Already proven as a talented, sought after songwriter and revered platinum-selling artist, Marsha Ambrosius is meeting the next challenge in her already impressive musical career by reinventing herself as a solo artist with her J Records debut disc LATE NIGHTS & EARLY MORNINGS.
Hailing from Liverpool, England, fans first got a taste of Marsha's talent as the singing half of the duo Floetry. Their 2000 debut Floetic produced signature singles like "Say Yes" and "Getting Late" as well as four Grammy nods. Following the 2005 release of their second studio album, Flo'Ology, the ladies veered creatively and personally. While the split was difficult, Marsha continued to build a name for herself as a songwriter and producer, creating "Butterflies" for the late Michael Jackson and other hits for artists such as Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx and Nas. She's been nominated for a total of six Grammys and has been honored by BMI as their Songwriter of the Year.
Over the years, Marsha has stayed relevant as an artist via touring, writing/producing and mixtapes like 2007's Neo Soul is Dead, 2008's Yours Truly and 2010's Yours Sincerely. She also appeared as a featured artist on projects from Patti Labelle, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Jamie Foxx and Earth, Wind & Fire, among others. Eventually, Marsha signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records however a much-buzzed about solo debut never materialized due to creative glitches. Equipped with plenty of her own talent, she found herself being given songs from producers that were "great but not songs that made sense in relation to each other." Marsha calls her sound "honest and consistent" and it was important for her to make an album with an overall cohesive sound. She explains, "I think with an album everything has to make sense, like 'Where is this story going?'"
But that wasn't the only situation posing a challenge for Marsha. A basketball player since childhood, when her music career took off, her diet remained the same as when she was regularly active. Constantly on the road touring and promoting wasn't conducive to a healthy diet and resulted in her gaining 70 pounds in just one year. She finally got serious about her health and lost the weight safely and slowly over about a two-year period.
Now at a strong place mentally and physically, Marsha's ready to present her sound to the world. The first single, "Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player)," is an anthem that women and men can relate to. Marsha explains, "It's the reality of a bad break up. We wanna be decent human beings and say the right thing, you know, 'I wish you well.' But this is 'Everything that could go wrong for him I want it to because my ego is bruised and I'm acting out.'" There've been many songs written about heartbreak, but Marsha's approach to "Hope She Cheats on You" gets in your face rather than plays the victim.
LATE NIGHTS & EARLY MORNINGS is destined to be a classic, as Marsha offers a candid glimpse of her life and perspectives as a woman. Inspired by musical icons like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Prince, she concedes there is an overall male influence in her songwriting, such as the assertive sentiments heard on hits like "Say Yes." She explains, "My pen and my point of view has a certain aggression to it because I've listened to a lot of male influenced music, which I think makes me one of the most outspoken writers out here. Sometimes as a woman you don't wanna say what's on your mind for fear of being judged. But why wouldn't I say it like that if that's how I felt?" Musical peers recruited to contribute to the project include Alicia Keys, a reunion with Dre and Vidal (producers of "Say Yes"), Just Blaze and Focus.
While her success in the industry is already solidified, Marsha knows it's never easy to win over fans as a solo artist. Fortunately, she says, "It's like being thrown in the deep end. 'Okay I have to swim? Oh well.' I've taken that attitude and it's carried me forward.
Peter Jackson Ft. Joell Ortiz, Troy Ave, Talib Kweli, Skyzoo, MOP - I Don't Give A ... 2.0
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"I Don't Give A ... 2.0" is the first record to be released from Peter Jackson’s mixtape Good Company. The song features Joell Ortiz, Talib Kweli, Troy Ave, Skyzoo, & Billy Danze of MOP. Good Company is hosted by Grammy Award winning producer ILL MIND, and mixed by DJ Whoo Kid and DJ Dames Nellas. The mixtape features singles "Havana" with TYGA, and "Beautiful Girls". Good Company is executively produced by Vested In Culture & TYGA
Video: Abstract Artform f/ Relic - "As the Crow Flies"
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Winnipeg's prairie kid rapper Abstract Artform has let loose his latest music video 'Through My Music ft. Relic' along with a recent tour vlog chronicling his adventures for fans. AA his currently on Eastern Canadian tour this summer with Juno winner Relic and Halifax rapper Ambition in promotion of his upcoming release 'As The Crow Flies' out on July 5th on Ol Roy Records.
Sofa Bed 502 Remix-Nappy Roots Buffalo Stille,Death Row Records Artist, Michael Barber, and Junior Jackson. The Hookah Lounge Volume 1, which had major A list artists on it including, Cam'ron, Crooked I, Jay Rock of Black Hippy, The Ying Yang Twins, Kanye Wests artist, Cyhi the Prince, Big Mike of the Ghetto Boys, Pill, Knoc-turnal, Young Buck, and Shawty-Lo, to name a few. The album also featured the actor Johnny Depp!
Jabee & Thelonius Martin release a visual for "Kings Speech" from there ep "As it is in heaven" that premiered on Complex. you can catch Jabee on tour with EL-P & Killer Mike on the "Run The Jewels Tour."
Everlast Announces Headlining Tour & Gets Added To Stars & Stripes Festival With Halestorm
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Grammy-winner EVERLAST has taken a break for the recording of his new studio album to head out onto the road for a series of headlining tour dates, and a performance at the Stars & Stripes Festival in Sterling, MI with Halestorm and Puddle of Mudd. Everlast continues to tour in support of his latest studio album “Songs of the Ungrateful Living”, which was released on his own label Martyr Inc. Records, in partnership with EMI Music.
Although there have been albums in between, “Songs of the Ungrateful Living” is the spiritual follow-up to his 1998 breakthrough, the multi-platinum “Whitey Ford Sings the Blues”, an eclectic mix of rock, blues, country, pop and hip-hop, which topped the Billboard charts and sold more than 3 million copies on the strength of its crossover hit, “What It’s Like.” Lead single, “I Get By” has been hailed as an anthem for these troubled times, and prompted Vibe Magazine to proclaim, “On his sixth solo studio work the groundbreaking white MC is making a no-nonsense return-to-form.”
Everlast recently released a new digital EP entitled "More Songs of the Ungrateful Living" online at http://bit.ly/RlGwSe. The EP features classic Everlast songs like "What It's Like", "White Trash Beautiful" and "Long Time" performed acoustically for the first time on record, as well as previously unavailable tracks that fans have been clamoring for.
For more information please visit Everlast's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/everlastmusic.
EVERLAST TOUR DATES:
6/26 - Falmouth, MA - The Beach House
6/27 - Hampton, NH - Wally's Pub
6/28 - Amityville, NY - Revolution Bar & Music Hall
6/29 - Uncasville, CT - Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino
6/30 - Sterling, MI - Stars & Stripes Festival w/ Halestorm
Free EP: CASTLE - "See, Here's the Thing" (curated by Has-Lo)
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North Carolina emcee and producer CASTLE is preparing to release his MMG debut "Gasface" July 23rd. To keep people from feeling blindsided by such a big bag a dope, we brought in Has-Lo to curate a pre-release Ep of unreleased CASTLE material to introduce listeners. Ultra-lyrical, heavily satirical, and way beyond the empirical: CASTLE.
"She the one I never lie to
And shorty will try you
But I keep her around because
she roll up better than I do...I do..."
Video: Will Smith Exclusive in Studio with Gillie Da Kid
Philadelphia native Gillie Da Kid captured inspiring Will Smith to be in the studio again? Witness Will Smith lifting weights with the homies while listening to beats? Is this for real? Is the Fresh Prince getting Jiggy wit Gillie Da Kid???