"Normally I have a really long, detailed, philosophical explanation as to the meaning of my album and what I was trying to do. And I certainly do, but this time, I will try not to overcomplicate things.
Parallel lines refer to two lines that never intersect or touch...which is how i feel about this music shit lately. I'm certainly not the only musician doing the kind of music that I do, but I find a lot of pressure in all sorts of places to follow the same type of formula as other artists, many of which I'm fans of. However, I would rather stay in my own lane...i believe that the destination is ultimately the same. Kind of one of those ideas that is applicable in all fascades of life, ultimately, the purpose is to what makes sense and suits you, rather than altering yourself to fit in with everybody else, at the end of the day, we are all striving and moving in the same direction.
In terms of the music, I wanted to challenge myself more. very little sampling, spent a lot of time trying to work on the actual composition of everything so that my music feel more like songs, than just beats. I suppose it will ultimately be up to you to decide whether it worked, or if you like it or not. I just wanted to step a bit outside of my comfort zone and approach the body of music from a different standpoint, being at a different point in my life. Nevertheless, enjoy. Many thanks for all of the support."
The Houston via Detroit lyrical heavyweight B.James provides the 2nd leak from Drank and Dank's latest release. The first drop was Pop-A-Lot ft. Sun & Mykko Montana - All About. Beyond Faded drops Tuesday @ 4:20 pm.
RapZilla Plans to Infiltrate Music w/ New Record Label
Approaching the 10th anniversary of the Rapzilla.com's launch, the website owners have made a move to utilize their robust platform to further expose talented artists as well as develop new ones. With the launch of their newly formed record label, Infiltrate Music, Rapzilla.com owners will promote their artists to multiple genre’s and markets.
"We both have a passion to work behind the scene’s and push artists, record labels, clothing companies, and organizations that influence the youth and impact culture," says Philip Rood.
Rapzilla.com co-owners Philip Rood and Chad Horton have both been involved in the music industry for over 10 years, with Rood founding Rapzilla.com in 2003 and Horton heading up marketing at Quality Junk - parent company to Syntax Distribution.
"We love to create content but were limited to the content being interviews or other content based around artists or labels, and often times we would see where things could be improved. After personally working alongside several artists to release our own compilation album ‘Rapzilla.com Presents … King Kulture’ in 2011 we knew that we wanted to continue to make an impact from the drivers seat,” adds Chad Horton.
Infiltrate Music launches in it’s infancy stage with two talented, diverse, and promising artists to be announced in the near future and are negotiating a few additional artists. Infiltrate Music will be focused on digital distribution through Syntax Distribution and a direct to consumer approach for physical sales.
“Working for one of the premier digital distribution companies, and serving artists and labels on the marketing side for many years, in addition to the platform that we have been blessed with in Rapzilla.com, I know we will be able to serve our artists well and Infiltrate Music,” adds Horton.
With 150,000 unique visitors to Rapzilla.com each month, and an extremely strong social network following, the platform is a powerful launching pad for any artists gaining coverage or advertising. Within the Rapzilla.com community, Infiltrate Music will utilize the supportive, built in, and growing audience to share their artists music but will also be making a strong push to gain exposure for its artists on all relevant platforms outside of the Christian Hip Hop genre as well.
Rapzilla.com is the most visited Urban Christian Culture destination online, existing to inform the urban community immediately about Christian news, music, videos, live interviews & broadcasts first! The site is home to the most comprehensive artist and content database in Urban Christian Culture, all supported by an explosive social media presence keeping readers captive and active.
About Syntax Distribution
Syntax Distribution, a division of Quality Junk, is one of the top independent digital distributors and aggregators representing more than 200 record labels. Syntax handles many top independent artists such as Tamela Mann of Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns,” Marvin Winans, Flame, John P. Kee, and John Tesh among others. Their record label clientele includes Central South, Crossroads, Pinecastle, CLG Distribution, iShine, Humble Beast, among others. To learn more, visit syntaxdistribution.com.
Video: Double A.B. & Dub Sonata - "Some Bullsh!t" f/ Sean Price & Scram Jones
Courtesy Audible Treats.
New York City rapper Double A.B. will release his new album, the collaborative effort with producer Dub Sonata, Media Shower. The album, being released via Man Bites Dog Records, is classic New York hip-hop – all deftly chopped samples, slick wordplay, and vivid storytelling – and includes features from the likes Roc Marciano, Evidence, Cannibal Ox, and Rhymefest. Also featured on the album are Sean Price and Scram Jones, both of whom show up on the latest single from Media Shower,"Some Bullsh!t."
9/17 was Al-One’s birthday and to celebrate it he’s giving away a new single and having a sale on his bandcamp page. “Mixology,” featuring Tash and DJ Spark, is an ode to drank off of Al-One’s recently released #WORK album.
Videos: The Alumni! Kwamé, Monie Love, Chubb Rock, Special Ed & Dana Dane
Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.
Hip Hop legends Chubb Rock, Special Ed, Kwamé, Dana Dane and Monie Love have come together to form The Alumni. This collective has joined forces to educate, entertain and reinvigorate the Hip Hop culture and music lovers everywhere!
Now all this history doesn't mean life is organized, and being friends in Hip Hop doesn't always translate into getting along. The crew has been capturing moments from their initial get-together to preparing for shows this Fall, and aside from the smoothness of the music, life with The Alumni is usually just a hilarious hot mess!!
Check out the new vlogs below, introducing you to The Alumni movement like only they can!
About The Alumni:
Chubb Rock was discovered and produced by his first cousin ,DJ / Producer Howie Tee. He first appeared on the national scene with his 1988 self-titled debut Chubb Rock, followed by 1989's And the Winner Is... The latter produced the minor hit "Ya Bad Chubbs" which garnered air play on Yo! MTV Raps during that time.
His 1991 release The One reached #13 on Billboard's "Top Hip-Hop/R&B" chart for that year. Three singles from that release, "Treat'em Right", "Just The Two Of Us" and "The Chubbster", made it to #1 on Billboard's "Top Rap Single" chart list for the same year.
Chubb Rock was a member of the 1995 incarnation of the Crooklyn Dodgers, a rap act that also featured O.C. and Jeru The Damaja. Chubb has spent the last several years as radio personality for the top rated syndicated Classic Flavors show on WBLS. Rock also has an acting and voice-over career that's in full effect.
Kwamè was just 16 when he released his debut album Kwamé the Boy Genius featuring A New Beginning in 1989, which was produced by him and executive produced by Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor. A New Beginning was his backing band, and Kwamé was one of the rare emcees at the time to use a live band. The album spawned the singles "The Man We All Know and Love" and "The Rhythm."
The accompanying music videos featured a polka-dot motif in the costumes and production design. This became Kwamé's trademark, and started a Hip Hop fashion trend as fans began wearing polka-dotted clothing.
In 1990, his second self-produced album A Day in the Life: A Pokadelick Adventure was released. It was a concept album about a day in the life of a high school student, and spawned the hit singles "Oneovdabigboiz" and "Ownlee Eue."
In 2002, Kwamé reemerged as a music producer nicknamed "K-1 Million." He worked for many artists such as LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige and Dru Hill. In 2004, he had a major success as the co-producer (with Eminem) of Lloyd Banks' smash hit song "On Fire". In 2005, he had even more success with Will Smith's "Switch".
Kwamé continues to work steadily as a music producer and has since returned to using his real name. To date, Kwamé has produced and contributed to records selling over 30 million copies.
Special Ed is best known for the songs "I Got It Made" and "I'm The Magnificent", produced by Hitman Howie Tee and released in 1988 on the Youngest in Charge album, recorded when Ed was 15-years-old. The album sold more than half a million copies. In 1990, he released his album Legal, the title a reference to his turning eighteen, with the singles "Come On Let's Move It and "The Mission".
He was later a member of Crooklyn Dodgers, an ad hoc group who came together to perform for the Spike Lee films Clockers and Crooklyn, and he performed "Crooklyn" with Shillz on the 2003 compilation album MuskaBeatz. Ed released a third solo album, Revelations, with the single "Neva Go Back" in 1995, with the track "Freaky Flow" receiving a remix by DJ Premier.
In 2004, Ed released the album Still Got It Made on his own label, SEMI. Ed at present is building his SEMI records and OSSE (Old School Special Edition), a record label and promotions company respectively.
Dana Dane's career began as part of the Kangol Crew with fellow MC Slick Rick. Dana Dane's debut album, Dana Dane with Fame, peaked at #46 on the Billboard album chart, #2 on the Billboard R&B chart and was certified gold three months after its release. His biggest hit in the United States was "Cinderfella Dana Dane", which peaked at #11 on Billboardmagazine's R&B charts in 1987.
Dana is the first solo artist from Brooklyn to sell gold (over 500,000 units). Dana was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for best album of the year. Dana is a former on-air personality for SiriusXM satellite radio, and is also a published author. At present, Dana runs a multi-media production company developing Music, TV and Film content.
Monie Love, in the late 1980's, was signed to the London based record label-Chrysalis Records. She achieved chart success with hits: "Grandpa's Party", "Monie in the Middle" and "It's a Shame." Love quickly became a well-respected figure in British Hip Hop, and made an impact with American Hip Hop audiences as a protégé of female American emcee Queen Latifah, as well as through her membership in the late 1980s/early 1990s Native Tongues.
Love was one of the first BritHop artists to be signed and distributed worldwide by a major record label. Signed to Warner Brothers for the US and Canada, Love achieved acceptance among her U.S. peers and received Grammy nominations for "Monie in the Middle" and "It's a Shame."
In the 90's, Monie took a break from the music scene to raise her growing family. These days, Monie can be loudly heard on Sirius XM with her "Ladies First Show". She is a budding author, and this fall she will be releasing a cookbook with her brother, Monie & Wills Foodie Fav's, and her memoire, No Love Lost.
Most recently, Monie Love formed The Ladies First Women's Empowerment organization. Currently, Monie travels, performs, hosts and DJ's and has a thriving voice-over career.