@YoungSalemme While promoting the release of his upcoming project "Empire" down in Atlanta @YoungSalemme shot a promotional video for a track called "Alive". "Empire" will feature guest appearances by Rell (Roc-A-Fella), Verse Simmonds (Konvict Music), Kirby Maurier, Prano, Ashlee Chanel, 8Bus, Ray Ray, Amandi, Audio IV (formerly 24-7), Siahlaw (Universal Records) & more.
Rising Dallas Duo Returns With Slew Of New Music, Videos
Back in March, A.Dd+ officially hit the scene with the release of When Pigs Fly, a project that quickly became the upstart Dallas duo's much touted debut album. WPF earned critical praise from the Dallas Observer as "possibly the best hip-hop album Dallas has ever released." A few short months later, Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy, joined by producer and unofficial third member Picnic Tyme, return to unleash a slew of new music and videos to be released in the coming weeks and months. Kicking things off is the new track "Jumper Cables," which features fellow Dallas rapper Tunk.
Although not from When Pigs Fly, "Jumper Cables" picks up right where the duo's debut left off, with Picnic Tyme's slick snare rolling into a bevy of winding strings, claves, bass, and pounding drums. The hook, "Wait till I get my money right, then I'm on/ I'mma get that Caddy running right, bitch, I'm gone/ Living good, it ain't nothing better," builds the theme for the song, one that, despite the upbeat nature of the track, details the group's struggles and aspirations. Fitting, considering that Paris and Slim wrote the hook in the midst of their own grind towards recognition. "We came up with the hook on our way back from a show in San Antonio," explains Paris. "We didn't have anywhere to stay after the show, so we got back in the car, hopped on the road at 3:00am and started heading back to Dallas. We had the instrumental on repeat and put together the hook."
Willie Evans Jr.'s new album Introducin' is available now from via High Water Music. The full album is now streaming in full at AOL Music and can be bought here: Introducin' ($7.99 at Amazon.com).
Along with the release of his album, Pharoahe Monch's WAR Media has announced that Willie Evans Jr. is the newest addition to the We Are Renegades Family. Willie Evans Jr. will be joining like-minded artists Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Mystic and DJ Mr Len as part of a growing and organic movement.
According to Dres of Black Sheep/Native Tongues, "Willie Evans Jr. and his crew are the closest thing to Native Tongues since Native Tongues." Introducin' is produced entirely by Willie Evans Jr. and features both his emcee and MPC skills. The album tells the story of a kid (Willie) who can't learn music the traditional route, and then decides to use the MPC to express himself. The artwork for the album was hand crafted by UK’s visual artist/producer Ben Grymm.
Previously, Willie Evans Jr. has done extensive production work with Mr. Lif and Akrobatik of the Perceptionists and is a member of the Alias Brothers (formerly Asamov) with notable member Paten Locke aka DJ Therapy. He has been previously featured in URB, VIBE and has performed at Rock the Bells, Paid Dues and more.
Take A Minute To Think Of When You Would Look For A New CD. Possibly A Cassette Even, Take A Glance At The Tracklisting And Be In Shock Of Whom Is Being Featured On Said Project. From Up-And-Comers Featuring Veterans, To Long Time Labelmates who never worked together. This Created Anxiety For Us All. Fly Definiton Music And AMiAM (of Vets of Kin) Reach To Detroit, New York And Of Course Ozone, FL. Crafting A Boom Bap Collaboration For His New Mixtape. MyGrane McNastee, Sha Stimuli, V-Stylez, JBiz & Veteran Grand Daddy I.U. Show Up To Prove That Even Nowadays "WE GOT THAT" Feeling To Once Again Experience Deja Vu. JuniAli (of The Beat Ministry) Maestro's The Production, DJ YNot Conducts The Cuts, And The Emcees Do What Emcees Do...Rhyme.
Complex.com just posted an in depth feature on illustrator Kagan McLeod and his massive upcoming graphic novel Infinite Kung Fu. In addition to illustrations from the book, Kagan breaks down the inspiration and creative process of the 464 page tome (to be released by Top Shelf Comix in August). Kagan is set to appear at the Top Shelf booth all through the San Diego Comic Con (July 20th-July 24th) where the book will debut to the public. Appearing alongside other award winning Top Shelf creators including Craig Thompson (Blankets) and Nate Powell (Any Empire) Kagan will be signing as well as selling original art (viewable here: http://kaganmcleod.com/comiccon.html .