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Gypsyphonic Disko: NOLA Phonic Vol. 2 f/ Juvenile, Mystikal


Gypsyphonic Disko: NOLA Phonic Vol. 2 f/ Juvenile, Mystikal

Courtesy Nik @ Ballin PR.

(New Orleans, LA) March 13, 2012 Ben Ellman of Galactic and The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars fame is pleased to announce Nola-Phonic Volume Two will be available to fans on April 3. Mixed by NOLA party DJ/producer Quickie Mart, the record is a wild mix of bounce, hip-hop, klezmer, and Balkan music--and this time the duo have an even firmer grasp on the sound they’re creating.

* http://www.gypsyphonic.com/ *

“With Volume One we were kind of experimenting with the style,” Ellman explains, “Volume Two is ‘this is the style, let’s do this, let’s invest in it creatively.’” That creative investment includes Balkan and klezmer laden versions of songs from some of New Orleans’ most well known emcees, including Juvenile and Mystikal, as well as some of sissy rap’s finest, such as Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby and Katey Red.

The music is high energy and New Orleans-centric, which were goals of Ellman’s from the start as he wanted to make sure it embodied the city. The music also embodies New York City just a little bit. More specifically, The Bulgarian Bar, which Ellman and the rest of Galactic hang out at when they’re in NYC. Throw in the extensive collection of bounce music Ellman acquired by trading libraries with a local New Orleans DJ, and some extra a cappellas from sissy rap artists that were too explicit to put on the last Galactic record, and you have all the ingredients Gypsyphonic Disko needed to create something unique and barrier breaking.

“At one point during the creation of Volume One I said ‘holy shit man, we’ve invented a genre!’ In this day, with mash-ups and all the stuff DJs are doing, I was like, ‘I don’t think anyone’s really ever done this.’ That’s hard to do.”

Getting people to listen to something new can be equally hard to do, but Gypsyphonic Disko is doing just that. According to Quickie Mart, who has done official remixes for groups like Slightly Stoopid, Freedie Gibbs and produced tracks for Percee P, Wax and Planet Asia, “in New Orleans, GPD goes hard always. In the rest of the country... if they know what bounce is, it goes off well, if not, it is a lot of shocked faces.” That initial shock quickly turns to enjoyment, though, as the reviews of Gypsyphonic Disko prove they’ve been winning over listeners nationwide.

Ellman and Quickie Mart have found their audience, and it’s a lot wider than either of them could have imagined. If you missed Gypsyphonic Disko the first time around, consider Nola-Phonic Volume Two your official invite to the party, and this is one party you don’t want to miss, because whether or not you’d put on bounce, hip-hop, klezmer, or Balkan music individually, when they’re expertly mixed together, the Gypsyphonic Disko result is something that not only gets the party started, but like any good New Orleans party, keeps it going all night long.

MTV News: Hunger Games, Kid Cudi, SXSW, Diddy


MTV News: Hunger Games, Kid Cudi, SXSW, Diddy

Courtesy MTV.

In today’s MTV News Video Digest we have a broad array of interviews for you ranging from The Hunger Games’ star Jennifer Lawrence to Kid Cudi, Avengers director Joss Wheldon at SXSW and Diddy remembering his favorite Notorious BIG song.

 The Hunger Games premiered in Los Angeles and MTV News was on the carpet to talk to the stars of the film. Katniss herself, Jennifer Lawrence, was glad she didn’t have to put herself on fire tonight.
 
Link: http://www.mtv.com/videos/movies/748549/hunger-games-was-difficult-and-fun-for-jennifer-lawrence.jhtml#id=1680845 .

Kid Cudi tell MTV News that WZRD’s success proves there was a method to his madness.
 
Link: http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/748517/kid-cudi-addresses-wzrd-naysayers.jhtml .
 
At South By Southwest, Avengers director Joss Whedon tells MTV News the part of the film he’s most excited for is the whole thing.
 
Link: http://www.mtv.com/videos/movies/748085/joss-whedon-excited-for-all-of-avengers.jhtml#id=1680857 .

Diddy tells us his favorite Notorious BIG song, as we remember the 15th anniversary of Biggie’s passing, and the release of his masterpiece, “Life After Death.”
 
Link: http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/748349/diddy-contemplates-favorite-track-on-biggies-life-after-death.jhtml .

MP3: Stryfe - "Shells"


MP3: Stryfe - "Shells"

Courtesy Matt B.

After generating significant attention with his "A Vintage State of Mind" Mixtape, Fokis steps behind the scenes to release Stryfe, a Local MU-12 Union member and artist on his Loyalty Digital Corp. Roster...  Stryfe is a witty lyricist from Detroit who is able to communicate real life issues through clever wordplay. With the first single "SHELLS" a dynamic and energetic, yet gritty song that represents everyday life of the ghetto. Upon completing his forthcoming LP, "The Last Resort", Stryfe teamed up with fellow Detroit native CYDI's BreadWinner to release an EP, “The Opening Act,” which will serve as the prelude to his debut LP.

DL link to Stryfe’s “Shells” MP3 (produced by Illingsworth, Mixed by Fokis): http://loyaltydigitalcorp.bandcamp.com/track/shells .

Video: DJ Premier x Bumpy Knuckles KoleXXXion


Video: DJ Premier x Bumpy Knuckles KoleXXXion

Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.

On March 27, 2012, DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles will unveil their new album KoleXXXion in association with Gracie Productions! Below is the trailer for the album!

Video: 4th Pyramid - "Can't Stop"


Video: 4th Pyramid - "Can't Stop"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Toronto and NYC-based MC, producer, and songwriter 4th Pyramid is excited to release his new album, The Pyramid Scheme, which marks his first album release since signing his Silk Ivory label to a joint venture with Lyrics To Go/Universal Music. The album, which was produced by 4th Pyramid, Rich Kidd, Simahlak, Maco Polo, and Jersey Jay, encapsulates Pyramid’s up-all-night jet-set attitude and features Greg Nice, Saukrates, Cosmo Baker, and more. To celebrate the release, Pyramid is now sharing his latest video for the single "Can't Stop."

MP3: Messy Marv f/ Warren G - "You Gotta Pay Me (Remix)"


MP3: Messy Marv f/ Gunplay, Warren G - "You Gotta Pay Me (Remix)"

Courtesy J Melo.

Single:  You Gotta Pay Me (Remix)
Artist:  Messy Marv feat: Warren G, Gunplay, and Bleu Davinci
Produced By:  AD Proof Avenue
Publicity: Hoopla Worldwide

* http://www.sharebeast.com/ymw9en1ev1h3 *

Video: Gee Dubs f/ All City Crew - "Anonymous"


Video: Gee Dubs f/ All City Crew - "Anonymous"

Courtesy Gifted Hoods.

Gee Dubs is releasing a free download project on March 20th titled "AM Shift" with majority of production by Mike Cali , along with 3 records produced by Mike Chops.

Video: Statik Selektah & Buckshot - "Shit Indie Rappers Say"


Video: Statik Selektah & Buckshot - "Shit Indie Rappers Say"

Courtesy Matt B.

Featuring Iron Solomon, Statik Selektah & Buckshot. Fans heading to SXSW this week can see Buckshot, Statik Selektah & Iron Solomon performing at the Duck Down x Blacksmith showcase on Friday, March 16th at La Zona Rosa. Doors open at 8PM. Additional performances by Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Smif N Wessun, Mr. MFN eXquire, Bad Rabbits & more.

* http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Video/shit-indie-rappers-say-021243176902462 *

MP3: Silex - "High Life"


MP3: Silex - "High Life"

Courtesy Melanie J. Cornish.

High Life, the second single from Rotterdam MC, Silex, is a testament to the struggles he has endured up to this point in his career. Like any other artist, sacrifices have to be made at times, but at what cost? Silex addresses the daily struggles he has faced in his personal life as he sought the ‘high life’.

“Music provides me with a natural high and having been living the ‘high life’ for so long, I felt my grasp on reality falter for a split second,” Silex explains. “I had to tighten the reigns a bit and when I heard the sample in the track, I had to address a situation which was a major turning point for me. Folks say that out of something bad comes something good and in this instance the good is my second official single, so it can’t all be bad.”

High Life was produced by BeatBustaEnt and mixed and mastered by German studio whiz Peer Hahnefeld at http://www.online-mixing.de/ .

Direct link for streaming to your blog or website http://soundcloud.com/ssmusicco/silex-high-life .

Roddy Rod: New Track + Album Out Now


Roddy Rod: New Track + Album Out Now

Courtesy Nature Sounds.

To celebrate the release of his new 2-CD album Oakwood Grain I & II, Maspyke and Low Budget producer Roddy Rod is debuting one of the vocal tracks from the primarily-instrumental project: "Truly 1Derful," featuring fellow DMV native Cynthia Hawkes.  Oakwood Grain I & II features more than 30 thumping instrumentals, plus a few choice vocal guests (including Finale, Muhsinah, Bilal Salaam, Wayna, and more).

Roddy Rod (ft. Cynthia Hawkes) - Truly 1Derful http://naturesounds.bandcamp.com/track/truly-1derful .


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