Produced by J-Starz and recorded a Lion's Den Studio in an hour, GT Mayne played the beat for his Houston underground Hip-Hop comrades and told them to write their verse in 15 minutes or less. This is the result.
Seattle Producer Def Dee Signs to Mello Music Group
Courtesy of Mello Music Group.
The News: Seattle producer Def Dee has joined the Mello Music Group squad! Earlier this year the DMV's Damu the Fudgemunk (ReDef Records) brought Dee to MMG Director of Operations, Michael Tolle's attention. Dee was a junior in high school when he met Damu who mentored Dee for a few years after meeting. It didn't take long for Dee and Mello to find common ground and work out a multiple project deal. The 21 year old producer's sound is a distinct combination of his musical influences, life experiences, and key ambitions, all the while without any borders. Don't expect standard fare when you listen, Def Dee structures his songs by feeling not tradition: maybe you'll get a 4-8 bar chorus, or maybe he'll bring out the tambourines!
Def Dee's Reaction: When asked about how he feels being a part of the Mello Music Group squad, Def Dee said, "the majority of the artists I've been following happen to be on the label that I'm now in the midst of... it still bugs me out! It took a lot of luck, the right people, and some good timing. I'm very thankful and plan to give listeners some quality music."
What To Look Forward To: Def Dee has already begun work on his debut MMG project, a producers album to showcase his beatmaking skills and featuring a variety of noteworthy emcees that will be released in 2012. Dee will also be crafting a new full length instrumental album and producing a project with a solo emcee to be announced later. You can expect to hear Def Dee on the upcoming Mello Music Group compilation "Bodhisattvas" due out this winter.
To Celebrate: Def Dee & MMG are offering, for a limited time, the 29 track instrumental project Cheap Heat, produced entirely by Def Dee for free!
Enjoy the free instrumental album & feel free to share!
MP3: DiverSe f/ Mee Mee Nelzy - "Opposite Of Us" (prod. Oddisee)
Courtesy of Clay Randle.
After releasing his latest EP " For All It's Worth" and starting his own indie record label Hour Glass Music Group. DiverSe is now currently working hard at work with his brand new mixtape titled "King Of My Dreams" and is scheduled to be release this September. In the meantime you can enjoy his latest cut "Opposite Of Us" featuring the lovely voice of MeeMee Nelzy and produced by Oddisee.
Smoke DZA "Rolling Stoned" Available on CD & Digital Aug 30th
Smoke DZA kicks it into overdrive and proves once again that he can't be grounded with the release of his forthcoming album, "Rolling Stoned." Since the success of 2010's awe-inspiring mixtape, "George Kush Da Button: The Deluxe Edition," Smoke has moved his brand across the country, rolling through city-after-city and joint-after-joint. In between tours with Wiz Khalifa and performances with J. Cole, DZA made his presence felt in 37 cities on the Smoker's Club Tour alongside Curren$y, Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy and Mac Miller, in addition to the nationwide Return Of 4Eva tour with Big K.R.I.T. and Freddie Gibbs. Smoke continued to spark the interest of listeners on collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Freddie Gibbs, Devin The Dude, Big K.R.I.T., Kidz In The Hall, Domo Genesis (Odd Future) and many more.
For his latest offering, "Rolling Stoned," Smoke DZA returns with a potent dose of tracks sure to leave listeners feeling as uplifted as his own state of mind. "Rolling Stoned" finds Smoke at his most elevated as he promises to deliver a plethora of buzzworthy collaborations. "I'm excited to work with Smoke on this project" says A&R Ruddy Rock. "I've known him for years and watched him and his team continuously grind to make him the artist he is today."
The album features guest appearances by Bun B, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, Trademark Da Skydiver, ScHoolboy Q, ASAP Rocky, Den10 & Big Sant.
The first single from "Rolling Stoned" is the viral-sensation, "On The Corner" featuring Bun B and Big K.R.I.T. Over a smooth instrumental produced by Big K.R.I.T., DZA trades verses with Bun B as they tell a tale of life on the street. The track is tied together perfectly by K.R.I.T.'s unmistakable southern drawl on the hook.
"Rolling Stoned" hits stores everywhere August 30th via iHipHop Distribution.
"Rolling Stoned" Track List:
1. Wonderful World Of Kushedgod 2. He Has Risen 3. Loudest Batch ft. Den10 4. On The Corner ft. Bun B & Big K.R.I.T. 5. Ball Game ft Kendrick Lamar 6. We Out 7. 4 Loko ft ASAP Rocky 8. Notorious ft Fiend & Big Sant 9. Pow Wow ft Dom Kennedy 10. Quiet 11. Overhigh ft Trademark Da Skdiver & ScHoolboy Q 12. Personal Party ft Curren$y 13. Live Life ft Marz Lovejoy (iTunes Bonus)
Random's "Mega Ran 10" album will release on 11/1/11.
Tour Dates: (if we're in your town, holler and we'll put you on the guest list)
Dates: Tue Sept 06, 2011 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA Wed Sept 07, 2011 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights OH Thu Sept 08, 2011 The Intersection (Front Room) Grand Rapids MI Fri Sept 09, 2011 The Vernon Club Louisville KY Sat Sept 10, 2011 The Middlewest Fest – the Egyptian Dekalb IL Sun Sept 11, 2011 Blind Pig Ann Arbor MI Mon Sept 12, 2011 The Cactus Club Milwaukee WI Tue Sept 13, 2011 The Street Entry Minneapolis MN Thu Sept 15, 2011 Subterranean Chicago IL Fri Sept 16, 2011 Inferno Nightclub Madison WI Sat Sept 17, 2011 Blue Moose Tap House Iowa City IA Sun Sept 18, 2011 The Waiting Room Omaha NE Tue Sept 20, 2011 Marquis Theatre Denver CO Wed Sept 21, 2011 Kilby Court Salt Lake City UT Thu Sept 22, 2011 Neurolux Boise ID Fri Sept 23, 2011 El Corazon Seattle WA Sat Sept 24, 2011 Hawthorne Theater Portland OR Sun Sept 25, 2011 Slim’s San Francisco CA Mon Sept 26, 2011 The Catalyst Atrium Santa Cruz CA Tue Sept 27, 2011 The Troubadour West Hollywood CA Wed Sept 28, 2011 SLO Brewing Company San Luis Obispo CA Thu Sept 29, 2011 The Ruby Room San Diego CA Fri Sept 30, 2011 Martini Ranch Scottsdale AZ Sun Oct 02, 2011 The Convervatory Oklahoma City OK Mon Oct 03, 2011 Fitzgerald’s Houston TX Tue Oct 04, 2011 Emo’s Alternative Lodging (Indoor) Austin TX Thu Oct 06, 2011 Granada Lawrence KS Fri Oct 07, 2011 Mojo’s Columbia MO Sat Oct 08, 2011 Juanita’s Little Rock AR Sun Oct 09, 2011 BottleTree Birmingham AL Mon Oct 10, 2011 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge LA Wed Oct 12, 2011 The Social Orlando FL Thu Oct 13, 2011 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville FL Fri Oct 14, 2011 New Brookland Tavern West Columbia SC Sat Oct 15, 2011 The Drunken Unicorn Atlanta GA Sun Oct 16, 2011 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro NC Mon Oct 17, 2011 The Ottobar Baltimore MD Wed Oct 19, 2011 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia PA Fri Oct 21, 2011 The Asylum Portland ME Sat Oct 22, 2011 Higher Ground South Burlington VT Mon Oct 24, 2011 Wescott Theater Syracuse NY Wed Oct 26, 2011 Mohawk Place Buffalo NY Thu Oct 27, 2011 Pearl Street Northampton MA Sat Oct 29, 2011 The Knitting Factory Brooklyn NY