Press Release: Mega Ran in "Language Arts, Vol. 2"
Courtesy Random a/k/a Mega Ran.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Hip Hop musician and educator Random, aka Mega Ran is moving to Level 2 with his next release, "Mega Ran in Language Arts, Volume Two," the second of three multimedia projects.
The "Language Arts" series of albums combine all of Ran’s loves of the past 30 years and will simultaneously launch as a hip-hop album, a comic book, done by the artists at J1 Studios in Philadelphia, and a video game by indie developer Lunar Giant Studios, playable at www.language-arts-game.com .
Volume Two sees Random struggling to make progress as an educator, while his students are addicted to a poisonous video game that is distracting them from their educational goals, facing a battle challenge by the most notorious gangster rapper the neighborhood has seen, while at the same time trying to maintain a relationship.
The album features captivating guest vocals by Homeboy Sandman, MC Lars, Wordsworth, MeLa Machinko and many more, with hard hitting beats by mainstays DN3, EOM and more. The album, like Volume One, is narrated by famed voice actor Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Street Fighter 4, many more).
"Mega Ran in Language Arts Volume 2” releases August 22, 2012 worldwide on iTunes and Amazon. Volume 1 is available now, and Volume 3 will release on November 20, 2012 as a joint venture between J1 Studios, Lunar Giant Studios and RandomBeats Music.
Ill Adrenaline Records is back with another classic release! Purpose, founding member of the group Tragic Allies, teams up with extraordinary producer Confidence of Rashad & Confidence fame to bring you the first single off the forthcoming full length "The Purpose of Confidence". "Vision of Excellence" features none other than Queensbridge legend Cormega along with Tragic Allies member Estee Nack and cuts by D.J. Technic.
While Purpose and Confidence come from different backgrounds, the sounds they put together can only capture the essence of pure hip-hop. Purpose's flow, delivery and lyrics will have you engaged from start to finish. Confidence also delivers on the boards as usual - hard-hitting and soulful sample based beats. Listeners will be in for a nice surprise as these two artists help shape the landscape of hip-hop and keep that authentic music pumping through your veins. Be on the look out for the debut album dropping in September.
Plex is an award winning hip-hop artist and producer based in Toronto, Canada. With over 15 years experience Plex has raised the bar amongst his Aboriginal peers while building a strong and relevant presence in mainstream Canadian Hip Hop. Since releasing his debut solo album in 2009, Plex has toured across the US and Canada performing on over 350 stages and has also appeared on several televised events including Arbor Live, The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, APTN Aboriginal Day Live, Larger Than Life (Cineplex) and The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Since September 2010 his music video for The Way It Should Be from his first album Brainstorm, has received critical acclaim from across the globe and has been screened at over 30 film festivals worldwide, receiving 7 awards. His sophomore release Demons appeals to those who love Hip Hop, deep, thought provoking, socially relevant lyrics and immaculate production design. He is a master at his craft and a visionary who is committed to community, culture and music.
In addition to his work in music and music production he created and hosted the award winning National radio show The Plex Show, the only global Indigenous Hip Hop show of it's kind. He is also an actor, seen in Rabbit Fall and the upcoming Empire of Dirt (Dir. Peter Stebbings) and will make his Feature Film debut in Director Shirley Cheechoo's Moose River Crossing in July, 2012. With strong ties to his roots, he uses his status to inspire others through community outreach projects. He's committed to mentoring struggling youth and helping them pursue their talents and dreams in spite of difficult circumstances.
Northern Virginia emcee/Dj/producer Cashus Flow reappears from a lengthy hibernation and presents a hypnotic jam called "Light It Up".
"Light It Up" is the first single from Cashus Flow's upcoming album Lamplighter's Delight.
"Light It Up" features the elusive legend Mike Zoot (where has he been?) as well as New Jersey rhyme slayer El Da Sensei. The beat is produced by the one and only Dj Spinna. Dj Spinna provides a smooth drum heavy beat for the nimble wordsmiths to conquer.
On August 28, 2012, Cashus Flow will release Lamplighter's Delight. The album features Mike Zoot, El Da Sensei, John Robinson, Dj Spinna, Panik, 88-Keys, ST/MiC, J Rawls and more.
"As the day turns to night, it's the page turned to write By the way it works, it's sight We came to this earth...To Light It Up"
Kottonmouth Kings Dedicate "Mr. Cali Man" Video to Pakelika
Courtesy Chris @ E1.
Kottonmouth Kings Issue Statement About The Death Of Pakelika
Suburban Noize Records and the Kottonmouth Kings were devastated by the news of the untimely passing of Patrick "Pakelika" Cochrun this past weekend. The former masked member was an integral part of the Kottonmouth Kings for many years and will forever be missed by the group and fans around the world. Brad "Daddy X" Xavier has released the following statement:
"We are out on tour preparing for the release of our new record. At what should be an exciting time for the group we have been blindsided, shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible news about our friend and former band member Pakelika's sudden death. Nothing can prepare you for such horrible news and this reminds us all just how precious life is and the importance of friends and family. It has been a couple of years since Big Pak performed with the Kings, but his presence and the impact he made on us will live forever. Patrick 'Pakelika' Cochrun was a very unique and special person. We traveled the world together and played hundreds of shows together. The memories and experiences we shared will live forever in our hearts and souls. We want to thank the underground for the tremendous outpouring of condolences and support at such a sorrow filled time. Take care of yourselves and spread love and positive vibrations. Rest in peace big Pak; you will be missed!"
In honor and tribute to Pakelika, the Kottonmouth Kings have dedicated their new video for "Mr. Cali Man" to him online at http://bit.ly/Ph8nlL .
"Pakelika's friends and family want us all to celebrate his life and memory. We are making plans now for an event to celebrate Pak's life and to help raise money for his hospital bills. Details will be announced shortly, until then we ask that everyone light a candle at 4:20pm this week for our fallen brother and friend. This is a very sad time for us all, but let's all take some time and remember Pak for the loving and caring person he was." added Suburban Noize president Kevin Zinger.
Dope D.O.D. Partners with Duck Down Music for North American Release
Courtesy Matt B.
The Dutch group, Dope D.O.D., teams up with Duck Down Music to re-release their album, 'Branded,' on October 9th in North America with four bonus tracks.
Hailing from the Netherlands, the group consists of MCs Skits Vicious, Dopey Rotten and Jay Reaper, as well as DJ Dr. Diggles and producer Peter Songolo. They describe their sound as “a new realm of hardcore hip-hop with European electronic sound thrown in the mix.”
Last year, Dope D.O.D. crashed onto the scene with their debut music video “What Happened.” The video was greeted with a strong reception, resonating with fans internationally on its way to racking up 8 million Youtube views to date.
Following that success the group toured heavily with distinguished metal bands Korn and Limp Bizkit. Since then, they have blazed a fiery trail throughout Europe, selling out venues in France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands, including 3k+ venues. The Agency Group (Mac Miller, Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, amongst others) took notice & is now the official booking agency for Dope D.O.D. in North America.