Purchase the single entitled Hol’ Up by Tre featuring Swayzi and YungMi on iTunes and Amazon. The single was officially released on the 25th of July 2015. It is finally out after some unforeseen technical delays.
If you do not know anything about Tre, please read our interview with him by clicking here. Hol’ Up will always be on the IMF Volume 1 mixtape hosted by Lavatory Records and Boss Brain Entertainment, to be released on the 28th of August 2015. Check out Tre’s blog below via the Tre Channel on YouTube.
“I am the best…” ImproPoe is highly unapologetic about blatantly stating that he has issued a stern warning out to all rappers/emcees out there! His signal of intent is that he has set the bar high and everyone else must just catch up to it, since he released his tape Body of Proof.
On his debut offering, the man born as Moeketsi Shaun Motlhakoana has “embodied” his “proof” lyrically. ImproPoe has put himself on the line, by encompassing his ability to solely carry an album/mixtape in a way that is reminiscent of Redman! Must be the light skinned/high yellow skin tone for one, but also that ability to just rap about anything (randomly) and innately make it sound dope!
While on the subject of light skinned rappers, Ludacris once declared on his hit song “Number One Spot” that “Nobody light-skinded reppin’ harder since Ice-T!” ImproPoe has put himself in that conversation as going for that very spot.
In this feature with Lavatory Records, ImproPoe talks about his style of rap, the Revivolution clique and more.
With hip-hop’s entire obsession with the “finer things in life” – the bling-bling, fancy cars, hot women and stacks of cash notes flying around – these images are what have become synonymous with rap and hip-hop music. It is rather refreshing to see another side to the music – the socially conscious aspect.
Sling Short is one of the emcees that have seen a gap and decided to flip the coin and bring that other side of hip-hop/rap to the industry. Earning the name Papa Slinga Linga, is down to the respect he has been able to ascertain from his days of battle rapping in the streets of Johannesburg. The streets have needed to turn to an elder, who better but a self-made man, who exemplifies social responsibility, enterprise and great work ethic? His tenured dedication to hitting cypher/freestyle spots, development of the craft and embodiment of collaboration has endeared himself to many within the community. This lead to him being featured by artists such as Hymphatic Thabs and the late Robo The Technician (may his soul rest in peace), and regular performances at numerous events across the city.
The man known by day as Tiro Dire was born and raised on the streets of Pimville Zone 5 in Soweto. Sling Short is a founding member of the group Assylum TrRribe and renown as an astute battle emcee with a style that infuses consciousness, with a hard-core lyrical delivery.
“Hold it down!” – was the projected and exclaimed command Chron Burgundy gave to the chatty, restless crowd. The phrase that he’s now known for, was initially coined during his days when he officiated and did the time-keeping for the now dormant Art of War battles league.
Chron always ensured rappers “played by the rules” by keeping it ‘official’. This has now transcended into his raps/music and “hold it down” for local hip-hop heads. He’s still calling fouls (expletives), although he’s no longer known as “Foul”. He was also a contributing writer for the South African hip-hop publication Hype Magazine, some time ago. This experience may have contributed to making him the “Ron Burgundy” (a movie character played by Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) of hip-hop – the Anchorman who holds the show down. Though his style is not based as far back as the 1970s – Chron still keeps it “old school”.
The man who dropped his first solo project #Sandcastles in 2014, serves as one-third of the group, Sounds Intense. The group released their single Money In the Bank on the 8th of May 2015. Chron took time out to speak with Lavatory Records about his journey into hip-hop, the change of names, TTE (TitusTrack Entertainment) and much more.
Being the first one to get to the studio and being the last one to leave is all in day’s work for Sound Engineer Peter Khanda, from the beginning of a recording to the post–production stages.
The mode of business for Peter has been projects and having to actively look for opportunities out there, which is the very nature of being a freelancer and entrepreneur. Peter’s young career already has him doing gigs for corporates and legendary artists in the game. From mixing, recording and mastering, to setting up, recording and mixing live shows.
In this interview Peter fills us in on the responsibilities in his profession.
Download Body Of Proof by ImproPoe from Rap/Hip Hop crew: Revivolution. The album was released on the 28th of April 2015.
ImproPoe who will feature in the weeks to come on the Lavatory Records site, was intent on putting his lyricism on show on this project. He had this to say when asked as to why listeners must get the album:
“Doesn’t matter what type of rap you do….FEAR ME! Whoever you are rapper, just realise that you are not the best. I AM!” – ImproPoe
Keep your eyes out for the ImproPoe interview and don’t forget to download or stream the Body Of Proof tape.
This interview is particularly ground breaking for Lavatory Records as we continue to unearth untold stories. Our feature, Nicole Fortuin is a dancer and actress, who mostly regards herself as a “performer and creative” due to her versatility and multi-talented capabilities. Her dynamism is exhibited by her personally envisioned production We Are Ours, which can be viewed on her YouTube channel.
Dance embodies the ability to take on roles using technical poise, grace and supple-flexibility through physical extensions of the body. This requires rigorous practice and recitations to play characters, without the aid of verbal communication and expression. Hence, it should be no so surprise that Nicole was able to seamlessly transit into acting.
Music as the common epicentre, between dance and film productions alike, brought about this showcase of Ms Fortuin to illustrate the inter-connectivity of entertainment at large. As she is also the first female feature on the Lavatory Records publication, this interview is ground-breaking and pioneering in more ways than one.
If anyone has heard the song “9 Elements” by KRS-ONE off his release, Kristyles; he breaks down the elements of Hip Hop. KRS-ONE makes a profound mention of kids growing up in white suburbia when he says:
“Skaters, BMX bike-riders rock
Don’t you ever stop! You are hip-hop
You doing the same things we did on our block in the suburbs
You know you be packing that black block…”
This quote serves as an ode that hip-hop is now a composite of diverse sounds and welcomes the contribution of white rappers into it. The common infusion of “Rock and Roll” has borne the emergence of “Rap-Rock“, since the inception of acts like The Fat Boys, The Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Eminem and other similar fair-skinned contributors. It is commonly accepted that the trend started with Run DMC’s collaboration with Aerosmith back in the 1980s.
The Making of The Drug Cartel talks about what the song is about conceptually. The single features Chron Burgundy and Nic Blaze, was produced by Falcone, then mixed and mastered by Maxwell “Uni Verse” Melow” from TitusTrack Entertainment.
Please check out The Drug Cartel.