Brown Bag AllStar/Battle Powerhouse, Soul Khan, is set to release his debut album, 2dopeboyz.com Presents: Soul Like Khan, for free download in early November. Here's a leak from the album & expect a video on Monday!
MP3: New DL Link for Free EP: Erk Tha Jerk -The Prelude
EP Includes Songs From Emcee's Upcoming Debut And Unreleased Tracks
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Erk Tha Jerk certainly knows how to satiate his fans. Despite his debut album, Nerd's Eye View, close on the horizon with a slated November 9th release date, Erk has decided to give away a brand new EP for free. The Prelude includes songs from his forthcoming LP in additon to tracks that will only be available on this free release.
The Prelude premiered through SF Weekly and marks a new high in the anticipation leading up to Nerd's Eye View. "I've always released free music," Erk explains of the EP's price tag. "I guess I do it so when the people finally have to pay for something they'll look back at all the free music and won't mind spending with me. They know I'm good for it." Between mixtapes, music videos, and unreleased tracks, some might argue that Erk is spreading himself too thin - that he can't have much up his sleeve for his upcoming LP. One listen toThe Prelude, though, and it becomes evident that Erk Tha Jerk is just getting started.
Stay tuned for Erk's debut album, Nerd's Eye View, being released November 9th via Red Planet/SMC Recordings.
Debunking the stereotype of what a West Coast rapper should be is what got a very fickle hip-hop audience to initially notice Erk. His streetwear heavy fashion sense, trademark black eyeglasses and hood nerd persona all worked in his favor. Being from a “bad place” yet knowing that there are non-hood things out there is what has shaped Erk’s approach to life and music. “I went to college for a couple years, I’ve worked 9 to 5 jobs and I’ve sold weed and none of those things quite worked out so I’m kinda like a hood nerd.” His satirical anti-hyphy anthem "I'm So Dumb" and "Plane in the Air" featuring Too $hort defined him as an artist but it was 2009's "Right Here" that put him on the map. The censored version became one of 106 KMEL's (San Francisco) most played songs, charted on Billboard's Top 100 Hip Hop/R&B, and the video is currently in rotation on MTV Jams. In addition to producing and directing videos for other artists, Erk is currently working on his first full length album titled Nerd’s Eye View due on November 9th. Streams:
Gyptian to 'Hold You' at BBC Concert - Saturday, Sept. 25 in London
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - Reggae star Gyptian crosses the pond to wow British fans for the annual BBC Radio 1Xtra Live, taking place at Wembley Arena in London on Saturday, September 25. Gyptian joins a hotlist of international acts for the annual event that also includes B.O.B and Jason Derulo, in addition to local U.K. acts.
"BBC Radio continues to show me a lot of love," reveals Gyptian. "They've always supported my music and I'm looking forward to performing at 1Xtra Live." Gyptian will be singing his tunes to even more U.K. fans during his upcoming European tour, which runs from October 13 to November 13.
Gyptian's popularity continues to skyrocket internationally, as the videos for his smash hit, "Hold You," has now been added into rotation on MTV Base and its Major Lazer remix into play on MTV Dance, over in the UK. He is also nominated for "Reggae Artist of the Year" at the 2010 MOBO Awards, which takes place in Liverpool on October 20. He will be competing with fellow VP Records artist, Gappy Ranks, for the honor.
Gyptian currently has two singles in rotation on U.S. radio with "Hold You" hitting Top 40 radio on Z100 in New York and his second single, "Nah Let Go" in rotation on New York's HOT97. The "Nah Let Go" video recently premiered on BET 106 & Park as the "New Joint of the Day," fueling the buzz on this star.
First heard in snippet form closing out El-P's Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 album, El-P is giving away the full version of his collaboration with Wilder Zoby of Chin Chin. Here's what he has to say about it:
This is the full version of the song that appeared on my Weareallgoingtoburninhellmeggmixx3 (Gold Dust) by my favorite performer in the world, Wilder Zoby. Wilder sings and produces, I co-produce. It's going to be on his upcoming solo record tentatively entitled "Wildcat," which I co-produced with him one freezing month in Louisville, Kentucky. Wilder is on some serious smoked out space pimp shit with this one. In fact, the moog keytar-through-guitar-pedal solo at the end was done drunk and high as the dickens at 5am in one take.
Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 is available now on CD, LP and Digital Download.
Bi-coastal underground superproducer Belief returns with the first in a series of singles to round out 2010. Following up his widely acclaimed Aaliyah remix series, "Up And Away" is a mishmash of rock, electronica and hardcore hiphop featuring Los Angeles emcee Ali Baba on rhyme duty. "The idea was to do some progressive hip-hop, something that's never been done before." Belief has done production work for Murs, C-Rayz Walz, Kosha Dilz, Sum Majere and many more.
"'Before We're Gone' is about my sweet wife and when we were young. The way she shared my beedie outside of S.O.Bs in Manhattan at 25 and the way that true youth love got dense and dark with time. Is it worth it? To go back?.....! Can you.... Go back?" ~ Pigeon John
"Before We're Gone" represents the very exciting and new sonic territory that Pigeon John explores throughout Dragon Slayer. Dragon Slayer houses the signature Pigeon John humor and witty rhymes, with a bit more rock and pop presence. With the aid of General Elektriks' Hervé Salters, Pigeon John produced the whole record, including, for the first time, recording and chopping up his own instrumentation rather than just flipping samples and banging on an MPC. Quannum Projects is set to release Pigeon John's new album Dragon Slayer on October 12, 2010, the follow up to critically acclaimed Pigeon John...And The Summertime Pool Party.
Pigeon John kicks off his national tour with DJ Abilities on September 30th. DJ Abilities will be performing his own set as well as mashing it up on stage as Pigeon John's DJ. Experience the greatness live...
The Dragon Slayer Tour Pigeon John DJ Abilities (from Eyedea and Abilities from Rhymesayers crew) Dark Time Sunshine (feat. Onry Ozzborn from GreySkul)
Sep 30 Thu Santa Barbara CA @ Velvet Jones Oct 1 Fri San Diego CA @ The Loft - UC San Diego Oct 2 Sat Los Angeles CA @ Siren Studios (Thrillist) 3:30pm Oct 2 Sat Visalia CA @ The Cellar Door Oct 4 Mon San Francisco CA @ Cafe Du Nord Oct 6 Wed Seattle WA @ Nectar Lounge Oct 7 Thu Portland, OR @ Music Millennium - In-Store Oct 7 Thu Portland OR @ Backspace Oct 8 Fri Boise ID @ The Reef Oct 9 Sat Bozeman @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge Oct 10 Sun Salt Lake City UT @ Urban Lounge Oct 11 Mon Denver CO @ Larimer Lounge Oct 12 Tue Boulder CO @ University of Colorado - Club 156 Oct 14 Thu Madison WI @ High Noon Saloon Oct 15 Fri Minneapolis MN @ 7th Street Entry Oct 16 Sat Chicago IL @ Morseland Dark Time Sunshine Leaves Tour Oct 17 Sun St. Louis MO @ Lola Oct 19 Tue Columbia MO @ Mojos Oct 20 Wed Lawrence KS @ Jackpot Music Hall Oct 22 Fri Colorado Springs CO @ The Black Sheep Oct 23 Sat Durango CO @ The Abbey Theater DJ Abilities Leaves Tour Oct 28 Santa Cruz, CA @ TBA Oct 29 Fairfax, CA @ 19 Broadway w/ Busdriver Oct 30 Reno, NV @ Tonic Lounge w/ Busdriver