WIDEawake Death Row Releases Crooked I "Hood Star"
WIDEawake- Death Row Entertainment LLC announces Hip Hop artist Crooked I' s first solo release. Crooked I "Hood Star" set to hit shelves June 15 features 15 unreleased tracks with guest appearances by, Juvenile, Too Short, Sisqo, Danny Boy, Eastwood, Kurupt and Ray J, just to name a few. When first signed to Death Row, Crooked I appeared on a number of compilations such as "Too Gansta For Radio," "Dysfunktional Family," "Tha Dogg Pound's 2002,' and Tupac's " Nu Mixx Klazzics." The Hip Hop artist also took time out to work on sound tracks for the movies, "Ride" and "Caught Up" collaborating with such artists as Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tha Eastsidaz and The Luniz. In 2005, Crooked I created an Internet buzz for himself with "Boom Boom Clap," with the video receiving almost 500,000 hits on youtube. In 2007 he took a different approach to the game with the creation of his Hip Hop weekly internet series, that got him voted the MC with "the best shot of taking over the game" and landed him on the cover of XXL magazine in the fall of 2007. In 2009, Crooked I, along with MC's Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden and Royce Da 5'9" created the group Slaughterhouse and went out on a successful nationwide Rock the Bells tour last summer. Crooked I's popularity has sustained over the years, with over 2.5 million Myspace views and 21,000 followers on Twitter an over 5,000 friends on Facebook, Crooked I has proved he is here to stay.
The force behind Crooked I "Hood Star" and a mentor of Crooked I, is music producer, Big Hutch aka Cold 187um from the multi-platinum group Above The Law. Big Hutch was a producer at Death Row Records in the late 90s, overseeing projects such as 2Pac's album " Until The End Of Time." The multi talented producer works with independent artists helping them find their place in today's Hip Hop community. Big Hutch will be available to discuss the music and the process behind Crooked I's "Hood Star"
Free EP/Video: The Niceguys - The Green Room EP/EPK Video
The Niceguys Announce New Video, Give Fans A Chance To Catch Up On Prior Releases
The Niceguys' EP, The Green Room, is evidence that the Houston-based group is truly a Supreme Team. Having met and formed while attending school at the University of Houston, The Niceguys bring together elements of the North and South to offer a versatile collection of sincere hip-hop with The Green Room EP - MC Yves Saint hails from Queens, New York, while DJ Candlestick, and producers Free and Christolph call various parts of Texas home.
For the Niceguys, the plan for putting together The Green Room EP was clear. "We just wanted to keep the formula simple," says Free about the seven-track EP. "Dope beats, dope rhymes and no nonsense." Presented by leading hip-hop outlets 2dopeboyz.com and Fatlace, the EP continues to garner the foursome acclaim and accolades. The song "Not At All" reveals the group's undeniable energy and ability to pair catchy hooks with rewind-worthy verses, while the EP's opening track, "Supreme Team", serves as a Niceguys anthem, showcasing both their musical and lyrical abilities with a mix of boom-bap, bouncing basslines, and growing instrumentation paired with Yves Saint's winding flows. After a colorful introduction that travels all over the place musically, it is hard not to keep listening to the rest of this EP.
The Niceguys have also given us an inside look on their straight forward, yet effective formula with an EPK, which also offers fans insight into the founding and history of the group. Says Yves Saint, "The EPK really just gives an in depth look into how The Niceguys started, to where we are now, and where were going." In leading up to The Green Room release, The Niceguys have also released six online shorts called The NiceShorts, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the group.
As The Niceguys continue to put the finishing touches on their Fall-scheduled debut LP, The Show, they're planning the release of a series of videos from The Green Room, the first being the official video for "Not At All," which fans can expect in the coming weeks.
The Niceguys epitomize the law of dynamics. They stimulate development and progress, and they also thrive off their own original ideas. The Niceguys' MC, DJ, and Producers consist of four young men by the names of Yves (MC), Candlestick (DJ), Free (Producer), and Christolph (Producer), respectively. Experiencing The Niceguys' chemistry live on stage is when the audience can witness that there is more to the group than meets the ear. The guys' personality and talent, as well as the lyrical content of their music, combine to provide a feel-good atmosphere for whoever is around. Having released The Green Room EP for free download in late 2009, The Niceguys have been quickly garnering attention from writers, bloggers, and tastemakers alike. The Niceguys' debut LP, The Show, will be dropping in the fall of 2010 via The Pi Group.
If you don't know by now, one of my best friends in music and life Ethel Cee just dropped her first true release on Bee Eater Records last week. Dirty Samples is a project produced entirely by my brother Fel Sweetenberg and is available for download for free RIGHT HERE. I'm so proud of all the hard work EC has put into it and I want all of my fans to support one of Philly's most gifted artists in making her mark.
In support of this occasion, we are giving you the video for "Not That Easy", our duet off of my last album "A Vicious Cycle" now available in stores and online by CLICKING HERE. We shot this a few months back with Hezikah over at 3crates Productions and were waiting for the right time to release it, feeling there couldn't be a better time then now.
This video contains people dancing and having fun and talking about sex. I'm even dressed up a bit. I know most folks would rather not here my fat ass talk about such things but hey that's their loss, I need love to. The fans who need the hardcore punch you in the mouth have a whole album of that, dropping June 8th, called Fight Music (plug plug). What can I say, I'm a man of many styles, never can I be boxed in. I might do an electro folk album next (Editors Note: be on the lookout for Reefs new electro folk band "Happy Birthday, Spiderman").
But in the meantime, please enjoy this dope video for this dope song with dope mcs who are soon to take over your headphones. Ladies and Gents I Present...
Cimer Amor: "Another Classic" f/ Burke, Torae & Side Effect & DJ Waxwork
"Another Classic" featuring Burke, Torae, Side Effect & DJ Waxwork is the lead single from Philly-based producer Cimer Amor's forthcoming producer compilation album Taking Nowhere, Somewhere. The album which drops on June 29th through Coalmine Records boasts features from Sha Stimuli, King Syze, Baby Blak, Jakk Frost, Equinox, Side Effect and more...stay tuned!!
Blestenation Debut 'In A Hurry' Video On MTVU Freshman
Blestenation have released their new video for "In a Hurry" online at http://www.mtvu.com/music/the-freshmen/nominees-52410/ . The video has been selected as this week's MTVU Freshman video, alongside new videos from Sam Adams, Sons of Sylvia, Cali Swag District, and Wiz Khalifa. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite MTVU Freshman video at the link above.
"It's dope that MTVU picked up on this video for their Freshman show," commented FAFU from Blestenation. "I'm glad they're finally giving us a shot and they like the video. We're always trying to do something different and not just rehash the same ideas that everyone before us did. Please take a second and check out the video and vote for us."
Blestenation recently released their debut album, "MBugout City", through Suburban Noize Records. The album ranges from arena rap anthems to dark melodic acoustic songs, as the group creates their own brand of misfit hip-hop.
Wu-Tang Clan Return w/ Pollen: The Swarm Part Three June 22nd
The lineup for the 7th annual rap tour Rock The Bells was just announced yesterday, and headlining the bill this year are hip-hop heavyweights performing their seminal albums in full. Wu-Tang Clan is very excited to be among them, doing all of their legendary 1993 debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) live at each date.
After yesterday’s announcement, we received some more good news from the Wu camp: this letter from the guys which describes their upcoming album, Pollen: The Swarm Part Three, that’s due June 22nd from Wu Music Group. Here it is, in their words, unedited and raw, just the way they like it:
Read the Letter Below:
In the uncertainty of the new age industry and wake of new media one thing is for sure and that being there’s never a shortage of WUTANG WANNA BEEZ, imposters, opportunists, posers and fakes rushing in to imitate, cash in and lay claim to the “WUTANG” name. WARNING: don't be fooled or duped! There is only one WUTANG CLAN AND BRAND. With the surge of official authentically branded Wutang products, projects and a wave of critically acclaimed album releases in the last year such as Raekwon’s Only Built for Cuban Links franchise and the follow up of “Wu Massacre “ featuring the Wutang Clan’s Method Man , Raekwon and Ghostface, The Wu Music Group in following and furthering WUTANG tradition in its truest and purest form will release the 3rd installment of the official swarm franchise dubbed POLLEN: THE SWARM PART 3 due this SUMMER JUNE 22, 2010. Why Pollen? Because it’s WUTANG authentic! Word to Shaolin!! This installment is complete with new songs from the RZA as Bobby Digital, MEF MAN himself Johnny Blazing a track with the GZA, GHOSTFACE “Smooth Sailing” on the remix featuring Trife and Solomon Childs, and unlocked from the Wutang vault, the late great ODB with a fresh splash from his son and new comer BOY JONES on “Dirt’s the Boogie”.
The SWARM represents the Wutang Killer Beez on the move. The first album in the trilogy introduced fans to other emcees in the Wu empire from east to west coast and across the seas. In true killer bee fashion, this album wouldn't be complete with out new music from the Killer Beez themselves 12 o clock, Prodigal Sun, Killer Priest, Street Life, Remedy, JoJo Pelligrino, the Rev Burke, and others. This is history once again in the making with the Wutang massive disciples and its affiliates aligning to swarm, bringing the ruckus and creating a frenzy to massacre the masses across the globe. This album will effectively pollinate and enter your senses and is guaranteed to inspire and buzz the ears of any true Wu fan looking for that real WUTANG indulgence and experience without leaving out the this generation’s expressions of hip hop and those still to come. At press time the RZA of the Clan says “Wutang is forever and we will continue to shine light and spread music to the world.” The Swarm executive producer Power adds “As for anyone and anything else you may need to refer back to the WUTANG’S first suggestion which is to certainly ‘PROTECT YA NECK ”. Wutang Killers Bees and Yellow Jackets are on the Swarm part 3 and in full effect!!
01 ROLL WITH KILLER BEES - YELLOW JACKETS 02 HEADLINE - ARMEL, 12 OCLOCK, P SUNN, REV BURKS 03 ASSED OUT - WUTANG CLAN 04 DIRTS THE BOOGIE - O.D.B & Y.D.B. BOY JONES 05 YOU MUST BE DREAMING - BOBBY DIGITAL, KINETIC 06 M.E.F. - JOHNNY BLAZE 07 SMOOTH SAILING - GHOSTFACE, TRIFE, SOLOMON CHILDS 08 GET IT STARTED - KING JUST, NATE, Y.C. 09 FACED DOWN - STREETLIFE 10 THE TESTIMONY - REMEDY & KILLER PRIEST 11 ACTION - SOLOMON CHILDS 12 NO GAME AROUND HERE - KILLER BEES 13 INTO YOU - REV BURKE & RUGGED MONK 14 TRANSPORTING - REMEDY & JO JO PELLIGRINO 15 FLIGHT OF THE KILLER BEES - PRODIGAL SON & REV BURKS
Atlanta's Favorite Hometown MC's Collaborate w/ De La Soul
Atlanta, GA US – May 14, 2010 – Atlanta’s favorite hometown emcees, Señor Kaos and 4-Ize, have collaborated with Hip Hop legends De La Soul for a catchy new track with a fresh take on the streets.
The song, titled “Concrete Jungle,” is from a street perspective and highlights many of the challenges of growing up in the inner city aka the concrete jungle. It was recorded in Atlanta’s Upstairs Studio and produced by Morgan The Mexican.
“Concrete Jungle” will be released on 4-ize’s new project “Off The Top Rope” with DJ Don Cannon, available on May 17, 2010 at www.4ize.com . Señor Kaos is also featured on the track, “Ultra Beast Part 2″ along with New York City’s Punchline.
Señor Kaos has been recognized by numerous media outlets as one of Atlanta’s finest emcees and has worked with many Hip Hop greats, but he was honored to collaborate with De La Soul, who celebrated their 20 year anniversary last year. Atlantans can catch Señor Kaos in action on June 14, 2010 at The Loft, when he opens for (Reflection Eternal) Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek.
I just finished my new album which will be entitled "The Kaos Effect." The project was produced entirely by Illastrate and features guest appearances from: J-Live, Punchline, 4-Ize, Binkis Recs, Dynas, Fresh Daily, Dj Dainja, and Ozy Reigns. It will released soon. To get you guys ready for what to expect, I knocked out a lil something for you to ride around too.
And Finally... Dj Grandman Presents: 4-Ize, Señor Kaos, & Boog Brown
Here's a new record from Dj Grandman featuring ATL emcees: 4-Ize, Señor Kaos, and Boog Brown. The song is called "The Real ATL" and is produced by Lee Bannon.