MP3: Cold Heat feat. Sadat X & J-Love - "Taking It All"
Cold Heat, comprised of Jak D and Jay W get set to drop their third LP, Raising The Bar on July 19th through SoulSpazm digital. As part of their promotional campaign, the Queens duo pairs up with the 'Wild Cowboy' Sadat X and mixtape icon J-Love on "Taking It All", which is now available for free download. Stay tuned for more leaks off Raising The Bar, which is now available for pre-order on iTunes. #ColdHeat
HIP-HOP THEATER ARTIST JOE HERNANDEZ-KOLSKI GEARS UP FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF INNOVATIVE NEW PRODUCTION, awake, IN LOS ANGELES
"Joe ain’t afraid to be entertaining, in fact highly entertaining is what he is. Joe, I’ve noticed, likes to take chances and push the audience close to the edge." -Marc Smith, Founder of the Slam Movement and Poetry Slam, Inc.
LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2011) Multidimensional actor/comedian/def poet, Joe Hernández-Kolski, has been busy the past few weeks putting the finishing touches to his highly-anticipated new production, “awake,” which will premiere on July 29, 2011 at Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles and run through August 20th. The show is the follow-up to Joe’s critically-acclaimed production, “You Wanna Piece of Me?” -- a work that received a glowing review in The New York Times.
The Polish-Mexican Chicago native describes the new work as a very intimate stage performance incorporating spoken word poetry, comedy, dance, traditional storytelling and dispensing WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION about growing up in a modern world in flux. We are witnessing America redefine itself, and Joe is viewing it through a multicultural lens. His show is part Latino, part white, part hip-hop, part rock, part comedy, part dramatic storytelling. But it's all very REAL.
“awake” takes an in-depth look into Joe’s psyche as it gets pushed to its limits as he struggles with the typical signs of being a single man: the break ups, the career choices, and the bittersweet realization that life is tough, unpredictable, and sometimes unfair. And yet, depending on what side of the street you are standing on, can result in fodder for some great humor. The work unfolds as Joe is thrown a proverbial curve ball when he learns his mother is sick and ultimately passes on. Armed with a lot of privileges and a TiVo remote, he must take the challenges that life throws at him and defeat the negative voices in his head. Now the question is, “How the heck does he do that?”
Joe has performed all over the country opening up for everyone from comedian Carlos Mencia to Grammy-winning artists like Ozomatli and legendary musician John Mellencamp. He has quickly established quite a reputation for himself among many influential circles. His previous works have received accolades from leaders in both entertainment and academia. The Princeton graduate’s shows have often been described as part John Lequizamo, part George Carlin which he considers the highest of compliments.
Be sure to check out the world premiere of “awake” on July 29, 2011 at the Bootleg Theatre located at 2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057, (213) 389-3856. http://www.bootlegtheater.org/ .
More on Joe Hernández-Kolski:
A two-time HBO Def Poet, Joe Hernández-Kolski is an award-winning TV, stage and film actor/writer who is constantly in demand. He is known for his live performances that are hard-hitting, truthful, and incredibly funny. Joe combines acting, spoken word poetry, comedy and dance to share very personal stories. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Born and raised in the city of Chicago, Joe began acting professionally as a child. He is a graduate of Princeton University with a BA in History with Certificates in the African-American Studies and Theatre and Dance programs. Joe is of Polish and Mexican descent. For detailed information on Joe Hernández-Kolski and “awake,” please visit www.pochojoe.com .
Jerry B. Long aka Kokane, Drops New Single "Who Iz You", Readies Three Albums
Los Angeles, CA (June 23, 2011) - Multi-platinum selling recording artist, Jerry B. Long b.k.a. Kokane, is back with a brand new single "Who Iz You”, taken from his forthcoming set, ‘In The Middle of The Road’, one of three full-length albums Kokane is gearing up to release later this year.
The Pomona, California rapper/singer will release three singles, from each of the upcoming albums. The first single from each will be; "Loving A Pimp" from an album entitled ‘Back To The Future’, "The Inspiration 4 Elevation" from an album entitled ‘The Legend Continues’, and "Who Iz You” produced by Caviar, from ‘In The Middle of The Road’, which is an all-singing album, to be released under his real name Jerry B. Long. Cee-Lo Green and Big Gipp of Goodie Mob make an appearance on the remix of “Who Iz You”.
Kokane will release a slew of music videos form ‘The Legend Continues’, an album released on his own label Bud E. Boy Entertainment in conjunction with Stan Sheppard/Tonestruck. He recently dropped the video for "The Inspiration 4 Elevation", produced by Squeeze and J.B.L. aka Kokane.
The first single from the album ‘Back to The Future’, via H.P. Entertainment, titled "Loving A Pimp" features Too Short, and is set be released in July. Fans can currently see behind the scenes footage from the video shoot online.
The son of Motown composer Jerry Long, Sr, former Ruthless Records recording artist and long-time collaborator with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, has a catalogue of classic material and has worked with the industry’s greatest. From singing the Pariliament Funkadelic interpolations on Dr. Dre's The Chronic, to more recent collaborations with the likes of Diddy, Young Buck and Snoop Dogg.
Jerry B. Long aka Kokane, ‘Back To The Future’, ‘The Legend Continues’, and ‘In The Middle of The Road’ all in stores soon.
All summer myself and DC rapper extraordinaire Flex Mathews will be travelling across the USA rocking with our big brother Matisyahu in front of thousands of people on the independent grind. We will hit nearly every city in America from Spokane, Washington to South Beach, Miami Florida. Are you excited...? I am. I am so excited I am going to take a yoga class to calm down and relax. (seriously, Om Shalom Yoga)
We are also setting up meet n greets , in-store performances, after parties and more ways to perform in these cities. That means even more performance than the near 50 of them below! (we might even play a Vans Warped Tour date or two)
That means you (YES YOU!) can also set up a private performance at your workplace, record store, or just meet up with us and take us out to lunch if you feel like it. (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for anyway you can help, book special appearances for myself and Flex Mathews) We will come to your synnagogue too, bar mitzvah..sweet 16 whatever.
We can't wait!!
Matisyahu has a huge touring schedule and we are excited to be part of it with his awesome kick ass band Dub Trio.
HERE ARE THE DATES
6/25 Santa Monica, CA Central SAPC 6/28 Brooklyn, NY South Paw (Shemspeed Hip Hop Fest) 6/29 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest 6/30 Minnesota, MN Minnesota Zoo 7/2 Aspen, CO The Belly Up 7/3 Colorado Springs The Black Sheep 7/4 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Blues Traveler 7/6 Des Moines, IA Simon Estes Amphitheater w/ Wailers 7/7 Kansas City, MO Crossroads w/ Wailers 7/9 St. Louis, MO The Pageant 7/10 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Music Hall 7/11 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 7/12 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection w/ Tea Leaf Green 7/13 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Theatre w/ Tea Leaf Green 7/14 Chicago, IL Congress Theatre w/ Toots & The Maytals 7/16 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE 7/17 Baltimore, MD Artscape 7/18 Providence, RI Lupos Heartbreak Hotel 7/20 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts 7/21 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall 7/24 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex 7/25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory 7/26 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory w/ Tea Leaf Green 7/28 Portland, OR Oregon Zoo Amphitheater 7/30 Seattle, WA Neptune 8/1 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort 8/2 San Francisco Regency Ballroom 8/3 Los Angeles Club Nokia 8/4 Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre 8/7 San Diego, CA Humphyrey's 8/9 Anaheim, CA The Grove w/ Tea Leaf Green 8/10 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre 8/13 Omaha, NE MAHA MUSIC FESTIVAL 8/14 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom 8/15 Dallas, TX House of Blues 8/16 Houston, TX House of Blues 8/17 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre 8/18 Helotes, TX Josabi's 8/21 New Orleans, LA House of Blues, NO 8/22 Atlanta, GA Center Stage 8/23 Pt Vedra Beach, FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 8/24 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live 8/25 Miami, FL The Fillmore 8/28 Birmingham, AL Alys Robinson Stephens P.A.C 8/29 Charleston, SC Music Farm 8/30 Charlotte, NC Amos' Southend Music Hall 8/31 Norfolk, VA The Norva 9/1 Atlantic City, NJ The Borgata
J-Zone Launches New Site & Laments the Death of MySpace
I miss MySpace. It was a free website for people who didn't want to build websites, and if you really knew how to cyber-pimp, it was a free e-harmony. Unfortunately, Tom couldn't prevent that site from turning into a playground for retired, toothless porn stars and rappers with names like Lil' Swagmaster Herpes. Twitter's 140-character limit “got us typin mesagez like dis n I h8 typin like I drop outa skool in da 4th grade OMG LOL SMH.” I've already received a death threat on Facebook this year and Friendster went the way of the pterodactyl. Therefore, I've just launched my new website: www.govillaingo.com .
Click here to check it out (it's a bit.ly link, so I can track how many people actually give a sh*t) http://bit.ly/msLtM0 .
The site will be headquarters of my upcoming book, Root for the Villain, as well as all things J-Zone. Currently, the site features a photo synopsis of what the book is all about, iTunes links for J-Zone music (once upon a time, I made music), free downloads for all 16 installments of my defunct music/comedy/variety-themed radio show/podcast, Gators-n-Furs (including the original artwork), and a plethora of other useless information. Enjoy.
Speaking of the book, I'll be posting chapters from it soon. Just working through some last minute details. Stay tuned.
Also, I'm too technologically slow to create real newsletters with unsubscribe links. Then again, I also hate SPAM. Therefore, if you do not wish to receive these e-mails, let me know and I'll gladly remove your ungrateful ass from my mailing list. No offense will be taken, but “I never liked you anyway, you pretty motherf*cker.” - Nino Brown
New Mixtape, Bitch I'm A Player, Scheduled For July 20 Release
Bay Area wild child Roach Gigz is serving up his new single "Drugs." The track features fellow Bay rapper DB The General, and is the latest track to be released from Roach's forthcoming Bitch I'm A Player mixtape, now scheduled for a July 20th release.
It's no secret that Roach Gigz and DB enjoy the occasional high, but "Drugs" isn't exactly an anthem for substance abuse. With the opening lines, "I've popped pills that will make the lion in wizard of oz grow balls/ I probably got holes in my brain the size of cheerios and lose change," Roach delivers something more than just rhymes. "I was trying to describe that feeling of courage you get when you pop an ecstasy pill, while at the same time warning of the damage that popping pills can have on the brain," says Roach. "I don't want to promote drugs, I just wanted to explain my experience with them."
C-Loz, who produced all the songs on Bitch I'm A Player, provides a beat as heavy as the subject matter – and maybe even more addictive. The beat also serves as a perfect compliment to DB's nasally, frenetic vocals, as he raps, "I can't believe I'm still alive... So many drugs up in my system, yeah, I'm hella high." Along with a super old-school sample of a man repeating the phrase "drugs, smoking, popping drugs," the track alone will make the listener feel like they got slipped a tab of PCP. "The song kind of feels like you're on drugs, and I just wanted to make a song that people can party to, on drugs or off them," says Roach. "Now dance, bitch!"
Fans can also look forward to Roach's video for recent single, "F A Chorus," which was shot and directed by Kreayshawn and will be released soon.