Big Pauper Beyond My Means drops April 26th from Circle Into Square Records!
Big Pauper has had a busy twenty six years on earth. Formerly performing under the name Panzah Zandahz, Portland's Big Pauper is an acclaimed producer, deejay and visual artist with a penchant for forgotten media and discarded technologies. His ten year stint managing the abstract hip hop label Token Recluse found a wide variety of projects in his lap. Pauper established himself with the notoriety of a full length cut and paste reinterpretation of first Radiohead, and then Beck. In their wake, Pauper performed at Scribble Jam & the Red Bull Music Academy, toured Europe a handful of times and worked with the likes of Two Ton Sloth, Cut Chemist and the Dandy Warhols. Big Pauper also has been producing circuit bent video work within the world-renowned sound art collective Folktek and gearing his projects towards a variety of video-art installations.
His most recent effort Beyond My Means sits comfortably somewhere between a 93 era instrumental hip hop record and some of the best downtempo electronic work out there today. It is a dusty, glitchy and often times noisy tapestry of found sounds, VHS beats and analog synth textures. The album has it's roots deep in sixties psych rock, the dregs of new age tape crustiness, our waning industrial society and most evidently, schlock cinema (everything from Portuguese horror, to the sleaziest of nunsploitation). The album draws comparisons to recent works from the Books, Broadcast, Odd Nosdam and Edan. Beyond My Means unfolds like a grindhouse double feature, that private press record you can't believe you found, or your third eye chakra babbling on after a group reiki session.
Big Pauper's Beyond My Means will be available on vinyl, cassette and digital this April 26th, 2011 via Circle Into Square Records/Fake Four Inc! Download and share last fall's Cops Eat Flowers EP, your free introduction to Big Pauper's planet.
MP3: Kosha Dillz f/ Mojo Hannah - "All These Years"
Kosha Dillz is approaching the last leg of his 35 city 'Give Me Five' tour, where he's raising charity in support of the Tipitinas Foundation of New Orleans which provides musical instruments/lessons for less fortunate youth in more than 60 schools. Kosha is raising a nickel at a time by connecting with his fan base via "high fives' at shows & use of the social media hashtag #GiveMeFIve (in addition to merch sales, etc.). In promotion of Kosha's tour and his forthcoming EP Gina & The Garage Sale, which drops later this month, Kosha is pleased to present the EPs debut leak "All These Years" (feat. Mojo Hannah), produced by Shuko & Fonty. #GiveMeFive
For his third free download, Illin' P decides to revisit a classic P.Diddy/G.Dep instrumental. When asked about the track Illin' P stated "these words had no home, but felt good over this beat. I simply call this exercise".
Illin' P is one of the most respected lyricists in the underground. After having memorable guest appearances on projects by artists such as KRS-One, Mr. Lif, The Snowgoons, and Ripshop, Illin' P is set to release his debut album in Fall of 2011. Titled "Gentleman Sings The Black And Blues", Illin' P will be serving his fans plenty of appetizers as he plans on releasing a free download every week for 3 months straight, leading up to the release of a new mixtape called "3 Lefts 2 Make a R1ght."
(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - VP Records recording artists Gyptian and Etana are deeply disappointed at the cancellation of their tour across the Midwest and East Coast (see dates below). It was cancelled due to unforseen circumstances beyond the artists' and label's control. Both Gyptian and Etana express disappointment in missing their fans for this tour and look forward to seeing them in the near future.
03/03/11 Indianapolis, Indiana - Caribbean Village 03/04/11 Charlotte, North Carolina - Twilight Bar & Grill 03/05/11 Syracuse University, New York - The Underground 03/06/11 Washington, D.C. - DC Star Nightclub 03/07/11 Bridgeport, Connecticut - Toad's Place 03/08/11 Louisville, Kentucky - Tailgators Bar & Grill 03/09/11 St. Louis, Missouri - Club 2720 03/10/11 Kansas City, Kansas - G'Jamaican 03/11/11 Columbus, Ohio - Al Rosa Villa
Lead Single From The Proven Theory Deals With Themes Of Survival, Feeling Misunderstood
Just now prepping the release of his debut album, Yonas has already garnered much acclaim and early success in his career. In 2008, the Bronx, New York native released his first project, 2008's The Goldern Era, earning a Billboard Songwriting Award for Best Hip Hop/Rap Song and a nomination from the Independent Music Awards for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album Of The Year. His next release, the I Am Us EP received over 50,000 downloads, and since then Yonas has been putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming album and official debut, The Proven Theory, which will be released on April 25th. Now, as the album release date approaches, Yonas is treating fans to the forthcoming album's first single, "Fall Back."
On "Fall Back," producer Sean Divine provides a dark, bass heavy beat complete with keys and distorted guitars for Yonas' passion-filled lyrics. "'Fall Back,' to me, expresses exactly what it is that I feel, and what it is a lot of us feel daily, and that's the feeling that we're misunderstood," explains Yonas. "I wanted to draw attention to the fact that we all fight through our emotions to survive for not only ourselves, but for the people that depend on us." From start to finish, Yonas' power with words is evident, as raps, "I feel like my tank is on E/ This damn ship is sinkin' on me/ But I got people bankin' on me/ So I fight through what they cannot see."
The Proven Theory will be available April 25th, 2011.
The son of a Ugandan mother and Ethiopian father, Yonas was in tune with music at a very young age. He learned how to play violin at 5 and attended a program at Julliard while in middle school. Taking a full-time approach to music after receiving his GED, Yonas's very first project, The New Golden Era, released in 2008, earned him a Billboard Songwriting Award for Best Hip Hop/Rap Song. His next release, the I Am Us EP, received over 50,000 downloads. Backed by his material, the MC began sharing stages with acts such as Pharoahe Monch, Curren$y, and Big K.R.I.T. to name a few. Now, for 2011 and beyond, Yonas’ goal with his live shows and official debut, The Proven Theory, which will be released April 25, 2011 is simple, to be a "universal artist."