If you don't know the name Prince Aries yet, you should, and likely will very soon. Aside from co-founding the Bay Area's first hip-hop television show, Distortion 2 Static, over 10 years ago, Aries also has a whole other side that includes being a sought after party promoter, DJ, and graphic designer. And up next in his series of video shorts leading up to the release of his Clean Ass Whip mixtape, Prince Aries explains part of that other side. Specifically diving into his illustrative and graphic design abilities, the Bay Area Renaissance Man is seen here explaining the inspiration behind the cover art for Clean Ass Whip, walking viewers through how he originally went about creating. "When I listen to this mixtape and see this cover – that's pretty much how I feel, riding around in a car on a sunny afternoon."
Prince Aries' Clean Ass Whip mixtape, which features original tracks from DaVinci and Bambu along with a variety of west coast classics that ultimately shaped his musical taste, will be released for free download on May 3, 2011 via SWTBRDS.
MP3: Cali Swag District - "Ridin Low, Gettin' High"
Inglewood, California's Cali Swag District have sold over a million copies of there debut single, "Teach me how to Dougie." Founded by Big Wy, the group is getting ready to showcase there versatility and set the record straight with there upcoming mixtape, "Deeper than the Dougie."
Here goes the lead off single from the mixtape, a song titled "Ridin Low, Gettin High."
Ohio’s own J Rawls knows a thing or two about Hip-Hop. The famed producer/emcee has been living the culture for as long as he can remember, even before his first productions began circulating in the early 90s. “I remember taking the laces out of my first pair of Shelltoes and my parents looking at me like I was crazy. I remember Hip-Hop being a breath of fresh air,” says Rawls. Later, J Rawls helped launch the independent Hip-Hop explosion of the late 90s by producing “Brown Skin Lady” and “Yo Yeah” from Mos Def and Talib Kweli’s seminal debut album as Black Star. He went on to anchor Lone Catalysts, one of the most acclaimed early independent rap groups, and release an acclaimed solo album, The Essence Of J Rawls, in 2001. Now, more than a decade after his last solo Hip-Hop album, J Rawls is proud to present The Hip-Hop Affect, which will be in stores everywhere on May 17th, 2011.
Featuring appearances from Rhymefest, Sadat X, Tanya Morgan, J Sands (of Lone Catalysts), Copywrite, Bad Azz, Edo G, Stalley, Casual, Count Bass D, Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers), El Da Sensei, John Robinson, and more, The Hip-Hop Affect tells the story of how Rawls grew with hip-hop as hip-hop itself continued to grow. Born out of a dialog with his son, THHA explores Rawls’ personal journey from Columbus to Cincinnati to cities all over the world, as well as Hip-Hop’s journey from block parties to MTV to total ubiquity. “We walk, talk, and think Hip-Hop because we are Hip-Hop,” explains Rawls. “We birthed it, created it, and reared it. As with any child, we don’t like every change that we see Hip-Hop make, but we stick with it because we love it.”
While Hip-Hop has clearly been an important part of Rawls’ life, the past decade has seen him expanding his musical horizons. He delved into neo-soul and jazz with The Essence Of Soul and The Liquid Crystal Project, and released collaborative albums with Ohio vocalist Middle Child and Stones Throw crooner/rapper Dudley Perkins. All the while, production work for El Da Sensei, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Beastie Boys, Count Bass D and others has kept Rawls connected to his roots. Now, he’s ready to make a full return to Hip-Hop, and with that comes an opportunity to reflect. “This album tells the story of Hip-Hop and the affect it’s had on my life,” he explains. “I really want to get people to ask themselves, How has Hip-Hop affected your life?”
1. HHA Intro (ft. Joshy) 2. Best Producer on the Mic (ft. Diamond D, Oh No & Kev Brown) 3. Face It (ft. Sadat X & Wise Intelligent) 4. Jewel (ft. Afaliah) 5. Going Through Records (Interlude) 6. Salute (ft. Piakhan) 7. Just Rhymin’ with Fest (ft. Rhymefest) 8. That Very First Day (ft. Fat Jon ) 9. Heeey (ft. El Da Sensei, John Robinson, LeFortheUncool & Afaliah) 10. Who Am I? (ft. S.P.I.R.I.T.) 11. Making a Beat (Interlude) 12. Sandsy (ft. J. Sands [Lone Catalysts]) 13. Ya Friends in the Way (ft. Senor Kaos) 14. Are You Listening? (Bad Azz, Copywrite & Edo G) 15. Jussy on the Mic (Interlude) 16. Why You Do 17. Find a New (ft. Casual) 18. Da Beatbox (Interlude) 19. We’re on Top (#OhioTakeOver) (ft. Count Bass D , Trav Dave , Rashad , Co-City, , J Osceola , LeForTheUncool , Stalley , Tage [MHz, Columbus], Copywrite [MHz, Columbus], Donwill [Tanya Morgan,Cincinnati], 6S , Donte [Mood, Cincinnati], Piakhan , Ilyas [Tanya Morgan, Cincinnati], Main Flow [Mood, Cincinnati], Dominique Larue , Hood Apostle , ILL Poetic , ILLOGIC , Iyball [Fly.Union, Columbus], JaySwiffa [Fly.Union, Columbus], Jerreau [Fly.Union, Columbus], P Blackk ) 20. The Beat’s Done (Interlude) 21. HHA Outro (Joshy Gets It)
Video: Cassettes Won't Listen And Bisco Smith Form The Freeze Tag
(April - Brooklyn, NY) The Freeze Tag, the newly formed duo of Los Angeles-based producer Cassettes Won't Listen and Brooklyn MC Bisco Smith, is happy to announce the release of Hamster Kid, a five-track concept EP and animated musical collaboration brought together with the help of world-renowned street artist Bishop 203 and director Mike Vidoli. Hamster Kid will be released May 3, 2011 through The Freeze Tag's collective label, Daylight Curfew.
In a genre where bravado and #swag is slang du jour, an antihero like Hamster Kid is rarely heard from, let alone as the driving force behind a multi-media based concept project. For CWL and Bisco, who began writing and recording music together in the summer of 2010, who have been creating boundary pushing music together and apart for years, the idea came naturally, and Hamster Kid emerged as an unlikely superhero, an everyman's underdog who, as the duo states, "fights to stay true to himself while overcoming pressures from peers, naysayers, and society at large."
A true concept project, the five-track EP tells a full story, beginning with Hamster Kid's escape from an underground corporate complex ("The Voices" and "The Shuffle"), finding solace and strength in the optimism of the big city ("The Vision"). Inspired by the rediscovery of self-awareness and aspirations that had escaped him, Hamster Kid mounts his rooftop launch pad, making his leap away from the restrictions and limitations that once ruled his life and toward the outer expanses of the freedom he strives for ("The Flight"). "If there's one thing to be taken from the story of Hamster Kid," explains Bisco, "it is to find what you love, chase that love, and figure out a way to make it your life."
Fat Beats & Wax Poetics Announce Record Store Day Pop-Up
Fat Beats Celebrates Vinyl Culture With All-Day Event And Historic Line Up
(April 07, 2011 - Brooklyn, NY) Fresh off the success of their premiere pop-up shop in March, Fat Beats Brooklyn is pulling out all the stops for an all-day, all-out celebration of vinyl culture and live music. From noon to 11pm on Record Store Day (Saturday, April 16), the hip-hop juggernaut will transform their DUMBO warehouse into a hip-hop Woodstock complete with performances by The Stepkids, Chico Mann, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Neek the Exotic & Large Professor, DJ Center, Mista Sinista, !llmind, Amir, Eternia, Danny Dann the Beat Mann, Masta Ace, Maticulous, Kev Brown & Kaimbr, Ray West, and many surprise guests. The event commemorates the one-year anniversary of Guru’s passing with a funk interpretation of Gang Starr classics from Fat Beats’ newest label addition, CSC Funk Band.
Not only will Fat Beats’ massive vinyl library be available for purchase at the event, but also everyone in attendance will receive a 10% off coupon for the newly re-launched fatbeats.com, a chance to win free printing of 500 record jackets sponsored by Dorado Printing, and Wax Poetics will be raffling off a free one-year subscription. So come early, leave late, and make sure to bring all your friends – this is going to be a party for the ages.
What: Fat Beats & waxpoetics Record Store Day Pop-Up Shop & Party Who: Neek The Exotic & Large Professor, The Stepkids, Chico Mann, DJ Center, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Amir, DJ Jab, !llmind, Eternia, maticulous, Double U Tomek, Danny Dann the Beat Mann, Kev Brown & Kaimbr, Ray West + a special Gang Starr tribute by CSC Funk Band, Mista Sinista, Masta Ace & surprise guests When: Saturday, April 16th, noon - 11pm Where: 110 Bridge St. 3rd Floor | Brooklyn, NY
Revolution Media Group brings to you the second video of the 3 part Formal Introduction video series for Phil The Thrill. In this video Phil gets a chance to let people know about some of his music influences. Fly Thoughts: Carpe Diem EP Dropping On 4/6/11.