After releasing his first official album, Just Call Me P, on May 30th 2012, underground UK Hip Hop emcee, Just P (formerly BiG PSG), recently asked us at Black Budget Ent to record the official music video to his feel good track, Brighter Days, which is taken from his latest release and produced by talented German beat maker, Politiks. The song and video both compliment each other well, with bright and stimulating visual's accompanied by a laid back, original and inspiring track. The release is going to be the first of many from the independant, London based emcee, and with its calm vibe's delivered via thoughtful vocals alongside a calming video, it is definitely one for the 2012 summer.
MP3: Kool Keith - "Jedi Supreme" Ft. Big Sche Eastwood
On Tuesday, Kool Keith will release Love & Danger, the 13th album of his illustriously eccentric career. Already, Kool Keith has released a handful of singles from the album, and now, with a string of European show dates wrapping up, and new video planned to drop on release date, Keith is releasing a new non-album single, "Jedi Supreme."
The track, which is a collaboration with Big Sche Eastwood (also known as Mr. Sche) and features scratches by Junkaz Lou, both of whom show up on Love & Danger, is also produced by Mr. Sche, who provides Keith with a spacey, orchestral track. For his part, Keith doesn't disappoint, delivering a rangy, imagery-filled verse, rapping, "No one in space wants to argue with the Nubian Casablanca...They say I'm on that Formica/ I know what you like/ Women with space suits on/ I'm commanding them what to do with a captain's uniform on."
Video: Anthony Valadez - "Precious" feat Def Sound
DJ, visual artist, music-lover, musician Anthony Valadez, a long-time DJ on LA's KCRW, is releasing his debut album Just Waiting via Plug Research on June 5th. Today, Plug releases the video for "Precious" feat Def Sound, a subtle soulful head-nodder. The video features a breezy vibe and fun with construction paper, water guns, toys, and stop motion!
Washington, D.C. rhymesayer SmCity has joined forces with The DJBooth to bring fans his debut full-length, The Indie Life: Hate, Love & Money. The project features 12 original cuts from the up-and-coming emcee, including previously-featured, reader-approved cuts “Watch Me,” “About a Hater” and “Mr. IDGAF.” Joining SmCity on the guest tip throughout The Indie Life are Trey Dupree, Derek Olds, Skyzoo, Kokayi, Pro’verb, DB, Oddisee, Phil Adé, Uptown XO, Sam Trocki. Beats come courtesy of The Best Kept Secret, Heartbeat, Charlie Heritage, The Drumatiks, DB, Ab the Pro and Preston Hart.
Video: Mawnstr, "Surrender/Brutalizin' RMX" f. Kaliban
Los Angeles-bred, Oakland-based emcee Mawnstr presents the RCKLSS ABNDN-directed music video for "Surrender/Brutalizin' (RMX)", two selections off his forthcoming debut solo EP dropping summer. "Brutalizin' (RMX)" features fellow L.A. emcee Kaliban, and was produced by the late Julien Wari Hobobo a.k.a. VybezOne, a beloved L.A.-based producer who passed away last year. Mawnstr's most recent release is the Why You Cryin EP, a collaboration with Cuzzo D under the moniker Not The 1s featuring production from Daedelus, Mexicans With Guns and more. Mawnstr was also part of the Connoisseurs Crew alongside P.E.A.C.E. from Freestyle Fellowship and was featured on P.E.A.C.E.'s 2003 album Gumbo.
Block Starz Music Names David "Cin'atra" Lee Chief of West Coast Operations And Latin Division
Block Starz Music LLC, a leading German-American digital music company engaged in scouting, developing, and marketing new independent talent, announced that David "Cin'atra" Lee has been appointed Executive Vice President of West Coast Operations and founding president of the company's newly-formed Latin entertainment division, Block Starz Latin Music.
Mr. Lee has been with Block Starz since 2011, holding various positions, each with increasing levels of responsibility. In his most recent position as Block Starz Music's Vice President of Artist and Repertoire (West), he was directly involved in the signing of Delwin The Krazyman, Loc'ed Out Entertainment, producer Young West, and Thizz Latin's Block Movement which consists of rappers Latin Threat, Stylo and Stewart Gats.
"David brings the skill set, industry experiences, and unique knowledge of Block Starz Music's culture and creative process necessary to be successful in this role," said Bayer Mack, Founder and President. "We are fortunate to have an executive of his proven ability to quickly step into the assignment."
In his new position, Mr. Lee will be supervising various projects, including the West Coast Block Starz 2 compilation, and an all Spanish compilation album called The Latin Connection, as well as developing strategic partnerships with lifestyle brands, publishing, and film companies. As the new chief of Block Starz Latin Music, David will be responsible for signing, marketing, and promoting talented Latin artists from all genres of music, not just Hip-Hop and R&B.
"Block Starz Music has allowed me to discover talented artists and provide opportunities that many of them wouldn't receive unless they had a budget," says Lee, who is also the CEO of Deep Groove Entertainment, which manages various acts. "There are lots of undiscovered Latin artists with major talent that deserve to be heard and seen. Latin Music has a huge marketplace that we believe will continue gaining popularity in the United States as the Hispanic population grows."
About Block Starz Music Founded in 2008 to scout, develop, and market new independent talent, Block Starz Music LLC is a leading digital Hip-Hop label in America with a catalog that includes independent releases by Machine Gun Kelly, Rhymefest, and Fashawn as well as songs featuring Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Raheem DeVaugn, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The company has a diverse roster of new and established Rap, Rock, Pop, and R&B recording acts and also distributes other independent and artist operated labels.