Dru Ha to Run NYC Marathon to Raise Money for Alzheimer's
It will be a run to remember when Drew "Dru Ha" Friedman, Co-Founder & CEO of Duck Down Music, attempts to run the ING: New York City Marathon on November 6, 2011. Dru, whose father Harvey L. Friedman passed away from Alzheimer's this past January after a brave 9 year battle with the disease, has been training this summer to prepare for the 26.2 mile race.
Dru explains: "I wanted to do something extremely challenging in memory of my father and to raise awareness about this compassionless disease. Fans of Duck Down may not realize how instrumental my father was in assisting with incorporating and founding Duck Down. While he was a respected real estate attorney, he had little legal entertainment background yet found the time to learn enough about the business to help negotiate our early contracts and offered unconditional guidance for Buckshot and myself. To properly train for a marathon, I'm quickly learning it takes dedication, perseverance and sacrifice of your personal time. All qualities my father exemplified; it's a fitting way to pay tribute to him."
Dru will be running and raising donations with the NYC Alzheimer's Chapter Team: "Run 2 Remember." People can visit Dru's donation page by clicking here.
In support of Dru's run; Duck Down Music plans to release two exclusive songs created by select Artists from the labels roster. All proceeds will be donated to the foundation.
Alzheimer's Disease (AD), is a form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time for the inflicted. It affects a persons memory, thinking, and behavior. Ultimately, Alzheimer's is disabling, fatal and without cure. Alzheimer's disease has recently made it's way into the news with the revelation from University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summit who announced she had an early diagnoses of dementia.
Hailing from Oakland, CA, YG Stunna has had to overcome many obstacles in his life. While music ha always been his true passion, YG's initial path to success looked as if it would be on the football field, as he was a highly-recruited player who had offers from a host of D-1 programs; including Oregon St, Nevada & San Diego St. Unfortunately, YG did not meet the academic standards required to gain entrance and saw his dreams of gridiron greatness and a free education seemingly slip from his grasp; the devastation eventually lead him to stop going to High-School altogether.
These events also lead him back to the streets in search of fast money and after being kicked out of his Mom's house, he lived with various friends and in some cases his own car. Upon scraping up enough money to get his own place, things seemed to be turning for YG, as he was back on his sports and education grind and training to recapture his football dreams. Yet, after tearing his ACL training, YG underwent a vigorous six-month rehab program and finally landed that sought-after scholarship. However, YG then re-tore his ACL on the first day of spring practice and his football dreams came to an abrupt halt.
Back in the streets, YG began concentrating on his music and it brought him peace, as he was making lots of waves locally and even reconnected with his Mother and family and brought a son into the world. Yet, tragedy struck again, as YG was shot by an automatic rifle and the bullet was lodged just a centimeter away from his spine. Though he was lucky to survive he still has particles from the bullet in his lungs.
Undaunted, after a lengthy recovery process, YG dove head-first back into music with an unwavering devotion. Now buzzing in the streets of Oakland, YG eschewed offers from a few high-profile labels and instead, invested in himself and at the age of 20 started his own imprint CME.
The fruits YG's labor are evident on his "Cash & Tattoos" mixtape is hosted by DJ Holiday.
Included is the first leak from Cash & Tattoos "One Girl" produced by Grammy award-winning producer/songwriter Bobby Ozuna & Donye'a Goodin: http://hulkshare.com/o25zkznlgw7o .
***Additional information on Bobby Ozuna; he won a Grammy for co-writing Eyrika Badu's "Love Of My Life" in 2004 and has also produced, written and arranged tracks for Mary J Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Floetry, John Legend, Kelis. Musiq Soulchild, Joss Stone, Snoop Doog, Bobby V, Freeway & Jake One, Angie Stone, Devin The Dude, Dwele).
MP3: DJ Don Cannon presents Swamp Dawg - "2 Million Copies"
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DJ Don Cannon introduces Swamp Dawg, hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Swamp is currently working on his upcoming DJ Don Cannon hosted mixtape, "Da Independent Way." Here goes the first single, "2 Million Copies." http://hulkshare.com/c5ht4qwzs12a .
Daily Bread (Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown) continues to release new music as they campaign for their self-titled album Daily Bread. Today they've reached out to label mate and producer Oddisee (whose album Rock Creek Park officially comes out everywhere Sept 6th on CD) remix the standout track Elephants.
The Oddisee remix of Elephants is being made available on a special edition bonus 45 record that FatBeats will release on 9/13 with the 2xLP vinyl edition of the new popular album Daily Bread.
The remix brings Oddisee's distinct drum patterns and Hassaan Mackey's gruff flow at it's best: "some down to earth shit the world aint ready for...verbs from the soul adding light to the mic."
Giving themselves a well-deserved pat on the back, A.Dd+ celebrate their long and arduous journey towards success with their new song "Getting Far." Along with their long-time producer, Picnic Tyme, the duo reunited with Mz. Fortune, the soulful voice also featured on A.Dd+'s previous single, "Greedy." "Mz. Fortune put her spin on the hook," says A.Dd+, adding that it was her energy that "elevated the song. It made it more emotional, more heartfelt, realer."
"Getting Far" reflects on Paris Pershun's and Slim Gravy's achievements, starting with when the duo first came together in 2007 and culminating with the recent release of their critically acclaimed LP, When Pigs Fly, and thus the song shouldn't be seen as just another bravado-laden, "look at me now" cliche, but rather a humble reflection filled with deep appreciation. "The song signifies growth - we've come a long way since we first started a few years ago," the duo explains. "We've been on one hell of a ride right this year, doing things that a lot of people where we're from aren't able to do, and so we wanted to give people some insight to where we started and where we're going."
Known for masterfully balancing between the light-hearted and the profound, "Getting Far" shows A.Dd+ at their most poignant. "I think the people who have followed us know we can make all types of songs, so we are really trying to channel specific emotions and experiences into this next wave of music," says A.Dd+.