Chronicles Mixtape Out Now

Today is the day, presenting the debut solo mixtape “Chronicles.” The songs on this project were created over past three years and cover a broad range of subjects from revolution to spiritual healing. This is a snapshot of a young man with a message trying to connect with the world. Listen like you’re reading a collection of short stories. Hope you enjoy, much more music to come this year.

TOO: SLIC Degeneration Project Coming 9.23

Higher Education Records presents the return of SLIC (Some Like It Cold, Self-Loathing Inspired Children) the collaborative effort of vagabond emcee Cold Medina and rapper/producer/instrumentalist Airo Kwil. The duo’s new release “Too SLIC: Degeneration” is a seven track exploration of societal decay, personal excess and the gentle balance of carelessness and maintaining humanity.

Above, take a glimpse at the duo’s  live performance of the new project, as well as a download to link to the”Degeneration” single produced by orignalvision. Open your ears, rage to the decay.

Love For C&R And Beyond…

The ‘cantaloupe & rum’ project has been making some waves over the internet these past couple of weeks. The first being a feature in The Source Magazine column Never On Schedule But Always On Time, which includes a look at the ‘mannerisms‘ video and the company of such rap luminaries as Alexander Spit and Logic.

The project also received a very positive review from The Illixer, which sited their top 3 favorite tracks as well as deeper exploration of the album and its concepts.

As the recognition begins to increase, the focus and dedication remain the same. This year has a few more collaborative projects in store, and as the game begins to elevate, it is important to remain grounded and secure in the direction one chooses. Count the blessings first and the dollar bills are sure to follow. See you around.

– C. Medina

Cutting Edge Public Broadcasting

No longer just re-runs of ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘Masterpiece Theater,’ The Public Broadcasting Service has expanded the scope and direction of its programming to some impressive results. First it was the Beat Making Lab series, which features two hip-hop educators on a globetrotting mission to bring beats, rhymes and life to communities lacking in resources and outlets.

Then, there was the widely publicized and debatedLatino Americans,” a six part documentary that actually validates and acknowledges our imprint on this nation. Though many of cultural subtleties were overlooked, the fact such a comprehensive history was documented and presented to the American public, is in itself, a victory.

The latest addition in the re-imagining of public broadcast programming is the inclusion of Jimi Hendrix in the American Masters Series, aptly titled ‘Hear My Train Comin’ after the guitar god’s classic cut.

While we’ve all heard the albums, read the books and watched the performances, but never has such a well compiled piece regarding the late Hendrix been produced for a wide audience. The documentary  comes complete with interviews, never-before-seen performance footage and rock history all condensed into a two hour retelling of a story nostalgic rock dads know so well.

Despite the brevity and overall difficulty of condensing the Hendrix saga into a mere two hours, the doc is sure to please both casual and diehard fans alike. It will be interesting to see what PBS unveils next, after detailing such an iconic figure.