BABYGRANDE @ SXSW WITH WU-TANG CLAN, ERYKAH BADU, FISHBONE, ROCKY BUSINESS & MORE
Babygrande Records, in honor of its 10-year anniversary, is excited to announce its partnership with Village Voice Media and Frank151 to sponsor “Showdown” at SXSW 2011 on Thursday March 17th at Austin City Music Hall.
“Showdown” features a hand picked selection of legendary acts and rising stars to create the biggest night of hip-hop in Austin. Featuring Wu-Tang Clan, Erykah Badu, Fishbone, Yelawolf, Trae Tha Truth, Rocky Business & many more, this is a night that will live on long after the curtains close.
Babygrande/FrankRadio artist Rocky Business emerged from New York’s Lower East Side music scene by continually pushing the limits of creativity with their genre-defying blend of hip-hop, indie rock, punk, and electronica. On the verge of releasing their debut EP, A Rebel’s Roar, the band, headed by frontman/emcee Strictly Business and producer/guitarist Johnny On The Rocks, has earned a reputation for their live shows, consistently giving “an epic performance, during which drums are chucked, people are lifted, and everyone appears pleasantly moist.” - L Magazine
Laced with heartfelt rhymes and an infectious melody, the group’s lead single, “Rocky’s Theme” is a pleasing blend of musicianship and pop sensibility. Seamlessly combining harmony and complexity, “Rocky’s Theme” is an emphatic anthem and a reminder that things never stay the same.
Rocky Business @ SXSW 2011
March 16th (3pm) - Rap Rocks! SXSW @ The Speakeasy, Austin, TX. * Sharing the Stage With Das Racist & more
March 17th (9pm) - “The Showdown” @ Austin City Music Hall, Austin, TX * Sharing The Stage With Wu-Tang Clan, Erykah Badu, Yelawolf, Fishbone, Marz Lovejoy & more
March 19th (11pm) - Nat Geo Music Showcase @ Habana Bar, Austin, TX * Sharing The Stage With Grupo Fantasmo (2011 Grammy winners), Blue King Brown & more
Rocky Business’ debut EP, A Rebel’s Roar, hits stores March 22nd on FrankRadio/Babygrande Records. A Rebel’s Roar is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon.com.
So yo homies! I am in Austin. i want to let you all know about my shows because its super sweet.
March 12 Real Biz Uncensored @ Cross Fit Central w/ Gary Vee and Zach Even-Esh RSVP HERE March 12 That Internet Party @ Red 7 RSVP HERE March 15 Roving Festival Writer @ Austin Convention Center (4pm) March 15 Music tech Mash Up @ Rusty Spurs (1am) RSVP HERE March 16 Super Good Music Party @ Lipstick 24 (11 40 pm) Live improv collab set w/ Eyes Lips Eyes RSVP HERE March 17 Lovers Ball @ Dean Frederick (902 east 5th st.) RSVP HERE March 18 Official SXSW showcase @ The Marq w/ Homeboy Sandman and Sage Francis (badge holders) March 19 Super Good Music Party @ Lipstick 24 w/ Das EFX, K Flay and Keith Masters RSVP HERE
march 21,22, 23, 24, 25 post SXSW
**21-El Paso, TX w. YC the Cynic, J-Live (venue TBA) 22 -Santa Fe, NM w. YC the Cynic, J-Live (venue TBA) 23- Albq, NM @ Vinyl and Verses -Burts Tiki Lounge 24 Phoenix AZ @ The Blunt Club w. Pickster One 25 Los Angeles CA @ The Mint w/ Sirah One, Verbs _ Intuition, Black Crystal Wolf Kids**
MY EP 'Gina and the Garage Sale" IS FINALLY HERE
For immediate release:
Kosha Dillz combines with German production team Shuko and Fonty to create Gina and The Garage Sale, a 9 song EP that follows up his acclaimed solo Freshman album Beverly Dillz. Gina, a friend of Kosha who passed away of an overdose during the recording, will be part his free (5 song) portion of the album and target many of Kosha's darker struggles via personal stories of crime, drug addiciton, and death. The Garage Sale signify's the inner cleansing of his house and puts out all for sale in typical hustle minded Kosha Dillz action. The two titles separately combine to balance the yin and yang of Kosha's light hearted attitude toward serious issues and ultimately combine to balance the mature artist he has grown to become amidst all his tribulations.
On Gina and the Garage Sale, songs like Span-Hebrish (Ech ani Olech), a song in spanish hebrew and english, maintain the cultural aesthetic to the Israeli-American MC while "All these years" digs deep into the personal struggle of an MC against time of life. The versatility of the short project shows with his collaboration diversity, including appearances from Homeboy Sandman, MC Lars, Geo of Blue Scholars, and introduces Parisian folk singer Mojo Hanna.
Kosha has been touring the USA on the Give Me Five tour for over 40 cities w/ acts ranging from Tennis to Del The Funky Homosapien, raising nickels for the Tipitinas Foundation via merchandise/ticket sales/social media. Tiptinas Foundation provides instruments and music lessons to nearly 60 New Orleans community schools to help kids pursue their musical dreams. In this past year,the DIY indie artist has boasted 2 videos on MTV, earned his own character on NBA 2k11, and toured with the likes of Matisyahu and Snoop Dogg.
By all means am I excited for this adventure. In April Sadistik and I will embark on a 3 week long journey through Europe. While we are there we will be writing an EP together, which will be available in May. Also joining us on the trip will be my wife, Sharri (Satori Photography); she will be photo-documenting our trip, which will be available to view on my blog: HERE.
*For more information on this tour, or to RSVP, please visit the Facebook Event: HERE.
Miami, FL ~ As anyone who spotted Yung Berg on his media travels in NYC this week can tell you, his star-studded, all-original mixtape, "Mr Ward", finally hits the streets March 17th. Berg produced almost 75% of the 20-song effort and is assisted by cameos from an extensive cast of players including long time buddy Ray J, Roscoe Dash, Lil Scrappy, Veronica, Diamond, Pleasure P, Ya Boy, Shawty Lo and many more. The final song, "The Cypha" includes appearances by Brisco, Chad, Young Chris, Ice Berg, Freddy P, Guyana, Jordan Hollwood, Ball Greezy and Diego Cash.
Videos will abound for "Mr Ward", some of which have already hit the airwaves and net; "72 Hours" being the first. Other songs from the tape we can expect to see visuals for include "The Cypha", "Loving You Like Me", "So Amazing" and "My B*tch Badder Than Yours."
Media coverage has already been extensive, with love being shown by 106 & Park (airs today), Global Grind, AllHipHop, HipHopDX, The Source, ThisIs50, Vlad TV, Dr. Jays and MTV News so far, with the help of Cornerstone Promotions.
Brooklyn rapper D-Banga is no stranger to the hardships of life. Growing up in Brownsville, he was privy to the trials and tribulations of street life from a young age. But rather than succumb, this confident and worldly wise lyricist opted to give Hip-Hop fans everywhere positively charged music which would encourage euphoria and optimism, even through the hardest of times.
PUT YOUR HANDS UP, produced by Philly 'CASH' is a definite hit. The melodic sound scape adorned with an infectious hook and uplifting verses, crafted by D-Banga is worthy of a place on any play list or iPod. The track is a testament to those who manage to shrug off life's hardships and allow music to provide an escape, even if it is just for three minutes and fourteen seconds.
"Put Your Hands Up is a track that I hope will encourage people to step away from the drama of their day to day and allow my music to give them an opportunity to have a good time. Whether it is in the club or on the radio, this track is all about giving folks something to enjoy." - D-Banga
And as his other hit Shorty, featured on AllHipHop.com, makes its way up the College Radio charts, D-Banga and his team are making sure all bases are covered. With a jam packed summer lined up for the Brownsville rapper, you can guarantee you will be hearing a lot more from him.
An established rapper from the heart of Brooklyn, New York, D-Banga is the voice of the streets. Born, bred and raised in Brownsville, Damon Rouse has been able to bring his street living attitude to Hip-Hop and the mainstream. His ability to lift people’s spirits with his reflective optimism, while delivering content that his peers can relate to has not gone unnoticed.
D-Banga landed a deal with MCA in the late nineties through his unrivaled work ethic and his undeniable talent. Having been on the road with Nice-N-Smooth, the bourgeoning wordsmith had been privy to the world of how life as a successful Hip-Hop act could be. The passion was ignited and his first song, The Projects, was independently marketed securing excessive sales. A distribution deal was inevitable. But unfortunately his ethic outdid that of his label, which closed its doors shortly after D-Banga was brought into the fold.
But never one to give up on his mission, D-Banga opened up for the likes of Mary J Blige, Jay Z, ONYX and made sure his presence was felt both on stage and in the streets. D-Banga continued to record both alone and with his crew from the Tilden House projects in his native Brownsville. The Dead, as his crew are known, are a collective of family members and friends with whom Damon has been an active member over the years.
Instrumental in the music compositions of The Dead and of many other artists from his area, D-Banga was adamant that he was not going to let label politics hinder his progression. Securing press from some of the most influential media platforms in New York, including the New York Times, Vibe Magazine and many more, D-Banga has enthusiastically appeared on show bills with the likes of The Roots, Fat Joe, N.O.R.E, Goodie Mobb, Dead Prez, Papoose and more during the last few years.
Eager to secure a new label home, he has caught the eyes and ears of various execs and has been working on new material with producer Philly ‘Cash.’ With songs such as Shorty and Put Your Hands Up maintaining the balance that D-Banga has worked hard to create for his ever increasing fan base and an intense radio and PR campaign lined up, this artist is one you need to get familiar with.