Kurtis Blow Jr. (aka Kurtis Cloud) has been grinding, putting out album quality music that he feels his fans deserve over the past few years, and his hard work is finally paying off. He has a world wide tour locked in, reaching from Europe to Japan, dates on Bad Boy’s own Machine Gun Kelly’s “Hostile Takeover” tour with Tech N9ne, all which will assist him in reaching new crowds. To coincide with all his touring Kurtis plans to introduce to the world his first EP “Champagne Dreams & Purple Clouds”, an iconoclastic hip-hop project that was inspired by Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, slated to drop mid first quarter.
Points: URBNET presents Animal Nation's latest full length release entitled "The Basement Tapes Vol.1". The eight-track album takes old Animal Nation favourites that have slowly evolved throughout the years to adapt to their ever-changing live set, and has them recorded live on the floor of their basement level studio.
Some songs are live-set staples that get played at every show (The Fez, Wooden Rollercoaster), some are classics that never got the proper attention they deserved when released the first time around (The Corner of Broadway), and some are banjo driven re-interpretations of previous hits (Party Animals Reprise). Animal Nation - The Basement Tapes Vol. 1 is now available for digital download at URBNET and iTunes.
This Whistler, BC based Hip-Hop trio is currently on tour with dates as follows:
Mar 29: Penticton Voodoo's Mar 30: Rossland The Flying Steamshovel Mar 31: Nelson The Royal Apr 04: Lethbridge The Slice Apr 05: Calgary The Shamrock Apr 06: Saskatoon Amigo's Apr 07: Saskatoon Scratch Club Apr 08: Banff The Rose & Crown Apr 09: Golden Rockwater Bar & Grill Apr 10: Invermere Bud's Bar & Lounge Apr 12: Revelstoke Regent Inn Apr 19: Whistler Doc Branigan's Apr 21: Whistler Savage Beagle Apr 21: Whistler Telus Ski and Snowboard Festival Apr 27: Pemberton Pemberton Hotel
PR: Living Legend's Aesop's New Single "Believe It's True"
Courtesy Trevor Seamon.
Black Aesop. Yes, that's right. Not to be confused with Aesop Rock or Asap Rocky, Black Aesop of Living Legends is currently signed to 3sixty5 Records and in the studio making music. Based in the Fresno, CA Black Aesop started with the Legends since 92 but has remained in the background, playing second fiddle to Murs, The Grouch etc. "Believe its True" marks his triumphant return to the game. He will also be on PAID DUES 2012with Living Legends.
"Believe It's True" produced by EAT machine, is the first single off Black Aesop's forthcoming Summer LP "The Black Aesop Project"
Sean Price is "rather unique / funky like I ain't take a bath in a week.” A taste of what's in store from Sean Price's 'Mic Tyson' album out THIS year on Duck Down Music. Produced by PF Cuttin | Video by Myster DL for ILL Mannered Films @MysterdL.
Here’s the new single, “Let Me In,” f/Tank (produced by David Banner & Swiff D) from David Banner’s upcoming free LP, “Sex, Drugs and Video Games,” scheduled to released on 5-22-2012.
“Sex, Drugs and Video Games” is a free LP, but Banner is asking for fans to support “The Movement”. The goal of “Sex, Drugs & Video Games” is to show the world Urban music is still valuable. And how is he going to do that? Banner needs 2 million of you to download this mixtape for free, then he needs the same 2 million of you to donate at least $1 to the movement; but feel free to donate more, as there is no maximum donation.
And what is “The Movement” you may ask? This movement is to start controlling our own music, movies and content…PERIOD! As David Banner states “We are not simply characters in a video game being controlled by the invisible hand. Once this donation goal is met, I’m going to shoot a movie that will drop 5-22-2013 and a portion of the donations are also going to charity. Download this LP for FREE and make sure to support the movement."
REKS Returns With "Straight, No Chaser" on April 24th
Courtesy Matt B.
“STRAIGHT, NO CHASER” IS ENTIRELY PRODUCED BY STATIK SELEKTAH & FEATURES APPEARANCES FROM ACTION BRONSON, TERMANOLOGY & SLAINE
STRAIGHT, NO CHASER WILL BE RELEASED ON 4-24-2012
Still living off the praise of fans, critics and peers as well as sales of last year’s instant classic R.E.K.S (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme), REKS now sets out to take the next step in his progression with his official full length follow up opus Straight, No Chaser. Once again teaming up with super-producer Statik Selektah, the two combine like a modern day Gang Starr for Straight, No Chaser.
REKS took the underground scene by storm with his debut LP, Along Came The Chosen (2001). The album featured production from a then eighteen year old Statik Selektah and featured collaborations with underground stalwarts: Pace-Won & Young Zee of the Outsiderz, 7L & Esoteric, J-Live and more. The critically acclaimed LP was featured in the Source, XXL, Vibe, and REKS was named to URB Magazine’s “Next 100”. The album’s single “Skills 101” reached #45 on the Billboard Singles chart, putting him on shows and tours with huge national acts. REKS finally released his highly anticipated sophomore LP, Grey Hairs, in 2008. The momentous album featured production from DJ Premier, Large Professor and ten-tracks from Statik and featured collaborations with Lil Fame of MOP, Consequence, Skyzoo, Termanology, Jon Hope and Big Shug. Grey Hairs lead to REKS being profiled by XXL Magazine in their “Show & Prove” section. REKS released the companion piece More Grey Hairs, appeared on Statik Selektah’s Spell My Name Right: The Album and released two more mixtapes (In Between The Lines Series Vol’s 1&2 which were hosted by Statik Selektah/DJ Green Lantern and DJ Ill Will respectively) and both mixtapes garnered thousands of downloads and widespread praise.
REKS has already set things in motion for Straight, No Chaser with lauded appearances at SXSW, an upcoming European tour and the recent leaks of the LP’s buzz-singles, “Chasin’” and “Autographs” which have migrated to every corner of the streets and internet alike. REKS laments “I feel Straight, No Chaser was necessary to add too the understanding of how well Statik and I come together and make a timeless pieces of work. I feel the album is varied in topic and focused on issues I feel still plague our society; its raw, its real, its refreshing and its REKS.
DTP signee I-20 drops his new single featuring Ludacris & Twista titled "Little Boy" produced by Dirty Dunnz. The track will serve as the lead single off 20's upcoming mixtape, "Celebrity Rehab Pt.2: Coming Down."
EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records recording artist MGK premiered a music video to "Half Naked & Almost Famous," the title track off his digital EP, with Rollingstone.com yesterday, March 27. The video starts with footage from MGK's 2012 MTVu "Breaking Woodie" award win at SXSW Music Festival and highlights moments of his wild life on the road this past year.