With The Proven Theory Dropping Next Week, YONAS Offers Uplifting Message With New Single
Just under one week away from the April 25th release of his debut album, The Proven Theory, Bronx rapper YONAS is providing patient fans with the final pre-release leak with his new song "Nobody Else." While The Proven Theory combines infectious hooks with diverse and catchy beats, the underlying theme throughout the album is one of perseverance through struggle, as YONAS weaves his own stories that offer a brighter and uplifting take on life's trials. And that theme continues with "Nobody Else," one of the most sincere tracks on the album. Flaring synthesizers, a sweetly orchestrated string section, and a plucking guitar all contributing to the song's emotional tone, allowing YONAS to deliver an inspiring message that echoes classics like 2pac's "Keep Your Head Up," all while offering a new spin that remains honest and personal to YONAS' own story. "I'm thinking about a way I can help us get the message/ Maybe through my music I'll alleviate the stresses," raps YONAS, continuing, "Everything I learned, I learned through my mother's essence/ And thanks to her I'm unafraid to ask the tougher questions."
Fans can also look forward to a special remix for "Nobody Else" featuring Phil Ade and dropping this coming Monday to celebrate the release of The Proven Theory.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April XX, 2011) – Common (Terminator Salvation, Wanted) has joined the cast of the independent production L.U.V. The film follows a day in the life of William “Woody” Watson (Rainey Jr.), a shy and somewhat timid 13-year old in search of a family and a better life. Looking to his ex-con Uncle Vincent (Common), Woody hopes he’s found the father figure he’s never had. But when his Uncle’s desire to create a legitimate life for himself clashes with the chaos of his past, Woody must decide where to stand, with his beloved Uncle, or against him.
No newcomer to the big screen, Common has recently wrapped up roles in New Years Eve (New Line, December 9th), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Disney) and as soon as filming is wrapped on L.U.V., Common will begin shooting a starring role in AMC’s new series Hell on Wheels. Common’s much anticipated new album “The Dreamer/The Believer” will be released in Fall of 2011.
Production begins this week on Sheldon Candis’ feature film which also stars Dennis Haysbert (24, Jarhead), Danny Glover (Death at a Funeral, 2012, the Lethal Weapon franchise), Charles S. Dutton (The Obama Effect, Fame), Megan Good (Jumping the Broom, Brick), Michael K. Williams (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, he Road), Russell Hornsby (Lincoln Heights, In Treatment), Lonette McKee (Honey, Malcolm X), Tracey Heggins (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) and newcomers Michael Rainey Jr. and Marz Lovejoy. An original script by Candis and Justin Wilson, L.U.V. will shoot in Baltimore.
“We’ve been extremely fortunate in putting together an amazing cast for this project,” said producer Jason M. Berman. “And finding an undiscovered talent like Michael Rainey Jr. doesn’t happen often enough – the dynamic between his Woody and Common’s Vincent brings an amazing energy to the project,” added producer Gordon Bijelonic.
“Vincent is a uniquely conflicted character,” said Common. “I found an appeal in his desire to move past his failures and onto the right track, and the challenges that presents.”
L.U.V. is Candis’ feature directorial debut after developing the script in the Film Independent Directors Lab. Both Candis and Wilson are graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
L.U.V. is a co-production of FilmForward Independent, Bijelonic/Turner Films and Stony Island Films. Producers are Jason M. Berman (Seven Days in Utopia), Gordon Bijelonic (Another Happy Day), Michael Jenson, Joel Newton, Datari Turner (Video Girl), Common and Derek Dudley. The film was cast by Mary Vernieu, C.S.A. and Lindsay Graham. Eric Christensen at HSI has come on board to handle foreign sales.
Video: Paid Dues 2011 - DJ Muggs/Planet Asia/Ill Bill
DJ Muggs recently performed a history making set at this year's Paid Dues hip-hop festival in San Bernardino, CA alongside with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Bun B and more. DJ Muggs has released behind the scenes footage from his Paid Dues performance online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUt0K_SzhUk. The footage features clips of Bambu, Planet Asia, Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm, and La Coka Nostra's Ill Bill, all coming together for DJ Muggs historical performance.
"I have a Verses series of records where I team up with different emcees to create a whole album. I've done these albums with the GZA from Wu-Tang, Planet Asia, Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm, as well as Ill Bill form La Coka Nostra. All of these artists hold a lot of weight in the underground scene, so the organizers of Paid Dues asked me if I could bring them together and do a 45 minute performance. We rocked the stage and this show was definitely a performance that will live on in the hip-hop history books."
DJ Muggs has long been the face of an entire movement of hip-hop, captivating the world as the producer of the iconic group CYPRESS HILL, and producing seven studio albums for the platinum outfit. MUGGS has also scored hits with Ice Cube ("Check Yo Self") and House of Pain ("Jump Around") along with producing cuts for Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep, RZA, GZA, KRS One, Goodie Mob and Wyclef Jean amongst others. Looking back on the stats of his storied career, MUGGS has sold 17 million records with CYPRESS HILL and is a four-time Grammy nominee.
Cassettes Won't Listen & Bisco Smith Release Lead Single From Concept EP
"Find what you love on the playground hustle." That's the central theme to The Freeze Tag's lead single, "The Hustle," and it's easier said than done. The Freeze Tag, comprised of L.A. producer Cassettes Won't Listen and Brooklyn MC Bisco Smith, are releasing the "The Hustle" as the lead single from their debut EP, Hamster Kid, a concept project that revolves around a young antihero named Hamster Kid and his journey through life's trials and society's tribulations. To bring the concept to life, CWL and Bisco tapped street artist Bishop 203 and director Mike Vidoli to create an animated music video for each song on Hamster Kid, which will be released through The Freeze Tag's label, Daylight Curfew, on ,May 3, 2011.
As the first song on The Freeze Tag's record, "The Hustle" incorporates pieces of the other songs on the album, and acts as a rough sketch of the situations Hamster Kid has to contend with along his journey. Each song's concept is illustrated within the video for "The Hustle", with corresponding video stills that can be seen on The Freeze Tag's website. While CWL's guitar-laced production wavers between ominous and inspirational, Bisco flows steadily over the beat with allegorical lyrics. Haunted by voices, thrown into schoolyard scuffles, witness to the world's ugliness, and ultimately misunderstood, the everyman's underdog is in a constant struggle to find peace within himself on the "playground hustle."
The Freeze Tag's Hamster Kid will be released May 3, 2011 via Daylight Curfew.
Future, the writer behind YC's smash "Racks", talks about his fashion forward sense. Already being one of the only rappers rocking Burberry for instance, Future delves into his Dungeon Family background and explains his natural ability to reinvent.
Dallas Blocker Celebrates Video With Week of Parties
Houston, TX ~ Texas crooner, Dallas Blocker, celebrated the release of his new self-produced single and video, "Out Da Club" recently with an entire week of release parties and intimate performances at various clubs around the city. "Out Da Club" is Dallas' follow-up to last year's hit single (20 weeks on Billboard chart), "Rock Ya Body" which was produced by Houston duo, Beanz N Kornbread.
Download: DJ Smallz & DJ Shure Fire - 420 Favorites
To celebrate Mr. Southern Smoke's favorite holiday of the year, 4/20, DJ Smallz and DJ Shure Fire (both from Tampa, FL) collab on what will will be an annual series called "420 Favorites", featuring your favorite smoking anthems. This year's volume contains 35 classics + future classics, mixed, scratched and blended to be listened to with your favorite strain of weed. So sit back, roll one up and play this on repeat...
DR. GREENTHUMB INTRO DR. DRE FEAT. SNOOP DOGG & NATE DOGG - THE NEXT EPISODE RICK ROSS FEAT. WIZ KHALIFA - RETROSUPERFUTURE LUNIZ - I GOT 5 ON IT SNOOP DOGG FEAT. WIZ KHALIFA - THAT GOOD ICE CUBE - SMOKE SOME WEED MR MAGIC FEAT. SEAN P. - I SMOKE I DRANK RICK ROSS FEAT. CURRENSY & WIZ KHALIFA - SUPER HIGH (REMIX) LIL WAYNE - KUSH STYLES P. - GOOD TIMES 2PAC - WEED GOT ME CRAZY DEVIN THE DUDE FEAT. SCARFACE - STICKY GREEN LIL BOOSIE FEAT. PIMP C - I SMOKE BLUNTS KID INK - BLOWIN SWISHERS WIZ KHALIFA - G'D UP MYSTIKAL - STILL SMOKIN WAKA FLOCKA FEAT. KEBO GOTTI - GROVE ST. PARTY WIZ KHALIFA - WHIP IT AROUND DO OR DIE - SMOKE MY WEED KID CUDI - DAY 'N' NIGHT THREE 6 MAFIA - WHERE'S DA BUD WIZ KHALIFA FEAT. YOUNG JEEZY & CHEVY WOODS - HOMICIDE (REMIX) BUN B. FEAT. PIMP C, Z-RO, YOUNG JEEZY - GET THROWED LUDACRIS FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN - BLUEBERRY YUM YUM GUCCI MANE FEAT. BUN B. E-40 & DEVIN THE DUDE - KUSH IS MY COLOGNE WIZ KHALIFA - UP DEVIN THE DUDE - DOOBIE ASHTRAY LIL BOOSIE - SMOKIN ON PURPLE BONE THUGS N HARMONY - FRIED DAY LIL WAYNE - LA LA LA KRAZY - SMOKE ONE KRAZY - ROLL EM' FAMOUS KID BRICK - I'M ON IT TOM G. FEAT. SKROODLE - JUST JUMPED WIZ KHALIFA - ROLL UP