In promotion of the upcoming documentary film, DEMOS: An Independent Artist’s Guide To Success, we will be releasing a series of mixtapes showcasing the talents of independent artists around the world. The mixtapes will serve two purposes: to add awareness to the upcoming film and to promote the independent artists who make it onto the mixtape. That’s where this contest comes in… WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR DEMO. This is your chance to become a part of something that we hope will go down in hip hop history as being one of the illest music documentaries to be released in recent times.
To enter the contest, you must be an independent artist (meaning not currently signed to a major label). Send us ONE SONG via the form below. Yes, just one song… so pick your best one. Please upload your song in mp3 format to hulkshare prior to filling out the below form.
Deadline is April 30th. Mixtape will be released in May.
DEMOS is a documentary film intended to educate and inspire emerging music artists by providing insight on ways to establish and further their careers. Narrated by Grammy award-winning hip hop poet J Ivy, DEMOS features an eclectic mix of industry veterans, established artists such as Talib Kweli, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, DJ Quik, Naughty by Nature, Mac 10, Marley Marl, Rapper Big Pooh, Da Beatminerz, Jean Grae, Statik Selektah, DJ Rhettmatic, Shyheim, Dwele, and up-and-coming artists like Mac Miller, J Davey, Wax, and Dumbfoundead.
With over 70 interviews (and still shooting), DEMOS features interviews with professionals from all sides of the music industry sharing experiences, advice and techniques for maximizing success in the music business. From understanding contracts, to brand management, music production, touring, merchandise, royalties, record labels, content distribution, and more, DEMOS is designed to transfer a comprehensive mix of industry and music knowledge to enhance the quality of life for those who live in a musical world.
Up to this point, we have been able to make the film with very little money. As the film goes into post-production we have found that we need to raise funds to help complete the film and put it out properly. We’ve been shooting for the past 6 months and much of the film is shot, but there are a few scenes for which we need to secure funding in order to produce. Additionally, we need money for sound mixing, color correction, graphics, other post-production needs, distribution to festivals and marketing.
To assist in raising the funds needed, we have put up a Kickstarter page. If you are interested in seeing this film get a proper release, we humbly ask for your donation. If enough money is raised, we hope to be able to screen the film as early as this fall in select cities around the U.S. Check the video below from Executive Producer and Creator Kareem Fort, Co-Writer/Producer Hassahn Phenomenon, and Director/Editor Matt Friedman.
A.M. Breakups teams up with Billy Woods (Super Chron Flight Brothers) for a brand new single off the upcoming Cowardly Threats & Hideous Cruelty mixtape. "Good Times Had By All" features the Utica producer at his most subdued, a rainy day dreariness that perfectly matches the dark humor of Woods' bitter verses. The flip side of the track is Breakups' spectacular remix of the Super Chron Flight Brothers "42nd St." off the duo's critically-acclaimed LP, Cape Verde. This is Breakups at his uptempo best, the meticulously layered beat shifting beneath itself but perfectly couching the fast-paced 70's concept of the original track. The song features the Super Chron Flight Brothers along with Wu-Tang's Lord Superb (Supreme Clientele), HiCoup and Pastense. For those of you who haven't checked out this kid's debut album, The Cant Resurrection, which Backwoodz Studioz dropped last week, hopefully now you have one more good reason to stop sleeping.
Spree Wilson and Converse has announced a new release date for his free online album "The Never Ending Now" which is now dropping on April 12th. The 14 song project is a complete expression of Spree's diverse musical pallet and coming of age. "The Never Ending Now" chronicles Spree's beginning years in Nashville, his musical schooling of Atlanta, and going from being a homeless artist to securing a major record deal in NYC.
MP3: DaVinci & ST 2 Lettaz - "Get Her High" Prod. By Lunice
Southern Hospitality Brings Together San Francisco, Huntsville, And Montreal For Killer Collaboration
The good folks over at Southern Hospitality have been holding down quality rappers from down South and out in the Bay Area for some time, so it's only fitting that their latest orchestration features none other than critically acclaimed rap heavyweights DaVinci, repping San Francisco, alongside ST 2 Lettaz, one half of Huntsville, Alabama duo G-Side. Topping things off, Montreal's producer/DJ Lunice provides the beat, only his second time working under the auspices of hip-hop, and based on the results it sounds like he should continue his forays into the genre.
"Get Her High" kicks off with a smattering Lunice's dark, layered synths, off-kilter hi-hats, and pounding drums, and chopped and pitched vocal samples, before transitioning into a catchy repeating, ascending synth loop for ST's and DaVinci's verses, both heavy on the type of bravado and shit talk that sounds especially good coming from the emcee's complimentary raspy vocals. "Your bitch got a Boosie fade," quips ST 2 Lettaz. "Every day is St. Patty's, I'm just trying to get my green on/ Peruvian flake cake patties, I put my team on/ Yes, hustling is a part of me, it's something in my genome," raps DaVinci. And finishing things off, Lunice offers his own verse of sorts, continuing to flip and stack synths until the track's close.
Illvibe And Kokayi Team Up For New Single From All Together Now Compilation Album
The ever flavorful, genre-swapping artist/producer/singer/songwriter Kokayi might still be riding high on the wave of success brought on by his new album, Robots & Dinosaurs, but he's focused on keeping the fire hot, this time around dropping a brand new non-album single. The new song, "DJ Play," is part of Illvibe's highly anticipated album, All Together Now, a comprehensive project over two years in the making that also features Bahamadia, Invincible, Conya Doss, and Hezekiah, among many others. For Kokayi, his involvement in the project didn't take much persuasion. "The jawn cranked," explains the D.C. representer, "and I have mad respect and appreciation for the Illvibe cats so it was a no-brainer on the collaboration."
With a rather metallic feel, "DJ Play," which is produced by DJ Lil' Dave of Illvibe, is ready for the club straight from the start; a dance-ready beat complete with reggae adopted rim-shots, closely followed by various club tones and an infectious, wobbling synth line provide the backdrop for Kokayi's vocals. And perfectly so, given Kokayi's fitting lyrics and signature flow, "I'm like ease...that's not too fast, now I'm sitting here feeling dumb/ I don't know where that come from/ I'm just a simple man with a simple tongue/ I got a Simple Plan, my boy like you simple, son/ but I'm simply falling over you, like a simpleton." As you might have guessed, the lyrical inspiration for this track was drawn from those after-hour weekend nights, and has Kokayi telling the story of "a hapless romantic trying to win the heart of, or rather trying to kick some unattached solid game to someone he finds attractive, while stumbling over his romantic side the entire way."
Fans can also look for a music video to accompany the single in the coming weeks.