Tag Archives: yU

New Joint – Sharp / yU

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Sharp ft. yU the 78er – “Speak Mo Direct” (@LoveSharp / 2017)

Adding to his credits which already include Skyzoo, CL Smooth and Hus Kingpin, producer Sharp teams-up with Diamond District / the 1978ers member yU for this string-laden slice of quality Hip-Hop.

New Joint – Hus Kingpin / yU

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Hus Kingpin ft yU – “The Breaks” (@HusKingpin / 2016)

Strong Island-raised Hus is joined by yU of The 1978ers for this SmooVth-produced track off the upcoming compilation from #TheWinners.

New Joint – The 1978ers

The 1978ers – “Far” (@MelloMusicGroup / 2015)

Soulful beats and intelligent rhymes from yU and Slimkat’s impressive 2014 album “People Of Today”.

New Joint – The 1978ers

1978ers – “Without A Clue” (@MelloMusicGroup / 2014)

Taken from yU and SlimKat’s recently-released album “People Of Today”.

New Joint – Diamond District

Diamond District – “First Step” (@MelloMusicGroup / 2014)

DC trio Oddisee, yU and Uptown XO drop the first visuals off their forthcoming “March On Washington” project – the long-awaited follow-up to the crew’s impressive 2009 album “In The Ruff”.

New Joint – SciFi Stu / yU / Boog Brown / Hus Kingpin / Chinch 33

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SciFi Stu ft. yU, Boog Brown, Hus Kingpin & Chinch 33 – “Thru Life” (@HiPNOTT / 2014)

The talented Scottish producer is sure to have one of 2014’s most impressive albums on his hands if this melodic speaker-knocking title track is anything to go by.

New Joint – J Scienide

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J Scienide – “Garbage” (@JScienide / 2013)

New single from the DC-based artist featuring production from Diamond District’s yU.

New Joint – The Other Guys / yU / Substantial

The Other Guys ft. yU & Substantial – “Memories Fade” (TheOtherGuys.BandCamp.Com / 2013)

Taken from the Washington DC-based production duo’s forthcoming EP “The Opposite Of Sex”.

New Joint – Sean-Toure / yU

Sean-Toure ft. yU – “In The Heat Of The Night” (@SeanToure / 2012)

Taken from the Baltimore emcee’s self-produced album “The Sound Channeler” which also features Kev Brown, J. Sands, Substantial and more.

New Joint – yU / Oddisee

yU – “I Believe – Oddisee Remix” (Mello Music Group / 2012)

Dope remix of an already impressive track from the Diamond District member’s 2011 solo album “The Earn”.

New Joint – The Black Opera / yU

The Black Opera – “Black Superstar” (Mello Music Group / 2012)

The secretive Black Opera collective deal with the duality of fame and fortune on this yU-produced track.

New Joint – yU / Oddisee / Tabi Bonney etc

yU, Raheem Devaughn, Oddisee, Noyeek The Grizzly Bear, Draus, Laelo & Tabi Bonney – “Clock’s Ticking” (NomadicWax.Com / 2012)

Dope Choppy Choppe-produced posse cut featuring a selection of Washington D.C. talent coming together to promote the city’s upcoming 2012 Bumrush The Boards Chess Tournament.

Mello Muve Compilation Download – Mello Music Group

Released to coincide with this year’s SXSW industry event in Austin, Texas, Mello Music Group have put together this free compilation featuring music from the likes of Gensu Dean, Apollo Brown, Oddisee, Boog Brown and more – listen here.

New Joint – yU / Duff

yU ft. Duff – “I Believe” (Mello Music Group / 2012)

The Diamond Distric emcee drops this new Charlie Ross-produced single from his album “The Earn” to coincide with Martin Luther King Day.

Words From yU:

“Today’s a special day in remembrance of a man that resembled the spirit of a leader at a time where many just followed suit and went with the tide. Another example of how powerful the spoken word can be, changing the lives of many by something as simple as a thought; amplified by the tone of his voice. When I’m onstage, sometimes I think of Martin and Malcolm. I think of how they fueled their supporters with inspiration to push forward. I wrote “I Believe” at a time when I myself was going through a lot, and was trying to fine tune my focus. Somehow after talking to my creator and Charlie Ross (who lived in Okinawa, Japan at the time) I was given the music and this is what came from it.”

New Joint – yU

yU – “Time Machine” / “Remember U” (Mello Music Group / 2012)

New single from the Diamond District member’s recent album “The Earn”.

52 Best Albums & EPs Of 2011 (Part Five) – Maffew Ragazino / Prose / Quelle Chris

Maffew Ragazino – “Rhyme Pays” (Cash In Cash Out Records) – Brownsville, Brooklyn representative Ragazino stormed the underground Hip-Hop scene with a brilliantly orchestrated online promo campaign and then dropped this polished set that bristles with thoroughbred NY attitude. Backed by production from the likes of DJ Clark Kent, Vinyl Frontiers and Sha Banga, Maffew took his first step towards his name being added to the long list of BK rap greats.

Prose – “The Dark Side Of The Boom” (BBP) – Following up last year’s excellent “Force Of Habit” album, UK duo Steady Rock and Efeks delivered another accomplished set of quality homegrown Hip-Hop that put a slightly moodier twist on their trademark boom-bap sound.

General Monks – “Each Step Becomes Elevated” (Wandering Worx Entertainment) – Teaming up with Gold Chain Music artist TriState for this release, West Coast emcee Planet Asia further solidified his reputation as a lyrical giant amongst midgets, with the duo launching verbal missiles over hardcore production alongside the likes of Ras Kass, Krondon and Montage One.

Muneshine & Vinyl Frontiers – “Larger Than Life” (Vinyl Frontiers) – Canada’s Muneshine definitely shone on this EP of upbeat bangers which found the Toronto wordsmith dropping both reflective rhymes and sarcasm-laced lines over the Vinyl Frontiers’ soulful production.

Praverb The Wyse – “Professional Hobbyist” (Praverb Dot Net) – An honest account of both the triumphs and frustrations facing underground artists who are forced to fit their musical aspirations around the day-to-day grind, this album from Virginia’s Praverb was a breath of fresh air from an emcee unafraid to really let listeners into his world.

MCM – “The Gospel : The Missing Gems Of MCM (1994 – 2011)” (I-Innovate) – As frontman of 90s UK Hip-Hop favourites Caveman, MCM’s place in British rap history is secure. With sporadic periods of solo activity since the group’s break-up, this epic collection of over thirty tracks mixed new MCM material with unreleased treats from the last two decades. Featuring production from the likes of DJ Devastate, Si Spex and DJ Nappa, “The Gospel” brilliantly showcased MCM’s positive lyrical message.

Raekwon – “Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang” (EMI) – Aside from a few sonic mis-steps, The Chef’s most recent solo opus continued the momentum gained from 2009’s “Cuban Linx” sequel. Dropping his usual blend of coded crime rhymes and street-related wisdom over mostly solid production from the likes of Kenny Dope, The Alchemist and Bronze Nazareth, Raekwon once again proved himself to be a true master of his craft.

Common – “The Dreamer / The Believer” (Warner Bros) – This particular Windy City wordsmith may no longer be the posterchild for underground rap that he was during the 90s following the release of his classic “I Used To Love H.E.R.”, but Common can still tap into that same pure Hip-Hop spirit when he chooses to. After 2008’s limp “Universal Mind Control” the Chicago native had a lot to prove, so he teamed-up with longtime collaborator No I.D. to record an album that balances commercial sensibilities and progressive lyrical messages with moments of raw rap attitude.

yU – “The Earn” (Mello Music Group) – Capturing a variety of moods reflecting the struggles, dreams and aspirations of a young man attempting to find his place in the world, this sophomore solo effort from the Diamond District emcee is as inspirational as it is entertaining. A modern-day masterpiece.

Soul Khan – “Acknowledgement” (Brown Bag Allstars) –  The first in a four-EP series the Brooklyn-based emcee began early in 2011, this DJ Element-produced project found the former battle champ exploring the idea of self-worth in rousing fashion, delivering confident verses brimming with personality over a selection of drum-heavy, sample-driven soundscapes.

Quelle Chris – “Shotgun & Sleek Rifle” (Synergy Works) – Stalwart of the underground Detroit scene Quelle Chris has something of an eclectic musical background that covers Hip-Hop, rock and electronica. With this project, the Wasted Youth member embarked on a beautifully blunted musical voyage, blending the grimy feel of a basement tape with the soulful shimmer of interplanetary cosmic funk. A truly unique listening experience.

Ryan Proctor

Hard To Earn – yU

Diamond District member yU discusses his new album “The Earn” released on the Mello Music Group label.

A Garbage Beat Tape Download – yU

In preparation for his forthcoming Mello Music Group album “The Earn”, Diamond District member yU drops this free 23-track instrumental project “A Garbage Beat Tape” – download here.

From The Press Release:

“yU’s foray into production on “A Garbage Beat Tape” is nothing short of stellar.  The wordsmith puts in work with ASR-XPro to produce a concept driven instrumental album on par with Prince Paul and Madlib productions.  The project makes light of how seriously people can sometimes take things.  “It’s a thin line between quality and garbage.  It’s really up to each person to decide.  One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, ” says yU.   Refuse recycled into royalty.”

New Joint – yU

yU ft. B. Jamelle – “Disturbed” (Mello Music Group / 2011)

Produced by Pittsburgh’s Usef Dinero – the Diamond District member’s album “The Earn” drops in December.

The LifeLine (Part One) – Blackberry Jones / YU

The first installment of DC-based producer Blackberry Jones’ online beatmaking experiment featuring Diamond District emcee YU.

Words From Blackberry Jones:

“The LifeLine was a show we used to do on ‘Black Broadway’ (9th & U streets) in DC. It was a live production session where my brothers and myself would collect samples every week and throw them all together in a mixing pot. We would chop the samples live and make beats on the fly. Artists and instrumental collaborators alike would be open to join in with words, concepts and sounds. It was magic at every event. This is my attempt to bring that energy to the online/interactive realm. This first demonstration should give you a hint, seeing as though each installment should differ greatly from the next.”