The NYC Hip-Hop trio 3rd Party has already produced two Adam’s World Artists of the Week (Hired Gun and Rabbi Darkside), and this week the third member of the trio, Farbeon, is ready for his close-up. Born in El Paso, Texas, Farbeon’s musical journey started at a very young age as a singer in his church’s choir. He jokes that “little old ladies” were his first groupies. Farbeon would go on to study poetry at Georgetown University during Allen Iverson’s reign there and in 2000 he linked up with the Blow Up Co-Op in Phoenix, Arizona. After moving to NYC in 2002, Farbeon quickly found Rabbi Darkside and Hired Gun and the trio formed 3rd Party. This week I caught up with Farbeon to discuss his many projects, from all things music related, to his work with Alzheimer’s patients, to his development of his own Master’s program at NYU. One thing is for sure, Farbeon is far from being your average artist.
The other day a friend of mine sent me a video of Cam’ron answering “fan questions.” It cracked me up. Not only that, it made me realize how Cam has not only maintained his career over the past eleven years, but has become more popular as those years have gone by - he has a personality and he isn’t afraid to show it...
They say the best things in life are free. Well, plenty of them aren't as we still have to pay the bills to survive in this world. But there is something best that I found recently for de FREE. "A Child's Painting" is a mixtape by upcoming producer VohnBeatz. He makes the boom-bap and head noddin' gangsta type of beats that you can't say no too. And peep this, VohnBeatz in only 11 years old fam! That's right, ELEVEN! Come check him out and give him his props/feedback at www.myspace.com/vohndee. /> Here's the link below: http://www.zshare.net/download/56415580426a56f9/
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Every week Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D on Sunday nights, but this week episode #22 is even bigger because we're going a full hour and inviting special guest REMOT to join the show. He's an underground producer with a proven track record and many title victories in remix contests under his belt. Remot also has a personal tie to RapReviews.com we'll discuss on the show as we run through a variety of underground tracks and some of Remot's own work!Tune in every Sunday at 9:30 PM EST, 8:30 Central via blogtalkradio.com/angrymarks and if you miss the live show be sure to look for the replay here on RapReviews or via our sponsor thecancerandmrob.com. The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com. Enjoy!
Edreys aka Billy Drease Williams is lending his voice and positive energy to an international charitable cause on Thursday, March 5th at The Hard Rock Cafe, in Niagara Falls. Hard Rock Cafe, in conjunction with Musicians on Call, are opening their doors throughout the world during the month of March to promote healing through the power of music. A portion of every ticket sold will benefit this global effort. Tickets can be bought through www.ticketweb.com or at the door for only $10.00.
To return the favor Edreys is offering the first seven people through the door drinks on him. Go to www.deepthinka.com/firstdrinkonbilly.jpg to print the coupon. Doors open at 8pm, so be sure to get there early!
Friday March 6 @ Dubland Underground, Rochester NY Billy Drease Williams at the Pants Party
Bring your hot pants, flannel pants and pantsuits! The funkiest thing to hit Rochester nightlife since polyester is going down Friday March 6, 2009. The Pants Party is happening at the Dub Land Underground, located at 315 Alexander St., one of the freshest venues in the Roc.
Edreys a.k.a. Billy Drease Williams—whose originality and innovation have made him a force to reckon with on the indie-hip hop scene—is hitting the stage with his uplifting rhymes and eccentric rhythms to make sure your hips will be swaying and head bobbing all night long. He tore up the stages of Warped Tour this past summer and his videos for the tunes "I Like It" and “Get Free” have made him a YouTube sensation, together receiving more than a half million views, so don't miss your chance to see this artist on the rise for his first performance in Rochester!
Saturday March 7 @ The Chapter House, Ithaca NY Get Free' with Billy Drease Williams; Artist on the Rise
Billy Drease Williams will be performing at The Chapter House Brew Pub on Saturday, March 7th 2009. Doors open at 10 p.m. and tickets are $5.00. Edreys a.k.a. Billy Drease Williams, whose originality and innovation have made him a force to reckon with on the indie-hip hop scene, is hitting the stage with his uplifting rhymes and eccentric rhythms to make sure your hips will be swaying and head bobbing all night long. He tore up the stages of Warped Tour this past summer and his videos for the tunes "I Like It" and "Get Free" have made him a YouTube sensation, together receiving more than a half million views.
This energetic and positive performer for one night! Don't miss your chance to witness this artist on the rise for his performance in Ithaca!
More information about these and other events is available online at www.dtr45.com or by calling 716-873-2151.
Themselves, the Bay area duo of Doseone and Jel (both also key members of the group Subtle), have returned from a six year hiatus with a flurry of activities and releases planned for 2009. It's no mistake that this resurrection comes hot on the heels of the Anticon label's tenth anniversary - Themselves have long been one of the label's flagship groups.
First up for Themselves is a tour, including stops at SXSW in March, and Coachella in April. In early March, theFREEhoudini mixtape will drop in various places around the internets, featuring a dizzying array of guests, including Slug, Aesop Rock, Busdriver, WHY?, Buck 65, Passage, DJ Baku, Alias, Pedestrian, Sole, Serengeti, D Styles and The Lionesque. As Doseone put it, "TheFREEhoudini is an inspired Themselves rendition of the classic mixtape medium, housing a medley of original music, it features every rapper we have ever shared a cause with in the past decade. It is also a gift, for these curious times in the consumption of music."
In August 2009 Themselves will drop its third official full-length album, CrownsDown which Dose refers to as such - "CrownsDown is our statue - to rap as it reered us - and the arch and arrow, of what it is to be us, in a decade of music made and the temperature of these two thousands." It's also worth pointing out that theFREEhoudini mixtape and CrownsDown will be the 19th and 20th releases of Doseone's career, respectively.
03/08 Arcata, CA Hunter Paid Gallery 03/14 Palm Springs, CA The Point After 03/15 Las Vegas, NV Beauty Bar 03/18 - 03/21 Austin, TX SXSW 03/25 St. Louis, MO Firebird 03/26 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle 03/27 Pontiac, MI Pike Room 03/28 Toronto, ON Sneaky Dee's 03/29 Montreal, QC Club Lambi 04/01 Boston, MA Great Scott 04/02 Princeton, NJ Terrace F Club H 04/03 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool 04/04 New York, NY Studio at Webster Hall 04/06 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary 04/07 Washington, DC DC9 04/08 Blacksburg, VA The Lantern 04/09 Atlanta, GA 529 04/10 Birmingham, AL BottleTree 04/11 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon 04/14 Austin, TX Mohawk 04/16 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room 04/19 Indio, CA Coachella
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Themselves theFREEhoudini (Anticon) Dropping March, 2009 Featuring: Aesop Rock WHY? Busdriver DJ Baku Buck 65 Alias D Styles Sole Serengeti Pedestrian Slug Passage The Lionesque
CAMP LO “STONE AND ROB: CAUGHT ON TAPE” NEW MIXTAPE COMING MARCH 24TH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Perennial hip-hop mainstays Camp Lo are releasing Stone And Rob: Caught On Tape on March 24th, a mixtape installment of all-new original material. Featuring 13 tracks all produced by Smoking Apples (Sonny Cheeba and Apple Juice Kid), Ski (known for work with Jay-Z and Camp Lo’s critically acclaimed debut Uptown Saturday Night), and Apple Juice Kid, Stone And Rob: Caught On Tape will be released on Camp Lo’s new label venture Soul Fever as the official precursor to the group’s much-anticipated 4th album A Piece Of The Action. The lead single “On Smash” feat. Styles P and Pete Rock is currently impacting on the web and at mixshow radio.
Camp Lo is excited to treat their fans with a new offering of the fresh and timeless Camp Lo style they know and love. Of the new project, Sonny Cheeba says, “This mixtape is something the hoppers need in their life.”
The group will be doing tour dates in Austin, TX for the annual SXSW Music Festival - dates and venues are:
As his most recent mixtape, UNEXCLUSIVELY EXCLUSIVE hosted by DJ DUB MD surpasses the 15,000 download mark Spectacula took some time out to join Lenny S, Big Lite and Maya the B on the highly viewed ROCKMETV show last week in the heart of NYC. Discussing his new mixtape and just how he has emerged as one of the hottest up and coming artists out of Queens today, Spectacula gets the opportunity to spit live on set.
OGPR is proud to announce the recent inclusion of Novakane to our artist roster.
Real and ruthless is the tune of STP Music Group’s newest remedy, Novakane.
While most up-and-comers attempt to pull off their "one big hit" by matching it with a dance move, Novakane represents for the true hip-hop fans who still respect raw expression without the games and gimmicks. Ferocious as a Chicago wind, Nokavane’s approach is numbing to the senses. And he intends to keep it that way.
A native of the city’s West side, Novakane started rapping at age 16. Mainly inspired by NWA and Too Short, he would visualize their tales of gangsta life while witnessing it first-hand for himself everyday. After graduating from high school, he decided to take music seriously and moved to Memphis where his godmother opened a recording studio.
Groomed by the fast pace environment of Chi-Town’s most notorious streets, Novakane would be automatically equipped for survival in the music industry. But the streets wouldn’t let up. In 2001, Novakane was sent to prison for a six year sentence. While incarcerated, he continued to write and sharpen his skills by rhyming without beats. After his release in 2006, Novakane regained focus; determined to dish out an official dose of his lyrical venom to the world.
“I do it for my goons, they want that gangsta music”
One listen to Novakane's first DJBooth.net contribution, Love Hate ft. R.L., a bittersweet tale of love-gone-wrong, with its Tupac-esque delivery, will endear real Hip-Hop audiences to Novakane immediately. Instead of taking the standard female diss route, Novakane let's you inside his pain at not being able to let go of his now-vindictive Ex. Make no mistake though, Novakane is no Plies and this is no pro-forma 'song for the ladies.'
In his two years as a free man, Novakane has kept his focus on making music; producing anthems such as last year's hit, Shawty Said ft. Tre'V and Yo Gotti, which spent 11 weeks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Chart. The video received almost 1 million YouTube views. After 6 years on lock, the man has got alot to say.
Ever in the studio, and anticipating the 2nd Quarter drop of his debut album, The 1st 48, Novakane plans to stay in the hearts and minds of the fans by dropping a constant flow of mixtapes; four to be exact. On deck are mixtapes with The Empire, the notorious Bigga Rankin, DJ Infamous and the much anticipated Chief Rocka-hosted, The Lethal Injection.
Below are links to download two efforts from Novakane's debut; his first single, Leave the Club ft. Tre'V which goes for adds March 23-24, and the street banger, Neva Eva, both produced by Memphis native, and 8Ball & MJG production staple, T-Mac.
For those who prefer a more visual introduction, some video links are also provided.
With a solid code of street ethics and an undeniable talent for lyrics and delivery, Novakane is the truth.