What up everybody.... so far so good. We're about to head off for Houston for the middle leg of our tour, and last of our Texas stopped. So far everything has been as wild and crazy as I expected... Austin and Dallas were off the chain rack! Storyville and K got introduced to the Con culture..and sooo many stories were told.
The Word is Bond were nice enough to ask K and I to document our adventures, and so we did, and they're right here for you! check em out. http://www.thewordisbond.com/ .
NOAH FRANCIS’ NEW SINGLE “IMMORTAL” FEATURING WUTANG KILLA BEEZ’ PRODIGAL SUNN/SHYHEIM PREMIERES ON mtvU
New York, NY -- (November 15, 2010) – After much acclaim at New York City’s CMJ, it was announced today that Noah Francis’ video for his new single “Immortal” will be premiering on mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network. The song features Wutang Killa Beez members Prodigal Sunn and Shyheim who recently joined him for the CMJ performance at an exciting SOLD OUT gig at the Le Poisson Rouge. Noah graced the cover of the CMJ Music Report Marathon Edition, and turned many converts with his new upcoming galvanizing single “IMMORTAL.” During the week the trailer of the upcoming “IMMORTAL” video was released with an astonishing 33,000 hits in less then 24 hours. After interviews with such press outlets like Associated Press, Fox News, Hit Parader, Source Magazine, Artisan News Service, Global Grind and others, the buildup can be felt and seems to be yielding early buzzworthy results for this eclectic UK rocker.
Among these results is the exciting news that mtvU and mtvU.com will premiere Noah’s “Immortal” on Nov 16th. As the single continues to build heat at press and industry heads, Noah has been and will be continuing to gain converts with his single as he performs across the UK and US proselytizing a new fanbase. Check out what people are saying across the globe - http://www.youtube.com/noahfrancislt#p/a/u/0/I7F_CvGlLrg .
Up next for Noah and Wutang Killa Beez will be the release of “IMMORTAL” in the UK December 6th and in the US on the 7th.
Sampling is archeology. Digging through crates for obscure old records and drafting the sounds of times past into contemporary music is as much about preserving the past as digging for bones is. Few producers take that pursuit as literally as LA native and Armenian beathead Bei Ru, who has traveled across Armenia, Lebanon and Syria on a mission to hunt and rescue rare, out-of-print Armenian 12"s and 45"s from oblivion. He breathes new life into the sounds on those records on Little Armenia (L.A.), an intoxicating voyage through rhythm and melody that serves not only as a dedication to the under-appreciated Armenian musicians of yesteryear and a homage to the Little Armenia section neighborhood of Los Angeles, but also as a musical map of the Armenian diaspora and a wake-up call to his people to take pride in their rich musical history.
Electric instruments and modern sounds began creeping into traditional Armenian music between the 1950s and the 1980s, the era Little Armenia focuses on. These are the songs Bei Ru grew up on, songs he says most Armenians have forgotten. "What inspired me to make this project was all the incredible music I'd find on these old records that most people - even most Armenians - are unaware of," he says. Bei Ru's inspiration to take Armenia's musical past into its future manifests itself in everything from the album's sound to its name. "You walk down a street in the Little Armenia section of Los Angeles, and it's as if the people brought their home country with them. These people, who keep themselves so surrounded by their culture, have forgotten how important the role of music is. Contemporary Armenian music is virtually devoid of any of the aspects of what made those old records so awesome. I felt that Armenians and non-Armenians alike should be exposed to this lost era of music that no one seems to remember." Little Armenia drops November 19th on Musa-Ler Music.
Talented Hip-Hop newcomer Sparkz unleashes his new music video "Hell Yea N*gga" from his latest mixtape project "Blockstar", which is now available for free download via BigBiz Records. "Hell Yea N*gga" already garnered more than 4 million views on WorldStarHipHop.com's mobile video website making it one of the most viewed videos ever.
"I've always been a fan of hype music whether it's a Busta Rhymes track or a Swizz Beatz produced club banger. I enjoy hearing and recording music to get the crowd going and "Hell Yea N*gga" definitely does that when I perform it at my shows. It also describes a bit of the more active side of me as a person through the verses of the song," Sparkz explains.
When talking about the concept of the music video, the aspiring New York rapper added, "I based the visuals for the music video on two of my performances and rather then coming up with a story line to explain the song, just let the viewers actually see me performing. It just gives a clear exciting image of what I wanted this song to do in the clubs. And also you can see how I get down at my shows! The lyrics are type street and explicit but the ladies in the video seem to feel it [laughs]."
Sparkz aka Benny Stacka was raised in the cold hard blocks of Coney Island, NY. At an early age, he began to learn the fundamentals of the streets and how to survive as a hustler in New York. As heard in many stories before, music and especially Hip-Hop changed the young gunner's life when he decided to pick up the mic to tell his story. During Sparkz' come up as an aspiring and talented emcee, who is constantly improving his rap skillz, he opened up shows for established artists like Fabolous, M.O.P., Naughty By Nature, and other celebrities that rose from the streets of New York.
Substantial was one of my original Artists Of The Week when I started this feature back in 2006. Since then he’s gotten married, moved from Brooklyn back to his original home of Maryland, release a couple albums, and had a child. The one thing I don’t think he’s done is sleep, because even with all that going on he still found the time to link up with Seattle producer Marcus D to create Bop Alloy. This week I caught up with both Substantial and Marcus D to find out more about the Bop Alloy project, including how they came together for it, the musical direction it goes in that will have longtime Substantial fans cheering, and why they’re so big in Japan.