In 2008, Eternia began recording her sophomore album with MoSS (a fellow Canadian), two years later the LP is complete and the title of the album says it all: "AT LAST!" Going where instinct took them, Eternia and MoSS’ collaborative union manifested into a sonically consistent album inspired by classic, boom-bap rap records.
"AT LAST" is entirely produced by MoSS (DJ Premier's production partner) and features appearances by some of Hip-hop’s elite: Joell Ortiz, Ras Kass, Termanology, Reef The Lost Cauze, Tona, Maestro Fresh Wes, Rage, Rah Digga, Tiye Phoenix & Jean Grae. Eternia is at her finest over MoSS’ production, offering raw, confidant & vulnerable first-person perspectives over gritty and moving soundscapes. "AT LAST" promises to resonate in a musical arena where most rap albums fail to deliver beyond a ring-tone single.
Eternia & MoSS "AT LAST" Vinyl EP dropping MAY 2010 thru FAT BEATS RECORDS! "AT LAST" the Full-Length dropping June 2010 thru Fat Beats Records.
TRUTHLiVE - "Catalyst For Change" feat. Finale, Ras Kass
TRUTHLiVE Delivers Final Episode In EPK Series, Drives Home Message WIth Star-Studded Track From Patience
"Me personally, I can't look at myself in the mirror without knowing I did what I know to be the truth. You know, That's TRUTHLiVE, the album, Patience. That's everything I stand for." - Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Philips
In the fourth and final installment to his EPK series, TRUTHLiVE begins with an impromptu rap from single, "Catalyst For Change," stressing the importance that the genre returns to the basics. As a firm believer that hip-hop can transform and change communities, TRUTHLiVE hopes someone will take his words to heart and become a better person, just as he hopes his career will make him a better person. In an explanation of hip-hop's current state, TRUTHLiVE explains that, while the genre has retains and emphasizes style, it's lacking much of the foundation and substance, an opening for his own style and approach to emceeing and making music.
With the release date for his debut album Patience only a week away, TRUTHLiVE is proud to release his latest single, "Catalyst For Change," produced by Jake One, as is the rest of Patience, and featuring two of TRUTHLiVE's favorites in the hip-hop scene, Ras Kass and Finale. An eerie keyboard lick repeats throughout the track, giving way to Finale's fluid lines, TRUTHLiVE's ever-present message, and Ras Kass' infectious rhymes. Building on the theme of his EPK video, TRUTHLiVE preaches, "I'm tired of the fake sh*t / Game is too vain like plastic surgeries and facelifts / So I don't really care what they spit / I elevate my conscience like thought powered spaceships." Explaining the inspiration behind his own verse on the track TRUTHLiVE says, "I wanted to highlight the art of emceeing and the struggles of those trying to push the art form by introducing new ideas and concepts rather than maintain the current standards of rap and rappers by catering to trends." For a brief moment in his verse, TRUTHLiVE also references Lil' Wayne, not as a insult to the popular rapper, but as a statement of his commercial power within hip-hop and, consequently, the need for artists of his level to be at the forefront of the genre's restoration. While his message may remain the same, the delivery never fails: "The message is simple," says TRUTHLiVE. "Rap with a purpose."
As the owner and founder of Bay Area record label Interdependent Media, TRUTHLiVE has helped promote the careers of artists such as Tanya Morgan, Finale, J*DaVeY, and more. His full-length debut album Patience, produced entirely by Jake One, will be available April 20, 2010 via Interdependent Media.
His album release party at Last Day Saloon will be April 16, 2010 and features performances by Zumbi of Zion I, Amp Live of Zion I, Donwill, Moe Green, DJ Toure, and The Park in addition to TRUTHLIVE's own set.
Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips, owner and founder of Interdependent Media, has certainly made his mark in the music industry with his wide range of talents. As an emcee, DJ, entrepreneur, and artist, TRUTHLiVE has had his hands in everything from a very young age. After a traumatic adolescent period where his health was at risk, three heart surgeries proved the artist to be quite a fighter. He explains to his new listeners, "The name TRUTHLiVE doesn't mean that I'm proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all; it's more of a reminder to myself on how to conduct my life and career." The MC best summates, "My music is my truth and my life." That meaningful music will arrive on April 20th in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE's debut release, courtesy of Bay Area label Interdependent Media.
About Interdependent Media:
Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com .
Damu's latest project, "How It Should Sound", dropped today and quote me if you want to, but "HISS" is one of the BEST instrumental albums i have EVER heard... PERIOD! Excuse the corny cliche', but its definitely a "MCS" (aka Must Cop Situation), which basically translates to- GET IT! Available on both physical & digital formats.
Fly Definition presents Delayed Flyghts Vol. 1 mixed by DJ YNOT. This 14-track mix features Ozone's very own MidaZ the Beast, IMAKEMADBEATS, Sean J, Soy and Shinobi Stalin. Plus bangin joints from Elzhi, Snowgoons and Emilio Rojas just to name a few. Enjoy the mix, more to come from Fly Definition very soon! For more info, please check out - FlyDefinition.com and ThisIsTheSouf.com
Here's the video for "Ain't A Problem" from Wais P (of The Ranjahz). Shouts to John Colombo in the director's chair and Scram Jones on production! Stay tuned for more leaks, singles and videos from Wais P who is currently working on his solo debut album (currently untitled), that includes a strong line-up of guest features and producers such as: Joell Ortiz, Devin The Dude, Sean Price, Mistah Fab, Mario Winans, Red Cafe, The Madd Rapper, DJ Premier, SeanC & LV, M-Phazes, Domingo, Frequency & more! Click on either of the links below to download the mp3 for "Ain't A Problem".
Here is another banger from Harrisburg's Capitol Kid, J. Monday dubbed “Memories” - we all have them - you hate some of them and you love some of them, but they make us who we are. Listen in to J. Monday reminisce on Hip-Hop, his first time rhyming on a stage and personal trials and tribulations.
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In their most club-friendly offering to date, Fly Gypsy gives hip-hop treatment and a dose of Prince to the David Guetta and Akon smash "Sexy Bitch." After coming back from Miami, the duo decided to remix a couple club tracks for its upcoming FG*XL:remixtape. "In Miami, every song you hear seems to have been made for the club," says the duo's producer-half Alexei. "We had a great time there and wanted to show the city and our club-going fans some love." "The remix has a been a hit live," adds Fly Gypsy's emcee Kowboy Kom, "the crowd goes crazy and women love it!"
Fly Gypsy's remix project, FG*XL:remixtape, is set for an April 19, 2010 release with the following track listing:
1. Intro 2. I Want It All (Lil Wayne, Birdman) 3. I Wanna Rock (Snoop Dogg) 4. Funky Drummer (James Brown throwback) 5. Replay ("2 Step" Remix) (Iyaz) 6. Sexy M.F. (Prince throwback) 7. Sexy Bitch (David Guetta, Akon) 8. Back Again (Reflection Eternal) / O.D.O.O. (Fela throwback) 9. Pretty Girls (Wale) / Brown Skin Lady (Black Star throwback) 10. Sex Therapy (Robin Thicke) 11. If It Kills Me (Melanie Fiona) / Skit / Manifest (Lauryn Hill message) 12. Venus vs. Mars (Jay-Z) 13. Say Something (Drake) 14. Drop the World (Lil Wayne, Eminem) 15. Do You Know Your Enemy (Green Day) 16. Outro 17. Bonus: DJBooth.net freestyle 18. Bonus: Wildfllower (Brooklyn Beauty acoustic remix)
Washington, D.C.-based hip-hop duo Fly Gypsy are quickly becoming the hottest new name in hip-hop. Since its launch in July 2009, the duo have released a successful and critically acclaimed mixtape, shot a video in Jamaica with famed director Ras Kassa (acclaimed for his work with Sean Paul, Beenie Man, and Damian Marley), and was featured on over 200 websites and blogs, including the influential HipHopDX, Okayplayer, 2dopeboyz, and DJBooth. Their single "2 Step" reached No. 1 position on college radio hip-hop charts and their freestyle on DJBooth is currently No. 1 of 135 others. Music critics have praised the Washington, D.C.-based duo for their ability to attract commercial appeal without compromising their musicianship or message, comparing the duo to the Fugees, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. Okayplayer called the duo's latest release "a timeless example of the beauty in music" and Rap Reviews called the duo "a group that could change what music is and what it should be." Fly Gypsy is currently opening for Wale in several markets and preparing for a United Kingdom tour and a SXSW showcase in spring 2010. The group's latest release, Change for a Dollar, is available now in all digital outlets and on Amazon, and the Vodka & Rum Mixtape is available now for free download on the group’s website, flygypsy.com. The group's remix project FG*XL:remixtape will be released in March 2010.
Kottonmouth Kings Stream Entire New Album 'Long Live The Kings' Online
Kottonmouth Kings are currently streaming their entire new album online at www.MySpace.com/KottonmouthKings. The group's new album, "Long Live The Kings", lands in stores on April 20th, 2010 through Suburban Noize Records.
"When it came time to record our new album, 'Long Live The Kings', we decided to switch things up by adding our labelmate the Dirtball to the group," says Daddy X. "It would have been easy to go through the motions and put it in cruise control, but we opted to switch things up and move in a new direction. So with a new creative energy, we rented a cabin for six months in Sequoia National Forest and started writing and recording. In a lot of ways this felt like the same energy we had when we were making our first record. We weren't afraid to try new things and take a bold step in a new direction with this album. I think the music speaks for itself and this is one of the best records the Kottonmouth Kings have ever done."
The Kottonmouth Kings will be co-headlining the “Happy Daze” tour alongside Insane Clown Posse, with support from Coolio, Necro and Kittie beginning May 10th, 2010 in Dallas, TX. The tour will run for four weeks from May through June, hitting amphitheaters across the country.
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS TOUR DATES: Apr 23 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Apr 24 - Las Vegas, NV - Rock The Block w/ Unwritten Law, (Hed)pe, Big B May 07 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues May 08 - San Bernardino, CA - National Orange Show w/ Method Man, Redman & Fishbone May 10 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom May 11 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater Outdoors May 13 - Louisville, KY - Inn Place Hotel & Conference Center May 14 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom May 15 - Rochester Hills, MI - Meadowbrook Amphitheater May 16 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre May 17 - Charlotte, NC - The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory May 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory May 20 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion May 21 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium May 22 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium May 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Amphitheatre at Station Square May 24 - Cleveland, OH - Nautica Pavilion May 26 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze May 27 - Council Bluffs, IA - Westfair Amphitheater May 28 - Sauget, IL - Pops Outdoors May 29 - Bonner Springs, KS - Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone May 31 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater Jun 01 - Magna, UT - The Great Salt Air - Outdoors Jun 03 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House Jun 04 - Portland, OR - Expo Center - Hall C Jun 05 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield Theatre Jun 06 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove of Anaheim
ALBUM EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY GAME AND PHARRELL WILLIAMS GAME WORKS WITH DR DRE ON THE PROJECT
Los Angeles, CA (April 13th, 2010) -- Multi-platinum Grammy nominated rapper Game (Jayceon Taylor) is set to release his highly anticipated R.E.D. Album on June 15th. The album will be executive produced by Game and Pharrell Williams who jumped at the opportunity to collaborate. "Game is good kid...and I'm excited for the world to hear the many facets of his character...what's even crazier is that as a fan, I cannot believe I am actually producing songs on the same album as Dr.Dre. Humbling, man... I owe Game for that one. His album is gonna be a problem," states Pharrell.
Leading off the R.E.D. Album will be the Pharrell produced street anthem It Must Be Me, a West Coast influenced trunk rattler that features Game spitting venomous lyrics reminiscent of an early, I got something to prove, Ice Cube. Following will be the Justin Timberlake assisted Ain't No Doubt About It where the two J.T.'s sing and rap over a radio hit that will be blasting out of car windows and club speakers this spring. "I never thought I would have the chance to work with Justin, but to come up with a smash like we did, it's only fitting," Game asserts.
In addition to working closely with Pharrell on the project, super producer Dr. Dre is back to lend his hands and voice, producing and rapping on the R.E.D. Album. And Game couldn't be more thrilled to work with his mentor again stating, "Dre is a hip hop legend and one of the reasons I'm making music. To be working so closely with him again...man, I don't even have words to describe it." Game is now ready to let the world hear the R.E.D. Album saying it's shaping up to be the biggest of his career, "my two favorite producers are helping me with the direction of this album, I couldn't be in a better position."
Zion I Producer Releases Dance-Ready Second Single, Announces New Date For Murder At The DiscoTech
Low volume settings should be avoided at all costs for a song like Amp Live's latest single, "Turn It Up." With the new song, the producer, best known for his work as one half of the hip-hop duo Zion I, is preparing fans for the release of his album, Murder At The DiscoTech, while simultaneously announcing a new release date for the project, now scheduled for a June 15th release through Om Records.
The single kicks off, appropriately, with an electronic voice commanding the listener to turn up the volume before a deep bass beat emerges joined by the vocal stylings of guest MC, Mickey Factz, well known for his own forays into electro-inspired, club-oriented hip-hop and also a past collaborator with Amp through work with Zion I and their recent Search And Seizure mixtape. A long-time pro of melding various genres into hip-hop, Amp's expertise is on full display with this new single: The tracks deep bass, resonating synthesizer lines, and highly addictive drums make the single perfect for the nearest set of bass-booming speakers a listener can get their hands on. Upon completion, selecting the song to serve as a single from the album was a no-brainer. "It was definitely super solid beat banger that I set out to make," says Amp of the final product. "I was wanting to do a song with Mickey Factz for a while, and everything came together perfectly for this song."
Like Marty McFly with an MPC and a DeLorean on 22s, Amp Live brings the perfect beat back in the name of science, elevating hip-hop out of its creative doldrums and restoring innovation to the genre. Best known for his work as the production half of indie hip hop duo Zion I, Amp Live's official remix credits include Akon, Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussy Cat Dolls, Linkin Park, Radiohead, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Jamie Lidell, MGMT, Jealous Girls, Tokyo Police Club, and Why? Amp Live received worldwide acclaim for his ingenious remix project for Radioheads' In Rainbows album, Rainydayz Remixes, which, despite having received cease & desists from the label, was approved by Radiohead themselves. Amp has also had his music included in a number of video games and movies, TV shows, and commercials, which include Nestle's “Wonka Candy-Feed Your Imagination” series, So You Think You Can Dance, America's Next Top Model, ESPN Sports Center, and the Jamie Kennedy Show to name a few. Always experimenting Amp Live's weaving of of rock, dance, electro, mashups, and drum n' bass influences within a hip-hop soundscape have garnered him fans from all over the world.