PR: Helecia Teams w/ Spider Loc For a Joint Effort
Fresh on the heels of her controversial page-turner, The Diary of Helecia Choyce: The Hustle Within Part I, released in the fall of 2010, the Los Angeles, California, rapper-turned author, Helecia "S.uper K.razed G.oddess" Choyce, has recently returned to her Hip-Hop roots, teaming up with G-Unit signee, Spider Loc, for the upcoming arrival of their highly anticipated, joint street-tape offering, the DJ Lazy K hosted, Filthy Clean. The fourteen track outing will be "officially" unveiled on Saturday, March 26th, on www.skgflava.com, as well as other major mix-tape websites.
Having originally gotten her professional start at the tender age of thirteen, it was actually infamous, then, Death Row Records' CEO, Marion "Suge" Knight, who initially gave the young upstart her first big break in showbiz. S.K.G. later went onto appear alongside the legendary Tupac Shakur on his second posthumous collection, the multi-platinum Until The End Of Time, before finally being granted her release from the troubled imprint in '04.
The Diary of Helecia Choyce: The Hustle Within Part I, which is still available online and at select retail outlets, documents both her personal and professional journey, revealing her true testimonies of a rough and tumble upbringing; including, surviving childhood with a drug addicted, mentally ill mother and incarcerated father, physical abuse, living within a violent gang environment, single motherhood, among many other trials and tribulations. Choyce, a doting mother of four, has designated 10% of all proceeds from the tome to be donated to non-profit cancer organizations, specializing in helping children with leukemia and providing further research towards a cure for the fatal disease.
Filthy Clean will be followed by four additional mix-tape projects, ultimately leading up to the subsequent mid-to-late 2011 release of her anxiously awaited, still untitled Hustlegurl Entertainment/Universal Music solo debut. S.K.G. is also working on a stage version of The Diary of Helecia Choyce: The Hustle Within Part I, as well as a second volume of her still in-demand premiere literary body of work.
Filthy Clean will be available for free download March 26th.
Chicago's Yung Berg proves that he is 2011's 'come back kid' with the recent release of his all-original, star-studded mixtape, "Mr Ward" (Ray J, Roscoe Dash, Lil Scrappy, Diamond, Pleasure P, Shawty Lo & more) which hit the net last Thursday. Despite his many controversies, Berg got stuck in at the studio and focused on making music. Release week saw him out and about in NYC with his head high; making stops at MTV, BET's 106 & Park, GlobalGrind and a myriad of other national outlets, with the support of the fabulous team at Cornerstone Promotion.
Berg pulled out all the stops with his push for "Mr Ward", including shooting and releasing six videos this past four months and nine "Road to Humble Greatness" webisodes, resulting in streams and downloads in the thousands from his fans and renewed interest from the majors. The boy has kept Tumblr busy as all get out - http://yungberg.tumblr.com/archive
Hip-hop crew The CUF, an acronym for California Underground Funk, are readying their latest project CUF Caviar Vol. 1 on CFO Recordings. Their newest release adds more of a nuanced sound and technically sophisticated LP to their ever-expanding discography. This 5-man wrecking crew is comprised of MCs: N8 the Gr8, Pete, Crush, Brotha RJ, and Taktics (Lil N8). Guest appearances on CUF Caviar Vol 1 by R&B singers D Moe (cousin of LA MC Dudley Perkins) and fellow CFO Recordings artist Maryann round out this release.
Based in Sacramento, CA, the CUF took years to complete this record, but it is their most dynamic work to date. On the track “We Keep the Flame Lit" N8 explains that they wanted to do a song that speaks to how they are still doing what they’ve always done, which is make quality music. “That's fire!” he declares.
On the last track, "More" MC Pete sums up the album’s theme: "We never made cuts to be famous, he notes. “All we ever wanted to do was rap in different places!”
The guys met in in 93, where they were working and MCing on their own in Sacramento. “We were all struggling on our own so thought, we should join forces,” recalls N8 of how the group formed.
Gaining national exposure by performing on The World Famous Wake Up Show two consecutive times with Notorious B.I.G. in 1996, The CUF’s sound and live shows have influenced many of the Bay Area’s current icons including Living Legends, Hieroglyphics, and Bored Stiff.
Their new release is their fourth album together. In 96, they dropped Federal Expressions which was followed by 1997’s I Love this Game. After back-to- back releases Cufbaby (1998) Cufilation in 99, and the critically acclaimed Cufdaddy in 2000, they went on a brief hiatus from the group.
In between albums, the guys dropped solo projects like Good4Nuthin (Pete and N8 the Gr8) in 2001, then two albums under the name Deep Fried Funk Brothers where they collaborated with artists such as The Grouch, Casual, Murs, Bicasso. Pete B also dropped two solo albums, including the well-received 2008’s Beans and Rice.
In the past fifteen years the CUF has blessed over 500 stages worldwide along side some of the biggest acts, including KRS-One, Dr. Dre, RUN-DMC, Xzibit, and the Living Legends, to name just a few. CUF songs have appeared on Microsoft's Xbox video games Amped and Amped 2.
The CUF today is a bit more refined but they are still making great pure hip-hop. CUF Caviar Vol. 1 drops direct to fans on CFO Recordings on April 26, 2011 and to the rest of the world in late May, just in time for the summer.