Hip-Hop, Videos | Kinetics & One Love — Still Dreamin’ (feat. Termanology) [Music Video]

Posted by on August 16, 2012

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen. This is the moment where Kinetics & One Love transition from renowned songwriters to renowned artists. The moment where they become known not for penning the hook to B.o.B’s 2010 mega-hit “Airplanes,” but for tracks of their own. Today we have the privilege of premiering “Still Dreamin’”, the first single and video off their new full-length, You Are Not Alone, which is dropping exclusively on iTunes on August 28 (and features the likes of Termanology, Nitty Scott, Wynter Gordon, and Accent). I promise this video is going to leave you mesmerized, and is true evidence of their achievements and the improvement this duo has made since their last LP, Fading Back to Normal, which they released in 2009 still as undergrads at Cornell. Termanology’s feature here is the latest in the trend of Kinetics rapping alongside underground vets (he traded verses with RA the Rugged Man, Remedy, and Unknown Prophets on his recent mixtape) and no longer the pop-rap upstarts of earlier days, whom he easily out-spit. Term’s presence here—both on the track and in the video—brings great power and shows off his versatility, as we more commonly hear him over Premo or Hi-Tek beats. Kinetics’ newly honed delivery and voice is hypnotic as he aggressively whirlwinds over One Love’s fierce and magnetic instrumental with lines like “I’m here to give the streets crack/Call it Ronald Reagan.” The video features cameos from Freeway, Statik Selektah, and Accent, and perfectly captures the energy and visual reaction I had the first time I heard the track. Even though this song will be sold on iTunes, K&1L have agreed to release a free download if the video reaches 100,000 views. So, enjoy the visual, share it with your friends, and let this hold you over until we’re graced with You Are Not Alone in full on August 28.


Hip-Hop, Mixtapes | Ground Up – The Get Up [Mixtape]

Posted by on March 9, 2012

I’ll be honest, this mixtape hit me like a bag of bricks.  I didn’t know it was coming and I certainly wasn’t expecting this thorough of a project.  Now 10 mixtapes deep, Ground Up has faded on and off my radar but after hearing their last project, “The Get Down” and this one “The Get Up” it’s evident I need to pay more attention to the Philly duo.  “Skill over Swag” is the motto Azar and Malakai have coined and ran with, meaning substance over conforming to sell records.  I really think this tape is their best yet and all aspects of their delivery have greatly improved; from the ground up.  With production from Teddy Roxpin, Jahlil Beats, & of course Bij Lincs as well as features from Freeway, Young Chris, among others, there’s a good variety of subgenre’s featured.

DOWNLOAD: Ground Up – The Get Up [Mixtape]

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