PR: Newmoney Nominated at 2011 Underground Music Awards
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New Jersey Rapper Newmoney Gets Nominated At 2011 UMAs For His Critically Acclaimed Mixtape "Just My Thoughts"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Hip-Hop's next breakthrough artist Newmoney is excited to announce his nomination for the prestigious 2011 Underground Music Awards in the category "Best Underground Street Album" for his critically acclaimed project "Just My Thoughts".
"I'm honored to be nominated for 'Best Underground Street Album'. I want to congratulate all the nominees and I want to thank everybody at the Underground Music Awards for giving underground artists a platform to be recognized for their hard work," stated the New Jersey rhymespitter, who is currently gearing up for the release of his upcoming mixtape "Ambitions Of A Writer". The project is hosted by DJ Don Demarco and exclusively produced by hit maker Jahlil Beats (credits: Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Meek Mill, Soulja Boy, Fabolous).
Newmoney spent his early years in Irvington, New Jersey, a small township of a little over 60,000 people in Essex County, but with a violent crime rate six times higher than the entire state. Located outside of Newark, the city was hit hard by the crack epidemic during the 1980s, the time Newmoney was born, and still struggles from the effects today. Irvington is also credited with producing some of Hip-Hop's most groundbreaking (Lords of the Underground), infamous (Tupac Shakur's “god brother” and Outlawz member Yaki Kadafi) and influential (Queen Latifah) recording acts.
Newmoney, who grew up idolizing emcees like Jay-Z, Biggie, Big L, AZ, Redman, and DMX, is a true product of his environment. From the breakup of his family to multiple evictions and the traumatic death of his mother from cancer on Christmas morning, his life experiences have shaped the person and recording artist he is today.
MP3: Roach Gigz - "Got 'Em Like (Styrofoam Cup Session)" (Prod. By Zodiac)
Courtesy: Audible Treats.
Producer For The Weeknd Partners With Roach, Southern Hospitality For New Remix
Critical Praise for Roach Gigz:
"Here’s to the new age of rap. And Roach Gigz. Who is awesome." - The FADER
Roach Gigz has kept fans plenty busy over the past few weeks. First came the "Stupid (Remix)," featuring Husalah and Lil B. Next, the release of Roach's debut EP, Bitch, I'm A Player, followed last week with the release of his video for "F A Chorus," shot and directed by Kreayshawn. Now, with more BIAP videos forthcoming, Roach has teamed up with the good folks over at Southern Hospitality, to take fans back a little, with a remix from Roachy Balboa 2 fan favorite "Got 'Em Like."
The remix, officially titled "Got 'Em Like (Styrofoam Cup Session)," comes courtesy of Canadian producer Zodiac, best known for his work producing for The Weeknd, including House Of Balloons favorites "What You Need," "The Party & The After Party," and "Loft Music." And his work remixing Roach proves just as enjoyable. Or as Southern Hospitality co-founder Davey Boy Smith puts it, "We didn't expect [Zodiac] to tap so deeply into [Roach Gigz'] very real love for under-the-counter cough mixture. But that's exactly what he did, in this gritty, overflowing, potent reinvention."
Second Single From On Air Offers Stoned, Stoic Take On Street Life
Kyle Rapps is back, this time with the second single from his forthcoming mixtape On Air. For the Harlem-based rapper's latest project, Kyle enlisted producer and long-time collaborator Nate G, who flips samples from legendary French electronic band Air, while Kyle also called on a few friends for guest appearances, including Talib Kweli, for the previously released single "Universe Traveler," along with C-Rayz Walz and recent collaborators KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman.
For this new single, however, Kyle goes for dolo with "Streets Move On," a track that carries the soul of the streets, while not shying away from its harsh realities in a way that allows it to transcend what has become so typical of rappers discussing street life. "I was daydreaming and got stoned off my imagination," explains Kyle. "I imagined a painting showing various cliches, each dealing with the harsh realities of city life. Then I thought to myself, Wouldn't it be dope if you could put this painting in reverse?" Nate G's production on the track - a straight ahead drum beat, serving as a bed for industrial and synth loops from Air's song "Mike Mills" - allows Kyle's vivid imagery to play the forefront as he raps, "A jungle's a jungle by any other name/ We pray, and stumble and struggle another day," and pulls everything together with a chorus, more catchy than most given the deep subject matter, built around the repeating line, "the streets move on with out you, money."
By age 20, Princeton, New Jersey native Kyle Rapps started winning poetry slams in NYC with a concept-strong, socially sharp raw hip-hop delivery. Once he graduated from Rutgers University, he had already opened for big name acts like Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez with his group, Thought Breakers. And once he decided to change his name to Kyle Rapps, he was getting ready to release the single "Love, Love" with KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman, which eventually went on to reach #1 on the college radio charts for hip-hop. Now, fresh off his critically acclaimed EP, RE-Edutainment, which features Joell Ortiz and KRS-One, and production from Kev Brown, Kyle has put together a new concept project called On Air, which samples from one of his favorite artists, the French-electro DJ duo, Air. The album features Talib Kweli and C-Rayz Walz, along with previous artists like KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman, and will be released this summer.
MP3: Hassaan Mackey - "Something" (prod. Apollo Brown)
From Mello Music Group.
Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown are sharing the final single from the Daily Bread album, the introspective "Something." The chemistry between Apollo Brown and Hassaan Mackey are undeniable, fans and critics alike have spoken loud and clear, singing praises for the recently released album. In an album that is characterized by it's gritty sound and raw raps, "Something" is a reflective song about love, memories, loss, and pain.
The heartfelt chorus echos through a filter with surprising emotional power drawn from the truth of the lyrical content being delivered by Hassaan:
"Lose my mind to the memory of you / makes me think of all the sh*t we been through / Lose my mind to the thought of you / of you."
Apollo combines the solid 1-2 hard snare with a crackling record, light chimes, and swirling strings.