Beatrock: "Godsteppin (Produced by Fatgums)" is the latest video collab with CoolReve and Beatrock Music, capturing the aftermath of recent police brutality protests across the country. Though Rocky has provided the soundtrack to protest before in previous music, this particular track was inspired by organizers around the world who took action in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter.
Video: DanO f/ Mike Zombie (of OVO) - "Million First Week"
Matt: Currently a New Jeruz resident, DanO was born and raised in Lagos City, Nigeria (The Kid from the Motherland) and moved to the states in 2004. With a vast array of musical influences, DanO is proficient with many different instruments (with a bias to piano and drums) and is far removed from being “just another rapper.”
Slightly Stoopid Releases New Album "Meanwhile... Back At The Lab"
Stache: Slightly Stoopid, the San Diego-based group known for its multi-instrumental cross-genre blend of rock, reggae, folk and blues with hip-hop, punk, and funk elements has released its eighth studio album today, Meanwhile...Back at the Lab (Stoopid Records). The next sonic evolution for Slightly Stoopid, Meanwhile...Back at the Lab's title and album cover reference the band's San Diego warehouse studio (The Lab at Stoopid Studios)-the band members' home for their numerous creative and collaborative projects. Slightly Stoopid is Miles Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals), Kyle McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), Ryan "Rymo" Moran (drums), Oguer "OG" Ocon (percussion), Daniel "Dela" Delacruz (saxophone), Paul Wolstencroft (keyboards), Andy Geib (trumpet, trombone) and "unofficial 8th member" Karl Denson of Greyboy Allstars (currently on the road playing with The Rolling Stones).
Meanwhile...Back at the Lab's debut single, "The Prophet," was released to radio last week and has since been added to the playlists of stations across the nation including KROQ/LA, XTRA/San Diego, WBUZ/Nashville, KCXX/Riverside, KXTE/Las Vegas, KFRR/Fresno, KRZQ/Reno, KJEE/Santa Barbara, KPOI/Hawaii, WBTZ/Burlington VT, KVXX/Chico, WRMR/Wilmington NC, KNOB/Sonoma County, WTGZ/Auburn, WEQX/Albany, KRXF/Bend, KRZQ/Reno, and more. Additionally, in the week's leading up to the album's release, several publications ran exclusive debuts of album tracks - these premieres included Yahoo Music's "Hear It First" of "Rolling Stone," Billboard magazine's debut of "One Bright Day (featuring Angela Hunte), and The Pier's premiere of "this Version." Slightly Stoopid will soon unveil an exciting video for "The Prophet," which features never-before-seen footage.
The band continues to explore a variety of styles on Meanwhile... Back at the Lab, with help from some of their friends and influences including: Dumpstaphunk's Ian Neville;Marshall Goodman aka "Ras MG"; Roger Rivas and Jesse Wagner of The Aggrolites; singer/songwriter Angela Hunte; Beardo; Llama Beats; Jerry Wonda; Paulo Da Rosa; Courtney Adams; Ethan Tucker and Farnell Newton. The sessions for the albumbegan in late 2012, shortly following the band's seventh studio release Top of the World. That album, the band's most successful to date, entered the Billboard 200 at a career high No. 13 and also hit the top spot of the publication's Heatseekers chart, plus the Independent Albums chart at No. 3, and Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts with a final position of No. 4.
Slightly Stoopid is set to kick off its "Everything Is Awesome" summer 2015 tour on July 8 and will hit 40+ cities before concluding on September 19. For this run Slightly Stoopid has enlisted Cali cohorts Dirty Heads, The Expendables (select dates) and Stick Figure (select dates) to join them on the trek which features gigs at such premiere venues as The Greek Theatre in L.A., Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, JBL's Pier 97 in NYC and The Santa Barbara Bowl. Slightly Stoopid will also perform at numerous festivals including Outside Lands, the LOCKN' Festival, Riot Fest (Chicago) and KAABOO. Tickets for these shows and more are on sale now.
"Everything Is Awesome" Tour Dates
July 8 Simsbury, CT-Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows*
July 9 Boston, MA-Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
July 10 Philadelphia, PA-Festival Pier at Penn's Landing*
July 11 Asbury Park, NJ-The Stone Pony Summer Stage*
July 15 New York, NY-JBL Live at Pier 97*
July 16 Baltimore, MD-Pier 6 Pavilion
July 17 Raleigh, NC-Red Hat Amphitheater*
July 18 Charleston, SC-Charleston Tea Plantation*
July 23 St. Augustine, FL-St. Augustine Amphitheatre^
July 24 Cocoa, FL-Riverfront Park^
July 25 Boca Raton, FL-Sunset Cove Amphitheater^
July 26 St. Petersburg, FL-Vinoy Park^
August 1 Morrison, CO-Red Rocks Amphitheater**
August 5 Missoula, MT-Big Sky Brewery^
August 6 Redmond, WA-Marymoor Park^
August 8 Eugene, OR-Cuthbert Amphitheater^
August 12 Boise, ID-Idaho Botanical Gardens^
August 13 Lake Tahoe, NV-Harvey's Outdoor Arena^
August 16 Santa Barbara, CA-Santa Barbara Bowl^
August 20 Houston, TX-House of Blues^^
August 21 Dallas, TX-Southside Ballroom^^
August 22 New Braunfels, TX-Whitewater Amphitheater*
August 23 Corpus Christi, TX-Concrete Street Pavilion*
August 27 Des Moines, IA-Simon Estes Amphitheater*
August 28 Kansas City, MO-Crossroads*
September 10-13 Arrington, VA-Lockn' Festival
September 19 Del Mar, CA-KAABOO(*) with Dirty Heads and The Expendables
(^) with Dirty Heads and Stick Figure
(**) with Stick Figure and TBA
(^^) with The Expendables and TBA
HiPNOTT: Former Tanya Morgan emcee, Ilyas Nashid, returns to the scene with the first single to his upcoming solo album produced by Quintessence James. "Away Too Long" brings Ilyas back to the mic over production that's very reminiscent of Tanya Morgan's early days.
Audio: Matthew Schultz f/ Jim Jones - "We Own The Night"
Joe: Hailing from New Jersey, singer-songwriter-producer Matthew Schultz is no stranger to the spotlight. Born with a knack for success, the rising artist has been consistently burgeoning as his sound advances with every release. Sticking with that inclination, Matthew presents us with "We Own The Night."
Audio: Hi-Q & Per C Wells f/ J57 & Jesse Mechanic (Antcs) "Locked & Loaded"
J: Long Island emcee, Hi-Q and Albuquerque producer, Per C Wells linked up for a collaborative album HQPC, which features J57 (Brown Bag AllStars), Sapient (Sandpeople), Jesse Mechanic (my new group: Antcs) and more! Hi-Q's raw raps compliment Per C's soulful yet gritty production, creating a head nodding soundscape for all hip hop heads.