The Kid Quest’s Second Single ‘Last Night” Fast N’ Loud EP
Courtesy Jamel Shaw.
Lyrical phenom, The Kid Quest, started out 2013 triumphantly, and it is without a doubt that the momentum is definitely still going. He closed out last year with “Smell That Noise”, the first single from his upcoming E.P. titled “Fast N’Loud." Quest's most recent single was widely & amazingly received, and has possibly earned over 2,000 downloads in less than a months time. With all the love the track has earned, it was only right Quest spread the love right back.
Video: Fortunato f/ Caution Da Don - "Piss On You"
Fortunato was born in the west end of Toronto and grew up watching his older brother breakdance. He began his career as an MC doing gong shows and high school talent showcases. Eventually he began freestyling and became the host of a weekly cypher called Rehab Thursdays at a legendary Toronto club named The Beat Junkie. He then began battling and won several tournament in KOTD, Beastmode amongst others. He is now focusing on the release of his 4th album "Unseen Armada" which features production from Juno nominated producer Fresh Kils and is set to be released in spring 2013.
UK Runnings Presents XO The Rebellion - Kush & Cognac (Hosted by @TrickstaUK)
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'XO: The Rebellion' or 'XOTR' for short are a brand new Hip Hop group coming straight out of Luton Town, UK. The group comprises of three talented artists: Stephen Fivensix, Tommy DMO and Closure who are all good friends outside the studio. All three members sing and rap with Fivensix behind a lot of the instrumentals/productions the group have released to date.
Fivensix and Tommy DMO have been good friends for about a decade and have shared the stage on a number of occasions in the past. As former band musicians and accomplished guitarists, their influence and experience works to further set XOTR aside from other artists working in the same genre.
XOTR's brand new mixtape 'Kush & Cognac' debuts as part of the long standing British hip hop mixtape series 'UK Runnings' and is hosted by veteran mixtape deejay: Tricksta. The release consists of 11 eclectic tracks that draw influence from south-coast trap, east-coast boom bap, RnB, soul, acoustic and rock genres making this a very interesting and unique mixtape release. The trio have recorded on mostly original instrumentals apart from two popular beat remakes.
All three artists have enjoyed success in the past with their solo projects, however with their skills now combined they hope to make their presence even further known in the UK music scene. Download UK Runnings presents: 'Kush & Cognac' now and hear for yourself what all the buzz is about surrounding this relatively new collaborative project.
UK Runnings Presents XO The Rebellion - Kush & Cognac (Track-listing)
01 - Intro (Tricksta)
02 - Urban Decay (Prod. 5n6)
03 - Dream (Remake Prod. Cardiak)
04 - Numero Uno (Prod. MilesAway)
05 - G'd Up (Prod. MilesAway)
06 - Red and Black (Remake Prod. PushaBoy)
07 - Light Up Trees (Prod. 5n6)
08 - My City Acoustic Cover (Performed by 5n6)
09 - Shades of Green (Prod. 5n6)
10 - Is This the Way (Instrumental) (Composed. 5n6) (Bonus Track)
11 - Outro (Tricksta)
Audio: Psymun (MHz/2dopeboyz Contest Winner) - Paws EP
Paws is a four song collection of atmospheric/abstract beats that will surely send you into a 9.8-minute, unknotting trance. Psymun (producer for Scienze, Co$$, K. Raydio, etc.) has proven with this EP that he is capable of making intricate, sample-free, glo-fi magic in a matter of hours (about 6 actually).
The Audible Doctor & maticulous team up again as Audimatic for their new track "Monster". The duo are working on a new single but for now enjoy the free offering. Audible Doctor on the raps maticulous on the beats.
Yo Gotti Inks Multi-Tier CMG Label Deal with Epic Records
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Memphis, TN -- February 2013 -- Amidst rumors produced from the posting of an Instagram photo, Memphis-born artist and entrepreneur Yo Gotti is proud to formally announce his new CMG label partnership with Epic Records. The multi-million dollar, multi-tier deal will offer a complete distribution and promotional opportunity for CMG.
"This is a solid partnership that allows me to do what I do on bigger platforms, with the respect and support of the Epic team," explains Yo Gotti. "Throughout L.A. Reid's career, I realize he has been a part of creating some of the biggest superstars in the industry. I feel there is no better person to partner with."
Yo Gotti asserts that Benny Pough, Epic's EVP of Urban Music, was extremely supportive of the signing from their initial talks: "After my meeting with L.A. Reid, Benny Pough and his staff felt like Epic would be the perfect home to further the growth of CMG."
Yo Gotti has released over a dozen successful mixtapes, charting singles, and five complete albums. In 2011, he launched his site YoGottiMusic.com to immediate success, as his growing internet following (currently over 1.8 million on Facebook, 623k on Twitter and 428k on Instagram) supported wholeheartedly.
In 2012, Gotti set out on his CMG 'Road to Riches Tour' with formidable sponsorship from Flat Fitty, all facilitated without any major label support. The tour sold out shows in the majority of stops over six weeks, further boosting the value of Gotti's branded merchandise and musical influence.
Yo Gotti followed the tour with the release of "I Got That Sack", an instant fan favorite single that hit radio stations and clubs across the country with fervor. Yo Gotti's diehard entrepreneurial spirit and ability to deliver strong music sparked a bidding war between several labels, spanning several months from 2012 into the new year.
"A lot of labels were talking big checks, but the money didn't interest me," explains Gotti. "I wanted a partner that wasn't afraid to work as hard as I do. I knew that by sticking to my independent business mind frame and continuing to chase my dream, that the right situation was going to come."
Additionally, the CMG team pushed Yo Gotti's latest single "Check" into the Billboard Top 20, and he will be releasing the official video with full support from Epic.
"The independent success we've had thus far with our tour, merchandising and projects from myself and my first artist Zed Zilla has given me the perfect opportunity to create the best possible partnership for CMG," Gotti says. "I have no doubt that we will take our movement to its pinnacle with Epic Records."
While touring through Europe, the Stereo Boyz send Valentine's Greetings across the globe. "Speaking in Tonguez" is another single off their upcoming album "Carz, Clubz & Theaterz" (to be released on May 07th 2013).
Audio: The Black Opera - Queen of Hearts (f. Mayer Hawthorne)
Courtesy Mello Music Group.
The Black Opera dropped their latest bit, a love song of sorts, entitled "Queen of Hearts" off at XXL for Valentine's Day. The track is a mellow introspective rundown of all the things that "She" is, or could be, to her King. Who is "She"? Decide for yourself. The Black Opera and fellow creator Mayer Hawthorne, who is featured on the hook of this track, each have their own interpretation of the perfect "Queen of Hearts".