Kensho Kuma featured on MixtapeLive Episode II: Cali Factors

Yours truly is featured on Xienhow‘s “MixtapeLive Episode II: Cali Factors” off of the upcoming “No Retreat, No Surrender” mixtape. The track is an interesting new concept; 5 pairs of emcees spit 8 bars over 5 different beats, the DJ blends them, and there will be a music video to accompany it. It’s literally a mixtape in a single song.. The featured emcee pairs are Zyme and Jack Tradez, XP the Marxman and Ruby Ibarra, myself and Orukusaki, and Babii Cris and XienHow, with DJ Rebelion holding down the blends.

Xien

And since I only had 8 bars, I alternate languages every 2 bars to showoff the bilingual swordz.. “Animated murderer, similar to Deadpool/ ninja with an attitude, conditioned to behead fools/ 血まみれコンクリートが俺らの根っこ/人生を変えた紫のカセット/ (East Bay) edition of Asiatic poetry/ guided by righteous minded fighters who are close to me/ 国籍何でもポン人の誇り/今でもいる我らが生き残り”

 

Hip Hop 4 Change Featured Artist

Yours truly is now a featured artist on Hip Hop 4 Change, an organization dedicated to fighting social inequalities and injustice through the education, empowerment, and implementation of Hip Hop culture. I am honored to be selected alongside artists I look up to such as Equipto, Melina Jones, and the Coup.

Their philosophy is that “the mainstream music industry sells sexism, homophobia, drug abuse, materialism, and gang violence as if these problems represent the cornerstones of hip hop culture. These are actually symptoms of hollow marketing schemes driven by corporate greed  and when young people buy into them, it perpetuates another generation of closed minds and more hollow marketing.  Hip hop stems from the roots of artistic, creative, and militant demands for justice and the acceptance of diversity in all its forms.  In this way, hip hop is what we as individuals want it to be.”

The organization is dedicated to grassroots activism and I have ran into founder Khafre numerous times raising funds for local causes. Please visit the site, check out what Hip Hop 4 Change is about, and if you feel that the beliefs and objectives are in sync with yours, please don’t hesitate to support.

SF Beat Shop Fundraiser

On 05/31 I will take part in a fundraiser with all proceeds going to building a community beat production lab in East Oakland. My comrades Rymo and Dregs One will be performing as well. Please stop by to support a meaningful cause.

”二刀流 (Katana)”  featuring Dregs One was included in the “the Program EP” now available nationwide in Japan!

The Program EP Coming Soon

The Program EP

The Program EPBy Kensho Kuma & Cloud NI9E

  1. Intro / Scratches by Dj Audace
  2. Concrete Tears feat.Siaira Shawn
  3. 開放 feat. MACSSY
  4. 二刀流 feat. Dregs One Scratches by Dj Audace
  5. Paid Dues feat. Gedeon,Orukusaki Scratches by Dj Audace
  6. Skit
  7. Enough is Enough feat. Jijiart Scratches by Dj Icewater
  8. Solace
  9. The Declaration
  10. Exit From The Catacombs Remix (Cloud NI9E Remix)
  11. 2010 Suicides / feat. Monolyth

Mixed by Mezmetic at Sevyn Layerz Deep SF, CA and XLII at Fubar Cave Tokyo, JP.

Mastered by DJ Icewater

Artwork by Marcus Murray

07/07 Summer Blast! @ Ear Peace Records

A FREE Summertime Hip Hop show featuring in-store performances by some of your hardest working MC’s in the local Hip Hop scene… (It’s also an unofficial bash to celebrate Kuma’s upcoming one-month Hip Hop sabbatical to Japan.)

Confirmed Performances by:
Dregs One, Tantrum, Rahman Jamaal, Kensho Kuma, Orukusaki, Pure, Citizen, JB Nimble, Gee, B. Durazzo

Support your Independent Record Store, Ear Peace, and Independent MC’s by coming to their FREE show and buying their music!!