It's no secret that when the new album from Sole & the Skyrider Band was initially announced (Hello Cruel World out July 19th on Fake Four Inc), there was an air of intrigue surrounding the album. In addition to being the first album since his official split with Anticon, and all the indicators of a stylistic shift away from the rapid-fire flows that once defined him, the track list included a song called "Bad Captain Swag," which featured guests Pictureplane and Lil B THEBASEDGOD. The track was finally unveiled for public consumption, premiering on Vibe Magazine . The new material will be making it's way around the west coast this summer as well, kicking off with a record release show in their town of residence Denver, CO, and with a string of live dates announced for August (see below). Sole aka Tim Holland recently unveiled the free release of his newest mixtape Nuclear Winter Vol 2 as well, which is available for free via the Sole website and features guests Kool A.D. of Das Racist, Mac Lethal, Pictureplane, B. Dolan, LuckyIAM, and many more. IMPOSE Magazine recently dropped "Coke Rap," the mega-collaboration between Sole, Kool A.D., Pictureplane, and Fake Four labelhead Ceschi Ramos.
Sole & the Skyrider Band Tour Dates:
Wed | 7-14-2011 Denver, CO The Hi-Dive (Record release w. Ceschi, Egadz, Greecarpetedstairs, Pictureplane DJ Set) Tue | 8-09-2011 Santa Fe, NM TBA Wed | 08-10-2011 Phoenix AZ TBA Thu | 08-11-2011 Flagstaff AZ The Green Room Fri | 08-12-2011 Los Angeles CA The Roxy Theatre Sun | 08-14-2011 San Francisco CA Bottom Of The Hill Mon | 08-15-2011 Reno NV Tonic Lounge Tue | 08-16-2011 Sacramento CA Sol Collective Wed | 08-17-2011 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge Thu | 08-18-2011 Seattle WA Nectar Lounge Tue | 08-23-2011 Missoula MT The Badlander Thu | 08-25-2011 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court Sat | 08-27-2011 Colorado Springs CO Black Sheep
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MP3: Coughee Brothaz f/ Slim Thug - "A Pair of Lips"
Devin The Dude and his Coughee Brothaz crew release there new album "Fresh Brew" in stores worldwide TODAY! (July 5th). Here goes the second official single off the record, "A Pair of Lips" featuring fellow Houston based emcee, Slim Thug!
Sacramento native Y-Dresta just released his new EP “Inside the Mind” with features coming from Bizzy Bone among others. “Inside the Mind” showcases all sides of Y-Dresta’s musical personality, with tracks such as “Inside the Mind” aimed at the hardcore hip-hop audience, and “So Nicely” for the mainstream listeners. Not to mention the honestly dedicated record, “Married to the Music” featuring Bizzy Bone.
Directed by King Beats, this is the 6th and final visual installment for "The Herman Gardens Project" by D.Focis. The song finds D.Focis imagining what things may have been like if he had a chance to meet J.Dilla. Visit www.dfocis.com to see all the vids from the project.
As an artist, D.Focis started his music career professionally in 2002 with the release of "Still Dreamin" independently via Dirty Redd Productions. Since then he released 5 albums; Oxygen (2004), This is not a Demo, and Facemusic (as a member of Hip Hop collective Grownman), The New Tokyo Mixtape (2006) The Be Strong LP (2009). D.Focis is a Hip Hop artist with influences like Common, Slum Village, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Kanye West. His music is reality based, and generally can be called Positive/Inspirational Hip Hop.
As a producer, his professional start was in Tokyo, Japan in 2005 when he produced "Story of A Sucka MC" by Japanese top Hip Hop artist Zeebra, scoring a platinum plaque in the process. He then went on to produce another hit song for Zeebra in 2006, charting with the hit single "Stop Playin a Wall" Since then he has produced on over 50 Pop, Hip Hop and R&B projects in Japan. In the U.S. he produced two mixtapes with Bobby Creekwater (former Shady Records artist) The BC era, The BC Era Deuce, album songs by Cool Kidz, Nappy Roots, Donnis and countless others. As a producer his influences are J.Dilla, Timbaland, Teddy Riley, Just Blaze, Kanye West, Bach Logic, DJ Hi Tek just to name a few.