Southern California emcee Thoughtsarizen teamed with Ariano to proudly unleash the Destructive Love EP for free— or donation—download, now available via www.destructivelove.com.
The duo, which will follow up with a sequel to the concept EP in the Spring, shot a video for the first track laid down, “This Ain’t Living,” which serves as the EP’s single and initial inspiration to record a joint release.
“Ariano brings the more human side of music to the forefront,” said Thoughtsarizen of the collaboration. “Listeners I hope take away a different viewpoint or a relatable tale and, of course, good music.”
Featured artists contributing to the EP include Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, Pacewon of The Outsidaz, Akrobatik and LDontheCut of Technicali sound.
"A lot of people giveaway free music because no one wants to buy it and they don't feel comfortable selling. You can tell that it’s a free record,” said Ariano. “With this record, you get artwork, video, presentation behind it. It’s cool that there's that focus, that the album is focused.”
A limited CD pressing is also available, which includes immediate digital download.
Born in 1981, Thoughts comes from a family of civil servants and hard workers. Gaining strength from his cultural heritage and his hard working grandparents who worked as farmers in the Black Hills, as restaurateurs in the North, entertainers in California, and as honest people world wide, he strives to make the world a better place, and brings values from generations passed to generations present.
Technicali crews goto man when it comes to hooks and verses. Ariano has been immersed in hip-hop since an early age and has worked with everyone for Akil to Snoop Dogg. His soulful approach gives an "everyman" vibe to his music. One of OCs most prolific artists he also produces, and writes for artists all over the globe. Born to succeed be sure to check out Ariano when he comes to your town for a nite to remember.
PR: Fatty Duke Collaborates w/ Gucci Mane for "Boomin" New Single
Courtesy UrbanAddiction PR.
February 2012 Tampa, Florida- There’s just no denying Tampa based independent artist Fatty Duke’s latest single “Boomin” featuring A-town don Gucci Mane from the forthcoming 360 Records / I.C.E. Management Group released Traffic Kings mixtape soundtrack and mini-movie.
Over up-tempo production of quirky synthesizers and bottomless bass, the two shot callers make it thunderstorm in the club, buy out the bar and roll fancy cars atop a radio-friendly track produced by rapidly rising beat junkie DJ Young Cuba, the highly anticipated single is set to release on Tuesday February 14. The official single release party will be held on Saturday March 4 at Club Underground in Tampa, Florida.
“This new single is so hot that it will grow legs on its own. You’re not going to be able to stop it,” boasts Fatty Duke. “The good thing is that there’s so much more to come. Fatty Duke will be a household name before long.”
And he is well on his way to achieving that goal. “Boomin’” is just the first of several career-altering moves that Duke has in line for upcoming months ahead. His label 360 Records is set to release their first mini-move and mixtape soundtrack Traffic Kings on June 19, the first week of summer. The soundtrack currently consists of Tampa rappers 1Syke, Don Juan and Fatty Duke himself.
In addition to making his own way, Duke is planning a mini-tour throughout the Southeast to promote his Traffic Kings mini-movie, music and movement.
“Sooner or later every hood, and every block throughout the country will know who Fatty Duke is and they'll respect the Traffic Kings movement,” says 360 public relations rep Amber- Urban Addiction. “He's been grinding and building a strong team that not only support him, but believe in the Traffic Kings movement from the heart.”
Along with Fatty Duke, 1Syke and Don Juan endure their own set of struggles, defeats and triumphs. All three are lucky to be out and alive. And they have a story to tell. Traffic Kings mixtape soundtrack and the mini movie series is a candid look into their lives, hustles, struggles and behind-the-scenes footage of them on their journey to reach their dreams.
“Traffic represents your trials and tribulations,” Fatty explains. “Kings mean that now after you have pushed through your trials and tribulations, you can be your own ruler in your own lane.”
And the perfect opener for this crusade to the streets is 360 Records’ Street Kings mini-movie and mixtape soundtrack debut single “Boomin” by Fatty Duke featuring A-town don Gucci Mane.
PR: Black Cloud Tour f/ Block McCloud, King Magnetic
Courtesy Jerry Graham.
ANNOUNCING “THE BLACK CLOUD TOUR” FEATURING CAPPADONNA (WU-TANG CLAN) BLOCK McCLOUD (BROOKLYN ACADEMY/ARMY OF THE PHARAOHS) KING MAGNETIC (ARMY OF THE PHARAOHS) KROMEATOSE & GQ nothin' pretty
ALSO APPEARING ON SELECT DATES SEAN PRICE & EDO G
Originating from the east coast, The Black Cloud will spread over the country this spring bringing a downpour of that real and raw hip hop. Announced today The Black Cloud Tour will feature Wu-Tang Clan swordsman Cappadonna with Army Of The Pharoahs spitters King Magnetic and Block McCloud as well as up and coming emcees Kromeatose (Disturbia Music Group) and GQ nothin’ Pretty (King Mag Music). In addition the California dates on March 15th and 16th will include Sean Price and select east coast dates will include Edo G. Latest details on each artist and tour dates below (more tour dates to be announced shortly).
-CAPPADONNA - The official 10th member of The Wu-Tang Clan is promoting his latest solo album The Pilgrimage which was release on Chamber Musik /Fat Beats Records this past November. Known as one of the illest spitters in the Park Hill Projects (AKA Killa Hill) during Wu-Tang’s formative years, the other Clan members acknowledge Cappadonna’s influence on their development. He made his national debut on Raekwon's classic solo debut "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” album (1995) as well as being heavily featured on Ghostface Killah's solo debut "Iron Man"(1996). He then made several prominent appearances on Wu Tang Clan's second album "Wu-Tang Forever" (1997) and released his solo debut "The Pillage" in 1998. The Pillage was predominantly produced by The RZA and True Master. He went on to release 5 more solo albums, "The Yin and the Yang" in 2001, "The Struggle" in 2003, 2008's "The Cappatilize Project", "Slang Prostitution" in 2009 & now The Pilgrimage. He is also a member of Ghostface Killah’s Theodore Unit and has made appearances on most Ghostface Killah projects.
-BLOCK McCLOUD - 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. He has embellished tracks featuring the likes of Jedi Mind Tricks, Vinnie Paz, The Clipse, Paul Wall, Sean Price, Sick Jacken and has recently recorded with such artists as Method Man, Kurupt and Ras Kass. He is also a member of the Jedi Mind Tricks super-crew, Army of the Pharaohs and is currently spearheading his own musical collective Disturbia Music including his own solo releases. His set features Kromeatose. More Info: www.disturbiamusicgroup.com .
-KING MAGNETIC - Seasoned mic veteran King Magnetic (also a full member of The Army Of The Pharaohs and member of the duo “The King And The Cauze” with good friend, Reef The Lost Cauze) has several certified DJ Whoo Kid/Shadyville mixtapes under his belt. As a producer his work was featured on ESPN and as an emcee his notable recording appearances include work with: Skyzoo, KRS-One, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Joell Ortiz, Slug of Atmosphere, Sean Price, Gen Steele(Smif N Wessun) and many more. Magnetic's commanding presence (standing at 6’9) on and off stage, has earned him a die-hard fan-base and respect from his peers. He is releasing his new project "Everything's A Gamble 3" via King Mag Music on March 13, 2012. More info: www.kingmagnetic.com or Facebook at: http://on.fb.me/wPo0Ey .
-KROMEATOSE AKA The Mekanikal Mind is a Brooklyn born, Staten Island bred underground renaissance man who any old school head would be proud to rep. He is Block Mccloud's right hand "machine", his personal engineer and hype"machine" on stage. More info: www.facebook.com/kromeatose .
-GQ NOTHIN' PRETTY - GQ is a tri-state battle veteran from Allentown, PA. In the late 90's and early 2000's he placed in various events including several End of the Weak competitions and the Philly Blaze Battle. During that time he also shared stages with KRS-One, Edo G, Big Pun,Mobb Deep, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones,Xzibit and many others. More recently, GQ has toured Europe with King Magnetic as well as the U.S. with Edo. G and The King & The Cauze. With his upcoming album with King Magnetic and Enemy Soil's Grim Reaperz, GQ looks to solidify his name in underground hip-hop. More info: http://on.fb.me/zcmPOw .
TOUR DATES 3/02/2012 Providence, RI – Sunset Bar & Grille 3/04/2012 Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie's 3/05/2012 St. Louis, MO - Club Viva 3/06/2012 Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom 3/07/2012 Lincoln, NE – Rye Room @ Bourbon Theatre 3/09/2012 Casper, WY - The Venue 3/10/2012 Salt Lake City, UT - Bar Deluxe 3/12/2012 Albuquerque, NM - Leo's Nightclub 3/13/2012 El Paso, TX – TBA 3/14/2012 Phoenix, AZ- TBA 3/15/2012 Pasadena, CA - The Terrace with Sean Price 3/16/2012 Santa Ana, CA - Malone's with Sean Price 3/19/2012 South Lake Tahoe, CA - Mo's Place 3/20/2012 Sparks, NV - The Alley 3/22/2012 Bozeman, MT - The Zebra Lounge 3/25/2012 Sioux Falls, SD – Boonies Bar & BBQ 3/28/2012 Berwyn, IL - Tiger O' Stylies 3/29/2012 Grand Rapids, MI - Billy's Lounge 3/30/2012 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's 3/31/2012 Philadelphia, PA - Tacony Billards with Edo G 4/01/2012 Atlantic City, NJ - Le Grand Fromage hosted by Edo G
"Check out the video of Virginia native, Amir Driver performing at the homecoming concert of Norfolk State University. Driver really knows how to put on a stage performance. So if you haven't had a chance to check him out yet, this is your perfect opportunity to see him at work." - Revo
Atlanta-based emcee/producer duo Yamin Semali and DT are rap duo Clan Destined, presenting the B. Price-directed music video for "Scream", featuring Stacy Epps. "Scream" is from their third LP Self Titled, which received 5 out of 5 stars on CreativeLoafing.
Chicago veteran VISUAL teams up with frequent collaborators Von Grim (Chicago) & Charlie Beans (Detroit) to pay homage to the one & only J Dilla. Having been a long time fan of Dilla, VISUAL was once blessed with the opportunity to meet Dilla himself while DIlla was on tour with Madlib in Chicago. "I met him through my homies Daily Planet from All Natural inc. & he was humble and cool as can be" says VISUAL about the day he met Dilla.
MP3: Lady Gaga - "Blood Mary (Clinton Sparks Remix)"
Courtesy Papa Smirf.
Known for his production work for artist ranging from Pitbull, Akon & Ludacris to T-pain, Beyonce & Lady Gaga,Clinton Sparks produces an uptemo,dirty, mean remix to the record that got him his 2012 Grammy Nomination.
Jopedo Mini bio: Charlotte, by way of Yonkers, producer/ DJ Jopedo's soul-drenched instrumentals have backed a plethora of vocalists from several genres. His multi-faceted sound has caused his star to rise at a rapid rate and has developed into one of the most sought after within the North Carolina independent music community.
Makeda Mini bio: Despite never having stepped foot in an official studio, Makeda's artistic endeavors and talents have quickly began to garner the attention of independent music community. While both of the Greensboro, North Carolina songwriter/ vocalist's critically acclaimed mixtapes were recorded using the simplest version of GarageBand through a Mac microphone, her rare talents have her poised to become the latest in an illustrious line of artists to step out of the North Carolina scene and onto what she hopes one day will become a national stage.
Project info: What began as a single venture in the form of the lullaby vibed "Weeds" has over the years flourished into a full blown collaborative EP between the producer known as Jopedo and the vocalist, Makeda, sometimes called "The Red Fox". The result of the Carolina artists' sonic tryst is the eclectic audio paradox entitled "Aporia EP".
The Aporia EP Track Listing (All songs produced by Jopedo): 1. Aporia 2. Soul Trip 3. Pm to Am (son up to sun down) 4. Genuine/Ready, Steady 5. The Headphones 6. Fantastik 7. Mmm...Bollywood 8. To Me 9. Capoeira (Love Games) (Single)
FINALLY it's here! The debut full-length album from TxE (TOPE, Epp, and producer Calvin Valentine) We Get It In True is now available for free download on Kenny Fresh's FRESHSELECTS.NET. This album is 13 tracks produced by Calvin Valentine, with raps from TOPE x Epp, and features from Phil The Agony, Illmaculate, Caitlin Cardier, Sam Trump, Stewart Villain, Young X and DJ Celsius.