Has-Lo 's debut album "In Case I Don't Make It " began garnering attention imediately upon release. XXL Mag, The LA Weekly, eMusic Editor in Chief J. Edward Keyes, and Passion of the Weiss all selected the album as a standout. Though not your typical party and grab ass record, ICIDMI turned heads because of it's gritty take on a life far too many of us know, one lived at the breaking point.
Today, Has-Lo and director Antonio Battle present the video for the standout track "Limit" . Shot against black brick with Wu-esque Chinese masks covering the wall and bare light bulbs, the stark atmosphere of the set is indelible. Has takes on the camera to relay a tale of being fed up:
"They say a man only takes so much and then snaps / And they all seem shocked / When his ass pulls up and pulls out / On the room, when he’s pullin his tool back to cut / When there’s no where to move and he shoots / (rrrrat!) you’re done."
The beat, produced by Has-Lo, starts with a sample from a popular 80's film that belies the intensity about to come. Hard drums and eeiry vibraphone ring out. When asked Has-Lo states: "The song is about betrayal and how a person processes what's happening to them with that betrayal. It's loosely based on some things that happened to me, so the mood is very aggressive. I was angry! The beat is angry too. I think most of us can relate to a line or two if not the entire song." Indeed.
Reggae 4 Japan Strikes Humanitarian Accord in Reggae Artists
Benefit Concert Happens on Sunday, June 5 at York College in Queens, New York
(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - The countdown to "Reggae 4 Japan" has officially started. Just days away, "Reggae 4 Japan" has struck a strong humanitarian sense among the Reggae music industry -- namely of the many artists who are dedicating their time and effort to perform in support of Japan on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at York College Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York. Profits from "Reggae 4 Japan" will be donated to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief effort of the American Red Cross.
"Reggae 4 Japan" is produced by Japanese sound system and ambassador of Reggae music Mighty Crown and their management team Irish and Chin with executive sponsorship from VP Records. Additional sponsorship for the concert is being provided by Irie Jam Radio (official media sponsor), Scion, Rocker's Island, 24x7 Records, Woofin', NRL, Far East Connection, Nesta Brand, Bennett Limo, Riddim Driven and Conkur Printing. A number of top artists are confirmed to perform at "Reggae 4 Japan," including Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Maxi Priest, Freddie McGregor and the Big Ship family, Capleton, Tarrus Riley, Mr. Vegas, Gramps Morgan, Peter Morgan, Duane Stevenson, Alaine, Tanya Stephens, Etana and New Kingston band. There will also likely be some surprise guests.
As "Reggae 4 Japan" quickly approaches, the excitement surrounding the benefit concert is blossoming. Many Reggae music fans are buying tickets to the event and expressing a desire to support Japan relief efforts in any way possible. Meanwhile, "Reggae 4 Japan's" fanfare has attracted a wealth of attention from national and international media, who are confirmed to cover the highly anticipated benefit concert. Over the past few months, many Reggae artists and industry professionals have expressed a sincere commitment to aiding Japan. The overwhelming support of the Reggae industry is visible by "Reggae 4 Japan's" extensive line up -- so much so that the concert's producers Mighty Crown and Irish and Chin had to get creative with fitting so many artists into a 4-hour concert. However, there were no complaints on behalf of Mighty Crown and Irish and Chin, who are overjoyed by the huge response.
The interest of the Reggae music industry expands beyond Japan, as it reflects an overall dedication to humanitarian issues. While the mission of "Reggae 4 Japan" is to support relief efforts in Japan, it will also shed a positive light on Reggae music, which has been ill-characterized at times. "Reggae 4 Japan" boldly shows that Reggae artists can come together under on accord to support their brothers and sisters in Japan. And it shows that now more than ever before -- Reggae music is a universal music and force that brings all people together.
Newly confirmed singer and songwriter Duane Stephenson (VP Records) is anxious for his performance at "Reggae 4 Japan." In fact, Stephenson's interest in "Reggae 4 Japan" is directly alligned with his ongoing humanitarian efforts. "I am an advocate for the United Nations World Food Programme, not only do they feed millions of people, they are involved on the ground in disaster stricken areas to provide logistical support to organizations such as the Red Cross," Stephenson says. "Its an honor for me to participate in 'Reggae 4 Japan' which will directly benefit the victims of this disaster and give back to those in need."
Reggae singer Tanya Stephens says "The disaster which hit Japan geographically affects us all socially...the Jamaican music industry has benefited enormously from the patronage of the Japanese reggae community, and we are too intertwined for the recent events to not be seen as a shared experience to grow from." "I am proud to be a part of this re-growth as the affected areas regain their footing and Japan becomes an even greater nation than before," Stephens adds with enthusiasm.
Following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, Japan suffered great devastation. Japan's recovery from this catastrophe will take years. International support is critical to Japan's recovery efforts. The American Red Cross will continue to direct funds to help meet the survivors' unprecedented and evolving needs by making another $30 million donation to the Japanese Red Cross, bringing its contributions to date to more than $160 million. The Japanese Red Cross announced a $350 million long-term recovery plan support by donations from its international partners, including the American Red Cross.
Many of the donations that Japanese Red Cross has received from the American Red Cross and other international partners are being utilized to improve the living conditions for people in evacuation centers and temporary homes being constructed by the government. The Japanese Red Cross is supplying water, shower and kitchen facilities in evacuation centers. Donations are also being used to outfit the 72,000 pre-fabricated houses with six electrical appliances each, which will help help an estimated 280,000 people resume normal activities and jump start their recovery. The Japanese Red Cross has many efforts planned including social welfare programs for the elderly and children; improvements to the Japanese Red Cross disaster response capacity; emergency healthcare, psychological counseling and emotional support services; and procurement and distribution of relief items, such as blankets and clothes.
"I have been to the beautiful country of Japan - it's one of my most memorable tours with Morgan Heritage, and when my long time friend 'Chin' called and asked me if I was available I was naturally inclined to participate in this benefit concert...I believe it is critical that we as entertainers give when we can give, whether it is our time, money or talent," says singer Gramps Morgan. "I am looking forward to working with all the great Artists on the 'Reggae 4 Japan' event to raise funds that will go towards assisting Japan in its rebuilding efforts."
"Reggae 4 Japan" will be an unparalleled event, which will shine on Japan as a topic of great importance. Although it has been nearly three month's since the eartquake and tsunami, Japan has continued needs during this critical recovery period. It is a pleasure to see members of the Reggae music fraternity and fans stand tall to support Japan in a monumental away. Reggae music fans and anyone that wants to come out to enjoy great music, while supporting an important cause, can still purchase tickets online www.irishandchin.com and at select retail outlets.
For more information about the American Red Cross in Greater New York, please call 212-875-2617 or visit them online at www.nyredcross.org .
Atlanta, GA ~ Virgin Island transplants R. City aka Rock City have much to celebrate since their recent emancipation from Konvict Muzik - their single, "We On" has reached +120 spins a week at radio in the past couple weeks and the song they penned for pop princess, Rihanna, "Man Down", is at 2,500+ spins a week. The accompanying video is the talk of the town.
Both performers and songwriters, brothers Timothy and Theron Thomas, were released from Akon's Interscope imprint back in April after languishing for five years. In that time they penned songs for a host of household names including Jennifer Hudson, for which they were nominated for a Grammy, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Akon and a host of others but never got the opportunity to release an album of their own. Currently, they are pushing the single "We On" from their own upcoming project, "Free At Last", and continuing their legacy as in-demand songwriters. In fact, the guys are headed to New York this week to spend some studio time with Cassie.
In other news, I'll be publishing my first book, Root for the Villain: Rap, Bullshit and a Celebration of Failure, this fall. Those who dug my grumpy old man tirades and general lampoonery from years past might enjoy this collection of curmudgeonly rants, hip-hop-inspired memoirs, humorous outlooks on failure, and think pieces on the general stupidity of the world at large in 2011.
are over 30
are a native New Yorker
often wonder if men are the new women
feel it's perfectly acceptable to wear a clip-on tie with Master P's face on it to a corporate job interview
have a college degree that got you two choices in the real world: the broom or the mop
had the opportunity to work with the legendary musical heroes of your childhood, then your broke ass got sued by one of them for copyright infringement
stuck a fork in dating in America and are now looking into blow-up dolls due to their low maintenance, low noise level, and low cost (an air body beats an airhead)
were robbed for a fake gold chain in the early '90s
had a music career that kind of went kaput, so you were forced to get a "real" job and fall back into "real world" protocol. It was then you learned that the hip-hop 401k does not exist. Better yet, nothing exists. The Baby Boomers took it all.
are sick of "couple accounts" on Facebook (Fellas, if you allow your girl to create one page for the both of you, her d*ck is bigger than yours. Furthermore, anyone over the age of 21 trying to "poke" me will be attacked with a Wiffle ball bat.)
still use a Walkman and collect records
live with your hostile 87-year-old grandmother who passes gas 24/7, leaves her dentures on your bathroom sink, and disrupts pimpin' at the house
were a hip-hop kid of the '90s and/or enjoy nostalgic music business stories from that era
plan on entering the music business and want to read true accounts of how utterly dysfunctional and useless most of the people in it are
are sick of hearing all this bourgeois "Eat, Pray, Love" bullshit on dates. I want NYC's crime rate to return to the 1990 statistics for a week; then you'll really be praying to travel someplace expensive to "find yourself". Shut the f*ck up and stop whining.
hate incessant texting, emoticons, internet lingo from grown ass men and women (ROTFL, OMG and similar dreck), "Gadget Hoes", "Flash Hoes", and "Cosmo Hoes". (Note: If you come to the club solely to text all night or to ask me to take a picture of you and your raggedy bird ass friends holding drinks, those last three terms apply to you.)
are a curmudgeon with an allergy to bullshit
don't stand a chance in life doing anything that doesn't involve purchasing a Mister Softee ice cream truck, but truly believe that one day you will run for mayor and win...
This book is for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Root for the Villain is for 0.0002% of the world's population and will probably sell like it. It's my first attempt at publishing a book after having my work published in bits and pieces over the years, so pardon me while I figure this out on the fly. More info coming soon!
New website, Ego Trip affiliation
www.govillaingo.com is my new website and it's under construction (official launch later this month), but links to all of my social network crap are on the site now (Facebook, Twitter, Ego Trip page, etc.) Or, find links to the aforementioned social network crap at the bottom of this email to be kept abreast of developments if the book interests you. Chapters from the book will be posted on my Ego Trip page starting in about three weeks, for a sneak peek.
Ill Essense whom is under Wes Fif’s Street Smart Music umbrella has released his first official music video. “Getting 2 It.” The song is featured on his new mixtape “Allen Pace.”
Ill Essense was born in Panama, but raised in Orlando, FL. He was featured on Street Smart Music’s “Public Enemies” mixtape which was released 2009 and received a lot of publicity. The “Get It In Orlando” track was featured on local news in a segment that attacked him as well as the other members of Street Smart Music.
Free Album: Sean Hines - "Roxbury (The Sean Hines Story)"
Rushin Embassy Entertainment appreciates your consistent support of our movement! Rushin Embassy Entertainment has decided to give you one of the realest street albums to drop in 2011 for free, including the clean version for all of the DJs holding us down!!!