Hey beautiful People its that time again. Your boy Trends drops another dope mixtape for y'all. This one is called "Beautifully Tragic Love Stories". I really want to take this time to thank everyone who has been listening to my music. Download it for FREE. Click Here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/02vr4j
1) Beautifully Tragic (produced by Beat Connector)
2) It's Ok to Cry (produced by Archreateck)
3) Miss You (produced by Beat Connector)
4) Friction (produced by BeatConnector)
5) Don't want to Text U (produced by Kajmir Royale)
6) Troubles (produced by Groundworks)
7) Closer (produced by Chemist)
8) 2 Choices feat. Sakinah (produced by Steelwaterz)
9) The Pick up (produced by Puzzled Productions)
10) I Don't know feat. Farah (produced by Big Mike)
11) Ease ya Mind feat. Joe Thrillz (produced by Dreromevontana)
MP3: Sandpeople - "The Dapper Mob" 06.23.2009 Group Producer/Emcee Sapient Goes Solo On The Closing Track From Long Story, Short...
It's not uncommon for a crew album to feature solo songs. For Sandpeople, the 10-member collective residing in the city of Portland, "The Dapper Mob" is that song. Written, produced, and performed entirely by crew producer, multi-instrumentalist, and emcee Sapient, the song also features a mellow, dissonant sound that serves as the perfect closing track for the crew’s new EP, Long Story, Short...
Musically, there are a number of elements. Muted guitar plucks; sparse keys; thick synth bass; well-placed percussion - each add a unique feel to the overall composition, and in the final minute, just as the song appears to wind down, an array of strings, synths, guitars, orchestral drums, and percussion bring the listener on a musical journey.
Sapient had this to say about the inspiration and concept behind the song: "The Dapper Mob" is the capstone to the EP. I have been adding a rock song to the end of each Sandpeople record. Although our genre is primarily hip-hop, the rock song acts as a sort of dessert to the Sandpeople feast. This song in particular, carries the cocky, threatening attitude of many hip-hop songs, but injected with the right kind of elegance to make it that much more threatening."
Since the 2005 release of Sandpeople's debut album, Points of View, the group has seen a growth not only in their own numbers, but also in their rate of musical output. The Sandpeople collective comprises 10 members and several sub-groups, each recording and releasing their own respective works in conjunction with the group projects. The crew's original members include founding member, Mo-B, as well as ILLmaculate, Onlyone, Gold, iame, Al-One, Simple, and DJ Spark. Later, per request of Mo-B, producer Sapient and rapper Ethic joined the original eight. Points Of View, an album recorded over a two-week span, quickly grabbed the attention of music fans everywhere, creating a cult-like following and spreading virally along the west coast and underground hip-hop scenes. That buzz lead to a yearlong courtship by Epic Records, which, although not resulting in a deal with the label, proved very influential and educational for the crew. Outside of the collective, various Sandpeople members have received numerous solo accolades as well. ILLmaculate, a Portland native, was crowned champion of the 2004 Scribble Jam Rap Battle at the age of 17, and group producer, rapper, and multi-instrumentalist, Sapient, has garnered recognition from his work with artists such as Inspectah Deck, Sean Price, and Aesop Rock, just to name a few. Sandpeople’s newest effort, the aptly titled EP Long Story, Short..., is the product of insight gained from their major label courtship and the deeply ingrained work ethic and self-imposed high standards of the crew. With a new full-length on the way, the EP serves to show the continued growth of the crew, both individually and collectively. Long Story, Short... is available everywhere via Sandpeople Music.
Hip Hop for HIV Awareness – Thirteen big acts for one important test
HOUSTON (June 19, 2009) — Radio Station KBXX-FM 97.9 The Box, The Houston Department of Health and Human Services and AIDS Foundation Houston in conjunction with the NAACP Houston Branch and Amerigroup Community Care are sponsoring a city-wide awareness campaign for HIV and STD education.
Hip Hop for HIV Awareness is slated to be the single largest testing event in the United States. The goal of the campaign is to provide free and confidential HIV and syphilis screening to 15,000 youth and young adults between the ages of 15-40 in the City of Houston. Free testing begins Monday, June 22 for four consecutive days at the NAACP Family Technology Center located at 4203 Fannin Street in Houston and will continue through July 10th at various other locations across the city.
Hip Hop for HIV Awareness encourages youth and young adults to receive free testing and consultation. Each person tested will receive one ticket to a star-studded concert featuring national recording artists Plies, Pleasure P, Day 26, Melanie Fiona, Bobby Valentino, LeToya Luckett, Twista, Yung Problemz, Yung L.A., G.T., Gorilla Zoe, Bun B and Ginuwine.
The concert event will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2009 in Houston at The George R. Brown Convention Center from 2:00p – 6:00p. Only those tested for HIV and receiving their results will be issued a ticket for admittance.
The HIV epidemic is a growing concern. African Americans, women and youth are among the fastest growing population of new HIV infections. There are 18,404 individuals known living with HIV in Houston/ Harris County and an estimated 3,500 to 4,500 individuals living with undiagnosed HIV infection. Every 9 ½ minutes someone is infected with HIV in the United States.
For testing dates and locations or for additional information concerning this event go to www.kbxx.com .
Kottonmouth Kings Announce Tour With Swollen Members and Big B *** Appearing At The Gathering Of Juggalos With Ice Cube, Tech N9ne and GWAR!!!
Rip-hop hybrids the Kottonmouth Kings have announced a summer headlining tour with Swollen Members and Big B. The trek will kick off July 29th in San Francisco and run through August, including a stop at this year’s annual Gathering of Juggalos alongside Ice Cube, Tech N9ne and GWAR.
“The summer just got a little hotter,” says Daddy X of Kottonmouth Kings. “For this tour we’re bringing together different factions of the underground to create the best bang for your buck. It’s going to be an unbelievable summer of mayhem, chaos and hot women when this tour kicks off.”
“Swollen Members and everyone at Battle Axe Records have always respected the Kottonmouth Kings and the movement they’ve created. I think both groups have always done things their own way and uniting both our audiences is going to be a beautiful thing,” says Mad Child from Swollen Members. “This tour is going to be one of the hottest tickets in the underground this summer and we can’t wait to get started.”
Kottonmouth Kings are gearing up for the October 13th of their eagerly anticipated 2-disc “Hidden Stash IV” album, featuring over 40 tracks of hard to find and previously unreleased music from deep with the Kottonmouth compound.
Swollen Members have been clawing their way to the top of the hip-hop totem pole since their inception. The group has released an impressive back catalog of classic albums, toured around the world and collaborated with some of hip-hop’s biggest names including Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Dilated Peoples and Everlast. The group will release their new studio album "Armed To The Teeth" on September 15th.
Big B's new album "American Underdog" has quickly become the feel good hit of the summer with his new single “Sinners” featuring Scott Russo blowing up across the country. Big B’s eclectic mixture of alt-rock, hip-hop and rock grooves has earned him comparisons to Everlast and the laid back vibrations of Sublime. The Las Vegas heavyweight has touring non-stop since the album's release and shows no signs of slowing down.
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS WITH SWOLLEN MEMBERS & BIG B:
Jul 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom Jul 30 - Reno, NV @ New oasis Jul 31 - Medford, OR @ Medford Armory Aug 01 - Bend, OR @ Midtown Ballroom Aug 02 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Aug 03 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Aug 04 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater Aug 05 - Fargo, ND @ Playmakers Aug 08 - Cave In Rock, IL @ Gathering of Juggalos Aug 09 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop Aug 10 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Aug 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue Aug 13 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre Aug 14 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre Aug 15 - Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
You know where this editorial is going...if the title offends you and your beliefs, don't read it then, haha. Just my opinion.
Thanks to my man Dante Ross, I've been given an official "blog" (I hate that term). I've been doing these little anecdotes, complaints, public service announcements and NBA Trash Talk diaries for years, but always in places like myspace (where nobody goes anymore), via this email or my old website (RIP). This is my fifth entry of the said "blog" and I was planning to just paste it into the email like usual, but I'm sure some of you have filters for all of the profanity. Thus, the link is below. Once again, if you're a PETA fan, maybe you should pass on this entry though. They've been getting on my nerves for years. Enjoy.
Follow me on there or myspace, because I refuse to fall into twitter/tweet whatever that is. Twittering is something you do to your b*lls with a remote in the other hand watching Halle Berry on TV, not a pointless social networking site.
Artist: The Alchemist f/ Maxwell, Twista Title: Smile Label: ALC/E1 Music
I only had to hear this song ONE TIME on XM/Sirius and I was instantly hooked. Some producers have incredibly apt names - Pete's tracks Rock, Premier describes every beat and scratch he DJ's, and there's definitely some transmutational magic to how The Alchemist blends beats to create gold. The beat sways and swings along, riding over a simple but unconventional drumbeat - a rapid fire ta-ta-ta-ta-tap, ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-tap with the sound of hand percussion as opposed to snares or toms. A somber and soulful melody wraps around it like a lover, with rising and falling organ chords lightly accentuated by piano keys and heavily dominated by the vocals of the artistic triumvirate over the beat. Twista: "Try not to travel down the wrong road/So that when your legacy is told/You was known to be a hustler who provided for his family and did it cold/Conquer obstacles and challenges/Make your competition bow to this/Spit it for my homey Alchemist/Hold up! Let me find another style for this." Twista immediately goes into overdrive showing his rapid-tongue flow, but he never loses the feel of the song nor does Alchemist lose the clarity of his diction. Every element is perfectly matched to the other, a veritable symphony of elements, and the breakdown at the end of the song to just Maxwell and the piano is so smooth and soulful you'll get a genuine cold chill down your spine. This, song, is FUCKING, BEAUTIFUL.
There are two reasons (and only two) I gave this single the time of day - the first was that Snoop Dogg is on the track and the second is that Drumma Boy did the beat. On the latter account D-Boy is going throwback to the earliest days of Southern crunk and horrorcore with his sound, familiar and slightly menacing, making you feel like tearing up a club or two. On the former account, Snoop does his best to make this partnership work, spitting a triple time style for a few bars to match up with the beat. When Snoop imitates Gucci's simplistic rhyme scheme to close his verse by rhyming "awesome" every bar though, he's just pointing out how limited and uninteresting Mane really is as a rapper. I'd like to get an instrumental of this one to crank up loud, or maybe that and the acapella so I could mix a version with Snoop all by himself.
Artist: Ace Hood Title: Loco With the Cake Label: We the Best Music/Def Jam
"I need hoes to educate me - GOOD BRAIN!" We're still a week out from the release of "Ruthless" (subject to last minute change by Def Jam) but Ace Hood's publicity people are working overtime leaking singles to the net. Of the latest slew "Loco With the Cake" is my favorite, a Schife beat that's mostly like The Runners with a little bit of crunk on it. As with "Champion" there's nothing really profound about this song, nor has there ever been much to say about Hood's lyrical technique other than "competent," but somehow in 2009 even that is a compliment. If you put me on the spot and asked whether I'd rather be punched in face by Randy Couture, play any song by the GS Boyz even once or listen to "Loco With the Cake" ten times, Ace Hood wins 9 times out of 10. (On the 10th, I'd let Couture do it just for the publicity.)
Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. Episode 36 features Viro the Virus, Royce Da 5'9", DV Alias Khryst and more including the return of TASH from Tha Alkaholiks! If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information. The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com!
* Viro the Virus - Chris Is Awesome * Yak Ballz - Gas Galaxy * Cazwell - Get My Money Back * Royce Da 5'9" - D.O.A. Redemption (Freestyle) * DV Alias Khryst - I Made You * Aloe Blacc - Truth, Deception & Lies * Tash - New Bikini * Cymarshall Law - Appreciation (Freestyle)
When I received my copy of Kaz-well’s Fish Outta Water last month it didn’t take more than a couple songs to get me feeling the vibe of it. The album was dope and I put “Krazy Glue” into rotation on my podcast. I didn’t, however, know anything, and I mean anything, about the man who made it. With Kaz-well being a fresh new face on the scene I did a little research on him and this week I caught up with him to find out more about his life, his music, and what his restaurateur parents think of his career path as an emcee