New album: E Major, “Baltimore Bruin” | ft. Rome Cee, Kane Mayfield, King’s Khrysis, Kaimbr and more

Baltimore-bred, Los Angeles-based emcee E Major presents Baltimore Bruin, his new album featuring Cynthia Hawkes, Marc Evan, King’s Khrysis, Kaimbr, UllNevaNo, Rome Cee and Kane Mayfield as well as original production from Rexamillion, August Flight Gordon, Khrysis, Roddy Rod, IllMeasured, Minus Nine, Eddie Pearson and Sham Dibiase. E’s album Better Than Yours had already made Baltimore City Paper’s top ten albums of 2011 – two years after dubbing his Majority Rules album “a classic” – by the time his hit “Paper Runnin’” started doing the rounds on 92Q, later remixed by local legend DJ Booman. Wielding common-sense lyricism and a relaxed, persistent flow which presides on equal footing over boom-bap and trap alike, E’s shared stages with Lupe Fiasco, Wale, and Little Brother and has gotten the nod from Okayplayer, MTV, VH1 and DJ Booth. Three videos from the project have already been released: “Outrageous” (watch here), ”Feature Presentation” (watch here) and “Zodiac Freestyle” (watch here).

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Cynthia Hawkes – “The New Dope”

I’m really happy to be posting this right now. If you’re on this blog you’ve heard of Cynthia Hawkes, aka Cyn Hawkes. Cyn has appeared on numerous tracks with me over the years as well as being on Eddie’s album. You’ll probably recognize some of the tracks on this mixtape if you have been following Under Sound closely but it’s really nice to have all these tracks collected into one work. I’ve heard these tracks a million times but I’ve been playing this all morning. Give it a listen below and let us know what you think in the comments. And definitely keep your ears and eyes out for Cyn Hawkes!
 

 

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“This is ONLY a Test” – Strictly Hip Hop Compilation

It’s been a little while in the making but the homies over at Morgan State’s Hip Hop show, Strictly Hip Hop have unleashed their compilation of artists that have previously one on their Test Bin segment “This is ONLY a Test.”  To be a winner doesn’t just mean you get your song passed the ever demanding audience once but THREE consecutive times. I was lucky enough to be one of those chosen few and my track with Cynthia Hawkes “Feature Presentation” is within this stellar collection of tracks.

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