Portland, Oregon has never been looked at as a Mecca for Urban music and culture. However, there have always been a few people that have carried that flag proudly. Not only locally; but globally.
Cool Nutz has been a shining light for the cities under acknowledged Hip-Hop scene. With 7 critically acclaimed solo albums under his belt, Cool Nutz releases his 8th solo album entitled “Portland Ni%#a”.
Sadistik Canadian Tour w/ CunninLynguists & Free Song
It's been a while since I've been in touch, so I wanted to give a quick update on some recent news. The first of which is that I'm very excited to announce my first Canadian tour with my friends from CunninLynguists this November! Please check below to see when we'll be in your area:
CunninLynguists Canadian Tour 2012
11.06 - Victoria @ Club 9one9 11.07 - Vancouver @ Fortune Sound Club 11.08 - Whistler @ Garibaldi Lift Co. 11.09 - Nelson @Spirit Bar 11.10 - Calgary @ Hi Fi Bar (Early Show) 11.11 - TBD 11.12 - Edmonton @ Avenue Theatre 11.13 - Saskatoon @ Louis' 11.14 - Winnipeg @ Pyramid 11.15 - TBD 11.16 - TBD 11.17 - Toronto @ The Opera House 11.18 - TBD 11.19 - Ottawa @ Ritual 11.20 - TBD
A few weeks ago I announced on my that I would be releasing a free songs for the fans. After a small delay, here is the song:
Since Flowers for My Father is nearly complete, I wanted to make something for the fans as a sign of gratitude for being so patient. This isn’t a song that was cut from a project or anything like that, it was made for the sole purpose of giving it away. I contacted my friend Andreikelos (Equinox Records) and he produced the song for me and my new friend Shawn Coss was kind enough to create this original piece of art to accompany it.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Virginia Woolf was a very famous writer from the early 1900s who ended up committing suicide by putting rocks in her dress and walking into the ocean. I always thought this was morbidly poetic and I even found myself really inspired after reading the letter she left behind for her husband, so I decided to write a song about it. I really hope you guys like it. Feel free to download it for free and share with your friends. While you're at it, feel free to download the other 7 songs I just put up for free as well. Thanks.
Just a quick reminder that if you are interested in pre-ordering the Best of Sudden Death 2 CD compilation and getting the bonus Volume 3 digital download you have two weeks left to place your order.
My Kickstarter campaign ends at 4:00 PM EDT on Friday, September 21st. To get the digital Volume 3 you just need to pledge at least $15 for the digital copy of the compilation. Kickstarter is the only way I’m accepting pre-orders and the only way you can get Volume 3 of the compilation, not to mention the t-shirt, USB key, Sudden Death digital discography, or the original painting of the album cover, and more.
On a related note, I am just $95 short of my stretch goal of $3000 which would allow me to turn the area under my basement stairs into a sound booth. Who wants to be the one to push me over the edge?
A few weeks ago, Cris Cab, Big Sean, Wyclef, and director Alex Moors went to Sun Valley California on a record breaking 110 degree scorching day to shoot a video for Good Girls. Check out a first glimpse of the video and how it was made here:
Birmingham rapper and producer Sir Tomz is no new comer to the game of music or Hip-Hop. Starting out in the movement known as Shadowless who where signed to Big Dada Records, the same label that have released music from Roots Manuva, Wiley, Ty and many more. Featuring on Tim Westwood's 2002 UK Hip-Hop compilation, as well as remixing a Roots Manuva track for the well known 'Extra Yard' compilation. Last year he released his label compilation Jailhouse Records Presents 'Lockdown' which was gained superb on-line reviews as well as support from numerous mixtape deejays in the UK and overseas, leading to Sir Tomz hosting a mixtape for US mixtape DJ 5X which was released in-conjunction with Coast2Coast Mixtapes.
New Orleans rapper Dee-1 broke onto the scene just under two years ago with the scathing yet insightful "Jay, 50, And Weezy." The video on YouTube now has over 500,000 views, and since then, Dee-1 has released a collection of mixtapes, seen his videos featured on MTV Jams, and has toured across the U.S. on three nationwide tours. Starting in October, and continuing throughout the rest of 2012, Dee-1 will join Macklemore on the road for a 50-date national tour, and before then, on October 9th, Dee will release his new mixtape, #TheFocusTape, which will be hosted by hometown hero and hip-hop legend Mannie Fresh.
Earlier this month, Dee-1 released the first single from #TheFocusTape, "Shut Up And Grind," and today, he's releasing a new track, "The Very Best," which features mixtape host Mannie Fresh, along with some guest vocal assistance from Mos Def. The track, produced by The MVP's, and, according to Dee, was written on the spot in a recent studio session Mannie Fresh and Mos Def. "That alone," says Dee, referencing the shared studio session with two hip-hop legends, "gave me the adrenaline rush that inspired everything listeners hear in the song."
Originally, says Dee, the track was supposed to be a posse cut, with Fresh and Mos both taking a verse, but as Dee spit back his verse, the two vets knew the song deserved to largely be a solo track. "They told me to just finish it off," recalls Dee, who used the push of inspiration to open his second verse by rapping, "I'm in some kinda zone/ I ain't trying to leave." Most of all, for Dee, the track serves as a statement for where he is in his music career right now. "I'm having fun, making meaningful music with real people in my circle," says Dee-1. "Life is too short to do anything less."
Download "The Very Best" here:http://soundcloud.com/dee1music/the-very-best .
M-Phazes is giving YOU a collection of some of his best remixes of artists like Cee-Lo, 360, Justice, Lil Wayne, The Presets, Michael Jackson & more as part of the launch for his brand new website MPHAZES.COM!
Last week, Thizzler On The Roof and Atlanta production crew SMKA released "Greatness," the latest single from Darkest Before Dawn, which pairs a mix of the Bay Area's most talented established and up-and-coming rappers atop SMKA production. The song starred Oakland fast-rap specialists Shady Blaze and Young Gully, and Shady Blaze and SMKA's Mike Walbert recently chopped it up with SF Weekly about the track. Today, as the October 4th release date for Darkest Before Dawn approaches, Thizzler and SMKA are releasing the tape's latest single, which pairs Roach Gigz and IamSu! for the song "Ain't A Thing."
Everlast Announces Canadian Tour In Support of New Album Songs of the Ungrateful Living
Courtesy Kerosene Media.
Grammy-winner EVERLAST has announced the dates for his upcoming Canadian tour throughout September. Everlast is currently touring in support of his sixth studio album, "Songs of the Ungrateful Living", which was released through Martyr Inc. Records in partnership with EMI.
“Songs of the Ungrateful Living” was released via Everlast's own label, Martyr Inc. Records, and is the spiritual follow-up to his 1998 breakthrough, the multi-platinum “Whitey Ford Sings the Blues”. Everlast's latest single, “I Get By”, has been hailed as an anthem for these troubled times, and prompted Vibe Magazine to proclaim, “On his sixth solo studio work the groundbreaking white MC is making a no-nonsense return-to-form.” Everlast's new video for "Little Miss America” can be seen online at http://yhoo.it/MiM0xC .
Everlast also recently released a new digital EP entitled "More Songs of the Ungrateful Living" online at http://bit.ly/RlGwSe. The EP features classic Everlast songs like "What It's Like", "White Trash Beautiful" and "Long Time" performed acoustically for the first time on record, as well as previously unavailable tracks that fans have been clamoring for.
EVERLAST TOUR DATES:
09/16 - Victoria, BC - Royal Athletic Park (Rifflandia Music Fest) 9/17 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club 9/19 - Edmonton, AB - The Union Hall 9/20 - Lethbridge, AB - Average Joe's 9/21 - Calgary, AB - Dickens Pub 9/22 - Regina, SK - The Pump