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Fresh Pressed: AG Flux, A.V.I.U.S, Cannonball Soup, Sole, Planes! and more

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What is so cool about the Colorado hip-hop community is that not a week passes without some new, extremely shareworthy music being released. I mean, that in itself speaks volumes of the scene, shit, that doesn’t happen on a national level. That said, here we are, Friday again with three new music videos, a single and a one-of-a-kind SXSW recap. AG Flux & A.V.I.U.S. feat. Sharelle- “Water Under the Bridge” The video for a single off of the pair’s EP, How Cliche, was shot and directed by Paul Junior. The visuals for this slick track include an attempt at a layered narrative, but unfortunately the concept went over our heads. Cannonball Soup (Kontrast & Fo Chief) – “Bars” The razor tongued, Fresh Breath Committee spin off, Cannonball Soup have something brewing as they’ve been dropping a bunch of gems recently. The latest, “Bars,” is as clever as it is quick, luckily they include the lyrics on their soundcloud page so you don’t ...

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Fresh Pressed: Trev Rich, The ReMINDers, Pries, Jahni Denver and more

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We’re a little behind this week, but we have a ton of new(ish) music and videos that you may not have heard/seen yet, and a lot of it is really top notch. We’re not gonna dissect this batch, so you inject your own commentary. Trev Rich – “Migraines” The ReMINDers – “Africa on My Mind” Pries – “Willy Bandana” Wriky Knots featuring Cabby – “Dats Me” Jahni Denver – “Mysterious Ways” Maulskull (Black Mask) – Black Winter Volume 1 Almighty I.Z. – Hand Clapper Breaks Volume 1  

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Fresh Pressed: AG Flux, A.V.I.U.S., Qknox, Kid Hum, Wriky Knots, Dope City and More

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Phew, another big week for Colorado hip-hop, but are you surprised? We’re not. Here are some of the tracks and videos that dropped this week, and as always, please let us know what you think. AG Flux (Black Mask) & A.V.I.U.S. (Prime Element) – “How Cliché” QKnox – Outstanding Outstanding by Qknox on Mixcloud Bianca Mikahn – Nightdreams & Daymares Kid Hum – Thanks & Giving Wriky Knots featuring Lil Keke, Trap Boi & West One – “Trap Life” Produced by Dat Dude Looney. Filmed and edited by 8ight tha sk8 of Clearview Films. Dope City (Obae & Raw B) – “I’m From The Streets” Produced by VANZ. Filmed by James Drake. Directed by James Drake & Ontoneyo Valenzuela. Manifest & Devour – “Around The World” Produced by Archhightek. Filmed and edited by RpL media. Tenner – “The Way She Smoke” Directed & Edited by Colorado Myrical (Absolute Films). Ca$h B featuring Trev Rich – “Get It Inn”

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Lord of the Microphone: The Multi-faceted Emcee

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HipHopRollCall has run through DJing, breaking, and graffiti in the Mile High, highlighting our collective talent in these original pillars of hip-hop. These elements have been called the “core four,” so it’s time to round this shit out with the fourth pillar: hip-hop’s front man, the emcee. This month we’re examining components of emceeing through the eyes of various rappers within the community. They step off the stage and out of the booth to explain their experience in different aspects of the game; what’s worked for them and what hasn’t, what they love and what they can’t stand, and what they’ve learned about the craft that they’re addicted to. (Jump to the individual categories) Master of Ceremonies Writing Freestyle Image Live Shows Battle Touring Recording Message Promotion This piece was written and researched by Ru Black, Rachel Chesbrough and Nicole Cormier. Master of Ceremonies Being an emcee, means a lot of things, but where the name, and concept came from ...

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Ichiban, InkLine and Mane Rok – The Gem In I

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Three notorious and proud Geminis got together (virtually) and put together an EP that represents their (split) personalities and their diverse, individual styles, all while giving us a taste of two voices that Colorado hip-hop has been desperately missing. The Gem In I, is a 6 track EP by an “intelligently designed” match up of Ichiban, InkLine, and Mane Rok, also featuring Qwel & Kam Moye (Supastition). The way all the talent (even the features) come together on this project, from aligning verses, to the focus on duality, to the way the production gels it all, reinforces their astrological connection. The only non Gemini that touched this project was AG Flux (Black Mask), and his production on the entire album was pristine, further polishing the finished product. The Gem In I, which seems to have come together effortlessly, is an unexpected jewel to the listener, but not to Ichiban, InkLine and Mane Rok, they know exactly who they are and ...

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Fresh Pressed: Maulskull and Sp Double

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Here are two completely different tracks to spice up your Sunday. Let us know which one you’re feeling. Maulskull – “Coping Mechanism” Black Mask‘s Maulskull gets a touch emotional on this one, and says, “this song is dedicated to life and the inevitable struggle of coping with loss, failure, death and disappointment on all of our paths.” Sp Double featuring C.Ray – “Money on Me” On the other end of the scale, the upbeat production of MF Two allows Sp and C.Ray to get hype.  

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Rhyme Progression, Black Mask, Grits and Gravy and more

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On February 6, 2013 Rhyme Progression celebrated turning 21 with a headlining show at Cervantes’ Other Side. Not too shabby for a young MC from Denver.  His set was not bad considering that he was barely legal drunk. The rest of the support consisted of Grits and Gravy, Traveller’s Music, Giant Angry Bugs, Black Mask and another dude, whose name we didn’t catch. Besides being an overall good time, it was also Timothy McClanahan’s (brand new HipHopRollCall.com photographer) first night on the job. See a few of his captures below, and expect to see more of his work in future articles. The takeaway from the night was the discovery of Grits and Gravy, a unique duo. Their intriguing set involved Marcus on the mic and Neal on the tables. The latter lent a different twist, as Neal’s obvious percussion influence dominated his original take on the classic DJ backdrop. Check out their recently dropped EP, Symphony. Enjoy.  

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Colorado Hip-Hop Had the Best Year Ever

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‘Tis the season for list after list glorifying artists that were the “best” of the past year.  Rather than jumping on that bandwagon we decided to go about it a little differently. Remember the VH1 show “The Best Week Ever”?   Probably not, but regardless  2012 was a big year for many Colorado artists but there were several names that continued to pop up on marquees, in magazines or blogs and repetitively sounding off in our headphones.  Following, in no particular order are the artists that we couldn’t stop hearing about, and from the looks of it, 2012 was their best year ever. Editors Note: If you have any suggestions or people you think we missed please leave their info in the comments section.  Mid-month we will write a follow up piece, if necessary, with any we may have forgotten. The Foodchain The Foodchain is no doubt reveling in the success that 2012 brought for them.  At SXSW last March they ...

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Black Mask (by AG Flux) – Scenic Exchange

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AG Flux released his solo LP, Scenic Exchange on 12.12.12 and the bar was set pretty high by his Black Mask counterparts.  Fortunately, no one will be disappointed, this project is solid, intriguing and has a timeless appeal. Most of the beats were produced by AG and he displays quite an artistic range.  From sample heavy bangers to intricately arranged melodies each beat is different than the one before it, yet just as memorable.  The interlude, “90 Degree Seat Lean” is an instrumental masterpiece and serves as a desirable intermission, four tracks in. Immediately following is the effortlessly appealing, “Cross the Line” featuring Snak The Ripper. From beat to hook to both MCs’ bars, this track is a perfect storm, all elements coming together with precise timing. Scenic Exchange has quite a few features, including his Black Mask brethren, Aklock and Maulskull as well as cameos by Venus Cruz, Frank Castle and Scottie P. Also, Rachael K. lends her pleasant ...

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The Run Down: November 2012

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November turned out to be a pretty busy and awesome month.  We launched our first issue, which, so far, has been a great success. (thanks guys!) And a bunch of other cool stuff happened too. Let’s do a little recap, shall we? El Dia De Los Muertos / HipHopRollCall.com launch party Decision 2012 The re-birth of the battle? Hostess Closed That’s all I got for November.  What were your monthly highlights? Next month one of our other bad ass writers will give you The Run-Down.  

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