Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Timbo King has been making noise for years, with scene-stealing cameos on Wu classics like RZA's Bobby Digital In Stereo, GZA's Beneath The Surface, Wu-Tang Killa Bees' The Swarm, the Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture compilation, and more. He's also held it down as a member of several collectives, including the Wu-Tang offshoot Royal Fam and the Hip-Hop supergroup Black Market Militia (Timbo, Killah Priest, Tragedy Khadafi, Hell Razah, and William Cooper). He's also held it down on soundtracks to films like Soul In The Hole and Ghost Dog, and gained an international following by working with platinum-selling French rap collective I AM. Despite this success, Timbo has patiently waited, never dropping an album of his own. On August 30th, 2011, Nature Sounds / Real Estate will release Timbo King's solo debut, the long-awaited From Babylon To Timbuk2.
For an MC whose first major breakthrough was a 1993 spot on the Who's The Man soundtrack, it's been a long journey. Yet Timbo King had no problem biding his time. "I didn't want to rush it," he explains. "I took my time in crafting my debut to ensure that fans received the exact quality and body of work I knew they would come to expect from experiencing Timbo King as a featured artist over the years, and now taking the reigns as the ring leader."
The result is a cohesive, razor-sharp collection with plenty of lyrical jewels. Based on a book by Ralph Windsor, From Babylon To Timbuk2 is more than a typical album. "It's an audio novel," explains Timbo. "It's the story of my life, all the ups and downs, and trying to make a way for myself. At the same time, I'm doing the knowledge, teaching some things I've learned." Production duties are handled by Bronze Nazareth (who produced nearly half the album), as well as Lil' Fame of M.O.P., Vinny Idol, and more. A number of guests also stop by, including RZA, Killah Priest, R.A. The Rugged Man, Jr. Reid, Hell Razah, Akir, and William Cooper. While the road was long, the result may be a modern-day Wu classic. "Either you're a survivor or you're a statistic," says Timbo. From Babylon To Timbuk2 is for the survivors.
On the first leak, Timbo drops jewels on his journey through the music industry while name-dropping a host of industry insiders (a la GZA's "Labels").
Pittsburgh emcee Jasiri X - who made news last year with his "What If The Tea Party Were Black?" video - and producer REL!G!ON have joined forces on a new album called Ascension. The album will be released through indie label Wandering Worx Music (wanderingworx.com). Jasiri X and REL!G!ON collaborated on two singles - "Pyramids" featuring Planet Asia, and "Silent Night" - before deciding to work on Ascension. Jasiri X was also featured on REL!G!ON’s debut album Revelationz 1. “Triple 7” is the first leak from the album, and features Kil Ripkin as well as Atlanta femcee staHHr of MF DOOM's Metal Face Crew. In the video clip Jasiri X explains the genesis of “Triple 7”.
Press Release: Swollen Members Set To Release "Monsters II"
Featuring Dilated Peoples, Strong Arm Steady & Souls Of Mischief On August 2nd
Swollen Members have announced they will release a new album, "Monsters II", on August 2nd, 2011 on Suburban Noize/Battle Axe Records. The album is the sequel to the group's now classic album "Monsters In The Closet", which was released in 2002 and is certified Gold in Canada. "Monsters II" is set to feature guest appearances by Dilated Peoples, Strong Arm Steady, Souls Of Mischief, and will also feature solo tracks by Madchild and Prevail.
Swollen Members' recently debuted at #1 on the Canadian Rap album chart with their new studio album "Dagger Mouth". Swollen Members new video for the track "Bring Me Down" featuring Saigon can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_QQydgVfRU .
Madchild will unleash his debut solo album "Dope Sick" later this year on Suburban Noize/Battle Axe Records. The album was inspired by Madchild's battle with oxycontin addiction.
SWOLLEN MEMBERS "MONSTERS II" TRACK LISTING: 1 - TRUST (PRODUCED BY ROB THE VIKING) 2 - DREAM CHASER (PRODUCED BY ROB THE VIKING) 3 - PERFECT STORM FEATURING RAKAA IRISCIENCE OF DILATED PEOPLES (PRODUCED BY EVIDENCE) 4 - BROKEN MIRROR (PRODUCED BY ROB THE VIKING) 5 - MECHANICAL (PRODUCED BY DJ SWAMP) 6 - HEART LAND (PRODUCED BY ROB THE VIKING) 7 - SOUND BURIAL (PRODUCED BY ROB THE VIKING) 8 - HONOR COMBAT (PRODUCED BY ROB THE VIKING) 9 - MEAN STREETS FEATURING SOULS OF MISCHIEF (PRODUCED BY ROB THE VIKING) 10 - BRUTAL ELABORATE (PRODUCED BY ROB THE VIKING) 11 - EXECUTION FEATURING STRONG ARM STEADY AND SOULS OF MISCHIEF (PROD BY ROB THE VIKING) 12 - AGENT ORANGE (PRODUCED BY ROB THE VIKING)