Queens based hip-hop duo Jak D (MC) and Jay W (producer), better known as Cold Heat get set to drop their third LP, Raising The Bar, on July 19th through Soulspazm Digital. Raising The Bar continues in the tradition of both of their previous ‘bar' themed releases, Bar Hoppin and LIfe Behind Bars, respectively. With their latest effort, the duo declare their emancipation, showcasing a discernible maturation as artist and producer. The duplicity of the title suggests that they have raised their own quality standards, but have also upped the ante in the game as whole "…the price of liquor just went up" says Jak D.
Cold Heat are no strangers to success. From their inception, the duo has managed to rally an impressive list of accolades in an incredibly short amount of time. In promotion of their 2007 released debut album Bar Hoppin (Bomb Hip-Hop), both Jak and Jay toured the U.S. as the opening act for Sadat X (of Brand Nubian). This led Jay W to work closely with Sadat, receiving executive production credits on the 2009 release of his Brand New Bein' LP (Traffic Entertainment Group). That same year, Jak D was featured on two tracks on DJ JS-1's No Sellout producer compilation (Ground Original/Fatbeats). 2010 marked a milestone for the Queens duo, as their previously released Life Behind Bars LP (Soulspazm/Ground Original), which includes guest features from Torae, G Wiz (Bravehearts), O.C., JS-1, Da Beatminerz, Craig G, Sean Price, Large Professor and the Brown Bag AllStars among others, was selected by iTunes as one of the top indie hip-hop albums of the year.
Raising The Bar opens with "Nobodies Leaving Alive", which finds Jak D delivering a 48 bar, hook-free intro with reckless abandon over Jay W's orchestral production, to serve a clear reminder that the bar has been set, and set high. The title track "Raising The Bar", featuring Blacastan & the legendary Craig G, represents lyrical warfare at its finest as hour as the three emcee's blitzkrieg over Jay W's apocalyptic production. "Thinking Out Loud" highlight's Jak's artistic growth and personal integrity as he addresses what's truly important in this life; friendship, loyalty, and being true to oneself. On "Looking For You", Jak argues against the institution of religion, but is eager to find a sign of God's existence, where on "When You Coming Home", Jak takes on the first person narrative of a little boy writing a letter to his father, an enlisted soldier that he hasn't seen in over two years.
Features on Raising The Bar are used sparingly, but very deliberately, such as the triumphant "Taking It All", featuring the ‘Wild Cowboy' Sadat X and mixtape icon J-Love, the ominous, synth-heavy "Smoke That Drink That", featuring Screwball's Blaq Poet, "Spanish Guitars" featuring Nico The Beast, SR, Neta & Meyhem Lauren, "Rolling Through" featuring Keith Spitz as well as the aforementioned "Raising The Bar".
When asked about their approach to recording Raising The Bar, Jak W states: "This album means striving to do what I love at the highest level it can be done. It means pushing myself to step outside of my comfort zone so that I can grow as an artist and more importantly as a person." Jay W adds: "There's no doubt that we raised the bar on this album – this is our best effort to date."
There is no question that the Queens-duo break new ground with their latest effort. Cold Heat deliver their benchmark album that is as conceptually diverse and honest as it is braggadocio and animated. On July 19th, the there is a new gold standard - the bar has officially been raised.
01. Nobodies Leaving Alive 02. Hard To Chill 03. Raising The Bar (feat. Blacastan & Craig G) 04. Thinking Out Loud 05. Flashing 06. Spanish Guitars (feat. Nico The Beast, SR, Neta, MeyhemLauren) 07. Looking For You 08. Rolling Through (feat. Keith Spitz) 09. When You Coming Home 10. Given This World 11. Place Near You 12. Man On The Mic 13. Taking It All (feat. Sadat X & J-Love) 14. Smoke That Drink (feat. Blaq Poet)
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Soopafly Readies New Album; On Tour With Snoop Dogg
Platinum Producer/Long Beach Emcee, Soopafly, Readies New Album "Best Kept Secret", Due This Fall
Los Angeles, CA (July 5, 2011) - Platinum music producer/rapper Soopafly has completed recording his new studio album, tentatively titled Best Kept Secret. The rapper, who is currently on Tour in Europe with Snoop Dogg, hasn’t pencilled in an exact release date for the follow-up to 2007's Bangin West Coast, but is expected to release the disc in the fall.
The Long Beach, California emcee, and member of Snoop’s Dogg Pound has enlisted guest features from Tha Dogg Pound, Short Khop, Mykestro, Damani, Bad Lucc, J Black, Pilot, Terrace Martin, Toke tha Smoke, and Deacon of the Chuuch. The new album, 18 brand new songs, includes "Move Too Fast", "GFunk Martian" which features Terrace Martin on vocoder, and the title track “Best Kept Secret” featuring Goldie Loc, Maylay & Kokane, and additional production from Daz Dillinger, Tmg Music Group (fly2k prod), Tweet, JellyRoll, 1500, and Dām funk.
Soopafly, real name Priest Josef Brooks, met Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre during his teens, and proved himself with his keyboard skills. Assigned his first piece of work for Death Row Records on the soundtrack Murder Was The Case, playing keyboards for Dr. Dre and Ice Cube on the track "Natural Born Killaz", as well as his first production credit with "Who Got Some Gangsta Shit" featuring the Dogg Pound. He went on to produce on multi-platinum selling albums including; Tha Dogg Pound’s Dogg Food, Snoop Dogg's Tha Doggfather, 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me, and Death Row’s Chronic 2000. He was also featured on the movie soundtracks to A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, on the song "I Don't Hang”, and Nothing To Lose on the Billboard charting single “Put The Monkey In It” with Daz Dillinger.
To date, Soopafly has released two independent solo albums Dat Whoopty Woop which birthed the hit single “Like It or Not”, and Bangin West Coast. In 2006, a rap group called Dubb Union was formed. It featured Soopafly, Damani and Bad Lucc. After inking a deal with Koch Records and Doggystyle Records, the groups debut album Snoop Dogg Presents: Dubb Union was released in 2008.
Soopafly is also currently working on new projects by Short Khop, and Latoiya Williams.
Soopafly Best Kept Secret, the brand new album in stores this fall.
It's no secret that when the new album from Sole & the Skyrider Band was initially announced (Hello Cruel World out July 19th on Fake Four Inc), there was an air of intrigue surrounding the album. In addition to being the first album since his official split with Anticon, and all the indicators of a stylistic shift away from the rapid-fire flows that once defined him, the track list included a song called "Bad Captain Swag," which featured guests Pictureplane and Lil B THEBASEDGOD. The track was finally unveiled for public consumption, premiering on Vibe Magazine . The new material will be making it's way around the west coast this summer as well, kicking off with a record release show in their town of residence Denver, CO, and with a string of live dates announced for August (see below). Sole aka Tim Holland recently unveiled the free release of his newest mixtape Nuclear Winter Vol 2 as well, which is available for free via the Sole website and features guests Kool A.D. of Das Racist, Mac Lethal, Pictureplane, B. Dolan, LuckyIAM, and many more. IMPOSE Magazine recently dropped "Coke Rap," the mega-collaboration between Sole, Kool A.D., Pictureplane, and Fake Four labelhead Ceschi Ramos.
Sole & the Skyrider Band Tour Dates:
Wed | 7-14-2011 Denver, CO The Hi-Dive (Record release w. Ceschi, Egadz, Greecarpetedstairs, Pictureplane DJ Set) Tue | 8-09-2011 Santa Fe, NM TBA Wed | 08-10-2011 Phoenix AZ TBA Thu | 08-11-2011 Flagstaff AZ The Green Room Fri | 08-12-2011 Los Angeles CA The Roxy Theatre Sun | 08-14-2011 San Francisco CA Bottom Of The Hill Mon | 08-15-2011 Reno NV Tonic Lounge Tue | 08-16-2011 Sacramento CA Sol Collective Wed | 08-17-2011 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge Thu | 08-18-2011 Seattle WA Nectar Lounge Tue | 08-23-2011 Missoula MT The Badlander Thu | 08-25-2011 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court Sat | 08-27-2011 Colorado Springs CO Black Sheep
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MP3: Coughee Brothaz f/ Slim Thug - "A Pair of Lips"
Devin The Dude and his Coughee Brothaz crew release there new album "Fresh Brew" in stores worldwide TODAY! (July 5th). Here goes the second official single off the record, "A Pair of Lips" featuring fellow Houston based emcee, Slim Thug!
Sacramento native Y-Dresta just released his new EP “Inside the Mind” with features coming from Bizzy Bone among others. “Inside the Mind” showcases all sides of Y-Dresta’s musical personality, with tracks such as “Inside the Mind” aimed at the hardcore hip-hop audience, and “So Nicely” for the mainstream listeners. Not to mention the honestly dedicated record, “Married to the Music” featuring Bizzy Bone.