RA Presents: BRTH A N8TN


BRTH A N8TN is a nationwide compilation album for free download and features talented artists representing Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York City.  This compilation was curated, produced and promoted by Ronin of RA.

Background:  January 2013  I was brainstorming summer promotional projects for RA and after listening to Soundbombing Vol II, I had the idea to put together a compilation album reminiscent of DJ Clue's The Professional, the Belly soundtrack, Soundbombing Vol. II, Tony Touch's The Piece Maker and Boot Camp Click's For the People.  I'm no DJ/turntablist, but the result is #BRTHAN8TN.  Enjoy!




Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors @bigboi

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Big Boi 2012


The influence of electronic music on hip hop is overlooked for whatever reason.  The combination of funk, electronica and soul in Big Boi's latest album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is a great combination of the many different faces Big Boi, the Outkast co-star.  He mixes in crunk/southern hip hop with the classic lyricism known from Outkast with the electro funk that tends to prevent albums like this from blowing up.  A quick side note......Chris Carmouche is all over the credits and I'll definitely be familiarizing myself with his music.

Of course when a veteran like Big Boi puts together a project, you can expect some featured big names.  Sleepy Brown, Phantogram, T.I., Ludacris, Kid Cudi, Little Dragon, Killer Mike, Kelly Rowland, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B among others all make appearances.  There are a lot of different styles that all fit within the overall sound of the album.  There's something for everyone.....




Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them @herfavcolor @exileradio

Give Me My Roses While I Can Smell Them, Blu and Exile 2012


First time success struck huge when Blu and Exile teamed up on Below The Heavens. If you don't have that album and you're in need of a classic, open another tab and get that now! Soulful samples combined with Blu's flow/stories made enough people notice that Blu ended up working with Madlib on Jesus. Exile has done well for himself working on features like Emanon (with Aloe Blacc prior to Below The Heavens) and produced tracks for Mobb Deep, Kardinal Offishall, Fashawn, Ghostface, Pharoahe Monch, MED, Snoop Dogg among others.

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This is the duos sophomore album and its more evidence that there is still high quality hip hop out there. You just have to look harder (or come to the RA-NYC blog).  Downloard here!