A lifelong Minnesota native, Doomtree emcee Dessa felt a musical influence very early on in life thanks to her Bronx born and raised mother. “My dad, as he tells it, says he found her clapping my hands along with the radio to make sure that I would be able to keep time.” Her mother also encouraged her to ad-lib to the popular songs on the radio. Late last month Dessa revealed the latest fruits of those influences, her official solo debut, A Badly Broken Code. With the sheer variety of music on the album Dessa notes it’s a fairly difficult project to categorize, saying “it’s a bitch of a record to try to put on a planogram.” Also a poet, and published author, Dessa’s artistic accomplishments extend beyond her rhymes and songs. This week I caught up with her to find out more about her work, the biggest musical hurdle she’s encountered as an emcee, and how a run in with a husky, balding, middle-aged man reminded her of the universality of art.
Sweden native D-Slaps produced the seven-track EP, along with one track by Remot. The team delivers thirty minutes of raw hip-hop grit. The first single, “Harder than Thou,” sets the tone with its soulful boom-bap sound, forceful lyrics and cuts by DJ JS-1. Additional features include Skit Slam, Silent Knight and Mary Lou. Creator’s Kid EP is a worthy follow-up to his widely touted most recent album Hip Hop in the Soul (2008, Freedom Entertainment) which included single “Control” (Featuring KRS-One).
"I called the record Creator's Kid because when I set out to write the record I knew the game was lacking creativity, and with this album I could do my part to fill the void,” Cymarshall Law said. “I finally completely set myself apart from the rest, showing my music has its own identity.“
"Cymarshall Law represents the best hip-hop has to offer; his energy and passion are refreshing in today’s climate,” said Talib Kweli.
FREE DOWNLOAD : Cymarshall Law & DJ Omega - The Creator’s Craft Mix CD
Hi, my name's Dutch. Great to meet you. Thanks for coming by the open house. Try one of the turkey sandies. The sun-dried tomato gives them some bite, but they're still light and won't ruin your dinner. Plus, the whole wheat bread is a complete protein.
I know you're here to check out this six bedroom remodel in Thousand Oaks, priced to move, but I'd like to ask you a question first: Do you like music? I knew you did. Who doesn't? Well when I'm not moving high-end property in the San Fernando Valley I manage the most talented group of MCs and producers on Planet Earth who just happen to have made what some have called "the rap record of the year", entitled Uzi Does It.
The group is Get Busy Committee and features names you may have heard before: Ryu (Styles of Beyond, Demigodz) and Apathy (Demigodz, Army of the Pharaohs). Tracks are produced by Apathy as well as super-producer Scoop Deville, known for his work recently with Snoop Dogg, The Game, Clipse, and many others, all of whom said they would try to stop by this open house today in the mood to buy (but I don't want to pressure you, take your time). Scoop also lends his signature vocal swagger to many of the tracks on the album.
The album is being released on their very own record label, Tokyo Sex Whale Records. Ryu was once signed to Warner Brothers and Apathy to Atlantic. No offense to the A&R rep who thinks phrases like, "I think you should work on your skateboard skills" or "you should go to the gym so you can take your shirt off on stage" is career advice, but Get Busy Committee decided to eschew label interest this time around and go their own route. "We can fuck it up ourselves, thanks," they were heard to say. Uzi Does It is a 100% self-funded, self-released independent record.
While you'll definitely find this record in iTunes, Amazon, and even your local indie CD store, you'll also find it in some non-traditional places and formats. Purchasers of a beautiful True Love and False Idols t-shirt will find a code to download a copy of the record attached to their shirts and you'll be able to buy special versions of the album from www.GetBusyCommittee.com. One such version will be on a USB stick in the shape of an Uzi open bolt, blowback-operated submachine gun. Uzi Does It, indeed.
This record is unlike any rap album you've heard before. I'm sorry if you were expecting some of the boring two-sample verse/chorus nonsense hip hop has descended into, but you won't find that here. This album is full of songs and songwriting, heartfelt stories of life in LA, a life of music, late nights on the Sunset Strip, and coke. In short, a life similar to mine. As Apathy says in Coolin' Out, "I used to love Easy-E, BBD, BDP, so I mixed it all up what you get? GBC."
But don't take our word for it. In this day and age you certainly don't need to listen to anyone talk about music, you can check it out for yourself. Head on over to http://GetBusyCommittee.com and download a few songs for free, or purchase one of the limited edition albums which come with either a fashion-show quality True Love and False Idols t-shirt or a MINDstyle collectible mini-figure. Just think of how the mini-figure would look on the mantle here when you have your first key party. You're new to the area? Not to worry, I can bring a few friends to prime the pump, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance. I'll let you have a look around. Please don't forget to leave your name and email on the sign in sheet.
Barbados Singer/Songwriter Vizion, Set to Release New Album and Single in 2010
(New York, NY - 29 January 2010) -- Singer/songwriter and Dancehall/Hip-Hop artist, Vizion is set to release his debut album "All or Nothing" in the Fall of 2010, with the first single "Stunnin’" due in March.
Oliver Louis Gale, 23, is from the island of Barbados (home of Rihanna, Shontelle, Jaicko, Vita…). Having a Barbadian father and an English mother, he has an original look. His conscious mind, unique vocal style and delivery, have been the driving force behind his music which has become a fusion of R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae and Dancehall. His innate sense of social awareness and his appreciation of different genres of music allow him to explore various avenues in the music industry mixing an original blend of melody and lyrics. Introducing VIZION.
Since returning to Barbados in 2009 from Bristol University in the UK, where he obtained an Honours degree in Business Management, Vizion has been working with local producers, including Hit Island Records, to compile a demo album of original work.
Vizion was greatly influenced at a very early age by The Jamaican Dance Hall genre (Including such artists as: Sean Paul, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer). In 2001, at 14, Vizion began emulating the sounds of his favorite artists recording on his personal computer. These samples soon found their way to many of his friends and eventually to House Party DJ’s. In 2003, during his time at boarding school in Canada, Vizion began to explore his musical diversity and ventured into the genre of Rap/Hip Hop. He soon realized that by fusing the two genres together he could create a unique sound which he is known for to date. On his return to Barbados in 2006 he was introduced to KB Sharp of Hit Island Records, a union which led to his first studio recording and Hit Song – “Girl I Need You” in 2007, produced by Hit Island Records. During his university years Vizion became involved with the underground Hip Hop circuit and continued his performances at clubs and bars around the UK, opening for artists such as Tinchy Stryder.
As a result of the success of his new Hit song, Vizion soon began performing in Barbados at some of the island’s most prestigious events: ‘Reggae on the Hill’ with the likes of: Buju Banton, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, ‘Reggae on the Beach’ with the likes of: Tessanne Chin, Baby Cham, Wayne Wonder, ‘The Kensington Oval’ with the likes of: Anthony B, Frankie Paul, Stephen Marley and at various local night clubs, in collaboration with other local artists. During this time Vizion recorded and performed with a variety of regional artists including Ayana John, Roache Killa and Buggy. By the end of 2007 the video for “Girl I Need You” was released. The video was produced by Lucid Entertainment and co-produced and managed by Vizion himself.
In 2008, Vizion was nominated at the Barbados Music awards in three categories, including Best New artist and Best Reggae artist. With an Honours degree under his belt and with the evolution of himself as an artist underway, Vizion is working everyday on his musical development, and is determined to make his dream of becoming an internationally recognized recording artist come true.
"All or Nothing" the album in stores this fall, the single "Stunnin’" out in March.
For Immediate Release: Source: Sasha Stoltz Publicity
(Toronto, Canada-1/27/2010) - WIDEawake-Deathrow Entertainment LLC announces their first release of 2010. Kurupt "Down and Dirty" is set to hit shelves, February 9th. Hip Hop artist, Kurupt keeps the underground faithful. After appearing on such classic albums as the "Murder Was The Case" Soundtrack, "Doggystyle," "All Eyez On Me," and his group effort "Dogg Food" with long time co-conspirator Daz Dillinger, Kurupt set a high bar for West Coast verbal assassins. Praised by both 2pac and Biggie, Kurupt kept the politics at bay always moving forward releasing four solo albums between 1998 and 2005. The tracks on "Down and Dirty" were recorded in 2002 and 2003 during "Tha Row Era". This collection includes 17 rare recordings and 4 never before released tracks including collaborations with Kokane, Danny Boy, and Petey Pablo affirming that Kurupt's talent and influence is undeniable. There is only one Kurupt and he has proven over the last two decades to be not only a survivor but undeniably one of the most important hip hop artists of our time. Don't be left out. The first hit single off this album is "Stalkin"
The Track List is as Follows:
1. Intro 2. Speak on It - (featuring Val C.) 3. Anarchy '87 4. Throw Back Muzic '86 5. Riot In The Club * 6. Stalkin' 7. Can U Feel It - (featuring Potion) 8. Slide N Slide Out - (featuring Eastwood/Big Tri/Young Tone) 9. U Dont Know Who U Fuccin Wit (featuring Kokane) * 10. Jealousy - (featuring Roscoe/M.O.P.) 11. Tha Past - (featuring Dave Hollister) 12. Bullshit & Nonsense 13. Calico 14. Hustlin' - (featuring Big Tri/Young Tone) 15. It's a Wrap 16. One Thangs For Sure (Reprise) (Feat Danny Boy)* 17. Put This Money Right There (feat Petey Pablo)*
* Previously unreleased.
Available for interviews, John Payne - WIDEawake-Deathrow Entertainment LLC
SHUNDA K TOURS WITH PEACHES IN AUSTRALIA, BLOWS UP THE PRESS IN THE UK, SIGNS TO FANATIC RECORDS IN THE US
It has been all hard work and hard play for the hip-hop wonder woman known as Shunda K. The voice of Yo! Majesty is in Australia through early February headlining club gigs and appearing as the opening act at several stops on Peaches’s Australian tour. Additionally, the duo has been performing their collaboration “Billionaire” from the Peaches album I Feel Cream (XL) throughout the roving Big Day Out festival. A video for the song has also just been shot.
Elsewhere, Shunda K has been riding a wave of press in the UK for her latest collaboration with female French DJ, Flore. These two simply can’t be stopped. The duo’s latest 12-inch “FEEL EP” (Botchit & Scarper) just received a 5/5 from Mixmag (http://www.mixmag.net – the world’s biggest-selling dance magazine) and a 10/10 rating from Tillate (http://www.tilllatemagazine.com -- the world’s essential clubbing magazine.)
Shunda K and Flore explode the dance floor On “Feel Da Bass” (with a killer first appearance of rapper Flyy Git) and then get down to some grown folk’s business on “Feel Me,” Shunda K’s sexiest song yet. Check out the “too hot for MTV video for “Feel Me” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXRtg7-tCI0 .
Even sexier is the upcoming debut solo album from Shunda K. Titled The Most Wanted the album will be issued in the Summer of 2010 by the newly minted Fanatic Records in partnership with EMI/Caroline.
PUSH MANAGEMENT/GRAND HUSTLE/E1 MUSIC TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BY MEMPHIS HIP HOP DUO 8BALL AND MJG
TEN TOES DOWN TO BE RELEASED ON APRIL 6TH, 2010
(New York, NY) –Push Management/Grand Hustle/E1 Music is happy to announce the release of Ten Toes Down, the highly anticipated new album by Memphis legends 8Ball & MJG. The album will be released on Push Management/Grand Hustle/E1 Music on April 6th, 2010.
Grand Hustle co-founder and hip hop icon T.I. states, “I’m happy to be working with America’s #1 independent, E1 Music.”
Ten Toes Down features Snoop Dogg, T.I., Bun B, David Banner, Young Dro with production by Frank Nitti of Nitti Beats, Drumma Boy, David Banner, Nard & B, and Mo B. Dick.
Ever since the duo’s 1993 successful debut, “Comin’ Hard,” 8Ball & MJG have been at the forefront of the southern rap movement. They went on to release 11 albums, several of which went gold. Their 2004 Livin Legends album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. The duo later teamed up with Three 6 Mafia for the latter’s hit single “Stay Fly,” which brought both Memphis groups much success.
Grand Hustle’s Jason Geter comments, “T.I and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ball & Gee from the very beginning. We've both been fans, and this new album is classic Ball & Gee material & we're excited for the world to hear it.”
8Ball adds, “Ten Toes Down, in my opinion, is one of the best 8Ball & MJG albums ever. It's a heart-felt, soul-filled, portion of the lives of 8Ball & MJG. 8Ball & MJG sounds and feels like 8Ball & MJG on this album 4sho!"
Dewayne "Duprano" Martin, CEO, Push Management says, “The 8Ball & MJG / PUSH Management / E1 Music /Grand Hustle partnership is all about bringing the Urban Legends' music back to the streets.”
E1 Music President Alan Grunblatt adds, “I’m thrilled to work with 8Ball & MJG again. E1 and Grand Hustle will be unstoppable.”
E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries. The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution. E1’s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.
MP3/Video: D.Black - "Special" Feat. Fatal Lucciauno (Prod. By B.Brown) 01.28.2010 Seattle's Own Speaks On Ali'Yah, Offers First Leak From Forthcoming Free EP
The Song & Videos:
Following the release of his well-received MYX Music Label debut Ali'Yah, Seattle-based MC D.Black is showing no signs of slowing down in 2010. Teaming up with fellow Emerald City native and frequent collaborator B.Brown, D.Black is gearing up to release a brand new (and free!) EP entitled Black and Brown – D.Black will be handling all the vocals, while producer B.Brown provides the beats. In anticipation of the release, D.Black is leaking the first song from the forthcoming EP for public consumption. "Special" is about taking a stand against the destructive ways that most people live their lives. "We got a generation dying over wealth, but we constantly chasing our self," raps D.Black. It showcases the lyrical skills and sophistication you have come to expect from D.Black, smooth production by B.Brown, and features a guest spot from fellow Sportn' Life Records labelmate MC Fatal Lucciauno. The trio prove that, just in case you weren't sure, Sportn' Life Records and MYX Music Label are a force to be reckoned with.
Joining the songs are two exclusive videos featuring D.Black speaking on the creative process behind Ali'Yah. D.Black takes some time to tell us what the album means to him, and where he drew his inspirations for it. "I'm transcending and ascending into a more spiritual being - in a lighter realm." Black, a firm believer in the Messianic Hebrew roots of Christianity, talks about his journey from darkness and lack of direction to the light and newfound direction in his life. "I listen for and I write for those that are in the light," says D.Black. He hopes that listeners will listen with an open mind, and re-listen if need be, to follow the words that he is sharing.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, D.Black's musical roots are deep, with his mother and father both involved in pioneering hip-hop groups in the Seattle music scene. In 2006, D.Black released his debut album, The Cause & Effect, a huge regional success, allowing the emcee to share the stage with Nas, Freeway, Bun B, Clipse, Paul Wall, The Boot Camp Click, and more. After being mentored by Vitamin D, a staple and veteran of the Seattle hip-hop scene, D.Black began making a name for himself by working on projects with producer Jake One. One such collaboration resulted in D.Black being featured on Jake One's White Van Music, on the track "God Like," helping to cement the Seattle emcee as a household name beyond the Pacific Northwest. Jake One and Vitamin D were also both instrumental in helping D.Black create his new album, offering guidance and production on the record. D.Black's new album, Ali'Yah, is now available everywhere via Sportn' Life Records/MYX Music Label.
About MYX Music:
MYX Music Label was founded in 2007 by industry veteran Karim Panni of the Boom Bap Project (Rhymesayers Entertainment). MYX Music Label is under the umbrella of MYX TV, which is the only music and lifestyle channel dedicated to the Asian American community. Distributed nationally, MYX TV showcases the hottest major label and independent content as well as dynamic original programming that fuses fashion, comedy, and culture. MYX Music Label integrates the newest technology while developing innovative digital distribution and promotion strategies to service their artists. The MYX Music Label was created for the sole purpose of using the MYX TV visual network platform to promote the finest independent hip-hop and urban music. MYX Music Label's ambitious release schedule for 2009 includes groundbreaking works from production duo Keelay & Zaire, D.Black, Jern Eye, and Kam Moye aka Supastition. Also, adding to their versatility as a label, MYX Music Label DVD releases include The Nutshack, Built From Skratch, Str8 Laced and Slanted Comedy, which features today's top Asian American comedians For more information on MYX Music Label, please visit http://www.myxmusiclabel.com .
If you’ve watched television at all in the past month there’s no doubt you’ve seen the McDonald’s commercials that feature emcees rhyming in public transportation vans. The ads are a glossy example of what Joe Revitte and his wife have been doing for almost a full year now with their brainchild, Dollar Van Demos. 30+ videos deep, Dollar Van Demos has worked with a number of former Adam’s World Artists Of The Week, including longtime B-Listers Dyalekt, iLLspoKinn, Kalil Kash, Hasan Salaam, Miz Metro and Poison Pen. “In some ways I call myself a MySpace director,” Revitte explains, “because they have amazing music on MySpace but there isn’t a visual component to their music, so I’m like why don’t you do a video with me inside this crazy Flatbush Avenue dollar van?”
Revitte likes to put the birthdate of Dollar Van Demos at February 28th, 2009, because that’s when they...