For those of you that may not have heard about this talented urban songwriter and performer, let us take this opportunity to tell you about the man they call West. After getting into music at a very early age, West started performing by the age of five winning talent competitions and being picked for star roles in his school plays. As he naturally matured he began to decipher what styles of music he liked getting into various urban music sounds such as R'n'B, Hip-Hop & Jungle. It was this influx of inspiration that led to West picking up the pen, writing rap verses and sung hooks. Before long West went onto record a mixtapes worth of material on well known beats which led to him being asked to perform at open mic nights and get his name out locally.
In 2003 West auditioned for a singer/songwriting competition in Reading where me met the keyboard player who played on D'Angelo's 'Voodoo' album. He started working with him and wrote his first commercial song 'Take My Life'. He came second in the competition and went on to perform the song in various UK clubs including London's 'Popshow Party' in Soho supporting a girl group called 'Clea'. After this triumph, he worked with a few local producers and learnt how to play a few chords on the guitar and taught himself how to use programs such as Cubase & Reason. West then entered the BBC's talent show 'Pop Idol' getting through to the second round before entering the X-Factor to be told by Louis Walsh he 'should and could be a star'.
Since then it's been non-stop for West as he joined local reggae band Mighty Upfront as a singer and gained valuable experience playing live, as well as having a massive local following. Now teamed up with brand new record label and management company Fam Records, as well as enlisting the production skills of 'David The Producer', West is set for big things. There is no doubting that West has the raw talent, the vision and the skills to make a real impact and the fact that his material is refreshingly uplifting and positive, makes this artist a man to watch.
R.I.P. Mr. Nick Ashford (May 4, 1941 – August 22, 2011)
Legends, Ashford & Simpson were a powerful team, just as well husband & wife. Sincere blessings to Miss Valerie & family during this time. On 8-22-11, the world and music industry lost a brilliant songwriter, producer & recording artists in Nick Ashford.
I want to show my appreciation for what they gave to the world with their art by doing this mix. I spinned some of my favorite joints by Ashford & Simpson plus a few joints they had penned for other artists like the legendary Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell plus Chaka Khan. Their body of work is powerful, legendary and soulful. It was SOLID! To the Preserving The Culture true supporters, ride with us as we celebrate Nick’s life through his music.
DJ JaySki & Shae La V Presents: Aaliyah - A Special Tribute
August 25th 2011 - Philadelphia, PA:
Philadelphia songstress, Shae La V releases her first short project for the masses, a special tribute to her favorite artist Aaliyah, as we celebrate her life and death on this day. Shae La V resonates the sound of the late singer, along with legendary hip hop DJ, DJ JaySki, creating a timeless mix. Shae has been working hard in the studio over the past few months, so listen to this in the meantime and be on the lookout for her next project, coming soon!
DMXjust proved, "Groundhog Day" is more than a movie -- it's a lifestyle for scofflaws.
Law enforcement tells TMZ ... the rapper was arrested again, after being pulled over last night in Arizona for driving 102 mph in a 65 zone. And for good measure, Mr. X was driving on a suspended license ... so cops arrested him.
He was booked for speeding, reckless driving, and the suspended license -- and has since been released on bond.
FYI -- DMX has now been busted 10 times in Maricopa County, AZ. Back in 2008, Sheriff Joe Arpaio famously made the rapper -- along with his fellow Tent City Jail inmates -- sport a pink jumpsuit .
Sweatshop Union announce US tour dates in support of "The Bill Murray" release
Sept 2 - SLC, UT - Kilby Court (all ages early show) & Urban Lounge (21+ late show) Sept 3 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre - ALL AGES (licensed for 21+) Sept 4 - Pueblo, CO - Phils Radiator (21+) Sept 5 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad (21+) Sept 6 - El Paso, TX - Franikies (18+ w/license for 21+) Sept 7 - Tucson, AZ - The Hut (21+) Sept 8 - Los Angeles, CA - The Joint (18+ w/license for 21+) Sept 9 - Mount Shasta, CA - Roxy's Vet Club (21+) Sept 10 - Reno, NV - Club Underground (ALL AGES w/license for 21+) Sept 11 - South Lake Tahoe, CA - Mo's Place (21+)
Sweatshop Union is the undisputed heavyweight of North Western hip-hop, and has earned a reputation as the hardest working collective in the region. Having performed over five hundred shows internationally, their live performance has become a mainstay of Canadian music. In 2002, a concept album was recorded called: Sweatshop Union. The record was released internationally on Battle Axe Records and the new group began their relentless touring schedule that has proven to be a key catalyst in their success.
The next three records solidified Sweatshop Union's presence in rap music. The group co-signed to EMI and went out on the road touring with the Black Eyed Peas, Swollen Members and the Living Legends as well as opening shows for Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, and The Roots. Both college and commercial radio gave the albums substantial airtime and soon after came nominations for Juno Awards, a Canadian Radio Music Award, Much Music Video Awards and more. By 2006 Sweatshop Union had begun headlining shows in the U.S. and appearing at major festivals across North America.
Recently, URB Magazine featured them in their next top 100. They're not alone in thinking that Sweatshop Union is a band worth keeping an eye on. Their consistently poignant music continues to become more relevant daily and the group shows no signs of slowing down.
May 31st, 2011, marked the release of the group's most ambitious record to date, an experimental concept album best described as a runaway mushroom trip through the inner and outer cosmos. They titled the record simply: Bill Murray. Along with recent releases from Sweatshop Unions' Dirty Circus and Pigeon Hole, the group aims to become the most prolific collective in hip hop.