The Manorail release their first official single "Habitat" ft. Punchline & Sadat X. The Manorail, a production/emcee collective that focuses proudly on creating "that boom bap music", put together a fresh new single that perfectly defines their sound. They also got 2 major co-signs from some boom bap all stars in Sadat X & Punchline. Check out the record below and be sure to download it for free. Follow them on Twitter: @Themanorail
Edo. G and Shabaam Sahdeeq let loose a fresh new track called “Play To Win”, Produced by Fokis. The track features a verse from Torae and cuts by DJ Eclipse making this an east coast banger of the highest caliber. With this premiere is the announcement of an EP pairing the Boston hip-hop legend and Rawkus alum with production entirely handled by Lower East Side based emcee/producer Fokis (MC Eiht, Planet Asia, N.O.R.E, Sadat X, Canibus).
The Recognize Your Power EP will drop on 10/14 via Loyalty Digital Corp (pre-order link below). Besides Torae and DJ Eclipse, other guests on the release will include Ras Kass, Oh No, Planet Asia and Craig G. Speaking on the title of the EP, Fokis elaborated saying “one has the freedom and ability to do as he or she pleases. You can work hard or play hard, you can make this kind of music or make that kind of music. The choice is yours. It’s all about the free will of man and what you choose to do with your power.”
As a special bonus to fans, if you pre-order the EP now, you will receive an immediate download of the “Play To Win” track plus you will get an audio shout out at the end of the EP. Click HERE to Pre-Order
Brooklyn & Manhattan connect in a major way with this high energy record, "On Some Other...". Produced by G-Whiz, the track finds battle rap champ Cortez going line for line with Young P Livin Proof & producer/emcee Fokis. The trio trade bars over a thunderous Piano and bass line, accompanied by some hard hitting drums.
Fokis has lost over 87lbs doing CrossFit and now has created the perfect workout T-shirt for you guys. Purchase your "Gr8Ness Under Construction" work out Tee HERE.
In 2002 New York City emcee/producer Fokis released a 12" single called "What's My Name" produced by Charlemagne (Jay-Z, Mary J Blige, Natural Elements). The single did really well in the underground scene then 3 years later it was added to Fokis' debut album "More Than One Way". Originally released in 2005, the album features Kool G Rap, Killah Priest, Rahsaan Patterson, Hell Razah & more. No music videos were ever done for any tracks off that album... Until now, 11 years later. Set to release his sophomore album sometime this summer (once he gets under 200lbs) called "Underground With Commercial Appeal" The lower east side native decided to go back to the future and whip up a visual for his decade old song.
"After losing over 85lbs by doing crossfit & eating healthy I got re-inspired to create music and be an artist again, this time doing it my way and having fun along the way. I figured since I cant drop my new album till I get below 200lbs I should go back to my last album and bring people up to speed with my history and I feel like the video does a good job at that." - Fokis. The video has various cameos in it of artists such as Sean Price, Pusha T, Kanye West, G-Unit, Guru, DJ Premier and more, in the form of pictures and old footage. Their is limited edition vinyl still available for purchase HERE, that was pressed in 2002 as well as limited edition CDs of the More Than One Way album HERE. You can also listen to the single/album on Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music and all other digital retail outlets.
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"What's my name" is off Fokis' debut album 'More Than One Way' which was released in 2005. The single is produced by Charlemagne (of the 90's Hip-Hop group Natural Elements), was the 1st single off the album and is a hard hitting boom bap track. The album is filled with solid records, perfect blend of underground, commercial and reality music. With features from Rahsaan Patterson on "We Livin' Now" Kool G Rap on "Throwback" Killah Priest & Hell Razah on "Gladiators" and more.
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Fokis is gearing up for the release of his upcoming album "Underground With Commercial Appeal" in a unique way. The album will not be released until he weighs less than 200lbs.
"In April of 2014 I weighed 303lbs, then my friend introduced me to Crossfit and it totally changed my life. Fast forward to present day and I am down 85lbs, feeling great and back in the studio making music, doing what I love." - says Fokis
The album features Guilty Simpson, Skyzoo, Torae, Chi-Ali, Sadat X & more. Now Fokis is gearing up for a 10 week challenge that will begin on February 1st and end on April 11, 2016. He will be working out at different Crossfit gyms throughout NY, NJ, PA & CT and will focus on his meals by following a strict Paleo Diet. Stay Tunes and be sure to follow Fokis on IG & Twitter @Fokeezy and also Facebook.com/Fokeezy
Back in 2008, Lower East Side emcee Fokis linked up with Aftermath producer Focus... and created an EP titled "20/20". The EP was made available as a free download and was a huge success, being featured on pretty much all the hottest Hip-Hop blogs during that time. Then in 2013, the duo added 3 new songs to the project making it a full length album and made it available for retail. Back in 2008 "Cant You see" was the 1st single off the 20/20 EP and today Fokis revisit's the video and includes some special commentary about the making of video, album and more. Be sure to check it out and Get To Know Fokis if you are not too familiar with him. The album features Mistah F.A.B, Young Dre The Truth, Maffew Ragazino, Punchline, Livin Proof & More. 20/20 is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and all other digital retail outlets.
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In August of 2009, Lower East Side natives Punchline & Fokis released an EP called The Appetizer. The project was released in a unique way by 2Dopeboyz, KevinNottingham and
HipHopGame each posting a different version of the EP. Eventually all three versions were consolidated into one and became a full 10 song album. The album was received very well and generated plenty of buzz without one video ever being released, until now. Fast forward six years later and the duo decided to shoot a video for the single "Beware". Directed by Eye Grustle Films, the video is a take on a 1950's classic horror film. "I called Punchline up one day and said to him, yo I came up with a dope idea. We should shoot a video for Beware, he heard the concept and said lets do it." - says Fokis. Shot in what appears to be a forrest, the video is filled with dark horror and humor at the same time, very entertaining to say the least. The Appetizer is available now on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and all other digital retail outlets.
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While Fokis puts the finishing touches on his Upcoming album Underground With Commercial Appeal (Which features Guilty Simpson, Skyzoo, Torae, Sadat X, Punchline, Livin Proof, Chi-Ali, OhNo & More) he drops off another single called "A Better Me (Keep Pushing)". The song is produced by Dahoud Darien who has produced records for Big Pun "Still Not A Player", Jay-Z "Can Knock The Hustle", The Game Ft. Keyshia Cole "Games Pain" and more. "I was so inspired by my 12 week challenge that I created a song for it. Most of you guys have been there for the whole ride, from fatness to fitness". You can purchase the single or stream it via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal and all other digital retail outlets.