Marvelous Magnum presents "Magnificent Seven" Vol. 1
Marvelous Magnum and Domination Recordings presents the "Magnificent Seven" mixtape EP series, which are free downloads for your listening pleasures. Marvelous Magnum is a hip hop 90's head that believes that true hip hop is still alive, even though it may be saturated and downplayed, their are true hip hop heads that are still out and about. People like Mangnum and Domination Recordings feels that its still alive and hasn't lost the faith in artist like Blu, Tha Connection, Skyzoo and Sha Stimuli. "I'm just trying to show the world that music is more than clothes, cars and parties, and there are people out there that need daily inspiration, and my gift was given to me to give to others" says Marvelous.
Magnum's debut album "SELFLESS ACTS" will drop early Summer, but he created this series of mixtapes to let those out there that are searching for that sound and love to hear genuine good music. Magnum will continue to release a mixtape every 2 weeks for free download until his album drops on Domination Recordings!
Tracklisting: 1. Hardwork 2. Mag is on his Grizzly 3. Wicked 4. I'm Broke 5. Good Music 6. It's Alright 7. Trying to Survive
Kottonmouth Kings Release New Video for “Pack Your Bowls” And The Conclusion Of “America's Most Busted!' Video Series ** Australian Tour With Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog Starts April 29th, 2009
Southern Cali rap-rock hybrids, the Kottonmouth Kings are still riding high from their annual 4/20 celebration with the release a new video for the track “Pack Your Bowls” online at www.KottonmouthKings.com. The track appears on the group’s tenth studio effort “The Green Album”, which was released through Suburban Noize Records.
"We shot 'America's Most Busted' as a comedy sketch," says Kottonmouth Kings’ Daddy X. "The video is part of a DVD called 'Lost Adventures' that will appear in our upcoming 'Hidden Stash 4' CD/DVD that is coming out this summer. We also shot a green screen video for the stoner anthem 'Pack Your Bowls' and now we're packing our bags to head to Australia. The most important thing for us is that after 13 years of doing this we're still having fun. We’re probably having more fun now than we’ve ever had."
Kottonmouth Kings recently wrapped up their annual 4/20 Freedom Fest tour and will now head down under to Australia for a headlining tour alongside Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog.
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS TOUR DATES:
Apr 29 - Bunbury, AUS @ Prince of Wales Hotel Apr 30 - Northbridge, AUS @ Metro City Perth May 01 - Adelaide, AUS @ HQ Complex May 02 - Acton, AUS @ Union Bar May 03 - Melbourne, AUS @ Hi-Fi Bar Melbourne May 06 - Frankston, AUS @ Pier Live May 07 - Surry Hills, AUS @ The Gaelic May 08 - Callaghan, AUS @ The Bar on the Hill May 09 - Towradgi, AUS @ Towradgi Beach Hotel May 10 - Mona Vale, AUS @ Mona Vale Hotel May 14 - Coolangatta, AUS @ The Coolangatta Hotel May 15 - Brisbane, AUS @ Hi-Fi Bar Brisbane May 16 - Maroochydore, AUS @ Sands Tavern
Wizard of IZ Album Cover + Mixtape Release Party Info
Check out the album cover artwork for Wizard Of Iz Mixtape. Mixed by Nick Cathdubs and available for download on 4/29. Featuring Lil' Wayne, Birdman, Colin Munroe, Anthony Hamilton and David Banner. Also, don't forget about the release party taking place in NYC later that night. All details below!
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El-P Releases Exclusive Chin Chin Remix via Twitter
It’s no secret that Def Jux head honcho and indie rapper extraordinaire El-P is a huge fan of Brooklyn funk group Chin Chin. They are, after all, on his label and have served as a backing band of sorts to El’s live shows. Just hours ago El-P took to his Twitter, asking followers to vote for the band’s “Go There With You” video on MTVu’s The Freshman Countdown and rewarding them with an as yet unheard remix of the band’s “GG and the Boys”. The video features El-P and Chin Chin in an elaborate slow dance special that Dancing with the Stars can only aspire to. Check it out below and get voting!
Junk Science spared no expense when it came to their new video, "Fire Drill". Literally. The self-proclaimed recession artists recently shot the home-style video for zero dollars with the help of famed director and friend Andrew Gura. The group first collaborated with Gura on the set of their video "Roads" in 2005, having kept in touch since, they leapt at the opportunity to join forces once again – this time at the group’s Brooklyn apartment. The low key but high-energy video was able to bring them back to their roots, says emcee Baje One, “I think for all of us, it was some real back to basics shit, really stripped down, and personal. No money, no crew, no stress. It was like when we were kids and we used to just make stupid videos for fun. And I really think that joy comes across in the look of the video”.
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“This is recession art. We made this video for zero dollars without ever stepping foot outside of our apartment” says Baje One, emcee for Brooklyn hip hop group JUNK SCIENCE (Embedded Music / Definitive Jux / Nuclear Family).
“It only looks good because it was shot and directed and edited by Andrew Gura who is the motherfucking man who makes videos for Nas and Snoop and other famous people but who also happens to be a down-to-earth cool dude who just loves to do videos.”
“We first met Dr. Gura in 2005 when Scion hired him to make our video for ‘Roads’. At the time we knew nothing about him, and vice versa, but he tried really hard to make something that would be special and personal to us, and in the end he delivered a final product that went way beyond our expectations. He really captured what that song was about, and we’ve kept in touch ever since. So when he called me to say he was coming to town a few months ago, I was like ‘Hey do you wanna shoot something?’ and he was like ‘Totally.’”
“He came over to me and Snaf’s apartment one day in February. We had no money, no concepts, no nothing. But Andrew just started walking around the house, looking at all the weird stuff we had lying around, pointing out how interesting our place was, kind of thinking out loud, and I could tell the gears were turning. I showed him the camera we had, and he was unimpressed. He asked me if I had heard about these new digital stills cameras that shoot HD video. Fucking weird coincidence... my brother Vito had just bought the exact same camera he was asking about.”
“That was kind of the catalyst, the ‘this was meant to be’ moment. He grabbed the camera and we just started shooting stuff. Real off-the-cuff like ‘ok now change into that shirt and let’s do a take of you rapping in the shower’. We shot the video over the course of three short days, and my brother leant a hand on day three, stepping in as the DP.”
“I think for all of us, it was some real back to basics shit, really stripped down, and personal. No money, no crew, no stress. It was like when we were kids and we used to just make stupid videos for fun. And I really think that joy comes across in the look of the video.”
The song “Fire Drill” is out now on a Def Jux iTunes exclusive compilation Time Travel, Vol. 1 and is the second of two early previews of Junk Science’s upcoming album “A Miraculous Kind Of Machine” due out later this year.
HIP-HOP LEGEND GURU TO RELEASE GURU 8.0 LOST & FOUND ON 7 GRAND RECORDS MAY 19, 2009
On May 19, 2009, legendary emcee Guru (GangStarr, Jazzmatazz) and producer Solar will release their latest collaboration Guru 8.0 Lost & Found(7 Grand Records).“Solar and I have produced three classic albums (Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures, Jazzmatazz Vol. 4 and The Timebomb / Back To The Future). It was necessary for us to follow-up with another classic to keep real hip-hop alive. It’s been lost and needs to find its way. Here at 7 Grand, real hip-hop can still be found. We are keeping it very much alive!" exclaims legendary emcee Guru. "Our new album, Guru 8.0 Lost & Found, produced by Solar is like your GPS navigating you towards a higher place."” Solar adds, “8.0 represents that next level of growth; the next evolution of intelligent hip-hop.Lyrically and production-wise, it’s on another level.”
When it comes to taking hip-hop to the next level, Guru and Solar should know! After selling over 3.5 million records, releasing over 13 albums collectively worldwide as the front man for the revered Gangstarr, Guru, become the first artist to fuse hip-hop with live jazz, influencing the creation of Acid-Jazz and Neo-Soul sub-genres. An accomplished producer himself, Solar’s production discography includes the creation of tracks for Grammy Award winning artist and nominees like Damien Marley, Common, Caron Wheeler, David Sanborn, Dionne Farris, Angie Stone, Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Styles P, Slum Village, Blackalicious, Zion I, Aceyalone, and The legendary B- Real.
While Jazzmatazz fans are used to a number of outside collaborations on Guru and Solar’s previous works, Guru’s 8.0 Lost and Found, keeps it all in the 7 Grand family featuring artists from its roster: K. Born, Highpower, and Doo Wop with the exception of UK Soul Singer, Omar, who experiments vocally with the vocoder on “Ride.” The production on Guru 8.0 Lost and Found ranges greatly as Solar put his unique twist on a variety of styles from the classic hip-hop feel “Best Of My Years” to “Fast Lane,” a southern hip-hop inspired track that showcases Solar’s ability to rework southern bounce into his own playful creation. Usually behind the production console, Solar makes his first ever appearance as an emcee on “After Time,” an experience that the native New Yorker (not to be confused with Parisian MC Solaar) calls a “natural evolution.” Stretching sonically even further is “Divine Rule,” a throwback to hip-hop’s early beginnings when emcees used to rhyme over disco breaks. Guru speeds his flow up a notch for this song, proving he can still go toe to toe, flow to flow with anybody in the game.
While 8.0 experiments with everything from straight ahead hip-hop to disco and southern bounce, Guru is quick to point out that 8.0 isn’t another edition of the Jazzmatazz series. “This is not hip-hop jazz,” explains Guru. “This is straight-up hip-hop elevated to a higher plateau, so it shouldn’t be compared to the Jazzmatazz series. The jazzier side is a part of who I am as an entertainer, but doesn’t define who I am as an artist or as a lyricist.”
Together as business partners and co-founders of their own imprint, 7 Grand Records, Guru and Solar are creating a new blueprint for independent labels while elevating the art-form to a higher plateau. Their latest accomplishment, Guru 8.0 Lost and Found, is the Map quest that that lovers of real hip-hop have been searching for to find their way. So if looking for hip-hop’s new coordinates, turn off your radio, pop in Guru 8.0 Lost and Found, and you will find your way indeed.
If anyone was wondering how far reaching our recession is I think I may have found the answer last weekend at Washington Square Park in New York City. Apparently, even the weed dealers are feeling the crunch.
San Francisco, CA – On Friday, May 1st, DSSF proudly presents, “I Shoot People,” a collection of Hip-Hop photography by SF’s own Trevor Traynor. The opening reception will feature special musical performances by Richie Cunning and Melina Jones, two of SF’s fiercest Hip Hop MC’s, while Ren The Vinyl Archeologist will be holding down the turntables throughout the night. “I Shoot People” is a not only Trevor’s first solo show in S.F., but it also marks the debut unveiling of his Hip Hop photography to collectors, his first step outside of his fine arts background. Trevor has been documenting the culture for the past five years; shooting live concerts, portrait shots, album covers, magazine spreads, and more. Notable artists he’s worked with include Afrika Bambatta, Rakim, KRS-One, Nas, N.E.R.D., Mos Def, Q-Tip, De La Soul, M.I.A., Public Enemy, Wu-Tang Clan and much more. His portfolio is a who’s who of Hip Hop culture, from the underground to the mainstream, from the old school to the new school.
Hip-Hop culture was a big influence on Trevor early on. Trevor elaborates, “When I was a youngling in the late 80’s, I would try to break dance with my cousins in Long Island & sneak sessions on my brother’s turntables. I started emceeing on a Japanese label and opening for acts like Swollen Members and Souls of Mischief while my brother Shel Shock made beats for artist like AG (D.I.T.C), Casual (Hiero), & Dres (Black Sheep). I grew up in the golden years of the 90’s, and now I get to shoot people that inspire me. I am grateful for that.”
In addition to Trevor’s limited edition prints, you can view and purchase his t-shirt line being put out in conjunction with D-Structure as well as a collector’s show catalogue, and many other goodies. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch a glimpse of Trevor’s work for the first time. Not since Martha Cooper’s photography in the 70’s or Ricky Powell’s work in the 80’s, has a photographer in Hip Hop culture demanded such attention.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GRAMMY SINGER/ACTRESS JILL SCOTT GIVES BIRTH TO BABY BOY
(Wednesday, April 22, 2009 – New York, NY) Grammy Award winning singer/actress Jill Scott along with fiancé Jon Roberts welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby boy, Jett Hamilton Roberts into the world at 4:20pm on April 20, 2009. Jett was 7lbs 8oz. Both Jill and Jett are doing well.
Jill Scott appears on the HBO drama series No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency based on the international bestselling novels by Alexander McCall Smith.
USA Today remarks “ A Grammy- winning singer, Scott imbues her character with a natural warmth and charm..”. Music continues to be Jill’s passion with the release of The Real Thing, the follow up to 2004’s Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2, which she won Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Cross My Mind”. Jill Scott made a huge splash in the music industry when she release the critically acclaimed Who Is Jill Scott?” Words & Sounds Vol. 1, which earned Jill four Grammy nominations, including a Best New Artist nomination. Jill Scott also released the effortlessly cool genre-hopping Collaborations, a compilation of all Jill’s best collaborations, including the Grammy-winning “God Bless The Child” with George Benson and Al Jarreau.
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Sandpeople Embark On Long Story, Short... Tour 04.22.2009 Ten-Member Portland-Based Hip-Hop Powerhouse Ready To Rock The Western U.S.
Portland's Sandpeople are preparing for a three-week, ten-stop tour throughout various west-coast and mountain states to promote their upcoming EP release Long Story, Short... due out May 26th on self-managed record label Sandpeople Music.
The tour will begin in Bellingham, Washington on April 23rd, move across the north into Montana and down through Colorado and Arizona, and then heads west for three stops in California, wrapping up in Sacramento on May, 15th. Sandpeople will only be touring with five of their ten members due to a pending fatherhood among other issues, but all notable group members will be coming out for the tour, but half a roster will most certainly not result in half a show. Group member Ethic says of the upcoming tour, "The Long Story, Short... tour is a welcomed road trip after taking some time off to record. We expect to see plenty of familiar faces that we met on the Child Support Tour with Luckyiam, and likely lose a liver or two in the process. This EP is one of the best projects to come out of our camp, and we're stoked to see it finally ready for release."
Sandpeople formed in 2005 in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S., and have since established their base in Portland, Oregon. Since the release of their debut album Points of View that same year, Sandpeople have seen a growth not only in their own numbers, but in their ability to make music. Among the ten artists who comprise the Sandpeople group, one of the most notable members is ILLmaculate, a Portland-grown emcee who has accumulated numerous accolades for his rapping abilities. At the age of 17, he was crowned champion of the 2004 Scribble Jam rap battle competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, and along with partner TheSaurus also won the 2006 and 2007 World Rap Championships hosted by JumpOff.TV. Along with the group's producer Sapient, who has garnered recognition from his work with artists such as Tech N9ne, Inspectah Deck and Aesop Rock, Sandpeople have the firepower to put on a great show and to make great music.
Thurs-April 30 Bozeman, MT - The Zebra Cocktail Lounge Fri-May 1 Boulder, CO - The Root Underground Sat-May 2 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater w/ Mr. Lif Tues-May 5 Phoenix, AZ - The Low Leaf Wed-May 6 Yuma, AZ - Open Aired Thurs-May 7 San Diego/Carlsbad, CA Boar Cross'n Fri-May 8 Los Angeles, CA The Alterknit Lounge (Knitting Factory) Sun-May 10 Bakersfield, CA Fishlips Tues-May 12 San Francisco, CA Etiquette Lounge