Before the Houston stop on the Club Paradise tour with Drake a few weeks back, French Montana sat down with SCKNOWS on his tour bus and shed some light on topics such as his relationship with Houston artists, what he expects from his debut album, performing Stay Schemin for the FIRST time live with ALL of the members of the song, clarification of the joint venture between Bad Boy and MMG amongst others. Enjoy.
Galapagos4 Records in conjunction with Old Irving Productions present the Robust - "Northern Soul" music video. As the lead single off the upcoming Robust album "Fillin' In The Potholes", "Northern Soul" is undoubtedly some of the Chicago MC's finest work to date. Directed by Arvid Wuensh, the video vividly captures Robust at home in his everyday environment of Chicago's most infamous melting-pot neighborhood, Albany Park. The beat was crafted by none other than long time friend and collaborator Meaty Ogre, providing a smooth soulero-esque groove that perfectly compliments the laid back style Robust has unquestionably honed over the years. The cuts performed by DJ Alo accurately exemplify the concept behind the song, as it is sincerely music "from the soul".
PR: Prodigy's H.N.I.C. 3 Drops July 3 f/ Wiz Khalifa, T.I. Havoc & More
New York, NY - Prodigy, one half of seminal rap duo Mobb Deep, will release his third solo album H.N.I.C. 3 on July 3, 2012. The album marks the first full length release on Infamous Record. The imprint, which inked a distribution deal with Sony/RED Distribution last year, released the Mobb Deep EP Black Cocaine at the end of 2011.
For the current project, Prodigy has enlisted producers The Alchemist, S.C., Young L, Sid Roams, Ty Fyffe and Beat Butch. Among other guest appearances, Wiz Khalifa joins the HNIC on "Co-Pilot" while T.I. guest stars on the track "What's Happening" which he also produced. Havoc lends a verse on "Who You Bullsh****n" and Willie Taylor of Day 26 provides the hook for the track "My Angel."
The album will be released in both physical and digital formats and it will be available in a variety of versions: the regular full length version in dirty and clean versions (sixteen tracks), the Deluxe version (explicit full length plus four bonus tracks) and a Prodigy documentary on DVD, a FYE Exclusive version (explicit full length plus a Mobb Deep documentary on DVD), a iTunes Exclusive version (explicit version plus four bonus tracks) and, last but nor least, an exclusive Crickett Wireless Mobile-Only version (explicit full length plus two bonus tracks.)
H.N.I.C. 3 is the third installment of the H.N.I.C. series. The first H.N.I.C. album dropped in 2000 and received notable critical acclaim. The second H.N.I.C. project dropped in 2008 as Prodigy was entering prison to serve a three year bid for illegal gun possession.
Prodigy, along with long time partner Havoc, joined the line up of the Rock The Bells festival in 2011, as well as the Rock The Bells Tour that kept the group on the road for most of the summer. This year, Prodigy will join the festival again to promote his solo effort.
The week prior to the album release, the HN will embark on a series of promo activities that so far includes a take-over at Sirius XM Radio, guest editor position at prominent media outlets, a guest appearance on Hot 97's "Street Soldiers" show along with writer Michelle Alexander, author of the best selling book The New Jim Crow. Prodigy is also featured, along with "trainer" Killer Mike, on the episode of the MTV show Made that will air on June 19 at 4 pm EST.
H.N.I.C. 3 - Track Listing
1. Without Rhyme or Reason (Alchemist) 2. Slept On (Alchemist) 3. Pretty Thug (Ty Fyffe) 4. My Angel feat Willie Taylor of Day 26 (Beat Butcha) 5. Co-Pilot feat Wiz Khalifa (The Colombians) 6. Live (Alchemist) 7. Make It Hot (Young L) 8. Get Money feat Boogz Boogetz (Young L) 9. Life Is What You Make It (S.C.) 10. Award Show Life (S.C.) 11. Who You Bullsh****n feat Havoc (Sid Roams) 12. Skull & Bones (Beat Butcha) 13. Smack That Bitch feat Esther (Valentino) 14. Let Me Show You feat Vaughn Anthony (Ty Fyffe) 15. Gangsta Love feat Esther (Valentino) 16. What's Happening feat T.I. (T.I.)
Audio: Vorheez f/ El Da Sensei & Homeboy Sandman - "Place to Be"
Vorheez of Mystika Music's Problemaddicts crew drops his debut single "Place To Be," featuring New Jeru's El da Sensei and Stones Throw signee Homeboy Sandman. Produced by Poland's premiere production duo, The Returners, "Place To Be" initiates Vor's solo effort as he gets ready for the release of his debut solo album, Say Anything.
This weekend was looking crazy on the social forums, from Roots Picnic to Summer Jam, to Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Bowl. I mean who wasn't where? Well some were at home cooking up some sounds for an interestingly fun Megabeat for the 1st official week in June. For the Love of It!
PR: G.Huff & Vice Souletric Get Co-Sign from Scarface & Pete Rock On New Track
G. Huff and Vice Souletric have quickly become two of the most respected new Hip-Hop artists to come out the Midwest. The Ohio MC/Producer duo made waves in 2011 with their debut album, Where Do We Go From Here?, which featured a who's who of talent such as Guilty Simpson, REKS, Termanology, and more. In addition, Vice will have production on upcoming albums from Scarface, Reek Da Villian and others in 2012.
As a duo G.Huff and Vice are now set to follow up with a new EP, Are We There Yet?, a carefully crafted masterpiece packed with lyricism, soul, and energy. It’s a recipe the duo knows how to cook up so well! Not only do Huff and Vice receive the co-signs of hip hop legends Pete Rock and Scarface (who grace the intro of “Tears In A Bucket”), they create their own lane with an original sound that is unique yet universal enough for all to enjoy!
"Tears In A Bucket” was created and influenced by a domestic violence incident as G.Huff explains "Tears In A Bucket” is a song that is based loosely on an event that took place not too long ago involving an acquaintance of mine. Domestic violence is a subject most artists shy away from, but I felt we could bring light to this issue in a dope way, without being preachy, and still making good music. I hand-picked male vocalist, JTronius, and female R&B singer, Alison Carney too add authentic emotion to the track. The sample Vice chose for this beat provided the perfect backdrop for the story I told. I think this song will hit home with both men and women."