1. Be It 2. Mekka N the Sole Brother 3. Take My Life (ft. Freeway) 4. Say It Aint So (ft. S Dot) 5. If U Think That 6. It’s Not a Game 7. Law of the Jungle 8. Weird Dreemz 9. Missing My Life (ft. S Dot) 10. Sunday Dinner 11. Sunlite Would Never Shine 12. Decisions 13. We Laf, We Cry 14. Who Do U Blame Pt. 2 (The Prequel) 15. Who Do U Blame Pt. 1*
Welcome to “No Rookies Allowed,” a mixtape that shines a light on talented artists on their independent grind. Manhattan’s Amoeba Music Group and ElmoSince87.com offer this as the first in a series of label-blog collaborations. Unsigned? Yes. Unskilled? No.
From the personal stories of the artists to the making of the tape, “No Rookies Allowed” is an interesting project all around. What started as an idea by a blogger named Elmo (yes, that’s his real name) evolved into discussions with a Wall St. trader who runs his own label, DG. They targeted a talent pool of up and coming artists from different backgrounds like Dee-1 and Anthem. Where else would you hear a middle school teacher-turned-rapper or an emcee that traded in a Wall St. career for his dreams, all in one place?
Blogs have done so much for hip-hop, but good music still goes unheard. Together, AMG and ElmoSince87 hope to bring some of that music to light. NRA is a great way to give a voice to more artists and take advantage of how viral music is becoming. This benefits the artists, blogs, and listeners. Most of all, it’s good for hip-hop.
Latest Single From Rawth EP Features One-Half Of Chester French
As the December 27th release of Nottz & Asher Roth's Rawth EP approaches, the unlikely duo continue to release tracks from the project to whet the appetites of fans. This latest track, "Gotta Get Up" features DA, one-half of Chester French, and kicks off with a flow of piano chords before Nottz' own signature bass and drums kick in. As DA sings "Gotta get up, gotta get out, gotta get home before the morning comes," Asher, in his patented laid back flow, spits tales of laziness and partying – and hoping to find a way to leave the party lifestyle behind.
Nottz & Asher Roth's Rawth EP will be available for free download on December 27th. Fans can also look forward to having the EP as a physical collectors item, as the EP will be available on limited edition vinyl in 2011.
Since 1998, some of Virginia-born Nottz' biggest records to date include, Snoop Dogg Ft R.Kelly "That's That," Kanye West Ft Lil Wayne "Barry Bonds," and Scarface Ft Trey Songz "Girl You Know." Adding to those credits, he has collaborated with artists such as Notorious B.I.G, Swizz Beats, The Game, 50 Cent, Dwele, and Murs just to name a few. These past few years he has built fan base and earned his stripes as a respected and talented artist and, on October 19th 2010, he is set to release his self-produced debut, You Need This Music. All of Nottz' hard work has been, in his words, "to take over the world one day with my sound.
MTV’s SWAY CALLOWAY BRINGS MC’s SAIGON AND JOE BUDDEN TOGETHER TO RECORD SONG FOR ALBUM “THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD”
For Immediate Release
Hip Hop Beef between MC’s is a familiar topic that’s discussed and reported regularly. We see the rivals play out on music, print and online. Most of the time, the rifts never end and sometimes remain for years. We’ve heard some of the greatest music come out of the beefs. Then there’s special occasions where MC’s see the bigger picture, bury the hatchet and do something positive. These historical events must be featured to show it’s bigger than the music and we all evolve.
MTV News Correspondent, Sway Calloway became the conduit to cement a truce between MC’s Saigon and Joe Budden. The two have been serving slurs and diss records back and forth over the recent years that caused a stir in the hip hop community. During Thursdays live interview on MTV’s RapFix, host Sway Calloway asked Joe Budden about the rivalry. He also asked Budden about doing a collaboration with Saigon for his upcoming debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told. Sway told Budden that Saigon always thought Budden was a dope MC. Joe Budden replied, “Let’s Do it.”
Less than eight hours after making the historical pact, Sway convinced the two MC’s to head uptown to Harlem studio, Stadium Red to record the Just Blaze produced track, “Bring Me Down.” Saigon and Joe Budden laced the re-mix with hot spitting lyrics that won’t disappoint fans and hip-hop lovers.
Saigon’s highly anticipated album, The Greatest Story Never Told releases on February 15, 2011 on Suburban Noize Records. Joe Budden's Mood Muzik 4-A Turn 4 The Worst is now available.
Latest Track From Roachy Balboa 2 Provides Strong Concept and Development
As the January 4th release date of Roachy Balboa 2 inches ever closer, Bay Area emcee Roach Gigz continues to leak tracks off the forthcoming free mixtape. The latest in the series of leaks is "Hold Up" and features a guest spot from Oakland's own J Stalin, who has stayed busy by releasing more than four albums worth of material in the last year, including the lauded Prenuptial Agreement on SMC Recordings.
This latest single features the rapper's signature high-energy delivery but, much like with his last leak, "The Dopest 2" the beat is more electronic and less pervasive than those featured on the original Roachy Balboa. The song also contains a strong narrative based around the driving factors behind one's need for wealth and financial stability that climaxes in a hook, sung by Roach himself, and lines like, "We all chase the same thing, vain dreams/ If your money talks, I'mma make mine scream," while also injecting anecdotes "Trust goes missing/ Do it for the love, don't do it for attention/ Do it for your blood, don't do it for the leeches/ They don't got your back/ When you're trapped, they're speechless." With this track, Roach has assembled a strong concept, guest spot, and strong verses, all showcasing the depth and development of his skills as an emcee.
Roach Gigz' Roachy Balboa 2 will be released January 4, 2011.