Jay-Z was an invited guest of Alex Rodriguez during the New York Yankees Championship Parade on Friday. At the end of the ceremony, he performed his hit single "Empire State Of Mind" with Bridget Kelly.
Multi-platinum selling producer Kwamé & his artist Beyond Belief hit the stage at Cake Shop in NYC last night for an impromptu performance. They performed snippets of 3 songs off of Beyond Belief's debut album "What About BOB?" out November 27th.
Canibus & Keith Murray are "THE UNDERGODS" Power. Passion. Poetics.
Hip-Hop is littered with emcees that use those three words as the blueprint for their style. But in reality, the list for the few who actually achieve it is painfully short. Rakim, KRS-One and Big Daddy Kane immediately jump out as emcees from an earlier era that best fused these three traits, joining Eminem, Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. from more recent times. You can make arguments about other artists, including but not limited to Chuck D and Mos Def as the most obvious, but there are two artists the mainstream will overlook every time.
KEITH MURRAY & CANIBUS
Keith Murray and Canibus are emcees that define what it is to be underground hip-hop. Each has had a measure of commercial success, toured the world, sold hundreds of thousands of records and established their names to several generations of fans. But more than that, there is no doubting the credibility a 16 carries when it’s attached to their name and it’s made them recognized rap heavyweights for nearly 15 years. Respected for their raw lyrics, unique voices and grimy deliveries, the two have joined together in an era when mainstream hip-hop is dying and independent success is no longer measured by record sales. As The UnderGods, Keith Murray and Canibus are ready to bring their brand of Hip-Hop to a place it’s never been before.
One of hip-hop's most “beautifullest vocabulists,” there is no mystery about Keith Murray other than you never know what he’s going to say on a record. With a million-plus records sold, Murray comes into this project with the same pure, rhyme ingenuity he’s known for, an eccentric vocabulary, the sandpapery vocals people love and the original edge that endeared him to so many fans sharpened again. For those just jumping on board, Murray smacked Hip-Hop over the head with his Gold-certified debut “The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World.” Catapulted by the album’s dual smashes – the lead single title cut and its follow-up "Get Lifted" – Keith rapidly established himself as one of hip-hop's most distinctive voices under the sure-handed tutelage and guidance of fellow Def Squad lyrical sharpshooter, Redman, and producer extraordinaire, Erick Sermon.
Canibus came to Hip-Hop by a very different road, albeit a well-traveled one. Born in Jamaica, he called the islands home until he was 13, moving to the Bronx, NY first, then making stops in Washington D.C., Miami, England and Atlanta before eventually settling in New Jersey. With his love for technology in hand, he forayed into the corporate world during the days and quietly honed his craft at night until exploding onto the scene in Atlanta, when he and his partner Webb battled the entire Wu Tang Clan. With respect earned, Canibus parlayed his newly gained props into allegiances with The Lost Boyz, Wyclef, Jay-Z and LL Cool J. The later meeting developed into one of the best rap battles of the 90’s, pointing the spotlight for the first-time on Canibus and setting him up for a prolific run of albums, mixtapes and collaborations that endeared him to fans around the world. An early adopter of the Internet, Canibus’ fans have already begun buzzing about this project on message boards and sites around the web.
The UnderGods debut EP will drop digitally September 29th on Sound Records for $5.99 at www.SoundRecordsMusic.com, with a brand new, full-length album of 12-14 tracks coming in January. The duo’s new music has already hit the Internet with a few early leaks, and the anticipation is building. The projects will feature production from rap icon Erick Sermon of EPMD (Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Redman, Blackstreet), joined by a certified Who’s Who of a production team: Streetrunner (LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Slaughterhouse), Jake One (50 Cent, Brother Ali, De La Soul, M.O.P., Slug), Amadeus (50 Cent, Talib Kweli, member of Bad Boy’s Hitmen), Da Beatminerz (Eminem, Boot Camp Clik, KRS-One), Shuko and Gordo. ***
Los Angeles, CA (November 6, 2009) - If you've been paying attention you already know Ryu (Styles of Beyond), Apathy (East Coast powerhouse MC and solo artist), and Scoop Deville (in-demand producer for Snoop Dogg, Clipse, The Game, etc) have a new group called Get Busy Committee, and that their new record, 'Uzi Does It', comes out November 10th. The album has been called "hip hop album of the year" by Mike Shinoda and has fans in everyone from Rob Dyrdek to Snoop Dogg.
MySpace is pleased to be able to offer a very special deal this weekend only, the entire 'Uzi Does It' album will be available for only $1 (!), exclusively via MySpace and in advance of it being available in other digital retailers! Courtney Holt, President of MySpace Music said, "Get Busy Committee is a great example of how a band can creatively use the power of the MySpace platform to market their music and lifestyle, engaging a savvy music audience."
You can visit Get Busy Committee's MySpace profile to stream the album and buy for your iPod for just $1!
"Remember the first time you heard the first Guns n Roses record? That's what this is like." - Apathy
"Uzi does it is the hip hop album of the year, it's no wonder GBC is making so much noise without the help of a major label." - Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park
"For real this album is so good." - Rob Dyrdek
"INgrooves is proud to be working with Get Busy Committee's fantastic new release that is sure to connect with legions of passionate music fans. I am certain our various retail and promotional partners around the world will be eager to share it with their customers." - Robb McDaniels, President and CEO, INgrooves
"We're making sure we connect with anyone interested in Get Busy Committee, giving them incentive and simple ways to share with others, and allowing them to buy the music in unique, collectible, valuable formats which flow from the creativity of the artists." - Ian Rogers, CEO, Topspin
"Selling records is just like selling houses. Or at least I hope it is." - Dutch Markgraf, Manager, Get Busy Committee
West coast rapper Game says his sessions with Dr. Dre are going so great that he's decided to push his album back to next year. In a message posted on his Twitter account Game wrote "Last night at the 'AFTERMATH HEADQUARTERS' was Classic ! Me, Stat Quo & Dre got it in all night. R.E.D. album's new release is 2/16/10 If for some reason the date changes I will holla at y'all. had to push it back so that me & Dre can wrap it up the right way !!!Aftermath. Community Service is "GARBAGE" !!! R.E.D. gotta track from RZA last night that was amazing..... now all i gotta do is KILL IT !!! aight. Headed to the headquarters to get it in.... 1 blood ! R.E.D."
Kanye West may be going back to his roots creating a classic old school hip hop album. According to G.O.O.D. Music artist Mr. Hudson, Kanye is doing just fine working hard, "He works 24 hours day but I'm not worried for him — he has the right people around him. And Kanye's getting back into rapping. He might make an old-school record on a tape deck, like the Beastie Boys used to do. Just a drum machine, ghetto blaster and a microphone."