MP3: Angel Haze f/ Das Racist - "Jungle Fever (Remix)"
When Le'Roy, the talent booker at SOBs, first emailed me about Angel Haze he said, "I think Angel is the type of artist that rolls around about once every five or ten years", and....well.....I've heard that before, so I sat on the email for a couple weeks, busy with client stuff. Then I listened to the attached song. It's a collab she did with Das Racist "Jungle Fever (remix)" and I was like, "WOW! This chick can really spit", and promptly dived into the rest of the emails Le'Roy had sent me to see if there was consistence. Long story short, the reading of a few Fader write-ups and a visit to her YouTube channel later, I was hooked. This chick can REALLY spit. It's actually so much more than that but I will leave you to define that for yourself.
Tomorrow Angel Haze drops a mixtape, "King." Like many mixtapes, she is rhyming over borrowed beats but unlike many mixtapes, I got the impression when I listened that she does so for sport rather than because she has no access to production. Often, she completely bodies the original, giving each song a completely fresh take. And she does in fact have access to tracks because she plans to drop her debut album, "Men, Women & Clocks" later this summer. The album is executive produced by Le'Roy Benros, who also executive produced Dac Racist's critically acclaimed "Sit Down, Man" project.
Freshly 20, "King" is a sort of birthday thank you to the fans that she is collecting at an ever-increasing pace; Angel is becoming quite the internet phenomenon. Her songs have surpassed 40,000 downloads, her view count is over 100,000 and she has been featured already on UrbanSteez.com/Unsigned Hype, HotNewHipHop.com, Tumblr.com, Pound Magazine, Foam Magazine and a feature for TheFader.com - http://www.thefader.com/2011/05/24/feature-angel-haze-has-got-talent-and-a-whole-lot-of-issues/ .
To keep this short, because it's far more important that you listen to the song, Angel Haze is one of those artists that only comes around every five or ten years. Like me, you may put off checking her out but, like me, once you do, you will be hooked.
@IamShizzie is a 20 year old artist (and 1/2 of the group Street Status) hailing from the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury who has a lot of talent and great delivery. *Shizzie started writing his own lyrics at the age of 9 and by the time he was in middle school he joined a group called "Street Status", along with the S.B The Real Souljaboy in 2004. Since then Street Status has been focused on being street motivators to the world. Shizzie's styles reflects on his struggle, triumph, and lessons learned as a young, up and coming artist, from the inner city of Boston. Shizzie plans on opening the lane for Boston artists to expand their talent and make music other then violent songs and negativity. This kid will be around for years and years to come, while the Street Status name will only gonna get bigger.
Mr. J. Medeiros' latest album Saudade is out now on his imprint De Medeiros via Fat Beats distribution. To celebrate the album, Medeiros released a video for the first official single "Neon Signs" and the track "Swallow" a few weeks back. Today marks the release of the single "Serious" ft Stro from Saudade. Stro, who is also part of the production team The Procussions that are featured on this album supplies the vocals on this cut.
Medeiros was formerly signed to Rawkus Records as part of the group The Procussions and as a solo artist. With The Procussions, he gained acclaim for collaborating with Talib Kweli and touring with A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots. As a solo artist, Medeiros partnered with international non-profit organizations to fight human trafficking and sexual abuse with his single "Constance" which has amassed nearly 500k views on YouTube. (Watch "Constance" here). Medeiros has recorded with artists as varied as Randy Jackson, Talib Kweli, Illmind and more and has been on Spike TV and Miami Ink.
After bursting onto the international scene in 2010 with his chart-topping hits "Kiss Me" and "When You Look at Me", KC Jockey is ready to take the music world by storm again with his latest single, "Toast to the Dads". Having just signed a digital distribution deal with Empire Distribution, Jockey now has even more outlets to let the world hear his unique and infectious sound.
KC Jockey was born in Kingston, Jamaica but moved to Brooklyn, NY as a young child. The rising star quickly developed a passion for all things New York—both the good and the bad. The "bad" had him in the streets hustling to get all the luxuries he saw others around him enjoying. The "good" had him embracing his God-given musical abilities, which he finally realized could provide him with the same lavish lifestyle as the hustling he saw going on around him. After his mother passed from a tragic accident in 1997, Jockey dedicated himself to the studio, often working through the night to perfect his craft. The hard work paid off in 2000 when Jockey launched his own record label, Sweet Sadie’s Productions, appropriately named in honor of his mother. After paying tribute to his mom thru the naming of his label, he has now taken the opportunity to turn his grateful attention to his (and everyone’s) father with "Toast to the Dads".
Jockey’s infectious smile has landed him jobs as the face of many of the hottest new products on the market. He is currently one of the faces for the fresh new clothing line 4.U.2.N.V, who have featured him on their New York City billboards. Jockey also recently received national attention on MTV’s "Idol Party Live" during an interview with American Idol season ten finalist Paul McDonald. When Idol fans discovered that McDonald had made a cameo in Jockey’s music video for "Rub Your Body", the story and video went viral and became topic for discussion in many of his subsequent interviews.
KC Jockey already has the musical chops and resume to prove his international star power, having shared stages with the likes of 50 Cent, Jadakiss, Jay Z, Mary J Blige, Beanie Man, and many others. His consistent success on both the North American and European charts shows that his style and sound transcend borders and cultures; "Toast to the Dads" is certain to be no different!