Veteran Bay Area Rapper/Producer E-A-Ski Gearing Up For The Release Of His Long Overdue, Eagerly Awaited "Official" 2nd Solo LP, "5th of Skithoven!"
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Veteran West Coast rapper/producer, E-A-Ski, is currently prepping for the release of several high profile projects throughout the remainder of 2012 and beyond.
E-A Ski just unleashed the mega-popular, star-studded, “Cruise Control,” short-film video featuring Award-winning actor Danny Glover and long-time Ski collaborator, rapper Ice Cube. The Rock Jacobs-directed visual has already garnered more than 4 million views through a variety of major media outlets; MTV, Vibe, HipHopDX, AllHipHop, VladTV, among others. The single is the follow-up to another Cube-assisted, equally infectious, joint entitled “Please,” with both songs taken from Ski’s long overdue, highly anticipated 5th of Skithoven, due out early next year.
Before that, however, the Oakland, California native musician is planning to drop an EP, 4th of Skithoven, as a precursor of sorts to his next solo LP, just to tide over his legions of fans worldwide. In addition, E-A-Ski was recently nominated as Producer of the Decade at the 2012 West Coast Hip-Hop Awards.
As if that isn’t enough, “Mr. Ski” is staying very busy in the lab behind the boards contributing his sample-free unique style of live instrumentations for a who’s who of A-list artists; including, Ice Cube, Kelly Rowland, Nelly, former Dr. Dre protégé Slim The Mobster, and many more soon-to-be announced.
E-A Ski is also in the midst of expanding his I.M.G.M.I. empire by serving as current spokesperson and consultant for Native Instruments’ new groove production studio, known as the “Maschine,” as well as Akai’s new “MPC Renaissance,” which was first unveiled at the NAMM [National Association of Music Merchants] Show in Anaheim, California, in January ‘12.
About Ea-Ski: The musical roots of E-A Ski can be traced back within the concrete history of Bay Area soil -- where you can find his musical fingerprints with Spice-1 before -- and during -- his tenure with Jive Records, and Master P’s early success with No Limit Records, where Ski served as an original member of The Tank’s TRU collective, alongside P, King George, Big Ed and Rally Ral. E-A Ski dropped his debut offering, “1 Step Ahead of Y’all,” through In-A-Minute/No Limit back in 1992.
5th of Skithoven, which also contains appearances from Freeway, Tech N9ne, B-Real of Cypress Hill fame and Locksmith, to name some, will finally be unveiled in early 2013...
Q The Question the popular entertainment journalist and Co-Owner of SKE Records with up and coming star Trel Mack, recently with a interview on The Underground Express show with Charlie Glass. Q broke down what's new with SKE Records & Trel Mack as he has been building a solid name lately as it is rumored that they been in talks with some major labels and what they plan to do while still independent.
FRANK OCEAN & MALALA: mtvU's “MAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR”
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MTV’s 24-hour college network, today announced its 2012 Man and Woman of the Year: singer/songwriter Frank Ocean and Pakistani social activist Malala Yousafzai, two Millennials bravely challenging the status quo in their respective communities.
Deeply honest and unafraid to break boundaries, Frank Ocean’s distinctive sound was heralded as the future of R&B this year, and he became a hero to many when he published a letter on Tumblr detailing his first love -- another man. mtvU’s “Woman of the Year” is a very different, and incredibly brave, young person. In her dedicated quest to achieve equal educational rights for women, the 15 year-old Pakistani social activist Malala Yousafzai is a powerful symbol of strength and courage who, despite being attacked by the Taliban, continues to fight for equality. Beginning Thursday, December 6, MTV’s college network will profile the “Man and Woman of the Year” to millions of young people on college campuses around the country on-air and online.
“Malala courageously risked everything to stand up against the brutal forces that tried to silence her. In the face of intensely dangerous opposition, she refuses to stop fighting for equality, and at just 15 years old, is already an icon for her generation and the world,” said Stephen Freidman, President of MTV. “mtvU is proud to shine a spotlight on her, and on Frank Ocean, whose boundary-shattering music and commitment to personal expression has touched and inspired millions. He refused to let homophobia stop him, and the cultural impact of his work will echo for years to come.”
Frank Ocean: mtvU Man of the Year
For years, Frank Ocean was a name known only in the music industry and underground circles. He quietly wrote songs for stars like Beyonce and Justin Bieber, while earning respect for his underground mixtape “nostalgia, ULTRA” – which sounded like nothing else in R&B. His ascent continued with his role as the crooning member of the Odd Future hip-hop collective and with his unmistakable presence on Jay Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne.” This year, Frank stepped into the solo spotlight with his first major-label release, Channel Orange, debuting second on the Billboard Charts and garnering critical acclaim. He then showcased his talents to the world with his show-stopping, ethereal performance at the 2012 “MTV Video Music Awards” which set social media ablaze as his name became the most searched term globally that night.
To many- Frank Ocean represents to the future of R&B. Critics hailed Channel Orange as “more than an album,” saying “it feels as if it landed years ahead of time.” Some of the songs on the album raised questions about Frank’s sexuality, and shortly before its release he published a touching, heartbreaking letter on Tumblr that recounted his first love – with another man. It was a fearless move that risked exposing him to ridicule and alienation from a historically homophobic hip-hop community. Ocean ultimately gained the support of his peers and legions of fans, but either way, this was an incredibly brave move for an artist on the verge of superstardom.
Malala Yousafzai: mtvU Woman of the Year
Only a teenager, Malala Yousafzai has already made an indelible impact on her generation, and the world. Her fight began when she started blogging about her desire for women’s schooling in Pakistan by standing up and speaking out against the Taliban. This October, her efforts for equal education led to an unfathomable consequence when Taliban militants boarded her school bus, shooting her in the head and neck and wounding two other schoolchildren. She miraculously survived and is now more than ever staying true to her core position, recently stating, “Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.”
To honor her conviction, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon declared November 10 “Malala Day,” an occasion designed to draw attention to the global struggle for women’s education. Staring down the Taliban at just 15 years old, Malala has demonstrated a fearless and undeniable commitment to equal rights and education for all.
Each year, mtvU selects cultural leaders from the world of music, pop culture and/or politics who are inspiring change and making an impact on the world. mtvU’s 2011 “People of the Year” were "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In 2010, the college network named Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and hip hop artist Nicki Minaj its “Man and Woman of the Year.”
For more information or to view the mtvU 2012 “Man and Woman of the Year” segment, head to www.mtvU.com .
eaturing southern heavyweight Trae the Truth, Fat Trel and Short Dawg the New York based trio shows their Southern roots and ties to the streets. Before releasing their singles with features, the FOE Boyz have released their new video to the introductory track called, "Caught Up In Da Game." Built over a down southern chopped drums, the FOE Boyz lace the melodic sounding track with an infectious flute loop.
Brooklyn, NY rapper Sonny Seeza is one third of Onyx, the trio also featuring Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr which became one of '90s hip-hop's most memorable acts through singles like "Slam" and "Throw Ya Gunz". Now, Sonny proudly presents the PW Films-directed music video for "Doc Help", the Sandro Purple Green-produced first single from his forthcoming album Bridges, Volume 1. The video was shot in a medical facility, using real medical equipment. Bridges will be released by Empire Music, the Swiss record label led by CEO Matthieu “MDB” Siegenthaler whose team is responsible for releases with KRS-ONE, Delinquent Habits, JC of Bad Boy South, German rap star Kool Savas and more.
MHz Legacy Announce The "Yellow + Blue" Producer Remix Contest
Courtesy Audible Treats.
On October 30th, MHz Legacy, the long-time collective comprised of rappers Copywrite, Camu Tao, Tage Future, and Jakki Da Motamouth, accompanied by in-house producer RJD2, released their long-awaited debut album, the self-titled MHz Legacy. Now, as thanks to all those that helped to make the album such a success, MHz Legacy is giving aspiring producers the opportunity to remix one of the album's biggest singles, the Blu-featuring "Yellow + Blue." 2DopeBoyz, Native Instruments, FLüD Watches, Akomplice Clothing, Man Bites Dog Records, and Audible Treats have joined forces and are proud to present the "Yellow + Blue" Producer Remix Contest.
After downloading the acapella of "Yellow + Blue" via SoundCloud (the link can also be found below), contestants will have two weeks to craft their best beat and submit their remixed version of the single, to be judged by MHz Legacy and their label, Man Bites Dog Records.
There will be one grand prize winner and two runners-up. The grand prize winner will receive prizing courtesy of MHz Legacy, Native Instruments and FLüD Watches; the first runner-up will receive prizing courtesy of FLüD Watches and Akomplice Clothing; and the second runner-up will receive prizing courtesy of FLüD Watches and Man Bites Dog Records.
Donnis once again took his Twitter late last night to give his fans new music. As he explains below, this is a joint that did not make his Break Hundreds & Hearts EP, but he has been wanting to let fly for some time now and finally does so...
He said this: https://twitter.com/DONNISMUSIC/status/276157330062725120 .