For Nissim (formerly D.Black), the road away from and back to music has been long and fraught with soul seraching on a deep and spiritual level rarely associated with hip-hop culture. After early career successes in 2008 and 2009 lead to him becoming a rising star not only on the Seattle hip-hop scene but nationally as well, then named D.Black chose to give up life in the spotlight and immerse himself in the religious teachings of Orthodox Judaism, the conservatism of which would generally seem to reside at the opposite end of the spectrum from most rap music. For nearly the next three years, the choice to focus on faith and family proved spiritually invaluable for him, but the desire to express himself creatively and artistically through music still lingered. In a video interview at his home in the Seward Park neighborhood of Seattle, Nissim recalls it was in fact his faith that ultimately led him back to music, albeit with a newfound purpose to uplift and inspire positivity.
Kung Fu Vampire Joins Insane Clown Posse's Mighty Death Pop Tour
Although ICP proclames to be "The Most Hated Band In The World" we find it hard to believe. 1st off, ICP's dedicated and loyal fan base not only spans well over 20 years but they have actually gone Platinum as well as sell out almost every venue they show up to in addition to that creating an entire Sub-culture known as "Juggalos". All of this without the help of a major label. well....
ICP has decided to hit the road in support of their latest release "Mighty Death Pop" w/ none other than San Jose's own KUNG FU VAMPIRE who's celebrating the release of his latest album "Love Bites". This tour also includes AMB and the Moonshine Bandits. Be sure to check the dates below and grab a ticket to this amazing Tour, Kung Fu Vampire is here!
Wed, 05/01/13 Rochester, NY
Main Street Armory
Fri, 05/03/13 Philadelphia, PA
Sat, 05/04/13 Worcester, MA
Sun, 05/05/13 Poughkeepsie, NY
The Chance Theater
Tue, 05/07/13 Lancaster, PA
Thu, 05/09/13 Clifton Park, NY
Upstate Concert Hall
Fri, 05/10/13 Hartford, CT
Sat, 05/11/13 Norfolk, VA
Mon, 05/13/13 Cincinnati, OH
Tue, 05/14/13 Columbus, OH
Wed, 05/15/13 Louisville, KY
Fri, 05/17/13 West Des Moines, IA
Val Air Ballroom
Sat, 05/18/13 St. Paul, MN
Mon, 05/20/13 Lawrence, KS
Wed, 05/22/13 Salt Lake City, UT
Rockwell @ The Complex
Fri, 05/24/13 Seattle, WA
Sat, 05/25/13 Seattle, WA
Sun, 05/26/13 Bend, OR
Tue, 05/28/13 Anaheim, CA
City National Grove of Anaheim
Wed, 05/29/13 Oakland, CA
Oakland Metro Opera House
Thu, 05/30/13 Oakland, CA
Oakland Metro Opera House
Sat, 06/01/13 Tucson, AZ
Sun, 06/02/13 Flagstaff, AZ
Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park
Here comes the summer songs! RCA/Bystorm Records Newcomer, I.C. Green, will be releasing his danced infused, swag tag for the ladies, Strut (Featuring Pitbull & Busta Rhymes) this Friday!
I.C Green is new to the RCA roster, but like most artists hitting the scene, he's far from an overnight success. Producing hit songs for Usher, Akon, & Whitney Houston, years fine tuning his own artistry, and now strutting his way into a major recording deal!
Audio: Atari Blitzkrieg x Digital Fiend - Neber Pills
Courtesy Chris Moore.
VA-based MC Atari Blitzkrieg has teamed up with producer Digital Fiend to rhyme over vintage production ripped from audio cassette tapes. Raw and gritty, each track is unmodified to the point where you can hear the slight warping of a few songs beneath Atari's complex, ethereal lyrics.
Big B Announces New Single, Album, Summer Tour w/ Dirty Heads
Courtesy 'Stache Media.
Big B has been officially added to the The Dirty Heads upcoming Cabin By The Sea Tour with The Expendables, and will serve as support on the tour throughout June and July. Big B will be performing songs from his upcoming studio album Fool's Gold, which is scheduled for a July 9th release through Suburban Noize Records.
"I'm really excited to head out on tour with not only some great bands, but some good friends. This tour has been a long time in the making, and it will be the perfect way to kick off the summer," says Big B. "I hope that the bars are ready because I know the boys in Dirty Heads and Expendables know how to party. It's going to be a great tour and I can't wait for everyone to hear the track I did with Dirty Heads for my new album."
Big B's new album Fool's Gold features musical collaborations with Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, as well as members of legendary punk outfits NOFX and Pennywise. The end result is a collection of songs that are just as contagious as Big B's thuggish charm. With the entire music industry focused on finding the next huge star on reality television, Big B has taken a back-to-basics approach on "Fool's Gold" and filled it with fun spirited songs that can fit into any music lover's playlist. The album is rich is musical diversity and is cleverly inventive, as Big B seamlessly bridges the gap between rock, hip-hop, and alternative.
Big B has also released a video teaser for his new single "Here Comes The Lightning," which was co-written by P!nk and producer Butch Walker. The full-length video will premiere on VEVO May 16th, 2013.
BIG B TOUR DATES:
06/21 - Austin, TX - The Belmont
06/22 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
06/23 - Jacksonville, FL -Free Bird Live
06/24 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
06/25 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
06/26 - North Myrtle Beach, FL - House of Blues
06/28 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
06/30 - Ocean City, MD - Seacrets
07/02 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
07/08 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
07/09 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
07/11 - Kansas City - Midland Theatre
07/12 - Denver, CO - Exdo Event Center
07/15 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
07/16 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
07/21 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
07/22 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
07/24 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory Concert
07/26 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
07/28 - Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Aspiring Detroit rapper 20 Twen unleashes his blazing new track, "Grippin Grain", which is the lead single from the rap prodigy's buzzing mixtape, "No Feelings". The project features stellar production by super producer 9th Wonder, Kajmir Royale (DMX, Bow Wow, De La Soul), and Johnny Juliano (Wiz Khalifa, T-Pain, Rick Ross), among others and is available for free download via DatPiff.com.
Audio: Af the Naysayer "Imagerial Denouement" f/ Myka Nyne of Freestyle Fellowship
Courtesy Dunn Deal.
Producer AF THE NAYSAYER presents "Imagerial Denouement", his new single featuring Myka Nyne of Freestyle Fellowship. A tribute to the late Japanese producer Nujabes, Reserved Records has released "Denouement" on limited-edition 7" vinyl. A native Californian, AF now splits his time between Lake Charles, Lousiana and New Orleans, where he has become a mainstay of the city's burgeoning electronic beat scene.
New Research & Development EP f/ Count Bass D, Jneiro Jarel
Courtesy John Robinson.
Glows in the Dark make avant-garde jazz fueled by the storytelling qualities of film. Their latest creations have imported the similarly story-based genre of hip-hop, drawing collabs with underground hip-hop’s finest IE. Count Bass D, John Robinson, Jneiro Jarel + more, Their current release celebrates that intersection. Check out some of the music from the latest release from GITD, Research and Development EP. Some sure shot music lover vibes are officially here, we got the Jazz y’all.
Food Mob's Joie 13 travels to the Bay Area to connect with the legendary E-40 for his latest single "Paul Mack." The collaboration is the latest single from Joie 13's upcoming mixtape 13 Ravens. This single comes as Joie 13 joins Ghostface Killah on the Twelve Reasons to Die Tour starting tonight at Lansing, Michigan's Loft.