New Audio: Moe Pope f/ Sun Kil Moon - "Grey Clouds"
Moe Pope's career first took off in the early 2000s with the Bay Area-based hip-hop band Mission (who later became known as Crown City Rockers). After a series of 12"s, Pope appeared on the group's LP, One, in 2001, before deciding to return to Boston in order to look after his daughter. Back in his hometown, he connected with rapper/producer Insight and his five-man outfit, Electric (aka Electric Company).
Along with members Anonymous and Raheem Jamal, Pope broke off from Electric to form Project Move, issuing their debut album, Love Gone Wrong/Butterfly Theory, in 2006. As each group member went off to make solo records, Pope reunited with his former Crown City cohort Headnodic for the well received collaborative album Megaphone in 2008.
In 2010, Moe released his critically acclaimed Life After God LP, which was highlighted by iTunes on its 2010 “Rewind List.” Currently, Moe Pope is working on a few new projects, with a new production partner and a new label for his latest and most mature works to date. Here is a sampling of some of that new work, from Moe’s upcoming The Shit You Shoulda Heard Vol. 1 (coming soon) as Moe collaborates with acclaimed Indy band Sun Kil Moon.
First Dirt has teamed up with accredited videographer, Mark Gallegos, and the world renown shoe company, Vlado Footwear, to release a series of short interviews with recording artist, Timothy Rhyme, about the top hip hop albums of all time that influenced him to make his next album release with producer Phil The Pain, Vintage. This release will coincide with his 1st ever US tour so stay tuned for dates. In this episode, Timothy Rhyme gives credit to legendary Wu-Tang member Raekwon for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
Remembering Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch; MTV News to Air Live One Hour Special Tonight
Today’s MTV News Video Digest is dedicated to remembering Beastie Boys co-founder Adam 'MCA' Yauch who died at the age of 47, after a long battle with cancer.
MTV News is already covering his passing with ongoing coverage on MTVNews.com and intermittent on-air hits on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams. In addition, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams are currently playing back-to-back Beastie Boys music video hours.
Tonight at 8pm ET/PT, MTV News will present a one-hour live special remembering Adam from its Times Square newsroom and hosted by MTV News’ Sway Calloway. The special will highlight the Beastie Boys and Adam’s career through music videos, performances, MTV moments and remembrances from his peers. The special will re-air at 11pm ET/PT on MTV2.
Below is a statement from Van Toffler, MTV Music Group President, as well as a video look-back and reaction video from MTV News.
Statement from Van Toffler, President of MTV Music Group: "Lots of us at MTV grew up with Adam and his Beastie brothers. He had a keen artistic eye and great wit that helped shape so many of the group's music and videos. He made us want to rock, scream and laugh all in one breath. We will miss him as will his many fans."
Beastie Boys Adam “MCA” Yauch Dead at 47 Years Old
Video: Kevin Rudolf - "Ferraris & Helicopters" Part 1
"Hey man, I grew up in New York City," said Kevin Rudolf whose new web series is entitled "Ferraris & Helicopeters". "I could be on the subway standing next to the Mayor and I wouldn't know it. New York is about minding your own business, doing your own thing." Currently, Rudolf is in the process of completing a new album. "I moved back to New York, got back to basics, shut the door and started working by myself again," he said. "I had done the whole LA thing. New York just brings out a different side of me...more edgy and raw. I can't wait for people hear this album. They're going to be surprised."
Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.
Yauch sat out the Beastie Boys' induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his treatments delayed the release of the group's most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The Beastie Boys had not performed live since the summer of 2009, and Yauch's illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos for Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.
Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz in 1979. The band started off as a hardcore punk group, but soon began experimenting with hip-hop. The band broke big with their first proper album, Licensed to Ill, in 1986, and further albums Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication cemented the band as a true superstar act.
In addition to his career with the Beastie Boys, Yauch was heavily involved in the movement to free Tibet and co-organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts of the late Nineties. Yauch was also directed many of the Beastie Boys' music videos under the pseudonym Nathaniel Horblower. In 2002, he launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories.
For Immediate Release: Friction Goes Hip Hop May 12
Friction, a wildly successful Electronic Dance Music night produced by Queen City Cartel, has teamed up with the preeminent Buffalo based hip hop label, DTR45, to present a 100% local hip hop night, Friction Goes Hip Hop. Two of the most popular companies in the city lured the top talent in the city to come out and rock what will undoubtedly be a fun filled night of positive vibes; all provided by homegrown artists.
WHO: Nationally acclaimed phenom, Billy Drease Williams, performing in a Buffalo venue for the first time in over two years. Tag team party rockers, Kinda Like Dreamin'; newcomers Natural Ingredients; plus DJ Cutler and DJ Sandpaper providing funk, breaks, hip hop and r&b all night long.
WHEN: Saturday May 12, 2012 at 10pm
WHERE: DBGB (Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar) 253 Allen Street, Buffalo NY
HOW: Just 5 bucks at the door.
WHY: Because different styles of music and different companies in Buffalo should always find reasons to work together, not against each other. Plus the talent in the this city is second to none.
Free DL: The Promise (Squair Blaq & Mulatto Patriot) - "The New Deal"
The long awaited, highly anticipated "New Deal" album is Here! Inspired by the current recession MC Squair Blaq (of Animate Objects & the Chicago Afro-beat Project) tells a story of a man who looses his employment to outsourcing, then while heading to the unemployment office his car breaks down and to top it all off after he finally makes it home he discovers that his personal belongings were thrown in the dumpster by a former girlfriend. The album produced and mixed by Mulatto Patriot has plenty of warm summertime sample based production infused with a good amount of live instrumentation. The 16 track Album features Psalm One, Pugs Atomz, Primeridian, Neak, S-Star and Charlie Coffeen of Sidewalkchalk, Kiara Shackelford, Lester Jay, Chris Paquette, The Fail, DJ Limbz & DJ Mr. Krime. Album Artwork by Enzo Moscarella.
Video: B.o.B. Gets Bashed By His Buddy Playboy Tre
Despite being on both of B.o.B.'s albums "The Adventures of Bobby Ray" and the recently released of"Strange Clouds," Playboy Tre playfully bashes his partner B.o.B. in this exclusive back room banter in the green room of Fuse before B.o.B. album release.
Last month, Hieroglyphics rapper Casual announced that his new album, He Still Think He Raw, will be released on May 22nd. The album is produced entirely by DJ Fresh & The Whole Shabang, and is a sequel of sorts to Casual's 2001 album, He Think He Raw. To go along with that announcement, Casual released the first single and visual for HSTHR, "Tears." Today, Casual is excited to release the second single off the project, "Rock My Shit."
"Rock My Shit" serves as the opening track from He Still Think He Raw, and for an album with such a bold title, the song offers an equally powerful mission statement. DJ Fresh delivers an assorted collection of plucked and washed out synths, each raining down atop 808 claps and thundering kicks, for a beat that, according to Casual, inspired the Hiero rapper's direction on the song. "It was DJ Fresh's beat," says Casual, "that inspired the 'mean mug' style on this song."
Accompanying the song, Casual took some time recently to sit down and discuss his forthcoming album, break down what it was like working with DJ Fresh, discuss his recent video for "Tears," and more. Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwIlbJSQ1RU .
In a climate of posturing and pomp, it is refreshing to see an artist like Topeka, Kansas’ Stik Figa unafraid to come As Himself. After spending years gaining prominence in his hometown and love from the likes of Miles Bonny and Oddisee, Stik Figa steps up to the national stage with his debut Mello Music Group album As Himself. The album is blue-collar rap, at times somber and at times jovial. There is no hyperbolized varnish here, just the raw grain of Stik’s mental flow.