was handled by right-hand man Raak, and only a few features, two of which come from Active Child (aka Pat Grossi).
Hit-Boy has been on a steady uphill climb since the production of Jay and Ye’s “Ni**as In Paris,” and he’s not slowing down. Hollis is just one of the pieces to a formidable puzzle called HS87, to find out about the group, head HERE. Hit the jump to download their debut compilation project All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of.
G.O.O.D. Music rapper Pusha T has finally released his long awaited Wrath of Caine mixtape. It features MMG’s Rick Ross and Wale, French Montana and a couple others. The production list is impressive with beats from Harry Fraud, Young Chop, The Neptunes, Kanye West and others.