(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."
Video: T.I.'s Brother Bryyce Speaks on Grand Hustle, Yung L.A.
T.I.'s 19 year old brother and hypeman, Bryyce, is holding down Grand Hustle until he comes out from his latest prison stint. Bryyce calls DJ Smallz on SouthernSmokeRadio.com and speaks on the current Yung L.A. situation, growing up in New York, getting drunk & high at 8 years old, studio sessions with Pharrell & Swizz Beatz, his own rap career and more.
March 1, 2011--Los Angeles, CA--Iowa bred rapper Coolzey is readying Coolzey and the Search for the Hip Hop Hearts, a new project of 12-12-12: Twelve tracks. Twelve producers (Will Tell (Brooklyn Academy, Worda Mouth), Alex Newman (Giant Panda), JRawls (Lone Catalysts), Headnodic (Crown City Rockers), DJ PRZM (Spitball, 3MS), Copywrite (MhZ, Weathermen), Woodstock (Crown City Rockers), and twelve dope videos for each song. Coolzey and the Search...drops April 5th, 2011.
Coolzey (Zachary Eli Lint) was borne out of the cornfields of central Iowa in 1976. A boy who for some unexplained reason grew up only being able to listen to roughneck east coast hip hop and Weird Al Yankovic began looping tapes and rhyming into boomboxes in the 80s. After that there was Pavement, the Wu Tang Clan, mushrooms, sex, and America.
An obsessive artistic activist, Zach has spent his adult life playing drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards with bands belonging to a multitude of genres, including punk, classic rock, country, psychedelic, rockabilly, surf, folk, and even a waltz band. He has also thrived in the studio, producing albums for a number of friends, hip-hop and rock ventures.
In 2002, fresh out of college, Zach toured with the midwest hip-hop troupe The Sucka MCs in support of “Da Album” released on Ace Fu Records (Man-Man, Pinback), and found himself immersed in a world of debauchery as the group deteriorated into madness, getting kicked out of shows for stealing beer (on tour with Vanilla Ice) and putting the headliners in headlocks (Paul Barman). Ace Fu dropped the Suckas and Coolzey went off on his own.
The next few years were spent recording and self-releasing a few demos (including Akstoopid and RoyGBiv) and three EPs (The He Did EP, Soixante-Neuf, and Coolzey vs PRZM) while touring extensively, initially with comrade and fellow Iowa native Schaffer the Darklord, and then with legends and hip-hop peers such as Sadat X, Raashan Ahmad, Vast Aire, Pigeon John, Prince Po, Brother Ali, and Copywrite.
In January 2010, Coolzey released his first official album, The Honey, which Okayplayer called “a delightfully odd EP” and commented that “it’s Coolzey’s humor and kaleidoscopic vision that’s the main attraction.” URB magazine asserted, “At a glance (The Honey) seems like another good’ole fashioned ten song hip-hop album. Upon further inspection, it becomes quite clear that there is a little bit more going on. (The Honey) offers some pleasant surprises to the listener. Coolzey finds himself singing on a few of the tracks and it actually works fantastically.”
Currently, Zach is living in Los Angeles and working on a 4-Track indie rock project called Live from the Cave @ Dougman, writing screenplays, acting, hitting the open mics to try out some stand-up comedy, and preparing a pair of studio albums for the fall / winter of 2011 entitled “Hit Factory - Volumes I and II”.
This is a shoutout to all my Irish (and non-Irish) hip-hop heads who's taking this time out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day much early. And they say that there's no such thing as celebrating too early. On to the free music!
Chip Tha Rapper :: Gift Raps
It's been nearly four months past Christmas, yet Chip Tha Ripper decides to give y'all a gift of free music entited "Gift Raps." This is an unique free project that's beyond including Chip's leftovers and whatnot. This project is Chip going hard over beats produced by none other than Cool Kids' Chuck Inglish. So, merry belated Christmas to all y'all!
On the left of Dee-1 is legendary activist Malcolm X and on the right is New Orleans celebrated rapper Soulja Slim. What they both have in common is that they're both slain by a bullet with their name on it. Dee-1 stands in the middle, perhaps giving the statement that he has the personality of both intertwined into one. That's my impression before I even downloaded this mixtape, but when you download this project, take heed to the title "I Hope They Hear Me."
J. Rawls has always been one of my favorite hip-hop producers of all time, yet underrated to this day. But the underrated title doesn't faze the one-half of Lone Catalysts one bit as he's been putting in work for this year. Many who knows about Rawls is that he reps the Ohio state, so he decided to reach out and give a hand to up-and-coming Ohio rappers to spit over his beats to take over hip-hop Ohio style. #OhioTakeover shows you how these Ohio players get down.
King Mez is a North Carolina emcee who has earned his status as a battle rhyming emcee, which sounds like a deja vu of another Carolina emcee (now 'ternt sanga') who was on the come-up, if you catch my drift. Mez links up with Away Team's own beatsmith Khrysis to drop this free-P on all y'all. If you don't get my drift on which Carolina emcee I'm refering to, you'll get it by the sixth track. King him!
I digs a cat like YC the Cynic, f'real. He's the living proof that just because he's a young emcee on the rise of this era, he's not going to bombard your eardrums with a silly dance or brag about how much swag and (record label loaned) dough he have. Instead, he gives you quality. And that's what I admire of any emcee of any age who gives just that. If that doesn't convice you enough to download this, then maybe the guest appearances will (C-Rayz Walz, Sene, Soul Khan, Von Pea, Homeboy Sandman, etc.) Fall FWD or fall back.
That's it for the "Lucky Green Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....