After releasing two stellar projects off the Raw Koncept imprint, "You Need This Music" and "Rawth EP", Nottz is back in the lab hard at work, this time cooking up new material with his group D.M.P. (Durte Muzik Prahdukshun). The group is assembled of Virginia-based emcees Bigshot Manceeni, Cutlass Reid, Khizman, Starboy, Ivory Keyes, Boogie and Nottz himself.
Although currently producing for some of your favorite artists, Nottz is continuing to work hard with his group, D.M.P. The Virginia based group releases another song entitled, "We Ain't Playin'", which is produced by Nottz. D.M.P. is putting the finishing touches on their upcoming project, in the meantime, expect them to be releasing more music and visuals in the near future!!!!
Random Says "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish." (R.I.P. Steve Jobs)
Courtesy Random a/k/a Mega Ran.
Now that I finally have a bit of time before the next show, I was excited to sit down and update you guys on the events of the Race Wars Tour, but I was saddened by the death of one of societies great visionaries, Steve Jobs.
"By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world."
every day, cancer takes a life, be it one as well-known and loved/hated/feared as Steve Jobs, or someone close to you and yours. We can help. Donate money or time to a cause or organization like the American Cancer Society and lets kick this.
Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
Today, millions of people are living with cancer or have had cancer. The risk of developing most types of cancer can be reduced by changes in a person's lifestyle, for example, by quitting smoking, limiting time in the sun, being physically active, and eating a better diet. The sooner a cancer is found and treated, the better the chances are for living for many years... so be careful out there!
The tour rages on, we're in Kansas today, then we do our southern swing through MO, AR, AL, LA, then hit Florida for a return to my second (or third or 4th, depending on the day) home, Orlando. Next update will be much more detailed for sure. these are some things we've learned in 25 + days on the road:
-I'm unstoppable at Street Fighter 2, except when MC Lars picks Blanka.
- Adam WarRock is a SERIOUS performer. take notes guys.
- "AVALANCHE" has gone over very well in every city
- K-Murdock says "to piggyback what Ran said.." A LOT.
- mc chris kinda kills it on "Hijack." I know every word now.
- highlight shows have been Louisville, Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Austin... well, a lot of them.
- no more McDonalds... like, ever.
- Lars is like the most positive person you could ever know...for real.
Last week, DJBooth.net and Event Electronics kicked off their 20/20 Series with Phonte's "Eternally". Today, Exile steps into the Booth with entry #2, newly-leaked album cut "Klepto". A soulfully-produced jam which finds Exile trash-talking his insufficiently dope rivals, the record can be found on new mixtape 4TRK MIND (due out October 4). For info on the newly-released 20/20 BAS studio monitors, check out Event Electronics' official site—and keep it locked to DJBooth.net for further entries in the series throughout October and November.
Quan's is back with his first official video, "Feel So Good," which celebrates life and living it to the fullest! It also shows Quan displaying how vast his vocal range really is, meshing classic R&B riffs and solid verses over a Jake One production.
PR: Smokes Returns With New Music & Announces Tour
Courtesy Yo! Promotions.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Gold is molded in the fire and greatness is molded in the furnace of adversity. Sometimes life's hard lessons can teach us to be triumphant when obstacles are placed in our path.
That appears to be the case for Midwest Hip-Hop artist Smokes aka Mr. Asian Pride. Smokes is on the brink of embarking on a major national tour after experiencing a series of personal setbacks.
"Sometimes it seems like every time you try to do something positive, the forces of negativity seek to engulf you. But I just Keep the faith," proclaims the rapper.
Smokes is an Asian/American rapper from Wisconsin. The electrifying MC is a witty, multi-talented, and passion-filled rising star in the world of Rap music. Smokes has been featured in XXL, The Source, OnSmash.com, AllHipHop.com, VladTV, Yo! Raps, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and more. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Three 6 Mafia, Joell Ortiz, Tone Trump and Young Joc, just to name a few.
Moreover, Smokes won the Outstanding Artist Of The Year award at the prestigious 8th Annual Underground Music Awards and he has shared the stage with artists such as Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Kardinal Offishall, Asher Roth, Three 6 Mafia, Joell Ortiz, Diggy Simmons, Tone Trump and many more.
However, over the past several months Smokes has been hit with a myriad of devastating losses. In March 2011, Smokes' father passed away from an ongoing fight with alcohol related diseases. Smokes had been helping him since 2007 and he was there with his dad in his father's last moments. If that wasn't enough, Smokes' brother was facing a life sentence in prison. He received a sentence of several years, but luckily not for life. Additionally, a very close friend of Smokes tried to commit suicide. Smokes and others got him to the hospital just in time. Lastly in August 2011, Smokes' renowned recording studio was raided and shut down. Agents confiscated computers, hard drives, and videos that held all the work that Smokes planned on releasing this fall.
"The last several months have been horrible. I had to do a lot of soul searching. But strength grows out of struggle. Overcoming hardship builds great character. And I'm determined to persevere," raves the MC.
Smokes is back recording and working on a new project with new music. He's also working on new videos and he's going on a major tour this Fall with Jackie Chain and the Yellow Boyz.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct. 07 A3C Festival -- Atlanta, GA Oct. 14 Gilligans w/ Three 6 Mafia -- Murfreesboro, TN Oct. 15 Dirty South Skate Fest -- Atlanta, GA Oct. 16 Korean Festival -- Atlanta, GA Oct. 19 Rutgers University -- New Brunswick, NJ Oct. 20 TBA -- Fairfax, VA Oct. 21 Davidson College -- Davidson, NC Oct. 22 Korean Festival -- Washington, DC Oct. 22 K Street Lounge -- Washington, DC Nov. 03 UNC Wilmington -- Wilmington, NC Nov. 05 Illinois Wesleyan University -- Bloomington, IL Nov. 06 The Muse -- Lafayette, IN Nov. 07 Ball State University -- Muncie, IN Nov. 08 TBA -- Milwaukee, WI Nov. 11 Carnegie Mellon University -- Pittsburgh, PA Nov. 12 Princeton University -- Princeton, NJ Nov. 13 Boston University -- Boston, MA Nov. 14 iStandard Producer Showcase -- Madison WI Nov. 18 Colby College -- Waterville, ME Nov. 19 University Of Virginia -- Charlottesville, VA Jan. 20 North Carolina State -- Raleigh, NC Mar. 02 University of Connecticut -- Storrs, CT Apr. 14 University Of Idaho -- Moscow, ID
U Dot Fam's own PLA links up with Windy City of God's Mateo Zapata to bring you some fresh visuals for the single "Rap Talk" produced by MG Tha Kush. PLA's upcoming project "Pushing Limits Always" blended by DJ Poor is due to drop this fall for free download on UDotFam.com.