Attention Producers...break out the MPCs!! Coalmine Records joins forces with the online pro audio giant UniqueSquared.com to present you with the Can You Dig It? Remix Contest. In what Coalmine considers to be most dynamic remix contest to date, they have combined El Da Sensei's Global Takeover 2 (GT2) album campaign with the promotion of their five year anniversary compilation, Can You Dig It?. Producers are required to remix "Everyday In The Street" featuring Sean Price & Bekay off the GT2 LP, using "The Warriors Theme Song" as the sample. The winning producer will have their remix featured on El Da Sensei's forthcoming The Nu World Remix EP and will receive a generous prize package that will include gear and promotional goods, courtesy of UniqueSquared.com. Get started now by downloading the audio files and rules/itinerary document. If any producers experience any difficulty in downloading or unzipping the files, please send an email to coalminerecords [@] gmail.com and they will attempt to resolve your issue. All remixes are due no later than Monday, May 16th.
Rules:Attention producers, please email all submissions to no later than Monday, May 16th. Only one submission per producer will be accepted. The files for the remix contest include an MP3 file of the original version of “Everyday In The Street” (featuring Sean Price & Bekay) & WAV files of the acapella, both with and without the scratch chorus, in addition to a separate file of just the scratch chorus, in the event that you would like to adjust the cuts without affecting the arrangement of the vocals. All acapella files are zero pointed and should synchronize properly with any digital audio workstation. You will also find an MP3 file for the theme song to the movie , which will be the sample that will be required for you to flip for your remix submission. You are entitled to use any part of the sample using your own creative autonomy, but it must be used as part of the musical composition and not limited to being used solely for an intro, outro or sound effect. Music should be in an MP3 format and should default to any iTunes media player. Everyday In The StreetThe Warriors” I Am (Joe Smith Remix).mp3include your email address in the comment field of the iTunes info panel.
If you are having any difficulties downloading the files, do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org where we will help resolve the issue.
1)4.29.11 (Friday):Contest Begins - UniqueSquared.com will premier the contest that will be marketed via Diamond Music Group throughout the internet to hip-hop related lifestyle webzines and blog sites. The contest will also be reinforced through an in-house e-blast campaign and will be further promoted through both UniqueSquared.com and Coalmine Records social networks (Twitter and Facebook).
2)5.16.11 (Monday):Submission Due Date - Please email all submissions to coalminerecords [@] gmail.com no later than Monday, May 16th. Please do not forget to include your email address in the comments field of the iTunes info panel upon submission.
3)5.20.11 (Friday):Winner Is Announced - The producer with the winning remix will be announced on both CoalmineRecords.com and UniqueSquared.com web and blog sites as well as through their Facebook and Twitter accounts. All participating contestants will also be notified of the winner via email. It will be required for the winning producer to provide the track session within 24 hours of the contest completion. The files should be submitted as WAV files, compatible with any digital audio workstation. The files should be uploaded to a file share server (SendSpace, MediaFire, MegaUpload, etc.) and emailed to: email@example.com
4)TBA:Release Date - The winning remix will be featured on the official release of The Nu World Remix EP. The remix will also be campaigned through all major hip-hop related blogs and lifestyles in the weeks leading up to the official release.
In addition to having the winning producer’s remix placed on the official release of The Nu World Remix EP, the winner will also receive a prize package that will include both gear and promotional goods, courtesy of UniqueSquared.com.
PR: Music Writer/Author Ben Westhoff's Book "Dirty South"
Dirty South reveals the roots of southern rap, examining the groundbreaking artists and labels who have changed hip-hop – and the scene’s haters
“Ben Westhoff possesses the ear of a skilled hip-hop critic, the cadence of a poet, and the nerves of a pro boxer. Dirty South reveals not just the grit and spirit of Southern hip-hop, but the intensity of old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting--mixed with a dash of Gonzo journalism for good measure.” --Mara Shalhoup, author of BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family
“Ben Westhoff brings journalism back to hip-hop, and hip-hop back to journalism, by reclaiming the lost art of reporting. As a result, Dirty South is a most fascinating trip through Southern hip-hop’s origins and current reign. Great book.” --Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop
“Journalist and hip-hop enthusiast Westhoff delivers a fascinating exploration… In fact, the beauty of Westhoff's descriptions of the genre as a whole and various songs in particular will make old fans as well as newbies want to search out and play classic CDs such as OutKast's ‘Aquemini’ and ‘Kings of Crunk’ by Lil Jon.” –Publishers Weekly
CHICAGO: Southern rap dominates the airwaves, and has challenged the authority and coastal dominance of the scene since the early-2000s. While it’s clearly appealing to the masses, its cultural significance has been hotly debated, and its emergence has been contentious in the hip-hop world. In 2007, original West Coast gangsta rapper Ice-T accused viral-success-story Soulja Boy of “single-handedly” killing hip hop, and he wasn’t alone in his ire.
In Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop (Chicago Review Press, May 2011), journalist Ben Westhoff explores the genre that is often thought of as “simple” or lacking a message. Including interviews with key figures like Luke Campbell, Juvenile, Big Boi of OutKast, 8Ball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, Lil Jon, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri and many more, Dirty South shares the stories of acts that put southern rap on the map, and lays out why the genre is so vital.
Acting as both investigative journalist and irreverent critic, Westhoff journeys across the southern United States in a small Hyundai, and the exclusive interviews with the genre’s prominent players take many forms—watching rappers “make it rain” in a Houston strip club, partying with Luke Campbell, visiting the gritty neighborhoods where T. I. and Lil Wayne grew up, and speaking with popular-but-derided artists DJ Smurf and Ms. Peachez along the way. The celebrated but dark history of Houston’s Rap-A-Lot Records, the lethal rivalry between Atlanta’s Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy, and the venerable Scarface’s memories from time in a mental institution are just a few of the textured and tricky subjects explored.
Peppered with surprising details and insider perspectives that make the growth and revolution of hip-hop a cultural touchstone, Dirty South is a fresh and highly readable account of the scene, the society that fostered it and its effect on the music industry.
“I love this book. It’s a real in-depth look into southern hip hop history, and loaded with facts. Recommended for hip hop music lovers.” --8Ball, southern rap pioneer, member of duo 8Ball & MJG
Ben Westhoff is a former staff writer for St. Louis’ Riverfront Times, who has also written for Village Voice, Creative Loafing, Spin and Pitchfork. His web site is www.benwesthoff.com .
MP3/Video: DELS - "Trumpalump" f/ Joe Goddard of Hot Chip
MP3 For Latest Single, Remix Featuring Ghostpoet Now Available For Free Download
Anticipation continues to build as the release date approaches for DELS' new album, GOB. Dropping May 24th on Big Dada/Ninja Tune, DELS has already brought fans the a remix for the title track, courtesy of TV On The Radio's David Andrew Sitek, and now "Trumpalump," is being released as a free, downloadable mp3 for the first time, accompanied by a video for the single and a remix featuring fellow UK rapper Ghostpoet.
The track, which features and is produced by Joe Goddard of fan favorite English electro group Hot Chip, comes equipped with 8-bit samples, the most prevalent being the fuzzy, stuttering bass line and descending synth flutters. The synthesizer lines stack and build over beating drums and heavy claps, and just two minutes in the listener is immersed in a melancholic soundscape, one totally different than the chugging, aggressive beat that laid the foundation for DELS' first verse. And, fittingly, this change brings a more reflective mood to the song, along with Goddard's beautiful, understated chorus.
Goddard himself turns in the first remix. Originally conceived as a re-vocal with new lyrics from DELS complemented by Ghostpoet, Goddard liked the new, melancholy feel of the words so much, he re-worked the music to emphasize this aspect even more. The results are spellbinding, a falling, stumbling ballad.
DELS' debut album GOB will be available for purchase on May 24, 2011.
Roach Gigz has been nominated in this week's contest for mtvU's Freshman 5 for his "Can I Rap" video, a single off Roachy Balboa 2, released earlier this year.
Every week, five new and upcoming artists are presented an opportunity to gain regular rotation on the mtvU channel, which is broadcasted to college campuses and gives artists an excellent shot at obtaining exposure.
The video, now with over 460,000 views on YouTube, was shot this past fall, while Roach and fellow San Franciscans celebrated the Giants' World Series appearance, and eventual victory, outside the stadium. The video was shot by Aris Jerome and the song was produced by C-Loz, who is now producing the entirety of Roach's forthcoming EP, Bitch I'm A Player, dropping later this month and featuring Lil' B, Husualah, DB The General, and Lil' 4-Tay.