Locksmith & K.A.A.N – Ramp Up (Video)

K.A.A.N and Locksmith on a track together is like a dream come true. These two really embody lyricism as an art in the truest sense. These guys sound natural together and they are two of a very small number of artists who can switch cadences so effortlessly. And here they collectively express that their gifts are indeed unique and surpass the norm that is set. Love this joint, Ramp Up, through and through. Decap and Artic Beats provide the high powered production.

Single You Out: Apollo Brown x Locksmith – Litmus

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Apollo Brown and Locksmith launch the second single from their forthcoming album, No Question.    The unison of Brown and Lock is that of deep seeded soul colliding with profound lyrical talent.  The result has been amazing thus far.   This song is beautiful through and through and a testament to what two great artists can accomplish together.

This album has all the potential in the world and we will be blessed with it’s presence in about a month. (June 15th to be exact)

Snowgoons – Problems (ft. Locksmith x Skrewtape x Rite Hook (Video)

Problems can sometimes feel insurmountable but these emcees are going to take their best shot over a neuro-stimulating Snowgoons production.   Locksmith, Skrewtape, and Rite Hook each spit some bars about how the odds are stacked against them and each day can seem like a fist fight.  It’s an interesting combination of artists that create a dope and cohesive joint.

Goon Bap drops in four days…make sure you check it.

 

Locksmith – Hardest Song Ever (ft. Leah Tysse) (Video)

Locksmith is ready to drop his album, A Thousand Cuts, in a couple of weeks, but before he does so he drops the video single for the Hardest Song Ever.  When I first saw the song title I naturally assumed that this was going to be a cut simply about bodying bars.  I could not be more long. This is a song in which Locksmith talks about an incident in which he was abused and exploited by a babysitter when he was very young.

If I tell you the song is deep, it would be a vast misunderstatement.    Hip Hop is all about machismo and here you have an emcee entering his most vulnerable state to air out a painful part of his past.  It is both brave and brilliant, and appreciated.

Top 50 Songs (2013)

Disclaimer:  It is hard and challenging to pick 50 tracks from the thousands upon thousands that dropped this year.  It is merely an attempt to list my favorite cuts of 2012.  Click the links to listen to the song!  I think it’s a great list.  There were a lot of great songs crafted this year and I know I left off some good ones.  I listened to 5,000+ tracks from 2012 alone this year, so as an artist, if you made this list you know you are on the forefront of my iTunes!

1. Said BeforeGoldini Bagwell

2. Rhyme Of The YearNino Bless

3. BelieversMayday

4. Outlive, Outshine Theo3

5.  WarStryfe and Marc Byrd

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Locksmith – Transitions (Video)

New Locksmith!  Yes.  The way the game is played these days, or with the amount of music I listen to, I briefly forgot that he is one of the illest spitters of his generation and possibly all generations.  His concepts and lyricism are amazing.  I also am really happy he teamed up with Khrysis for the track.  I think it shows a lot if diversity and gives him a new audience.

The Green Box is coming soon…