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Fonzie Interviews Antwon!

Fonzie caught up with world-famous San Jose rapper Antwon in February. Listen to it here!

You can stream Antwon’s new album Heavy Hearted In Doldrums via Pitchfork advance here. Make sure to download it when it officially releases May 6!

Tune in to Fonzie’s programs The Fonzie Scheme and The Illest Villains Monday nights and Tuesday nights at 10 pm!

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Upcoming Hip-Hop To Cop

 

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata (Madlib Invazion)

Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs is set to release his fourth collaborative project on March 18 with critically acclaimed producer Madlib, known primarily for his work with MF DOOM (Madvillainy) and J Dilla (Jaylib). Freddie Gibbs was originally signed to Young Jeezy’s label CTE World in 2011, but due to contract disputes Gibbs left CTE and started his own label called ESGN last year. Their previous 3 EPs Thuggin‘, Shame, and Deeper, have shown Freddie Gibbs talent to rap over Madlib’s unorthodox style of production. With Piñata, we can expect more of Gangsta Gibbs’ street-inspired rhymes.

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Kevin Gates – By Any Means (Bread Winners’ Association)

Kevin Gates will be following up a very successful 2013 with his new mixtape By Any Means, set to release March 18. The Louisiana rapper’s 2013 releases Luca Brasi Story and Stranger Than Fiction showcased his ability to incorporate the Southern rap style popularized by Master P and T.I., with very well-thought out lyricism. Kevin Gates has found much popularity in his home state, but has yet to fully break into the national spotlight. Perhaps By Any Means will be the release to change that.

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Future – Honest (Epic/Freebandz)

Future has gone from being a one hit wonder to one of the biggest names in the rap industry today. He kills the hook game. Following up his 2012 debut, Pluto, the self-described “Astronaut Kid” looks to bring more extra-terrestrial sounding, infectious rhymes on Honest, set to drop April 22. Future has already taken advantage of the rising fame by starting his own label called Freebandz, on which has signed several up and coming rappers. Future is the cousin of Rico Wade, member of Organized Noize, the producers behind countless hits by Goodie Mob, TLC, and Outkast. So it is no surprise to see a rare Andre 3000 verse featured on this. Honest also includes guest appearances by Pharrell Williams, Pusha T, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, and Freebandz affiliates Young Scooter and Casino. You can play the video game accompanying his new single “Move That Dope” at  MoveThatDoh.com.

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Hip Hop Charts: First Week of November

New month, new Hip-Hop Charts, but it starts with something entitled “Old.”

 

1. DANNY BROWN – Old (Fool’s Gold)
2. RJD2 – More Is Than Isn’t (RJ’s Electrical Connections)
3. DJ RASHAD – Double Cup (Hyperdub)
4. GAS-LAB AND TRAUM DIGGS – Jazz Hop (623 Entertainment)
5. SHAD Flying – Colours (Black Box)
6. MADCHILD – Lawn Mower Man (Suburban Noize)
7. DELTRON 3030 – Event II (Bulk)
8. VIC MENSA – INNANETAPE (Illroots)
9. FLATBUSH ZOMBIES – Better Off Dead (Self-Released)
10. PRODIGY AND THE ALCHEMIST – Albert Einstein (Infamous)

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KZSC Hip Hop Top 10 Chart Mid-September

2013 turned out to be a very good summer for Hip-hop.  As we start the school year, here are KZSC’s top  Hip Hop new releases in September:

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1 FLATBUSH ZOMBIES – Better Off Dead  (Electric KoolAde Records)

2 UNDERACHIEVERS – Lords Of Flatbush (Brainfeeder Records)

3 STALLEY – Honest Cowboy [EP] (Maybach-WEA-Atlantic)

4 BRETT GRETZKY – Crows (Indyground)

5 SHAHEED AND DJ SUPREME – Knowledge, Rhythm, And Understanding (Communicating Vessels)

6 HERMITOFTHEWOODS – Land Of The Lotus Eaters (Endemik)

7 MAD DUKEZ AND FRESH KILS – Gettin’ Gatsby – (Deep Thinka)

8 FACTOR – Woke Up Alone (Fake Four)

9 CHANCE WATERS – Infinity (PERMANENT)

10 SAYKNOWLEDGE – Vibe Called Quest (Heavy Keys)

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The War and Peace Tour

warpeace September 6th I had the great pleasure to attend the War and Peace Tour at the Catalyst here in Santa Cruz, Ca.  The tour had all-star underground headliners Immortal Technique and Brother Ali speaking their mind about the injustice and corruption brought forth by the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex, and the corporate takeover of the media and U.S. government. They brought attention to the hypocrisies in our government’s current reasoning for war with the Syrian government, asked the audience to stop being programmed by the television, and as always, spoke of revolution. These messages were delivered all the while they entertained the pumped up crowd with refined beats, raps, and the essence of true Hip Hop culture. The soft-spoken delivery of Brother Ali made for the perfect balance to the always angry Immortal Technique. After the show they remained loyal to their crowd and stuck around to meet all in attendance and signed whatever anyone had to bring. The tour continues on across the nation until October 4th and I highly recommend you catch one of the dates because it is a show not worth missing.