Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Memphis emcee Yung D finally dropped his new video "I Say I". Shot in the streets of North Memphis the song is the lead single from D's latest mixtape "To Whom Shall I Fear".
Check it out mane.
Monday, April 8, 2013
New Orleans based emcee Lyrikill has a new visual from his project RETRO he released a while back with the homey Prospek. This song "Less Is More" is also featuring soul singer Suave and its that smooth boom bap style that we have grown to love coming out of the GPNYC camp.
Kill is fresh off of SXSW doing regional spot dates and Lyrikill is prepping a NEW EP with NYC based producer Statik Selektah due this summer. Man, talk about working.
In this case...less IS more.
Check out the vid up top. #yup
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Check out this new in-studio viral video from the homey A. Levy. You can also catch him recording the third version of our trilogy "In My Mode". Sounds good Levy!!! Salute my dude!!!
Check it out mane.
Andddddd here we go!!!
The homey Midi Marc is wheeling, dealing and move making with his latest venture on Jango Radio (not "Django" Radio for you succas who got it confused).
Peep this write up (per http://www.midimarc.com/2013/03/midimarc-on-jango-radio.html ) :
"You're probably saying to yourself, "Self...what in the hell is Jango Radio?" Think Pandora but with fewer ads and more variety. Yes I must say its pretty cool. They have an app available forAndroid and iPhones but the coolest part of it is that there is a MIDIMarc channel! Yeah I know...take it allll in"
So, yeah...take out those phones and download the app mane. I'm coppin it now. You might even hear some L'Dai in the mix hehe.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Truth Universal- Invent The Future feat Evelyn + Suave / Praise The Lord featuring Lyrikill (PRODUCED BY KHRYSIS) [OVAGROUND EXCLUSIVE] [NEW MUSIC]
2 NEW Truth Universal singles are out now!!!!
The first one is titled "Invent The Future" featuring ThaOvaground.com affiliate Suave & Evelyn. It was produced by P.U.D.G.E and this joint jams!
The second one is titled "Praise The Lord" featuring Lyrikill and this joint was produced by Justus League /Hall of Justus/ Jamla affiliate Khrysis.
Man, what a difference a maxi-single makes. Check these 2 out and bump them loudly.
P.S. Check out the Truth Universal tour dates below and more dates are coming up.
03.10 -- Baton Rouge, LA @ Gallery Bohemia, 9PM
03.12 -- New Orleans,LA @ Dragon's Den, 9:00PM
03.13 -- Austin, TX (SXSW Official Showcase) @ Townhouse, 10:30PM
03.14 -- Austin, TX (SXSW Official Panel), "New Orleans Music Today" @ Austin Convention Center, 4:00PM
03.15 -- Austin, TX (SXSW Unofficial) @ Limerick Frazier Gallery
04.20 -- New Orleans, LA @ The Hangar, Time TBA
04.26 -- New Orleans, LA w/ Gift of Gab @ HiHo Lounge, Time TBA
04.27 -- Mobile, AL w/ Gift of Gab @ Alabama Music Box, Time TBA05.01 -- New Orleans, LA @ Chazfest 4:30PM
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
New Olde Soul Mane!!!!
The homey Olde Soul slid over some newness through ThaOvaground.com inbox and its lovely. This maxi-single project is titled Rise & Grind [NEW DAY]/ Rise & Grind [NITE CAP REMIX].
It's a freaking maxi-single! I love it mane.
The double-time hi-hats, the long piano intros...man. The evolution of the King of Mid-City boom bap is upon us. Check it out and cop my mans maxi-single for $3 on his bandcamp page. I am...
Check out the official write up below & cop.
Sound the gong for Rise & Grind [Maxi-Single], the first release from Los Angeles based multi-faceted imprint, Cymbolic Brand Ltd.! ThriveLife music at its finest, Los Angeles,CA producer Olde Soul musically captures life as we thrive, with up to the minute narration by Pomona,CA emcee Blak King.
On Rise & Grind (New Day), the melodies trod the line between order and blissful chaos, while layered over a methodically mad display of drum programming. Vocals possess agility and flow pleasing to the ear, with lyrics that tell the story of a grown man with responsibilities.
Rise & Grind (Nite Cap Remix) however, is more tight lipped on storylines so as to keep the streets in the streets. A dark groove of a bassline under soothing keys ride over a slight variation of the same methodically mad display of drum programming. Friendly reminders about the NiteTime grind are sprinkled on the track, in case one forgets.
The message of the Rise & Grind maxi single is simple - "Homie, get your Grind on!"
Rise & Grind (New Day) is the 1st single from Olde Soul's forthcoming album, Connect And Collect.
released 12 March 2013
music/production: Olde Soul
vocals/lyrics: Blak King
mixing: Outer Dimension Digital Conspiracy
mastering: Robert Liam Mastering
Friday, March 1, 2013
I love to see Memphis being represented all around the world and who's better to do that than Memphis, Tennessey's (spelled like Hennessy) own Project Pat in NYC. Check this video mane presented by Electric Circus...and listen to da Pata!!!!!! Mafia!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Yo, yo, yo...
Check me out this Thursday (Feb. 28, 2013) at 9 p.m. PST (11 p.m CST/ 12 a.m EST) as I kick with my peeps from Homegrown Radio. Definitely know that we are gonna have it live and turnt up as I premiere some classical classics from the Ovaground SounDZ vaults AND some exclusives from my upcoming EP InDAIpendent 2.
So, log into HOMEGROWNRADIO.NET online or if you're not by a computer...download the TuneIn Radio app on your Iphone/Android and/or Windows Phone and make sure you catch the interview live.
Holla back and TUNE IN!!!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Here is a NEW promo video from the homey Prospek...from his new project coming soon titled Polyphonic Congress featuting Suave, Lyrikill, ELESPEE, Juskwam and many many more.
Uh-oh. More hits coming from them N.O. boys mane. It just ain't fair.
Check it out.
Monday, February 4, 2013
The birthday boy is on a roll with his latest single from the project InDAIpendent 2. The single, Friends featuring MIDI Marc on the vocals is a play on a oldie but goodie Hip-Hop track with a Southern twist.
Sooooooo, check it out below and just know....INDAIPENDENT 2 IS COMING SOON!!!!!!!!!
L'Daialogue- Whatever It Is feat. Fat Rat Da Czar (Produced by MIDI Marc) [OVAGROUND EXCLUSIVE] [NEW MUSIC]
InDAIpendent 2 is on the way, in the meantime enjoy the first drop! Thank you to the SAF Staff for all of their support and Fat Rat Da Czar for the engineering as well as the fire flame feature.
Check out the Soundcloud link below.
*lights up the birthday cake candles*
We here at ThaOvaground.com want to send a special Happy Birthday to the hardest nigga I know on these lyrics rep'n Memphis, Tennessee all day, everyday: L'Daialogue DiCaprio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Enjoy your day mane. Also, I hear that he may have some exclusive content dropping today also. He never stops working I see.
So, hit up his twitter at @ldaialogue and wish him a Happy Birthday.
Labels: Happy Birthday L'Daialogue
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
New music, new music...
DJ Kingpin & Midi Marc Presents Everything Is Everything on Soundcloud RIGHT NOW! This special mix was released yesterday (on Midi Marc's birthday) and you already know it has some heat on it.
This tape also premieres my latest single off of my upcoming EP InDAIpendent 2 titled "Whateva It Iz" featuring South Carolina's own Fat Rat da Czar.
So, search it on your Iphone, Android and/or Windows phone and turn it up LOUD!!!
Shouts out to DJ Kingpin mane!!!!
(Whateva It Iz starts at 24: 20 for you impatient folks smh)
Thursday, January 24, 2013
And its here...finally!!!!
The download link is below to set off this year proper!!!
Check out the latest visual from the homey D. Francis project D.E.F 3 for the single Can You Feel It....the visuals were shot in New Orleans, Louisiana by Reel Spotlite Films. Check it out mane.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
And yes!!! The ladies, ladies, mo' ladies... *smiles*
So, I'm up making a track (as usual) and Dai hits me on the text and sends me a video. The said video is by Miss Bliss, The Hub City Diva. Word is she's a cold double threat: she's an emcee (reppin theWest Coast-based crew The (SIS)tem, who I'm hearing me be headlining Paid Dues this year) AND a DJ (she's part of the Homegrown Radio crew with DJ Chuck Dizzle & DJ Hed).
Soooooo, after about 10 views or so (in a row)...we over here at ThaOvaground.com is diggin' her latest track Drippin from her upcoming project titled Extended Play. So, press play...and enjoy the visuals mane.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Yo, yo, yooooooo,
Happy New Year and all that. We're 2013 forward already mane and I see good news already coming toward L'Daialogue DiCaprio & Affillieated Vischunz/DRDP Productions. We're one day into the New Year and Dai gets mentioned on AllHipHop.com's 50 Underground Emcees today. Man oh man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I quote (he's 23 on the list)
"23. L’Daialogue DiCaprio
This emcee is moving crowds in Beverly Hills, the N.O. and all the way back to his native Memphis. He represents the South proudly in any forum on any song, but has a crossed over sounding metaphor and simile filled style that sets his music aside from anything else out. Just when you think you get it with Dai he changes it up and gives you something 360 degrees different. Whether speaking on his history, the stories of those around him or just on everyday recognizable slice of life topics, L’Daialogue’s ability to spin a story through imagery sets him aside from the others.
So, yep...it's on and more projects are coming.
Check it out and see what other underground artists are getting shine below.
Friday, December 28, 2012
As the year comes to an end, Slangston Hughes is still catching the headlines people. Check out his feature article in Offbeat Magazine and check out the Connoisseur of Fine Rhyme mane.
Oh, and another Dollars & Daialogue is coming first quarter 2013. Uh-ohhhhhh.
Article by Michael Patrick Welch
As we walk to conduct our interview at a quieter Marigny bar, rapper Renard “Slangston Hughes” Bridgewater (“The Connoisseur of Fine Rhyme”) discusses the human desire for tangibility. “At the end of the day, a lot of people still want that paper and that ink,” he says, referring to his day job in production at the Times-Picayune. But this quest for tangibility, for something real, also motivates much of Slangston’s music.
“The boom-bap, the real lyrical hip-hop of like ‘99 or 2000, that was when it hit home for me,” says Slangston Hughes. “And not just the music but the culture. I dove in 110 percent.” Originally from the Hollygrove area around Ye Olde College Inn restaurant, Slangston is aware that lyrical rap—though not the recipient of as much love or attention as our beloved, party rockin’ bounce music—has its own history in New Orleans. Having more in common with locals like the late Bionik Brown, Truth Universal and Impulss, Slangston is glad to admit, “I was into Turk from Hot Boyz. I always enjoyed Mystikal, of course. Mac from No Limit was very lyrical and had a distinct voice and sound. 6 Shot was a lyrical cat.”
Slangston’s also an unabashed disciple of fresh-faced Louisiana rapper Dee-1, with whom he shares an attitude, intelligent regional subject matter and an ability to make positive rap that is somehow not corny. “In ‘07 or ‘08, I got really into Dee-1 just as I started performing and hitting the open mics,” says Slangston, whose first long-term rap relationship was with the Spellbinderz crew during his Holy Cross High School days. During college at UNO he began to truly participate in New Orleans’ hip-hop community: “Truth Universal was doing his monthly Grassroots! event,” remembers Slangston. “Truth gave me my first gigs and created my foundation.” From there, with his rap crews Super Ugly and Tygah Woods (a name invented pre-scandal), Slangston and company won opening slots for Kool Keith, Wu-Tang’s Raekwon and Freddie Gibbs, among others. “I enjoyed opening the Big Pooh show most,” says Slangston. “During Katrina, his group Little Brother was very influential on me.”
Dee-1, however, would never suggest you take a girl to a snowball stand to “get her out them drawers,” as Slangston Hughes does on “Sneaux Fleaux (ft. Jakie Skellz),” his ode to New Orleans’ icy treat. The lead song off of his 19-song mixtape The Money and the Message (which features production by Blaze the Verbal Chemist and DJ Mike Swift among other locals) pits intelligent music against commercial rap. “My style has changed over the past couple years,” he says. “It’s gone from what I coined as ‘intelligent hip-hop’—where I use a lot of high vocabulary, multi-syllable words, which I still do, but—to something more abrasive, aggressive, but at the same time in tune with social commentary.” Slangston’s songs each have a theme, a conceit beyond I’m the baddest. Though he has thrice won the Microphone Co-Rivalry freestyle competition, Slangston Hughes is a writer. “I haven’t battled in a while,” he chuckles. “I don’t do it as competition, just sometimes as a playful thing to keep up my freestyling ability. Freestyling is a good way to get ideas out, but I like that tangibility of taking a pen and writing it, and structuring things out.”
Slangston’s biggest contribution to New Orleans rap however, has been his almost four years booking and curating the hip-hop variety show, Uniquity, now every last Saturday at Dragon’s Den. Uniquity is a performance opportunity for rappers, singers and spoken word artists both local and regional. “Kansas City’s Steddy P started his tour in New Orleans,” recalls Slangston. “We had an MC from NYC named Gotham Green. 7even:Thirty [Mello Music Group] from Jackson, Mississippi is the biggest individual I have booked.”
Uniquity’s cornerstone is Fo on the Flo, a live band Slangston put together to back all of his event’s artists every month. He has since begun writing, recording and performing with the band regularly. “I prefer the organic sound,” says Slangston, who’s brave enough to call his band “fusion jazz,” despite possible unpleasant associations. “All the band members are jazz trained,” he laughs. “But it’s not jazz rap like Tribe Called Quest. I’m more reminiscent of your Eminems, your Royce Da 5’9”s, your Biggie, your Nas.”
Despite adventurous turns, Slangston vows to remain grounded. “I wouldn’t say I want my music to take listeners to another world,” he admits. “I just want it to further their mentality. My music is an expression of who I am as an individual. Like, I like purple. I read comic books. I like snowballs. I love hip-hop.”
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Finally off of his critically-acclaimed full-length project More Heart, More Sole...Lyrikill is back with a new EP titled RETRO.
We've been waiting on this one at ThaOvaground.
Keeping in line with his shoe theme, he's killing with 8 more tracks of hard hitting soul samples and pretty much Lyrikill lyrically disrespecting these wack emcees and still got better kicks then all of them. Yeah, its that bad.
This project features production from Prospek, DJ Inform, DJ Mike Swift and Zach of 3M and has features from Suave, Co Rich, MacNiffy and ELESPEE.
So, get your Ipods ready to load up this one. The download link is below.
DOWNLOAD LINK: http://tinyurl.com/byng7m3
As we come closer to 2012 winding down, Memphis is still pumping out good music and this project is no different.
Yung D (of Hypnotize Mindz/Three 6 Mafia fame) has a new project he has released today titled Whom Shall I Fear: Hip Hop Resurrected. This project is DEFINITELY showing a new lyrical direction from Yung D who many may have misconstrued and pegged the Memphis emcee into his number one hit with Three 6 Mafia "Lolli Lolli".
This project features Gyft (another very slept on Memphis emcee), Mab and J'Wan.
Rap fans are always complaining that Hip Hop isn't offering different options within the music (ESPECIALLY of emcees from Memphis) and this project is one of those other options. Turn off the radio and download this project NOW. You'll be glad you did. The download link is below.
DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/mixtape.70459.html
Sunday, December 9, 2012
*Birdman Hand Rubs*
I'm always in the mood to hear some GREAT music from my music family & pass it along to my readers. Suave is a singer/producer from New Orleans and Prospek is a producer/arranger/engineer from New Orleans. And just so you know...BOTH of them are SUPER dope. (Also, in case you haven't been following the blog...check out Lord Smile On Me & Comment Sections to catch up in your homeworks mane)
The new project is titled Day 2 Day Soul and it's literally like a walk through the Big Easy with Prospek providing soul, jazzy styled beats and Suave's smooth vocals guiding you an audio revolution in an extended play form.
You already know what it is mane. Cop the download NOW!
DOWNLOAD LINK: http://504suave.bandcamp.com/album/suave-x-prospek-day-2-day-soul-ep
Monday, November 26, 2012
I always love getting some new music in my inbox and I have gotten some good music today. Shouts out to the good folks over at Piecelock 70...shouts out to the People Under The Stairs (Double K aka LA Mike and Thes One) also. Check out the write up/ download link below...and get familiar with the new affiliate project they got dropping over there.
I see a few Blak King & Olde Soul features on the project too. Uh-oh. Now, you KNOW it's something real to real when they got Oldie to get on the mic.
Check it out now.
From pl70.net :
Step right up, step right up, ladies and gentlemen your ears are about to bare witness to the most diabolical show on Earth! Based on a now legendary series of weekly get togethers known throughout LA musical circles as “Funky Fridays,” The Family Circus mixtape is the result of bottomless bottles, endless smoke breaks, and late nights that turned to early mornings that turned to long weekends. This death defying, party heavy show features collaborations between some of the funkiest producers, DJs, MC’s, & live musicians known to man, including Aidge, Indy, Mixmaster Wolf, LA Mike, Chris Clarke, Pause, L. Scatterbrain, Count Bass D, Rahkwon, Olde Soul, Blak King, Malyque “Hoss” Smith, Iful, and David Bergsma. Music like this is only fit for 2 places: under the bright lights of the big top, or locked in a cage kept far away from any sane human being. Be afraid, but be intrigued...
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
New Orleans emcee & original Tygah Woods member D. Francis has a new project out titled D.E.F 3. The first 2 installments of the D.E.F series (D.E.F & D.E.F 2) were exclusively produced by beatsmith Son Sound but this time around D. Francis got some new sounds to contribute to his self-proclaimed swan song.
This project features myself (L'Daialogue) & J-Dubble with production from City Sparks, Killing Spree, DJ Grum, MetaNite, Kid Vision, Dope Antelope, Inspecta Morze and S. Grey.
Salute to Tygah Woods and enjoy this project because its been a loooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnng time coming. Let's hope this is not really Frazzo's last project tho.
Download link is below. #GoHard
DOWNLOAD LINK: http://dfrancis.bandcamp.com/album/d-francis-presents-d-e-f-3
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Here's some NEW music mane....coming from the homey Fat Rat Da Czar and the name of his new set is called Da Cold War 3.
But, its no loose links here. Support my man and cop the full-length of Itunes and/or Amazon HERE and HERE.
Its more to to come from my South Cak fam but for now....bang this newness mane.
Here is the NEW video from me and the homey Slangston Hughes from our EP titled Dollars & Daialogue (yup, the 1st one). Off of the collaborative Dollar$ and Daialogue project, "Hands In the Air" by New Orleans' emcee, Slangston Hughes and Memphis emcee/producer, L'Daialogue DiCaprio mixes two distinct Southern sounds: L'Daialogue's North Memphis funk and rapid wordplay with Slangston's powerful delivery and deliberate, thought-provoking lyrics.
Filmed & directed by Mally X for Mally X Films during my latest trip to the Crescent City.
Also, check out the FREE DOWNLOAD of "Dollar$ & Daialogue" available here: http://bit.ly/DANDDBAND