Video: Caktuz - "Still N the Hood: A Short Massacre"
North Carolina rapper Caktuz drops his new long form video Still N The Hood: A Short Massacre with indie singer TreZure Empire. The gritty video was shot on location in New York and North Carolina, and includes a violently-disturbing montage of footage from a long lost race riot known as the “Greensboro Masacre.”
The Greensboro massacre occurred on November 3, 1979 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Five Anti-Klan protest marchers were shot and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party. Most of the armed confrontation was filmed by four local news camera crews.
Caktuz & TreZure remix an old Nina Simone classic “Feelin’ Good” over Method Man & mary J Blige’s “All I Need” while random shots of “the hood” wiz by in this fast pace 7 minute music video. Directed by Caktuz, the video can only be viewed at his website www.caktuztree.com or below.
Great news to announce: I would like to report that all the doubts and speculation about HipHop being dead is not only over-hyped, but downright untrue. All who doubt this have the luxury of hopping on the Long Island Railroad and get off at the Central Islip stop and hear the streets scream Don Dada.
Raised in the "Six Three Slums", Don Dada has been a full force in the versatility category. With tracks ranging from "Be Free" to "F*ck You", no topic is left unturned. With an arsenal of hard bars and various instrumental mixtapes, Don Dada breaks into wordsmith mode and lays the schematics for future emcees and hip hop listeners both to come.
With his crew G.N.D also known as "Good Never Dies"; they have made a respectable name for themselves throughout the island. Most of Dada's attributes are credited from his dedication to freestyling and "writing as you go" for over 8 years now.
For the most Dada is focused on his plan of various innovative tracks, and sticking out like a sore thumb from the work the industry dishes out. Its not uncommon to hear his work bumping out of systems cars, at live events or out of headphones out on the train somewhere, oh btw get your ticket out...the conductor is coming.
London songwriter and rapper Baby Blue, whose name came about from sporting everything from clothing to contact lenses in the colour baby blue, has tastes that fuse the influences of Hip-Hop, Grime, R&B and Pop, to create a unique sound with crossover potential.
UK Superstar Estelle picked up on Blue’s talents from day one and flew her to New York to record tracks on her debut album “The 18th Day” including the “Hey Girl” track which featured Grammy award winner John Legend. NYC inspired Baby Blue to release her first mixtape, “Out of the Blue Vol 1”, which blew up in the UK underground and featured members of So Solid Crew, Shystie, Sway, and Akala.
She toured with Estelle for 4 months, taking in dates in the US and Europe where she gained experience and developed her skills as a songwriter. Later that year Blue worked with British legends Madness on their comeback single 'Sorry'.
Switch it up to summer 2011 and Baby Blue is back with a bang, currently working on her debut album featuring names like DJ Khalil & Davinche. 730 Promo are proud to present the official first video from the LP - “Play” - produced by UK favourite Donaeo.
Sweatshop Union is the undisputed heavyweight of North Western hip-hop, and has earned a reputation as the hardest working collective in the region. Having performed over five hundred shows internationally, their live performance has become a mainstay of Canadian music. In 2002, a concept album was recorded called: Sweatshop Union. The record was released internationally on Battle Axe Records and the new group began their relentless touring schedule that has proven to be a key catalyst in their success.
The next three records solidified Sweatshop Union's presence in rap music. The group co-signed to EMI and went out on the road touring with the Black Eyed Peas, Swollen Members and the Living Legends as well as opening shows for Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, and The Roots. Both college and commercial radio gave the albums substantial airtime and soon after came nominations for Juno Awards, a Canadian Radio Music Award, Much Music Video Awards and more. By 2006 Sweatshop Union had begun headlining shows in the U.S. and appearing at major festivals across North America.
Recently, URB Magazine featured them in their next top 100. They're not alone in thinking that Sweatshop Union is a band worth keeping an eye on. Their consistently poignant music continues to become more relevant daily and the group shows no signs of slowing down.
May 31st, 2011, marked the release of the group's most ambitious record to date, an experimental concept album best described as a runaway mushroom trip through the inner and outer cosmos. They titled the record simply: Bill Murray. Along with recent releases from Sweatshop Unions' Dirty Circus and Pigeon Hole, the group aims to become the most prolific collective in hip hop.
Upcoming Tour Dates: 07/16/11: Moscow, ID - Johns Alley 07/19/11: Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's 07/20/11: Regina, SK - Cultural Exchange 07/21/11: Calgary, AB - The Distillery 07/22/11: Nelson, BC - Spiritbar 07/23/11: Fernie, BC - The Central Bar 07/29/11: Vernon, BC - Komasket Festival 08/07/11: Salmo, BC - Shambhala Music Festival