Lead single "The Bomb" explodes in new national VW commercial
Los Angeles-based indie rapper/singer/songwriter/rocker and funny man Pigeon John is back with Dragon Slayer, out TODAY, October 12 via Quannum Projects.Dragon Slayer follows up the critically acclaimed Pigeon John...And The Summertime Pool Party and houses the signature Pigeon John humor and witty rhymes, but with more rock and pop sounds. With the aid of keyboard wonder General Elektriks' Hervé Salters, Pigeon John produced the whole record, including, for the first time, recording and chopping up his own instrumentation rather than just flipping samples and banging on an MPC.
AOL Music is streaming Pigeon John's Dragon Slayer in Full CD Listening Party | listen here
Before Dragon Slayer hit the streets, Volkswagen snatched up lead single, "The Bomb" for use in a national TV spot.The Volkwagen Jetta commercial features the classic "sitting dance" by Gene Kelly & Donald O'Connor set to Pigeon John's "The Bomb."
View/post the Volkswagen Jetta commercial from here
Just in case you missed it, enjoy and post this free download for "Before We're Gone" | mp3 download link here
Known for his wildly energetic performances, Pigeon John, deemed "a showman in the tradition of Cab Calloway and August Darnell" by the Los Angeles Times, is out wowing crowds again with his live show well through next year. Brand new dates have been added to the Dragon Slayer national tour, celebrating the CD release tonight in Boulder, CO at Club 156, and continuing on through the end of November.
The Dragon Slayer Tour Pigeon John w/ DJ Abilities (from Eyedea and Abilities from Rhymesayers crew) performing his own set plus mashing it up on stage as Pigeon John's DJ, w/ Dark Time Sunshine (feat. Onry Ozzborn from GreySkul)
Oct 12 | Boulder, CO | University of Colorado - Club 156 Oct 14 | Madison, WI | High Noon Saloon Oct 15 | Minneapolis, MN | 7th Street Entry Oct 16 | Chicago, IL | Morseland Oct 17 | St. Louis, MO | Lola Oct 19 | Columbia, MO | Mojos Oct 20 | Lawrence, KS | Jackpot Music Hall Oct 22 | Colorado Springs, CO | The Black Sheep Oct 23 | Durango, CO | The Abbey Theater Oct 29 | Fairfax, CA | 19 Broadway w/ Busdriver Oct 30 | Reno, NV | Tonic Lounge w/ Busdriver Nov 11 | Tucson, AZ | DV8 Nightclub Nov 12 | Phoenix, AZ | Chasers Nov 13 | Albuquerque, NM | Moonlight Lounge Nov 15 | Austin, TX | Emo's Nov 16 | Houston, TX | House of Blues - Bronze Peacock Nov 17 | New Orleans, LA | 12 Bar Nov 18 | Atlanta, GA | Drunken Unicorn Nov 19 | Knoxville, TN | Barley's Tap Room Nov 20 | Nashville, TN | The End Nov 21 | Durham, NC | Casbah Nov 22 | Baltimore, MD | The Talking Head Club Nov 26 | Cambridge, MA | Western Front
MP3: John Regan - "Suicide ediciuS" (prod. by Needlz)
FIRST - I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE NEEDLZ ON HIS 3RD CONSECUTIVE WEEK ON TOP OF THE BILLBOARD CHARTS FOR PRODUCING THE BRUNO MARS HIT "JUST THE WAY YOU ARE"! One of the most talented and genuine people in the industry - I'm thrilled that he's getting his moment! A number 1 hit and his newborn son - Nasir Eugene Cain - all in the same month!
October 12th was supposed to be the day Sorry I'm Late was released. But staying true to the name, it's been moved to November 2nd - but for good reason. I'm proud to announce that Culture VI Records & Fat Beats reached an agreement to distribute the album! So while pushing it back sucks, we needed time to manufacture the physical CD. You can pre-order it now at FatBeats.com (for only $7.99). We'd REALLY appreciate pre-orders too. We've never been about sales, but the only way that independent artists are going to thrive is by fans showing the labels support.
You can hear all the snippets and singles at the newly launched JohnIsLate.com.
If you would like a press copy of the album for review or would like to interview John (or YZ or Needlz), shoot me over an email.
As for the new record - I figured I'd at least give you a song since there's no album. It's the second of three Needlz-produced records. I targeted this beat from the day Needlz sent it. It was supposed to be for someone else, but through the grace of God, it ended up on Sorry. It's a very conceptual song (you really gotta listen to BOTH verses to totally get it) - and one of John's personal favorites.
SIDENOTE: I'll be live on Mix1620.com this Friday from 9p-midnight talking about a WHOLE lot of shit! Congrats to Mix1620 and the BumSquad DJs for reaching 2 million listeners last month!
Enjoy the song!
Artist: John Regan Title: Suicide ediciuS Album: Sorry I'm Late Producer: Needlz Label: Culture VI Records, Inc.
A new Hip-Hop prodigy is emerging on the scene complete with all of the essential elements required to make him a sure-fire success. Darryl Warren Jr., aka Dalivaa, makes up one of Tampa, Florida premier rap soloist. While growing up, obtaining a strong influence from Hip-Hop, music was apparent. Listening to artists ranging from Slick Rick, Nas, Mase, AZ and his love for music flourished during these years, which gave him a strong foundation to build on. Producing his own tracks and writing lyrics, Dalivaa has perfected his craft over the years.
Witness the journey of a superstar in the making and listen to Dalivaa's brand new single "I Can Hande It", which is now available for download.
"My new single 'I Can Handle It' is basically my statement song. I'm saying that I can handle anything that the game throws at me. Also, I'm talking about the state of Rap as it is now and how it will be better with my presents in the game," says the emerging southern Producer/Rapper.
Previously, Dalivaa's clever and witty lyrics, powerful, crisp vocal delivery has made his single "Livin That Life" to debut on Billboard's Top 100 Hot Singles at #24 and Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles at #6, where he charted 4 spots down from worldwide superstar Lady Gaga, positioning himself besides renowned artists like Drake, Eminem, Pitbull, and Lloyd Banks. In addition, "Livin That Life" charted #20 in the nation on Mediabase's Urban Indie Chart and entered the Top 10 Most Requested Song on Internet Radio.
His music production have been placed in MTV television shows such as Rob Drydek's "Fantasy Factory", "Pimp My Ride", "Extreme Challenge", "Road Rules", Oxygen network show "The Bad Girls Club", and E! show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."
"In April of 2010 rumors surfaced online that former Sunz of Man member and long-time Wu-Tang affiliate Hell Razah had suffered a brain aneurysm and was in a coma. Ominously Razah's Twitter account fell silent at almost the exact same time and hasn't been updated since. When Razah's label Nature Sounds sent out the following tweet, it all but confirmed our worst fears: "Please keep @Razah_Rubiez in your prayers. He's a strong brother who needs privacy while he focuses on his recovery." Speculation on the internet has been rampant ever since - what really happened to Razah, what does this mean for his recording career, and how is he doing these days? Sorry - "Heaven Razah" won't answer any of those questions. HR either had enough material recorded for Nature Sounds to compile it into an album and release it, or he recovered enough to finish the album he had started. "
"It's not immediately obvious from looking at the extensive archive of reviews at RR that we've written about Configa before - you won't find any albums attributed to his name. If you dig deep enough though you'll find he was part of a release credited to the Slept On Fam. Matt Tomer was so impressed by Configa's production techniques that he was moved to poetic praise, branding the entire album "an attempt to compliment producer Configa and his splendiferous sonic scenery." Since Tomer works as an artist/producer himself under the name Remot (pronounced "re-mote") he's not going to offer such praise to an undeserving producer not worthy of holding his jock, so when Configa's newest release arrived at RR headquarters I was happy to give it a spin myself. "
Global Lords :: Global Lords Ent. Presents � The Epitaph :: Global Lords Ent. as reviewed by Pedro 'DJ Complejo' Hernandez
"If you want that hardcore, raw, pure hip-hop look no further than "The Epitaph." It's a collection of 16 tracks that harkens back to the raw, gritty hip-hop coming out of New York City in the mid to late 1990s. The most surprising thing about "The Epitaph" is that it's mainly a product of Canada. Sure, the album features a fair number of NYC emcees, but the backbone of the compilation is the production. Produced mainly by up and comer St. Peter, the production on "The Epitaph" sets the tone for album. With a Hell Razah feature, it'd be easy to compare the compilation to the Wu sound, but despite its singular theme of bringing hip-hop back, "The Epitaph" manages to give us enough variety to stand out amongst the pack of other similarly minded projects. "
"As a newly christened RapReviews staff writer earlier this year I took it upon myself to review Incise's 2008 album "Nobody's Story." A simply gorgeous record musically, Incise raised the already high bar he set on his prior collaboration with Toronto rapper Prince Ali "I Miss 1994," an online-circulated release that served to quietly turn heads throughout hip hop's underground and proved his versatility and consistency on a second record that quickly became among my favorites of recent years. Having since dabbled in electronica and worked with a wide range of artists, the follow-up "Daily Methods" was unleashed by Japanese imprint Goon Trax just in time for RR's Canadian Month. Goon Trax is home to an eclectic and uniformly impressive group of hip hop artists yet caters almost exclusively to an international market with virtually no presence or distribution in the states."
"The journey of Impulss as an artist is rooted in the tragedy and triumph of New Orleans. "Pleasure Club" came out right after Hurricane Katrina had devastated the city, but Impulss found reason to celebrate through good beats and rhymes, as if to say that his hometown's ruin was only a very temporary setback. When 2009's "Category Shybe" came out that recovery was fully underway, and just over half a year later the New Orlean Saints would win the Superbowl. There are still areas on the frontlines of the flooding that have never been rebuilt or still need assistance, but the victory definitely gave the hard working (and playing) people of the area an emotional lift. That sense of anything is possible informed the second album as well, with a fearless willingness to talk about anything from the mediocrity of commercial radio to violence found throughout the streets of N.O. - proving you can love your home turf while not turning a blind eye to the realities of the day to day life there. "
"I never messed with anything on No Limit back in the label's heyday. I was turned off by the gaudy Pen & Pixel covers, the synth beats, and the label's tendency to promote a lifestyle rather than make good music. Master P may have been a brilliant businessman, but I wasn't feeling his or his label's musical output. Twin brothers David and Daniel Garcia, aka Kane and Abel, put out two albums on No Limit back in the 1990s, "7 Sins" and "Am I My Brother's Keeper." I haven't heard either, but judging from their latest, "Back on Money," I didn't miss much. The brothers have been out of the music-making game for about six years. They've been focusing on making street DVDs like "Da Block Party," "Death Toll," and "Father of Lies," the latter starring DMX. "
"One thing you'll want to know about Nikki Lynette right from the jump is that three of her songs to date have been featured on MTV's "Jersey Shore." I can't say I've watched more than 30 seconds of the program, but given how many photos and how much publicity the stars of it get (both good and bad) I can't help but feel like I know who Snooki, The Situation and JWoww are anyway. Having checked out her personal website I can't say that Lynette looks like the much-maligned "Guido" stereotype of the show, which both Italian-Americans and New Jersey residents have gone out of their way to say is a total falsehood (not to mention most of the TV show's stars are actually from New York City). I wouldn't have been bothered if she had per se, but it also wouldn't have surprised me for MTV to have picked an artist to feature whose gimmick matched the show perfectly."
"In hip-hop, the posthumous release is a touchy topic. In it's current form, things really got started when 2Pac and B.I.G. died and left fans starving for new music. In subsequent years, we'd come to see releases from other deceased artists like Big Pun, Big L, Eazy E, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Camu Tao to name a few. In some situations, the posthumous release results in a stature that becomes much larger than it was when the artist was still alive. One of the greatest manifestations of this is in the case of J. Dilla, whose standing in hip-hop history has taken a meteoric rise since his passing in 2006 from that of a dope producer to that of a hip-hop icon. There seem to be two extreme stances when it comes to many of the posthumous releases where one side of the argument feels that the work of the dearly departed becomes tainted when reworked and released, and the other side is just happy to hear some new shit that would have gone on lost forever in the annals of time. "
Qwel and Maker :: Owl :: Galapagos4 as reviewed by Susan 'susiQ' Kim
"Throughout the years, Chicago label Galapogos4 has become a household name in the hip hop scene as they've churned out stellar artists one after the other. Any underground hip hop enthusiast should be familiar with the label as I have been a long time follower ever since I first heard Typical Cats in 2000. With this in mind, Qwel was definitely a standout emcee in the group and remains an all-time favorite of mine so you can envision how ecstatic I was when I received Qwel and Maker's third full length album of "Owl." Qwel and producer Maker create music that seems effortless. The collaboration brings together a unique, unmatched sound and has only grown stronger since their four horsemen/seasons project of "The Harvest" and followed by "So Be It." They now take on a "full-fledged endeavor," further exploring their talents, sound, and artistry in "Owl." "
"Shad is finally back! After going almost three years without an album, he returns even bigger and better than ever. While "The Old Prince" was an album that gained traction through critical praise, "TSOL" comes to us a much hyped and highly anticipated album. Though the album has been released in Canada for a few months now, October 5, 2010 marks its official United States release through Decon Records. Those of us who have kept "The Old Prince" in constant rotation for the last three years likely already paid our import fees to get "TSOL" a little early and it was worth every penny. Shad's success obviously presents a challenge to his humble, struggling rapper persona, but even with that challenge Shad manages to deliver another heartfelt, clever, soulful album that shows he is worthy of all the praise he's received. "
"From time to time (oh who am I kidding, quite often) we like to quote from an artist's own press kit to let them explain to you just who in the blue hell they are. The New Jack Kings both need and deserve that chance too, so in their own words "Two unsung heroes from two of Michigan's most influential crews combine forces to author a coming of age story inspired by the infamous era of high top fades, eye brow parts, and house parties. The album revolves around life, love, women and fashion as a solute to artists such as Teddy Riley, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, New Edition and Kid n Play who made songs that everyone could relate to." Or to sum it up in one sentence, T. Calmese and Vaughan T. decided to make a Brand New Jack Swing for the 21st century."
"Back in 2003, the RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan released a compilation album entitled "The World According to RZA." This album featured production by RZA and all of the guests were from European locations including France, Scandanavia, Germany, Italy and the UK. Fast forward to 2010, and we have Berlin-based producer LMNZ (pronounced as "elements") who had the vision and desire to produce a hip-hop album to serve as a vehicle to bring the world closer. To do this, LMNZ embarked on creating an international and multilingual album along the lines of RZA's 2003 release. However, there is one major difference between the two albums. LMNZ' album has representatives from all six habitable continents, whereas RZA's only explored Europe. In total, "Worldwide Rap" boasts seventy-six artists and features twenty-nine different spoken languages. "
Every weekend we air a new edition of Hip-Hop Shop on BlogTalkRadio like the one you're about to hear - Episode #94 - Diggin' In Digi Crates! This week we shine the spotlight on Digi Crates Records artists like Ackryte, Tha Connection and Scifi Stu among others! Send your feedback, podsafe (RIAA free) music, and advertising requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!
* Zion I f/ Rebelution - Many Stylez * Tha Connection - Voices (Remix) * Scifi Stu f/ SmooVth - Passin' Thru * Stylah f/ Memphis Bleek, Young Safi - Them Boys * Tha Connection - Rap Shit (Fresh Sly Remix) * Sub Swara & Big Boi - Shutterbug (Sub Swara Remix) * Ackryte f/ SmooVth - Ackronyms * Random & Mr. Miranda f/ Mistah FAB & Fashawn - Fabshawn & Mirandom
Reggae Singer Breaks from Tour to Honor the U.S. Secretary of State in Washington, D.C.
Duane Stephenson and U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, meet in Washington, D.C. during a World Food Program award ceremony on October 5, 2010.
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(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - Reggae singer/songwriter Duane Stephenson was recently invited by the World Food Program (WFP) to perform in honor of the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The event took place at the George McGovern Leadership Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, October 5.
Stephenson was at the tail end of his U.S. tour with the Wailers, and the two parties previously teamed up for a song that manifested a partnership with the WFP. "The Wailers and I are partners with the World Food Program," says Stephenson. "Our song 'A Step for Mankind' has helped to spread the message of the need for more action in addressing the issue of world hunger."
Stephenson was thus invited to perform at the ceremony that included political dignitaries and social activists from around the world at the prestigious event, where Secretary Clinton was presented with The George McGovern Leadership Award for her work to curb global hunger.
Stephenson reveals he is humbled and excited by the experience. "It's so inspiring to be in the company of global politicians and dedicated corporate partners who share the same values and aspirations to eradicate hunger," states Stephenson. "Food is a common bond that unites every single life form on this planet, we all require it to live, yet a billion people each night go to bed hungry and 25,000 of them die."
Stephenson disclosed his work with the World Food Program will continue as he sees the issue of world hunger as one that is very important to him. "I was happy to be there to see Secretary Clinton get this award as she has fought for this issue for years now. Hunger affects a billion of our brothers, sisters and children in 80 countries. This award will bring added attention and raise awareness of the issue."
Duane Stephenson just wrapped up touring the U.S. as the opening act for the legendary Wailers, and promoting his sophomore album Black Gold, released by VP Records on September 28, 2010. Black Gold is the highly anticipated follow-up to Stephenson's debut album From August Town, which was released by VP Records in 2007 and was hailed as one of that year's best reggae albums.
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