MP3: Hip-Hop Group A.Dd+ & Affiliates Sweep The Dallas Observer Awards + New Song "Suitcases"
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Last Tuesday, November 13th, hip hop duo A.Dd+, Erykah Badu-helmed production crew, The Cannabinoids and award-winning DJ, DJ Sober dominated the annual Dallas Observer Music Awards, taking home a total of four awards, including Best Rap/Hip Hop Act (A.Dd+), Best Group Act (A.Dd+), Best Funk/R&B Act (The Cannabinoids), and Best DJ (DJ Sober). Dallas' biggest alternative weekly newspaper also made A.Dd+ rappers Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy the cover story subjects of their current issue. To celebrate their recent wins and to thank their fans, A.Dd+ is releasing a new song called "Suitcases," produced by Cannabinoids member Picnictyme from their upcoming mixtape, DiveHiFlyLo.
The annual Dallas Oberserver Music Awards, now in its 24th year, was a humbling event for A.Dd+ and close affiliates, The Cannabinoids, and DJ Sober. Says DJ Sober, "It is a great feeling to know that we have supporters out there that took the time out to vote everyday and that have been rooting for us all along." Paris Pershun adds, "We were up against crazy competition from different genres. It was just a blessing to see what we do and our creations don't go unnoticed." The Cannabinoids were the house band for the awards show, backing other performers, and providing music for the entire night. "It was an honor for us to be the house band and being recognized in my own city was an amazing feeling," says Picnictyme.
Clyde Carson Debuts S.T.S.A. Mixtape w/ #1 Record in the Bay 'Slow Down'
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Oakland, California native Clyde Carson partnered with DatPiff for the release of his newest mixtape S.T.S.A. [Something To Speak About] today, November 20th. S.T.S.A. features 10 original songs including the previously released single 'Slow Down,' a #1 record in the Bay and Top 5 record in Los Angeles. The project features West Coast artists E-40, Problem, IAMSU, Kaz Kyzah and B-Legit. All songs are produced by 'Slow Down' producer Shonuff.
"Girls All Around" is a track inspired by the classic dancehall sound that invaded New York City in the early to mid 90's. The rudeboy hook, as well as the title, fully explains what the song is about but it's still all Hip-Hop though, with a hard knocking beat and rhymes that is sure tomake this one a dj and fan favorite.
Ryan Leslie Announces New Single & Sony Love To Give Campaign
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Ryan Leslie announces "Ups & Downs" as the second single off of his top-notch rap album Les Is More, released via NextSelection Lifestyle Group distributed by BDG (BDG is distributed by RED, a division of SONY Music Entertainment). Described by the Associated Press to "surely send you up," the feel-good record is being serviced to radio this week.
In conjunction with the launch of Les is More, Leslie was selected as a brand ambassador for the Sony X Headphones (#SonyX) and their "Love To Give" (#SonyLove) campaign this holiday season. "Ups & Downs" is featured in a video vignette for the Sony X's where Leslie discusses the importance of having headphones that don't dilute the honesty of the recording. The "Love To Give" theme is a sentiment that celebrates the spirit of giving through the eyes of Ryan Leslie, and various other artists including country pop singer Taylor Swift and renowned photographer Nigel Barker.
The first rap album from Ryan Leslie, Les Is More debuted at #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts simultaneously in 8 countries including the U.S., Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland. Leslie, "a marvel of multitasking" according to the NY Times wrote, arranged, produced and performed on Les Is More, along with directing and editing a series of music videos to accompany each record.
Leslie recently wrapped his first domestic headlining tour to rave reviews including one from XXLMag.com, "last night (October 4) the musical dynamo Ryan Leslie tore down a sold out Gramercy Theatre in NYC like a rock star." He is currently on tour in Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, and Austria for the European leg of the Les Is More Tour.
Attikus first met Cuba's El Tipo Este while he was in Vancouver performing at the Vancouver International Hip Hop 4 Peace Festival in 2011. They recorded Pa'Dentro and were fortunate enough to link again recently to shoot the video. Pa'Dentro is a single off his debut album Boo Radley which was released earlier this year.
D-Sisive: Jonestown 3.The Dream Is Over (FREE Download)
Music has never been my therapy.
Maybe itís because my past tragedies are the foundation for most of my work, but Iíve never been able to relate to an artist who credits his|her music as therapeutic. Iíve always had to dig. Time travel. Back to memories I wished Iíd never remember again. Fortunately, and unfortunately, thatís never the case. We can suppress them. Pack them away in Tupperware. But they always come back. In dreams. The shower. During movies or songs. Smells. Meals. Something always seems to trigger them when you least expect it. This is why creating, intentionally fishing, could never be therapeutic for me.
Banana Bread [a song on Jonestown 3] was inspired by a fanís letter telling me she asked her grandmother to pray for me. The opening lines brought me to an afternoon I spent with my father. He was telling me about the day my grandmother, his mother, died, and how he morbidly felt satisfaction. I felt sickened, and let him know. He told me Ďdonít make judgment calls on what you havenít lived.í I never took into consideration what he was put through. My grandmother was an alcoholic of the worst kind. She was also the most beautiful person when sober. But thatís always the case.
Writing about that story reminded me of what I went through with my father, who also eventually died because of alcoholism. History repeated itself. I didnít experience a tenth of what he did. He was distant, but wasnít abusive. He always made sure I was taken care of, but was selfish with his self-abuse. Thatís what I had to deal with. Revisiting this was far from therapeutic. Nothing was lifted off my chest. In fact it made me feel worse. But I believe this is necessary for my art.
ďSome people must go to extremes to get the world in balance for themselves. Some canít bear bright lights, so wherever they go they search for the dark; they turn the lights down, anything to sustain some level of comfort.Ē -Julian Schnabel
This has always been my process. And always will. If you want to dance, listen to the radio. Escape. We all need to dance at some point in our lives. Even Iíve done the Lambada once or twice, as horrifying as that is to imagine. But we also need to come back down. And Iím fortunate enough to say Iíve been there waiting for you when you landed.
ďDo not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.Ē -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rah Digga - 'Never Back Down' EP Is Now Available!
New Jeru rap veteran Rah Digga joins forces with Australia's go-to producer M-Phazes for the Maxi-Single "Never Back Down." Consisting of two versions, the original mix featuring Fresno's Fashawn and Beantown's REKS, in addition to the previously leaked remix featuring the Michigan born, Florida raised and now NYC transplant Nitty Scott, MC, "Never Back Down" showcases top notch lyricism and wordplay over M-Phazes fusion of glitched-out dubstep and gritty guitar riffs. "Never Back Down" is now available via Coalmine Records and is bundled for sale with both the main and clean edit passes of both versions, along with the instrumental and acapella of the original version, all for just $2.99.
PR: Pac Div's "The Return": All Hail LA's 2nd Renaissance!
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In case you missed it, Pac Div just unveiled their new song "The Return," the second single from their upcoming album, GMB (out 11/27). The trio teamed up with fellow LA native Ty$ for this ode to their "City of Angels and Demons," which The FADER premiered yesterday.
It's clear that Los Angeles hip-hop is experiencing its second renaissance, and Pac Div is straight up basking in it with their new track. As evident in their collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Blu on their previous single, "Cross Trainers," and Ty$ on "The Return," Mibbs, Like, and BeYoung are intent on letting everybody know that LA is back, and is in good hands.
Constant Deviants is excited to give fans a chance to listen to their new album, Diamond. The full-length release, which will be available at retail (both on vinyl and digitally) this coming January, is now available to fans digital-only, via Constant Deviant's label, Six2Six Records.
The Brooklyn-meets-Baltimore duo has been hard at work on Diamond for over a year now, a process that began with last year's Platinum: The Mixtape release. And while that project found rapper M.I. and producer DJ Cutt doing their thing over some of the industry's most popular and classic beats, Diamond is a return to true form for Constant Deviants Ė a project that falls not only in line with recent fan-favorite singles like "Fulton Street" (which appears on Diamond), but also in line with the music that the duo has been releasing since they first began working together in a mid-1990s Ė and have remained true to over a 15-year period that has seen stints with major labels like Arista Records and collaborations with high profile acts like N.O.R.E.
Last week, in announcing today's digital-only release, Constant Deviants released the album's lead single, "Gangster Boogie," a smooth, soul-sample-flipping anthem, and today, Constant Deviants are now giving fans a chance to check out what the full album sounds like, a level of quality that the duo feels stands in accordance with the title of the album. "We went with Diamond because of its rarity and preciousness," says M.I. "Also, Diamonds last forever and have and always will be sought after."
For the duo, rejoining forces last year after ten years of being apart, the album also reflects strong levels of growth, both individually and as a collective. "I believe the separation helped us grow, because we brought back stuff we learned from working with others," explains M.I. of the on-again-off-again dynamic, "but we went back to our original flavor and it worked out awesome. I believe or music will just continue to get better, and, God willing, we will continue to learn."