Formed in 2002, Custom Made originally consisted of Sinister Six, Bluff, Element, Skandalous Scoobs and Aneek.
In 2004, they released their debut album, “LA State of Mind” to critical acclaim. Custom Made would later become key players in the LA mixtape scene through their renowned “Street Cinema” series. 2006 saw the group inking with indie label Babygrande Records and the release of their “Sidewalk Mindtalk” compilation.
Soon after the release of Sidewalk Mindtalk, Aneek would leave the group due to personal issues and Six found himself incarcerated for two years. This left Custom Made as a trio of Bluff, Element and Scoobs. After being bestowed Rawkus Next 50 honors by seminal hip-hop brand Rawkus in 2007 the trio returned with their sophomore LP, Original Dynasty on Babygrande in 2008.
2009 saw Custom Made continue the Street Cinema series with the release of “The Lost Weekend” mixtape. After leaving Babygrande in 2009; Custom Made recorded Hi-Def. This year Custom Made linked up with NY label Coalmine Records to drop Hi-Def as a digital release on November 9th. Hi-Def features production from THX, Abstrakt Soundz, Jayem, Animoss (Arch Druids), Terminall and guests Mac Lucci (Hustle Boyz/DPG), Woozy (Brothaz Bent) and the rest of the Custom Made collective.
After a year hiatus Custom Made links up with Coalmine Records to showcase their latest release “Hi-Def” to show what hip-hop has been missing.
CUSTOM MADE “HI-DEF” IN STORES NOVEMBER 9th
01 Hi-Def (Intro) prod. by THX 02 Touch a Pen ft. Woozy and Paradox prod. by Terminall 03 Watch That ft. Mac Lucci prod. by THX 04 Don't Leave Me ft. S-Mak prod. by High-P 05 Hip-Hop prod. by Akatsoki 06 Dopamine (Interlude) 07 Picture Me Rollin' ft. Paradox and Woozy prod. by Abstrakt Soundz 08 Gravel Swag ft. Woozy and S-Mak prod. by Terminall 09 Oooh Baby ft. Six prod. by Jayem 10 LA Steez ft. Woozy prod. by Terminall 11 Crime Life prod. by Severe 12 Ode 2 Colt (Interlude) 13 Flow-Five ft. S-Mak prod. by Animoss 14 Easy on Yourself prod. by Abstrakt Soundz DOWNLOAD
Here's the record a LOT of people have been waiting on - the Joell Ortiz collaboration! This is one of my favorite songs on the album (tho I have a lot). I've been a fan of Joell for years and was really excited that we had the opportunity to work with him. So please enjoy Culture VI artist John Regan's second single off of Sorry I'm Late - Yesterday!!
Culture VI Records presents John Regan: Sorry I'm Late
September 20th, 2010: 24 year-old Baltimore artist John Regan has collaborated with several of hip-hop and R&B's most respected talents for his debut solo album, "Sorry I'm Late", which will be released October 12th, 2010 on Culture VI Records.
The album includes features by Marsha Ambrosius, Joell Ortiz, Naledge of Kidz in the Hall, Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, Ill Bill and PackFM. While multi-platinum producer Needlz provides the soundscape for three stellar tracks, 88-Keys and Nottz team up - for the first time - to provide the production for "Nobody's Somebody". Keys supplies the samples and drums, with Nottz contributing one of his signature bass lines - while also reciting a riveting verse.
Unheralded, yet well accredited, producer YZ provides the canvas for a majority of the collaborations on "Sorry I'm Late". Under the tutelage of veteran producer Chucky Thompson, YZ began his career working alongside Rich Harrison and Young Guru. He has since spent his years recording and producing for such artists as Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, Wyclef Jean, and Patti Labelle. Setting the tone for the album with hard, crisp drums, emotional instrumentation, and an attention to detach l rarely found on independent releases, YZ is hoping to use this project as a means to introduce himself to people outside of the industry who might not otherwise be familiar with his work.
John's lyrics can best be described as authentic. There are no tales of drug kingpins or any false gangsta-isms in his music. Instead, his songs vividly describe pain, loss and struggle, yet with a hint of hopefulness. John is both a rookie and a veteran of the industry. Having been signed to Culture VI Records for the past nine years, John has worked intimately with the creation and marketing of the label's past four releases, learning the importance of relationship building, while feverishly developing his social media skills - making it difficult to remember that this is only his first album. The early leaks have received an overwhelming response, having already been featured on hundreds of blogs and websites, including such influential sites as 2dopeboyz, HipHopDX and DJBooth.
With over a half-million views of Culture VI interviews last year, "Sorry I'm Late" is poised to capitalize on the label's strong brand recognition. Culture VI has also partnered with Ariel Publicity in an effort to maximize all possible marketing opportunities.
Stomp The Yard - Homecoming Soundtrack + Full Album Stream
New Soundtrack to include music from Ace Hood, John Forte, Short Dawg and many more!
(Brooklyn, NY - September 20, 2010) Available on all digital music outlets and CD on October 26th from Artists' Addiction Records, Stomp The Yard: Homecoming Motion Picture Soundtrackreturns audiences to the yard of Truth University for the all new, explosive, high energy drama. The soundtrack features new music from Ace Hood, John Forte, Short Dawg, Mr. Robotic, and many others! This soundtrack and movie sequel to the $75MM box office hit and 100,000+ album soundtrack sales follows Chance Harris (Collins Pennie, Fame, TV’s “Hawthorne”) as he looks to find a balance between his school, work, relationships and the opportunity to perform at the nationally televised step competition during homecoming weekend. The movie, Stomp The Yard: Homecoming will be available for purchase on September 21st in two formats; Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
All songs on the soundtrack reflect the energy and excitement inherent in the movie. Says Young Money rapper Short Dawg, whose track “Get Ya Money Up” is featured on the soundtrack, “I thought it was a great concept because I grew up where sororities and fraternities were super popular, so it took me back to my days of school and showed me a different perspective from the experience I had. I’m honored to be part of such a great project.”
In the countdown to a national step-off, rivalries at Truth University run red hot. The Theta Nus are counting on new pledge Chance Harris (Collins Pennie) to lead the team to victory. But he’s too caught up in his own problems to focus. At odds with his father, caught up in romantic troubles and targeted by a street gang for an unpaid debt, Chance must decide what is truly important and make the choices that will shape his life. Stomp the Yard: Homecoming unites a powerful cast featuring Terrence J and Pooch Hall with a soundtrack packed with pulse-pounding tracks. Directed by Rob Hardy (The Gospel), Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is from a story by Albert Leon and a screenplay by Albert Leon and Meena Payne. Columbus Short served as executive producer, with William Packer producing.
Tracklist: 1. Ace Hood- Don't Get Caught Slippin 2. Get Cool- Time To Get 3. John-John- Bounce 4 Jasper Sawyer- Evil 5. Mr. Robotic- We Got ‘Em 6. Classic- Here To Party 7. G-Side- College Chicks 8. Short Dawg- Get Ya Money Up 9. John Forte- Nervous 10. Rae Featuring Basko & Nomadik- Third Degree 11. Clout Cartel- Rock Yo Bod 12. Get Cool- I’m Grown 13. B Double E- To The Top 14. Todd Bozung & Peter Plath- Stomp Score SuiteThings Ain't The Same ft. Nick Grier, Steve Bingham
For those still curious for a look behind the scenes and into the mindset of the world of pimps, T.P. brings you the Welcome to the World of Pimpin' mixtape. Hosted by mentor and former pimp, Pimpin' Ken and DJ Lazy K, this CD is a 31-track musical journey through the eyes of a bonafide hustler.
T.P. began his life in the streets at the age of 13. Forced to survive, he was lead into a life of crime; drug dealing and robbery and eventually, at the age of 19, pimping. According to T.P. though, the pimping life is a gentlemen's life and his knack for the trade caused to him give up his thuggish ways and focus on making money without the use of force.
Nowdays, T.P.'s focus are his many businesses including adult websites, a rent-to-own realty agency, a multi-city chain of vending machines and of course, music. Since founding his independent label, Upnorth Records, T.P. has had the pleasure of touring and recording in 19 states, blessing tracks with rap artists of a similar mindset like Too Short and Max B.
Welcome to the World of Pimpin' is currently available for free download on DatPiff.com and a multi-city promo tour is in the pipeline which will also feature Pimpin' Ken.
Other projects for T.P. include professorial duties at Pimpin' Ken's new online Pimp College. Available via PimpinKen.net, Pimp College is a 48-class video and audio tutorial based on Ken's highly successful book, The 48 Laws of the Game.(Simon & Schuster, 2008) on how to apply the principles of pimping to your every day life and relationships. In Ken's opinion, there is little difference in the way business is conducted in the streets or the boardroom. There are sharks everywhere and the stakes are high. By applying the principles broken down within the curriculum at Pimp College, you can always be assured of coming out on top. Gender is not an issue either for this is not about learning how to become a pimp. It is simply a way for Ken and T.P. to pass along the 'game' they have learned on their own journeys from doing street business to starting and running their own very successful business franchises.
Emerging Midwest rap sensation Smokes aka Mr. Asian Pride is thrilled to present his latest joint in a series of blockbuster collaborations titled "Get Down" featuring West Coast's hottest new artist Nipsey Hussle.
"Get Down" is featured on Smokes brand new mixtape, "The Bidding War", hosted by DJ Johnson, besides collaborations with Oscar-winning Hip-Hop duo Three 6 Mafia, Philly's own Tone Trump, and veteran rapper Coo Coo Cal. Production credits include Grammy Award-winning beatmaker Vudu Spellz (Ludacris, Montell Jordan), DJ Pain 1 (Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Bun B), !llmind (50 Cent, Eminem, Lloyd Banks), Sean Divine (Jadakiss, Sonny Rich), and others.
Legendary Hip-Hop Duo Zion I Gets Live With Atomic Clock
September 21, 2010—After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009's The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group's longtime admiration for reggae and dub.
While the group's roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clock’s cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. "The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music," says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. "This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn't want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past."
For Atomic Clock, the duo employed live musicians to flesh out producer Amp Live's original beats and thicken the overall sound. For many of Atomic Clock's tracks, Amp would create the skeleton of the beat himself for the initial direction before collaborating with the group's live musicians to complement the sound and, in certain cases, redo the track live. In stark contrast to The Takeover, which saw Amp and Zumbi e-mail verses and beats to each other to constantly tweak each song, the group and their collaborators engaged in days-long jam sessions, for the first time in their career, to best enunciate Amp's initial idea.
For Zumbi, the writing style on Atomic Clock was much more instinctive than on past albums, and the result is a litany of emotionally introspective, brutally honest songs that both relay the emcee's personal experience and delve into weighty topics including the transient nature of time.
This extends to the title. "The Atomic Clock is the most precise timing device on the planet and I thought that applied to the immaculate timing and rhythm it takes between musicians in one room to make good music," says Zumbi. "But also, I feel that time is speeding up on the planet and it seems like it's dilating and contracting really quickly. We're living in such an interesting time and I think time is on everyone's mind in one way or another. Everything is exponential now."
On Atomic Clock, the group employs their usual mix of sonic exploration and unbridled creativity. "4U," with its choir vocals, soulful keyboards, and rock guitars, could be a lost Sly and the Family Stone track, while the horn blasts and heavy, electric guitars of "Always" supplement Zumbi's optimistic hook of "Love conquers always/Gotta keep your head up." "Many Stylez," featuring reggae band Rebelution (the album also features guest spots by emcees Locksmith and Macklemore and vocalists Courtney Holiday and Crystal Monee Hall), deftly defers to the genre's roots, and the atmospheric beat of "North Star" complements the central idea of being open to guidance in one's life.
On "History," the group's most insightful and candid track, Zumbi recalls the duo's autobiography from prior to the group's formation until now. "We've been doing music a long time and sometimes you forget how long you’ve been at and how many places you've been," admits the emcee. "I think it's good to look back for a second before keeping it moving." Keeping it moving is something Zumbi and Amp Live have never had problems doing andAtomic Clock stands as another engaging expression of the group's mind, heart and soul.
Zion I On Tour
9/24: Santa Barbara, CA – West Beach Festival 2010 9/25: Page, AZ – Powellapolooza 10/5: Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatere 10/6: Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater 10/7: Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Company 10/8: Seaside, CA – CSU Monterey Bay 10/9: San Francisco, CA – Summersalt Music Festival 10/12: Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre 10/13: Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s 10/14: Athens, GA – Last Call 10/15: Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store 10/19: St. Louis, MO – Gargoyle 10/20: Columbia, MO – Blue Note 10/21: Carbondale, IL – Copper Dragon 10/22: Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre 10/23: Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room 10/25: Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theater 10/27: State College, PA – State Theatre for the Arts 10/28: Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theatre 10/29: Providene, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel 10/30: Towson, MD – Recher Theater 10/31: Norfolk, VA – Norva 11/1: Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl 11/2: New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place 11/4: Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater 11/5: Richmond, VA – The National 11/6: Ashville, NC – The Orange Peel 11/7: Boone, NC – Legends
The Niceguys Release The Song That Started It All With Latest Single, Unveil Album Artwork For The Show
The Niceguys' new single, "It's Like That," is the latest from their inclement debut album, The Show, and, in some ways, the most important yet. "Without recording this song there would absolutely be no album," reveals Christolph, one-half of the group's producer core (along with Free). "It sparked something inside us to continuously make good music and to push our talents and start taking music more seriously." This decision to get serious was a good one, as "It's Like That" will be the latest single to garner video treatment in the coming weeks and will also serve as the first official remix from The Show, with some exciting soon-to-be-announced guests.
The song makes no attempt to be anything other than a good time. The lyrics are fun and breezy and serve to show off the skills of Yves Saint, the rapper of the group. "One deep / Two Swisher Sweets / You can't move like I move / It's like I got three feet" he rhymes effortlessly, calling to attention his own expertise with the mic. Complimenting Yves' rhymes is a complex but equally enjoyable instrumental featuring brass, woodwinds, vocal chops, and other instrumentation contributing to a sometimes upbeat, sometimes relaxed backing track. "Basically, we were just having fun," explains Christolph. "This is our soundtrack to the fun we will continue to have while pushing the album." It's clear that, no matter how seriously The Niceguys take their work, their goal in making music will always be to entertain themselves and their fans.
Also, check out The Niceguys' brand new website, thenicelook.com, for all news, music, and media from the Houston foursome, including their recently launched Nice Look t-shirt line, seen recently on model Maliah Michel.
The Niceguys epitomize the law of dynamics. They stimulate development and progress, and they also thrive off their own original ideas. The Niceguys' MC, DJ, and Producers consist of four young men by the names of Yves (MC), Candlestick (DJ), Free (Producer), and Christolph (Producer), respectively. Experiencing The Niceguys' chemistry live on stage is when the audience can witness that there is more to the group than meets the ear. The guys' personality and talent, as well as the lyrical content of their music, combine to provide a feel-good atmosphere for whoever is around. Having released The Green Room EP for free download in late 2009, The Niceguys have been quickly garnering attention from writers, bloggers, and tastemakers alike. The Niceguys' debut LP, The Show, will be dropping in the fall of 2010 via The Pi Group.
FEAT. SINGAPORE KANE x ALEGORY x HOME TEAM x TOZU PROD.
"RAISED IN THE GHETTO, SCHOOL IN THE BURBS COMING SOON"
Boston emcee Re-Surch has teamed up with Kevin Nottingham and One Three Music to present his latest mixtape, "Alcoholic College Kidz: The Collective Vol. 1." Forgoing the current hip hop stereotypes, Re-Surch has crafted a compilation for hip hop fans who just want to party and have a good time.
Mixed by Ryan Todd and DJ Liberty, the brand new mixtape boasts 20 tracks from Re-Surch and his Alcoholic College Kidz crew, including the KN-premiered leaks “Mic In My Hand” featuring Singapore Kane and “Dropping Shit Like A Pigeon (Slow Flow)”.
With production from the likes of Tozu Productions, Alegory, Home Team and more, this project should hold you over until Re-Surch drops his upcoming album "Raised In The Ghetto, Went To School In The Burbs" on ACK Ent./One3 Music.
01.) Showin' My Ass (feat. DJ Liberty) (Produced By Tozu Productions) 02.) G Problems 03.) Proceed With Caution (feat. Neb-T & Flem) (Produced By Tozu Productions) 04.) Be First 05.) Sex, Drugz & Rock 'N' Roll (Produced By DJ Evil Dee) 06.) The World At Large 07.) Droppin' Sh*t Like A Pigeon (Produced By Home Team) 08.) Alcoholic College Kidz (Produced By Beatdown) 09.) Every Dorm We Go Through 10.) Boston Sound (feat. J-Pup & Neb-T) (Produced By Tozu Productions) 11.) Fake Records (Produced By Home Team) 12.) Love Me or Leave Me (Produced By Home Team) 13.) Never Fall For A White Girl (Produced By Brian Burns) 14.) Deep Dreamin' 15.) Mic In My Hand (feat. Singapore Kane) (Produced By Alegory) 16.) Old School (Re-Mix) (feat. Napoleon The Great & Bill Blast) (Produced By Bill Blast) 17.) ACK The Collective (feat. Sam Cook, Toddy Muffins, Kahdy & Dirt Jones) 18.) Your Girlfriend's Boyfriend (feat. Toddy Muffins) (Produced By Alegory) 19.) This Time (feat. Shannon Gallagher) (Produced By Beatdown & Re-Surch) 20.) Showin' Respect To Below The Line (Produced By Chance One)