This week's Hip-Hop Shop is Episode 70 - The Virtual High. While the lyrical content of the songs may or may not be about 4:20, the song titles definitely imply an altered state of mind! Enjoy new music from Bekay, V!rtu, Soul Khan and Grand Puba among others. If you like what you hear be sure to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback or to get more information about sponsoring the show. Hip-Hop Shop features podsafe music, so give a copy to your friends and tell them to check us out every week at RapReviews.com. PS: Be sure to check out our good friends mrob & The Cancer at K4D too!
* Bekay f/ M-Dot, Reef the Lost Cauze - Brain Tumors (Remix) * V!rtu - Back to the Boom * Stylah - Pass Out (Remix) * Blood Moon Uprising - 1 in the Head (Remix) * Soul Khan f/ Big Chief - Brown Bag Flavor * Grand Puba f/ Lord Jamar, Rell - I See Dead People * Moon Blazers - Let Yaself Go
New York, NY (April 19, 2010) --- Public Enemy have begun preparations for their new album, which is set to include special guest performances by Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), Rise Against and Z-Trip. The band also announces its plan to enter the studio sooner than expected, as they establish a new fan funding goal via SellaBand.com in order to speed up the recording process.
Public Enemy are the first major act to utilize the fan funding concept, reflecting their dedication to seeking out alternatives to the major label system and the traditional record company structure particularly through the use of technology. PE were one of the first to release an album on an artist-owned label, to release an album in MP3 format, to collaborate directly with fans via the Internet, and co-founder Chuck D is a heralded pioneer in digital music and ownership rights.
“This project, as it sits, is a success and is one of the largest budgets ever raised by fan funding,” says Chuck D. “We have learned that the fan funding model is still not fully developed and, as a result, a $250,000 fund raising effort, while possible, will take too long to accomplish.” The group decided to realign their fund raising target to $75,000, determining that the figure is one that the existing SellaBand model, as well as the current economic climate, can better support. The group had originally sought a higher budget in order to record an album to allow for guest collaborators on every song and acknowledge that being the first to explore a new model such as this would require adaptation along the way. As of today, PE has amassed 75% of the revised goal, and will close funding as soon as it reaches 100%.
“This is our history and will always be our legacy as pioneers in the music business and we are unapologetic for our unyielding advocacy for models that promote artist control and self sufficiency,” Chuck D adds. “We will continue to be bold and fearless and try new things that test old models.”
For further information and details on the investment platforms, please go to Public Enemy’s profile page on www.SellaBand.com .
New NEOSONIC Blog: Panacea - "Revolution World Crazy!"
So with 12 Step Program a little over 2 weeks away from release, we through it was time to leak a song to get everyone hyped for the impending May drop! The task of "what song to choose" was hard for us; I liken it to asking a parent to pick their favorite child, so i deferred that duty to our promo team at Potholes in My Blog and they chose "Revolution World Crazy" feat. Green from The Five One- who recently popped up on my Piano-ramaproject!
Its been a couple weeks now since we leaked "RWC" to a few tastemaker/music blogs and the feedback has been amazing & yet another reason to hopefully be excited about the record... Speaking of which, its not too late, by the way, to get involved & help support our Kickstarter campaign for 12 Step Program. 15 days & counting...
To celebrate the release of their final album LeftBack, and with an official video for "Curtain Call" underway, Little Brother is enticing fans with a video preview for the single as a sketch for the album. After "Curtain Call" received such enthusiastic praise, the aptly titled track's video depicts Little Brother's preparation for commencement. Directed by Matt Kozza, the video will feature guest appearances from fellow Justus League rappers Chaundon, Joe Scudda, Jozeemo, Big Dho, and more. Look out for the official "Curtain Call" video coming April 21, 2010 and LeftBack's release April 20, 2010.
Little Brother's fourth and final album, LeftBack, will be available this Tuesday, April 20 via Hall Of Justus.
Little Brother, the Durham, North Carolina group formed in part by Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, released their debut album The Listening on ABB Records in 2003. They are now gearing up for the release of their fourth album, LeftBack, which will be the last of Little Brother’s illustrious career, available April 20th via Hall Of Justus. Continuing the tradition they set with the critically acclaimed third release GetBack, Big Pooh and Phonte have enlisted multiple producers for LeftBack, both from within and outside of the Justus League camp. The album features production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, J.Bizness and guest vocals from Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon, Median, and more.
UK Hip-Hop Pioneers Enlist Chuck D's Help for 2010 Return
LONDON, Apr. 19 /2SPR/ - British Hip-Hop band, Credit To The Nation, are set for an eagerly awaited return this summer, with the release of a new single in August, and full length album to follow.
Formed by Matthew “Matty” Hanson, aka MC Fusion, the group made a commercial impact in the early nineties with a slew of political hits. Their breakthrough single, ‘Call It What You Want’, sampled the guitar riff used by Nirvana on ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. Late legendary DJ, John Peel played it on his John Peel Session show on BBC Radio 1, which led to a record deal with One Little Indian, a label famed for its successes with Bjork & The Shamen.
Their highest selling single, ‘Teenage Sensation’ reached number 23 in the UK Singles Chart, and was backed by veteran DJ Mark Goodyear. The subsequent single ‘Hear No Bullshit, See No Bullshit, Say No Bullshit’ was followed by the release of their debut album ‘Take Dis’.
Remarkably for a Hip-Hop group, all Credit To The Nation singles reached number 1 in the Melody Maker and NME independent label charts. This gathered the band a large indie following, which saw them tour with acts such as the Manic Street Preachers, and perform live at The Glastonbury NME stage (’94), Phoenix Festival (‘94/95), and the Reading Festival Melody Maker Stage (’94).
The album, which is not just a return to form, but a reinvention of the signature sound, features up-and-coming singer/songwriter Nathan White and label mate Charly Vox. Not to mention collaborations with Chuck D (Public Enemy) and Sadat X (Brand Nubian), which reflects the respect Credit holds within the urban community and American artists.
The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, UK will host the bands first show in eight years on 15th May, along with dub trance heavyweights, Dreadzone. Credit are also confirmed to play ‘Endorse it in Dorset’ on 8th August.
I’ll admit it, I was a little late jumping on the Helixx C. Armageddon bandwagon. Although I first caught a taste of her work on the 2001 Fat Beats compilation album, where she had the song “My Time,” it was her guest appearance on her brother Loj’s 2007 album, No Labels, on the song “365,” that gave her name, and her style, a permanent place in my head. Hip-hop is definitely a family thing when it comes to the siblings, as Helixx notes “I paved the way as the eldest, but he brought the fireworks when he began his journey.”
Getting her start at a young age, back in 1995 Helixx co-founded the Anomolies, an all-female hip-hop collective that also includes DJ Kuttin Kandi, Invincible, Pri the Honeydark and Big Tara. Since then she's made her voice heard on a plethora of albums alongside everyone from the X-Ecutioners, to Dead Prez, and her independent single, “Blacklisted,” which featured Jise from the Arsonists, was dubbed the #1 hip-hop song for the summer of 1999 by Time Magazine.
Helixx's latest single, “Kicks Talk For Me,” is off of the Know You Got SOLE soundtrack, and with this month being the Season of Sole here at Adam’s Wold, I caught up with her to find out more about her love of kicks, the ways in which her relationship with hip-hop is a true relationship in every sense of the word, and the subject she feels she deserves a PhD in.
Domination Recordings - Tone Blare "Digital Dreams"
A hardcore Hip Hop head, whom always felt he should produce. Once Tone Blare took it upon himself to focus on production, he quickly became the go-to guy for The Beat Ministry and others. Providing soothing sounds combined with powerful drums to deliver that classic feel. Often referred to as the Truth, "If Beats Had DNA, His Would Be Herculoid" says MyGrane McNastee.
From producing for The Beat Ministry, MyGrane McNastee, Murdoc, Kap Kallous, C-Rayz Walz and more; Tone Blare is in high demand. Most recently, Tone Blare orchestrated the lead single "Prophet" for Shinobi Stalin's "Zombie Skool" album.
You also may have heard him MC over beats with Drive By Cinema, or Vets of Kin. Holding his own rhyme skills down, on stages along side Wu-Tang Clan, The Clipse, just to name a few. From the beats to the mic, Tone Blare represents to the fullest. Tone invites us to venture into the depths of a digital era, hence Drive By Cinema presents "Digital Dreams". Let's doze off...just for a short while.
Stay tuned for Digital Dreams remix contest coming soon...
KRU's Weekly Free Song - Right Back (Remix) by Side Effect
This week's free song is "Right Back (remix)" by Side Effect, taken from our forthcoming new album "Karma Response Unit's B-Sides (2000-2010)". It will also appear as a CD-only bonus track on Side Effect's new album "Cabin Fever" coming very soon.
Coming next week: Side Effect "Beards" & "Gone Like The 80s (ft. Jake Lefco)" double music video, Side Effect "Cabin Fever" pre-order sale from our online store, and Happ G "7 Touches" EP drops digitally on iTunes & krurecords.com.