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PR: Official Humble Beast Records / Braille Update


PR: Official Humble Beast Records / Braille Update

Native Lungs

Braille's 7th solo album "Native Lungs" is complete and being manufactured right now. Due to the success of the Indie GoGo campaign we were able to master the album at MasterDisk in NYC with Tony Dawsey. Thank you for the support!!! Everything is on schedule for the Aug. 30th release date and as promised "Native Lungs" will be available for free at www.humblebeast.com. Physical CD copies will also be available for sale at select retailers. No singles have been leaked yet but you can check out the official album cover, track-list and tour dates right here.

The "Native Lungs" tour is all booked with the exception of a few dates. Below is a list of the remaining dates that need to be filled. If your interested in booking Braille then please contact us at info@humblebeast.com. If you don't see your city listed in the tour schedule but would like the "Native Lungs" tour to come to your area then hit us up.

September 4th (Sun) - anywhere in Southern California
September 9th-11th (Fri-Sun) - anywhere in Colorado
September 16th (Fri) - New York City or surrounding area

Red Alert

Two weeks ago we released a special maxi-single version of "All I See Is Red" by Alert. If you're sleeping - click this link and wake up.

Special remixes of the original song including contributions from Odd Thomas, Braille and Theory Hazit. The instrumental and accapella is also included so anyone can make their own remix version as well. Spread the red.

Legacy2011:Sola Fide

Join the Movement with hundreds of youth and young adults for our 5th National Conference Legacy2011: Sola Fide. Learn from some of the greatest teachers, fellowship with passionate believers from over 35 states, and serve the city of Chicago!

Ministers include LeCrae, Conrad Mbewe, Art Azurdia, Anthony Carter, Hazakim, Flame, Ken Jones, Odd Thomas, Propaganda, Trip Lee & more!

Humble Beast is a proud sponsor for this event and would love to see you there. Check out the video that Humble Beast produced to promote the event.

The Rock is Steady

Next week we will be dropping a new mixtape style EP from Theory Hazit titled "The Rock Is Steady". This is a collection of b-boy friendly tracks that Theory put together as a dedication to the local break-dancers in Portland, OR.

Consider this an appetizer before we drop Theory Hazit's full length Humble Beast release titled "Thr3e" coming in late fall.

MP3: Lil Wayne f/ Lil B - "Grove St. Party Freestyle"


From Rap Star Promo:

MP3: Lil Wayne f/ Lil B - "Grove St. Party Freestyle"

* http://limelinx.com/files/2f053a449ac844a2347c28cc847c28a0 *

Video: A-Plus - "Road Trippin'" (Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover)


From Audible Treats:

Video: A-Plus - "Road Trippin'" (Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover)

MP3: Jay-Z & Kanye West - "Otis"


From Big Dev:

MP3: Jay-Z & Kanye West - "Otis"

* http://hulkshare.com/cb3s1xs59ls9 *

Video: Clinton Sparks Lands Helicopter in Palms Casino Club


From BF Blasts:

Video: Clinton Sparks Lands Helicopter in Palms Casino Club

MP3/Video: D.Willz - "Watermelon" + Video Added To VEVO


From Audible Treats:

MP3/Video: D.Willz - "Watermelon" + Video Added To VEVO

P3 Released As Video Continues Successful Run, Gets Added To VEVO With Forthcoming Front-Page Feature

The Song:

Not too long ago, East Oakland, California rapper D.Willz released a video for "Watermelon," a song taken from his latest mixtape, Hood Pop. The video put D.Willz' outside-the-box humor on display as he chose to play the background in his own video. Instead of appearing himself, D.Willz features a variety of California farmers carrying watermelons while dancing and rapping to a sing-along style bouncing watermelon graphic. Not surprisingly, the video has become an instant fan favorite, racking up over 300,000 views on YouTube, winning mtvU's Freshman 5 competition with over 60% of the total vote, being added to rotation on MTV Jams and AMTV (one of the only indie videos on the show), and being christened as maybe the "Weirdest Local Rap Video of the Year" by SF Weekly.

As memorable and fun as the video is, it's hard to remember sometimes, just how infectiously catchy the song is. In its short amount of time as a single, the song has already been picked up by radio stations in San Francisco, CA, Tucson, AZ, Colorado Springs, CO, Modesto, CA, and Santa Rosa, CA. Built on a bed of bouncy keys, 808 claps, and deep kicks, all courtesy of producer Mark Kragen, the track pulls together with D.Willz' repeated "Gotta juice it like a watermelon" chorus and lighthearted and cleverly suggestive sing-songy vocal delivery. "The best part was the recording session," recalls D.Willz, with a hint as to why the song may have turned out as fun as it is. "It was six empty bottles of Patron, dozens of girls, and my whole 2Fresh Entertainment crew."

And fans aren't the only ones taking notice. As the video continues to gain in momentum, popular video site VEVO has now picked up "Watermelon" and is running a front-page feature for the clip. "It's an honor to have VEVO recognize my video 'Watermelon'... I am looking forward to expanding my fan base.," D.Willz explains when asked of the VEVO recognition. This is a particularly special honor considering artists must be invited to VEVO and the site is generally only host to videos from Major Label artists. The video has also been added to MTV2 On Demand and Music Choice On Demand. "This biggest excitement for me is seeing how many views I will get! I'm trying to break a certain number and if I do that, I'll be one happy dude."

Download the mp3 for "Watermelon" here: http://media.audibletreats.com/D.WillzWatermelon_Prod_Mark_Kragen.mp3 .

Watch the video for "Watermelon" on VEVO here: http://www.vevo.com/watch/dwillz/watermelon/USA2P1193086 .

Alternate video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcxbSqrpTw4 .

 

Audio: Trek Life "Due West" (Has-Lo Remix)


From Mello Music Group:

Audio: Trek Life "Due West" (Has-Lo Remix)

Trek Life's album "Wouldn't Change Nothing" Is In Stores Now via Mello Music Group!!
 
"I'm from the city too diverse to gentrify and Hollywood dreams have eaten many alive…"
 
The good folks at The Smoking Section helped premier the Has-Lo Remix to Trek Life's song "Due West."  Has-Lo continues to impress on the production end, able to flip the Oddisee produced original into something darker, more sinister, and brooding to match Trek Life dropping the gritty history of Black migration to California and the Los Angeles area.  Trek really shines on this track, displaying his affection towards California and the Los Angeles area, while doing the knowledge to offer listeners some insight on how it all started.
 
Enjoy and feel free to post and share.
 
Trek Life "Wouldn't Change Nothing" In Stores Now!
 
Free Download: Trek Life "Due West" (Has-Lo Remix) http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/track/due-west-has-lo-remix .

Buy the complete 14 track remix album on Amazon! Wouldn't Change Nothing

MP3: Kyle Rapps - "Universe Traveler" Feat. Talib Kweli


From Audible Treats:

MP3: Kyle Rapps - "Universe Traveler" Feat. Talib Kweli

New Mixtape Remixes Legendary French Duo Air, With Kweli Featuring First Single

The Song:

Any artist wondering how they can take their music to the next level should take notes from New Jersey-raised, Harlem-based emcee Kyle Rapps. Since the release of his debut EP, Re-Edutainment, Kyle's been hard at work, releasing new videos, performing at SXSW, and more, all while putting the finishing touches on his new mixtape, On Air. The mixtape, produced entirely by Nate G, draws its samples from French electronic band Air, and continues to show off Kyle's proclivity for pulling in high profile features, with guest slots from the likes of KRS-One, C-Rayz Walz, and Homeboy Sandman, along with Talib Kweli, who shows up on the lead single from On Air, “Universe Traveler.”

For Kyle, "Universe Traveler" is an opportunity to show and prove, and he does just that alongside one of his own musical heroes with lines like, "I'm staying on the blocks like the first grade/ I'm letting off shots, get the First Aid/ Some rappers sling coke, I prefer cake/ I'm the last one broke and the first paid." And while some might not suspect a collection of samples from Air to compliment the two tri-state representatives, Nate G's smooth blend of samples, backed by chunky drums, provides an opportunity for Kyle to prove that versatility is his specialty. "'Universe Traveler' is all about being able to rap anywhere, with anyone, to be able to rap in any situation and still be able to come off. To me, that's the definition of a true emcee."

Download "Universe Traveler" ft. Talib Kweli here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Kyle_Rapps-Universe_Traveler_Ft_Talib_Kweli.mp3 .

Video: Kenny KingPin - "Let the Streets Tell It"


From Never So Deep Records:

Video: Kenny KingPin - "Let the Streets Tell It"

Video: Fonzworth Bentley on Balancing Marriage & Career


From DJ Smallz:

Video: Fonzworth Bentley on Balancing Marriage & Career

Today's typical hip hop artist generally lives a very fast and "on the go" lifestyle, working 24 hours a day it seems, and remaining single and/or divorced in their personal lives. G.O.O.D. Music's Fonzworth Bentley drops knowledge on how he balances a marriage with "Benjamin Button" star, Faune Chambers and his music/movie career.

Fonzworth Bentley on Balancing His Marriage & Career from DJ Smallz.


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