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It Wasn’t Me – New Evidence video

Evidence has dropped another set of visuals from his new album.

It Wasn’t Me is taken from his Cats & Dogs album, out on Rhymesayers Entertainment and is a perfect example of what to expect from the record. Crank it and get your neck snapping, this one bangs.

Don’t forget Evidence is part of the Rhymesayers European Tour which hits London’s Electric Ballroom on November 7th alongside Atmosphere, Blueprint, Brother Ali and Grieves & Budo.

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Rhymesayers launches new mix competition

Rhymesayers and Carhartt have teamed up to launch a mix competition.

The competition, which coincides with the Rhymesayers European Tour gives fans a chance to create their own 15 minute mix of Rhymesayers material which they then upload here.

The winner will get a flashdrive full of music, albums by all the artists, a limited edition tour t-shirt, a Carhartt x UDG DJ bag, the chance to create an hour long mix for Carhartt’s radio and even personalised drops from the artists. The competition closes on September 27th.

The tour, which has a line-up of Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Evidence, Blueprint and Grieves & Budo hits the Electric Ballroom in London on November 7th.

Whilst you’re getting some inspiration, check out the new Evidence video for the track You, taken from his upcoming album Cats & Dogs.

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Evidence drops preview mix of new solo album

Dilated Peoples MC Evidence has delivered a nugget of fun for fans.

The rapper, who releases his new solo album Cats & Dogs on September 26th through Rhymesayers Entertainment, has had crew mate DJ Babu mix up five tracks from the album to give fans an idea of what is to come from the record.

Have a listen below and download the mp3 from here.

Evidence – Cats & Dogs (Album Sampler Mixed by DJ Babu) by SureShot Promotions

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Evidence announces new album release date

Evidence will be releasing his first Rhymesayers album on September 26th.

The Dilated Peoples MC and producer will be dropping Cats & Dogs, marking the first album released on rap powerhouse label Rhymesayers, home to Atmosphere, P.O.S. and Brother Ali amongst others.

To celebrate the album, which features appearances from Slug, Aesop Rock, Raekwon, Aloe Blacc and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy amongst others, he has dropped new visuals with Fashawn. It’s a banger.

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Watch: Brand new Atmosphere video

Atmosphere have put their new video online.

The Last To Say is taken from their latest album The Family Sign and deals with the perils and repercussions of domestic violence. It’s a subject that’s very rarely tackled, especially in hip hop, so to see these visuals give another dimension to Slug’s lyrics is very touching.

Check the video below:

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Rhymesayers announce European Tour

Hip hop heavyweight Rhymesayers Entertainment have announced a European label tour that has been ten years in the making.

The line-up will be headed by Atmosphere with Brother Ali, Evidence [of Dilated Peoples], Blueprint and Grieves & Budo filling the rest of the bill. The UK date will see the tour hit London’s Electric Ballroom on November 7th before heading to mainland Europe.

In order to get everyone hyped for the show, a playlist has been put together with tracks from every artist on the bill so get it playing and get ready to experience one hell of a show.

The tour dates are:

7th – London, Electric Ballroom
8th – Amsterdam, Melkweg
9th – Paris, La Machine du Moulin Rouge
11th – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
12th – Zurich, Rote Fabrik
13th – Fribourg, Fri-Son
15th – Berlin, Festaal Kreuzberg
16th – Hamburg, Uebel & Gefahrlich
18th – Stockholm, Nalen
19th – Oslo, Spikerboks
20th – Copenhagen, Vega Musikkenshus

Rhymesayers European Tour Playlist by rhymesayers

Live Reviews

Soundset Festival 2011

Canterbury Park
Shakopee, Minnesota

Another year, another cracking Soundset Festival in Shakopee, Minnesota. After a heavy barrage of rain the night before, the nightmare scenario of a mud-bath was raising its ugly head but once we arrived and saw that the worst of it was contained to the middle patch of grass by the Main Stage and everything else was just a bit squidgy, we knew it was going to be alright. Walking up to the entrance, we caught the last couple of songs of the Slaughterhouse set – a shame we didn’t catch more of it, but with such a good line-up on the rest of the bill, it wasn’t the end of the world.

Taking our place a little further back from the main stage, we rolled in just in time to see Dilated Peoples make their triumphant return with Babu cutting over Evidence and Rakaa’s lyrics and getting the crowd whipped up from the very start. Rolling through some newer tunes including the crowd favourite This Way, the trio performed with smiles as big as those in the crowd and even brought out a female fan who had traveled all the way from LA [not as far as London!] to perform a track with them. By the time they finished up on the anthem Worst Comes To Worst, they had the crowd eating out of their hands.

They were followed on stage by Mac Miller, which meant an swift exit to avoid hearing his horrible music before heading back for the Main Stage debut of Doomtree, who killed their set despite obvious sound problems. Never a crew to let the energy levels drop, their set span crew tracks as well as solo tunes from various albums and also saw performances of new tracks by Cecil Otter and P.O.S., whose song has an instantly catchy gang chorus about spitting on Nikes, kicking out DJs and rocking a party. They’re favourites, obviously, but bias aside, they slayed it, a definite highlight. De La Soul moved the crowd as you would expect, mixing in their old-skool vibes with newer tracks like Ooh and proved that despite their age, they still know how to rock a set.

Moving over to the Fifth Element stage, we took in another sterling performance by Edan, who had wowed me earlier this year at the Jazz Café in London. Whilst it was almost an exact replica of that set, his ability to entertain is second-to-none and as such the crowd swelled with every song. His wordplay and back-and-forths with hype man Paten Locke had everyone slamming hands in the air and when he busted out the acoustic guitar and kazoo, it was over, he’d cemented his place in everyone’s hearts. Unfortunately it meant we weren’t able to see Brother Ali’s set, but by the look of the crowd in front of the stage, he was killing it as usual.

Then it was time for the main two acts of the festival – Big Boi and Atmosphere. The Outkast MC brought a ton of girls on stage with him [most of whom looked like jailbait, but still] as he ran through classic Outkast material dating all the way back to the first album through classics like Ms Jackson [which included comedy “ooohs” from the crowd at every chorus] and Ghettomusick before ramming everyone’s ears with tracks from his brilliant solo album – Shutterbugg being the highlight of a great set.

When Slug, Ant, Nate and Erick hit the stage though, the noise levels went up that bit further, welcoming their hometown favourites back after a grueling tour. With tracks from their new album The Family Sign sounding brilliant, especially the bouncy She’s Enough, a quick Slick Rick impression from Slug and old favourites like Guns and Cigarettes and Trying To Find A Balance being wheeled out, it’s easy to see why Atmosphere continue to bring in so many plaudits. As the sun set on both them and the festival, the estimated 30,000 people finished their day on the ultimate high. Long may independent labels continue and here’s to Soundset 2012.


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Soundset 2011 preview video drops

The world’s best hip hop festival is back once again and the Rhymesayers guys behind the Soundset have dropped a preview video for the event which takes place in Minnesota on May 29th.

Taking in tunes from De La, Atmosphere, Big Boi and more, the visuals by the homey Adam Garcia come to life and make our resident rap fan Abjekt very excited. As per usual, Crossfire will be there to report on what’s going down.

Remind yourselves what went down last year by clicking right here.

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Aesop Rock project signed to Rhymesayers

When Rhymesayers release something, we take notice.

So when this teaser trailer for the new Hail Mary Mallon release was dropped, signalling the signing of Aesop Rock, DJ Big Wiz and Rob Sonic’s project to the Minneapolis-based label, we sat up and pressed play over and over.

Check it out below, nuff said.

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Watch: New video from Atmosphere

It’s another video from those Minnesotans – Atmosphere have dropped some visuals for the track She’s Enough from their new album The Family Sign.

Not only is the tune a banger, but the video is excellent and reminds you of the days when all you had to do to get a girl was put chewing gum in her hair. Those were the days. Keep your eyes open for the cameo to end all cameos in the lunch hall.