Count Bass D & J Sands (of Lone Catalysts) will be heading out to Europe this week for a 8-show tour. Here are the dates, cities and venues:
Tour dates: March 31 - Paris (France), Le Glazart April 2 - Copenhagen (Denmark), Rust April 3 - Berlin (Germany), Bohannon April 8 - Köln (Germany), Subway April 9 - St Etienne (France), Avatarium April 10 - Nancy (France), Barsibarla April 17 - Wien (Austria), Roxy April 19 - Amsterdam (Netherlands), Paradiso
During a recent show in Atlanta w/ Count Bass D, J Live and Jay ARE (John Robinson & J Rawls) Rawls and Robinson decide to link up with Dvid films to shoot another video from their latest and incredibly innovative album, John Robinson and J Rawls are Jay ARE "The 1960's Jazz Revolution Again...."
"It's JAY ARE" was directed by Rick Foy of Dvid Films and features cameos by Miss AZ, "Count Bass D", "H2O", Flux of BINKIS RECS and "Dj Pocket"
John Robinson and J Rawls give us a sneak peek into the amazing world of Jazz-Hop and stimulate our collective appetites for what's next on the horizon of this revolutionary musical movement... Stay Tuned http://johnrobinsonmusic.wordpress.com/
If you've never seen The Big Lebowski, it's time to change that. The 1998 Coen Brothers directed film is considered by many to be the their best work, and has since risen to cult-classic status. Twelve years later, interest in the movie still soars with frequent special screenings of the film in cities across the country and the film has even inspired Lebowski Fest, a yearly celebration of all things related to the movie. It was at one of these screenings on April 20th at the Red Vic Theatre on fabled Haight Street in San Francisco last year, while smoking some inspiration, that producer Unjust of Chosen Few and Opio of the mighty Souls Of Mischief (both big fans of the movie) got the idea to make a tribute album dedicated to The Dude and his movie. "Every scene and nuance of the movie began to speak to them creatively - especially the soundtrack." says Unjust. "This is one of those cult classic movies, so the people that like it LOVE it." Coming full circle a year later to the day, The Big Lebowski-inspired album from the duo, titled Mark It Zero, drops on 4/20 via Hieroglyphics Imperium. The album will consist of stories loosely based on their own "dude-like" adventures with all of the beats sampled directly from the score of the epic film. And so as not to be perceived as "goldbrickers" (to use the parlance of our times), the fellas have decided to give it away free, well, pay as you will. We really think it will tie your 4.20 together.
"Aggression," the first single off the album opens with one of the many memorable lines from the movie by John Goodman's character Walter Sobchak, "Life doesn't start and stop at your convenience you miserable piece of sh*t." True words. As that line fades out the song opens into a short and sweet smooth jam featuring slick production by Unjust who uses choice orchestral cuts and drum samples from the movie to paint a rich backdrop for Opio, who drops cunning lyrics about Mary Jane and the seemingly unwarranted aggression towards it. The vibe on the track practically pulls you into the movie. So, if you're unfamiliar with the movie, go rent it, download "Aggression", and get ready for April 20th.
And be on the lookout for Opio's upcoming 2nd solo album, Vulture's Wisdom Vol. 2, and Chosen Few's highly anticipated Hieroglyphics Imperium debut album New World Symphony, in stores May 25, 2010.
Chosen Few is Cold Showda, Unjust, Charles Cooper... and You. The mission of the group is to empower listeners and make them realize that they alone have the power to decide what music they listen to, instead of just picking up everything the powers that be are putting down. Originally from Ohio, the crew hooked up with regional talent like Hi-Tek, DJ Kweli, and Slum Village before moving westward to fulfill their musical manifest destiny. Cold Showda and Charles Cooper began their Bay Area careers by performing under the name Greans, collaborating with the likes of Mos Def, Common, Hieroglyphics, Pharcyde, Grandmaster Flash and more, while Unjust used his skills as a graphic artist to work with Dilated Peoples, Little Brother, Strong Arm Steady, Planet Asia, J. Dilla, Nappy Roots, and Dizzee Rascal to name a few. After achieving their respective separate successes, Chosen Few regrouped in 2008 and began building energy towards reviving the emotional range that seemed to missing from lady hip-hop at the time, and thus the idea that was New World Symphony was born. The sound of today's social consciousness is Unjust's soul and psychedelic rock laden beats, Cold Showda's relentlessly aggressive lyrics, and Charles Cooper's masterful saxophone playing and wordplay. Rounding out the album are guest appearances by Del The Funky Homosapien, Pep Love, Rakaa Iriscience, Phat Kat, DJ Babu, Tajai, Opio, Piakahn, Word4Word, and more. As Cooper says, "we are trying to encourage people to stand up, be your own individual and BE one of the chosen few." Become part of the movement at http://wearechosenfew.com and prepare to tune into New World Symphony on April 6th, 2010, via Hiero Imperium Records.
About Souls of Mischief:
Souls Of Mischief is an alternative hip-hop group from Oakland, CA that is also part of the hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics. The group consists of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. With classic albums like 93 'til Infinity, No Man's Land, Focus, and Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution, all of which were critically acclaimed and have been certified Gold by the RIAA. The Souls Of Mischief have recently released their first album in almost 10 years, entitled Montezuma's Revenge. Produced by Domino and Prince Paul, the album is available now via Hiero Imperium Records.
KOOL G RAP JOINS CHICAGO'S VERY OWN CHI-ILL ON READY FOR WAR
With his Last Chance Lounge album only days away from release, Chicago lyricist CHI-ILL's collaboration with Rap icon Kool G Rap has found its way onto the net. The Rena1ssance produced anthem merges the established and the emerging with the end result a track able to shake the foundations of Hip-Hop. A true advocate of lyrics and storytelling CHI-ILL and music partner O-zone have simply cooked up a classic album which will certainly add CHI's name to the Windy city's Hip-Hop Wall of Fame.
We've been on a tear w/ remix contests as of late...here's our latest contest for the single "The Weather Man" from the Portland-based hip-hop crew, Mesh Pro. We've got a dope prize package for this contest which includes gear courtesy of the good people of IM KING as well as a digital distribution imprint courtesy of Diamond Music Group.
Mesh Pro - "The Weather Man" (Remix Contest)
Here's the latest remix contest courtesy of Diamond Music Group (DMG). This time, DMG pairs up with the Portland-based hip-hop crew, Mesh Pro for the remix of their single "The Weather Man", which will be released as a digi-12" through DMG along with the winning remix. There's a dope prize package for this contest which includes gear courtesy of the good people of IM KING as well as a digital distribution imprint courtesy of DMG. The deadline for this contest is: Friday, April 9th. Clink on either of the links below to download the files & instructions...GOOD LUCK!!
Hey everyone, Hope all's well on your end. Our free song this week is "Bounce On It" by Snuff, which appears on the forthcoming album "Karma Response Unit's B-Sides (2000-2010)". Click the link below to listen to and/or download the song.
Coming very soon: Happ G "7 Touches" EP, Karma Response Unit's B-Sides (2000-2010) album, and Side Effect's "Cabin Fever" album.
As always please feel free to forward or repost this weeks song link to anyone who might enjoy, and you can also send folks this link below to sign up for our mailing list for free weekly music; http://krurecords.com/newsletter.htm
We're BACK!!!!!!!!! After a couple months off the air to get our bearings, the WHOLE Subsoniq crew is back and podcasting while we look for some new homes to promote that good, progressive hip-hop on! In the meantime, make sure you bookmark proghiphop.com, as that will be THE place to go for all news and downloads related to the show. This particular episode features my partner-in-rhyme, Raw Poetic, sitting in and guest hosting along with myself, Gangsta Mittens & Deuce Quattro... needless to say, when "Raw P" is in the house, anything goes!
We are aiming to get a new show out every other week, so stay tuned as we plan on making even more noise now that our satellite shackles are off :) Check it out!
LEGENDARY MC GURU AKA MR. GANGSTARR CONTINUES TO RECOVER
UPDATE: Recent MRI test results are very encouraging. All medical history will show that Guru is not and has not been placed in a medically induced coma ever
Legendary MC Guru and hit producer Solar will be releasing official documents which will confirm and verify everything that has been addressed in the official press releases regarding Guru's health. Furthermore it will show the hoax that has been played by certain media outlets who have not provided Guru or Solar a chance to refute the lies being perpetrated against them. and the immoral and dishonest behavior by some people from Guru's past.
The official documents, according to Solar, will clearly and undeniably show that:
* ... there has never been any hospital guest list recorded by Solar to prevent anybody from visiting Guru. * ... all visits have been recorded and they will also reveal that somebody from Guru's past misrepresented himself as his attorney to get access to Guru which is illegal by law, as well as numerous people saying they are Guru's family who they are not. * ... Guru has made his proxy on his own in conjunction with hospital personnel as required by law and outside of Solar’s presence. * ... Guru has had no conversations with his nephew, Justin Elam, on anything that he is lying about in his published YouTube video. They were not close at all and Guru's nephew has never known Solar on a personal level. * ... Justin Elam is using Guru's name to advance his selfish needs and has no right to use the brand Guru or GangStarr in any way, shape or form, on YouTube or anywhere else.
Guru continues to recover from his heart attack. Recent MRI test results, which is a magnetic resonance imaging like a high tech X-ray, are encouraging.
Solar, who is Guru's official spokesperson, visits his longtime partner and best friend everyday to support him. Unfortunately certain people try to shed bad light on Solar by broadcasting wrong rumors and allegations regarding the producer’s involvement in this tragic situation.
"It is more than obvious that certain disgruntled people from Guru’s past are trying to use this tragic situation to settle a score with Guru and myself for whatever reason which is shameful," says Solar.
"We want to thank everyone who is showing support! Keep sending your prayers, thoughts, and wishes to Guru and his loved ones." Solar continued.
During my prison stint, I want my fans to know I love you. I want all of you to know that I appreciate all the mail I get, and this is my way of saying thank you. The F is for Family, Friends, and Fans.
Love. Live. Life. Proceed. Progress. That’s who I am and who I’ll always be. You see, we’re all living on borrowed time, so I’m not worried about this situation. Life happens quick. The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done…you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do. Trying to tear down the past prohibits you from building up your future. So for my time here, my physical will be confined to the yard. My love and my spirit, however, know no boundaries. I’m in good spirits man, for real. My kids
race through my mind all day. They know they were created with love, so love is how their life will be defined. I just hope my love and adoration for them provides a temporary bandage on a wound I unknowingly inflicted on them.
Real soon, you can catch me blogging for ESPN again thank you espn for not letting my passion for sports perish. I work out a lot because it helps pass the time. I read the Bible everyday. Jail didn’t make me find God, He’s always been there. They can lock me up, but my spirit and my love can never be confined to prison walls.
But this isn’t all about me, you are the reason for this letter. It’s because of youRebirth went gold when critics aborted it. It’s because of you Young Money is and will always be a movement. If the weight of the world is on your shoulders, I beg of you, place it on mine. That’s the least I could do for you, after all you have sacrificed for me. If I could, I’d write each one of you back. Because of this, my team and I have created a website where you can view my letters. Each week I’ll answer as many questions as I possibly can.
Mia Edwards (Southern California) – I wish you nothing but the best for you. Earning your Masters in Library and Information Science is beautiful. I’ll keep you in mind whenever I decide to do an autobiography on my life.
Kelly Holloman (Brooklyn) – I still remember your letter. You have a great spirit. Thank you for the words and being a real fan. I love you.
Nurris Terrero (New York) – Your letter was so thoughtful and sincere. The way you worded everything left me in awe. Please send suggestions on books I should read. I look forward to checking them out.
For real, this will be the best way we can communicate for the coming months. The same way yall miss me, I miss yall, only 100 times more. To those who hate. Hate is only a form love that hasn’t found a way to express itself logically. Keep sending the letters and I promise keep responding. Thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU. No matter what they do to erase me, my love for you will always be permanent. Remember that. Take care. God bless.
Give me the patience that I need To keep my piece of mind, And with life’s cares, I hope, Dear God, Some happiness to find. Give me the courage to face life`s trials and not to from troubles run. let me keep this thought in mind. “Thy Will,” not “Mine,” be done.