New Track From The UnLearning EP Sends Powerful Message About Staying True To Self
The auditory assault continues with another song from MC, DJ, producer and entrepreneur extraordinaire TRUTHLiVE. "Can't Hold Me Back" is the latest leak from TRUTHLiVE's imminent pre-album EP, The UnLearning, available to fans for free download this March. The track is inspired by the MC's introspective explorations into self-reliance and self-belief. Says TRUTHLiVE, "When you have a clear vision, it's important to stay the course and turn criticism or hate into motivation, and ultimately greater growth and success." The ethos of self-reliance is mirrored in the creation of the track, as TRUTHLiVE juggled writing, producing and recording duties for "Can't Hold Me Back." Embracing autonomy came easy this time around for the Cali artist as there was a natural ease from which the song was born and, according to TRUTHLiVE, "everything seemed to work out on the first one or two takes - from making the beat to laying the vocals." A defiant backbeat persists throughout the song and seemingly echoes TRUTHLiVE's bold personal outlook, while soaring strings soar to a dramatic and cinematic crescendo in the hook and serve as a fitting backdrop for the emcee's message of triumph over struggle. "Always do you" encourages TRUTHLiVE, "don't EVER forget we are all part of the 'one'."
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 .
what up gang... I know it's been a minute since you heard some new Random music (yeah, like a whole month since "306"), but I wanted you to know that Mega Ran has also been hard at work. Between The Forever Famicom project with K-Murdock, and the Language Arts project with DN3 and EOM, I may or may not be working on a something special based on the return of an 8-bit icon to the gaming world.
MEGA MAN 10 is supposed to be dropping next month on Wii, Ps3 and Xbox Live, and I only get asked about 17 times a day if I'm gonna work on something related to this game release.
Ladies and Gentlemen! See below for the first official round of dates for the Steppin Laser tour (U.S. leg) kicking off in March! B.o.B opening on select dates. And there's more dates to be added, so keep it locked right here to LupeFiasco.com! Generation Lasers - you ready?
Friday 3/5 - Bridges Auditorium - Claremont, CA - (w/B.o.B)
Saturday 3/20 - Bob Hope Theatre - Stockton, CA
Wednesday 4/07 - House of Blues - Boston, MA - (w/B.o.B)
Friday 4/09 - House of Blues (Atlantic City) - Atlantic City, NJ - (w/B.o.B)
Saturday 4/10 - The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza - New York, NY - (w/B.o.B)
Tuesday 4/13 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC - (w/B.o.B)
Wednesday 4/14 - Royal Oak Theatre - Detroit, MI - (w/B.o.B)
Friday 4/16 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI - (w/B.o.B)
After teaming up with Canadian producer Blunt and enticing fans with a handful of pre-album goodies, rising Fillmore District golden child DaVinci is proud to give listeners the first taste of his debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, with the album's first leak, "Guys Wanna." While not the album's first official single, the track shows off DaVinci's more playful side - a compliment to the social and political commentary and themes of gentrification that are often prevalent in DaVinci's music. For "Guys Wanna," DaVinci employs a handful of Goodfellas sound bites to reinforce the track's underlying message. "The guys are going to go out and play sometimes," DaVinci explains. "This song is a dedication to all the ladies who try to keep their man at home too much."
Al Jieh of SWTBRDS Creative Collective produced the track, providing DaVinci with a vocal sample-laden beat giving clear direction for the concept and title for "Guys Wanna." A jazzy, smooth background is hit with a strong drumbeat, just as the Italian-mob sampling is juxtaposed with DaVinci's commanding lyrics and raspy vocals, "LA face with an Oakland booty / A New York attitude, a Chi' Town cutie / Truly, I wouldn't underestimate your beauty / But even on the first of April you couldn't fool me."
Make sure to check out DaVinci's new album, The Day The Earth Stood Still, available both for sale and free download March 9, 2010.
The Fillmore District has bred more rappers per capita than any other district in San Francisco, and although the older generations recall its rich musical history rooted in Jazz, the Fillmore today is rife with drugs, turf wars, and mass gentrification. DaVinci, a young MC raised in the Fillmore, is a prime example of the duality of this area, who at the age of 13 was homeless, hungry, and hopeful for a way out. Explains DaVinci, "My music has everything to do with my environment: from robbing, killing, pimpin' to selling and abusing drugs," he explains about his heavy content. "It's a direct reflection of what my friends and family have been through and are still going through." While his story is similar to many other young rappers’ upbringings, DaVinci was surrounded by an incredible pool of Fillmore talent and by studying with the greats, he was able to sharpen his skills and aim higher than most, cultivating his story-telling abilities beyond mere drug-and-gun-talk. Growing up in the same 10-block radius as Bay Area rap legends San Quinn and JT the Bigga Figga, DaVinci was content in merely watching the next generation follow in their footsteps, until he received overwhelming praise from his peers from a mixtape appearance, which then prompted him to pursue rap professionally. In 2006, San Quinn welcomed him onto the "Pressure Makes Diamonds Tour" with rap veterans Xzibit and Tech N9ne. Since the tour, DaVinci has kept busy appearing on numerous mixtapes and compilations, as well as preparing his official debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still. The Day The Turf Stood Still will be available March 9, 2010 via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.
Former Hot Boy Turk Pleads for Help Burying His Brother
Incarcerated former Hot Boys rapper Turk is mourning the loss of his baby brother, who was reportedly gunned down early yesterday morning in New Orleans.
It's been reported Turk's young brother, Ronald Smith, was found lying dead on behind a daiquiri shop Manhattan Street in New Orleans around 3 a.m. with several gunshot wounds to his body. Apparently Jefferson Parish authorities have 19-year-old Travis Dennis — who has already admitted himself as the shooter — in custody.
Earlier today, Turk penned an open letter to Ozone magazine asking for the hip-hop community's assistance funding burial costs for his brother Ronald. "I'm reaching out to all of you who have influence on the hip-hop community," he wrote. "My little brother and I were as close as brothers can be and it hurts me to lose him at such a young age, but as a man I must be strong."
Turk continued, "I have been in jail now for over 6yrs and there's not much I can do. My mother is mourning over the loss of her youngest child and over the fact that there is no insurance or funds to arrange the proper burial. I am asking for you to get the word out and to also help financially in any way you can. Any donations can be sent to me at the Shelby County Jail by Western Union and for those who know me personally funds can be given directly to my mother Ms. Pamela Smith."
Fans looking to contribute can send money to: Western Union Blue Quick Collect Form Pay to: SSC Code City: Cobra Cash, FL Account# 2M8115125virgil Western Union can also be done over the phone call 1-800-325-6000
So for those who REALLY REALLY know about myself & Raw Poetic, then u know that we both have side projects outside of Panacea, and one of them is called Restoring Poetry in Music (RPM). Actually, this is Raw P's brainchild that he started almost 10 years ago with his cousin and some college friends. RPM has morphed over the years as members came, went... and then came back, BUT the legacy members have always been Raw Poetic along with his guitarist P. Fritz & keyboard/trumpet player Aaron "Enron" Gause (both pictured below to the right and left of me respectively).
I myself have floated in and out of the group as a producer/live sample-player, and now serve from the sidelines as a sound engineer since the aforementioned band members have finally taken up the slack of producing the music as well as playing it live!
One of the songs "Enron" produced for the 2008 Japanese RPM album, "Cave Drawings", recently popped up on Youtube courtesy of the homie Paddylane, who made this fresh and very fitting video for it...
This song is a mere preview of what you will be getting sonically from here on out from RPM as Raw P is in the process of finishing the group's new EP, which is set to (hopefully) drop this fall. In the meantime, for those who wanna hear more of RPM's older material, you can listen & purchase it thru iTunes or CDBaby.
MP3: Jern Eye - "Get Down Remix" Feat. The Pharcyde
Following the success of Jern Eye's lead single, "Get Down," as well as the song's energetic video, the Bay Area emcee is proud to release the official remix for the club-oriented single. The "Get Down Remix," featuring fellow California natives and hip-hop legends, The Pharcyde, offers a fresh breath to a song already considered a fan favorite by many. While the basic elements of a James Brown sample and a raw, acoustic drumbeat, courtesy of fellow MYX Music Label producer duo Keelay & Zaire, remain untouched, the addition of such a talented and well-known group pushes the track to a new level, highlighting The Pharcyde's effortless energy and flair alongside a brand new verse from Jern full of confident braggadocio. "A little sick, so the talk's slick," begins Jern, chiming in later, "No antics, the rep's so massive/ I ain't no joke, no game, no slapstick." Working with The Pharcyde was a pleasure for Jern, whose own style is continuously inspired by the west coast legends' fluidity and power. "The Pharcyde has always been one of my favorite hip-hop groups," says Jern. "The energy and fun they put into their music has inspired a lot of what I do in my own music, so it was only natural to get them on board to do a remix for 'Get Down'. I felt like the song was perfect for them, and would really bring out that animated energy they're known for."
Jern Eye's sophomore album, Vision, is now available via MYX Music Label.
Los Angeles native Jern Eye began crafting his skills early on at freestyle battles in famous L.A. clubs. Jern formed the staple west coast group, Lunar Heights, with friend and fellow emcee Spear Of The Nation shortly after high school, and the group eventually migrated north to Oakland to join the Bay Area's flourishing independent hip-hop scene. Once in the Bay, the group was joined by Khai Sharrieff as they began making a name for themselves opening for a number of well known groups, including Crown City Rockers, The Pharcyde, The Procussions, and more. The group subsequently released their solo effort, Crescent Moon, to high acclaim. Jern followed three years later with his solo debut, Authentic Vintage, in 2006, and toured with Hieroglyphics and Living Legends as a result of the album's success. Jern Eye's sophomore album, Vision, features production from !llmind, Jake One, Keelay & Zaire, DJ Vinroc, Def Supreme, Phil Jahns, and Artek, and collaborations with artists Cali Agents, Mistah F.A.B., Zion I, Guilty Simpson, Nightclubber Lang, and more looks to make the case for Jern's upward movement as a legitimate hip-hop talent on a national level. Vision is available now via MYX Music Label.
About MYX Music:
MYX Music Label began in 2007 by industry veteran Karim Panni of the Boom Bap Project (Rhymesayers Entertainment). MYX Music Label is under the umbrella of MYX TV, which is the only music and lifestyle channel dedicated to the Asian American community. Distributed nationally, MYX TV showcases the hottest major label and independent content as well as dynamic original programming that fuses fashion, comedy, and culture. MYX Music Label integrates the newest technology while developing innovative digital distribution and promotion strategies to service their artists. The MYX Music Label was created for the sole purpose of using the MYX TV visual network platform to promote the finest independent hip-hop and urban music. MYX Music Label's ambitious release schedule for 2010 includes groundbreaking works from Crown Royale, One Be Lo, Keelay, Fortilive, and more. Also, adding to their versatility as a label, MYX Music Label DVD releases include The Nutshack, Built From Skratch, Str8 Laced and Slanted Comedy, which features today's top Asian American comedians For more information on MYX Music Label, please visit http://www.myxmusiclabel.com .