Bonaphied – Show Out

Bonaphied as a group has been doing music for about as long as most established artists but due to lapse in trying to find their creative groove it has been a learning experience from project to project. Knowing the talent level the group has pressed on and matured since the first release and found something that seems to work for them which was heard on their latest release “Hip Hop & R&B”. Instead of solely trying to stay in one lane they have infused the two into a seamless sound which is on par with most of the industry’s top level artists. Working on their next project they have released the first single called “Show Out” which features singer K Young who appeared on several tracks on Bonaphied’s last release. The chemistry between the two is still apparent and the song comes just in time to impact the club scene this summer.
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John Crown – Like This

While talent is often underappreciated once it is heard it can never overlooked. With that Tacoma’s John Crown has been a welcome surprise to most and released an astonishing debut EP called “Before I Wake You Up” last year. Gaining some early praise from critics as well as other local artists John Crown recently wrapped up his second project “Coffee & Beats” which is due to be released this summer.  The second leak from the project is a song called “Like This” produced by Mike Weed and featuring Queens artist Action Bronson.
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HLS – Hi-Life Soundsystem

At a time when Seattle’s explosive hip-hop scene continues to expand in various directions, there’s a highly animated new music group that’s eager to push those boundaries even further. Hi-Life Soundsystem, comprised of talented emcees Khingz and B-Flat, are two of Seattle’s hardest working, yet often under appreciated rap figures, that have banded together to create 13 clever songs that nobody would expect from either one of them. The group is anchored by ace producer, Crispy, who handles the beats on every track and helps to make Hi-Life one of the freshest West Coast groups to fully emerge in 2011.
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Jon Belz – Rise Of The Machine

Producer Stewie Vuiton Aka Stewart Villian was raised in Portland, Oregon which is very apparent in his music style. Although his inspirations include a wide variety of artists such as 9th Wonder, Flying Lotus, and The Runners, Vuiton’s music has a raw, artistic sound only found in the northwest. He has produced for well known artists, such as Keak Da Sneak, The Jacka, Ryda J Clyde, Yukmouth, J-Diggs, Vast Aire ( of Cannibal Ox), Stunnaman ( of The Pack), and Luni Coleone. His work is not only limited to artist collaborations, Vuiton has also expressed his musical point of view through a series of diverse beat tapes and he continues to grow and flourish as versatile producer. To challenge himself further Stewie is putting together his first album “My Name Is Stewart” which will have him doing production while artists provide the songs. The first of two leaks is by Jon Belz who some may know from being part of the Chill Crew and dropped a project called “On The Rocks”. The second leak is by iLLA aka iLLAJ called “LeMatin”.
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Mike Mack & Harlem – Rolling Stoned

Michael Mack Jr aka Mike Mack was born and raised in the Central Area of Seattle, Washington in 1989. His interest in music started early and while he was in grade school he entered a competition to get a position in a choir that would sing backup for Celine Dion at Key Arena. He won his spot in the choir and notes it as one of the most memorable experiences with the simple thought of it putting a big smile on his face. It was this significant moment where his interest in music really took off. Hugh Brown aka Harlem was born in Harlem, New York in 1989 and moved to Seattle around the age of thirteen. His first love was basketball but he always had a variety of musical influences around him within his own family. It was not until he moved to Seattle that his love of hip hop manifested into a true passion and goal in life.
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P Washington – Tha Yellow Tape

The de-facto standard for mixtapes has changed so much over the course of rap but still remains a prerequisite for artist’s checklist. P Washington aka Pistol may be unfamiliar to some circles but has been active in the northwest music scene for quite some time. Like many P Washington got his early start freestyling which led to battle rapping but since then he has progressed to the point of becoming an artist. Combined with other talented people P Washington has started his movement Fly Gun Republic which consists of artists from various genres combining as one powerhouse label. “Tha Yellow Tape” features of variety of industry jacks as well as some original production with features from Rich Uno, Armon Sims, E-Mac, Phate Dre, Queen Chance Alion, Swag, DZ, Gangsta Nutt, and many more.
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Second Family – Sleep Deprivation

The constant thoughts of success and years of trying to achieve those dreams easily results in sleep loss.  Dark circles under the eyes could be considered war wounds for Tacoma natives Second Family who release “Sleep Deprivation” as an intermission before their soon to be released follow-up “Gateway Drug”. Un-seemingly weathered veterans the duo known as Element and NoQuezt have only released one album being 2009’s “Caskets & Funeral Homes”. The album featured the anti-trendy rebellious anthem “Bout A Swag” and the foreplay-esque anthem “Closer” which finally gave most fans a formal introduction. To keep fans at a satisfactory level “Sleep Deprivation” provides indulgence in the shape of mostly industry tracks but also includes two new exclusive songs. The first being the Mo Bucks produced “U & I” Ft Cun David and “Cant Leave It Alone” produced by Paul Cabbin. Second Family’s second album is scheduled for release later this year featuring appearances from Grynch and Dice.
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Wingate – Mixed Thoughts

The city of Portland is a city filled with diversity and has a strong sense of originality. The city’s slogan; Keep Portland Weird displays how its citizens feel about keeping things original and creative. As a city known for its rain, trees, Nike and the Trail Blazers, it lacks the feeling of having a strong hip-hop scene.  Now finally from a city confronted with daily disappointment and underachievement from its music industry, there is a glimmer of hope. Wingate, a 21 year old young man born on the Westside of the city, shows the potential to blow up and put Portland on the map for its music. “Mixed Thoughts” is a collection of teaser tracks to hold fans over until the upcoming “Polaroids” album which is slated to be released later this year. Mixed Thoughts features Saint of Tru Quality, Mat Randol, Rochelle Jordan, Voice, and production from  Jansport J, Oddisee, Kid-A, RJD2, Steve-O.
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G Khan – Cloud Surfin

Frequency of releases is not something new for G Khan as he continuously has a project in the works or one he is currently promoting. G Khan’s latest project is a mixtape in conjunction with DJ Swervewon  commemorating 4/20 a day which has become a springboard for artists to release new material. Aptly titled “Cloud Surfin” the project features it share of songs dedicated to the smokers and even features a Nate Dogg Tribute. Featuring some original production from Swift Holiday, Dstrangz, Sleep D, Apostle, as well as some spot guest appearances from D Hu$tal, Mr Burnz, and Parker Brothaz. Also available is G Khan’s latest solo album “Khanversation” which was released earlier this year and features the single/video “Imma Be A Star”.
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Notion – 3 Songs With MTK

What Robert Johnson was to the blues, what James Brown was to funk, what Prince was to pop, Notion no fuck that, Notion is none of those things. But he does rap well. And he’s teamed with artisan of all things slap MTK (whose credits include Mobb Deep, Raekwon, and Lloyd Banks), to release three songs for free. From its aggressive beginning to its soulful ending, the three tracks function as a fleshed out project and work as a solid foundation for Notion’s future work. Also combining with Know Choice, Ripynt, and Shast you can look forward to a project dropping later this year under the group “That 1 Show”. Previous releases from Notion include his debut album “Late Nights Until Now” and his free EP “The Before Now”.
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