De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present “First Serve” The Album
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First they brought you ‘The Goon Time Mixtape’ blasting from a late-night house party in a Parisian suburb. Then we saw our heroes getting endless grief from Deen’s overbearing mother in the Mrs. Whitter skit. That was all just a taste of things to come from De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 present ‘First Serve’; a dynamic hip-hop group, an album, a concept, the soundtrack to a movie that has yet to be made and a fable for our times.
‘First Serve’ is many things, but at its heart it is the story of two young boys from Queens, New York with big dreams and larger rhymes. Two friends, Deen Whitter (aka Plug 2 / Dave) and Jacob ‘Pop Life’ Barrow (aka Plug 1/ Pos), friends from seventh grade, are by their own admission, “different, but the differences seem to complement everything we do.” Their name ‘First Serve’ comes from their motto, “First come, First Serve, get what you deserve.”
After years of laying down demos and mixtapes on the hustle in the hip-hop game, we get the next installment from their world in the form of the ‘We Made It’ skit. All the hard work has finally paid off – Jacob and Deen have hit the big time signing to Goon Time Records to become the next new thing to hit the airwaves.
Due to hit the streets worldwide on April 2nd, through Duck Down Music in North America & Pias in all other territories, the ‘First Serve’ album tells the story of two dreamers in a basement struggling to start their musical career, the battles they face, through to the point that they eventually release their debut single, ‘make it big’ and their hard work and persistence finally pays off. As we know that is rarely where the story ends and the story of ‘First Serve’ is no different. Taking place in an animated world that could have been imagined by Hawley Pratt on Magic Mushrooms, the high spirited and often hilarious journey is pure old school hip-hop; skits, disco, beats, funk, quips, burns and hustlin’ all included. Ain’t nothing gonna stop us now...
Fly Moon Royalty, the Seattle-based electro-soul twosome compromised of vocalist AdraBoo & producer Action Jackson, is proud to release their self-titled debut album, Fly Moon Royalty. The album, which contains previous singles "Android Love," "Back to You," "Lemonade," and "Do What You Say," is out now via Sportn Life Records and is available for purchase on iTunes.
Although Fly Moon Royalty is the duo's debut project, both have extensive musical backgrounds, and it wasn't until they began to collaborate that they truly felt comfortable with the music they were making. "We were in different collectives before," explains AdraBoo, "and neither was like the group we are now." For Action Jackson, the feeling is mutual. "I was making predominantly hip hop music," he explains, noting that while he still incorporates those elements into the FMR sound, "there's more room to play with sounds, beats, and textures that aren't locked to one particular genre."
The common ground and musical melding resonates throughout Fly Moon Royalty, and, for the singer and producer, developing that chemistry was all about sharing a creative vision. "We both just kept meeting in the right headspaces," explains AdraBoo, who cites songs like "Android Love" as exemplifying the visual writing and natural blend of textures that makes Fly Moon Royalty unique. "The album features both of us in a fuller capacity," remarks Action Jackson. "You get your hip-hop, your sweet vocals – it's our personalities being represented."
Their latest single, "Roxy," released today to accompany the album release, is another stong example of that chemistry. "Roxy" is the most overt soul/hip-hop track on the album, with Action Jackson appearing on the track as a vocalist, rapping a guest verse atop his fuxxy, synth-driven production. AdraBoo easily owns the rest of the song, showing off a wide vocal range, as she sings about music and love.
Video: B. Durazzo Knockout Out a Beat on 2 Akai MPC 2500s
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My name is B.durazzo. I am a 23 year old drummer/guitarist/hip-hop producer from Oakland, CA moonlighting as a middle school music teacher. I am inspired by the likes of Pete Rock, RJD2, Madlib, J-Dilla, Nujabes, and many other folks in the classic hip-hop vein.
Over the last few years, my live beat videos have developed a strong youtube following with over 600,000 views collectively. You can watch one of my latest live routines utilizing two AKAI MPC drum machines simultaneously.
I-20's latest mixtape "Celebrity Rehab" is being released exactly one week from today, February 15th hosted by djbooth.net. Here goes one more leak before the tape hits, "The Meaning" produced by DJ Pain 1.