Warren G Readies Sixth Studio Album With 2 Street Singles
(May 31, 2009 - 2SPR) – West coast rapper Warren G is close to finishing his much-anticipated sixth studio outing, The G Files.
The album is still a work in progress however, two new street singles are now in circulation. The classic G-Funk anthem, 'Mr. DJ,' is already receiving good reviews online, and the brand new, infectious 'Gigolo's Get Lonely 2,' both expected to be given airplay in the near future.
The G Files, Warren's first album in four years, will feature appearances from Nate Dogg, Bishop Lamont, Ice Cube, Paul Wall, and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The first official single is due to be released soon, called 'Swagga Rich' featuring Snoop Dogg.
The Long Beach bred, Grammy Award-nominated, music producer/rapper grew up listening to jazz, soul and funk records, and hanging out at the local V.I.P. record store in Long Beach. He soon pioneered a sound that would take rap to a new plateau. In 1994 G-Funk became a worldwide phenomenon, as the most musical and enduring strain of gangsta rap.
Warren G exploded onto the scene in 1994 with the single 'Regulate,' a duet with long-time friend Nate Dogg. It's accompanying album, Regulate...G Funk Era went triple platinum and peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts. A slew of hit records, and global sell-out tours would follow, and in 2004 saw the reunion of childhood friends, and superstar trio, 213 (Snoop Dogg, Warren G & Nate Dogg), with their album The Hard Way, achieving platinum status.
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Fuse is covering the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival to bring you exclusive coverage of the 2009 event on June 20th at 9:00pm ET. The eighth annual festival will be held on June 11-14 with this year’s lineup including Bruce Springsteen and Phish, The Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails and many more. Fuse is kicking off their coverage of the 2009 Bonnaroo Festival with Fuse Fest original programming starting June 3rd. This years Fuse Fest Bonnaroo programming includes Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2008, No. 1 Countdown: Bonnaroo All Stars, Beastie Boys: Awesome, I Shot That!, and Bruce Springsteen: Making Of Working On A Dream. Fuse Fest provides viewers with live performances, backstage interviews, and documentaries featuring Bonnaroo artists and highlights from the 2008 Bonnaroo festival all leading up to “Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2009” highlight show of this year’s greatest performances, premiering June 20th at 9:00pm ET.
Fuse will once again have its headquarters set up in the landmark Fuse barn in the middle of Centeroo, bringing the Fuse experience directly to fans on-site. The Fuse Barn will be the place to catch that elusive shade, cool down, check email and charge a phone. It is not only an oasis of modern conveniences in the fields of Manchester but a place to test your music IQ with music-themed game shows and relax to tunes played by the video DJ. Festival goers can also stop by to sing karaoke with a live band.
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No. 1 Countdown: Bonnaroo All Stars –Wednesday, June 3rd at 11pM ET
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Beastie Boys: Awesome, I Shot That! –Sunday, June 7th at 6PM ET
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Bruce Springsteen: Making of Working on a Dream - Thursday, June 11th at 10:30pM
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RANDOM AXE: Duck Down Records announces the finalized deal of its newest group "RANDOX AXE." Consisting of Sean Price, Guilty Simpson and Black Milk, the trio of artists are in the studio finishing their untitled collaborative effort.
On describing 'Random Axe' Guilty Simpson states " it's a union of families from two different cities (Detroit to Brooklyn). "Run," from my album, was the first sample of where the music is going but just a small dosage of what the whole album has to offer. It's not a record made to divide, nor ignore the accomplishments made by Sean Price and Heltah Skeltah. It's two families merging to make incredible Hip Hop records."
Black Milk, who will be doing the entire production on the album, further laments the new found group mentioning that it "represents the new formula for future hip hop albums, as artists form super groups. Guilty Simpson, Sean P and I have individual vibes, delivery, flow and voices, but the chemistry works. So far everything in the studio has felt natural."
Only in true Sean Price fashion he claims the Random Axe collaboration came about when "I was on tour with Special Teams and my man Dan Green asked me would I do a song with Guilty Simpson, so I said yeah. Then I asked everybody in the van who's Guilty and the driver (big up ughh.com for the van usage) said he's fuckin dope and played me every song Guilty made that was out . I was like fuck a song. Let's do a full LP. Guilty and I actually found Black Milk sleeping on a corner beatboxing his beats cause he had no equipment, so we brought him in, gave him a sandwich, some soup and an orange fanta. And a beat machine and he wound up doing the whole lp....I joke I joke I kid I kid!!!" Bottom line, I wanted to do an entire LP because I need to do different things. And this is just the first project of me going outside my solo reach. I have an album with Ill Bill coming soon and another collab LP with........ stay tuned...............
p.s. thanks Dru Ha...the watch is beautiful."
This signing comes on the heals of Duck Down inking recent deals with Marco Polo & Torae, set to release their "Double Barrel" album in stores June 2nd, Skyzoo, who is working on "The Salvation" album with 9th Wonder for an August 25th street date, and upstart group Team Facelift.
Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. On episode 34 we're giving you more and more of what you bargained for with songs by the Ancient Astronauts, Keeley & Zaire, J-Eye and Sandpeople among others. If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information. The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com!
* Ancient Astronauts f/ Raashan Ahmad - Risin High * Keelay & Zaire - Alright With Me * Frank Nitti - Love * J-Love - DJ Threat's Still Missed * Sandpeople - Hate Aside * J-Eye - Follow Me (The Twitter Song) * El Michels Affair - Duel of the Iron Mics
When looking to make a name for yourself on your first big single, it's hard to go wrong featuring Lil' Kim on your track. Keeb Green laces up a beat reminiscent of the earliest era of The Neptunes, and Kim plays the provocative sex kitten as well as she ever has in her career. "I need my money up front, I don't do rainchecks/Money over niggaz, that's what I call safe sex/It's the Q-U-double-E, N-B-double-E/champagne bottle shape, oh so lovely." As for the New Jersey native Dills, I'm still undecided. His flow strikes me as a cross between Plies and Red Cafe, and while I don't hate it, I'm not passionate about it either. This song is perfect for the clubs and will probably rattle a few trunks this summer, which undoubtedly is what Mu Dills was hoping for, so on that level "Raincheck" is a success - I'm just waiting to see where he goes next.
"I don't give a fuck, nigga hate me/Cause God's the only one that can judge me/Y'all bitch-ass niggaz ain't worth my hate/Plus, I love to chop off the head of the snake." Strong words from a veteran Poet in the hip-hop game. For those who haven't kept track, Blaq Poet goes all the way back to the 1980's, a veteran of hip-hop's infamous Bridge Wars headlined by KRS-One and MC Shan. More recently Poet could be heard as a member of the oft-overlooked grimy underground group Screwball, but his forthcoming album "Tha Blaqprint" is only the second solo album of his career (not counting the seminal PHD album "Without Warning" where he shared billing with Hot Day). Now signed to DJ Premier's imprint Year Round, the beat and scratching of "Hate" are so GangStarr you expect Guru to drop in for a cameo at any second. It's a little odd to hear Noreaga flowing on such a beautiful beat. To his credit N.O.R.E. drops one of his most sensible raps: "Hate is a drug and most niggaz love to use it/Addicted to it, so they abuse it/Hate from the heart, they hate from within/And not realizin they hatin they own skin." Both artists sound inspired by the track and dropping a Main Source sample in the opening and chorus gives it that little extra bit of flavor to push the song over the top. Even if you slept on Poet for the last 20 years don't sleep on "Hate" - this one is HOT.
Artist: Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross, Jazmine Sullivan Title: Champion Label: We the Best Music/Def Jam
Ace is wasting no time getting the promotional vehicle rolling for his second album "Ruthless" on June 30th. The engine is a beat by The Runners, the lubricant is a passionate hook from Jazmine Sullivan, and the fuel to take it down the highway is a Rick Ross cameo. "Let them suckers spectate - cause shorty I expect that/We still touchin big weight - and surely I invest that." For all the knocks Ross has taken in the media, he still sounds like a lyrical drug kingpin, and he's hardly the first person to exaggerate about his life on wax. What about his protege Ace Hood though? "Top down in the Chevy, yeah you know I keep it pimpin/And my pistol heavy - niggaz know that ain't slippin." He's clearly cut from the same cloth. There's nothing profound or innovative about this song but the rhymes are delivered well, the beat is really strong and Sullivan's hook sticks in your head long after the track ends. It's a solid start for "Ruthless" and the only complaint I can offer is that the statement "we'll see you at the Grammys" at the end seems a little TOO ambitious at present.
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CookBook is one fifth of the California rap group LA Symphony, one half of the duo Cook & Uno, and 100% of the solo artist CookBook (I guess that last one was kind of obvious). It didn’t take the LA native long to figure out that he was a unique soul, as he notes “I was a Puerto Rican kid, not from the east coast, but born in Los Angeles, who skated in his hood instead of rolling with his cholo homeys, who played piano, listened to Hip-Hop, and somehow made it all work together.” His latest project is a solo one, the 80’s inspired creation I Love The 80’s. Since I love the 80’s, as well (hey, who doesn’t?), I sat down with CookBook to find out more about the album, what he was doing in the 80’s, and the deal he’d like to make with VH1.