Thizz Latin's Block Movement Joins Bone Thugs-n-Harmony In "Thizzn" Documentary
Courtesy Bayer Mack.
Thizz Latin Midwest rap group Block Movement has released the first single, "Time of My Life" (now on iTunes), from their upcoming Block Starz Music debut album, N.A.F.T.A., and will be featured in a new independent film called "Thizzn the Documentary".
Block Movement, which was nominated for "Best Rap Group" at the 2012 Underground Music Awards, hails from Omaha, Nebraska and consists of members Latin Threat (born Joshua Bates), Stylo (born Rolando Valadez), and S. Gats (born Kevin Fredericks).
Presented by All Game Entertainment ("American Prostitute"),"Thizzn", which is a term used to describe a person under the influence of the drug Ecstacy, also features Grammy Award-winning rap group Bones Thugs-N-Harmony, who provide music from their hit song titled "Ecstasy". The film reveals the true history of ecstasy and how it went from being a legal prescription drug to a widely used illegal narcotic in the United States. Viewers will see how European warehouse parties evolved into rave parties across the globe. The documentary also presents an understanding on how the Thizzn clothes, paraphernalia, language and music created a subculture.
Director Reggie Simmons believes that the diversity within the film will touch people across the globe .
"The black, white, asian, and latin [combination] of characters, mixed with the rave history, will make this documentary interesting and accesible to a wide range of viewers".
In addition to an street and online promotional campaigns to promote the release of N.A.F.T.A., which takes its name from the North American Free Trade Agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States in 1994 to create the world's largest trade bloc, Block Movement is planning an aggressive touring schedule with Deep Groove Management and various sponsors.
Apathy's "Fire Walk With Me" double-CD and "The Alien Tongue" rare demo collection releases both dropped today on 9/11. 'Tell Me' is the latest leak from "Fire Walk With Me" and it features fellow Demigodz cohorts Motive and Celph Titled, produced by Apathy himself. The "Fire Walk With Me" double-disc collection features collaborations with Nas, Xzibit, Royce Da 5'9, Murs, Vinnie Paz, B-Real, Paul Wall, Chris Webby, Bishop Lamont, Ryu of GBC/Styles of Beyond, Scoop Deville, Mac Lethal, and many more.
Jarren Benton and the rest of the Funk Volume crew (Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, SwizZz and DJ Hoppa) embark on a national tour, performing in 45+ cities from September 12th through Novemeber 2nd. Find them in a city near you and check them out in Atlanta for the A3C Festival on Saturday, Oct 13th.
Video: Tum Tum "Yeah Doe" f/ Dorrough Music, B-Hamp & Big Tuck
Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.
The wait is over! Take a visit to the Texas Rap Wax Museum for Tum Tum's official "Yeah Doe" video featuring B-Hamp, Dorrough Music and Big Tuck - and LOTS of women! You'll also catch Brian Angel (Day26) and more surprise guests from the HULKent camp!
Hip-hop duo Zion I invite live music fans from all over the country to spar at the 2012 Shadowboxing Tour. Beginning October 4 in Fresno, California, the duo, consisting of emcee Zumbi and producer Amp Live, will hit 30 cities from Brooklyn to Boulder and Atlanta to Orlando with up and coming Santa Cruz Dubstep DJ Minnesota. More, Zion I has teamed up with premiere hip-hop platform 2DopeBoyz to bring fans exclusive up-to- date content from the tour.
The Shadowboxing Tour will kick-off in conjunction with Zion I's newest album, Shadowboxing coming out October 2 on Live Up Records. A move from the live instrumentation of their last record towards the gritty, beat heavy sound, Zion I continue to forge new ground musically. Attached is Float, a track from the forthcoming LP. But 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."
On the group's 7th LP they've enlisted guests such as Bassnectar, Grouch and Eligh, Clyde Carson and Goapele.
Christian Bauhofer, known by his fans as his party crushing alter ego Minnesota, is a producer and DJ heralding from Santa Cruz, CA that has been lighting up venues across the country with his frantic energy and pounding bass. At 23 years old, Minnesota has recently spent his time touring with acts such as Big Gigantic while artists like Bassnectar and PANTyRAID have been incorporating his tracks into their sets. His first EP, **Panda Snatching Tycoon**, found critical acclaim when it was released under Tycho Records in January 2011. His follow up to this album, **Ancient Machines**, was released by Mal Label and became number nine on addictech.com’s best seller’s list for the year while every track from the album charted on the beatport.com glitch hop charts.
10/4 – Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA 10/5 – The Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA 10/6 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA 10/11 – Senator Theater – Chico, CA 10/12 – Humbolt Brews – Arcata, CA 10/13 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA 10/16 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR 10/17 – Domino Room – Bend, OR 10/18 - The Royal Lounge – Olympia, WA 10/19 – Refuge – Portland, OR 10/20 – City Arts Festival – Seattle, WA 10/22 – TBA 10/23 – TBA 10/24 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO 10/25 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO 10/26 – TBA 10/27 – TBA – Denver, CO 11/8 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NYC 11/9 – Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA 11/10 – The Blockley – Philadelphia, PA 11/11 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT 11/12 – Pearl Street – Northampton, MA 11/14 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 11/15 Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC 11/16 – The Music Farm – Charleston, SC 11/17 – Terminal West King Plow Arts Center – Atlanta, GA 11/18 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL 11/19 – The Social – Orlando, FL 12/14 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA 12/15 – Porter’s Pub – San Diego, CA
MP3: Audible Doctor f/ Blacastan & Wise Intelligent (PRT) "Genuine"
"The Audible Doctor dropped his newest leak off his upcoming FREE EP today. The new track "Genuine" features Blacastan and Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers) and is produced by Audible Doctor. The full "I Think That..." EP drops 9/25"
Father-son concept album Negroes On Ice, available digitally October 2 // CD in stores October 16
Prince Paul is the true definition of a Hip-Hop originator. From his beginnings with live hip-hop pioneers Stetsasonic, to producing for innovative acts like 3rd Bass and De La Soul, to forming the "horrorcore" collective Gravediggaz, all the way to his Handsome Boy Modeling School venture alongside fellow producer Dan The Automater, Paul has always tested musical boundaries. He's also had success in the realm of comedy, having produced multiple Grammy-winning albums for comedian Chris Rock. Now, Paul is back to explore new ground with his latest project Negroes On Ice, a comedy/Hip-Hop album created with his son P. Forreal. Much in style of Paul's acclaimed opus A Prince Among Thieves, Negroes On Ice seemlessly blends music and storytelling, resulting in a hilarious, head-nodding listening experience. Initially a highly successful traveling show, Negroes On Ice is now a Prince Paul-produced concept album that chronicles a father and a son who find common ground through rap, humorously highlighting different schools of thought amongst the generations.
Some fathers and sons get together to fly kites - Prince Paul and his Jr. got together to create, write and produce an album. "I never knew my son was this creative," says Paul. "I never paid attention to his music, his DJing, and writing. But once I did, I was like "Wow, it would be cool to do something together." As P. Forreal explains, " Even though it was a partnership, there's always going to be a father-son dynamic. My dad taught me how to do things, how to record…but at the same time he might tell me to go do the dishes after a recording session!" With appearances from Breeze Brewin of The Juggaknots and other special guests, Negroes On Ice is another fascinating chapter in the career of a true original.
Check out the first video from Negroes On Ice below, and look for it on iTunes and all other digital services this October 2nd. A CD version will follow on October 16th. The CD will include a free download of the instrumentals, prouduced by Prince Paul and P. Forreal.
Hip-Hop Duo Substance Abuse Ready "Background Music"
Courtesy Ballin PR.
Los Angeles hip-hop duo Substance Abuse return to hip-hop with their sophomore LP, Background Music due out November 6. Consisting of emcee Eso Tre and Subz, Substance Abuse pull no punches on their latest offering: The 18 track collection is a hard-hitting, funky rap album that feels distinctly LA. The LP features MC Eiht, Tash of Alkaholiks, Percee P, Max Julien (The Mack), Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Myka 9, and KRS-One.
Substance Abuse stick to their trade mark style of socially conscious content. On the track “Flossin”, Substance Abuse and MC Eiht address the valorization of the affluent lifestyle that dominates today’s hip hop. The track “Rear View” featuring KRS-One, tackles the futility of trying to embrace a time period that is gone and never will be again, while still affirming some of the timeless values that people cherished during that era.
“When we came up with the title we had a few things in mind,” explains Eso, who grew up in the southland with Subz. “First, we’re talking about the era that we came up in, the early 90’s graffiti scene. It was a time when tagging crews in Los Angeles had members hailing from different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, where you’d have kids from West LA in the same crews as kids from South Central and there was a certain sense of unity in that. “The umbrella provided by graffiti and hip hop,” adds Eso, “represented something positive.”
On the negative side, graff culture had also become increasingly violent, mimicking gang culture in Los Angeles. The cross-pollination within these tagging crews, where kids from the hood were closely associated with the kids from suburbia, also allowed for members of L.A.’s more well known gangs to become involved in tagging crews. Suddenly the lines between “crews” and “gangs” were blurred.
“_Background Music_ also refers to the state of hip hop today, explains Eso “where the music seems deracinated of the personality and edge that it once had,” explains Eso. It also refers to how our music is construed by the masses, people who generally seem to favor the popular over the obscure. Real hip-hop has been forced to play the “background” to club and dance music that seems devoid of any message or staying power.
After gaining much acclaim for their collaboration with MF Doom on the infectious single "Profitless Thoughts," Substance Abuse released their debut LP Overproof in 2006. The LP featured Saafir, Kool Keith, Motion Man, Kutmasta Kurt, Rasco, Thes-One, and MF Doom and received critical acclaim from outlets such as YRB, URB, platform8470, and XLR8R.
What looms in the background of today’s music scene are people who are fed up with the current state of affairs and want change. If you’re one of them, check out Background Music.