PR: Cormega Announces New Album Available September 27th
Courtesy of Jackie O.
CORMEGA TO RELEASE TWO DISC ALBUM, RAW FOREVER, SEPTEMBER 27TH FEATURING A COLLECTION OF CLASSICS AND A COMPANION DISC FEATURING LIVE BAND, THE REVELATIONS
One of hip-hop’s most prolific poets, Cormega, announced the release of his forthcoming musical collection:Cormega: Raw Forever to be released September 27th. The double disc set features a collection of Cormega’s classics as selected by fans and a companion disc featuring a live band, The Revelations (of Wu-Tang's Chamber Music and Legendary Weapons fame) whose remixes bring a new live sound and instrumentation to some of Mega’s fan favorites.
The classics included on disc 1 were easy for him to select because the selections came from his active message board on Legalhustle.net and from paying close attention to audience response at his live shows. “For Raw Forever, I knew I had to put "Saga," “Killaz Theme,” and "Dead Man Walking," on there even though, I, the new Cory, am not a big fan of "Dead Man Walking." I don't use as much profanity as I used to and I'm not as graphic now as I used to be. I know Dead Man Walking really resonates with people, so I included it for the fans. There are also songs that I really love like "Love Is Love" which I added to give the collection some balance.” Other tracks include “Journey,” “Testament,” ‘True Meaning,” and more.
The music on the second disc is a mixture of original songs and Cormega classics remixed and reinterpreted by The Revelations Band and features Lil Fame of M.O.P. and Baby Pun (Big Pun’s son); AZ and Nature; Blaq Poet, Tragedy Khadafi and Havoc; Red Alert, Parrish Smith, Grand Puba, KRS One & Big Daddy Kane. “The first time I worked with The Revelations was on the Wu Chamber Music project. The idea was really raw to me. I always had the curiosity of working with a live band, but what actually manifested our collaborations was seeing the audience’s response when we performed together at Santos [Party House in New York City] September 1, 2010. The response from the crowd was over-whelming! It was incredible!” After the show, we recorded and leaked a remix of my song, ‘Journey’ and it too got a lot of love, so I decided to take the experiment even further and see how it would sound if they redid some of my other songs and that’s how this project came about.”
“I wanted to do Raw Forever to bring something back to hip-hop. As far as the culture [of Hip Hop], I think of it as a pretty girl...If you remember my song, ‘American Beauty,’ you recall that I compared hip-hop to a woman. Hip-hop was a beautiful woman, and then she started hangin' out with some chicken-heads, and she wanted to be like them. The chicken-heads took her to a club and introduced her to some dudes and said, "If you do this, they'll give you this." That's where Hip Hop is; she started becoming a whore. At this particular moment, she needs some sophistication. A lot of emcees, don't want to grow up, and that's what's making Rap/Hip-Hop look bad.”
Although he considers himself a veteran after over a decade recording, Cormega explains that it took him a while to finally decide to put out a best of collection. “I always wanted to do aBest Of, but I didn't feel like I accomplished enough - sometimes I still [feel that way]. At the end of the day, I’ve been in the game for a while. I’ve been making albums for 10 years and while I consider myself to be a veteran now; I don't consider myself to be a legend - that's a word that's too easily [said] from people's tongues. Certain people ain't legends. You can't call me a legend, and then call Eric B. or Pete Rock "legends." They've contributed so much more than me, and they've had so much impact that callin' me a legend is an insult to real legends. I finally decided to put all the songs that people love most together in one compilation, but I also wanted to offer them something new too. The band definitely brings a different vibe to my lyrics. For example we remixed the song "Get It In" from Born And Raised and added [Big] Pun's son, Baby Pun. The version on Raw Forever sounds better than the one on the original album!”
“It’s not on this album, but The Revelation and I also recorded a benefit single “I Made A Difference” to support the work that Sean Penn’s organization is doing in Haiti. I visited Haiti after the earthquake and was so moved by the spirit of the people that I wanted to do something to help. The Revelations laid down the instrumentals with keyboards by Jazimoto and I got Redman, Steele, Stic Man of Dead Prez, Lil Fame of MOP, and singer/songwriter Maya Azucena to record verses. The song was released digitally through RED/Sony distribution and is available on iTunes.”
When asked how it feels to compact almost his entire musical legacy onto a double disc and then experiment with a band to recreate classics, Cormega responds, “When I look back at my career, I see growth. Born and Raised might be my favorite Cormega album; some people might say I'm crazy for that and argue that The Realness is better. I think Born and Raised is my best album, 'cause it shows growth. I must've lost a few people with that, 'cause not everybody's ready to grow. Rap is like the guy that's getting older that doesn't want to get older, that still wants to be down. There's nothing wrong with growing and that’s what I’m doing with Raw Forever, bringing a little sophistication back to hip-hop. When you have a live band, everybody is bringin' a different ingredient to it, that’s what keeps music alive.”
Mixtape: Shinobi Ninja - "The Chronicles of Hashy Larry"
Courtesy of Matt @ Coalmine.
Shinobi Ninja, the six member consortium of Brooklyn-based musicians are pleased to present their latest mixtape, The Chronicles of Hashy Larry, which is now available for free download. This 17 track project includes original material, remixes as well as some intriguing mash-ups that showcase the group's chemistry, talent and uniqueness. Featured on TCOHL are Liv L'Raynge, iD Vicious, Skoob (of Das EFX), EMC2, Crosby and Bazaar Royale. Click on either of the links below to download...rolling papers not included.
Detroit Artist Off-Rip gears up to release second single. Already known in the city through his affiliation with District 81 Clothing and Party Promotions, Off-Rip created a buzz with the release of his lead single Cocky and Arrogant featuring Shady Records' Artists Royce Da 5'9" and Joe Budden. The song and video appeared on hundreds of hip hop web sites including 2 Dope Boyz, Nah Right and World Star Hip Hop. The song has gotten radio play in several cities across the United States. This has allowed him to develop a loyal fan base. Now with the release of his second single They Say featuring Bobbi from his forthcoming album The Intro: Meet Off-Rip, his camp is looking to keep the buzz going. That's where you come in! Radio spins, club spins, links on your personal blogs, etc. could help the movement tremendously.
His first single brought him a lot of shine, but he anticipates this second single They Say to take him to the next level. This song shows his skillfulness as an artist as he cleverly addresses many of the most well-known sayings and cliches. They Say makes you think deeply, laugh and question some ideologies.
I have attached the clean and explicit versions of both singles below. The website to hear any other Off-Rip track or read up on the artist you can visit www.iamoffrip.com. If there is anything else you need, please feel free to contact Off-Rip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PR: Dorrough Music Teams with Espada Tequila for 10-City Tour
Courtesy of Dove @ Tygereye.
Dallas, TX -- August 2011 --
From his 2009 Platinum hit "Ice Cream Paint Job" and 2010 Top 20 fan-favorite "Get Big" to his 2011 spirited sports anthem "Dallas Mavs (Bounce Dat)", Dorrough Music has waved the flag for his hometown of Dallas, Texas to the fullest.
The young lyricist's prideful representation of the Lone Star State has attracted decision-makers for fashion and lifestyle brands across the country, and recently, Espada Ultra Premium Tequila recruited Dorrough Music as an officially vested Brand Ambassador.
Through the partnership with Espada, Dorrough Music will embark upon a 10-city tour in the Fall, just as he celebrates the release of his new street album Gangsta Grillz: Silent Assassin on September 27, 2011 via NGenius and E1 Entertainment.
Hosted by DJ Drama, Silent Assassin features an array of strong appearances, including Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Gorilla Zoe, Slim Thug, Diamond, Chamillionaire, Trae tha Truth, Tum Tum and members of Dorrough's own Prime Time Click.
On the heels of his club friendly "Bounce Dat" and retro fashion anthem "Old School Nikes," Dorrough Music is ready to release the next Silent Assassin single, "Bad to the Bone" featuring Travis Porter. The beat is laid down by First of Atlanta production duo FKI, while other producers on the album include Nitti (Yung Joc, Gucci Mane, Jeezy, Dorrough's "Get Big"), 2Much (Dorrough's "Ice Cream Paint Job"), Cardo (Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Big Sean) and more.
Dorrough Music is truly excited about the range of talent on Silent Assassin, and feels that people will relate to his creative growth as they listen.
"I believe that people will be exposed to another side of me as an artist from this project - it's more lyrical, a little darker, and overall strong," he explains. "I think 'Preach' featuring 2 Chainz and Yo Gotti, 'HeadRocked' featuring Trae tha Truth, and my single 'Old School Nikes' will be standouts for fans."
As Dorrough awaits the official tour dates in conjunction with Espada Tequila, he will make appearances at Club LAX in Orlando, Florida on August 11, and at 97.9 the Beat's Hip Hop vs. HIV event in Dallas, Texas on August 21.
"I love what I do, and I'm blessed to be in the influential position that I am in," explains Dorrough. "More importantly, I truly appreciate the fans and the motivation they give me. By working with Espada Tequila, I hope to achieve the level of cross-promotion that will help me reach more music fans across the country, and bring my longtime fans in to support the quality of the Espada brand."
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On September 27, 2011, Dorrough Music will release Gangsta Grillz: Silent Assassin, his third contribution to the world-renowned DJ Drama series, and fifth official project in conjunction with NGenius and E1 Entertainment.
In the Spring of 2011, Dorrough Music remixed his "Bounce Dat" single to create a lively NBA playoffs anthem for the Dallas Mavericks entitled "Dallas Mavs (Bounce Dat)." The song caught on quickly with Mavs fans nationwide, and NBC News in Dallas featured Dorrough discussing the track as the 2011 playoffs began in June.
From his early days growing up in Dallas to his college years at Prairie View A&M University, Dorrough aspired for greatness. He was a high school basketball star, and planned on continuing with his passion for the court until the music bug hit.
By the time he hit 22-years-old, Dorrough was celebrating the success of his first official single "Walk That Walk" and a deal with E1 Entertainment via DJ Merk's Houston-based NGenius Entertainment. The single hit both #12 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks and #28 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs charts in early 2009.
His second single "Ice Cream Paint Job" peaked at #5 on Rap, #10 on R&B/Hip Hop Songs and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,Dorrough Music's self-titled album was released in August 2009. In sync with the single's success, the album hit #2 on Rap, #6 on R&B/Hip Hop Songs and #36 on the Top 200 album chart. A powerhouse remix to the now platinum hit single was released soon after with Jim Jones, Soulja Boy, Jermaine Dupri, Rich Boy, Slim Thug and E-40, opening Dorrough's music up to a wider fan base.
Riding high on the success of "Ice Cream Paint Job," Dorrough was nominated for 'Best New Artist', 'Rap Song of the Year' and 'Video of the Year'. at the 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards, and performed on the nationally televised award show alongside Snoop Dogg, Jim Jones and Nipsey Hussle. He followed with an appearance at the 2010 ASCAP Awards, where he was honored with 'Song of the Year', and partnered with DJ Drama for Number 23 Gangsta Grillz in February 2010.
It wasn't long before Dorrough Music was receiving praise from critics and fans alike with his next hit "Get Big," the first single from his sophomore album of the same name. The remix featured Diddy, DJ Drama, Bun B, Yo Gotti, Maino, Diamond and Shawty Lo. The video, directed by Dr. Teeth, was put in rotation on both MTV2 and BET. Dorrough paired with Yo Gotti for the street-savvy track "Hood Chick Fetish," as his the Get Big album hit stores in September 2010.
To kick off 2011, Dorrough and Drama connected again in February for Gangsta Grillz: Code Red, a collection of songs featuring members of NGenius Entertainment and Dorrough's own Prime Time Click. Now gearing up for Gangsta Grillz: Silent Assassin in September, Dorrough feels assured that he is developing his sound in new ways.
As 2011 progresses, Dorrough Music will begin expanding his company Prime Time Click, creating new ventures to showcase his talent and developing emerging artists. He will also embark upon a 10-city tour and listening sessions around the country with Espada Tequila.
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After the well received single "I Ain't Lyin" ft. Craig G. (Juice Crew), Mayhem (of EMS) brings you the second single "Looking Up" off his highly anticipated "Early May 3: Mo' Retro" mixtape. The single features Ohio native, Dominique Larue and is produced by up and coming beatsmith Jerz. Early May 3 (8/26/11) is presented by StreetLogik, HipHopMayhem, DigitizedHipHop, Bostonianz617 & Brawlers Inc. Clothing and will feature original tracks along with remakes of hip-hop classics.
Mayhem ft. Dominique Larue - Looking Up (produced by Jerz) cuts by DJ Family Tyz