PR: Prodigy's H.N.I.C. 3 Drops July 3 f/ Wiz Khalifa, T.I. Havoc & More
New York, NY - Prodigy, one half of seminal rap duo Mobb Deep, will release his third solo album H.N.I.C. 3 on July 3, 2012. The album marks the first full length release on Infamous Record. The imprint, which inked a distribution deal with Sony/RED Distribution last year, released the Mobb Deep EP Black Cocaine at the end of 2011.
For the current project, Prodigy has enlisted producers The Alchemist, S.C., Young L, Sid Roams, Ty Fyffe and Beat Butch. Among other guest appearances, Wiz Khalifa joins the HNIC on "Co-Pilot" while T.I. guest stars on the track "What's Happening" which he also produced. Havoc lends a verse on "Who You Bullsh****n" and Willie Taylor of Day 26 provides the hook for the track "My Angel."
The album will be released in both physical and digital formats and it will be available in a variety of versions: the regular full length version in dirty and clean versions (sixteen tracks), the Deluxe version (explicit full length plus four bonus tracks) and a Prodigy documentary on DVD, a FYE Exclusive version (explicit full length plus a Mobb Deep documentary on DVD), a iTunes Exclusive version (explicit version plus four bonus tracks) and, last but nor least, an exclusive Crickett Wireless Mobile-Only version (explicit full length plus two bonus tracks.)
H.N.I.C. 3 is the third installment of the H.N.I.C. series. The first H.N.I.C. album dropped in 2000 and received notable critical acclaim. The second H.N.I.C. project dropped in 2008 as Prodigy was entering prison to serve a three year bid for illegal gun possession.
Prodigy, along with long time partner Havoc, joined the line up of the Rock The Bells festival in 2011, as well as the Rock The Bells Tour that kept the group on the road for most of the summer. This year, Prodigy will join the festival again to promote his solo effort.
The week prior to the album release, the HN will embark on a series of promo activities that so far includes a take-over at Sirius XM Radio, guest editor position at prominent media outlets, a guest appearance on Hot 97's "Street Soldiers" show along with writer Michelle Alexander, author of the best selling book The New Jim Crow. Prodigy is also featured, along with "trainer" Killer Mike, on the episode of the MTV show Made that will air on June 19 at 4 pm EST.
H.N.I.C. 3 - Track Listing
1. Without Rhyme or Reason (Alchemist) 2. Slept On (Alchemist) 3. Pretty Thug (Ty Fyffe) 4. My Angel feat Willie Taylor of Day 26 (Beat Butcha) 5. Co-Pilot feat Wiz Khalifa (The Colombians) 6. Live (Alchemist) 7. Make It Hot (Young L) 8. Get Money feat Boogz Boogetz (Young L) 9. Life Is What You Make It (S.C.) 10. Award Show Life (S.C.) 11. Who You Bullsh****n feat Havoc (Sid Roams) 12. Skull & Bones (Beat Butcha) 13. Smack That Bitch feat Esther (Valentino) 14. Let Me Show You feat Vaughn Anthony (Ty Fyffe) 15. Gangsta Love feat Esther (Valentino) 16. What's Happening feat T.I. (T.I.)
Audio: Vorheez f/ El Da Sensei & Homeboy Sandman - "Place to Be"
Vorheez of Mystika Music's Problemaddicts crew drops his debut single "Place To Be," featuring New Jeru's El da Sensei and Stones Throw signee Homeboy Sandman. Produced by Poland's premiere production duo, The Returners, "Place To Be" initiates Vor's solo effort as he gets ready for the release of his debut solo album, Say Anything.
This weekend was looking crazy on the social forums, from Roots Picnic to Summer Jam, to Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Bowl. I mean who wasn't where? Well some were at home cooking up some sounds for an interestingly fun Megabeat for the 1st official week in June. For the Love of It!
PR: G.Huff & Vice Souletric Get Co-Sign from Scarface & Pete Rock On New Track
G. Huff and Vice Souletric have quickly become two of the most respected new Hip-Hop artists to come out the Midwest. The Ohio MC/Producer duo made waves in 2011 with their debut album, Where Do We Go From Here?, which featured a who's who of talent such as Guilty Simpson, REKS, Termanology, and more. In addition, Vice will have production on upcoming albums from Scarface, Reek Da Villian and others in 2012.
As a duo G.Huff and Vice are now set to follow up with a new EP, Are We There Yet?, a carefully crafted masterpiece packed with lyricism, soul, and energy. It’s a recipe the duo knows how to cook up so well! Not only do Huff and Vice receive the co-signs of hip hop legends Pete Rock and Scarface (who grace the intro of “Tears In A Bucket”), they create their own lane with an original sound that is unique yet universal enough for all to enjoy!
"Tears In A Bucket” was created and influenced by a domestic violence incident as G.Huff explains "Tears In A Bucket” is a song that is based loosely on an event that took place not too long ago involving an acquaintance of mine. Domestic violence is a subject most artists shy away from, but I felt we could bring light to this issue in a dope way, without being preachy, and still making good music. I hand-picked male vocalist, JTronius, and female R&B singer, Alison Carney too add authentic emotion to the track. The sample Vice chose for this beat provided the perfect backdrop for the story I told. I think this song will hit home with both men and women."
Q is still at it this time he drops a visual to "REPRESENT" off his upcoming IAMMATIC Mixtape. Video shot by @theshaywest check it out The Mixtape version will feature a verse from rapper SHYNE so stay tuned for release date.
Jean Grae, Skyzoo, !llmind Invade Brooklyn on Thursday
Brooklyn Live occurs the first Thursday of every month at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. Our goal is to feature a number of Hip Hop's most talented MCs, DJs, and Producers, all on one stage. If you missed last month, you missed an incredible night of DJ performances from The X-Ecutioners and Da Beatminerz. For those of you in the NYC area, please don't make the same mistake this month.
This Thursday, we are proud to feature incredible artists including Jean Grae, Skyzoo and !llmind, DJ JS1 (Rahzel's DJ), Boogie Blind (Pharoahe Monch's DJ), Scram Jones, and Fresh Vetz. And of course, you will get to see a performance Total Eclipse and myself, as well as our hilarious host D-Stroy. There will also be a special open bar, featuring Sailor Jerry Rum and Asahi Beer beginning promptly at 9PM, so make sure to arrive early.
Who: Jean Grae, Skyzoo, !llmind, DJ JS1, Total Eclipse, Gen.Erik, Scram Jones, Boogie Blind, Fresh Vetz
Where and When: Thursday, June 7th at 9PM at Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th St. Brooklyn, NY
Oddissee’s new full length LP, People Hear What They See, seems poised to cement its author as one of the elite MCs/producers in underground hip-hop. Mello Music Group is proud to let off the first leak with “Way In, Way Out" to celebrate the new album's official itunes debut today!
One of the shining aspects of Oddissee’s work has always been its implicit emphasis on inclusion rather than exclusion. In other words, while certain platinum selling artists might constantly reinforce how different he is than his audience, the DMV’s prodigal son’s bars come from a much more grounded place. “Way In, Way Out” opens with a robust brass line and a pounding kick to match. Oddissee waste’s no time painting an allegory exploring the gaping American divide between the truly wealthy and the rest of us, and the precarious cycles that emerge from it. Much like his synesthetic title suggests, Oddissee’s rhymes are vivid and visual.
Towards the end of the second verse, Oddissee integrates a bar from Jay-Z’s “Can’t Knock The Hustle” into a scathing analysis of the American justice system, seamlessly of course. While he might not have the paper and popularity of Hov , there is something to be said about the level of mastery Oddissee has shown in so many aspects of underground hip-hop in a relatively short time. Far from being God but he works goddamn hard.