Having hit the road earlier this month, Hip-Hop powerhouses Immortal Technique and Brother AliWar & Peace Tour Flyer march on for their War and Peace Tour. Hosted by Poison Pen, the tour also features I Self Divine, Swave Swevah, and Akir, plus various special guests in select cities, culminating with performances at Rock The Bells in both Washington D.C. and New York, September 29th and October 5th, respectively.
9/18: Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
9/20: Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
9/21: Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre
9/22: Chicago, IL – Metro
9/24: Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
9/25: Covington, KY – The Madison Theater
9/26: Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
9/27: Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
9/28: Washington DC – Rock the Bells
9/29: Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
10/1: Boston, MA – The Paradise
10/2: New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
10/3: Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
10/4: South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
10/5: New York/NJ – Rock The Bells
Tickets are available at http://warandpeacetour.com/, along with Special VIP ticket packages including chances to briefly meet/politic with Tech & Ali and also to receive various merchandise and a CD sampler featuring new music from Viper Records artists (including Poison Pen, Hasan Salaam, Da Circle, Akir, Technique).
News: Hip-Hop Label Funk Volume Signs Three Producers
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Funk Volume, the burgeoning independent hip-hop label home to Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, and SwizZz is excited to announce the signing of three producers to the label: DJ Hoppa, Kato, and Rikio. Funk Volume will administer all publishing for the three producers and will also represent and assist the producers in seeking song placements both within and outside of the Funk Volume roster, as well as with licensing opportunities.
For those familiar with the work that Funk Volume has been putting in over the past few years, all three names are recognizable. DJ Hoppa serves as not only a producer on a number of projects from the label, but he's also Funk Volume's official tour DJ. Hoppa first joined as Hopsin's I am RAW Tour DJ in 2011 and has been steady hitting the road with them across several continents since. Kato, part of the Atlanta-based SMKA production team, has served as a long-time producer for fellow ATLien Jarren Benton, and lent his production throughout Jarren's recent Funk Volume debut, My Grandmas Basement, and Rikio has similarly spent a number of years producing tracks for Dizzy Wright, with his production appearing on each of Dizzy's Funk Volume releases.
"It's an exciting announcement and another huge step forward for Funk Volume," says label co-founder and CEO Damien "Dame" Ritter, "but the reality is that these guys have already been a big part of what we have been doing over the past few years. We just needed to wait until the label was in a position to support the growth of dope producers because it's a little different than growing an artist. We feel that now is that time."
It's an equally exciting time for the three producers. "Being a part of Funk Volume has been a major part of me taking my career and as DJ and producer to the next level," notes DJ Hoppa, who in addition to lending his production to a variety of artists is also putting together his own producer album. "Joining Funk Volume means a great deal to me," says Rikio, "because I have the freedom to make the type of music that I want to make, which is huge." For Kato, who like DJ Hoppa is also working on a producer album, having spent a number of years making a name for himself as part of the SMKA production team makes joining a roster like Funk Volume no less meaningful. "Initially, my production for Jarren was a big part in the label noticing me," he explains. "I'm excited to officially be working with one of the strongest teams in independent music."
Audio: gaVen heVy - "Boomhauer" (Produced by DJ Keal)
Courtesy DJ Keal.
Produced by DJ Keal out of Spain. The song is inspired by gaVen’s favorite cartoon character Boomhauer from the King of the Hill. It is promotion for gaVen’s upcoming project “…Dedicated to Her” which will be released New Years, January 1st.
Video: Hip-Hop Jazz Group Us3 Release Never Go Back (ft KCB & Tukka)
Courtesy Ballin PR.
Us3 leapt out of the gate in 1993 with a confident, passionate and edgy vision that combined conscious hip-hop with performances by live jazz musicians, cemented together with a wealth of samples from Blue Note Records, its label at the time. The result was the group’s landmark debut album Hand on the Torch and its worldwide hit single “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia).”
Twenty years later, Us3, led by co-founder and bandleader Geoff Wilkinson, are readying their 9th album release, The Third Way. The latest disc harkens back to Hand on the Torch, explains Wilkinson, and represents a satisfying bookend to the first Us3 album. "I've used some classic jazz tracks as the basis for some of the songs – similar to what I did on Hand On The Torch (albeit this time with replayed “interpolations” rather than using samples). It’s the follow up album I never made at the time.” The album’s MC responsibilities are shared by a trio of rappers drawn from across Us3’s history, including Tukka, KCB and Akil Dasan.
Philly MC/Writer/Producer DICE RAW from the Legendary Roots Crew keeps it mad introspective, especially on "RUNAWAY", a melodic tale about young girls caught up in the life. He sings, he raps, and he teaches on this one - letting the masses know that Black men aren't the only ones trapped in the street life who need some direction.
HHV Exclusive: DJ Babey Drew Talks Chris Brown Retirement
Courtesy DJ Yrs Jerzy.
Anyone who watched the last season of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” should be very familiar with DJ Babey Drew. His ongoing relationship with DJ Traci Steele, as friends, co-parents, and business partners became one of the leading topics of the show this past season. DJ Babey Drew is also the official DJ for Chris Brown.
Big Play Ent Present - Push Play- Vlog Hosted By: Dj Black Bill Gates & Dj Big Tiny
Courtesy Nancy B.
Atlanta, GA ~ It's no revelation that Atlanta has always been a mecca of hot Hip Hop music, spawning star after star and radio hit after radio hit. There must be something in the water. One of the independent labels continuuing to make waves is Big Play Entertainment (BPE) who are gearing up to drop a compilation project that will showcase exactly what their roster is made of.
With a mix of favs like R.L., Taylor J, Dose and Tae Bae Bae and hot newcomers like Nino G, Pink B*tchh, Coldheart, J. Alston, James London and Conrad Black, seasoned with cameos from Gucci Mane, Rocko, Lil Durk and Rich Homie Quan, all packaged together by DJ Black Bill Gates and DJ Big Tiny, "Just Push Play" has a lil something for everyone. No matter if your musical tatste buds gravitate towards lyrical rap, trap music or classic R&B, Big Play Entertainment has got you covered. For a sneak peak of just some of what this well-rounded roster is bringing to the table, just push play on this YouTube link and sit back and enjoy what's to come.