THE MILKY WAY. A vast entity in which traces of everything that ever was, is, or will be, can be found. A collection of stars, each shining alone, all inexorably drawn together. An LA-based nine-piece band of beatsmiths, DJs, musicians and performers which has inspired comparisons to Parliament, Outkast and Radiohead in the same breath.
MC, songsmith and Milky Way frontman Sum formed the band in 2008. But music’s magnetic pull started bringing the members of this tri-coastal clan together years ago - first in spirit, then in person, one by one, to the Edge Of The World a.k.a. Los Angeles, California, the perfect point from which their post-millennial strain of funk, electronica and live hip-hop that doesn’t suck can rain over the cosmos and reverberate through the universe. A family affair, the MW lineup comprises college buddies, play cousins, childhood friends and even a married couple. X-Man (MPC), P.U.D.G.E. (bass & keys), Computer Jay (keys) and X-Ro (synth) are all formidable DJs and beatsmiths with their own followings. Later, Taurus Hamilton (guitar) and DJ Cee Brown (turntables) were added to fill the sound out. Vocabutrois & Lil Mis (background vocals/theatrics) were brought in to give a different twist on adlibs and stage performance, and The Milky Way was complete. Since inception, “The Milky Wayans” have performed with the likes of Dwele, Arrested Development and The Pharcyde at some of Los Angeles’ most historic and well-reputed venues.
Quannum Projects is set to release LA-based Pigeon John's new album Dragon Slayer on October 12, 2010, the follow up to critically acclaimed Pigeon John...And The Summertime Pool Party. 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, will be wowing crowds again with live dates this fall.
Dragon Slayer houses the signature Pigeon John humor and smarts but with a whole new sound. With the aid of General Elektriks' Hervé Salters, he 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.
Pigeon John explains, "I'm enjoying the new record because of Hervé's touch on it. The songs ran out of my hands and grew up like children. Control went out the window, and the songs stood on their own two feet without my help. Dragon Slayer is the best TV pilot ever written. That's all I have to say, plus give me a pint..."
The dragon that Pigeon John slays isn't just the malaise of a quarter-life crisis; it's all the little obstacles and stories that come together to make a person. It's that moment of realization, as PJ details on the head-nodding harmonies of "Buttersoft Seats", when buying a nephew's new Jordans suddenly becomes more important than owning the hottest whip on the block. Or how, with the right mind state, sipping coffee in your backyard can turn you into "a young Sean Connery in Cabo"; at least while "So Gangster" sets the soundtrack. On "Ben Vereen" only Pigeon John could create a hook like, "I hate you so much" that goes well with a smile on the face and a kick in the step. Dragon Slayer showcases Pigeon John's sophisticated and witty storytelling ability while not binding to any one genre.
Pigeon John, whether backed by a live band or simply by beats (always complimented, of course, with his smooth moves), has incredibly commanding stage presence and charisma.
Of his love for the live show, Pigeon John says "It's is where the rubber meets the road. A show can never be leaked or recreated. It's traditional, in a sense, just the performer and the people. Vaudeville almost. The potential to flop is inches away from washing over the crowd and winning them. And that danger is what I'm into. You can't fake a show... or an orgasm."
Having shared the stage with the likes of Matisyahu, Of Montreal, Mike Patton, Lyrics Born, RJD2 and Nneka, Pigeon John can woo any crowd, rock and hip-hop alike. He'll be out there like a road warrior once again this fall, and on through next year.
Experience the greatness live on these select dates:
The Dragon Slayer Tour Pigeon John DJ Abilities (from Eyedea and Abilities from Rhymesayers crew) Dark Time Sunshine (feat. Onry Ozzborn from GreySkul)
Sept. 30, Santa Barbara, CA, Velvet Jones Oct. 1, San Diego, CA, The Loft Oct. 2, Los Angeles, CA, Siren Studios - Thrillist Oct. 2, Visalia, CA, The Cellar Door Oct. 4, San Francisco, CA, Cafe Du Nord Oct. 6, Seattle, WA, Nectar Lounge Oct. 7, Portland, OR, Backspace Oct. 8, Boise, ID, The Reef Oct. 9, Bozeman, MT, Zebra Cocktail Lounge Oct. 10, Salt Lake City, UT, Urban Lounge Oct. 11, Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge Oct. 12, Boulder, CO, Club 156 Oct. 14, Madison, WI, High Noon Saloon Oct. 15 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry Oct. 16 Chicago, IL Morseland Oct. 17 Rock Island, IL TBD Oct. 18 Cleveland, OH TBD
"The L.A. hip-hop/funk/pop maestro takes you on a tour of his (rough) life and (smooth) musical influences, making witty jokes and vehement comments about everything from dating to drugs. Older readers may hear the influence of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band; younger readers... just go buy this, trust me: It's its own high." - Entertainment Weekly
"Nebraska-born, LA-bred, racially mixed rapper Pigeon John could gripe about what he's not (rich, famous, laid). But the comedic, alienated, singsongy MC's third indie album demands empathy, not pity. Setting proudly assed-out spiels to cheery early De La Soul-style beats and catholic samples (like alt-rockers the Pixies), " the one and lonely" Pigeon John boasts about dining at Taco Bell and macking on mallrats. He cuts his cutesiness, though, with a world-weary tirade toward Jesus and a sad ballad about his homies growing old. Without tragedy, it's hard to be a clown." - VIBE
"Good times hip-hop from college-rock nostalgic" - SPIN
"Pigeon John uses hip-hop to charm and disarm with a classic style and miles of savoir-faire, infusing his black-everyman lyricism with a particular potency and power. Paired with poppy upbeats and whimsical melodies, P.J.'s lighthearted look at harsh realities is akin to fellow L.A. rap iconoclasts the Pharcyde at their freshest." - LA Weekly
"There's not just skill and bump in this music, there's fun in it. Remember when everyone was so shocked at how much they liked Andre 3000 being ridiculous and brilliant at once? He's got company." - Music For Robots
"Pigeon John isn't just one of the freshest voices to emerge in Hip-Hop this millennium, he may also be the realest. The Inglewood native has never fronted about packing heat or slinging rocks despite the rough environment he came up in. In fact, the Quannum MC carving out a niche in Hip-Hop as the Average Joe not afraid to just be himself." - ALLHIPHOP
Pigeon John's discography:
Pigeon John is Clueless (2002), Pigeon John Is Dating Your Sister (2003), Pigeon John Sings The Blues (2005), and Pigeon John and the Summertime Pool Party (2006)
About Quannum Projects:
Quannum Projects was first conceived in 1991 under the moniker "Solesides Records", by artists Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Lyrics Born and journalists DJ Zen (Jeff Chang) and Jazzbo (Joseph Patel). After evolving into Quannum in 1997, and enjoying massive grassroots success with the release of Blackalicious' debut Nia in 2000, the Quannum family has continued to expand with releases from such diverse artists as São Paulo's Curumin, vintage keyboard guru General Elektriks and electronic hip-hop duo Apsci. In addition to Pigeon John's Dragon Slayer, 2010 will also see an EP release from Lateef the Truthspeaker around Christmas and complete re-release of classic Quannum catalog titles in 2011.
B-STACKS DROPS SINGLE “AIN'T SO” AND ITS RECOGNIZED AS A “DOPE RECORD”
IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 21ST, 2010
(Durham, North Carolina) -- B-Stacks has been stirring up a lot of attention this Summer and is looking to continue on the path and finish what he has come to do. Some might ask... what did he come to do? To answer that, B-Stacks is here to give us some fresh new music.
He goes on to say “I feel that I am one of a kind, I don’t see nobody my age doing what I am doing right now.” B-Stacks tells HipHopEnquier.com “I feel like a lot of the new artists coming out are just like protégés of mainstream artists. I intend on standing out from the rest of them.” And indeed that is exactly what he is doing, standing out from the rest!
Recently, B- Stacks dropped his first single from upcoming mix-tape “ Code Red: 114” entitled, “Ain't So,” which has been getting massive attention from coast to coast!
“Ain't So” is said to be “budding dope record alert in my eyes” states BETs Gyant Unplugged. If you haven’t heard it yet, here is your chance to witness B-Stacks grind it out and rise to the top.
Might I add, sharing a post with Big Boi of Outkast looks like he is off to a great start to me!
OutKast's Big Boi Sets Dates for "Son of Chico Dusty" Tour
Tour starts August 26th at Atlanta’s Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
Big Boi’s HP / Myspace Music hits #1Hip Hop Show & #3 overall behind KISS & Bon Jovi drawing 2.6 million streams in 30 hours
August 24th, 2010 – One half of Grammy Award winning Diamond selling hip-hop duo Outkast, Big Boi, sets dates for the Son Of Chico Dusty U.S nationwide tour in support of his critically acclaimed debut album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Starting August 26th Atlanta, Big Boi(Antwan Patton) will be performing hits from his debut solo album along with Outkast classics in select cities across the US (see dates below).
Recently headlining Pitchfork Festival act, Big Boi also performed with HP & Myspace Music stopping in Miami (Aug.18th) for the most viewed hip-hop show in Ustream history. Drawing in 1.5 million total streams during the live show and the rebroadcast running immediately following, the show ranks as the #3 most viewed music performance ever on Ustream, only behind Kiss (2 million in Nov. 2009) and Bon Jovi (1.5 million in March 2010). In total, the live stream and immediate rebroadcast garnered 2.6 million tune-ins in 30 hours.
Recently, Big headlined the Pitchfork Music Festival and will be making more festival appearances during the tour at Epicenter, MoogFest, and TCT9. His energetic live shows have been winning over crowds while his first official album separate from the diamond-selling duo Outkast has been earning excellent reviews from The New Yorker, Time, Pitchfork, RollingStone, and New York Magazine among others. Spin Magazine declares, “Funk is the game and Antwan ‘Big Boi’ Patton isn’t playing… Sir Lucious Left Foot is a monster of an album.” Also, Big collaborated with Converse to create a limited edition pair of sneakers paying tribute to his debut album.
Remaining Tour Dates:
08-26 Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 09-28 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle 09-02 Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa 10-01 Bloomington, IN - Indiana University 09-04 Atlanta, GA - Heineken Red Star Soul 10-08 Columbia, SC - University of South Carolina 09-05 Atlantic City, NJ - Casbah 10-15 San Diego, CA - UC of San Diego 09-06 New York, NY - Brooklyn Bowl 10-23 Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo 09-17 Chicago, IL - Congress Theater 10-28 Charleston, SC - Charleston Visitors Center 09-18 Providence, RI - Brown University 10-29 Asheville, NC - Asheville Civic Center (Moogfest) 09-22 Arcata, CA - Arcata Community Center 10-30 Houston, TX - Tom Bass Park Amphitheater 09-24 Las Vegas, NV - The Palms Casino 11-12 Chattanooga, TN - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 09-25 Fontana, CA - Epicenter 11-18 Sydney, Australia - Fox Studios
"My name is Just-Ice a man not a prankster, I was known...As the gangster; But believe me that is no fun, The time is now to unite everyone. You don't have to be soft to be for peace, Robbin' and killin'and murderin' is the least, You don't have to be chained by the beast; But party people it's time I release!" -- "Self-Destruction" (The Stop The Violence Movement)
August 24th 2010 -- Veteran East Coast rapper, Joseph "Just-Ice" Williams, Jr., is definitely a legend in his own right. Having first exploded onto the Hip-Hop scene, with his Kurtis Mantronik helmed solo debut, Back to the Old School, way back in 1986, the tatted up, muscle bound emcee, with his mouth full of gold fronts, literally put the rap game in a choke-hold.
Born and bred in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Just-Ice, who started out as a menacing club bouncer, is one of the earliest pioneers of the art form to actually embrace hardcore lyricism. His initial lead offering, "Latoya" b/w the ultra raunchy "That Girl is a Slut," landed the, then, aspiring recording artist a lucrative contract with, the now defunct, Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records. Back to the Old School also provided him his biggest hit-to-date, the classic, "Cold Gettin' Dumb."
On his next two solo outings; 1987's Kool & Deadly (Justicizms) and The Desolate One in '89, Ice teamed up with The Blastmaster himself, KRS-One, and the results were astounding. For his fourth and final effort on Sleeping Bag, the appropriately titled, Masterpiece, Just-Ice aligned himself with the legendary Grandmaster Flash.
Albums number five, six and seven, Gun Talk , Kill the Rhythm (Like a Homicide) and VII, bowed in 1993, '95 and 1998, respectively, and since the late nineties, with the exception of a couple of digital download only projects that, unfortunately, flew way too far under the radar, Just-Ice has basically remained completely absent from the industry. That is, of course, until now!
The always controversial Just-Ice and longtime collaborator, KRS-One, have finally reunited, writing and recording a highly impressive brand new five-track EP, simply called, The Just-Ice & KRS-ONE EP Volume #1. In addition, the duo recently shot a video clip for the super-infectious "Blah, Blah, Blah."
Just-Ice is currently available for: Interviews, Show Bookings, Voice-overs, Songwriting, Features & Hooks, DJ Show Commercials, Event Hosting, Radio/TV Hosting, Acting & Commercials, and Public Speaking.