The group discusses the creation process and theory of the album Candid produced by Katrah-Quey. Focusing on the elements of free expression and intimate moments, the Los Angeles based group strives to create meditative music that soothes the listener and leaves them with a positive sense of self. Students of the golden age, the three emcees relish the sound of renaissance rap whilst remaining contemporary with a relevant sound. Moon Blazers believe in expressing ones self and having a good time doing so. Thus, being candid.
Moon Blazer's new album "Candid" in stores July 2011 on Fly Definition Music!
Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Timbo King has been making noise for years, with scene-stealing cameos on Wu classics like RZA's Bobby Digital In Stereo, GZA's Beneath The Surface, Wu-Tang Killa Bees' The Swarm, the Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture compilation, and more. He's also held it down as a member of several collectives, including the Wu-Tang offshoot Royal Fam and the Hip-Hop supergroup Black Market Militia (Timbo, Killah Priest, Tragedy Khadafi, Hell Razah, and William Cooper). He's also held it down on soundtracks to films like Soul In The Hole and Ghost Dog, and gained an international following by working with platinum-selling French rap collective I AM. Despite this success, Timbo has patiently waited, never dropping an album of his own. On August 30th, 2011, Nature Sounds / Real Estate will release Timbo King's solo debut, the long-awaited From Babylon To Timbuk2.
For an MC whose first major breakthrough was a 1993 spot on the Who's The Man soundtrack, it's been a long journey. Yet Timbo King had no problem biding his time. "I didn't want to rush it," he explains. "I took my time in crafting my debut to ensure that fans received the exact quality and body of work I knew they would come to expect from experiencing Timbo King as a featured artist over the years, and now taking the reigns as the ring leader."
The result is a cohesive, razor-sharp collection with plenty of lyrical jewels. Based on a book by Ralph Windsor, From Babylon To Timbuk2 is more than a typical album. "It's an audio novel," explains Timbo. "It's the story of my life, all the ups and downs, and trying to make a way for myself. At the same time, I'm doing the knowledge, teaching some things I've learned." Production duties are handled by Bronze Nazareth (who produced nearly half the album), as well as Lil' Fame of M.O.P., Vinny Idol, and more. A number of guests also stop by, including RZA, Killah Priest, R.A. The Rugged Man, Jr. Reid, Hell Razah, Akir, and William Cooper. While the road was long, the result may be a modern-day Wu classic. "Either you're a survivor or you're a statistic," says Timbo. From Babylon To Timbuk2 is for the survivors.
On the first leak, Timbo drops jewels on his journey through the music industry while name-dropping a host of industry insiders (a la GZA's "Labels").
Pittsburgh emcee Jasiri X - who made news last year with his "What If The Tea Party Were Black?" video - and producer REL!G!ON have joined forces on a new album called Ascension. The album will be released through indie label Wandering Worx Music (wanderingworx.com). Jasiri X and REL!G!ON collaborated on two singles - "Pyramids" featuring Planet Asia, and "Silent Night" - before deciding to work on Ascension. Jasiri X was also featured on REL!G!ON’s debut album Revelationz 1. “Triple 7” is the first leak from the album, and features Kil Ripkin as well as Atlanta femcee staHHr of MF DOOM's Metal Face Crew. In the video clip Jasiri X explains the genesis of “Triple 7”.