The Chicago based production crew, Tensei, meaning 'heaven star' in Japanese, is comprised of Simple X and Midas Wells. Earlier this month they released a free EP entitled One via LA label Plug Research (Bilal, Quadron, Exile, Sonnymoon). The project showcased Tensei's unique production style, forfeiting the traditional use of samples and instead, using live musicians to create their tracks.
Today, Tensei are releasing a bonus track from the One EP entitled "Fly Trap" featuring the vocal stylings of Scarlet Monk. Over Tensei's moody, industrial beat, Monk coos, "Like A Fly On My Trap / I Want You Stuck On Me / Won't You Taste A Little Just To See / Come To Me."
The One EP features 10 tracks for free download, mostly instrumental, but also features guest vocals from ADAD, Denmark of Crown Nation, Scarlet Monk and others. Although it’s made available as a free download, you can also purchase the EP on iTunes.
"When We Were Kings" was one of the standouts from L.A. producer/rapper Shane Eli's "I Can Do Better". It's an onslaught of insightful social commentary, soulful production and thought provoking lyricism. It's only right that the densely layered track gets some equally dense visuals. The video was directed by David A. Wong, and shot by Mark Austin, both responsible for Shane's "Grey Area" music video, with visual effects and editing by Francisco Garcia Nava. It was shot thanks to the help of Kickstarter supporters, and the Levi's Film Workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art downtown.
SWANKY: A person or object that is posh, high-class, glamorous, classy, up-market, etc. A person or object that is cool, awesome, hip, maybe even obsessed by the person using the word, to describe that person or object.
EX: The man at the hotel reception desk told us that the restaurant that we will be dining at this evening is very swanky, and suggested that we dressed formally.
New Audio from Billy Danze's "R.U.N." Project Featuring Serius Jones & Torae
Courtesy Matt B.
"RUN" (Raps United Nation) is the brainchild of M.O.P.’s Billy Danze who throughout the course of his illustrious career and years of extensive international touring could not help but notice and acknowledge how many talented artists he met during his travels who simply lacked a platform to be heard. Who better then a fellow artist to spearhead the charge and give them that platform, as Billy explains “As an artist I understand the frustration. There are so many artists out there that possess the talent of being able to produce and record good music. They are determined; they have the drive and dedication, but feel as if no one notices. I’ve seen and heard what’s out there from an artistic level. These artists need to be heard and have a united voice. I am very passionate about giving them that opportunity and will do anything in my power to help those that really want to win.”
The Music industry has undeniably changed and evolved and artists have been forced to either adapt with it, or go the way of the dinosaur. While the Internet and the proliferation of social media platforms are viable assets for new artists desperately looking for exposure, using those mediums alone is still equivalent to trying to “catch lighting in a bottle.” Billy Danze’s ambitious plans for “RUN” are to create an army of incredible artists from all corners of the globe and to unify and raise awareness for them by creating projects which are loud enough to be heard by the masses; as Billy details “my aim is to get every talented artist a deal. Support on a globalized scale is all an artist really needs or could ask for. I have contacted all my resources and they in return have done the same. A vital key to success in this business is alliance; and I personally have a team in every corner of the world. We can build a team of thousands and support each other.”
There is no disputing the artistic contributions Billy Danze has contributed to the culture as a member of M.O.P., yet, while still in its early infancy, his greatest contribution may still lay in front of him as the founder of “RUN,” as he eloquently states “as a fellow artist, these projects will enable me to be a vital cog in a family of worthy artists that simply need a platform and a voice and to oversee that lends the potential to be the biggest accomplishment of my career. From a business perspective, I believe “RUN” (Raps United Nation”) is a vehicle the industry is desperately lacking. The way to find new talent is to go get it. Industry executives no longer believe in the artist, or artist development, how can the industry grow if we don’t allow new artists to showcase their talent?”
PR: Rockie Fresh Tours w/ Casey Veggies & The Dean's List
Courtesy Greg Miller.
February 16, 2012- Los Angeles, CA - Chicago native and XXL Freshman candidate Rockie Fresh will embark on a month long tour with LA rapper Casey Veggies and Boston's The Dean's List. 20-year old Rockie Fresh released three critically acclaimed projects The Otherside, The Otherside: Redux and most recent Driving 88 that received such praise as:
"From it's first song ("Into The Future") to it's last ("So Long"), the project has a smooth energy, and Rockie's effortless flow proves to compliment the soundscape throughout...calming, and consistently melodic..." - XXL Magazine, XL reviewTour Dates - West Coast w/ The Deans List + Dates w/ Casey Veggies below:
2/26 Chicago, IL Reggie's (Reebok Event) 3/01 Seattle, WA The Vera Project* 3/02 Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound Club* 3/03 Portland, OR Roseland (Peter's Room)* 3/04 Eugene, OR WOW Hall* 3/08 San Francisco, CA 330 Ritch* 3/09 Los Angeles, CA Key Club* 3/10 San Diego, CA Epicentre** 3/11 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse* 3/14 Hempstead, NY Hofstra University 3/15 Austin, TX TBA Show (SXSW Week) 3/16 Austin, TX TBA Show (SXSW Week) 3/17 New Orleans, LA Buku Music Festival 3/27 Washington, DC Howard University
*Dates w/ The Dean's List ** Dates w/ Casey Veggies & The Dean's List
Planet Asia Releases New Mixtape "The Arrival" With Doo Wop
Courtesy Matt B.
With the release date for his new album Black Belt Theatre rapidly approaching, West Coast hip hop luminary Planet Asia teams up with the legendary Doo Wop for a new mixtape, The Arrival, which serves as the official prelude to Planet Asia's long awaited solo project Black Belt Theatre; which will be released on 2/28/2012 courtesy of Wandering Worx/Daddy Real/GreenStreets.
Toronto up-and-comer CALiPH, released his debut LP, The Resignation, in January and since has received tremendous radio-play in the “Maple Leaf State” thanks to his versatility and the projects diversity, as CALiPH nimbly shows his range by melding old-school soul, smooth R&B and classic boom-bap rap into one cohesive project.
The Resignation features production from Rich Kidd (Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica, Fashawn, Colin Munroe, Chase N. Ca$he, Tona) and M-Phazes (Slaughterhouse, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Emilio Rojas, Sean Price, Royce 5’9, Elzhi, Redman, Amerie, Skyzoo).