"Waffle House" Rapper JR Bricks Releases Long-Awaited Debut LP, “F.A.M.U.”
Havana, Florida rapper J.R. Bricks, who made national headlines last summer with his Block Starz Music, www.blockstarzmusic.com, single “Waffle House”, has released his much-delayed solo debut, F.A.M.U., which is now available for free download at DatPiff.com.
F.A.M.U., an acronym which means “For All My Underdogs”, features 13 original tracks, including “Waffle House”, and production from platinum producers Jimi Kendrix (Jay-Z, 50 Cent), DJ Pain 1 (Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane), and J Staffz (Wiz Khalifa). The first single and music video from “F.A.M.U.” is titled “Play Play”, which is produced by King Turo (“Waffle House”) and directed by Alex Acosta. As part of the album's promotion, J.R. Bricks is also giving away a free 32G iPod Touch to fans that follow him on Twitter @JRBricks and answer a series of questions tweeted by the rapper over a seven-day period. Official rules for the contest are available at the rapper's website.
JR Bricks, born Earl Harrison, Jr., became one 2011's most buzzworthy independent artists after legal counsel for WH Capital, LLC and Waffle House, Inc., owner and licensee of the Waffle House® trademarks respectively, issued a cease and desist letter to his label claiming improper and unauthorized usage. In response, the song's title was changed to “After the Club”, which sparked cries of racism by some in the online Hip-Hop community who saw the southern restaurant chain's move as an effort to distance itself from its, predominately black and Latino, early morning weekend customers.
The controversy landed J.R. Bricks, a veteran of the United States Air Force, in various leading entertainment and trade publications, including AllHipHop.com, Billboard, XXL, and The Source magazines and he would go on to win the "Buzz Factor" award at the 2011 Underground Music Awards in New York. In a statement to Billboard, a Waffle House spokesperson denied claims of racial or cultural discrimination saying, "We embrace all cultures within Waffle House. All you have to do is come eat with us and you see that."
The remix to “After The Club”, which features Block Starz Music affiliates Cin'atra Da Mobsta and AG, is available on the “Down South Block Starz” compilation (now on iTunes).
Audio: Sean Born - "D.A.S. feat. Kaimbr" prod. Dunc of DTMD
Sean Born makes no fuss over what he’s about. The DMV native spits street tales from a very personal perspective and his Behind The Scale LP from earlier in 2012 was testament to that. Though judging one of its standout tracks by its title, “DrugsAlcoholSex”, may be a bit deceiving.
Instead of boasts and brags about sexual debauchery with drugs and drink, Sean Born crafts a nuanced and vivid song that immediately starts with the laundry list of challenges for a particular kind of young man in DC. Over a beat as gritty as Sean’s raspy voice, the Low Budget representative is not apologetic or dramatic about what he shares—blowing down sour diesel, throwing up vodka and cooking up powder into butter—but that deadpan honesty paired with his raw MCing is what allows the song to transcend. He knows the game is rigged, he makes no illusions about being a drug lord (though he’s not a scrub either) but this is life. Late in the song Sean confesses that he spits “science from the sun”, though he still ends the track “fuckin something ‘fore I’m puffin”.
Aesthetically, the song is just as great as it is thematically. Sean’s voice is gruff and mush-mouthed without compromising clarity and Dunc (of DMTD) creates a canvas that feels as cold as winter in the capital.
NaturaL has teamed up with 19 year old Salt Lake City producer to give you "Hearts of Many" a free download found on sound cloud. Sly has contributed production to JNaturaL's upcoming release "Bad Woman Rising" Coming soon.
Free EP: AC & Otee The Scoundral - "My Perspective"
After the critical acclaim of his three EPs 'New Day', 'Prophecy for Profit' and 'Music Ain't The Revolution', Northwest London emcee AC is back with another release called 'My Perspective'. This new four track EP is the fourth prelude to his brand new album 'Keep It Together' which is currently just getting the finishing touches and is due out soon. This EP sees AC team up with producer Otee the Scoundral who gives up three brilliantly soulful beats, while AC handles the production on the title track. AC has also enlisted the help of legendary New York hustler D-21 of Blackmobb, who now lives in London, on the track 'Better Days'. This is an amazing piece of homegrown goodness that so rightfully deserves your attention.
Support for AC is in abundance too, with his previous music videos getting play of MTV Base, Channel U/AKA, Passion TV, Brit Asia TV and many more, as well as getting radio spins from the likes of Tim Westwood, Zane Lowe, Shortee Blitz, Ras Kwame, Bobby Friction, Nihal, Semtex and features and reviews in the likes of Hip-Hop Connection, One Week To Live, DJ Magazine, Mixmag and many more. AC has also shared stages with Common, Wu Tang, The Outlawz, Capone'n'Noreaga, Skinnyman, Klashnekoff, Sway, Chipmunk, Estelle, Jay Sean, Marques Houston, Panjabi MC & Rishi Rich Project and many more. AC is a rapper with vision and the world of Hip-Hop eagerly waits to hear his brand new album 'Keep It Together' which drops later this year.
AC & Otee The Scoundral 'My Perspective' Track-listing:
1. My Perspective 04:46 2. Better Days feat. D-21 03:44 3. I don't need you 03:39 4. What's the difference? 03:19
Zambian International Hip-Hop artist, Crisis Mr. Swagger is scheduled to release a new single titled 'When I Call' Featuring The Renzullo Project, a band from Australia. The single is a Hip-Hop mix with Alternative Music. It's a song that speaks to the listeners as most people can relate to the subject, loosely based on the artists real life.
The song was released out on iTunes on June 23, 2012, to be accompanied by a ringtone of the same. 'When I Call' boasts the artist's African roots as he demonstrates his ability to blend singing into his rap. The bridge is a perfect example of this blend with a tone of Reggae in it.
Currently in Los Angeles, California, the artist is also scheduled to release his new project titled B.I.G (Business is Good) in the near future
Mixtape: Sav Killz - "Bangers and B-Sides" (Host DJ J-Ronin)
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