Masta Killa may not be the most high-profile member of the Wu-Tang Clan, but he's undoubtedly among the most consistent. The last original member to go solo, Killa has released two critically acclaimed albums in No Said Date and Made In Brooklyn, and has repeatedly stolen the show on recent Wu classics like Ghostface's Fishscale, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. 2 and RZA's Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack. Now, more than six years after the release of his last studio album, Masta Killa is back with Selling My Soul, a brand new collection to be released December 11th, 2012 through Nature Sounds and Royal Lion Music.
The title Selling My Soul may imply something sinister, but it has a deeper meaning for Masta Killa. "The music for this project was more in a soulful chamber," he explains. "Anything from the inner self is a part of the soul. I put my soul into my music, and I'm in the business of selling it." Featuring production from 9th Wonder, Mathematics, PF Cuttin, and more, Selling My Soul is a cohesive collection from an artist who doesn't feel pressured to change his sound. "I would describe it as soul and substance," says MK. "Soulful music and lyrics of substance."
In addition to the new album, Masta Killa is also launching a new website, which currently has exclusive pre-orders of the album. At mastakillamusic.com, fans can now order the standard edition of the album, as well as a deluxe version. Limited to only 200 copies, the deluxe edition comes in a custom hand-numbered box with a lyric book, autographed poster, MK wool cap, and download card giving access to all three MK albums plus his live album. In addition, Masta Killa has teamed up with RAW Rolling Papers to include a handful of RAW papers and an exclusive "Ooh Baby I Like It RAW" T-shirt in each deluxe box, paying tribute to the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, who is featured on Selling My Soul. Both the standard and deluxe versions will ship from mastakillamusic.com by December 4th, one week prior to the album hitting stores.
Street Level Records Signs Seattle Rapper Mac Minati
Seattle, WA – Seattle based STREET LEVEL RECORDS—known to fans worldwide as an independent force in hardcore Hip-Hop—is proud to announce the signing of rapper/actor/comedian MAC MINATI, their first artist signing since SLR's reactivation in 2011. Mac's comedic style and sly street wit is a perfect fit for Street Level, one of the Northwest's oldest and foremost indie Hip-Hop labels, whose catalog has been in high demand by lovers of quality street poetry since the 1990's.
Formerly known as Mac Gamer, the rapper came up in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle’s notorious Southend, under the wings of Seattle street supergroup Lac of Respect. Now known as Mac Minati, he's a force all his own, with a hardcore sound and streetwise vision for 2012 and beyond. This versatile artist also recently wrapped up filming on a pilot for a new FOX TV sitcom called “The Carter Family,” starring opposite of Nickelodeon teen star Ariana Grande.
On October 31st, just in time to scare all shook ones, Street Level Records will present Mac Minati’s street album, “Paranormal Mactivity,” which features guest appearances by Crooked I, Game, E-40, Birdman, 151 and more. Mac's as-yet untitled next project, due out in January 2013, will feature high-powered production from platinum producer Kane Beatz, Cash Money producer I.N.F.O., Seattle Hip-Hop veteran D-Sane, as well as guest appearances from Young Jeezy, Crooked I, Freeway, Seattle notables Grynch, Neema and Wizdom alongside Mac's own stand-alone rhymes. More news and music is coming from Mac and SLR—so stay tuned and get ready!
About Street Level Records
Street Level Records (SLR) is an independent Hip-Hop & urban record label founded in 1998 by owner and in-house producer/engineer Dave "D-Sane" Severance III. SLR has been a leader in the Northwest music scene since its beginnings and was the first NW Hip-Hop label to go online in 1999 with www.streetlevelrecords.com. SLR also boasts one of the largest catalogs in NW Hip-Hop with 27 full length albums and several mixtapes.
After releasing numerous critically acclaimed albums and dominating the Seattle area retail stores for many years, SLR went on a six year hiatus in 2005, so D-Sane could focus on his production and audio engineering company, Not 2 Sane Productions. SLR was re-launched in 2011 and is back to reclaim its spot at the forefront of NW music. Be on the lookout for much more music from SLR in 2013.
Video: "What You Need" (Freestyle) - Youngin da SP
New exclusive Youngin da SP Freestyle, He kills The Weekends track "What You Need" going in depth with his passion for a woman, mixed with witty metaphors and graphic imagery doing it only the way Youngin da SP can, hitting a lot of points in the beginning stages of a relationship. We appreciate the support and all the post as we lead up to the release of the full length mix tape "Swaggin & BackPackin pt. 2".
New Audio: Broadway Barrett "Your Favorite Rapper"
Courtesy Matt B.
Broadway Barrett is a Hip-Hop artist and producer, born in raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and he is not your average rapper. He is also the newest member of Fokis' Local-Mu12 Crew and with his latest and second single "Your Favorite Rapper" he goes crazy over a symphonic style beat. Broadway Barrett’s mixtape "The Intervention" is set for release this winter.
Mickey Factz releases his freestyle mixtape, “#Y,” on Oct 22nd on datpiff.com. “#Y” is a freestyle mixtape that is the prelude to Mickey’s Nov 5th mixtape release “#Ynot.” In Mickey’s words: “I wanted to show people that I am still capable of great productivity at a fast pace. #Y is for my true fans. So when they ask ME why I’m doing the project, I can respond “#Ynot?”
Fans can purchase a limited-edition boxset titled “Mickey Factz: The Artistic Collection,” which contains CDs with all the artwork of his 9 previous mixtapes and “Ynot.” The twist- The CDs will be blank. Fans are given the power to choose how they want to organize & receive the music. Datpiff.com is hosting the mixtapes for free download and sponsoring “Ynot” with a countdown to the release. In order, the countdown features and revisits each mixtape. Each mixtape will contain never before released tracks such as “Locked Away (NERD Remix).” The “Limited-Edition Boxset” will be available on amazon.com on Nov 5th. All information is available at MickeyFactz-TheArtisticCollection.com.
“BET alum Mickey Factz made his name by flooding the Internet with music before it was status quo. The Bronx native has earned accolades including a spot on [the cover of] XXL’s Freshmen Class of 2009 thanks to his highly artistic approach to music and his willingness to stand out from the crowd.” –BET.com
Mickey Factz is long known for his prominence on the mixtape scene and is one of the first rappers to get signed from YouTube when Jive Records picked him up in 2010. Mickey Factz is internationally known from his single “Paradise” that has nearly 2 million hits on YouTube and from his sponsorship with Honda’s “Rhymes and Reason” campaign. Mickey Factz has collaborated with artists such as; Drake, Travis McCoy, John Legend, Marsha Ambrosius, B.O.B, Kid CuDi, etc.
About Mickey Factz:
Mickey Factz mixtape releases spans from “In Search of the N.E.R.D. (2006)” to the 9th critically acclaimed “Mickey Mause” (2012). To date, “Heaven’s Fallout,” is arguably the most critically acclaimed mixtape for the groundbreaking use of Euro style electronic beats. In contrast to the futuristic Heaven’s Fallout, the concept mixtape of Mickey Mause goes back in time to the 1980’s sub-pop culture.
About the Mixtape Boxset:
All 10 mixtapes will be sponsored & hosted for download on Datpiff.com. “Ynot” is Mickey’s 10th edition to the boxset; “Ynot” departs from the tedious conceptual process and has a “Why not?” attitude. The mixtape features a remix of the song “Promise,” produced by the band Z that is also known for being NaS’ official live band on the “Life is Good” tour.
Video: Mims (feat. Mic Handz) - "Convertible Flow" (Remix)
After originally appearing on Mims' Open Bars mixtape that dropped last December, the Khaliphat produced lifestyle anthem "Convertible Flow" gets both an audio and visual overhaul with a bonus verse from the upcoming BK spitter, Mic Handz. Take a look as both Mims and Handz live out their champagne wishes of caviar dreams in the big apple. This remix will be featured on Mic Handz's forthcoming street album 'SAYYOUAINTKNOW: The Software'.. stay tuned!
Zion I Release 8th LP & Hit the Road for ShadowBoxing Tour
Courtesy Nik @ Ballin PR.
Hip-Hop group Zion I continue to forge new ground musically on their latest LP ShadowBoxing, a beat-heavy hip-hop album decidedly grittier than past projects. Always pushing the literal—and figurative—needle forward, the duo, consisting of emcee Zumbi and producer Amp Live, have once again created something experimental and heartfelt. ShadowBoxing features guests such as Bassnectar, Grouch and Eligh, Collie Buddz and Goapele.
A move from the live instrumentation of their last record, ShadowBoxing enlists a range of producers such as Traxamillion, Timeline, DexBeats, Minnesota, who bring an unconventional, eclectic flavor to the album. With its futuristic beat, “Float,” produced by Santa Cruz up-and-comer Minnesota, is reminiscent of Zion I’s earlier work, Mind Over Matter. On “Bounce,” Bassnectar masters the manipulating of frequencies and crushing basslines. “I just did my thing with the image of a huge crowd going ham in my mind while I penned the verse,” explains Zumbi of recording the track.
Thematically, ShadowBoxing is signature Zion I: "This is an album about metaphorical kicks and throws at oneself," explains Zumbi, "looking inward at the shadow self, and seeking awareness in the darkness of one's own psyche."
To support the album, Zion I will hit 30 cities from Brooklyn to Boulder and Atlanta to Orlando with Santa Cruz Dubstep DJ, Minnesota for the “2012 Shadowboxing Tour.”
Since 1999, Zion I has released seven critically acclaimed LPs, including Mind Over Matter (1998), Deep Water Slang (2000), True & Livin’ (2003), Break of Dawn (2004), The Take Over (2009), and Atomic Clock (2010). They also have two highly acclaimed albums under the name [Zion I and The Grouch with long time collaborator The Grouch, Hereos in the City of Dope and Hereos in the Healing of the Nation. Voted best Bay Area hip-hop group by the SF Weekly numerous times, Zion I have been featured in media outlets from XXL, The Source, Vibe, YRB, 944, Prefixmag.com, Popmatters, 7+7, SF Chronicle, and SF Bay Guardian.
Oct 22nd -- Neurolux -- Boise, ID
Oct 23rd -- Urban Lounge -- Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 24th -- Aggie Theatre -- Fort Collins, CO
Oct 25th -- Boulder Theater -- Boulder, CO
Oct 26th -- Three20South -- Breckendridge, CO
Oct 27th -- The Fillmore -- Denver, CO
Nov 8th -- Brooklyn Bowl -- New York, NY
Nov 9th -- Middle East Downstairs -- Cambridge, MA
Nov 10th -- The Blockley -- Philadelphia, PA
Nov 11th -- Higher Ground -- South Burlington, VT
Nov 12th -- Pearl St -- Northampton, MA
Nov 14th -- Baltimore Soundstage -- Baltimore, MD
Nov 15th -- Amos' Southend -- Charlotte, NC
Nov 16th -- The Music Farm -- Charleston, SC
Nov 17th -- Terminal West -- Atlanta, GA
Nov 18th -- Jack Rabbits -- Jacksonville, FL
Nov 19th -- The Social -- Orlando, FL
Dec 6 --The Hut-- Tucson, AZ
Dec 7 --- Marquee Theatre--Tempe, AZ
Dec 8 --The Green Room-- Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 14th -- El Rey Theatre -- Los Angeles, CA
Dec 15th -- Porter's Pub -- La Jolla, CA
Audio: Styles Of Beyond f/ Celph Titled "Take That"
Courtesy Matt B.
After years of delays, Styles of Beyond's 3rd album "Reseda Beach" is now available on iTunes and CD at demigodzstore.com - And what better way to celebrate with an Aqua-produced track from the album featuring fellow Demigodz brother Celph Titled. The LP is executive produced by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and also features Apathy, Scoop Deville, Somaya Reece, Bishop Lamont and Shinoda himself.