New Mixtape Remixes Legendary French Duo Air, With Kweli Featuring First Single
Any artist wondering how they can take their music to the next level should take notes from New Jersey-raised, Harlem-based emcee Kyle Rapps. Since the release of his debut EP, Re-Edutainment, Kyle's been hard at work, releasing new videos, performing at SXSW, and more, all while putting the finishing touches on his new mixtape, On Air. The mixtape, produced entirely by Nate G, draws its samples from French electronic band Air, and continues to show off Kyle's proclivity for pulling in high profile features, with guest slots from the likes of KRS-One, C-Rayz Walz, and Homeboy Sandman, along with Talib Kweli, who shows up on the lead single from On Air, “Universe Traveler.”
For Kyle, "Universe Traveler" is an opportunity to show and prove, and he does just that alongside one of his own musical heroes with lines like, "I'm staying on the blocks like the first grade/ I'm letting off shots, get the First Aid/ Some rappers sling coke, I prefer cake/ I'm the last one broke and the first paid." And while some might not suspect a collection of samples from Air to compliment the two tri-state representatives, Nate G's smooth blend of samples, backed by chunky drums, provides an opportunity for Kyle to prove that versatility is his specialty. "'Universe Traveler' is all about being able to rap anywhere, with anyone, to be able to rap in any situation and still be able to come off. To me, that's the definition of a true emcee."
Video: Fonzworth Bentley on Balancing Marriage & Career
Today's typical hip hop artist generally lives a very fast and "on the go" lifestyle, working 24 hours a day it seems, and remaining single and/or divorced in their personal lives. G.O.O.D. Music's Fonzworth Bentley drops knowledge on how he balances a marriage with "Benjamin Button" star, Faune Chambers and his music/movie career.
4th Annual Trae Day Celebration to Be Streamed This Friday
The Fourth Annual Trae Day will be going down this Friday, July 22, in Houston, and for the first time ever, it will be live broadcast on XXL's UStream channel.
Houston native Trae Tha Truth first created the celebratory community event four years ago, and in the time since, it has become a yearly ritual that community members as well as artists and fans from near and far look forward to. In the past, upwards of 10,000 people have attended the event, which includes live performances and rides.
As in years past, free school supplies, including backpacks and uniforms, as well as immunizations, will be made available to those in attendance.
In addition to Trae, who dropped his latest album, Street King, last Tuesday, Lupe Fiasco, Rich Boy, YC Worldwide, Tity Boi (2 Chainz), Twista and more will be hitting the stage.
XXL will be in attendance, capturing the event, performances, and interviews with the artists so that those at home can tune in.
At last, the day is finally here. The anticipated new album from Sole & the Skyrider Band, Hello Cruel World, is out today on Fake Four Inc, with a double LP release to follow on August 2nd. To celebrate the occasion, Brooklyn Vegan premiered "Napoleon," the album kick-off track and collaboration with Xiu Xiu. My Old Kentucky Blog is streaming the album in its entirety, and Vibe Magazine is streaming "Bad Captain Swag," the much talked about collaboration with Lil B THEBASEDGOD and Pictureplane. Additionally, Turntable Kitchen is not only running Sole's envelope-pushing recipe for Vegan Tuna Fish, but they premiered the track "We Stay Eating" as well, a collaboration with Busdriver over a Mount Kimbie remix of James Blake (taken from the Nuclear Winter Volume 2 mixtape). Last but certainly not least, Sole and the Skyrider Band have finalized their west coast summer tour dates as well, with the full tour routing below.
Sole & the Skyrider Band Tour Dates:
Wed | 08-10-2011 Scottsdale AZ Chasers Bar and Night Club Thu | 08-11-2011 Flagstaff AZ Green Room Fri | 08-12-2011 Los Angeles CA The Roxy Theatre Sat | 08-13-2011 San Diego CA Soda Bar 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 Sat | 08-20-2011 Boise ID Knitting Factory Tue | 08-23-2011 Missoula MT The Badlander Wed | 08-24-2011 Bozeman MT Zebra Cocktail Lounge Thu | 08-25-2011 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court Sat | 08-27-2011 Colorado Springs CO Black Sheep ----
VA's Ced Hughes delivers "The Shit", featuring Dell, which is the final leak to his long awaited mixtape One Day We'll Wake Up, which becomes available for download this Wednesday, courtesy of the good people over at DJBooth.net. ODWWU boasts production from Xaphoon Jones (of Chiddy Bang), Chad Hugo (of The Neptunes), Royksopp, Gabe Niles, himself among others and includes features from Donwill (of Tonya Morgan), Dell, Che Grand and more!
The untagged version of the successful mixtape series "Classic Cadence" with the 3rd and final instalment. For fans/supporters in Michigan, Nametag is performing as headliner, Saturday July 23rd @ The Berkley Front along with special guests. $5, ages 21+. Doors at 9PM. The Berkley Front is located at 3087 W.12 Mile Rd., Berkley, MI 48072.
01.) The Hundreds (Produced By Nameless) 02.) Break Even (Produced By Peace Of Mind) 03.) Tunnel Vision (Produced By Black Bethoven) 04.) Raw-Dirty-Filth (feat. Guilty Simpson) (Produced By Nameless) 05.) Award Winner (feat. ONPoint & Gratiot Jones) (Produced By Flawless Tracks) 06.) S.I.N. (feat. Quest MCODY & Buff 1) (Produced By Black Milk) 07.) Hard Rock Cafe (feat. ONPoint) (Produced By Flawless Tracks) 08.) AutoPilot (Produced By Black Bethoven) 09.) A Toast (feat. Gratiot Jones & TGL) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 10.) Back With Heat (feat. Praverb) (Produced By Teddy Roxpin) 11.) Raw-Dirty-Filth (Remix) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 12.) Blaaaow! (Produced By Nameless)
Hip-Hop/Rock'n'Roll Artist Notar Drops "Devil's Playground" 9/13
Tyrannosaurus Records’ artist, NOTAR, a rapper, musician and producer whose talent defies description, has announced the release date of his eagerly awaited debut full-length CD, Devil’s Playground, as September 13, 2011. Devil’s Playground follows NOTAR’s self-titled 2010 EP, which garnered much attention from press and fans alike. Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz who discovered and signed NOTAR to his label, Tyrannosaurus Records, found NOTAR’s “words so clear, so lucid, and so brilliant” that he knew he had no choice but to work with the gritty genre defying performer.
Last year’s self-titled EP received rave reviews from the press. Revolt Media Magazine claimed, “Variety can be a strong suit of any artist, and NOTAR shows precise mastery of this on his EP,” while The Cutting Edge Culture stated, “NOTAR pushes boundaries with a refreshing, honest sound.” Says Duritz, “My favorite thing about the EP is that we left some of his best tracks off. NOTAR has enough good songs in him that we left some of my favorites off the EP and it was still great. Think of it as a ‘virtual Side 1.’ With Devil’s Playground, you’ll hear Side 2.”
On Devil’s Playground, NOTAR pushes the boundaries of hip-hop music, unafraid to blend rock, funk, and pop, with his roots in jazz and formal training as a trumpet player. NOTAR adds, “ When your father, who has sat in with legends like Maynard Ferguson and Chicago, is listening to Earth Wind & Fire in one room and your older sister to Slick Rick in another room, I realized that music comes in all different form and sounds, so I was inspired to combine as many as I could into my interpretation of music.” His music inhabits a spot where the gutter meets the church choir, where harsh, raw beats settle nicely behind gritty hook-driven rock melodies. And above all, his instinct for emotionally honest lyricism and diverse flows radiates throughout the album. “I like cutting up a beat eight different ways so it doesn’t become boring,” says NOTAR.
During the summer of 2010, NOTAR joined Counting Crows and Augustana, among other artists, on the “The Traveling Circus and Medicine Show,” performing for hundreds of thousands of fans during the 25-city tour. Rather than a traditional show format, the Traveling Circus took a communal approach with all of the musicians onstage together at the very beginning of the show, performing covers such as Van Morrison’s “Caravan,” Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman,” or The Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia.” With a revolving potpourri of musicians taking turns playing original songs and joined by the other featured artists, Duritz served as the ‘ringmaster’ of the evening. NOTAR dominated the stage with his unmatched energy, and as Duritz told an interviewer, “I can’t keep guys off the stage when he’s playing. Everybody wants to play with him.”
Devil’s Playground was produced by NOTAR, Grammy winner, Ken Lewis (Kayne West, Beastie Boys, Usher), hip-hop producer MGeezy (Wyclef Jean, T-Pain), and Kevin Augsburg, an up and comer out of Brooklyn, New York. The album consists of 13 songs, written and performed by NOTAR and features such talent as Young Cash, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Adam Duritz. Tour plans will be announced at a later date. http://www.NOTARnyc.com/ .