CityBoy has stepped out of the shadows of Chicago’s thriving music scene and all too dangerous streets to establish him self as a international artist and entrepreneur while staying true to the streets that raised him.
Born and raised in and around the trap houses of Chicago’s infamous Humbolt Park/Logan Square CityBoy’s was exposed to the business of selling drugs from birth. Both of his parents were well known dealers and CityBoy spent most of his early life surrounded by drug dealings, murders, and guns, which led to him living a life that most people could only begin to imagine. Although he was surrounded by the drama of the streets CityBoy found an outlet for his frustrations in music, which he developed a passion for while hustling in the streets. A born businessman it was only right that CityBoy would enter into the business side of music before becoming an artist forming his own record label C.O.R. Records or Crack Or Rap Records. When asked why he named his record label this, CityBoy simply replied, “that’s the choice I have to make, either I’m going to succeed at creating this music or its back to hustling crack.” CityBoy took inspiration for from artists like Tupac, NWA, Eazy, E, Baby of Cash Money, and T.i. all of which he claims turned the nothing they were given into something and found a way to turn their hustles into legitimate money.. Just look and see for yourself what CityBoy is all about,"BUSINESS"!!!
Download City Boy featuring Drake "I'm About Business" Dirty Version by clicking here.
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Check out behind the scenes footage from Stat Quo's upcoming music video 'Success (Back to U)', the first single off his Statlanta album, releasing May 4th on Big Dream Ventures. The album is executive produced by Sha Money XL. The music video was shot in Atlanta last month and will debut next week. In the meantime, please check out this behind the scenes footage.
What up my peoples. Thanks to all those who showed love to "Make it". The Next Blast for Neak's "84 Vol. 2 (The Silent Fiasco)" coming out March 2nd presented by DJbooth.net - is "Film School" Produced by Mulatto Patriot. "Film School" is a smooth chill joint where Neak lyrically describes his life in the eye of the camera.
Just a quick update for now as I have to go bathe my minions... I mean children.
For the past few years I have been working in secret with Shoebox of Worm Quartet, The Great Luke Ski, and Chris Mezzolesta of Power Salad on some sketch comedy. This new super group of sketch comedy is called Cirque du So What and last month we finally got together and recorded an album. Since it took us so long to put out the album we decided to title it Procrastinators Of The Apocalypse.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances the album will be available for sale at MarsCon. If you pre-order and will be at MarsCon you can pick up the CD from me and I'll refund you the shipping on your order when I get back.
The first few tracks from the CD have now been released for public consumption. First, over at The FuMP you can now download our intro track God Hates Comedy Musicians. http://www.thefump.com
Second, last night on The Awful Show I called in to talk about the project and they played our track A F***ing Room. http://www.theawfulshow.com
Free Download: Elusive "District 2 District" Album Sampler
Los Angeles, California based producer Elusive is no stranger to the underground hip hop scene. Making his debut production appearance on Eligh's (of the Living Legends) album in 1997. Elusive comes from the school of real music, being highly influenced from great producers like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, J Dilla as well as all kinds of music including jazz and soul music. A lot of his earlier releases featured California underground emcee's like Living Legends, Aceyalone, Myka 9, Jupiter & Peace from Freestyle Fellowship and Planet Asia. Now in 2010, Elusive teams up with Domination Recordings to release his latest production album titled "District 2 District" featuring Planet Asia, Royce Da 5'9, Main Flow, Casual, Gift of Gab, Prince Po, El Da Sensei, Omega Red, Ricky General, Whosane, Naptron, Neb Luv, Lady G, Trenseta and Bruce Hathcock.
Tracklisting: 1. Intro feat. Bruce Hathcock 2. District 2 District feat. Planet Asia and Ricky General 3. What Yall Chasing feat. Royce da 5'9, Naptron and Bruce Hathcock 4. Too Many feat. Casual 5. Whats Poppin feat. Whosane 6. To the Top feat. Main Flow and Omega Red 7. Danger feat. Trenseta 8. What It Dofeat. Prince Po 9. Clapped Up feat. Naptron and C France 10. Green Berets feat. Planet Asia 11. Rhyme Games feat. Gift of Gab and Whosane 12. Gangsters feat. Killah Priest, Ras Kass and Ricky General 13. Paper Chasin feat. Neb Luv and Naptron 14. Last Bar feat. Planet Asia 15. My Swag feat. Lady G and Whosane 16. Bomb Hard feat. El da Sensei 17. On Lock feat. Main Flow and Whosane 18. Change the Game feat. Naptron and C France 19. Cold With It feat. Lady G and Trenseta
This week's free song is "Spitsbergen 2", a 40th Dimension "Crop Report" era B-Side that originally appeared on the "Zip It" 12" single and is featured on the forthcoming album "Karma Response Unit's B-Sides (2000-2010)", dropping in April.
Trae Tha Truth in The Source, Black Men and Urban Ink
I wanted to share this feature from the March issue of The Source with you all in the spirit of maintaining Trae's current level of visibility. You can also see him in the current issues of both Black Men and Urban Ink and he continues to flood the streets with great music.
Below you can download his song, I Am Tha Streets ft. Rick Ross, Game and Lloyd; another taste from Trae's highly anticipated album, Tha Truth (ABN Entertainment/Fontana/Universal) set to drop this Summer. Rick Ross also featured this cut on his recent mixtape, The Timeless Audemars Piguet Collection.
Also below are several cuts from various DJ-hosted mixtapes that Trae continues to drop until his album releases. Next up will the release of the video for Trae's single, Inkredible ft. Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, which was shot in Miami during Wayne's pre-incarceration video shooting marathon.
So i been talkin' about "12 Step Program" for months... and finally, i got some good and definitive news about its release! The album will drop on Raw Poetic's b-day, May 4th! It'll be available through all the major digital music retailers AND for those who have been wondering about its' release on CD & Vinyl, thats where Kickstarter comes in...
After a lot of time contemplating our options for the funding and release of "12 Step Program", we decided to take the new-media approach with it and have the FANS assist in bringing this album to physical fruition! So basically, its like pre-ordering the album, while also having a hand in its actual manufacturing! We have done the indie and major label routes, and feel no one knows us better, other than ourselves, than YOU- our fans! That said, i hope you all will help us raise the funds necessary to bring 12 Step to the masses as myself and Raw P have really created what we feel is our best work YET, and feel using this method is very progressive (though risky), just like our music!
You can either choose to start trends or follow them, and we have always blazed our own trail! Hopefully you all will join us in helping us keep the Panacea Phoenix burning... CLICK HERE (or the widget below) to read more info about this endeavor & support it! Also, please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Anyone who listens to my music and/or has read the brief bio on the righthand-side of this blog, knows i LOVE video games! Truth be told, i been gaming since i was 5... and that was 25 years ago! I'm actually mad its taken this long for me to post more video game related stuff up on my blog as i know many of you all who follow it, are gamers too! And if you ARE a gamer and been experiencing the "Snowpocalypse" that's ravaged the East Coast of the United States the last few weeks, then like me, you probably have had LOTS of time to play some games! Off the top, there's been 2 i have been totally engulfed in since the new year commenced...
First off is the sequel to one of my favorite RPGS of all-time... "Mass Effect". I admittedly slept-on ME for 2 years till i found it last year for $15 in a bargain bin at Walmart, and within 3 weeks, i had saved the galaxy from Saren! The sequel which dropped late last month is even better and fixes a lot of issues i had with the original- like the lack of a cover system in battle and scaled down planet exploration. I could go on and on about its dopeness, but take it from someone who has played any & EVERY RPG imaginable; From the good (Final Fantasy 7) to the bad (Saga Frontier) to the UGLY (Beyond the Beyond)... ME2 = "MCS" (aka a "Must Cop Situation"). My only advice to those who aren't used to the tedium of most RPGS, is be prepared for TONS of dialogue! Its not too big a worry though, as Bioware did a great job balancing the game out with a lot more action than its predecessor!
2nd and most recently, is Quantic Dream's "Heavy Rain" which dropped just this past Tuesday (2/23). I can't say too much about the game as i dont wanna spoil anything, but i WILL say graphically i was blown away and the story itself is engrossing to the point i didnt get much music work done this week due to me incessantly playing through it! Not to mention, theres even enough "twists" in this game to impress M. Night Shyamalan himself! Again, another "MCS", and a sign that PS3 is ready to duke it out with Microsoft in 2010 for top console honors! So far, its definitely a HOT start to whats been a COLD-ass winter!