For songwriter, producer, and singer ZAKEE, 2011 turned out to be an outstanding year. In September, the triple threat released his debut album, Assimilations, a project that showed off a mix of ZAKEE's new sounds and earned him acclaim from a variety of outlets, not to mention year-end list nods from the likes of OkayAfrica and MTV Iggy.
Now, having parted ways with his former label, Green Owl Records, and having entered into new management under Jay Jackson who also manages Santigold and SPANK ROCK, ZAKEE is looking forward to an exciting 2012, and is kicking off the new year with a trippy new, TriggerHappy-directed video for "Snakes."
Madchild from Swollen Members will release his “Little Monsters” EP digitally on January 24th through Suburban Noize/Battle Axe Records. Madchild’s heavily anticipated debut solo album, "Dope Sick", will land in stores later this year and his video for the track "F@#k Madchild" can be seen online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M66URGg8qJc .
La Coka Nostra are touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2009 debut "A Brand You Can Trust", which AllMusicGuide hailed as "one all-star album that doesn't disappoint." The album is in stores now on Suburban Noize Records and features guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Bun B, Psycho Realm, Q-Unique, Immortal Technique and the Alchemist. La Coka Nostra recently dropped their new video for the track "Malverde Market" online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7q7_VNBam4 .
SWOLLEN MEMBERS TOUR DATES: Jan 20 - Williams Lake, BC @ Overlander Hotel Jan 21 - Langley, BC @ Troubadour w/ La Coka Nostra Jan 24 - Calgary, AB @ The New Black Youth Center *** Madchild Solo Jan 24 - Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub w/ La Coka Nostra Jan 25 - Edmonton, AB @ Diesel w/ La Coka Nostra Jan 27 - Lethbridge, AB @ The Stone w/ La Coka Nostra Jan 28 - Regina, SK @ The 306 Hip-hop SK8 Shop w/ La Coka Nostra Jan 29 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon Events Centre w/ La Coka Nostra Feb 04 - Toronto, ONT @ Rockpile w/ La Coka Nostra Feb 06 - Quebec City, QC @ Dagobert Nightclub w/ La Coka Nostra Feb 09 - Sydney, NS @ Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion w/ Royce Da 59' Feb 10 - Saint John, NB @ Tonic Feb 11 - Moncton, NB @ Oxygen Feb 12 - Halifax, NS @ Toothy Moose
PR: South Carolina's Dirty Dave "Got a Sack" Full of Hits
Courtesy Nancy B.
Since the release of his first singles "Fast Lane" featuring Gucci Mane, Slycka Slyck, & Lil Ru and "Goin' Ham," also featuring Gucci Mane, this Charleston, SC native’s classic mixtape, "No Mo Mista Nice Guy," has put the streets and clubs on fire. After a few compilation releases under his own label, Dirty Dollar Entertainment, Dirty Dave decided it was time to take over a bigger audience, so he called upon Gucci Mane, Lil Ru, Pastor Troy, and few other independent artists for his debut release.
Audio: Ramaj Eroc f/ Rashad - "The Night Freestyle"
Courtesy Jamar Core.
Whats Up Yo! This Is @RamajEroc. I Have A New Song I Just Dropped On Youtube Over Stalley's "The Night ". I Just Made A Hot Verse On It & I Was Wondering If This Song Could Grace Your Blog! I've Been Featured On Your Blog Before & I Think This Song Deserves A Shot. My Upcoming Mixtape "New Pair Of Glasses" Will Be Coming Soon & An Official Music Video To My Lead Single Should Be Out Very Soon! Hit Me Back Please & I Hope You Enjoy The Song. Thanks!
Boog Brown is getting ready for a big 2012: she just dropped her full length remix project The Brown Study Remixes; has a free birthday party planned at 529 in Atlanta on February 9th w/ yU performing live; has her first vinyl 7" about to drop January 17th; is releasing her debut album with Apollo - Brown Study - on special edition vinyl in March; and is about to record a new project with famed West Coast fOnkateer Georgia Anne Muldrow that will be out this fall on Mello Music Group. To ring in the year though, Boog is giving away an all new track she & Apollo Brown put together titled "Detroit."
Free Download: Boog Brown "Detroit" (prod. Apollo Brown)
PR: Bless Scores 55K Views in Germany for April Showers
Courtesy Melanie J. Cornish.
Montreal based MC Bless saw his video for the poignant April Showers featured on some of the most prominent Hip-Hop sites when it was unveiled last month, but the success it has secured on German video channel MyVideo.de has been unbelievable. The site premiered the video on Friday and it has secured 55,000 views since.
"I'm super excited about the New Year and overwhelmed by all the support April Showers is getting overseas, particularly in Germany," Bless shared. It just goes to show that there is still a great market in Europe for quality independent hip-hop and I am happy to be able to provide that."
April Showers was written after Bless lost two significant people in his life, his sister and Guru from Gangstarr who was a huge influence in the emergence of the Canadian lyricist back in the early days of his career.
"The idea for April Showers was already in the back of my mind after losing my sister, but strangely, I was unable to come up with a third verse. Guru ended up passing away in April so I found it only fitting to call the song 'April Showers,' and dedicate the rest of the track to him. This song represents the changing of seasons, the cycle of life, and new beginnings."