Zion I Release 8th LP & Hit the Road for ShadowBoxing Tour
Courtesy Nik @ Ballin PR.
Hip-Hop group Zion I continue to forge new ground musically on their latest LP ShadowBoxing, a beat-heavy hip-hop album decidedly grittier than past projects. Always pushing the literal—and figurative—needle forward, the duo, consisting of emcee Zumbi and producer Amp Live, have once again created something experimental and heartfelt. ShadowBoxing features guests such as Bassnectar, Grouch and Eligh, Collie Buddz and Goapele.
A move from the live instrumentation of their last record, ShadowBoxing enlists a range of producers such as Traxamillion, Timeline, DexBeats, Minnesota, who bring an unconventional, eclectic flavor to the album. With its futuristic beat, “Float,” produced by Santa Cruz up-and-comer Minnesota, is reminiscent of Zion I’s earlier work, Mind Over Matter. On “Bounce,” Bassnectar masters the manipulating of frequencies and crushing basslines. “I just did my thing with the image of a huge crowd going ham in my mind while I penned the verse,” explains Zumbi of recording the track.
Thematically, ShadowBoxing is signature Zion I: "This is an album about metaphorical kicks and throws at oneself," explains Zumbi, "looking inward at the shadow self, and seeking awareness in the darkness of one's own psyche."
To support the album, Zion I will hit 30 cities from Brooklyn to Boulder and Atlanta to Orlando with Santa Cruz Dubstep DJ, Minnesota for the “2012 Shadowboxing Tour.”
Since 1999, Zion I has released seven critically acclaimed LPs, including Mind Over Matter (1998), Deep Water Slang (2000), True & Livin’ (2003), Break of Dawn (2004), The Take Over (2009), and Atomic Clock (2010). They also have two highly acclaimed albums under the name [Zion I and The Grouch with long time collaborator The Grouch, Hereos in the City of Dope and Hereos in the Healing of the Nation. Voted best Bay Area hip-hop group by the SF Weekly numerous times, Zion I have been featured in media outlets from XXL, The Source, Vibe, YRB, 944, Prefixmag.com, Popmatters, 7+7, SF Chronicle, and SF Bay Guardian.
Oct 22nd -- Neurolux -- Boise, ID
Oct 23rd -- Urban Lounge -- Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 24th -- Aggie Theatre -- Fort Collins, CO
Oct 25th -- Boulder Theater -- Boulder, CO
Oct 26th -- Three20South -- Breckendridge, CO
Oct 27th -- The Fillmore -- Denver, CO
Nov 8th -- Brooklyn Bowl -- New York, NY
Nov 9th -- Middle East Downstairs -- Cambridge, MA
Nov 10th -- The Blockley -- Philadelphia, PA
Nov 11th -- Higher Ground -- South Burlington, VT
Nov 12th -- Pearl St -- Northampton, MA
Nov 14th -- Baltimore Soundstage -- Baltimore, MD
Nov 15th -- Amos' Southend -- Charlotte, NC
Nov 16th -- The Music Farm -- Charleston, SC
Nov 17th -- Terminal West -- Atlanta, GA
Nov 18th -- Jack Rabbits -- Jacksonville, FL
Nov 19th -- The Social -- Orlando, FL
Dec 6 --The Hut-- Tucson, AZ
Dec 7 --- Marquee Theatre--Tempe, AZ
Dec 8 --The Green Room-- Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 14th -- El Rey Theatre -- Los Angeles, CA
Dec 15th -- Porter's Pub -- La Jolla, CA
Audio: Styles Of Beyond f/ Celph Titled "Take That"
Courtesy Matt B.
After years of delays, Styles of Beyond's 3rd album "Reseda Beach" is now available on iTunes and CD at demigodzstore.com - And what better way to celebrate with an Aqua-produced track from the album featuring fellow Demigodz brother Celph Titled. The LP is executive produced by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and also features Apathy, Scoop Deville, Somaya Reece, Bishop Lamont and Shinoda himself.
Smoking Section Large Professor Freestyle Live At CMJ 2012
Courtesy Audible Doctor.
"Last week was NYC’s CMJ Music Marathon, and for Hip-Hop heads, Thursday and Friday nights sure felt like a fitting culmination of the week’s madness. On Friday, a cameraman (incomparable 5D-operator Sam Shirreff) and I dusted off our boots for Mass Appeal’s CMJ Takeover Event. Alchemist, Action Bronson, Prodigy, Asher Roth and Large Professor performed at the Gramercy Theatre, which is sneakily expansive, boasting an intricate system of backstage hallways and rooms.
We’re still editing some on-stage footage for your viewing pleasure, but in the meantime, you can peep a Large Pro freestyle below, dropped over a nifty sample flip of the *Live at the Apollo* version of “I’ll Go Crazy,” courtesy of Extra P’s DJ, Audible Doctor." - *Jesse H.*
Videos: "A Day In The Life" Ft. Angela Yee & Miss Info
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Angela Yee, of New York City's Power 105.1 FM, and Miss Info, of New York City's Hot 97 FM, are two of hip-hop's most talented and respected radio personalities and tastemakers. Recently, Yee and Info, in separate interviews, sat down to give us an inside look at what a day in their lives is like, while also breaking down their thoughts on The Hip Hop Dance Experience, the latest video game from Ubisoft, to be released November 13th.
In the Angela Yee clip, the Brooklyn native and Breakfast Club co-host takes us inside the Power 105.1 studios, breaking down what an average day is like for her at the station, before reminiscing on some of her favorite club tracks (Fat Joe's "Lean Back") that appear in The Hip Hop Dance Experience. Angela Yee also gives a special shout-out to choreographer to the stars Laurieann Gibson, who was integrally involved in the making of The Hip Hop Dance Experience, and whose involvement Yee expects will make her a better dancer after playing the game.
For her clip, Minya Oh, AKA Miss Info, takes us to New York City's Washington Square Park as she recalls growing up in her Chicago with a deep passion for hip-hop, listening to artists like Run DMC, NWA, and De La Soul, and going to clubs to share that music with friends and peers. "Dance is the physical expression of why you love music," she says in the video. "And in hip-hop it's even more crucial." And while Miss Info admits to doing some of her most aggressive dancing in the privacy of her own home, she's excited about the possibilities that The Hip Hop Dance Experience offers to not only improve on one's dance skills, mentioning gaming functions like "Power Schooling," which offers players a slo-mo tutorial, but also to make people more social and active, or, as Miss Info says, "to become the life of the party."
The Hip Hop Dance Experience is the first authentic hip hop game in the dance category. Players can dance to hit songs from Drake, Mark Morrison, N.E.R.D., Nelly, Outkast, Rihanna, and many more, with dance moves designed by the most famous hip hop choreographers in the industry. Authentic music video and live performance footage, paired with dynamic visual effects triggered by your movement, transform your living room into a real-time music video. The Hip Hop Dance Experience will be available worldwide for Kinect for Xbox 360 and Wii for Nintendo on November 13th.
1. Right Back (featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
2. Greatness (featuring Vivian Green)
3. The Thirst
4. Wonder Tape
5. No Doubt
6. Dream Big (featuring Musiq Soulchild)
8. Ghetto Streets
9. Numbers (featuring Neef Buck)
10. True (featuring Wale)
11. Sweet Temptations (featuring Nikki Jean)
12. All The Hoods (featuring Miss Daja Thomas & Alond Rich)
13. Hottest Akhi
15. Money Is My Medicine
16. Lil' Mama
Diamond In The Ruff Tour Dates:
October 24 - Church - Boston, MA
November 1 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
November 11 - HWCC - Chicago, IL
November 12 - The Blockley - Philadelphia, PA
November 26 - TBA - New York, NY (Release Party)
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
This is the latest video released from my 1/2012 release "The Longer Way Home." I don't know how to separate myself from the 1,000's of other artists spamming you guys except through my music. The video has no music until the 1:40 mark, all prior is a speech by Charlie Chaplin.
Back with another hot record from his "Inspired By Greatness" EP, Trel Mack returns with another hit with "Who He Think He Is". The record is featured on many publications and radio shows and is gaining much DJ support as well.
MP3: MHz Legacy - "Satisfied" Ft. Slug (Of Atmosphere)
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Next week, on October 30th, MHz Legacy will release their new, self-titled album via Man Bites Dog Records. Today, MHz Legacy is releasing the album's latest single, "Satisfied," a track produced by RJD2 that features Slug of the group Atmosphere.