Audio: Superstar Quamallah & DeQwan - "Talkin' All That Jazz"
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Underground veteran mc/producer/DJ Superstar Quamallah, who first burst onto the scene in 1998 with his Don't Call Me John EP (ABB Records), returns with a proper follow up to 2009's Invisible Man album (Brick Records) --a record which gained accolades such as a prominent feature on the BBC's Gilles Peterson's Best Of 2009 show, finished as a Top 10 seller of 2009 on UGHH.com, and was supported by two 7-inch singles and videos, eclipsing over 150,000 views on youtube alone. For Talkin' All That Jazz, which will be released on 9-13-2011, Quamallah is accompanied by rookie of the year candidate DeQawn and producer Izznyce. The end result of their collaboration is a truly cohesive album full of energy, noticeable chemistry between the artists, and an intent to create a distinguishable piece of work to be enjoyed for years to come. Much like Invisible Man, there are no guest spots -- Quamallah and DeQawn share mic duties on each of the album's twelve tracks.
Genre-crossing crooner John West premieres the video today for “Lovely” featuring Pusha T of the rap duo The Clipse. The track is off of the three-song bundle that marked his Mercury Records debut and is currently available via digital retailers. Mark Staubach was at the helm as the video's director.
The refreshingly spare track, produced by Christian Rich, is set off by a sparkling piano rolling over and under a mesmerizing drumbeat. Accompanying the soulful, airy groove is a short story about the simple pleasures of hanging out with someone special. West's smooth tenor ("It's like oh oh oh / We don't need no words") meshes perfectly with Pusha T's easygoing flow and clever rap ("Let's test the waters / love makes a splash / and you're too thick to skinny dip").
West is coming off a month long national tour supporting Patrick Stump and details on his full-length album are to be announced.
PR: Mobb Deep Announces Label Deal With RED Distribution
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New York, NY - Legendary multi-platinum rap duo Mobb Deep inked a label deal today with national distribution company RED Distribution (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) for their imprint Infamous Records. The New York based label will be run and managed by Mobb Deep, which has appeared on records totaling more than 40 million in sales, with the assistance of executives and industry veterans with more than two decades of experience working the major label system.
Under the new deal, Mobb Deep's Prodigy and Havoc will release their self-titled ninth album along with upcoming solo projects and music from a new class of emerging artists and established acts. Future signing announcements are coming soon - expect the unexpected as the Infamous Records movement expands.
As they push forward, Mobb Deep's opportunity with RED bolsters the duo's classic catalog since much of Mobb's early music was released and is still distributed by RED. The deal brings them closer to their celebrated music legacy and also positions the group to acquire and distribute film content. "After almost twenty years in this industry, it was inevitable for us to take matters into our own hands. We feel that RED is the perfect home for our brand," says Prodigy, who's been enjoying outstanding reviews and critical acclaim for his candid, controversial autobiography My Infamous Life. "We're ready to work and build our own structure."
"We know who our fans are and what they want from Mobb Deep," says Havoc, whose recent production work can be heard on Eminem's multi-platinum Grammy-winning album Recovery. "We're excited to take a new step in our career."
Bob Morelli, President of RED adds, "Mobb Deep is an iconic act, having been on the cutting edge of music and social commentary for years. We are happy and excited to distribute the next chapter in their musical career."
As they gear up to release their highly anticipated album later this year, Mobb Deep has been on the road with the successful Rock The Bells tour alongside Lauryn Hill, Nas, Common, Erykah Badu and others, as well as a Live Nation tourwith Raekwon and Ghostface.
Mobb Deep recently signed with one of the world's largest talent agencies, International Creative Management (ICM) where they're represented by Mitch Blackman; Prodigy's solo career and business ventures are managed by Marvis Johnson for Micro Management Group, Jeremiah "Ice" Yanoussi runs the global touring arm for Micro Management Group,; Havoc's solo, production and business deals are managed by Chris Patilis for Active Management Group. The two entities co-manage all of Mobb Deep's music and business ventures.
About RED Distribution:
RED, the award-winning division of Sony Music Entertainment, headquartered in New York City, is widely recognized as the industry leader in music distribution and artist development. RED specializes in digital and physical sales, marketing, D2C, radio promotion and product development for more than 60 independent record labels, as well as select artists from Sony owned labels. RED's marketing outreach is unsurpassed in generating consumer awareness for artists, labels and brand partners. In 2009, RED launched 'stache Media, an in-house marketing and brand partnership agency. 'stache's expert staff provides marketing services in online marketing/publicity, college lifestyle marketing, advertising & consumer research, social media marketing, creative services and brand/partnership marketing. Sony Music Entertainment's acquisition of IODA, the premiere independent digital distributor, has expanded RED's reach into international as well as domestic markets.
1. Intro 2. Support (I Need More) 3. Checkmate feat. Guilty Simpson and Miz Korona 4. Let The Weed Burn 5. Week Ago 6. Unify 7. Lucky Seven feat. OnCue 8. My Song 9. One In A Hundred Million feat.Marvwon and Fatt Father 10. Gettin' Bent feat. Moe Dirdee 11. Porn Star 12. Show Off feat. Pen Pal 13. One Mic Stand 14. Keep The Change 15. Again and Again 16. Let Us Pray feat. Bruce 17. Goodbye (Outro) 18. Bonus Track: Never Cried fea. Royce Da 5'9 (DJ Young Mase Mash Up)
Video: Black Moon Rehearsing with Band for Rock the Bells NYC
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Black Moon will be performing their debut album, 'Enta Da Stage,' with a 6-piece band at Rock the Bells in NYC (Sept 3rd, 2011) on the 36 Chambers Stage from 4:50PM - 6:05 PM. Watch the clip to get an inside look of their practice session today.
Also, Random Axe will be performing on the Main Stage from 1:35PM - 2:05 PM.
Lord Jamar is an American emcee and actor. He is a member of the legendary hip-hop group Brand Nubian, which formed in 1989 and released the now classic LP, “All For One”. As an actor, he is best known for his role of Supreme Allah on the TV series Oz. He has appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Third Watch, and The Sopranos. He has also done production work for artists such as Dead Prez, Buckshot, Shaka Amazulu The 7th and Tom Browne. He released his debut solo album The 5% Album (an album dedicated to the Nation of Gods and Earths) on June 27, 2006. He also appeared in a much talked about episode of The (White) Rapper Show in which he criticized contestant John Brown for naming his company Ghetto Revival. Like his onscreen character on Oz, Jamar is a member of the Nation of Gods and Earths.