Tag Archives: Rap

Artist Profile: King Cydal

The man pictured above goes by the name of  King Cydal. The 26 year old rapper hails from the SF Bay Area, California. After releasing his first album, Ya Block’s Host, in 2008 and his Concrete Collection Volume 1 mixtape last year, he released his latest project, Royal Solution, an 11 song album earlier this month for free download via his Myspace page and via Twitter.

The Bay Area is known in the rap world for its ability to create popular lingo and movements, the most recent of which was the Hyphy movement. It is a region looking to get back on the map in rap and King Cydal looks to be the one to bring it back. His music respectfully avoids the Hyphy sound but takes on a more mainstream and thought-provoking sound and feel.

If you’ve never heard of King Cydal until now, take a minute to check out his latest project Royal Solution available for free download here (parental advisory warning for some suggestive and graphic language) and add him as your friend on Myspace. To hear more from him on a daily basis, follow him on Twitter. You won’t be disapppointed. Look for him to be a force in the Bay Area and beyond in the coming years.


Black Milk – “Give The Drummer Sum” (Video)

Check out the drummer wearing Shutter Shades at the 0:22 mark and througout the video in hip hop MC/producer Black Milk’s first single “Give The Drummer Sum”, the first single off of his album Tronic.

Shutter Shades Introduces King Cydal

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Run D.M.C. Nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Run D.M.C., along with Metallica and the Stooges, are among the nine nominees for next year’s hall of fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Monday. Nominated alongside such bands as Metallica and The Stooges, Run D.M.C. are the only Rap Group on the ballot. Much has been said and written about the importance of Run D.M.C, but it should never be underestimated how much of an impact the group had on a culture that many now take for granted. Congrats to Run D.M.C. and the rest of the nominees.

Kanye West – “Love Lockdown” Live (MTV VMA Performance)

Kanye West has solidified himself as one of the premiere artists and performers in all of music. Tonight, just a mere few hours ago at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, he performed his new single called “Love Lockdown.” Check out the performance.

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Kanye West – Good Morning (Video Premiere)

You may have seen a rough cut of this video about a year ago. Kanye recently just cosigned the release of the full high-quality video of the animated “Good Morning”. Takashi Murakami went in on this one – pure genius. The dropout bear makes his obligatory apperance as the main character. The video is just as stylish and dramatic as the music laid over it and the men involved.

Far East Movement ft. Wiz Khalifa – Lowridin Remix

Check out this Knight Rider Remix of The Far East Movement’s hit single “Lowridin” featuring Wiz Khalifa. You can hear this song all over the place, especially on the top rated hip hop radio stations here in Los Angeles. Special shout out to Kev of FM for the Shutter Shades shout out in the first verse!
To see the collaborative Shutter Shades that we created with them, click on their photo above.