[AUDIO] Substantial “MLK (Dream Big)’ ft. SEE KING” - Prod. by The Other Guys

Posted 6 hours, 56 minutes ago

The Past… is the first of three EPs leading up to the fourth studio album from prolific, Indie MC, Substantial. This time around the veteran wordsmith has partnered with HiPNOTT Records producer duo and fellow Maryland natives, The Other Guys for his latest release. Substantial’s musical past, pre-Hyde Out Productions, included many collaborations with Isaiah of TOG, which makes their project’s title quite fitting. The Past… features Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, Substantial’s protegé, See King, cuts from DJ Jav and plenty of that soulful boom bap The Other Guys have been known to provide. Lyrically, Substantial is as sharp as ever and covers subjects such as the dying art of MCing, dreams limited by stereotypes, and the exploitation of his former producer, Nujabes.

Substantial’s full length album The Past Is Always Present In The Future drops fourth quarter 2015. Until then, enjoy this appetizer and look forward to more flavorful Hip Hop music to feed your soul.



Category: Audio News


[VIDEO] Kokayi - “Part Of It” (Official Music Video)

Posted 3 days, 12 hours, 45 minutes ago

Boom! Kokayi brings us the official visual for his infectious single, “Part of It”. An ode to humanity and all of its shortcomings. Co-produced by Arsonal (Wyclef, Akon, Wale), the anthemic song utilizes sparse drums, steady bass and lush keys reminiscent of the 70’s all while staying current. The chorus reminds us that the onus of responsibility is on us “because we’re all a part of it stones and all, the boughs are broken watch them fall and the streets is watching is the alter call”. The video, shot and edited by Magee (Nomadic Wax), features lush tones as it juxtaposes nature against the imagery presented in the lyrics.

Director/dp/editor: MAGEE
Song Producer: KOKAYI & ARSONAL
Co-Starring: D. SOLOMAN



Category: Video


[VIDEO] Deacon The Villain Previews Solo Album Sessions on Instagram

Posted 1 week, 1 day, 8 hours, 12 minutes ago

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Deacon The Villain (of CunninLynguists) is an insanely talented triple threat emcee/producer/singer who’s been purposely flying under the radar for the entire existence of this label. Everything Deac touches is golden, from collaborations with PackFM’s (ie. “Plucking Daisies”), to his integral buttery hooks & verses on every CunninLynguists project, to his masterful production work on the N.W.L. with Sheisty Khrist.

Rumors have swirled for YEARS that he’s been working on a solo project – and we’re just now starting to get confirmations in the form of sneak previews via his social feeds. This clip contains everything you’d expect from a DTV-produced joint – soulful vibes, live instrumentation and straight ahead drums that whip your neck around like a car wreck. We can’t contain our anticipation for this project, and we hope you can’t either. YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS DEACON!! YASSSSSSSS


Category: Video


[PODCAST] Tacos & Chocolate Milk #67: “DraKanZalYeMiNiggyWeNajest”

Posted 1 week, 4 days, 13 hours, 31 minutes ago

Drake. Kanye. Iggy Azalea. Nicki Minaj. That is all. (Recorded 05.21.14). Send your questions and comments (audio OR written) to tacos[at]qn5.com, tweet us @tacmpodcast and be sure to rate/comment us on iTunes!



Category: Podcast


[VIDEO] Sheisty Khrist x LoFidel - “Cold Winter” (Official Music Video)

Posted 2 weeks, 9 hours, 10 minutes ago

Sheisty Khrist & Lofidel present their first video which is for the title track of their debut album COLD WINTER. Designed to have the flavor of a snuff film, directors Landon Antonetti & Brian Campbell take us on a gritty journey via equally menacing imagery. The world can be a cold place to live, and they want you to know it.

“When Lofidel and I set out to make our album Cold Winter, we wanted to import into that experience a sense of lo-fidelity, recklessness, and a hard edge – but also a strange kind of beauty. When it came time to shoot the visuals for the title track, we wanted them to match the nature of the record itself. We wanted something that felt like a snuff film. Something that injected the viewer smack dab into an utterly reckless word. What happens when you combine something like Bronson’s ‘Death Wish’ with a ‘Sergio Leone’ aesthetic? Cold Winter. It’s cold out here.”

- Sheisty Khrist


Category: Video


[AUDIO] Fjer - “The Wheel (SOHN Cover)”

Posted 3 weeks, 1 day, 12 hours, 23 minutes ago

What was that? You thought FJER wasn’t gonna hit us with a right hook to the chin in 2015? Pbbbbbft. Y’all should know better than that. The Danish singer/songwriter/producer created doesn’t understand the concept of “down time”, so she’s been busy setting up the release of her upcoming music video for “Stairs” from her Beautiful Home EP and creating amazing covers of equally amazing songs.

This time around, she’s dropped off a stellar revamp of SOHN’s “The Wheel” exclusively at her soundcloud page. If you’d like to download the track, be sure to head over there and FOLLOW Fjer as a show of gratitude before driving off into the sunset blasting this vibe-heavy redux.



Category: Audio News


[PODCAST] Tacos & Chocolate Milk #66: “Crinkly Bits”

Posted 4 weeks, 1 day, 2 minutes ago

What was that? It’s been two whole months of podcast silence? Fuck. Well… we’re sorry. But we’re gonna make it up to you, but delivering 2015’s first episode (and hopefully the start of a healthy consecutive run) covering the usual range of diverse and seemingly unconnected topics you’ve come to expect from Tonedeff & PackFM on the convo tip. This go round, the fellas chop it up re: phone etiquette, voice acting and slick sales tactics. Oh and a Polymer update? Sweet. (Recorded 05.05.14).

Por favor, send your questions and comments (audio OR written) to tacos[at]qn5.com, tweet us @tacmpodcast and be sure to rate/comment us on iTunes!



Category: Podcast


[NEWS] Tonedeff Interview @ People I Think Are Cool Podcast w/ Liz Reed (of Cuddles & Rage)

Posted 1 month, 5 days, 14 minutes ago

Happy Friday, folks! Since Tacos & Chocolate Milk has been on hiatus, we have a goodie bag to hold you over. This week, Tonedeff sat down with Liz Reed, co-creator of the sarcastically adorable web comic Cuddles And Rage, for an interview on her conversational podcast People I Think Are Cool. Listeners of Tacos & Chocolate Milk will know that Tone is a huge fan of the comic and they’ve seen the original piece they created for episode 55.

Here, Tone & Liz chat about being an artist on the internet, cats, rap battles and Andy Warhol. You can listen to the full episode below. Enjoy and be sure to follow all the Cuddles & Rage content. While you’re at it, go to their Etsy shop and pick up some original art for your home. Your karma points will totally stack up.


Category: News


[AUDIO] Substantial — “The Knock (feat. Tunji)” - Produced By: Algorythm - (Asterisk:Five Leak)

Posted 1 month, 1 week, 1 day, 23 hours, 42 minutes ago

ASTERISK:FIVE LEAK!?!?!? Well, way way way way back in the century of 2009, work was underway on the fifth installment of QN5’s Asterisk: series. Covers were designed, beats were being collected, guest appearances started to get ironed out, initial recording began – and then – SILENCE. There were so many moving parts that the project basically imploded. It was during that time that this gem was recorded.

Pairing our favorite west coast affiliate Tunji with DMV-rep Substantial over an ultra-funky head-nodder from Algorythm, the result was “The Knock” one of only a handful of tracks that was turned in for the project. The two MCs had previously worked together, as evidenced by Tunji’s lyric “Went from Sparking my Soul to Asterisk:Five” (Of course, an allusion to the previous collabo by this pairing on CunninLynguists Strange Journey Volume One release).

This leak has been online for a few years, but resurfaced on Soundcloud last night after Substantial re-posted it from Algorythm’s feed (LEAK!!!) – but now you know where it was originally intended on being released. And the fate of Asterisk:Five? It’s on the back-burner for now. These projects were always fun to create, but historically our lowest sellers. Still, if you’re into the histrionics of the label, they’re an absolute MUST-HAVE though. Perhaps if you pester us enough and show enough of a demand for it, we’ll re-prioritize this project. With tracks like “The Knock” as evidence of what could’ve been – we think it’s safe to assume that Asterisk:Five was on it’s way to being the best of the series.

What sayeth you, blue schoolers?



Category: Audio


[DOWNLOAD] Sheisty Khrist & LoFidel - Cold Winter [LP]

Posted 1 month, 1 week, 6 days, 2 hours, 19 minutes ago

FINALLY! After a series of slight delays, NWL’s Sheisty Khrist releases his debut album, Cold Winter, produced by fellow Kentuckian (and Bourbon aficionado) LoFidel. It’s fucking awesome and you should download it now, because it will enrich your life. We’re not gonna gush anymore though, we’ll let the fellas themselves tell you about it:

COLD WINTER was never about the temperature outside. It is about the temperature of mankind; the temperature of one’s mind, body and spirit. We have worked hard to bring you an album that is thoughtful, difficult, engaging, pure, painful, tragic, sad, and hopeful. This was a difficult undertaking. One that took years to procure and sculpt. A question I’m always asked is “when is Cold Winter coming?”. My reply is always “it’s coming”. Maybe what I should have said is that it was ALWAYS here. Or that it was here BEFORE Lofidel and I recorded our first song together.

Cold Winter is a VISUAL album. Written and recorded to be absorbed through the picture on the cover. As you listen to the record it is vital that you filter it through that child on the cover. Be clear though THIS IS NOT A CHILDREN’S ALBUM. This record doesn’t play nice. It wants your lunch money. It rolls in a pack on the playground. It doesn’t ask for anything – it takes it.

Lastly, this record is an analog piece of art. Designed to sound grimy, gritty, tough, and lofi. Believe it or not it was designed for cassette. It was recorded traditionally through analog machinery. We believe that that adds to its charm. It makes it feel more close to the range of human emotions. It wasn’t designed to be pretty. It was designed to be…cold.

Cold Winter is here. It was always here.
Sheisty Khrist x Lofidel


Category: News


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