MP3 + Mixtape: IMAKEMADBEATS – "What's It Gonna Be" Feat. Hezekiah, Keziah, And Thomas Clay 02.02.2011
IMAKEMADBEATS And DJ Traumatix Drop Mixtape To Accompany Latest Single
"And I'm losing my mind / And I'm below the poverty line... I'm gonna win, though." That's how Philadelphia rapper Hezekiah kicks things off on "What's It Gonna Be," the latest single from producer IMAKEMADBEATS' self-titled debut, available now via Doxside Music Group. An album that ranges from introspective to boisterous, heavy to hazy, all while displaying IMMB's soulful touch throughout, this latest single is instantly inspiring, complete with roaring organs, distorted bass, keys, hand claps, and more.
"I wanted to make music that could change someone's life, even if it's just for a day," says IMAKEMADBEATS, discussing what inspired the track and ending with, "To inspire, to do better, to reach farther." Joining Hezekiah on the track is his sister Keziah, as well as crooner Thomas Clay, who holds down chorus duties. An anthem of defiance and perseverance, with "What's It Gonna Be" IMAKEMADBEATS continues to prove he's one of the top rising producers around.
Track Listing: 1. No Where to Go Intro - IMAKEMADBEATS 2. St Idez - Blakout 3. Hustle 101 - Roc C ft. Fredro Starr 4. Return To The Summit - MidaZ pr by Optiks 5. Whisper Music - IMAKEMADBEATS & Roc C 6. Word of Mouth - IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ 7. Won't Fall - The Transcontinental ft. Rakaa Iriscience & Prince Poe 8. Caught Up - MidaZ pr by TzariZM 9. How Is Your Soul - IMAKEMADBEATS & Butta Verses 10. Flyers - Blakout 11. Freestylin' - MidaZ 12. Subliminal Instrumental - IMAKEMADBEATS 13. Hit the Floor - The Transcontinental ft. WildChild and Poke 14. Return With A Mask On - IMAKEMADBEATS ft. J Freedome & MidaZ
IMAKEMADBEATS has built his reputation on an obsessive dedication to his craft and a mad scientist-like approach to tweaking samples, drums, and live instruments - proving himself to be both a rapper's producer and a producer's producer. Most people first became aware of IMAKEMADBEATS from his 2009 collaborative project The Transcontinental with Oxnard rhyme-slinger Roc C (a project that featured the likes of Oh No, Big Pooh, Rakaa Iriscience, and Chino XL), which subsequently led to the nationwide Smash Mouf Tour. In addition to the much-anticipated forthcoming Doxside Music Group self-titled debut, IMAKEMADBEATS is also unleashing his dual-EP concept album Daylight/Nightlight, featuring Butta Verses and MidaZ the Beast respectively. Also in the works are projects with Beretta 9 (Wu-Tang's Killarmy), his BlakOut album with MidaZ, an instrumental project, and more placements on projects by artists seeking the "IMAKEMADBEATS" treatment to their music.
Brooklyn Artist Releases Acoustic EP Culled From Song-a-Day Project
“In 2010, I wrote 365 songs. In 2011, I will play them for you.”
So says Brooklyn’s Ace Reporter, who recently completed the herculean task he set out for himself in 2010 – writing and recording an original song every day of the year. Whereas most people may complain about the routine of their daily lives, Ace took the rigorous routine of the threesixfive project in stride. “It was something I poured myself into,” says Ace. “It became a journal of my physical and mental state. I wrote songs in odd places. I wrote songs when I was tired, buzzed, and caffeinated. Some I wrote with a clear idea of what I wanted, others with no premeditation at all.”
With the threesixfive project now complete, Ace is now releasing a series of free EP’s that feature various handpicked tracks from his sonic repository. Guitar-based rock set the tone for December’s Untouched and Arrived EP, while January saw the release of the electro-laced Lean Honey Lean EP. Today Ace is excited to present the Sleepyhead EP, an introspective collection of stripped down acoustic songs. "My Little Love" holds the honor of being the first ever song recorded for the threesixfive project. Its delicate guitar strums dance over Ace’s layered vocal harmonies and declarations of long-distance devotion. Violins weave through the plaintive "If I See You Again" and the hungover "Into Chicago", whereas "No Planes" finds playful chimes juxtaposed with Ace’s frustration at being stranded at home by an unrelenting winter storm. Title track "Sleepyhead" is a love song whose tender lyrics float above the whispers of Ace’s guitar. Says Ace, “My girlfriend and I had a late night out. The next morning, I sat down to write "Sleepyhead" while she was still asleep, so the performance is really delicate because I was trying hard not to wake her. That quiet vibe really worked well.” Join Ace Reporter on his auditory journey and download the Sleepyhead EP for free today.
MP3: Erk Tha Jerk f/ Jay Ant - "Jump Out The Window"
Erk Releases New Non-Album Track In-Between New Singles And Videos From Nerd's Eye View
Critical Praise For Erk Tha Jerk:
"Nerd’s Eye View will likely be remembered as one of the definitive Bay Area albums of the post-Hyphy era... Not only is it the best debut album since Mistah F.A.B.’s Son of a Pimp, but it might just change perceptions of Bay Area rappers: namely, that they can’t make hit songs." – Oakland Local.
"On Nerd's Eye View, Erk just talks about what he knows, and in this case, it largely centers around his uncertainty over what the future holds. Erk has a gravelly voice and bouncy flow... and it's hard not to love the ravey synths, big hooks, and confessionals." - SF Weekly.
"Erk Tha Jerk is a West Coast Kid Cudi without the liquid cocaine problem." - East Bay Express.
In November, Erk Tha Jerk released his debut album Nerd's Eye View as part of a joint venture between SMC Recordings and his own Red Planet Music Group. Receiving acclaim from critics and love from radio, singles from the album found their way onto KISS, Power 105, KMEL 106, and more as Erk was officially named a Clear Channel "New! Artist To Watch" – all shortly after receiving a coveted Show & Prove feature in XXL Magazine. While Erk puts the finishing touches on the video for previously released single "Reach The Top" – the multi-talent directs his own videos in addition to producing many of the tracks from Nerd's Eye View – Erk has teamed up with fellow California native Jay Ant to bring fans a brand new non-album track, "Jump Out The Window." The pairing is another success for Erk as the moody bass, rolling drums, and combination of ambient and plucked synths provide the perfect backdrop for his gritty vocals, as he raps, "Who is there to compare to me, I am out of here/ Out that jungle; lions, tigers, we got a lot of bears... You can only imagine how it's got to feel/ Out that New Edition, minus the Johnny Gill."
HIP-HOP JUGGERNAUT JIM JONES SET TO RELEASE FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM, CAPO, ON APRIL 5TH, 2011
JONES TO BE FEATURED ON NEW VH1 SHOW, “LOVE & HIP HOP” WHICH PREMIERES ON MARCH 14TH AT 9:00 PM
(New York, NY) — Dipset co-founder Jim Jones is set to release his fifth official studio album titled CAPO on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011. The new album is the follow-up to Pray IV Reign and is set to feature appearances from Raekwon, Snoop Dogg, Roscoe Dash, Cam’ron, Juelz Santana Vado and Rell.
Jones spent the past few months recording and carefully re-fining material for his new record, amassing some 60 new songs in the process. The tracks are now being narrowed down to comprise the core of the forthcoming new album.
Jones previously released “Blow Your Smoke” feat Rell, which received heavy airplay in New York. The video is currently one of the Top 3 most played videos on MTV2 where it’s also charting on the Sucka Free Countdown and was MTV Jams “Jam of the Week”. To view it, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHGfbeK6Alg .
Jones is also set to take part in a new VH1 8-part docu-soap series entitled “Love & Hip Hop,” which premieres on March 14th, 2011. The new show features Jones and his longtime girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin and follows four dynamic women who are connected to the world of hip hop, whether it's through the men they love, or their struggle to be heard as an artist. The show provides a dramatic, funny and sometimes heartbreaking look into the female side of the New York hip hop life as these four women try to claim their own place in it.
Also, Fuse continues its longstanding creative partnership with hip hop mogul Jim Jones by launching “Jim Jones TV,” a six month slate of programming on the music channel’s Fuse On Demand service. From February to July, catch up with Jim as he gives free cab rides to unsuspecting New Yorkers, hangs out one on one with NY Knicks star Wilson Chandler, introduces handpicked playlists of his favorite music videos, puts fans through his own “Splash” shopping challenge, teaches high school students about the music business, and addresses diverse topics such as health care, public transportation, social networking, and music marketing.
Over the past few years, Jim Jones has transformed himself from a behind-the-scenes rap presence into a hip-hop superstar. As the co-founder of one of the greatest New York street movements ever, Jones positioned himself as a new breed of hip-hop entrepreneur who not only understood the business of music, but also everything that comes with it. From making huge hit records, to keeping his music firmly on the block, Jim released 4 album projects on Entertainment One Music (formerly KOCH Records) that each grew in status release-after-release, culminating in a huge culture changing smash with “We Fly High”. Now firmly back in the eOne Music family, Jim Jones is re-focused and hungrier than ever and making some of the most exciting street/ commercial music of his career. He’s also transformed himself into a Social Networking juggernaut with over 1.2 million Twitter followers.
Not only is Jones an award-winning music video director, an entrepreneur, and businessman, but he is also a philanthropist. He continues his involvement in Music Business 101, a high school class Jones helms in which he provides a real life perspective of the music industry. In seeking to further educate young people who look up to him as a community leader who truly understands the challenges young people face day-to-day in the inner city, Jones has dedicated himself to educating youth about politics and empowering them to use their influence to reach their highest potential.
Jim Jones can currently be seen in the Converse Star Chevron TV spot, “The Procession” which was directed by Antoine Fuqua. The spot stars Jim Jones, basketball legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving; Carlos Arroyo of the Miami Heat; musician Doug E Fresh; legendary ball-handler God Shammgod; Harlem streetball player Adrian “A-Butta” Walton; and the Converse Skate Team - Kenny Anderson, Sammy Baca, Rune Glifberg and Eli Reed. It can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE5Rd_uIdqw .
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UDotFam.com presents U Dot Fam "Cold Case Mixtape" blended by Dj Poor. The mixtapes serves as a calling card to those seeking a culprit to point a finger at when it comes to who's killing the game. Chicago's Esohel, PLA, Cast and 2 Tymin do so over production from MG Tha Kush, J-Rell, Nez & Rio, Dynamic, and DJ Poor. Click the link below and start downloading, also don't forget to follow us @UDotFam on Twitter.
Stop the presses, stop the presses, HIP HOP IS NOT DEAD!
It’s very rare to see a hip-hop artist perform with a live band and make that performance seem so effortless...
The New York Daily News Online
What they bring to the stage and to their recordings is unique, weaving in live musicians and some of the sultriest, warm-honey vocals I’ve ever heard in hip-hop.
About Traum Diggs
In the same tradition as classic no-nonsense Brooklyn emcees such as Sean Price, Big Daddy Kane and Jay-Z, comes East Flatbush native, Traum Diggs. The son of Caribbean immigrants, Diggs wrote his first rhyme at the age of ten and has dedicated his life to hip-hop ever since. “I don’t want to be in a time warp but I do want people to say ‘he was one of those dudes who reminded us of the dudes that paved the way as far as lyricism and real hip-hop,’” says Diggs.
Diggs’ straight forward, crystal clear delivery is a throwback to when hip-hop was more authentic but is still relevant to today’s landscape. When you listen to a Traum Diggs song you get humor, pain, social commentary and real raw lyricism all wrapped up in one package. “I’m an autobiographical emcee,” says Diggs. “My raps are my life.”
Though he wanted to be a rapper since he was a kid, Diggs heeded his mom’s advice and left Brooklyn to go to college at Temple University in Philadelphia. The then 17-year-old vowed to finish school in four years so he could get back to the rap and he did just that graduating with a BA in journalism.
During his time at Temple, Diggs honed his skills on the mic in legendary sessions with some of the best emcees in the city. He also formed the group H.M.P. with two old friends from Brooklyn and some new affiliates from school. H.M.P. released the EP, Dead End Kids in 2000. Shortly after the release, the group disbanded and Diggs joined with a former group member, ASAV, to form the Traum 'N ASAV Show. The duo released two mixtapes, Opening Credits (2004) and The Throwback Series: Episode One (2006) which was hosted by NY mixtape staple, Bedtyme 357. The Throwback Series garnered critical acclaim in the US and overseas and was the launching pad for Traum Diggs' new company, 623 Entertainment.
Capitalizing on the success of The Throwback Series, Traum Diggs released a collection of previously recorded solo material titled The Essential Traum Diggs in the summer of 2008. The Essential quickly led to the kickoff of The Mission Tour.
2009 was quite a year for Traum Diggs and 623 Entertainment. While successfully headlining Mission Tour dates from NY to DC, he also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with industry vets such as Talib Kweli, DJ Premier, Styles P, and Pharoahe Monch. Diggs also released a follow up installment of The Throwback Series (Episode 2) which features classic remakes of songs by KRS-One, Rakim, and Jay-Z and an incredible dedication to the late, great, Michael Jackson titled, "Mike Jackin' 4 Beats."
2010 has also been a landmark year so far for Traum Diggs, from playing live with his hip hop band, Bullyfoot Massive, to going on a 13-week grooming strike. Unfortunately for his barber, Diggs spent nearly three months forgoing a haircut or shave while he attempted to finish his debut EP, Major Journalism. The EP, which was scheduled for a fourth quarter release, features all live instrumentation (totally sample-free) and will see the light of day in early 2011. He also contributed the lead single, "On My Way 2 the Store" featuring Tex1 and Khaliba from the duo’s album, The Day The Job Market Crumbled. The single and album (which Traum Diggs is heavily featured on) are available for download via iTunes and Amazon.
Though Diggs stopped the strike before finishing the EP he had good reason. That reason came in the form of the recently released mixtape titled, For Colored Girls (& White Chicks Too). The DJ Tunes assisted tape is his first conceptual project and was inspired by Ntozake Shange’s play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf and Nina Simone’s classic song “Four Women.” On the 19-track opus, Diggs gives his take on women and relationships through the stories of four different individuals.
Traum’s body of work shows that he is one of the most versatile and real emcees doing it today. The beauty of it is that he is doing it for the love and not the typical rapper trappings. “I want my legacy to be that ‘he really gave us his life’ because it’s relatable and also to hopefully inspire someone that feels like there is no outlet for them in this current state of hip-hop.”