Some sad news to report tonight on the passing of another hip-hop legend - Nathaniel D. Hale, better known to many as Nate Dogg. Confirmation of his passing late Tuesday evening comes from both the Long Beach Press Telegram and NBC Los Angeles. The Long Beach, California rap star was only 41 years old, but had suffered two severe strokes in 2007 and 2008 that undoubtedly shortened his life. Fans will remember him as the gravelly voiced and soulful singer on a plethora of G-Funk classics from Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode" to Warren G's "Regulate" among MANY others. We've included the latter video below. Our condolences to his family, friends and numerous fans around the world. R.I.P. Nate Dogg.
Reggae Stars Cover Their Top Tracks from Reggae Soul Icon
(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - Reggae stars pay homage to Beres Hammond, the godfather of reggae soul, in the ultimate way as they cover his songs in My Favorite Beres Hammond Songs, a double-disc album available from VP Records on April 26, 2011. Spanning over 30 years of recording soulful reggae music in his signature smoky-sweet baritone, Hammond's catalog is filled with hits for the picking. Now reggae and dancehall stars honor his legacy by putting their touch on his classics.
The 23-track compilation features the talents of Jah Cure,Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Tessanne Chin, Marcia Griffiths and Nadine Sutherland, just to name a few. The project is the brainchild of acclaimed reggae producer and longtime Beres Hammond collaborator, Donovan Germain, who composed the covers at his own studio at Penthouse Records in Jamaica.
Some of Beres' biggest hits are covered on this definitive collection, including "Putting Up Resistance," "Tempted To Touch," and "No Disturb Sign," which appears twice with a dancehall remix featuring Assassin. Beres himself also participates with "Fire & Ice," staying in the mix as the various contributing artists carry his songs to different and perhaps even new ears.
Beres Hammond has always been covered by musicians in and out of the genre. Now with this official compilation from some of the artists he has influenced, fans can get a new take, and taste, of his signature sounds.
Step Aside - Tessanne Chin Love From A Distance - Lukie D I'm So In Love - Singing Melody Groovy Little Thing - Tarrus Riley Irie & Mello - Nikki Burt Black Beauty - Duane Stephenson Putting Up Resistance - Sherieta Full Attention - Stevie Face Love Means Never To Say You're Sorry - Cameal Davis Double Trouble - Romain Virgo No Disturb Sign - Alaine
Emptiness - Jah Cure Tempted To Touch - Busy Signal Reggae Calling - Marcia Griffiths Freedom - Torch Got To Get Away - Chevaughn One Step Ahead - Nadine Sutherland If Only You Knew - Hezron Preacher Man - A. J. Brown Lovely Day - Tony Curtis What One Dance Can Do/She Loves Me Now/ Come Back Home (Medley) - Richie Stephens and Niquet Goldson Fire & Ice - Beres Hammond No Disturb Sign (Remix) - Alaine and Assassin
Photos: Far East Movement & Snoop Dogg - "If I Was You (OMG)"
March 14, 2011 - Platinum recording group Far East Movement recently linked up with Snoop Dogg at La Cita, a local bar they frequent in their Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood, to film the music video for 'If I Was You (OMG)' off their debut album Free Wired (Cherry Tree/Interscope). The music video, an LA electro and OG westcoast party mash-up, will premiere on March 24th.
The free wired electro pop quartet is currently overseas opening up for Rihanna on the LOUD tour.
They will return to the US next month to play at college campuses across the country through May 2011.
Far East Movement's previous two singles 'Rocketeer' and 'Like A G6' are both certified platinum smash's selling over 1 million and 3.5 million copies to date respectively.
Spring break is this week, and that means SXSW is finally upon us. Music heads everywhere are gearing up for a week of warm weather, drunken debauchery, and countless amazing shows in Austin. The city will be electrified with the latest and greatest new artists, and this year the crew at Audible Treats are excited to be presenting two Official SXSW showcases. In addition to our showcases, there are a number of other great shows going on throughout the week featuring a bevy of Audible Treats' artists. Take note below and be sure to mark these in your calendar. Hope to see you in Austin.
Headless Horseman (Presnted by Eastside Sound Circus) @ Cheer up Charlie's, 1104 E. 6th st. 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Headless Horseman (Presnted by #theParty) @ The Mohawk, 912 Red River st. 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Headless Horseman (Presnted by Bridge Club Party) @ The Liberty, 1618 1/2 E. 6th st. 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Moe Green (Presented by Quality Control) @ Club Fuze, 505 Neches st. 8:30 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.
Zion I & The Grouch @ The Mohawk, 912 Red River st. 9:00 p.m.
Moe Green, Casual & Opio of Hieroglyphics (Presented by Tornadoes On The Sun) @ Plush, 617 Red River st. 11:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. -Moe Green 11:30 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. -Casual & Opio
Headless Horseman (Presented by Birddog Promo Party) @ The Aquarium, E. 6th st. 12:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Headless Horseman (Presented by Texas Tornado) @ The Rusty Spurs, 405 E. 7th st. 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Niceguys (Presented by Hustle Simmons) @ Cielo Night Club, 416 Congress ave 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Headless Horseman (Presented by Cheer up Charlies) 1104 E. 6th st. 5:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.
Talib Kweli, Casual and Opio of The Hieroglyphics, Nottz, Black Milk, Derek 32Zero, DJ Toure, Moe Green, TRUTHLiVE, Kokayi, The Niceguys, DaVinci, Erk Tha Jerk, Roach Gigz, League510, and Kyle Rapps, with producer IMAKEMADBEATS serving as the official DJ for the night. (Presented by Audible Treats) @ The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th st. 7:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Facebook Event Link: http://tinyurl.com/ATSXSW2011 .
Tanya Morgan (Presented by DJBooth x 2DopeBoyz x Last Rights) @ Dizzy Rooster, 306 E. 6th st. 3:35 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Headless Horseman (Presented by My Old Kentucky Blog's Glitter Taco Smoosh Party) Pecker Heads 402 E. 6th st. 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Kokayi (Presented by DMVincible) @ Prague, 422 Congress Ave. 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
League510 (Presented by styleXaustin) @ Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St. exhibit hall 1 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
J*Davey, Acrylics, Moe Green, Poirier, Roach Gigz, DaVinci, and Headless Horseman with DJ Eleven serving as the official DJ for the night. (Presented by Audible Treats x Prefix Mag) @ Nuvola , 105 E. 5th st. 8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Facebook Event Link: http://tinyurl.com/ATPREFIXSXSW2011 .
Headless Horseman (Presented by Golden Ratio x TwoSyllable Records) @ Gypsy Lounge, 1504 E. 6th st. 12:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Headless Horseman (Presented by The Hookup) @ Loft 718, 718 Congress Ave 12:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tanya Morgan (Presented by Hip Hop Supreme 2011) @ District 301, 301 6th st. 4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
The Niceguys (Presented by Wonder Sounds Music Group) @ Betsy's Bar, 301 W. 6th st. 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tanya Morgan (Presented by SXSW) @ Buffalo Billiards, 201 E. 6th st. 7:30
It’s been said time and time again that an artist really only learns the true essence of a record once it’s been taken on tour. In the case of Speed Dial 7’s latest full-length release 11, the record was almost entirely conceived and constructed on the road. While touring for his October release Short Rich Apocalypse, frontman, Tom De Geeter drew inspiration from the places he played, artists he met, and floors he slept on to cook up the spontaneous and energetic 11. Influenced greatly by an extensive 70s record collection he raided after a show in Innsbruck, the record has a mix of nostalgic samples, and Speed Dial 7’s signature throwback percussion. Guest artists are many and varied on 11. De Geeter calls upon old favorites like M Sayyid (Anti-Pop Consortium), Mike Ladd (Infesticons), Pip Skid, Birdapres, Nomad and Elissa P., and also extends his song to new artists including These Are Powers frontwoman, Anna Barie, three-time Scribble Jam winner, Skratch Bastid. Despite the patchwork of vocal contributions, 11 is threaded together with a spread of driving rhythm, eerie melodies, and Speed Dial 7’s iconic dark humor.
01 Satellites II (ft. M Sayyid & Mike Ladd) 02 Run for Cover (ft. Pip Skid) 03 Crash Collision (ft. Anna Barie & Mike Ladd) 04 Pure Evil (ft. Pip Skid) 05 Get It On (ft. Nomad) 06 First You Love It (ft. Nomad & Elissa P) 07 Binoculars (ft. Pip Skid) 08 I Ain’t the One (ft. Pip Skid & Skratch Bastid) 09 Jokes (ft. Zucchini Drive & Yy) 10 Poker Faces II (ft. Pip Skid, Birdapres & Nomad) 11 The Plague (ft. Mike Ladd & Marcus Graap)
SPEEDDIAL 7 – BIO
Speed Dial 7 is Tom De Geeter’s one-man band. You may know De Geeter as one half of Zucchini Drive (2nd Rec/Hue/Marathon of Dope), one third of Cavemen Speak (Shadowanimals/Subversiv/ Hue), one fourth of Nuccini (2nd Rec), and one fifth of Gunporn (Shadowanimals/Subversiv). You do the math.
Originally from Kortrijk, Belgium, De Geeter has evolved from hardcore-kid to alternative rap teenager, to mental-patient adult and beyond. His sound has been influenced by world travels with Zucchini Drive, and by learning the ways of the sword. A meltingpot of inspiration always provides a surprise in the folds of Speed Dial 7. De Geeter puts his vocals on whatever he thinks will work, from sample-based foundations, to original melodies, to the guitar hooks of Mich Decruyenaere (from the legendary Hitch, Be), to the drumming of Pieter Blancke (from postrock-outfit Salvador, Be). You can expect to hear a mix of sixties psychedelic rock (Moving Sidewalks, Jimi Hendrix), folk (Stephen Stills, Manassas), and pioneers of the 80s (Afrika Bambaataa) in De Geeter’s next release. But it’s better not try expect anything in the Speed Dial 7 universe.
Toms’ first solo record “Short Rich Apocalypse” was out on the 15th of october 2010 on marathon of dope (digital) and on Vlas Vegas (vinyl) with an amazing lineup of featurings such as Mike Ladd, Infesticons (Big Dada), Rob Sonic (Def Jux), Bleubird, K-the-i???, M Sayyid (Anti-Pop Consortium), Anna Barie (These Are Powers), Nomad (Cavemen Speak), Marcus Graap (Zucchini Drive), Elissa P, KaeoFLUX, Passage (Restiform Bodies/Anticon), Birdapres and Pip Skid.
After touring Europe, the east coast and Canada, Speed Dial 7 comes back with an incredible new record called 11.
On Thursday, March 17th from 6-7pm, take a break from the 6th Street madness to meet with Zion I & The Grouch upstairs at the Driskill Hotel Presidential Suite for drinks and appetizers while they play their forthcoming album Heroes in the Healing of the Nation, which officially streets the following Tuesday.
When: 3/17/11 6:00pm-7:00pm (CST) Where: Presidential Suite @ Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos St Austin, TX 78701
RAPPER BIG POOH TO LAUNCH NEW ALBUM VIA HIS OWN COMPANY
Rapper Big Pooh set to release “FatBoyFresh Vol.1” For Members Only April 5th 2011
Former Little Brother member, Rapper Big Pooh, has returned from a brief hiatus poised to have a breakout 2011. He not only returns with new music but a new company as well, For Members Only, Inc. For Members Only will not only serve as home to future Rapper Big Pooh projects but also to upcoming talent that are looking to be heard and thrive creatively.
Rapper Big Pooh explains the purpose of For Members Only.
“I just felt like it was time for me to finally branch out and not only concentrate on building my own brand but also assist in hopefully helping someone else live out their dream. For Members Only Inc signifies a special club, an exclusive membership where talent is key but focus, drive, and work ethic reign supreme. HOJ will always be the foundation and play a part in my career but the design was for us all to one day become our own bosses and this is the next step in that process for me.”
While serving as For Members Only Inc flagship artist, Rapper Big Pooh is also prepared to release the companies first project on April 5, 2011 entitled “FatBoyFresh Vol.1: For Members Only.” The digital only release comes two years after Rapper Big Pooh's last project, “Delightful Bars,” graced shelves.
“I have been recording non stop for the past few years and felt it was only right to share some of that music with the people before I present to them my next album, Dirty Pretty Things,” Pooh explains. “FatBoyFresh not describes how I feel about myself but also about the excess of songs I have around here that may never make it onto any other projects.”
FatBoyFresh Vol. 1 boasts production and features from the likes of Nottz, Young RJ, Focus..., Black Milk, Madlib, Kendrick Lamar, T3 of Slum Village, Glasses Malone, Ab-Soul, Carlitta Durand, No One, Choklate, and Chevy Jones
2011 will not end with the release of FatBoyFresh, there are several other projects planned for this year including a collaborative effort with Roc C (Stones Throw). Their name, The Young Americans and their EP, “Trouble In The Neighborhood” will be available this summer. Also slated for this year is the aforementioned, “Dirty Pretty Things”, Rapper Big Pooh's official sophomore album.