Tearing across the Midwest and right through the U.S. hip hop scene like a runaway tornado is Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s Big Bang. Combining traditional rap sensibility with silky smooth R&B, as well as a number of other musical twists and turns along the way, this fresh, exciting group is spreading like wildfire as they consistently turn heads from coast to coast. As their list of impressive collaborations and sold out performances continue to grow, Big Bang is solidifying themselves as a force to be reckoned with throughout the hip hop community.
Created by a group of lifelong friends, Tone Da Boss, DaChaMan, Zaya, Tuff Laun, and Tony T. pooled their talents together to generate catchy, yet original music. While each of the members offers their unique voice and liquid flow, mastermind Tony T. produces and engineers every track to its absolute best, catching the ear of DJs, radio stations, and major rap stars across the country.
Their first single, “Sponge Bob Ready” catapulted the group to a new level of success, as the video generated over 100,000 plays on YouTube and garnered Big Bang national attention. Lil Wayne’s Young Money label mate Lil Chuckee eventually produced a remix of the song which even furthered the storm of hype around the track, opening the door for this Iowa powerhouse to break into the rap game.
While their music catalog continued to grow, Big Bang landed shows at over 100 different venues in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee, and Georgia. From sold out clubs to arena performances, they were also invited to open up for major artists such as Twista, Young Buck, and Wiz Khalifa. As time passes by, fans are quickly recognizing the Big Bang brand as they burn up their MySpace and YouTube pages with plays.
The latest hit, “Polo” is locked and loaded for national airplay, as Big Bang gears up to take their music to new heights of popularity and success. Coinciding with the radio campaign is their latest and most eye popping video yet, which was shot in New York, directed by Javier Goin, and is already generating thousands of hits. Another impressive collaboration “Holster,” features multiplatinum star Young Buck, who is just the beginning of a lengthy list of rappers ready to recognize Big Bang.
Hip hop fans should keep their eyes and ears open, as Big Bang is like a ticking time bomb, ready to explode into the stratosphere at any given moment. “Polo” is available through iTunes and other digital outlets now, along with “Sponge Bob Ready,” as well as their latest record, The Bangover. Music videos, songs, ringtones, photos, and more are all available on their official website and MySpace pages.
From the chilled and damp deck of a lobster boat to the bright lights and heat of the stage, Maine’s Luka is flexing his skills and imagination through the power of hip hop. After teaming up with his childhood friend and producer, Jboss, this fresh rap sensation began formulating diabolical rhymes coupled with infectious beats to generate a unique, intoxicating sound. Hot off the release of his debut record, Style Points, Luka is compiling material, inking verses, and spreading his music from coast to coast.
Growing up in Maine, Luka was the youngest of six kids raised by a single mother, and began working as a lobsterman at the ripe age of 12. As the hours on the ocean slowly grew into days, Luka was inspired to compose lyrics, which eventually blossomed into the silky smooth hip hop verses he pens today. Isolated by the sea, his mind is free to roam and unlock the words which fit perfectly with each thumping beat composed by his producer, Jboss. After getting his feet wet in the recording studio with fellow Maine rapper, Kid Wicked, the trio became known as The Foreside, and launched Luka headfirst into a world drenched in hip hop.
As a lobsterman by day and rap mogul by night, the burgeoning artist is beginning to perform from state to state, eventually making the trek from his home state all the way to the sunny hills of California. Luka is also working towards a number of international shows in Central America, where he retreats from Maine’s icy winter to surf and relax. With Style Points picking up momentum and more releases loaded into the chamber, this is just the tip of the iceberg for his budding music career.
Drawing influences from Rick Ross, Notorious BIG, and DJ Quik, Luka mixes the East and West coasts to create his own deep, edgy flow which radiates from Style Points. Featuring 13 tracks of searing hot verses and floor shaking beats, the record will leave his indelible footprint on the industry as he continues to soar skyward. “I’m Feelin’ You” is one of the first singles to be recognized, and will be featured in the film Clinton Road, which is currently in the production phase.
The popular Coast 2 Coast mixtapes have also recognized his potential, as he will have tracks featured on Volume 155 (hosted by Bobby Valentino) and 156 (hosted by Jeremiah). Also, keep your eyes peeled for Luka’s upcoming self-released mixtapes, which are currently underway. More information, streaming audio, photos and more are available on his official MySpace and ReverbNation pages. Style Points is available from iTunes now.
Video: Maticulous f/ Rock, Ruste Juxx - "Body the Beat"
Here's the debut single by BBAS affiliate: maticulous, off of "The maticulous EP" featuring Ruste Juxx, RA the Rugged Man, and Rock (Heltah Skeltah). Directed by Nicolas Heller and Houston Yang. Edited by Matt Ferro. Cameos by Brown Bag AllStars members: Soul Khan, The Audible Doctor, J57, DJ E Holla, and DeeJay Element
Details about Rostrum/Atlantic Records artist Wiz Khalifa's major label debut, "Rolling Papers", are flooding the Internet. Set to drop March 29th, the 14-track "Rolling Papers" features the 23-year-old Pittsburgh rap star's chart-topping #1 single "Black & Yellow" and his current radio hit "Roll Up".
Wiz Khalifa was originally featured as an independent artist on Block Starz Music's, www.blockstarzmusic.com, best-selling "East Coast Block Starz" compilation on the Johnny Juliano produced Internet smash hit "Was It" alongside Youngstown, OH rapper Throwback.
"Was It" is the second pairing of the two young emcees, who also recorded 2008's underground banger "Get This Dough" together.
Throwback, who was named High Times Magazine's "Artist Of The Month" on the strength of his marijuana mixtape "What's High?", recently appeared on Chicago's Fusion Radio (WIIT 88.9 FM) to promote "Was It" and discuss his collaborations with Wiz Khalifa.
Tracklisting for Wiz Khalifa's major label debut "Rolling Papers":
1. When I’m Gone 2. On My Level (feat. Too $hort) 3. Black And Yellow 4. Roll Up 5. Hopes & Dreams 6. Wake Up 7. The Race 8. Star Of The Show (feat. Chevy Woods) 9. No Sleep 10. Get Your S*** 11. Top Floor 12. Fly Solo 13. Rooftops (feat. Curren$y) 14. Cameras
The first video off NY producer A.M. Breakups’ forthcoming debut album, The Cant Resurrection, featuring Baltimore rapper Teddy Faley. The Cant Resurrection will also feature guest spots from Billy Woods of the critically-acclaimed Super Chron Flight Brothers, Chicago’s V8, and Eleven. The latest release from Backwoodz Studioz, the label behind Vordul Mega’s Megagraphitti and Super Chron Flight Brothers' 2010 LP Cape Verde.