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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: Kontrast, Soul Pros, GirlGrabbers Beats, Jiggy Thompson, and Mr. Deuces

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Today? It’s all variation and quality. What more could you ask for? Happy Fresh Pressed Friday, kids! Kontrast – “Somewhereinamerica” In advance of his upcoming project with Fo Chief, Kontrast jumps on Jay-Z’s “Somewhereinamerica” in what he calls a “lyrical exercise.” ‘Trast mirrors Jay’s linguistics and cadence while flipping and aligning the content to reflect his take on the racial thematics that made the original song so powerful. You’ll want to bring up the lyrics for both and listen to this a few times. Even then, be careful it doesn’t fly over your head. The Soul Pros – “$OUL’D OUT” Pavlo Kee, Mike Wird, and DJ A-L dropped this music video for the title track off their upcoming album. If you like this textural sound that layers old school boom bap with filtered strings (which…you should), you can check them out opening for De La Soul tonight at Cervantes (which…you also should). We’ll see you there! GirlGrabbers Beats – “The Moment ...

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Sadat X, El Da Sensei, Qwel & Maker, and more at Cervantes’ Other Side

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I mean, who wants to go to a show on a Monday night ever, much less the Monday night after the Broncos succumbed to one of the nastiest losses of their season, Superbowl XLVIII. Well, in this case, the Monday night show turned out to be just the kind of medicine that everyone in attendance desperately needed. The line-up was largely Colorado names, mixed with dash of old and new school national. The sound at Cervantes’ Other Side has become a favorite in town, which, when combined with the green leniency, new patio, and removal of the fucking death stair by the bar, boosts this venue to the top of the list of best places to catch a hip-hop show in Denver. The crowd was thin, as expected, at the Other Side, but the show started with a clean set by ODX. These three well-versed emcees (Lukeskyy, Ceejay Franchize and Leezy) were backed by the increasingly skilled Mikey Fresh on ...

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Video: 2MX2 ft. MC Big House & Kontrast – “Let It Grow”

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The visual accompaniment of a music video is so vital to hip-hop, even more so in today’s technological world. These pictures or moving images do the job of either complementing or creating a feeling that the song may or may not create on its own. That’s why videos matter, and why good videos can create new fans. Vince Lance, since his departure from both Colorado and his duo Emergency Room has remained hard at work. His latest video is chock full of the developed story-lines, dark angles and expert filming that he has become known for. In this case, the collaboration with Kontrast and MC Big House on this nasty track, “Let It Grow”  aligns with 2MX2’s thoughtful yet sometimes uncomfortable ideals, all over a familiarly bass-heavy DMD beat. Now, as an awesomely adorable and humorous accompaniment to the video, check out the commercial for Antiliv. Shouts to DJ Rsquared on this one. Featured photo by Gary Kennebrew who also assisted ...

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An Insane Weekend of Hip-Hop

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This weekend (and before and after) Colorado has an insane amount of live hip-hop going on.  With one, two and sometimes three shows per night there are options, many options to get out and about. So, should you brave the impending cold here are some of the things you could, and should be doing. THURSDAY Snowdown 2014 (Juicy J and more) It’s SIA week, or Snowsports Industries America convention for the noobs. And each year there is an epic winter party to commemorate the week called Snowdown. This year the event is presented by The Collective 360 & Frosted Leaf at the Fillmore. In an interesting match up of styles you can witness, Juicy J, RL Grime, SALVA , Bass Physics, hosted by Jack Da Ripper. Check www.SNOWDOWNsia.com for more info or tickets or check the FB invite. Free4All Volume 4 (Ghostface, ASAP Ferg, Crizzley and more) Each year for the last four, Ink Monstr has been giving Denver an amazing opportunity to see live music, rub shoulders with awesome people and have ...

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GIVEAWAY: Triple Album Release Party and ¡MAYDAY! at Casselman’s Dec. 7th

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This Saturday, December 7th is a night of many releases and will be a must see event for Colorado hip-hop heads. Here’s what you can expect to see at Casselman’s. Video drop: 2MX2’s “G.M.O. (Genetically Modified Oppression)” directed by Vince Lance (formerly of Emergency Room). 3 Album releases: 2MX2 – G.M.O. (Genetically Modified Oppression), Infinite Mindz – So Far I Hope You Like Rap Songs and Smoke G – Living Dreams. Fashion Show: Infatue Live performances by: DJ Cavem Kontrast,  Fo Chief & MC Big House Infinite Mindz (Reunion Show) 2MX2 Tech N9ne’s rock, hip-hop band ¡MAYDAY! To win 2 free tickets simply share via Facebook: OR Twitter: AND Comment below with who you’re excited to see.  We’ll select a winner randomly of those that follow these two steps and announce on Friday.

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Fresh Pressed: FL, Turner Jackson, Microphone Jones, Lordz of Finesse, and more

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Happy Fresh Pressed Friday, yall. We have new videos, singles, albums, and a cypher. Let’s get into it… FL – “Ridin Shotty” The second single off of FL’s latest album LIMBO now has accompanying visuals (courtesy Fa’al Ali). It plays out like a day in life, and that hook will getcha every time… Turner Jackson – “Figure It Out” Ok, but the SAX on this though! Check out TJ’s latest produced by DYNOHUNTER. All parties went in. Microphone Jones – The New Vintage The last time we saw Mic Jones he was handily winning the Colorado Crush emcee battle. Now he’s got a new album ready for you. You’re welcome. Colorado HipHop Cypher (Lordz of Finesse edition) Spoke In Wordz, Dent, 2MX2, Bianca Mikahn, Big House, Cavem, Wind Dragon, Kontrast, and SP Double came together for a “BET Style” Cypher. Who had the best bars? Ancient Mith – “Melungeon” Ancient Mith dropped a video that perfectly matches the dark, heady tone ...

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Fresh Pressed: Turner Jackson, Kontrast & Fo Chief, Molina Speaks, and 2MX2

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Today’s edition of Fresh Pressed showcases three forms of new music from four different Colorado hip-hop entities. On deck we have an album release, two promo teasers, and a music video contest entry. Turner Jackson – ABC Up first is the highly anticipated arrival of Turner Jackson’s newest album, ABC. This is a Welcome to the D.O.P.E Game project, top to bottom; from the featured emcees, to the production, to the music videos and cover art. We’ll tell you what we think about it it in April’s Quality Control, but until then check it out for yourself: Kontrast and Fo Chief – “4:20am in Denver (Shots Fired)” Kontrast and Fo Chief are back with another Cannonball Soup production, check out the promo track for the new project they’ve got in the works. It’s just enough to make you salivate until they serve up that full meal… Molina Speaks – “Colorado Hip-Hop Pt. 1” In the same vein, Molina Speaks gives us a taste of his ...

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Colorado Hip-Hop Track Benefits Sandy Hook Survivors

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With negativity and tragedy becoming an everyday occurrence it’s easy to become numb to it and chalk it up to a cruel world. Colorado MC, singer and producer, Paul Junior decided to actually do something about it. He put together a heavy-hitting roster of Colorado artists to create a track that aims to not only touch the hearts of those affected by the recent tragedies, but also assist them financially. The track, “Faith In Change” (below) costs a measly $1 to download, but 100% of the proceeds will be donated to healingnewtown.org, an organization that aims to heal the community of Newton through the power of art. Appropriate, right? We took a moment to find out some of the details of how this project came together from Paul Junior. HipHopRollCall.com: I assume the Sandy Hook shooting hit home with you to inspire putting together a project like this. How did the idea come about? Paul Junior: Sandy Hook just hit me hard because of ...

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Fo Chief – Out the Deep End

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If you’re looking to listen to something that sounds like no album ever made before, then we have the LP for you. Out the Deep End is Fo Chief’s (of Fresh Breath Committee) collaboration with Rhode Island producer, Majestic Beats and also his first solo project.  From slow introspective tracks to warp speed, bass heavy bangers, Majestic Beats’ style is all over the place. Luckily, Fo Chief has no problem staying on beat regardless of the beat makers’ inherent unpredictability.  Fo Chief has a unique voice and an on point internal metronome, making every verse he graces fun to listen to. The composition of Out the Deep End is as chaotic as the beat selection, with no obvious story-line or flow from track to track.  The album would sound the same if played as is or put on shuffle.  Fortunately, some of the songs are so solid that the transitions make no difference. The first track, “Word Vomit,” has one of the ...

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