When we talk super groups in Hip-Hop it feels there aren’t enough. Today one was born. Hip-Hop Kings are delighted to be introducing Jamo Gang (Ras Kass, El Gant and J57).
The collaboration comes as quite a surprise at first, but the story starts with Ras Kass and El Gant working together and travelling to J57’s Brooklyn Studio. The three started recording as fun which quickly turned into a serious project. Plus, when you have DJ Premier publicly supporting you, it’s probably a winning combination. The three have already recorded enough material for an album and today release a single titled “Here We Go Again” ft Big Twins.
J57 oversaw the final stages of the album, making sure his signature sound is present while subtly improving the record. We are still looking forward to the Flight LP with Koncept which we hope will see a release in the first half of 2017. While Ras Kass is still celebrating the release of SOI2 (Sound of Ice 2) which featured the likes of RZA, Onyx, Statik Selektah and Bun B, he had time to lay some serious verses on the new album. Last but not least, El Gant is working on two albums, with executive production by J57 and DJ Premier. If that information doesn’t excite you as a Hip-Hop fan, nothing will.
There’s the article of Hip-Hop Kings introducing Jamo Gang, which we hope will be digested and referred to in the future as the start of something special. Enjoy the first moments by listening to “Here We Go Again” ft Big Twins below.
The Brown Bag All Stars are back! Koncept and J57 – Jump ft Akie Bermiss is the latest video to be shared from the long time friends and collaborators.
Taken from the Fuel EP, Koncept and J57 – Jump ft Akie Bermiss is the latest video which has been uploaded to the Kon and J57 YouTube page. The track features some typically excellent vocals from Akie Bermiss who’s worked with Koncept and J57 on various projects and tracks in the past. The video is testement to the single which rates highly among Kon and J’s discography.
The Fuel EP is still available to download from iTunes and serves as a prelude to the “Flight” album which we are itching to hear in the very near future. Make sure you check the new video for “Jump” below, and I’ve also posted the official track listing to the Fuel EP here.
1 Porcelain (feat. Hollis)
2 The Fuel (feat. Akie Bermiss)
3 Excitement (feat. Andrew Thomas Reid)
4 Crazy Is Beautiful (feat. Nevaeh)
5 Live Forever (feat. Dice Raw)
6 Jump (feat. Akie Bermiss)
7 Patience (feat. Denitia)
8 Plane Ticket (feat. The Grand Concourse)
Brown Bag AllStars rapper and producer J57 has surprised fans with the immediate release of his new instrumental album titled “The Analog Tape 3”. The album is now available to download from his website.
J57 treats fans on The Analog Tape 3 with 30 brand new instrumental tracks, but fans are to be warned that a special offer is only available for a limited amount of time. The download link comes with The Analog 1 and 2 Tape as bonus tracks. I have posted the official track listing and artwork below. Make sure you download the new project and check out the other J57 material by searching in the Hip-Hop Kings archives.
2. The Kickoff Classic
3. Brutal Mars
4. Collegiate Squash
6. Bob Sacamano
10. The Summer of George
11. New Bal On My Feet
12. FiveSe7en Day
14. The Lord of Light
16. Bronco Bomber
17. Heisenberg Blue
18. Fresh Off the Jet
20. Circadian Rhythm
21. Ballin Oates
22. Grenade O’Connor
24. Grimey A River
25. Like 3Stax
26. Lionel Glitchie
28. The Drowned God
29. The Wizard of O.D.D.
30. How I Walk This Planet
31. The Analog Tape
32. The Analog Tape 2
I’m delighted to share a brand new instrumental single from J57 titled “The Wizard of O.D.D.”. Available to download for free, J57 The Wizard of O.D.D is the latest release from the Brown Bag AllStars member.
The beat (explained by J57 himself) was actually made in 2007. J57 The Wizard of O.D.D has been released via J’s “FiveSe7en Music” label which is also home to a lot of BBAS and J57 affiliates including the likes of F.Virtue, Mean Joe Scheme and Mike Two among others. J57 handles the production for most of these artists, and we’ve featured them on the website in the past few years. Please go ahead and check the Hip-Hop Kings archives for the names mentioned above, along with J57’s previous works.
J57 and Koncept will shortly be releasing “Flight” which is a full-length album which follows “The Fuel EP” which we had the pleasure of hearing last year. Make sure you check out the 25 facts on The Fuel EP given by Koncept and J57. We don’t have the full artwork or track listing to Flight yet – but will post it when we do.
You can listen to J57 The Wizard of O.D.D on the soundcloud player below.
Brown Bag AllStars rapper and producer J57 presents the latest video for his single “Plan A”. J57 Plan A has been uploaded to J’s official YouTube page and the single is taken from the free album titled “I’m the J57”.
Directed by: Dood Computer and produced by J57 himself, Plan A (as the title suggests) addresses the distractions than backup plans can create to achieving your goal. With a relentless work rate and a combination of quality music, J57 has inevitably risen in status which has seen recent collaborations with the likes of Method Man (Purple Tape) and Nas (Ghostbusters Design Session). J57 Plan A is simply a reminder why J is considered one of the most highly anticipated rappers and producers in Hip-Hop at the moment.
I’m the J57 is a free album from J, which can be downloaded from the J57 music website, and is released via J’s “FiftySevenMusic” label. Please check out the previous music that we’ve blogged on Hip-Hop Kings which includes a collaboration with Kosha Dillz on “Chump Change”, the track “57th Chamber” with Absolute and “No Future” which is a collaboration with FiftySevenMusic artist F.Virtue.
You can watch J57 Plan A on the YouTube player below.
When in-directly associated artists collaborate for great music it reminds me why I love Hip-Hop music. Kosha Dillz ft Kyle Rapps and J57 Chump Change is the brand new single which has been uploaded to Kosha’s official soundcloud page.
Kosha Dillz was quoted talking about the single saying “Financially conscious emcees Kosha Dillz and Kyle Rapps discuss the factors of good saving, good spending, and what constitutes large amounts of money. The J57 boom bap track is suitably titled “Chump change.” J57 handles the production for the single which was premiered on 2DopeBoyz earlier this month. Kosha Dillz ft Kyle Rapps and J57 Chump Change has subsequently been supported by a lot of the blogs and Hip-Hop publications, with good reason.
We are also able to share the news that Kosha Dillz is working on a new solo album titled “What I Do All Day and Pickle”. We’ve been told that we should expect the album to reach us at the end of May / early June via his own imprint “OY VEY” which is part of Soulspazm. We will be posting the official artwork, pre-order link and tracklisting as soon as that information reaches our inbox.
You can listen to Kosha Dillz ft Kyle Rapps and J57 Chump Change on the soundcloud player below (lets also hope for an official video in the near future too!)
After we posted the free EP (There’s No I in Antcs) earlier this week, we can now share the official video for the single Ox and Gin. Antcs (Jesse Mechanic and J57 present the new video to celebrate the release of the EP which you can download from the link listed below.
DOWNLOAD | There’s No I in Antcs
The 5 track EP is proving to be very popular and is the duo’s debut release. We do have the official track listing and artwork avilable here and it’s encouraged to grab a digital copy after checking out the video. Credits go to Gorgon who directed the video, which is on the AntcsTV YouTube page.
1. The Enemy
2. Ox & Gin
3. Burl Ives
4. Alex Honnold
5. Ghost Story
J57 has headed out to SXSW and has teamed up with HyperFresh for the #FiftySevenMusic showcase. If you happen to be out there make sure you go check them out (and say hello from Hip-Hop Kings!) You can watch the brand new video for Ox and Gin on the YouTube player below and remember to subscribe to the channel too.
DOWNLOAD | Antcs EP There’s No I in Antcs
Making their official debut on Hip-Hop Kings is Antcs with the brand new Antcs EP There’s No I in Antcs”. One of the members you’ll know very well (J57) who is continually blessing us with new music from the various project he has going at the moment. The other member of Antcs is Jesse Mechanic, who J57 has credited as being the first ever artist who he produced.
RELATED | Absolute – 57th Chamber (ft J57)
The “There’s No I in Antcs” EP has been made available as a free download for fans from the soundcloud link above. The 5 track EP presents new music and credits go to Tenacity who has mixed and mastered the EP. There are no collaborations on the project, just the work of Antcs but we’re anticipating future releases with other members of J57’s “Fifty Seven Music” label.
EXCLUSIVE | 25 Facts About Koncept and J57 – The Fuel
You can view the official artwork, download link and tracklisting for the Antcs EP – There’s No I in Antcs here, along with streaming the project on the soundcloud player below.
1. The Enemy
2. Ox & Gin
3. Burl Ives
4. Alex Honnold
5. Ghost Story
LISTEN | Absolute 57th Chamber ft J57
It’s not often a switch in a song works well, but I have something I would like everyone to check out. There’s a new track – Absolute 57th Chamber which features Brown Bag AllStars member J57. 57th Chamber was uploaded to Absolute’s official soundcloud page, and you can of course listen to the track on the embedded player below.
It’s not the first time that J57 has teamed up with Absolute. Rap game Kevin Arnold (aka J57) lends his rapping talents (he’s not just a producer) to the track, which was very quickly shared around the blogs and magazines that are supporting J57 and the BBAS movememnt. Absolute (Albany based) demonstrates his ability as a producer and I’m keen to hear more from him in the future which I promise to share with HHK readers.
RELATED – J57 ft F Virtue – No Virtue
Please make sure you check out both Absolute on soundcloud and J57 on Hip-Hop Kings with the extensive back catelogue. J57 has recently released “The Fuel” EP with his partner in rhyme Koncept, and has also launched “Fifty Seven Music” and bringing through a range of talented artists who you’ll see featured on the website in the forthcoming months. You can listen to Absolute 57th Chamber ft J57 on the audio player below.
DOWNLOAD | Mike Two – Thoughts of a Beautiful Dream
I’m very excited to share the brand new video from Mike Two for his single “Chamber Music”. Taken from the recent album “Thoughts of a Beautiful Dream”, Chamber Music has been accompanied by an official video which has been uploaded to Infinite Recordings’ official YouTube Page. Mike has teamed up with Lena Carr for the single, and production is handled by the in-form J57 and Optiks. The services of Jemyle Jones has been enlisted for the video work. (FACT – is also Mike Two’s barber!)
Mike Two is currently promoting the latest album “Thoughts of a Beautiful Dream” which can be downloaded from the link listed above. Mike also provided Hip-Hop Kings with an exclusive 25 facts about the album, and mentioned that both him and Mean Joe Scheme wrote the hook for Chamber Music. Make sure you check out the full 25 facts on Thoughts of a Beautiful Dream, and we are hoping for more music to come in the forthcoming months.
You can view the official artwork and track listing for Thoughts of a Beautiful Dream here, along with watching the official video for Mike Two ft Lena Carr – Chamber Music on the YouTube player below.
1 Gold Chalice ft. Mackey (prod. J57)
2 The Louvre ft. Nichelle (prod. Optiks)
3 Come Over (prod. J57 & Optiks)
4 Moonwalker (prod. J57 & Optiks)
5 Vanity (prod. Mike Swoop)
6 The Clean (Prod. Sauce)
7 Two3 ft. Akie Bermiss (prod. Optiks)
8 Lit ft. Koncept (prod. Optiks)
9 Transatlantic ft. Nichelle & Akie Bermiss (prod. J57 & Optiks)
10 Dream Big ft. Terrance Keller (Prod. Optiks)
11 Chamber Music ft. Mean Joe Scheme (Prod. J57 & Optiks)
12 Sunset to Black Renaissance ft. Mean Joe Scheme, Jemyle Jones (prod. Optiks)
13 King Me ft. J57 (Prod. J57)
14 Cloud Talk ft. Jemyle Jones & Matt Stamm (Prod. Seandammit)
15 Princeton (prod. J57)