PR: Sportn' Life - 10 Years of Rare & Unreleased Music
In celebration of our first decade in business, Sportn' Life Records is offering up some goodies from the past. For the next few weeks leading up to our 10 year anniversary party on October 18th at Barboza (Seattle,WA), we'll be releasing two rare or unreleased songs per week.
This weeks songs feature unreleased music by D.Black, Fearce Villan and S.E.V. of Dyme Def, Fatal Lucciauno, Spac3man, Marissa, Toxic and Mo Betta
Sportn’ Life Records and Management is an independent label and management company based in Seattle, WA and is home to some of the Pacific Northwest’s most talented Hip Hop, Soul, and R&B artists. Co-founded by DeVon Manier in 2002 as a vehicle to foster young urban artistsand shed much needed light on the music they were creating.
Currently, the label boasts an impressive roster of recording artists that include D.Black, Fatal Lucciauno, Spac3man, Marissa, Fly Moon Royalty and SK. Each exemplifies a unique sound and an unparalleled stage performance; as a result, they have received an extensive amount of local and regional success, garnering coverage in national publications, MTV-2 video rotation, Top 5 CMJ and Media Guide chart positions, placement and licensing to film, MTV, ESPN Action Sports, and Under Armor. In conjunction, several of them have been invited to perform at some of the worlds’ most notable music festivals like SXSW, CMJ, and Bumbershoot, and have been asked to share the stage with top tier international recording artist such as; Nas, Ice Cube, Big Boi, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and the Wu Tang Clan to name a few.
The 2007 release of Fatal Lucciauno’s “The Only Forgotten Son” was instantly hailed a local classic. The album landed itself onto URB Magazine’s “NEXT 1,000” and it was named Best Solo Hip Hop album of the year by The Stranger Magazine. After obtaining a distribution deal in 2008 the label was able to expand its reach, and in 2009 saw larger scale movement upon partnering with San Francisco based MYX Music Label for the release of D.Black’s nationally accepted and critically acclaimed sophomore album “Ali’ Yah”. The project gained many accolades including a music video debut on XXL Magazine.com and was named number twelve on Amazon’s list of “Outstanding Albums” that same year.
2011 sees continued growth for Sportn’ Life as it has diversified its operations and created a Management, Consulting & Artist Development division. That along with the recent signing of the Electro-Soul duo Fly Moon Royalty has allowed for the label to broaden its scope in the music industry. Continuing to please its reverent community of fans with its reputation for authentic, sincere, and quality music, Sportn’ Life aims to resonate within underground indie markets & major mainstream demographics.
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German producer Whatson features Boston MC M-Dot on the single "Detour". Track depicts the temptations of a long tour abroad. Visuals shot in Magdeburg, Germany. Shot while M-Dot was recently on tour. Song will appear on Whatson's upcoming album "Detour" (titled after the lead single).
Gensu Dean - Wantchu feat. Olivier Daysoul // Free Download
Courtesy Mello Music Group.
Gensu Dean, the SP-1200 assassin, is at it again with a new 45 for vinyl heads that pairs the ultimate fast flow track “Ramesses feat. 7evenThirty & Homeboy Sandman”, with a brand new joint titled “Wantchu” featuring the UK-based songbird Olivier Daysoul.
“Wantchu” is not what you would expect from a producer touted for bringing that grimy flavor of 90’s rap back. Instead, Dean proves he can smooth things out just as quickly as he can make them rugged. The Imperial blesses Olivier Daysoul with a silky smooth canvas with just enough head-nod flavor to tie it all together. On his end, Mr. Daysoul lays a thick, syrupy ode to the conflicting feelings of infatuation. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself listening to this one on loop for a while.
Strictly for the collectors, this 45 will go as quickly as it came.
O'Third Ent. - @JIGstreetmade "We Live By" ft @ZillaMuzik256
J.I.G. FROM DA STREETZ is Memeber of group G.I.A (Gone in Alabama) from Tuscaloosa Alababma. His past projects include "Layova B4 Departure" and "Boarding Pass" mix tapes that or online right now. Legendary rapper and known in the streets of Tuscaloosa, working on his solo mixtape as we speak. The Street Album Name is not available at this moment but you can expect to hear it first quarter 2013. As you may know Zilla is currently working on a handful of projects including a mixtape with Baton Rouge producer Q-Red on the Track, an upcoming tape with Lil Pooh out of Dallas, as well as Project X with Mata of PRGz & Mic Strange.
Sureshot Symphony Solution: New Album + Ohmega Watts Track
Courtesy Nature Sounds.
As one half of the production duo Sharpshooters, DJ Sureshot helped bridge the gap between hip-hop and jazz in the early days of what would come to be known as acid jazz. The duo’s classic 1996 debut Choked Up was a mixture of live instruments and sample-heavy boom bap that helped put their hometown of Seattle on the hip-hop map. Sureshot’s crate-digging expertise later led him to release some popular break records and reissues, and in recent years he’s become active in the vibrant music scene of the city he now calls home, San Francisco. Taking the next step in his own musical evolution, DJ Sureshot is now proud to present his highly anticipated new project, the Symphony Symphony Solution. After an intro EP earlier this year, the debut SSS full-length Elegant Aggression is now set to hit physical and digital stores on September 25th, 2012.
Blending hard-hitting hip hop beats seemlessly with lush live jazz-rock instrumentation, the Sureshot Symphony Solution is an eclectic mix of musical styles with a heavy emphasis on experimentation. "The whole project is psychedelic-influenced," explains Surehot. "Whether it's a soul song, a rap song, or a Reggae track, it's all based on that late 60s, early 70s psychedelic sound." With vocalists ranging from underground hip-hop stalwart Ohmega Watts to neo-soul favorite Coultrain to Reggae crooner Noel Ellis to Northern Soul legend The Mighty Pope, Sureshot has crafted a project that defies typical genre boundaries. "I've been exposed to a lot of music over the years," he says. "I'm constantly learning, constantly evolving, constantly trying to take chances and push myself." While the music may be diverse, it's unified by Sureshot's boom-bap mentality. "All my music has a hard edge to it," he explains. "Even if it has the feel of an old library record or soundtrack, it still has that hard hip-hop beat behind it. That's why I called it Elegant Aggression."