www.HipHopGods.com launches as NEW destination for Hip Hop Icons and Fans
Site Consolidates All Social Media For Each Artist Into One Location, Creates A Community Where Fans Can Communicate Directly With Classic Hip Hop Artists
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www.HipHopGods.com, the first fully-comprehensive community for old-school hip hop fans, launches today and brings together the most important and enduring rappers into one location where classic rap lives on. Legendary artists including KRS-One, DMC, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Grandmaster Flash, Erick Sermon, Parrish Smith, Kurtis Blow, Eric B, YoYo, members of The Furious Five, Melle Mel and many more have already signed on to be a part of the site, the brainchild of Chuck D and producer Gary G-Wiz (The Bomb Squad, Run-DMC, Janet Jackson).
www.HipHopGods.com offers a truly interactive platform, pulling together classic hip hop fans from around the globe into a single network where they can communicate, not just with each other, but with the artists as well. Combining the past, present and future of the hip hop universe, the site also aims to highlight the everlasting artistry of the performers, focusing on not just the revolutionary work they have done, but how they continue to be vibrant, creative forces and chronicle their newer work.
“When I log on to HipHopGods.com, I feel like I am entering the Hip Hop nation I am trying to build," says **KRS-One. “What a great way to communicate with the REAL movers and shakers of Hip Hop Culture". “HipHopGods.com is like classic rock radio, where all the gods of rock live eternally!” adds DMC of Run-DMC. “Remember, ‘classic’ doesn't mean old. It means better than everything after it...for eternity!” MC Serch of 3RD BASS remarks, “What a wonderful thing HipHopGods has done for the culture,” while Donald Dee of the legendary BBoys says “I’m like a kid in a candy store on there.”
To receive "Hip Hop God" status, an artist, MC, DJ, dancer or other creative force in hip hop culture must have at least 15 years of work behind them.
The site ambitiously consolidates and interconnects the Internet’s many social networking sites into one location, creating a destination where fans can get information on their favorite artists from places such as Facebook, YouTube, MySpace and Twitter all at once. Each act featured on www.HipHopGods.com hosts their own page which interfaces directly with their Facebook and Twitter accounts, enabling everyone to use the social networking sites through HHG as well. Fans no longer have to visit Facebook and Twitter separately to get updates on the artists, they can easily access all of the information at HipHopGods.com. Artists can also post videos, photos and album artwork, music, tour and appearance information, a wall of friends and their comments and exclusive blogs. Fans can build their own profiles as well and link them to their favorite artists’ pages and join groups where they can interact with other fans as well as the artists themselves.
The www.HipHopGods.com home page offers magazine-like news sections, feature articles, photos, postings by fans, music and artist blogs that are written exclusively for the site. HHG also hosts a general forum for all users (and sub-category forums including ones specifically for artist discussions, tours and general discussions) as well as a store that sells music and merchandise. The site aims to serve as a community where hip hop fans and artists can share information and communication, all centered around an era and the acts whose impact continues to be felt in music and pop culture today.
www.HipHopGods.com was developed by BTN Eastlink in association with Chuck D, with original illustrations by Paul Stone. HIPHOPGODS.com is the HIPHOP Supersite Inter-network where CLASSIC Rap LIVES On!
About BTN Eastlink:
BTN Eastlink is a multi-platform entertainment and digital media company, offering artist management, a record label, a licensing and placement division for film, television and video games, digital media consulting, web development, merchandising and urban market consulting and a film and television production unit. Founding Partner Chuck D has been a longstanding supporter for artists rights, digital music and culture, and through his work with BTN Eastlink continues to be at the forefront of entertainment technology by incorporating several different facets of the business into one centralized company with streamlined communication and unlimited synergy opportunities to meet the 360 degree needs of entertainment and technology clients in the ever shifting digital world.
Renowned Hiero Imperium Records Ready To Extend Legacy In 2010 01.22.2010 2010 Will See Releases from Tajai, Chosen Few, Opio, Pep Love, Casual, And Others
Critical Praise for Montezuma's Revenge:
"...this has the makings of a brand new classic set to shake things up all over again. 9/10" - RapReviews.com
"...Souls Of Mischief's Montezuma's Revenge is a solid testament to their staying power, and also should be used as a blueprint for up-and-coming groups that strive for longevity—because learning from a collective that’s been doing it since "93" isn't a bad studying block to start from." - ihiphop.com
(January 22, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) 2009 may not yet be a distant memory, but Hiero Imperium Records is already looking to the future with their energetic plans for the new year. The Oakland based label is poised to be at the forefront of underground hip-hop in 2010 with releases from Tajai, Chosen Few, Opio, Pep Love, Casual, and more.
Hiero Imperium Records triumphed in 2009 with the celebrated album, Montezuma's Revenge from West Coast legends, Souls of Mischief. The album, lauded by both fans and critics alike, not only cemented Souls of Mischief's stature in the hip-hop community but also sparked off a string of successful global tour dates. Fans were also enthusiastic to show their love for the Soul's legacy, as a '93 Til Infinity' inspired tee shirt made in conjunction with streetwear staple Adapt sold out within 24 hours of its release. Eager to build upon its hip-hop hot streak, Hiero is now gearing up for an equally successful 2010 with an extensive slate of offerings from its famed roster.
The new year kicks off with music from trio Chosen Few, who will dropping the Opio laced single "Elevation" on February 9th, followed by the release of their debut album New World Symphony on April 6th. Fans will be excited to learn that the Opio extravaganza continues with the summer release of his highly anticipated album, Vulture's Wisdom Volume 2, sure to extend the emcee's linguistic legacy. Label-mate Pep Love plans on keeping busy in 2010 with a one-two sonic combo in form of pre-album project, The Rigamarole, and full-length album, Reconstruction, while Phesto Dee readies the release of his long-awaited Background Check for the masses.
Also on deck for Hiero is a new Casual project and a release from Tajai, who plans on dropping Rap Noir by years end. Not content to rest on their lyrical laurels, the label is also looking to unite its hip-hop superpowers and put out a Heiro-crew album, and, to top it all off, Tajai promises that more surprises are soon-to-come courtesy of the mighty Souls of Mischief. "2009 was a fantastic year, and we're thankful for that," explains Tajai. "There's plenty more goodness to come in 2010 from the legendary Hiero Imperium Records."
Founded in 1997 in Oakland, CA, Hiero Imperium Records is Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and the Souls of Mischief, made up of A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai. Coming off waves of success from earlier releases like Souls' '93 Til Infinity, the Hiero crew had already established themselves as a name in mainstream and underground hip-hop, and soon released their first collective project Third Eye Vision. Since then the Hiero team has been thriving in the hip-hop world, releasing a number of projects within the label as well as branching out for collaborations with the likes of Jurassic 5, George Clinton, Dilated Peoples, Q-Tip, Xzibit and Gorrillaz.
I sat down with Joell Ortiz and Frequency while I was in New York to discuss their mixtape together called Road Kill, Joell's upcoming "Free Agent" album, and the Slaughterhouse tour they both are about to embark on. Also peep the interview to hear Joell's thoughts on bandmates Joe Budden, Crooked I, and Royce Da 5'9".
NEW ALBUM, CAM’RON PRESENTS THE U.N. – GUNZ N’ BUTTA, TO BE RELEASED ON MARCH 23, 2010 ON E1 MUSIC
(New York, NY) ― E1 Music announces the release of Cam’ron Presents The U.N. – GUNZ N’ BUTTA, the new album featuring Harlem legend Cam’ron.
Cam’ron, Diplomat C.E.O., U.N. C.E.O., solo artist and actor, has formed a new group with Harlem up and coming rapper Vado dubbed The U.N. Cam’s biggest goal is to keep Harlem in the spotlight with dignity and honor. Cam’ron has recorded over 150 songs over the last three years and GUNZ N’ BUTTA is the first much-anticipated look at what Cam’ron’s been cooking up. He is featured on every song on the album and heads in a different direction with this new movement. Blogs and message boards are already on fire in anticipation of this new project – look for videos for most of the tracks to hit virally in the upcoming weeks.
Cam’ron has been shaping urban culture since the release of his first solo album in 1998. He has gone on to release six solo albums, which have sold millions of units collectively. His album, Come Home With Me, featured the hits “Oh Boy,” and “Hey Ma,” and was certified platinum.
Cam’ron was also the leader of the influential Harlem movement The Diplomats. The collective sold over a million albums, with their classic debut album Diplomatic Immunity surpassing Gold status.
The first single off of Gunz N’ Butta, “Clap,” finds Cam’ron back to form and will hit urban radio shortly.
Cam’ron states, “Alan Grunblatt is a true visionary in hip hop. I am thrilled to work with him again. We gonna make history. It’s all about the new movement.”
E1 Music President Alan Grunblatt says, “Cam helped take E1 (KOCH) to the next level with our Diplomats deal. Cam is a true visionary and I’m thrilled to be working with him again.”
Cam’ron branched out and earned his acting chops with 2002’s full –length feature Paid In Full. He followed that up with his film Killa Season. Cam is prepping his most important film role to date in Killa Season 2, due out later in 2010.
Cam’ron continues to be managed by Big Joe at New Era Management.
E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries. The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution. E1’s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.
In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, DJBooth.net has partnered with Wyclef Jean's Yele Foundation to raise funds for those affected by the disaster. DJBooth.net collected new, exclusive and unreleased records for a compilation project entitled Rhymes & Rhythm for Relief, which is available for download at http://djbooth.bandcamp.com/ for a minimal donation. 100% of the proceeds from this project will go to the Yele Foundation.
This entry, from Make Noise recording artist Beyond Belief, is entitled "40 Seconds" and has guest features from multi-platinum selling producer Kwame & singer/songwriter Amille Harris.
**Please note that some of the images in this video are graphic and difficult to watch.
Legendary MC Guru aka Mr. GangStarr has created a long list of blockbuster music videos from the start of his unique career as the founding member of the world famous GangStarr and as an outstanding solo artist in Hip-Hop.
Guru and his label 7 Grand Records present the visual masterpieces that accompanied his musical hit singles such as "State Of Clarity (feat. Common & Bob James)", "I'm Jazzy (feat. Slum Village)", the all time classic "Hood Dreamin (feat. Solar)", "Jazzy Wayz", "Who Got It On Lock (feat. Doo Wob)", and "Divine Rule"...just to name a few.
All videos mentioned above have been directed by Guru's longtime partner and hit producer Solar who crafted these classic videos besides his incredible production work.
Chilly Gonzales in Piano Talk Shows Featuring Special Guests Sia, Andrew WK, DJ A-Trak and Princess Superstar Every Thursday in February at Joe’s Pub in NYC
Fresh from his Guinness World Record for longest live piano performance by any individual (27 hours, 3 minutes and 44 seconds), his piano battle with Andrew WK in New York, and a sold-our run at London’s La Pigalle Club, Paris-based pianist and showman Chilly Gonzales crosses the Atlantic for four “Piano Talk Shows” in New York City in February.
The self-proclaimed "Entertainist" will play every Thursday at Joe’s Pub, finally giving NYC a full-on taste of his futuristic cabaret performance. Each show will feature a guest from Gonzo's extended musical family, each promising to bring fresh surprises of their own!
Feb 4 w/ guest SIA Feb 11 w/ guest Andrew WK Feb 18 w/ guest DJ A-Trak plus surprise guest Feb 25 w/ guest Princess Superstar
Chilly is currently celebrating two new releases: a spellbinding 7” piano remake of Erol Alkan and Boys Noize's club banger “Waves” (coupled with a spoken music lesson on the B-side) and his 4-album live Guinness World Record set "The Works" (released through Believe digital). Listen to the “Waves” remake here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uetgOn_tUI .
Meanwhile, the Grammy-nominated arranger/producer’s collaborations continue to multiply: he's co-writing and producing the major-label debut of Thecocknbullkid, co-writing songs with Jarvis Cocker for "Get Him to the Greek" (a Russell Brand rock-movie spoof) and shooting new episodes of his cult web-TV show "SUPERPRODUCER" (presented exclusively with DailyMotion). Watch the hilarious sketch with gay British rapper Dorian (ahem) Gay here - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9y2sp_superproducer-e05-dorian-gay_fun .
Best of all, Chilly is currently putting the finishing touches on his new full-length, Ivory Tower, will is expected to be released in the US later this year.
Having already bagged the (also self-proclaimed) title of President of the Berlin Underground, Chilly Gonzales can now add another notch on his belt after successfully challenging Andrew WK to a piano-off at Joe’s Pub in New York last September and premiering his Jarvis Cocker collaboration “Francophobia” at London’s La Pigalle Club in November.
All Piano Talk Shows will feature PianoVision, a video installation created by Nina Rhode, aka Ninja Pleasure. Reminiscent of a silent movie, PianoVision allows the audience to see a video projection of the piano’s 88 keys, along with the master’s finger work.
GET BUSY COMMITTEE SELLS $1,000 12" IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS
Rap veterans eschew traditional labels, have continued success in selling limited edition products.
After selling out of their first batch of Uzi-shaped USB Flash Drives Get Busy Committee sells 12" picture discs via Kickstarter. A $1000 offer to write and record a song ABOUT one of their fans for the 12" along with a platinum plaque sells out in less than 24 hours.
Los Angeles, CA (January 21, 2010) - In November of last year hip hop group Get Busy Committee (the new collaboration between Ryu from Styles of Beyond and Fort Minor, Apathy, and producer for Snoop, Clipse, Game, Busta Rhymes and more, Scoop Deville) released their new album, Uzi Does It in a very unique format: 2GB Uzi-shaped Flash drives. The format was a hit and surprisingly the band sold through their first order of 1200 Uzis in less than three months.
Tuesday evening the band quietly released to their fans a project to fund the pressing of 500 limited, numbered picture disc 12" vinyl records via Kickstarter. Pledges to the product came with premiums ranging from a download of the EP (featuring three unreleased songs) for $5 to actually having one of the songs written ABOUT the purchaser and having the album delivered in a platinum plaque for $1,000.
The band was pleased and surprised when one fan, Damon Black, purchased the $1,000 package less than 24 hours from release. "We hadn't sent out a Twitter, blog post, or anything except one email to the fan list," said Ryu of Get Busy Committee. "It just goes to show, respect your fans and they'll come through for you." "We don't know who Damon Black is," commented Apathy, "but you're our new best friend. Get at us so we can write this masterpiece for you."