Since going viral in 2011, Issa Rae and Awkward Black Girl (ABG) have garnered over 500,000 viewers per episode (first episode hitting well over 1 million views), won the coveted Shorty Award for “Best Web Show,” and most recently, inked a production deal to air ABG on YouTube via a new YouTube partner channel brought to you by Pharrell Williams’ creative firm, i am OTHER.
MP3: Dee-1 - "Never Clockin Out (Remix)" Ft. Killer Mike
Courtesy Audible Treats.
New Orleans rapper and former middle school teacher Dee-1 has been on a consistent grind ever since he broke onto the scene just under two years ago, releasing a slew of singles, videos and mixtapes, and as a result, he's been featured in XXL's "Show & Prove" section, The Source's, "Unsigned Hype" section, and other publications for his music, and in Billboard, and on CNN and MTV News for his work on "Tha Hip Hop Doc," a documentary that raises awareness about health issues among youth in his native Louisiana. His newest mixtape, #TheFocusTape, hosted by hometown hero Mannie Fresh, will be released on October 9th. In support of the new project, Dee will be hitting the road with Macklemore for a 50-date national tour beginning in October, and today, Dee-1 is releasing the latest leak from the upcoming mixtape, "Never Clockin Out (Remix)" featuring legendary ATLien Killer Mike.
"Never Clockin Out (Remix)," produced by DJ Fu, follows in the footsteps of Dee's previous two leaks, "Shut Up and Grind," and the Mannie Fresh-featuring and Mos Def co-signed effort "The Very Best." The inspiration for the track, according to Dee, is that "my grind is on 100 right now. I don't clock in and clock out of work anymore, it's 24/7." He goes on to explain that "this is a special time, a rare opportunity in life where I can do something great to change my life and those around me for the better, and I won't let the opportunity slip away. I gotta get it."
As for the Killer Mike verse, Dee says the collaboration was a long time in the making. "We have a great friendship off the mic and we went on tour together in 2011," says Dee. "I look up to him, because he's a proven veteran and a hell of an artist. We're both southern lyricists who understand the streets and the industry hustle - we rap about what we want and we're not puppets."
Tour Dates - Ticket LInks TUE - Sep 18, 2012 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Area Technical College SAT - Sep 22, 2012 Pittsburgh, PA The Shadow Lounge TUE - Sep 25, 2012 Cincinnati, OH Elementz Hip-Hop SAT - Oct 06, 2012 Philadelphia, PA City Hall THU - Oct 11, 2012 Portland, OR The Crystal Ballroom FRI - Oct 12, 2012 Seattle, WA WAMU Theatre SAT - Oct 13, 2012 Vancouver, BC The Vogue TUE - Oct 16, 2012 Spokane, WA The Knitting Factory WED - Oct 17, 2012 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre THU - Oct 18, 2012 Boise, ID The Knitting Factory FRI - Oct 19, 2012 Bend, OR Midtown Music Hall SAT - Oct 20, 2012 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre SUN - Oct 21, 2012 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore TUE - Oct 23, 2012 Arcata, CA Humboldt State University WED - Oct 24, 2012 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst THU - Oct 25, 2012 San Diego, CA House of Blues FRI - Oct 26, 2012 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory SAT - Oct 27, 2012 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box SUN - Oct 28, 2012 Tempe, AZ Club Red TUE - Oct 30, 2012 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad THU - Nov 01, 2012 Dallas, TX Cambridge Rm @ HOB SAT - Nov 03, 2012 Houston, TX Bronze Peacock @ HOB SUN - Nov 04, 2012 New Orleans, LA HOB Parish Room TUE - Nov 06, 2012 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room WED - Nov 07, 2012 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live THU - Nov 08, 2012 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade FRI - Nov 09, 2012 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle SAT - Nov 10, 2012 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel SUN - Nov 11, 2012 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre TUE - Nov 13, 2012 Washington, DC 9:30 Club WED - Nov 14, 2012 Philadelphia, PA TLA THU - Nov 15, 2012 Boston, MA House of Blues THU - Nov 15, 2012 Burlington, VT Higher Ground SUN - Nov 18, 2012 New Haven, CT Toad's Place TUE - Nov 20, 2012 New York, NY Irving Plaza FRI - Nov 23, 2012 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre SAT - Nov 24, 2012 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall SUN - Nov 25, 2012 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop TUE - Nov 27, 2012 Lansing, MI The Loft WED - Nov 28, 2012 Chicago, IL House of Blues THU - Nov 29, 2012 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre SAT - Dec 01, 2012 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue Mainroom SUN - Dec 02, 2012 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose TUE - Dec 04, 2012 Des Moines, IA People's Court WED - Dec 05, 2012 Omaha, NE The Slowdown FRI - Dec 07, 2012 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre SAT - Dec 08, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Born and raised in the heart of New Orleans, Dee-1 shared the same struggles as the legendary artists that put the 504 on the map, but he represents the city with a different viewpoint. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor's degree, Dee-1 began teaching middle school in Baton Rouge, but as his buzz as an artist continued to grow, he finally decided that his passion for hip hop was too much to ignore and that being "Dee-1" gave him a much larger platform to be heard than being "Mr. Augustine." In 2010, Dee-1 founded his own entertainment company, OMAR Ent., and having already built a solid street buzz with his mixtapes Still We Rise and I Am Who I Am, Dee-1 catapulted to another level with the release of his critically acclaimed independent album David & Goliath, which earned Dee accolades from fans and peers alike, with Mannie Fresh and 9th Wonder personally reaching out with praise. Dee-1's next project, I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2, continued Dee's ascent, receiving thousands of downloads worldwide, while a number of singles from the album received radio play and airplay on MTV Jams. Now, Dee-1 is currently prepping his new mixtape, #TheFocusTape, which will be hosted by Mannie Fresh and is slated for release on October 9, 2012. To support the tape, Dee-1 will also hit the road this fall, for what will be his fourth nationwide tour, a 50-date run alongside Macklemore.
Project Pat Readies Belly On Full 2 with Nasty Mane, Juicy J and More!
Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.
On the heels of Loud Pack in 2011 and the Belly on Full mixtape with Nasty Mane earlier this year, Memphis rap icon Project Pat is preparing for the October 2, 2012, release Belly On Full Part 2 via his own Money Train Management, in conjunction with Select-O-Hits.
The lead single "P.O.L.O (Horse Power)" features Juicy J, and is currently in rotation with DJs across the country.
Described as an all-around street album with something for everyone, the title Belly On Full 2 refers to getting money and trying to stay up. With more features from returning Belly On Full Part 1 cohort Nasty Mane and Atlanta's Gorilla Zoe, Belly On Full 2 aims to capture Pat's devoted fan base along with recognizing the growing "Trippy" movement.
From his early work with Three Six Mafia to album projects with with Koch and Asylum, Project Pat has secured himself a place as one of the most unique personalities in the music business. In July 2012, Pat appeared on Wiz Khalifa's overnight fan favorite "Still Got It", further confirming his ability to move with the times.
"I've been fortunate enough to maintain a career and produce music that people love for over a decade now," says Project Pat. "I feel like in this digital era there are opportunities at every turn to reach new ears, and I hope that Belly On Full 2 continues my reputation for giving the people what they want."
Video: Stixx "Video Games" - When Xbox Beats XoXo??
Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.
Brooklyn lyricist Stixx is enjoying life in his new visual for "Video Games" - but too bad his leading lady doesn't see things the same way! If you've ever gotten caught up playing games (even metaphorically), this could be YOU!
Closing out the year with what can only be described as their most ambitious project to date, Hip-Hop Duo NEFEW are unleashing the second installment of their ANTIHERO free album series on November 8th. Utilizing their creativity beyond the confines of the studio with impressive visuals, eclectic marketing tools and a bespoke T-Shirt line, Polemikk and PA-Double promise to deliver to their ever-expanding fan base an album many would be happy to pay for.
Matt Brevner (The Genius behind Jitters - MadChild) "BANG BANG"
Fresh off of his appearance on Madchild's "Dopesick" record, Matt Brevner releases Volume 6 of his in studio "One Takes" series. Audio is captured with a canon 7d, then layered with what the artist is hearing in his headphones. One Take is Key.