The hip-hop scene here in Connecticut made some impressive strides in 2009 — the kind of strides that can help provide a strong foundation to grow from as long as they’re utilized correctly and built upon throughout 2010.
[If you love hip-hop, you'll download this. If you love soul, you'll download this. If you love both, YOU'LL DOWNLOAD THIS. Enough said, it's Illmind on productions, of course.]
Tracklisting: Disc 1: Blaps, Rhymes & Life 1. Thoth - Get Your Game Right (Produced By Illmind) 2. Clap Cognac - I'm Gonna Do It (Produced By Illmind) 3. Fortilive (!llmind, Mushmouf & Slo-Mo) - Gimme (Produced By Illmind) 4. Mistah F.A.B. - Follow Me (Produced By Illmind) 5. Brooklyn Academy - Hide (feat. Fresh Jones & Keith Murray) (Produced By Illmind) 6. Seer - Ill Mind (Produced By Illmind) 7. KNGDM - Gazillion (Produced By Illmind) 8. KRS-One & Buckshot - Survival Skills (feat. DJ Revolution) (Produced By Illmind) 9. Contra - Fall Back (Produced By Illmind) 10. Skyzoo - Say What You Say (feat. Rapper Big Pooh & Naledge) (Produced By Illmind) 11. Verbal Kent - Examples (feat. Lance Ambu) (Produced By Illmind) 12. Truck North - Hot! (Produced By Illmind) 13. BURNTmd - Let's Get ILL (feat. Reef The Lost Cauze, Copywrite, Phil Da Agony & Reks) (Produced By Illmind) 14. Naps N Dreds - Call It Quits (feat. Thirstin Howl III) (Produced By Illmind) 15. Roscoe Umali - Blow Your Mind (Produced By Illmind)
Disc 2: Blaps, Soul & Life 1. D-Black - No Ordinary Love (Produced By Illmind) 2. Gliffics - Call Me Crazy (feat. Chanj) (Produced By Illmind) 3. Strange Fruit Project - Get Live (feat. Erykah Badu) (Produced By Illmind) 4. Jared Evan - They Don't Know (Produced By Illmind) 5. Eric Roberson - Remember When (Produced By Illmind) 6. Daria Jones - Stay (Produced By Illmind) 7. Rae - So Sexy (Produced By Illmind) 8. Grynch - The Right Way (Produced By Illmind) 9. 3D - If I Want To (Produced By Illmind) 10. Naeem Oba - Julia (feat. BrikAbrak) (Produced By Illmind) 11. Hydroponikz - The Blues (feat. Jay Legaspi) (Produced By Illmind) 12. Sleek - We Rock The Mic (Produced By Illmind) 13. Last Days Fam - What You Doin It For (Produced By Illmind) 14. Naturel - We Don't Play (Produced By Illmind) 15. Black Irish - Kick Rocks (Produced By Illmind)
[Guess what? My favorite rapper wears a skirt and her name is Eternia. This Canadian femcee been in this game for a good minute and her skills prove that she ain't going NOWHERE but on top! Check this mixtape if you've been complaining about the lack of female emcees lately.]
Tracklisting: 1. Re-Introducing 2. Dynomite 3. Foul CHild 4. Stuck Up 5. Spring Fever 6. Real Frequency 7. God's Story 8. Perfection (feat. Promise and Grimace Love) 9. Day in the Life (f/ Tona and Maestro Fresh Wes) 10. Victorious (feat. G. Knight) 11. Destiny 12. On and On 13. Bakance 14. Everything 15. Herstory 16. Let Go (Outro)
[Straight from the Motherland is this sista named Nneka. J.Period linked up with her to create this free mixtape to help support her upcoming major label Epic debut. THis is definitely worth a listen.]
Tracklisting: 1. Can You Hear? (Intro) 2. Let the Madness Begin (J.Period Exclusive) 3. Wake Up World (Interlude) 4. Wake Up Africa (J.Period Remix) 5. The Uncomfortable Truth 6. Untainted Love feat. Damian Marley (Interlude) 7. Spread Love (Brooklyn to Zion) (J.Period Remix) 8. Human Rights (Interlude) 9. Changes (J.Period Remix) feat. M-1 & General Steele 10. Conscious Lyrics (Interlude) 11. Gypsy/Infamous (J.Period Exclusive) 12. Hip Hop Comes From Africa (Interlude) 13. Walking (J.Period Remix) feat. Jay Electronica 14. In Transit (Interlude) 15. Show Love (J.Period Remix) f. Rakaa (Dilated Peoples) & Aceyalone 16. For the Good of Humanity (Interlude) 17. God of Mercy (J.Period Remix) f. Zumbi (Zion I) 18. Suffri (Nigerian in Berlin Remix) feat. Fela Kuti 19. Perseverance is Character (Interlude) 20. Strength/Kangpe (J.Period Dubplate) f. Big Boi (Outkast) 21. Heartbeat (J.Period Remix) feat. Talib Kweli 22. In the Heart of Man (J.Period Exclusive) 23. Symptoms of My Madness (Outtro)
[Bonus Mix: J.Period Dubplates] 24. Mind vs. Heart (J.Period Dubplate) f. 2Pac 25. Changes 2 (J.Period Dubplate) feat. Lauryn Hill & John Forte 26. Walking 2 (J.Period Dubplate) feat. Nas
[Here's another word from the Motherland, Ghana rapper M.anifest has this free album for all to download and if you think that real hip-hop music won't translate well from Africa to here, then this mixtape'll prove you dead wrong.]
Tracklisting: 1. Born Free 2. How I Used to Be 3. Golly Gosh 4. Get Away (Shafiq Husayn Re-fix) 5. 2nd Coming PSA 6. Hubris 7. Still Hungry 8. Walk Away 9. My Lady Oh 10. I Love it PSA 11. Just Like a Lion 12. Ghana, 52 13. The Birds and the Beats 14. Pardon Me 15. Slow Your Roll 16. D'Angelo Said (Africa Re-fix)
[Vermont is one of the last place you'll think of when it comes to hip-hop. But these four tracks is all you need to hear some of the fastest and crazy lyrics to come out of Vermont that's as fresh as their water bottles. Hear this one!]
1. Vilify 2. Crosswind 3. Where Wolf 4. Write Away
That's it for the "12/18" edition of "Free Music Fridays." Check these out and let ya man know if they was fyah! If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
After I heard that Capcom is making a new Mega Man 10 game (link) I've been getting emails and twitter messages asking me if I'm going to be in the game in any way, music or likeness. Ad of now, the answer is no, but I think we can all help to change that...
Long Beach Native Warren G To Be Honored By The Boys & Girls Clubs Of Long Beach Boys & Girls Club honors Warren G with Long Beach Image Award
Long Beach, California (December 16, 2009) - On December 18th, Warren (“Warren G”) Griffin III, west coast rapper, hip-hop producer and Long Beach native will be honored with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach Image Award for his commitment to the youth and community of Long Beach.
The event, which will be held at the John C. Wallace/Petrolane Club, is set to include an awards presentation at 4:30 p.m. followed by a toy give-away to local youth at 5:00 p.m.
Also in attendance will be Percy Daggs, Jr. (actor) and Samie Parker (NFL Wide Receiver) who will be honored with Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach Alumni awards as well as Jeremy Williams (professional boxer) and Daniel Crockett (actor) who will be presented with Community Leadership awards.
“There is so much greatness that comes out of Long Beach,” said Branch Director, Keith Lilly. “It’s a good feeling knowing that no matter how successful our honorees have become in life, they still continue to give back to their hometown. There’s something very humbling about that. Especially at this time of the year.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach have provided after school programs to the Long Beach community for 70 years. Eleven Club sites are operating in the most economically challenged areas of the City. The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach is to provide a positive, safe, and nurturing environment where youth from ages 6 to 18 are encouraged to become responsible members of the community. Membership is $15 a year and is available to youth from ages 6 to 18. Call 562-599-3377 562-599-3377 for additional information. The address of the John C. Wallace/Petrolane Boys & Girls Club is 1920 Lemon Street. For more information please contact: www.twitter.com/wron_mf_g .
Swollen Members Tour Bus Destroyed By Train In Colorado Springs
Only days after completing a tour across Canada, Swollen Members’ tour bus was destroyed in Colorado Springs, CO on Monday night after it was hit by an oncoming train. The accident happened just after midnight when the group’s bus got stuck on a railway crossing. Minutes later the railway barrier went down signaling a train was coming, and the three remaining members of the Swollen Members crew had seconds to get out of harm’s way. Fortunately no one was harmed during the crash.
“Everyone is lucky to be alive,” commented tour manager BJ Smith. “Everything happened so fast we didn’t have time to do anything but get off the bus. From the time the bus got stuck, to the second the train impacted it, was under three minutes. As soon as we heard the railway barrier go down we could hear a train was coming, so we literally had 45 seconds to get off the bus and get as far out of the way as possible. If anyone else would have been on the bus with us they would have been dead because there wouldn’t have been enough time to wake them up and get off the bus.”
Having just completed two months of touring, Madchild, Prevail, Trey Nyce, and Rob The Viking had all flown home just days prior to the incident, while tour manager BJ Smith and the remaining crew members were driving back to California. Video footage of the wreckage can be viewed online at www.kktv.com/home/headlines/79290927.html .
"This morning I got news that our tour bus, 'The Black Pearl', got hit by a train in Colorado Springs. Luckily everyone was able to get off just in time, because the bus was totally destroyed," commented Prevail. "The spot where the train impacted was where we would have been sleeping if we had we been on the bus. It's scary to think how fragile life can be when something like this happens."
Swollen Members were touring in support of their new studio album, "Armed to the Teeth", which debuted at #146 on the Billboard Top 200 and #5 on the Heatseekers charts.
According to our friends at www.udubnews.com, both filmmaker Spike Lee and NBA legend Charles Barkley are speaking out in defense of embattled golfer Tiger Woods. Barkley is specifically quoted in a udub article as saying Woods has changed his number and is avoiding his celebrity friends.
"I think when you have these fires in your life, as I call them, you need to talk to somebody else who is famous who [has] been through things in their life. I don’t think you can talk about it to your family and friends, because your family and friends, they’re not famous."
Interesting (if a bit myopic) perspective from Sir Charles. I'm actually not sure how Spike Lee plays into the story as they didn't have any quotes from him, they only mentioned him as "defending Tiger" with no other affirmation, but there you go.
Kottonmouth Kings Rally To Support Tiger Woods With New Parody Song
Kottonmouth Kings have released a new parody song and video about the recent exploits of Tiger Woods online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN0DNwtTDCs . The song was recorded while the Kottonmouth Kings were in the studio working on their new album, “Long Live The Kings”, which is slated for release on April 20th, 2010 on Suburban Noize Records.
"Transgressions, confessions, sex, sex, and more sex! Scandal after scandal, that's all anyone can talk about is this Tiger Woods incident," says Kottonmouth Kings’ Daddy X. "We had some downtime in the studio so we figured we would record the first Tiger Woods tribute song, because his party stock rises like a 9-iron on Viagra. Tiger is definitely welcome to party with the Kottonmouth Kings any time."
Battery Records' Hit Maker Chalie Boy Teams With Puma And KeepItTrill.com For Official "I Look Good" Contest 12.16.2009
Rapper Behind Smash Single "I Look Good" Gives Fans A Chance To Win Exclusive Puma Gear And Personalized Prizes
(December 16, 2009 – Brooklyn, NY) Celebrating the overwhelming success of his smash single, "I Look Good," Battery/Jive Records' Chalie Boy is proud to announce the launch of the official I Look Good Contest. With the help of partners Puma Clothing, Battery Records, and leading Southern rap-focused hip-hop site, KeepItTrill.com, Chalie Boy will give fans the opportunity to win exclusive gear from Puma, in addition to personalized prizes from Chalie Boy himself , which are explained below.
The contest is now open for entries and will close on February 15th after Chalie Boy judges each entry and picks a winner personally. Fans can enter the contest by following these easy steps: Record a short video of yourself showing off how you look good; Upload the video to YouTube.com; Enter the URL for your video on the official contest site, http://www.batteryrecords.net/ChalieBoyContest. Chalie will select four runners up, who will each receive free outfits from Puma and one grand-prize winner, who will not only win a free Puma outfit but they will see their winning video submission posted on Chalie's MySpace page, and receive a personalized video message from Chalie, along with an official "I Look Good" t-shirt, and more.
Once signed to local Texas label, Dirty 3rd Records, Chalie Boy was quickly scooped up by Battery Records shortly after recording his feel-good single "I Look Good." The "I Look Good" video has since been added to regular rotation on MTV2, MTV Jams, and Music Choice, and was recently crowned winner of the MTVu Freshman 5 competition, which resulted in getting regular rotation on the channel. The single, which continues to perform well at radio, garnering over 13 million impressions to date, is still climbing on the Billboard charts. It's now available on iTunes, as well as on all major digital providers.
Grand Prize Winner Will Receive: Puma® outfit & shoes An official "I Look Good" t-shirt Video message congratulations from Chalie Boy on his MySpace page Contestant's winning video posted on Chalie Boy's MySpace page
Four Runners Up Will Receive: One outfit and pair of shoes
How to enter:
Record the video of how you look good Upload the video to your YouTube account (Register for an account if you don't already have one). Once uploaded, grab the video URL to the right of the video and copy & paste in the YouTube video link in the appropriate field at http://www.batteryrecords.net/ChalieBoyContest . Fill in the rest of your information at the site. Press ENTER NOW!
Raised in Calvert, Texas, Chalie Boy’s musical tastes were shaped by various influences. Exposed at an early age to blues artists like Bobby Bland, B.B. King, and Johnny Taylor, he also gravitated toward the sounds of Run-DMC, Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and fellow Texas legends, UGK. Signed to local label Dirty 3rd Records, Chalie Boy recorded the feel good song “I Look Good” in March and the video recently wrapped shooting in Houston, TX. The single is now available on iTunes, as well as on all major digital providers.
Hip Hop legend LL Cool J was not one of the artists selected for entry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it was announced recently.
Because LL's career began in 1984, this was the first year he was available to make the cut. He was joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, Donna Summer and Laura Nyro as other acts who failed to make the cut as well.
Instead, The Stooges, ABBA and Genesis will be honored with entry into the Hall, which features only two Hip Hop acts: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, and Run D.M.C. The latter was inducted last year.
This years entrants will be honored on March 15, 2010 in Waldorf Astoria in New York.
LL Cool J has been a tremendous figure in rap, known for his longevity - as well as being the early face of Def Jam. He was the first artist to sign to the storied rap label, and helped bring Hip Hop to the mainstream. The Queens native has released 12 albums (eight of which have gone platinum) and has been awarded two Grammys.
Currently, LL is starring alongside Chris O'Donnell in the crime series, NCIS: Los Angeles.
RJD2 Offers Deluxe Pre-Order Packages of The Colossus, Announces Twitter Contest
This past August, musician and production genius RJD2 made the exciting announcement that he had started his own label (RJ’s Electrical Connections) and would be releasing a slew of deluxe reissues of his back catalog throughout the fall. He also revealed that his brand new LP and 4th solo album to date, The Colossus, would be hitting stores January 19th, 2010 – coinciding with an exhaustive North American tour that will run through the spring.
As if that wasn’t enough, this week, RJD2 is offering us even more good news. Starting today, fans can head over to RJ’s website to purchase a pre-order of several different exclusive packages of The Colossus. The lowest tier is a $9.99 digital album, with tracks in DRM-free 320kbps or FLAC format, which includes a 6-page full color PDF booklet and an instant gratification download of the instrumental version of “Games You Can Win,” a track that’s only available via RJ’s pre-orders. From there, packages increase in price and offering, while an exclusive Colossus hoodie can be added to any of the packages for an additional $30.00. At the top level is a super limited edition package (only 100 made) at $159.99, which includes everything in the Deluxe Package, as well as the exclusive hoodie, RJ’s 2002-2010 Vinyl Boxset and four CDs. Check out the official RJD2 store for full package details.
But wait, there’s more! On top of everything else, RJ is offering his Twitter followers ten chances to win a pair of tickets to any show on next year’s tour. Anyone who tweets with the hashtag #thecolossus and a link to RJ’s store (E.g. "Pre-order Rjd2's The Colossus today http://www.rjselectricalconnections.com/store #thecolossus" ), will be entered into the draw and randomly picked for a chance to win a pair of tickets, and one lucky fan will win a Grand Prize of The Colossus Deluxe Package and a private DJ lesson from RJ. Go to RJ’s site for the scoop.