MGK to Release "Half Naked & Almost Famous" March 20th
Courtesy Greg Miller.
March 2012 (Los Angeles, CA)- With his 2012 mtvU Woodie Award performance and nomination for "The Breaking Woodie" later this week at SXSW, spitfire rapper MGK prepares the release of Half Naked & Almost Famous EP & DVD on March 20th through EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records.
The EP & DVD will be available exclusively on iTunes March 20th and all other retailers on April 1st.
Half Naked & Almost Famous EP & DVD will feature MGK's hit single "Wild Boy" that spawned the #1 voted BET 106 and Park music video. MGK's song "Invincible" struck victory when it was selected by both Verizon Wireless for the HTC Rezound 3G smartphone campaign and by the WWE as a theme song for next month's Wrestlemania XXVIII extravaganza. As part of MGK's partnership with the WWE, he appeared on last night's, March 12th episode of WWE Monday Raw taped in his hometown Cleveland, OH and aired on the USA Network.
MGK is busy with success, starting the year winning MTV's 2011 "Hottest Breakthough MC" award. Then, he hit the road to perform at college campuses for the Vice Magazine/Project X Party Legends College Tour. This week, MGK will be in Austin, TX performing on the mtvU Woodie Awards that air live this Thursday, March 15th at 8pm ET on MTV and mtvU channels.
MGK is in Austin to perform at the SXSW Festival showcases below as well:
Thursday, March 15th
Woodie Awards Festival @ Red River (Red River and 1st St.) - 3:00PM performance
Thursday, March 15th
BET Music Matters @ The Stage on Sixth (508 East Sixth St.) - 9:15PM performance
Continuing this year's extensive touring schedule, on March 22nd, MGK will embark on a coast-to-coast, record-breaking "2012 Hostile Takeover" Tour with Strange Music artist Tech N9ne. With 90 performances in 99 days, this tour promises to be the longest consecutive run in rap history. With the tour, MGK will extend his already established fan base and touch many markets he has yet to perform. Look out for MGK on the Van's Warped tour this summer.
BBG returns with a brand new track titled "Ooh Ooh". The new single features emcees @PhatPeazy, @Passportpbbg** and @MoNastyCarter & will be featured on BBG's "Ready For Business 3: The Rebuild" mixtape. The mixtape will have features from Haze Carrera, Ray Ray, Reggie Hills, Prano, Salemme, and many more.
Gypsyphonic Disko: NOLA Phonic Vol. 2 f/ Juvenile, Mystikal
Courtesy Nik @ Ballin PR.
(New Orleans, LA) March 13, 2012 Ben Ellman of Galactic and The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars fame is pleased to announce Nola-Phonic Volume Two will be available to fans on April 3. Mixed by NOLA party DJ/producer Quickie Mart, the record is a wild mix of bounce, hip-hop, klezmer, and Balkan music--and this time the duo have an even firmer grasp on the sound they’re creating.
“With Volume One we were kind of experimenting with the style,” Ellman explains, “Volume Two is ‘this is the style, let’s do this, let’s invest in it creatively.’” That creative investment includes Balkan and klezmer laden versions of songs from some of New Orleans’ most well known emcees, including Juvenile and Mystikal, as well as some of sissy rap’s finest, such as Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby and Katey Red.
The music is high energy and New Orleans-centric, which were goals of Ellman’s from the start as he wanted to make sure it embodied the city. The music also embodies New York City just a little bit. More specifically, The Bulgarian Bar, which Ellman and the rest of Galactic hang out at when they’re in NYC. Throw in the extensive collection of bounce music Ellman acquired by trading libraries with a local New Orleans DJ, and some extra a cappellas from sissy rap artists that were too explicit to put on the last Galactic record, and you have all the ingredients Gypsyphonic Disko needed to create something unique and barrier breaking.
“At one point during the creation of Volume One I said ‘holy shit man, we’ve invented a genre!’ In this day, with mash-ups and all the stuff DJs are doing, I was like, ‘I don’t think anyone’s really ever done this.’ That’s hard to do.”
Getting people to listen to something new can be equally hard to do, but Gypsyphonic Disko is doing just that. According to Quickie Mart, who has done official remixes for groups like Slightly Stoopid, Freedie Gibbs and produced tracks for Percee P, Wax and Planet Asia, “in New Orleans, GPD goes hard always. In the rest of the country... if they know what bounce is, it goes off well, if not, it is a lot of shocked faces.” That initial shock quickly turns to enjoyment, though, as the reviews of Gypsyphonic Disko prove they’ve been winning over listeners nationwide.
Ellman and Quickie Mart have found their audience, and it’s a lot wider than either of them could have imagined. If you missed Gypsyphonic Disko the first time around, consider Nola-Phonic Volume Two your official invite to the party, and this is one party you don’t want to miss, because whether or not you’d put on bounce, hip-hop, klezmer, or Balkan music individually, when they’re expertly mixed together, the Gypsyphonic Disko result is something that not only gets the party started, but like any good New Orleans party, keeps it going all night long.
In today’s MTV News Video Digest we have a broad array of interviews for you ranging from The Hunger Games’ star Jennifer Lawrence to Kid Cudi, Avengers director Joss Wheldon at SXSW and Diddy remembering his favorite Notorious BIG song.
The Hunger Games premiered in Los Angeles and MTV News was on the carpet to talk to the stars of the film. Katniss herself, Jennifer Lawrence, was glad she didn’t have to put herself on fire tonight.
After generating significant attention with his "A Vintage State of Mind" Mixtape, Fokis steps behind the scenes to release Stryfe, a Local MU-12 Union member and artist on his Loyalty Digital Corp. Roster... Stryfe is a witty lyricist from Detroit who is able to communicate real life issues through clever wordplay. With the first single "SHELLS" a dynamic and energetic, yet gritty song that represents everyday life of the ghetto. Upon completing his forthcoming LP, "The Last Resort", Stryfe teamed up with fellow Detroit native CYDI's BreadWinner to release an EP, “The Opening Act,” which will serve as the prelude to his debut LP.
Toronto and NYC-based MC, producer, and songwriter 4th Pyramid is excited to release his new album, The Pyramid Scheme, which marks his first album release since signing his Silk Ivory label to a joint venture with Lyrics To Go/Universal Music. The album, which was produced by 4th Pyramid, Rich Kidd, Simahlak, Maco Polo, and Jersey Jay, encapsulates Pyramid’s up-all-night jet-set attitude and features Greg Nice, Saukrates, Cosmo Baker, and more. To celebrate the release, Pyramid is now sharing his latest video for the single "Can't Stop."
Featuring Iron Solomon, Statik Selektah & Buckshot. Fans heading to SXSW this week can see Buckshot, Statik Selektah & Iron Solomon performing at the Duck Down x Blacksmith showcase on Friday, March 16th at La Zona Rosa. Doors open at 8PM. Additional performances by Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Smif N Wessun, Mr. MFN eXquire, Bad Rabbits & more.