“Influenced by Biggie Smalls, Deee-Lite, The Beastie Boys and Cyndi Lauper, blue-eyed white boy rapper Cazwell is revamping the infamously homophobic hip-hop genre…” – i-D
”Just imagine if Biggie Smalls ate Donna Summer for breakfast.” – Cazwell
Few new artists embody the spirit of downtown NYC more completely than Cazwell. A leading figure in the renaissance of New York City nightlife that has taken place over the last five years, Cazwell’s music—a ridiculously fun mix of electrified dance music and old school hip hop—is the perfect example of the new spirit of pop music. At a time when artists like Lady Gaga (for whom Cazwell has performed as an opening act and was featured on her no. 1 hit "Just Dance") are redefining the art and artifice of dance music, Cazwell is finally primed to take center stage.
Having collaborated over the years with a who’s who of downtown New York and abroad— including Amanda Lepore, Larry Tee, Boy George, David Lachapelle, The Ones, Chris Joss, Peppermint, GoodandEvil, Karl Giant and Lost Daze — "Watch My Mouth" is the natural next step for a performer schooled in clubland, pulling together some of Cazwell’s most effortlessly catchy singles and pushing things forward with new tracks perfectly-suited to bring the party. Club bangers like “All Over Your Face” (a raunchy remake of the disco classic by Loose Joints) and the recent viral video sensation “I Seen Beyonce At Burger King” sit nicely next to new party jams like “Tonight” (featuring a sample from the Shannon classic “Give Me Tonight”) and “Get Into It,” a funky fashion-hop duet starring Amanda Lepore. The music embodies the same spirit of fun and goofball experimentation that was the hallmark of artists like M.I.A., Neneh Cherry, Eminem and Deee-lite.
While recording "Watch My Mouth," Cazwell also has spent the last couple of years traveling the world gigging and making special appearances, soaking up the best beats and making an international slew of new fans. He's performed at Radio City Music Hall as an opening act for Cyndi Lauper True Colors Tour (with 22 drag queen “Rockettes"), at the Dior Homme’s 2008 after-party in Paris with electro upstarts Justice, and has been notoriously hosting outlaw Burger King parties in your city with troublemaker Daniel Nardicio. He also appears on the season finale of the new Logo/VH1 show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” where he teaches the queens how to rap!
Video: Tone Tank - "King Of Surf Guitar Rap" 05.12.2009 "Beach crusin' I'm a high powered mutant / Not meant for mass production / Out survive thousands of humans"
Tone Tank, member of rap duo Iller Than Theirs and rap collective Nuclear Family, is back with another free solo project entitled The King of Surf Guitar Rap EP. Following the release of his last free EP, The Black Six Sessions, Tone was due for a much needed vacay from NYC. Embarking west for salvation, Tone ended up in a nearly dilapidated hotel in the middle of the desert in the remote Southwest. There, Tone stumbled upon and befriended a 60's surf guitar legend who shared old dusty recordings and memorabilia with him. Functioning in a half-mad hallucinogenic state, Tone found that the music and relics provided endless fodder for his creativity and The King of Surf Guitar Rap EP was born.
With direction by Paul Korzan and concept, props, and costumes by Tone Tank, the video for the title track, "King of Surf Guitar Rap," is equal parts Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Pee Wee's Playhouse. Shot almost entirely in Tone's cramped and dungeonous Brooklyn basement, Tone and Korzan spent weeks on end creating the paper mache set for which Tone could transform into the rapping sea creature. After nightly visits from dinosaurs, luchadores, and debaucherous women, Tone has regained some of his physical and mental capacity and is ready to share the title video, which offers insight into his reclusive and somewhat hallucinogenic state of mind.
Tone & Korzan are proud to present their video, which was just featured on MySpace.com.
The King of Surf Guitar Rap EP is available as a FREE download on Scumlife.com and RadioBelly.com.
Artist: Red Cafe f/ Diddy, Fabolous, Jadakiss, OJ Da Juiceman, Rick Ross Title: Hottest in the Hood Remix Label: Bad Boy/Atlantic Records
Overkill. That's my first reaction to Red Cafe trying to make "Hottest in the Hood" even hotter by throwing everybody from Fabolous to Rick Ross on it. My second reaction is SHIT, why the hell not? It's not like the original version hasn't been buzzing for a few months already, and if anybody knows how to extend the lifespan of a song via remix it's Diddy. That makes it all the more appropriate that Sean Combs is the first and the last voice heard on the song, but that's about the extent of his contributions. Besides I'm sure it doesn't hurt Notorious DVD sales to have that film's Primo be heard and seen mo'. That's right, Red Cafe played the freestyle rapper in that biopic, which is true to life in a way considering Cafe has yet to release an album in his 15 year career. The stripped down club sound of this song is a surefire summer hit but quite frankly I'm done waiting for Red Cafe to drop a full-length - no more dicking around with cameos, remixes and ghostwriting other people's hits - drop your own shit.
Artist: Don P f/ Big Mel, Ricky Fontaine Title: Drink in Yo Hand Label: SMC Records
If you're a fan of Trillville you probably recognize the name Don P. If you're not this single probably won't be the one to convert you. The first problem is that two-thirds of the song don't even feature Don P. The second problem is that Big Mel does the opening verse, and if there's a "star" of this song it's probably him. P's raps get as deep as "Stay on the grass all day like I'm a lawn" and that's about it. Trust me, as bad as that line is, the rest of his bars are worse. The third problem is that this beat is about as generic as they come in the Dirty South. Even the most cliched Lil Jon song would be an improvement. Even as a free radio edited download that only cost me the time and electricity to preview, I can't recommend this one.
Artist: DJ Drama f/ Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Willie the Kid Title: My People Will Be Heard Label: Atlantic Records
"There's a war goin' on outside and my people gotta paint they faces on."
The "Gangsta Grillz" series by DJ Drama has been around for a minute, but as far as major labels are considered there's only volume one and volume two, the latter being due out May 19th. "My People Will Be Heard" was leaked to the internet to create a buzz for the CD, and while it may be a little late with only one weak to go, that doesn't stop the track from being hot. The beat is some anime/martial arts hypeness - slow paced, plucked instruments, foreboding and ominous like the showcase stealing rap Luda spits. Honestly after his opening verse, Willie the Kid and Busta Rhymes are an afterthought, though the original Dungeon Dragon of hip-hop does a respectable job closing the song. One minor criticism - considering both Busta and Luda complain specifically about high gas prices, the bars seemed to have been laid down as far back as last summer.
Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. Episode 32 features new tracks by Murs, The Phresh Prince (and he's not from Bel Air) and more! If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information. The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com!
* Phantom Phreshy aka The Phresh Prince - Money Ain't a Thing * Keelay & Zaire - We Made It * Buckshot & KRS-One - Robot * Shawn Pen a.k.a. Little Shawn - Respect Me * Ali Vegas - Blow Your Mind * Murs - Everything (Bossasaurus Remix)
GRAND PUBA DROPS DOUBLE A-SIDE SINGLE OFF OF "RETROACTIVE" IN STORES JUNE 23RD
For Immediate Release May 11th, 2009
One of the founding members of Brand Nubian and a seminal artist in hip- hop in his own right, Grand Puba drops a double A-Side single off of his new album "RetroActive" which hits stores June 23rd, on FrankRadio/Babygrande Records. Grand Puba's smooth laid back delivery has been hypnotizing hip-hop heads since the late 1980's. Expect nothing less from Puba now, as he continues to deliver heat straight to your ear drum. Check out the double A-side:
"This Joint Right Here Featuring Kid Capri" is straight fire. With a beat reminiscent of 1980s era "White Lines," and the up-tempo lyrics of Kid Capri, Grand Puba is in top form on this track. Adding his skills on the boards, Puba produces in addition to lacing the song with his signature style, unmistakable voice and one-of-a-kind delivery.
"Go Hard Featuring Talee" is a head-nodding duet that showcases both Puba's flow and his writing. Puba takes the title line to heart on this track, as he lays down gems that mingle with Talee's sultry vocals, the two complementing each other to a tee.
Be sure to check out "RetroActive," in stores June 23rd, on Frank Radio / Babygrande Records. With guest appearances from Q-Tip, Kid Capri, Sadat X, Lord Jamar, Large Professor & many more, and production from Large Professor, Q-Tip, Grand Puba, PhD and others, "RetroActive" is heating it up and taking it back to the summers of the golden era.
Grand Puba "Retroactive" In Stores June 23rd, 2009 Frank Radio / Babygrande Records
Brooklyn mainstay and hard core rap enthusiast Poison Pen will be releasing a new album The Money Shot via Gold Dust this August. Pen's new album will feature guest spots from Immortal Technique, M.O.P., Silkk Da Shocker, Gillie Da Kid & more. “Some people know me from years of battling, this is me entertaining people," says Pen. "I don’t want people to think that I’m the nicest rapper on the planet.I proved I was nice when I was 18.I’m just trying to bug out and entertain.” Pen is currently on the road with Immortal Technique. His blog will continue to provide updates on the album, tour, and whatever else is on his mind.
EMINEM TEAMS UP WITH STEWIE GRIFFIN TO HOST "ANIMATION DOMINATION" SUNDAY, MAY 17, ON FOX
Hip-Hop Star to Make Special Surprise Announcement
Grammy Award winner Eminem joins FAMILY GUY's Stewie Griffin to host ANIMATION DOMINATION Sunday, May 17 on FOX. The evening will feature interstitials voiced by and featuring an animated version of the hip-hop superstar.
Fans should tune in for an exclusive surprise MySpace Music announcement they won't want to miss and visit http://www.myspace.com/music that evening for additional details.
"It was a thrill to work with Stewie," said Eminem about the youngest member of the Griffin clan. "I'm a big fan of talking babies and their humor."
On working with Eminem, Stewie said "I was just about to meet him, but after I shook hands with his stylist, his assistant, his lawyer, his bodyguard, his other bodyguard, his photographer, his manager, his hanger-on, his flower girl, his driver, his videographer, his notary, his historian, his her-storian, his texter and his own greased-up deaf guy, I got the swine flu."
On the season finale of FAMILY GUY airing Sunday, May 17 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), Peter has his palm read by a psychic who reveals that he had a fascinating past life in the 17th century as Griffin Peterson, a dignified gentleman from the newly founded colony of Quahog who vied for the love of Lady Redbush. It was a time of great love and adventure where King Stewart reigned supreme, the smartest dog in the room was the court jester, army lieutenants were merely boys and even old England loved "How I Met Your Mother" (Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor and Jason Segel guest-voice).
Eminem's fifth full-length album, "Relapse," is set to be released on May 19. The album's debut single, "Crack a Bottle," was released in February and set a first week record for digital sales at the time, while the first official single and video, "We Made You," debuted in April. To date, Eminem has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. His previous studio album, "Encore," reached No. 1 and dominated the charts in late 2004. The Grammy-nominated disc was certified quadruple-platinum, generated four Top 40 Hot 100 hits and has sold more than 11 million copies. In October 2008, Eminem published "Eminem: The Way I Am," a compilation of thoughts, stories and memorabilia that entered The New York Times Best-Seller List at No. 11.
FAMILY GUY is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane is creator/executive producer, Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan are executive producers/show-runners and David A. Goodman, Chris Sheridan and Danny Smith are executive producers.
With a name inspired by the Nile in Egypt, Niles describes the similarities between him and the legendary river saying “the Nile flows upstream in an unorthodox way. I'm going upstream in life in an unorthodox way. The Nile has been a provider since its existence. I have been a provider since my existence. It is of African descent. I am of African descent.” The list goes on as Niles is not just an emcee, but a huge history buff, both of the ancient and personal variety. Although he now lives in NYC, Niles is originally from Michigan, a state that he’s quick to point out was also the birthplace of Magic Johnson and Malcom X. Niles recently released a single, “This Time,” on Koch Records / E1 Entertainment and after seeing a live performance of his a few weeks ago I was so impressed that I had to sit down with him to find out more about his story.