With a recent string of critically-acclaimed releases and sold-out national tours, Smoke DZA has become one of hip-hop's hottest young stars. With an irresitible laid-back flow and penchant for Mary Jane-laced wordplay, DZA has stolen the show on recent collaborations with a who's who of young hip-hop stars (Wiz Khalifa, Asher Roth, A$AP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, and more). The man they call the "Kushed God" is now joining forces with High Times and Cinematic Music Group for Rugby Thompson, a brand new album produced entirely by rising hitmaker Harry Fraud. With Fraud's pounding drums providing the backdrop, Rugby Thompson is DZA's most cohesive work to date, and with appearances from Action Bronson, Curren$y, Sean Price, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Twelvyy, Domo Genesis, and more, it may just be his most impressive. Check out the free track and video below, or pre-order now.
In addition to Rugby Thompson, Smoke DZA is also releasing a physical version of his hit mixtape Substance Abuse, and a limited-edition green 7-inch vinyl single featuring the "Marley & Me (Remix)" and "What's Goodie". Check out all three at the links below, and pick up a free pack of Raw Rolling Papers with every Smoke DZA order.
NEW VINYL PRE-ORDER: DEVIN THE DUDE As one of the few emcees who's worked with the best in the underground, mainstream, East, West, and South, Houston's own Devin The Dude is your favorite rapper's favorite rapper. Now he's back with Seriously Trippin', a brand new EP full of the smoke-filled tales and head-nodding beats that fans have come to expect from Devin. Now available on limited edition tripped-out colored vinyl, featuring the vinyl-only bonus track "Stop Waiting". Every piece of vinyl in this limted run will be printed with its own unique pattern.
NEW MUSIC VIDEO: TIMBO KING Nearly two decades after his rap debut on the Who's The Man soundtrack, Timbo King has plenty of lessons to teach. For his new video, the Wu-Tang affiliate hits the classroom to give the next generation a "Bar Exam". Timbo's long-awaited debut album From Babylon To Timbuk2 is in stores now, and features the likes of RZA, Lil Fame, Killah Priest, R.A. The Rugged Man, Jr. Reid, Bronze Nazareth, and more.
Keeping these Big K.R.I.T. mixtapes in stock hasn't been easy, but the CD editions are now available from our store, plus Amazon, UGHH, and physical stores worldwide. The vinyl is up for pre-order, as is the wax edition of Moka Only & Ayatollah's new album Bridges. We've also got recent gems from Planet Asia, DOOM, Roddy Rod, and more.
With albums coming up from Smoke DZA, R.A. The Rugged Man, Masta Killa, Blu, and more, we're still looking for dedicated reps across the country to coordinate and implement marketing efforts in various markets. As always, we'll hook up the team with some free Nature Sounds product. We'll be reaching out soon to get started, so if you're interested make sure you get on the list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, and a list of local record stores in your area to join the team.
BIG UPDATE! Yo, Son! 10 Year Anniversary, Live from the Control Room, Rock the Bells (SF)
Quality Control Marketing and SAE San Francisco present Live from the Control Room Session Three featuring San Francisco/Fillmore's own DaVinci and Berkeley based producer Ion The Prize. Filmed by none other than Casual, the Hieroglyphics Rap God, this session and track titled "Purple Sky" were recorded at the SAE San Francisco campus, by SAE students. SAE San Francisco is the newest campus in SAE's long legacy of training students for success in the Audio and Entertainment Industries. The top notch studio facilities are used for education purposes only and students never have to worry about losing out valuable practical time to commercial projects. The SAE staff are dedicated to the success of their students and work with them to develop their personal interests in recording, producing, mixing and mastering great music.
The video and track are the result of the "Live from the Control Room" Beat Battle which took place late 2011 at 330 Ritch in San Francisco. Ion the Prize was one of the finalists and decided to pair up with DaVinci, who was a judge and performer. The song will be featured on the "Live from the Control Room" EP along with the other participants including A-Plus of the legendary Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics crew, Lateef the Truthspeaker from Latyrx/Quannum, Vallejo's own Moe Green, and Fillmore's own DaVinci, known as one of San Francisco's most capable lyricists. The winning producers, Cache, Poetiq Beetz, Lambo Got Em' and Ion the Prize provide the backdrops and the Bay's finest hold down the rhymes. Stay tuned for Session 4, the videos (all shot by Casual) and the official release of the "Live from the Control Room" EP coming in the upcoming months. Make sure you log onto www.livefromthecontrolroom.com and http://us.sae.edu/San-Francisco/ for any and all info.
Directed and Shot by Casual Edited by Roy Miles Recorded at SAE San Francisco
ROCK THE BELLS COMES TO THE BAY AREA! AUG 25-26 SHORELINE AMPHITHEATER
SLICK RICK AND NICE & SMOOTH IN NYC THIS SATURDAY!
Let's take it back to the old school, let's take it to Union Square... This Sat, May 26th 2012
SLICK RICK THE RULER NICE & SMOOTH & Special Surprise Guests!
DJ MIKE LOE (Mic Wreck, Fat Buddha) DJ J-SMOKE (The Allies, Direct Drive)
Special Live Wood Burning Art Piece by: OG CHINO
Hosted by the legendary: THE AWESOME 2's (Teddy Tedd and Special K).
SHOWTIME BEGINS AT 11PM SHARP! $30 in Adv, $35 at door, 21+ bring ID
@ Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleeker Street, NYC lepoissonrouge.com
For the past 2 months, indie developers Lunar Giant Studios have been working on a video game that would effectively encompass Random, aka Mega Ran's main loves: education, hip-hop, and Mega Man. So here it is, version 1 of Mega Ran in Language Arts.
Beating this difficult game will get a new song unlocked that will serve as the piece between Random's Language Arts Volume 1 and 2 projects, with Vol 2 releasing in August.
When the game released today, so did it's soundtrack, executive produced by Ran's DJ, Mel "DN3" Raymond, who put together chip-tune 8-bit hip-hop joints, some with lyrics, some without, and featuring folks like Random, Roqy Tyraid, and more. Check that out here!