The ability to evolve and adapt in the ever changing realm of music is necessary for an artist’s survival. Having maintained a presence over the last 14 years via a resume that includes features on three MF DOOM albums (Take Me to Your Leader, MMFOOD, and Born like This), Atlanta-based lyricist staHHr has consistently done just that.
April 2012 sparks the beginning of Molotov Season, the first installment of the Mother Nature with a Molotov musical experience. Formerly known as [staHHr] tha F.EM.C.E.E., she welcomes hip hop enthusiasts into the “Golden Era Future”, with her second full length album “Mother Nature with a Molotov: Molotov Season”. The second single from the upcoming release, “FirestaHHrter”, produced by Lex Boogie, conjures the best of the gritty, hardcore production of the “Golden Era” and balances it with fiery, futuristic lyrics.
The first single from the project “Unbreakable”, produced by DJ Dug Boogie, was a rallying cry for all those that have faced and overcome challenges and adversity. staHHr’s first full length project “Almost Neva Was”, was released on digital imprint Beatvizion Music in 2008. November 2011, she released a retrospective compilation/mixtape that featured some of her standout features and songs from 2000-11. staHHr was most recently featured in the March 2012 issue of The Source magazine, sharing her views on women in hip hop in the “The Plight of the Female MC” article. “FirestaHHrter” will be available March 13, 2012, along with her other releases, on http://stahhr.bandcamp.com .
Video: AllHipHop Interview With the Owner of SOB's
Courtesy Steve Raze.
The legendary SOB's night club has been a staple for the Hip-Hop community over the ears in New York City. Everyone from Kanye West to Drake has performed at SOB's and AllHipHop.com interviewed the owner and artist such as Common, KRS-ONE and others on the importance of the SOB's nightclub for Hip-Hop.
Detroit’s Clear Soul Forces, consisting of members E-Fav, J-RoC, L.A.Z and Ilajide are pleased to unveil their debut album, Detroit #Revolution(s), presented by the good people at Rappers I Know and premiered right here on Takin’ Mines. Released at 3:13 sharp on 3/13, this 15 track free release further substantiates why the 313 is at the forefront of innovative, groundbreaking music that you/we love. Now without further adieu, we present Detroit Revolution(s).
MGK to Release "Half Naked & Almost Famous" March 20th
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March 2012 (Los Angeles, CA)- With his 2012 mtvU Woodie Award performance and nomination for "The Breaking Woodie" later this week at SXSW, spitfire rapper MGK prepares the release of Half Naked & Almost Famous EP & DVD on March 20th through EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records.
The EP & DVD will be available exclusively on iTunes March 20th and all other retailers on April 1st.
Half Naked & Almost Famous EP & DVD will feature MGK's hit single "Wild Boy" that spawned the #1 voted BET 106 and Park music video. MGK's song "Invincible" struck victory when it was selected by both Verizon Wireless for the HTC Rezound 3G smartphone campaign and by the WWE as a theme song for next month's Wrestlemania XXVIII extravaganza. As part of MGK's partnership with the WWE, he appeared on last night's, March 12th episode of WWE Monday Raw taped in his hometown Cleveland, OH and aired on the USA Network.
MGK is busy with success, starting the year winning MTV's 2011 "Hottest Breakthough MC" award. Then, he hit the road to perform at college campuses for the Vice Magazine/Project X Party Legends College Tour. This week, MGK will be in Austin, TX performing on the mtvU Woodie Awards that air live this Thursday, March 15th at 8pm ET on MTV and mtvU channels.
MGK is in Austin to perform at the SXSW Festival showcases below as well:
Thursday, March 15th
Woodie Awards Festival @ Red River (Red River and 1st St.) - 3:00PM performance
Thursday, March 15th
BET Music Matters @ The Stage on Sixth (508 East Sixth St.) - 9:15PM performance
Continuing this year's extensive touring schedule, on March 22nd, MGK will embark on a coast-to-coast, record-breaking "2012 Hostile Takeover" Tour with Strange Music artist Tech N9ne. With 90 performances in 99 days, this tour promises to be the longest consecutive run in rap history. With the tour, MGK will extend his already established fan base and touch many markets he has yet to perform. Look out for MGK on the Van's Warped tour this summer.
BBG returns with a brand new track titled "Ooh Ooh". The new single features emcees @PhatPeazy, @Passportpbbg** and @MoNastyCarter & will be featured on BBG's "Ready For Business 3: The Rebuild" mixtape. The mixtape will have features from Haze Carrera, Ray Ray, Reggie Hills, Prano, Salemme, and many more.
Gypsyphonic Disko: NOLA Phonic Vol. 2 f/ Juvenile, Mystikal
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(New Orleans, LA) March 13, 2012 Ben Ellman of Galactic and The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars fame is pleased to announce Nola-Phonic Volume Two will be available to fans on April 3. Mixed by NOLA party DJ/producer Quickie Mart, the record is a wild mix of bounce, hip-hop, klezmer, and Balkan music--and this time the duo have an even firmer grasp on the sound they’re creating.
“With Volume One we were kind of experimenting with the style,” Ellman explains, “Volume Two is ‘this is the style, let’s do this, let’s invest in it creatively.’” That creative investment includes Balkan and klezmer laden versions of songs from some of New Orleans’ most well known emcees, including Juvenile and Mystikal, as well as some of sissy rap’s finest, such as Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby and Katey Red.
The music is high energy and New Orleans-centric, which were goals of Ellman’s from the start as he wanted to make sure it embodied the city. The music also embodies New York City just a little bit. More specifically, The Bulgarian Bar, which Ellman and the rest of Galactic hang out at when they’re in NYC. Throw in the extensive collection of bounce music Ellman acquired by trading libraries with a local New Orleans DJ, and some extra a cappellas from sissy rap artists that were too explicit to put on the last Galactic record, and you have all the ingredients Gypsyphonic Disko needed to create something unique and barrier breaking.
“At one point during the creation of Volume One I said ‘holy shit man, we’ve invented a genre!’ In this day, with mash-ups and all the stuff DJs are doing, I was like, ‘I don’t think anyone’s really ever done this.’ That’s hard to do.”
Getting people to listen to something new can be equally hard to do, but Gypsyphonic Disko is doing just that. According to Quickie Mart, who has done official remixes for groups like Slightly Stoopid, Freedie Gibbs and produced tracks for Percee P, Wax and Planet Asia, “in New Orleans, GPD goes hard always. In the rest of the country... if they know what bounce is, it goes off well, if not, it is a lot of shocked faces.” That initial shock quickly turns to enjoyment, though, as the reviews of Gypsyphonic Disko prove they’ve been winning over listeners nationwide.
Ellman and Quickie Mart have found their audience, and it’s a lot wider than either of them could have imagined. If you missed Gypsyphonic Disko the first time around, consider Nola-Phonic Volume Two your official invite to the party, and this is one party you don’t want to miss, because whether or not you’d put on bounce, hip-hop, klezmer, or Balkan music individually, when they’re expertly mixed together, the Gypsyphonic Disko result is something that not only gets the party started, but like any good New Orleans party, keeps it going all night long.