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This week’s “The Rap-Up,” we take a look at Tech N9ne’s “Strangeland” coming In November, Planet Asia’s new movement and how Azad Right benefited from perfect timing.
Tech N9ne To Welcome Fans to ‘Strangeland’ In November
Although the Kansas City rapper just released his “All 6’s And 7’s” album in June, he’s preparing for the November 8 release of “Welcome To Strangeland.” It’s the latest in his collaborations series of albums, but it’s the first Collabos collection to feature only Strange Music artists.
Brotha Lynch Hung, Young Bleed, Mayday, Stevie Stone, Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun are among those who will appear on the project, which will get a heavy promotional push on Tech N9ne’s forthcoming The Lost Cities Tour, which kicks off September 29 at The Granada in Lawrence, Kansas, and wraps November 11 at the Midland Theater in Kansas City.
As Tech prepares for the launch of The Lost Cities Tour, he’ll be shooting the video for “All 6’s And 7’s” standout cut “Worldwide Choppers” in New Jersey this weekend. With a steady stream of music, tours and videos, Tech N9ne may be the hardest working rapper in the game.
General Monks’ “Elevated” Music
Planet Asia has been releasing quality independent music for more than a decade, from his work with Rasco in Cali Agents to his tremendous collaborative album with DJ Muggs. His latest project is General Monks, a duo he formed with the punchline proficient TriState.
The pair’s new LP, “Each Step Becomes Elevated,” is available for a free download and features the blistering single “Kill Ya Self.” Boasting Ras Kass on the chorus and hard-hitting verses from Montage One and Killer Ben, the cut harkens back to the dense wordplay and sonic chaos of Wu-Tang Clan offshoots Sunz of Man and Killarmy.
General Monks are part of Planet Asia’s larger Gold Chain Military movement. Fans of bone-crushing, lyrically-driven rap should take notice.
Azad Right Has The Right Timing
He’s a classically trained pianist and violinist who got his first major breakthrough while performing at the Def Jam Rap Star video game release party last year. Since then, Azad Right has been featured in Adidas’ International Spoken Word Campaign and opened for red-hot Watts rapper Jay Rock earlier this month at the Key Club in West Hollywood.
Now, Right just released his “The Time Is Right” mixtape, which has generated noteworthy buzz thanks to Right’s well-received song “Spiderwebs.” The Los Angeles rapper makes his city a focal point in his videos, which include the feel-good “I’ll Be Around.”
The son of Iranian poet Majid Naficy, Right focuses on relationship struggles in his revealing lyrics. By depicting and documenting emotional turmoil in his music, Right has the potential to connect with legions of fans.
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