March 2, 2012 - 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. To celebrate the World Wide release of CDPC Kurtis is debuting the first video from the project for the single “Blowed”.
MP3: Leisure Gang - "Leisure Gang" (URBNET Records)
Sweatshop Union follows up on the 2011 release of the Bill Murray EP with the launch of Leisure Gang. Furthering the progressive sound they’re known for, the self titled debut EP release is scheduled for a April free digital release. The group’s Leisure Gang project promises to bring a loose party feel to both the live show and their recorded music.
E-Train Links with Talib Kweli, Wordsworth, Keith Murray
Courtesy Melanie J Cornish.
San Francisco native, E-Train will be releasing his debut solo project through Elevated Press Records on March 20th this year. The Hip-Hop advocate has called upon a league of thoroughbred MCs to join him on this project such as Talib Kweli, Keith Murray, Wordsworth, Akrobatik and more.
Teaming up underground heavyweights with the bourgeoning lyricists which the Bay Area and beyond has to offer, E-Train aptly fuses the old with the new to present a cohesive project which boasts versatility while displaying his competent controls behind the mixing desk.
ON SOLID GROUND is E-Train's return to the digital world since The Loyalists, E-Train's long time Hip-Hop crew, went on hiatus in 2009. Explaining the concept behind the album, E-Train explains "I started working with artists from around the Bay Area but it quickly spread across the country. Before I knew it, I was working with some of my favorite MCs on the planet and the end result was an album which combines that boom-bap Hip-Hop with soul and R&B, an album I am very proud of."
ON SOLID GROUND is available through all digital retailers on March 20th.
01. On Solid Ground (feat. Rubydell) 02. Same Game (feat. Pep Love, Wordsworth) 03. Guess Again (feat. Phil the Agony, Talib Kweli, Stephen Memmo) 04. Three Clicks (feat. D Mottola) 05. Fiyah Burn (feat. Holly Saucy) 06. The Show (feat. Akrobatik) 07. Endangered Species (feat. Rasco) 08. Blackout (feat. Phil the Agony) 09. Will To Live (feat. Celsius 7) 10. The Love Epidemic (feat Gyrl Ab'Strakt) 11. Outrageous (feat. D Mottola, Pro, Virtu) 12. As Loud As You Want (feat. Jay Qwest, Rubydell) 13. Up In Smoke (feat. Phil the Agony, Holly Saucy) 14. Bombin The System (feat. D Mottola, Tai the 13th, Touchphonics) 15. It's Goin Down Gettin Down (feat. The Aztext) 16. Talk Shit (feat. BURNTmd, Keith Murray) 17. Middle Finger Lifestyle (feat. Anderson Ray, Mic Danja) 18. There Was A Time (feat. Rubydell)
Video: Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro
Courtesy Nora Ritchie.
UK's revered independent artists, DJ/producer Quantic and soul powerhouse Alice Russell, are joining forces for their first collaborative album Look Around The Corner. The album will be out on April 3rd via Tru Thoughts. Today, Tru Thoughts have released a new mini-documentary that takes us into the recording process of the album's second single "I'll Keep My Light In My Window," first made famous by The Temptations.
Video: Dolla Will f/ Beeda Weeda - "Busy (Getting Money)"
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Last week, Clear Label Records rapper Dolla Will released the video for "Addicted," the second single off his forthcoming album, Boss Flow, planned for release later this year. Today, the Bay Area emcee is releasing another visual, this one for "Busy (Getting Money)," a single off of Will's pre-album mixtape, Life Before Dolla Will, that features fellow Clear Label Records artist and Oakland native, Beeda Weeda.
Video: "Question - What Happened to the Music?" #BlackCloudTour
Another performance in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Bourbon Theatre during the Black Cloud Tour. I came back from an interview and this set was already in progress, featuring another local act from Nebraska. Enjoy this video courtesy of RapReviews.com!
Video: Block McCloud Sings on Black Cloud Tour in Lincoln, NE
The versatile and talented Block McCloud shows off his singing skills and welcomes us all to the final days in the process. Catch the Black Cloud Tour at a venue near you through April 2012 - http://tinyurl.com/BlackCloudTour - and visit RapReviews.com for more exclusive videos, reviews, and interviews!
Dollarmentary has been on a roll over the past two months, releasing songs with Method Man, DJ Premier, Capone of C-N-N, Treach, Vinny Idol, Vinny Idol, General Steele and more. Today, he collaborates with Timbo King of the Wu-Tang Clan http://www.wutang-corp.com/artists/wu-artist.php?id=56 and Java Starr of Devin the Dude's Coughee Brothaz for a soulful track titled "It's Over (Canada Run)." The song was produced by Deezus. http://www.sharebeast.com/hmrxd17g78n1 .
Dollarmentary will be releasing a free CD next week with all of these collaborations and more titled "Green Crack Vol. 1."