Underground Music Award-nominated "#1 Contender" City Haze drops some funk on this track entitled "Keep On Winnin'." The track features live beat boxing and instrumentation by Hippopotamus Funk and is produced by Philly Blunts.
Tanya Morgan's Von Pea To Release Debut Solo Album Pea's Gotta Have It October 12th
Von Pea Channels His High School Days As Inspiration For His Solo Debut And Releases New Track From Album "The Yorker"
(August 18, 2010 - Brooklyn New York) Von Pea, a producer, rapper, and member of the highly lauded group Tanya Morgan, is excited to announce the release his own solo album, Pea's Gotta Have It. The album, a concept project themed around Von Pea's high school days, will be released October 12th via Interdependent Media.
For Pea's Gotta Have It, Von Pea reminisces of his days spent in the classrooms and at the lunch tables at Boys & Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. "My solo album is basically the album I always wanted to make in high school," explains Von, who was inspired to make the album after discovering a long-forgotten journal. "It's a concept album based around high school, around what I thought my album would sound like when I was 17," explains Von. "In a way, it's a goal I'm achieving late. It’s music inspired by my coming of age in Brooklyn.”.
In Pea’s Got To Have It, Von exhibits his classic sense of humor and wit by combining not only comical subject matter with more serious aspects but also with the genius subtleties and inside jokes that Tanya Morgan fans have come to expect. Von’s engaging rite-of-passage narrations include topics such as hollering at girls, suffering through detention, upholding music and fashion above real-life concerns, scheming on how to avoid bullies, or taking your ill-advised friends’ advice, to name a few. Von took full advantage of the liberties of creating his own album that were afforded to him by cleverly weaving parts of his past with his present day so it’s not accurate to call his album a period piece. “A lot of my material switches back between my 16 year-old self and who I am today as a 28 year old and although I’m talking about my own experiences as a male teenager coming of age in Brooklyn, New York, this album really speaks to anyone who’s ever gone to high school,” explains Von.
Despite being the primary producer for his group Tanya Morgan, Von Pea produced only three of the tracks for his solo album. "I think it's kind of cool; it happened naturally," Von says about not handling most of his own production. Similarly, Von's surplus of guests on the album mesh together seamlessly despite their varying styles, largely due to the natural chemistry Von has with everyone on the album. "The best music comes from artists that have chemistry," says Von. "So the vocal features are all frequent collaborators."
Although the rapper has previously released solo side projects, Pea's Gotta Have It marks his first full-fledged effort at a solo album, which took three years to finalize while also working on other music. "In the past I've put out projects just for fun and for free, not even trying to get buzz," says Von, affirming, "This is my first solo album with original music." As Tanya Morgan's primary producer, and main contributor to the group's musical sound, fans can expect a similar direction on his solo album. "My album probably sounds like Tanya Morgan, just with one person," Von jokingly states. "But people like Tanya Morgan, so that’s fine with me."
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Von Pea has been emceeing since 1991 and producing since 2000. Initially attracted to hip-hop by the likes of Another Bad Creation and many other young rappers that were near his own age, Von would eventually shift his interest to those who would become his strongest influences – A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, and Biggie. In 2002 Von Pea began an alliance with the original members of North Carolina rap group Little Brother (Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, and 9th Wonder) which lead him to being featured on such projects as Phonte and Nicolay’s Foreign Exchange Connected album (“Von Sees”), and Little Brother’s The Minstrel Show (“Cheatin” interlude). In addition to his group’s music, Von has released acclaimed projects such as 2003’s“Custom Fitted, 2007’s Grand Vonye, and his late 2007 remix project American Angster which has been considered one of the best of the Jay Z remix albums. Von Pea is also a member of the rap group Tanya Morgan. Von Pea's latest solo album, Pea's Gotta Have it, will be released September 7th.
Yukmouth & C-Bo Reform Thug Lordz; New Album Sept. 28th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After nearly a 5 year hiatus, Yukmouth and C-Bo, both regarded as West Coast legends, have reformed the super group Thug Lordz to released “Thug Money” on September 28th.
Featuring The Jacka on the first single “Wake Up”, Yuk & Bo plead for their respect in the industry and in the streets expressing that sometimes it just might be better to not wake up. With additional features from Eastwood, Ampichino, Bo-Roc and Tha Realest….the Thug Lordz enlisted a virtual who’s who from the streets to appear on “Thug Money”.
A true testament to their street gospel, their first collaborative album “In Thug We Trust” has scanned close to 30K with no radio or video. Additionally, Yuk and Bo have released over 30 albums and sold over 10 million records worldwide, between the two of them.
Being a product of the streets, a person can often count the number of people they trust on one hand. Whether it being personal or simply business, those type of connections are few and far in between for, however, when it clicks, it clicks…and such has been the case with the street legends C‑Bo and Yukmouth.
Consistency has been king for the Thug Lordz individually but with “Thug Money” this fall, they plan to solidify their reign.
Beyond Belief and Skillz rock over a heavily Stevie Wonder-influenced beat on "All Over", the 2nd (Kwame-produced) leak off of Beyond Belief's upcoming project "Beyond Your Reach", slated to drop August 26th (on DJBooth.net). For those of you who haven't heard Kwame spit since "The Rhythm" or "Ownlee Eue", this is a must listen, as he steps out from behind the boards to contribute a verse.
Fire up the barbecue, crack a Dragon Stout, mix up yer Guinness punch, carry out whatever cliched act of Caribbeanism you can think of, because it's summer at last and a new Roots Manuva album is here! And with artwork from the legendary Tony McDermott (who was responsible for the illustrations on Greensleeves classics by the likes of Scientist, Mad Professor and the famous "Carnival of Reggae" 12" sleeve) it's a thing of beauty.
Okay, let's clarify that 'new' a little. What you hold in your hands is in fact largely a series of re-works by a talented producer who, for reasons best known to himself, goes by the moniker Wrong Tom. Big Dada first came across Wrong Tom a few months before the releaase of Roots Manuva's album, "Slime & Reason". The DJ and producer (whose previous credits includes work for Lynval Golding's Pama International, Trojan Records and his Staines homeboys Hard Fi) got in touch asking if he could bash out a dub version of the lead single for that campaign, "Buff Nuff". As it wasn't costing and we're cheap like that we said he could have a go on spec. When we heard the result we immediately commissioned a series of mixes which, turned round in about a fortnight, became the bonus disc for the limited edition version of "Slime & Reason". The responses we received were pretty ecstatic so we asked Tom if he would be up for expanding the work into a full album.
Two years on and Tom, with moral support from Mr Manuva, has turned in an album which covers all four of Roots Manuva's main albums, plus tracks from "Dub Come Save Me" and "Alternately Deep" and a brand new collaboration with Mr Manuva and Ricky Ranking on lead single "Jah Warriors". Tom decided to re-imagine each track as if his re-work was in fact the orignal version of the tune from a previous decade. Hence "Motion 5000" becomes classic roots groove "Motion '82," whereas something like "Rebuff" sees "Buff Nuff" return as vintage digi-dub. The project is approached with such conviction and skill that many of the tunes become hard to place in their orignal context, so it really does feel as if these funky, skanking, shuffling little numbers are in fact the ground zero of the Manuva experience.
And while this album is, in effect, a bit of summer fun to keep us all satisfied until Roots comes through with a whole new batch of material, the re-works are so well done, and lock so tight with Rodney's vox that they actually achieve more than anyone could hope for. Often when people are dealing with Mr Rodney Smith they're so concerned with his ground-breaking productions, his convoluted back story and his Genuine UK Maverick status that it's easy to forget just what a good MC he is, how clever with words, how funny and insightful, how relaxed and easy and plain beautiful he sounds on the beat. It's all here, one of the best UK lyricists and voices of the last decade as you've never quite heard him before, but probably secretly always wanted to. Sit back and enjoy while the sun still shines...
Remix Contest for NEW PUBLIC ENEMY Single 'SAY IT LIKE IT REALLY IS'!!!!
Public Enemy is looking to see what DJ and/or Producer can create the BEST remix for their newest single: "Say It Like It Really Is"
This contest is pretty straight forward.... Please use the link located near the bottom of this email to download all the available versions of the song. Then take them and come up with a Brilliant & DOPE Remix...
Your remix can be as long or as short as you want it to be.....
But Remember ... the name of the song is "Say It Like It Really Is".... So be as creative as possible with the remix.... No Holds Bared!!!!!
ALL remixes must be submitted BEFORE September 15th, 2010
As a thank you for entering the contest.... Public Enemy will send ALL of the remixes submitted for this contest to iTunes to be available for free download
However.... Only the 3 best will be picked as the official PEmixes
The Best 3 PEmixers will have their remix included in the 7 Piece "Say It Like It Really Is" collection which will be sold on iTunes
The 1st place remix will also be synced up to the "Say It Like It Really Is" Video, to create a Special Remix version....
The 3 top PEmixes will make their on-air debut on Chuck D's Radio show "And You Don't Stop", which airs on WBAI (99.5 FM) in NYC. All three PEmixers will be spotlighted during a special Presentation conducted by The Wonder TwinZ....
Public Enemy will own ALL rights to every remix that is submitted for this contest
Additional Prizes for the Top 3 PEmixers:
1st Place will receive: $300 Remix Fee BRING THE NOISE, THE HITS, VIDS, and DOCS BOX (Public Enemy Collector's Edition Box) Public Enemy Hoodie, T-Shirt, Hat & Dog Tag
2nd Place will receive: $200 Remix Fee BRING THE NOISE, THE HITS, VIDS, and DOCS BOX (Public Enemy Collector's Edition Box) Public Enemy Hat, T-Shirt & Tote Bag
3nd Place will receive: $100 Remix Fee BRING THE NOISE, THE HITS, VIDS, and DOCS BOX (Public Enemy Collector's Edition Box) Public Enemy Hat, T-Shirt & Key Chain
1st Place Gets:
Public Enemy Fight The Power Zip Hoody
Public Enemy Fitted Hat
Public Enemy Fear of A Black Planet T-Shirt
Public Enemy Dog Tag
2nd Place Gets:
Public Enemy Fitted Hat
Public Enemy Flavor Flav T-Shirt
Public Enemy Fight The Power Tote Bag
3rd Place Gets:
Public Enemy Nation of Millions T-shirt
Public Enemy - Fight The Power Keychain
Public Enemy Fitted Hat
BRING THE NOISE, THE HITS, VIDS, & DOCS BOX
3 CDs full of tracks from critically acclaimed albums. Tracks include: There's a Poison Goin On, Revolverlution, New Whirl Odor, Beatsand Places, Rebirth, Bring That Beat Back And How You Sell Soul To A Souless People Who Sold Their Soul???
3 DVDs including performances, videos, and documentaries post 1999 on the legendary PE story fans are yearning for. Brand new track single 'Say It Like It Really Is' specially released for the box set (Remixes included throughout this rare release)
Thirty six page saddle stitch photo book T-shirt designed exclusively for the package Chuck D signed lithograph Collector's edition Public Enemy embossed logo package
"Another cut off San Francisco hip-hop trio BPos' debut album The Upside, this track is a melancholy reminder of how underground artists are pressured to change their style to be more accessible to the mainstream. Goodword and D-Wiz paint a vivid picture of major labels' reluctance to support new styles in music, instead opting to go with "the safest choice", over soulful production from San Jose's Bump Analog and ill scratches from DJ Johnny Venetti.