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E.S.G. Recharges Houston with Digital Dope


Courtesy Dove at Tygereye.net:

E.S.G. Recharges Houston with Digital Dope
New Digital Album - February 10 on Gracie Prod/EMI

 
Houston, TX -- It's been said that everyone does it bigger in Texas, and E.S.G. can rightfully claim a part in one of the biggest movements in Hip Hop history. As an original Screwed Up Click member alongside the legendary DJ Screw, E.S.G. saw the famed Chopped and Screwed sound grow from Houston's underground to worldwide recognition. With a plethora of albums and appearances spanning 15 years, the Everyday Street Gangsta is back in 2009 with Digital Dope, a project that will be released digitally on February 10 in association with Gracie Productions and EMI.
 
Digital Dope features longtime Screwed Up Click affiliate Lil’ KeKe and crooner Big T, known best for singing the hook on Lil Troy’s platinum single “Wanna Be a Balla.” E.S.G. is also incorporating the talents of artists like Big Cliff, Big Boy SA, ILL Tactics, Duane Harris, J Stew, C-Money and Fred T from his new label S.F.L (Screwed Fo Life). Production includes innovative beats from Sean Blaze, DJ Bido, Unique, Da Beat Kings, Harvey Love, D Smuv, JP and Bam.

“This album is basically what it’s called - digital dope,” explains E.S.G. “We’ve been doing mixtapes and screw tapes down South so long. This time, instead of just a normal mixtapes over industry beats, we decided to give what we call in Texas ‘a skee taste’ of all original tracks for the growing online community. People have been eating off us for years over the web, so if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

E.S.G. will follow in late 2009 with the album Everyday Street Gangsta, already in the works. Features already locked in for the full-length album include Bun B, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Big Hawk, Trae and E.S.G.’s seven-year-old son Killa B.

Although his professional and musical resources are far-reaching, E.S.G. unselfishly realizes the importance of bringing forth fresh talent from his area. He often collaborates with newcomers, each wanting the chance to put their own mark on Houston's incredible Hip Hop history.

“Every region across the globe has someone that has helped to pave the way for others,” says E.S.G. “Scarface, Bun B and Tony Draper are the people who opened doors for me, the same as I have been the first to do songs with many up-and-coming artists in my region. I just want to keep making music for game, to keep eating and to help inspire new artists or the next young C.E.O.”

For more information on E.S.G. go to www.tygereye.net/esg and www.myspace.com/therealesg .

Digital Dope Tracklist
 
1.   Ballin Just A Hobby f/ Big Cliff & Dj Bido - prod by Unique
2.   One Hundred f/ Big Boy S.A. & Lil KeKe - prod by Da Beat Kings
3.   Don’t Dance - prod by Harvey Love
4.   I’m Bad f/ ILL Tactics - prod by.Sean Blaze
5.   Wutchu On - prod by Harvey Love
6.   Paying My Dues f/ Duane Harris - prod by D Smuv
7.   Whip It - prod by Sean Blaze
8.   Fake and Real f/ C Money & Fred T - prod by JP
9.   Gettem Hi - prod by JP
10. Making Money f/ J Stew, Big T & C Note - prod by Bam
11. Actin Bad - prod by Dj Bido
 
ABOUT E.S.G.

As a trailblazer of the early ‘90s, Houston native and Screwed Up Click member E.S.G. helped popularize the “chopped and screwed” style associated with his onetime home, Wreckshop Records. The “Everyday Street Gangsta” made his first major move in 1995 when Perrion Entertainment released Ocean of Funk, which featured his breakthrough single “Swangin’ and Bangin’” and its accompanying “Chopped and Screwed” mix. E.S.G. is staying true to his roots with his new single “Actin Bad” and upcoming album Digital Dope, slated for release on February 10, 2009 (SFL / Gracie Productions / EMI).

E.S.G.’s early success in ‘95 with the chopped and screwed sound inspired Perrion Entertainment to reissue the most impressive songs from Ocean of Funk -”Swangin’ and Bangin’,” “Crooked Streets” and “Smoke On” - on a new album the same year entitled Sailin’ da South, which was distributed widely by Priority Records. Following his amazing breakout buzz, E.S.G. maintained a low profile while imprisoned.

Despite his personal setbacks, the chopped and screwed movement was reaching the masses, and E.S.G. came home in 1998 with renewed artistic energy. He created the intensely dark album Return of the Living Dead (Black Hearted/SoSouth), and took on an increasingly hardcore stance as competition between MC’s thrived within the Dirty South movement.

E.S.G. found a visionary match with up-and-coming Houston label Wreckshop Records, a company driven by the reputation of the immortalized DJ Screw. E.S.G. recorded the albums Shinin’ Grindin’ in 1999 and City Under Siege in 2000, followed by a chopped and screwed remix of the latter. Unfortunately, DJ Screw passed away in 2000, leaving behind a legacy of music that E.S.G. and his counterparts in the movement were determined to carry on.

In the wake of the new millennium, E.S.G. was touted as one of the eminent rappers in Texas alongside the likes of Lil’ Keke, Fat Pat, U.G.K. and Lil’ Troy. He capitalized on his reputation by co-establishing S.E.S. Records. The label’s first release in 2001, Boss Hoggs Outlaws, paired E.S.G. with newcomer Slim Thug, and gave the imprint credence in the ever-growing Southern market.

While E.S.G. has been grinding independently for the past few years, changes in music trends and the Houston music scene have given him even bigger reasons to ensure the niche for chopped and screwed music everywhere. His new project Digital Dope takes the traditional street album to a new place, with a focus on internet fans.

“This album is basically what it’s called - digital dope,” explains E.S.G. “We’ve been doing mixtapes and screw tapes down South so long. This time, instead of just a normal mixtapes over industry beats, we decided to give what we call in Texas ‘a skee taste’ of all original tracks for the growing online community. People have been eating off us for years over the web, so if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

Digital Dope features longtime Screwed Up Click affiliate Lil’ KeKe and crooner Big T, known best for singing the hook on Lil Troy’s platinum single “Wanna Be a Balla.” E.S.G. is also incorporating the talents of artists like Big Cliff, Big Boy SA, ILL Tactics, Duane Harris, J Stew, C-Money and Fred T from his new label S.F.L (Screwed Fo Life). Production includes innovative beats from Sean Blaze, DJ Bido, Unique, Da Beat Kings, Harvey Love, D Smuv, JP and Bam.

E.S.G.’s business plan for the S.F.L. label begins with the February 2009 release of Digital Dope in association with Gracie Productions and EMI distribution, and will follow with the album Everyday Street Gangsta, already in the works. Features already locked in for Everyday Street Gangsta include Bun B, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Big Hawk, Trae and E.S.G.’s seven-year-old son Killa B.

“Every region across the globe has someone that has helped to pave the way for others,” says E.S.G. “Scarface, Bun B and Tony Draper are the people who opened doors for me, the same as I have been the first to do songs with many up-and-coming artists in my region. Over the years, we all became household names in this part of the U.S., and consistently dropped good music without major promotion. Even still, we could sell nearly a million records independently with the fanbase we created. I just want to keep making music for game, to keep eating and to help inspire new artists or the next young C.E.O.”

Chamillionaire Announces Mixtape Messiah 6 for Jan. 13th


Courtesy of Nancy B.:

While most of us were taking it easy over the Holiday period, Chamillionaire was hard at work in the studio, as usual, gearing up for the January 13th release of Mixtape Messiah 6, the soon-to-be-announced release of Mixtape Messiah 7 and of course, the 1st Quarter drop of his highly anticipated third album, Venom (Chamillitary/Universal Republic.)

Venom's first single, Creepin' (Solo) ft. Ludacris (at his maniacal best) is already on steady smolder mode since it was leaked in December and shows all the signs of an organically-grown hit. For those with a constant jones for freestyles though, we have provided a link below to download all of the latest, along with accompanying artwork, for your iPods, websites, blogs and general consumption.

Happy New Year from the Chamillitary family. Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD LINK:

* http://audio.chamillionaire.com/fanbuild/chamillionaire/mixtape-freestyles.zip *

JANUARY PROMO TOUR DATES:

1/13 - *** Mixtape Messiah 6 drops

1/13 - San Marcos / Round Rock

 1/14 - Arlington - Valley View Mall

 1/15 - Dallas / Ft. Worth

1/16 - Austin - Live remote at Club Vicci

1/17 - Houston - 8th Annual High School MLK Battle of the Bands - Del Mar Stadium - celebrity judge

1/18 - Houston - In-store at Fly Rydes

1/19 - Houston - 15th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Co-Grand Marshal

1/20 - D.C. - Inauguration

1/21 - D.C.

1/24 - McAllen - Performance at McAllen Convention Center event

Enough with the Generic Concert DVDs


The other day I was sitting down to yet another concert DVD when I realized something. Despite being a fan of the artist, and despite the fact that I’m sure I would have had a great time at the show, I didn’t feel compelled at all to watch the DVD. It wasn’t the artist, and it wasn’t my mood, it was the simple fact that concert DVDs that are just a concert are usually fairly bland.

Read the full story at:  http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2009/01/enough-with-generic-concert-dvds.html

The Necessity of Promo CDs


Ballin PR founder Nicole Balin interviewed RapReviews' own Adam Bernard last week to get his opinion on promo CDs, anti-piracy drops, album streams, and attempting to keep an artist’s work off the internet while still getting it reviewed in publications that have three to four month lead times. The feature has been published in two parts. Check it out!

* Part I of the Interview

* Part II of the Interview

PS – Nicole is awesome, so feel free to leave her comments!
La Coka Nostra Video Featuring B-Real


Press release courtesy of Kerosene Media.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
La Coka Nostra Launches Video For “I’m An American”
Featuring Cypress Hill’s B-Real


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Debut Album “A Brand You Can Trust” In Stores Early 2009 and Touring Alongside Kottonmouth Kings On Bring Tha Noize Tour

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La Coka Nostra Consists of Everlast, DannyBoy, DJ Lethal, Ill Bill, Slaine and Big Left
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La Coka Nostra have released the video for the track “I’m An American” online at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3qU821mlqM . The video was directed by La Coka Nostra's own Danny Boy O'Connor and features a guest appearance by Cypress Hill’s B-Real.

"I just wanted to create something different than what I have been seeing in hip-hop lately," commented Danny Boy. "I like the graphic novel look and decided to produce and direct my own for LCN-DB."

Founded on a new breed of rappers, but further injecting the mix with iconic veterans of the game the result is La Coka Nostra. Composed of members Ill Bill, Slaine, Everlast, Danny Boy, Dj Lethal and Big Left, La Coka Nostra is a breath of fresh air in these days of contrived airbrushed rap music.

La Coka Nostra will release their upcoming debut “A Brand You Can Trust” through Suburban Noize Records in early 2009 packed with collaborations by Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Bun B, Psycho Realm, Q-Unique, Immortal Technique and the Alchemist. The group will embark on the Bring Tha Noize Tour alongside Kottonmouth Kings, Blaze Ya’ Dead Homie, Big B, Potluck and Short Dawg beginning in late February through early April.

 BRING THA NOIZE TOUR 2009:

Feb 25 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
Feb 26 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
Feb 27 Portland, OR @ Roseland
Feb 28 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Mar 01 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Mar 03 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Mar 04 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
Mar 05 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Hall
Mar 06 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Mar 07 St. Paul, MN @ Myth
Mar 08 Fargo, ND @ Playmakers
Mar 09 Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall
Mar 11 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Mar 12 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
Mar 13 Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos
Mar 14 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Mar 15 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Mar 17 Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
Mar 18 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Mar 19 Cheswick, PA @ Gravity Nightclub
Mar 20 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Mar 21 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
Mar 22 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
Mar 23 New York, NY @ BB Kings
Mar 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar 27 Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
Mar 28 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 29 Sauget, IL @ Pops
Mar 31 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
Apr 01 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
Apr 02 Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
Apr 03 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Apr 04 Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air

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* www.MySpace.com/LaCokaNostraMusic *

T.I. Owes $8,000 In Attorney Fees in Custody Case


According to our friends at BlackVibes.com it seems T.I. is in some hot water over a legal bill. Lawyers for LaShon Dixon, the mother of T.I.'s sons, say the rapper owes an $8,000 attorney bill in a custody case. T.I. is scheduled to appear in Fulton County Superior Court to resolve the matter today. T.I. was ordered in September to pay more than $3,000 a month to Dixon as well as cover the boys' private school tuition, uninsured medical bills and expenses related to the children's extracurricular activities. He was also ordered to pay her attorney fees no later than November 19th. In the meantime T.I. and Dixon are still negotiating child support and custody of the boys, ages 7 and 8. He also has two sons with his fiancee, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, of defunct R&B group Xscape. Thanks again to BlackVibes.com for this update.
EPMD - Run It Remix (Single)


Review by Vern Pitt

Artist: EPMD
Title: Run It Remix
Label: Beyond Records

So a new EPMD release is in, about time for a few cash-in remixes I'd say. What better way to honour a classic, albeit fading rap group, than by injecting a bit of house into their back catalogue?

Well if that seems as nonsensical to you as it does to me then you may also want to use this disc as a coaster. Stripping any semblance of its original piano hook, original lyrics or original swagger Herve and Sinde use their bites of the cherry to strip the track of any listening pleasure. The former uses dull distorted bass and frantic hi-hats as his weapon of musical destruction while the latter resorts to a sub-par dub under tone.

Duke Dumont's take on it is a little more bearable retaining the basic idea that it's hip-hop but falls short with a bizarre and annoying choice of inserting squarks into the mix. Don't "Run It," just run from it.

The Adam B Experience (ABX) Podcast #9!


The Adam B Experience

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Hip-Hop Shop #16 - BurntMD, Staik Selektah, Termanology


The Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to Kayfabe 4 Dummies every Sunday night, a 30 minute show of hip-hop tracks and talk. This week Big D and Steve 'Flash' Juon feature tracks by Statik Selektah, BurntMD and Termanology while discussing the NFL and possible hip-hop meets pro wrestling angles for 2009! 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!

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Jav aka Rapmononov - An Emcee with a Classical Approach


A month or so ago I was at a show with former Artist Of The Week Deep of 2 Hungry Bros and he handed me a CD by Jav aka Rapmononov, recommending I give him a listen. The album turned out to be dope, which really shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. As a member of the AOK Collective Deep works with some of the best artists around, so clearly he knows what he’s doing when it comes to assessing talent. Of course, I wasn’t going to leave things at just a listen, I had to hit up Jav aka Rapmonanov for a feature. This week I caught up with the multitalented artist to find out more about the man behind the music, including everything from his inspirations, to why he feels his work will connect with people, to how a classical musician influenced his name.

Read the full interview at:  http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2009/01/artist-of-week-jav-aka-rapmononov.html


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