As a follow up to their previous EP, HelloGoodbye, Stik Figa & D/WILL bring us their latest project, Alive & Well. With their last release being themed as a suicide note to Stik Figa's son, Alive and Well provides a much different perspective on life, yet equally thought provoking. The EP is filled with substantial lyrics, and serving as a true concept-related project, each song is significant to the overall message: Stik Figa & D/WILL are alive and well. Entirely produced by D/WILL, the beats on the EP show expansive variety, equipped with unique flips on soul samples and steady loops as a soundtrack to Stik Figa's thoughts. "Alive and Well picks up right where the last one left off," says D/WILL, continuing, "then it leads into a blast of soulful feel goodness!"
The project leads off with "Alive", a song with chronological rhymes of Stik Figa's own birth, followed by the birth of his son. As the album continues, Stik Figa keeps it personal, addressing everything from his native Topeka, Kansas in "Be Like That", to his female encounters in "Fone Tag". "I'm very well-rounded for being a square," says Stik Figa on his versatility as a lyricist and songwriter. While he demonstrates his ability to rhyme about anything and everything, D/WILL demonstrates similar dynamics on the boards, providing an array of mood-altering beats. The combination brings listeners deep into the hearts of both Stik Figa & D/WILL.
Stik Figa will also be releasing a free EP with Oddisee, in the upcoming months.
Brooklyn Femcee Deena Jonez Ready to Break Through
In the spirit of keeping the legacy of true female emcees alive, Brooklyn born rapper Deena Jonez has emerged in the Hip-Hop scene. With influences such as MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Roxanne Shante, and Salt-N-Pepa, Deena continues to make big strides for female artists all over the world. Frustrated with the current state of Hip-Hop and the male dominated arena, Deena looks to stand out.
"It's difficult being a female rapper. In the 90’s you had all these greats who were committed to the art. Now, it's like we are an endangered species; almost like we don’t exist anymore in Hip-Hop," proclaims Jonez.
Nonetheless, this budding rapper dares to bridge the gap between female legends and present time Hip-Hop culture.
Rocking fresh Supras, skinny jeans, a Gucci belt, and a graphic tee shirt, this outstanding raptress wears her heart on her sleeve through her songs. With a style reminiscent of her hipster community, she is a hybrid of Williamsburg’s hipster style matched with the lyrical deftness of a classic 90’s rapper. Deena has cultivated a strong fanbase, who have been with her since the days she went by the name of "Medina", which means "Land Of Warriors" and was also once known as the slang word for Brooklyn. Inspired by the story of the lead actress in the movie "Dreamgirls", the "Me" was dropped and Deena was born.
Over the years, Deena has been hard at work. After releasing "Dreamgirl: The Life and Times Of Deena Jonez", "For The Love Of Money", and "Deena Takes Control", she has released three more mixtapes entitled "Back To The Notebook", "Confessions Of A Shopaholic", and "Cadillac Music". Presently, her fans are enjoying her latest release "Memoirs Of A Libra" [download now]. Although there is only one original beat on this mixtape, Deena has approached all songs as if it was an album and therefore refers to it as an underground album. Following the release of this mixtape, her full length and anticipated debut album is currently in the works.
This talented female lyricist is commanding attention from her fans and has the music industry taking notice of her work. Deena has been featured on "Spit Yo Game" and the BET show "The Deal" as well as appearances in International Connections DVD, BET's DVD "Born To Ball", hosted by NBA player Paul Pierce, and other prominent Hip-Hop media outlets.
Because of her wide exposure in Hip-Hop, Deena has begun writing for other artists overseas as well as being the first artist under her own entertainment company, MIMS Music Group, which is named in memory of her mother.
When asked what she is bringing to Hip-Hop, Deena answers: "I'm bringing a breath a fresh air. I’m here to represent women. I feel like I'm the voice for them. Whatever emotion I am going through is evoked in my music and at the end of the day that's what’s going to connect me to a lot of people. They can relate and understand because they feel and go through the same things.”
Take notice and get familiar with Brooklyn's brightest new star, Deena Jonez.
DALLAS HIP HOP STAR DORROUGH SET TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM, GET BIG, IN SEPTEMBER 2010
(New York, NY) — Emerging Dallas hip hop artist Dorrough is set to release his sophomore album, Get Big this fall, in September 2010 via Entertainment One Music/Ngenius. Get Big is the follow up to Dorrough’s debut album, Dorrough Music, which sold over 70,000 and featured the RIAA Platinum-certified smash, “Ice Cream Paint Job.”
In addition, Dorrough was also the recipient of a 2009 B.E.T. Hip-Hop Award for “Best New Artist” and “Rap Song of The Year.” He performed the song as a remix on the television broadcast with Snoop Dogg, Jim Jones and Nipsey Hustle.
“Get Big,” the title track from the new album is already over 1,300 spins at urban radio and growing quickly. It’s currently #27 with a bullet on the BDS chart. The “Get Big” video (Directed by Dr. Teeth), was immediately added to B.E.T. and is already Top 10 on the MTV2’s Sucka Free Countdown.
The album also features Ray J, Jim Jones, Slim Thug, Yo Gotti, Tomeka Pearl, Juvenile and Dorrough’s camp, Prime Time Click.
About Get Big, Dorrough states, “When my last album dropped, I shocked many people by convincing them that I would be a career artist. I immediately started working on this album right after my last one with the one goal of making it even better. I spent a lot of time perfecting each song and unlike most artists, I give the consumer what they deserve. 15 Songs plus 3 Bonus Tracks just to give the listener a FULL album to enjoy!! September 7 will be an Exciting day for Hip Hop!! Get Big!!!”
Dorrough was recently featured in a National sweepstakes at Lids/Hatworld stores and Lids.com for Yums Shoes and Apparel's New Era 59Fifty Cap line, where a lucky winner and a friend won all expense paid trip to Dallas and a cameo appearance in one of Dorrough's upcoming videos for his new "Get Big" album.
The VT Union, comprised of Dakota (MC), DJ Adog & Nastee (MC/Producer) are pleased to leak the 1st single "This Is Me" (featuring Sean Price), in promotion for the group's forthcoming street album, The VT Union Is Dead that gets set to drop on August 17th. The VT Union Is Dead features guest appearances from Malice (The Clipse), Statik Selektah, Bobby Konders (Hot 97), Akrobatik, BURNTmd & more!
Young Buck's Home -- Raided by Shotgun-Toting Feds
Nashville, TN- After years of back and forth with the IRS, agents showed up at the Nashville home of former G-Unit artist, Young Buck, seizing assets like recording equipment, jewelry, furniture, and his platinum wall plaques. The action was taken due to a $300,000 past tax bill. Although Buck's lawyers filed in court last month to protect the rapper's assets, the situation was apparently too far gone to save everything. Armed Federal Agents showed up to the house this morning and rang the doorbell, using a shotgun to warn the rapper against any interference with the seizure proceedings. Buck was able to keep his vehicles and his home.
After what was obviously a tense situation, Young Buck remains saddened but relatively unscathed and reflective. "The worst part of this isn't the material stuff--that will all be replaced. It's what it does to the people around me. They took my kids' Playstation, my assistants' computers, and baby's mothers' jewelry. They took my home studio so I can't even record..."
Looking back, Buck realizes that he should have taken a more hands-on approach to the severance of his financial matters from his former management team, accountant and label but is confident that it is a mistake he will not make twice. "I have a new team in place, but I am also paying full attention now. Nothing like this will ever happen again. This is a huge wake up call for all entertainers to stay on top of your own trusted employees and team members, and replace anyone that was put in place by your record label if the situation you have goes sour. This IRS situation came about because I trusted accountants, lawyers, and managers to handle my business for me while I focused on making music. From now on, I am going to stay on top of my own business."
Buck offered up the following statement to concerned fans. "Things you go through in life make you who you are and I'm alright!”