You do the crime, you do the time - or in this case you do the crime while you're on probation and you serve the time remaining on your sentence. Clifford Harris Jr., better known as T.I., has to report to a low-security federal prison in Forrest City, Arkansas on the orders of U.S. Marshal Beverly Harvard. This is all a result of T.I. being arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles on September 1st, even though the prosecutor there won't pursue the case now that he's going back to jail on the probation violation. Thanks to Billboard.com for this update.
Bronx MC Greg Nice, most widely known for his work with late 80's/early 90's hip-hop duo Nice & Smooth, is back in action with the release of his solo debut, The Popcycle. The new LP boasts an old school hip hop feel, while bringing to the table (or should we say, turntable?) a fresh, contemporary edge. The Popcycle features appearances from Tony Yayo (G-Unit), Flavor Flav (Public Enemy), production work from Aaron LaCrate (Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, Lily Allen), Chew Fu (Rihanna), The Disco Fries (Flo Rida, Usher), DJ Serafin (Lil Jon) and DJ Mighty Mi (The High & Mighty, Cage).The Popcycle is available now from One Haven Music/Industry Rule 4080.
MP3 + Album Release: The Left - "Reporting Live" Feat. Guilty Simpson
Reporting Live From The Streets Of Detroit, The Left Celebrate Album Release
Detroit trio The Left, comprised of producer Apollo Brown, rapper Journalist 103, and DJ Soko, are celebrating the release of their debut album, Gas Mask, today with "Reporting Live," the first official release from the album featuring fellow Detroit wordsmith Guilty Simpson.
Apollo jumps things off with a soulful grittiness -- the track seamlessly mixes Apollo's vocal chops, horns, and heavy drums – and the instrumental serves as a perfect match for Journalist's own gravelly vocals, as he rhymes, "Reporting live from the gritty blocks of Rock City/ Forgotten sound of Motown produced by many/ Rappers come a dime a dozen, but not many/ Can carry the status of legends, I hope that y'all hear me." Guilty follows in step with his own verse ("Young killers take it in blood/ Dirt doers get wet up, then pigs come play in the mud"), and Detroit city imagery abounds as the two Rock City vets take you on a tour of their hometown.
The Left's Gas Mask is available now via Mello Music Group.
The Left began as a simple phone conversation between two artists displaying mutual respect for each other's craft. Detroit staples Apollo Brown (Producer) and Journalist 103 (Emcee) turned the prospect of a couple random songs into an album considered by many tastemakers to be the best underground hip hop LP of 2010. Shortly after starting the album in early 2009, the duo brought in DJ Soko to provide cuts for the album and act as the official DJ for The Left's live performances. Gas Mask is indeed The Left's debut album, but the rookie producer Apollo Brown has certainly been accumulating accolades as of late. In 2008 he won the producer showcase at Scribble Jam. Then, in 2009, Apollo won the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and went on to the Atlanta Finals. In 2010 he signed with Mello Music Group and made waves with his scorching debut album, The Reset. Meanwhile, The Left's mic master, Journalist 103, is just as seasoned. Despite this being his first wide public display, he worked with the legendary Detroit emcee Proof of D12 before his passing.
HERE IS THE OFFICIAL J. CARDIM-APPROVED MIX OF JOE BUDDEN'S MOOD MUZIK 4 POSSE CUT. DUE TO SOME TIME CONSTRAINTS WE DIDN'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPROVE THE MIXES OF THE J. CARDIM-PRODUCED TRACKS ON MOOD MUZIK 4, THIS ONE IN PARTICULAR IS A TRACK WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WAS AVAILABLE AS IT WAS INTENDED TO SOUND. WE HAVE ALSO INCLUDED THE INSTRUMENTAL, GOOD RAPPERS ONLY PLEASE HAHA, SERIOUSLY THOUGH. NEXT WEEK WE WILL BE RELEASING THE CARDIM COLLECTION INSTRUMENTALS, 14 BEATS FROM THE JOE BUDDEN/J. CARDIM COLLABORATIONS!
Lyrics Born - "As U Were" in Stores Today (10/26/10)
Lyrics Born's newest studio album As U Were is out today. The album features Sam Sparro, Lateef, Trackademics, The Gift of Gab, Francis and the Lights, and more. Pick it up on Amazon now!
Lyrics Born's Auto Reverse tour with fellow Decon artists Rakaa and Chali 2na is in full effect through the end of the month. Check out the remaining dates below:
Auto Reverse Tour Dates 10/26 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room 10/27 - Boise, ID - Reef 10/28 - Ketchum, ID - Whiskey Jacques 10/29 - Victor, ID - Knotty Pine 10/30 - Bozeman, MT - Emerson Cultural Center 10/31 - Missoula, MT - The Top Hat 11/02 - Olympia, WA - The Royal Lounge** 11/03 - Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room* 11/04 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret* 11/05 - Portland, OR - Dante's *Chali 2na not performing, **Rakaa Not Performing