Available Now TWO Free Downloads From Jailhouse Records & UK Runnings
For those of you that have haven't had the pleasure of checking out one of Birmingham City's leading independent record labels then maybe now is a good time to start. Out now and making waves are two releases both produced by Sir Tomz and both brought to you in conjunction with the UK's longest running mixtape series UK Runnings. Sir Tomz 'Lockdown' and MKD 'Quality Over Quantity' are two strong releases that have already been getting a big thumbs up from the leading Hip-Hop portals and blogs both here in the UK and overseas.
Things are cooking up in the Jailhouse too with plans already being set in motion for the labels next release which is 'Black Magic' from Sir Tomz. Featuring production from Sir Tomz alongside guest producers as well as features from some credible guest artists, this release looks set to blow up the UK Hip-Hop scene when it drops later this year. With a string of other releases planned, 2012 is set to be a busy year from this consistent second city outfit. If you like you're Hip-Hop real, undiluted and raw, then this is for you.
UK Runnings & Jailhouse Records Presents Sir Tomz 'Lockdown'
Press Release: Reggae & Hip Hop DJ 4eign From Jamn 94.5
With music being a universal symbol of enjoyment and feeling for all who listen to and create it, such a form of leisure has created avenues all across the world that people can travel along. DJ 4eign hails as an ideal example of a musician who’s successfully maneuvered down these roads along his journey to success.
Born in the African nation of Kenya, DJ 4eign (pronounced foreign) has become a success locally and overseas as a result of his exploits as a highly acclaimed disc jock. Hailing as the official DJ for internationally renowned Reggae singer,Da’Ville, DJ 4eign has infiltrated the airwaves through his weekend spots on WJFM Jam’n 94.5 FM in Boston as well as Caribbean Connection, a new show that the Shadyville Caribbean turntable specialist hosts on Sundays (10 p.m. to midnight) HOT 99.1FM in Albany, New York.
However, before becoming well known for his craft in the U.S.,DJ 4eign became inspired to follow the DJ path by watching professionals like DJ Pinye and DJ Morris showcase their skills back in his native Kenya.
“I was inspired by the local DJs in Kenya in my younger years, and found it fascinating how they mixed songs together; kept a party moving… That's when I caught the bug and I wanted to be a DJ. So much so that I would use 2 tape decks to mix songs, scratch my Dad’s disco records (and destroy them *laughs*), or just mixing songs in my head,” he explains.
“It wasn't until I moved to the U.S. to finish my secondary schooling that about a year later, I acquired my 1st set of technics 1200's and a mixer; linked up with a fellow African native and Renegade Sound station was born. The rest is history, I've been living my dream as a DJ ever since.” Part of living that dream included working with many of Jamaica’s top acts including Mr. Vegas, Serani, Red Rat, Cham, I-Octane and Laza Morgan to name a few. With his affinity for Dancehall/Reggae music evident, DJ 4eign has watched award-winning acts such as Sean Paul and the aforementioned Da’Ville evolve into superstars while building his own musical legacy.
“I consider myself a student and fan of music and most of the now prominent artistes were just busting on the scene around the time that I began my career. So I was always a fan of artistes such as Sean Paul and Da'Ville and always wanted to work with them at some point in my journey since I saw them evolve from new artist to the stars they are now,” he said.
“I also like being involved and working with up and coming artists who show the hunger and drive to be successful. It’s always great to be instrumental and play a part in an artiste’s career.”
These ventures with Sean Paul and Da’Ville have proved successful as the former artiste hosted part one of theDancehall Kings series created by DJ 4eign while the latter artiste’s new mixtape, Vitamin D also featured the Kenyan-born disc jock’s skills as he helped promote tracks off theCan’t Get Over You singer’s newly-released album, Krazy Love.
Many persons wouldn’t consider Boston, MA as a proverbial hot-bed for Dancehall, Reggae or urban music in general. However, DJ 4eign insists that the market in which he’s currently based offers strong support to these respective genres.
“We are a market where major and up and coming artist frequent to build up their fan base so that alone says a lot,”he said.
“The dances ram and the stage shows full up. Weather I’m playing on the radio or at clubs, dancehall/reggae tun up in the ‘Bean’!”
Back home, the reception has proved just as strong as DJ 4eign hopes one day to perform in front of the native crowd.
“I played on a radio station Uptown 91.1FM in Nairobi (big up G-Money) for a little while before the station moved, which was "1000%" Dancehall. But Africa, Especially Kenya, has really gravitated and embraced Dancehall music. Some of the biggest names in Dancehall are frequenting the mother land now more than ever before and there are even some wicked artist that are coming out of the continent now,” he intimated.
For DJ 4eign, his travels and experiences within music have helped him to gauge what fans want to hear when on the turntables. The main objective going into any set for DJ 4eign is entertaining those he plays for.
“My purpose whenever I'm in the mix, on the radio, in a club or even mixtapes is to give the listener the ultimate experience. The ability to read a crowd or know your listeners is step one; next is knowing your music and how to select it. Add some mic talk and you have the perfect recipe for that ultimate experience,” he advises.
“Anybody can DJ but not everyone can entertain.”
Going forward, DJ 4eign will continue his Dancehall Kingsseries which he says will have many top entertainers on offer. Furthermore, he hopes to drop more collaborative mixtapes with Da’Ville in the near future and promises new projects from himself and Renegade Sound as the year rolls on as he looks not only to advertise his own credentials, but that of fellow African musicians
It's Wally Wallace, president of BestOut Ent. The single attached is by our artist out of Ft. Myers, FL name - Skitzo Jowns. I consider him "the hit-maker". The single is off his upcoming mixtape: PRODUCT IN HAND. This is definitely something different out our camp.
Video: BIGSTAT X KILLTHEALARM - "Against The Grain"
Connecticut MC Bigstat who has been in the studio working diligently on his first official album "Heart of a Lion" has teamed up with Kill the Alarm, Fronted by New Jersey native, Garen Gueyikian whose debut album, “Fire Away”, is filled with tracks that land under your skin and scratch their way out, to bring you "Against the Grain" a theme song for the misguided and lost, a reminder of the importance to focus your energy making changes to improving the quality of your life and loved ones. Bigstat brings the elements of true Hip Hop to the forefront with hopes to recapture the culture while being viable in todays market and KTA is already causing a stir in New York, being called part of the new wave of rock to come out of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Fakts One, former DJ & Producer for The Perceptionists (with Mr. Lif & Akrobatik), is back on the scene after a brief hiatus from the biz. Here he teams up with emcee Alias, who released several 12"s with the group OVM in the early 2000's, for a full length project entitled '2nd Chances' which will be released digitally (iTunes, Amazon etc) on 8-7-2012.
Sean Price opens a Rap Clinic after a tragic accident effects his vocal cords. He is now forced to train up-and-coming rappers, or as he likes to call them, “popcorn f*ckheads." To help prepare them for the overly critical rap world, Sean P uses brash verbal abuse to single out their many weaknesses.
S.U.H. Entertainment presents the Thomas Price-directed music video for "Left Shoulder vs. Right Shoulder", the final clip from his most recent album Middle Class Ignorance. Ignorance features Capital K, Vic Spencer, D2G, Ashley Laschelle, Ca$hflow Ellis, The Boy Illinois and JDP. "Shoulder" is the album's eighth video (see "Pointless Rap Song", "Rage", "Peer Pressure", "Confusions", "Put Me In Ya Club", "Triumphant" and "Nobody Cares").
This song has been through a few name changes since I recorded it last Tuesday. It was originally titled Bubba Ho Tep, after the Bruce Campbell film [for obvious reasons]. Then I renamed it Don Mckellar, after the brilliant Candian director/actor, for patriotic reasons. After sitting on that title, I decided to not give this one a NAME name. It's the Asian Elvis jumpoff so I wanted it to be simple. My home inspired the majority of the lyrics. Positively and negatively. So it made sense to go with the home of the mixtape's inspiration.
Let the games begin!
Hope you enjoy. <3 Derek
instrumental produced: Black Milk [taken from Danny Brown|Dada from the LP Black And Brown | Please purchase Black And Brown off iTunes]
Video: Stu Bangas & Vanderslice Ft. Apathy, Alchemist, Evidence & Roc Marciano - "The Gusto"
On August 28th, producers Stu Bangas & Vanderslice will release their new album, Diggaz With Attitude, via Man Bites Dog Records. Already, the duo has released the album's cover artwork and impressive track list, which includes features from Ill Bill, Vinnie Paz, Esoteric, Celph Titled, Blaq Poet, and many more, including Apathy, Alchemist, Evidence, and Roc Marciano, who show up on the album's lead single, "The Gusto." Stu Bangas & Vanderslice are excited to release the official video for that single today.
Moonshine Bandits Release New Song "Super Goggles" Average Joe's Country Mix by Shannon Houchins & Announce New Tour Dates
Central California’s country outlaws, the Moonshine Bandits have released their new digital single, "Super Goggles" Average Joe's Country Mix by Shannon Houchins online at http://bit.ly/MazP62. The single hit all digital retailers including iTunes at http://bit.ly/SuperGoggles_iTunes. Moonshine Bandits have also announced their summer tour dates, which will see the band performing at X-Fest and on select dates with the Kottonmouth Kings and Rehab.
The Moonshine Bandits continue to knock down doors with their new album “Whiskey and Women". The group's latest video for “My Kind Of Country” exploded on legendary country music channel CMT, racking up 100,000 views and earning them a spot on the “High Five Countdown” two weeks in a row. The video peaked at #1 on the countdown beating out high profile, major label artists like Toby Keith and Taylor Swift. The video is just another notch on the Moonshine Bandits belt, as their video for “Get Loose” continues to infect listeners' virally with more than 2.5 million plays, and "For The Outlawz" featuring country superstar Colt Ford is right behind at 1.2 million plays.
The Moonshine Bandits new album “Whiskey and Women" is in stores now courtesy of Suburban Noize Records and available online at http://bit.ly/ylx8EF. The album features guest appearances by Danny Boone of Rehab, Sunny Ledfurd, and country superstar Colt Ford.
MOONSHINE BANDITS TOUR DATES:
7/17 – Flagstaff, AZ - Museum Club 7/19 – Mesa, AZ - Toby Keiths Bar 7/20 – Penn Valley, CA - Smoking Oaks BBQ 7/21 – Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades 7/27 – Hickman, CA - Private Show 7/28 – Santa Rosa, CA - Private Show 8/03 – Bakersfield, CA - On The Rocks 8/04 – Modesto, CA - X Fest 8/07 – Milwaukee, WI - The Rave w/ Kottonmouth Kings 8/09 – Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge w/ Kottonmouth Kings 8/11 – Detroit, MI - Harpo’s Concert Theatre w/ Kottonmouth Kings 8/13 – Cleveland, OH - Peabodys w/ Kottonmouth Kings 8/14 – Buffalo, NY - Infinity w/ Kottonmouth Kings 8/15 – Allentown, PA - The Croc w/ Kottonmouth Kings 8/17 – New York, NY - BB Kings w/ Kottonmouth Kings 8/18 - Boston, MA - Royal w/ Kottonmouth Kings 8/19 - Springfield, VA - Empire w/ Kottonmouth Kings 8/21 – Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend w/ Kottonmouth Kings 8/23 - Dallas, TX - Trees w/ Rehab 8/24 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar w/ Rehab 8/25 - Helotes, TX - Josabi's Festival w/ Rehab 8/26 - Longview, TX - The Levee w/ Rehab 8/27 - Harker Heights, TX - The Music Vault w/ Rehab 8/28 - Austin, TX - Red Eyed Fly w/ Rehab 8/30 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room w/ Rehab 8/31 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon w/ Rehab 9/01 - San Diego, CA - SOMA w/ Rehab 9/03 - Fresno, CA - Fulton 55 w/ Rehab 9/04 - Bakersfield, CA - B Ryders w/ Rehab 9/05 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst w/ Rehab 9/06 - Arcata, CA - Mazzottis w/ Rehab 9/07 - San Miguel, CA - The Ranch w/ Rehab 9/08 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades w/ Rehab 9/09 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory Concert House w/ Rehab 9/11 - Billings, MT - Manny's w/ Rehab 9/12 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat w/ Rehab 9/13 - Coeur D'Alene, ID - The Grail w/ Rehab 9/14 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon w/ Rehab 9/15 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre w/ Rehab 9/17 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House w/ Rehab 9/18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge w/ Rehab 9/19 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theatre w/ Rehab 9/20 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep w/ Rehab 9/21 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater w/ Rehab 9/22 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre w/ Rehab 9/26 - Sioux Falls, SD - Rookies Music Theatre w/ Rehab 9/27 - Aberdeen, SD - Dakota Event Center w/ Rehab 9/28 - Mankato, MN - Red Rocks Bar w/ Rehab 10/5 – Kernersville, NC - Bucked Up Super Saloon 10/6 – Hickory, NC - Wizard Saloon