Rakim Allah – Holy Are You(New Single)

The LONG awaited first single off Ra’s LONG overdue LP, The Seventh Seal.

Holy Are You Download Link.
Alternative Link.

The album is being released on Rakim’s Ra Records label in a joint venture with Tuscan Villa Entertainment, headed by industry veterans Ron Kyle and Lennie Petze. In turn, Tuscan Villa is entered in a joint venture pact with SMC Recordings whose principals are Ralph Tashjian and Will Bronson. Handling distribution for Rakim’s album is Fontana/Universal Music Group. The rapper is managed by Matthew Kemp.

The rapper signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label in 2001. Featured on the 2002 top 10 R&B single “Addictive” by Aftermath labelmate Truth Hurts, Rakim later parted ways with Dre and Aftermath and his album was never released. Rakim – best known as one-half of the rap duo Eric B. & Rakim – has not released a new studio album save for 2008’s mostly live set, “The Archive: Live, Lost & Found,” which included four previously unreleased songs.

The rapper tells us the new album is fueled by consciousness and spirituality, something maybe Dr. Dre wasn’t fully about musically.

Stay Classy,

Peace to the Gods and Earths,

Black Ty

Art of Fresh

Art of Fresh is on a mission to bring butterfat boom-bap to the funk nation.

The duo is comprised of Guinness World Record setting rapper D.O., and Juno award winning producer Slakah is the Beatchild. Both artists bring their vocal talents to the group, while Slakah the Beatchild also focuses on providing the beats and production elements.

In 2008, the duo completed a 25-date national tour opening up for Sweatshop Union to mark the release of their debut album Back to the Earth (Northstarr / Nova Music Group / Universal). The album earned a 4 star review in Eye Weekly, charted as high as #2 on the national college charts, and the group made URB’s Next 1000 list. They also performed on MTV Live and had Myspace and Youtube features.

In addition to being a group, Slakah the Beatchild and D.O. are
also solo artists.

An accomplished emcee, D.O. he set a Guinness World Record by freestyle rapping over 8 hours and 45 minutes. In 2007, he released his debut album The Northstarr featuring the hits “Young Brother” and “Defy the Odds.”

Peep his new video:

Slakah the Beatchild is a Juno award-winning producer contributing to Divine Brown’s 2008 “Love Chronicles.” He’s been featured as producer on Juno nominated recordings from Shad and Ebrahim. Signed to BBE (Wil.i.am , DJ Jazzy Jeff), his debut album Soul Movement has been met with critical acclaim worldwide.

Peep one of his videos from that critically acclaimed album:

These two prove that Canadian talent is and can be very genuine. Keep up the good work guys. Their new album, entitled “Back to Earth” features appearances by King Reign, Tona, and JD Era.

Here’s a sample of that very song for you.

Art of Fresh – Get Money feat. Tona and JD Era

As a whole the album sounds kinda like lounge music to me; and I love to lounge. You could easily put this album on when you’re at a summer backyard BBQ, or just having friends over your loft apartment for apps and drinks recommended by Bella (ICU!).

lmao @ the NYC INTERLUDE

For more on Art of Fresh and a list of their tour dates: www.myspace.com/artoffresh

This Week @ The Movies: Public Enemies

This movie has such an all star cast that it is hard to believe.

I guess when other actors heard the immortal Johnny Depp and the caped crusading Christain Bale were the two leads, they rushed to be a part of this.

I spent most of my time watching this amazed at all the familiar faces rather than being intrigued by the story of John Dillinger.

The cast includes appearances by…pay attention to what movie/show I site them in, because those are their best.

Peter Gerety (The Wire)
Domenick Lombardozzi (The Wire)
Leelee Sobieski (88 Minutes)
David Wenham (Lord of The Rings)
Stephen Dorff (Felon)
Channing Tatum (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints)
Shawn Hatosy (Alpha Dog)
Giovanni Ribisi (Boiler Room)
Billy Crudup (Almost Famous)
Rory Cochrane (24)

I could go on…

The music was great, featuring more than one cut from Jazz Blues Songstress Billie Holiday. In the scenes when such classics are playing, you are treated to the most sincere moments of truth about the american outlaw, the law dog, and their mutual crises of conscience regarding the cost of the war the waged; namely human lives.

That may be the only good thing I have to say about this film.

Oh no wait, Dillinger’s love interest in the film, Marion Cotillard, who I remember from her role in A Good Year, was still very french and very hot. Je t’adore.

Other than that, the movie is painfully slow, far too long with a running time of 1 million hours, predictable, and then there’s the way it was shot.

In the trailers, this unique camera picture looked refreshingly real on the big screen. When it came to watching the movie it was still cool, save for in the action scenes when it felt like I was watching Cloverfield again or playing a first person shooter video game like Call of Duty or Halo.

It was a huge let down story wise, not that I was looking for anything terribly unique in the gangster genre. And I know this was based on real life events and people, but throw me a frickin bone will ya? Pause.

I guess the only treats are the music, the wardrobe (a simpler time when men always wore suits and fedoras and women always had on their sunday best dresses), and of course l’amour de ma vie, Marion Cotillard.

2/5 Bo-Ty’s because it have been so much better with just a few more weeks of editing.

Drake – Best I Ever Had video


Directed by Kanye West

Appearances by Consequence, Young Money, Fabolous, Trey Songz…

Lotta people are up in arms about the quality of the video Kanye directed for Drake.

I just took the video for what it was. TNA. And I thought Drake was hilarious in the cut scenes.
“Take that D! Like the Champions you are.”

I also think the fact that Drake’s team lost speaks volumes to exactly what most people are upset about.

Black Ty Approved