I'm the happiest boy in the world! Tuesday morning I was given a wonderful present. The Juno Award Nominations were announced and I was fortunate to get my third. Best Rap Recording for Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye.
I spent the day in celebration mode. Congratulation texts/e-mails. Sneaky Dees. Heroin. Disco dancing. Bar room brawling. Giving my self stitches, fixing up my gash courtesy of Bruce Cockburn's butterfly knife...
*advice. never pronounce his surname the way it's spelt. he doesn't find it funny. ask my scar.*
...and that was the day. The night was spent with the posse in the studio, creating a few presents for my faithful supporters. Presents in the form of song. Wonderful song. Glorious song. Two song. Songs. Whatever. Victory Parade and Ghetto Bastard [NaughtyByNature:Hijacked], both produced by Muneshine, were written, recorded and mixed in one night. Well, I didn't write Ghetto Bastard. Treach did. You get what I'm talking about!
Victory Parade is straight monster. As the kids say...I went in! And maybe there's a little clue in the last line. Clue for what? Find out!
Ghetto Bastard is one of my favourite songs of all time. Naughty By Nature is one of my favourite groups. They're also the reason I wear my pants the way I do. "Hey! Derek pooped his pants!" Or... "You should buy a belt!" Idiot. I'm wearing a belt. How else would they sag so perfectly, goof? All pants aside, recording this song brought me back to my bedroom mirror. Hat on backwards, rapping into my brush. I couldn't keep up. Twenty years later, I still can't. Hence the slower beat. Treach...This one's for you!! Why stop there? Why get two gifts when you can have three? I'm proud to present my newest rap music video for The Invisible Man, featured on my newest album, Run With The Creeps. The video was directed by Alex Colthart for Raw Footage. It's D-Sisive in raw, performance mode. I even sweat a little. It was warm in the boiler room!
Audio: Akrobatik "Brutang Clan Ain't Nuthin' To Puck Wit"
Courtesy Matt B.
Hockey & Hip-Hop Merge With The BRU-TANG CLAN's "Enter The 63 Chambers" FreEP feat. Akrobatik
In just over a year and a half, Boston Bruin's Left Winger Brad Marchand has won a Stanley Cup and has become a fan favorite among Boston Hockey fans. His cult hero status as a gritty player who doesn't take himself too serious has been elevated with the embracing of his popular nickname "Noseface Killah" and his references to his teammates as "The Bru-Tang Clan."
To celebrate all things Wu-Tang and his own growing aliases, Marchand has teamed up with The Boston Sports Apparel CO. to design his own line of gear. Principal members of The Boston Sports Apparel Co. have strong ties to the Urban Hip-Hop Music scene both in Boston and Nationally by way of now defunct record label "Grit Records". Grit Records (who released songs featuring Soul Supreme, KRS-One, Pete Rock, Big Daddy Kane & O.C of legendary group D.I.T.C.) was founded by Mahlon Williams, winner of Spike TV's second season episode of "Pros vs. Joes". After appearing on the popular sports show, Williams decided to leverage his bevy of Comic Book and music industry connections and access to popular athletes to start a sports apparel and marketing company. The Boston Sports Apparel Company has done work for Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Youkilis, Glen Davis and now resident Bruins player Brad Marchand. Their products are sold all over New England and are regarded as one of the top regional apparel companies in the North East having garnered national attention on ESPN, SNL, TODAY show and countless reality shows. In an effort to lend some "street cred" to the whole BRU-TANG CLAN concept and promote the gear, The Boston Sports Apparel Company has collaborated with renown comic book artist J.J. Kirby and underground legend Akrobatik to lend his voice to each BRU-TANG clan member.
The FreEP "Enter The 63 Chambers" (63 coincidentally being Marchand's Jersey Number and the mirror of Wu-Tang’s debut album title) will be released in late February 2012. The six-songs featured on "Enter The 63 Chambers" are all recorded over classic Wu-Tang instrumentals are surely the first hockey related hip-hop songs ever recorded (true "fight music"); and is a must listen for anyone (regardless if you follow hockey or not) and absolutely has to be heard in order to be appreciated.
Video: Rene Lopez - "Shing-a-ling Is What I Bring"
Courtesy Jess @ Girlie Action.
In honor of the iconic boxing film's 35th Anniversary, Native New Yorker Rene Lopez is proving that he is “in his prime” with the release of the new video for “Shing-a-ling Is What I Bring”. Inspired by the movie Rocky, and his determination to succeed, Rene has encompassed the drive and passion of the character as he strives for a KNOCK-OUT album!
This month Rene will be performing at Nublu every Thursday, beginning today. He will additionally be appearing for a performance at Arlene's Grocery on February 28th. Rene will be playing old favorites as well as tracks off his latest album, ELS (released this past summer by Nat Geo Music).
ELS stands for Electric Latin Soul, a term Rene has coined for the new style of music he has developed. A mixture of Latin soul and Boogaloo with elements of rock, hip-hop, and R&B – Rene’s sound is one that is distinctly Nuyorican. ELS features co-producers Mario Caldato Jr., a.k.a. Mario C (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, Bebel Gilberto) and Jason Lader (Julian Casablancas, Jenny Lewis), as well as special guests Joey Altruda, and Money Mark (John Butler Trio). The album as a whole is a nod to Rene’s Latin roots, with an eye on modern electronic music and good ol’ rock-and-roll.
Last year, New Jersey-born, Harlem-based rapper Kyle Rapps released his debut EP, Re-Edutainment. The project, produced entirely by Kev Brown, was Kyle's re-interpretation of the Boogie Down Productions classic Edutainment, and one of the more fun (and powerful) songs on the project was "Bully," a song that examines bullying in its many forms, from the classic schoolyard to the United States government, and more.
Abstact Artform have come a long way since the release of their debut album "Prairie Kid" back in 2008, which garnered them high praise as one of Winnipeg's leading acts. Then, when AA released their sophomore album “His Story In The Making” in 2010, the band catapulted onto radars across Canada as they peaked at #2 on both Chart Attack and !earshot Hip Hop College Radio Charts, as well as making the Top 25 Hip Hop charts on CMJ in the USA, along with added rotation on Winnipeg's HOT 103.1FM and STREETZ 104.7FM of their hit single "Summer in the City ft. Doodlebug (of Digable Planets)".
This coming March at Canadian Music Week 2012, Abstract Artform will be making a name for themselves in a very loud way. Praised in their hometown of Winnipeg, MB for taking their infectious train of hip-hop, funk and soulful blues rock to the forefront of prairie pride. Abstract Artform is proud to perform in Canada's hip hop capital, Toronto, once again for their 8th appearance in town since previously showcasing at Indie Week 2011 and NXNE in 2011/10, along with tour stops in past years.
"The band and I are looking forward to our showcase at Canadian Music Week, as we've spent so much time recently locked away in the studio working on the new album "As The Crow Flies" that we're counting down the days to premiere it for fans and the industry in T-Dot. It's going to be a crazy funk party, prairie style!" commented Abstract Artform MC Shea Malcolmson.
Their soon to be third release “As The Crow Flies” on Ol Roy Records, produced by Juno-nominated producer Fresh Kils, will feature collaborations with blues/roots artists such as Manitoba Hal, Rambling Dan Frechette and notable country artist Ridley Bent.
As for AA's stage manifestation, it's sure to be full of unique creative energy that will be transformed into a full-on party as AA exclusively premiere their trailblazing sounds from their upcoming album to fans and industry at CMW. (Showcase details to be announced soon.)
Ricky Rude strikes again and this time it's with the first official single that's impacting radio right now. This record is called "Moon-N-Stars" and the video was already shot so stay tuned for that. His songs and videos have been creating a lot of buzz on YouTube and within the DJ community already and this one will help take it over the top. This kid is in a lane of his own with his "punk rap" creation that he's coined. Show the homie some love and let's get to work!