Back with the fourth and final pre-album track before the release of his SWTBRDS debut, The Day The Turf Stood Still (March 9th), DaVinci aka J. DaVinci swiftly delivers another strong offering, "Hustler's Theme," to hold us over until he begins releasing the first songs and videos from his album in the coming weeks. Sticking with a golden formula, DaVinci once again links up with Vancouver producer and frequent collaborator Blunt (Freeway, Edgar Alan Floe, J-Love) who brings his trademark smooth, soulful chops to the track – the perfect contrasting backdrop to DaVinci's raspy vocals and the lyrical landscapes the Bay Area MC effortlessly paints.
Speaking of those landscapes, on "Hustler’s Theme" DaVinci skillfully performs his as-usual impressive balancing act between tough talk and enlightenment, mixing in a heavy dose of street science while the underlying tones of DaVinci's lyrics touch on the importance of education in attaining financial stability. "Whether you hustle or work a job, there are do’s and don’ts that everyone should have as part of their business etiquette," says DaVinci. While avoiding the preachy-ness known to drag down so many songs with a message, DaVinci still manages to deliver a strong message for those that don’t have the best education but still run the streets with dreams of financial comfort. "I wanted to convey to them that they could [still] reach these financial goals if they abide by the rules of 'The Hustler’s Theme'."
DaVinci's The Day The Turf Stood Still will be available for free download March 9th via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.
CROWD CONTROL TOUR HITS THE ROAD Kidz In The Hall, 88-Keys, Donnis & Izza Kizza come to save a town near you.
New York, NY - The Crowd Control Tour, featuring hip hop darlings Kidz In The Hall, 88-Keys, and southern rising stars Donnis and Izza Kizza, will take to the roads, embarking on a national tour spanning most of the continental US.
Each artist having respective successes as supporting acts on other major tours, Kidz In The Hall and 88-Keys will have their first headlining tour with Crowd Control, which begins in New York at Highline Ballroom February 28, 2010. Kidz In The Hall look at the tour as a great way to give back to the fans who have been supporting since their first album dropped back in 2006, as well as support for their 3rd studio album, Land Of Make Believe hitting shelves March 9th on Duck Down Records. For 88-Keys, a slot on the Spring '09 Kid Cudi/Asher Roth tour gave him the inspiration to get back in the lab and begin cooking up the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album, The Death of Adam available in stores now on Decon.
After two hugely successful consecutive mixtapes Kizzaland and The Wizard of Iz, for groundbreaker Izza Kizza, the Crowd Control Tour will be his second national tour within the last 4 months. This tour is a precursor to Izza Kizza’s first solo album, set to drop on Decon this Summer. For Donnis, this will be his first national tour following up his critically acclaimed Diary Of An ATL Brave mixtape which landed him on several "best of" lists for 2009, as well as his single "Gone" on Fools Gold Records picking up at radio.
Little Brother Unveil Artwork & Track Listing for LeftBack
Wide Array Of Producers And Emcees Invited To Little Brother's Farewell Album
(February 11, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY) Little Brother is back for the very last time with a new album to satisfy the yearning masses. The North Carolina duo, made up of hip-hop heavyweights Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh recently announced the upcoming release of their fourth and final album, LeftBack, available April 20th via Hall of Justus. With production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, Zo!, Symbolyc One, J. Bizness and King Karnov, LeftBack is poised to take listeners on an epic auditory adventure. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh will also be extending invites for the farewell party to fellow emcees Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon and Median, while crooner Darien Brockington and chanteuse Yahzarah are on hand to add a touch of the melodious to the album.
As the momentum behind LeftBack continues to swell, Little Brother is proud to unveil the official artwork and the track listing for the album. Fans will be excited to learn that LeftBack features 13 tracks of unadulterated hip-hop, while the album artwork finds Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh standing tall amidst the ghosts of albums past, press coverage and other memories accumulated throughout Little Brother's celebrated career. "We wanted the fans to have that moment of nostalgia when looking at this artwork" says Rapper Big Pooh. "You are able to take a quick journey from the beginning of our careers to the end as Little Brother by glancing at the artwork."
Little Brother - LeftBack Offical Track Listing:
1. Curtain Call (Prod. By Khrysis) 2. Table For Two Feat. Jozeemo & Yahzarah (Prod. By Khrysis) 3. Tigallo For Dolo (Prod. By Khrysis) 4. Revenge Feat. Truck North & Median (Prod. By Khrysis) 5. So Cold Feat. Chaundon (Prod. By King Karnov) 6. Second Chances Feat. Bilal & Darien Brockington (Prod. By Denaun Porter) 7. Go Off Go On (Prod. By Khrysis) 8. What We Are Feat. Quiana (Prod. By Young R.J.) 9. After The Party Feat. Carlitta Durand (S1 and Caleb’s Who Shot JR Ewing Remix) (Prod. By S1 and Caleb) 10. Two Step Blues Feat. Darien Brockington (Zo’s Purple Suit With The Matching Gators Remix) (Prod. By Zo!) 11. Get Enough Pt. 2 Feat. Khrysis (Prod. By Khrysis) 12. Before The Night Is Over (Prod. By J.Bizness) 13. 24 Feat. Torae (Prod. By Khrysis)
Fans can expect further announcements from Little Brother, including tour info and other interesting developments on LeftBack's road to the release.
Gold Dust is proud to present Live On Stage, the new live album by original Wu-Tang member Masta Killa and the first recorded concert effort from a member of the group in over five years. Live On Stage culls together some of the best verses the versatile rapper has offered in his 17-year career, ranging from his 2004 solo debut No Said Date and classic Wu-Tang albums to memorable spots on GZA's Liquid Swords and Legend of the Liquid Sword. Featuring guest appearances by GZA and Inspectah Deck, among others, Live offers new spins on tracks long embedded in the consciousness of most hip-hop fans, including "Duel of the Iron Mic," "Guillotine" and "Mystery of Chessboxin'."
Hip-hop fans know that live performances are dicey at best, with late starts, no-shows, and 30 people on stage (for no apparent reason) commonplace. Members of the Wu-Tang, however, have always prided themselves on an unending amount of talent, energy and charisma, ensuring that every show they do leaves the crowd salivating for their next appearance. “A lot of fans have never heard Masta Killa live and never had the chance to see a Wu-tang show, so I thought it would be a good idea to release live audio for them. It would also really entice people to come out to witness the next wave of live shows we do,” Masta Killa explains. It's this heightened level of excitement that permeates all of Live On Stage, kicking off with a blistering a capella version of "Mystery of Chessboxin'" right down to the last dominant verses of "Triumph" (which sees the crowd in unison keeping pace with every word, rhyming Killa's verse for him.)
No Said Date, providing the material for close to half of Live On Stage, is one of the most critically acclaimed Wu projects in the group's history. Allmusic stressed that "[Killa's] aggressive but nimble flow is all over each of these songs." Stylus called it "a return to the Wu sound," impressed with the emcee's "energy, switches in cadence, speed and stress" and that "lyrically, [Killa] mixes up the styles of the premier Wu membership…into lines packed with thoughts and images that never sound crammed in, jam-packed or rushed." And Pitchfork called it "the most fully formed Wu solo effort," noting that "Masta is a rapper's rapper, forsaking high-flown gimmicks for Spartan flows and carefully considered rhymes."
All of these accolades are only enhanced by listening to Live On Stage. This is an essential addition to the canon and mandatory listening for any true Masta Killa fan or Wu head.
Tracklist 1. Da Mystery Of Chessboxin (Accapella) 2. Armored Truck 3. Silverbacks (feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA) 4. Duel Of The Iron Mic (feat. GZA) 5. School 6. Grab The Mic 7. No Said Date 8. In The Hood 9. Love Spell (feat. Startel) 10. D.T.D. 11. Street Education (feat. Streetlife) 12. Whatever (feat. Streetlife & Prodigal Sunn) 13. Digiwarfare 14. Fam Members Only (feat. GZA) 15. Guillotine (Swordz) (feat. GZA) 16. Triumph (feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA)
Swollen Members to Perform at 2010 Olympic Games February 15th
Swollen Members will perform at this year’s 2010 Olympic Games on February 15th in Whistler, BC. Swollen Members will be the feature performers for the night's "Whistler Live Fire and Ice" party.
"For Swollen Members to play an official Olympic event in our own city is a milestone and a great honor," commented Prevail. "This performance will give us a chance to be seen by the whole world and this is going to be a career highlight for all of us."
After six studio albums and more than one million albums sold, Swollen Members will release their first “Greatest Hits” album on March 16th, 2010 through Suburban Noize and Battle Axe Records. For the release of the band‘s first-ever career-spanning collection, Swollen Members have reached deep into the vaults and assembled a collection of 18 classic tracks that have been previously out of print to the Battle Axe army.
Swollen Members will be touring the US alongside Humboldt County hip-hop duo Potluck throughout the months of February and March.
SWOLLEN MEMBERS TOUR DATES:
Feb 15 – Whistler, BC @ 2010 Olympic Games Feb 18 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's Feb 19 - Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Feb 20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Feb 21 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall Feb 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge Feb 24 - Avon, CO @ Agave Feb 25 - Steamboat Springs, CO @ Ghostranch Saloon Feb 26 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep Feb 27 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre Feb 28 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre Mar 01 - Breckenridge, CO @ Three20South Mar 02 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre Mar 04 - Park City, UT @ The Star Bar Mar 05 - Ketchum, ID @ NexStage Theater Mar 06 - Ketchum, ID @ NexStage Theater Mar 07 - Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
Miami, FL - As the news already reported, Lil Wayne was recently in Miami shooting videos aimed at keeping his visibility up during his anticipated year-long incarceration. With all that going on, he took the time to shoot his part for Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth's smash single, Inkredible, which also features Miami rapper, Rick Ross. Trae himself spent several days in Miami, accomplishing 3 videos - Inkredible, I'm Gon Buss and his brother Jay'Ton's single, Whitney & Bobby ft. Trae, Rick Ross & Young Buck - songs which are featured on his highly anticipated upcoming album, Tha Truth (ABN Entertainment/Fontana/Universal). In fact, the two crews ended up working side-by-side for many hours while all of this was accomplished.
Directed by Jason Deleon and Mike Cash, Trae and Jay'ton's videos will feature Lil Wayne (Inkredible), Rick Ross (Inkredible & Whitney & Bobby), Mack Maine, J.W. from CTE, the ABN crew, producer Inkredible, who produced Trae's single and King Magazine model, Bernice Burgos.
The video shooting extravaganza-turned-farewell party was also attended by Drake, Nicki Minaj, Gudda Gudda, Sean Garrett (the Pen), Juelz Santana, Yo Gotti and Birdman amongst others... and Ozone founder Julia Beverly was on hand to capture the moments.
Below are download links for Jayton's street single Whitney & Bobby ft. Trae, Rick Ross & Young Buck and Inkredible ft. Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. Stand by for more video news.
Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, and now Blink 182 have either made claims, or had the claim made about them by critics, that they have ideas for themselves regarding music distribution that will forever change the way music is sold. I have bad news for them - they’re full of crap.
Always wanted to record over top notch production but budget and access to A-List producers have prevented you from doing just that?
Super producer Ty Fyffe is offering artists from all over the world an opportunity to do the impossible with his RAW N' UNCUT project.
Emerging MCs & Singers can record to tracks from the man who has crafted the backdrop for countless hit records from acts such as 50 Cent, Drake, Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J and many more. Entering the RAW N' UNCUT contest will not only give you the chance to hear yourself on a track from one of today's most talked about production masterminds, it can propel your career to a new level of notoriety.
You must purchase a survival kit, record your song(s) then submit it, If chosen you will be given an exclusive track produced by Ty Fyffe and be featured on the RAW N' UNCUT compilation album. The album will be will be hosted by the legendary DJ KaySlay and will be available for free download on a variety of major websites.
The first single from the project will be premiered on KaySlay's Shade 45 Streetsweepers's radio and as his Drama Hour Show on Hot 97. The Single will be promoted by Digiwaxx Media and a music video will be shot to be supported by a full viral PR Campaign. This could be your big break, don't waste time and register today. Contest ends March 1, 2010.
Bisco Smith's new video for the single "Vibrations" embodies the song's hard-hitting drumbeat and heavy bass with an edgy, art-oriented twist. Teaming up with director/producer Michael Vidoli for the project not only produced great results, but for Bisco it was an organic fit. "Vidoli was familiar with my graphic style and my aesthetic when I design," says Bisco "He pitched the black and white idea and the strong graphic look - naturally I was down." While Vidoli served as the brain and conductor of the video, the man behind the camera was an old friend of Bisco's, Quenell "Q" Jones. Bisco and Q worked together back in the day shooting their first music video, and, according to Bisc, "10 plus years later, due to Vidoli, we reunited in front of the green screen, it's kinda ill on a universal connections level." After Vidoli and Q shot clips of Bisco performing the track, the singer/songwriter put his artistic training to work by editing and incorporating most of graphic design elements himself, resulting in a collaborative product that brings Bisco's stomping grounds to life with imagery and ingenuity.
The video, shot in black and white, centers on Bisco Smith as he smoothly moves between club performances and the city streets. Bisco describes "Vibrations" as escape music saying that, "the song is about having a good time, forgetting the everyday same old same and finding the moment through the music and those vibrations." The video itself escapes the norm and finds itself in a constant state of flux, as images frenetically fade in and out, and snapshots both imagined and real overlap and intersect in an aesthetic dance. Imaginative visual aids are also abound, as the graffiti finds itself mirroring Bisco's rhymes at times, leading to a call and response between Bisco's own rhymes and the video's graphics rooted in the elements of hip-hop. "The video is a styled out version of the sound," says Bisco. This is certainly style that should not be missed.