Mr. J. Medeiros' latest album Saudade is out now on his imprint De Medeiros via Fat Beats distribution. To celebrate the album, Medeiros released a video for the first official single "Neon Signs" and the track "Swallow" a few weeks back. Today marks the release of the single "Serious" ft Stro from Saudade. Stro, who is also part of the production team The Procussions that are featured on this album supplies the vocals on this cut.
Medeiros was formerly signed to Rawkus Records as part of the group The Procussions and as a solo artist. With The Procussions, he gained acclaim for collaborating with Talib Kweli and touring with A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots. As a solo artist, Medeiros partnered with international non-profit organizations to fight human trafficking and sexual abuse with his single "Constance" which has amassed nearly 500k views on YouTube. (Watch "Constance" here). Medeiros has recorded with artists as varied as Randy Jackson, Talib Kweli, Illmind and more and has been on Spike TV and Miami Ink.
After bursting onto the international scene in 2010 with his chart-topping hits "Kiss Me" and "When You Look at Me", KC Jockey is ready to take the music world by storm again with his latest single, "Toast to the Dads". Having just signed a digital distribution deal with Empire Distribution, Jockey now has even more outlets to let the world hear his unique and infectious sound.
KC Jockey was born in Kingston, Jamaica but moved to Brooklyn, NY as a young child. The rising star quickly developed a passion for all things New York—both the good and the bad. The "bad" had him in the streets hustling to get all the luxuries he saw others around him enjoying. The "good" had him embracing his God-given musical abilities, which he finally realized could provide him with the same lavish lifestyle as the hustling he saw going on around him. After his mother passed from a tragic accident in 1997, Jockey dedicated himself to the studio, often working through the night to perfect his craft. The hard work paid off in 2000 when Jockey launched his own record label, Sweet Sadie’s Productions, appropriately named in honor of his mother. After paying tribute to his mom thru the naming of his label, he has now taken the opportunity to turn his grateful attention to his (and everyone’s) father with "Toast to the Dads".
Jockey’s infectious smile has landed him jobs as the face of many of the hottest new products on the market. He is currently one of the faces for the fresh new clothing line 4.U.2.N.V, who have featured him on their New York City billboards. Jockey also recently received national attention on MTV’s "Idol Party Live" during an interview with American Idol season ten finalist Paul McDonald. When Idol fans discovered that McDonald had made a cameo in Jockey’s music video for "Rub Your Body", the story and video went viral and became topic for discussion in many of his subsequent interviews.
KC Jockey already has the musical chops and resume to prove his international star power, having shared stages with the likes of 50 Cent, Jadakiss, Jay Z, Mary J Blige, Beanie Man, and many others. His consistent success on both the North American and European charts shows that his style and sound transcend borders and cultures; "Toast to the Dads" is certain to be no different!
Slicing pop n’lock-friendly funk with gospel and gracious soul Georgia Anne Muldrow is shining as a true West Coast original. The seeds of early experimental releases are now blossoming as her trademark scattershot beats and adventurous deep jazz melodies have grown to become the backbone for fully crafted songs.
With aspirations to be a modern-day Quincy Jones, Muldrow is truly a renaissance musician. She is always looking to take her craft to a higher ground. She channels her unstoppable creativity into music that is commercially viable but does not lose sight of her essence as an artist who challenges the norm. She bears the enviably ability to play all her own instruments, and write and perform her own songs. Everything you hear on Kings Ballad is handcrafted and non-sample-based. She has been called a modern day Nina Simone, and fans of Chaka Khan and Betty Davies would feel at home with Kings Ballad, too.
Written and produced during transitional times, Kings Ballad was crafted against the backdrop of the early days of the Obama administration, the last days of the life of Michael Jackson (a family friend and big inspiration) and while her son grows towards his first birthday. She even moved studio spaces at the outset of recording. But distractions are not disruptive to the Muldrow music-making machine. In fact, motivation comes easily. "The driving force within me is my need for freedom of cultural expression," she explains. "And in my culture music always serves a divine purpose. Mine in particular is of a healing nature, so I get over my down days by being true to my warrior soul."
Video: Dolla Will - "Work That Body" Ft. Too $hort (dir. Casual)
Video girls are staples in hip-hop music videos, and Dolla Will, who has never been one to shy away from the explicit, is giving fans and viewers a litany of eye candy with "Work That Body," the lead single from the Bay Area vet's newest album, Boss Flow, being released through Clear Label Records. The title means a lot to Dolla Will, who is trying to reinstate what he feels has been missing from Oakland hip-hop. "Here in the Bay there's a lot of kiddie rap and nursery rhymes, so I come across on a grown level, and I make adult music," says Will. "When you're a boss, you're an elder in this and the flow I'm bringing to the table is real deal from my perspective."
For the song, Dolla enlisted the instantly recognizable voice of hip-hop legend Too $hort for the hook, and got Hieroglyphics member Casual to direct the video, a collaboration that came together naturally amongst the three veterans. Will was featured on Too $hort's albums Independence Day and You Nasty, and eventually began rolling with the Hiero crew after collaborating with them on his earlier albums. Going back and forth between the girls in work-out apparel, cart-wheeling and stretching in the sun, the video for "Work That Body" picks up where popular David Banner video "Play" left off, juxtaposing the hot-and-bothered work out scenes with seductive club shots as Too $hort lays down the song's chorus.
Submission: Big Shug w/ Krumb Snatcha, M-Dot, Singapore Kane & Avirex - Think Twice (Produced By Reef Ali) Cuts By Dj Grazzhoppa
Gang Starr Foundation Legends Big Shug & Krumb Snatcha come together on a record for the first time in 10 years. They bring rising Boston MC's & frequent collaborators/protégé's M-Dot & Singapore Kane along for the ride. Avirex (of Krumb's group WOLVES) also adds a verse to the posse cut as well. The song will also appear on Krumb Snatcha & M-Dot's collaborative EP (due out in early 2012).
Cover Art attached along with a Flier for a big NYC show July 15th ft. The Closers, Rustee Juxx, Blaq Poet, M-Dot, Singapore Kane, Bekay & more...
Big Shug w/ Krumb Snatcha, M-Dot, Singapore Kane & Avirex- Think Twice (Produced By Reef Ali) Cuts By Dj Grazzhoppa