MP3: Foreign Legion f/ Raashan Ahmad - "Fast and Loose"
Courtesy Quality Control.
Don't miss the brand new single from Oakland, CA's very own Foreign Legion featuring our good friend Raashan Ahmad from the Crown City Rockers "Fast and Loose." Download it free, throw in on the Iphone 4S, email the link to your girlfriend or loved one, add it to your favorite playlist...
The duo of Prozack Turner and Marc Stretch team-up with Raashan Ahmad for a fast paced spitfest that DJ's and critics alike are agreeing is one of the true gems from the recently released Foreign Legion full length "Night Moves." Produced by FL's own Prozack Turner, the no holds barred banger features line after colorful line of downloadable magic including lines like "Even Sister Souljah says that I'm a handsome devil.." and "that's risky like f****n' on your grandma's sofa." The joint is fire.
You can catch Foreign Legion this Friday night at the infamous CMJ Music Marathon Festival in NYC. The Info: Kenny's Castaway 157 Bleeker St Friday Oct. 21st 11pm! Hope to see you all there!
Dallas, TX - You'd be forgiven for thinking that "iYess", the title of Yung Nation's recent mixtape is a tribute of sorts to Apple or Steve Jobs but in fact it's just one of many vernacular terms invented by the Dallas duo and picked up by their many loyal supporters; 'iyess' - an over-exaggeration of the affirmative, a super YES, if you will. 25,000+ downloads since it's release and 750,000 YouTube views means the Texas up-and-comers are earning their 'stats', or stripes, in Nation-speak. Even nation has been converted from its accepted noun form to mean 'good looking out'; 'that favor you did for me yesterday was Nation.' There are many more examples; 'nupid' - stupid x2, 'skurr' - 'I'm leaving' and 'stat outs' aka promiscuous girls, but I don't want to take all the fun out of discovering it all as you go along.
Dallas as a hip hop market has always been known for being somewhat insular with few nationwide breakouts but before you dismiss this as another example of Dallas being Dallas, take note. Youth across the globe have uploaded thousands of videos to YouTube depicting themselves dancing to Yung Nation's music; garnering over a million views collectively, their single, "Club Rock (Errbody Rockin')" is one of the most popular songs across the Southeast and even college marching bands across the region are incorporating the guys' music into their routines. Not bad for a group that has existed only a little over a year in its present form.
Publicity hype you say? Alas, no. The Yung Nation movement is, in fact, coming soon to a young person's ears near you. Feel free to 'skitz out.'
Introducing "Kosovka," the latest single from Filip Filipi. The song is a collaborative effort with J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League/Asylum Records rapper Laws. Production was handled by 3 time Grammy winner Deezle, known for his work with Lil Wayne (ie Lollipop, Let The Beat Build), and Jonathan Lee, who was also behind Filipi's first single "Big City Chaser"
All proceeds of the song will go towards charities in Kosovo to purchase medical equipment and supplies. There's more info on www.28jun.org
Maxell UR (produced by and featuring Has-Lo) takes a journey from conception to procession. Has-Lo narrates the story of how Hiphop weaves it's way into our being until we become Hiphop. Throughout the track Has' slick word play combines with the history of greats like Pete Rock, Bootcamp Clik, Big L, and Big Pun.
"6 feet deep covered in dirt and dead under my timbs"
The production swirls above the merely sentimental and reaches into the realm of majestic. The track layers a triumphant chorus of church-bred singers, plucky guitars and big drums to create an uplifiting song filled with displays of lyricism.
PR: First Team Music Movies Into Mobile App Market
Courtesy First Team Music.
First Team Music will be officially stepping into the mobile application development arena late 2011. Using the open source Android operating system to power their apps, FTM is focusing its energy on providing an affordable way for independent musicians and artists to be included in the technological boom.
“Earlier this year, we were looking into getting mobile apps done for the artists on our roster; however, after shopping around to a few companies, we realized that the average cost for what we wanted well exceeded our budget but still didn’t meet our expectations,” states Quanstar, co-founder and CEO of First Team Music. “So we minimized all other operations for 6 months to figure out how to design the apps ourselves, and offer them to other artists at a fair and highly affordable price.”
In October 2011, First Team Music has plans to put out 16 applications on the Google and Amazon Android Markets before the official launch of the mobile development division at the end of the year. This will include apps that will support the release of new albums from Quanstar, Evaready RAW, Ghani Gautama, and DLabrie.
ZION feat. Rahzii Highpower Produced by Masada and Directed by Jimmy Giambrone. ZION was shot at the first ever African American Pride Festival in Trenton NJ. LYRICAL HEAVEN: "This is 'black redemption' I am spittin...so they hold me in derision...cause I give them Hebrew children hope and vision as its written...minus fables, superstition...Darwin's Theory, science fiction...from the ghetto streets of Trenton...I see Zion in a vision..."
Press Release: Y'all Not Familiar With City Boy Yet?
Courtesy Todd Davis.
"I'm Not a Rapper/ I'm a Hustler!"
October 17th 2011 -- Although his moniker may not quite yet be a household name, make no mistakes because West Side [Logan Square to be exact] Chicago, Illinois, resident emcee, City Boy, is definitely no stranger to Hip-Hop.
Having already logged in countless high profile collaborations with the likes of R.Kelly, Gorilla Zoe and Ray Lavender, to name a few, Chi-Town's own prodigal son is literally right on the cusp of taking the whole music world by storm.
On his latest entry, the raucous soon-to-be smash anthem, "I'm On It," City unites with New Orleans, Louisiana, by way of Miami, Florida, hit-maker, DJ Khaled, along with We The Best signees; Ace Hood and Rich Kidd. The stellar track is only a small taste of what all can actually be expected from his forthcoming, still untitled solo debut.
Currently, City Boy has a pair of popular mix-tape offerings; a collaborative effort with his very own M.M.G. [Millions Music Group] collective, as well as Time Is Money, hosted by the "Midwest Mixtape Bully" DJ V-Dub, now available online for free download, and is presently working on his highly anticipated third collection, I'm Die Getting Money.
"I'm On It," as well as the R.Kelly assisted "City Boy," is now available for purchase on iTunes and other select digital and retail outlets.
City Boy Promo Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yahrmfb3GeA&feature=player_embedded .
With #Occupy Wall Street reaching its one month of occupation in Zuccotti Park (now named "Liberty Plaza"), cities all over the country and world are taking action. Back in the Bronx, I've been educating youth on such issues while facilitating workshops for several residencies, recording/mixing music for my new album, and filming/editing several projects. As of today, I just released a new music video that I shot and edited for DIVINE RBG's new single "THINGS AIN'T RIGHT" Ft. ALOE BLACC. DIVINE RBG is a talented, politically conscious, and overall inspiring brother.
Video: CrackKillz - "Cool Pat" (First Single Off "I.C.E.")
Courtesy Juan Neal.
From Michigan. The birth place of one of the most, if not the most influential record label in the history of music and pop culture, Motown, comes rising Detroit Artist CrackKillz, of The Ivy League Crew. Who is releasing his 2nd project titled, "I.C.E. (I Control Everything)". The executive producer of the project is Six OThe Producer. They've managed to craft a cool hip sound that fusing Mid West vibes with a little West Coast flavor. Here's the first single off of the ICE titled "Cool Pat" feat Chip$ Deniro.