The first track off of Maino Gates self produced beat/mixtape 'Knock Out Kings EP' you'll for sure to hear a guaranteed banger from Rel's track entitled 'Lookin Right' [which actually is his only song on the project]. It is so much of a banger that the Knock Out Kings have decided to go with the track 'Lookin Right' for the the beat/mixtape as the theme music to be used throughout the promo., Which is only right just for the simple fact that founder of Knock Out Kings anyway.
Throughout the promo video you get to take a peek into the life of a Knock Out King, and on this exclusive night we catch the team having a slight photo shoot. Throughout the video and the photo shoot you also catch a few shots of Clique, a Pittsburgh based Vodka company. The Knock Out Kings show love towards Clique and are willing to work with Giants to be to not only build themselves up but to excel both brands to a whole new level. With that being said pour up some clique, press play, then afterwards go buy some products from Knock Out Kings Apparel, kokapparel.com
In honor of the new clothing site release, Knock Out Kings Apparel kokapparel.com, a few kings got together and gave the go ahead to release some free music and beats just for the special occasion. This dope ear grabbing, while at the same time neck breaking, mixtapes is/was a sure way to get a few people's attention to start the year off. Producer Maino Gates [noble plot's very own] enlist a few emcees from the 412 and the 301 to get the job done this time around. With help from J.L. Bentley, Slick Webb, Cash Moola, Mieho 'Da King' and even Rel himself [founder of Knock Out Kings Apparel]. While some of the other tracks that don't include lyrics you'll be able to vibe right along with your own mindset as you try to remember where that sample came from. Or if it even is a sample. But don't forget even though the music is dope it's all for the Grand Opening of the new clothing site: Knock Out Kings Apparel kokapparel.com. So go check it out, find something for you or somebody you know may like and tell a friend to do the same. Knock Out Kings
Knock Out Kings Apparel has started the new year off right with the launch of official online clothing site. Currently featuring a dope selection of colorful good quality T-Shirts that are available for ordering right now, asap. From fresh prints to 3/4 sleeves you'll have several options to choose from. You can also check out a few of the upcoming sweaters and hoodies within their given tabs. Although there isn't a pre-order option for the 'coming soon' items you can always reach out by using the contact form, and maybe see if you could work out your own pre-order with the KOK team. But with this being Knock Out Kings first official store and with it just recently launching I already know for sure that there will be a lot more of the collection to come. This very well could be the year of the 'Knock Out'.
Another fairly late post but when it comes to upcoming artist Rel it always is better late than never. Rel's blesses us with his latest project, with a dope title, 'Sound'. A project that could sum his current lifestyle just about. From his music grind to pleasing his fans to turning down here and there to put some QT with that lucky lady Rel doesn't miss a beat. And although I have should have made this sentence the first one [better late than never] I would like to welcome you to Enlightenment From A Revolutionist very first Album/Mixtape review.
Rel's project 'Sound' begins over an Epik the Dawn instrumental which uses a classic Aaliyah sample entitled 'Delfield Raps'. The track comes in with that "turnt up" type of vibe with the hi and open hats hitting back to back to back plus with the snare snapping crisp and the kick shaking any and all speakers. All in which comes at you in full force right on que with Rel shouting out the producer Epik.
With this being the intro Rel decides to spazz just a little, not so much were you can not feel him though. To me 'Delfield Raps' has two purposes one being a slight summary for any new listener that jumped on the bandwagon in between his last project/freestyle. The other purpose being a reminder to all the fans that were already on the bandwagon. A reminder that Rel hasn't lost his touch at all.
But the dopest part about the intro to sound is how it has that Drake Tuscan Leather sort of set up with it basically being two songs in one. The second part of Delfield Raps has more of a chill sort of vibe with Rel touching on the power moves he has recently been involved with. So still bragging just not stunting technically. The only thing I wonder is where is this Delfield that he speaks of.
Track 2, or really track 1 if you look at the intro as a intro, switch's gear from Delfield Rap's to a more serious and personal tone. This is one of them tracks you can just tell that no hoes where in mind when the making of the song occurred. With the main focus on the track being towards someone special Rel is making sure that his girl gets the memo before it's to late. The memo being, now that they made it to "living sky high" just make sure that she won't hit rock bottom from one bad decision. In other words, Rel is saying 'look hoe I'm that dude and if you ever play me it's back to level one for you'. Now that isn't no where in the song but that just what I get from it all. It's kind of like that Jay Z line from Party Life, " When you're used to filet mignon, It's kinda hard going back to Hamburger Helper". All over a RMB Justize production
After you hear 'The Plan' you would think, or get the vibe, that it might be a slow jams mixtape with just a dope banger as the the intro....wrong. Just like the title says on this track Rel changes the mood of the tape by putting everything on the table and breaking the plan. I do think it's funny how Track 2 [Fall Down] Rel is letting his girl know that she better not loaf on this opportunity of being with him and then he starts this track talking about how 'she don't let a nigga breath'. Besides from letting us in on the plan of his Knock Out King Rel does throw in a little quick history of how he came to be from back in his college days. GA on the beat
Over a Kilo production the story continues from 'The Plan' to 'Learn Som', who would have thought. Track 4 might have the hottest bars on the whole project due to the message of the song. But at the same time Rel does keep it real [play on words], in the hook he says, "Work is getting harder right now, a nigga out here pop'n right now". Unlike most artist Rel lets us know just because it may seem like everything is all good he still can be overwhelmed and stressed out just like any one of us. What I like most about 'Learn Som' is how Rel makes the transition from putting his listeners hip to the 'The Plan' then comes with this track to remind them to learn something. Nice well put together track with catchy vibes from both vocals and production.
Not The Time
Although this si the only production on the project by CreateYaLane Rel gives his beat some justice as well, all while still keeping the message/theme rolling along. Now that you'll have heard the schemes and felt the passion in the drive to get those goals accomplished Rel uses track 5 to 'put y'all in your places'. With a melo and stress free sort of tone Rel vibes on the hook saying, "You might be able to fuck with me, but now is not the time". The humor I get from this track is how you can tell this is the track on Sound that the haters are h=going to hate the most. Just for the simple fact that you already know this one was made just for them.
Switching the attention back to the ladies 'Cool Off' could have two different feelings/meaning to some people, depending on how you look at track 6. Kind of like with the intro for Sound. Rel sings of how if he had the chance to get with this girl he is referring to in the song no matter what she been through he got what it takes to show him that real side. I say people would have different expression about this track because I already know some are going to look at it as 'Cool Off'' meaning bathing like cool off in the shower [And ain't nothing wrong with that]. But I look at it all as no matter how tough/hard or protected [cool] a girl may seem there is those moments at any given time of the day where your going to have to take your 'Cool Off'. Beat by RMB Justive
On a Maino Gate's production Rel continues Sound with his attention to the ladies but keeps things a little more trill and still has a few words for the fellows too [no homo]. Once ladies realize that the Knock Out Kings movement really isn't to bad and decide to take their 'cool off' this is the song Rel wants them to hear next. This also is the first track on Sound with a feature and of course it is Knock Out Kings own ecmee Mieho. The concept of the overall track is dope as hell and Maino Gates on the beat pulled the entire piece together. And not to mention how this far into Sound everything still makes sense and isn't random tracks thrown together; My favorite track.
That What It Is
"Grinding for that, paper ain't I. Yeah we on that, we ain't like no other niggas. Grinding for that, hustle for that....so if you... wanna ride for a nigga like me. That's what it is, yeah that's what it is.", says Rel on the hook of track 8, 'That What It Is, over a GA production. After letting all these females to cool off and refreshing them by letting them know this was the right side to choose to ride with all you really can tell them after that is 'That's What It Is' With a feature from FTR's Drama this track does have that bounce to it. Kind of hard not to fuck this one
Slowing things down for track 9 'Took' over another GA production Rel keeps things a little more personal this one. I look at this track as something like an admission from the ecmee Rel. Just because when you put two and two together at the end of the hook Rel say, "Watch how I let the music take these hoes", and with the title being 'Took' I can only think he is trying to let us in on something. I look at it as Rel basically admitting that he only sings for just about the all the same reason that all the other singers sing too, to get to the ladies. And ain't nothing wrong with thatat all, it's just cool how Rel uses 'Tok' to get that point across. If that was the mind set
R&B wise, especially vocals wise, I think that 'Better Choice' on Rel's Sound is the best one out of all the selections. It kind of seems like the R&B version of track 7 'Side That You'. Using another dope banger from Kilo The Knock Out King vibes out on this letting all the ladies out there who may be in a position where you have to choose being committed with one of many options, make the better choice. Even though throughout the verses Rel speaks about his occurrences with his SOS's I enjoy how on the hook it is broad and could be looked at as the better choice in any situation really.
RMB Justize did his thang on this track 10 instrumental on Rel's Sound entitled 'I Guess'. With having so many options on the plate it does make them a little complex especially when all the options are individually beneficial. So much that sometimes when it comes to picking the right one you truly just have to guess, knowing that regardless the results can only be positive. Which is why I feel Rel on this one minus the category being girls. You really got to be that dude when it comes to guessing for that topic
Wrong With Me
Banger Alert! Just when you think the rest of Sound was going to end on a melo down tone 'Wrong With Me' comes out of no where and smacks you right in the face. In the continuation of making Sound make sense and one piece, it's funny how on 'I Guess' I just said that s crazy how Rel got it to the point where he can just guess on who he wants to one and then have the next track agree with me by admitting that something is wrong with him. If you ask me I would say this is RMB Justize best production on Sound.
Rel ends his weel put together project Sound with track 13 called 'Slide'. If I had to judge this song would land at number 3 behind Fall Down & Better Choice as top R&B songs on the project, but don't get it twisted this jam still bangs too. This is one of them songs that you would play after you already get your booty call set up and your on your way back to the crib. Or I guess you could bump it before you set things up too just to get your mind right.
Overall this is one well put together body of work from upcoming artist Rel from Pittsburgh. Take some time out to see if you get the same vibes as me while listening to Sound. And check out the Knock Out King apperal
Rick Ross done something that not many artist have done, especially any rapper of our generation, expect Hov & X, to drop two albums within the same year. The first album released within the year was Rick Ross's well delayed 'Mastermind'. During the time of it's release date rapper Rick Ross was dealing with some legal issues where the actual 'Rick Ross' himself claimed that he rapper was in a way stealing his identity. And in which kept pushing back the album 'Mastermind' throughout the course of the entire case. Which of course effected album sales and could of been a major factor behind Rick Ross deciding to release another full body of work int thee same year. Or maybe just because he is a boss and got it like that. But here today we the visuals for the intro to the album entitled 'Hood Billionaire' which is also the tile of the track as well. Directed and captured by DRE Films, peep the compilation of Rick Ross's various power moves all while he reminds us that he is a Hood Billionaire.
This just might be my latest post of a post ever in Enlightenment From A Revolutionist history, but it's all good because I know this is something you'll been dying to hear. Maino Gates continues with the free beat series of Grossing Samples with the second placement of the volumes, Vol. 2. Like the title suggest this slight beat tape is oack full of samples. Samples that truly don't go hand in hand but with a few tweaks and effects here and there they turn out fairly well. From sampling Drake to John Legend to some classic Dru Hill 'Grossing Samples Vol.2' is a well put together piece of art. If you are an artist grab one or two and put your swag on it, if you just so happened to be a fan/listener rock out with your ____ out and pass them along to any artist you do know.
Knock out Kings number one pusher, Rel, decides to spazz over a Jahlil instrumental just for the hell of it While flowing over the instrumental 'Brand Neww' from off of Jahlil Beats free beat tape 'Crack Music 7'. Rel reminds us just what it eould feel like if you could walk a day in his shoes.
Make some good music and spread it///KOK
— Rel (@Rel412) November 20, 2014
From the musical and apparel grind going hand in hand for Rel's Knock Out King movement I can understand how things still can seem Brand New. New tags and music really day. More music coming up from upcoming artist Rel, who is also in partnership with Nobleplot.com. After you check out Rel's freestyle 'Brand New' take some time out to check out a few of the Knock out Kings apparel found in the right column
Maybach music's own Wale is truly starting to stand out among all these other rappers in the rap game. Maybe it was how he was raised out in the DMV [DC, Maryland, Virginia], maybe its how he has evolved as an artist and brand from rapping about Nike Boots to getting exclusive Nikes that nobody else will/ever have. Well I can't point out just what it is but I do know that it just ain't 'Nothing'
Last year Wale didn't take kind towards Complex leaving his hard worked 'The Gifted' off of their 50 Best Albums of 2013 list. He detested their disapproval so much that Wale decided to give their headquarters a call and express just about everything that was on his mind about the entire misunderstanding. But the best part about it all was how Complex was hip enough to recorded the entire conversation [or rant, if you will] and released it to the world wide web. And although I try/tried to down play it, trust me when I say it was a rant worth your attention.
Now fast forward to present day and the whole Wale and Complex ordeal seems like a joke and/or water under the bridge as some would say. So much so that I'm starting to really believe Wale when he tells us via his lyrics that he is a genius.
Maybach music's own [had to say it again] plays things off so unbelievably by landing on the December/January issue with The Jerry Seinfeld. They also do a 4 part short clips of a basic conversation between the elites that in a way points out the yin and the yang at the table. The way the two "play things off" is by making it seem like just before the Wale and Complex phone call took place it was actually premeditated by Jerry Seinfeld while they were talking at the diner in New York City. Along with some random yet entertaining convos throughout the whole piece.
But not to overshadow the dope Complex cover showcasing the two, I look at all this as a crazy preview to the long awaited and talked about "More About Nothing" album! Wale set up his entire The Gifted album to have the end of every song lead into the next at the end and decided to end it with the last track being 'Outro About Nothing' Basically then leading into the More About Nothing album a dope collaborative project with Jerry Seinfeld. A project that based on Complex's cover story maybe literally is WAY more than nothing. Even with no info of a release date this kind of reminds me of Wale's old touring buddy J.Cole's surprise new album video... minus the major cover story and the smooth play off of his rant. Dope
J.Cole is back at it once again to remind us that it still is a Cole World. But rather speak on what he has learned since his last project or rap about how much he has grown, instead Jermaine Cole does the complete opposite by taking us back to his old stomping grounds. J.Cole takes his fans and listeners to the place that made him the man he is today, Fayetteville North Carolina
Cole releases a short video clip, 7 minutes long, of him and his Dreamville entourage going to all the old spots throughout his hometown. From the skating rink to a local chicken spot J.Cole captures the perfect moments that truly express his childhood. Even with it being a quick 45 sec shot of the Dreamville gang rolling around on skates. I can completely feel the message that Cole is trying to get across. There is even several places throughout the video of old footage of J.Cole skating and even talking about Hip Hop at a very young age.
The only catch about this album is that you basically, some what, don't know what your paying for. It would seem that J.Cole has decided to take this album down the new Beyonce release route, no singles just a title and date. Well actually Beyonce didn't even tell us of the title or release date, she just put it all out on iTunes then told the world. Really I would have say J.Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive is more like Jay Z's MCHG promo wise. When Jay Z announced Manga Carter Holy Grail it was just about only a few weeks away from the release and, minus the two singles dropped for the album. But hey I'm sure J.Cole, Jay Z and Beyonce all have the same management in some type of form.
Random but, after hearing the concept behind J.Cole's 3rd album I wonder if him and Drake shared any ideas while working on their two projects. I say that because Drake's newxt album is entitled "View From The 6", and is all about his hometown Toronto. Maybe with the two of them being the front runners for the kings of Hip Hop of the newest generation this was premeditated? Aye, but what do I know
"What up? New Album is finished. It's called 2014 Forest Hills Drive and it's very special to me. It's available everywhere on 12/9. This time I'm releasing no singles, just album. See you in 3 weeks. Thank you for the love and support" - Jermaine Cole
World famous emcee Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter has once again shown why he has the crown and once again reminds us to watch the throne. But this time around Jay Z isn't making this about Hip Hop or his sports agency RocNation Sports but of course just yet another powerful business venture.
The name 'de Brignac' was registered in the late 40's by the Cattier family via Jean-Jacques Cattier. It was even said the name had originally came from came from a book that Jean-Jacques' mother was reading where the main charater was named de Brignac. Several decades of no prodression followed, but the brand was then brought back to life in 2006 as a new Champagne by the Comite Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne [CIVIC]. In othe words, the old wine became a new champagne in 2006. Which also was the year, 2006 [late october], that Jay Z had the 'Ace of Spades' featured heavily throughout his 'Show Me What You Got' music video So it could be safe to say Jay Z had his eyes on Armand de Brignac for a while now.
Nowadays it seems that it is a must for someone to own a liquor brand int process of becoming a powerful Hip Hop entrepreneur. Like P.Diddy and his unbelievable nationwide Ciroc takeover followed by his assist to Rick Ross and the black bottle boys sticking to the blueprint. And most recently Young Jeezy doing the same with his paternship with Avion Tequila as the multicultural Advisor. Although P.Diddy and Young Jeezy's deals are set up kind of like Jay Z's paternership with D'usse; Sean Combs [Diddy] and Jay Jenkins [Jeezy] don't out right own the companies they are working with.
All-in-All just a few days after Sovereign Brands took control of the Don Julio tequila brand from Jose Cuervo a new company owned by Jay Z has bought Armand de Brignac from Sovereign.
"We are proud to annouce that Sovereign Brands, a New York-based wine and spirits company owned by the Berish family has sold it's interest in the Armand de Brignac ("Ace of Spades") Champagne brand to a new company led by the globally renowned 'Jay Z' Carter," - Sovereign Brands
Maino Gates blesses us again with another dope batch of free bangers, but this time around it's a little something something for just about every body. The free beat tape entitled 'Fearless' coexist of a mixture of seven different type of instrumentals. From trap to R&B and of course a little Hip-Hop mixed in there should be at least one that you would like. If for some odd reason those aren't getting the job done you could check out Maino Gates' Sound Cloud psge, just about all of the beats are free. Regardless, the tape is dope and you should pass them along to any artist you may know in need of them.
"I'm a monster everyday is Halloween", is the message throughout J. L. Bentley's newest single. In honor of the annual dress up as whatever and go around to get free candy from strangers holiday Mr. Bentley decides to put it all to wax.
After recently dropping "Hottest In The City", the single for Bentley's project, on Itunes, Amazon, Google Play etc. J.L. Bentley gives us a freebie to put us all in holiday spirit. Take a listen below to just why Bentley is a monster.
The 412's very own Rel releases the visual for the track 'Before My Eyes Get Low' off of his 2014 LP entitled 'Shot of Rel'. Shot of Rel features eight well put together tracks which also includes 'Quarterbackin' [in which you can preview the last 20 seconds of the video]
Rel has been putting in a lot of hard work in over these past few years rep'n The Burgh and putting his KOK movement on the map. Just peep the location and appearel throughout his video. But for the ladies [aka Oakley lovers] just peep Rel's lyrics and try to get the job done before my eyes get low. Dope production from GA and clean shots directed by Edge Media, check out Rel - Before My Eyes Get Low [Video]
From Philly to Washington DC, although he may not be to well known, J. L. Bentley is trying to make it well known that he is the hottest in the city.
"Farewell to the winter now that the summer is here", is how the hottest in city sets the tone from the jump while over a Maino Gates production. And with this being the first single from Bentley's upcoming untitled project either the entire body of work is up to par or we could all find out that this is one of them 'tough acts to follow'
J [Dot] L [Dot] first came into your music library August of 2013 with his mixtape entitled "Plastic Cups & Paper Cups". A 13 track project where Bentley showcased his witty yet unique flow all while delivering it all within his athletic bars. With production Conscious Beats, The Unbeatables & Maino Gates the tape is a must have [ my personal favorite was the tape's first single 'Bull Dog', featuring up coming artist Fuze B over another Maino Gates production]
All in all the single 'Hottest in the City' reminds of a boxer training on a speed bag due to the endless/countless rolling punches [lines] being said in a 4 minute window. I'm sure it's safe to say that you'll run this track back after trying to decode one line just to be distracted by the next 50 to follow. But hey, ain't nothing wrong with that. Just take the time out of your day and give J. L. Bentley's debut single 'Hottest in the City' a listen, or two. For all you know you just might catch yourself asking yourself "is he the hottest in the city?"
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela left this world on December 5 2013 at the age of 95 due to multiple hospitalization for treatment of a recurring lung infection. It all started back in 1998 when Mandela was first hospitalized, while serving a life sentence, for tuberculosis. After successful overcoming of the disease Mandela was left with a ensuing lung infection in which will be the legend's greatest challenge throughout the next few decades . A challenge that the world will always look back on as one of the most disappointing complications of the 21st century.
After studying law at Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand Nelson Mandela came into the public's eye a few years after 1948 when the South African National Congress's 1952 Defiance Campaign Mandela was appointed superintendent of the organization's Transvaal chapter and presided over the 1955 Congress of the People. Followed by Mandela being repeatedly arrested for several revolutions but was never prosecuted thanks to the help of the ANC's [African National Congress] leadership. Not to mention Nelson Mandela's years of experience of being a lawyer. But after co-founding the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe with some assistance from the South African Communist Party in 1961 Mandela got caught up leading a sabotage campaign against the apartheid government. Which all resulted in Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela being arrested in 1962, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the government and then sentenced to a life imprisonment.
Legendary: of, described in, or based on legends. Role Model: a person looked to by others as an example to be. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela will always, through my eyes, be viewed as a legendary role model just from his will and passion alone. After being serving 27 years in prison and being released at the age of 71 Mandela still pushed himself to continue his drive to break the practice of racial segregation and do away with the white minority rule. "As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I know if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind I'd still be in prison", Mandela said. Four years after being released from prison he went on to be the first black president of South African, from May 10 1994 to June 14 1999. Mandela also went on to obtain the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Order of Lenin.
"Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity"
Most FL Studio producers are well aware of the special effect known as 'gross beat', I myself have grown fond of it. Which is why I started this slight series of chopping random samples and adding on the special effect to take them to a whole another level. Please take the time to check the first installment where I've sampled Katy Perry, James Blunt & Ariana Grande
Now maybe it's because I don't know the true concept behind the song but for this being Drake's most ignorant track made to date the video actually doesn't reflect it. This 10 minute long short film comes across as Drake paying homage to his Dad and I'm guessing his old stomping grounds back in his youthful days. the funniest part of the whole video though has to be when the service clerks from the 'Started From The Bottom' video are chilling with Juicy J and Project Pat and he is just going on about nothing and keeps fucking up people's name. All-in-All this visual just showcases and stamps that Drake is the new menace II society.
Which brings us to this: GQ has just named Kendrick Lamar one of their 'Man of the Year' and has been named their 'Rapper of the Year'. And of course in the Q&A for the magazine he was asked about his 'Control' verse and his relationship with Drake
Is this the first photo of K Dot in a suit?
It seems to me that Jhene Aiko has been on the come up for a while now, but I think that her time has finally came. Which is great because someone with the amount of talent she has shouldn't be looked over for to long.
With her latest project set to drop tomorrow Nov 12 with features from the likes of Vince Staples, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Childish Gambino Jhene's hype couldn't be any higher! Especially with her last minute single being released today 'Stay Ready(What A Life)' featuring TDE's Kendrick Lamar. The song touches on the 'what if' theory of relationships. Lie 'what a life' a couple could have if they were a couple, something that I know a lot you'll have done before. Towards the end though Jhene decides to put a slight twist on the topic by going from a 'what a life we could have' mindset to a 'my life is crazy as is' sort of switch up. Basically, with her thinking about the life she would like to have or the one she is living now she can still ask herself, "What a life?". Peep it below:
Soul, hip hop, and dance music collide in this collaborative effort between two of the DMV's rising stars. EDM DJ and producer Rex Riot remixes Deron's hit song "James Brown". He taps into the EDM sound with captivating electronic strings and a beat with global bass and Baltimore club music elements.