Soul Amazing is the west coast emcee's follow up to his January release titled Soul Amazing (part one.) It was released Sunday February 4, 2014. Blu is one half of the duo "Blu & Exile." Download here.
Galapagos4 Press Release:
"Qwa & Batsauce’s newest platter, an EP entitled Stress Chasers, begins with "Love Liez", a perfect curve replete with gauzy keys and the indomitable Qwa intoning that he’s "never felt so free, never felt so special…" It’s an unexpected opening for the heroic South Side rhyme champ, a hooky Trojan horse with incisive critique hidden in velvet melody. Undisputable ear candy, "Love Liez" also rebukes those who "never care, never dare to be true"—an obvious slap at the cookie cutter MCs who are currently frolicking in the dismal pop-scape. Stress Chasers sees Qwa and Bat crossing the boundary from rap phenoms to great songwriters, genre-bending world-class musicians entering a blue period. The EP consists of 6 short tracks, the longest clocking in at barely 3 minutes and change, a throwback to the tight songcraft of 60s pop, when entire Beatles albums were only 30 minutes long. Qwa is entering territory where most MCs cannot follow, blending a growing love of psychedelia and a beguiling fluidity with cornerstone golden-era references and dashes of brawn that only serve to punctuate his acuity. One can’t help but think of Roland Kirk playing two saxes at once. In "Pop Smurf" he deadpans "at least a hundred styles / my memory is rough." Batsauce continues to impress, adding another gem to his oeuvre, showing undisputable skill with an impressive array of sounds. "Rough Out There" would be perfectly at home on the first Blueprint album, until Qwa, insistently going against the grain, leans into a deceptively off-accent rhyme pattern that most MCs would drown in. The EP ends with the unhinged uptempo rave-up "Daddy Smokes," Bat neatly twisting rap conventions with a plucky keyboard line, underwater bloops, and taut R&B drums, Qwa singing with fried abandon that "your dad smokes marijuana…and you will, too…" before launching into a precise rapid-fire spit that belies the EP’s stoned ethos. Wild howling wafts through the background and Qwa and Bat manage to sound light-hearted, screwy, and ominous, all at the same time. Stress Chasers is a gas. Come hear the sound of hidden geniuses getting it all together and coming totally apart, all at once. But don’t count on them staying hidden too much longer. Essential listening for the vanguard. Cop it and keep your eyes peeled for the inevitable LP. "
Marvwon (Detriot, MI) vs Syd Vicious (ATL, GA)
Marvwon: With 23 battles online and a very close battle with KOTD champion Pat Stay, Marvelous Wonder has taken on some of the biggest names in the world (The Saurus, Math Hoffa, Cortez, Madness, and Aye Verb). He is one of the biggest personalities and proven himself as a staple from the 2006 World Rap Championship, teamed up with Quest Mcody.
Syd Vicious: One of the names that built the Grind Time South Division with 17 battles battles online verses such names as The Saurus, Heartless, Swave Sevah, Jonny Storm and Bender. Shooting from seemingly nowhere to notoriety by not only organizing but battling in some of the best events the South has seen.
Quest Mcody (Detriot, MI) vs A-Class (Baltimore, MD)
Quest Mcody: Friends with Eminem's write hand man Proof, this Detroit MC has stepped in to the world of music and concerts but still keeps his feet rooted in the battle scene. He’s best known for being the funny rapper with a calm demeanor in the World Rap Championships with The Saurus and Illmacualte.
A-Class: With battles against Casutic, Dizaster, Sonny Bamboo, Charron, Madness, Rone and Tantrum A Class is sure to give a cutting and funny performance. Adaptable to any crowd or opponent, he has consistently gotten better every battle.
ATM (New Orleans, LA vs Kaveman Brown (Baltimore, MD)
This match up is defiently a style clash, but not a mismatch. Jokes vs bars. ATM who is known for his humor and freestyle ability will be matched up with Kaveman Brown; who has a very aggressive delivery and bars to back it up. ATM, with 25 battles online, appears to have more experienced, compared to Kaveman’s 10 battles. This is not to say that Kaveman Brown has not had difficult competition; with battles against Richard Cranium, Phal Kilmer, Stainless, and Real Talk, he is a definitely a force to be reckoned with.
This article was written by our battle correspondent Tim "The Bone Man" Burgess & Kelly Betz (NO Coast Battles.)
Qwel and Maker are a emcee/producer duo representing Chicago, IL. The video titled "Abracadabra" was released today. Beautiful Raw has had success on the underground circuit and online. For example the title track has received over 10,000 plays of Spotify. Qwel and Maker are currently on tour with Sadat X on the west coast.
This free download precedes a full length LP titled E&J dropping Feb. 4 on Dirty Science. Dag Savage released a self titled EP in 2013 featuring Aloe Blacc. Download here.
Jon Wayne's October LP titled Rap Album One made a grip of Top Ten lists in 2013. This video was released Jan. 7, 2014.
Today, Jan. 6, 2014 Sage Francis released a new music video. Sage Francis is an emcee from the east coast. He started his own label titled Strange Famous Records. Sage will sometimes reach out to other hip hop artists. He offered Cecil Otter help with distribution, for example. Sage has been on the scene since the 1990's and continues to be a large presence in Alternative/Conscious/Underground hip hop. His release date for "Copper Gone is June 3, 2014.
Words from Sage Francis About this Video:
"Among many things, this song and video touch upon the subject of PTSD. There are many organizations and resources that are available to vets who are struggling with civilian life, but not everyone feels comfortable reaching out for help. Some people might not even know that they need help until it's too late. Just so that the information is out there, for anyone who may need it, the Veterans
Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or via text to 838255. The Crisis Line website"
Del The Funky Homosapien (Deltron 3030, Zartan drednaught COBRA) has released a new free LP on New Years Day. He produced the entire LP himself. Of course, Del The Funky Homosapien reps the west coast and was a member of the Hieroglyphics. Download from Soundcloud here:
This video was released New Years Eve, 2013. Useful Jenkins is a hip bluegrass outfit from MN. Big Zach is part of the duo Kanser from Minneapolis MN. Kanser has toured both coasts and has played extensively in the Midwest. More Than Lights is Big Zach's more recent project. Big Zach has also released solo projects. Purchase the single off iTunes here
On Dec. 30, 2013 Qwazar and Batsauce released a new video off their forthcoming "Stress Chasers" EP due out on Jan 28 2014. Qwazaar is a member of Typical Cats (Qwel, Qwazaar & Denizen Kane.) Batsauce is a producer and part of Smile Rays (along with Paten Locke & Lady Daisey.) Batsauce resides in Berlin while Qwazaar lives in Chicago. The duo has put together 2 other studio albums available at www.batsauce.com .