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Happy #TBT & Thanksgiving! The New Orleans native Los Angeles living rap artist Kara Juélz debuts her first video from her 1990’s Female Edition #TBTMixtape. Kara raps on Erykah Badu’s classic hit “On & On” discussing an inevitable day in the life of an everyday female who grants a guy “the goods” way too soon. Watch as the video entertains to illustrate the plot of the song and leaves the viewer anticipating more at the end!
After months of releases from MdotforMayor and his modelssuckproject campaign, he’s finally set to release his 1st album ModelsSuck. The entire project was produced by @MdotforMayor , who also appears on multiple tracks as an artist. Violin, drums, guitar, bass guitar, and piano, are some of the instruments and live elements fans can expect to hear on the ModelsSuck album. Features from the album include, Add-2, Raven Sorvino, Pac Div, Thurz, El Prez, Yonas Michael, Asia Shabazz, Lou Stylez, G-Scott, and Roe. The entire project was Produced by AtkboyEnt and mixed by mix engineer Jhair Lazo, via the Penthouse Recording Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Artwork by Lucas Castro.
Exclusive artist interviews, behind the scenes footage, studio sessions, etc., can all be viewed @ modelssuckproject.com.
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Los Angeles, CA—October 24, 2013— The New Orleans native Los Angeles living rap artistKara Juélzintroduces the first edition of her “pay homage” #TBTMixtape Series: 1990’s Female Edition. The tape carries a 90s feel with Kara’s smooth rhyme patterns and industry tracks all done by females of the hip-hop, rap, r&b, and pop genres. This feel good mixtape discusses female strengthening topics as well as real life obstacles females face. Lookout for a video for “On & On Remix” COMING
PAPOOSE x JUSTIN TYME x SAVANT AKA STANSTRO x KOOL G RAP
In preparation for the 2nd installment of DJ Jesaya and Flaming Monkey’s “Operation Hope” compilation and his own “Initial Entry” mixtape, recently minted Los Angeles (by way of Chicago) emcee, Savant aka Stanstro unites with hip hop legend Kool G Rap, NY rap staple Papoose and Flaming Monkey flagship Swiss barsmith Justin Tyme over an orotund J.Cardim sonic backdrop.
MdotforMayor and El Prez definitely rep LA on “Missions”, the latest release from his ModelsSuckProject campaign. @elprezdeLA checks in for the hip hop heads of the left-coast, while Mdot delivers what seems to be his best verse to date. LA may be known for palm trees and sunshine, but there are also plenty of hardworking people that hit the pavement everyday and who’s only Hollywood experience is seeing the sign from a highway. ( The hollywood sign is visible from south central, east L.A. Compton, Watts, etc). Produced by @MdotforMayor and mix courtesy of Jhair Lazo, via the Penthouse Recording Studio. Exclusive artist interviews, behind the scenes footage, studio sessions, etc. can all be viewed @ modelssuckproject.com.
MdotforMayor keeps it in LA with his latest feature, connecting with Mr. hardwork himself, Thurz. The beautiful Asia Shabazz serenades us on “Give It To You“, which is definitely inspired by the 90’s, and the feel good vibe, music from that time period carried. Enjoy the last few months of summer, with the latest single off the ModelsSuck album. Production courtesy of @MdotforMayor and mixed by Jhair Lazo at Penthouse Recording Studio. Exclusive artist interviews, behind the scenes footage, studio sessions, etc. can all be viewed @ themodelssuckproject.com.
2. CHURCH GIRLS
3. NEW DAY ft LUCK ONE
4. FAMILY AFFAIR ft Grynch & Spac3man
6. TAKE YOUR TIME (additional trumpet by Farnell Newton)
7. WHAT UP
8. ABOUT YOU (additional cello by Chloe Victoria Cerva) x BIRTHDAY SONG 9. GOOD RIDDANCE ft Co$$ (additional bass by DJ Flip Flop)
All songs written, recorded, and produced by TOPE for itsTOPE (ASCAP)
Mixed and Mastered by DJ Flip Flop for Studio 22 (Los Angeles, CA)
All cuts by DJ Celsius
Photos by Mike Grippi
Artwork by Noah Porter
“At age 27, Portland MC Tope has become an old hand in the Portland, Or hip-hop scene. His career stretches back almost a decade, but this year, he seems to be hitting his stride. His new EP, Trouble Man, is a heartfelt snapshot of where he’s at now, musically and emotionally.
Lyrically, the record is steeped in nostalgia. Tope has always been somewhat of a romantic, crafting love songs that walk the line between sincerity and smooth talk. He spits pick-up lines at girls in coffee shops on “Church Girls” and bickers with his girlfriend for smoking his weed on “Stuck.” Elsewhere, he takes a more serious tone, addressing the death of his grandfather and mother as well as his rocky relationship with his father on “About You” and “Birthday Song,” respectively. His personal insights are brief and to the point, but they’re refreshing on an album that is mostly devoted to life’s good times. But the most captivating aspect of Trouble Man is the production. Tope really has come into his own as a beatmaker, chopping samples so they coo and hum at just the right moments. “Start” blends chopped guitar lines, sped-up vocals and splashy drums to create a breezy tune built for the sound system of a vintage car. He gets smoother on “Take Your Time,” which samples Erykah Badu and features live instrumentation from trumpeter Farnell Newton. He even wanders into pop territory, turning Cheryl Lynn’s “Got to Be Real” into a party jam on “Family Affair.” Trouble Man is a display of Tope’s versatility, not just behind the mic, but behind the boards as well.”