Beatrock Music is proud to present Bwan's “Living Room” LP. The full length album is now available online for free digital download. The album carries within it a tone of street-hop under the scope of social consciousness. Bwan describes his project by stating “‘Living Room’ is a reference to home, a place where you can be comfortable, safe and free to be yourself. But the title is a double entendre, also serving as an idiom for having ‘room to live’ from the daily struggles and oppression we as young people of color experience in America.”
Free: Oddisee "Slow It Down" + New Album Self Sacrifice
Courtesy Mello Music Group.
Each year Mello Music Group releases a family album to highlight the coming year. This year the MMG Squad got a little bigger. The new album Self Sacrifice hit itunes a week early today and happened to debut just as MMG Founder Michael Tolle's first son Bodhi was born! To celebrate MMG is giving away the single "Slow It Down" produced by and featuring Oddisee.
Coming from the highly anticipated mixtape Jackin4Beatz volume 2 , here's Phraze in cocky mode. Doing his thing over a banging Drummer Boy production, Phraze pays homage to his home state of Florida and explains why he won't sell his soul.
Abstract Artform, Winnipeg's fuse masters of Prairie-inspired hip-hop and funk will be performing in Canada's hip-hop capital, Toronto, as part of Canadian Music Week 2012 on March 21 at Comfort Zone 480 Spadina Avenue ..
They may only have three years on the scene behind them, but Abstract Artform have already topped !earshot hip-hop college radio charts, landed on the Top 25 Hip Hop charts on CMJ in the USA and now, being selected as semi-finalists from over 16,000 entries in ISC 2011 for their song "Things Aint What They Used to Be" in the R&B/hip-hop category, one of Winnipeg's leading acts is once again proving they are here to stay.
Abstract Artform will also be releasing “As The Crow Flies” on Ol Roy Records later this year produced by Juno-nominated producer Fresh Kils, will feature collaborations with blues/roots artists such as Manitoba Hal, Rambling Dan Frechette and notable country artist Ridley Bent.
Press Release: MGK Wins MTVU "Breaking Woodie" Award at SXSW
Courtesy Greg Miller.
EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope recording artist MGK struck victory again this year winning the coveted mtvU "Breaking Woodie" Award given to the best emerging artist, besting A$AP Rocky, Fun., The Weeknd, Meek Mill, Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea and others, at the "2012 mtvU Woodie Awards" which took place during the SXSW Music Festival last week.
This is MGK's second win with the network after being voted MTV News' 2011 "Hottest Breakthrough MC" of the year. The Woodie Award win comes days before MGK releases his Half Naked & Almost Famous EP on Tuesday, March 20th and sets out on a record-breaking "2012 Hostile Takeover" tour with Strange Music artist Tech N9ne. With 90 performances in 99 days, the "2012 Hostile Takeover" tour is the longest consecutive run in rap history.
MGK is thrilled to be releasing the EP to his fans. "We recorded the Half Naked EP and my upcoming Lace Up album in the basement of a friend's house in Cleveland," states MGK. "We only dreamed of the Lace Up Movement coming this far in such a short amount of time. I want to thank everyone that has supported and helped me get to this point. It's only the beginning, so Lace the F*ck Up!"
The Half Naked & Almost Famous EP features MGK's smash single "Wild Boy" that spawned a #1 voted BET 106 and Park music video. While at SXSW last week, MGK filmed a music video for the remix version of the track featuring electrifying artists 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Mystikal, French Montana and Yo Gotti. The video also features MTV Jackass celebrity Steve-O who is referenced to on the original track. The remix music video will premiere in the coming weeks.
MGK's song "Invincible"-available at all digital retailers-also captured multiple wins this year. It was selected by both Verizon Wireless as the backdrop for the HTC Rezound 3G smartphone campaign and by the WWE as a theme song to Wrestlemania XXVIII. As part of MGK's partnership with the WWE, he appeared on USA Network's WWE Monday Night Raw on March 12th when it filmed in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. As well, he will make an appearance at Wrestlemania XXVIII on April 1st in Miami, FL.
Today, March 19th at 12pm PST, an MGK 'Cap That' promotion will go live that will allow fans to choose their favorite screenshot of the "Wild Boy" music video and order a poster or canvas with the image. This new technology will empower viewers to access the music video with frame-by-frame functionality to create one-of-a-kind products and share their visual creations across their social networks.
MGK is in the midst of an extensive touring schedule this year. Last month, he performed at college campuses across the country on the Vice Magazine / Project X Party Legends College Tour. He had multiple performances at SXSW including the SOB showcase, BET Music Matters, Woodie Award Festival and the VEVO showcase. MGK will also be on the Van's Warped Tour this summer. On March 22nd, he sets off on the 2012 "Hostile Takeover" tour and hopes to extend his already established fan base in various markets. For 2012 Hostile Takeover tour dates and ticket information, visit: http://www.mgklaceup.com/sweeps/ .
A few weeks back, DJ Pain 1 dropped the remix to I-20's "God's Plan" featuring Sha Stimuli off his own project "Painkillerz Vol.1" set to drop Wednesday. "Painkillerz Vol.1" is a unique mixtape series both mixed and produced entirely by DJ Pain 1. Each project will contain original productions, both brand new and familiar, with two prolific hosts to add extra energy. The first volume is being released by MC Lyte and Black Rob, and will be released this Wednesday.
PR/Video: Pediatrician By Day, Hip-Hop Emcee By Night
Courtesy Lauren Applebaum.
NEW YORK, NY – Doc J, the buzzed about New York native rap / emcee recording artist who is famously known for being a devoted pediatrician by day and heavy hitting underground hip-hop artist by night, has announced the release of his much anticipated debut self-titled EP on April 3. Dr. Lewis Jassey, aka "Doc J", is a skilled hip-hop artist, respected pediatrician, and charitable philanthropist who is making his mark on the world by doing something that has never been done before: being the first licensed medical doctor to succeed in the rap game. Making people feel good with his stethoscope, as well as a microphone is the spark that lights Doc J’s fire.
By day he is known as Dr. Lewis Jassey, a renowned doctor from Long Island, NY, who heals sick children and runs a pediatric practice of more than 10,000 patients for over 17 years. By night he becomes “Doc J”, the respected recording artist who has been involved in the NYC rap scene for over 2 decades and has collaborated with notable underground artists such as MC AWOL, Big Posse, Nyche, Mr. Majestik, Wonder, 1st Ave, and Jae Tips. As a pediatrician and role model for today's youth, Doc J tries to deliver positive messages through hip-hop music.
Doc J's musical roots stemmed from his early love of 80's rock bands such as Van Halen, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard, but he credits the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy as some of his biggest influences for the hip hop music that he creates today. Doc J’s rock infused influences are emanated in the songs being released on his debut EP. Lyrically, Doc J’s rhymes depict his real life encounters which listeners will find to be relatable, inspiring, and often times humorous. However, his collaborative tracks are straight up club anthems that are blazing with infectious hooks and choruses.
Doc J has parlayed his medical background, and causes that are dear to him, with his love for hip-hop. He has headlined at the biggest fundraising walks of the year for Lou Gehrig's Disease and Autism, as well as performed at a camp for kids with cancer and headlined the American Cancer Society’s annual walk in Central Park in front of 50,000 people. Doc J has also been featured twice on NBC-TV in New York, as well as TV News 12 Long Island.
For more than 20 years, Doc J has worked closely with producer Garth Mitchell to create a catalogue of over 250 recorded songs, but has yet to release a single record…until now. Doc J’s long awaited debut self-titled EP will be released on April 3, 2012 to help kick-off of Autism Awareness Month.
Doc J EP Track Listing:
1) Contagious 2) Frozen 3) Just A Lil Bit 4) Mind Over Money 5) B.O.S.S. 6) Lost Cause