Roach Gigz has been nominated in this week's contest for mtvU's Freshman 5 for his "Can I Rap" video, a single off Roachy Balboa 2, released earlier this year.
Every week, five new and upcoming artists are presented an opportunity to gain regular rotation on the mtvU channel, which is broadcasted to college campuses and gives artists an excellent shot at obtaining exposure.
The video, now with over 460,000 views on YouTube, was shot this past fall, while Roach and fellow San Franciscans celebrated the Giants' World Series appearance, and eventual victory, outside the stadium. The video was shot by Aris Jerome and the song was produced by C-Loz, who is now producing the entirety of Roach's forthcoming EP, Bitch I'm A Player, dropping later this month and featuring Lil' B, Husualah, DB The General, and Lil' 4-Tay.
Aries Celebrates New Mixtape With Bay Area Release Party This Thursday
Some projects are just perfect for a particular season of the year, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a new release better for the spring, and the arrival of warm weather that comes with it, than Clean Ass Whip, the new mixtape from Bay Area do-it-all Prince Aries. Self-described as West Coast Cruising Music, Clean Ass Whip skips from track-to-track, delivering a carefully selected and deftly mixed collection of old school classics and brand new exclusives that were made for listening to with windows down, car stereo speakers blasting.
To give the project an added, personal touch, Aries dug through the crates of his own vinyl collection, with much of the vinyl (song selections ranging from Too $hort to Concious Daughters, and more) coming from the artists themselves, as Aries spent time interviewing them for Distortion 2 Static, the hip-hop TV program he co-founded shortly after moving from NYC to the Bay. "As far as the mix itself, it's just a refection of myself as a DJ," says Aries. "I feel like it had everything a good mixture needs. Exclusive tracks, remixes, blends, drops, rare singles/b-sides/album cuts and classics. And put together in a way that can be played easily from beginning to end."
MP3: DJ Rapid Ric - "PLP" Feat. Lil' Boosie, Dorrough Music, Chalie Boy & Gerald G
Release Of New Street Album, Whut It Dew, Celebrated With Star-Studded New Single
If you're familiar with the Texas mixtape scene, then you're familiar with Rapid Ric. And if you're not, then you're in for a treat. The Austin, Texas DJ has traveled the world as the tour DJ for Slim Thug and Chamillionaire and DJ's regularly around the state, not to mention the mixtape series that has earned Ric his "Mixtape Mechanic" moniker. Now, with his label Dew Music Group, Rapid Ric is excited to release his debut street album, Whut It Dew, a 16-ttrack project featuring the likes of Chamillionaire, Z-Ro, Slim Thug, Trae Tha Truth, Kila Kyleon, Lil' Keke, Bushwick Bill, and more. Whut It Dew, officially released April 19, 2011 is produced entirely by Rapid Ric, in conjunction with his DMG team.
To celebrate the album's release, Ric is giving fans a brand new single, "PLP" (or "Parkin' Lot Pimpin'), a track that sports features from Lil' Boosie, Dorrough Music, Chalie Boy, and brand new DMG artist Gerald G. Built around Gerald G's infectious, chanted "I can pimp, can you pimp " chorus, the track takes on a different feel than most of Ric's production work on the album. "My music normally has a lot of live elements – guitars, bass, horns – but 'PLP' doesn't," explains the DJ/producer. "I wanted the record to sound like it came from Dallas, Louisiana, or Prairie View University; most of the new Texas independent rap club hits use classic 808 sounds, synths, and a catchy chorus. 'PLP' has all that."
A DJ at the age of 15, Rapid Ric moved to Austin Texas from a small boarder town where he soon coined "the mix tape mechanic" and has been DJing ever since. In the area he became the go-to guy if you wanted to get your stuff heard in the hood, as well as internationally. He formed partnerships with artists from across the state – most notably with Chamillionaire (Ric is his official DJ), Z-Ro, Trae tha Truth, Killa Kyleon, Bun B, Chalie Boy, Paul Wall and more – and released mixtapes with each and every one of them that not only showcased the growing berth of Texas music, but also his strong DJ skills. Rapid Ric's persistence quickly got him noticed, and then he did what many Texas acts don't, he hit the road. Rapid Ric traveled the world with Chamillionaire's tour, had a stint as Slim Thug's tour DJ, and performed on MTV's TRL. Now in 2011 Rapid Ric is taking it above ground with his official debut full-length release – Whut It Dew.
Here is another SUCKER FREE EXCLUSIVE! Killer Mike Breaks Down The Best Political Rap Albums Of All Time
Killer Mike digs through some classic records to present the history of political hip-hop in this online exclusive and extended interview. For more, check out MTV2's Sucker Free Countdown Sundays at 11a/10c.
Yo! PR: Brooklyn's 5Mics Release New "Drop Down" Track
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, independent hardcore rhymespitter 5Mics drops a new bomb from his lyrical arsenal titled "Drop Down" via 5 Fingers Music Group.
"Drop Down" follows the release of his blazing and much-buzzed "Hungriest N*gga Alive" music video that already garnered more than 40,000 views on WorldStarHipHop.com and YouTube (see video link below).
5Mics is an high energetic rapper who has already been featured in The Source, YoRaps.com, and Drahma Magazine. Working alongside reputed artists such as DJ Kay Slay, DJ Green Lantern, Shyheim, and Lil Wayne, makes 5Mics a true Rap juggernaut with an immense amount of raw talent and amazing showmanship, combined with skilful wordplay and witty metaphors that he earned in his years coming up as a feared battle rapper in the New York underground.
To learn more about 5Mics, visit his official website and social networks listed below.