Akil Nadir is finishing production on his third mixtape, Philosopher King.
The new release includes music from his usual production team: Dam Good Soul, Du da Baker
. It also features production from new collaborators Slimkat78
. Longtime fans will be pleased to note an increased presence, both behind the boards and in the booth, from Joe.D
Nadir and Joe recorded and performed together for years as Dirty Water. More recently Joe has been working closely with Gods' Illa and other DMV hip hop acts. This mixtape marks a creative reunion of sorts and suggests that they may have another Dirty Water album coming along soon. Keep your fingers crossed.
The first single, "BANG!" is a hard-hitting, raucous head-nodder produced by British beat-smiths Dam Good Soul that displays Nadir in top lyrical form. The link will be posted Friday August 10. The music video is currently in pre-production and should hit YouTube before September.
Philosopher King also marks the first release under Nadir's partnership with Kareem Works. Kareem Fort, CEO/Founder of Kareem Works, and Nadir were first introduced in early 2011 by The Orientation executive producer, Bridge. Fort was compiling tracks for the two-volume soundtrack to his highly anticipated documentary, Please Listen to My Demo, and selected the Nadir/Bridge collab "Glenfiddich & Cohibas." A few email exchanges later and the seeds were planted for this partnership that promises to introduce Nadir's music to a wider audience.
Philosopher King will be released for free download on Monday August 27.
HipNott Records COO, Kareem Fort, has assembled some of the finest talent in the hip hop underground for their new compilation album, Executive Suite
. Fort linked Nadir with Cali heat-maker, Tony C of Maseed Productions for the hard-hitting track "Grown Man Business."
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Akil Nadir has released the first single from his forthcoming sophomore mixtape The Anti Nigger
. "Word Is Bond" is a soulful, lyrical masterpiece produced by Grammy-nominated jazz bassist Ben Williams. Nadir aggressively attacks the laid back, funk-guitar-driven groove with bars upon bars of some of the most cleverly crafted wordplay you've heard since Gangsta Grillz Wayne. With the conviction of a storefront preacher and the raspy twang of a Georgia pimp he boasts, "Freddy Krueger manicurist/Little Shop of Horrors florist/Prince on purple motorcycle/You just hold mirrors for Morris." And that's just in the first 30 seconds! He really goes in after that.
Download it for free today and whet your appetite for what promises to be one of the best underground mixtapes of the year. The Anti Nigger will be available for free download on February 1, 2012.