Roach Gigz Announces New EP Bitch I'm A Player, Drops First Single
In case you thought Roach Gigz was going to take a break, you're dead wrong. This San Francisco representing, Bay Area die-heart is just starting to pick up steam in 2011. You probably heard his second mixtape Roachy Balboa 2, and you might have caught his MTV2 Sucker Free interview just last month, but he's been staying busier than ever and with two recent sold out shows alongside Too $hort and his upcoming New York City debut this Sunday, April 24th and Highline Ballroom, Roach is excited to announce the release of a brand new project, the Bitch I'm A Player EP dropping this May. This EP's entire production was handled by C-Loz, a frequent collaborator responsible for producing the fan favorite "Can I Rap" in addition to countless other Roach songs, and sports such features as Lil' B, Husalah, DB The General, and long time comrade Lil' 4-Tay, daughter of Bay legend Rappin' 4-Tay and also one-half of the duo B.I.G. which she and Roach formed back in high school.
The first single off this EP is the aptly named, "F A Chorus" and, spoiler alert, there's no chorus; once Roach gets his charismatic, bouncing flow worked up it doesn't stop until the beat goes silent. And, as with other chorus-free past favorites such as "Can I Rap" and "Respect It," the mission is clear for Roach: Try as you might, you're just not as good as he is, and you probably never will be. Or as Roach puts it, "I'm just making it clear to the male and female bitches around the world that I'm a player."
All fans in the Tri-State area should be sure to swing by Highline Ballroom this Sunday, April 24th for Roach Gigz' debut NYC performance, taking the stage alongside Kreayshawn, Andre Nickatina, Roxy Cottontail, and more. For more info and to buy tickets, please visit the Highline Ballroom website.
2011's comeback kid, Yung Berg, scores another couple wins this month, along with fellow producer Ayo; their tribute to Chicago Bulls Point Guard, Derrick Rose, is a slam dunk and the video for Lil Wayne's "John (If I Die Today) ft. Rick Ross", which the two produced, went out for public consumption this past Tuesday (47,440 views on YouTube.) The single will appear on Wayne's upcoming album, "Tha Carter IV" which drops May 23rd. "Derrick Rose ft. Marvo" will be featured on Berg's upcoming mixtape, "More Money, More Condoms."
What most have seen as Berg's hiatus from the music scene has actually been time spent locked in the studio completing his recently released, self-produced "Mr Ward" mixtape and a frenzy of work behind the boards with Ayo for artists like Drake ("Do It All"), Diddy/Dirty Money ("Make Love To You"), Soulja Boy ("Kush on Deck", Na Na Baby") and Roscoe Dash. Fans can also expect production from the duo on projects from Ray J, Diamond, Dawn and Young Cash in addition to many more Yung Berg songs to come.
Early March saw Yung Berg take a brief break from all of the recording and video shooting for a quick media blitz in support of the release of "Mr Ward" but word has it that he has once again sequestered himself behind those boards to work on upcoming projects. Stay tuned.
With The Proven Theory Dropping Next Week, YONAS Offers Uplifting Message With New Single
Just under one week away from the April 25th release of his debut album, The Proven Theory, Bronx rapper YONAS is providing patient fans with the final pre-release leak with his new song "Nobody Else." While The Proven Theory combines infectious hooks with diverse and catchy beats, the underlying theme throughout the album is one of perseverance through struggle, as YONAS weaves his own stories that offer a brighter and uplifting take on life's trials. And that theme continues with "Nobody Else," one of the most sincere tracks on the album. Flaring synthesizers, a sweetly orchestrated string section, and a plucking guitar all contributing to the song's emotional tone, allowing YONAS to deliver an inspiring message that echoes classics like 2pac's "Keep Your Head Up," all while offering a new spin that remains honest and personal to YONAS' own story. "I'm thinking about a way I can help us get the message/ Maybe through my music I'll alleviate the stresses," raps YONAS, continuing, "Everything I learned, I learned through my mother's essence/ And thanks to her I'm unafraid to ask the tougher questions."
Fans can also look forward to a special remix for "Nobody Else" featuring Phil Ade and dropping this coming Monday to celebrate the release of The Proven Theory.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April XX, 2011) – Common (Terminator Salvation, Wanted) has joined the cast of the independent production L.U.V. The film follows a day in the life of William “Woody” Watson (Rainey Jr.), a shy and somewhat timid 13-year old in search of a family and a better life. Looking to his ex-con Uncle Vincent (Common), Woody hopes he’s found the father figure he’s never had. But when his Uncle’s desire to create a legitimate life for himself clashes with the chaos of his past, Woody must decide where to stand, with his beloved Uncle, or against him.
No newcomer to the big screen, Common has recently wrapped up roles in New Years Eve (New Line, December 9th), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Disney) and as soon as filming is wrapped on L.U.V., Common will begin shooting a starring role in AMC’s new series Hell on Wheels. Common’s much anticipated new album “The Dreamer/The Believer” will be released in Fall of 2011.
Production begins this week on Sheldon Candis’ feature film which also stars Dennis Haysbert (24, Jarhead), Danny Glover (Death at a Funeral, 2012, the Lethal Weapon franchise), Charles S. Dutton (The Obama Effect, Fame), Megan Good (Jumping the Broom, Brick), Michael K. Williams (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, he Road), Russell Hornsby (Lincoln Heights, In Treatment), Lonette McKee (Honey, Malcolm X), Tracey Heggins (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) and newcomers Michael Rainey Jr. and Marz Lovejoy. An original script by Candis and Justin Wilson, L.U.V. will shoot in Baltimore.
“We’ve been extremely fortunate in putting together an amazing cast for this project,” said producer Jason M. Berman. “And finding an undiscovered talent like Michael Rainey Jr. doesn’t happen often enough – the dynamic between his Woody and Common’s Vincent brings an amazing energy to the project,” added producer Gordon Bijelonic.
“Vincent is a uniquely conflicted character,” said Common. “I found an appeal in his desire to move past his failures and onto the right track, and the challenges that presents.”
L.U.V. is Candis’ feature directorial debut after developing the script in the Film Independent Directors Lab. Both Candis and Wilson are graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
L.U.V. is a co-production of FilmForward Independent, Bijelonic/Turner Films and Stony Island Films. Producers are Jason M. Berman (Seven Days in Utopia), Gordon Bijelonic (Another Happy Day), Michael Jenson, Joel Newton, Datari Turner (Video Girl), Common and Derek Dudley. The film was cast by Mary Vernieu, C.S.A. and Lindsay Graham. Eric Christensen at HSI has come on board to handle foreign sales.
Video: Paid Dues 2011 - DJ Muggs/Planet Asia/Ill Bill
DJ Muggs recently performed a history making set at this year's Paid Dues hip-hop festival in San Bernardino, CA alongside with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Bun B and more. DJ Muggs has released behind the scenes footage from his Paid Dues performance online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUt0K_SzhUk. The footage features clips of Bambu, Planet Asia, Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm, and La Coka Nostra's Ill Bill, all coming together for DJ Muggs historical performance.
"I have a Verses series of records where I team up with different emcees to create a whole album. I've done these albums with the GZA from Wu-Tang, Planet Asia, Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm, as well as Ill Bill form La Coka Nostra. All of these artists hold a lot of weight in the underground scene, so the organizers of Paid Dues asked me if I could bring them together and do a 45 minute performance. We rocked the stage and this show was definitely a performance that will live on in the hip-hop history books."
DJ Muggs has long been the face of an entire movement of hip-hop, captivating the world as the producer of the iconic group CYPRESS HILL, and producing seven studio albums for the platinum outfit. MUGGS has also scored hits with Ice Cube ("Check Yo Self") and House of Pain ("Jump Around") along with producing cuts for Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep, RZA, GZA, KRS One, Goodie Mob and Wyclef Jean amongst others. Looking back on the stats of his storied career, MUGGS has sold 17 million records with CYPRESS HILL and is a four-time Grammy nominee.