Battery/Jive Hit-Maker D.C. Don Juan Prepares "Lookie Looky" For Radio, Digital Retailers 01.20.2010 D.C.'s Own Celebrates Hit Single With Official MP3 And Video Release
Battery/Jive recording artist D.C. Don Juan has wasted no time getting his career in full swing. Shortly after signing his major label deal, the D.C.-raised rapper who has previously honed his skills under the driving motivation of NBA stars DerMarr Johnson, Allen Iverson, and Carmelo Anthony, released the video for his exciting new single, "Lookie Looky," receiving both commercial and critical acclaim. Proud of the video's early success, D.C. Don Juan and Battery Records are proud to announce the release of the single to radio as well as the release of the mp3 and video to all digital retailers, including industry leader iTunes.
Built around a descending, staccato synthesizer line, the infectious "Lookie Looky" quickly kicks into high gear as strings, bending synthesizers, and bouncy, bass-heavy drums back up the rapper's infectious, sing-along chorus and winding verses. Not to be outshined by the song's catchy beat, the video pits D.C. Don Juan as the clear star of the show, as the up-beat, club-ready song receives the perfect visual treatment - D.C. Don Juan intermingles with attractive women, rolling cars, and fun, visually tantalizing special effects. Scanning from scene to scene, the video's innovative, sidewalk-chalk-inspired look offers a popping, light-hearted cartoon emphasis to illustrate the song's phrases and imagery, including, of course, the song's ever-contagious catch phrase, "Lookie Looky." As D.C. Don Juan's star continues to rise, we're pretty sure having people look at him will be the least of his concerns.
D.C. Don Juan, born Maurice Campbell Jr., overcame many challenges early in life that forced him to look past the negative and focus on fresh, upbeat, and club-ready music and lyrics. After moving from the Bronx, NY to Washington, D.C., D.C. Don Juan's passion for music brought him to Atlanta where he flourished. With the help of Dermarr Johnson, long time friend and member of the Denver Nuggets, D.C. Don Juan began his professional career. Recording an astonishing 4,000 songs up to this point in his career, the artist is currently signed to Battery Records, an imprint under Sony Music Entertainment's RCA/JIVE Label Group, and promoting his new single and video, "Lookie Looky". The song has made huge waves in D.C. Don Juan's hometown of Washington, D.C. and is increasing in popularity across the nation.
"This song was produced by Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids, before they really blew up," commented FAFU of Blestenation. "Werdplay did the video with Samtubia Edwards and it turned out dope. I remember I was at the studio working on some kind of punk-folk song and they showed up with cameras and grabbed us. We shot our parts in the hallway over there. I love what he did with the footage in post-production. That kid has a really nice aesthetic to his work."
"Samtubia and Samgoma Edwards were the monsters behind the visuals in this one," added Werdplay. "I basically shot out some ideas and we were on the same page immediately. We shot a lot more footage but we were running out of time to get it done so we had to scrap a lot of shots we did in Las Vegas and other spots."
Blestenation have been destroying the world of underground hip-hop on tour with the likes of Bone Thugs -N- Harmony, Scarface, Killah Priest, and the Warped Tour. The group was previously signed to Geffen Records, but their reckless behavior got them kicked off of the Warped Tour, into fist fights inside the Sony Music offices, and booted out of the Teen Choice Awards after an altercation with American Idol's Ryan Seacrest.
Blestenation will release their debut album "MBugout City" on February 23rd, 2010 through Suburban Noize Records. The group’s digital EP, "Left For Dead", is available now through digital retailers and www.SubNoizeStore.com .
FREEDOM VOICE OF HAITI: The Haitian Revival Movement
***** “MOVE ON” – Inspirational Song and video.
(For Immediate Release - 20 January 2010) -- Christopher Laroche also known as “Freedom” was born and raised in Haiti. He is an international musician and songwriter as well as the founder/president of Freedom Recordz Inc. Working tirelessly to create his own sound, Freedom shaped a mixture of Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, The Blues, Roots, Racine, and Soul before releasing his debut Creole album. This Freedom Recordz release titled, “1804 Liberation,” was an immediate success, attaining record sales and sustaining multiple number one hits throughout Haiti.
Freedom has set out to bring light to the darkness that has fallen over the people of Haiti, and he needs your help in achieving this goal. Now is the time. Every minute that goes by is another minute where a poor orphaned child has lost his family, an elderly woman waits on treatment that never arrives, and a family sits in darkness without supplies, food, or even shelter. The hardships that have burdened Haiti in the past cannot be compared to the ravages it endures over the passing days since the terrifying earthquake that occurred on January 12th, 2010.
Freedom is reaching out to you, asking you to join his efforts to save the lives of the innocent and lost. Supplies of all kinds and purposes are desperately needed. Anything that your organization can contribute, anything at all, will be most appreciated and will certainly save lives.
Freedom’s mission will be long, it will be arduous, but most importantly, it will save lives and make a difference. Here is your chance to be a part of that difference. Freedom will travel to Haiti with a select group of supporters to personally deliver your material and financial donations to the very people who need them most. During his time there, Freedom will be documenting his travels for the purpose of producing a visual complement to a powerful and uplifting song entitled “Move On”, created in dedication to the people of Freedom’s homeland: Haiti. As the voice of Haitian people everywhere, Freedom has created a powerful message within the song that aims to unite the community, and ultimately encourages all those experiencing hardship to be strong ‘move on.’
Freedom has been a strong influence in the Haitian community. He is using the music to support, educate, and constructively work towards a positive change in Haiti and all third world nations. The song “Move On”, which should rightfully be described as an anthem for hope, will most certainly contribute towards instilling a progressive and positive outlook on the future of this impoverished nation.
Freedom is dedicated to the people and creating hope for the future. All your donations, as well as any proceeds from the song “Move On” will go directly towards relief efforts and the rebuilding of a stronger and brighter future for Haiti. This is not just about a song, it is about a message. It is the groundwork for the future of Haiti, the education and support of youth, and ultimately the improvement of their way of life.
We’ll cut to the chase. Intricate Beauty is the final “conventional” dance album King Britt will ever make. And how fitting this final chapter also marks King’s first ever release on seminal house music label Nervous Records. This is the seal of quality. Don’t worry, though, King Britt’s not going anywhere as an artist. He’ll be concentrating on more experimental based music and searching for new avenues to help push the live electronic improvisational end of performance. But for now, you have a real treat to behold with the Intricate Beauty. Eleven tracks of soulful rhythms constructed and mixed together like a grand jigsaw puzzle. Quintessential King.
Intricate Beauty pulls together the different sounds that have helped shape King’s dance DJ mind over the years. This is the story of what he loves to spin and how it all relates. In a sense, this is all the greatness of King Britt wrapped up under one disc. Like a physical incarnation of the intricate mind, the process of how this album was constructed is quite advanced. King based the album on tiny microsounds he procured from various random recordings and CDs. He then took all these tiny pieces and dumped them into Ableton Live where he sewed the puzzle pieces together. Once there were approximately 50 workable combinations of tracks he then constructed the songs musically. “In a few months I intend to release all the bits and pieces from Intricate Beauty as a “Live Pack.” These will be sounds that people can use for inspiration and production,” King says
Beyond the album, this is a period of great change for King Britt. Not only is he working in a new studio but he’s also cleansed spiritually; something that has also enabled him to enter into a new creative space with his newest venture Saturn Never Sleeps with multimedia artist Rucyl (www.saturnneversleeps.com/about) “When you find your path and stick with it, you’re bound to hit a pentacle period of productivity. I feel that in the next three years you’ll really see and hear many sides of me musically. Mentally, physically and spiritually I have grown multitudes and have a very clear understanding of who I am and what I’m here for. Many of the lyrics on the album express some of these ideas.”
It’s been 20 years on the music scene for King Britt and his projects, collaborations and affiliations are always truly mind-blowing. From his time as Silkworm in the groundbreaking, Grammy winning Digable Planets, to starting Ovum Recordings with Josh Wink, producing platinum remixes for Macy Gray, Solange, Donna Lewis and hundreds of others, winning the highest grant in the country as the first dj/producer, The Pew Fellowship or starting his empire, FiveSixMedia, King Britt still tries to live in the NOW and not the then.
“We have to surrender to uncertainty, while appreciating its intricate beauty" - Deepak Chopra
1. “Love What You Have (feat Rucyl Mills)” 2. “Now (feat Astrid Suryanto)” 3. “Nightlife (feat. Kim English)” 4. “Try Love (feat Lady Alma)” 5.-“Keep It Movin” 6. “Los (feat Carlos Izaguerre)” 7. “Blackhand Side” 8. “Get Up feat. Byron Stingly (King Britt Old School Dub)” 9. “Peak Inside” 10. “Inner Self” 11. “The Intricate Beauty (feat Ryat)”
Jan 23 – Toronto, CA - Drake Underground Jan 29 – Mantova, IT - Moxa Jan 30 – Liverpool, UK - The Magnet Feb 14- New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks Apr 2 – Istanbul, TR - Ghetto Apr 24 - Charlotte NC - Dharma Lounge Apr 26 – Chicago, IL - Boom Boom Room Apr 29 – Indianapolis, IN - Blue Lounge
The Digital Glam Squad, Coalmine Records and Flud Watches Present:
Join us tomorrow, Jan 21st (Thurs) as we show support to raise money for Haiti in their time of need.
Our good friend & guest of honor Martine Cauthen (AllThatsFab.com) has been living and teaching in Haiti for several months and will be back in New York in order to accept donations on behalf of the Baptist Haiti Mission. Martine will be returning to Haiti shortly to personally deliver all proceeds. *We will also be accepting toiletries and canned goods. Music will be provided throughout the evening courtesy of DJ Genius, DJ Boy Wonda & Boogie Blind!
*DJ Statik Selektah will be celebrating his birthday party at LaPomme immediately following our event, so feel free to stick around & show your support! *** FOLLOW COALMINE ON TWITTER FOLLOW US: @COALMINERECORDS - WWW.TWITTER.COM/COALMINERECORDS .
Houston, TX - Prior to kicking off his multi-city promo tour today, behind upcoming album, Tha Truth, Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth had to put it on for his own city and community.
Monday morning found Trae being featured in Houston's MLK Day Grande Parade again this year as well as being honored as a past Co-Grand Marshal for that organization's MLK Day Youth Parade.
A favorite in Houston's City Hall circles, Trae is pictured here along with District F Council Member Al Hoang and Brigadier General (Ret), Remo Butler.
Monday night found Trae alongside Texas rap legend and former labelmate at Rap-A-Lot, Bun B, who, along with RAL's International Red, organized a Houston 4 Haiti show at local venue, Warehouse Live. 100% percent of the evening's proceeds were donated towards Haiti's relief efforts and Houston made a good showing both attendance and performance-wise.
Trae's recent trip to NYC was also a huge success and netted this terrific video interview with the web staff at XXL (thanks to Travis, Anslem and Jesse for that) - http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?cat=3631 .
Trae can be found in the following cities for the next week or so with more promo dates being added daily. Stay tuned.
January 19th & 20th- Dallas January 21st- Shreveport January 22nd- Jackson, MS January 23rd & 24th- Memphis, TN January 25th- Little Rock, AR
Bay Area Hip-Hop Legends Zion-I Hit the Road with Reggae Rock Favorites Rebelution on U.S. Tour!
"Zion-I has earned a reputation for having a dynamic live act as well as for putting out high-quality albums for the better part of a decade" –Erik Arnold, SF Weekly
January 14, 2010 OAKLAND, CA —Oakland hip-hop duo Zion-I start 2010 off by hitting the road on a three month U.S. tour with Reggae sensations Rebelution and Soja. The twenty city tour will start in Anaheim at House of Blues on January 13 and end up at the House of Blues in West Hollywood on March 6, 2010
"We're excited to go out on the road with these cats," explains Zumbi, emcee of Zion I, "And vibe off an entirely different crowd and audience."
Ten years after the release of their debut single, Zion I released their 6th album, The Takeover, this past year. A filler-free new mix of jabs, roundhouses and uppercuts that continue their streak as one of hip-hop’s most diverse groups in hip-hop. The Takeover, which features guest spots by Houston legend Devin the Dude, UK emcee Ty and Rhymesayers’ Brother Ali, producer AmpLive and emcee Zumbi incorporate the best parts of their live show—perfected through nonstop touring—and bring that vibe to the studio.
Over the course of five LPs and numerous EPs and mixtapes, the group has proven to be a welcome enigma in hip-hop. Lyrically, Zumbi runs the gamut on a range of issues both serious and frivolous, discussing problems and pleasures both spiritual and worldly. Throughout, his fanbase keeps coming back for his smooth delivery and ability to raise issues without sounding didactic. Musically, Amp draws from both the usual (funk, soul) and esoteric (house, drum n bass) to create soundscapes that work as well on an electronic music mixtape as it does hip-hop. An accomplished remixer as well, Amp has remixed everyone from Linkin Park to MGMT, and most recently released Rainydayz Remixes based on Radiohead’s In Rainbows. Every production and remix, though, always brings it back to his main job in Zion I. “I started using way more effects on this album,” says Amp. “So I was able to bring in more elements that I’ve been using for some of the dance and indie rock stuff.”
From the electro-rap homage “DJ DJ” to the spacey futuristic synths of “Antenna,” The Takeover encapsulates the diversity and versatility that have made Zion I Bay Area stalwarts for over a decade. As with any Zion I album, there’ll never be any compromise away from deep thought, but as anyone who’s seen the pair live knows, that means nothing if the crowd ain’t entertained. One listen to the album, and you’ll know The Takeover may be the most appropriate title of the year.
Headlining the entire tour will be reggae rock favorites, Rebelution. Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, Rebelution has developed into the front runner for grassroots, independent and touring driven music groups representing the Cali-Reggae scene. Originally formed in 2004, members Eric Rachmany (vocals / guitar,) Rory Carey (keyboards,) Wesley Finley (drums,) and Marley D. Williams (bass) met in college, while residing in Isla Vista, a popular beachside community in Santa Barbara. It was there that the seeds to Rebelution’s future would be planted-- and would instill their kick back, “worry free” vibes, catchy refrain, and optimistic, inspiring, and engaging music that would leave their listeners with the sense that they have the power to make this world a better place.
Zion-I are currently supporting their new album, The Takeover, which is available now and also offering 5 free downloads on their site: www.zionicrew.com/download .
ZION I Tour w/ Rebelution and Soja
January 14, 2010 Thursday Anaheim CA House of Blues January 15, 2010 Friday Ventura CA Ventura Theater January 16, 2010 Saturday Ventura CA Ventura Theater January 20, 2010 Wednesday San Francisco CA The Fillmore January 21, 2010 Thursday San Francisco CA The Fillmore January 22, 2010 Friday Portland OR Roseland Theatre January 23, 2010 Saturday Seattle WA Showbox at the Market January 24, 2010 Sunday Eugene OR W.O.W. Hall January 26, 2010 Tuesday Bellingham WA Wild Buffalo January 27, 2010 Wednesday Boise ID Knitting Factory January 28, 2010 Thursday Salt Lake City UT The Depot January 29, 2010 Friday Denver CO Gothic Theater January 30, 2010 Saturday Boulder CO Boulder Theater January 31, 2010 Sunday Omaha NE Slowdown February 02, 2010 Tuesday Madison, WI Majestic Theater February 03, 2010 Wednesday Minneapolis MN Fine Line Music Café February 04, 2010 Thursday Chicago IL House of Blues February 05, 2010 Friday Grand Rapids MI The Intersection February 06, 2010 Saturday Columbus OH Newport Music Hall February 07, 2010 Sunday Toledo, OH Frankie’s February 10, 2010 Wednesday Boston MA House of Blues February 11, 2010 Thursday New York NY Fillmore @ Irving Plaza February 12, 2010 Friday Washington DC 9:30 Club February 13, 2010 Saturday Philadelphia PA Fillmore @ Theatre of The Living Arts February 14, 2010 Sunday Norfolk VA The NorVa *NO SOJA February 17, 2010 Wednesday Atlanta GA The Masquerade February 18, 2010 Thursday Ybor City FL The Ritz February 19, 2010 Friday Orlando FL House of Blues February 20, 2010 Saturday Jacksonville Beach FL Freebird Live February 21, 2010 Sunday Jacksonville Beach FL Freebird Live February 24, 2010 Wednesday New Orleans LA House of Blues February 25, 2010 Thursday Houston TX House of Blues February 26, 2010 Friday Austin TX Stubb’s February 27, 2010 Saturday Dallas TX House of Blues February 28, 2010 Sunday San Antonio, TX Scout Bar March 02, 2010 Tuesday Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre March 03, 2010 Wednesday Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre March 04, 2010 Thursday San Diego CA House of Blues March 05, 2010 Friday San Diego CA House of Blues March 06, 2010 Saturday W. Hollywood CA House of Blues March 07, 2010 Sunday W. Hollywood CA House of Blues
Donwill of Tanya Morgan To Release Debut Solo Album Don Cusack In High Fidelity on March 23rd 01.19.2010
Assuming Character of John Cusack from Cult Classic Film High Fidelity, Donwill Explores Life And Love Through Rap
(January 19, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) Donwill, one third of acclaimed hip-hop trio Tanya Morgan, is proud to announce the release of his debut solo album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity. The album, ingeniously inspired by the plot of the celluloid classic High Fidelity, will be released on March 23rd, 2010 via Interdependent Media.
Don Cusack In High Fidelity is Donwill’s musical representation of the movie from which it took its name. Not only is High Fidelity Donwill’s personal favorite film, but he identified with John Cusack’s character, Rob Gordon, so much that he created an entire album inspired by the movie. Donwill incorporated personal stories of falling in love, fearing commitment, hating his job, and learning life lessons, to create a clever and deeply personal musical interpretation of the film. Skillfully and artfully crafted using direct subject matter and quotes from the cult classic, the 16-track personal odyssey will resonate not only with fans of the original movie but also with anyone who has spent time trying to figure out the opposite sex. "The album is based on being in a state of perpetual pre-mid-life crisis," says Donwill. "Nothing in life will give you all the answers, but this album will help people find some of the answers they might be looking for."
Donwill faced unique challenges in creating his first solo record. Similarly to how lead character Rob Gordon managed the behavior of his record store employees, Donwill assumed the responsibilities of an orchestra conductor, guiding his featured guests to embody a key character from the film. Opio from Souls of Mischief assumes the role of Ian, Rob’s ex-girlfriend’s new lover while Che Grand assumes the character of one of Rob’s unruly record store employees, Barry, who was portrayed by Jack Black in the film.
Further exhibiting a new chapter in his career, Don Cusack also marks the first time Donwill displays his productions skills. In addition to enlisting Tanya Morgan producers Von Pea and Brick Beats, as well as A-Plus and Keelay & Zaire, Donwill also produced one of the album's 16 tracks, for the song "December 27th." "Originally, I was going to use the concept for a short EP and had made all of the beats myself," says Donwill. "One of those beats was a clear standout, so when I decided to expand the project into a full-length, and really give the album its proper due, I brought in other producers and used their beats along with mine. It really was just figuring what beats fit together best to create a common thread for the album's narrative."
For Donwill, one third of Tanya Morgan, a critically acclaimed group well known for their creatively themed releases, undertaking the challenge of creating an album based on a film is a natural progression. Other group members Von Pea and Ilyas will also release thematic solo albums this year; Pea’s Got to Have It in the summer and Hello, Hell in the fall, respectively. Tanya Morgan collectively views this string of solo releases as a trilogy of albums, each adding a key piece to the Tanya Morgan foundation.
Donwill is one-third of hip-hop group Tanya Morgan, formed in 2003, who recently released their third full-length album Brooklynati in 2009. With the high praise from Rolling Stone and Time Out New York that Brooklynati garnered,Donwill is now ready to release his own album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity on March 23rd, 2010. The maxi-single of "Laura's Song," complete with the album version, radio edit, instrumental and a couple of remixes is now available for purchase on iTunes. The album will be released by Bay Area label Interdependent Media.
About Interdependent Media:
Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com .
Hip-Hop legends Cypress Hill have become Snoop Dogg's first signing as Creative Chairman of Priority Records. The group have signed an exclusive worldwide deal with the label and are gearing up for the 6 April release of new album 'Rise Up'.
"My role as Creative Chairman of Priority Records has put me in the driver's seat to help revive the most important west coast hip hop label," said Snoop. "As such, I'm excited to announce my first signing as Cypress Hill. Cypress Hill is undeniably one of the most important hip hop groups in music history, not only are they incredibly talented and the first Latino hip hop group to go platinum, they are also from the west coast—so this signing is the perfect marriage."
"We're very excited to be part of the Priority Records family," says Cypress's B-Real. "It's a label with a rich history, and together with Snoop we're going to add to its legacy."
Speaking about the release of 'Rise Up', CH's first record since '04's 'Till Death Do Us Part', B- Real said, "We took a little break after the last record to work on individual projects," adds B-Real. "Both Sen Dog and I wanted to put out our own solo records, which we had been working on for some time. And though we were doing other things, we each kept ideas in mind for Cypress Hill and would go into the studio periodically to record. It was great to work at our own pace and without a deadline hanging over us. We'd get together at my studio and record whenever we felt that burst of creativity. It was an amazing way to work and resulted in what I think is our best record yet."