Detroit native Willy J Peso is currently prepping the release of his album, "Live From Cloud 9." For the first single, he brings in the ever so popular Jive Recording artists Travis Porter for "Mean Swag Money." This one is primed to take over the airwaves this summer!
2K Sports Partners with Duck Down Music For the Second Installment of the NBA® 2K12 Soundtrack Contest
2K Sports and Duck Down Music announced today that the NBA® 2K12 producer and MC contests have officially begun. Aspiring producers and MCs will be able to enter the contest and submit their music for the upcoming NBA 2K12 soundtrack by uploading a sample-free beat or clean track.
"We're thrilled to partner with Duck Down Music again to find the best aspiring producers and MCs to create an original track for NBA 2K12," said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing, 2K Sports. "With over two thousand producers and MCs having entered last year, we expect to have an even greater number of participants as we continue to set the standard for game soundtracks matched with in-game innovations."
Last year, fans had the ability to cast their vote for the overall winner of both phases. After a combined 250,000 votes were cast, Bayroot productions and MC Young Automatik were chosen as the Grand Prize winners. Their song, "Go Hard or Go Home," made the soundtrack for NBA 2K11 and was used in the title's TV commercial, which ran during last year's NBA Finals. The Grand Prize winners also received an all-expense paid trip to New York City to perform their track live and on stage during Duck Down Music's CMJ showcase.
Phase 1: NBA 2K12 Producer Contest
Starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT on March 23, 2011, producers will have two weeks to create one sample-free instrumental. All submissions must be uploaded to a SoundCloud drop box located at www.duckdown.com/nba2K12, as well as NBA 2K and Duck Down Music's Facebook pages by 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 5, 2011. Producers are also encouraged to record video of their beat-making process, which can be included with their final submission.
Duck Down Music A&R and representatives from 2K Sports will select the top-10 instrumentals on April 6, 2011. On April 7, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, the top-10 selected instrumentals will be streamed online via a custom SoundCloud music player on NBA 2K and Duck Down Music's Facebook pages providing fans with the chance to vote for their favorite track by "liking" the one they feel is the best beat. Voting ends at 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 13, 2011.
The winner of the producer phase will be announced at 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 14, 2011.
Phase 2: NBA 2K12 MC Contest
Starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 14, 2011, MCs will have two weeks to submit one clean (no cursing or references to drugs, sex, violence, gangs, money, etc.) trackwith their lyrics/chorus over the winning producer's instrumental. MCs are urged to record music that does not include obvious references to basketball and to be creative with their delivery and overall theme. All submissions must be uploaded to the SoundCloud drop box at www.duckdown.com/nba2K1212:00 p.m. EDT on April 27, 2011.
At 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 29, 2011, after the top-10 songs are determined by Duck Down Music and 2K Sports, they will again be streamed online via a custom SoundCloud music player at NBA 2K and Duck Down Music's Facebook pages. Fans will then have the chance to cast their final vote for their favorite track by "liking" the one they feel is strongest candidate for NBA 2K12. Voting ends at 12:00 p.m. EDT on May 6, 2011.
The winner of the MC phase will be announced at 4:00 p.m. EDT on May 6, 2011.
The Grand Prize winners of the contest, which will consist of one producer and one MC, will have their song placed in the music soundtrack for NBA 2K12. In addition, each winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City, where they will have the special opportunity to perform the song live at Duck Down's CMJ Showcase in October 2011. The top-10 MCs and top-10 producers selected from each phase will also receive premium accounts at SoundCloud, valued at $700.
For full details on rules and regulations, please visit:
PR: BURNTmd Performing w/ Black Thought, Inspectah Deck
April 1 GTD Entertainment presents J Period "LIVE MIXTAPE" featuring BLACK THOUGHT of The Roots @ The Mid in Chicago, IL April 2 GTD Entertainment presents J Period "LIVE MIXTAPE" featuring BLACK THOUGHT of The Roots also appearing BURNTmd @ Casselmans in Denver, CO
April 13 GTD & Leedz present Inspectah Deck & BURNTmd @ Tammany Hall in Worcester, MA April 14 GTD & Jynx Inc present Inspectah Deck & BURNTmd @ Railroad Tavern in Keene,NH April 15 GTD & Legal present Inspectah Deck & BURNTmd @ Club Curva in Orono, Me April 16 GTD & Halogen present Inspectah Deck, REKS, and BURNTmd @ Positive Pie 2 in Montpelier, VT
May 14 GTD Entertainment and TrueHeadNation present J Period "LIVE MIXTAPE" featuring BLACK THOUGHT of The Roots also appearing BURNTmd and D.Fishgrease.Murray @ Groundhall in Houston, TX
Kyle Offers Personal Introduction With First Solo Single Off Re-Edutainment
Not many people get the opportunity to introduce themselves through a song, but that's just what Kyle Rapps does with his new single, "Me," from his upcoming EP, Re-Edutainment. The NJ-born, NY-based rapper's concept album, which showcases his personal spin on Boogie Down Production's Edutainment, and Kyle's saucy personality and clever lyricism is accented throughout by guest MC's KRS-One, Joell Ortiz, and U-N-I, along with producer Kev Brown, who brings his own unique take to the same samples used on the BDP original.
His first two singles, "Rent Remix" and "Hard Knock Children," dealt with high rent rates and childhood memories, but Kyle wants you to get to know the real him with his single "Me." Listening to the new single feels like you just fell into a conversation with Kyle at a party; he even starts out the second verse with, "Nice to meet ya, the name's Kyle Rapps/ I got a Bill Gates grant and a Today Show feature." "Writing this one made me think about the things I have accomplished in my life that I never thought possible," says Kyle. "From staying clean, winning a Microsoft grant, and doing what I love for a living, to dealing with deep personal loss and overcoming setbacks. This track is just telling you who I am as a person... a high energy, flavorful joint that gives you a peek in to my crazy diverse world." Kev Brown is half responsible for that flavor, bringing in the whammy pedal and some trumpets for the funky instrumental.
Kyle, a poet as well as a rapper, cites his slam poetry group, Mayhem Poets, as one of the main inspirations for the track. "From youth detention centers, to public schools, to bar mitzvahs, doing slam poetry has made me appreciate the opportunity to express myself on all levels." According to Kyle, a poignant message lies beneath Kev Brown's stellar production and Rapps' lighthearted verses in "Me": "Have the awareness to learn who you are and the courage to be that no matter what."
Kyle Rapps' debut EP, Re-Edutainment, will be available for purchase on March 29th.
The frost is barely melting in some parts of the country but Decatur, GA's new up-and-comer, YC, is already laying claim to having the summer's big hit. Far from sitting on his laurels though and waiting for the label to do all the work, he has taken to the road, breaking only later this week to shoot the video to his smash single in Atlanta. Coming up also is a mixtape hosted by ATL's own DJ Greg Street and a feature in the May issue of XXL Magazine.
Hailing from the United Kingdom and labeled as the homeland Rap hero from the huge UK Hip-Hop scene, Sham Pain is thrilled to present his major buzzin' single "Sexy Black Chocolate" and its top notch music video, which was directed and produced by Sham Pain himself.
"My single 'Sexy Black Chocolate' illustrates what Sham Pain has been called numerous times by his female fans and lets them know what can be done in the right situation with the right woman [laughs]," explained the much talented emcee.