mister – What I Do

Posted: August 27, 2010 by nosebleed1 in good music
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Here’s a new artist for you hip-hop fanatics out there: a white guy from Michigan. mister is an upcomer currently making some seriously jazzy/funk/soul inspired songs leaving listeners impressed. As an emcee, mister is smooth and wonderfully classic – a welcomed step up from the frat lyricism of today. But don’t take my word for it, down below check out his new song “What I Do” off his latest work “You Can Call Me Mister.” For more on mister, check out his Bandcamp page here.

mister – What I Do

Intuition – Dear John

Posted: August 27, 2010 by nosebleed1 in good music

This new Intuition joint is off the recently released compilation “Summer Sampler” presented by Potholes in My Blog and Prefix. I haven’t had the chance to sift through each track off the mixtape, but upon first listen, I’ve deemed it worthy of your ears. Down below, find Intuition’s “Dear John” a cool, laid back track with an addictive, relaxed beat and Intuition’s always smooth vocals overtop. For those that don’t know, Intuition is an Alaska-born, Cali-tamed rhymer that continues to rock an old-school flow in his music. According to his own bio: “Intuition is many things: a lover, a hater, a friend, an asshole, a flirt, a loner, a sibling, a son…but most of all Intuition is a rapper. You should be his listener.” I agree, and as for Dear John, I’m loving the vibe – very summer chill so I suggest you download the track below and check out the entire compilation album here. More from Intuition at his Bandcamp page.

Intuition – Dear John

OnCue – Let Loose

Posted: August 27, 2010 by nosebleed2 in good video
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Here at The Nosebleed Section we CANNOT WAIT for the full-length release of OnCue’s Cuey Sings The Blues which drops September 7th. In our opinion, OnCue has earned his spot as one of the best emerging MC’s in the game, thanks to a combination of great samples and witty lyrics. We’ve featured him three times before – first for “Crashing Down” and “Friends,” next for “Inhale Exhale (VKNG Remix), then for “Breathe Me.” Today, we add another killer track to the list – “Let Loose.” Featuring a sample of Feist’s “One, Two, Three, Four,” Cuey teams up with Nickelus F and Theo Martins for a masterful collaboration. Cuey kills his verse which is highlighted by his combination of confidence and humour – lyrics include  “never been cocky but i still know i’m the shit though” and the funny line “don’t bring your girlfriend around me homie I might motorboat her.” It’s Cuey letting loose, and it’s fun to listen to – we couldn’t enjoy it more. Check it out/download below! Spread the word – and remember, you heard it hear first.

iSH is a rapper we’ve been following since his May release of mixtape “The Name is iSH” (If you missed it, click here). Well now iSH is taking the success of that first release to fuel his upcoming album entitled “The First Impression” and down below you can find the video for the album’s first single – Priceless. It’s a new look for iSH, a mostly pop song sounding like something off the radio in summer – but skip to the 2:17 mark and you’ll find the same hard rhymer  as featured on “The Name is iSH.” This upcomer is electrifying and you gotta love his smile – wait, is this kid actually having fun WHILE creating a career in the music business? The video is fitting for such a feel good track, filmed in the Cayman Islands and directed by Grandson & Son.

First off, we just want to apologize for our lack of musical deliveries lately. As school is headed back into session, the boys of the NBS are currently roughing it up in preseason, so bear with us for the next week or so. Now that that’s out of the way, how bout some music? We featured upcomer The Illz back in mid-July with his release of Amnesia, Forget it All as well as his wonderfully calming/chilling video Dreams of Life & Beth. Now The Illz is back with the complete release of his video/mixtape “In Between Video Series.” The music is very smooth, yet thick – filled with passionate tales, which are envisioned by his incredible video releases. With the music and videos morphing together, we get to see The Illz turn hip-hop into a comprehensive medium of artistic expression. Check out the entire mixtape on his Bandcamp page for easy and free download. Down below I’ve included one of my favorite tracks/videos from the compilation, “Ode to New York.”

Fans, friends, followers – we have awaited this day eagerly for the past few months, a Nosebleed Section feature of a group that a is about to take the music world by storm and the single that will allow them to do so. Without further ado, meet The Five One, a band out of the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) whose members RED, BLUE, GREEN, and GOLD “have simplified themselves from the complexities of societal identity by becoming colors.” The concept behind the band is truly unique, and past releases have demonstrated not only their tremendous musical talents and sounds, but also managed to present the creativity and philosophy behind the group. Their single featured below titled “Mandatory” is no different – here at The NBS it already ranks among our all time favorite songs – as we’ve been lucky enough to get to know the group over the past few months and had previewed the song before the finalized version was released just this afternoon. The song is refreshing and heartfelt, and highlights the abilities of each band member well. Both of us also saw The Five One perform live when they visited our college, and with RED playing guitar, BLUE on the drums, GREEN on keys, and GOLD on bass – the group not only captivated every audience member present during their energetic set, but also were genuinely friendly and left a positive, long-lasting impression on all who met them. We’ve stayed in touch with the group, and luckily got to ask GOLD a few questions today about the group, the single, and the future. Hit play+download on the song below and be sure check out the interview below:

The Five One – Mandatory

The Nosebleed Section: To our followers not as familiar with the group, could you briefly explain how The Five One first came together and the background behind becoming colors?

GOLD: We started out in 2006, just writing and recording in the Little Room.  We all individually would lend verses, or instrumental parts to the song, providing, which helped us achieve a great comfort zone studio recording-wise.  Over time, we finished an album called, The Virginia Complex, our first.  We spent a ton of time recording it, because it was pretty much the creation of our band’s style and sound.  That album is pretty much a young version of what you are about to hear from our new release, RED BLUE GREEN GOLD, coming out in 2011.  Over time, two more albums were released, The RED Complex and The GREEN Complex.  In that time, the colors were established.  RED was notorious for always being latched on to RED things.  What truly sparked the COLOR theme is when he started complimenting us on wearing RED.  As a retaliation, our reaction was that we weren’t RED, and we became our own.  BLUE became BLUE, and GREEN became GREEN, and I was the last COLOR, becoming GOLD.  If you look at our COLORpillar logo you’ll notice the order that we always try to maintain, even in pictures.  It starts with the originator, RED, and works it’s way to BLUE, GREEN, and GOLD.  This is exactly why the title of our upcoming album was a no-brainer, it’s the first album you’re getting where RED BLUE GREEN GOLD have come together in COLOR.  Just a side note, all our friends know that we always capitalize our individual COLORS and even the word, COLOR.  Thought I should put that out there to eliminate any curiosity!

The Nosebleed Section: In terms of The Five One and your musical journey thus far what does the track we feature today, “Mandatory” represent?

GOLD: Mandatory means the world to me.  We wrote it together, particularly that second verse.  It’s an anthem to let our family and friends know that they are the reason we are where we are, and who we are.  I’m glad that it’s our first single, because of the message.  As GREEN says in the hook, “All the others never listen, repetitions mandatory.”  We constantly have to repeat ourselves to people that simply don’t understand us, or refuse to believe us or believe IN us.  Without the support of the people that understand us better than ourselves, who knows where we’d be.  We have a ton of friends that we like to call our secondary COLORS.  Basically, we call them secondary because they haven’t embraced Revalulion ( [rev-uh-loo-lee-n], the action of personifying oneself as a color, a philosophical term coined by The Five One) to the point that it’s on them at all times, but they are true to their COLOR to the point that they want to be called by their COLOR.  It’s a beautiful thing, COLORs are easier to remember than names.  We light up when someone introduces themselves to us as a COLOR, remember that!

The Nosebleed Section: What does the immediate future hold in store for The Five One?

GOLD:  Colossal things.  We aren’t only about our COLORs, we are also characters such as MONSTERS, MUTANTS, VAMPIRES.. we have seasons SUMMER WINTER SPRING FALL, we have BEATLES GEORGE RINGO PAUL JOHN, we have numbers that we obsess with such as 12:34.  We never stop.  We are about innovation and creativity, and keeping the mind stimulated with embracing that everything is art.  When your heart is in the right place and you have your eyes on the prize, everything will fall into place.  Ultimately, all we’ve got is NOW, we’ll worry about the future when the future becomes NOW.  Cheers guys!
More on The Five One:

Remember Beyond Belief? The first time we were lucky enough to feature him on the NBS the Rockaway native demonstrated his wordplay dexterity over a simple, repetitive beat; now, he is back, but this time he has taken his hip-hop talents and combined them with production and rappers that only further compliment his talent. The single below utilizes the ever-catchy Stevie Wonder song “Sir Duke,” as the inspiration for the beat,and features two other rhymesayers helping Beyond Belief out, Kwame and Skillz. Kwame, the established producer/emcee behind the indie-label “Make Noise” which Beyond Belief is signed to, adds a confident and experienced verse, only to be followed by Skillz, another savvy hip-hop veteran who completes the song with a stylish swagger. In my mind however, it is Beyond Belief whose verse steals the show from both Kwame & Skillz, only further evidence of how much potential he has. Bottom line, this just-released track “All Over” only makes me even more excited for his upcoming mixtape Beyond Your Reach dropping August 26th on DJBooth.net – Other rappers, whatcha want now? It’s all over, Beyond Belief is already beyond your reach.

Outasight – Never Say Never (Mixtape)

Posted: August 18, 2010 by nosebleed1 in good music
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Wow, Outasight is back everyone! This NYC singer/rhymer hit the scene with serious force upon the release of “Radio New York” with such hits as Another L@te Night, and Love or Confusion?, but has slightly fell off with his recent mixtapes…until now. Never Say Never, released today, is full off non-stop groovin’, hip-hop tracks that form a comprehensive fusion of all things funk, rap and in between. Outasight, himself, sings sweet chorus lines and lays down solid lyricism, and as if that wasn’t enough “Never Say Never” features two crazy upcomers Freddie Gibbs and XV. Outasight is back and I hope he’s here to stay, as a musical gateway between the guitar slinging popstars and the mic ridden emcess. On top of all that, Outasight has uploaded this masterpiece in its entirety at soundcloud, so why choose a track? just stream + download the whole thing below.

Now don’t be too quick to write off these guys just by their looks. Sure they’re young, and god knows they look like a bunch of misfits, but the beautiful thing about hip-hop is that it can come from anywhere. Basically, here’s what you should know: this is an eight piece band composed of two “lead rappers,” a singer, bassist, drummer, two guitarists and oh yea, a madman on the keyboards. The two rhymers, LED and Triple J, began it all with an impressive performance on stage at the Apollo Theatre. After redesigning themselves and becoming a truly dynamic live experience, now it’s time for The Band Eclypse to really take off. Down below are a couple of my favorites from the group, but be sure to look deeper.

The 16th Seed (LED + Triple J of The Band Eclypse) – All In

The Band Eclypse – Wanting More

Check out “Step Correctly,” the new track from Army of the Pharaohs veteran Celph Titled.  Consistent with the often angry, violent and volatile music of the Pharaohs, Celph Titled backs down to absolutely nothing on this track. While a bunch of the music here at the NBS consists sampled beats, pop/college party hip-hop, no one can ignore this side of the versatile genre; you know, where it’s like steroid-ridden emcees use rhyming as their own personally woo-sah. Either way, this track is sure to get your blood pumping. A little bit about Celph Titled: he’s latin, born in Tampa, now a NYCer, and he’s soon to release “Nineteen Ninety Now” a new mixtape due out October 26. This upcoming album is full of unused beats from producer Buckwild back from the early ’90s, which is sure to give it a more simplistic, retro feel. Listen + Download below.

Celph Titled – Step Correctly