Spends grew up in Sacramento and earned an anthropology degree at Sonoma State University. His major ended up being helpful for his career: "Music is about observing your environment and the people around you," explains Spends, who started rapping in high school. In 2003, he formed the jazz hip-hop crew Sonicbloom with fellow band members Adam Fission, Hunter Blackwell, J.Kendall, and Mr. Tay.
Audio: Marco Polo f/ Lil Fame "Fame For President"
Courtesy Matt B.
Taken from Marco Polo's forthcoming free-LP Newport Authority 2 as Marco states “I’ve recorded so much quality material over the last few years and I really want to share it all. It couldn't all possibly fit on Port Authority 2; hence Newport Authority 2 came to be" Marco states.
Snow Tha Product on Fight to Unite Tour w/ Kottonmouth Kings, Dizzy Wright & More!
Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.
Today, Snow Tha Product is hitting the road with Kottonmouth Kings, Deuce, Dizzy Wright and Eskimo Callboy on The Fight to Unite Tour! The 24-city tour begins in Tucson, Arizona tonight (April 8), and wraps in Hollywood, California on May 5.
The Fight to Unite Tour 2013 (check local listings for updates)
4/08 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
4/09 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
4/10 - Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
4/11 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Sports Cafe
4/12 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/13 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
4/13 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
4/15 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/16 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners
4/17 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
4/19 - Reading, PA @ Reverb
4/20 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/21 - Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
4/23 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
4/24 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's
4/25 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
4/26 - Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
4/27 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
4/29 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
4/30 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/01 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/03 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Strip
5/04 - Santa Ana, CA @ Yost Theater
5/05 - Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
Audio: Illogic & Blockhead - "Live From The Horizon" (Remix)
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Next week, Illogic & Blockhead will release their first collaborative full-length album, Capture The Sun. The album, which includes features from Slug, Blueprint, Abstract Rude, and more, will be released on TK via Man Bites Dog Records, and today, Illogic&& Blockhead are debuting a non-album exclusive remix of album track "Live From the Horizon." The song was remixed by fellow DJ/producer, and Columbus, Ohio, native, RJD2 and was premiered by Rolling Stone.
Video: JellyRoll "Big Sal Freestyle" & Waffle House News
Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.
Memphis rapper JellyRoll has been facing a swirl of controversy over his latest mixtape. Last month, the restaurant chain Waffle House sent JellyRoll a 4-page Cease & Desist, demanding that he stop using their name and similar logo font on the cover for his mixtape
Whiskey, Weed & Waffle House.
"When I first got the Cease and Desist letter I thought somebody was pulling my chain... I just honestly can't believe that such a corporate giant would be bothered by me, in essence, promoting them. Let's be real here, the Waffle House after 8:00pm looks like a bottom-of-the-barrel BYOB bar.
Obviously the only response I can have toward Waffle House is comply. Still kinda pisses me off though... the mixtape was free... no harm was done. For Waffle House to be upset and say it was 'Defamation of Character' is like... are you f*cking serious? This is the mecca of toothless waitresses and tattooed cooks. I've never walked in a Waffle House sober in my life, and I doubt you can find many people who have.
Now my job is to re-release Whiskey Weed & 'Women' with a few new tricks and some funny skits!!! And of course my album The Big Sal Story is in stores now via Select-O-Hits. We are about to shoot the video for 'What They Waiting On,' and I am also touring right now throughout the South. Thanks to everyone who is supporting me through this madness!"
So to recap: UMA West Coast Artist of the Year, nationwide tour, album release, and rocked at Paid Dues! This passed year and a half has been memorable to say the least. I wrote this song to reflect on what I feel it takes to make it.