In a climate of posturing and pomp, it is refreshing to see an artist like Topeka, Kansas’ Stik Figa unafraid to come As Himself. After spending years gaining prominence in his hometown and love from the likes of Miles Bonny and Oddisee, Stik Figa steps up to the national stage with his debut Mello Music Group album As Himself. The album is blue-collar rap, at times somber and at times jovial. There is no hyperbolized varnish here, just the raw grain of Stik’s mental flow.
Here is the brand new single and music video from Harvi that is already getting superb on-line reviews as well as being championed by BBC Radio deejay Bobby Friction on BBC Asian Network as well as Tom Robinson on BBC Radio Six. This is something that you need to get up on! Harvi is a British rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, recording artist and video maker who toured extensively in the late nineties under the 'Asian Underground' flag playing all across Europe as 'Charged'. He has also worked with various other artists across the musical spectrum releasing music on the well respected Nation label alongside label mates ADF (Asian Dub Foundation), Talvin Singh, Transglobal Underground and many more.
Event - Stereo Boyz live in Chicago @ Morseland / May 04th
Back from their three-month Europe tour, the Stereo Boyz (Detroit) are well prepared for the "Midwest Neighbors Tour", which will take them from their hometown across the midwest throughout March & April 2012. Rocking stages, recording and networking all over Europe added to their 10 years of performance and recording experience. Mixo and Mic Audio are no rookies to the game and their stage presence always wins both fans and critics over. Their EP "Live from the Ghettoblaster" with singles "Circus Act" and "Robots & Miniskirts" has gotten praise from listeners worldwide and after laying down the groundwork they are now ready to take the Midwest by storm. Following the overwhelming requests of fans in Chicago to see them perform live, the Stereo Boyz want you to become part of the movement, let them rock your stage!
MP3: Mic Audio (Stereo Boyz) & Sacramento Knoxx - "Pebble in Hand"
Mic Audio (Stereo Boyz) and Sacramento Knoxx release the third video "Pebble in Hand” off their collaborative effort “Mi Vida Es Como Un Pelicula ( My Life is like a Movie). The album has received praises from all over the globe. PrefixMag calls it: "one of the finest rap albums we've heard so far this year." and listed it in their Top 5 albums of the month.
Regarded as one of the finest lyricists in all of Hip-Hop with a career spanning over 2 million records sold, Canibus is now prepping his newest release Rip the Jacker 2. As the first lyricist to bring the world 100 bars followed by the fanfare known as the 1,000 bars of infinity “Poet Laureate”, Canibus’ newest release Rip The Jacker 2 provides fans with the unprecedented feat of 10,000 bars featured as a Double Disc DVD bundle pack available exclusively at www.canibuscollection.com .
On Monday we leaked a portion of those 10,000 bars you will find on Bis’ Rip The Jacker 2 and today, as pre-orders for the new project are being closed out, Bis unveils another section as well.
Free Download: Supar Novar - "Forever" (prod. Show N Prove)
Award winning North London rapper Supar Novar teams up with long time collaborator Show N Prove for this 16-track album full of emotional reflection and strait up bangers. The two first collaborated on Novar's 2006 debut 'From The Beginning' with the albums first single 'Reppin'. This track hit the UK Hip-Hop scene with a bang and demonstrated a partnership that was destined to create greatness.
'Forever' presents the concept of an artist trying to leave a mark on the world through music that will never die. It is an emotional journey that features hard-hitting tracks such as 'I Shot' and 'Boring Me', as well as more soulful reflections such as 'Prove My Love' and 'Life Is A Struggle'. The album also showcases tracks such as 'On A Journey' and 'Time Is Now' that demonstrate potential for crossover appeal.
The album features appearances from Dappy (N-Dubz), Neon Hitch, Logic, MCD, Stylah, Genesis Elijah, Terra Slim, Big Ben, Barry Knight, Ruthless, LP, Danny Bones & Dash Gambino. As an album it shows versatility and presents the next chapter of Supar Novar's life in music, further extending the longevity he has already achieved, while demonstrating a natural progression.
Supar Novar has been a prominent force in UK Hip-Hop for over a decade and the high profile features, as well as underground veterans on this album demonstrate the respect he has earned from his work over the years. Show N Prove has also produced music for Rizzle Kicks, Benny Banks, Wretch 32 and Tinchy Stryder to name a few. Through hard work and raw talent he has become one of the UK's most sought after producers.
Supar Novar 'Forever' (Produced by Show N Prove) Full Track-listing: 01. Intro 02. Forever 03. Fresh Ta Death 04. I Shot 05. On A Journey 06. Time Is Now Feat. LP 07. Better World 08. I Got You Feat. Barry Knight 09. Prove My Love Feat. Dappy (N Dubz) 10. Good Girls Feat. Neon Hitch 11. Life Is A Struggle 12. Outro BONUS TRACKS: 13. Boring Me ft. Big Ben 14. Better World (Remix) Feat. Logic & MCD 15. I Shot (Road Remix) Feat. Stylah, Dash Gambino & Ruthless 16. I Shot (Music Remix) Feat. Genesis Elijah, Danny Bones & Terra Slim
HULK Entertainment Secures Landmark Multi-Tier Deal with eOne
Dallas, TX - HULK Entertainment, the nation's premiere record label, artist management and film company, has agreed to terms on a major music and film distribution deal with Entertainment One Entertainment. Although the structure of this partnership will be an overall lucrative venture for HULKent, the company will also provide subsidiary distribution to qualified artists and indie labels.
In the music world, eOne has enjoyed success with artists such as DJ Khaled, Jim Jones, Slaughterhouse, and Dorrough Music, to name a few. With several major film projects on deck, eOne is also behind popular television shows like AMC's The Walking Dead and Hell on Wheels, and NBC's new series The Firm.
Entertainment One's strategy is to build the leading independent content ownership and distribution business, acquiring films, television programs and music content to share worldwide. Hulk Entertainment's deal with eOne will provide multiple distribution opportunities for all entities under their umbrella.
Current HULKent artists include New Orleans supergroup The Rap Pack, Dorrough Music, Brian Angel of Day 26, Tum Tum, B-Hamp, Ashley Kimbrae, Blak, Official Watson, Big Sid and DJ Kayotik. As they develop their business as a major indie, Hulk will seek out new labels and artists with sales history to bring into the fold.
In coming months, HULKent will release the Strength n Numberz mixtape and short film, which will feature their entire roster of talent. Individual projects will include Tum Tum's Eat or Get Ate 2 album; the single "Raxx" from The Rap Pack featuring Brian Angel; and Blak's singles "Bail Money" featuring Dorrough, and "It's a Party" featuring Ashley Kimbrae, Tum Tum, B-Hamp and Official Watson.
Angela Howard, Urban Label Manager for Entertainment One, asserts that HULKent is setting a new bar for independent distribution.
"We have high expectations for Hulk Entertainment," Howard says. "They have an experienced staff and talented array of artists. The potential for growth in all areas is unlimited, and we look forward to working with them."
The strong team members at Hulk Entertainment are ready to explore their professional freedom with this new venture, and they feel assured that the path to creative and financial greatness is imminent.
"I am thankful for all of our artists and staff at Hulk, and appreciate the hard work they have put in to take us to this point," says HULKent Vice President Dorothea "DC" Cole-Davis. "In this new venture with eOne, we are prepared to take everything we have done to new heights in all facets of entertainment."
"With the instability of the major label system, the timing couldn't be any better for a dominant indie such as Hulk, to come along and provide a much needed outlet for quality content," explains HULKent VP of A&R Mike "Moodswing" Senters. "I am extremely proud of the fact that our corporate headquarters is based in Dallas, Texas, the place where many critics of our agenda said it couldn't be done."
MP3: Koncept f/ Soul Khan - "Aspirations" (prod. J57)
Check out what's new from The Brown Bag AllStars... Koncept's album "awaken" is out now! Check out the free track "Aspirations" featuring Soul Khan below. Stream & Download Koncept ft. Soul Khan "Aspirations" (Prod by J57) The video for "Aspirations" is currently in rotation on MtvU & Mtv2, worldwide but if you missed it, check it out ! Also make sure you pick up "awaken" on iTunes (SoulSpazm Records) & The "Watch The Sky Fall" EP (Nostomania Records)
Late last month, Illmaculate released his latest album, Skrill Talk. On June 2nd, the Portland, Oregon, rapper will celebrate the album's release with a show at Branx, but before then, Illmaculate is joining his Sandpeople crew for a string of European tour dates. Today, to kick off the tour announcement, Illmaculate is releasing the latest single from Skrill Talk, "One More Time," featuring Sandpeople.
The song, produced by Soleternity, is Illmaculate's response to the pressures of an industry driven by release dates and timetables; he wants to do things his way - and with his crew by his side. "My crew, Sandpeople, definitely had to be on the album," remarks Illmaculate, noting that the song's feel is representative of the Sandpeople process for making music. "This song really has its own vibe within the scope of the album, but it works," he says, "just like everyone in the crew had their own approach to the song, while still remaining cohesive."
Later this month, Illmaculate will be hitting the road with the rest of his Sandpeople crew, as they head overseas for a string of European dates. The tour kicks off May 12th in Sweden and makes stops in Germany, Amsterdam, London, and more, before winding down on May 26th in Oslo, Norway. A full list of dates can be found below.
In other news, on June 9th, Illmaculate, who, since 2004, has proven himself as one of the most accomplished battle rappers in the world, will travel to Los Angeles to take part in the KOTD Vendetta competition. In what will be the biggest battle of his career, Illmaculate will be matching up against Arsonal, while Canibus and Dizaster will also be battling at the event. For more info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibPhqv1krdA .