PR: J.U.i.C.E. Presents 4th Annual Hip Hop Festival @ Ford Ampitheatre
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J.U.i.C.E. PRESENTS… “4TH ANNUAL HIP HOP FESTIVAL” AT FORD AMPHITHEATRE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011
Performance to be taped for KCET’s new series, “Live @ The Ford”
LOS ANGELES (September 15, 2011) – Award-winning, nonprofit community dance collective, J.U.i.C.E. (Justice United in Creative Energy) is proud to present the “4th Annual Hip Hop Festival” on September 30, 2011 at the Ford Amphitheatre at 8:30pm. The all ages show will bring together the top street dance and B-Boy crews from around the world to showcase their amazing talents and share their vision of the night’s theme: world peace. This year’s performance has been selected to be part of KCET’s new series, “Live @ The Ford.” KCET will be taping the show and airing it at a later date. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/08/kcet-to-present-new-live-the-ford-series-.html
Joining the festivities are Antics Performance, Baby Boogaloo, Demolition Crew/Spread Expression, Lux Aeterna, Machine Gone Funk, Buddha Stretch, Illstyle, Peace Production (Philadelphia, PA), ShyGuy & Tsuyoshi featuring Kiminari & Kairi from Hiroshima Japan, and Versa-Style Dance Company West Bound. The evening will also feature the lyrical talents of Toquon (Soul Elevation) and Scatterbrain. Special guests include Los Angeles artist, SANO, and Japanese artist, Shiro, who will each create original paintings to the funk, classic, break, and hip-hop tunes spun by DJ Kenzo. D. Sabela Grimes will be hosting the festival. Amy “B-girl CatFox” Campion, Jacob Kujo Lyons, and Emiko Sugiyama are the Artistic Directors of this year’s exciting new production.
A special component inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki has been added to this year’s show. Sasaki is the young Japanese girl who died from radiation exposure after the drop of the atomic bomb near her home in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.* A old Japanese saying has become closely associated with Sasaki. The saying states anyone who folds one thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.
Audience members will be asked to create their own origami crane to symbolize a unified call for world peace. Volunteers from the J.U.i.C.E. organization will be on-hand before the show and during intermission to teach guests how to fold their own figures. With an expected crowd of over 1200 people in attendance, J.U.i.C.E. hopes to produce over one thousand pieces. Featured duo from Japan, Kairi & Kiminari, will return to Hiroshima to personally deliver the cranes to the Children’s Peace Monument.
The idea of creating the cranes stemmed from Emiko Sugiyama’s (producer/dancer/
choreographer) recent visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum shortly before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Sugiyama was deeply moved after reading the inscription on the plaque at the foot of the Sasaki statue in Hiroshima Peace Park that reads: “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth.” Sugiyama describes, “Sasaki is a symbol for world peace. Along with thousands around the world, we carry on her legacy. We decided to incorporate the making of origami cranes into a hip hop program because as a culture, hip hop has the power to bring people together in spreading a unified message of peace through creative self-expression. For our thousand cranes, we wish for world peace.”
For over a decade, J.U.i.C.E. has promoted peace through the arts. Its acronym, Justice United in Creative Energy, has reflected the group’s dedication to bridging communities in Los Angeles. Its successful no-cost after school program has served as a model for other community arts programs. It has proven over the years that their innovative curriculum has the ability to heal lives and transform communities by offering emerging dancers, performers, and visual artists the technical skills to help them develop their self-confidence and create meaningful relationships with mentors. The “4th Annual Hip Hop Festival” is a celebration of the group’s hard work throughout the year.
*In the non-fiction book, Sasaki and the Thousand Paper Cranes (1977), American author, Eleanor Coeer wrote that Sasaki was inspired to fold one thousand origami cranes while in the hospital after hearing of an old Japanese saying where one is granted a wish in exchange for one thousand of the intricately folded paper cranes. Sasaki was only able to complete 644 cranes before her death. Friends are said to have completed the remaining cranes and buried them in Sasaki’s grave to fulfill her wish. It has become customary for the thousands of visitors to the Hiroshima Peace Park to place origami cranes near the Sasaki statue during the annual Obon Festival.
Be sure to join J.U.i.C.E. on September 30 at 8:30pm for the “4th Annual Hip Hop Festival” at the Ford Amphitheatre.
Tickets are priced at $25 for adults, and $12 for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under. Tickets are available at www.FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1- FORD). Purchase by September 23 and pay only $20. Group discounts are available at 10% for 8-15 tickets, and 20% for 16+ tickets.
ABOUT THE FORD AMPHITHEATRE The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink.
The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $1 per vehicle for morning family shows. For evening shows only, FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for evening amphitheatre performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the "kiss and ride" area.
This event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2011 Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, log on to www.FordTheatres.org.
Press Release: Myka 9's New Album "Mykology" Out This Fall
Courtesy Matt B.
FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP FOUNDING MEMBER MYKA 9 TO RELEASE A NEW SOLO-LP & FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP REUNION PROJECT THIS FALL
Myka 9 New Solo-LP, "Mykology," To Be Released On 10.3.2011 On SoundVise Records, New Freestyle Fellowship Reunion LP To Be Released This Fall!
"To say that Freestyle Fellowship significantly influenced West Coast hiphop is like saying that Jesus was a pivotal figure in Christianity." –Pitchfork
Freestyle Fellowship will be reuniting for the first-time in over a decade and releasing a new LP, The Promise, on Decon Records this fall. Yet, before the Freestyle Fellowship reunion project surfaces, Myka 9 will release his fifth solo-LP, Mykology, on 10/3/11 on SoundVise Records. Produced by Organized Elements and Myka 9 himself, it's full of the meticulous and intelligent rhymes that Myka has become so revered for. Mykology's first teaser "I Must Cross," finds Myka poignantly dissecting the often-debated immigration crisis from a human rights perspective. The projects lead-single "Oh Yeah…Alright" finds Myka trading verses with Freestyle Fellowship member Aceyalone along with Casual, Sunspot Jonz & Kirby Dominant.
Myka 9 is a founding member of one of the West Coast's most-influential and creative groups, Freestyle Fellowship, (which also includes Aceyalone, P.E.A.C.E., Self Jupiter and J Sumbi) and the group is still a very instrumental figure in the LA Hip-Hop community. Known for his rapid cadences and incorporating singing into his melodic jazz infused sound, Myka is one of the West Coast's most stylistically advanced rappers and he has had an indelible impact on the underground hip-hop scene and freestyling as an art form. Myka is featured in the award-winning 2008 documentary This Is the Life, chronicling the music movement that was birthed at The Good Life Cafe in South Central Los Angeles. The Good Life is the open-mic workshop where he first performed with Freestyle Fellowship in the early 1990s.
Myka's imprints on Freestyle Fellowship and the artists they would later influence is evident as Myka's ‘7th Seal" from Freestyle Fellowship's debut, To Whom It May Concern, (1991) has been dissected and combed over by fans, artists and critics alike for years in an attempt to crack the code and help shaped the next generation of West Coast emcees and sound that would emerge shortly thereafter (Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde etc., and Myka even ghost wrote two tracks on N.W.A.'s 1987 debut album N.W.A. And The Posse). Released in 1993, Freestyle Fellowship's second LP, Innercity Griots, is a landmark of LA Hip-Hop and genuinely considered one of the best Hip-Hop LP's of the 90's; and the group's videos for "Inner City Boundaries" and "Hot Potato" from Innercity Griots took their sound and movement worldwide.
After the release of Innercity Griots in 1993, Freestyle Fellowship went on hiatus due to the four- year incarceration of Self Jupiter. Upon his release, the Fellowship reunited to record Temptations which was released in 2001. In 1999, Myka formed an underground super group, Haiku D'Etat (self-titled release), with Aceyalone and Abstract Rude; a track ("Non Compos Mentis") from that self-titled release was featured in Tony Hawk's "Pro Skater 4" video game (one of the top selling video games of the year).
Tracklisting & Credits for Myka 9 Mykology LP:
1.) "Bright Flashbacks" 2.) "Mind Right" 3.) "Where Would You Be" 4.) "Oh Yeah…Alright" f/Aceyalone, Casual, Sunspot Jonz & Kirby Dominant 5.) "Hey" 6.) "Breathin' Down Your Back" 7.) "I Must Cross" f/Viveca Hawkins 8.) "Trimming" 9.) "Tell Me" 10.) "Face Of A Waterfall" 11.) "Don't You Go"
Press Release: Kurupt Executive Produces Bi-Coastal LP "The Academy"
Courtesy Matt B.
LP Includes Appearances From Kurupt, Raekwon, Method Man, Redman, Royce 5'9, Crooked I, Styles P, Jadakiss, Sean Price, Pete Rock, M.O.P., Keith Murray& Many More
Since the inception of Hip-Hop, compilation projects have been a staple in providing fans across the board with the means of enjoying new music from a myriad of their favorite artists. Whether in the form of Motion Picture Soundtracks such as "Juice", "Menace II Society," "The Show" and "Friday" to just name a few and the genre was further supplemented by labels such as Death Row, Ruff Ryders and No Limit Records, and perhaps more prevalent than ever the advent of the "mixtape" has allowed DJ's and Emcee's to collaborate together in introducing an influx of music to the general public.
2011 marks the return of the Compilation like you have never experienced it before, with the birth of The Academy, a bi-coastal merging of the minds that provides an undeniable unity long since forgotten amidst the landscape of popularized feuds, beefs, and unfounded media hypes. "The Academy" was released on 9-13-2011 courtesy of Terminal 3/Penagon/Bonzi Records.
The material is 100% new, the collaborations are out of this world, and the production value makes "The Academy" the new standard in Hip-Hop excellence. Over 55 MC's representing the realms of "Major" and "Independent", "New & Old School, "Legendary" and "Soon to Be" make "The Academy" release a shoe in for fans to feed their need for a superior quality product from a vast makeup of the artists they love and respect in a landscape where subpar albums and scaled back budgets have become the norm.
Executive produced by Kurupt, fans can expect "Academy" appearances from such notable talents as Raekwon, Jadakiss, Kurupt, Pete Rock, Royce Da 5'9", Redman, Styles P, Crooked I, Sean Price, Method Man, Canibus, LA the Darkman, Keith Murray, Planet Asia, Rass Kass, K-Solo, LA The Darkman, Billy Danze (M.O.P.), Pack FM, Pete Rock, Keith Murray, Chino XL and many more all backed by the breakthrough soundscapes Marlon Price & JP Beats of Terminal 3 Productions (who previously oversaw projects from "Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture", "The Four Horsemen" and "The Undergods").
Tracklisting For The Academy LP:
1.) Welcome To The Academy f/ Method Man & Redman 2.) Mashout f/ Canibus, Agallah, & Styles P 3.) Samaryda f/ Raekwon, Kojoe, & Kurupt 4.) Still No! f/ Ras Kass, Phillie, & Rock of Heltah Skeltah 5.) Triple Seize f/ Crooked-I, Copywrite, & Chino XL 6.) Rich Righteous Teachers f/ Jadakiss, La The Darkman, Sav Killz & Billy Danze of M.O.P 7.) Lets Go f/ Royce Da 5'9", Bronze Nazareth, Sean Price, & K-Solo 8.) Code Of Conduct f/ Pacewon, El Da Sensai & Illah Ghee 9.) Pick Your Vice f/ Labba, Pack FM, Udi, Dzk, & Stack-A-Dolla 10.) Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal f/ DJ Absurd 11.) Kill Everything (Squad Up) f/ Kurupt, Tri- State, Ruste Juxx & Kevlarr 7 12.) Body Down f/ Styles P, Kojoe, & Jaecyn Bayne 13.) Rock This f/ Pete Rock, Copywrite, & Planet Asia 14.) Paperwork f/ Keith Murray, Sean Price & Big Lou 15.) The Alliance f/ Timbo King & Math Hoffa 16.) M.O.A.N (remix) f/ Prodigal Sunn, 60 Second Assassin, Killah Priest, & Hell Razah (Sunz of Man) 17.) Keep It Movin f/ M-Eighty, Son One, & Jaecyn Bayne 18.) Thief In The Night f/ K-Solo, Born Sun, Killah Priest, & Goldie 19.) Where There I s Nowhere f/ Reef The Lost Cauze, Chopp Devize, & Timbo King 20.) Change The World f/ Matilda, Goldie, & Rusty Redenbacher (of The Mudkids)
Headnodic's "Red Line Radio" LP is out now and mark's his full length debut as a headlining artist; and it's also a firm indication that his musical explorations are already becoming the classics of the future.
The "Butcher Shop" (Remix) is taken from Blaq Poet's forthcoming "QB Slasher" Remix EP is available digitally now. "QB Slasher" is following up the demand for more material off of Poet's critically acclaimed "Blaq Poet Society" LP. Included on the new EP are four all new remixes enlisting the hottest underground mc's in the game right now: Roc Marciano, Wais P, Meyhem Lauren & Blacastan plus the non album cut "Freezers" featuring Big Noyd and Bloodsport. The EP is rounded out with the full instrumental versions of the original album cuts.
Video: Sean Toure f/ Ab Rock, Kev Brown - "A Day in the Life"
Courtesy Matt B.
Since his days freestyling and break dancing for money on the streets of Baltimore, Sean-Toure' Thames has taken his music career to the next level. Taking advantage of his growing up during the Golden era of Hip-Hop, Sean has incorporated the classic boom bap sounds of Hip Hop music into his creative and diverse sound.
Sean has quickly developed a reputation as one of Baltimore's and underground Hip Hop's best performers/producer/emcees. His success as a test bin Winner on the Morgan St. Strictly Hip-Hop Radio Show, and his energetic live performances has gained much respect and notoriety as one of the DMV's best artist and an award recognizing him as The Baltimore Scene's 2010-2011 Music Producer of the Year.
Since his first stage performance in 1991, Sean has shared the stage opening shows for some of Hip Hop's greatest recording artist of all time such as, Little Brother, KRS One, Chip-Fu, Nas, Wayna, Mos Def, The Fugees, INI, Pete Rock, GangStarr, A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Bilal, and many others. In 2005 Sean won a Remix contest for his remix version of John Mayer's Grammy Award winning song "Daughters."
In March 2010, with his independent multimedia company Sean Toure' Music Group and Rosachi Music Group, Sean released a free downloadable remix album called The Sean-Toure' Remix Project featuring remixes he's done for artists such as Michael Jackson, Common, 50 Cent, The Roots, and many others.
Sean's solo-debut Soundchanneler, The Invisible Man will be released in October 2011. The self-produced album features some of the best underground Hip Hop artists on the scene today. The album features songs with world-renowned emcee/producer Kev Brown, YU of Diamond District, J. Sands of Lone Catalyst, Wordsmith, Soulstice and Haysoos of Wade Waters, Substantial, and many others. Tune in world---The Soundchanneler is here!
Video: Dru Ha Marathon Training Pt. 2 w/ Sean Price & Dallas Penn
Courtesy Matt B.
Part II of Dru Ha's training, as he readies himself for 2011's ING: New York City Marathon on November 6th. After celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins explains to Dru Ha that he doesn't have time in his schedule to train him, he refers Dru to two of his trainers that can fit within his budget. Ironically, Dru Ha finds himself in Brownsville, Brooklyn in the hands of Sean Price & Dallas Penn. Watch as they give Dru Ha their tips on how to prepare for the marathon and run scared.