J.Period & Nneka in NYC! J.Period will be hosting and DJ'ing to celebrate the release of Nneka's new album "Concrete Jungle"! Don't miss Nneka's live performance. If you haven't checked J.Period & Nneka's "The Madness", click here The single "The Uncomfortable Truth", which named "iTunes Single of the Week" is now available for free download here
Doors: 7:30pm Admission: $15 in adv. $17 day of show
Founder Of Interdependent Media TRUTHLiVE Prepares for Pre-Album Release, The Unlearning, With First Leak
"If you truly believe in something... If you truly believe in yourself... Don't let outside opinion change your feelings. Stay committed to your dreams." -Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips
"Shoot Me Down," the first single from TRUTHLiVE's EP The Unlearning, paints a biography of the emcee's life experience. TRUTHLiVE explains, "In all honesty, what sparked the idea for the song was the gunshot and respirator breathing sound effects already in the beat." The song's intense drumbeat and bass set the tone, while a piano line and soul clap give the track an extra pop. As the piano mimics the spoken pulse, TRUTHLiVE drives the song's theme home, rapping, "They wanna shoot me down, wanna kill all my dreams/ But I keep on breathing, keep on believing." As a self-proclaimed optimistic realist, TRUTHLiVE built on the sounds of Tha Bizness' powerful beat and produced an empowering theme song for the downtrodden.
"Shoot Me Down" is a response to the many doubters that independent artists face. "Being an indie artist on the 'underground' circuit is a struggle," says TRUTHLiVE. "I've come across countless non-believers and outright haters - those who don't think I have chosen a viable career. I have always remained steadfast in my conviction for Hip-Hop, emceeing, and poetry." The Unlearning is the precursor to TRUTHLiVE's forthcoming album Patience, meant to give listeners a taste of his unique style. The EP features production by Tha Bizness, who have worked with 50 Cent and Lil' Wayne, as well astracks crafted by The ARE, Vitamin D, J-Zone, and TRUTHLiVE himself.
As the owner and founder of Bay Area record label Interdependent Media, TRUTHLiVE has helped promote the careers of artists such as Tanya Morgan, Finale, J*DaVeY, and more. His full-length debut album Patience, produced entirely by Jake One, will be available April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media.
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 .
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Few artists in hip-hop have afforded the longevity that Sadat X has. Gearing up to release his 7th solo album, this one is sure to bring back the "Great Dot X" of his original Wild Cowboys album 1996 release. Unmoved by an inevitable changing of the guard in Rap, Sadat remains a beacon of true, un-facsimiled artistry. In so many words, he sits atop the lists of your favorite rappers favorite rapper. Part of the legendary hip hop group Brand Nubian, Sadat is well known for his politically charged lyrics and poignant delivery.
“Wild Cowboys II” has been long awaited and highly anticipated and will deliver raw hip hop to all. This album has brought so many together that wanted to take part in this classic historical sequel - which features some of hip hops finest: Kurupt, ILL Bill, Umi & M-1 of Dead Prez, Andre the Giant (A.G.), Rhymefest, Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Twan. As well as a host of producers, including: 9th Wonder, DJ Spinna, Sir Jinx, Pete Rock, Diamomd D, Buckwild, Will Tell, Grant Parks and more. This album is destined to be classic like it’s predecessor!
Sadat continues to write innovative songs, deliver relevant contemporary commentary and effortlessly stays tuned to the trends of today. Having enjoyed an outstanding career in hip hop as one of the genres most distinctive voices, his undeniable twang has commanded songs not just with Brand Nubian but alongside our genres greatest from Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nas and Common – to name a few. Extraordinary producers have also gone the extra mile for a good X verse - from The Neptunes, to Primo, to Madlib and Prince Paul.
BLOCK STARZ MUSIC SPONSORS 2010 PITTSBURGH HIP-HOP AWARDS
Block Starz Music is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 4th Annual Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards (PHHA) presented by 360 Entertainment on Saturday Feb. 6, 2010. Billed as "Pittsburgh's Music Industry Event of the Year", the awards show honors the best and brightest urban talent Steel town has to offer in over 35 categories, including R&B, Poetry, Model, Clothing Store, and Barber Shop.
As part of its sponsorship, Block Starz Music will present the PHHA winner of "Mixtape Of The Year" with a promotional package worth over $2000.
"Block Starz Music is a link to the marketplace for new independent talent," says BSM vice president of A&R/Promotions, Matt Nachem. "The 'Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards' have been a great vehicle for artists in the city to be recognized for their efforts; naturally, BSM would want to be involved with such an event and we look forward to working with 360 Entertainment on various projects in the future."
Past PHHA winners include Nesia Beats, Lingerie of Pretty Ricky, Boaz, and Wiz Khalifa, who appears on the first single, "Was It", from BSM's "East Coast Block Starz" compilation, now available on Amazon, iTunes, and Rhapsody.
This year's event will be held at The Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom on Saturday Feb. 6, 2010 with Red Carpet starting at 6:30pm and an 8:00pm showtime.
Block Starz Music (BSM) is a multinational enterprise specializing in online music promotion, digital rights acquisition, and talent management. BSM is headquartered in New Albany, IN with satellite offices in Germany and Australia and represents artists in the United States, United Kingdom, and Italy.
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* Bekay f/ Push! Montana, Sha Stimuli - Brooklyn Bridge Pt. II * Diamond District - Who I Be (Marco Polo Remix) * Oddisee - Chicago * Wordsmith - Slanguistics * Shady Nate f/ E Da Sanga - Planes Trains & Automobiles * DaVinci - It's On Me * Magr Blu - Laminated Looseleafs (Small Pro Remix)
It should come as no surprise that more and more artists and record labels are embracing the iPhone and iPod Touch as a new means of marketing themselves to today's generation of heads who are either covertly or overtly electronic geeks. In December we took a look at the Delicious Vinyl DJ application, and now to kick off February 2010 we're taking a look at the RJD2 Mix application to see whether or not it's something you'll want to throw down $2.99 for!
RJD2 Mix is a bit obtuse at the start, as you're offered the screen pictured at the right with no explanation what you should do next. Fortunately it's a loading screen so if you simply do nothing a menu pops up with one big blue button in the middle that says Start To Mix, and well below it you are offered three other non-game options: RJD2 on Twitter, RJD2 on iTunes and More Touch Mix - the latter being a whole series of iPhone app made by Future Audio Workshop similar to this one. In the press release accompanying this game FAW says that "RJD2's iPhone remix app finally (gives) fans and tinkerers alike the chance to experience a bit of what it sounded like in RJ's studio as he worked on upcoming LP The Colossus." That's a bit daunting given RJ has to have tens of thousands of dollars of equipment in his studio - how could a $2.99 touch screen app possibly even come close to reproducing that?
The bad news is there's no chance in hell you're going to get that kind of value out of this release - the good news is that you're certainly getting well more than $2.99. RJD2 has pre-loaded this app with five different tracks from his catalogue, ranging from "Iced Lightning" off "Since We Last Spoke" to "Ghostwriter" off "Deadringer," stripped to their instrumental essence and conveniently chaptered into sections that start at each break. Your touch screen essentially functions like two 1200's and a fader, with a stripped down MPC to add in effects. It takes a little getting used to going back and forth between the "A" side and the "B" side, but this was a necessary and honestly clever way of getting around not being able to display both tracks at once even though both are playing at once. Oh and don't worry - the songs RJ and FAW selected are BPM matched already. There's no need to work the variable pitch control - not that there is one to work mind you. They had to simplify things a little for the non-DJ's out there. There's a short demo video below showcases how all these elements are operated during actual gameplay, although with more proficiency than I managed during this review (practice will make perfect).
One of the most innovative features of the app is the MPC effect slider can also be operated using your iDevice's built in level sensor. Push down with your finger on the "tilt" button and simply turn your wrist one way or the other to produce the modification. This might look totally ridiculous in public, but if you're jamming to the game walking around your home there's no reason not to give this a try instead of having to have one finger on the screen at all times. Then again you might want to because there's one other thing the demo video really doesn't show off - you can actually scratch the beats by moving your finger up and down the track. Unfortunately since you can't manipulate the fader and the record at the same time (I need one hand to hold my iTouch and the other to play) you really are going to lose something in translation compared to standing in the booth as a DJ, not to mention the whole "A" side and "B" side means you can't "look" at both records at the same time even though you can hear both and fade between them. There are also times the app randomly just won't let you scratch, and even reloading the records into your virtual turntables won't give you control back.
Overall these are minor gripes given how much fun it is to manipulate the instrumentals of an eccentric (and sometimes reluctant) hip-hop producer like Ramble John 'RJD2' Krohn, and the surprisingly deep amount of features that they managed to squeeze into the tiny amount of space there is to work with on the screen. Even though I think the iPad is an overpriced and gimmicky tablet computer, I have to admit I imagined how much more fun this application could be on it, with an almost lifesized turntable spinning under each hand and a full array of MPC effects at your command. In a way this takes the DJ Hero concept and gives it a (no pun intended) really clever spin, because instead of trying to recreate somebody else's mix to score arbitrary points, it's an open-ended experience you control to create your own - you "win" when it sounds good. For $2.99 it's really hard to go wrong with this app.
* Design: 7.5 out of 10 * Replay: 8.5 out of 10 * Overall: 8 out of 10