GZA To Headline Official SXSW Showcase Backed By M.O.P.
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Showcase Will Also Feature Appearances From M.O.P., Curren$y’s Jet Life Crew (Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Sir Michael Rocks of The Cool Kids, Fiend, Cornerboy P & Street Wiz) Mod Sun & Statik Selektah
Legendary lyricist, GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan will make his return to SXSW on Saturday March 17, 2012, however this time he will be backed by Grammy Award winning band Grupo Fantasma (Brownout). Those who have seen GZA live know just how captivating the swordsman is, and the addition of a 10 piece Latin funk orchestra is certain to make for a performance of phenomenal proportion.
The official showcase, which is presented by iHipHop, Babygrande & The Madbury Club, will also include performances by east coast hardcore veterans M.O.P. as well as Curren$y?s Jet Life crew (Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Sir Michael Rocks of The Cool Kids, Fiend, Cornerboy P & Street Wiz), Marz Lovejoy, Flatbush Zombies, T. Mills, Airplane Boys, Mod Sun and DJ Statik Selektah.
The showcase will take place on Saturday March 17, 2012 at Haven, located at 409 Colorado, Austin. Doors at 8pm. For more information, visit SXSW.com.
MP3: SmCity - "Uh Uh F*ck That (Hands on the Wheel Freestyle)"
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Washington, D.C. rhymesayer SmCity has joined forces with The DJBooth to bring fans his debut full-length, The Indie Life: Hate, Love & Money. The project features 12 original cuts from the up-and-coming emcee, including previously-featured, reader-approved cuts “Watch Me,” “About a Hater” and “Mr. IDGAF.” Joining SmCity on the guest tip throughout The Indie Life are Trey Dupree, Derek Olds, Skyzoo, Kokayi, Pro’verb, DB, Oddisee, Phil Adé, Uptown XO, Sam Trocki. Beats come courtesy of The Best Kept Secret, Heartbeat, Charlie Heritage, The Drumatiks, DB, Ab the Pro and Preston Hart.
The L.E.P. Bogus Boys released one of the most lauded mixtapes of 2011, the DJ Green Lantern-hosted Now Or Neva, and with March underway and SXSW around the corner, Count & Moonie continue to show off the project's strength, releasing yet another powerful visual from the project – the duo's fourth official music video of the young year.
MP3: Jon Hope - "Rhode Less Traveled" (prod. Blaze P)
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Jon Hope has revealed “Rhode Less Traveled” as the first leak from his May 9th LP “Work In Progress.” Produced by Blaze P, the triumphant anthem sets the tone for his hotly anticipated, and long awaited album.
The track, Hope announced, is also being featured in Nike’s international “The Chance” social media campaign which invites soccer players around the world to create highlight reels set to “Rhode Less Traveled” for a chance to train with the world’s most elite teams.
Remaining dates: Mar 07: the geek easy – Orlando, FL Mar 10: Smoke and Barrel – Fayetteville, AR Mar 11: Aardvark – Fort Worth, TX Mar 12: Check Other Outfitters – Houston, TX Mar 14 SXSW @ Malaia, Austin, TX Mar 24 - Tekkoshocon, Pittsburgh, PA Mar 31 - Insert Coin(s) - Las Vegas, NV Apr 4 - Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
LRG sponsored, Brooklyn MC, G.R.A.M.Z and his 4Fun set have been making some serious noise in the NY scene as of late. Recently he's been added to this year's Smoker's Club Tour with Curren$y, shared the stage with A$AP crew and Smoke DZA at NYC's Highline Ballroom, been featured in articles with the Village Voice, and more.
Coming off the heels of his remix producer album Phazed Out (mixed by DJ Rhettmatic), ARIA Award winning producer M-Phazes offers the 'Untagged/No DJ' album version bonus track "Holdin' It Down", featuring industry upcomer Emilio Rojas and burgeoning R&B/Soul singer-songwriter Rich Rivera, available for individual download. The single, which was previously only made available as an 'album only' download, showcases M-Phazes signature use of soulful melodies and loose smacking drums, coupled with Emilio's sincere rhymes about staying true to his identity through the trials and tribulations of his success as an artist.