It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #126 is called From Japan to New Jerusalem. We span the globe to bring you music by everybody from DJ Toshi to Keith Murray to Venomous2000. For compliments or feedback hit me on Twitter @angrymarks. Artists please send your podsafe music and advertising requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!
* Elemental Zazen - Words That I Write * Venomous2000 f/ DJ Priority - Drop of Venom * DJ Toshi f/ Abraham, BURNTmd, Keith Murray, Rachit - Tsunami Relief * SKAM2 f/ Low Life - Stand Like a Man * Rockwell Knuckles - Baking Soda * Savant a/k/a Stanstro - Fresh She Is
Trae Tha Truth's 3rd Solo Album Drops on June 28th
Houston, TX ~ After three long years of mix tapes, touring and keeping the music news busy with music, videos, cartoons and lawsuits, Houston's Trae Tha Truth will finally release his much anticipated third solo album, "Street King" (ABN Entertainment/Prez Entertainment/Fontana) on June 28th.
Album features include Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Tha Game, Big Boi, Lupe Fiasco, Wyclef, Wale and Lloyd, as well member of Trae's ABN Gang. Production duties are handled by Vdon, Drumma Boy, Mr Rogers, Mr Inkredible, Cyfyre and Rockaway Productions.
The promo run will include a week-long media run in New York (June 20th - 24th); featuring a live show at SOBs on Monday, June 20th hosted by Low Key from YouHeardThatNew.com, an album listening session at the Fontana offices on Tuesday, June 21st, an album release concert at Houston's HOB on June 28th, featuring a live band and performances by friends Wacka Flocka, Jadakiss, Lupe Fiasco and Yung Joc and shows all over the south.
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1st and foremost, alot of the sites recieving this email have been long time supporters of our music here at Monstaville and we truely appreciate that. We hope to continue building a strong working relationship with all of you. As we always do, we offer the same support back through our home site which has a huge following: www.408inc.com and covers the entire South Bay Area.
On June 7th we are back with a New Release titled FACETIME (a group album: Tha Critic, Playa Rae & Trey C) which will be distributed by Empire Distribution (www.empiredistribution.com) / 408INC DIGITAL (www.408inc.com) and Monstaville of course. The album features Royalty, Smigg Dirtee, Natureboy Rowe, Stik Gilatine & C-Rena. It will be priced to win at $5.99 via iTunes and other online retailers. Hard copies include a 45min DVD and are $9.99 via www.408incshop.com - June 21st is the date to lock in.
With all that said, here is the second official leak off the album titled "SMILE" featuring Trey C, Playa Rae & Tha Critic. Production by Rob Base of Hush Em Up Productions. Mixed by Brycen10ial at the HotBoxx & Mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx.
After years of standing by as a spectator, a fan and avid lover of Hip-Hop, Natural, also known in many circles as Nasty Nat, felt it was no longer enough just to listen. A writer his entire life, Natural had produced various forms of storytelling through many different mediums. From novel writing to screenplays, poetry classes to philosophy groups, Nat always felt the need to share his personal experiences along with the people around him. It wasn't until 2009 that he finally recognized hip-hop as his true calling.
Born in Boston, Natural split time between his household in Milton and his cousins residence in Dorchester. The oldest of five in a close knit Irish-American neighborhood, Natural was responsible for his siblings from a very young age. He credits the high level of responsibility his parents entrusted to him along with his entire family's unwavering support in all avenues of artistic creativity as major reasons for his progression as an artist.
In late 2009 Natural began the beginning stages of recording. He started small with a cheap mic and industry beats in his bedroom. He slowly started to show recorded material to people he knew would give it to him straight, and the high level of positive response gave him the final push of confidence he needed.
He contacted Peter "Needy" Needham, a friend of his cousin, who had majored in audio production in college and created the "Stay Puft Productions" group. Within weeks, Natural began to write and record original material over these beats, and the two began a blueprint for the future--It was here they found a Natural fit.
Nat's music invites listeners into his own world, one guided by family and the close bonds within his small circle. His words are marked with a realistic portrayal of himself and feed off of his surroundings in the small city of Boston--his story is just one of the many tales shared through his music.
Despite his suburban background, Nat's deep routed connections with the inner city have allowed him lines of sight from both sides of the tracks. Employments and experience range from his current position at an inner city public school all the way to working with troubled youth groups over in Ireland. Bartending and bouncing in some of the roughest areas of the city while also holding down jobs in some of the trendiest spots downtown. Either way you spin it, Nat draws from a plethora of experiences and carries a unique ability to connect with many different demographics of people.
On June 21st Natural will be dropping "The Bartender". In his first release, Natural shares stories from his personal life and the lives of others, lending people a voice to confront the harsh realities and problems we all face on a daily basis. Nat also leaves room for the good times shared with the fast living collective of family and friends around him. The 16 track release encompasses life from all angles: Happiness, struggle, love, hate, employment, stress, the illegal dealings of the underworld, corruption, politics, sports, police brutality and community. It is an uncompromising vision from an artist that has finally found his calling. His style is a mix of aggressive wordplay, sharp lyricism and heavily sarcastic whit that creates a deeply honest and passionate vibe. Armed with a keen sense of self awareness and an unapologetic flow, Nat epitomizes confidence with the microphone. Hip-Hop has a new voice, and Natural's uninhibited honesty and no holds barred approach refuses to be silenced. Listen up and watch the rest unfold.