PR: Saukrates Announces Release of New Album Season One
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(September 22, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY) Canadian hip-hop veteran Saukrates is excited to announce the upcoming release of his new album, Season One. The album will be released in three parts; the first and second parts will each contain three songs and the full album, which will contain the first six songs plus six new songs will be released the first quarter of 2012. The first part contains the songs "Drop It Down" featuring Redman, "Say I," and "Na Na Na" is available now through a joint partnership between Frostbyte and eOne.
Saukrates, a Toronto-native who played an integral part in shaping much the country's hip-hop scene, made the transition from childhood violin prodigy to serious MC in the late 1990s. He met close friend Redman in 2000, and by 2005 had been featured on How High soundtrack with Red and Method Man, produced for the likes of Nas and Kardinal Offishall, and toured with fellow Canuck Nelly Furtado on her 2006 Loose Tour. And before Young Money fame, Saukrates was showing Drake the ropes, introducing him to other soon-to-be famous artists like Toronto producer Noah "40" Shebib.
Saukrates, who has long contributed to the meteoric rise of his Canadian cohorts, is proud to release his own upcoming album, Season One. Much of the production comes from both Saukrates and his Toronto comrade Rich Kidd, who also produced Soxx' single "Say I," which was recently used in Nike's Always On 24/7 campaign. Featured artists on the trilogy's first installment include Redman, OB O'Brien, Michelle Nyce, Richie Hennessey and Andreena Mill. Says Saukrates of the album, 'I've gone back to the basics... sharing simple melodies and interesting stories is what I've always done best and enjoyed the most. When it calls for collaborations I let that happen naturally. Friends and associates I've been anxious to work with and vise versa make it easy to accomplish my 'lofty' ideas!"
After working with each other for 11 years, Redman joins Saukrates once again in Season One's first video and lead single, "Drop It Down." The visual harkens back to the days of the iconic iPod commercials: fluorescent colored backgrounds against the distinguishable silhouettes of Soxx, Red, and a couple of ladies. And don't let the animated doodles Sauk made using Nintendo DSI fool you; the song is bona fide club-ready.
"These are all songs that I have recorded over the last eleven years," explains Unity. "Most are rare and raw recordings that that fans can only get here, but a few of the tracks presented will be promotional giveaway’s for bigger projects that have just been released for sale on itunes and through other online retailers this year."
Each group of songs has it’s own unique story that goes along with it. The series demonstrates a vast range of style and features cameos from voices like Planet Asia, Kinetic 9 of KillaArmy and P.E.A.C.E. of The Freestyle Fellowship to name a few.
Be sure to follow this soundcloud page and this series of releases to stay up on all this good music coming your way for free until the end of the year!!!
L.A. hip-hopper Blu is most known for his rapping talents, but he's putting his beats on full display with his new production album Open, on which he produced every track. On the new single "Avenge Of The Cheap" (one of two Open tracks with vocals from Blu himself), Blu trades verses with frequent collaborator Sene over his own funky, dusty production. The moral of the story? Life is like a cheap-ass merry-go-round.
Open contains never-before-heard vocal tracks from a collection of up-and-coming rappers that Blu hand-picked for the project, including Sene, Fresh Daily, Scienze, Versis, Aaron Smartz, Tribe of Levi, and more. The album hits stores everywhere next Tuesday (9/27), and is currently available for pre-order. The CD is now shipping early from Nature Sounds, where each purchase comes with an instant free download of the album's instrumentals, and fans can check out snippets of every track.
Andrew Weiss Gallery online at AndrewWeiss.com 179 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 | 310-246-9333 open Tuesday- Saturday 11am to 5pm "Come Together" exhibit runs through November 1
RZA's canvas sits on the wall facing a display case full of original Picasso plates. Chuck D's takes its place beside Salvador Dali's celebrated Surrealist Piano sculpture. The Art Of Drums collection occupies the interior wing across from the Marilyn Monroe prints. This is the world-famous Andrew Weiss Gallery in Beverly Hills, home to "Come Together", a two-month exhibition of the artwork of Los Angeles creativity house SceneFour and its iconic collaborators: RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Bootsy Collins of Bootsy's Rubber Band, P-Funk and the JBs, Hieroglyphics Crew, DJ Qbert, Shavo Odadjian from System of a Down, George Lynch, Matt Sorum from Velvet Revolver/Guns N Roses, Frankie "Kash" Waddy from Parliament-Funkadelic, Angelo Moore of Fishbone and Page Hamilton of Helmet. With the help of their legendary friends, SceneFour partners Ravi Dosaj and Cory Danziger are spearheading a new movement in the art world: collaborative art. And based upon the September 14th opening night party, a kick-off to the exhibit which runs until November 1 at Andrew Weiss Gallery in Beverly Hills, the exhibition is set to be a blockbuster.
"Come Together" is unlike anything ever attempted in the art world, as a discerning group of musical icons from rap, hip-hop, rock, heavy metal, and funk worked together over the last several years on their own fine art creation with SceneFour. At the conclusion of each collaboration, the team releases artwork, all numbered and signed by the artist. Andrew Weiss, a legend in the art world for four decades, saw the merit in SceneFour's collaborative art movement early on. "When Warhol had his factory, people thought it was a joke at the time," says Weiss. "[The 'Come Together' collection] is reminiscent of that. You have the artists, designers and printers all involved in the creation of the art."
This exhibition marks the first time all of these creations are available to see and purchase in one location. Viewed as a whole, the collection is sprawling, yet unified in tone and vision. RZA, ODB and The Genius reinterpret the American Revolution on Victory Or Death, named "The Greatest Painting Of 2010" by Village Voice. Chuck D stands at the Arizona/Mexico border of an Orwellian America not too far into the future in "By The Time I Got To Arizona". And the Art Of Drums collection takes a stab into the future of art, using a shortlist of the world's most acclaimed drummers to literally capture sound on canvas. Opening night’s attendance was unprecedented, with artists like Danger Mouse, David Yow of The Jesus Lizard and Jurassic 5's Chali 2na present alongside Chuck, Shavo, Q-Bert and the rest of SceneFour's collaborators.
MP3: Filip Filipi - "Mansions on the Moon" f/ Big City Chaser
It's been a year but Canadian rapper/producer Filip Filipi is back and we're kicking off #FilipiWednesdays with "Big City Chaser" which features Pharrell and Diplo's favorite band, Mansions on the Moon. The Jonathan Lee produced song fuses hip-hop with an indie vibe to create something that is sure to be an end of the year hit.
This is the first installment of our latest series called #FilipiWednesdays, where we'll be releasing a new track every Wednesday for the next four weeks, all leading up to the release of Filipi's upcoming project. Artwork by Marko S.