Press Release: Myka 9's New Album "Mykology" Out This Fall
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FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP FOUNDING MEMBER MYKA 9 TO RELEASE A NEW SOLO-LP & FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP REUNION PROJECT THIS FALL
Myka 9 New Solo-LP, "Mykology," To Be Released On 10.3.2011 On SoundVise Records, New Freestyle Fellowship Reunion LP To Be Released This Fall!
"To say that Freestyle Fellowship significantly influenced West Coast hiphop is like saying that Jesus was a pivotal figure in Christianity." –Pitchfork
Freestyle Fellowship will be reuniting for the first-time in over a decade and releasing a new LP, The Promise, on Decon Records this fall. Yet, before the Freestyle Fellowship reunion project surfaces, Myka 9 will release his fifth solo-LP, Mykology, on 10/3/11 on SoundVise Records. Produced by Organized Elements and Myka 9 himself, it's full of the meticulous and intelligent rhymes that Myka has become so revered for. Mykology's first teaser "I Must Cross," finds Myka poignantly dissecting the often-debated immigration crisis from a human rights perspective. The projects lead-single "Oh Yeah…Alright" finds Myka trading verses with Freestyle Fellowship member Aceyalone along with Casual, Sunspot Jonz & Kirby Dominant.
Myka 9 is a founding member of one of the West Coast's most-influential and creative groups, Freestyle Fellowship, (which also includes Aceyalone, P.E.A.C.E., Self Jupiter and J Sumbi) and the group is still a very instrumental figure in the LA Hip-Hop community. Known for his rapid cadences and incorporating singing into his melodic jazz infused sound, Myka is one of the West Coast's most stylistically advanced rappers and he has had an indelible impact on the underground hip-hop scene and freestyling as an art form. Myka is featured in the award-winning 2008 documentary This Is the Life, chronicling the music movement that was birthed at The Good Life Cafe in South Central Los Angeles. The Good Life is the open-mic workshop where he first performed with Freestyle Fellowship in the early 1990s.
Myka's imprints on Freestyle Fellowship and the artists they would later influence is evident as Myka's ‘7th Seal" from Freestyle Fellowship's debut, To Whom It May Concern, (1991) has been dissected and combed over by fans, artists and critics alike for years in an attempt to crack the code and help shaped the next generation of West Coast emcees and sound that would emerge shortly thereafter (Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde etc., and Myka even ghost wrote two tracks on N.W.A.'s 1987 debut album N.W.A. And The Posse). Released in 1993, Freestyle Fellowship's second LP, Innercity Griots, is a landmark of LA Hip-Hop and genuinely considered one of the best Hip-Hop LP's of the 90's; and the group's videos for "Inner City Boundaries" and "Hot Potato" from Innercity Griots took their sound and movement worldwide.
After the release of Innercity Griots in 1993, Freestyle Fellowship went on hiatus due to the four- year incarceration of Self Jupiter. Upon his release, the Fellowship reunited to record Temptations which was released in 2001. In 1999, Myka formed an underground super group, Haiku D'Etat (self-titled release), with Aceyalone and Abstract Rude; a track ("Non Compos Mentis") from that self-titled release was featured in Tony Hawk's "Pro Skater 4" video game (one of the top selling video games of the year).
Tracklisting & Credits for Myka 9 Mykology LP:
1.) "Bright Flashbacks" 2.) "Mind Right" 3.) "Where Would You Be" 4.) "Oh Yeah…Alright" f/Aceyalone, Casual, Sunspot Jonz & Kirby Dominant 5.) "Hey" 6.) "Breathin' Down Your Back" 7.) "I Must Cross" f/Viveca Hawkins 8.) "Trimming" 9.) "Tell Me" 10.) "Face Of A Waterfall" 11.) "Don't You Go"
Press Release: Kurupt Executive Produces Bi-Coastal LP "The Academy"
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LP Includes Appearances From Kurupt, Raekwon, Method Man, Redman, Royce 5'9, Crooked I, Styles P, Jadakiss, Sean Price, Pete Rock, M.O.P., Keith Murray& Many More
Since the inception of Hip-Hop, compilation projects have been a staple in providing fans across the board with the means of enjoying new music from a myriad of their favorite artists. Whether in the form of Motion Picture Soundtracks such as "Juice", "Menace II Society," "The Show" and "Friday" to just name a few and the genre was further supplemented by labels such as Death Row, Ruff Ryders and No Limit Records, and perhaps more prevalent than ever the advent of the "mixtape" has allowed DJ's and Emcee's to collaborate together in introducing an influx of music to the general public.
2011 marks the return of the Compilation like you have never experienced it before, with the birth of The Academy, a bi-coastal merging of the minds that provides an undeniable unity long since forgotten amidst the landscape of popularized feuds, beefs, and unfounded media hypes. "The Academy" was released on 9-13-2011 courtesy of Terminal 3/Penagon/Bonzi Records.
The material is 100% new, the collaborations are out of this world, and the production value makes "The Academy" the new standard in Hip-Hop excellence. Over 55 MC's representing the realms of "Major" and "Independent", "New & Old School, "Legendary" and "Soon to Be" make "The Academy" release a shoe in for fans to feed their need for a superior quality product from a vast makeup of the artists they love and respect in a landscape where subpar albums and scaled back budgets have become the norm.
Executive produced by Kurupt, fans can expect "Academy" appearances from such notable talents as Raekwon, Jadakiss, Kurupt, Pete Rock, Royce Da 5'9", Redman, Styles P, Crooked I, Sean Price, Method Man, Canibus, LA the Darkman, Keith Murray, Planet Asia, Rass Kass, K-Solo, LA The Darkman, Billy Danze (M.O.P.), Pack FM, Pete Rock, Keith Murray, Chino XL and many more all backed by the breakthrough soundscapes Marlon Price & JP Beats of Terminal 3 Productions (who previously oversaw projects from "Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture", "The Four Horsemen" and "The Undergods").
Tracklisting For The Academy LP:
1.) Welcome To The Academy f/ Method Man & Redman 2.) Mashout f/ Canibus, Agallah, & Styles P 3.) Samaryda f/ Raekwon, Kojoe, & Kurupt 4.) Still No! f/ Ras Kass, Phillie, & Rock of Heltah Skeltah 5.) Triple Seize f/ Crooked-I, Copywrite, & Chino XL 6.) Rich Righteous Teachers f/ Jadakiss, La The Darkman, Sav Killz & Billy Danze of M.O.P 7.) Lets Go f/ Royce Da 5'9", Bronze Nazareth, Sean Price, & K-Solo 8.) Code Of Conduct f/ Pacewon, El Da Sensai & Illah Ghee 9.) Pick Your Vice f/ Labba, Pack FM, Udi, Dzk, & Stack-A-Dolla 10.) Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal f/ DJ Absurd 11.) Kill Everything (Squad Up) f/ Kurupt, Tri- State, Ruste Juxx & Kevlarr 7 12.) Body Down f/ Styles P, Kojoe, & Jaecyn Bayne 13.) Rock This f/ Pete Rock, Copywrite, & Planet Asia 14.) Paperwork f/ Keith Murray, Sean Price & Big Lou 15.) The Alliance f/ Timbo King & Math Hoffa 16.) M.O.A.N (remix) f/ Prodigal Sunn, 60 Second Assassin, Killah Priest, & Hell Razah (Sunz of Man) 17.) Keep It Movin f/ M-Eighty, Son One, & Jaecyn Bayne 18.) Thief In The Night f/ K-Solo, Born Sun, Killah Priest, & Goldie 19.) Where There I s Nowhere f/ Reef The Lost Cauze, Chopp Devize, & Timbo King 20.) Change The World f/ Matilda, Goldie, & Rusty Redenbacher (of The Mudkids)
Headnodic's "Red Line Radio" LP is out now and mark's his full length debut as a headlining artist; and it's also a firm indication that his musical explorations are already becoming the classics of the future.
The "Butcher Shop" (Remix) is taken from Blaq Poet's forthcoming "QB Slasher" Remix EP is available digitally now. "QB Slasher" is following up the demand for more material off of Poet's critically acclaimed "Blaq Poet Society" LP. Included on the new EP are four all new remixes enlisting the hottest underground mc's in the game right now: Roc Marciano, Wais P, Meyhem Lauren & Blacastan plus the non album cut "Freezers" featuring Big Noyd and Bloodsport. The EP is rounded out with the full instrumental versions of the original album cuts.
Video: Sean Toure f/ Ab Rock, Kev Brown - "A Day in the Life"
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Since his days freestyling and break dancing for money on the streets of Baltimore, Sean-Toure' Thames has taken his music career to the next level. Taking advantage of his growing up during the Golden era of Hip-Hop, Sean has incorporated the classic boom bap sounds of Hip Hop music into his creative and diverse sound.
Sean has quickly developed a reputation as one of Baltimore's and underground Hip Hop's best performers/producer/emcees. His success as a test bin Winner on the Morgan St. Strictly Hip-Hop Radio Show, and his energetic live performances has gained much respect and notoriety as one of the DMV's best artist and an award recognizing him as The Baltimore Scene's 2010-2011 Music Producer of the Year.
Since his first stage performance in 1991, Sean has shared the stage opening shows for some of Hip Hop's greatest recording artist of all time such as, Little Brother, KRS One, Chip-Fu, Nas, Wayna, Mos Def, The Fugees, INI, Pete Rock, GangStarr, A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Bilal, and many others. In 2005 Sean won a Remix contest for his remix version of John Mayer's Grammy Award winning song "Daughters."
In March 2010, with his independent multimedia company Sean Toure' Music Group and Rosachi Music Group, Sean released a free downloadable remix album called The Sean-Toure' Remix Project featuring remixes he's done for artists such as Michael Jackson, Common, 50 Cent, The Roots, and many others.
Sean's solo-debut Soundchanneler, The Invisible Man will be released in October 2011. The self-produced album features some of the best underground Hip Hop artists on the scene today. The album features songs with world-renowned emcee/producer Kev Brown, YU of Diamond District, J. Sands of Lone Catalyst, Wordsmith, Soulstice and Haysoos of Wade Waters, Substantial, and many others. Tune in world---The Soundchanneler is here!
Video: Dru Ha Marathon Training Pt. 2 w/ Sean Price & Dallas Penn
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Part II of Dru Ha's training, as he readies himself for 2011's ING: New York City Marathon on November 6th. After celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins explains to Dru Ha that he doesn't have time in his schedule to train him, he refers Dru to two of his trainers that can fit within his budget. Ironically, Dru Ha finds himself in Brownsville, Brooklyn in the hands of Sean Price & Dallas Penn. Watch as they give Dru Ha their tips on how to prepare for the marathon and run scared.