(November 11, 2008 - Brooklyn, NY) K'naan returns to the road for his latest tour excursion, this time with Matisyahu. A survivor of war-torn Somalia, K'naan struck the industry head-on with the inspired tracks from his debut album The Dusty Foot Philosopher. With singles like "Soobox" and "Strugglin'," K'naan has garnered much attention from the media, meriting glowing reviews from sites like PopMatters.com and SkopeMag.com, who raved, "K’naan uses his unique voice and authentic style to bring an enormous dose of realness and urgency to the hip-hop world, in the tradition of great folk singers and protest songs he carves a new path filled with eloquent and thought-provoking lyrics." Check out what all the buzz is surrounding the release of The Dusty Foot Philosopher Deluxe Edition at one of his winter tour dates. The Dusty Foot Philosopher Deluxe Edition is available in stores and online now courtesy of Interdependent Media.
11.26.08 8pm Harry O’s Park City, UT 11.29.08 8pm Ogden Theatre Denver, CO 11.30.08 8pm Fox Theatre Boulder, CO 12.06.08 8pm Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY 12.07.08 8pm Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN 12.09.08 8pm The Blue Note Columbia, MO 12.11.08 8pm Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH 12.14.08 8pm House Of Blues Cleveland, OH 12.16.08 8pm The Phoenix Concert Toronto, ON 12.17.08 8pm Metropolis Montreal, ON 12.18.08 8pm Higher Ground Ballroom South Berlington, VT
On the fifth episode of The Adam B Experience (ABX) Adam B is traveling across the entire country for great underground Hip-Hop. From east coast scenes in New York and Connecticut, to Midwestern hot spots in Kansas City and Minnesota, to the southern staple of Texas and even places as far west as Seattle, Adam B is covering the entire country and he's doing it in just one hour. As always, feedback is appreciated. You can hit up Adam B at AdamB@RapReviews.com and let him know what you're diggin about the show. Remember that The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at RapReviews.com so no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check it out at RapReviews.com!
Remember back in the day when east and west coast artists beefed with each other? Well, Fiyawata is the complete opposite of that. Composed of Brooklyn born emcee Ambessa the Articulate and Oakland songstress Zakiya Harris, Fiyawata and their music not only work to break down barriers and misconceptions, they also push the boundaries of Hip-Hop and work to expand its definition. This week I caught up with the male half of the married musical duo to find out how two people from totally opposite ends of the country ended up finding each other and what kind of journeys into sound they’re teaming has given birth to.
A lot of B-Listers, AKA my former Artists Of The Week, are doing big things. Many of these noteworthy news items can be found in the B-Lister News section of this site. Right here right now, however (straight up Jesus Jones style), I want to take a minute to showcase the five most recent music videos B-Listers have created. This will more than likely end up a recurring feature whenever enough videos have been built up for a full post, so kick back and enjoy some great clips from Rugged N Raw, The Rising Sun Quest, Edreys, Vinnie Scullo and Maiysha.
Press release courtesy of Trea Day Management & Publicity.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE KURUPT & ROSCOE'S "FRANK and JESS STORY" SET TO IMPRESS BEYOND THE WILD WEST
ATLANTA, November 1ST 2008—Riding on the momentum of their successful Media Tour in NY, Dogg Pound members Kurupt and Roscoe will drop their first duo LP on November 11, 2008. The Frank and Jess Story, released by High Powered Entertainment and distributed Koch worldwide, features some of gangsta rap's most elite, including fellow Dogg Pound member Daz Dillinger, VH1's Hip Hop Honors recipient, Too Short, G-funk crooner Kokane and Mrs. Kurupt herself, Gail Gotti, who along with close friend, controversial rapper 40 Glocc and mega producer DJ Quik, attended the official "Frank and Jess Story Media Day" in at the W Hotel in NY.
During the Frank and Jess Story NY Media Tour hosted by Trea Day Management & Publicity for High Powered Entertainment, the Philafornia emcees chopped it up with satellite, online, print and broadcast outlets from SIRIUS radio's Kay Slay and Shade 45 to thisis50.com and rollingout.com, as well as The Amsterdam News and Murder Dog.
The long overdue collaboration of the brothers; The Frank and Jess Story (named after notorious brothers and American outlaws Frank and Jesse James) has received solid reviews and is packed with sonic versatility and flavor that appeal to all coasts. Orchestrated by lauded producer John "J" Silva (E-40, Spice 1, Daz Dillinger, The Outlawz), tracks like "I Miss U" and the strip-teaser "Give Me a Lapdance," treats fans to a melodic edge, while anthems "All I Need", "Hate on Me," and the project's lead single "Break It Down Like" featuring Too Short round out the CD.
MYSPACE MUSIC PROUDLY PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SOULJA BOY TELL' EM'S "BIRD WALK"
MySpace Music is proud to announce the worldwide premiere of the highly anticipated new music video from hip-hop phenom Soulja Boy Tell 'Em. The video is for the hit single "Bird Walk" off his soon-to-be released new album which is due on December 16, 2008. Featuring yet another inventive dance routine, "Bird Walk" is a high-energy club banger sure to rival the popularity of Soulja Boy Tell 'Em's previous anthems.
About MySpace Music MySpace Music is a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV, and whose independent music distribution partners include The Orchard, IODA, Alternative Distribution Alliance, RED, Fontana, and Caroline. MySpace Music, with more than five million artist profiles and 35 million monthly unique users, offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content, user-friendly e-commerce solutions, personal music players, and user and artist playlisting. MySpace Music aims to empower major, independent, and unsigned artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams.by allowing the MySpace community to freely stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and ultimately buy merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music alsoconnects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.
Cypress Hill Co-Frontman Sen Dog Debuts “Capo” Video
Latino hip-hop pioneer Sen Dog has posted the video for his new single “Capo” online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG5YmE8mZHg. The track is taken from Sen Dog’s new album, “Diary of a Mad Dog”, which was released through Suburban Noize Records.
"I want to invite everyone to check out my new video for the song 'Capo' its my very first video off my new solo album 'Diary of a Mad Dog'," commented Sen Dog. "I'm really proud of this video and want to send a big shout out to all who worked on it. Hope you all enjoy it."
Sen Dog’s bark is louder than ever on his debut solo album, “Diary of a Mad Dog”. The rabid emcee has laid it on the table for the release of his first ever solo release that tackles the matters of money, faith, family and music. With the help Cali buds Tangled Thoughts, DJ Ace, and Cypress Hill partner B-Real, Sen Dog has crafted a solo joint so potent it rivals anything in his back-catalog.
Sen Dog is forever known as the notorious co-frontman of hip-hop legends Cypress Hill, who helped break down the door for Latinos in the hip-hop world. Cypress Hill have cemented their position in the hip-hop history books with classic albums like “Black Sunday”, while producing some of the biggest hip-hop tracks of all time with “How Could I Just Kill a Man”, “Insane In The Brain” and “Rock Superstar”. Cypress Hill was recently honored at the VH1’s Hip Hop Honors Award show alongside De La Soul and Naughty By Nature for their highly influential contribution to the world of hip-hop.
(November 7, 2008 - Brooklyn, NY) Brand new Bay Area based urban/hip-hop label, MYX Music Label, is proud to announce a retail and digital distribution deal with the Rob Nonies Label Group (R.N.L.G.). KOCH Entertainment distributes R.N.L.G. throughout North America. The deal encompasses all music and DVD releases from the MYX Music Label catalog and the entertainment content of the MYX television network.
MYX is a 24-hour music and lifestyle channel, carried on major cable and satellite networks across North America. MYX is part of the ABS-CBN family, a Philippine multi-media conglomerate, and the largest integrated media and entertainment company in the Philippines. MYX showcases the hottest major label and independent music videos and tons of original programming, such as the hip-hop show Built from Skratch, the animated comedy series The Nutshack, and the urban fashion lifestyle program Str8 Laced. The MYX Music Label (MML) is the dynamic brainchild of ABS-CBN Global COO Rafael Lopez and Label Manager, Karim Panni. Label Manager Karim Panni explains, "The MYX Music Label is our MYX network affiliated record label, which we started to expose the best in independent Urban and Hip-Hop music. With the backing of MYX, we'll be able to utilize all the resources of a television network, as well as release some of the great MYX-created original programs on DVD. The deal with R.N.L.G./KOCH means we will have access to one of the major distribution networks and will be able reach a larger audience with our music and entertainment content, in markets all across the country. We're extremely excited!"
The MML music release schedule is packed with a groundbreaking lineup of hip-hop. The first release being the hip-hop production duo of Keelay & Zaire and their debut full length album Ridin High. The album showcases the musical abilities of the San Francisco/Virginia based beat smiths, as they invite indie hip-hop and soul's finest to rap and sing on their melodic soundscapes – names like Little Brother, Planet Asia, Supastition, Tha Alkaholiks, Rasco, Blu, Fortilive, Tiffany Paige, Inverse, Nino Moschella, and more.
Other MML music and DVD releases for 2009 include the Built from Skratch Vol. 1 DVD, The Nutshack Season 1 DVD, the Fortilive debut hip-hop CD (the trio of super producer Illmind, Slo-Mo and Mushmouf), the 20 C Energizers CD (hip-hop CD produced solely by Asian MC's, Producers, DJ's and Singers), and the Slanted Comedy Vol. 1 DVD. Be on the lookout for the launch of www.myxmusiclabel.com and the first single and video from Keelay & Zaire "The Times" dropping early November 2008, featuring Blu, Fortilive and Nino Moschella.
Bryan Robinson, Director of Business Affairs for R.N.L.G., commented, "R.N.L.G. is excited about the opportunity to work with the MYX family of companies. The MYX Music Label has the unusual leverage and resources of a music channel to promote and expose their music and entertainment content. The ambitious release schedule by MYX Music is indicative of the dynamic and creative leadership as well as their commitment to exposing the best independent music to the world. The combination of an innovative media provider like MYX with the major distribution network offered by R.N.L.G./KOCH could potentially reshape the landscape of the independent music scene."
About R.N.L.G. DISTRIBUTION KOCH ENTERTAINMENT, the number one ranked independent distributor in North America, distributes R.N.L.G. DISTRIBUTION exclusively throughout its territory. R.N.L.G. was launched to extend national distribution opportunities to independent labels that are financially capable of pressing their own product and sustaining their own marketing and promotion campaigns. The company's primary function will be to provide access to leading independent distribution channel in North America and to support to its label's releases with the expertise and staff needed for each project. R.N.L.G. seeks the best labels, with the best staff and with the best music. R.N.L.G. Distribution is enjoying conspicuous growth and is actively looking for labels and partners to continue their aggressive distribution schedule for the remainder of 2009 and beyond.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 6th, 2008 www.luckmedia.com MO WILEY GEARING UP FOR THE RELEASE OF HER FIRST KUT DEBUT ‘MAJOR LEAGUE BALLIN’,’ BAY AREA BASED FEMALE GANGSTA RAPPER GETS INTO THE APPAREL BIZ WITH MO WEAR AND HER OWN DESIGNER KEDS AND LAUNCHES A CHILDREN’S CHARITY FOUNDATION
Contrary to the old adage that we’ve all heard a million times, it’s Impatience that’s the virtue—or at least it is with Bay Area female gangsta rapper Mo Wiley (www.myspace.com/missmowiley), who’s keeping busy with a ton of exciting entrepreneurial activities as she awaits the upcoming release of “You Can’t Touch It,” the club groove driven first single from her highly anticipated debut Major League Ballin’, due to drop in early 2009 on Kent Entertainment’s First Kut Records.
First the basics: Though she cleaned up her act and went straight a while back now, Wiley brings a gritty vibe and real street cred to Major League Ballin’ and is already a popular club draw in Northern California with a huge fan base in Oakland (where she made Club 17 her home base). She’s matching her lofty ambitions with action, starting her career with big time players in the rap biz. Not only is she working with the “Godfather of Rap” (and Kent owner) Morey Alexander (who launched the careers of rap legends like N.W.A, Easy-E, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre), but her album was produced by one of FirstKut’s most popular artists, Slick (from Slick and the Shock Mob).
Like all the great rappers who develop an incredible business sense to expand their brand, Wiley is already planning an exclusive clothing line with Alexander, appropriately dubbed “Mo Wear.” Her Mo Wear line will feature hip-hop apparel for women, including casual jeans and T-shirts designed with the female in mind.
“When women traditionally shop for hip-hop apparel, they either end up looking like a guy or come home frustrated,” says Wiley. “I’m going to help design items specifically for them.”
Other lines under the Mo Wear brand will include Wiley Wear, which will feature casual athletic clothes, and her high-end Boss Gurl line, which includes fancier jeans, dresses, knee high boots and sexy but not overly risqué clothing geared towards a high spirited night on the town.
Through myspace, Wiley also connected with an online merchant site that allows users to create their own product line for memorabilia type items. She began messing around and getting creative and is now selling a line of U.S. postal stamps with her image on them as well as Mo Wiley Keds and Customized Keds featuring pictures and imagery from her photo shoot for Major League Ballin’. In addition to pics of Wiley in her baseball uniform on the front and sides, the shoes feature a candy stripe on the toes and insole—creating a customized candy cane like effect. Fans can check these out at www.zazzle.com/mowiley .
Wiley, who is also currently planning her first major tour scheduled for early 2009, recently incorporated with several partners the Mo Wiley Children’s Foundation, a non profit organization dedicated to feeding, sheltering and educating our youth. Along with Tony “Rock” Jackson, who runs the Bay Area Hip Hop Awards (a major local black tie event), Wiley is working on creating, as a launching event and fundraiser, a Bay Area At Risk Hip Hop Awards show and concert early in the new year.
Other current Wiley happenings include the grand opening of her brand new recording studio, Mo Bay Records, on November 5 (she already has many advance bookings) and a single release party for “You Can’t Touch It” at San Francisco Club Fat City on November 28, which is being held in conjunction with an album release event for famed Oakland based rapper Dru Down.
Jacksonville, Florida based GodChaserz Entertainment has big news coming down the pipeline. G.C.E. CEO/ Producer/ Artist Brinson has just wrapped shooting the video for the single "Solar Powered" featuring Cincinnati emcee D-M.A.U.B. Solar Powered is the first single from Brinson's debut album "Escaping Me" out now.
D-M.A.U.B. flew in from Cincinnati for the filming. Before shooting began, he and Brinson went to a local church to minister "Solar Powered" in front of a packed house.
"That was Just a warm up" said D-M.A.U.B. Then they went to the shooting location to meet the breakers, dancers, and other cast members from the shoot.
"You can expect the video to be full of energy just like the song. We are planning to release a DVD as well." says Brinson. He laughs and goes on to say "I met D-M.A.U.B. about 3 years ago at the Holy Hip Hop awards. Who knew that Jesus had planned this from then. It's funny how God hooks men of God up to co-labor together."
The video is being directed by Brinson & A.LaTorre, who will also direct the music video for "What It's Gone Be" by Big R.