Hand'Solo Records is excited to host the Toronto stop of the Lucid Dreams Vernal Tour. Chillin Villain Empire's Riddlore?, Dis.eased Wrekkids' MC Homeless, and experimental multi-instrumentalist richardbenjamin will be joined by Backburner's Wordburglar, Toolshed and special guests when they rock Rancho Relaxo. History in the making...
Monday, March 22, 2010 Early Show - Doors at 9:00 PM Rancho Relaxo (300 College St @ Spadina Ave), Toronto, Ontario, Canada Only $8 19+
Riddlore? (CVE/Project Blowed) A member of Chillian Villian Empire and a pioneer of Los Angeles underground hip hop, Riddlore? helped popularize freestyling as an improv artform along with Rifleman and Freestyle Fellowship. He regularly host the Good Life Cafe in South Central, Los Angeles where MCs such as Kurupt (Dogg Pound) and Charli2na (Juraasic 5) honed their skills. In the mid 90s he started Project Blowed along with Aceyalone and Abstract Rude. Riddlore? has collaborated with Dilated Peoples, Living Legends, The Shapeshifters, Freestyle Fellowship and many other crews worldwide. With his music heard everywhere from American Pie movies to Yo! MTV Raps, Riddlore? has managed to stay independent and never compromise his artistic integrity, always continuing to push the limits of what people perceive hip hop music to be. (www.myspace.com/riddlore)
MC Homeless (Dis.eased Wrekkids) A diy hip hop artist from Youngstown, Ohio, MC Homeless grew up attending punk shows and singing in grindcore bands before starting a rap career at age 18. While attending college at the infamous Kent State he became active politically as well as musically, sharing the stage with such acts as The Coup and Spank Rock, and playing many events including those put on by Anti-Racist Action. While in college he gained attention in the Ohio media as Cleveland's Scene Magazine named his Pink Unicorns EP one of the best releases of 2005. He would later drop Trapped Under an Ohio Sky, earning him 4 out of 5 stars in Alternative Press and garnering him international attention leading to a relentless tour schedule and split 12-inch record with Indonesia's Homicide on Diseased Records. Homeless is currently working on projects with Riddlore? from Los Angeles and Zoen from France. (www.myspace.com/mchomeless)
richardbenjamin Born Richard Benjamin Faulkner, instruments followed – piano at 8 years old, then brass and woodwind instruments, trumpet at 12, drums at 13, guitar at 15 – as did awards. He joined a famous group, MOHEAD, at age 16 and toured with them until he was 18, at which point he went to college to study history and religion. He has since realized the whole world is his playground, and has performed on four continents and in seven countries. richardbenjamin plays at weird times and it doesn't matter if people are listening to him or if he is all alone, the vibe is sent out and combined with those already swirling above. He has no control and is at his best when he lets go completely. (www.myspace.com/shakazulu1)
Backburner A cross-Canada crew composed of producers, DJs, MCs, and graffiti artists, Backburner are putting the finishing touches to their currently untitled debut album, their first combined effort since their What Have You Done For Rap, Lately? mixtape. Known for his stand-up routine between songs, Halifax rhyme machine SJ the Wordburglar won CBC Radio 3's Bucky Award for Best Lyrics in 2006, was nominated for Favourite Urban Artist at CMW's Indie Awards in 2007, and was listed in Urb Magazine's illustrious NEXT 100 in 2008. His album, Burglaritis, featuring Project Blowed rapper Pigeon John, was listed as Earshot's third most played hip hop album on Canadian college radio in 2006, and his new album, Burgie's Basement, is currently being distributed through Urbnet. London rappers Toolshed are well on their way to becoming world class party rockers, as a group, as solo artists (Choke just debuted solo with Hypergraphia), and in collaboration with others (check any of Timbuktu's recent posse cuts with Ghettosocks). (www.myspace.com/wordburglar / www.myspace.com/dehsloot) /> LUCID DREAMS VERNAL TOUR, all tour dates:
March 4th in Youngstown, Ohio at the Lemon Grove March 5th in Cleveland, Ohio at Bela Dubby March 6th in Pittsburgh, PA at Most Wanted Fine Arts March 7th in Waterbury, CT at Freigh Street Gallery w/Ceschi March 10th in Portland, ME at The Big Easy (hosted by Brzowski) March 11th in Boston, MA at The Western Front w/HW March 13th in Great Barrington, Ma at Bat Barn March 14th in Brooklyn, NYC at Beauty Bar March 15th at Nobodys Art in Buffalo, NY w/Jack Topht March 16th in Ithaca, NY at Pixel Lounge March 17th in Rochester, NY at Dub Land March 22nd at Rancho Relaxo in Toronto, Ontario w/Toolshed & Wordburglar March 23rd at Pirahna Bar in Montreal, Quebec
I don't watch college b-ball (I know I prol'ly should), but here's some free music to soothe over your March Madness craze.
Dot S!lly :: Silly City Vol. 2
[Straight outta a city called Brooklyn, I've been getting this one in my e-mail a lot lately and I see that people are showing love to his mixtapes on many sites so why won't I share it here? Here's Dot Silly with his Silly News, but ain't no joke in this tape here.]
Tracklisting: 1. Get Ready 2. Go Get 'Em 3. Highest Light 4. Angels 6. My Number f/ Voila Steele 7. Intermission (Hustle Non-Stop) 8. Fear f/ Drake 9. She Likes Me f/ Chase 10. Never Say Goodbye 11. Watch Me f/ Zone Banga 12. Take Me as I Am f/ Chase 13. Head to the Sky 14. Outro
DJ Drama & Fabolous :: There is No Competition 2 (The Funeral Service)
[F-A-B-O Loso (in case you ain't know so) goes by a new name these days and it's Funeral Fab. Because he's murdering his competition and he got the mixtape to prove it. Teaming up with DJ Drama, Fabolous becomes the Randy Orton of hip-hop as he's the Legend Killer RKO'n his competition to the grave. R.I.P.]
Tracklisting: 1. The Wake 2. I'm Raw 3. Body Ya 4. Hard f/ Kobe, Paul Cain & LA The Darkman 5. Oh Lets Do It 6. Suicide 2 f/ Paul Cain & Freck Billionaire 7. It's Goin' Down f/ Freck Billionaire 8. Roger That f/ Freck Billionaire 9. Love Come Down 10. Fabolous & Paul Cain - Popular Demand 11. Mr. R.I.P. 12. Body Bag f/ Cam'ron & Vado 13. Lloyd Banks f/ Juelz Santana & Fabolous - Beamer, Benz, or Bentley 14. For The Money f/ Nicki Minaj 15. Fabolous & Red Cafe - Tonight 16. Fabolous & Trey Songz - All The Way Turnt Up 17. Say Somethin' Nigga 18. Funeral Service Music f/ Kobe, Paul Cain, Red Cafe & Willie The Kid 19. Bring Death To Em' 20. Exhibit F
[Welcome to 20X - a new decade bringing new things, such as this rapper here Danny Goines. With this free EP and an album on the way, Goines is making his mark to be remembered not only in this year, but in the years beyond. This is how Danny Goines chill from 20X 'til...]
Tracklisting: 1. 20X 2. No Apologies 3. Rock NYC 4. Short Circuit 5. Can't be Stopped 6. Not Your Fault
[Here's another free EP, but this one is from Nametag tagging his name on the map of hip-hop. Put the Soul System in your computer system and it won't be taken out.]
1. Time (Produced By Black Bethoven) 2. Beast Mode (feat. Kopelli) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 3. Can We Try (feat. Journey) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 4. The Product (Produced By Black Bethoven) 5. About You (Part 2) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 6. Visionz (Produced By Black Bethoven)
Scheme (of Molemen) :: Same Rebel New Cause
[For those familar with the underground hip-hop producers, the Molemen, they will be pleased with this mixtape from Moleman Scheme.]
Tracklisting: 1. Same Rebel, New Cause 2. Pour My Ashes 3. Picture Perfect 4.Never Say 5. Maintain 6. Ghetto Divinity 7. Infinite 8. Lose Your Soul f/ Mikkey Halsted 9. Rebel Minded 10. The Flyest 11. Dirty Game f/ Visual 12. For All I Know 13. Gimme That 14. Not Concerned With You 15. The Enemy f/ Astonish 16. So Amazing 17. Westside 18. Cold Chill 19. Amarga Vida 20. I Might Have 21. Labor of Love
[Okay, this link comes with many rules of obtaining the mixtape. But take it from me, it's worth it. This underrated British MC may finally make it big this year, with a huge co-sign from Akon. THis mixtape is signed, sealed, delievered, and all yours for de FREE!]
Tracklisting: 1. Just a Matter of Time f/ Akon 2. How Low [Freestyle] 3. I Declare War [Freestyle] 4. Double Standard [Snippet] 5. Hard Bodied [Freestyle] 6. Hard [Freestyle] 7. Mercedes-Benz DCY RMX f/ Marvell, Klayz, Lil Simz, Raptor, Katie & Ezee 8. Sexy Bitch [Official RMX] 9. Feeling Funky 3 f/ Sarkodie 10. Broke Love 11. Body Rock f/ Dwele [Snippet] 12. Comfortable [Freestyle] 13. I Wanna Rock [Freestyle] 14. Back 2 Basics f/ Giggs 15. The Watcher [Freestyle] 16. Payback f/ Dublin & Jay Servere 17. True Stores [Bi Coastal RMX] f/ Small World, Styles P, Kardinal Offishall & Nump Trump 18. CB f/ Bigz and Kevin Tuffy 19. Feat. Sway 2010 [Kaiser Cheifs & Tinchy Stryder] 20. Konvict [Freestyle] 21. Skool Woz Kool [Asem_School De Be_Remake] 22. Pray for Kaya f/ Akon 23. Life [Snippet] 24. Everyday For Himself f/ Mr. Hudson 25. Update 26. The Final Delivery 27. The King Full Stop
That's it for the "March Madness Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
Philly’s own RJD2 is preparing to embark on the third leg of his massive four-month tour, and where better to start it than in his hometown of Philadelphia? RJ kicks things off on the east coast, with two shows in New York City, before heading up through Canada and down into the belly of the Midwest.
RJ and friends have been releasing videos at a feverish pace, with two new videos released in the last month! “The Glow” featured a vicious yuppie Ken doll, wreaking havoc in his endless search for the spotlight and more personal possessions. The newest, premiered yesterday on Spin.com, is the strangely psychedelic, slightly post-apocalyptic envisioning of the song “A Spaceship For Now.” From RJ:
"What I love about the video is how surreal and weird it is. It’s like a timeline with gaps in it that basically forces you to come up with your own storyline or chronology. Or you can just bug out on the big ambience of the synths. It's a perfect fit."
In addition to the slew of videos, Brooklyn-based musician, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Alan Wilkis ( http://www.wilcassettes.com ) has remixed the track “A Shining Path.” Be sure to take heed.
Fri. Mar. 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church #& Sat. Mar. 6 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #& Sun. Mar. 7 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom #& Mon. Mar. 8 - Boston, MA @ Paradise #& Tue. Mar. 9 - Providence, RI @ Jerky's Music Hall #& Wed. Mar. 10 - Montreal, QC @ La TuLipe #& Thu. Mar. 11 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club #& Fri. Mar. 12 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #& Sat. Mar. 13 - Chicago, IL @ Metro #& Mon. Mar. 15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #& Tue. Mar. 16 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater #& Thu. Mar. 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop #& Fri. Mar. 19 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater #& Fri. Apr. 2 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #$ Sat. Apr. 3 - Durango, CO @ Strater Theatre #$ Sun. Apr. 4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room #$ Mon. Apr. 5 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah #$ Tue. Apr. 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre #$ Wed. Apr. 7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #$ Thu. Apr. 8 - Eureka, CA @ Red Fox Tavern #$ Fri. Apr. 9 - Portland, OR @ Dantes #$ Sat. Apr. 10 - Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Lounge #$ Sun. Apr. 11 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos #$
Word from Dove and Tygereye is that he's okay! Here's the details:
Thank you to everyone who spread the word about J-Kwon missing and showed genuine concern! I'm so happy to let you know that he's made contact with the folks at his label and a few of his friends have finally talked to him as well. At this point he's declined the opportunity to make a comment, although he's truly sorry for causing everyone so much worry.
If you'd like for your updates, here is a statement from Dorian Washington, co-CEO of Gracie and CEO of D.Wash Management (Static Major, J-Skillz, J-Kwon), who spoke with J-Kwon this morning:
"I am very happy to let everyone know that I personally spoke with J-Kwon today, and he is ok. He'd like to send a sincere apology to his friends and everyone who showed concern this week. He was taking some time to himself as he sometimes does, not realizing that people would start to worry after a while. A few days out of touch versus a month is quite a difference. Right now he just wants to keep doing what he's doing, and will be more available for those who care about him. We thank you again for your outreach, and we are relieved to know he'll be alright."
Thank you again for your time and positive energy. Good things can happen when we just put our minds to it! Dove
We finally have some news straight from the man himself. Thanks to www.Theboombox.com for making it available to the public. Guru's statement is short but to the point:
Guru: "I am doing fine and I am recovering! I’m weak though. Solar is the only person who has the accurate info on my situation. Any info from anybody else is false! I appreciate your well wishes and all the love!"
Solar: "Guru is resting and doing well after his surgery. The doctors say that he will fully recover from his illness. We thank everyone who send prayers our way and we appreciate the outpouring of love from around the world!"
Celebrated Group Begin Their "Curtain Call" With First Single From Final Album, LeftBack
Critically acclaimed rap duo Little Brother are back and ready to takeover speakers for the final time together with their new album, LeftBack. Dropping on April 20th via Hall of Justus, LeftBack will mark the end of an illustrious career by partners in rhyme Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh. The album features production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, J.Bizness and guest vocals from Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon, Median, and more. The send-off for the North Carolina hip-hop heavyweights begins with the release of "Curtain Call," the poetically titled first single from LeftBack. Rapper Big Pooh sets the tone for the album by declaring that "this is it, the last monologue / last act in the play, you could say the epilogue." A booming synth line, driving bass and staccato drum pattern intertwine to provide the backdrop for the occasion, while Phonte drives home the album's message by rapping "You know we don't quit / but when it's curtain call then that's all you gonna get." The song "basically sums up the history of our career as Little Brother," says the duo. "This is the last first single you will hear from Little Brother."
Fans can expect further announcements from Little Brother, including tour info and other interesting developments on LeftBack's road to the release.
Little Brother, the Durham, North Carolina group formed in part by Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, released their debut album The Listening on ABB Records in 2003. They are now gearing up for the release of their fourth album, LeftBack, which will be the last of Little Brother’s illustrious career, available April 20th via Hall Of Justus. Continuing the tradition they set with the critically acclaimed third release GetBack, Big Pooh and Phonte have enlisted multiple producers for LeftBack, both from within and outside of the Justus League camp. The album features production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, J.Bizness and guest vocals from Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon, Median, and more.