Best known for his award-winning, chart-topping work with Jamaican star Shaggy and once dubbed by the legendary James Brown as the “reggae Usher” Barbados born/Brooklyn raised Rayvon who gave us memorable hooks on hit songs “Angel” and “In the Summertime” will release his self-titled solo album Rayvon featuring production from Jah Snowcone, Ali Cat & Carl “Beaver” Henderson who is credited with the blazing new single “Back It Up” *** (Los Angeles, California – January 24, 2011) Most artists dream of a career that spans over a decade boasting international accolades, chart-topping hits, and underground classics, Barbadian-born/ Brooklyn-raised Rayvon has garnered this success and more while affectionately being dubbed the “ambassador of hip-hop reggae.” Having shared the stage with monolithic icons The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson his pop-infused Caribbean flavor has paved the way for the next generation of Barbadian recording artists such as Rihanna, Shontelle, and Jaicko.
Rayvon’s eponymous third album. Rayvon features track work from heavyweights such Jah Snowcone (Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel) as well as the production prowess of Danny Champagne, Ali Cat, and Carl “Beaver” Henderson. The first single “Back it Up” is a hard-edged pulsating groove that have guys jumping and ladies gyrating. From “Hustle and Flow” to the pop reggae lilt of “Wedding Song,” the album result is an explosive collection of sonic heavy hitters (“Riding Skill”), Euro dance (“Private Dancer”), and his patented brand of hip-hop reggae (“Get Money,” “Bang Bang”). To date, “Back It Up” has garnered Rayvon an International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) award and ranked in at No. 1 on Indie-Music.com’s top 25 for 2011. The second single “One N Only” is swiftly giving chase at No. 2.
Rayvon is probably best known for his work with multi-platinum selling vocalist Shaggy. The two began collaborating on a string of tunes in the 90’s which culminated in the Sting Int’l produced regional hit “Big Up.” Rayvon says, “We both got our break with that record. It put us in the reggae/dancehall spotlight. I had a smooth-edged style of singing and he had that rough DJ style. The chemistry was amazing.” Rayvon was also featured covering The Melodians' classic “Rivers of Babylon” on the B-side of Shaggy’s 1993 hit “Oh Carolina”
The following year Rayvon’s solo star began to brighten with the release of his hip-hop reggae classic “No Guns, No Murder” (produced by Funkmaster Flex) on the venerable VP Records. The track hit a trifecta on Billboard, ranking in simultaneously on the Hot 100, Rap Singles, and R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs charts. VP issued the follow up “Pretty (Before I go To Bed),” which quickly impacted the Billboard’s Rap Singles chart. Rayvons’ career trajectory accelerated in 1995 when he recorded the island-tinged duet “In The Summertime” from Shaggy’s platinum, Grammy award-winning album Boombastic. The song was a cover of Mungo Jerry’s 1970 hit and following in its original success Shaggy’s version with the help of Rayvon reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and No. 5 in the UK while also featured in various major motion pictures and television series.
Rayvon spent the next few years diligently releasing underground singles including “Bashment Party,” which positioned itself on Billboard’s Rap Singles chart. In 2001 he lent his vocals to yet another smash Shaggy duet, “Angel,” from the 6x Platinum seller Hotshot. This time, the duo topped Billboard’s Hot 100 and took home an American Music Award for the wildly successful tune. Rayvon appeared with Shaggy in the national spotlight on shows like Live w/ Regis & Kelly, Saturday Night Live, Jay Leno, David Letterman and All My Children. The song has since clocked in at 18 million views on YouTube and has been certified gold and platinum around the world. Rayvon says, “People have grown up with the classic songs I’ve done over the years. People want to hear Reggae because it's feel good music. Feel good music will never die.”
Rayvon previously released two solo albums including Hear My Cry (Virgin Records 1997) and My Bad (Big Yard Music/MCA Records 2002). Though hopes were high for his impressive debut album, it largely hovered under the radar in a whirlpool of label politics. “I came out in a year where it was like a small dog among big dog. Virgin released albums by UB40, Janet Jackson, Rolling Stones, and the Spice Girls that same year. I was caught in that whole whirlwind.” The release of “2-Way” off the sophomore effort reached No. 10 on BET’s 106 & Park countdown and chimed in on Billboard’s R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs chart. The title track “My Bad” stands at 84 thousand views on YouTube, featured a cameo from cohort Shaggy and boasted No. 1 at Top 40 Radio for four weeks.
Aloe Blacc Revisits Rap Roots Over Brady's Boom Bap On Latest Single From Labor Of Love
Continuing on from his success with "Get Choze" and "Real Heavy" in 2010, both of which are singles from Labor Of Love, Mr Brady starts this year with another laid back and relaxed track "Catch" featuring fellow west coaster Aloe Blacc. Mr. Brady eschews rhyming on Labor Of Love, instead handling production duties for the entire album. "Catch" is another perfect example of Brady's ability to produce sonically pleasing beats all the while having the ear to select and pair those beats with the MC best fit to bless it. While Aloe Blacc has garnered much acclaim recently for his soul singing with tracks like "I Need A Dollar," which serves as the theme song for popular HBO series How To Make It In America, this track finds Aloe returning to his roots, rapping on Mr. Brady's soulful, pad- and key-heavy production.
Los Angeles, CA (January 23rd, 2011) -- Critically acclaimed rapper, Hopsin is back with a club hit "Trampoline" off his album "Raw". Trampoline boasts creative lyrics, top notch production, and a catchy beat to boot. Hopsin's creativity shines throughout this captivating and addictive single. This independently produced single is tantamount to the bigger productions of the mainstream.
It would probably be easier if we told you what Hopsin doesn’t do, but Hop is an MC, producer, video director, actor, and editor, and his journey has been anything but painless.
Stuck in special education classes, Hopsin did not see much of a future. His school teachers did nothing but reinforce the feelings that he wouldn’t amount to anything; especially if he continued to waste his time attending classes where nothing was actually being taught. So with no money and only a few real friends, Hopsin dropped out of school in 2004. Despite the lack of support from anyone but himself, Hopsin knew that his raw talent to rhyme would one day allow him to spit in the face of all of his critics.
Determined to be one of Southern Cali’s premier MCs, he bought an $8 microphone from Wal-Mart, installed Fruity Loops on his computer, and locked himself in the basement. He combined his skills with a new image [often seen wearing white contacts] and emerged from the basement as a complete artist.
In mid-2007, Hopsin inked a deal with Tomica Wright and the legendary Ruthless Records. Hopsin had finally achieved success, but it was short lived. Eventually, Hopsin's situation with Ruthless Records deteriorated. Hopsin was shelved for three years, which affected his fianances and ultimately his mind state. Eventually, his debut album "Gazing At The Moonlight" was released which Hopsin didn't recieve a dime from.
Due to his frustration with Ruthless, he started working on the album "Raw" in late 2009 and finished it by mid-2010. The album would be the final nail in Ruthless' coffin with singles like Sag My Pants, Kill Her, and You Are My Enemy belittling Tomica and Ruthless Records for the hell they had made his life. In November, Hopsin was officially freed from Ruthless Records and released his critically acclaimed album "Raw".
Now, with his struggles behind him, Hopsin is now working with his own independent label "Funk Volume" and is currently preparing for his tour across the nation.
Jayo Felony has always been known as one of the most ferocious emcees in hip-hop. Since making a surprise guest appearance on Ice Cube's "I Am The West" album, Jayo has been staying busy recording his own solo material. Jayo recently helped form what is sure to be a legendary west coast group called "1st Generation" consisting of Jayo Felony, Kurupt, MC Eiht, King T & Gangsta. The group has earned co-signs from Snoop Dogg while working with producers such as Tha Chill, E-A Ski, Sir Jinx and more.
While the group is hard at work recording there debut group album, Jayo Felony has decided to unleash a new solo record to hold fans over.
Roach Shows Off Penchant For Story Telling With Latest Single From Roachy Balboa 2
Roach Gigz released his new mixtape, Roachy Balboa 2, earlier this month and already the project, which serves as the follow up to Gigz' first Roachy Balboa mixtape released last May, is being met with strong feedback and positive reviews. With a number of videos planned to drop over the coming months, including a forthcoming video for the previously released single "Syrup Thighs," Roach continues to release new singles from the mixtape.
While previous singles from RB2 have shown off Roach's ability to craft up-tempo anthems ("The Dopest 2") and seamlessly collaborate with other artists ("Hold Up" featuring J Stalin), this new single finds the San Francisco-bred MC slowing down the pace and turning the mood a few notches darker as he puts his knack for story telling on display. Delving into a tale of shady show promoters, drugs, police stops, women, and bouts with financial trouble, Roach weaves a story of despair in his substance-induced drawl, rapping, "I long for liquor and pills to replace life's ills."