QN5 MEGASHOW 2011 announcement

THE QN5 MEGASHOW IS BACK! 2011’s event marks a pivotal turning for us, as we celebrate a decade-plus of musical independence and multiple critically acclaimed releases. To mark this occasion, this year’s theme is Evolution. Eschewing the traditional ‘one by one’ line-up of previous years, the collective will be performing a ‘history of QN5’ in a collaborative format – year by year – that reaches for a peek into the future as well. Along the way, there will be plenty of special guests, special treats, and energy that have made the QN5 Megashow THE Hip Hop showcase of the year

Clearly, this is not a standard club show…this is a concert experience. So, if you’re putting this off to wait until your favorite QN5 artist makes their way to your neck of the woods, you’re sorely missing out. If you’ve never seen a QN5 show before – THIS IS THE ONE TO SEE. If you’re a blue school veteran – YOU ALREADY BOOKED YOUR FLIGHTS. If your friends aren’t familiar with QN5 – BRING THEM ALONG. If you’ve never been to New York City before – THIS IS A GREAT REASON TO VISIT. And with this year’s theme, there’s no good excuse barring a death in the family to miss this.

ABOUT THE QN5 MEGASHOW
The QN5 MEGASHOW is an annual destination event thrown exclusively by NYC’s independent hip hop label, QN5 Music, for their fans. It is the only time the entire label’s roster (Tonedeff, CunninLynguists, PackFM, Substantial, Mr. SOS & Kokayi) converges on the same stage on the same night.

QN5 fans (ie. Blue Schoolers) from all over the world make their pilgrimage to this event to celebrate all things baby blue and see one of the most energetic and entertaining shows in Hip Hop. This event has torn down legendary spots such as CBGBs, BB Kings, The Roxy (LA) and now makes its second visit to NYC’s Highline Ballroom. As usual, there will be no photography or videotaping of this event permitted, so you’ll just have to be there to see for yourself.

THE DETAILS:
QN5 MEGASHOW 2011: EVOLUTION
Friday, August 19, 2011

THE ENTIRE QN5 ROSTER LIVE ON STAGE
PERFORMING ‘A HISTORY OF QN5’:
CUNNINLYNGUISTS // TONEDEFF // PACKFM /
SUBSTANTIAL // MR. SOS // KOKAYI // DJ JS-1
+ SPECIAL GUESTS

@ HIGHLINE BALLROOM
431 W. 16th St, NYC // 7 PM
NEW YORK, NY 10011
TICKETS: $15 ADVANCE // $17 @ DOOR
ALL AGES // TIME: 7 PM (SHOW @ 9)

Cunninlynguists – Oneirology album review

Oneirology is the study of dreams. The Cunninlynguists made this album no different. The progression is laid out like a dream, from the first track “Predormitum” (falling asleep) to “Hypnopomp” (waking up) and the last song “Embers”, representing recalling one’s dream.

While reminiscent of the Cunninlynguists’ last two releases, “Oneirology” is distinct. Conceptually, it is very different than their previous albums. It portrays a mass dream of humanity, projecting what the Cunninlynguists believe is important, through symbol and allusion. This is very refreshing, as many artists explore new avenues they seem to loose touch. However the Cunninlynguists carry on the consistency of already amazing work, even with new flavor.

The instrumentals for “Oneirology” are razor sharp. While they’re original, the samples are apt to induce nostalgia. Not over produced with a lot of bells and whistles, but every little sound bite and effect moves cogs in ones mind. Some of the most effective being the vocal samples in “Get Ignorant”. However those in “Murder” and “My Habit” are almost equally as stirring.

Most of the lyrics deliver an upper-cut of a punchline every other bar. Which becomes obvious after listening to “Predormitum”. As the first song it sets the tone of lyrical crescendo that permeates the rest of the album. The order of songs is keenly organized, drawing you in more and more until the very last one. “Darkness” being one of the most powerful tunes, is second. Leaving you defenseless against the need to listen to the rest of the album. Anna Wise’s feature on that song was not only soulful but necessary. As well as lacking any pretension that’s found in a lot of cross genre collaborations (at least ones contrived for commercial success). However, neglecting to mention Bianca Floyd’s oration in “Hypnopomp”, would be criminal. Her mix of stirring words and stern voice is incredibly moving.  This isn’t to say the other artists featured aren’t worth mentioning but those two are exceptional.

To say this “Oneirology” is an alright album would be an understatement. Perhaps if you want to hear something like “Will Rap for Food” you’ll be slightly confused but not disappointed. The thoughtfulness, and the Cunninlynguists’ sense not to stray too far from what they know will please old and new fans alike.

CunninLynguists featuring Freddie Gibbs – “Hard As They Come (Act I)”

CunninLynguists featuring Freddie Gibbs – “Hard As They Come (Act I)”

After Strange Journey Volume Two’s “Imperial” and Str8 Killa’s “The Coldest”, CL and Gangsta Gibbs connect again for a third Kno-produced banger. Listen to the second official leak from Oneirology as Natti, Freddie Gibbs and Kno ask “Who am I?”

Oneirology is set to be released March 22nd via RBC Records and Bad Taste Records. It features Big K.R.I.T., Tonedeff, Anna Wise of Sonnymoon and more. CunninLynguists’ Oneirology World Tour begins

PackFM – Nasty (Produced by Domingo) + I F*cking Hate Rappers Pre-Orders

QN5 is proud to present the lead single from PackFM’s forthcoming album, I F*cking Hate Rappers! The Domingo-produced “Nasty” catches PackFM as he gets nifty with the flow over a slow-pour neck-cranker of a track. “Filthy and rotten to the core, when I spit it, these flies start dropping to the floor”. We couldn’t have described it better ourselves.

PRE-ORDER ‘IFHR’ NOW @ IFUCKINGHATERAPPERS.COM

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Support Group
02. I F*cking Hate Rappers – Produced By Tonedeff
03. The Show
04. Nasty – Produced By Domingo
05. Wanna Know (ft. Deacon The Villain) – Produced By Kno
06. The Kanye Look
07. Flux Capacitor – Produced By J-Zone
08. Take Our Place (ft. Dominion) – Produced By Domingo
09. Step On My Kicks
10. Tough Talk (ft. Poison Pen) – Produced By Marco Polo
11. Here We Go (Come On) – Produced By Domingo
12. Sire – Produced By Domingo
13. I F*cking Like Everything – Produced By Deacon The Villain
14. Closure

PRE-ORDER I F*CKING HATE RAPPERS NOW!
Ladies & Gentlemen, the time has come to pre-order your copy of IFHR, and we’ve got 2 flavors to choose from for all you QN5-completists out there: The STANDARD EDITION and the absolutely wild RAGE EDITION. Both packages include an Autographed IFHR CD with a Bonus Material Download Card (Instrumentals, Remixes + EXCLUSIVE Song).

The RAGE EDITION is for hardcore blue schoolers and one-ups the standard edition with the following included collectibles:
RAGE LIMITED EDITION BOXSET:
• Official IFHR T-Shirt (All Sizes Available)
• IFHR Sticker
• IFHR Magnetic Dart Board
• Limited Edition 4-Button Pin Set
• 11×17 IFHR Poster

I F*cking Hate Rappers will be released digitally on 5.25.10 & Physical CD’s ship 6.15.10. With an aggressive theme, production by Domingo, Marco Polo, Kno, J-Zone, Tonedeff, Deacon The Villain and guest appearances by Substantial and Mr. Mecca (aka Dominion) and Poison Pen – this is the PackFM you’ve been waiting for. And as always, thank you for your continued support of the New Hip Hop.

PackFM – Happy Days (Produced by Tonedeff)

It’s QK10 and we’re setting things off with a brand new PackFM“Happy Days”, produced by Tonedeff. Through clever yet powerful quotes, “Happy Days” offers a look at the steady decline in standards that masquerades as “change” in the world today. gem,

“Things have been so bad and people are so eager to just be satisfied that they lowered their standards for everything, but we can do better than that. Its like if a kid scrapes his knee and you give him a lolipop, he stops crying, but at some point you’re going to have to fix that wound.” – PackFM

DOWNLOAD: [DIRTY]