Shad Posts New Music Video

Below is the latest music video from underground hip-hop artist Shad with his song “Rose Garden”. The video is sweet, and if you are into Kayne West and Common, you should check this dude out! ENJOY!!

Deepspace5 Announce New Album/Release Music Video

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The underground hip-hop supergroup known as Deepspace5 (members include: manCHILD and Dust of Mars Ill fame, Playdough, Sev Statik, Beat Rabbi, Freddie Bruno, Sivion, sintax.the.terrific, Manwell?, and Listener) announced recently that they would be releasing a new album, The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be through Mega Royal Records, April 27th, 2010. They also made the first single off that album “From The Outside” into a really cool music video, which you can see below. ENJOY!!

Free MP3 Album Download: Sev Statik-Silver LP

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Today’s free download is from the mighty Sev Statik. For those that don’t know Sev 1) you have been missing out and 2) he is one the key members of the underground hip-hop super-crew known as The Tunnelrats. Those familiar with Tunnelrats will know what to expect from Sev Statik; the dude is total underground hip-hop. His rhymes are complex and introspective, the beats are intricate and kind of grimy. There is alot of focus here on ministry, samples, and artistic hip-hop. Everything you could need…

The Silver LP is one of Sev Statik‘s first solo ventures, and last week he announced that not would most of his library be on a massive discount, but that this little gem would be for free. If you are into down-to-earth hip-hop with alot of heart and message, then you should download this album right NOW!

For fans of: Cas Metah, LMNO, Atmosphere, Brother Ali

the link below will take you to Sev Statik‘s bandcamp page. Hit that DOWNLOAD ALBUM link at the top of the page, and fill out what ever info they ask for, and you will receive a link to down the album in your email shortly after…

Download Sev Statik-Silver LP

LMNO Posts New Music Video

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Below is the latest music video from underground hip-hop artist LMNO for his track “Working”. The track comes from LMNO‘s latest release, Push That Work, which he says is only one of ten albums he plans to release this year. We will keep you posted on that, keep up the good work LMNO, and ENJOY!!

Sev Statik Posts New Music Video

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Below is the latest music video from Deepspace5 member Sev Statik with his DJ Dust colaboration called “Back To Dust”. The video is a really well shot, artfully directed video featuring Sev Statik’s unique and talented lyrical style. If you are into underground hip-hop, you will love this. Enjoy!

Dirt Interview Posted

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Sphere Of Hip-Hop has once again tapped the Shadow Of The Locust crew, and this time they snagged an interview with legendary underground hip-hop artist Dirt (you may remember him from our first season on Voices of The Underground). In the interview they cover what it is like to have a hip-hop “career”, the hip-hop scene in California, and the what the future holds for Shadow of The Locust. Great interview, go check it out…

Read Dirt interview

LMNO Posts New Music Video

Underground hip-hop artist LMNO has posted his new music video for the track “Fashion Show” ( with Yann Kesz, and JFK of Grayskul). The track comes off of LMNO‘s collaboration with Yann Kesz called Devilish Dandruff With Holy Shampoo. This is what underground hip-hop is all about, wicked beats, progressive rhyme structures, and in your face lyrics. Enjoy!

Free Download:Michael Manesseh-Rocketship Down

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So I have been kind of waiting to tell you guys about this dude for a while. Micheal Mannasseh is the awesome underground hip-hop artist who has been making real quality stuff in the scene for quite some time now. Unlike most hip-hop guys you listen to, Micheal Mannasseh not only emcees, he also makes all of his own beats ( he is also a graphic artist, the art above was made by him). The cool thing about this is that you know that when you hear his songs, it is going to be exactly the way he wants you to hear it.

Rocketship Down is his latest, and it is a concept instrumental album that is more downbeat electronica than underground hip-hop. Each tarck is the soundtrack to a scene in a sci-fi story dreamed up by Mannasseh himself.

It is perfect music for darkrooms and headphones. I have been listening to the tracks for a day or so, and Rocketship Down has been getting steady four stars from song one for me (I rate everything in my iTunes….I have a lot of music, I gotta make sure I listen to all of it).

For fans of: Soporus, Deastro, Apex Twin, (morse)

Download Michael Manesseh-Rocketship Down

Christian Artists To Know: RedCloud

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Genre: Hip-Hop
Sub-genres: West Coast, Underground Hip-Hop, Freestyle
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Syntax Records
Myspace: www.myspace.com/redcloud
Christian label: Yes
Category: The Message whats this?

No one can say that they have a niche’ like LA resident , RedCloud. He is part Mexican, part Native American, grew up on the hard streets of LA, and now he spends a lot of time on reservations all over the US. He is an undoubtedly talented emcee, having released four albums in the last eight years, along with being featured on countless others and also holding a few awards for his freestyling abilities.  His music is a mixture of unbridled truth, slapstick comedy, and head spinning word smyths. He holds a black belt in Chinese Kempo. Oh yeah, did I mention he is an ex-gang member who is totally in love with the Lord?

It can truly be said that RedCloud is in a realm all to himself. Since 2001, he has been fascinating audiences with his strange brand of gospel gangsta rap. Taking elements from the diverse world around him, RedCloud has been unapologetic about the type of music he creates or his faith since day one. His lyrics are intricate, weaving words together like a fine tapestry. His voice bobbles in and out of the beat as his major lyrical point never loses focus, and hits you straight in the face every time. Armed with his long time buddy DJ Wise, RedCloud has created a library of intense and diverse tracks that continue to impress new fans every time.

Even in the world of Christian hip-hop, RedCloud is very unique. While the majority of his songs deal with issues of the heart and faith, there are an equal amount of tracks that deal with other aspects of his life; such as his martial arts background, and his love for a hot sauce named Tapatio.  There are many times in his music where you are not sure if you should be listening closely or laughing.  Some of his other songs on the other hand are deeply intense, dealing with issues like the passing of his father to heroin, his salvation from the gang life he had known since a young boy, or the prejudices that come with his blended ethnicity.

Whatever the subject matter, RedCloud delivers with intense precision and skill. Often times he gets compared to Eminem for his vocal delivery, but Slim will never be able to touch this LA local on core subject matter and delivery.

For most people that have been listening to RedCloud from the beginning, they would say that the title track from RedCloud‘s independent CD Is This Thing On? was a highlight.  This comedic ode to being an underground Christian emcee has a little country twist to it that made it a standout track on the CD. Pay special attention to the second verse where RedCloud outlines what he would do to the devil if he ever met him face to face.

Of course we had to post the video of his collaboration with long time friend Pigeon John about their mutual affection for the hot sauce Tapatio.

Man I love me some RedCloud. This dude is one of a kind, a great guy for God and a killer emcee.  When I am writing these Artists You Should Know posts, I try not to just write a history lesson, but if you get a chance go find this guy’s testimony.  It is a true story of God taking the worst of the worst and doing some amazing stuff.  These posts that we do are our effort to express to you the diverse body of talented and unique artists that make up the Christian music landscape.  RedCloud is one of those artists; truly original, and truly sold out for God.

You can find Redcloud’s music digitally on RedCloud

You can also get his CDs on Amazon: Is This Thing On?(2001), Traveling Circus(2003), Hawthorne’s Most Wanted(2007)