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Boom Bap guru Maine the Medicine tells all in the in-depth interview about his new album ‘S.O.A. (Son Of Alice).’ The album in tribute to his late mother not only exudes classic head-nodding energy but also pulls on heartstrings. Maine discusses the creation of the album, emcee producer chemistry, making his mother proud, and more.

MJ: I see you and Leadgeon are still going strong, talk a little bit about that chemistry.

Maine: Well with Leadgeon, that’s 30-year chemistry and brotherhood. I don’t have to tell him what kind of beats I need, he already knows. Now lyrically we always push each other with the pen. For us, that inner competition will always be there.

MJ: One thing I find when it comes to your albums it’s difficult to pinpoint one or even two favorite records. All your albums are theme-based and flow like a story from beginning to end, with no skipping. However, I do want to touch on “Pour Liquor” as that seems to hit hard and hit home with many fans and listeners.

Maine: Yes, “Pour Liquor” seems to be a popular one with the fans. I wrote that hook during the Covid,  because of all the friends and family I lost that year. I hadn’t gotten a chance to write a verse to it until the night of my dad’s funeral. I was already halfway through the album, but I needed to pay homage to my father. As for the feature, that’s my cousin Khali Hustle from the Bay Area. He, like myself, lost a few people, and almost lost his own life to an attempted murderer. So, I’m grateful he’s still here to jump on this record with me.

MJ: I want to take a moment to pull on heartstrings and ask how difficult it was to create “Momma” and the array of emotions you must feel hearing that song being played.

Maine: Yes, that song was hard to make, and at times was hard to listen to. My mom was my everything, and that void will never be filled. She was a single mom, worked 2 jobs, and tried her best to provide for my sister and me. She was a big fan of my music, even though she said I curse too much. But she would love to watch my videos on YouTube. So, I just wanted to honor her with this album, and make her proud. Maybe one day I can compose myself enough to perform it.

MJ: Both as a fan and professional in the music industry, I must say how refreshing it is to experience your growth as a man and artist with each album you release. There’s a manner in which you invite the world into your personal life experiences that allows us to authentically embrace and grip your emotions. Your use of lyricism and wordplay flows effortlessly over boom-bap cadences. What is it about Maine The Medicine that stands out from other artists?

Maine: I just try to be the best version of myself. I move off of the emotion and the vibe of the beat. Sure I have topics that I want to address,  but instead of forcing I wait for the right track to bring it out of me. I also know as an artist I can always get better. I can always make my sword sharper. I never convince myself that I made it because that can go to your head. I want to continue to keep that hunger for more.

MJ: Take us behind the scenes of the album ‘S.O.A.’  Let us in from the inspiration to creation to the final product. I know the album is buzzing with a social media frenzy and fans are listening on repeat with genuine compassion.

Maine: The creative part was fun and therapeutic for me. I mean, of course, it was some pressure because this album is dedicated to my mom. But at the same time, that’s what helped it flow. When I was listening to the tracks, I was thinking who could’ve made this dope? There are so many dope artists I know that I hadn’t worked with yet, so I wanted to link with them on this album. Plus I got the few staples that are always on my albums like Leadgeon, Suspect,  and Tysoul. But I listened to this album about a hundred times to make sure it gave me the same feeling as the first time. I can honestly say it most certainly did.

MJ: What is your secret to being able to stay afloat and create timeless music? In an era where music seems to fall into an abyss of one-hit wonders and what’s trending, there must be some challenges.

Maine: I make music on how I feel and the vibe the beat gives me. I put my all into my music, and I’m not afraid of being vulnerable about my life. I think artists fail when they force a hit or try to sound like what’s hot. The best thing to do is to let the music come naturally. In the process sometimes you end up with a hit that you didn’t know was going to be a hit.

MJ: I’m not sure what can top ‘S.O.A.’ but can you give us some inside scoop on other projects or endeavors you’re working on?

Maine: It’s going to be really hard to top ‘S.O.A.’ but I’m not really sure that I want to. Because it’s such a special album, I wouldn’t mind if this is my “Illmatic.” No album I do after this will ever be as special as this one. As for future projects, I will stick to the same formula I have been using and let the mood and the beat take me on a journey. I have a few projects coming up, like the Mercy Gang EP and an EP titled ‘Iron Horse Talk.’ Leadgeon and I have an EP as well. But for now, I’m just pushing the ‘S.O.A.’ album, and the tee shirt line we’re working on with Electric Frog Designs.

MJ: As we wrap up, take this time to let the world and fans know anything else about the album or Maine The Medicine

Maine: I want people to know that I put a lot of time and emotion into this album. I’m super honored about the response I’m getting off ‘S.O.A.’  The love and support make me feel like I succeeded in making my mama proud. The thing I want people to know about Maine is I love being creative. I’m going to always try to give you something different.

Taot Recordings presents Pro-Logic and DJ Quanta ‘The Serum’ volume 1. The 10-track project features superb talent including Lakes, McOllie Skulkin, Doc Philly, Hectic, Choze, Mista Murray, HolliZay, Madame J, Es, Dox, Sharky, Rym-B, iLL Tone, Greg King, Jonni Riddim, Righteous, Fraction, Substance810, Age, and James D.

At first, the duo linked to create an EP, but after listening to a catalog of fresh beats they decided to move forward with albums, volumes 1-2 of ‘The Serum.’ Stream volume 1 below for an addictive dose of head-nodding Hip Hop and stay tuned for volume 2.

https://streetlogicmusic.bandcamp.com/album/pro-logic-dj-quanta-the-serum-vol-1

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Mass Konsciousness enlist G MiMs for their new single/video “Plannedem-MIC.” The video shows G MiMs dropping reps of bars about Covid-19 and the effects the disease has on all lives and all communities. It continues to wipe out young and old, weak and strong; no one is immune. The video even shows G MiMs confronting what looks like a mad scientist conjuring a “cure.” Watch the video and connect below.

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‘As Of Now’ the 17-track compilation album presented by Taot Recordings, hits hard with authentic Hip Hop. The project brews with legendary and well-established guest features from North America. Included in the compilation is Big Shug, Elzhi, Asun Eastwood, Maestro Fresh Wes, Deuce Deuce of Concrete Mob, Young Black & Gifted as well as Es, Righteous, Usual Suspektz, 8ch2Owens, Lord Juco, Blacktivity, Pro-Logic, Mr. ripley, Mayhem of EMS, Lejend, Van Glorious, Illah, Thirsty McGurk, Ikee Mula, Rashad Roulette, Fraction & Finsta.

The late great Faith Walker also featured, offers her smooth harmonies to the album. A mesh of Toronto rap group legends Point Blank & The Concrete Mob are featured on “Parliament Hill.” Statik Selektah, DJ Mercilless, J.Pal, Kidd Called Quest, Sibbs Roc, bvtman, Mista Murray, Architect, and DJ Scam amplify the album with genius, tailored production.

Once again, Taot Recordings delivers an epic dose of head-nodding eargasm. Stream the album and watch “Energy” by Deuce Deuce (Concrete Mob) taken from the album featuring the late great Faith Walker.

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Brand new music for your ears and eyes. LaBronx James releases “The Plug” featuring Thirstin Howl The 3rd with production by Zay Skillz. The single/video is pushing through Miami, the concrete jungle, and across the globe. LaBronx James, an entrepreneur/MC/member of Lo Life Miami Family shows off his lyrical genius along with his business mastermind. From road to riches to now 2022 the best in the business he is the ideal remedy when it comes to the mic and kiting Polo packages. “I’m the plug I keep ‘em Polo down to the socks…The plug I can ship it to you get it to your block.” 

Thirstin Howl The 3rd (Skillionaire The Polo Rican) comes in heave to piggyback the theme of “The Plug.” Enticing horns drive the track while a blend of NY/Miami melodies is sure to get Hip Hop heads on their feet and pressing repeat. Watch “The Plug” and connect with the duo below.


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Righteous, a famed Canadian emcee/CEO of Taot Recordings releases the official video for “What Is” featuring Ruste Juxx and DJ Mercilless. The single is taken from his latest project titled ‘and the DEVIL is’ out now on all streaming platforms.

DJ Mercilless sets it off with his signature cuts and scratches while Righteous is crate-digging, setting the tone of the video. Using witty wordplay and gem-dropping punchlines, Righteous defines the role of an emcee and DJ. Ruste Juxx follows suit with his verse as What is an emcee if he can’t rap, what is a DJ if he can’t scratch hits the core throughout the entire video. The duo pays respect and homage to authentic Hip Hop, the culture, and the lost elements without sounding dated. Watch the video and stream the album below. 

Stream the album ‘and the DEVIL is’ below which features AKX of Righteous Revolution, B Fox, Kool G Rap, Rashad Roulett, Thirsty McGurk, Van Glorious, Ikee Mula, and the late Faith Walker with production by DJ Mercilless, Ear 2 That Beat, and bytman.

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Righteous, a Canadian MC/CEO of Taot Recordings enlists Ruste Juxx and DJ Mercilless for his video “What is.” The single serves as the first release from his new album ‘and the DEVIL is.’

The video immediately kicks off with DJ Mercilless showing off his signature cuts and scratches while Righteous is crate-digging, which is rather suiting for the theme of the video. What is an emcee if he can’t rap, what is a DJ if he can’t scratch, resonates throughout the track and underlines the lyrical mastermind of Righteous and Ruste Juxx who define the role of an MC and DJ. They pay homage to authentic Hip Hop and the culture without sounding dated so all schools of Hip Hop can embrace it. Watch the video and stream the album below. 

Stream the album ‘and the DEVIL is’ below which features AKX of Righteous Revolution, B Fox, Kool G Rap, Rashad Roulett, Thirsty McGurk, Van Glorious, Ikee Mula, and the late Faith Walker with production by DJ Mercilless, Ear 2 That Beat, and bytman.

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Just in time to partake in #420, Taot Recordings releases “Good 4 Me (20 After 4) Remix.” The single/video is produced by Joebi-wan and features Ikee Mula and Thirsty Mc Gurk.

After long hours of hustling and grinding it’s now time for Faith to unwind and let her hair down. She’s more than ready to spark up, get high, and get lifted with her man and music crew. The laid-back chill vibes are highlighted by Faiht’s smooth vocals and the wordplay delivered by McGurk and Mula. Whether you want to zone out or ignite some creativity, press play to experience the best of both realms. Watch the video below.

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DJ Kawon Presents We Move Different Vol. III

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Renowned Boston emcee Poetic Killa is back at it dropping gritty punchline after punchline in his new single “Stand Up.” The anthem-style track is out now on all streaming platforms. Within the first minute of pressing play listeners will grip Killa’s school of hard knocks truths. “Stand Up” isn’t for everyone and Killa makes that more than clear through cut-throat bars. “Stand Up” is for real ones who are on another level just like Poetic Killa. “My names heavy it holds weight/ Murder murder my aim steady a cold case/ The fame’s deadly it ain’t get me like OJ/ Look at y’all still stuck in your own ways.”

Killa’s rawness is underlined by gully, yet dramatic melodies that also resonate throughout the track as does the catchy hook. So, if you’re a real one then stand up, put your hands up, and wear out that repeat button. Stream the single here on preferred platforms.

Dizzy Scratch, the producer responsible for over 20 hits from Madonna, TLC, Nas, Seal, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Backstreet Boys, The O’Jays, and Seal, returns to the forefront with new music. “Tribal” features vocalist Anoinette Roberson and is available now on all streaming platforms.

The single/video ultimately shows off Dizzy’s mastery as a producer but also magnifies his knack to blend infectious melodies with multi-genre influenced instrumentals. Both along with flashy neon hues transcend audiences into a state of tranquility but also sways bodies onto the dancefloor or city rooftops to kick back and unwind.

Stream/watch the catchy video for “Tribal” and stay tuned for a brand new video “She Moves” dropping everywhere on April 8th.

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