"Check out the video of Virginia native, Amir Driver performing at the homecoming concert of Norfolk State University. Driver really knows how to put on a stage performance. So if you haven't had a chance to check him out yet, this is your perfect opportunity to see him at work." - Revo
Atlanta-based emcee/producer duo Yamin Semali and DT are rap duo Clan Destined, presenting the B. Price-directed music video for "Scream", featuring Stacy Epps. "Scream" is from their third LP Self Titled, which received 5 out of 5 stars on CreativeLoafing.
Chicago veteran VISUAL teams up with frequent collaborators Von Grim (Chicago) & Charlie Beans (Detroit) to pay homage to the one & only J Dilla. Having been a long time fan of Dilla, VISUAL was once blessed with the opportunity to meet Dilla himself while DIlla was on tour with Madlib in Chicago. "I met him through my homies Daily Planet from All Natural inc. & he was humble and cool as can be" says VISUAL about the day he met Dilla.
MP3: Lady Gaga - "Blood Mary (Clinton Sparks Remix)"
Courtesy Papa Smirf.
Known for his production work for artist ranging from Pitbull, Akon & Ludacris to T-pain, Beyonce & Lady Gaga,Clinton Sparks produces an uptemo,dirty, mean remix to the record that got him his 2012 Grammy Nomination.
Jopedo Mini bio: Charlotte, by way of Yonkers, producer/ DJ Jopedo's soul-drenched instrumentals have backed a plethora of vocalists from several genres. His multi-faceted sound has caused his star to rise at a rapid rate and has developed into one of the most sought after within the North Carolina independent music community.
Makeda Mini bio: Despite never having stepped foot in an official studio, Makeda's artistic endeavors and talents have quickly began to garner the attention of independent music community. While both of the Greensboro, North Carolina songwriter/ vocalist's critically acclaimed mixtapes were recorded using the simplest version of GarageBand through a Mac microphone, her rare talents have her poised to become the latest in an illustrious line of artists to step out of the North Carolina scene and onto what she hopes one day will become a national stage.
Project info: What began as a single venture in the form of the lullaby vibed "Weeds" has over the years flourished into a full blown collaborative EP between the producer known as Jopedo and the vocalist, Makeda, sometimes called "The Red Fox". The result of the Carolina artists' sonic tryst is the eclectic audio paradox entitled "Aporia EP".
The Aporia EP Track Listing (All songs produced by Jopedo): 1. Aporia 2. Soul Trip 3. Pm to Am (son up to sun down) 4. Genuine/Ready, Steady 5. The Headphones 6. Fantastik 7. Mmm...Bollywood 8. To Me 9. Capoeira (Love Games) (Single)
FINALLY it's here! The debut full-length album from TxE (TOPE, Epp, and producer Calvin Valentine) We Get It In True is now available for free download on Kenny Fresh's FRESHSELECTS.NET. This album is 13 tracks produced by Calvin Valentine, with raps from TOPE x Epp, and features from Phil The Agony, Illmaculate, Caitlin Cardier, Sam Trump, Stewart Villain, Young X and DJ Celsius.
PR: Swollen Members Dagger Mouth Nominated For 2012 Juno Award
Courtesy Suburban Noize Records.
Swollen Members' new studio album “Dagger Mouth” has been nominated for a 2012 Juno Award in the category of "Rap Recording of the Year" alongside Drake, Classified, D-Sissive, and Kardinal Offishall. The 2012 Juno Awards, which are the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy award, are set to take place on Sunday, April 1st, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario at Scotiabank Place and be hosted by fellow Canadian William Shatner. Swollen Members have won four Juno Awards throughout their career and this year’s nod is the fifth time the group has been nominated.
"I'm really proud of this Juno nomination for 'Dagger Mouth'," says Prevail. "Swollen Members have gone through some trials and tribulations the last few years so to come together and create an album that was purely about artistry and have it be nominated for such a prestigious award is very heartfelt and appreciated."
“It's been an extremely rewarding year coming back to the music, both creatively and spiritually,” commented Madchild. “What a great reward and honor to be nominated for a Juno this year! We look forward to the event this March in Ottawa!”
"Prevail, Madchild, and myself are honored to be nominated this year," added Rob The Viking. "We worked hard to make 'Dagger Mouth' sound exactly how we had envisioned it and it feels amazing to get the recognition for all the blood, sweat and tears we put into it."
With Madchild now free from his addiction to pain killers and having exorcised all his demons, Swollen Members have returned with a vengeance on their seventh studio album “Dagger Mouth”. From the powerful production of Rob The Viking, to the dark poetic abstract expressionism of emcees Madchild and Prevail, “Dagger Mouth” is a return to the classic Swollen Members sound and harnesses the group’s savage chaotic energy into one focused and commanding effort.
Madchild will release his heavily anticipated debut solo album, "Dope Sick", later this year on Suburban Noize/Battle Axe Records. Madchild recently dropped his “Little Monster” digital EP online at http://tinyurl.com/6vv6eum and the video for his new single “Sh*t Talker” online at http://tinyurl.com/6n5xhru .
Prevail of Swollen Members recently released his digital "SpaseFase” EP, which features production work by Ol' City Rocker. The EP is available online at http://tinyurl.com/86cnea3 and the video for the track "Razorblades" featuring Malia May can be seen online at http://tinyurl.com/7f95c9j .
Swollen Members are currently wrapping up a sold-out Canadian tour with hip-hop super crew La Coka Nostra.
SWOLLEN MEMBERS TOUR DATES: Feb 09 - Sydney, NS @ Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion w/ Royce Da 59' Feb 10 - Saint John, NB @ Tonic Feb 11 - Moncton, NB @ Oxygen Feb 12 - Halifax, NS @ Toothy Moose