There are those producers who demand attention, there are those whose discography boasts nothing but hits and then there are those who do all that while maintaining the true Hip-Hop vibe upon which they have nurtured their craft. Norfolk Beach native, Nottz, embodies all that plus more.
Eager to present to the masses both the countless tracks Nottz has been accountable for as well as to engage people with their cutting edge appreciation of music, the Best Men got to work in the studio. The outcome is GOIN' NOTTZ which will be available to the masses on Thursday February 23rd.
"Nottz is one of the most underrated producers in the game. In the last 15 years he produced almost every popular rap artist in the US and he's an important part of the Hip Hop culture. This mixtape is an homage to this great Producer.“ - DJ COSTA
"It is always interesting to work on projects with different kinds of people, especially with one of the caliber of Nottz. In this way you can get to know different music styles and also get to understand their music. This helps to overcome boundaries and explore new grounds.“ - DJ SHIG
Track List 01 T.I. - Salute 02 Ghostface Killah – Be This Way 03 Asher Roth & Nottz – In My Mind 04 Kanye West – Barry Bonds 05 Lupe Fiasco - Failure 06 Scarface – Can’t Get Right 07 Pusha T – Alone In Vegas 08 Royce Da 5’9” - Politics 09 Cassidy – I Get My Paper 10 Rah Digga – Classic (Skit) 11 Nefew – The Fan 12 G-Unit - Footprints 13 J-Dilla - Diamonds 14 The Game – One Night 15 Snoop Dogg – Pimpin’ Ain’t EZ 16 Swizz Beatz – Big Munny 17 Little Brother – Life Of The Party 18 Dwele – I Wish 19 Asher Roth & Nottz – Comin’ And Goin’ 20 Kardinal Offishall - Gas 21 Royce Da 5’9” – Count For Nothing 22 Busta Rhymes – Get Out!!
Southern California emcee Thoughtsarizen teamed with Ariano to proudly unleash the Destructive Love EP for free— or donation—download, now available via www.destructivelove.com. The duo, which will follow up with a sequel to the concept EP in the Spring, shot a video for the first track laid down, “This Ain’t Living,” which serves as the EP’s single and initial inspiration to record a joint release.
“Ariano brings the more human side of music to the forefront,” said Thoughtsarizen of the collaboration. “Listeners I hope take away a different viewpoint or a relatable tale and, of course, good music.” Featured artists contributing to the EP include Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, Pacewon of The Outsidaz, Akrobatik and LDontheCut of Technicali sound.
"A lot of people giveaway free music because no one wants to buy it and they don't feel comfortable selling. You can tell that it’s a free record,” said Ariano. “With this record, you get artwork, video, presentation behind it. It’s cool that there's that focus, that the album is focused.” A limited CD pressing is also available, which includes immediate digital download.
Fams and fans, I know how much you love hearing from me, but due to my hectic schedule, I am sad to say that I wont be able to update you as often. With school, planning this tour, working on the business and making music, I am losing the little bits of extra time I had for sharing my advancements with you.
To streamline my efforts I have created a new website that is easy to use and filled with current info. In addition, I have added the new faces of First Dirt so you have a chance to check them out as well. Please take a few seconds and check out the site www.firstdirt.com and let me know what you think.
Thank you for your continued support.
Timothy Rhyme (aka A.R.A.B.) Artist / Songwriter / Activist
Fresh off the heels of my recent release - the 4letterwrd EP (prod. by Aeon) comes another offering and this time its a (yes you guessed it yet another Stay Schemin') freestyle. However this time, I put forth a slightly different take to the much famed Rozay/Drake/Montana track. Take a listen!
Redz n Blackz, two MC's hailing from Ashford, Kent have steadily established themselves as the leading spitters in the South East, the two have recorded over two albums worth of tracks together and are now set to make a major impact on the UK scene. In an over populated field of MC's, the diverse styles of Redz and Black make them stand out from the crowd. The combination of the rapid-fire flow of Redz sits alongside Blackz slower harder hitting delivery to make a impressive tag team.
PR: Red Bull Thre3Style Returns to San Fran March 1st!
Courtesy Quality Control.
WHAT: Red Bull Thre3Style is an innovative concept that gives highly skilled DJs a global platform to showcase their skills, battle and gain notoriety by rockin’ the dance floor. Unlike other DJ battles that are based on solely technical aspects, Red Bull Thre3style has a creative and original format that seeks to find the DJ that has best perfected the true art of “party rockin’.” Eight of the West Coast’s top DJs will vie for the audience and judges’ favor, each with a 15-minute set that MUST contain at least three different musical genres. A panel of music industry judges will select the winners based on track selection, creativity, mixing skills, stage presence and crowd reaction; and ultimately decide who is the best on the decks in San Francisco.
Earning the title of Red Bull Thre3style World Champion is no easy task. DJs will have to prove their skills in a series of qualifying battles before they reach the international stage. The Red Bull Thre3style battle in San Francisco serves as one of two total West Coast regional qualifying events, the other will be in Los Angeles on May 3, where the winners from each will then compete against the top DJs in the U.S. at the Red Bull Thre3style National Finals, which will be hosted this summer in Orlando, FL. After solidifying his/her reputation as the most party rockin’ DJ in the U.S., the National Champion will battle against DJs from all over the globe at the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals, which will be hosted in Chicago. Event schedule and updates will be posted at http://www.redbullusa.com/thre3style .
WHO: Eight battle-ready DJs from the West Coast looking to prove their supremacy as the top party DJ. Competing DJs include Bay Area locals KingMost, Zita, Theory, Just, Miles Medina and John Beaver. Also competing are Four Color Zack (won Seattle pre-qualifier) and Playtime (won Portland pre-qualifier).
The event will be hosted by Franco Finn (Golden State Warriors MC). Guest judges will include Aaron Axelsen (Live 105 Music Director and Founder of PopScene), Big Once (2011 Red Bull Thre3Style National Champion) and Bag Raiders (Australian Recording Artists & Production Duo on Modular Recordings) will judge and headline the event with a special closing set.