News: The Mu$ic Biz Teams Up With Kardinal Offishall For The Game's Second Iteration
Since climbing to #1 as the most downloaded free app on iTunes within the music category in February 2013, The Music Biz™ continues to gain popularity. To keep up the momentum, Hungry Eyes Film and Television Inc. & XMG Studios are excited to announce the release of the next iteration of the game, set to be released in September 2013.
The second iteration will feature a much anticipated collaboration with hip hop superstar Kardinal Offishall. Kardinal’s music will be available for in game play. The decision to bring on Kardinal Offishall was a “no brainer” said Sudz Sutherland, co-creator of The Music Biz™ and founder of Hungry Eyes Film & Television. “Kardinal is Canada's hip-hop ambassador and it only made sense to team up with one of the country's best hip-hop artists.
The next iteration, The Music Biz™ will also be teaming up with prominent names in Canadian hip hop like Peter Jackson and Luu Breeze. Their exclusive beats will be available in the game. More leading hip hop artists will be added to the roster in the weeks to come.
The Music Biz™ is also pleased to announce the winner of our extensive search for the next hip hop star producer, Andrew Triple A! He was the grand prize winner of The Music Biz contest – where we searched for the next big thing in hip hop to win the grand-prize of $500. His beat and custom designed avatar will be featured in The Music Biz™.
Other talented artists featured on The Music Biz™ include Juno nominated Rich Kidd and Son Real, Grammy nominated Jake One, superstar producer Alchemist, and artists BADBADNOTGOOD, Frank Dukes, Marco Polo, Mr. Porter, MoSS, and Ryan Hemsworth.
The second iteration will have an array of updates that include:
Being available on the Android platform
30 new beats
10 new premium beats created by leading hip hop artists
The player can battle artists like Kardinal Offishall head to head in the Mix Challenge
Connect with the Music Biz on our blog at www.urthemusicbiz.com. Also visit us on Facebook at urthemusicbiz and on Twitter @urthemusicbiz. For more information, please contact Hungry Eyes at 416-654-6222 or visit www.urthemusicbiz.com .
About Hungry Eyes Film & Television
Hungry Eyes Film & Television, co-founded by the husband-wife team of Sudz Sutherland and Jen Holness, tackle subjects that are cross-cultural, cross-genre and cross-media. Hungry Eyes has done pioneering work with hard-hitting films such as Home Again, a film about people deported to Jamaica from their adopted countries for minor criminal offences, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2012; and Guns, a television mini-series starring Colm Feore and Elisha Cuthbert.
As filmmakers, Hungry Eyes has brought a fresh and authentic perspective to cultural, economic and political issues in film. Now, the duo is focussed on developing content for mobile users in the black and Hispanic communities in North America -- considered the fastest growing demographics in the new technology space. “We developed this game for lovers of hip-hop,” says Sutherland, “and that’s a larger group of people who are beyond a narrow racial definition.” The rise of online music and mobile gaming has brought a generic approach to content -- standardized racing and shooter games that appeal to the widest possible audience. But as audiences drift further away from the computer screen and use the mobiles as entertainment devices, Sutherland sees an opportunity to develop mobile content that targets specific cultural audiences: “This kind of content falls below the radar screen of most companies.”
About XMG Studio
XMG Studio Inc. is an award-winning developer of mobile games with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of providing original expression through gameplay for all fans of fun. The company has released 12 mobile games in various genres targeting casual game players of which seven games have in excess of one million installs and several have won Best App ever industry awards for best in class. Named as one of the top global mobile games developers to watch by industry media, XMG has a track record of innovation excellence including the creation of several sub genres within the mobile gaming ecosystem.
Signif releases new single “Late Night Jazz” from upcoming 2013 release
After the release of her 2012 LP Significant Wizdom II: Atypical, Signif is back with new music titled “Late Night Jazz”. The single is from her upcoming EP Friction, slated to drop later this year and is produced by Radio Rahiem. It's the latest offering from the lyrical emcee and is the follow up to “Afternoon Jazz” a track from Signif’s debut album the Transition circa 2010. “Late Night Jazz” comes right on the heels of Signif’s first European tour, which kicks off June 19th at L’ international in Paris, France.
“I feel Hip Hop and Jazz has an estranged marriage, I’m influenced by the era and want to celebrate that. The chorus and the 3rd verse of both songs pay homage to the Jazz greats as well as me telling my story along the way. In Afternoon Jazz I was more undecided on so many things as an artist but was ready to take a risk that could lead me anywhere good or bad, but on Late Night Jazz you hear a more confident artist who has found their niche and their self along the way without losing sight of the cause.” - Signif on Late Night Jazz
PR: DJ Drama Teams with Flat Fitty as Brand Ambassador
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Flat Fitty is proud to announce award-winning, critically-acclaimed DJ, producer and radio personality DJ Drama as an official Brand Ambassador for the California-based luxury headwear manufacturer.
With four star-studded studio albums under his belt thus far, and as curator of the legendary Gangsta Grillz mixtape series, DJ Drama has long been a key tastemaker in Hip Hop and beyond.
Flat Fitty initially worked with Drama on his "So Many Girls" video featuring Tyga and Roscoe Dash, which currently has nearly two million views on YouTube. Bringing him in as a representative of the brand was a natural next step.
"We are enthusiastic about teaming with DJ Drama," says Dove Clark, Flat Fitty Business Development Manager. "In addition to having a fierce entrepreneurial spirit behind his growing empire, Drama is extremely down to earth and focused on quality. He fits in perfectly with the Flat Fitty movement."
In his new role, DJ Drama will represent Flat Fitty Luxury Headwear throughout his coast-to-coast Summer tour. The route will include personal appearances to meet fans at select retail outlets, with exact meet and greet locations to be announced soon on http://FlatFitty.com .
"If there's anything people equate DJ Drama to outside of my music, it's always having a cap on my head," says Drama. "To me, Flat Fitty is a great, fresh, quality brand that I'm excited to be rocking and working with."
While Refill Gang’s own Raheem puts the finishing touches on a new mixtape, the buzzing Toronto emcee drops off a new visual for a track titled "Concrete” which directed by Jay Baskey. Watch the new video below and check in for new music!
Video: Nylo - "Fool Me Once" Video Is First Leak From Her Upcoming Mixtape Indigo Summer
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Often described as "Aaliyah meets The Weeknd" with her moody, smooth vocals and minimalistic and evocative RnB style is Nylo, a Chicago-born singer/songwriter. But if you asked Nylo to describe her own sound she'd probably say she makes "music that sounds like snow."
PR: Swill Gets Kickstarter Boost Before Austin Film Festival
Courtesy Melanie J Cornish.
Securing a boost from an impromptu appeal on Kickstarter.com, Texas filmmaker Andrew ‘Bird’ Rogers set to work filming his latest movie Swill last weekend on location in Austin, TX. The movie, which stars Chicago entertainer Kris Warren will be reaching the July 15th deadline to submit to the Austin Film Festival in the hope of it premiering there.
"The film has been a personal goal of mine for a year now,” explained Rogers who graduated from Northwestern University in 2010. “What started as a quest to sell a spec script turned into a group endeavor to potentially rock the Austin Film Festival."
The movie, which examines the ‘the ideas of paranoia, mass communication, and alcohol abuse - all with a view to the end of the world,’ will see Kris Warren take on his first acting role as ‘Doug,’ a small town guy who never looks for trouble, who stands firm as the rock of the group while being tested in extreme situations. Playing ‘Doug,’ the ‘Blow Up’ star applied the same level of enthusiasm and expertise to his debut as he has continually to his music career.
"I know myself as a music artist already, and I find it truly amazing just how much I have learned about myself through acting,” shares Kris Warren. “Music makes me feel free, and in all honesty, acting has the very same effect on me.
“After the shoot last weekend I am very excited about my future in acting and feel confident that the steps I have taken to nurture my acting capabilities have paid off," Warren concludes.
Video: Funk Volume Announces Documentary Film Independent Living To Be Released Fall 2013
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"People always say, 'Well that's the industry standard.' Fuck that, we are the standard now," says rapper Hopsin in the trailer for his label, Funk Volume's upcoming documentary film, Independent Living. Funk Volume has been stealthily been growing their fan base by doing things their own way.
Known for their unorthodox business acumen, regionally and stylistically diverse but small roster, and immensely proactive and supportive fan base, artists Hopsin, who is also a co-founder, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, SwizZz, and DJ Hoppa, along with co-founder Damien Ritter, are proud to share the trailer for their upcoming documentary film, Independent Living. Clocking in a combined amount of over 1.5 billion YouTube views, over 1.5 million Facebook Likes, with pre-orders of albums in the thousands, and regularly charting in the Top 10 on iTunes and in Billboard, there's no denying that Funk Volume has earned their position as an independent label to watch and learn from.
In the short trailer, Funk Volume pulls back the curtain on the philosophy and non-traditional tactics they've embraced to become one of the most successful independent hip hop labels today. Filmed during their Funk Volume 2012 Tour when they blazed through 44 cities in 50 days, the documentary displays the five artists' relentless dedication and work ethic as they play to sold-out crowds during a time when the industry is being turned on its head. Says Dizzy Wright, "I'm a daddy, I'm paying for daycare so when I'm on the road, this my job. It's also my dream." Echos DJ Hoppa, "Not only is this a lifestyle and a passion but at the end of the day, it's a job. You can't just be dope, you have to be dope and hustle." Hustling and being strategic comes naturally to Funk Volume. With no real office and a strong emphasis on in-house production, touring, and video production, the label is ignoring industry standards and succeeding. Says Damien, a Stanford Business School graduate who worked with Fortune 500 companies, "We're trying to do something that hasn't been done in a while - bring it back to the artist. From the beginning, we concentrated on building a fan base and concentrating on social media. We knew booking agents, press, and other industry people would come knocking eventually and once they saw what we were building, they did."
The rest of 2013 will see Funk Volume keeping busy with Jarren Benton releasing My Grandmas Basement next Tuesday, June 11th, Dizzy releasing his Golden Age mixtape in July, Hopsin releasing his next full-length project Knock Madness in the fall and SwizZz working on his next project. While the artists remain busy churning out music and hitting the road, Damien is currently working on a book to help independent artists better understand what it takes to build a career in music.
Tour: Souls Of Mischief Announce 20th Anniversary "Still Infinity Tour"
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It's astonishing to believe that is has already been 20 years since Oakland, CA rap group Souls of Mischief released their debut album 93 'til Infinity. In celebration of their 20th anniversary Tajai, Opio, Phesto and A-Plus are going on a national 50 city Still Infinity Tour starting in Nebraska on June 18th. Souls will tour with a 7- piece live band and perform the entire album from beginning to end plus rare cuts and new tracks.
To commemorate this anniversary, the four-man crew will also release a remix of the single "93 'Til Infinity" featuring an all-star roster of talent (names to be announced this summer.) They will also act as brand ambassadors for a limited capsule collection with iconic fashion and lifestyle brand Ecko, who also turns twenty years old this year. The tour gives fans the opportunity to not only get limited Hiero merchandise but also a chance to preview upcoming material. Fans are also granted the option to purchase an Infinity Package ticket which allows them to meet the group after the show, receive an autographed commemorative poster, and sticker at StillInfinity.com
The Hieroglyphics collective which includes Souls of Mischief, Casual, Del the Funky Homosapien, Pep Love, and Domino will release The Kitchen LP on July 16th.
6/18 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
6/19 Madison, WI @ Majestic Live
6/20 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
6/21 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
6/22 Rock Island, IL @ The Rock Island Brewing Co.
6/23 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
6/24 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
6/25 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache
6/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
6/28 Patucket, RI @ The Met
6/29 Edgartown, MA @ Flatbread Company
6/30 Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
7/3 New York, NY @ SOBs
7/5 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
7/9 Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
7/11 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
7/12 Virginia Beach, VA @Jewish Mother
7/13 Raleigh, NC @The Pour House Music Hall
7/14 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
7/15 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
7/17 Winston Salem, NC @ Ziggys
7/18 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
7/19 Charleston, SC @ The Pour House
7/20 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
7/25 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
7/26 Orlando, FL @ The Social
7/27 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
7/28 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
7/30 Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry's
7/31 New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge
8/1 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
8/2 Austin, TX @ Red 7
8/3 Dallas, TX @ Trees
8/4 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
8/6 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
8/7 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
8/8 Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi's Half Note
8/9 Denver, CO @ Casselman's
8/10 Durango, CO @ Animas City Theatre
8/12 Alburqurque, NM @ Sister Bar
8/13 Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room
8/14 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
8/15 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
8/16 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
8/22 Vancouver, BC @ Venue Night Club
8/23 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
8/24 - 8/25 Eugene, OR @ Kaleidoscope Festival