La Coka Nostra's Slaine Says Sam Adams Is a Threat to Hip-Hop
Slaine, of the rap super group La Coka Nostra, has voiced his concerns about the success of rapper Sam Adams and his new EP “Boston’s Boy”. Earlier this year, Sam Adams came under fire after accusations that he bought his way to the top of the iTunes hip-hop charts. Slaine has released the following statement:
“I think over the years you can see I’m not a hater, but this dude is actually a threat to the foundation of real hip hop street music," commented Slaine. "He’s never paid a due and has no respect or knowledge of the culture. If this is hip-hop's new direction we are in trouble and he is about to get backed by the biggest powers in the game. He seems like a nice kid, but on principle I gotta cut his head off. Sorry Sammy, but Boston's boy is about to get banned from Boston. There is a reason that credibility is important in hip-hop, and it was so something like this couldn't happen. Right now we're letting some rich white college kids with a scheme and a huge bankroll come in and jack the entire street culture and turn it into some bubble gum frat bullshit. Watching what this kid is saying in interviews, it is extremely clear that he has no respect for hip-hop as a culture. He is even saying he invented his own form of music! Are you tripping? Sam Adams is bad for the culture and art form. He's bad for your business, and bad for my business. Sam Adams is bad for Boston and bad for hip-hop."
La Coka Nostra is currently touring in support of their debut album, “A Brand You Can Trust”.
With winter out of the way, League510, consisting of emcees TK, Mr. Knowitall, Monty, and DJ Blacksmith, are excited to drop their latest single, "To The Beat," to get people ready for a good time this summer. Emphasizing the group's original Town Techno sound, "To The Beat" is the perfect soundtrack to your next party. The energetic synthesizer is contagiously satisfying; you'll find yourself unable to forget the beat, while the song's hook, "We're movin' and groovin' to the beat," sung by the group's close friend and fellow artist, Mara Decoudrex, matches the beat's catchiness perfectly. "After we wrote it, we immediately thought of her," says League510. "She had the perfect voice for it." When asked what the biggest challenge was making the song, they answer, "Writing it. The beat is crazy and prior to making this track we'd never rapped to anything like it." Recording the track wasn't all challenges, though. The four Bay Area natives had plenty of good times recording the dance anthem: "The most enjoyable part was when Mara was recording the hook in her 'valley girl' voice. We laughed the entire time."
The title track to their album, To The Beat, the song genuinely represents how the group feels as newly emerging artists to the scene, while capturing the unique concept that League follows throughout the course of their debut album. Explaining the relationship League510 says, "This song is the title track because it signifies League510's landing on earth and attempting to adapt and learn how to move 'to the beat' of a new world while still marching 'to the beat' of our own drum." Looks like the ultimate summer anthem has arrived a little early.
Be on the lookout for the official video for League510's "To The Beat" in the coming weeks.
Emcees TK, Mont, Mr. Knowitall and DJ Blacksmith better known as League510 are pioneers of a sound that is all their own, Town Techno. With a sound that is out of this world, League510's musical journey began in a galaxy far away from ours. After traveling the universe for years, they entered our galaxy and our planet shortly thereafter. With sights on our world, the quartet chose to land in the hills east of Oakland, CA. After hiding their ship deep in the hills they approached this new town with great curiosity and were immediately amazed by the vibrant culture that they found. Adopting the Bay Area scene as their new home, League510 wasted no time in beginning their new musical journey here in our world. Using advanced abilities, the four emcees quickly mastered the art of sound and gave birth to Town Techo, a form of music that would unite the people in heightened awareness; to show them to take action, to appreciate the fun in life, to believe in themselves and to believe in The League.
About Clear Label Records:
Founded in Oakland, CA in 1999, Clear Label Records has established itself as one of the top independent labels in the Bay Area. The company is owned and operated by Tajai Massey, renowned recording artist with the group Souls of Mischief and the crew Hieroglyphics, who brings a unique perspective to the label utilizing his experiences as a major-label recording artist turned independent label owner & successful touring musician. Clear Label is home to recording artists of many genres such as Chris Marsol, Baby Jaymes, FamSyrk, Deep Rooted, League510, and more. Through a partnership with Pushing the Beat (PTB) called ClearBeat, the label is also home to Oakland’s hottest street artists including Beeda Weeda, Shady Nate, D-Lo, Sleepy D and others. Look for full-length releases from all of these artists in the near future. For more information, please visit http://www.clearlabelrecords.com .
Little Brother Releases Latest Track From Farewell Album, LeftBack
In preparation for the release of their forthcoming album, LeftBack, the North Carolina duo Little Brother is proud to release the album's latest track, "So Cold," featuring fellow Justus League emcee and long-time collaborator Chaundon. Produced by King Karnov, the song begins with a commanding drumbeat, wobbly bass line, and warped keyboard effects, shortly joined by a soulful intro and hook. Once the distorted sounds and old school vibe are set, Big Pooh, Phonte, and the Bronx's own Chaundon command the instrumental, each taking turns over the song's three verses. The smooth feel is complimented by "So Cold's" underlying theme - Big Pooh and Phonte live the high life from their musical success but haven't changed from the fame - and a catchy hook, "We love to party/ Love to ball/ Love to floss with no shame/ We act a fool/ We rock with jewels/ Got people calling our names/ So plain to see/ I can't believe you ever thought that I'd change/ So could about 20 below." The chemistry between the emcees is apparent throughout the track, continuing a long line of quality collaborations between the three. Chaundon explains, "The definition of soul, lyricism, and timeless music. Little Brother and Chaundon are 'So Cold'." Always down to make dope joints as a team, this latest installment is no different.
Look out for the official video for "Curtain Call" and some exclusive behind the scenes footage from the shoot coming soon.
Little Brother's fourth and final album, LeftBack, will be available April 20, 2010 via Hall Of Justus.
Little Brother, the Durham, North Carolina group formed in part by Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, released their debut album The Listening on ABB Records in 2003. They are now gearing up for the release of their fourth album, LeftBack, which will be the last of Little Brother’s illustrious career, available April 20th via Hall Of Justus. Continuing the tradition they set with the critically acclaimed third release GetBack, Big Pooh and Phonte have enlisted multiple producers for LeftBack, both from within and outside of the Justus League camp. The album features production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, J.Bizness and guest vocals from Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon, Median, and more.
Its only right i spend this month's instrumental episode of Subsoniq celebrating the music of legendary Japanese producer Nujabes, who passed away in a fatal car crash this past winter. I have said this on a number of occasions, BUT without Nujabes' music, there WOULD BE NO Subsoniq Instru-mentals... PERIOD... as he was the architect for the vibe i try and convey month in & month out! Not much else to say other than i hope that i did his memory justice with my selections. You can download the 1 hour tribute HERE! Rest in Beats Jun Seba...
3/26/10 - Berkeley, CA - The Understudies w/ Aesop of Living Legends
Digital Martyrs, Elijah The Poet & 21 Stylez, DJ MRC
+ Special Guests !!!! @ BLAKES on Telegraph / ages: 18+
$10 Presale / $13 Door
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Berkeley show, you guys got it crackin'! We had a great turnout, special guest Bicasso from Living Legends, and shouts out to Function: Drinks for being in the house with free refreshments and gear. Pictures are on The Understudies Facebook. Link at the bottom.
4/8/10 - Los Angeles, CA - @The Airliner - The Understudies w/ Ugly Duckling
4/28/10 - San Francisco, CA - @Bottom of The Hill - Citizen's B-Day Bash
featuring Live Performances by:
Venture Capitalists / The New Humans
and a special Living Legends guest.
Hosted by The Understudies ages: 18+ $10
We're going to continue to bring you tons of new projects and free music in 2010, so please do your part and support @ Understudiescrew.com We've made most of our releases 'name your price', and all the profits go directly to the artists, as we're an independent operation.
In 2010-11 Look out for lots of new projects such as: The Understudies - We Out Here! CD & iTunes (w/ alternate tracks & bonus items) The title says it all. Best sound quality, Full Artwork. We're also talking about putting out a 7" vinyl single. Details TBA
The Understudies + Digital Martyrs - (Title TBA) EP We've started working on this and its sounding funky fresh. Beats by Off-Balance from Digital Martyrs so far...
- Maintain - The Process of Progress EP This EP consists of 7 choice tracks from Maintain, recorded between projects.
Maintain & Off Balance [of Digital Martyrs]
Maintain & Fanatik EP Maintain on Vocals. The one and only Fanatik on beats.
Citizen - After The Fact EP Citizen offers up a free EP he puts the final touches on his upcoming LP. "After The Fact" EP features some original tracks and remixes, including collaborative efforts with East Coast indie rock band The Smyrk, Alexander Spit (formerly of Instant Messengers), Stone's Throw's Guilty Simpson as well as Manifest of The Understudies and Ro Knew. Citizen - Quake City Jukebox Citizen's 2nd official solo project, a full length follow up to last years "In Search of Her Soul" will be released this year. "Quake City's sessions feature signature Citizen sound, organic, gritty, bangin', boom bap mixed with smooth soulful samples, produced mostly by Citizen, with beats from Myers, Cyberclops and JD from Motion Mechanic. Expect guest appearances by Understudies crew members Cobbo, Self Advocate, Maintain & Sean E Depp, as well as Elijah The Poet, A Brother Named George and G.
Citizen, Elijah The Poet & 21 Stylez - (Title TBA) EP The Oakland trio gets together for an EP with beats by Myers, Self Advocate, DJ Fresh
Venture Caps - Checks & Balances LP - Last month The VCs debuted their new promo video for this album cut, "Wake Your Daughter Up", produced & directed by Welsed.
- Self Advocate - Abacus of Self LP The full length debut album from Self Advocate is nearing completion and is due out this year. The project is produced by Self Ad save , featuring an infusion of samples and live instrumentation. The album is set to feature Matre & Welsed. and more!
Additional projects by Myers, Manifest, Sean E Depp & Gee, Cobbo & Geebz and The Understudies are underway but too early to mention quite yet, so stay tuned! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Support Your Indie Artists. Donate for Downloads & Buy CD's. Check out these featured releases by Study Music & The Understudies crew below.
The Understudies x Statement Clothing - CC4: We Out Here!
Study Music & Statement Clothing get together to bring you the new Understudies crew offering CC4: We Out Here! It features Self Advocate, Cobbo, Citizen, Maintain, Manifest, Welsed, Sean E Depp, Myers & Poe getting busy with 12 new joints and an intro by DJ FRESH, including the 8 MC crew cut "All Here" and the Cyberclops produced banger "Underground Sound". (CD / iTunes w/alternate tracks coming 2010)
Study Music's 2nd official release in a series of Limited Edition CDs, is a collaboration with WeedTRACKER.com. Citizen's EP featuring The Understudies called "In Search Of Her Soul" is out now. Its a nod to the style of the late great jazz vocalist and pianist Nina Simone. It's about 50/50 vocal/instrumental and bangs from beginning to end!
- Features Self Advocate, Sean E Depp, Maintain, Poe, Manifest and the mysterious High Preistess. CD Available @ Amoeba SF + Berkeley & ships worldwide from Access Hip Hop.
- Entirely Produced by Citizen
- Purchase the CD for just $7.98, shipping worldwide!: BUY NOW - MP3s available through WeedTracker Music ------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Venture Capitalists (Welsed & Self Advocate) have an album out called "Rate of Exchange". "Rate of Exchange" is Study Music's first official release in a series of Limited Edition CDs. Art Direction & Design by Welsed.
- Produced by Welsed, Self Advocate & Porter
- Features Cuts by DJ Jumu, Self Ad and Welsed
- Purchase the Limited Edition CD w/ bonus 7" vinyl for just $7.98: BUY NOW - Download the MP3s NAME YOUR PRICE @ www.understudiescrew.com -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Study Music & SubLevel Epidemic have re-issued Self Advocate's Carpe Diem 7" vinyl single for all the collectors and DJ's who spin that real hip hop and support The U! Carpe Diem is produced by Self Advocate, Unruly Epidemics is produced by Kegs One and features cuts by DJ Just N Case
Carpe Diem (instrumental)
Unruly Epidemics (instrumental)
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Hip Hop artist Woo Child has released his lead single "Move (Get It In)" produced by hitmaker Vybe Beatz of Lupe Fiasco, T-Pain, and Soulja Boy fame. With Woo Child's slick lyricism and Vybe's pounding bass driven beat, this record is sure to make the people "Move"! Follow Woo Child @ www.Twitter.com/woochild1 - www.myspace.com/woochild1 & www.WooChild.com.
After releasing his EP The Unlearning, and leading up to the release of his full-length album, Patience, which was produced entirely by Jake One and will be arriving April 20, 2010, TRUTHLiVE is releasing an inside look, four-part EPK series. As the third installment, The Barbershop follows the rapper as he prepares for a performance at Last Day Saloon, which is also the location of his Santa Rosa release party on April 16, and night out on the town. Getting a haircut from longtime friend Jon the Backyard Barber, TRUTHLiVE mentions Monta Ellis, of the Golden State Warriors, and the great game he played that evening. A true sports fanatic, look out for TRUTHLiVE's sports vlog coming soon. As the evening progresses, TRUTHLiVE sets up the stage of Last Day Saloon with the help of DJ Tonytone, a collaborator on "Tormented Genius", and does a quick, but meticulous, sound check for his DJ and rap sets. A true success, the show was sold out with over 500 in attendance. The real deal, when TRUTHLiVE hits the stage, he delivers.
TRUTHLiVE's album, Patience, is available April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media. His album release party at Last Day Saloon will be April 16, 2010 and features performances by Zion-I, Donwill, Moe Green, DJ Toure, and The Park in addition to TRUTHLIVE's own set.
Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE's debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label Interdependent Media.
About Interdependent Media:
Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com
California based Kottonmouth Kings have posted the song “Party Monsters” featuring Tech N9ne online at www.myspace.com/KottonmouthKings. Tech N9ne spit his lyrical fire on the track, which will be released on April 20th, 2010 when Kottonmouth Kings’ new studio album, “Long Live The Kings”, hits stores.
"The Kottonmouth Kings and Tech N9ne have been allies for years," commented Daddy X. "Sub Noize and Strange Music are part of the trilateral underground commission, so when Tech N9ne gets on a track with the Kottonmouth Kings, it sends shockwaves through the underground. Having Tech and Dirtball on the same track is like hearing two high powered missile launchers! It sounds devastating!"
"The Dirtball is a wonderful addition to the Kings because he's a fucking lyrical murderer,” added Tech N9ne. “With that being said, what he brings to Kottonmouth Kings will be a phenomenon!"
THE FIRST ARTIST FROM THE LEGENDARY SUAVE HOUSE: JIGG FEATURING ICE CUBE, "WHAT I WANT"
If you don't know the name yet, you don't read credits. Jigg has been slowly making a name for himself inside the liner notes of your favorite artists’ albums for several years now, producing for the likes of Rick Ross, Young Buck and most recently linking up with Ice Cube producing two tracks on his highly anticipated "I AM THE WEST" album, including the new smash hit "I Rep That West" where he's also feature on the hook. Jigg seeks to bring his behind-the-scenes success to the forefront as he displays his lyrical ability and air tight flow along side the legendary Ice Cube on his new street banger “What I Want” executed by Tony Draper.