Apollo Brown & Boog Brown Release First Single From Collaborative Album
Detroit based producer Apollo Brown and Atlanta based rapper Boog Brown are at it again. The pair’s first collaborations resulted in the enchanting mixtape The Grind Season Vol. 1, a tantalizing taste of what was soon to come. The wait will finally be over when the duo release their first full-length album Brown Study on September 28, 2010, via Mello Music Group. The long-awaited album will feature the likes of Miz Korona, Invincible, Kam Moye, and Kenn Starr.
The first single off of Brown Study is the sensual “Just Be,” an intimate whisper that floats over Apollo Brown’s shimmering samples and passionate groove, inspiring the intense pleasures of living in the present and savoring every moment. Boog expressed that desire, advising us to “Live in the moment. In all things, intimacy, joy, pain, hurt, loss, gain, triumph. All of that -- be in it. Feel it, because it’s the fabric of life. Blink and it's gone.” Powerful and vibrant lyrics such as “Enraptured in the scent/ This is bliss at length/ From start to the finish/ Euphoric/ Absorbed in the ebullience/ Elegant every sense awakened” meld with Apollo’s sampled soft horns, sweeping strings, and chimes, echoing his thought that "'Just Be' is one of those songs that exude passion and feeling. We don't have a lot of true feeling in the music now days. Emcees and producers shouldn't be afraid to express themselves exactly how they please.”
Boog Brown and Apollo Brown’s album Brown Study will be available September 28th via Mello Music Group.
In the world of Hip Hop, Atlanta based Boog Brown spreads her "Dope Girl Magic" like her life depends on it and returns us to the roots of a genre that has literally changed the world. Currently based in Atlanta, Detroit native Brown describes herself as a "lover, fighter and artist." This is reflected in her personal style, lyrical approach and unique perspective. Though she has been an emcee for roughly 3 years, her writing goes back to the age of 15, allowing her to amass an arsenal of lyrics including two chapbooks of poetry, Swimming Against the Current State of Mind: My Life In Words and Black Tie Fish Fry, and her debut mixtape, the 2007 release entitled Extended Play. Earlier this year, Brown released The Grind Season Vol. 1 mixtape which features production from Illastrate, Lex Boogie, 14KT and appearances from staHHr, Fluxwonda of Binkis Recs, and Mojo Swagger. The Brown Study LP will be dropped September 28, 2010 via Mello Music Group.
Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Apollo Brown's early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes - Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon - from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life. Apollo began making his own music in 1996 using Voyetra audio software, then upgraded to Cool Edit 2000 in becoming a self-described bedroom beat-maker for roughly the next eight years. It was the mid-2000s, and the upstart producer saw no future for his work - work he had dedicated his life to - in an industry where radio was setting a formulaic pattern for mainstream music. But he eventually began to miss the creativity in his craft and began producing once again, releasing the instrumental albums Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009). He went on in 2009 to win the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and competed in the national finals. Apollo then signed as a producer with the Mello Music Group in December of 2009. His debut album, The Reset, is available now via Mello Music Group.
About Mello Music Group:
Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, UPS, and YU throughout 2010. http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup .
J.PERIOD & BLACK THOUGHT NAMED HEADLINERS FOR 4TH ANNUAL MANIFESTO FESTIVAL!! “J.PERIOD LIVE MIXTAPE (ILLADELPH EDITION)” PREMIERES SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, IN TORONTO, CANADA!!
Sunday, September 26, the J.Period Live Mixtape goes international as J.Period & Black Thought (of The Legendary Roots Crew) invade Toronto, Canada as the headlining act for the 4th Annual Manifesto Festival ( Preview: http://vimeo.com/14850909 ). The concert will cap the weeklong Festival, with J.Period & Black Thought taking center stage for the grand finale at a massive FREE outdoor concert at Yonge-Dundas Square in front of 40,000 fans. J.Period will also DJ at the concert after-party at Toronto’s Hard Rock Café at Dundas Square.
J.Period & Black Thought will present an electrifying “Illadelph Edition” of the J.Period Live Mixtape, featuring new and classic Roots hits plus LIVE J.Period Remixes—an extended and enhanced version of the duo’s 2009 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival performance.
The Manifesto Festival arrives only two months after another history-making J.Period Live Mixtape at the 2010 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, featuring hip hop legends Group Home, Dres (Black Sheep), Nice’n’Smooth, a DJ Premier-led Guru Tribute, and an epic finale featuring a reunited Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Watch here: http://vimeo.com/14915884 .
LA's 16-Year Old Sensation LaVish "Hometown Hero" on 10/26/10
For Immediate Release September 15, 2010
iHipHop Distribution & FrankRadio are proud to announce the upcoming release of LaVish’s “Hometown Hero." LaVish has made a name for himself on the LA scene as the best and brightest of the next generation of talent. At the young age of 16, he is a natural lyricist and has a smooth flow well beyond his years. He is a regular on the LA live performance scene, and has shared the stage with Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, Skeme, Pac Div, Glasses Malone, LAUSD & many more.
He released his first mixtape "Good Enough," in January 2010, and his second mixtape "In My Lifetime" in April 2010 and early this summer he was spotted by iHipHop Distribution's A&R at a "Just Be Cool" event in Hollywood, and the rest is history. Now, he's ready to take the next step in his career. His album “Hometown Hero” is a spectacular debut. LaVish produced a quarter of the album on his own and wrote all 18 tracks. He also enlisted the help of established producers such as Don Cannon, Polyester (Dom Kennedy) and reached out to his friends Casey Veggies, BrandUn DeShay, Name, Kosher Kris & more for guest spots on this album. Click HERE to view the video.
Be sure to check back in at iHipHopDistribution.com for regular updates, and look out for LaVish's first single, dropping next week.
LaVish's buzz is heating up with a show in Miami on Saturday with Dom Kennedy & Pac Div, and a slot at CMJ coming up in October.
LaVish “Hometown Hero” In Stores October 26th FrankRadio / iHipHop Distribution
About Us *iHipHop Distribution was founded in 2009 in an attempt to provide artists with a new paradigm for distributing not only their music, but their image, brand, content and everything imaginable. The starting point was to rethink the music business with the premise that first and foremost, we are not a record label, but rather, distributors of culture. As a result, in its inaugural year, iHipHop Distribution and its strategic partner FrankRadio were instrumental in catapulting Wiz Khalifa to his second major label deal with Atlantic Records. Our unique partnerships with companies such as Frank151 (FrankRadio), the iHipHop Media Network & more enable us to create awareness for our partners in a very cost-effective and rapid manner. iHipHop Distribution has made it a point to focus on the youngest generation of hip-hop fans and artists. The internet has made it possible for artists to express themselves at an extremely young age, and thus has created a void in the marketplace for a company such as iHipHop Distribution to support this talent. As Fall and Winter approach, stay on the lookout for iHipHop Distribution to be bringing you the freshest music, talent and experience in the independent hip-hop world.
The second single off of Chamberz upcoming project, The Warriors, “Live Up 2 Da Hype,” is sure to be a smash hit. “Coney Island Warrior” received some good feedback on here, and has the internet and streets buzzing. So keep your ears and eyes open for the release of the videos, and finally the project that everyone has been waiting for, The Warriors from the “Coney Island Warrior,” D. Chamberz.
SLAINE is also in new movie, The Town playing Albert 'Gloansy' Magloan
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