As Reks prepares to embark on a new tour across Europe (tour dates below), he also has announced his upcoming album, The Greatest X, (pronounced The Greatest Unknown) which will be released in early 2016 and will feature production from Large Professor, The Alchemist, Statik Selektah, Nottz, Apollo Brown, Black Milk, MoSS, Buckwild and Streetrunner and also feature guest appearances from R.A. The Rugged Man, Slaine, Termanology, Planet Asia, Rasco, Guilty Simpson, Akrobatik, Dutch Rebelle and others.
South Jersey’s B.A.R.S. Murre emerged onto the scene in late 2010 with the French Montana and Beanie Sigel assisted “That’s Why They Don’t Like Me” and he returned in 2011 with his Go Lay Down mixtape which featured “In The Loop” f/ Chinx Drugz. In 2012, he dropped his proper debut album, Chicken And Cake, which featured his breakout track “Porsche Cayenne” featuring Riff Raff.
It was during the making of Chicken And Cake, that B.A.R.S. formed a friendship with Dirt Nasty (AKA Simon Rex) and the duo released a collaborative project, Dead Nasty, in 2013 and later that year B.A.R.S. appeared (”Panamera 911”) on Riff Raff’s Hologram Panda album.
On 12-8-15, B.A.R.S. Murre will release his new album, Black Tanita, which features production from Evidence, Sid Roams and Dirt Nasty as well as collaborations with Kool Keith, Opio from Souls Of Mischief, Lil Fame of M.O.P., Kool G Rap, Tragedy Khadafi, Thirstin Howell III and Planet Asia among others. Today, B.A.R.S. releases one of the most anticipated tracks from the album, “The Way It Works” featuring Kool Keith.
Tracklist & Credits for B.A.R.S. MurreBlack Tanita:
1.) “Mr. Murre” (produced by Embassy) 2.) “MOI” (produced by SK AKA Norman Beats) 3.) “Humina Humina” f/ Kool G Rap (produced by SK AKA Norman Beats) 4.) “Black Tanita” (produced by SK AKA Norman Beats) 5.) “Serving Actors” (produced by Dirt Nasty) 6.) “Rapper Don” f/ Lil Fame of M.O.P. (produced by Sid Roams) 7.) “Get This Money” f/ Planet Asia & TriState (produced by Sid Roams) 8.) “No Sebastian” f/ Thirstin Howell III (produced by Sid Roams) 9.) “Newport In The Winter” (produced by Evidence) 10.) “Drug Dealer” f/ Tragedy Khadafi (produced by Sid Roams) 11.) “So Faded” f/ Opio of Souls Of Mischief (produced by Sid Roams) 12.) “The Way It Works” f/ Kool Keith (produced by Sid Roams) 13.) “Test Me” (produced by Paris Zax)
Apathy is gearing up to release a huge album entitled, The Widow's Son, which he is currently putting the finishing touches on. However, he returns today with the first leak, “Rap Is Not Pop” from his forthcoming Handshakes With Snakes project which will be released in January 2016.
Statik Selektah & KXNG Crooked have teamed up for a new collaborative project, Statik KXNG, (entirely produced by Statik Selektah) which was released on 2-12-16 via Showoff/Penalty Records.
“Dead Or In Jail”, feat. Jessica Quintero is from the forthcoming project and the track displays Crooked at his finest lyrically, touching on a myriad of societal ails and injustices over yet another butter production from Statik Selektah and Crooked does so while also paying homage to some of Hip-Hop’s greatest artists.
Thought We Had Something Going e-book/e-anthology Launch
in Conversation with
The Feminist Stokvel and #FeesMustFall Leaders Shaeera Kalla, Vuyani Pambo, Anele Nzimande and Natasha Ndlebe
Thursday, 26 November, Bean There 111 Smit Street, Braamfontein, 18:30
“This collection of writing will take you on a journey of self-examination,
self criticism and self-discovery”
- Zakes Mda, Author and Professor of Creative Writing, University Of Ohio.
“A remarkable collection of writing”
-Pumla Dineo Gqola, Professor of African Literature Wits University
Thought We Had Something Going, an e-book anthology featuring post 1994-truths by youth, launches with the first of three days of events on the 26th of November at their pop up library space at Braamfontein’s Bean There, in the heart of Johannesburg ‘s creative and student scene.
Thought We Had Something Going is a thought-stream, forthcoming documentary film and e-book derived from some of the best stories from former online magazine ThatsHowItIs.co.za or THIIS.co.za. The magazine, which ran from 2009-2014, was designed to give a voice or platform to young South Africa from various echelons to write, draw and project their thoughts and opinions of their own social realities before the time of Rhodes Must Fall or Fees Must Fall.
Thought We Had Something Going can be accessed in PDF form on November 26 from the site TWH.SG which will later act as a literary device/tool. It features works by a line-up of young writers and artists including Lebohang 'Nova' Masango, Spoek Mathambo, Sindiso Nyoni, Mack Magagane, Thenjiwe Stemela , Sibusiswe Maseko and more.
This project is devised by Tlali Taoana a pan-African strategist & the co-founder of Scurl & Cutt, a creative consultancy focused on progressing African youth agendas, Molemo Moiloa an artist and Director of Visual Arts Network of South Africa and Thando Sangqu, English student at Wits University.
“We believe that the book is a zeitgeist which contains of personal youth narratives some which were written over 2-3 years ago, presents an anthology of stories written a ahead of its time. As we've seen with the active involvement of young people this year, we do believe we are right. To kick off our three day literary occupancy our launch dialogue will be see The Feminist Stokvel in conversation with Fees Must Fall Student leaders. The point of this conversation will be a debrief of the year 2015 and ask the question what do we think we have going for the year ahead” says Sangqu
“As SA turns 21, the young have to stand their ground and map out our own legacy. But who is driving this narrative, who is telling our stories, what agenda are we rallying behind? And who is documenting it” asks Moiloa.
Says Taoana “We've conceptuliased the idea of a pop-up library as we feel that especially in a year like 2015 spaces of rethinking, creating and learning are important.“ Moila adds “We intentionally launch the book at the end of the academic year as we'd like the space to be a platform for people to reflect and debrief on what media has called 'the year of the student'.”
Thursday 26th November
08:00 Pop-up library opens for use at Bean There, Braamfontein. The library is a space with a selection of youth culture magazines and African literature.
Evening, 18:30 Official launch of ebook/eanthology at Bean There with The Feminist Stokvel in conversation with Fees Must Fall student leaders Shaeera Kalla, Vuyani Pambo, Anele Nzimande and Natasha Ndlebe. The Feminist Stokvel who will be present: Danielle Bowler ,Lebo Mashile ,Lebohang ”Nova” Masango , Kavuli-Nyali Binase , Pontsho Pilane , Milisuthando Bongela
Friday November 27th November
08:00 - Pop-up library open for - learning, thinking, creating.
15:00 - 16:30 Thought We Had Something Going will host commercials director Teboho Mahlatsi (at The Bomb Shelter) who's noted for directing youth-focused TV shows such Shuga and Yizo Yizo. Mahlatsi will be in conversation on the importance of storytelling and film, 21 years into South Africa's narrative.
Saturday November 28th November
08:00 - Pop-up library open for - learning, thinking, creating.
10:00 - 12:00 - Tlali Taoana, Thando Sangqu and guests on the art of defiance.
Thando Sangu and Tlali Taoana will be in conversation on Thought We Had Something Going and the role of defiance.
Statik Selektah “Beautiful Life” music video featuring Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$, which is taken from Statik Selektah’s Lucky 7 album out now on Showoff/Duckdown. A Slick Jackson Film (@_slickjackson), the video was shot at the Fresh Island Festival in Croatia (http://www.fresh-island.org) with the help of @PhatPhillie.
This is the last video, “Figure More,” f/ Illa Ghee that Sean recorded before he tragically passed away at the age of 43.“Figure More” is taken from Sean Price’s Songs In The Key Of Price mixtape which is available now
Providence, Rhode Island rapper Don Diz a.k.a. King Diz presents "Aliens", his newest single from T.G.I.F.U. 2, his forthcoming album featuring Snacks Giggity, Pab, Desiree and Droi. "Aliens" is produced by Connecticut producer Ty Nitty, who produced "Keep Up" for Lloyd Banks (listen). Diz's previous releases include 2013's New Diz City (listen). "'Aliens' is song that i wrote a while back that I wanted to put out but was waiting for the right time," Diz says of the new single. "The song basically describes the alienation of the oppressed people and I am their voice. I wanted to show the world how we have been forgotten but we are still here standing strong. A couple of events happened where I felt obligated to speak on how I felt about them on this record especially, in the inner cities."
Gate Khahlela Entertainment is back with a bang. They have just released a banger of a track that has received massively positive feedback (especially from the ladies). Pava ropes in his trusted allies in arms for a track that's sure to remain on your playlists as you keep warm this winter... DOWNLOAD
Personally, I just think rap music is the best thing out there, period. If you look at my deck in my car radio, you're always going to find a hip-hop tape; that's all I buy, that's all I live, that's all I listen to, that's all I love.