"Native is the New like Balance to the shoe"(De La Soul). "I sport New Balance sneakers to avoid a narrow path"(A Tribe Called Quest). "Challenge the God for the New Bal's"(Raekwon). Hip Hop's love affair for New Balance isn't anything new. Aside from the occassional shout out,New Balance sneakers have made cameo appearances in some of our favorite album covers as well as videos(Jungle Brothers "Doin our own thang",LL Cool J "Around the way girl",Kool G Rap "Road to the Riches").
Well guess what the love doesn't stop there. Not to long ago I sat down with one of my favorite mc's of all time,Raekwon. He and I talked about a number of things,most importantly his love for New Balances. The Chef isn't a sneaker head so to speak,he is a New Balance head. The conversation went from him discussing his train routes, to him name checking his favorite streets he used to shop at.
Rae's open and candid depiction of how he used to shop for New Balance takes all back to the "Golden Era"! So do yourself a favor and hop on the Staten Island ferry and ride with Raekwon as he takes us back in the day!
Brooklyn rhyme-spitter Gees Extortion hooks up again with producer extraordinaire !llmind to drop this banger entitled "Artillery." Gees' debut LP, Organized Rhymes: The Original Mixtape, is set to drop October 25th courtesy of Real Radio Records. Stay tune!
Still riding high off the success of his recent, Bitch, I'm A Player, Roach Gigz is excited to release not only the latest video from the EP, for the song "Gina", but also announce a limited-edition 4-disc release for the EP. The package includes not only Bitch, I'm A Player but also Roach's fan-favorite Roachy Balboa: Round 1, Roachy Balboa: Round 2, and his debut solo mixtape Buckets & Booty Calls. Along with the limited edition package, Roach is also including a T-Shirt (both men's and women's sizes available), and Roach will be personally signing each CD for fans.
The limited edition items can be purchased directly from Roach's website, with a handful of bundles available to fans, depending on what they're looking for. For $25 fans can get the 4-disc set, personally signed by Roach. T-Shirts, by themselves, are available for $20 a piece, and for Roach's most loyal fans, there's an option to buy both the signed 4-disc set and a T-Shirt for $35. "I've always released my music free," says Roach, "so fans could hear my music without breaking their pockets. But I finally wanted to give fans the option to buy the CD; throw it in their car, hold the packaging in their hands. It's all about finding ways to make my music a more enjoyable experience for my fans - they're the ones that have helped me get here."
To celebrate the limited edition physical release, Roach Gigz is also releasing the video for "Gina," the latest single from Bitch, I'm A Player, and the latest in what expects to be a long line of visuals still to come from the Bay Area rapper's debut EP. While the Kreayshawn-directed clip for "F A Chorus" caught Roach live in action, rapping all over New York City's Times Square, the video for "Gina" follows the song's suggestively endearing plot line, as Roach weaves his salacious tales. "The lyrics to the song are really what inspired the video," explains Roach, who pulled in long time friend and collaborator Young Remedy to direct. "I wanted to bring the story to life and keep it creative."
This is one of the hottest mixtapes that hit the internet the past few months. The response was crazy to this mixtape from Juicy J & Lex Luger so we had to bring you the NO DJ version officially. Blogs and Websites please post this up your readers will thank you for this one. We appreciate all of the support and can't thank you DJ's and Media enough for always showing us love. Stay tuned for a lot more from Juicy J & Lex Luger also. Rubba Band Business!!!
PR: Us3 Set to Release 8th Album "Lie, Cheat & Steal"
Courtesy Ballin' PR.
UK Hip-Hop-Jazz Crew Set to Release "Lie, Cheat & Steal" - October 3rd, 2011
The eighth album from producer Geoff Wilkinson's hip-hop-jazz crew Us3 sees the introduction of two new MCs from different backgrounds and different nationalities. From Puerto Rico via New York comes Oveous Maximus, and from London, England comes Akala.
The familiar Us3 sound features collaborators past & present, including fiery horn players Ed Jones (sax) and Bryan Corbett (trumpet). A variety of keyboard players take the chair including John Crawford, Mike Gorman, Barry Green, Tim Vine, Neil Angilley, and John Turville. Double Bass is handled by Chris Dodd, and DJ First Rate shows off his turntable trickery again.
Geoff explains the title, and theme, of the album; "I've become increasingly disillusioned by the people we, as children, are traditionally brought up to look up to. Politicians, police, business leaders, sportsmen, religious leaders, etc all seem to be up to their eyeballs in corrupt practices. The gap between the haves and the have-nots is widening at an increasing pace. Is this what a democracy should look like, where it's ok to lie, cheat & steal your way to the top?"
Akala & Oveous articulate this in the hard-nosed title track, culminating in an epic crescendo of horns. Both rappers acknowledge the spoken word roots of rap respectively; Oveous on the blues-drenched Wild West, and Akala on the staccato stop/start rhythms of The Ring.
The melancholic guitar drenched groove of Ghost sees Oveous telling a story of abuse and revenge, while the breakbeat led Puppets has Akala telling a modern day parable relevant to us all. The Us3 sound is expanded to include flamenco influences on Uptown, and the Fela Kuti – like afrobeat of (You Are) So Corrupt. Lie, Cheat & Steal was recorded in London before, during, and after the recent riots, & Akala sums up the atmosphere on Pressure Bursts Pipes over an amalgam of piano, electronica, horns & angular beats.
The 8-piece Us3 live band will be performing a 19-date European club tour in October 2011.
Oveous Maximus grew up in the Bronx & Washington Heights in New York. An honorary member of the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Oveous has a unique style of rap & spoken word. He was a National Poetry Slam finalist 3 years in a row, a multiple winner at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem & has performed on the TV series HBO Def Poetry. He has recorded with Louie Vega and Osunlade., and is about to release his 3rd self-produced studio album this year.
London-based Akala is a MOBO award-winning artist, label owner & social entrepreneur. Inspired by the likes of Saul Williams & Gil Scott-Heron, Akala has released 3 solo albums and performed as far as Vietnam, Brazil, Africa, New Zealand & Australia. In 2009 he launched the "Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company", already an acclaimed music theatre production enterprise. Recently he presented a TV show about UK MC culture called "Life Of Rhyme" on Channel 4.
Off of City Slickers upcoming 'Still Smokin Cigarettes & Tellin' Lies' available digitally on 10/25. Footage from the video was shot at this year's '5th Annual Boston Hip Hop Unity Fest' hosted by Ed OG, and headlined by DJ Premier. This marks City Slickers' fifth year in a row on the bill.