Having caught the attention of blogs and sites around the world with their Goin Nottz mixtape released last year, DJ double act The Best Men are back with the second installment of their producer mixtape series.
Paying homage to the production wizardry of Seattle’s very own Jake One, The Jake One-ders comes with Jake’s stamp of approval. Putting tracks old and new back to the top of our playlists, this collection is a true testament to the career of one of the West Coast’s most sought after producers. Please click on this link to take you to the free download of the project and the Soundcloud stream http://www.bestmenmusic.com/ .
The Best Men will be in Croatia this weekend at the Fresh Island Festival, which sees Snoop Lion headlining with A$AP Rocky, Iggy Azalea Nefew and many more hitting the stage.
In regards to the following i'd first like to say much love and appreciation for all of the recent support. With that said recently I teamed up with a crew of emcees and producers titled OGTOMK ( Organic. Geniuses. Tribe. Of. Mass. Killas.) Myself "Avant-Garde" along with the other 7 members have formed in efforts to assist eachother and build as one entity.About a week ago we released our first crew mixtape "OGTOMK Vol 1".
Los Angeles, CA…Rapper Skee-Lo disappeared from the music scene after releasing one of the biggest records of the 90s, the iconic "I Wish." After a 17 year hiatus, he has returned with a new sound, a new attitude and new record label. The new single aptly titled “Vibe is Right” marks a trifecta return for Skee-Lo. Renewed interest in Skee-Lo and “I Wish” has been sparked by inclusion in 3 of Toyota’s Rav 4 national commercials featuring ‘Big Bang Theory’ star Kaley Cuoco. The first commercial, which debuted during the 2013 Super Bowl Game, has received over 16 million views, and sales of the “I Wish” single and album has hit an all time high. Wish granted!
SKEELO MUSIK LLC, Skee-Lo’s new independent record label, inked an exclusive distribution agreement with MRI and Red Music, a division of SONY MUSIC, in August 2012 via Whatevaok Entertainment under the auspices of Lamar Leggard, (Associate Director of Digital Operations for Red Music and “Sony Music Entertainment. The agreement includes worldwide exclusive digital distribution rights and physical distribution in the US and Canada. Lamar Leggard opines: "It's an extreme honor and pleasure to be a part of something as monumental as the rebirth of a legend such as Skee-Lo. The album is incredibly crafted, innovative, and again Skee-Lo is making timeless music in an era where ‘Fresh Ideas’ count the most. I hope the world will see what we did and do and can appreciate and enjoy what Skee-Lo and his team are bringing.”
The family-owned and operated business features joint CEOs: Grammy nominated rapper/producer Skee-Lo and business partner and wife Stacy D. Ambrose. Ambrose, who formerly worked promotions for Qwest Records, has handled promotions for Skee-Lo since 2009. The staff is rounded out by Operations Director Ralph Muhammad and Publicist Debra Burley of GlammediaPR.
SKEE-LO MUSIK LLC is the introduction to the new music industry as we see it” explains Skee-Lo. “Our mission is to introduce a new sound, attitude, and business. I am grateful to SONY RED MUSIC, MRI and WhatevaOK Entertainment for distributing our music and sharing with us our vision. This, no doubt, will create new opportunities for independent talent.”
In November 2012 SKEE-LO MUSIK released its debut album entitled FRESH IDEAS, which is a mix of Hip Hop, Soul, Dance, R&B songs. The project was produced by newly discovered producers “The Titanz,” “Eugene Shakhov” and seasoned producers Kevin Gardner, Antonio Summers of Direct Supply Entertainment; who also produced songs for (E-40, B-Legit, Celly Cel, George Clinton). The FRESH IDEAS album by Skee-Lo features 12 songs and is available digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play. The new video “Vibe Is Right” directed by Henry Zavala was released May 5, and was produced by Element of The Titanz. It’s available on VEVO, YouTube and MySpace. The FRESH IDEAS physical album will be in stores July 9, 2013 and available at Best Buy, K-Mart, Block Buster, Amazon, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.
Audio: Ingrid Chavez (Black Eskimo) - Deep & Heady (DJ Alex J Dream Mix)
Courtesy Wanja Lange.
Singer & songwriter Ingrid Chavez (Prince's protege) teams up wth DJ Alex J. (Doodlbug/Digable Planet's Tour DJ) to release a RMX to promote her new EP "Black Eskimo - Deep" which is her first foray into Trip Hop & Neo-Soul.
Video: Wax Society - "Red - Retrospect (In Studio)"
While tracking for Red's new mixtape, we got some live visuals of Red and DJ/producer Summer in the studio recording the single 'Retrospect'. We messed around with some sounds in post-production, put it against the performance visuals and came up with this video and official studio remix. This video and track gives you some insight to what 'R&B: Rap and Blues' album will sound like, set to release Fall of 2013. Stay tuned!
David Rush on Pitbull's International Takeover Project
Mr. 305 artist David Rush has been hard at work on his next album This Can't Be Life, and in the meantime he is featured on seven tracks alongside Pitbull on the new project Mr. 305 featuring Pitbull and Friends: International Takeover!
Video: DJ Drama Hot 107.9 ATL Birthday Bash Weekend
Flat Fitty Brand Ambassador DJ Drama has been on a whirlwind tour so far this Summer, with several dates on the Coors Light Search For The Coldest tour, and stops for BET Weekend in Los Angeles, Hot 107.9's huge birthday bash in Atlanta and David Letterman in NYC with Wale in the past two weeks alone!
NEW ALBUM FEATURES COLLABORATIONS WITH DIRTY HEADS, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, P!NK & BUTCH WALKER, AND MANY MORE
July 9th marks the release date for Fool's Gold, the latest album by Las Vegas-based singer/rapper Big B. Released on Suburban Noize Records, the album features appearances from Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid, and many others. It is currently streaming on MSN.com and on last.fm.
For Fool's Gold, Big B's sixth studio album, he is upping the ante by delivering his most heartfelt album yet.
"I put a lot of heart and soul into this record and the last few years have been pretty hard on me for various reasons," he says. "This record was my way of getting it all out and turning it all into a positive thing. I just wanted to make good songs that people can have a good time listening to."
Fool's Gold features musical collaborations with members of legendary punk outfits NOFX and Pennywise, as well as a songwriting collaboration with Grammy winner Pink on the single "Here Comes the Lightning." The end result is a collection of songs that are just as contagious as Big B's thuggish charm. With the entire music industry focused on finding the next huge star on reality television, Big B has taken a back-to-basics approach on "Fool's Gold" and filled it with fun spirited songs that can fit into any music lover's playlist. The album is rich is musical diversity and is cleverly inventive, as Big B seamlessly bridges the gap between rock, hip-hop, and alternative.
Big B is currently on the road as part of the Cabin By the Sea tour with Dirty Heads and The Expendables. From there, he will embark on Redlight King's "Ones to Watch" tour, which will run through August. Tour dates can be found below.
BIG B TOUR DATES:
Cabin by the Sea Tour feat. Big B, Dirty Heads & The Expendables
07/09 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
07/11 - Kansas City - Midland Theatre
07/12 - Denver, CO - Exdo Event Center
07/15 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
07/16 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
07/21 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
07/22 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
07/24 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory Concert
07/26 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
07/28 - Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre
Ones to Watch Tour w/Redlight King & Icon for Hire
08/01 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
08/02 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
08/03 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
08/06 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Room at HOB
08/07 - Houston, TX - Bronze Peacock at HOB
08/09 - Shreveport, LA - Strange Brew
08/10 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish at HOB
08/11 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
08/13 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Old National Centre
08/14 - Knoxville, TN - NV Nightclub
08/16 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
08/17 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
08/20 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
08/21 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
08/23 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter at St. Andrew's Hall
08/24 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
08/25 - Minneapolis, MN - Studio B at Skyway Theatre
08/27 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
Kool Keith f/ Keith Murray - Impressions (Supersonic Remix)
Kool Keith "Love & Danger" is now available on Wax !!! 2xLP Ltd Edition Vinyl shipping via Fatbeats. Listen (Stream) Kool Keith Ft Keith Murray - Impressions (Supersonic Remix) (Produced by DJ Junkaz Lou) on Soundcloud. Deluxe Edition (Digital) available July 16th on iTunes.