While Toronto may no longer be the industry's best kept secret for finding unsigned talent, that isn't stopping Richard Branson from dipping into the talent pool. Following a chance meeting with billionaire entrepreneur and Virgin Records founder Richard Branson, rumors are swirling around the industry that Aspektz is poised to ink, or may already have signed, a 360 deal with the powerhouse label (home to The Gorillaz, Chiddy Bang and other genre-defying artists).
The artist behind Toronto's IN THE TDOT anthem and ambassador for 360-degree music videos has been popping up everywhere lately, taking interviews on the Business News Network, in XXL and more. When reached for comment, Chris Anokute, Senior Director of A&R for Virgin, indicated the label caught wind of the viral success from the interactive video technology Aspektz delivered, but was unable to comment on the contract or signing. Also unreachable for comment, Aspektz released a photo of himself with Branson taken earlier this month on his Facebook fan page, along with a new song entitled Richard Branson (linked below).
Aspektz new interactive video campaign has been picking up momentum online as viewers experience the revolutionary new technology for the first time. While the red cup anthem Swivel took viewers into the wild True Thorobredz parties, the upcoming “Snowday” video promises to expose the world to a true Canadian winter experience.
February 28th @ Echoplex IHEARTCOMIX, Media Contender, The Echo and SPIN Magazine Present Check Yo Ponytail 2: DAS RACIST, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, and YOUNG L
Upcoming Check Yo Ponytail Events:
2/28 - Das Racist, Mr Muthafuckin Exquire @ LA, CA - Echoplex 3/15 - LIGHT ASYLUM, Pictureplane, White Ring, Chelsea Wolf, NGUZUNGUZU etc. @ Austin, TX - Beauty Ballroom (E. Riverside) 3/15 - Andrew WK, Spank Rock, Dan Deacon, D.I.M. Housemeister, Com Truise, Teengirl Fantasy etc. @ Austin, TX - Beauty Bar (7th Street) 3/20 - HUNX AND HIS PUNX, Nobunny, Heavy Cream @ LA, CA - Echoplex 4/10 - OH Land, BLOOD ORANGE, Special Guests @ LA, CA - Echoplex 4/24 - Hype Williams, Gatekeeper, James Ferraro, White Car @ LA, CA - Echoplex 5/15 - LIGHT ASYLUM, Violent Tremors, Slow Motion DJS, Special Guests @ LA, CA - Echoplex
Toronto up-and-comer CALiPH, released his debut LP, The Resignation, in January and since has received tremendous radio-play in the “Maple Leaf State” thanks to his versatility and the projects diversity, as CALiPH nimbly shows his range by melding old-school soul, smooth R&B and classic boom-bap rap into one cohesive project.
The Resignation features production from Rich Kidd (Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica, Fashawn, Colin Munroe, Chase N. Ca$he, Tona) and M-Phazes (Slaughterhouse, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Emilio Rojas, Sean Price, Royce 5’9, Elzhi, Redman, Amerie, Skyzoo).
Audio: Jaecyn Bayne f/ Fred The Godson & Bronze Nazareth "Crack Music"
Courtesy Matt B.
Signed to renowned Jazz label “Owl Studios”, Jaecyn Bayne’s debut LP, Audio Therapy, is slated for a 4-24-2012 release date and will feature guest appearances from Styles P, Fred the Godson, Canibus & Keith Murray alongside production from Streetrunner and Bronze Nazareth among others.
In addition, to the release of his debut LP, Bayne will also be releasing a free mixtape and Audio Therapy’s first video “Family Thang” which is expected to debut in March and he will be embarking on a US tour with the likes of Canibus, Planet Asia, & Rusty Redenbacher (ATFU).
The first leak from Jaecyn Bayne’s debut LP Audio Therapy can be heard here:
Tracklisting and credits for Jaecyn Bayne’s “Audio Therapy”:
1.) Mic Check (produced by Seany D) 2.) Live & Direct (produced by J. French) 3.) Family Thang (produced by Seany D) 4.) Crack Music f/ Fred the Godson & Bronze Nazareth (produced by Streetrunner) 5.) Breathing f/ Kassim Norris (produced by Kassim Norris) 6.) Hunger (produced by Bronze Nazareth) 7.) Body Down f/ Styles P & Kojoe (produced by Marlon Price of Terminal 3 Productions) 8.) Good In Goodbye (produced by MIZBEATZ) 9.) Heat Stroke f/ Keith Murray (produced by Soul Cinematik) 10.) Phases f/ Kassim Norris (produced by Kassim Norris) 11.) Smoke In The Wind (produced by J. French) 12.) Bis And Bayne f/ Canibus (produced by MIZBEATZ) 13.) Stateside (produced by Seany D) 14.) Ain’t All Bad (produced by Seany D)
For More Information on Jaecyn Bayne please visit:
PR: Element (Custom Made) - "How to Make It in America"
Courtesy Jeremiah Sojourney.
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA Element no stranger to the Hip Hop circuit has released his first single.“How to Make it in America” from the highly anticipated Album “Take the Throne” . Set to be released in April this project was produced by Abstrakt Soundz with features from Mickie Ryan & Sean McGill.
Elements last solo project “Long Story Short” had critics clamoring for more selling over 55,000 units. 25,000 of which were overseas in Japan. Element has worked with artist such Mac Lucci (Dogg Pound) Bad Lucc, Big Pooh, Street Disiplez ( based in New York) , Ivan Ives ,and countless others.
He’s even graced the pages of several magazines LA Weekly ,LA Times , Billboard, & The Wake Up Show Power 106 to name a few. Websites like Industryfinest.com Celebritymound.com, Rapreviews.com, Hiphopdx.com have featured him , & cant get enough of Element.
He’s no foreigner to the stage either. Element has rocked crowds at San Diego University, Dragonfly, The Airliner, Downtown 22nd Jazz Club, The Blue Café & many more. Elements style ,makes him a resonant influential voice rising above the standard rap genre.
The Chicago based production crew, Tensei, meaning 'heaven star' in Japanese, is comprised of Simple X and Midas Wells. Earlier this month they released a free EP entitled One via LA label Plug Research. The project showcased Tensei's unique production style, forfeiting the traditional use of samples and instead, using live musicians to create their tracks.
Continuing to introduce fans to his sound, Tensei is releasing a series of bonus tracks from the EP that show off the range of Tensei's productions. Today, Tensei are releasing the bonus track "Smash Mouth," which features Chicago soul duo "The Ones", Scud One, and Phenom. "Smash Mouth" delves into the sounds of classic hip-hop and reggae to create a relaxed, soulful vibe. Last week, Plug released "Fly Trap" featuring the vocal stylings of Scarlet Monk and a moody, industrial beat from Tensei.
February 24, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA - Produced by RedOne and featuring Justin Bieber, Far East Movement's (aka FM) "Live My Life" exploded onto radio today and will be available on iTunes and digital retailers this Tuesday, February 28.
The monumental track, which has an additional Party Rock remix version with Redfoo of LMFAO, will follow the Dirty Bass appetizer "Jello" that FM performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live SuperBowl Concert series earlier this month. A "Live My Life" music video will be filmed in the coming weeks and both songs will be released on their highly anticipated sophomore album Dirty Bass via Cherrytree/Interscope Records this spring.
"We're thrilled to have Justin be a part of Dirty Bass, exclaims Kev Nish." "FM has always focused on unexpected collaborations and mashing up musical genres which keeps making music exciting. 'Live My Life,' is a song we think both FM and Bieber fans will enjoy together."
FM is currently touring the world while working hard to finish up Dirty Bass. They started to develop the album's sound while on the I Am Music tour with Lil Wayne last summer. They are finishing the album on the Canadian and European Cherrytree Pop Alternative tour with LMFAO while radio airwaves continue to play their worldwide smash singles "Like A G6" and "Rocketeer."
"We've been performing the "Live My Life" Party Rock remix with Redfoo on the CherryTree Pop Alternative tour and the reaction has been met with hands in the air and hype energy, declares Prohgress. "We're looking forward to the song at radio and everybody partying wherever they're listening."
Dirty Bass has a dynamic universal party sound that brings elements of booming trunk bass to the dancefloor. Far East Movement shaped and co-produced the sound with The Stereotypes and assistance from the above-mentioned RedOne along with other chart-topping producers Bangladesh, Dallas Austin and Cherry Cherry Boom Boom.
More exciting collaborations on Far East Movement's Dirty Bass will be announced soon.
Woodbridge, VA rap artist PHZ-Sicks (pronounced 'physics') presents the Sweatshop/self-directed video for his Epik Da Dawn-produced song "Success/Failure", featuring Detroit's Scolla. "Success/Failure" is a song from PHZ's recently released full-length The Laws Of PHZ-Sicks.