Fresh on the heels of his solo debut release, Before Taxes, yU of critically acclaimed Diamond District is back with his latest remix, "On The Corner," featuring EyeQ. Produced by DJ Lord Jazz from Lords Of The Underground, yU's funk infused remix features a boom bap saxophone creeping up on a straight drumbeat, all while maintaining his classic hip-hop vibe. Complimenting the rhythmic beats, yU explains, "EyeQ and I both liked the sample, 'Standing on the corner,' so we decided to build the track's concept around that." He continues, "We painted the picture of all the things you'd see." Their theme is ever-present in the hook, "On the corner you see hustlers be balling / Customers be falling / And the police patrolling the ave / So take this as a warning / Cuz the block be scalding hot when they be out there making cash / The corners." EyeQ attacks each verse with his hard-hitting rhymes, followed by yU's southern drawl to bring the two together for the catchy chorus. Rinse and repeat. The perfect track to play on repeat in your car, yU and EyeQ narrate a drive down the streets of the DMV. The duo throws a curveball as "On The Corner" comes to a close with an a cappella chorus and sirens blaring - Better stay off those corners, the police are out on the prowl.
Be on the lookout for the release of the Before Taxes instrumentals and Before Taxes on vinyl next week.
Stemming off the success of Diamond District's In The Ruff, emcee yU has branched out with his solo album, Before Taxes. Embodying the musical influences surrounding him, yU brings listeners tastes of the district, Maryland, and Virginia with his own classic brand of hip-hop. Showcasing his depth of talent and skill, yU expands on Diamond District's love of boom-bap and the golden era with this forthcoming release. Before Taxes is available digitally via Mello Music Group.
South London artist Stylah wins Mr Hudson MC Competition
Mercury recording artist Mr Hudson this afternoon announced on his twitter page that London rap artist Stylah has won the competition to feature on the UK edition of his new single Anyone But Him. The song, which features Kanye West on the original album version, is due for release in May with Stylah guest featuring. Stylah will also be joining Mr Hudson on stage to perform the track on his current UK tour.
Whilst currently independent, Stylah has recently been in talks with major labels for his solo material after a long campaign building his name and fanbase through mix CDs, internet virals and live shows. The announcement by Mr Hudson today of this high profile guest appearance will presumably do these negotiations no harm and the future looks bright for this young rapper.
Footage of Stylah and Mr Hudson recording the record, recent viral clips and 'The Warning' Mixtape can all be obtained from Stylah's official website www.stylah.tv.
Today, legendary southern rapper Scarface released a free Megamix single which highlights several songs from his upcoming mixtape, Dopeman Music, exclusively on Amazon.com. Dopeman Music is slated for official release digitally on May 4th (physically May 11th) from Scarface’s own Facemob Music, coming to us via Houston-based label Deep Distribution.
The Megamix single includes three and a half minutes of music especially created for fans to get a sneak preview of Scarface’s highly anticipated street album, Dopeman Music, following his 2 year hiatus from the music business.
Although Scarface had announced that he was retiring from the rap game forever with his last album Emeritus, his fans are ecstatic that the South’s most admired rapper has decided to come out of retirement, realizing that music is in his blood and it always will be. In an interview with MTV, he stated that he was a musician and pioneer and that he felt the need to move onto another stage with the way he delivers his music to the public. That’s part of the reason why Scarface decided to release Dopeman Music on his own label imprint Facemob Music. Get a taste of the new project with the free Megamix download below.
An exclusive single from Dopeman Music was also released on Verizon this week. Verizon subscribers can now purchase the single “Lyrical Assault” exclusively at the Vcast store. For non-Verizon customers, you’ll just have to wait until next week, when Dopeman Music hits all other digital stores!
Scarface has been busy with a series of interviews lately as well. Check him out on Street Disciplez Radio, posted by SOHH.com, where he makes the big, yet fitting, statement, “I am hip-hop dude, I was a part of hip-hop when it had no f*cking boundaries.” Hip Hop DX did a great interview that was so long, they posted a preview last week, with the rest of the goods scheduled to go up any day now. Yo! Raps posted an excellent convo with the rapper today. And make sure to pick up the June issue of XXL Magazine, which will include what’s sure to be another killer interview feature with Scarface.
Pre-order Scarface’s Dopeman Music [Facemob Music] on Amazon: Dopeman Music.
Paul Wall the People's Champ Releases Free iTune App
Burbank, CA - As the countdown to the June 29th drop of Paul Wall's 4th major album release, "Heart of a Champion" begins, the Houston rapper plans to stay in touch with fans via iTunes with the release of his new App, "PaulWall360" this past Friday. The free App, which is available in 8 languages and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later, will enable fans to stay up-to-date on Paul's tour schedule, hear limited edition remixes, browse through photos and videos and have access to other exclusive materials they wouldn't otherwise see.
"This App is all about me, The Peoples Champ." the affable emcee says. "You'll hear all my latest music and get all the news on my upcoming albums."
Paul Wall, is all set to drop his 4th major label album, Heart of a Champion, on June 29th through SwishaHouse/Asylum Records. Almost half of the tracks featured on the album are produced by long-time friend and Expensive Taste band-mate, Travis Barker. The album will also feature several songs from Expensive Taste, the group which includes Skinhead Rob (Transplants) in addition to Paul and Travis.
Houston-based production duo, Beanz N Kornbread, are credited with the majority of the tracks not produced by Travis, including lead single “I’m on Patron”, a lyrical documentary of a feeling that most of us have experienced - and greatly regretted the next day - that of simply having too much fun of the liquid variety. “I'm On Patron” is the perfect accompaniment to that 'blame it on the alcohol' kind of night and sure to be a party staple.
Feature duties for “Heart of a Champion” include a diverse list of cast members including Jim Jones, Yelawolf and Raekwon but do not ignore Paul’s Houston roots; Bun B, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude and Lil’ Keke each get their turn at the mic. Another Houston feature is Johnny Dang aka TV Johnny with whom Paul Wall shares a grills and jewelry business which caters to A-list celebrities and average Joes alike.
Always an advocate for the Texas music scene, Paul Wall was recently tapped as President of The Recording Academy’s Texas Chapter. In this role, he hopes to educate and enlist the help of Texas musicians from every genre, to ensure that the state is well represented in the Grammy’s voting body. The natural politician in Paul Wall makes him the perfect candidate for this role. He embodies his moniker, “The Peoples Champ.”
With two #1 album debuts, a Platinum plaque and a Grammy nomination under his belt, not to mention having some of the hottest celebs in the nation rocking his signature diamond-encrusted grills at one point or another, Paul Wall is the embodiment of the Hip Hop success story. His journey began humbly enough as a promoter for hometown indie label, SwishaHouse, and culminated with him being largely instrumental in the growth of the Houston rap movement and its rise into the national arena.
There have been a total of 7 albums since then and the journey continues with no sign of slowing down. 10 years in and Paul Wall remains in the game and in the hearts of the people. Without question, he truly has ‘The Heart of a Champion.’
JYoung The General Moves From Education to Entertainment
LANSING/DETROIT—Two months after releasing a free project with G-Unit producer Nick Speed to chronicle black history, JYoung The General is showcasing other weapons in his repertoire. The Michigan lyricist’s new EP, Jahshua 1:6, combines the lyricism of Black History Year: Installment One with radio and club-ready tunes, personal reflection, and thought-provoking concepts.
“I’m proud of Black History Year, because it gives me a chance to educate with my music. But I don’t want listeners to pigeonhole me as a ‘conscious’ artist,” JYoung explains. “I’ve got a lot more to offer musically, and Jahshua 1:6 should give my fans and colleagues a better idea of that.”
JYoung began his career by supplying legendary Harlem, NY rap crew The Diplomats as an affiliate of The Dramasetters production group. After the group disbanded, he would transfer his focus to the microphone and the business side. Subsequent years would see him perform dozens of shows in Lansing, Mich. and venues around the Midwest, and co-host the monthly Lansing rap show Mic Club before jumpstarting his BLAT! Pack crew’s own monthly show, RE: Definition. Since the Nick Speed-produced Black History Year: Installment One was released online March 8 2010, it has garnered coverage on the likes of 2DopeBoyz, The Smoking Section and other sites, along with getting JYoung a consistent stream of shows around the state. All of this time, he was crafting Jahshua 1:6—a collection of six songs, titled after a Bible verse that serves as a metaphor for JYoung’s goal to help hip-hop fulfill its destiny and restore its historical pride.
Street single “Black Nationalists,” which has netted over 4,500 plays on top web site HipHopDX, sees him and fellow BLAT! Pack member P2DaHI (formerly known as .P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.) showcasing the awareness and chemistry they did on BHY. But the booming StewRAT-produced “She Likes Me” shows another side of JYoung as he slick talks a woman at the club. “Feel Dat Way” chronicles his Detroit upbringing with his family, and conceptual standout “Streetrunner” features verses that personify a rat, a shoe, and crime—three things that do exactly what the song’s title implies.
April 27—Detroit, Mich.—Jahshua 1:6 Release Party w/P2DaHI (a.k.a. P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.) and Yellokake//5 Elements Gallery (2125 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI)//$5 Donation
April 29—Lansing, Mich.—Jahshua 1:6 Release Party w/Ro Spit, P2DaHI (a.k.a. P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.), Phresh Heir, Othello, Yellokake, Mizz Diva, The Amature and Phresh Heir//The Loft (414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI)//$7 for 21+, $9 for 18+
May 5—Lansing, Mich.//RE: Definition w/OneBeLo, Sacramento Knoxx, Clear Soul Forces, Jaydun, Lyriclee, Omega The Majestik//Mac’s Bar (2700 Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI)//$5 for 21+, $7 for 18+
May 7—Kalamazoo, Mich.//Tactics aka YUNG Tact, MNSTRESS, Red Pill and Combatt Corduroy//The Strutt Café and Bar (773 West Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI 49007)//$5 for men 21+, women 21+ free, $10 18+)
May 13—Redford, Mich.//DetroitRap.com Mic Club “All BLAT! Everything” w/The BLAT! Pack (JYoung The General, P2DaHI (a.k.a. P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.), Red Pill, CapitalSS, The Amature, Yellokake, FowL)//The Bullfrog Bar & Grill (15414 Telegraph Rd, Redford, MI)//$5 for 21+
May 21-22—Grand Rapids, Mich.—Grand Rapids Hip-Hop Weekend (Details To be Announced)
May 22—Lansing, Mich.—LansingHipHop.com Release Party (Details To Be Announced)
After many years of failed successes and successful failures, today and at this very moment, I start anew, by sharing my latest project, Good Morning AMY. I've concluded that what I have to offer is only for the chosen few, a finely focused, yet vastly diverse group of people of which I consider you to be a part of. What I ask of you is very simple, which is to be an active agent in spreading the Good Morning AMY concept, and in the process discovering your own AMY.
"Everyone has an Amy! Amy is the personification of one's goals, desires and ambitions. Amy is what motivates a person every morning to reach their personal best. She is our deepest wish within which we find our own burning passion." GOOD MORNING AMY is a healing soundtrack to self-motivation, daily gratitude, positive thinking and goal attainment. - taken from Good Morning Amy manifesto
I have a new song out! Last year Insane Ian and I separately had horrible flying experiences, so we decided to get together and take out our frustrations in song form. You can listen to and download the song for free over at The FuMP starting today. Here's a direct link: http://tinyurl.com/2utff9s
In other news my previously new song Disclaimer is now available on the This Week In Science compilation fund raiser CD. (It's track 1!) In order to get a copy of the CD you have to make a donation to the radio station. You can do so by going here: http://su.pr/6mVBMl
Finally, I will be at PenguiCon this weekend in Troy, MI along with The Great Luke Ski, Worm Quartet, Power Salad (Hey! That's the whole Cirque du So What crew!), Tom Smith, Insane Ian, Toyboat, Carrie Dahlby, Soggy Potato Chips, Max De Groot, Dual Core, Positive Attitude, and probably someone else I'm missing. My concert is Friday night at 9:00, followed by Worm Quartet at 10:00. Should be an awesome weekend.
Just a quick note to inform you that the new ScholarMan mixtape Indomitable Will is now available for free download. Mixed by the ill DJ Nominal, this mixtape features the lyrical talents of K-Mynez, TrueBless, Kats, SoloCypher, Lolo Life’, Chima Anya and BEveready. It also features guest producers Lagbara, Jonesy, X3M, Labmatik, Ardel Limbo, Overlor and Reign. Download it today!
Big B Announces Spring Tour With The Expendables In Support Of New Album “Good Times & Bad Advice” ***
Las Vegas heavyweight, Big B has announced the dates for his upcoming spring tour with The Expendables. The trek will kick off April 26th in Fargo, ND and feature support from Tomorrow's Bad Seed and Dirty Penny.
Big B has just finished recording his fifth studio album, “Good Times & Bad Advice", with producer Jim Perkins (Dumbluck, OPM). The album is the next step in Big B’s growing musical evolution as he mixes elements of rock, hip-hop, along with his trademark laid-back acoustics, to create a sound that embodies his feel-good lifestyle. The album is slated to feature guest appearances by Everlast, Pepper, Unwritten Law's Scott Russo, Glasses Malone and Cisco Adler.
Growing up in Santa Cruz, California was a laid back experience for The Expendables: surf, skate, party and play music. Since 1997 The Expendables have staked their claim in the California surf rock genre. Blending reggae, punk rock, and 80s style dueling guitar solos, The Expendables have been turning heads for years. The group is touring in support of their upcoming new album "Prove It", which is scheduled for release May 11th, 2010.
BIG B ON TOUR WITH THE EXPENDABLES:
Apr 26 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium Apr 27 - Souix Falls, SD - Latitude 44 Apr 30 - Columbia, MO - Mojo's May 01 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave May 02 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection May 04 - Columbus, OH - The Basement May 05 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place May 06 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground May 11 - New York, NY - The Rocks Off Boat Cruise May 12 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva May 13 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel May 14 - Tallahasse, FL - Floyd's Music May 15 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds May 16 - Pensacola, FL - Phinea's Phogg's @ Seville Quarter May 18 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues May 19 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit May 21 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre May 22 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep May 23 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre May 24 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre May 26 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Orpheum May 27 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Theater May 28 - Solona Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern May 29 - Peteluma, CA - Phoenix Theatre May 30 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk May 31 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat
NEW MUSIC FROM Random aka Mega Ran "Pain in my Heart"
Inspiration is in the air! Forever Famicom is done, Language Arts is close to being done, and I'm verrrry close to working on another new project... about 5 in the works total. but anyway, big ups to Kevin Nottingham, Rock the Dub and most recently Okayplayer for posting the new joint, "Pain in My Heart," produced by EOM.