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b.FUNK – The Campaign *hip-hop/rock

May 12th, 2012 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock |

Here’s the latest song from hip-hop/rock band b.FUNK, “The Campaign”. It’s got a slick rock vibe with some hip-hop vocalism. I love when hip-hop can be mixed with other elements like rock or electronic and this is another example of that, but more on the raw rock band style.

“The Campaign” will be off b.FUNK‘s upcoming mixtape, Check Yo Mind, due out real soon.

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Too popular for Hidden Gem: Bliss N Eso

March 29th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock |

I’m so glad I downloaded the SXSW 2011 Torrent because if I hadn’t, I might have never discovered the hottest hip-hop act from Australia, Bliss N Eso. They have a huge following outside the US, but I’m hoping to change that with some upbeat rock & roll/hip-hop tracks below.

They have an alternative hip-hop feel, much like Atmosphere and Macklemore but more rock & roll and like Cage the Elephant with more hip-hop. Bliss N Eso did a tour in USA & Canada back in 2009 and did a 26-date tour in USA in late 2010. Here’s five tracks to show you how talented and dope Bliss N Eso is.
Down By the River
Family Affair
Where The Wild Things Are (ft. 13. Mind Over Matter)
The Sea Is Rising
Bullet and a Target Ft. The Zulu Connections Choir (Acoustic Version)
The first three songs are off Bliss N Eso’s latest album, Running on Air (July 2010), and the last two tracks are from their album before that, Flying Colours (April 2008).

Hopefully the hip-hop group will come back to USA soon before next years SXSW festival. Follow Bliss N Eso: Facebook / Twitter

SomeWhere Else – Skeptic

March 24th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock |

SomeWhere Else is a hip-hop band with three MC’s and a guitarist. Each of the MC’s have a fairly distinct sound over some awesome rock instrumentals. “Skeptic” is one of my top 5 favorite tracks from them. As SomeWhere Else keeps working on tracks, I see them better developing their sound and more clearly defining this hip-hop/rock sound they bring.
SomeWhere Else – Skeptic

Shout out to Jono the guitarist for sending me this.

Kokayi – Roxtar ft. The Rock-afire Explosion (video)

January 31st, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, Rock |

If there is an artist to get on board with that more people should know about, it’s Kokayi. Above is the music video for “Roxtar” which is one of my favorite songs from him and the dope single from his Robots & Dinosaurs album (Buy).
Roxtar (right-click to download)
If you’re wondering who those animals in the background of the music video are, that’s The Rock-afire Explosion, an animatronic robot band that was widely popular in the 1980’s. You can find more about them here.

Don’t sleep on Kokayi, he’s got loads of potential. Currently he’s working with a jazz band and in plans on a national tour. Follow Kokayi on facebook and twitter.

The White House Band – Sky High *interesting rap/rock jam

January 15th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock |

“Sky High” is the newest single from The White House Band, who have dope rock instrumentals to go along with some good rapping. I think The White House Band are improving and this is one of the better jams I have heard from them.

Sky High! (right-click to download or buy on iTunes)

GoldenWest – Black.Gold

December 22nd, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, Rock |

GoldenWest, a band I still have mixed feelings over even though they got a good alternative hip-hop/rock thing going on that I always love. But still on the fence and I think “Black.Gold” should give you a more positive impression of them.

Vonnegutt – Going Home

December 16th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop |

Vonnegutt recently released “Going Home”. It’s got a nice alternative hip-hop feel with some pop/rock elements. A chill track from the Georgia-based alternative hip-hop band.
Going Home

Hidden Gem: The White House Band

November 10th, 2010 by | Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock |
The White House Band’s(Facebook) combines a mix of rock instrumentals and hip hop verses which shows their true musical talent.
These guys from NY have two sweet tracks I like, ‘Walk In’ and ‘We On’.
WhiteHouseBand -Walk In
WhiteHouseBand_We On (The Bond Song)

The Band Eclypse – Ten Past EP

September 6th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix, Rock |

The Band Eclypse has released it’s Ten Past EP through iTunes. After previewing the 6-song EP, I am impressed they are all original songs and they are all good songs too. I think if you liked the past stuff I put out by them, you will like their EP, released on Labor Day.

Last time I posted about The Band Eclypse I put their “Day N Night Remix” but you weren’t able to download it. Today they have provided the DL link, which we bring to you.

Download: The Band Eclypse – “Day N Night Remix”
Purchase: The Band Eclypse – Ten Past – EP

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Prospect of the Week: SomeWhere Else

September 3rd, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Prospect of the Week, Rock |
Pigeons and Planes, you have once again found more amazing up-and-coming music. Based out of the City of Angels, SomeWhere Else won the 2008 International Battle of the Bands with a group comprised of three MC’s and a guitarist. They are another genre mixing group who focuses mostly on hip-hop & rock but bring quite a unique sound into the shifting style the music industry is evolving towards.

SomeWhere Else has more songs here and check out their facebook page! Below download their latest album, Master Basement, it’s free!

Check out last week’s Prospect of the Week : Pill


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