Casual and J Rawls brought Ohio and Oakland together on their new collaborative album Respect Game Or Expect Flames. The unity is most evident on the star-studded posse cut "Hier-O-Dot", featuring members of both Oakland's Souls Of Mischief and Columbus's MHz. Over an infectious guitar lick courtesy of J Rawls, Casual trades verses with MHz. Respect Game Or Expect Flames is now in stores everywhere, and also features apperances from Del The Funky Homosapien, Pep Love, Kurious, and more.
MP3: Prano "Party With Ya Body" ft. Verse Simmonds
Courtesy Major Music.
@PranoBBM is making a lot of noise with the impending release of his "PranoBama" mixtape. The Boston native recently connected with Jahlil Beats and @VerseSimmonds to record the track "Party With Ya Body". "Pranonama" is set to be released Labor Day Weekend.
“Do you ever think about your past life? On the floor, on your knees tryin’ to ask Christ, please forgive me for the sins I did last night. Got scars, bones ache, from your last fight.” The lyrics on “Not This Time,” a song from H2’s forthcoming mixtape, Rap Heals All Wounds, are reflections of life, love, pain, and passion etched as deeply into his memory as the tattoos inked nearly all over his 6’4 frame. Tall with blue penetrating eyes, H2 aka Jimmy Blue Eyes’ rugged good looks are those of a male fashion model, but don’t let the pretty face fool you. While his handsome face has opened the doors to modeling and acting opportunities, the journey hasn’t been a smooth one. His arms are almost completely covered in inked, but there are spaces he’s left bare for his unfinished journey.
Born in Englewood, NJ, Hassan is the 7th child of eight children raised by a single mother; his father wasn’t around in his formative years. It was hard to get attention and practically impossible to stand out among his siblings. But today with a mind full of music and lyrics mostly penned while he was in the pen, H2 uses his dramatic life experiences to create music dudes can relate to, while appealing to the ladies at the same time. “When I go in the studio, I try to create the type of music that made artist like Nas, Biggie, Jay-Z, Jadakiss, AZ, Fabolous, and The Lox, the most respected lyricists in the game. Musically I’m from their era. They inspire me; their flow, swag, style, and delivery make me want to step up my lyrical game. I’m not a bubble gum rapper who rhymes just to rhyme. I’m about lyrics, poetry, and telling my story while inspiring and entertaining at the same time!”
He calls his forthcoming mixtape, Rap Heals All Wounds, a self-therapy of sorts. “Recording this project, Rap Heals All Wounds, is helping me heal from the wounds of my own past. It’s like writing a biography, when you sit and think about all the things you’ve been through, when you start telling your story, it’s like stripping yourself bare. Like the meaningful tattoos inked all over his body, several personal songs like “Lonely,” “Love Don’t Live Here,” “Kill Yourself” and “Ears Open,” tell of H2’s journey from rags to riches. While many of the songs on the album are written from a male perspective, there are party anthems and songs for the ladies like: “Compliments,” “She’s Bad,” and “Latest” where he reveals a charming side. The first tracks leaked to the streets are strip club banga, “Watch Yo B***h” and freestyle on the “You, Me, Him, or Her” Jay-Z beat.
While most of the lyrics H2 pours into the album are from personal experiences, He also writes mostly about his experiences growing up in the Englewood, NJ, a city, which he calls a nice small suburban area with city swag. “A lot of the people living in Englewood are originally from New York so while it’s the suburbs, we have that New York vibe about us. Like most places in the burbs, you have the black and Latinos living on one side and the white people on the other side. Listening to my music, you can probably tell which side I grew up in! I’m biracial and grew up watching my mother struggle on her own with the 8 of us. You can imagine how that impacted me. Sometimes we didn’t have even the most basic things, so I hit the streets to get the things I needed and wanted. They used to call me Hermes Hass or Handsome Hass because I was so fly. It caught up with me eventually.”
While his priority is music, H2 is extending his brand beyond hip-hop. “Hip-hop is my first passion, it’s my outlet and I intend to use my success as an artist to launch others things. I’m focused on merging my musical skills with my natural talent and passion for acting, modeling, and excelling in each of those areas to become a legitimate and undeniable presence in the entertainment and fashion worlds.” Not one to wait for opportunities to fall in his lap or opportunities to come to him from a major record deal, H2 has formed his own enterprise, Rags2Riches Entertainment, which he describes as a personal movement. “Rags2Riches is about making something out of nothing. Coming from the bottom and rising to the top. Rags2Riches is dedicated to the people like myself who never had anything. We come from broken homes; we were raised in and by the streets. We’ve been bent, but we’re not broken. We’re still trying to achieve something positive in life.”
Boys Noize Reveals Snoop Dogg Collab on Out Of The Black (Out 10/16 via BNR) + Electric Zoo
Courtesy Girlie Action.
BOYS NOIZE is proud to release his third full-length album Out Of The Black on October 16th (Boysnoize Records) in America. The album’s twelve track titles were revealed via Boys Noize’s Twitter. Besides features from Siriusmo and GIZZLE, it includes the highly anticipated collaboration with Snoop Dogg on the album closer “Got It”.
After headlining Electric Zoo’s Sunday School stage, Boys Noize will be back in November performing his first ever American live shows. He'll makes stops in Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, SF, LA and ending it in December with two Texas dates. Please see full date and on-sale info http://boysnoize.com/dates. Earlier, on October 6th Boys Noize will play his first live performance in Berlin, at the start of an extensive 25-city European live tour.
Boys Noize’s first single in 3 years, "XTC" and the accompanying MMM Remix, of his third album Out Of The Black is released and available now. Complex Magazine premiered "XTC", calling it "ridiculously catchy". The first rousing album track “What You Want” was revealed earlier by Rolling Stone.
Alex Ridha - aka Boys Noize - is a Berlin-based producer, DJ and label owner who started producing and DJing at a very early age and is known internationally as a one of the most valued electronic artists (for instance; Independent Music Award in 2010 and named Best Electronic Artist 3 consecutive times by the influential music store Beatport, world’s largest electronic music community).
The new album perfectly bridges the gap between his previous two efforts Oi Oi Oi and POWER; providing the requisite in-your-face electro bang of classic Boys Noize on tracks like “What You Want”, “Rocky 2” and “XTC”, or more melodic songs like "Ich R U“ and “Reality“. At a time when mainstream electronic music, particularly the pervasive cultures of EDM and dubstep, have moved dance music out of the clubs and into the stadiums, Ridha is quick to acknowledge the old school house and acid records that shaped him as a DJ; the very same records that continue to bubble up as an influence on Out Of The Black.
Alex Ridha is at the heart of Boysnoize Records and BNR Trax that involves a roster of over 100 releases by more than a dozen different artists (Spank Rock, The Faint, Mixhell, Strip Steve, Housemeister and 17-year old SCNTST etc). Along releasing two long players Oi Oi Oi and POWER with contemporary anthems "&Down," "Don't Believe The Hype" and "Jeffer" he's had numerous releases with Mr. Oizo (aka Handbraekes), Erol Alkan, Jarvis Cocker and more.
Boys Noize has been on the forefront of remixing indie artists like Feist’s “My Moon, My Man,” long before it was a custom to remix non-dance tracks. Other remixes range from the likes of David Lynch, N.E.R.D, Depeche Mode, Snoop Dogg, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers to name a few. Having worked with Scissor Sisters, Gonzales, Spank Rock, Santigold and Kelis, the highly sought after producer, is ready to show the world his best work to date.
“…main stage closer Boys Noize had no problems bringing the beat. The German producer and DJ eschewed the skeletal buzzsaw electro of his albums for a set of throbbing techno and house that trampled straight ahead unceasingly for an hour, leaving its recipients breathless and dazed as they headed to the exits.” – Rolling Stone
Boys Noize – Out Of The Black - track list: 01. What You Want 02. XTC 03. Missile 04. Ich R U 05. Rocky 2 06. Circus Full Of Clowns feat. GIZZLE 07. Conchord feat. Siriusmo 08. Touch It 09. Reality 10. Merlin 11. Stop 12. Got It feat. Snoop Dogg
BOYS NOIZE LIVE (*) and DJ Dates: http://boysnoize.com/dates (on sale now) 08/31 – Las Vegas, NV (USA) @ Haze 09/01 – Mexico City (MEX) @ Auditorio Blackberry 09/02 – New York, NY (USA) @ Electric Zoo Festival 10/06 – Berlin (GER) @ Columbiahalle * 10/09 – Glasgow (UK) @ O2 ABC * 10/11 – Dublin (IRL) @ Academy * 10/12 – Manchester (UK) @ TBA * 10/13 – London (UK) @ Coronet * 10/17 – Zurich (CH) @ Maag Halle * 10/18 – Geneva (CH) @ Salle des Fetes de Thonex * 10/19 – Lille (FR) @ Fantastic Festival * 10/20 – Nantes (FR) @ Stereolux * 10/23 – Oslo (N) @ Rockefeller * 10/24 – Stockholm (SWE) @ Arenan * 10/25 – Copenhagen (DK) @ Vega * 10 /27– Vienna (AUSTRIA) @ Gasometer * 10/28 – Bologna (IT) @ Link * 10/31 – Milan (IT) @ Limelight * 11/01 – Lyon (FR) @ La Sucriere * 11/02 – Paris (FR) @ La Cigale * 11/03 – Toulouse (FR) @ Le Bikini * 11/04 – Nimes (FR) @ Paloma * 11/08 – Madrid (SP) @ Arena * 11/13 – Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso * 11/14 – Cologne (GER) @ E-Werk * 11/15 – Hamburg (GER) @ Docks * 11/17 – Munich (GER) @ Kesselhaus * 11/23 - Fort Lauderdale, FL (USA) @ Revolution * 11/24 – Orlando, FL (USA) @ House of Blues * 11/28 – Washington, DC (USA) @ Fillmore * 11/30 - New York, NY (USA) @ Roseland Ballroom * 12/01 – Philadelphia, PA (USA) @ TLA * 12/02 – Boston, MA (USA) @ House of Blues * 12/06 – Montreal (CAN) @ Telus Theatre * 12/07 - Toronto (CAN) @ Sound Academy * 12/08 – Chicago, IL (USA) @ Aragon * 12/10 - St. Louis, MO (USA) @ Pageant * 12/14 – Oakland, CA (USA) @ Fox Theatre * 12/15 - Los Angeles, CA (USA) @ Palladium * 12/16 - San Diego, CA (USA) @ House of Blues * 12/18 – Denver, CO (USA) @ Fillmore * 12/20 – Dallas, TX (USA) @ House of Blues * 12/21 – Houston, TX (USA) @ House of Blues *
International Release Dates: Japan – October 3 Germany, Austria & Switzerland – October 5 UK, France, rest of world - October 8 Australia & New Zealand – October 12 USA, Canada – October 16
Video: Twista Previews New Mixtape at Listening Party
Courtesy Nordhia C.
Chi-Town speed rapper Twista gave a sneak peek of his upcoming “Reloaded” mixtape to 10 lucky fans in a private ooVoo call presented in conjunction with Fake Shore Drive on Wednesday, August 29. The exclusive listening session gave fans the opportunity to interact with Twista as he debuted tracks from the highly anticipated mixtape. Presented by Don Cannon, “Reloaded” will be released September 4 via DatPiff.com and features guest appearances from Juicy J, Shawnna, Ab-Soul and more.
Lyriciss and director Jamaal Teagle take you on a tour through the ups and downs of Lyriciss' life. "My Life" is the first music video from Lyriciss' latest project The Balance: Heart EP Producer Slimkat78 flipped Roy Ayer's "Sunshine" and Mary J Blige's "My Life"for the soundtrack to Lyriciss' life.
PR: Ryan Leslie to Release Les Is More on October 22nd
Courtesy 'Stache Media.
New York, NY - Harvard-educated producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur and recording artist Ryan Leslie will release his third studio album, Les Is More on October 22 via NextSelection Lifestyle Group/BDG (BDG is distributed by RED Distribution, a division of SONY Music Entertainment). The first single from the album "Beautiful Lie" featuring Fabolous is being serviced to mixshow radio this week.
Les Is More is the very first rap album from Ryan Leslie, and is the follow up to the Grammy-nominated R&B album Transition released in late 2009. Les Is More is influenced by Leslie's collaborations with top rap artists such as Fabolous and Kanye West, both of whom appear in the video for the autobiographical track "Glory." Leslie was further inspired when he sat in for the recording sessions of the Grammy award-winning album Watch the Throne. "Watching Jay and Ye's creative process further inspired me that rap was the right direction for this album. However, I also knew that a departure from my previous critically acclaimed R&B work would require an even more robust artistic contribution."
Fueled by that challenge, Ryan Leslie created an unprecedented body of work. Along with the music which was written, arranged, produced and performed by Leslie, he also directed and edited a series of music videos to accompany each record. The result, Les Is More is a ground-breaking visual album shot in Paris, Milan, Switzerland, Miami, Las Vegas, and Manhattan that provides a unique and intimate window into Ryan Leslie's life.
Leslie recently sat down with Sirius XM's Sway In The Morning Show to discuss his inspiration for creating a rap album, and performed at the 3-day J&R Musicfest in New York City on August 24. Ryan Leslie will also kick off his world Les Is More Tour in San Francisco on September 18, an electrifying show with live instrumentation and sweeping keyboard solos. Below is a current listing of tour dates and more shows will be announced on LesIsMoreTour.com.
Les Is More Tour Dates
Sep 18 Ruby Skye San Francisco, CA Sep 19 Roxy Theatre West Hollywood, CA Sep 20 The Cosmopolitan of LV Las Vegas, NV Sep 21 Club Red Tempe, AZ Sep 29 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA Oct 02 Howard Theatre Washington, DC Oct 04 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY Oct 05 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA Oct 11 Virgin Mobile Mod Club Toronto, Canada Oct 14 Pavilion (UC Davis) Davis, CA Oct 31 Taksim Bochum, Germany Nov 03 Prime Bielefeld, Germany Nov 04 Astra Kulturhaus Berlin, Germany Nov 07 Uebel & Gefaehrlich Hamburg, Germany Nov 08 Nachtresidenz Düsseldorf, Germany Nov 09 Index Schuttorf, Germany Nov 10 Halle O2 Heidelberg, Germany Nov 14 Gibson Frankfurt Am Main, Germany Nov 15 Backstage Munich, Germany Nov 16 Q Zurich Zurich, Switzerland Nov 17 Grand Casino Basel, Switzerland Nov 20 Le Cabaret Sauvage Paris, France Nov 24 Zapata Stuttgart, Germany
MP3: Phoenix Da Icefire - "The Point of No Return" Ft. Keith Murray & Klashnekoff
Courtesy Tom @ No Cure.
Triple Darkness member Phoenix Da Icefire drops us this hot joint from his album "The Quantum Leap" which features the legendary Keith Murray & Uk's Klashnekoff. This cut features some sick production from Chemo & Phoenix shows us why hes still one to watch with his dope wordplay & delivery. "The Quantum Leap" album also features Ruste Juxx, Kyza, Cyrus Malachi & more, and production comes from Chemo & Beat Butcha. The album can be purchased from the Link Below.