Artist: DJ Khaled f/ Kanye West, T-Pain Title: Go Hard Label: Koch Records
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention right at the start that Auto-Tune effects in hip-hop songs are really starting to get played out. It was cool when T-Pain did it for song hooks, it was okay when Lil Wayne decided to sing with it, and now everybody and their momma feels the need to modulate their vocals. If you were already tired of this audio style you won't want to peep this track produced by The Runners. It's not just T-Pain doing the Auto-Tune this time - KANYE MODULATES HIS VOCALS TOO. Now that being said if you AREN'T sick of Auto-Tune yet, then this song is as fresh as Kanyeezy says it is: "Fuck you nigga, I know I'm dope!" Indeed you are Mr. West. To put this song in perspective, imagine if Kanye and T-Pain decided to remake "Good Life" except make it EXTRA HARDCORE and you'll have a good idea of what shit they're on this song. I'm not sure what part of the credit DJ Khaled deserves here, other than obnoxiously shouting "WE THE BEST" over the intro like he always does, but if this song is on "We Global" next month it'll be another good reason to buy it besides "Out Here Grindin."
Artist: DJ I-Dee f/ Jean Grae, Wrekonize Title: The Right Label: Adiar Cor Records
We previously noted on the RapReviews newsfeed this single may never see an official release due to an uncleared sample, even though Jean Grae and Wrekonize cameo on the track and a fly video has been shot for the song. Honestly I don't think the previous blurb did justice to the inustice of the situation.. There are not many producers OR DJ's out there today who are mixing Final Fantasy samples in their songs, and if Square Enix are not smart enough to realize this promotes their games AND they can get paid off it to boot well that's their fault. It's certainly not Jean Grae's fault, who describes herself as a "verbal masochist" while simultaneously seducing hip-hop in his essence and reality. It definitely isn't Wrek's fault, even though he outright says "f-f-f-FUCK radio play" in his opening verse. It's strictly a beautiful presentation, set off not only by dope samples but by I-Dee showing some MAD FLEX on the wheels of steel. There just aren't enough hip-hop singles with this kind of turntablism skill these days, so if you want your fix of the best rap song to sample from a video game Smif-N-Wessun became the Super Cocoa Brovaz, pray the sample is cleared before I-Dee's album drops later this month.
Newark, NJ—Aug 13, 2008 /prbuzz/ --- Du “Do It All” Kelly (of multi-platinum Hip Hop group Lords of the Underground), along with The Jersey Boyz (of Alkatraxx) has just completed a new mixtape entitled Dilla Gorillaz—a J-Dilla Tribute Album. Alkatraxx artists, The Jersey Boyz (Cartel, Aktual, & Rouga) and Do It All pay homage to the late James “J-Dilla” Yancey by spilling pure, unadulterated lyrics over some of Dilla’s best tracks. This 29-track release is a testament to the legacy Dilla has left behind and what he’s meant to the world of Hip Hop, as evidenced by the passion shown on the microphone by the Garden State-bred collective.
Kelly states, “I want to be sure to give credit where credit is due, and show one of the greatest to ever do it behind the boards what it would’ve been like to bless his beats. I also want to let the world know that it’s necessary to pay respects to Ms. Maureen Yancey (Dilla’s mother), and do what’s right by showing her that the Hip Hop community cares by donating to the James Yancey Estate.”
Monetary gifts and donations can be made by wire or in person to:
Wells Fargo Bank of Los Angeles c/o Ms. Maureen Yancey 132 Sycamore Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036
James “J-Dilla” Yancey—a Detroit native, was known for working with a number of artists, including Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, and was a founding member of Slum Village (with Baatin and T3). On February 10, 2006, J-Dilla died as a result of cardiac arrest. The critically-acclaimed instrumental CD Donuts had just been released on his 32nd birthday--3 days earlier.
Dilla Gorillaz—a J-Dilla Tribute Album (Lord Gang Worldwide, LLC/Alkatraxx, LLC) will be available on various Hip Hop websites.
Du "Do It All"Kelly created Lord Gang Worldwide, LLC to give the independent the knowledge and platform to make a difference in the entertainment industry and local communities, while empowering, and emphasizing the need for constant enlightenment.
What's that you say? A hip-hop mogul unhappy with BET? Well instead of just complaining about it, P. Miller (Master P) intends to do something about it. In an article published on www.EURWeb.com today, P announced that he is launching a new cable network called Better Black Television that will provide African American-themed fare geared towards the family. Miller assured Reuters that he still has "a great relationship" with Viacom and gave props to BET founder Bob Johnson, but clearly he is looking to knock Johnson off his #1 spot. Here's a proposed list of BBTV programming in the works for the network's debut.
* "Sunset and Vine": Video show hosted by Vyshonn Miller and Brittany Phillips that will showcase the top hip-hop and R&B acts as well as play classic videos.
* "One Shot Comedy Show": Comedy show hosted by Gary Johnson (a.k.a. G-Thing) featuring established and upcoming comedians.
* "Gee Gee the Giraffe": Children's educational show (will air Saturday morning on BBTV Kids).
* "Manage Your Money": Featuring financially successful people lending tips to promote financial literacy.
* "Close to the Starz": A behind-the-scenes show that takes the viewers up close and personal to their favorite celebrities.
* "Karma TV Show": Bilingual soap opera with an African-American and Latino cast.
* "What's Cooking TV Show": Talk show that covers wide aspects of entertainment and current events while cooking healthy, budget-conscious meals.
* "The Black List Movies": Film showcase featuring classic and contemporary movies, as well as original BBTV productions.
* "Hip-Hop Garage Show": Saturday show that will play new and upcoming music.
I have to admit, I haven’t found a lot of female emcees I can get into, which is why it was such a breath of fresh air when I came across Stacy Epps. She can rhyme, she can sing and she has a soulfulness about her that permeates through her work. Much like her music, Epps is a mix of things herself, being part black and part Japanese, and with her album, The Awakening, just being released online, the emcee / singer is about to embark on a month-long European tour. While the well-traveled purveyor of positive vibes was packing her bags for her trip I caught up with her to find out more about her life growing up as an army brat, what it was like working with the likes of MF Doom and Bahamadia, and how her law degree is just a backup plan.
On August 15, 2008, a multimillion dollar assault and battery lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York by DJ Vlad (Vlad Lyubovny) against platinum recording artist Rich Ross (“William Leonard Roberts II”) stemming from an incident that took place on August 10, 2008 at the Ozone Awards in Houston, Texas. In the complaint, it is alleged that Rick Ross orchestrated a brutal attack upon DJ Vlad carried out by his accomplices in retribution for media coverage of Rick Ross’ prior life as a correctional officer.
The injuries alleged to have been sustained as a result of the assault include, 7 stitches below the eye, 3 fractures to the face, a corneal abrasion and possible permanent nerve damage. The complaint seeks $ 2,000,000 in compensatory damages and $2,000,000 in punitive damages.
I'm beginning to feel like a broken record, skipping and going back to the same beat over and over again. If Earl Simmons could stop getting arrested though, we could move the needle past this groove to sing a whole new tune. Natalie Finn over at Yahoo! News reports that the po-po gave it to X one mo' time, arresting him in Miami on an outstanding warrant for skipping a court date in Arizona related on pending animal-cruelty and drug-possession case. TMZ has mug shots HERE. The attorney for DMX appeared in court on his client's behalf Tuesday with documentation that his client couldn't make it because he was hospitalized in Miami but the judge opted to issue a bench warrant anyway and raised his bond to $25,000. We will of course keep you updated and also post again the next time he gets picked up by the cops.
One of the most continually relevant hip-hop emcees of all time, GZA returns with his long awaited fifth solo album, Pro Tools. An original member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, GZA has established himself as a perennial force in hip-hop over the last two decades. With his distinctive wordplay and rugged drawl, he returns with his latest single, "Alphabets". Filled with finely crafted verses over a slick beat, GZA effortlessly keeps the rhymes tight and the delivery complex. Filled with witty rhymes and imaginative wordplay, GZA is effortlessly re-introducing the world to his lyrical genius.
GZA Tour Dates August 21 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre 22 Santa Cruz, CA – Moe's Alley 23 Petaluma, CA - Phoenix Theater 25 Portland, OR - Berbatis Pan 26 Seattle, WA – Neumo's 27 Vancouver, BC - Richards On Richards 29 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge 30 Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
September 1 Dallas, TX - Palladium Loft 2 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live 3 Austin, TX - Emos Alternative Lounge 4 Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze 5 Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College 6 Madison, WI - Willow Island (Southern Comfort Music) 7 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues 9 Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College 10 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live! 11 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero 12 New York, NY - Irving Plaza 13 Boston, MA - Harper's Ferry 17 Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse 18 Flagstaff, AZ - Congress 19 San Diego, CA - Street Scene
Thanks to our friends at www.udubnews.com for this tip. DJ Vlad filed a $4 million lawsuit against Rick Ross earlier today in federal court, seeking monetary damages over an assault this past Sunday outside an artist panel at the third annual Ozone Awards. The injuries Vlad received were extensive enough to require medical treatment, so the suit should come as no surprise. Mike Jones will probably be the next to file a lawsuit as he caught one to the face courtesy of Trae at said same awards, and videos of the aftermath are all over YouTube, such as the one found below.
Kanye West Announced As Grand Finale Performance For The Nike+ Human Race - The World’s Largest One Day Running Event
Music takes center stage on the heels of the official registration opening for the Nike+ Human Race, the world’s biggest one-day running event taking place on August 31, 2008. The race brings together the power of sport and music to inspire and connect runners from every corner of the planet. Participants in this unprecedented event will experience an exclusive music performance by some of today’s top artists in each of the 25 designated race cities. In Los Angeles, nine-time Grammy Award winning artist Kanye West will headline the run’s post race concert for the grand finale of the 25-city Nike+ Human Race. Runners will take to the streets passing the city’s most famous landmarks before ending at the LA Coliseum to see West take the stage. “I’m hitting the stage in Los Angeles for the Nike+ Human Race, Nike's dopest 10k run ever. This race is bringing together hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to run and listen to some great music while serving a higher cause, and I’m excited to perform in L.A. as part of the grand finale.” West’s performance will bring to a close, an unprecedented day of races and activities around the globe starting in Taipei, ending in LA and including cities across Europe, Asia and North and South America. In London, runners will be treated to an exclusive performance by world-renowned American DJ, songwriter, musician and singer Moby in the city’s famed Wembley Stadium. Other all-star artists confirmed to play at the Nike+ Human Race include chart-topping rock band All-American Rejects in NY; hometown favorite Fall Out Boy in Chicago; R&B songstress Kelly Rowland in Paris; dance-electro-pop duo The Pinker Tones in Madrid, Turkish pop sensation Kenan Dogulu in Istanbul; the Fantastic Four in Munich; Beijing-based singing duo Yu Quan in Shanghai and American rock band Boy Likes Girl in Singapore. Beyond running and music, the Nike+ Human Race is also an opportunity to give back. Participants will be able to run for a worthy cause and support the three official Nike+ Human Race charitable partners: the Lance Armstrong Foundation – uniting people in the fight against cancer; WWF - the global conservation organization addressing the causes and impacts of climate change; and the UN refugee agency's ninemillion.org campaign – bringing sport and education to refugee youth. Together, Nike and runners will raise funds to donate at least USD $3 million to the Nike+ Human Race charities. Money will be raised via givebacks from registration fees, a percentage of Nike+ Human Race t-shirt sales and a donation of USD $1 million from Nike. The Nike+ Human Race will also feature an online pledge tool so individual runners can donate additional funds to the cause of their choice and invite friends and family to contribute on their behalf. “As a committed runner and a cancer survivor, I’m proud to be participating in the Nike+ Human Race,” Lance Armstrong said. “The race offers the best of both worlds by bringing together a global community to run together and support worthy causes like the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the UN refugee agency’s ninemillion.org and WWF in our combined efforts to have a positive impact on the world.” Other Nike athletes will also be joining the movement to run with the world and for a cause. Like Lance Armstrong, they will serve as honorary athlete ambassadors for the charities and join in Human Race activities. Six-time marathon winner and current NY Marathon Champion, Paula Radcliffe and middle distance runner Kara Goucher will be running to support WWF, while marathoner Meb Keflezighi will be representing ninemillion.org. Nikeplus.com will be the official destination for the Nike+ Human Race and for all pre-race training needs. Here, runners can create a personal profile page or stay motivated by sampling and downloading the latest in Nike+ Sport Music offerings. Sport Music offers runners the best in original Training Run and Coaching Mixes designed specifically for treadmill and road runs. Beginning June 15, runners will also be able to visit Race City pages covering local race info and news, Training pages for information and links to in-city training runs, events with official race partners including 24Hour Fitness and Starbucks and Nike+ Coach training. Gear pages covering the latest in Nike performance training gear and Nike+ product will also be offered. For more information on the Nike+ Human Race and a complete listing of race cities visit nikeplus.com.
About Nike+ Human Race
On 08.31.08, Nike hosts a run like no other before with the Nike+ Human Race - the World’s Largest One Day Running Event. Nike’s first global race will take place over the course of one day, with a goal of one million runners, across 25 cities and featuring 25 top musical acts. The 10k event celebrates runners and their sport, offering participants across the globe the chance to run and compete together in an unprecedented race experience. Spanning multiple continents, Nike+ Human Race cities will include LA, New York, London, Madrid, Paris, Istanbul, Melbourne, Shanghai, São Paulo and Vancouver among others. Following races in each city, participants will be treated to an exclusive music concert featuring one of today’s top artists. Participants will be able to run for a cause as a portion of funds raised will be donated to three Nike+ Human Race beneficiaries: WWF, the global conservation organization, Lance Armstrong Foundation and UN refugee agency's ninemillion.org campaign. The race will be open to anyone, anywhere. Runners outside of the 25 race day cities can join by logging into nikeplus.com. With the help of Nike+ and the Nike+ SportBand, every city and every road can become a race-day course. For more information, visit nikeplus.com.