Houston's own Rob Jay is excited to release his soulful sophomore EP, Millionaire Before 30. Produced and mixed entirely by Ammbush from the Drums & Ammo collective, the eight-track digital project is being offered to fans for free download.
"This project was really my first full-length collaborative effort where it's just me and a producer," says Rob Jay, explaining his work with Ammbush. "His studio puts you in this ultra hip-hop state of mind. It makes you feel like rap is the only thing that exists." Aside from Ammbush's involvement in the album, Rob Jay's only other guest feature is from John Dew, a fellow Houstonite who was featured on the EP's latest single, "Wise Man," and also handled art direction for the album. "I'm not one to ask someone to be on my album just because they may be hot right now," notes Rob. "John Dew is a friend and I really like his music; the collaboration came naturally."
Rob Jay takes on a variety of different themes with each track on the EP, ranging from his dedication to the rap game on "Hip-Hop Lifer" to his bedroom prowess on "Love Sex, Drug Sex." Before "Wise Man," Rob dropped his first single titled "My Past Life," a conceptual piece that discusses the trial and tribulations of his hypothetical past life in Harlem during the late 1960s. "Millionaire Before 30 serves as a progression from my last project in the sense that it's more cohesive and it's not a group of songs that was thrown together," says Rob. "It's the best-engineered project I've ever done."
Download: DJ Babu of Dilated Peoples, "Non Fiction" f. Trek Life
Courtesy Dunn Deal PR.
If DJ Babu and Trek Life were books, the Dilated Peoples DJ/producer and the West Coast rhymesayer would be shelved in the Non-Fiction section - they're simply too real to fit in anywhere else. The eighth exclusive world premiere in DJBooth and Event Electronics' ongoing 20/20 Music series, this gritty selection finds Babu crafting a slow-rolling synth-sample beat (complete with a hook sampled from U.T.F.O.'s classic Leader of the Pack) to back Trek's unfettered display of lyrical aggression.
Video: Flashbacks by Choke No Joke - Foxy Brown Hearing Loss
Courtesy DJ Vlad.
Flashbacks by Choke No Joke is a online series where Choke No Joke goes back to monumental and memorable times in his journey in the entertainment industry. Some are funny, some are serious and some of the Flashbacks are just entertaining. Flashbacks is educational for those who study the entertainment industry. Pay close attention and you might find yourself in a Flashback by Choke No Joke.
B. James made a name for himself by appearing on seven tracks on Scarface's "Dopeman Music" album. Officially branded a 'Face protege by Scarface himself, James lets loose the street single off of his upcoming project "A Young Vet." The track is titled "Still Standing" and is produced by Odizzybeatz.
Before west coast based hip-hop group LEL Brothas ventured out on a successful national tour where they performed as co-headliners alongside west coast heavyweights The Game and E-40, they were just two artists who desperately wanted to bring music to people in all parts of the world.
Since then, they have embarked on an audacious world tour of the Middle East, arranged by their business partner Calvin Bowers of CB5 Ent, which landed them as the first-ever hip-hop group to perform in Saudi Arabia. They performed at the U.S. Embassy as well as the U.S. Ambassador's Residence and were dubbed "Cultural Ambassadors of American Hip-Hop Culture" by the U.S. State Department.
Consisting of DJ Clone and LBC, as well as their hype man CB5, the members all originate from southern California, they went on to be the first-ever hip-hop group to be broadcast live on Saudi Arabia Television. They also found themselves in Bahrain the day after Marshall Law was lifted, the streets still lined with military soldiers with automatic weapons and a shoot-first-ask-questions-later type policy.
Currently in the midst of their second world tour, this time focusing on eastern Asia, the group has Singapore, Mylasia, Philappeans and Japan all scheduled on their itinerary before their final show in April 2012. They will perform one show only in America, on October 23rd 2011 at the Indian Steele Park in Phoenix, Arizona where they are expected to play for an audience of 25,000 - 30,000 people at the American Arab Festival.
LEL Brothas are promoting their latest album, The Epidemic, which features music from super-producer Wade Martin. Wade Martin is best known for his work with G-Unit and Nas, among others, and as Co-owner of IME Records with DMC of Run DMC.
Lyndon Griffith, better known as Caspa Narkz, has been rapping since the age of twelve. Hailing from the East New York section of Brooklyn, the borough that has given birth to some of the best rappers in the game, Narkz had no choice but to be influenced by the sounds and styles of his predecessors and be drawn into the world of rap. By high school, his early talent was evident as he began to win "rap battles" left and right. "Fitted 2 Da Side" is Caspa Narkz's first single on Black House Records, LLC.
Video: Orange Hill f/ Busy Signal, Fatman Scoop & Kano - "Wine De Best"
Orange Hill Productions is the brainchild of record producer / former BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ, Ras Kwame, in collaboration with Jnr.Tubby, another record producer of UK urban music fame (popularly known as DialTone / Antonio). The new single which is to be released on the 21st of November features legendary hiphop DJ and personality Fatman Scoop as well as UK rapper Kano and Jamaican star Busy Signal.
As we buckle down for the coming winter here in Buffalo, NY; travellin' man extraordinaire Deuce Ellis is once again in transit. This time, he's actually headed home to Western New York - leaving the sunny beaches of Southern California for a winter hibernation in the studio and finish what promises to be his best album yet. But in between some West Coast rest and relaxation he found time to sit down with the fine folks at WWS Magazine, the interview from which can be found below. Check it out, and stay tuned for more from Deuce.
FULL INTERVIEW and NEW DEUCE ELLIS SONG at WWSMag.com
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today. -- I was born in buffalo & I was raised in Brooklyn. I've always loved music, and hip hop is my culture. My job is to make great music for people to enjoy, and to be the best at what I do. I've spent the last two years on tour: touring with Aloe Blacc, touring with Das EFX, booking several independent tours, and even participating in Vans Warped Tour & CMJ. I just moved to Santa Monica maybe two weeks before this interview, after a 15 city tour that ended in Vegas.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone. -- I have a two pretty dope songs you guys can check out while I finish my latest album. Check out Throwing Knives & The Conductor. Throwing Knives displays the art of true MCing, raw lyrics over a fierce Neville brothers sample. It's chock full of double ententes, metaphors & witty lines & the video is set to a backdrop of some of the illest Kung Fu footage you've ever seen, s/o to SDMG for the video. The conductor is creative storytelling piece designed to inspire. Haley Meister did such an awesome job on the animated video, and everyone loved it.
What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see? -- Wrapping up my latest album. And publishing a book of poetry & art. Finishing those projects is my main focus right now. Look for more videos coming soon as well.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry? -- Not getting discouraged.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back? -- Everyday is a new challenge. I embrace challenges. That's how you get better.
What are some things artists need to be careful of? -- Don't loose focus of why you do what you do. Only you know what's best for you.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself? -- To thine own self be true.
What are the best ways to sell your products as an artist? -- Be creative. Be original. Give the people what they want.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music? -- I'm old school. I like hand to hand. Meeting people & speaking with them.