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@GhostfaceKillah @AdrianYounge Release New Album Twelve Reasons To Die


Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Release New Album Twelve Reasons To Die

Courtesy Kelly K.

A brutal tale of gangsters, betrayal and one vengeful soul hunting the 12 most powerful crime lords in the world.

Ghostface Killah and composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge release their new album, Twelve Reasons To Die today via Soul Temple Records. The album is available in various configurations including a standard CD, a deluxe double CD with instrumentals, a digital deluxe version with instrumentals, multiple vinyl formats and a cassette. Twelve Reasons To Die is the third release from Soul Temple Records, a company whose mission is to release quality music coupled with packages engaging multiple elements of the creative community.

Twelve Reasons To Die is a groundbreaking concept album conceived and created by Younge that follows Tony Starks (one of Ghostface’s alter egos), as a soldier for the 12 Delucas, a 1960’s-era Italian crime family. But when Starks leaves the family, an epic story unfolds like a vintage horror film with gangster elements. It’s a gritty story of good versus evil that walks the line of the supernatural accented by Ghostface’s grandiose, vivid storytelling. To visually flesh out the dark and gritty world of Twelve Reasons, Soul Temple Records partnered with Black Mask Studios to produce a 6-issue comic book series and collected graphic novel from a host of stellar comic book artists. Watch the comic book trailer here.

Sonically, Younge constructs a distinct aural realm for Twelve Reasons To Die. It’s music based on the break, the sonic foundation of hip-hop culture. But Younge traverses new ground by incorporating elements of what a composer would have used while making music in the 1960s: live strings, horns and drums. He also recorded the songs on 2-inch tape, giving each track a sonic heft and depth virtually non-existent in modern music. Wu-Tang Clan architect RZA is the one who chose Younge for this musical mission. As executive producer of the project, RZA added his touch to the album by providing Younge with suggestions, direction and the confidence to execute his vision at the highest level.

With Ghosface’s riveting stories and Younge’s deft arrangements, Twelve Reasons To Die arrives as an event record, a modern throwback to rap’s Golden Era. Twelve Reasons is the latest landmark chapter in the career of Ghostface Killah. Since emerging in 1993 as one of the most mysterious members of the rap supergroup Wu-Tang Clan, the man also known as Tony Starks has become one of rap’s most charismatic and flamboyant artists. His distinctive vocabulary and vivid storytelling made his Ironman and Supreme Clientele albums two of the most revered releases of their eras.

Adrian Younge represents the next generation of black music producers. His acclaimed Something About April album from his group Venice Dawn is a high note on a resume that also includes composing the music for the acclaimed film Black Dynamite and an album with the legendary soul group The Delfonics. “I want to be known as a composer, not a beat-maker,” he says. “I want to be known as a composer for modern soul music.”

With Twelve Reasons To Die, Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge have delivered the next level of modern soul music. It’s an experience that contains classic musicianship from a hip-hop perspective buoyed by rhymes from one of rap’s elite wordsmiths wrapped up in a genre-defining concept album. “I want this album to change what people think about hip-hop,” Younge says.

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Youngewill kick off the second leg of The Twelve Reasons To Die national tour on April 26 at The Abbey Pub in Chicago, backed by Younge’s bandVenice Dawn. The remaining tour dates can be found below, or by visiting VeniceDawn.com.

Friday, April 26, Chicago, IL., The Abbey Pub
Saturday, April 27, St Louis, MO., Cherokee Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 28, Cleveland Hts, OH., Grog Shop
Tuesday, April 30, Lansing, MI., The Loft
Wednesday, May 1, Grand Rapids, MI., The Pyramid Scheme
Thursday, May 2, Bloomington, IN., The Bluebird
Friday, May 3, Columbus, OH. A&R Room
Saturday, May 4, Pittsburgh, PA., Mr. Smalls Theatre
Sunday, May 5, Syracuse, NY., The Westcott Theatre
Tuesday, May 7, South Burlington, VT., Higher Ground Music
Wednesday, May 8, Portland, ME., Port City Music Hall
Thursday, May 9, Boston, MA., The Wilbur
Friday, May 10, New Haven, CT., Toads Place
Saturday, May 11, Providence, RI., The Met
Sunday, May 12th, Philadelphia, PA., The Blockley
Monday, May 13, NYC, NY., Gramercy Theatre
Tuesday, May 14, Baltimore, MD. Soundstage
Thursday, May 16, Caborro, NC., Cats Cradle
Friday, May 17, Asheville, NC. Ashville Music Hall
Saturday, May 18, Atlanta, GA., Terminal West
Sunday May 19, Tampa Bay, FL., The Orpheum
Monday, May 20, New Orleans, LA., House Of Blues
Wednesday, May 22, Austin, TX., Emos
Video: @UptownXO f/ ABthePro "Evolution"


Video: Uptown XO f/ ABthePro "Evolution"

Courtesy UXO.

Diamond District's Uptown XO has been stepping his visual game up with the help of director Backie T and his newest; Evolution produced by and featuring ABThePro, is yet another rung on XO's climb to the top. Get down if you know what's up.

Audio: @TiJeanOnline @Pusha_T - "Fast/Slow" (@IStillLoveHER)


Audio: Ti'jean f/ Pusha T - "Fast/Slow"

Courtesy Wanja Lange.

Ti’Jean drops the lead single “Fast/Slow” featuring Pusha T from this forthcoming mixtape. Pusha T, of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, collaborates with Ti’Jean and they created a certified banger that will have everyone rocking...from cars to iPods to clubs worldwide. The song is an experience, flows are fire and the beat will hypnotize you.

@Skyzoo @Torae aka The Barrel Brothers - The Get Up (@KevinNottingham)


Skyzoo & Torae aka The Barrel Brothers - The Get Up

Courtesy Kevin Nottingham.

The first single comes from Brooklyn's own Skyzoo & Torae AKA The Barrel Brothers with their Shawn J produced / !llmind mixed track "The Get Up". The single is available now on iTunes and can be streamed on SoundCloud.

Audio: Black Dangerfield "Roger Sterling" (prod. Alchemist)


Audio: Black Dangerfield "Roger Sterling" (prod. Alchemist)

Courtesy Mel Hudson.

New track ... Alchemist beat .... post it if you dig it! Video drops next week!

Mixtape: @TrekLife - Hometown Heroes (@MelloMusicGroup)


Mixtape: Trek Life - Hometown Heroes

Courtesy Mello Music Group.

Trek Life's new album with Duke Westlake "Hometown Foreigner" is out everywhere now, but we wanted to take a moment for people to hear the mixtape DJ Rhettmatic of the world famous Beat Junkies put together featuring some of Trek's greatest moments. The mixtape (playing off the album title Hometown Foriegner) is called "Hometown Heroes" and was originally released only as an actual mixTAPE. We pressed it on limited edition cassette, then Rhettmatic himself promoted the tape at SXSW this year. The original tape version is also available for free when you pick up the new album on CD. But for people today, we wanted everyone to have a chance to hear the magic with a free download. The mixtape features Oddisee and Exile among others, as well as production from Evidence, DJ Babu, Duke Westlake, and more, and of course cuts and mixing by DJ Rhettmatic.

PR: @DLIncognito - Someday is Less Than a Second Away (@URBNET)


PR: DL Incognito - Someday is Less Than a Second Away

Courtesy URBNET.

URBNET recording artist DL Incognito says that his name means "delivering lyrics on the low, incognito." The truth is, however, a little different. Since "A Sample and a Drum Machine" his 2002 debut, DL has secured a place in Canada's hip-hop elite the old-fashioned way. He earned it. His sophomore bow, 2004's "Life’s a Collection of Experiences" found him nominated for a 2005 Juno Award in the Best Rap Recording Category. Several years of non-stop touring and recording have resulted in even more accolades for the talented and prolific MC, including two more Juno nominations, three more full length LPs (along with countless one-offs/guest features) and several tours across Canada.

Video: Scavie Scoobs - "Level of Prestige" (@ScoobsCMADE)


Video: Scavie Scoobs - "Level of Prestige"

Courtesy Aaron U.

What's going on? Hope everyone is well. I am pleased to bring you the visual treatment for the Scavie Scoobs track, Level of Prestige. This is the first visual from the new Scavie Scoobs EP Yola King, which will be released on May 28, 2013 via Custom Made Recordings. Yola King is an eight track collaborative project between Scavie Scoobs and producer Finesse.

News: @SnoopLion & Iza On "One Life to Live" (@CashmereAgency)


News: Snoop Lion & Iza On "One Life to Live"

Courtesy Bree Jones.

Prospect Park/The Online Network has partnered with Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Dogg, and his new Artist IZA whom have signed on to write and produce the new theme song for the serial drama, “One Life to Live,” premiering with all new episodes on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes on Monday, April 29th. The song entitled, “Brand New Start” speaks to the much anticipated series return and features soulful singer, IZA, newly signed to Snoop’s Berhane Sound System/Boss Lady Entertainment label.



In addition to producing and performing on the theme song, Snoop Lion will also be appearing as himself in new episodes. On the series, Snoop Lion is set to visit the fictional town of Llanview to promote his new Indie film, “Reincarnated” which documents his journey from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion. Snoop Lion will begin shooting multiple scenes with new and returning favorites including, Robert S. Woods, Hillary B. Smith, Corbin Bleu, Robert Gorrie and Kelley Missal on April 11. IZA also appeared on-set to shoot the music video for the theme song on Wednesday, April 10.



Video: @THAREALYUKMOUTH Speaks On Beef With @Plies




Yukmouth tells the real reason behind the Plies diss track and how he feels about the situation. Yuk also speaks on the Game and 40Glocc beef and why 40 Glocc is suing the Game!!

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