Rapper J.R. Bricks is flying above the competition. This former Air Force Aircraft Mechanic is an acclaimed rapper and astute businessman being the CEO of League of Champions Music Group. After one listen to J.R. Brick's new mixtape entitled "Call Of Duty", it’s evident that the Tallahassee, FL native is destined for greatness. From his polished, yet practical, lyricism to his bass-booming production, the 26-year-old shows off a complete package of artistry that is seldom seen on the independent circuit.
Moreover, the lead single "On The Come Up", featuring Tyler Woods, is impacting urban mixshows and college stations around the country.
The "Call Of Duty" mixtape will be released internationally in early December 2010, but it's already receiving rave reviews from industry insiders.
Many are describing Bricks as Hip-Hop's emerging artist to watch; "J.R Bricks is truly an original and compelling new voice on the Hip-Hop landscape," raves Octavius Crouch, Senior A&R of Universal/Motown Records.
J.R. Bricks has made a name amongst his peers and has established a strong buzz throughout the South by opening for big name acts such as KCi & JoJo, Too Short, Lil Boosie, Lil Webbie, and many more.
Relying on influences ranging from Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Andre 3000 and 50 Cent, J.R. Bricks began writing and arranging music in the hopes of following in their footsteps.
Inspired by Hip-Hop’s greatest artists but determined to pave his own lane, J.R. Bricks first made waves after putting out a mixtape called "Last Of A Dying Breed", hosted by DJ Smallz aka Mr. Southern Smoke". He also released a mixtape called "My Name Is Earl", hosted by DJ Doo Wop.
"My unique selling proposition is that I am not afraid to be myself and I incorporate my life's experiences in my music" proclaims Bricks.
"My mother was in the Army and my father is a retired Air Force Master sergeant, so I had a very strong military background. I've been around the world a few times before I was 17. I've seen a lot of things most kids don't see at that age. And I lived in Germany for 7 years," states J.R. Bricks.
His latest single "On The Come Up" with R&B crooner Tyler Woods is head nodding Hip-Hop at its finest – it’s a bonafide hit!
The future looks bright for the charismatic MC. Be on the look out for J.R Bricks' "Call Of Duty" mixtape featuring Tyler Woods, Q-Da$h and Fred The Godson.
Idaho Counselor Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail & Two Years Probation After Attending Kottonmouth Kings Concert With Patients *** Kottonmouth Kings Announce Second Leg Of Party Monsters Tour Featuring Big B & Slaine *** Earlier this week it was reported that an Idaho counselor was sentenced to 30 days in jail and received two years probation after taking two boys enrolled in the Idaho Medicaid program to a Kottonmouth Kings concert. The counselor had billed for services and was later convicted of one count of Medicaid provider fraud. The Idaho Medicaid is a tax supported program that provides health care services to more than 200,000 vulnerable Idaho citizens who are poor, elderly or disabled.
"I think that it was a hands on approach to some serious field research and sometimes you need to find creative ways to connect with your subjects or students," jokingly commented Brad X from Kottonmouth Kings upon hearing the news of the incident. "I think if you researched every medical facility in the country you would find that they all bilk the insurance and Medicare for thousands monthly, if not millions. I think they should send all of their patients to Kottonmouth Kings shows or at least insist they buy our records or a t-shirt," he laughed. "We’re going to be back in Spokane on this upcoming tour in November, so we’d like to offer some free tickets and passes to the counselor to come to the show and enjoy some positive vibes.”
The Kottonmouth Kings will kick off the second leg of their Party Monsters Tour alongside Big B and Slaine on November 13th in Hollywood, CA at The Key Club. Kottonmouth Kings are currently touring in support of their new album, “Long Live The Kings”, which debuted at #26 on the Billboard Top 200.
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS TOUR DATES: Nov 13 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club Nov 16 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theater Nov 17 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom Nov 18 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox Nov 19 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Spokane Nov 20 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Boise Nov 21 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater Nov 23 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre Nov 24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue Nov 26 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues Las Vegas Nov 27 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Dec 09 - Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome Dec 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims Dec 11 - Modesto, CA @ Fat Cat Music House & Lounge Dec 16 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues San Diego Dec 17 - Anaheim, CA @ Grove of Anaheim Dec 18 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Hell Razah Provides Fans With An Emotional CD-Only Bonus Track
Those who pick up the CD version of Hell Razah's recent sophomore album, Heaven Razah, are in for an unexpected gift if they keep their ears open. Despite only listing 15 tracks, a hidden bonus track, "Araboth," appears towards the end of the final song, "Armageddon."
The song provides an emotional high note for the album to end on. Rapping over an acoustic guitar and string arrangement, Hell Razah takes us through his teenage years, describing both the successes and hardships that went along with them. Additionally, one of the final lines is given extra weight in light of the emcee's recent health issues. "The body is weak but the spirit is strong / The truth is deep but you can't hear it too long," he rhymes. Hell Razah gives everything he's got to his fans and this bonus cut is testament to that.
Hell Razah's long-awaited sophomore LP, Heaven Razah, is out now via Nature Sounds, with all proceeds being donated to Razah and his family.
In recent years, Brooklyn-bred MC Hell Razah has become one of the most prolific artists in hip-hop’s underground, releasing albums with 4th Disciple, T.H.U.G. Anglez, Blue Sky Black Death, and his super-group, Black Market Militia (Razah, Tragedy Khadafi, Killah Priest, and Timbo King). The Wu-Tang Clan affiliate and former Sunz of Man member released his acclaimed debut Renaissance Child in 2007, and fans have been eagerly awaiting his follow-up ever since. However, a health emergency landed Razah in the hospital in April, just after he finished recording his new album, Heaven Razah, available nowthrough Nature Sounds. Heaven Razah marks a rebrith for Razah, who has re-fashioned himself as a modern day hip-hop prophet, spitting spiritual wisdom about the apocalypse, the presence of demons, mortality, and the afterlife.