He's been featured in Billboard, as an artist to watch for and now Matchstik is in the middle of a bidding war between two major labels. The winning label will have a jewel on their hands. As a rapper, songwriter, and producer - Allen Forrest aka Matchstik, is a triple threat who's shared the stage with Joe Budden and Sean Paul. His indie-released single "Surina's Song" debuted in London and sold well over 100,000 ringtones. Not bad huh?
Matchstik, the Los Angeles resident, has worked with a few notable producers like Jean Baptise (Black Eyed Peas) and Derrick Bamble (Whitney, Toni Braxton, Will Smith and David Bowie). In fact, Matchstik and Jean Baptise have a joint entitled "Nothing is Free."
Check out a few of his tracks, if you like them.... please share w/your readers :)
J. Cardim, a New Yorker by way of Rio De Janeiro and Boston has seen his stock rise over the course of the past 12 months, adding hip hop heavy-weights Ludacris, Akon, Gucci Mane, Jadakiss, Joe Budden, among others, to his already impressive resume which includes Lil’ Wayne, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli, Styles P and more. In addition to working with many talented artists, Cardim won Loud.com’s producer competition, receiving a 3-song production deal with Universal Motown and a $15,000 advance. He was also fortunate enough to contribute music to Dr Dre’s much-anticipated DetoxDice Music Group: The IN Crowd). album via the Ludacris-referenced “OGs Theme” (included as a bonus track on
While last year’s Your Favorite Rapper’s Favorite Producer was essentially an anthology of J. Cardim’s past work, Dice Music Group: The IN Crowd is comprised almost entirely of new and unreleased music. “With YFRFP we wanted to draw people’s attention to songs that they had probably already heard but didn’t know J produced. It was his introduction to the world as his own brand. With Dice Music Group: The IN Crowd we want to do two things. One, we want to give people an album of brand new music they have never heard before from artists that they already enjoy and two, we wanted to showcase the artists that are signed to our production company, Dice Music Group. In many instances we did both of these things at once by putting together exclusive songs featuring a known artist collaborating with a Dice Music artist. At the end of the day these artists are the future of our company. This is their coming out party and a precursor to their own projects” says Zack Einhorn, J. Cardim’s manager and partner in production company, Dice Music Group.
The track list for Dice Music Group: The IN Crowd will be released shortly and boasts appearances from Ludacris, Jadakiss, Akon, Joe Budden, Styles P, Juelz Santana and many more as well as Dice Music Group artists Ariez Onasis, TUGE Palermo, Sha Stimuli and G-Eyez.
KRU Records Says Thank You for Supporting "Cabin Fever"
A big shout to all of you who have been ordering and spreading the word about Side Effect's "Cabin Fever" album! While we do love getting a print or online review, nothing is more rewarding than positive feedback from real people, and nothing is more powerful in building a strong buzz about something than word of mouth from real people. So thanks so much for all your help in that regard! "Cabin Fever" is available now on iTunes from http://itunes.com/happg and on CD format (with 4 bonus tracks) from http://krurecords.com/catalog/ both versions are $6.99.
"Karma Response Unit B-Sides 2000-2010" drops this Tuesday June 22nd on iTunes! 13 songs spanning the labels 10 years of releases, featuring music by: 40th Dimension, Reef the Lost Cauze, Jake Lefco, Side Effect, Snuff of Media 101, Briz, DJ Kwestion (Jedi Mind Tricks/Skratch Makaniks), Scandal of 40D, and more. It will be $9.99.
And for those in the Philly area we wanted to let you know about a screening of the film Ice Grill USA which is playing tomorrow at 2:30 pm at the Hilton on City Ave as part of the Urban Suburban Film Festival 2010. It's supposed to be a great venue and an exciting up and coming festival: http://www.urbansuburbanfilmfestival.com/
The Ice Grill USA film score was done by Rich Nichols of the Roots and features music from our boy Jake Lefco, as well as Atmosphere, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Big Noyd, El-P, Kidz In The Hall, Blu & Exile, Bronze Nazareth and more! You can find out more about the film by visiting their website at: http://icegrillusa.com/
And If you're in the NYC area Jake Lefco is performing live tonight at the Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery). Doors at 945. $8 cover. Performances at 1030. Jake will be going on around 11:30. Also performing are; El Gant, Jonny Rooms, Dutch Master Spence, Premonition and IC WIll.
Plies' GOON AFFILIATED Hits #1 on Billboard Rap/HipHop Charts
As Plies says, it's an ANTIQUE
New York, NY (June 17th, 2010) -Just last Tuesday June 8th, rapper Plies dropped his fourth album Goon Affiliated, which has created such a national buzz that it's currently ranked #1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart as well as #1 on Billboard's Rap chart. On top of that, Plies' Goon Affiliated is also #5 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, ranked before Justin Bieber's album "My World 2.0" at #6 and for the time being, comfortably ranked behind Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals soundtrack (#1), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack (#2), Christina Aguilera's "Bionic" (#3) and Jack Johnson's "To The Sea" (#4). Out of last week's top-downloaded albums across all genres, Goon Affiliated also ranked #13 on Billboard's Digital Album chart.
Other than Usher's album "Raymond V Raymond", Plies is currently the only other rapper who has made the top 20 of Billboards Top 200 albums this week, which includes all genres of music and ranked by sales data compiled weekly by Nielsen SoundScan. After only one week of sales, it is clear that Plies' Goon Affiliated is definitely his most buzzed about album to date and for the first time, Plies has truly broken into the mainstream market. Last year, you never would have thought you'd hear rapper Plies featured on MTV's girl-drama The Hills -did you?
Previously, Plies first album "The Real Testament" (released: August 7th, 2007) and second album "Definition of Real" (released: June 10th, 2008) are both RIAA Certified Gold. Compared to Plies last three albums, Goon Affiliated is his first album that he has ever included another artist's rap feature and he also worked with a new group of producers to complete the project. Deciding to make these changes, Plies only wanted to work with the best and as a result, the album features some of the music industry's top names including Young Jeezy, Keri Hilson, Fabolous and Fella. The team of producers that Plies worked with on Goon Affiliated included Clinton Sparks (She Got It Made), Fat Boi (Model), J.R. Rotem (Becky), MGI/Dynamic (Look Like), Zaytoven (Awesome), WMGI/Ronnie Jones (Chirpin' and Flaw), and Justice League (All I Know).
Goon Affiliated track list includes:
1. Go Live; 2. Rob Myself; 3. Awesome (Feat. Fella); 4. Bruh Bruh; 5. Get My Ni**as Out; 6. Flaw; 7. Becky; 8.Kitty Kitty; 9. Whatever I Say; 10. Goonette; 11. Good D*ck; 12. Model; 13. Look Like (Feat. Fabolous & Jeezy); 14.All I Know; 15. She Got It Made; 16. LEGGO; 17. Chirpin (Feat. Fella); 18. Bricks On Me; 19. Medicine (Feat. Keri Hilson) 20. Letter
This Saturday June 19th, Plies will be in Atlanta, GA for the HOT 107.9 Birthday Bash 15 Concert where he will be performing live at the Phillips Arena. Plies has also recently announced that he will be headlining his first national tour being kicked in the next couple weeks. For up to date information about Plies, Goon Affiliated or his upcoming tour, please visit www.PliesWorld.com or follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/goonaffiliated.
Macy Gray Releases Soccer Video to Celebrate World Cup!
An Already Beautiful Game Gets a “Beauty” Make-Over with Soccer Playing Models
Macy Gray is in the soccer spirit. In fact, she just released a new soccer-themed video for "Beauty in the World" to celebrate the World Cup. The video, directed by Giuliano Bekor, features leggy models hitting the turf in the Los Angeles Coliseum, where they exhibit some pretty fancy footwork, ball juggling and more than a few tricky kicks – all in high heels and tight skirts!
If watching beefy soccer stars making magic with a soccer ball takes your breath away, you better be sitting down for this one. Beauty in the World, indeed!
Macy Gray’s New Album, The Sell Out, In Stores Next Week!
Don’t Miss Macy Gray Live on TV
June 22 - “Good Morning America” June 23 – “The View” June 23 - “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
Houston, TX - Trae Tha Truth may be going through it right now what with radio bans and lawsuits and whatnot but the Houston rapper certainly hasn't lost his sense of humor. Episode #3 of The Adventures of Trae Tha Truth finds our hero once again out on the road touring and his patnas are dropping like flies. Comedian, Lil Duval, makes his animated debut this go round along with media celebrities Sway (MTV), Angela Yee (Sirius) and Ozone's Julia Beverly.
Fresh from a visit this past weekend at Rikers to see Lil Wayne, and with recent shows under his belt opening for Drake, TI and Lupe, who knows who will end up in Episode #4.............be sure to stay tuned.
Meanwhile, in the real world, here is a video clip from Angela Yee's show as she gives Trae the floor to discuss Houston radio's ban on him and the events spawned from it - http://www.teamyee.tv/?p=5755 .
Next up from Trae is his annual Trae Day celebration (July 22nd). Details to follow shortly.
As the former hype man for Seattle's D.Black, Fatal Lucciauno is known for freestyles and for being an intelligent rapper with street knowledge and credibility. In 2007 his debut album "The Only Forgotten Son"earned him a slot in URB's NEXT 1000 and the attention of Seattle's top producer Jake One. You can expect to hear more from the pair in the future, but for now this will have to do. In this song Lucciauno says " Its a response to the negative image some local press painted of me while he I was locked up a couple of years ago" Cry For Help also doubles as an awareness message, asking that people listen to the youth when they act out, because it can be too late by time we realize they're asking for help.
Critical Praise for Fatal Lucciauno:
The Most talked about rapper in Seattle right now is Fatal Lucciauno -The Seattle Times
Everyone should go out and get this album, everyone!!!!!!!! It's one of the most refreshing and original albums to hit the Hip Hop scene in a long time with fresh, original, gritty and real lyricism combined with the unique but reminiscent of Scarface and Nas voice of Fatal Lucciauno, make this an album to own. -Ya Heard Music Reviews
With a flow which sounds something like Shyne meets Lloyd Banks, plus an enormous chip on his shoulder, Fatal L. is here to keep hustling like a true rap Don. -URB Magazine
Poetic, potent, hard-hitting hip-hop from an artist with solid street credentials, amazing freestyling skill and a powerful drive for self-expression. -Gene Stout/Seattle PI
ABOUT FATAL LUCCCIUANO:
Like many young black men in America, Fatal Lucciauno (born Rahmeece Chevosier Howell) fell into the cycle of street life and drug dealing. What makes Fatal different than your average thug on the street is his obvious old soul, which you come to understand when you first meet him. After delving deeper into his music and personality you begin to understand that he also has an extremely keen sense of history and people. Lucciauno began as a battle rapper on street corners, playgrounds and public buses, after realizing there was more than just competition pumping in his blood; he pursued his desire to create music. At the age of fifteen he became the second solo artist signed to Sportn' Life Records, and the hype man for D.Black. It's Fatal's Intelligent and unique approach to street rap sets hip apart from the heard.
ABOUT SPORTN' LIFE RECORDS
Co-Founded in 2002 by DeVon Manier, Sportn' Life Records currently serves as the longest operating independent Hip Hop record label in Seattle. The labels roster includes D.Black, Fatal Lucciauno, Spaceman, SK and Marissa. www.sportnlife.net .
The Game, Ice Cube + Bow Wow "Sponsor" Teairra Mari
TEAIRRA MARI LOOKS TO WIN BIG IN 2010
SCANDALOUS TOP 20 SINGLE, “SPONSOR” RIDING THE AIRWAVES WHILE BANNED ON TV
5-SONG EP DUE OUT AUG 17
SULTRY SONGSTRESS LANDS LEADING ROLE IN NEW ICE CUBE FILM THE LOTTERY TICKET, OUT AUG 20
June 17, 2010 (New York, NY) – People are mad at Teairra Mari. Or, more accurately, they’re mad about Teairra Mari. If they’re not appalled about the lyrical content of her new banger, “Sponsor,” an outlandish homage to the perks of finding that someone special to lace you with the finer things in life, then they’re irritated that certain channels have enacted a double-standard to excuse themselves, despite fan requests, from playing the song’s video. Either way, it doesn’t matter. With good-look guest spots from Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy, “Sponsor” has quickly moved into the Top 20 at Urban Radio, prepping Teairra for a scorching summer full of sought after concert performance dates, the digital release of a 5-song EP on August 17, and her appearance on the big screen.
August will find the sultry songstress in a substantial role in Warner Bros. Films’ The Lottery Ticket. Opening August 20, The Lottery Ticket features an all-star cast that includes Ice Cube, Bow Wow, Loretta Devine, Mike Epps, and Charlie Murphy. Teairra beat out a number of other high profile young actresses to land the role of sponsor-iffic Nikki Swasey. “I’m like the hot chick in the projects,” laughs Mari, “but something’s not right because I’m still in the projects!”
Teairra Mari is no stranger to rocky roads. Signed to Roc-A-Fella Records at just 16-years-old, the Detroit native burst onto the scene in 2005 with her debut album, Roc-A-Fella Presents: Teairra Mari. The album debuted at #2 and spawned a Top 10 single with “Mark Her Feel Good,” and a crossover hit with “No Daddy.” But things went awry shortly thereafter prompting the “Princess of the Roc” to receive the phone call, as she was dressing for her senior prom, that she was getting dropped from the label.
After a brief dark period, Teairra pulled herself up by her bootstraps. “Name it and claim it!,” she recently told Academy Award winning actress and talk show host Mo’Nique. “No one’s going to pull you up but yourself. No one’s going to give you confidence but you.”
It was during that period that she connected with music industry veteran Cudda Love (Mase, Nelly), who quickly signed Teairra to his Fo’ Reel imprint. Cudda and Teairra spent the next two years reintroducing her to fans with buzz tracks "Hunt 4 U" featuring Pleasure P and “Cause a Scene” featuring Flo Rida.
"This world is a place where you have to show people. And you have to keep showing them,” says Teairra. “I know people counted me out. I want people to know this is in my heart and this is not something I decided to do just because someone decided to give me a track. This is something I wanted to do my whole life.”
So what does Teairra make of all the “Sponsor”-versy? “Personally, I prefer a corporate sponsor,” she told Mo’Nique. “So, right now, Warner Bros. is my sponsor. But no matter what you do – doctor, lawyer, board of education – wherever you get your coins from to pay your bills, that’s your sponsor. Work it!”
Catch Teairra live this summer at:
June 17 Cincinnati, OH June 18 Shreveport, LA KMJJ Birthday Bash June 19 Charlotte, NC June 25 Los Angeles, CA WBR Party June 26 New Jersey FMF Car Show July 1 Chicago, IL Taste of Chicago July 2 Indianapolis, IN July 3 Charlotte, NC July 10 Tampa, FL July 11 Cleveland, OH WENZ Summer Jam Concert July 30 Toronto, Canada