***MYSPACE MUSIC ALBUM EXCLUSIVE*** KANYE WEST EXCLUSIVELY PREMIERES NEW ALBUM ON MYSPACE MUSIC
Fans Will Be Able to Stream Entire 808s & HEARTBREAK Album Before Official Release kanyeMySpace Music, the world's premier online music portal, is pleased to announce an exclusive premiere of Kanye West's much anticipated forthcoming album, 808s & HEARTBREAK. Beginning on Friday, Nov.21 at 12:01am PT, fans will be able to stream the album in its entirety for free on MySpace Music. This official premiere comes days before the album hits stores on November 24. Be sure to check out Kanye West's MySpace profile for the latest music, videos, news and more at www.myspace.com/kanyewest .
808s & HEARTBREAK, Kanye West's fourth album, is set to follow the pace set by his first three land-mark #1 releases - 2004's The College Dropout, 2005's Late Registration and last year's Graduation (released 9/11/07). The first two albums generated a total of six Grammy Awards, including consecutive wins for Best Rap Album of 2004 and 2005, and Best Rap Song of 2004 ("Jesus Walks") and 2005 ("Diamonds From Sierra Leone"). Graduation debuted at #1 on 956,936 first week sales, the biggest Soundscan debut by any album since Kanye's own Late Registration two years before - and the biggest debut in Island Def Jam history. Graduation generated three Grammy Awards: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song ("Good Life"), and Best Rap Solo Performance ("Stronger"). Check out more news at www.kanyeuniversecity.com .
MySpace Music revolves around the millions major, indie, and unsigned artists that use their MySpace music profiles to communicate and intimately connect with fans and friends. Each music profile empowers artists to upload video content, blog, post tour dates, lyrics, and make their music available to fans for stream or download. As one of the most popular and highly trafficked music platforms in the world, MySpace Music has evolved into an offline experience by connecting bands and fans around the world through various concert series and live events.
About MySpace Music: MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music distribution partners include The Orchard, IODA, Alternative Distribution Alliance, RED, Fontana, and Caroline. MySpace Music offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams by allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.
In my many years in Hip-Hop I have seen and heard a lot of fantastic artists. I have also seen and heard some real dolts. It takes a special kind of artist to earn the title of The Dumbest Rapper of All-Time, though, which is what makes Rico Todriquez Wright so extraordinary.
E-40 TO PERFORM MYSPACE MUSIC RELEASE SHOW AT SOBE LIVE IN MIAMI BEACH, FL, ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21
NEW ALBUM "THE BALL STREET JOURNAL" IN STORES AND ONLINE ON NOVEMBER 25 ON WARNER BROS./SICK WID' IT RECORDS
MySpace Music is proud to announce that E-40 will be performing a free show for his MySpace friends at SOBE Live in Miami Beach, FL, on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 - a show being powered by AT&T. The Release Show will have 200 tickets available for the 21+ show, and admittance will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11 p.m., with the performance starting immediately after.
Known for his atypical, imaginative rhyming style and entrepreneurial spirit by way of his notable Sick Wid' It record label, the Bay Area's E-40 is the true definition of a scene pioneer. After releasing a number of regionally-received albums throughout the course of the '90s and '00s, E-40 is back with his latest album titled "The Ball Street Journal" on Warner Bros./Sick Wid' It Records. Featuring guest appearances from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Akon and The Game, "The Ball Street Journal" is another notch in this rap phenom's belt, and serves as yet another offering for the preservation of Bay Area hip-hop creativity and innovation.
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For more information on MySpace Music Release Shows, please visit: http://www.myspace.com/hiphop . About MySpace Music: MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music distribution partners include The Orchard, IODA, Alternative Distribution Alliance, RED, Fontana, and Caroline. MySpace Music offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams.by allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.
Murphy Lee's makes his triumphant return to the center-stage of hip-hop with the video for "My Shoes" off his much anticipated and yet to be released album, You See Me. As if just Murphy Lee wasn't enough to get you clicking over to the video, you'll get a peek at Kanjia and a cameo from fellow St. Lunatic, Nelly. The video takes you right back to the glory days of the St. Lunatics and is a portent of the revival to come with Murph's new album. With honeys and whips aplenty, the boys show off their kicks and steeze in true southern style. Stick around 'til the end for a real drrty breakdown.
Before being known as a hip-hop hitmaker, Murph joined his friends, including Nelly, to create the St. Lunatics when he was still in his teens. After appearing on Nelly's first release, the multi-platinum Country Grammar album in 2000, Murph went on to release his solo album, Murphy's Law, in 2003. He has worked with legends such as Jermaine Dupri and Lil Wayne and won a Grammy for the song "Shake Ya Tailfeather" featuring Nelly and Diddy. Look out for second solo album You See Me soon on Derrty Ent. / Universal Records. Streams:
Yes it's double the pleasure, double the fun, two episodes of Hip-Hop Shop condensed into one! Due to technical difficulties experienced on last week's show we've combined the two episodes together and taken out all the dead air and snafus, which you'll no doubt appreciate. New songs heard during the first half include EPMD's "Listen Up" and Slim Thug's "I Run." New songs heard during the half include Skillz' "Y'all in the Way" and Shaya's "Impeccable Concepts" remix. Join us every Wednesday night at 10:00 PM EST, 9 Central via blogtalkradio.com/angrymarks and if you miss the live show be sure to look for the replay here on RapReviews or via our sponsor mrobandthecancer.com. The shows are 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com. Enjoy!
Rapper Lil Goonie provides Girls Gone Wild with new theme song Battery/ByStorm/Jive artist to film video for TV outlets and perform on national tour
New York, NY- Lil Goonie provides the music background for Girls Gone Wild tour. The song titled “Girlz Gone Wild” also appears on Lil Goonie’s Album.
Battery/Bystorm/Jive artist Lil Goonie has teamed up with America’s favorite guilty pleasure, Girls Gone Wild, as part of the new “Hollywood Gone Wild” campaign. Fittingly, the campaign will feature Lil Goonie’s anthemic single “Girlz Gone Wild” in a series of commercials and infomercials, to be run on major networks such as SpikeTV, Comedy Central, MTV, and FUSE. The song will also be touted on the inundated Girls Gone Wild website; www.GirlsGoneWild.com. An accompanying video captures a live performance by Lil Goonie in his home state of Tennessee.
“This is an amazing marriage, pairing the strong Girls Gone Wild brand with Lil Goonie and his anthem “Girlz Gone Wild,” remarks Battery Senior Vice President and General Manager Neil Levine. “It should instantly give us the right visuals in the marketplace along with some great marketing opportunities. This is a win-win for everyone involved.”
“Hollywood Gone Wild” is a new venture for Mantra Films, the makers of the storied DVD series, which rakes in $100 million per sales annually. “Hollywood Gone Wild” marks the new face of Girls Gone Wild. A national tour will follow in support of the DVD release. At 19, Lil Goonie is one of the youngest members of the national campaign, which will serve an apt showcase for the fast-ascending star.
The limelight is nothing new to the Nashville native, who’s been rhyming since age 12. By 15, he had an exclusive production deal. In 2007, he caught the eye of vaunted talent scout and President of Urban Music for Jive/Zomba, Mark Pitts. Pitts, the former manager of the Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans and Nas, and current A&R for Usher, Ciara and Chris Brown, immediately signed Lil Goonie to Bystorm Entertainment, his label imprint through Jive Records.
Eric Deutsch, Senior Vice President of Production for Mantra Films, who’s been instrumental in the arrangement, adds: “Of all the Girls Gone Wild songs we’ve received over the past 10 years, this has to be the best one. In a new age of innovative deals that co-brand music with other media entities, this is very exciting for us and we look forward to doing more cross promotion with Jive, Battery and Sony Music Entertainment”.
Goonie is now preparing his hotly-anticipated major label debut for an early 2009 release. Stay tuned. Lil Goonie is coming.
Illa J pulls out the funk and soul for "Strugglin'," off his freshly dropped album, Yancey Boys. Over one of Dilla's more minimal beats, Illa J raps (and shows off his singing voice a bit) about an artist trying to make it in the biz. As he says in the chorus, "I'm 'bout to take you on a ride / of a struggling artist / It ain't no easy slide / You gotta hustle the hardest." With a brother like J Dilla, Illa had a good model to look up to, but that doesn't mean it was smooth sailing trying to get his message out there. With a fierce dedication to his music and lyrical skill that he continues to hone, Illa J delivers his art on Yancey Boys, saying "Let me tell you my mission / I'm here to inspire / to bring together the earth, wind and fire."
When Jay Dee passed away from complications relating to lupus in February 2006, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of production work, including hits for Common, Janet Jackson, and Busta Rhymes. One mother lode of previously untouched beats dates from his time working on the Pharcyde's sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia (Delicious Vinyl, 1995). As Delicious Vinyl owner and founder Michael "Mike Floss" Ross explains: "From '95 through '98 Jay Dee was my go-to guy for hot beats and remixes. He was always making beats, always. So there was a select amount of tracks that he composed for me during that time, tracks as good as anything he'd done, only they never got used. When I finally met Illa J last year, I gave him a CD containing those unreleased beats."
In a case of pure serendipity, 21 year-old Illa J had just relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles and constructed a studio built using Jay Dee's recording equipment. He dubbed it Yancey Boys Studios in tribute to their fraternal bond. "Dilla was 12 years older than me," Illa J says. "So back in the day in Detroit I was just a little kid, sitting on the stairs in our house, watching him make those first beats for Slum Village. I always felt my brother's tracks and had an instinct for what I wanted to do over them." When Illa J set to work in early '08 recording the album, the project flowed quickly as he entered the proverbial can't miss zone. The name of the studio rightly became the title of the finished album, Yancey Boys, available online and in stores everywhere on Delicious Vinyl Records.
Keelay & Zaire's "The Times" To Premier On mtvU 11/21
(November 17, 2008 - Brooklyn NY) Keelay & Zaire, producers extraordinaire, will be debuting the video for their socio-politically charged single, "The Times," exclusively on mtvU this Friday. The duo takes the video back to San Francisco where they invite viewers on a tour of where “the streets define stars” to the backdrop of their signature soulful soundscape. With rhymes from San Fran inhabitants Slo Mo, Mush Mouf, soultry vocals from Nino Moschella, along with LA emcee Blu, the track is a motivational call-to-arms, and the video captures the vibrancy of the citizens and sites of the Bay Area. The video is premiering this Friday November 21st on mtvU.com, which will feature the video exclusively for 24hrs, so be sure to check it out and so be sure to check it out and help drive it up their charts. We will be servicing the video online the next day on 11/22.
Also check out the Kee & Zee podcast and feature just posted on URB.com!
Keelay & Zaire are a bi-coastal team that operates with only one concrete rule; creating music with unlimited range. Complementing each other's styles with precision, Kee & Zee work as a sole production machine that spawns gritty classic hip-hop, soulful R&B, and any other medium that requires an exclusive sound from the team. With Keelay out west in San Francisco, and Zaire in the east, holding it down in Virginia, the two have almost unlimited resources from which to draw talent and inspiration. In their debut LP Ridin High, the pair's versatility takes center stage, backed up by a talented cast of emcees and singers including Phonte of Little Brother, Supastition, Blu, Cali Agents, Darien Brockington, Tash of Tha Liks, Saafir, Fortilive, The Park, Emilio Rojas, Surreal ,Slo-Mo, Mario Dones, The A.V.E., J.Fish, Jony Fraze, Whooligan, and Tiffany Paige. Keelay & Zaire's Ridin High will be released in early 2009 by MYX Music Label.