(November 7, 2008 - Brooklyn, NY) Brand new Bay Area based urban/hip-hop label, MYX Music Label, is proud to announce a retail and digital distribution deal with the Rob Nonies Label Group (R.N.L.G.). KOCH Entertainment distributes R.N.L.G. throughout North America. The deal encompasses all music and DVD releases from the MYX Music Label catalog and the entertainment content of the MYX television network.
MYX is a 24-hour music and lifestyle channel, carried on major cable and satellite networks across North America. MYX is part of the ABS-CBN family, a Philippine multi-media conglomerate, and the largest integrated media and entertainment company in the Philippines. MYX showcases the hottest major label and independent music videos and tons of original programming, such as the hip-hop show Built from Skratch, the animated comedy series The Nutshack, and the urban fashion lifestyle program Str8 Laced. The MYX Music Label (MML) is the dynamic brainchild of ABS-CBN Global COO Rafael Lopez and Label Manager, Karim Panni. Label Manager Karim Panni explains, "The MYX Music Label is our MYX network affiliated record label, which we started to expose the best in independent Urban and Hip-Hop music. With the backing of MYX, we'll be able to utilize all the resources of a television network, as well as release some of the great MYX-created original programs on DVD. The deal with R.N.L.G./KOCH means we will have access to one of the major distribution networks and will be able reach a larger audience with our music and entertainment content, in markets all across the country. We're extremely excited!"
The MML music release schedule is packed with a groundbreaking lineup of hip-hop. The first release being the hip-hop production duo of Keelay & Zaire and their debut full length album Ridin High. The album showcases the musical abilities of the San Francisco/Virginia based beat smiths, as they invite indie hip-hop and soul's finest to rap and sing on their melodic soundscapes – names like Little Brother, Planet Asia, Supastition, Tha Alkaholiks, Rasco, Blu, Fortilive, Tiffany Paige, Inverse, Nino Moschella, and more.
Other MML music and DVD releases for 2009 include the Built from Skratch Vol. 1 DVD, The Nutshack Season 1 DVD, the Fortilive debut hip-hop CD (the trio of super producer Illmind, Slo-Mo and Mushmouf), the 20 C Energizers CD (hip-hop CD produced solely by Asian MC's, Producers, DJ's and Singers), and the Slanted Comedy Vol. 1 DVD. Be on the lookout for the launch of www.myxmusiclabel.com and the first single and video from Keelay & Zaire "The Times" dropping early November 2008, featuring Blu, Fortilive and Nino Moschella.
Bryan Robinson, Director of Business Affairs for R.N.L.G., commented, "R.N.L.G. is excited about the opportunity to work with the MYX family of companies. The MYX Music Label has the unusual leverage and resources of a music channel to promote and expose their music and entertainment content. The ambitious release schedule by MYX Music is indicative of the dynamic and creative leadership as well as their commitment to exposing the best independent music to the world. The combination of an innovative media provider like MYX with the major distribution network offered by R.N.L.G./KOCH could potentially reshape the landscape of the independent music scene."
About R.N.L.G. DISTRIBUTION KOCH ENTERTAINMENT, the number one ranked independent distributor in North America, distributes R.N.L.G. DISTRIBUTION exclusively throughout its territory. R.N.L.G. was launched to extend national distribution opportunities to independent labels that are financially capable of pressing their own product and sustaining their own marketing and promotion campaigns. The company's primary function will be to provide access to leading independent distribution channel in North America and to support to its label's releases with the expertise and staff needed for each project. R.N.L.G. seeks the best labels, with the best staff and with the best music. R.N.L.G. Distribution is enjoying conspicuous growth and is actively looking for labels and partners to continue their aggressive distribution schedule for the remainder of 2009 and beyond.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 6th, 2008 www.luckmedia.com MO WILEY GEARING UP FOR THE RELEASE OF HER FIRST KUT DEBUT ‘MAJOR LEAGUE BALLIN’,’ BAY AREA BASED FEMALE GANGSTA RAPPER GETS INTO THE APPAREL BIZ WITH MO WEAR AND HER OWN DESIGNER KEDS AND LAUNCHES A CHILDREN’S CHARITY FOUNDATION
Contrary to the old adage that we’ve all heard a million times, it’s Impatience that’s the virtue—or at least it is with Bay Area female gangsta rapper Mo Wiley (www.myspace.com/missmowiley), who’s keeping busy with a ton of exciting entrepreneurial activities as she awaits the upcoming release of “You Can’t Touch It,” the club groove driven first single from her highly anticipated debut Major League Ballin’, due to drop in early 2009 on Kent Entertainment’s First Kut Records.
First the basics: Though she cleaned up her act and went straight a while back now, Wiley brings a gritty vibe and real street cred to Major League Ballin’ and is already a popular club draw in Northern California with a huge fan base in Oakland (where she made Club 17 her home base). She’s matching her lofty ambitions with action, starting her career with big time players in the rap biz. Not only is she working with the “Godfather of Rap” (and Kent owner) Morey Alexander (who launched the careers of rap legends like N.W.A, Easy-E, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre), but her album was produced by one of FirstKut’s most popular artists, Slick (from Slick and the Shock Mob).
Like all the great rappers who develop an incredible business sense to expand their brand, Wiley is already planning an exclusive clothing line with Alexander, appropriately dubbed “Mo Wear.” Her Mo Wear line will feature hip-hop apparel for women, including casual jeans and T-shirts designed with the female in mind.
“When women traditionally shop for hip-hop apparel, they either end up looking like a guy or come home frustrated,” says Wiley. “I’m going to help design items specifically for them.”
Other lines under the Mo Wear brand will include Wiley Wear, which will feature casual athletic clothes, and her high-end Boss Gurl line, which includes fancier jeans, dresses, knee high boots and sexy but not overly risqué clothing geared towards a high spirited night on the town.
Through myspace, Wiley also connected with an online merchant site that allows users to create their own product line for memorabilia type items. She began messing around and getting creative and is now selling a line of U.S. postal stamps with her image on them as well as Mo Wiley Keds and Customized Keds featuring pictures and imagery from her photo shoot for Major League Ballin’. In addition to pics of Wiley in her baseball uniform on the front and sides, the shoes feature a candy stripe on the toes and insole—creating a customized candy cane like effect. Fans can check these out at www.zazzle.com/mowiley .
Wiley, who is also currently planning her first major tour scheduled for early 2009, recently incorporated with several partners the Mo Wiley Children’s Foundation, a non profit organization dedicated to feeding, sheltering and educating our youth. Along with Tony “Rock” Jackson, who runs the Bay Area Hip Hop Awards (a major local black tie event), Wiley is working on creating, as a launching event and fundraiser, a Bay Area At Risk Hip Hop Awards show and concert early in the new year.
Other current Wiley happenings include the grand opening of her brand new recording studio, Mo Bay Records, on November 5 (she already has many advance bookings) and a single release party for “You Can’t Touch It” at San Francisco Club Fat City on November 28, which is being held in conjunction with an album release event for famed Oakland based rapper Dru Down.
Jacksonville, Florida based GodChaserz Entertainment has big news coming down the pipeline. G.C.E. CEO/ Producer/ Artist Brinson has just wrapped shooting the video for the single "Solar Powered" featuring Cincinnati emcee D-M.A.U.B. Solar Powered is the first single from Brinson's debut album "Escaping Me" out now.
D-M.A.U.B. flew in from Cincinnati for the filming. Before shooting began, he and Brinson went to a local church to minister "Solar Powered" in front of a packed house.
"That was Just a warm up" said D-M.A.U.B. Then they went to the shooting location to meet the breakers, dancers, and other cast members from the shoot.
"You can expect the video to be full of energy just like the song. We are planning to release a DVD as well." says Brinson. He laughs and goes on to say "I met D-M.A.U.B. about 3 years ago at the Holy Hip Hop awards. Who knew that Jesus had planned this from then. It's funny how God hooks men of God up to co-labor together."
The video is being directed by Brinson & A.LaTorre, who will also direct the music video for "What It's Gone Be" by Big R.
M9 TO SUPPORT THE GZA - 13th NOVEMBER - Electric Ballroom Camden
M9 will be supporting the mighty GZA from the WU TANG when he touch¹s down in the UK on the 13th November.
STRANGE FRUIT, is the first video taken from the fourth coming M9 album 144,000 [available now exclusively on sale at http://www.suspect-packages.com]. Be sure to go cop this one as M9 delivers a torrent of razor sharp audible gems that¹ll have you reaching for wikipedia almost as much as the rewind button.
M9 is one third of the highly rated Triple Darkness who have been on the scene for a while now doing some ill live shows supporting the likes of Method Man & Redman, Styles P, DJ Vadim, Siagon and Immortal Technique
With guest features from the mighty Jehst, M9¹s own fam Triple Darkness and the Detroit Wu Tang affiliate Bronze Nazereth. Alongside tight production from peeps like Chemo, Beatbutcha and the impossibly talented Jon Phonics. This album is sure to bang.
Tonight on the Hip-Hop Shop we are IN IT TO WIN IT LIKE BARACK OBAMA! This show was pre-taped by necessity due to WEC coverage (check it out on AngryMarks.com) but that won't stop you from hearing some of the flyest tracks in hip-hop today including a special PRESIDENTIAL track featuring the long lost Ladybug from Digable Planets and a new joint from Kurupt & Roscoe. Join us every Wednesday night at 10:00 PM EST, 9 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 mrobandthecancer.com. The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com. Enjoy!
* Illa J - We Here * Git Beats feat. Ladybug - America * Omega Red feat. KRS-One, Sheena - Hip-Hop Party * ST.MiC - Fresh 2 Def * Black Milk feat. DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price - The Matrix * Kurupt and Roscoe - Break it Down Like
EXTINCTION: LAST OF A DYING BREED IN STORES ON NOVEMBER 25TH, 2008
(New York, NY) ― KOCH Records is proud to announce the release of Extinction: Last of a Dying Breed, the brand new mixtape album by D-Block member Sheek Louch, on November 25th, 2008. This album contains all new material.
Sheek Louch, along with Styles P and Jadakiss, is a founding member of THE LOX, the Yonkers-based group who were the backbone of Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Bad Boy label during its heyday, the mid ‘90s. Hired as writers, the trio wrote and performed on Combs’ “I Got The Power,” and “It’s All About the Benjamins,” Mase’s “24 Hrs. to Live,” the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Last Day,” Mary J. Blige’s “Can’t Get You Off My Mind,” and many others.
The Lox released their debut album, Money, Power & Respect in 1998—it reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. To date, THE LOX has sold 1.7 million albums.
Sheek Louch has also built a successful career as a solo artist. After releasing 2003’s Walk Witt Me, Sheek released After Taxes in 2005, which debuted at #23 on Billboard’s Top 200, and Silverback Gorilla earlier this year. Sheek Louch has sold over 450,000 units as a solo artist.
About Extinction…Last of a Dying Breed, Sheek Louch says, “Yeah man, this mixtape is for all my hoods, jails and group homes out there – all my fans. I just wanted to serve some food while I’m cooking up the main course. My new studio album is coming soon after. Hold Me Down!”
Alan Grunblatt, General Manager and Executive Vice President of KOCH Records, adds, “Sheek Louch is a successful core KOCH artist and he defines gangsta rap in New York.”
Look for a new D-Block mixtape to hit streets in February!
New York, NY (November 4, 2008) - Happy Election Day, Loud.com! Make sure you're a part of more American history today as we elect our 44th President; you've still got time!
THIS IS THE IT!!! THE FINAL ROUND HAS BEGUN!!! RAPPERS, ROUND 10 SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN AND THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GET IN THE BATTLE FOR $100,000 AND A RECORD DEAL FROM SRC/UNIVERSAL.
PRODUCERS, VOTING HAS BEGUN ON ROUND 9 AND NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE YOUR BEST BEATS FOR ROUND 10. WE ARE ONLY A FEW WEEKS AWAY FROM THE START OF THE FINALISTS 2!!!
Loud.com had a great week, highlighted by some really dope emcee entries. But more to the point of this Newsletter, the producer round was extremely close, and at the end of it all, O'Neil The New Element came out on top! Many congrats, playboy! Shout outs also to runner's up Brick Beatz and DJ MikeC 5000. Be sure to check back later tomorrow when we debut an exclusive video from Hot 97's DJ Bobby Trends dropping some science on why he thought O'Neil deserved the top spot. For all you emcees, keep the hot shit coming in Round 10 - IT'S YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GRAB A SPOT IN THE FINALS and compete for that $100,000 and record deal from SRC/Universal.
This week, we have some pretty dope features on the site. We dropped Part 1 of our exclusive interview with DJ Bobby Trends (not to be confused with the judging video you all want to see!), and he talked about how he was instrumental in Flex's car show and how he got his start with the Street Teams. Check that out here. We also dropped a brand new audio interview from Asher Roth that he did Saturday morning with G-Unit radio on Shade 45. He answers questions about Eminem, Halloween, the XXL cover and a grip of other topics. And if you're a fan of West Coast music, we got you covered there, too. Check out our Loud.com Favorites with indie mainstay turned Warner Bros. recording artist MURS (Making Underground Raw Shit). And lastly, one of your own, Yung Jerz, shot us a video of himself performing at a local high school football game, hyping up the crowd with an exclusive verse. Shout out to the homie from Jersey bringing his music to the masses in a new, creative way! It would serve all our Finalists well to be prepared to do the same.
Our New Music Cartel + Camp Lo Contest is set to launch tomorrow, Wednesday, November 5th. Be sure to check out the particulars here later tomorrow or get over to the NMC website and click through the sites to download the songs. In case you've been sleeping, though, find your basic details here.
For those of you who haven't entered into our exclusive Beats By Dre Contest, the clock is winding down. Be sure to get in your last tracks before November 7th. For those of you not wanting to enter, you're missing out on a chance to have your tracks heard by an Aftermath A&R and win a pair of Dr. Dre's new $350 Beats By Dre headphones. Yeah, you lose.
A few other quick items of note:
EMCEES! Round 9 Voting IS COMPLETE!
* A winner will be announced November 11th * Submissions for Round 10 Begin TODAY! * With only 1 Round left, YOU HAVE ONLY ONE MORE CHANCE to enter and compete for that $100,000 and record deal from SRC/Universal Motown!!
PRODUCERS! Submissions for Round 9 are CLOSED!
* Voting begins today; a Round 9 winner will be announced on Nov 18th * Congrats to O'Neil The New Element! His blend of boom-bap and pop had the judges fiending for more! Bring that heat in the Finals, kid! * After this voting period closes, there's only one chance left to enter, so ready the heavy artillery for Round 10 and make that deal yours!!!