Heroes In The Healing Of A Nation Tour To Raise Money For Charities Nationwide
(February 2011 - Brooklyn, NY) West Coast hip-hop stalwarts Zion I & The Grouch return with their sophomore collaborative LP, Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation. The album, which is the follow-up to the group's critically acclaimed Heroes In The City Of Dope released in 2006, will be released March 22, 2011. Zion I & The Grouch, known for addressing weighty issues in their respective careers, will donate 100% of all ticketing fees sold through ZioniAndTheGrouch.com to local community organizations in each of the tour's 24 cities.
Zion I & The Grouch have been leaders marching to the beat of their own 808's for some time now, but with Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation the trio suggest that we're all cut from the same cloth. "Anyone changing other people's lives for the better is a hero to me," explains The Grouch of the album’s title. "People are going through a difficult transition these days," adds Zumbi. "We want this album to aid in that process."
With Zion I producer Amp Live providing the bulk of the beats for the album, Zumbi and The Grouch are at their lyrical finest, pontificating the ups and downs of everyday life. In addition to Amp Live contributing a rare vocal performance on "Healing Of The Nation," the trio bring a variety of collaborators into the mix, as Heroes in the Healing of the Nation features an array of musical brethren, including Freeway, Fashawn, Casual, Mystic, Eric of Rebelution, Jacob Hemphill of Soja, Eligh, Marty James, Los Rakas, Codany Holiday, and the R.O.D Project.
To coincide with the forthcoming album, Zion I & The Grouch are excited to announce their upcoming tour, Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation. The nationwide tour, featuring opening acts Blu, The Jacka, and The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, will kick off March 19 at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, hitting 24-cities before winding down at the end of April. As part of the tour, Zion I & The Grouch have decided to partner with a number of charities in each city, and will donate 100% of all ticketing fees sold through ZioniAndTheGrouch.com to the local community organizations. "Touching people with our music is the main thing we can do," explains The Grouch of the motive behind the donations, "but contributing in a monetary way is taking things to the next level."
For a full list of organizations, go to ZioniAndTheGrouch.com.
Zion I & The Grouch Healing Of The Nation Tour Dates:: * w/ Blu % w/ The Jacka # w/ The Shotgun Wedding Quintet (Jazz Mafia)
3/16/11 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (SXSW) 3/18/11 Austin, TX @ Beauty Bar (SXSW) 3/19/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore * % # 3/21/11 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades * # 3/23/11 Arcata, CA @ Humbrew * # 3/24/11 Eugene OR @ McDonald Theatre * # 3/25/11 Portland, OR @ BRANX * # 3/26/11 Seattle, WA @ Nectars * # 3/27/11 Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge * # 3/29/11 Park City @ Star Bar * # 3/30/11 Aspen, CO @ The Belly Up * # 3/31/11 Ft Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater * # 4/01/11 Boulder @ Fox Theater * # 4/02/11 Denver, CO @ City Hall * # 4/15/11 Madison, WI @ Majestic # 4/17/11 Chicago, IL @ Abbey Theater # 4/18/11 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop # 4/20/11 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground # 4/21/11 Boston, MA @ Middle East Club # 4/22/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory # 4/23/11 Baltimore, MD @ The Quarter # 4/24/11 Philadelphia, PA @ The Blockley Poorhouse # 4/25/11 Tempe, AZ @ The Club House # 4/26/11 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre # 4/28/11 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co. # 4/29/11 Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon #
Here's a new one by Canadian rapper Koncreto featuring Lil Flip and Tha Vill. In 2010, Koncreto had an album hosted by DJ Ill Will that featured Glasses Malone, Crooked I and more. Here is his follow up single.
PR: BBE Celebrates Hip-Hop History with 10th Anniversary Collection
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BBE Celebrates Hip-Hop history with an essential new release…
The Beat Generation 10th Anniversary Collection: Mixed and Compiled by DJ Spinna & Mr Thing
This compilation features the debut solo albums from respected Hip-Hop and modern R&B producers J Dilla, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Larry Gold, DJ Spinna and Will.i.am; albums from legends such as Pete Rock and Marley Marl; leftfield heavyweights King Britt and Madlib and a session of unreleased poetry from American literary giants - Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Greg Corso
The Beat Generation 10th Anniversary Collection
Mixed and Compiled by DJ Spinna & Mr Thing
Release Date: March 29, 2011
CD / Double Vinyl / Digital
Over the course of nine albums in the 2000s - for their producer-led Beat Generation Series - BBE adopted an unusual stance towards their artists…“Do what you want.” The label’s enormously liberal approach was the antithesis of stiff major record label A&R practices, their forward thinking rewarded handsomely by a truly diverse set of albums from some of the world’s most capable hip-hop architects. Among those picked to contribute were Golden Era greats (Marley Marl; Jazzy Jeff); acclaimed DJ/producers whose work habitually blurred genre lines (King Britt; DJ Spinna; Madlib); and those whose regular gigs didn’t afford them the creative freedom they craved (Will.i.am).
No-one made better use of the brief than Jay Dee, who’s inspired Welcome 2 Detroit showed that despite all the techno and soul that seeped into and out of the Motor City there was still room to be influenced by the Carpenters and Sergio Mendes. Pete Rock, the hip-hop producer’s producer, filled his rapturously received PeteStrumentals disc with classic sample-led tracks packed with drama and finesse. DJ Jazzy Jeff’s The Magnificent celebrated the slew of Philly talent at his A Touch Of Jazz studios, Jill Scott guesting on an exalted Roy Ayers cover in finale. Then there was veteran cellist and arranger Larry Gold, on hiatus from adding strings to hits like Brandy and Monica’s ‘The Boy Is Mine’, who called upon fellow seasoned pros McFadden and Whitehead and Bunny Sigler for his piece of the puzzle.
To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of this cult series BBE enlisted the services of two of its stalwart associates and compilers to create a Double Mix CD featuring the best and most popular tracks from the nine albums recorded for the series. DJ Spinna - (Beat Generation contributor and compiler of several compilations on BBE ) and DJ Mr Thing - former Scratch Pervert and DMC winner. For Digital customers they will be able to download a bonus mix by a Chris Read - UK Mixtape Maestro/ BBC 1 Xtra.
It’s all here…an epic compilation…press play and give it up for the Beat Generation.
BBE releases The Beat Generation 10th Anniversary Collection on March 29, 2011
The Beat Generation 10th Anniversary Collection
Mixed and Compiled by DJ Spinna & Mr Thing
LOOK AT THIS F*&CKING TRACKLISTING!
(Note this list is for the digital version)
01. Madlib The Beat Konducta – Stop 02. Pete Rock - Nothin' Lesser (featuring The UN) 03. Madlib The Beat Konducta - What It Do (featuring Talib Kweli) 04. Marley Marl - Big Faces 05. Dj Jazzy Jeff - My Peoples (featuring Raheem Devaughn) 06. Pete Rock - Pete's Jazz 07. Jay Dee - African Rhythms 08. Marley Marl - What Ruling Means (featuring Kevin Brown & Grap Luva) 09. DJ Spinna - Drive (featuring Shadowman) 10. Madlib The Beat Konducta - Go! (featuring Guilty Simpson) 11. Dj Jazzy Jeff - Are you ready? (featuring Slum Village) 12. will.i.am - Lay Me Down (featuring Terry Dexter) 13. DJ Jazzy Jeff - Rock Wit U (featuring Erro) 14. Dj Spinna - Surely 15. Pete Rock - Give It To Y'all (featuring Roc Marciano & Trife) 16. Jay Dee - Beej-N-Dem Pt. 2 (featuring Beej) 17. Madlib The Beat Konducta - Blow The Horns On 'Em (featuring Guilty Simpson) 18. Marley Marl - Live Ova Beats 19. Dj Jazzy Jeff - We Live In Philly (featuring Jill Scott) 20. DJ Spinna - All Up In it (feat. Eric Krasno & Neal Evans) 21. DJ Jazzy Jeff - A Charmed Life (featuring J Live) 22. will.i.am - Money (featuring Huck Fynn, Oezlem, The Horn Dogs) 23. Marley Marl - Hummin' (featuring Roy Ayers and Edwin Birdsong) 24. Jay Dee - Rico Suave Bossa Nova 25. King Britt - Spaces (featuring Quasimoto) 26. will.i.am - Lost Change In D Minor 27. King Britt - Transcend (featuring Bahamadia) 28. Dj Spinna - Idols (featuring Vinia Mojica) 29. Larry Gold - No Stoppin' (featuring Black Thought, Gene McFadden & John Whitehead) 30. Dj Spinna - Love is Sold (feat Abdul Shylon) 31. Jay Dee - Big Booty Express 32. DJ Spinna – Rock (Unplugged) 33. King Britt – Cobbs Creek (featuring De La Soul) 34. Pete Rock – To My Advantage (featuring Nature) 35. Larry Gold – All That You Are (featuring Kindred The Family Soul) 36. DJ Spinna – Galactic Soul 37. Various Artists - The Beat Generation Continuous Mix by DJ Spinna 38. Various Artists - The Beat Generation Continuous Mix by Mr Thing 39. Various Artists - The Beat Generation Continuous Mix by Chris Read
Apollo Brown's instrumental album "Clouds" officially drops on March 1st, 2011 via Mello Music Group. But today, you can purchase "Clouds" exclusively thru iTunes!! Both fans and critics alike have praised the album from the Detroit native, as "Clouds" certainly displays Apollo Brown's musical range, while creating an instrumental album that is more about texture and feeling, taking listeners through a range of moods.
In celebration of the exclusive iTunes pre-release, enjoy the free mp3 download to the song "Tao Te Ching" from the album "Clouds." Record/Production heads maybe familiar w/ the sample used in the song as well...
Enjoy the mp3 download to "Tao Te Ching." Feel free to post and share.
Buy Apollo Brown's "Clouds" on iTunes Today!! (Buy Link Below)
MP3: Seven Star - "My Mother & Father Were Astronauts"
Seven Star of the Counterflow/Botanica Del Jibaro fame is back to officially release the digital version of his debut album My Mother and Father were Astronauts (physically released thru Counterflow Recordings). The 12-track album plus a rare bonus record produced by DJ Sharpsound drops on March 8th thru SoFlo Entertainment/Funknotix. In the meanwhile, we leave you with not only a sampler mix of the album, but additional previously released cuts, all mixed by DJ Muet of Counterflow Recordings.
Track Listing Induce feat. Seven Star - Club Anger Seven Star - Irate MC (Induce Remix) Seven Star - An Errors End Seven Star - Super Natural Tangents Seven Star - Inhuman Manuvers feat. Seven Star - Decisions (XMR) Seven Star - Dawn Of Miles Seven Star - Gender Affection Spirit Agent feat. Seven Star - Womanism Lauryn Hill feat. Seven Star - Freedom (White Label) Musiq feat. Bilal, Seven Star and Dave Ghetto - Dont Stop Seven Star - Take them Clothes Off Freestyle Instrumental Seven Star - Avatar (square remix) Seven Star - Alice Original mixed into Alice (Manuvers remixes) Seven Star - Concious Evolution (Manuvers Remix)
Seven Star, the name alone could not be better suited. The number associated with God or the gods. Seven, of Puerto Rican decent, wrote his first rhyme in 1987. He was born in New York and was raised in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Around the age of 12 Seven and his mother packed up and moved to Miami, Florida due to the lack of jobs in P.R. With a Christian backround he and his mother began going to church. Various talent shows and events at church helped him better his skills as a writer and performer. When the time came to proceed beyond his religous beliefs and begin his individual evolution his journey really began. To hear Seven Star is to hear the mind and wisdom of the ancients speak through him. Touching on all subjects relating to humanity from man-women realtionships to the injustices bestowed on the natives of the island once known as Borike'n, Seven' message is universal and his flow and delivery will inspire, whether spoken or written. His honesty will make you think and react in the tradition of those who inspired him such as Malcolm X, Pedro Albizu Campos, KRS-1 and Ginsberg. Seven Star is currently working on new music and will continue contributing to Hip Hop culture' evolution for as long as he can. Check for all Seven Star related issues on the sites provided below.
Seven Star has performed throughout the world in places such as Paris, France/ Berlin, Germany/ Sheffield, England/ Vigo, Spain/ Oahu, Hawaii as well as throughout the United States.
FEAT. FATHER DUDE, SEER & KONRAD // PRODUCED BY !LLMIND "TAKEN FROM BLAPS, RHYMES & LIFE VOL.5 OUT FEBRUARY 28TH"
Here is the first leak taken for the forthcoming new "Blaps, Rhymes & Life" mixtape, a track from the Lindsay Lohan/Samantha Ronson co-signed, Electro, Soul, Hip Hop outfit Smokey Robotic, entitled "Voices" produced by !llmind & Dr. Know Jr., the single will also be featured on their upcoming new EP called "Outside The Lines" out March 2011 via iTunes.
The "Blaps, Rhymes & Life" series is back with Volume 5! The mixtape features Crooked I, Masta Ace, Ed O.G., Lloyd Banks, Maino, Skyzoo, Jared Evan, Fortilive, Smokey Robotic, supergroup SUN ZOO and more, over 100% !llmind production. OUT FEB 28TH! mark your diaries.