PR: Illus - "For Adam" Tracklisting & First Leak "Free"
Illus is one of Hip-hop's best kept secrets- an underground emcee and artist hailing from Connecticut, Illus has toured the globe and worked with some of the greatest emcees of all time including Chuck D, Dilated Peoples, Blackalicious, R.A. the Rugged Man, DMC and more. A professional art teacher and world-famous illustrator, Illus is responsible for the official Public Enemy comic book series and has designed and illustrated album art and merchandise for KRS and BDP, Bumpy Knuckles and Statik Selektah (Lyrical Workout), J-Live, Ill Bill, Apathy, Public Enemy and more. In 2010 Illus released his album, Feel Good Music, which was hailed by Chuck D from Public Enemy as "one of the best albums of 2010".
In 2011, Illus brings us For Adam, a ten-track collection of songs that epitomize the very best of what HipHop has to offer as an art form and culture- positive, hardcore, passionate, meaningful lyrics and beats that penetrate the mind and soul and leave the audience feeling inspired. For Adam also features an incredible collection of talented artists ranging from legends like Freddie Foxxx and Craig G to game-changers like Homeboy Sandman and Eternia and musical sensations Paul Dateh and Erin Barra and is exclusively produced by JJ Brown.
For Adam is an extremely personal project for Illus, one which pays homage to the late Adam Walsh who was murdered in 1981 and whose father John Walsh went on to help create the long-running television program, America's Most Wanted. The album reflects on the darkness of murder, kidnapping, child abuse, addiction, and slavery, while celebrating the strength to overcome the struggles and obstacles of life and live it to the fullest despite the odds. It is a testament to what Hip-hop stands for, the ability to rise up out of the shadows of despair and turn "nothing" into "something"; uniting people from all walks of life and inspiring peace, love, unity and having fun.
Illus "For Adam" Tracklisting:
Requiem For Adam featuring scratches by Public Enemy's DJ Johnny Juice Unstoppable featuring Freddie Foxxx aka Bumpy Knuckles and Paul Dateh with scratches by Public Enemy's DJ Johnny Juice Red Dawn Born Criminal Brighter Day featuring Craig G, Reef the Lost Cauze and Block McCloud Free featuring Homeboy Sandman and J.J. Brown Better featuring Gift of Gab from Blackalicious and Paul Dateh Sons and Daughters featuring Eternia, Wordsworth from EMC and Erin Barra R.I.F. featuring Paul Dateh Make Some Noize
Illus' "For Adam" will be released on July 26th
The first leaks for the project are included here.
Chicago native hip-hop artist and lyricist "ScootyWoot" is the true definition of a go getter. ScootyWoot has been in the rap game for a while now under the radar, but continues to gain new fans with his raw wordplay, his impeccable metaphors and his realistic perspective on life.
Although born in the Midwest, ScootyWoot also resided in the south while attending Grambling State University. This stimulating experience gave him a taste of both worlds which expanded his understanding of both cultures. During this critical phase in his life, he spent his time listening to artists such as Twista, Bone, 8 Ball & MJG, Ice Cube, UGK and many more.
ScootyWoot began his career with the "Zombie Tribe/ Elements of Murder" and later went on to release several solo projects. His "Monopoly" mixtape went on to do respectable indie numbers. He later released his first full length album "Stimulus Package" which has been widely distributed around the country. It is available for download on ITunes. His latest mixtape "Bleeding My Block" can now be downloaded on datpiff.com. His hot, new single "Money Gone" featuring Atlanta native, Tity Boy aka 2 Chainz is tearing up the club scene and gaining momentum on the radio as well.
Don't forget to call in to your local radio station and request the song "Money Gone". ScootyWoot is sure to make an impact on the music scene as well as your iPod playlists. http://www.scootywoot.com .
PR: Royce Da 5'9" Unveils "Legendary" feat. Travis Barker
This summer, Detroit hip-hop fixture Royce da 5'9" is set to return with his fifth solo effort, Success is Certain. Due August 9th via Gracie Productions, the eleven-track triumph is the long-awaited sequel to the critical darling's 2004 LP, Death is Certain. The latest release showcases the rapidly evolving talent of an increasingly popular hip-hop star. Celebrating what is sure to be Royce's final ascent from underground to mainstream, the release features heavyweights and underground favorites alike – everyone from longtime collaborator Eminem, Blink 182 ex-pat Travis Barker and backpacker Yelawolf make an appearance.
The album also comes fresh on the heels of Bad Meets Evil's Hell: The Sequel, Royce's joint effort with fellow Detroit native and hip hop titan Eminem. Not to be overshadowed by its predecessor, which bowed at #1 on the Billboard charts, Success features the production work of Eminem and DJ Premier. The lead single, "Writer's Block (feat. Eminem)", has already sold 50,000 copies worldwide, and is quickly approaching Top 20 on Urban and Rhythmic radio.
But veering decidedly into rock territory, the soon-to-be-released single "Legendary" is a fist-pumping epic. Featuring an intro interpolated from the classic Rush cut "Xanadu," and drums from the aforementioned Barker, the single boasts some serious teeth. Produced by Eminem, and featuring one of Royce's most impassioned verses on the record, the lead track serves as the perfect introduction to Success. The single will be available at iTunes on July 19th, 2011.
01 Legendary (feat. Travis Barker) 02 Writer's Block (feat. Eminem) 03 Merry Go Round 04 Where My Money 05 ER (feat. Kid Vishis) 06 On The Boulevard (feat. Nottz & Adonis) 07 I Ain't Coming Down 08 Security 09 Second Place 10 My Own Planet (feat. Joe Budden) 11 I've Been Up I've Been Down
Royce da 5'9"s worldwide tour includes performances with Eminem at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and on Saturday Night Live, ensuring success for Success is Certain.
Since the inception of Hip-Hop, compilation projects have been a staple in providing fans across the board with the means of enjoying new music from a myriad of their favorite artists. Whether in the form of Motion Picture Soundtracks such as "Juice", "Menace II Society," "The Show" and "Friday" to just name a few and the genre was further supplemented by labels such as Death Row, Ruff Ryders and No Limit Records, and perhaps more prevalent than ever the advent of the "mixtape" has allowed DJ's and Emcee's to collaborate together in introducing an influx of music to the general public.
2011 marks the return of the Compilation like you have never experienced it before, with the birth of The Academy, a bi-coastal merging of the minds that provides an undeniable unity long since forgotten amidst the landscape of popularized feuds, beefs, and unfounded media hypes. "The Academy" will be released on 9-13-2011 courtesy of Terminal 3/Penagon/Bonzi Records.
The material is 100% new, the collaborations are out of this world, and the production value makes "The Academy" the new standard in Hip-Hop excellence. Over 55 MC's representing the realms of "Major" and "Independent", "New & Old School, "Legendary" and "Soon to Be" make "The Academy" release a shoe in for fans to feed their need for a superior quality product from a vast makeup of the artists they love and respect in a landscape where subpar albums and scaled back budgets have become the norm.
Executive produced by Kurupt, fans can expect "Academy" appearances from such notable talents as Raekwon, Jadakiss, Kurupt, Pete Rock, Royce Da 5'9", Redman, Styles P, Crooked I, Sean Price, Method Man, Canibus, LA the Darkman, Keith Murray, Planet Asia, Rass Kass, K-Solo, LA The Darkman, Billy Danze (M.O.P.), Pack FM, Pete Rock, Keith Murray, Chino XL and many more all backed by the breakthrough soundscapes of Terminal 3 Productions (who previously oversaw projects from ("Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture", "The Four Horsemen" and "The Undergods").
Tracklisting For The Academy LP:
1. Welcome To The Academy f/ Method Man & Redman 2. Mashout f/ Canibus, Agallah, & Styles P 3. Samaryda f/ Raekwon, Kojoe, & Kurupt 4. Still No! f/ Ras Kass, Phillie, & Rock of Heltah Skeltah 5. Triple Seize f/ Crooked-I, Copywrite, & Chino XL 6. Rich Righteous Teachers f/ Jadakiss, La The Darkman, Sav Killz & Billy Danze OF M.O.P 7. Lets Go f/ Royce Da 5'9", Bronze Nazareth, Sean Price, & K-Solo 8. Code Of Conduct f/ Pacewon, El Da Sensai & Illah Ghee 9. Pick Your Vice f/ Labba, Pack FM, Udi, Dzk, & Stack-A-Dolla 10. Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal f/ DJ Absurd 11. Kill Everything (Squad Up) f/ Kurupt, Tri- State, Ruste Juxx & Kevlarr 7 12. Body Down f/ Styles P, Kojoe, & Jaecyn Bayne 13. Rock This f/ Pete Rock, Copywrite, & Planet Asia 14. Paperwork f/ Keith Murray, Sean Price & Big Lou 15. The Alliance f/ Timbo King & Math Hoffa 16. M.O.A.N (remix) f/ Prodigal Sunn, 60 Second Assassin, Killah Priest, & Hell Razah (Sinz of Man) 17. Keep It Movin f/ M-Eighty, Son One, & Jaecyn Bayne 18. Thief In The Night f/ K-Solo, Born Sun, Killah Priest, & Goldie 19. Where There I s Nowhere f/ Reef The Lost Cause, Chopp Devize, & Timbo King 20. Change The World f/ Matilda, Goldie, & Rusty Redenbacher (of The Mudkids)
Included is the first leak from the The Academy f/Kurupt, Raekwon & Kojoe "Samaryda" (produced by Marlon Price & JP Beats of Terminal 3): http://hulkshare.com/d3cje9z8y3s9 .
The first single from The Academy" "Samaryda" featuring Kurupt, Raekwon & Kojoe will be released on iTunes on 7-12-2011.
Slaine Reveals Track Listing & Cover Art For 'A World With No Skies 2.0'
Boston rapper Slaine, of the rap super group, La Coka Nostra, has revealed the updated artwork and track listing for his solo album, "A World With No Skies 2.0", which is scheduled for release on August 16th, 2011 through Suburban Noize Records. The album will feature production work by DJ Lethal (House of Pain), as well as guest appearances by Cypress Hill’s B-Real, Sean Price, Termanology, ILL BILL, and Everlast.
The track listing for Slaine’s "A World With No Skies 2.0" is as follows:
1 - Black Horses 2 - Voices of Apocalypse 3 - 99 Bottles 4 - When I Shoot You 5 - Zombie feat. Son Of Skam 6 - Cant Go Home 7 – YOU 8 - Jumpin Out the Window feat. Edo G and Cyrus Deshield 9 - Crazy feat. B Real and Jaysaun 10 - I Aint Done 11 - The Boulevard feat. Blacastan, Sean Price, and ILL BILL 12 - Broken feat. Cyrus Deshield and V Knuckles 13 – Ghosts 14 - Where My Heart Is feat. Cyrus Deshield 15 - Borrowed Time feat. Checkmark and Lu Balz 16 - The Last Song feat. Everlast
Slaine will be offering a bonus disk that contains five new songs, for fans that purchase the album from FYE locations. The track list for the FYE bonus disk is as follows:
1- Unstoppable feat. JL 2 - The Most Dangerous Drug In The World 3 - What it Feel Like feat. V Knuckles 4 - The Problem feat. XL and Termanology 5 - Insomnia
Slaine will be touring throughout the summer in support of "A World With No Skies 2.0", with dates alongside Heavy Metal Kings featuring ILL BILL & Vinnie Paz. Slaine’s video for the track “99 Bottles” can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIJ88VWlo3c .
Slaine is currently in the studio working with Statik Selektah on a new mixtape called "State of Grace", which will be released in the coming weeks.
SLAINE TOUR DATES:
Jul 19 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground w/ Heavy Metal Kings Jul 20 - Montreal QC - Foufounes Electriques w/ Heavy Metal Kings Jul 21 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met w/ Heavy Metal Kings Jul 22 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall w/ Heavy Metal Kings Aug 04 - Ottawa, ONT, Canada @ Ritual Nightclub Aug 06 - Toronto, ONT, Canada @ Opera House w/ Army of Pharaohs Aug 20 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East Aug 26 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz Aug 28 - Worcester, MA @ Tammany Hall
The Gift has been on the Des Moines, Iowa local music scene since 2004, where he formed a Hip hop group called the Des Moines Boyz. From 2004-2008 the Des Moines Boyz made a name for themselves in Iowa and in South Florida where they recorded and produced their music with Mona Music Group. In 2009 The Gift left the group to pursue other ventures. From 2009-20011 The Gift performed shows in the Des Moines area to keep his name relevant while he recorded his debut solo album "B" Myself & I. The Gift has the respect and support of his city, but his city isn't built to launch a hip hop artist or any artist for that matter. In between Kansas City & Chicago, Des Moines is overlooked by every major act that passes through the city to get to the next. The Gift is out to prove that not only is there a hip hop scene where he is from, but a music scene in general and his music proves and speaks beyond that! With his never before seen flow and infectious lyrics, The Gift is guaranteed to leave you asking for more. He is powerful, aggressive and most importantly he is real, speaking from the heart giving you his life as he knows it to be.
B Myself and I – Track list
1. Gifted 2. Lights On 3. Be 4. Spaceship 5. Not Myself 6. Hard at Hearing 7. All Talk 8. Release 9. Hustla Down 10. Take Off 11. Domination 12. Never Seen 13. What Now! 14. Final Thought