I normally don't editorialize on promotional MP3 links I get by e-mail but Gucci Mane f/ Waka Flocka "You Know What It Is" is the most unintentionally perfect pairing ever - it's absolutely without question DUMB meets DUMBER. The link is courtesy of M3W:
From Zion I producer Amp Live comes the single "Hot Right Now," off his summer 2010 release Murder at the Discotech (Child's Play). The electronic and hip hop fused record features guest vocals by Mickey Factz, Zumbi of Zion I, Grouch, Eligh, Trackademicks, Fashawn, Myka Nyne, Hot Tub, Yak Ballz, My First Earthquake, Golda Supa Nova, Bambu, Dude Royal and more. Featuring the internet buzz hits 'Gary is a Robot' featuring Trackademicks (Fools Gold) & Mr. Micro and 'Turn it Up' featuring Mickey Factz (XXL hottest mcs to watch out for 2010), Murder at the Discotech is best defined as electro hop; melting dubstep, electro, hip hop and indy in to one pot.
Amp Live is building a rep as one of cali’s most talented and diverse music producer/djs. After his dreamy soulful beats for the hip hop group Zion I, he has been able to produce for major and independent artist such as Akon(Warner), Flipsyde(Interscope Records), Nicole Schercenger of the Pussy Cat Dolls(Interscope), Rebelution, Tokyo Police Club, MGMT, Linkin Park , Goapele, and Mystic. Most importantly Amplive's most recent success has been his critcally acclaimed "Rainydayz Remixes" album for the rock group Radiohead's In Rainbows LP. Always experimenting, Amplive has also done rock, electro, mashups, and drum ‘n bass.
In the past years, Amp Live has been a part of the video game industry, having his production being one of the main features for the Sony Traxxpad and also a basketball player character in the NBA 2K6 to the newly released 2K10 video game. Finally, Amp’s beats have been featured on a number of movies, tv shows, and commercials, which include MTV's The Buried Life, CSI, Nestle's "Wonka Candy-Feed Your Imagination" series, "So You Think You Can Dance", "Dirt" by Courtney Cox, "Friday Night Lights", "Honey", "Big Fat Liar","Leperchaun 4", "Americas Top Model" by Tyra Banks, ESPN Sports center, and the "Jamie Kennedy Show".
Finally, Amp is a host on Beat Driven Radio (beatdrivenradio.com) and also a podcast on itunes.
Young Buck & Drumma Boy Drop B.O.M.B.S. on Halloween
Nashville, TN - The wait is over. Young Buck's highly anticipated, 100% Drumma Boy-produced mixtape, Back On My Buck Sh*t, Vol. #2, drops for download tomorrow (Saturday) at midnight; just in time for Halloween. The 16-track tape features looks from Rocko, 8Ball & MJG, The Outlawz, Lupe Fiasco and fellow former G-Unit soldier, The Game.
1) Let Me Go 2) Came Back 3) Got Me One 4) In The Clouds 5) AM/FM Featuring Lupe Fiasco 6) Down Wit 'Em 7) The Blues Featuring The Game 8) Betta Tell Em Featuring 8 Ball 9) Gettin It 10) Done Wit Yall 11) Taxin' 12) Identify Featuring Rocko 13) Cleaned Off - Featuring The Outlawz 14) Lockdown 15) Mark Barton
16) Bonus: "Round Me" - Drumma Boy Featuring Young Buck, 8 Ball and MJG
Block McCloud forges partnership with Well Done Entertainment (via his own imprint, Disburbia Music Group) to release the digital-only Crazy Man EP this coming Tuesday, Nov. 2nd as a precursor to his full-length album, Four Falls, slated for an early 2011 release. The EP will feature three versions of the song “Crazy Man”, including a remix featuring Celph Titled & R.A. the Rugged Man with the original version boasting production from DJ Waxwork (formerly of the German production team, The Snowgoons) and additional production provided by Anno Domini (Kool G Rap, Canibus, Vinnie Paz) and Dj Luciano of The Beatills (Ghostface Killah, Papoose, JoJo Pellegrino, Reef The Lost Cauze). Hip Hop fans can anticipate the release of several videos online throughout the month of November in support of the EP and the many versions of the song.
Block McCloud - Crazy Man (Video) Coming Tuesday, Nov. 2nd
A veteran of New York City’s underground Hip-Hop scene, Block McCloud has recently emerged as the artist of choice both for his skills as a seasoned lyricist and for his ability to craft and sing choruses to embellish tracks featuring the likes of Jedi Mind Tricks, Vinnie Paz with Clipse & Paul Wall, Sean Price, Sick Jacken with many more in the queue for 2011 alongside Method Man, Kurupt, Ras Kass, Termanology, Sun God, and others. He is also a member of the Jedi Mind Tricks lead supergroup Army of the Pharaohs along with spearheading his own musical collective, The Suicide Squad.
A product of the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, Block McCloud was certainly in the right place to absorb cultural and stylistic influences. Like every rapper reared in the sacred borough, he is quick to credit its social collage as key in spurring his development. "I was raised in Park Slope which was and is still a very eclectic and culturally and economically diverse neighborhood," Block explains. "North of 5th avenue, very paid. South of 5th avenue, strictly ghetto.”
Block McCloud - Crazy Man (Video) Coming Tuesday, Nov. 2nd
Block first made his name with a group called Zooty Zoo in the mid 90’s, appearing on the Ecko Unlimited Mixtapes that accompanied their line of T-shirts. He then went on to appear on the seminal independent compilation Lyricst Lounge, Vol. 1 released on Rawkus Records along side acts such as Q-Tip, Mos Def, Talib Kweli & Pharaohe Monch among others. Shortly after, Block formed the group Brooklyn Academy with Pumpkinhead and Mr. Metaphor releasing several independent singles and albums while remaining active as the engineer of choice for other indie artists like Jean Grae and Immortal Technique. In 2006, Block released his first solo-LP, Spittin Image leading to his inclusion in the aforementioned Army of the Pharoahes projects.
With the release of Crazy Man EP next week and 2011's full-length LP Four Walls (produced entirely by DJ Waxwork with confirmed features from Vinnie Paz, Reef The Lost Cauze, Ill Bill and more to be announced) Block seeks to establish himself as a prominent force within the genre.
Photos and Videos Document Last Week's Successful Showcase + New Mega-Giveaways
(October 29, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) Another year, another CMJ. The entire Audible Treats team would like to thank everyone who came out and showed immense support for our second annual Audible Treats CMJ showcase this past Thursday. Comedian Damien Lemon hosted the entire six-hour event and effortlessly kept the house in stitches between sets goodie bag giveaways. and h included prize giveaways and over ten scheduled performances - not to mention special guests. Throughout the night, several special guests helped pack the house at Sullivan Hall, including Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg, actor J.D. Williams("Bodie") from The Wire, Psalm One, Torae, and many more.
Detroit trio The Left kicked off the show, followed by Houston's The Niceguys, and then San Francisco's DaVinci. Moe Green then took the stage with surprise guest and labelmate TRUTHLiVE, before the legendary Chip Fu of The Fu-Schnickens made his way into the crowd, blowing away the crowd with his rapidfire rhymes atop his signature alloy of hip-hop and reggae. Donwill lent a helping hand for Von Pea's set, who was followed by Little Brother's Big Pooh and The Hall of Justus, all donning matching shirts and ties. The biggest surprise of the evening followed, with a shoeless Asher Roth joining Nottz and partner-in-rhyme Derek32Zero for a handful of tracks as they celebrated the release of Nottz' You Need This Music, before turning the stage over to Dirty Harriet, aka Rah Digga, who blazed through tracks from her recently released Classic. Diamond District and Black Sheep, two of hip-hop's finest and most consistent live acts, closed out the amazing evening.
One telltale sign of a good concert is when the artists themselves enjoy the show as much as the audience. If Von Pea's experience is indicative of the quality of the show, it's clear that the showcase was a night to remember. "The AT showcase had a crowd full of music lovers and you could tell by response alone," he explained. "New York crowds have a rep of playing it cool but not at that showcase. I feel like it was an ideal experience, both as a fan and as a performer." Rah Digga's impression of the crowd echoed that of Von Pea and, for her, was a warm "welcome back." "Having been away from the music scene for so long it was exciting to see how much the fans have missed me and it made me realize how much I've missed them," she explained.
Though CMJ has ended, Audible Treat sis still offering those who couldn't make the showcase the chance to win goodies through theAudible Treats Facebook fan page. Through Thursday, November 4th, fans can enter the contest simply by leaving a comment on the Facebook contest page. Just in time for Halloween, this trick-or-treat prize pack, valued at over $400, will include premium prizing from showcase sponsors Activision’s DJ Hero 2, Acrylick clothing, Aerial7 headphones, Flüd watches, Orisue clothing, Rocksmith Tokyo clothing, and more.
Acrylick is an LA-based clothing design boutique that stands strong in always having meaning and purpose along with good aesthetics: http://www.acrylick.net .
Activision's DJ Hero 2 is an Activision published video game based on turntablism. The game features over 100 songs from numerous genres. The widely popular game was stated by the NPD Group to be the highest-grossing new intellectual property of 2009. http://www.djhero.com .
Aerial7 headphones were founded on the idea that sound can be combined with awesome, eye catching design. Their devotion to art, streetwear, action sports and DJ culture inspire their cutting edge style. http://www.aerial7.com .
Flüd Watches was founded in 2007 in an effort to bring the watch back as one of the ultimate accessories. Flüd watch's goal is to create unique, fresh watches for the casual and streetwear scene without the pretentiousness or price tag. http://www.fludwatches.com .
Onitsuka Tiger is an internationally renowned shoe company which has been supplying athletic footwear since the 1940s. Onitsuka Tiger is celebrating 60 years of Japanese heritage and contemporary design. http://www.asicsamerica.com/onitsukatiger .
Orisue Clothing is a southern California based lifestyle-clothing brand specializing in unique and premium quality apparel. Orisue is for those individuals who are driven by their passion and strive towards excellence. http://orisue.com .
Rocksmith Tokyo is Japanese street couture blended with New York City swagger. The ultimate Mixtape of classic & futuristic cuts, fabrics, music styles and attitudes. http://www.rocksmithtokyo.com .