As M.I. and DJ Cutt ready the release of their forthcoming LP, Diamond, the duo known as Constant Deviants, continue to deliver on their promise of non-album singles with their latest single, "Skyscraper." On this track, DJ Cutt hands off production duties to Australian producer Debonair P, who laces the track with mellow acoustic guitar riffs, complemented by a perfectly dusty drum break. This song, along with a collection of others produced by Debonair P, will be released on a 12" effort titled The Allnighter EP in mid-March.
Although, fans may feel odd about hearing a Constant Deviants track not produced by DJ Cutt, they need not worry; the Baltimore/Brooklyn duo has been building with the Debonair for years now. "We've been building a relationship with him since we first started selling vinyl in '09," explains M.I. "He's a dope producer and definitely has a lock on the '90's sound."
The song title, "Skyscraper," and song concept came from the vibe that M.I. caught listening to the beat. "I just had the feeling of being on top a skyscraper," says M.I., "overlooking the confusion going on in the city." And while the casual listener might assume that feeling would lead to a serene track, "Skyscraper," as with all of Constant Deviants' music requires a closer listen. "Even at the top, you're still part of the chaos around you," M.I. remarks, and drives that sentiment home throughout the track with lines like, "Bodymore, Murdaland, man we got this/ Pop, pop, bang, bang/ Shoot em up mobsters/ Cops 'n robbers/ .45s, Glocks and choppers.”
Moka Only & Ayatollah Debut New Track, Announce Album
Courtesy Nature Sounds.
Moka Only is one of Canada's most celebrated hip-hop exports, a former member of Canadian rap royalty Swollen Members who has released dozens of solo projects since he broke through in the mid-90s. Ayatollah is one of the most respected producers in the American underground hip-hop scene, having crafted classics like Mos Def's "Ms. Fat Booty" and Talib Kweli's "The Proud," plus tracks for Styles P, Pharoahe Monch, Masta Ace, Cormega, Inspectah Deck, and many more. Now, these two talents are coming together for a full-length collaboration straight out of hip-hop dreamland. Appropriately entitled Bridges, the project hits stores everywhere on April 10th, 2012 through Greenstreets Entertainment. Check out the first single from Bridges, "Ekhart Tolle" now.
PR: NYCE Gets Nod To Open On FREEWAY Canadian Tour
Courtesy Jon Asher.
Montreal hip hop artist NYCE whom is set to release his upcoming debut album "Certified" later this year on local hip hop label Hustle Cartel Ent has been given the nod to open for American rapper FREEWAY's Canadian tour dates just after recently performing this past weekend with American rapping icon Raekwon (Wu Tang Clan) on March 3rd in Montreal.
"After performing with Raekwon this past weekend, and getting the nod to join this tour, I'm looking forward to spread some NYCE to the rest of Canada." commented NYCE.
NYCE recently released his latest single "Best Price" that has already sold 2,200 downloads on iTunes along with a music video to support the single.
March 7, 2012 - Underworld - Montreal, QC March 8, 2012 - Greenroom - Winnipeg, MB March 9, 2012 - The Distillery - KOTD Event - Calgary, AB March 10, 2012 - Chrome Lounge - Edmonton, AB March 11, 2012 - TBA - Vancouver, BC March 13, 2012 - Garfinkel's - Whistler, BC
About: Taking his street knowledge and turning it into music to help elevate his life and that of others for years. The charismatic and well-tatted young emcee is out to start a dialogue, to sometimes shock and to always make you laugh with his quick wit and sharp tongue. NYCE dropped his first mix tape, D’Boy Music, in July 2011 and with his upcoming debut "Certified" produced by one of Canada’s hottest up and coming producers, Fullklip Beats, NYCE is set to define his D’Boy street hustle.
Twiztid & Kottonmouth Kings Announce Kaos & Kronik Tour With Blaze & Big B
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This spring, two of the biggest acts in the underground will come together to wreak havoc on the road for one of this year's hottest tours. This year the stars have come into alignment as Psychopathic Records' Twiztid and Suburban Noize weed smokers the Kottonmouth Kings will unite for the Kaos & Kronik Tour with special guests Blaze and Big B. “Kaos & Kronik” brings together two of the biggest forces in underground music for one of the most heavily anticipated tour packages in years.
"The ‘Kaos & Kronik’ tour will be an underground classic and everyone is already bubbling with excitement. Psychopathic Records and Suburban Noize have been allies in the underground for a decade, but this is the first time Kottonmouth Kings & Twiztid have come together on a national tour," says Brad X. "We asked Big B and Blaze to join us on this tour to help bring the thunder and ensure every show is pure insanity. Together we will be bringing ‘Kaos & Kronik’ to a city near you!”
“This tour has been 10 years in the making. Come out and witness history as two of America’s biggest indie acts bring the Kaos and Kronik,” said Monoxide of Twiztid.
California’s reigning rip-hop originators, Kottonmouth Kings have long been a cornerstone of one of today’s most radical music movements. Combining mind-bending sonics, and fusing hip-hop, punk rock, and classic soul, The Kings have innovated and pioneered a unique signature sound that has set them apart from the pack and has fueled the band’s longevity and enduring popularity with a diverse international fan base. Kottonmouth Kings have proved their lasting staying power, building on a powerful DIY ethos and redefining the meaning of a self-empowered group by running their own company, touring and releasing albums on their own terms. Kottonmouth Kings will unleash their thirteenth studio album, "Mile High Club", later this summer via the group’s own Suburban Noize Records.
Where most rappers celebrate the urban lifestyle with the same old themes and images, Twiztid peels away the gloss and exposes the innards. The demented duo, Monoxide and Jamie Madrox, take the hard edge of theatrical rock-and-roll and temper it with gritty hip-hop to create a musical monstrosity so dangerously real it must be hidden with face paint! These two aren’t casual gangsters, but rather, they have painted personas that allow them to explore the darkest corners of the human psyche, from superhero fantasies to horror film legacies. With their ruthless raps, most recently heard on “Heartbroken & Homicidal”, the duo may explore every recess of their audience’s experiences, every sentimental reflection, and every sinister urge. By becoming something unreal, Monoxide and Jamie Madrox are free to be real. Whether it’s on-stage devastation, or home stereo infiltration, Twiztid’s music will take you somewhere you’ve never been before. The scariest part is when you don’t want to come back…
TWIZTID & KOTTONMOUTH KINGS “Kaos & Kronik” TOUR DATES: Apr 13 - Kansas City @ Midland Theatre Apr 14 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Apr 15 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium Apr 16 - St. Paul, MN @ Myth Apr 18 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s Apr 19 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection Apr 20 - Mount Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theatre Apr 21 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion Apr 22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Apr 24 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights Apr 25 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar Apr 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts Apr 28 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium Apr 29 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza Apr 30 - Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre May 03 - Winston Salem, NC @ Ziggy's May 04 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade May 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
PR: M.anifest Nominated for Two Ghana Music Awards
Ghana’s sensational Hip-Hop artist M.anifest has been nominated twice in the 2012 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. He received nods in the “Best Rapper” and "Songwriter of the year” categories. This comes after a very impressive local and international showing by the MC in the past year.
In September 2011, M.anifest released his punchy, progressive follow-up album, Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America, with a lead single "Suffer" as well as his next single “Asa” featuring Efya – both already featured on BBC World Service. The VGMA’s are slated for April 14th, 2012.
The VGMA nominations arrive in a year M.anifest is making giant strides with international collaborations on the horizon that have the potential of making him a household name. More immediately Channel-O Africa will be featuring two programs M.anifest related. First is a Volt (a documentary style program) filmed during M.anifest’s recent trip to South Africa to be aired at 7pm GMT on Tuesday March 6th - Ghana's Independence day. Sticking with the independence theme, M.anifest shows off his songwriting skills by co-writing/curating a mini Hop-Hopera on the history of Ghana told in rhyme and song featuring Ebo Taylor, Wanlov, Efya, E.l, X.O.
M.anifest’s latest video, Makaa Maka, has also been enjoying immense play on Channel-O, MTVBase, Trace Urban and local channels.
Follow M.anifest on twitter (@manifestive) to catch up with the outspoken MC.
Video: Judah - "She Don't Cum (P.U.S.S.Y. Instrumentals)"
JUDAH’s newest video “She Don’t Cum” from his newest album, P.U.S.S.Y., takes a vintage approach to displaying the sensuality of woman alongside his other love, the MPC. The soulful sounds of the track, as paired with the images, portray what is thought to be the greatest downfall of a man, 'the woman.'...but before you believe that, 'Please Understand She Saved You.'
Having first broken through as the producer for the group Little Brother, formed alongside school friends Phonte & Big Pooh, this North Carolina native has cut his own path through the world of Hip-Hop. In the tradition of producers like DJ Premier, Just Blaze and Kanye West 9th Wonder has managed to build a bridge spanning both the commercial and underground scenes. Those that have come in search of his soul drenched sounds include Jay-Z, De La Soul, Destiny's Chid, Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige, MOP & Murs. A list that exemplifies the huge cross appeal of this hugely talented producer.
The music bug bit 9th Wonder at an early age becoming proficient in several instruments playing in his school band then heading home each evening to listen to the likes of Soul Sonic Force, Slick Rick and Biz Markie. He started producing while at North Carolina Central University where he now teaches a course in Hip-Hop alongside Christopher “Play Martin of Kid-N-Play fame. His distinctive sample based style makes him one of the few “super producers” still creating classic Hip-Hop that still manages to push the music in a new and interesting direction giving even greater kudos to his name.
If all this were not enough to get you excited we are also screening the UK premier of the ‘The Wonder Year’ a documentary following a year in the life of super producer 9th Wonder: CEO, NAACP ambassador, Duke University professor, husband, father, son and Grammy Award winning producer. The film follows one of Hip-Hop’s most dynamic figures from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between and features a who’s who of Hip-Hop including: Drake, DJ Premier, DJ Green Lantern, J. Cole, Murs, Phonte, Sha Money XL, Young Guru, The Alchemist & more.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with 9th Wonder himself and the film’s director, Kenneth Price, and then the fun really starts with a 2 hour DJ set from the man of the hour himself featuring a live PA by Rhapsody.
RUNNING ORDER 7pm - Doors 730pm - ‘The Wonder Year’ Premier 9pm - Q&A with 9th Wonder & Director Kenneth Price 930pm – 2am DJs