According to Common's MySpace blog, Common will follow the footsteps of Kanye West, Akon, T-Pain, Beyonce and more to stream his entire album on his MySpace page a weekend for his fans before the release date (December 9) so that the fans can preview it. But here's an interesting catch though - MySpace Music will also team with Amazon for a special $3.99 deal to buy the entire album from Common's MySpace (www.myspace.com/common) starting album release date.
Hold up - $3.99?! Not $12 or, even better, $19.98 with additional taxes?! C'mon now what can get better than that?! I'm down with supporting artists, especially when it's for de CHEAP. Take advantage of this time, ladies and gents, because no one knows how long this deal will last.
Party Arty, member of the well-known hip-hop collectives D.I.T.C. and Ghetto Dwellas, recently passed away on Thursday, December 4.
It was reported that he had passed away with undisclosed health complications, according to inside sources.
Party Arty is remembered for first appearing as a protege of A.G., of Show Biz & A.G., then appearing on many D.I.T.C. releases. He later released singles with his partner-in-rhyme D-Flow as Ghetto Dwellas on Get Dirty Records.
Arty has worked with many well-known and legendary producers such as DJ Premier, Madlib, Show and Lord Finesse, as well as appearing on many albums by Fat Joe and O.C.
Arty is the second member of the D.I.T.C. to have untimely passed away. The first is the late Big L, with whom Arty has appeared with alongside Lord Finesse, Microphone Nut, Y.U., Grand Daddy I.U. and Jay-Z on "Da Graveyard," from L's 1995 critically-acclaimed album "Lifestyles Ov Da Poor and Dangerous."
RapReviews.com sends our condolences to the family, friends, fans, and the D.I.T.C./Ghetto Dwellas crew.
New Grandmaster Flash Album f/ Snoop, Busta, Q-Tip & More For Immediate Release:
The wait is over. The first major Grandmaster Flash studio album for 20 years has now been completed and is due for release on Flash’s Adrenaline City Entertainment label and Strut Records in Spring 2009. Entitled The Bridge: Concept Of A Culture, the album is the result of two years’ solid writing and recording. “As a DJ, I’ve been blessed to see many different people, places and styles,” Flash explains. “The album title represents all the bridges I’ve crossed worldwide.”
The album features a stellar line-up of guest vocalists and MCs with Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Q-Tip, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane among the many contributing tracks and guest verses.
The Bridge: Concept Of A Culture will be released on March 3rd 2008.
2. "Shine All Day" (Feat. Q-Tip, Jumz, & Kel Spencer)
NEW YORK, NY (December 4, 2008) — With the release of Akon's newest album Freedom (SRC/UniversalMotown), in stores now, you will get to interact with this superstar in a whole new way! GoAnimate.com announces a partnership with international singer-songwriter, record producer, Akon. On Goanimate.com, users can create custom, movie-style animations with Saturday morning cartoon characters, politicians and celebrities, and now- Akon is added to the list!
GoAnimate.com users can create their own animations and music videos featuring hits from Akon's newly released and highly anticipated album, Freedom. GoAnimate.com will provide all the necessary tools to create your own unique Akon animations. The fun characters, music sets, emotions, actions, and songs can be easily accessed in the Akon Channel on the website's homepage.
The news doesn't stop there! Akon fans will have the chance to win an autographed copy of Freedom by creating an animation using Akon's hit songs, characters, and assets. Your video will automatically be entered in a contest, and the winning animations will be posted on Akononline.com, MySpace.com/Akon, Loud.com and UniversalMotown.com. For more contest details log on to .
"We are thrilled to have found an innovative partner that gives Akon fans a creative way to interact with their favorite artist and each other," said Ayal Kleinman, VP Marketing and New Media. "The GoAnimate software is the perfect tool to enable all music fans to express themselves on the web without extensive internet knowledge and skills."
"We are very pleased to announce this partnership with music superstar Akon," says Stone Newman, Senior VP of Licensing and Business Development for GoAnimate.com. This partnership marks our first music license and allows us to reach a completely different fan base. "GoAnimate.com gives Akon fans the chance to actively interact with one another.” About GoAnimate, Inc. GoAnimate was created by a bunch of guys who love animation and want to enable everyone with the ability to animate! Our world is made up of great stories and GoAnimate provides an outlet for everyone and anyone to share their sentiments, sagas and satires with the universe. Headquartered in New York, GoAnimate has offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Hong Kong. The creators of GoAnimate have a wide range of expertise spanning from animation and programming to marketing and web solutions. About Akon In 2007, Akon became the first artist in music history to hold simultaneous No.1 and No. 2 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart twice. Akon also won the 2007 American Music Award for Best Male Soul/R&B Artist and was honored three times at the World Music Awards. He has achieved gold and platinum certifications in twenty-three countries with the album KONVICTED and its singles -- the No. 1 hits "Don't Matter," and Grammy nominee "I Wanna Love You;" along with the No. 2 Grammy-nominated "Smack That" featuring Eminem. Akon's first album was the two-million-selling SRC/Universal Motown 2004 release TROUBLE, which included the worldwide smashes "Locked Up" and "Lonely."
About SRC Records SRC Records (Street Records Corporation), founded in 2002, is a record label created by former Loud Records CEO Steve Rifkind, and is distributed by the Universal Motown Records Group. The label broke four artists in its first three years with the multi-platinum David Banner, Terror Squad, Remy Ma, and Akon. SRC's first release, David Banner's "Mississippi: The Album", spawned the top 10 hit "Like a Pimp," which went on to Gold status worldwide. SRC also showed immediate success in 2002, with Terror Squad's gold selling album "True Story," which featured the number one single "Lean Back." Akon's debut album "Trouble," sold four million copies world-wide, paired by the top single "Lonely." His sophomore album "Konvicted," had instant success when it debuted on November 14, 2006, which spawned the top singles "I Wanna Love," and "Smack That." Within weeks after the release, the album reached double platinum status worldwide, and received 2 Grammy nominations for "Smack That." SRC Records albums released in 2008 include David Banner The Greatest Story Ever Told, Shontelle's Shontelligence, and Akon's Freedom. New artist releases slated for 2009 include the web phenomenon Asher Roth, Tami Chynn, Melanie Fiona, O'neal McKnight, and Corte.
//////////////////////// Ayal Kleinman VP, New Media & Marketing SRC Records / Loud.com / SRC Marketing
It was done by a production company called Charlex and I couldn't be more grateful to have such a talented group of people to work on what I think is one of coolest things I have ever been a part of in terms of my career. It's been a long time coming and I'm really happy with the result. I hope you will be as well. Special thanks the good people at Charlex, to my friend and brother Michael Schaeffer for hooking this thing up, and Jonathan "JC" Cannon who conceptualized and directed it. Enjoy "Dirt Empire" and pick up your copy of Scifentology II if you haven't yet.
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Illa J - "DFTF" featuring Affion Crockett 12.04.2008 "Baby why you fightin' the feelin' / With your body all nice and appealin'"
Illa J's in the mood for love, and there are no flowers and lacey hearts involved. "DFTF" is is one carnal joint. In this raunch-tastic track, Illa tries to convince one of the club honeys he's had his eye on to join him for an evening of good, wholesome fun. Yeah, that's a flat-out lie. Let the chorus speak for itself: "Baby why you fightin' the feelin' / With your body all nice and appealin' / Baby take my hand / I'ma give you a night to believe in / By the end we'll be bitin' and screamin' / A nice evening." Well, it may not be a candle-lit dinner or a box of chocolates, but hey, we're not complaining. How could anyone not fall victim to the mellowed-out, hazy, dream-like Dilla beat, perfect for a little modern romance (::wink wink, nudge nudge::)?
When Jay Dee passed away from complications relating to lupus in February 2006, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of production work, including hits for Common, Janet Jackson, and Busta Rhymes. One mother lode of previously untouched beats dates from his time working on the Pharcyde's sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia (Delicious Vinyl, 1995). As Delicious Vinyl owner and founder Michael "Mike Floss" Ross explains: "From '95 through '98 Jay Dee was my go-to guy for hot beats and remixes. He was always making beats, always. So there was a select amount of tracks that he composed for me during that time, tracks as good as anything he'd done, only they never got used. When I finally met Illa J last year, I gave him a CD containing those unreleased beats."
In a case of pure serendipity, 21 year-old Illa J had just relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles and constructed a studio built using Jay Dee's recording equipment. He dubbed it Yancey Boys Studios in tribute to their fraternal bond. "Dilla was 12 years older than me," Illa J says. "So back in the day in Detroit I was just a little kid, sitting on the stairs in our house, watching him make those first beats for Slum Village. I always felt my brother's tracks and had an instinct for what I wanted to do over them." When Illa J set to work in early '08 recording the album, the project flowed quickly as he entered the proverbial can't miss zone. The name of the studio rightly became the title of the finished album, Yancey Boys, available online and in stores everywhere on Delicious Vinyl Records.
New York, NY (December 3, 2008) - Loud.com, what it is!!! After a long and tough preliminary competition, we’ve finally begun the second season of The Finalists! For those not familiar, this year, one emcee will win $100,000 and a record deal and one producer will win $15,000 and a three-song production deal from SRC Records & Universal Motown.
Our Finalists in Season 2 come from all over the country, and carry with them varying levels of acclaim. To see them in person and get a feel for how they've been moving up to this point, get over to The Official Finalists Season 2 Kyte Channel and see who’s doing what! Unfortunately, as often happens in this business, we've had to adjust to a few last-minute situations, and are working to solidify the two final spots. We will announce a complete list of candidates on Thursday. For now, however, here are the winners from the first eight rounds:
1. Jouce The Artists – Palmdale, California 2. Yung Jerz – Wayne, New Jersey 3. Obae – Lakewood, Colorado 4. Knonam – Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 5. LF Daze – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 6. Del Bugotti – Haverstraw, New York 7. Angel Da Kid aka Garcy Vega – Lawrence, Massachusetts 8. Homeboy Sandman – Queen, New York
And not to be forgotten, we would like to congratulate our Round 10 Winner M16thabeatking! His Atlanta bounce had heads in the building nodding and is a welcome addition to this new part of our contest. We will be announcing the full list of our producer Finalists on Thursday, as well! Their battle will begin in January 2009 and will include three specific challenges sure to test their skills and creative mind. For anyone who likes dope beats, THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED!!
Now, a few other quick items of note: ***
SRC Records CEO Steve Rifkind Talks The History of Loud Records
* He talks about going from being a marketing service to a label, hearing Wu Tang for the first time and his favorite part of the job * He’s going to be one of these rapper’s new boss!
Peter Rosenberg Signs On As Host With Loud.com!!
* Hot 97 DJ and Radio Personality Peter Rosenberg will be hosting The Finalists Season 2 for Loud.com * Controls one of the biggest radio markets in the world * Avid supporter of indie hip-hop and the culture overall * Check out Real Late and Juan Epstein on Hot 97!!
EHUSTL Presents Word Pimpin 2 With Keak Da Sneak, Baby S, and Q-Z 12.03.2008 20-Track Reprise Features Guest Spots From Snoop Dogg and E-40
(December 3, 2008 - Brooklyn, NY)- Bay Area record label E-HUSTL is pleased to announce the release of Word Pimpin 2: We Don't Need You. Following the success of the first Word Pimpin (which featured B-Legit), the new release pairs Keak Da Sneak, heralded as one of the leaders of the next generation of Bay Area emcees, with Los Angelino Baby S and Bay Area emcee Q-Z. Fellow Californians, Snoop Dogg and E-40 lend their voices to the eclectic mélange of styles that appear on the album, paying tribute to California as home to all of the featured emcees.
Throughout the release Keak's rough and tumble voice and choppy rhythms compliment the straightforward, knockout punch of Q-Z along with the clever word play and raw stylings of Baby S. Coming in at 20 tracks, the album pays homage to California's deep talent reserves and sonic diversity. "Get Your U On" (ft. E-40 on the remix) is an upbeat number with bite, while in the second single "Do It Right" (ft. Snoop Dogg on the remix), each artist leaves their lyrical mark over a saucy, West Coast beat. The singles are easily entertaining, but tracks like "Monster Words" and "I Choose You" showcase the depth and prowess of those involved in the project, observed in their talent, unique delivery and content. Other notable cuts include the R&B tinged "Jello and Chopsticks," "Don't Take It Personal," and the polarizing but equally potent "Inner City Street Life."
Keak Da Sneak has been a staple of the Bay Area hip-hop scene since performing in Oakland talent shows as early as elementary school. With a debut EP (Sick-O) under his belt at only sixteen, and a contract with Virgin Records the next year, Keak has an album for almost every year of his life since, coming in at a whopping 18 solo albums. By collaborating with heavy-hitters like E-40, Keak has lent his signature voice to a number of major tracks coming out of the Bay Area, yet he remains faithful to his underground rap roots. Keak Da Sneak comes as a welcome addition to the Word Pimpin family of Baby S and Q-Z, helping them to create a more complex sound that is a unified effort while maintaining variety in the tracks, making Word Pimpin 2 a highly anticipated reprise.
TRACKLISTING: 01. "Monster Words" 02. "Don't Take it Personal" 03. "Get Your U On" 04. "Cali Hyphy" 05. "Cali Girls" 06. " Do It Right" 07. "Have Some Fun" 08. "I Choose You" 09. "Jello & Chopsticks" 10. "Inner City Street Life" 11. "Stack High" 12. "This Way I Get It" 13. "We Don't Need You" 14. "White Teez" 15. "Shake It Shake It" 16. "What It Is" 17. "Do It Right Remix" (ft. Snoop Dogg) 18. "Get Your U On" (ft. E-40) 19. "Givin Up" 20. "Back To Life" (ft. San Quinn)
The 6th man is that player that comes off the bench and makes a big contribution to the game - some of my favorite players have been 6th men - Jerry Stackhouse being the biggest one. That explains the name - it doesn't explain why it relates to FMF and truth is it doesn't. It's the sixth edition of the column - hope to reach 106 one day - and basically the 6th man came to mind when I started writing this. If you want me to actually do som thinking I'll you to consider me the 6th man of your budget - helping you score something for free especially during crucial times!
This Seattle native has been hustling and grinding for a while now. His latest album "God Save the King" got a positive review and was featured in this week's update. "Lost Throne" is the lead single from the album is available for free download. Check it out and support independent hip-hop if you like it.
Yes, I know - the got it 4 cheap thing got played out a while ago, but apparently Clinton Sparks doesn't care - this track is from his self-produced mixtape that is soon to be released and is available for free. Clipse are as always dope!
Yeah, I know y'all want full length stuff too - the man Rondevu claims this is one of the best mixtapes of the year and looking at the tracklisting I gotta agree - nothing but that real rap on here - well except that Neyo track at the end - what's up with that?:
INTRO – PRODUCED BY DJ RONDEVU & DJ GOCE
THAT'S GANGSTA – STYLES P, BUN B & SEAN KINGSTON $
Man these Coast 2 Coast guys are up to 58 - this time they got Lupe to host but it's not all exclusvie Lupe tracks. Matter of fact I couldn't find ONE Lupe track on the tape! But they do have a nice mix of tracks from all coasts on this one and advertise the new Lupend CD.
The Philly emcee known as Freeway is hustling in a MAJOR WAY this month. He declared Decemeber his month of madness and that means he's been giving away free joints like crazy - 5 free tracks are up already and expect his blog to be updated during the whole month!
Two major stories that could potentially affect the music world broke last week. First The New York Times reported that Atlantic Records has announced their digital sales surpassed their CD sales for the fourth quarter of 2008 (although they wouldn’t release the actual numbers and simply said digital sales accounted for “about 51%” of their total recorded music sales for the quarter), and a story on Slashdot made the claim that satellite radio is on its last legs, backing it up with a number of statistics, including the fact that the stock has seen a 97% decline since the merger of XM and Sirius. So what do these stories mean and how do they affect artists? Let’s take a look at them as individual cases.