An unlikely Twitter connection was the catalyst for "What I Know", a collaboration between L.A. emcee Malkovich and producer BecomingPhill, several thousand miles away in the southern African country of Namibia. The music video was shot in the Nevada desert near Las Vegas by director/rapper Ivan Ives, the talent behind recent videos featuring the likes of RJD2 and more. The song also features Sum, the emcee behind The Lil Folk and Lone Wolf albums as well as the hip-hop opera The Nobody Hole. Malkovich dropped the Ayatollah Presley mixtape earlier this year, hosted by House Shoes and featuring Prince Po of Organized Konfusion, Dibia$e, Killer Reese of King Fantastic, P.U.D.G.E., Sum, IamOmni and many more.
Tanya Morgan Announce Upcoming Project, You & What Army + Podcast
Courtesy Audible Treats.
It's been a couple months since we've heard from Tanya Morgan, but it's only because they've been cooped up in the lab, working on their upcoming EP, You & What Army. While we wait just a little longer for the November 22nd release of the EP, Donwill and Von Pea have reawakened their bi-weekly podcast, Lessondary Radio, with a special ARMY Edition show, which is available for free download today.
The hour-long episode, which was mixed by Von Pea, includes a few recent favorite collaborations, with familiar names including 9th Wonder, Skyzoo, King Mez, and Che Grand, as well as a couple unreleased mixtape songs from the duo. Tanya Morgan also discuss what, exactly, they've been up to during their brief hiatus and explain some of the concepts behind You & What Army. "This could be considered a crash course in TM current history," says Donwill of the ARMY Edition episode. "If nothing else, it should serve as a reminder to our faithful fans that we haven't gone anywhere and are making our way back to their iPods very soon."
The Magnificent Ruffians and Owbese present: Tentatively Thinking! Featuring production by Owbese, Dj Ad-Seg, Captain, Lazy G, Dizmemberone, M Padron and more. This album was inspired by the need for dope hiphop. No radio, drop it like it's hot, do the duggie dance type songs on this album. If you want that, all you have to do is turn on the radio. But if you want real hiphop music, then you will need to dig and download this album. The title Tentatively Thinking was brought about because at first, we never intended to do an album. The chemistry was just so dope that before we knew it, we had 15 joints and then decided to go ahead and put them out. The Thinking was added to reinforce the importance of thought provoking lyrics. Not just some easy ABC raps that some artist come with. We wanted our fans to think deeper and at the same time have fun with it. So, with that said, we hope you enjoy the album!
About Magnificent Ruffians:
Hailing from Southern California's own Inland Empire, just 50 miles East of Los Angeles comes the underground hip-hop trio Specific, Master Chief and Dj Sway Deeze known collectively as the Magnificent Ruffians. The groups' name was inspired by the Shaw Bros. Kung Fu cult classic "The Magnificent Ruffians". Don't let the name catch you off guard though, these guys are nothing short of pure fire with over a decade of thought provoking songs and 7 albums under their belts, with 3 albums being released in the last quarter or 2009, with 2 of the 3 released being double CD. The first being "The Magnificent Soul LP" a collaboration album with the producer group known as Elevated Soul. The second album double disc released was "Firewater" which was another collaboration album with Eno.D (emcee/producer) of Tha Othas. The third release but not the least was "12 Jewels, Knowledge and Freedom" collaboration album with Anthalyzah of Forensic Abolitionist.
The Ruffians (for short) has a resume of music that include collaborations with Triple Platinum Artist Pace Won (from the Fugees "Score" album), hip-hop legend Masta Ace, Guilty Simpson, Rock Marciano of the U.N., Phil da Agony of Strong Arm Steady, Ohno, Wild Child of the Lootpack, and Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox. The Ruffians are all about the business when it comes to hip-hop and their music. With ground breaking performances in hollywood, Pasadena, at the House of Blues in Anaheim, and internationally in Germany these guys truly are a diamond in the Ruff, with a professional work ethics that is unmatched you would think that they are already signed to a major label.
With recognition from local publications to numerous internet radio exposure, and with songs "Harlem Renaissance" off their Magnificent Soul LP and "Yes I Am" from their Firewater album being featured on the popular "And1 Mixtape Tour in Japan Final" dvd video including music being available for download on itunes, amazon music, rhapsody, and napster etc. its only a matter of a time before the Ruffians become a house hold name. Until the Ruffians get their chance to shine in the lime light they will continue to show and prove their Magnificence. In 2011 theRuffians continue to exercise the professionalism and work ethics that has brought them this far in their music career with their eyes still focused on taking the next step towards to top spot.
Down South Block Starz Features Controversial "Waffle House" Song, Lil' Flip, And Mannie Fresh Artist
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German-American online music company Block Starz Music LLC has scheduled the release of its long-awaited DOWN SOUTH BLOCK STARZ compilation for later this month. Block Starz Music has also released the official music video to the compilation's first single, "After The Club" (formerly "Waffle House"), by Havana, Florida rapper J.R. Bricks, who made national headlines in August after the label received a cease and desist letter from Waffle House, Inc over the song's title that sparked controversy and outrage in the online Hip-Hop community.
DOWN SOUTH BLOCK STARZ is the fourth installment of Block Starz Music's critically-acclaimed regional compilation series which has previously featured the likes of platinum-selling Rostrum/Atlantic Records artist Wiz Khalifa and recent Bad Boy/Interscope signee Machine Gun Kelly. The 12-track online digital release will be available from Block Starz Music for download on iTunes, Amazon, and Rhapsody on Tuesday, November 22nd.
DOWN SOUTH BLOCK STARZ will contain original music by various new and established independent urban artists from the southern United States, including sizzling contributions by former Cash Money Records super producer Mannie Fresh's protege The Show, a surprise appearance by Lil' Flip ("Like A Pimp", "This Is The Way We Ball") on Louisiana rap duo Southern Dynasty's "Pop A Band", and an exclusive remix to J.R. Bricks "After The Club" featuring Block Starz Music affiliates Cin'atra Da Mobsta and AG.
"We're giving fans some Down South music to enjoy with their down home cooking this holiday season," says Block Starz Music vice president of A&R Peppy Johnson of the DOWN SOUTH BLOCK STARZ compilation. "It's a perfect way to cap off a tremendous year for our company."
ABOUT BLOCK STARZ MUSIC Block Starz Music LLC, www.blockstarzmusic.com, is a German-American online music company founded in 2008 to scout, develop, and market new independent talent. The company represents music artists in the United States and Europe.
I have a NEW SINGLE which is Available Today called "Hello (What Up?)" featuring Astonish and produced by Slot-A. It is the first single from my upcoming project called "Life That I Chose" which will be AVAILABLE on December 6th, 2011.
Below are LINKS to DOWNLOAD the SONG for FREE, but we are focusing on also making sure people know it is available on iTunes for purchase. There is also a link to a video of behind the scenes footage of the making of the album; it is Part 1 of the video series. Attached are the artwork and a quick press release with a description of the song. I would really appreciate it if you can post it on your site/blog.
Video: Duck Down vs. Blacksmith 2011 CMJ Showcase Recap
Courtesy Matt B.
Recap video from the sold out CMJ showcase at the Music Hall of Williamsburg featuring performances from Skyzoo & Statik Selektah, Kidz In The Hall, Smif N Wessun, Jean Grae, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli & Buckshot with the live band.
Directed and Filmed by Brian Petchers - @brianpetch Filmed by Will Sanderson - @will_sanderson Filmed by Johnny Ferri
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