Perfeck Strangers is hip-hop's newest dynamic duo! Their debut single "Work To Do" has officially been released to radio. Request it today! In Toronto, hit up FLOW 93.5fm by texting 935935 or calling 416-935-1935.
Produced by AmiR, mixed by Knoxx and featuring today's biggest superstar Drake, "Work To Do" represents the group's mission statement to fight for success in the rap game.
MP3: Von Pea f/ Che Grand, Elucid - "Thanks For Your Children"
Von Pea And Friends Do It For The Kids With Latest Single From Pea's Gotta Have It
As anticipation grows for the October 12th release of Von Pea's new album, Pea's Gotta Have It, he's enlisted the help of a few friends for the album's newest single "Thanks For Your Children." The new track features guest spots from fellow Lessondary members Che Grand and Elucid and was produced by Philly's own Brizzio, protégé to the legendary producer Buckwild. According to Von, he actually had to hi-jack this track away from Che, as Che's relationship with Brizzio goes way back – he, not Von, usually gets first dibs on Brizio's tracks. All is well that ends well, though, as Von and Che, along with Elucid, all wound up on the track together, absolutely killing it.
With a soulful and catchy hook the track shows off Von's lyrical abilities as he delves into a decidedly different area of subject matter. The emcee strikes a more serious tone than the majority of the lighthearted rhymes about cutting class and other amusing adolescent anecdotes. Instead, the song takes aim at the poor examples being set in his community, sighting drug-addicted mothers and out of control rappers, boldly appointing himself and his crew as a new brand of role models stating, "Along came us, any change is a plus."
Von Pea's solo debut, Pea's Gotta Have It will be available October 12th via Interdependent Media
Long Beach, CA - Raised in the city of Long Beach, CA, a city made famous by Snoop Dogg for it's gang violence and constant street warfare, Samoan rapper and nephew to Boo Yaa Tribe, who first gave America's South Pacific residents the pride to express themselves musically, comes Monsta.
Featured on the upcoming October 5th release, "Savage presents: The Tribal Council" compilation CD (Dawn Raid/SMC/Fontana) Monsta is no stranger to the world of rap music. He was an intregal part of Platinum-selling Yukmouth's Rap-A-Lot recording days.
A former Hollywood bodyguard to the stars, the perils of L.A.'s gang life left their mark on Monsta when he was shot twice while attending an industry event. This near-death experience forced him to re-evaluate his direction and upon turning his life around, Monsta was given his first musical break after rapping for Snoop Dogg's then-producer, L.T. Hutton.
Now a part of the Dawn Raid family, Monsta has several tracks on the upcoming "Savage presents: The Tribal Council" , including "Long Beach Raised Me" and is preparing his own solo debut album, expected in February 2011. The as-yet-untitled album will be released via Dawn Raid's deal through SMC/Fontana and is expected to feature artists like The Jacka, Husalah (Mob Figaz), Hell Rell (Dipset) and Ganxsta Ridd. Production duties will be handled by the likes of FINGAZZ and Twice As Nice.
Monsta now divides his time between L.A. and Australia.
Travis Barker Collaborates with The Cool Kids, Premieres “Jump Down”
Invites Fans to Download and Get Free Pair of 3D Glasses To View Video
Video Launch Party In LA Announced
"...Pretty dope... ” – Urb.com
“With 808’s hitting, basslines jumping, Barker’s ill drum pattern sequences, and The Cool Kids more than cool bars, “Jump Down” is definitely a head banger (no pun intended).” –Global Grind
This is not your average MP3 giveaway. Always keeping things interesting, Travis Barker teamed up with Chicago’s The Cool Kids to release the (obviously) beat heavy, grumbly, p-funk bass, synth-happy “Jump Down”, premiering yesterday.
The release includes a special embeddable widget that allows fans to enter their email address, download the track, and get a pair of 3D glasses mailed to their house, if they share the widget with friends. The 3D glasses will come in handy for the video premiere of the “Jump Down”, slated for October 11th. Glasses will also be included with every order from the equally as fresh, http://www.karmaloop.com/ . Done strictly for the fans, the entire "Jump Down" project is completely free.
Itching to see the video before it hits the web? Catch it at the “Jump Down” video launch party, Thursday, Oct. 7th at the Music Box in LA. Hosted by Sneaker Pimps, the party features live performances by Travis Barker and The Cool Kids, themselves.
Michael Franti & Spearhead "The Sound of Sunshine" Out Now
Set To Kick Off Release Week With National Tour and Performances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Lopez Tonight
Michael Franti & Spearhead return with their much anticipated album, THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE, this Tuesday, September 21st through Capitol Records/Boo Boo Wax. THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE is Michael Franti & Spearhead’s seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2008’s Top 40 hit All Rebel Rockers. The album’s first single and title track, “The Sound of Sunshine” was #1 at AAA for 8 weeks and is currently in the Top 30 at Hot AC. You can check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqgHosrqJ8o .
Franti & Spearhead will also be appearing on both The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Lopez Tonight on the day of the album’s release performing “The Sound of Sunshine”. Check your local listings and be sure to tune in.
In support of the album, Franti kicked off a national tour this past Saturday in Portland, OR and will make stops in many cities throughout the U.S. and Canada including NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto. As a part of Franti’s partnership with international shoe charity, Soles4Souls, eight cities on the tour will be a part of a “Barefoot Concert Series” (dates noted below). The series is part of a Franti/Soles4Souls effort to sponsor 100,000 pairs of shoes to raise awareness of the need for footwear both nationally and internationally.
THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE was conceived after Franti was hospitalized for a ruptured appendix in August 2009. “Music is sunshine. It gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose. You can’t hold it in your hands, smell it, taste it or even see it, yet somehow just coming together and feeling these little vibrations that tickle our eardrums can somehow lift us all up out of our most difficult moments in life to unimaginable heights,” says Franti.
The band began recording the album in Jamaica with legendary producers Sly and Robbie (Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, No Doubt) as well as in Franti’s home in Bali and hometown of San Francisco. With the record still not complete, Franti decided to bring a mobile studio on the road with him while he toured with John Mayer this past winter. The album was finished in dressing rooms and hotel rooms along the way with Franti playing songs he had recorded earlier in the day to the audience that evening.
Michael Franti is the creator and lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead. For over two decades, the Bay Area born Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music. Franti first formed the punk band The Beatnigs while studying at the University of San Francisco, and later the far more hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In the mid-Nineties, Franti created Spearhead, and increasingly in recent years, he’s found his own voice musically and his own organic brand of popular success. Franti’s impressive series of recordings have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of the world.
For ticket information, official Michael Franti news and to check out the latest v-blogs on FrantiV, go to michaelfranti.com.
Fall Tour Dates:
September 22** Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia September 23 San Diego, CA House of Blues September 24 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre September 25 Tempe, AZ The Marquee September 26 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theater September 28 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Events Center September 29 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre September 30 Dallas, TX House of Blues October 1 Little Rock, AR The Village October 2 Houston, TX House of Blues October 5 St. Louis, MO The Pageant October 6 Lincoln, NE Rococo October 7** Minneapolis, MN State Theatre October 8** Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre October 9 Madison, WI Overture Center for the Arts October 11 Columbia, MO The Blue Note October 13** Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium October 14 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre October 15 New Orleans, LA House of Blues October 16 Pensacola Beach, FL De Luna Festival October 18 Lexington, KY Buster’s October 19 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall October 20 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub October 22 Covington, KY (Cincinnati) Madison Theatre October 23 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead October 24 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom October 25 Albany, NY Northern Lights October 28** New York, NY Terminal 5 October 29 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre October 30** Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory November 1 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre November 2 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre November 3 Ithaca, NY State Theatre November 5 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel November 6 Portland, ME State Theatre November 7 Concord, NH Capitol Center November 9 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place November 10 Montreal, QC Metropolis November 12 Toronto, ON Kool Haus November 13** Cleveland, OH House of Blues November 14** Pontiac, MI (Detroit) Crofoot Ballroom
Formed in 2002, Custom Made originally consisted of Sinister Six, Bluff, Element, Skandalous Scoobs and Aneek.
In 2004, they released their debut album, “LA State of Mind” to critical acclaim. Custom Made would later become key players in the LA mixtape scene through their renowned “Street Cinema” series. 2006 saw the group inking with indie label Babygrande Records and the release of their “Sidewalk Mindtalk” compilation.
Soon after the release of Sidewalk Mindtalk, Aneek would leave the group due to personal issues and Six found himself incarcerated for two years. This left Custom Made as a trio of Bluff, Element and Scoobs. After being bestowed Rawkus Next 50 honors by seminal hip-hop brand Rawkus in 2007 the trio returned with their sophomore LP, Original Dynasty on Babygrande in 2008.
2009 saw Custom Made continue the Street Cinema series with the release of “The Lost Weekend” mixtape. After leaving Babygrande in 2009; Custom Made recorded Hi-Def. This year Custom Made linked up with NY label Coalmine Records to drop Hi-Def as a digital release on November 9th. Hi-Def features production from THX, Abstrakt Soundz, Jayem, Animoss (Arch Druids), Terminall and guests Mac Lucci (Hustle Boyz/DPG), Woozy (Brothaz Bent) and the rest of the Custom Made collective.
After a year hiatus Custom Made links up with Coalmine Records to showcase their latest release “Hi-Def” to show what hip-hop has been missing.
CUSTOM MADE “HI-DEF” IN STORES NOVEMBER 9th
01 Hi-Def (Intro) prod. by THX 02 Touch a Pen ft. Woozy and Paradox prod. by Terminall 03 Watch That ft. Mac Lucci prod. by THX 04 Don't Leave Me ft. S-Mak prod. by High-P 05 Hip-Hop prod. by Akatsoki 06 Dopamine (Interlude) 07 Picture Me Rollin' ft. Paradox and Woozy prod. by Abstrakt Soundz 08 Gravel Swag ft. Woozy and S-Mak prod. by Terminall 09 Oooh Baby ft. Six prod. by Jayem 10 LA Steez ft. Woozy prod. by Terminall 11 Crime Life prod. by Severe 12 Ode 2 Colt (Interlude) 13 Flow-Five ft. S-Mak prod. by Animoss 14 Easy on Yourself prod. by Abstrakt Soundz DOWNLOAD
Here's the record a LOT of people have been waiting on - the Joell Ortiz collaboration! This is one of my favorite songs on the album (tho I have a lot). I've been a fan of Joell for years and was really excited that we had the opportunity to work with him. So please enjoy Culture VI artist John Regan's second single off of Sorry I'm Late - Yesterday!!
Culture VI Records presents John Regan: Sorry I'm Late
September 20th, 2010: 24 year-old Baltimore artist John Regan has collaborated with several of hip-hop and R&B's most respected talents for his debut solo album, "Sorry I'm Late", which will be released October 12th, 2010 on Culture VI Records.
The album includes features by Marsha Ambrosius, Joell Ortiz, Naledge of Kidz in the Hall, Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, Ill Bill and PackFM. While multi-platinum producer Needlz provides the soundscape for three stellar tracks, 88-Keys and Nottz team up - for the first time - to provide the production for "Nobody's Somebody". Keys supplies the samples and drums, with Nottz contributing one of his signature bass lines - while also reciting a riveting verse.
Unheralded, yet well accredited, producer YZ provides the canvas for a majority of the collaborations on "Sorry I'm Late". Under the tutelage of veteran producer Chucky Thompson, YZ began his career working alongside Rich Harrison and Young Guru. He has since spent his years recording and producing for such artists as Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, Wyclef Jean, and Patti Labelle. Setting the tone for the album with hard, crisp drums, emotional instrumentation, and an attention to detach l rarely found on independent releases, YZ is hoping to use this project as a means to introduce himself to people outside of the industry who might not otherwise be familiar with his work.
John's lyrics can best be described as authentic. There are no tales of drug kingpins or any false gangsta-isms in his music. Instead, his songs vividly describe pain, loss and struggle, yet with a hint of hopefulness. John is both a rookie and a veteran of the industry. Having been signed to Culture VI Records for the past nine years, John has worked intimately with the creation and marketing of the label's past four releases, learning the importance of relationship building, while feverishly developing his social media skills - making it difficult to remember that this is only his first album. The early leaks have received an overwhelming response, having already been featured on hundreds of blogs and websites, including such influential sites as 2dopeboyz, HipHopDX and DJBooth.
With over a half-million views of Culture VI interviews last year, "Sorry I'm Late" is poised to capitalize on the label's strong brand recognition. Culture VI has also partnered with Ariel Publicity in an effort to maximize all possible marketing opportunities.
Stomp The Yard - Homecoming Soundtrack + Full Album Stream
New Soundtrack to include music from Ace Hood, John Forte, Short Dawg and many more!
(Brooklyn, NY - September 20, 2010) Available on all digital music outlets and CD on October 26th from Artists' Addiction Records, Stomp The Yard: Homecoming Motion Picture Soundtrackreturns audiences to the yard of Truth University for the all new, explosive, high energy drama. The soundtrack features new music from Ace Hood, John Forte, Short Dawg, Mr. Robotic, and many others! This soundtrack and movie sequel to the $75MM box office hit and 100,000+ album soundtrack sales follows Chance Harris (Collins Pennie, Fame, TV’s “Hawthorne”) as he looks to find a balance between his school, work, relationships and the opportunity to perform at the nationally televised step competition during homecoming weekend. The movie, Stomp The Yard: Homecoming will be available for purchase on September 21st in two formats; Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
All songs on the soundtrack reflect the energy and excitement inherent in the movie. Says Young Money rapper Short Dawg, whose track “Get Ya Money Up” is featured on the soundtrack, “I thought it was a great concept because I grew up where sororities and fraternities were super popular, so it took me back to my days of school and showed me a different perspective from the experience I had. I’m honored to be part of such a great project.”
In the countdown to a national step-off, rivalries at Truth University run red hot. The Theta Nus are counting on new pledge Chance Harris (Collins Pennie) to lead the team to victory. But he’s too caught up in his own problems to focus. At odds with his father, caught up in romantic troubles and targeted by a street gang for an unpaid debt, Chance must decide what is truly important and make the choices that will shape his life. Stomp the Yard: Homecoming unites a powerful cast featuring Terrence J and Pooch Hall with a soundtrack packed with pulse-pounding tracks. Directed by Rob Hardy (The Gospel), Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is from a story by Albert Leon and a screenplay by Albert Leon and Meena Payne. Columbus Short served as executive producer, with William Packer producing.
Tracklist: 1. Ace Hood- Don't Get Caught Slippin 2. Get Cool- Time To Get 3. John-John- Bounce 4 Jasper Sawyer- Evil 5. Mr. Robotic- We Got ‘Em 6. Classic- Here To Party 7. G-Side- College Chicks 8. Short Dawg- Get Ya Money Up 9. John Forte- Nervous 10. Rae Featuring Basko & Nomadik- Third Degree 11. Clout Cartel- Rock Yo Bod 12. Get Cool- I’m Grown 13. B Double E- To The Top 14. Todd Bozung & Peter Plath- Stomp Score SuiteThings Ain't The Same ft. Nick Grier, Steve Bingham
For those still curious for a look behind the scenes and into the mindset of the world of pimps, T.P. brings you the Welcome to the World of Pimpin' mixtape. Hosted by mentor and former pimp, Pimpin' Ken and DJ Lazy K, this CD is a 31-track musical journey through the eyes of a bonafide hustler.
T.P. began his life in the streets at the age of 13. Forced to survive, he was lead into a life of crime; drug dealing and robbery and eventually, at the age of 19, pimping. According to T.P. though, the pimping life is a gentlemen's life and his knack for the trade caused to him give up his thuggish ways and focus on making money without the use of force.
Nowdays, T.P.'s focus are his many businesses including adult websites, a rent-to-own realty agency, a multi-city chain of vending machines and of course, music. Since founding his independent label, Upnorth Records, T.P. has had the pleasure of touring and recording in 19 states, blessing tracks with rap artists of a similar mindset like Too Short and Max B.
Welcome to the World of Pimpin' is currently available for free download on DatPiff.com and a multi-city promo tour is in the pipeline which will also feature Pimpin' Ken.
Other projects for T.P. include professorial duties at Pimpin' Ken's new online Pimp College. Available via PimpinKen.net, Pimp College is a 48-class video and audio tutorial based on Ken's highly successful book, The 48 Laws of the Game.(Simon & Schuster, 2008) on how to apply the principles of pimping to your every day life and relationships. In Ken's opinion, there is little difference in the way business is conducted in the streets or the boardroom. There are sharks everywhere and the stakes are high. By applying the principles broken down within the curriculum at Pimp College, you can always be assured of coming out on top. Gender is not an issue either for this is not about learning how to become a pimp. It is simply a way for Ken and T.P. to pass along the 'game' they have learned on their own journeys from doing street business to starting and running their own very successful business franchises.