MP3: J. Pinder - "Upside Down" from "Code Red 2.0"
Yesterday, RCRD LBL premiered the bonus cut, "Upside Down", off of J. Pinder's Code Red 2.0 and we couldn't agree more with what they had to say: "Mellow hip-hop that goes for poignancy over power tripping (and succeeds), Pinder's well-crafted lyricism is on fine display in 'Upside Down'." J. Pinder is quickly making a name for himself with his honest delivery and intelligent poetry. Couple that with the stellar production on Code Red 2.0 and we have a star in the making! With a tour and festival appearances in the works for this summer, expect to hear a lot more from J. Pinder.
If you haven't heard the new album, want to talk with Mr. Pinder or need anything at all, don't hesitate to ask!
"Seattle, Washington is often overlooked as a hip-hop hub, but the city is teeming with talent that is slowly getting the respect it deserves. An emcee reppin’ the Northwest city that you should keep an eye on is J.Pinder." Okay Player
There are few things as captivating as the fire of a brilliantly talented and determined artist. Justin Allen Pinder, known by his widespread fanbase as J. Pinder, is blazing his trail to the spotlight. He first captured the attention of hip-hop fans with the release of his debut mixtape, Backpack Wax, produced by the legendary Vitamin D and nabbed the attention of national audiences on his guest mc spot on Jake One’s White Van Music (Rhymesayers Ent.) on the song “Big Homie Style”. Through strong, focused work and a constant effort to learn from local legends, J. Pinder quickly connected with some of the Pacific Northwest's most respected producers, such as DJ Vitamin D, Jake One, and Kuddie Fresh for his newest release, Code Red 2.0.
Lyrically, J. Pinder doesn't clutter his songs with wasted syllables. Instead, he earns respect of fans and press alike with his honest delivery, abstract poetry and intelligent poignancy! Couple that with supreme production and the tracks on Code Red 2.0 positively smoke... Guest appearances from Rapper Big Pooh (Little Brother), Toki Wright (Rhymesayers), and Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw) add evidence how far and wide his name is becoming recognized in hip hop circles.
His newest songs waiver from the raw, honesty of "Three Words", to the mellow-vibed echoing sample of "Upside Down" straight through to the sheer, bold ambition of "Go Far". Every last song is rife with J. Pinder's genius ability to imbue everything he touches with genuine personality and his lean, less-is-more take on lyricism. Code Red 2.0, presented by The Hall of Justus and The Arc Mg, officially sets a new high-water mark for J. Pinder!
***Brand new Digi Crates Records release from Spain's own soul producer, AGQ, entitled "Early Morning Stories". The album features, SmooVth, Big Pooh, Prolifical, Hus, and Wildelux. Early Morning Stories is available now @ iTunes and all other major digital retailers, CD available May.
MP3: Random and A_Rival "I Ain't No Joke" (8-Bit Remix)
If Eric B and Rakim played N.E.S, this is would they would've made....But we know they wouldn't, because Rakim never jokes.
Teacher/Rapper/Hero Random aka Mega Ran, after announcing his stunning departure from the education field, promised to up the musical production output, and is right on time with his 8-Bit Cover of Eric B and Rakim's classic "I Ain't No Joke." Chiptune hip-hop superstar A_Rival provides the near perfect reproduction of the classic beat.
Slam it, when you're done and make sure it's broke.
Download the song for free (no email address needed!)
How’s things? Things are awesome over here at Devo Spice central, although I’m as busy as ever. Hopefully things will calm down long enough for me to catch my breath soon. Breathing is good, especially when you’re asthmatic.
--== GNOME SANE HITS THE ITUNES CHARTS ==-- --== GNOME SANE AVAILABLE ON CD FOR THOSE WHO DON’T LIKE BITS ==-- --== LOTS OF FUNNY PEOPLE AT PENGUICON ==--
--== GNOME SANE HITS THE ITUNES CHARTS ==-- For those of you who may not have heard on April 1st I released my new album Gnome Sane and asked everyone to buy it on iTunes on that day in the hopes it would be pushed up the charts a bit. After finding out that I could not list the album in the Comedy category and instead had to list it in Hip Hop I was skeptical that I would even break the top 200. However, I was in the top 75 before I even left for work that morning.
By mid afternoon the album was hovering in the top 30 on the Hip Hop charts and peaked at number 28. I have the screenshots to prove it. And I take a certain perverse pleasure in the fact that I was higher on the charts, if for only a brief period, than Kanye West. All that and I didn’t even have to use my AK. Damn right it was a good day.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the rush. It was a huge success. If you took part and haven’t yet sent me your iTunes receipt please do so soon. I underestimated how many people would take part in the rush and need to order more copies of the bonus CD, but I need to know how many to order, so please send me your receipts as soon as you can.
--== GNOME SANE AVAILABLE ON CD FOR THOSE WHO DON’T LIKE BITS ==-- And for those of you who don’t like Apple or still want your music on shiny round things you can now get Gnome Sane on CD! The CD is available in the store at DevoSpice.com (http://www.devospice.com/store_release.php?id=78) or in the store at TheFuMP.com (http://www.thefump.com/store_release.php?id=78). It doesn’t matter to me which one you use because they both come to me anyway. (The FuMP takes credit cards directly. I only have PayPal set up on my site if that’s an issue.)
Gnome Sane contains 19 tracks, that’s over 70 minutes of funny-rap goodness, including “I Hate Mondays,” “Platform Wars,” and my latest FuMP release “Earworm” with MC Lars. It also includes album exclusive tracks like “Nerds Rule” with YTCracker, “Romantic Interlude,” and my Eminem parody “Not Amused.” If you haven’t ordered your copy yet you can order it online at the links above.
Or if you’re going to be at PenguiCon at the end of the month you can pick it up from me there. Speaking of which...
--== LOTS OF FUNNY PEOPLE AT PENGUICON ==-- Penguicon’s comedy music track is becoming rather epic. This year the list of performers includes: Devo Spice, the great Luke Ski, Tom Smith, Possible Oscar (Jared and Nathan acoustic), Insane Ian, Power Salad, Positude, Tom Smith, Norm Sherman, Frank Hayes, Toyboat, Gifted Gear, Derwood Bowen, and MC Frontalot.
Penguicon is taking place April 29th - May 1st in Troy, MI, just outside of Detroit. For more information visit http://www.penguicon.org. There will be a dedicated merch table for all the dementia artists so look for my CD there along with a new t-shirt design.
That’s all folks. Back to working on secret project #SIRH79.
Born in Portland, Oregon in 1985, Anthony Anderson, better known as Tope, always maintained an air of worldly soul. At a young age, he absorbed the jazz, funk and soul records that his mother would play, ingraining in his being a visceral sense of what’s been done before.
Tope is most recognizable for his contributions to N.W. hip hop culture through his releases with Living Proof (Roots To Branches ‘07 & Full Speed ‘11), his first solo effort Soul Music, and as part of town-famous TxE; but as a true artist and musician, Tope is never satisfied with the expected, or the easy. He hates when producers say, “I got this joint for you, it’s a ‘Tope’ track” – or whatever. He hates to look back, and by the time you’ve heard his music, he likely doesn’t like it anymore, and is on to the next one.
Tope has worked with distinguished hip hop heavyweights such as Wajeed, Abstract Rude, TiRon, Scarub, Myka 9, Phil Da Agony, and Planet Asia; and opening for artists including Talib Kweli, Mac Miller, Blu, Nappy Roots, The Coup, Mistah FAB; to name very few, and while others in the region, merely hop from trend to trend; Tope refuses to change with expectations while constantly reinventing himself through his art.
Always looking for new angles, Tope has gained universal town appeal by opening himself up to other genres and mediums (*see The Angry Orts, Tony Ozier, Kelli Shaefer, Liv Warfield), while staying true to his vision.
With a new solo effort, Until the Next Time We Meet and instrumental album Free Lemonade, a new Living Proof EP produced exclusively by Stewart Villain, and a full-length produced exclusively by Calvin Valentine, and the long-anticipated TxE full-length all due out in the next 12 months, Tope remains a workaholic; unsatisfied and unrelenting, while always looking…on to the next.
Johnny23 Records Celebrates 4.20 With a Double Release Date
After 2 EP's and a successful mixtape in the last 2 years alone, brace yourself for the Bloody Monk Consortium's Official LP debut on Johnny 23 records. Already regarded as an instant underground classic, BMC plows through the scene taking it back to the essence of that golden era of 90's battle hip hop with a refreshing taste of pure raw talent over heart pounding production. Lyricists Leeroy Deestroy and LABAL-S show no remorse chopping down track after track by producer Lex Luger and others. Guest appearances by: LoDeck, Pacewon, C-Rayz Walz, (PH)Pumpkinhead, 2ugli, Damo and more!
Will available for sale on: iTunes, Amazon, ughh.com & other retailers TBA.
A genre-breaking EP by duo Boxguts and LoDeck includes odd odes to Red Riding Hood, Grammy Award Shows, and mind-altering experiences. Your senses of elegance and adrenaline have never been more confused. Production by Blockhead and Will Taubin.
Kottonmouth Kings Celebrate Stoner Holiday With The Release Of 'My Garden' Video
The Kottonmouth Kings are celebrating this year’s stoner holiday with the release of their new video for the track for “My Garden” at the group’s newly renovated website online at www.KottonmouthKings.com. The song is the single from Kottonmouth Kings new digital “Legalize It” EP, which is now available through digital retailers.
The “Legalize It” EP embraces the hypnotic, positive vibrations of Kottonmouth Kings’ sound. "Rise Above" rallies the group's army of fans to soar above those that would hold you back with a powerful funk hook, while the breezy flowing rhythms and positive vibrations of "My Garden" are simply contagious. The reggae flavored protest track “Soon Come” feels like the group is channeling the ghost of Bob Marley while challenging the listeners to question the war on drugs, and “Defy Gravity” closes the EP with the group flexing their melodic prowess over the top of an irresistible acoustic hook.
The “Legalize It” digital EP is being served as an appetizer for Kottonmouth Kings upcoming full-length studio album “The Sunrise Sessions”, which is set for a July 19th release through Suburban Noize Records.