R.I.P. Sylvia Robinson (Sugar Hill Records Co-Founder)
According to TheUrbanDaily.com Sylvia Robinson has died at the age of 75 from congestive heart failure. She was a multi-faceted talent critical to the early years of hip-hop going mainstream, working as a singer, songwriter AND producer for the fledgling label as it went on to release hip-hop's first ever gold and platinum singles and launch dozens of careers. Her influence was still being felt even today in hip-hop as songs she wrote and produced like "Love On a Two Way Street" were being sampled in smash hits like Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind. Our condolences to her family and friends and to her fans worldwide.
MP3: A3C Volume 1: Willie Evans, Jr. - "Never Be Free"
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Countdown To A3C Volume 1 Compilation Continues With Latest Single
As the days are drawing closer and closer to the 2011 A3C Hip-Hop Festival, iHipHop Distribution is excited to release the latest single from the A3C Volume 1 compilation album, which will be released on October 4th and is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Following the announcement of Big Daddy Kane and M.O.P. being added to the festival line-up, along with a single from Chase N Cashe, today's new single, "Never Be Free," comes from Florida bred MC, producer, and visual artist Willie Evans, Jr., who, along with all of the artists featured on the compilation, will perform at the seventh annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival, taking place from October 6th - 8th at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia.
The seventh annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival will take place October 6th through 8th at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information on the Festival and the A3C Volume 1 compilation, please visit: www.A3Cfestival.com .
Disc 1: 1. Murs x Ski Beatz – Let's Go! 2. P Dukes - Work 3. Chase N. Cashe - My House 4. Killa Kyleon featuring Miss Mykie - Carpul Tunnel 5. Johnny Spanish - Anything Goes 6. Rockie Fresh - Spotlight 7. G-Eazy -Rebel 8. SL Jones - All Honesty 9. XV –Higher 10. Smoke DZA featuring Bun B & Big K.R.I.T. - On The Corner 11. GLC - Show You What This Ism Do 12. Freddie Gibbs featuring El Prez - Executive Decision 13. Main Attrakionz featuring Shady Blaze - World Tour 14. J NICS - S.N.A.S. 15. Action Bronson - Muslim Wedding 16. Cory Gunz featuring Hash - Str8 Drop 17. Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy featuring Curren$y - Jet Life To The Next Life 18. Phil Ade - Let It Shine 19. Marz Lovejoy featuring Like (of Pac Div) & Jason Madison - I Can't Call It 20. Jon Connor featuring Ducky - High 21. Aleon Craft - Cruise Control 22. J-Live - Look Right
Disc Two: 1. Willie Evans Jr. - Never Be Free 2. Soul Khan - When The Plague Starts 3. Torae - Make A Movie 4. 9th Wonder featuring Thee Tom Hardy, Rapsody & Skyzoo - Jamla's Coming At You 5. Nitty Scott - Truth 6. The Kid Daytona - Night School 7. Young Scolla - Another Day 8. THURZ - Nosy People 9. Boog Brown featuring Invincible & StaHHr - Dope Girl Magic, pt 2 10. Termanology - Step It Up 11. Rapper Big Pooh - No Choice 12. 9th Wonder featuring Actual Proof, The Away Team & Big Remo - The Score 13. El Da Sensei - The Best We Gonna Be 14. Saigon - I Know Now 15. Jarren Benton - Skitzo 16. M.O.P. x Snowgoons - Anybody Can Get it 17. Freeway - For The Paper 18. REKS - Rap Disciple 19. Statik Selektah featuring Slaine - The Time Is Now 20. Bronze Nazareth featuring RZA - Fresh From The Morgue 21. Reef The Lost Cauze x Snowgoons -Kill Somebody 22. League Of Extraordinary Gz - Pressure 23. Dead Prez - Globalization (Scene Of The Crime)
Beastie Boys' LICENSED TO ILL TOUR Exhibition Premieres on October 8 at Hold Up Art
Courtesy Versa @ Gorgeous PR.
HOLD UP ART PRESENTS THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF SUNNY BAK IN A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION ENTITLED Boys and Dogs Premieres on October 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION Saturday, October 8, 2011 Exhibit runs through November 1, 2011
Hold Up Art 358 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hold Up Art presents Boys and Dogs, a collection of works by world renowned photographer Sunny Bak. Her photos of the Beastie Boys and the "Licensed to Ill" tour solidified Sunny's place as a serious rock and celebrity photographer. Simultaneously, her love of animals, especially dogs, led to the creation of the best selling People Magazine parody, Pupple. These two diverse collections of images represent the work that have defined Sunny's career.
"It's been 25 years since I looked at the images I shot of the Beastie Boys in NYC with Garrett Simmons when we were working on a book called Pupple," says Sunny Bak of this new exhibition. "This show is part retrospective and part looking toward the future as Garrett and I are working on a follow up to the original Pupple. It's an homage to the beasty in all of us."
Photographing celebrities since high school, Sunny has shot celebrities like Madonna, 10,000 Maniacs, Gregory Peck, Keanu Reeves, Seth Green, and Carol Alt. She spent time on the road with the up-and-coming The Beastie Boys on their 1986 "Licensed to Ill" tour. Sunny shot the iconic images that were featured in the multi-platinum album's artwork.
"Within the context of our culture, from Kanye, to Banksy to Obama, hip hop is an undeniable pillar of our culture," says Hold Up Art curator Brian Lee. "Though many people overlook the 80s hip hop scene as being dated and over-played, too much of our contemporary notions of the 'artist,' and issues of 'anti-authority' that color the way we perceive the Shepard Fairey's of the day, are informed directly by the attitude and movement of the genre. Sunny Bak's photos follow the Beastie's during their late 80s 'Licensed to Ill' tour, offering a very intimate perspective on such a ground-breaking time. Whether it is our distance in time or the closeness Sunny shared with The Beastie Boys, Bak's photos bring you closer to understanding who these three guys really were, aside from their music videos. The photos reveal the personal side of them, and a universal story of youth, potential, and the American Dream."
Sunny's best-selling book, Pupple, co-created with Garrett Simmons, took a different look at celebrity photography. She photographed dogs, dressed as celebrities in a parody of People Magazine. With new celebrities to feature, Sunny and Garrett are currently working on the follow up to Pupple.
Most recently, Sunny's work has appeared in Jay-Z's online promotion with BING for his book, Decoded, and in the Rizolli book, Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label.
For more information about this and other exhibitions, please visit www.holdupart.com .
PR: Cormega "Raw Forever" 2-CD (courtesy All Elements)
Cormega's upcoming double LP "Raw Forever" drops on Cormega's Aura Records imprint on Traffic Entertainment this Tuesday. The first CD contains 11 classic Cormega tracks and the second CD consists of 11 new songs all over a live band and vocalists called the Revelations. The Revelations backed "Raw Forever" album boasts features from Lil' Fame (M.O.P.), AZ, Nature, Blaq Poet, Tragedy Khadafi, Havoc, Grand Puba (Brand Nubian), KRS One, Big Daddy Kane, Parrish Smith (EPMD), and Kool DJ Red Alert.