For Immediate Release AMALGAM DIGITAL TO RELEASE JOE BUDDEN’S LONG AWAITED SOPHOMORE LP, PADDED ROOM, ON FEBUARY 24th 2009
Joe Budden’s self-titled debut album went gold in 2003, earning him a Grammy nomination for best male rap solo performance (“Pump It Up”). Despite his successful debut, Budden’s sophomore album sat on the shelves at Def Jam for nearly four years; a setback that most artists would not have survived; but most artists are not Joe Budden.
Despite numerous setbacks, Jump Off Joe Budden kept very busy during those years, besides years of legal wrangling and politicking very loudly for his release from Def Jam (which resulted in a very public feud with Def Jam’s then president Jay-Z) Joe was forced to rely on a then new unproven method (Internet) to release music to his very loyal fan base and did so by releasing the critically acclaimed and highly buzzed about “Mood Muzik” mixtape series collaborating with artists such as Fabolous, Clinton Sparks and Joell Ortiz; and in the process engaging in highly publicized feuds with The Game, Prodigy and Ransom.
After finally gaining his release from Def Jam in 2007, Budden immediately became an A-List free agent and was courted by a slew of major labels. Always one to go against the grain, Joe circumvented traditional thinking and used his forward thinking mentality to sign with the rising new media outfit Amalgam Digital; a booming independent label responsible for launching hip-hop’s first genre-specific digital retail store. The move initially raised some eyebrows with the Hip-Hop populous, but Joe’s foresight was the guiding force behind the move; as Joe’s proactive use of the Internet and the response his Mood Muzik mixtapes received online (going from Nahright.com to your neighborhood in a single click), foretold a massive shift in the commercial landscape (coupled with the dramatic decrease of physical CD sales) and Joe was ahead of the curve in realizing that the Internet would not only be the guiding force where the masses would listen and decide upon what music and artists they liked, but also would eventually support and purchase. Fast forward to 2008 and Joe’s move seems even more revolutionary, as there has been a dramatic decrease of physical CD sales and Joe’s recent “digital only” precursor (Halfway House which was only available on Amalgamdigital.com and was the first digital-only Hip-Hop release employing both traditional marketing methods—radio, video, commercial radio, advertising campaigns, etc) to Padded Room debuted on the “Hot 200” sales chart---as only a strictly digital release. Halfway House also featured a track from Joe’s super-group, Slaughterhouse, (which also includes Joell Ortiz, Royce 5’9 and Crooked I). Further, Amalgam Digital is now a rapidly ascending record label with established stars such as Joe Budden, Max B and Peedi Crakk on its rapidly expanding roster and the labels shirts are quickly becoming a fashion statement.
Throughout his trails and tribulations with Def Jam and sparring with Hip-Hop’s heavyweights, Joe Budden has largely reinvented himself without losing what endeared himself to fans; his deep thinking lyrical brilliance (can anyone forget Joe’s brilliant “Who” trilogy?). In fact, with his “Joe Budden TV” videos going viral and becoming a staple on blogs worldwide, Joe has to a large extent become Hip-Hop’s “peoples champion” as Joe’s personality and “every man” personality transcends and fans can undeniably relate to his daily life (could a reality series be far behind?).
Joe’s relentless grind culminates on 2-24-09 with the release of his official sophomore LP Padded Room (which has already received rave reviews from XXL, Spin and Smooth Magazines) and the LP’s lead-single “The Future” featuring former adversary The Game is already burning up the Internet and the duo will also be filming a video for the track shortly.
In addition, AmalgamDigital.com also plans to re-launch the website store with a new design, enhanced functionality and new features in unison with the same date of Padded Room’s release. To celebrate the release of Padded Room and the site’s re-launch, Joe budden his record label, Amalgam Digital are offering fans exclusive hidden bonus tracks when the Padded Room album is purchased in digital format direct from www.AmalgamDigital.com .
“The Padded Room album is crazy. Go out and get it” – Joe Budden
Tracklisting and credits for Joe Budden’s Padded Room:
01. Now I Lay (produced by Blastah Beatz) 02. The Future f/ The Game (produced by Fyu-chur) 03. If I Gotta Go (produced by the Klasixs) 04. Don't Make Me (produced by Blastah Beatz) 05. Blood On The Wall (produced by Moss) 06. In My Sleep (produced by Blastah Beatz) 07. Exxxes (produced by the Klasixs) 08. I Couldn't Help It (produced by the Klasixs) 09. Adrenaline (produced by Dub B) 10. Happy Holidays (produced by Quan) 11. Do Tell (produced by Blastah Beatz) 12. Angel In My Life (produced by Blastah Beatz) 13. Pray For Me (produced by Versatile & Dilemma)
Black Milk - "Bounce" + Bonus Tracks 12.18.2008 Latest Single and Two Colin Munroe Tracks
As 2008 comes to a close, Black Milk, the incredibly raw and innovative producer/emcee from Detroit, is making the rounds on Best Of Year Lists with his unstoppable album TRONIC. On the latest single "Bounce," Black Milk takes us deep into the center of his futuristic production factory with a Knight Rider-like bass line layered with waves of swelling keys.
Directions for listening: Press play and let your natural inclination to bounce take over.
Bonus: Colin Munroe, the YouTube darling and Dallas Austin protégé, has joined forces with Black Milk on his latest mixtape The Unsung Hero. Check out both Black's production and lyrical fire on these two tracks from the mixtape.
In only a few short years, Black Milk has quickly become one of underground hip-hop's foremost ambassadors. Realizing his vast reservoir of talent, both independent and mainstream artists looked to Black to give their albums a raw underground sound. Black has since produced and appeared on tracks for an impressive roster of hip hop artists including Genius/GZA, Busta Rhymes, Pharoahe Monch, Kidz in the Hall, Kardinal Offishall, Guilty Simpson, and Strange Fruit Project, among others. Most recently, Black released two albums, The Set Up with Fat Ray and Black Milk Presents Caltroit with Bishop Lamont. Black also handed nearly all the production on elZhi's The Preface, an album that is making many critics' Top 10 lists for 2008 and bringing serious attention to Detroit's music scene. Black also produces and rhymes as a member of the ground Random Axe with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson and will release a full-length album in early 2009. TRONIC is available on CD, vinyl, and digitally via Fat Beats Records now.
Like what you hear? Keep up with Black Milk and other artists like Freddie Foxxx, Ill Bill, and eLZhi on the Fat Beats Blog where you can learn about upcoming performances, releases, and in-store appearances.
Also, check out this video on the history of Fat Beats Records, bringing you fresh, independent hip hop since 1994.
La Coka Nostra Signs With Suburban Noize Records and Announces Bring Tha Noize Tour With Kottonmouth Kings; Debut Album “A Brand You Can Trust” In Stores Early 2009
*** La Coka Nostra Consists of Everlast, DannyBoy, DJ Lethal, Ill Bill, Slaine and Big Left ***
La Coka Nostra have officially signed with Suburban Noize Records for the release of their upcoming debut “A Brand You Can Trust”, which will be released through the label in early 2009. The group will embark on the Bring Tha Noize Tour alongside Kottonmouth Kings, Blaze Ya’ Dead Homie, Big B, Potluck and Short Dawg beginning in late February through early April.
"It's official! La Coka Nostra has joined forces with Suburban Noize to bring you our debut album, ‘A Brand You Can Trust’. We are very excited to be working with Kevin Zinger and the entire Sub Noize family and look forward to finally unleashing the LCN war machine upon the current candy-coated, watered-down and auto tuned-out musical landscape that popular rap music has become,” says La Coka Nostra’s ILL BILL aka the Cult Leader. “This record is a no holds barred burst of hardcore hip hop to the fullest, representing everything we love about this art form but feel is missing from the game right now. To show you we're not alone in our thinking we're bringing Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Bun B, Psycho Realm, Immortal Technique & the Alchemist along for the ride. We know a lot of ya'll feel the same way we do, so we're using our voice to speak for those that may not have this opportunity. That's why La Coka Nostra is ‘A Brand You Can Trust’. Album in stores first quarter 2009!”
Maybe once in a musical era’s lifetime does a revolutionary collision occur at the four-way intersection of underground, old school, new, and mainstream. Such an anomaly has finally materialized within a hip-hop world that has – for all intent and purpose – otherwise been tapped out. Founded on a new breed of rappers, but further injecting the mix with iconic veterans of the game the result is LA COKA NOSTRA.
Composed of members Ill Bill, Slaine, Everlast, DannyBoy, Dj Lethal and Big Left, La Coka Nostra is a breath of fresh air in these days of contrived airbrushed rap music.
BRING THA NOIZE TOUR 2009:
Feb 25 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater Feb 26 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre Feb 27 Portland, OR @ Roseland Feb 28 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Mar 01 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Mar 03 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Mar 04 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium Mar 05 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Hall Mar 06 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium Mar 07 St. Paul, MN @ Myth Mar 08 Fargo, ND @ Playmakers Mar 09 Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall Mar 11 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Mar 12 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club Mar 13 Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos Mar 14 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts Mar 15 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall Mar 17 Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room Mar 18 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Mar 19 Cheswick, PA @ Gravity Nightclub Mar 20 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Mar 21 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Mar 22 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts Mar 23 New York, NY @ BB Kings Mar 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Mar 27 Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing Mar 28 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Mar 29 Sauget, IL @ Pops Mar 31 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom Apr 01 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club Apr 02 Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom Apr 03 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium Apr 04 Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
Considering the fact that it's been over 20 years since his last proper full length, excitement is understandably high for Grandmaster Flash's The Bridge, due in March or Strut Records. In the above teaser trailer, Flash discusses his theory for making the album, and guests including KRS-One talk about working with the hip-hop pioneer. Stay tuned for more info and music coming soon.
1. "Welcome" 2. "Shine All Day" (Feat. Q-Tip, Jumz, & Kel Spencer) 3. "We Speak Hip Hop" (Feat. KRS-One, Afasi, Kase-O, Maccho, Abass) 4. "Here Comes My DJ" (Feat. DJ Kool & DJ Demo) 5. "Bounce Back" (Feat. Busta Rhymes) 6. "Swagger" (Feat. Red Café, Snoop Dogg & Lynn Carter) 7. "What If" (Feat. KRS-One) 8. "Unanswered (Interlude)" 9. "Tribute To The Breakdancer" (Feat. MC Supernatural) 10. "Grown & Sexy" (Feat. Mr. Cheeks) 11. "When I Get There" (feat. Big Daddy Kane & Hedonis Da Amazon) 12. Connection (Interlude) 13. "I Got Sumthin' To Say" (Feat. Lordikim, J-Flo & Almighty Thor) 14. "Can I Take You Higher" (Feat. Mr. Cheeks, Granmaster Caz & Tito) 15. "Unpredictable" (Feat. Syndee & Big Daddy Kane) 16. "Those Chix" (Feat. Byata, Princess Superstar & Hedonis Da Amazon) 17. "Bronx Bombers" (Feat. Lordikim, Almighty Thor & Mann Child) 18. "Zuka The Sound" (Interlude) 19. "Oh Man" (Feat. Syndee & Natacha Atlas)
Houston, TX - Hip Hop stations are always looking for an appropriate way to reach out to the children in their community but Morning Show Host, Madd Hatta, and the higher-ups at 97.9 The Box routinely come up with perfect ways to do just that.
Reminiscent of his Hatta's 100's community outreach effort, where he requested school-aged males send him letters about how they planned to 'keep it 100' during the upcoming school year and awarded the most deserving 100 kids a Suit Mart shopping trip for their first day of school, Madd Hatta has this time requested parents write in and send a brief letter about their child that talks about why that child should be one of Hatta's Elves. The reward is that child's participation in 97.9's annual Hatta's Elves private Christmas party. Beginning Monday, December 15th and continuing through Friday, December 19th, the most deserving children will be selected at the rate of 100 per day; 500 children ages 7 - 12 in total.
The party, which is being held at Houston's original Dave & Buster's location (6010 Richmond @ Fountainview), will feature a visit from Santa himself, free breakfast and fun and games sponsored by Dave & Busters, a live performance by DJ Unk and the chance to win a multitude of sponsor-donated prizes. Sponsored items include 100 bikes courtesy of Active Athlete, 100 basketballs courtesy of The Kenny Thomas Foundation (Sacramento Kings) and 100 pair of Rockets tickets courtesy of the Houston Rockets. Each attending child will also be allowed one free visit to the Houston Children's Museum.
The Madd Hatta Morning Show will broadcast live from the event which takes place on Tuesday, December 23rd from 7 - 10AM. (This event is not open to the public)
Media coverage at the event is encouraged and The Box welcomes Morning Show live cut-in opportunities from Houston's local news channels.
Also look out for the Madd Hatta feature story in the January 9th issue of Radio & Records Magazine.
"I look forward to Hatta's Elves each year." shares Madd Hatta. "This year is the biggest ever with 500 kids, tons of prizes and a lot of fun. I hope it's one of the Holiday moments each kid remembers for a long time to come."
Illa J - "Showtime" 12.16.2008 "It's yo' time / It's showtime"
"Showtime" evokes images of a smoke-filled lounge, like a scene from a swanky black-and-white movie. But rest assured, this is no dusty joint of yore. Illa J and J Dilla take a different approach and update this scene for the present day with big talk and stylistic swagger. Dilla's jazzy beat sets the mood for this track with Illa crooning and rapping along. Despite the complicated rhythm of Dilla's production, Illa J doesn't miss a beat with his rhyme scheme and takes the track to hypnotic heights in the hazy, chromatic chorus.
When Jay Dee passed away from complications relating to lupus in February 2006, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of production work, including hits for Common, Janet Jackson, and Busta Rhymes. One mother lode of previously untouched beats dates from his time working on the Pharcyde's sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia (Delicious Vinyl, 1995). As Delicious Vinyl owner and founder Michael "Mike Floss" Ross explains: "From '95 through '98 Jay Dee was my go-to guy for hot beats and remixes. He was always making beats, always. So there was a select amount of tracks that he composed for me during that time, tracks as good as anything he'd done, only they never got used. When I finally met Illa J last year, I gave him a CD containing those unreleased beats."
In a case of pure serendipity, 21 year-old Illa J had just relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles and constructed a studio built using Jay Dee's recording equipment. He dubbed it Yancey Boys Studios in tribute to their fraternal bond. "Dilla was 12 years older than me," Illa J says. "So back in the day in Detroit I was just a little kid, sitting on the stairs in our house, watching him make those first beats for Slum Village. I always felt my brother's tracks and had an instinct for what I wanted to do over them." When Illa J set to work in early '08 recording the album, the project flowed quickly as he entered the proverbial can't miss zone. The name of the studio rightly became the title of the finished album, Yancey Boys, which is available online and in stores everywhere on Delicious Vinyl Records.
Time to break out the Yo Mama snaps, page Quinton, and recognize you can't keep Runnin' away...as Delicious Vinyl presents The Pharcyde Bobby Evans Mix.
The Pharcyde are one of the most beloved and iconoclastic groups in hip hop history. On the still-savory strength of their two Delicious Vinyl albums (1992's Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde and 1995's Labcabincalifornia), the original line-up of Imani, Bootie Brown, Fatlip and SlimKidTre reunited to electrify 2008's Rock The Bells festival.
Bobby Evans is the DJ half of Brother Reade, the fast-rising L.A. duo lauded for 2007's Rap Music LP. Having masterminded Delicious Vinyl 20th Anniversary MiXXtape, Evans is currently an in-demand remixer, with Telepathe and Neon Neon among those sweating his services.
Which brings us to The Pharcyde Bobby Evans Mix, a forty-track opus that's less a known-quantity megamix than it is a funhouse full of trap doors, hidden passages, and swirlascopic secrets...licensed to thrill both seasoned Pharcyde fans and neophytes alike.
Bobby Evans: "With this mix I had complete access to the Pharcyde's full catalog. I was playing with the idea of doing this mix strictly chronologically but in the end I didn't want to pin it down like that. Instead I trawled through ever nook and cranny and came up with a playlist of which songs I wanted to use and how I wanted them to flow. Then I started figuring out ways of working in the more esoteric bits and pieces I found, so that instead of just a continuous mix of Pharcyde records there are interviews and live versions phasing in and out. It gives the mix as a whole more peaks."
Ever wonder what it would've sounded like if legendary Dust Brothers mentor Matt Dike, after making Paul's Boutique, had produced The Pharcyde? Here Bobby Evans drops Dike's never-commercially-released mix of "Ya Mama". Intrigued by rare interview snippets of Fatlip talking about the creation of "Passin' Me By"? Yes indeedy. How about Ice-T (who, believe it or not, did shows with The Pharcyde), speaking on how to, ahem, handle overexcited female fans, as the mix transitions into the Pharcyde's on-topic "Groupie Therapy"? Check, check, and triple check.
Anyone who ever dug the Pharyde's self-deprecating humor, romantic odes, and orgiastic smutspeak will not be disappointed. "The Pharcyde's lyrics are incredible," says Bobby Evans. "Mixing these records, I really felt how they were finding their own place in L.A.'s hip hop scene of the early to mid-'90s. It was great working with multiple versions of these songs. I was able to mix in four versions of Runnin, four versions of Passin' Me By, and five versions of Soul Flower!"
As a DJ/producer from the ProTools generation, Bobby Evans marvels at the '90s sound of the Pharcyde's records: "The limitations of the technology back then defines the sound. J-Swift's loops are heavily layered, his breaks utilize live drums sounds. Everything was on tape and all the sequencing had to be done on whatever equipment they happened to have. There's a looseness and a flow to the music that you seldom find on today's rigidly programmed rap records. So the fact that I was just a kid when these records first came out made putting this mix together was an incredible experience."
The Pharcyde Bobby Evans Mix is guaranteed to get, in the words of The Pharcyde themselves, "the girls by the hearts and the n****s by the nuts, ear, tongue and butts."
1. Devil Music (Intro) 2. Soul Flower (TBNH Version) 3. Soul Flower (Remix) 4. Soul Flower (2 Tha 3 Mix) 5. Soul Flower (Dogs B*ll*cks) 6. Soul Flower (Wrong Tree) 7. Oh Sh!t 8. Return Of The B-Boy 9. All Live 10. Ya Mama (Kenny Dope Remix) 11. I'm That Type Of N*gga 12. I'm That Type Of N*gga (Straight Up Faded Mix) 13. Officer 14. Ya Mama (Remix) 15. Ya Mama 16. Ya Mama (Matt Dike Remix) 17. Quinton's On The Way 18. Pack The Pipe (Mr. Gib Remix) 19. Pack The Pipe 20. Otha Fish (The Angel Mix)
E-40 on "Give Her The Keys" Video 12.15.2008 "You got my back / Like a tank top"
In the latest webisode from E-40, he lets us know what's behind the track "Give Her The Keys," off the freshly-dropped Ball Street Journal. 40 says that the track is about giving thanks to the lady in your life with a material display of affection. Translation: give her a car. With the help of T-Pain, 40 keeps it current with some new material that won't sound tired in the trunk. And so this holiday season we entreat you to heed the word of 40 and show some appreciation for the misses. Let's hear those keys a-jingling!"
He's a rap innovator, a business-savvy tycoon and one of the music industry’s most consistent success stories. Yes, E-40 is all those things, but he's probably best known as a slang creator, a man whose distinctive gift of gab gets lifted and used in the rhymes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and others. Now, the man with the terrific tongue returns with his most polished product to date, the imaginatively titled The Ball Street Journal." Anything that rolls off the tongue slick and is catchy, that's where it's at," E-40 explains. "The Ball Street Journal just flew off the tongue and it's memorable. This traces everything from the beginning to now. I've been through hard times and I've been through good times. It's like a discography of how my life has been, because I touch down on a lot of different angles on the album. It covers all angles of the game." The Ball Street Journal is available online and in stores nowon Warner Brothers / Sick Wid It Records.
PLATINUM, GRAMMY-WINNING RAP ARTIST CHAMILLIONAIRE CHOSEN TO CO-GRAND MARSHAL NATION'S LARGEST MLK DAY PARADE FIRST TIME THIS HONOR HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO A HIP HOP ARTIST
Houston, TX - In honor of both his career achievements, and his contributions to the community and the City of Houston, Platinum Grammy Award-winning rap artist, Chamillionaire, has been chosen as Co-Grand Marshal of the 15th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston; the nations largest MLK Day celebration. This is the first time such an honor has been given to a Hip Hop artist. Additionally, transportation for the State and City elected officials participating in the parade will be provided by Chamillionaire's well-known custom car shop, Fly Rydes.
The MLK Parade Foundation - Houston will host its 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston on Monday, January 19, 2009 in Downtown-Houston beginning at 10:00AM and will be kicked-off by a Military Flyover. The parade’s theme, “The Color of Unity”, will emphasize cultural diversity and will feature more than thirty (30) award-winning marching bands from across the nation.
The 2009 MLK Grande Parade will be lead by The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marching Band - Cherry Point, N.C., The Divine Land Marching Band (Chinese) - Southern United States, The University Of Houston "Cougar" Marching Band and The Willowridge High School "Mighty Eagle" Marching Band.
The Honorees for the 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston will be recognized for their commitments to excellence in community service and will include public servants U.S. Congresswoman, Sheila Jackson-Lee and Houston City Council Member, Peter Brown.
The Co-Grand Marshals for the 15th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston are Platinum Grammy Award-winner, Chamillionaire, local businessman/philanthropist, Douglas M. Horn and Publisher/ Motivational Speaker, Dr. Anthony Taylor. The 2009 MLK Grande Parade will consist of more than 25,000 Parade participants and will have a duration of three (3) hours along a 1.5 Mi Parade route. The 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston is expected to attract more than 300,000 spectators from around the country.
Hailed around the world for his major label platinum-plus debut smash album, The Sound of Revenge, the disc became one of the most influential hip-hop records in 2006, with the versatile Chamillionaire emerging as a mainstream multi-platform entrepreneur. The single and video for “Ridin’ featuring Krayzie Bone” became the most requested hip-hop anthem, soaring to the top of the urban, hip-hop and mainstream radio charts, almost single-handedly transforming the digital landscape. Chamillionaire was crowned the biggest selling Ringtone artist ever, with over 5 million ringtone sales, and was certified by the RIAA as the first multi-platinum Mastertone artist in history. His Myspace site has exceeded 15 million profile views, earning him over 4 million in digital sales, outselling established stars such as Nelly and T.I. In keeping with the outpouring of recognition, the charismatic performer beat out proven superstars 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and others for Best Rap Video of the Year honors for the groundbreaking “Ridin’” video, featuring Krayzie Bone, at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. In addition, the Houston rapper won “Rookie of the Year” and the prestigious “Alltell Wireless People’s Champ Award” (viewer’s choice) at the first ever BET Hip Hop Awards, as well as a nod at the American Music Awards for Favorite New Breakthrough Artist. In February 2007, Chamillionaire received his first Grammy Award win in the Best R&B Performance By Duo Or Group category for “Ridin’.” In 2007, Chamillionaire released his sophomore effort, Ultimate Victory which debuted in the Top 10 of the Top 200 Sales Chart and was critically acclaimed as one of the best hip hop albums of the year.
The show starts at 9:30 PM EST, so you've got about an hour and a half before the show if you want to go.Tell 'em RapReviews.com sent you! Original story courtesy of Roger LeLievre at The Ann Arbor News, with selected excerpts for promotional purposes below.
Friday night's A Side Worldwide Holiday Party at the Blind Pig promises to be a celebration
It's been a good year for A Side, the homegrown, now bicoastal, artist, business management and marketing company that counts among its talent the progressive hip-hop acts Buff 1, Now On, 14KT, Athletic Mic League, DJ Graffiti and DJ Haircut - all of which will be performing at the event.
"It's been a really successful 2008, it's definitely a celebration party for all the releases we had success with this year," said Now On's Jackson Perry by phone from Los Angeles, A Side's West Coast base.
Most of A Side's artists had new releases last year, including the electro-soul-sounding Now On, which has its roots in the much-missed local bank Funktelligence. That band broke up in 2005 when its core members relocated to L.A.
One of the show's highlights will probably be Athletic Mic League's set, said Perry. "AMG is reuniting on the stage, which is rare. All the new material will be played, old material, it's going to be a whole bunch of variety."
A Side Worldwide Holiday Party
Who: Buff 1, Now On, 14KT, AML, DJ Graffiti and DJ Haircut. What: Progressive hip-hop from this homegrown artist, business management and marketing company. Where: The Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. When: Friday, 9:30 p.m. (doors) How much: $10 (18 and over) Details: www.asideworldwide.com or 734-996-8555.