Flamboyant Ent. Remasters Big L - "The Danger Zone"
For over a decade, the only avenue that Big L fans had for listening to his rarities was through shoddy bootleg dubs - until now. Flamboyant Entertainment (in conjunction with The Estate of Lamont Coleman) has remastered some of Big L’s most famous freestyles along with rare & unreleased tracks. Featuring Gang Starr, Lord Finesse, D.I.T.C. and more, the end result is “The Danger Zone” - hitting stores on May 31st.
With his untimely death in 1999, Big L’s departure left a void in the hip hop scene that has never been filled. Known for his witty, literary, lyrical style and for being near, but never quite at, the center of commercial success, Big L appeared to be on the verge of a breakthrough in 1999. Mase and Cam'Ron, two of his partners in the early '90s group Children of the Corn, went on to MTV stardom, but Big L's 1995 Columbia debut, “Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous,” earned only limited critical attention.
At the time of his death, Big L's independently released single, "Ebonics," was receiving consistent airplay on the indie-centric radio mix shows hosted by WKCR's Bobbito Garcia and WNYU's DJ Eclipse. In July of 2000, his posthumous sophomore full length “The Big Picture” was released to critical raves and phenomenal sales, propelling the album into going gold.
With last year’s “Return of the Devil’s Son” which featured unreleased performances, the thirst for more Big L material has had a second awakening. With “The Danger Zone,” Flamboyant Entertainment is looking to give the die hards what they have been looking for after 10+ years, so fans can properly complete their Big L collection.
“The Danger Zone” brings the heat. Correctly.
Available May 31st on Flamboyant Entertainment/RBC Records
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9th Wonder + Phonte + Peter Rosenberg :: Noisemakers 4-11-11
Couple of days ago, 9th Wonder and Phonte reunited on stage for the first time in six years. For those who are like me who couldn't go to NYC to see the highly anticipated event, here's the audio recording of the event that's free for everyone to share.
Yes, it's Free Music Friday, so I decided to escape the usual rap music genre that I share with you with The Kickdrums, a rock band who's ironically respected by many hip-hop acts. Here's a live performance they've done at this year's Coachella for free!
P. Blackk really takes it back ot the Friday move with this mixtape, in fact there are lot of beats that this Columbus emcee raps over that's throwback like a Jordan Bulls jersey. Check out this tune and hury up and download this before D-Bo comes and takes away your hard drive.
That's it for the "Out to Tax Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at email@example.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
Zion I & The Grouch are still riding high on the success of their new album, Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation. The album dropped in late March, and since release the Bay Area trio have been hitting the road, making stops across the country as part of their "Heal The Nation Tour," which just wrapped a string of sold-out shows throughout the West. This Friday, April 15th the second leg of tour kicks off, running through the Midwest and along the East Coast, and to celebrate the second leg and give fans a chance to get a behind the scenes glimpse into a day in the life of Zion I & The Grouch on tour, the group teamed up with satostudio.com and thefgtv.com, filming their recent show at The Tropicana in Sacramento, California.
In other Z&G news, the trio are excited to announce the launch of their “Drop It On The 1” Dance Contest, giving fans and dance enthusiasts the chance to submit a video of themselves breaking to Z&G's new single for a chance to win two tickets to any upcoming Zion I & The Grouch show as well as the opportunity to perform on stage with the group. For more information, including rules and submission requirements,please visit: http://www.zioniandthegrouch.com/dropitonthe1/ .
20 years after releasing his debut Platinum selling album with group Above The Law entitled 'Livin' Like Hustlers,' the 'Dr. Dre understudy' and G-Funk originator Big Hutch a.k.a. Cold 187um sets out to retain his Platinum status with his highly anticipated album release entitled 'Only God Can Judge Me' releasing on April 26, 2011 through Big Hutch's own West World Records label and distributed by Big Shot Music Group/Empire Distribution.
Big Hutch made history working alongside the late Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, NWA, D.O.C., J.J. Fad and is known for discovering rap lyricist Crooked I and the group 213, which members were made up of Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and the late Nate Dogg. Also, for about two years, Big Hutch was made V.P. of the infamous Death Row Records by then music mogul Suge Knight, replacing label mate Daz Dilligner, and was the music supervisor for the late 2 Pac's 'Till The End of Time' album and the Outlaws's E.D.I. Hutch produced, remixed, mixed and appeared on the double-disc set, which has sold more than 1.6 million copies, according to SoundScan, all the while still pushing his group Above The Law that consisted of childhood friends KMG and DJ K-Oss from Pomona California.
After serving time in prison for drug related offenses in 2004, Big Hutch released yet another solo album entitled 'Fresh Out The Pen' once again staying true and tending to his long time fans. Now, with a new outlook on the music business of today and concentrating solely on West World Records, Big Hutch has teamed up with music marketing strategist Michael 'Big Shot' Oronde Wright, whom also is the C.E.O. of the Big Shot Music Group record label, and with both labels working in conjunction, with the history of the one and the music marketing expertise of the other, makes for the ultimate machine to continue the legacy of Eazy-E's Ruthless Records and generate the success in the manner of the original Death Row Records. The 'Only God Can Judge Me' album is just the album to do such a thing.
The album features upcoming West World Records artists as well as newly reformed group and label mate LeVert 2 on the titled track 'Let's Get Neked' featuring original LeVert legend Marc Gordon and LeVert 2 newcomer Blaq Rose. Big Hutch will be leading the album off with his hit single entitled 'Lord Have Mercy' along with a video that was direct by Big Hutch himself. For a snippet preview of the album, log onto www.nwmppromo.com/ogbighutch. Album releases April 26, 2011 and will be distributed by Empire Distribution. For more information, log onto www.bigshotmusic.net.
Riz is an emcee from Harlem who represents real hip-hop in it's finest art form. His latest video "War Call" was featured on http://www.vladtv.com/, www.worldstarhiphop.com and more. The video was produced by the legendary Mr. Boomtown and directed by McKinley Presents (Scarface, Slim Thug, Gucci Mane, etc). Riz has worked with DJ Drama, DJ Whoo Kid, Sha Money XL, Lloyd Banks, Trey Songz and more.
Central California’s Moonshine Bandits have released their video for the track “Get Loose” featuring Derrty D online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MnDQHevsdA. The song is the first single from Moonshine Bandits new album “Whiskey and Women", which hits stores on May 10th through Suburban Noize and is available for pre-order online at www.WhiskeyandWomenCD.com .
"We were stoked to work with director Robert D. Brown and his vision to capture the reality of how we live. We wanted this video to show the Shiner lifestyle, so we filmed it in our little hometown of Los Banos on the back roads at one of our shop parties,” commented Tex from Moonshine Bandits. “We always keep things true to who we are. We don't need fancy Ferraris and Lamborghinis or any of that bling-bling; we just wanna raise hell."
Moonshine Bandits new album “Whiskey and Women" is the soundtrack to late nights in dive bars and truck stops. Moonshine Bandits brand of misfit country hip-hop is fueled by women, whiskey, and 4 wheel drives to create the bastard child of Johnny Cash and the Beastie Boys. “Whiskey and Women" features guest appearances by Danny Boone of Rehab, Big B, Dirtball & Daddy X from Kottonmouth Kings, and country superstar Colt Ford.
MOONSHINE BANDITS TOUR DATES: Apr 09 - Jacksonville, TX @ River Run ATV Park Apr 16 - Clovis, CA @ QN4U BBQ House May 07 - Modesto, CA @ Copper Rhino (CD Release Party) Jun 18 - Copperopolis, CA @ Lake Tulloch Resort
North Carolina natives Tab-One, Rapsody, Charlie Smarts, Foolery, The Sinopsis, and DJ Ill Digitz, together known as Kooley High, have hit the ground running with their new video for "Pedals," the second single off Eastern Standard Time, an album critically acclaimed since being released for free earlier this year, leading to a deal with Fat Beats Records to re-release the album at retail with a number of add-ons and new content for fans.
For "Pedals," Kooley High pairs the new single with a dizzy, dream-like chase scene. The fuzzy bassline and trippy laser sounds are accented with slow-mo, washed out cinematography. To shoot the video, Kooley High kept it close to home, bringing in fellow Raleigh, NC director Kent Williard of Depth of Sound Productions, shooting the video on the N.C. State campus, where the group originally met and formed. "The most enjoyable thing about the video was that we shot it on campus at our Alma Mater," says DJ Ill Digitz. "The most challenging thing was trying to create an interesting video that was not your average 'stand in front of the camera and rap' video. We thought it would be funny to keep the viewer guessing what it was we were running from the entire clip, only to realize that we all started running for no reason."
Block Starz Music LLC is proud to announce the signing of beautiful Indianapolis, Indiana recording artist Lynda Sayyah to rap icon Snoop Dogg's newly-formed Dogg Town Music Group.
Lynda, whose debut single "Tickin'" is featured on Block Starz Music's first all-female compilation, "She Got Next 2011" (June 21), is a trilingual (Spanish, Arabic, and English) singer with 5-octave range. Voted "Indy's Sexiest Musician" by Metromix Magazine, Lynda's sound is a fusion of Pop, Rock, R&B, and contemporary middle eastern melodies combined with lyrics that reflect her own life struggles.
"I come from a very strict Arab-Muslim family," says Lynda, who is of Palestinian and German descent. "I grew up feeling suffocated by double standards against women and just trying to be a normal kid. A lot of my music exudes these struggles and I think a lot of girls of every nationality can relate to me."
Lynda Sayyah's undeniable beauty and talent immediately caught the eyes and ears of Dogg Town Music Group, a new Los Angeles/Long Beach, California-based record company founded in 2010 by Jason "Cup" Brown, his cousin Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus, Charles "Beach Dogg" Howard II, and Shatto Brown, who promptly signed her to the upstart label.
"We are looking for one timers or one-in-a-million talent, meaning talent that can only exist once in a lifetime,” says Dogg Town COO Shatto Brown of the decision to sign Lynda as the First Lady Of DTMG. "There can only be one Michael Jackson, one Madonna, one Snoop Dogg, one Metallica -- we only want talent like that. Lynda is every bit of that. She is an amazing vocalist, beautiful, a great songwriter, and she deserves the opportunity to have the world know all of this."
In addition to Lynda Sayyah, the Dogg Town Music roster includes rap artists Poppa Heat, M-Dot, and the label is currently working a merger with T-Pain's Nappy Boy Productions to release the incredibly talented quartet One Chance.
"We feel very strongly about working with T-Pain on this [One Chance] project," says Shatto Brown. "We feel that Pain is an amazing talent and to get Dogg and Pain to come together with Dogg Town we can do things unheard of."
Lynda Sayyah's explosive dance single, "Tickin'", will be available for download on iTunes June 21 as part of Block Starz Music's anticipated "She Got Next 2011" compilation EP.