With influences ranging from The Fugees to Nirvana, Ricky Rude is quickly making headway as the troubadour of South Jersey, blending his eclectic tastes into a style all his own. Developing his lyricism though lengthy freestyle sessions and local battles, Ricky quickly gained a buzz in his home state, leading him to work alongside notable producers such Cardiak and Cool & Dre. As a songwriter, Ricky doesn’t hold any punches, crafting songs of ambition and perseverance from an honest perspective, often leaving listeners with a transparent view of the rebel MC’s psyche.
FRUSTRATED isn't an ironic song title; from the personal to the societal, LONGEVITY takes the listener on a tour through the battle for inner peace amid all of life's bullshit. The video takes his direct narrative sideways into visuals of the artist spitting a sermon Malcolm X/'Falling Down' style, with vintage bullfighting clips and a female matador turned video dancer guiding the spiritual quest for inner peace...all through well composed shots of hazy black and white, punctuated by red anger and blue sadness...both of which seem to be circulating heavily in America these days.
Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Announce The Twelve Reasons To Die Tour
Courtesy Kelly K.
Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge announce the Twelve Reasons To Die Tour in support of their new album to be released via Soul Temple Records distributed by RED Music on April 16. Ghostface Killah will perform backed by Adrian Younge’s band Venice Dawn. The 49 city national tour kicks off on March 14th at SXSW in Austin TX and will run thru early June. A full listing of tour dates can be found below.
Twelve Reasons To Die, a groundbreaking concept album conceived and created by Younge that follows Tony Starks (one of Ghostface’s alter egos), as a soldier for the 12 Delucas, a 1960’s-era Italian crime family. But when Starks leaves the family, an epic story unfolds like a vintage horror film with gangster elements. It’s a gritty story of good verse evil that walks the line of the supernatural accented by Ghostface’s grandiose, vivid storytelling.
Sonically, Younge constructs a distinct aural realm for Twelve Reasons To Die. It’s music based on the break, the sonic foundation of hip-hop culture. But Younge traverses new ground by incorporating elements of what a composer would have used while making music in the 1960s: live strings, horns and drums. He also recorded the songs on 2-inch tape, giving each track a sonic heft and depth virtually non-existent in modern music.
This is the third release from Soul Temple Records, a company whose mission is to release quality music coupled with packages engaging multiple elements of the creative community.
With Ghosface’s riveting stories and Younge’s deft arrangements, Twelve Reasons To Die arrives as an event record, a modern throwback to rap’s Golden Era. “I wanted this album to be the album that went back and started things all over,” Younge says. “I wanted to be the first person to really bring this to hip-hop. I want to bring that organic element back to hip-hop. I’m fortunate enough that I was chosen to be that person to do it.”
Wu-Tang Clan architect RZA was the one who chose Younge for this musical mission. As executive producer of the project, RZA added his touch to the album by providing Younge with suggestions, direction and the confidence to execute his vision at the highest level.
The album will be available in various configurations including a standard CD, a deluxe double CD with instrumentals and a mini comic book, plus a digital deluxe version with instrumentals and digital comic book, multiple vinyl formats and a cassette. The album, including limited edition deluxe bundles, is available for pre-order at soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com.
To visually flesh out the dark and gritty world of Twelve Reasons, Soul Temple Records has partnered with Black Mask Studios to produce a 6-issue comic book series and collected graphic novel featuring striking visuals and an intriguing dual-narrative structure with contributions from a host of stellar comic book artists.
Twelve Reasonsis the latest landmark chapter in the career of Ghostface Killah. Since emerging in 1993 as one of the most mysterious members of the rap supergroup Wu-Tang Clan, the man also known as Tony Starks has become one of rap’s most charismatic and flamboyant artists. His distinctive vocabulary and vivid storytelling made his Ironman and Supreme Clientele albums two of the most revered releases of their eras.
Adrian Younge represents the next generation of black music producers. His acclaimed Something About April album from his group Venice Dawn is a high note on a resume that also includes composing the music for the acclaimed film Black Dynamite and an album with the legendary soul group The Delfonics.
“I want to be known as a composer, not a beat-maker,” he says. “I want to be known as a composer for modern soul music.” Younge’s background has made him particular about how he’s viewed.
With Twelve Reasons To Die, Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge have delivered the next level of modern soul music. It’s an experience that contains classic musicianship from a hip-hop perspective buoyed by rhymes from one of rap’s elite wordsmiths wrapped up in a genre-defining concept album.
“I want this album to change what people think about hip-hop,” Younge says.
ArtDon’tSleep presents The Twelve Reasons To Die Tour
Ghostface Killah with Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn
March 28th-June 2nd
*Thursday, March 28, Los Angeles, CA., Mayan Theatre
*Saturday, March 30, World Wide, Boiler Room
*Sunday, March 31, San Louis Obisbo, SLO Brewary
*Wednesday, April 3, Fresno, CA., Fulton 55
*Thursday, April 4, San Francisco, CA., 1015 Folsom
*Friday, April 5, Orangevale, CA., The Boardwalk
*Saturday, April 6, Redway, CA., Mateel Community Center
*Tuesday, April 9, Eugene Or., WOW Hall
*Wednesday, April 10, Portland, OR., Mississippi Studios
*Thursday, April 11, Seattle, WA., Neumos
*Friday, April 12, Spokane, WA., Knitting Factory
*Saturday, April 13, Boise, ID., Knitting Factory
*Tuesday, April 16, Park City, UT., Park City Live
*Friday, April 19, Denver, CO., Summit Music Hall
*Saturday, April 20, Aspen, CO., Belly Up
*Thursday, April 25, Lawrence, KS., Granada Theater
*Friday, April 26, Chicago, IL., The Abbey Pub
*Saturday, April 27, St Louis, MO., Cherokee Performing Arts Center
*Sunday, April 28, Cleveland Hts, OH., Grog Shop
*Tuesday, April 30, Detroit, MI., St. Andrews
*Wednesday, May 1, Grand Rapids, MI., The Pyramid Scheme
*Thursday, May 2, Bloomington, IN., The Bluebird
*Friday, May 3, Columbus, OH. A&R Room
*Saturday, May 4, Pittsburgh, PA., Mr. Smalls Theatre
*Sunday, May 5, Syracuse, NY., The Westcott Theatre
*Tuesday, May 7, South Burlington, VT., Higher Ground Music
*Wednesday, May 8, Portland, ME., Port City Music Hall
*Thursday, May 9, Boston, MA., The Wilbur
*Friday, May 10, New Haven, CT., Toads Place
*Saturday, May 11, Providence, RI., The Met
*Sunday, May 12th, Philadelphia, PA., The Blockley
*Monday, May 13, NYC, NY., Gramercy Theatre
*Tuesday, May 14, Baltimore, MD. Soundstage
*Thursday, May 16, Caborro, NC., Cats Cradle
*Friday, May 17, Asheville, NC. Ashville Music Hall
*Saturday, May 18, Atlanta, GA., Terminal West
*Sunday May 19, Tampa Bay, FL., The Orpheum
*Monday, May 20, New Orleans, LA., House Of Blues
*Wednesday, May 22, Austin, TX., Emos
DJ Muggs just put out this ratchet video from "Soundclash Business" off his new Ultra release. It definitely gives Diplo's "Express Yourself" and 2 Chainz "Birthday Song" visuals a run for their money.
Video: Demigodz "Worst Nightmare" (prod. DJ Premier)
Courtesy Matt B.
Demigodz (Apathy, Celph Titled, Ryu of Styles Of Beyond, Esoteric, Motive, Blacastan) first official full-length LP, KILLmatic, featuring appearances from RA The Rugged Man, Termanology, Panchi (of NYG'z), Planetary (of Outerspace), Scoop Deville & Eternia with production from DJ Premier, Marco Polo, The Snowgoons, Apathy, Teddy Roxpin, Chumzilla, Skammadix & Will C is now available wherever fine music is sold. To celebrate, everyone in the Demigodz crew gets busy over a DJ Premier track on the visuals to "Worst Nightmare."
Today, we present to you a short film from Q-Borough's Nutso, for the song "4 Da Streetz," as featured on his recently released 'Behind These Bars' EP. Directed by Devin Gibson of Monstar Films, the visuals feature Nutso, AG da Coroner, Camiliano, Shaze, and J57, all interconnected in a story of vengeance and defeat.
Rising New York emcee, Josiah The Gift teams up with producer Sassoon to release a new video, “Legend,” to celebrate the release of there collaborative mixtape entitled The Mandelbrot Set which was released today.
Only a week since the impressive #DAQS FreEP was released, D.O.E.BOY Philly gives us even more straight-forward narratives and gripping, soulful beat mechanics with the "Lost My Mind" official music video.
Nets Music Supervisor J.Period Joins New York Sound City Hip Hop Panel, Roundtable Topics & Music Industry Moderators Revealed. Monday March 11th, Williamsburg BK
Courtesy Leslie & Big Hassle.
Will join publicist Lajoyce Brookshire(Biggie Smalls, P. Diddy, TLC, Aretha Franklin), Telli Michaels of Brooklyn Hip Hop Duo Ninjasonik, and British Emcee Monie Love for the NYSC 2013 Hip Hop Panel
New York Sound City 2013 takes place Monday March 11 in Williamsburg Brooklyn, featuring a day of music industry panels and roundtables at The Wythe Hotel followed by an evening showcase at The Knitting Factory. Today NYSC announces veteran DJ/Producer and Brooklyn Nets Music Supervisor J.Period will join the 2013 Hip Hop Panel and reveals the topics and music industry moderators for the afternoon portion of networking and roundtable discussions, including:
Music & Brands: How Brands are Using New Music to Reach Consumers, what are they looking for, where do they find it and how do you get your tunes in front of them?
Moderated by Erika Thomas, Cornerstone Promotion
Labels: From multi nationals to cottage industries: Do bands and artists really need record companies anymore? Moderated by Ray Paul, CEO, The Playmaker Group UK
The Promoter Vs. Venue Dilemma: Promoters want to sell great art. Venues want to sell beer. It's the great Promotor vs. Venue dilemma. Moderated by Dave Pichilingi, CEO,Sound City International
What not to do: For every music industry success story there are many failures. The truth is we can all learn from each other's mistakes. This discussion is all about getting those stories out in the open. Moderated by Mita Carriman, Entertainment Attorney, Carriman Law Group, Women In Music
Music:Tech - a multi pronged attack! music:tech products currently offer a huge number of solutions and sometimes an even bigger list of problems! What ways do you engage with technology and what would be an ideal solution to your problem?Moderated by Seth Hillinger, Organizer, NY MusicTech Meetup
ABOUT J.PERIOD: As Music Supervisor for the Brooklyn Nets' inaugural season, DJ/Producer J.PERIOD is redefining the role of the remix as the musical meeting point for fans from every corner of the borough's diverse landscape. Praised as a "music guru" in the latest edition of Rolling Stone Magazine and called one of the "world's Top DJ's" by The New York Times, J.PERIOD's vast musical repertoire bridges cultures, generations and styles, making his signature sound the perfect compliment to the Nets' new Barclays Center home. A veteran in moving large crowds, J.PERIOD has served as official Tour DJ for artists including Lauryn Hill, Black Thought, Q-Tip and international icon K'NAAN, performing at venues from NYC's Central Park Summerstage to Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome. In his new role with the Nets, J.PERIOD is both curator and producer, creating an exclusive library of remixes for the team-an NBA first. J.PERIOD's resume of remix and production credits includes work with Grammy-winners including Kanye West, Joss Stone, John Legend, and Mary J. Blige, and his "audio documentary" mixtapes have won numerous accolades and awards.
With his long-awaited full-length solo project Ascension dropping soon, Jasiri X is is debuting the latest single off the project, "The Pillars" featuring Rhymesayers emcee Brother Ali. Ascension, produced entirely by Religion, hits iTunes and all other digital retailers on March 26th, 2013 via Wandering Worx / Greenstreets Entertainment.