Oddisee's "Odd Seasons" VINYL EDITION is out now via Mello Music Group!!
Today, enjoy the free MP3 download of the track "Al Mawrada" one of two songs on the bonus 7" vinyl that comes free when you pick up the wax. "Al Mawrada" features funk inspired synths, flutes, and organ, backed by driving symbols and a steady guitar lick that stands alone as an instrumental. Al Mawrada is a neighborhood in Omdurman, Sudan where Oddisee used to hang out with friends and family. He recalls hearing the music coming from rickshaws and pickup trucks, as well as the hustle of the people passing by. This instrumental is inspired directly from those childhood experiences while the synths horns are a classic staple in Sudanese music today.
Also - CONGRATS TO OUR LABEL MATE AND STRANGE MUSIC BIG BOSS - TECH N9NE - FOR HAVING THE #4 RECORD IN THE COUNTRY!
INDEPENDENT KINGPIN TECH N9NE HAS THE #4 ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY!!!
June 15, 2011
"Am I in the Twilight Zone?" wonders Tech N9ne on the song "Strangeland" from All 6's & 7's, his new album. "‘Cause my mic’s on but I never thought the world would buy my songs!”
Surpassing personal expectations and those of the entire record industry, Tech N9ne's decade-plus of fanbase-building pays off with the phenomenal out-of-the-box success of his new album All 6's & 7's, released on the revered rapper's own label, Strange Music, last Tuesday 6/7. A first week Soundscan total of 55,715 units landed All 6's & 7's at the #4 spot on the Billboard Top 200 album chart as well as the #1 Independent album chart and #1 Rap album chart, overall.
"Tech will never go mainstream/ Mainstream will go Tech," Tech N9ne promises on the new album's "Love Me Tomorrow." On All 6's & 7's this is a prophecy fulfilled with stunning appearances by Lil’ Wayne, T-Pain, B.o.B., E-40, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Yelawolf, Chino Moreno and Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition) and others. Standout track "Worldwide Choppers" (co-starring Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes plus an explosive coterie of international MCs) has already been hailed as a classic anthem, pushing hip-hop into new territories.
But don't take our word for it. Check out Tech N9ne live this summer on "All 6's & 7's — The Tour."
Everybody's a critic, but not necessarily an expert, and although DJ JS-1 has been in the game for years, he still has to endure a seemingly endless amount of empty advice and double-talk. The other week, JS-1, along with featured guest and long-time collaborator Tonedeff, released the video for "Last To Know." The single, now being released for fans as an MP3, is from JS-1's forthcoming album, No One Cares, dropping June 21st, and takes aim at all of the external second-guessing the two have had to endure throughout their careers, and, as it's explained in “Last To Know,” despite the pair's accomplishments it sadly doesn't stop the know-it-alls at record labels, naïve fans, and the just plain simple-minded from unloading their opinions on JS-1 and Tonedeff. Instead of sounding bitter and jaded, though, JS-1 provides a light, jazzy beat for Tonedeff's animated delivery and tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
DJ JS-1's No One Cares will be available for purchase on June 21st via a joint venture between Fat Beats Records and JS-1's own Ground Original.
Recently signed to Bystorm/Jive Records as an artist, I.C. Green has been in the business doing production and playing on other artist's records for years. With production credits with Akon, writing nods with Whitney, and playing keys for Beiber being just a few highlights, Green has made his rounds on the liner-note side of the business for the last decade.
"From the club to the streets, make it your runway"