J Rawls Presents...The Liquid Crystal Project 3 (+ New Track)
Courtesy Nature Sounds.
Multitalented producer J Rawls is best known for his work in Hip-Hop, but his skills extend far beyond the genre. In 2005 he began to explore neo-soul with The Essence Of Soul, and he's since released two albums from his acclaimed Jazz/Hip-Hop fusion band The Liquid Crystal Project. Now, Liquid Crystal is back with a new album from the quintet consisting of J Rawls (on the production), B Jazz (on the keys), Rob Riley (on the drums), Eddie Bayard (on the saxophone), and Charles Cooper (also on the saxophone). The Liquid Crystal Project 3 hits stores everywhere on April 10th, 2012 via Groove Attack / Polar Ent / Greenstreets.
Like previous Liquid Crystal albums, LCP3 explores sounds, beats, and rhythms with jazz instrumentation alongside an undeniable Hip-Hop influence. Tributes to De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest highlight the seamless genre-hopping, which mixes elements of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, and even Downtempo. "This time we expanded our sound using more musical interpretation and more vibrant sounds," explains Rawls. With all four members back, plus a special appearance by onetime George Duke and Ramsey Lewis trumpeter Pharez Whitted, The Liquid Crystal Project 3 is a smooth-like-butter musical experience that defies classification. As Rawls puts it: "It's just good music."
Cormega calls the Mega Philosophy collaborative project with Large Professor "a life-long dream," adding "I've recorded so many tracks with Large Professor; one of the most recent was 'Journey.' Everytime I drop a verse on a Large Pro track, the response is always crazy. We have great chemistry! It's an honor to actually collaborate on a project with him."
"Napoleonic Language" by Napoleon Da Legend (@TeamNDL) is the lead track from the upcoming project: "Thermal Soundwaves presents: Timeless Beat Jackers" brought to you by the Radio Boys (C.Truth, Kev Lawrence @Kev_Lawrence) which pays tribute to some of their favorite hip hop beats featuring new artist who've appeared on the Thermal Soundwaves Show (@thermalsoundwav).
MGK to Perform at 2012 MTVU Woodie Awards Festival March 16th
Courtesy Greg Miller.
Festival Schedule Released, Including Performances From fun., A$AP Rocky, WALK THE MOON, Wallpaper., Kimbra, Chiddy Bang, Gary Clark Jr. and Ed Sheeran; Performances Will Stream Live on March 15
MTV and mtvU Kick-Off "Woodies Week" On-Air Beginning March 11 and Close Week with "2012 mtvU Woodie Awards Special" Airing Sunday, March 18 at 8pm ET/7pm CT
New York, NY - March 6, 2012 - MTV's 24-hour college network, mtvU, announced that MGK, Dev, of Verona and Imagine Dragons will join previous announced performers fun., A$AP Rocky, WALK THE MOON, Wallpaper., Kimbra, Chiddy Bang, Gary Clark Jr. and Ed Sheeran on stage at the 2012 mtvU "Woodie Awards Festival," along with "2012 mtvU Woodie Awards" performers Childish Gambino, Steve Aoki and Santigold on March 15, 2012 during the SXSW Music Festival.
MTV News' Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011, MGK is also the first rapper to win the Apollo's talent show. With the early success of tracks such as "Invincible" and "Wild Boy," fans are eagerly anticipating the release of his first full-length studio album, Lace Up, due out later this year on EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records.
"When you watch an award show like the Woodies on TV, as an up and coming artist, your dream is to perform on that stage and to win on that stage," said MGK. "The fact that just one year later I have that opportunity is mind-blowing. I'm taking full advantage of this shit, Lace Up!!!"
The "Woodie Awards Festival" and "2012 mtvU Woodie Awards" will be officially sponsored by GM, Doritos, Sony, T-Mobile and Reese's. GM will sponsor a second stage at the festival, while T-Mobile will serve as the official voting partner for the event, keeping the "Breaking Woodie" category open for voting throughout the festival. The schedule for the first-ever "Woodie Awards Festival" is set for March 15 (all times Central):
1pm: Ed Sheeran 1:35pm Kimbra 2pm: A$AP Rocky 2:35pm: Gary Clark Jr. 3pm: MGK 3:35pm: of Verona 4pm: Dev 4:35pm: Wallpaper. 5pm: Chiddy Bang 5:45: Imagine Dragons 6:15pm: fun. 7pm: WALK THE MOON 8pm: Childish Gambino, Santigod, Steve Aoki
Beginning March 11, 2012, "Woodie Awards Week" will take over MTV, mtvU and MTV.com with interviews, performances and updates from the SXSW Music Festival. Fans outside of Austin can catch the killer performances and backstage mayhem live, soon after doors open at Noon CT on March 15, 2012 at woodies.mtvU.com. On Sunday, March 18, 2012, mtvU will bring the best moments from the show to MTV and mtvU in the half-hour "2012 mtvU Woodie Awards Special." The hosted special will showcase some of the best "Woodie Awards" performances and celebrate the artists who are walking away with chunks of wood this year. Additionally, the biggest celebrities, comedians and artists will join the special to give a nod to their favorite artists.
Woodie Award voting runs through March 9, 2012, except for the "Breaking Woodie" category, which will continue during the live show on March 15, 2012. Fans can vote for all of the categories online at woodies.mtvU.com or on their mobile phones at m.mtv.com or by texting "VOTE" to 66333. Standard message and data rates may apply.
The 8th annual mtvU Woodie Awards promise to be an unforgettable night of music and performances. The show was established in 2004 and has since propelled numerous recognized acts to the next level of their careers - including surging record sales, headlining tours and mainstream notoriety. Examples include: The Killers (Breaking Woodie '04), Death Cab for Cutie (Best Video Woodie '05), Muse(Performing Woodie '07), Gym Class Heroes (Woodie of the Year '07), Lupe Fiasco (performed at Woodies '07), Paramore (Woodie of the Year '08), Kings of Leon (Woodie of the Year '09), Vampire Weekend (performed at '09 Woodies), Matt & Kim (Best Video Woodie '09),Wiz Khalifa (Woodie of the Year '11), and Odd Future (performed at '11 Woodies).
Broadcast to more than 750 college campuses and via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches nearly 9 million U.S. college students - making it the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S., as well as on cable systems from Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS TV, Suddenlink Communications, AT&T u-Verse and nearly 70 others. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they are: on-air, online and on the campus. mtvU programs music videos from emerging artists that can't be seen anywhere else, news, student life features and initiatives that give college students the tools to advance positive social change. mtvU is always on campus, with hundreds of events per year, including exclusive concerts, giveaways, shooting mtvU series and more. For more information about mtvU, and a complete programming schedule, visit http://www.mtvU.com .
Album & Video: PFM & Iron Ora - "Pomegranate Sunset"
Courtesy Al at DamFam.
Tattered, battered and a bit hung over, PFM & Iron Ora have made it safely to the other side. After five years of producing, recording, trashing, re-creating and re-recording these two instigators of post modern Hip Hop have finally put together a magnificent blend of nostalgia and innovation.