Free EP/Video: A-Plus - Pepper Spray + Tour Updates
(July 6, 2011 - Brooklyn, NY) Hieroglyphics crew member and one-fourth of Souls Of Mischief, A-Plus is excited to announce the release of his new EP, Pepper Spray, now available for free download courtesy of Compound 7. The EP serves as the first of four in Compound 7's rock-inspired Tribute Series EP's, and accompanying each EP will be a special, limited edition t-shirt designed by Counter Balance, available here.
A-Plus and Compound 7 plan to release four installments for their rock-inspired Tribute Series EP's, collaborating with different artists for each project after this initial EP. Included in the series is an EP with Del The Funky Homosapien, which samples music by Rage Against The Machine, one with Opio, that flips music from the White Stripes, and finally the Nirvana inspired production with Eligh. "We started out real grass roots when creating Pepper Spray," explains A-Plus. "Pepper Spray was the first EP completed, and it was coming along so well that it inspired me to do more with other favorite bands of mine."
The first EP will take on the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers aptly named Pepper Spray. Rather than recreate a single album from the group, A-Plus' EP will pull from their entire discography, sampling various songs from the legendary group's deep catalog, including classics such as "Give It Away," "Californication," "By The Way," and "Hey Oh" "Basically," says AAGEE on his choosing of songs to flip, "we decided what songs were our favorites, and from there it was all about figuring out how well each of those songs translated with our production style and what we were trying to accomplish on Pepper Spray."
In addition to his forthcoming EP releases, A-Plus will also be busy on the road this summer, performing a number of solo dates in addition to some very special performances with Souls Of Mischief. Souls Of Mischief will be performing a number of dates across the country this summer, including four stops as a part of the 2011 Rock The Bells Festival, where the group will be performing their long-time classic, '93 Til Infinity, in its entirety. Fans can find links to purchase tickets and keep up with all developing show information for A-Plus and Souls Of Mischief here: www.hieroglyphics.com .
Later this year, once all four free EP's have been released, A-Plus also has plans for two new retail releases, which include brand new solo albums, Return Of Good Time Charlie and another called Molly's Dirty Water that will serve as a collaborative effort with AAGEE. "Both projects are different," explains A-Plus. "Return Of Good Time Charlie is more of a traditional progression for me – b-boy-style story telling – like my last album. For Molly's Dirty Water, AAGEE is on there. It's more fun – party, get drunk and smoke some weed type shit. Less b-boy bravado.
Blu (of Blu and Exile) Gets Proper "Jesus" Release
Recently, a mysterious album titled Jesus turned up on the popular music site Bandcamp, uploaded by an artist calling himself "B". Soon, the LP was discovered to be the latest work from enigmatic L.A. rapper Blu, and within hours, it was the talk of the blogosphere. The album was soon removed, but now it's back, this time in physical form. New World Color is proud to present the latest lo-fi masterpiece from one of hip-hop's most intriguing figures, in stores everywhere on August 30th, 2011.
Featuring production from Madlib, Alchemist, and Hezekiah, and an appearance from Planet Asia, Jesus features some of the most intriguing collaborations of Blu's career. With fully mastered audio, plus CD and vinyl editions, this important edition to Johnson Barnes' catalog will finally be heard as it was meant to be. Officially the debut for alter-ego "B", Jesus is sure to satisfy the cult-like fanbase that's been steadily growing around the artist most famously known as Blu.
Billy Drease Williams' newest release is an exclusive collection of raw, intelligent rhymes that comes from the heart and speaks to the streets. It's hotter, heavier and harder than what you're used to, but it's all Billy Drease and it's all FREE.
From epic collaborations with DJ Cutler, Trev Thorne and others to the classic sampling in Just a Break to the warning of Militant, BDW brings it back with an unparalleled style that reminds us of what good rap is and just how good it can be. Known in many circles as the "Sidewalk Scholar," Billy Drease speaks truth and has the strength and knowledge to back it up. This is a rare release from the DTR45 vaults and we are giving it away for a limited time because what Billy's got to say ought to be heard.
Download it for free today as one ZIP file or individual MP3 files.
The feeling you got when you first heard Show and AG's classic track "Next Level," is the same exact feeling Columbus, Ohio's Zero Star hopes to give listeners on his new project "Don't Look Now!" Zero Star takes an unconventional approach, in a conventional rap world, while an unknown but extremely talented producer by the name of J Maggz provides the backdrop. The man who claims to be from "The Rewind Era," gives plenty of rewind moments through this 8 song EP. With raps by the hundreds Zero takes listeners on a fast paced journey of emotional highs, whether it's his motivational undefeated slogan "72 Dolphins," or the infectious bounciness of "#1 With a Bullet." Zero is out to make certain his name will soon be mentioned alongside your favorite underground emcees.
Raised by wolves in a remote jungle in the rainforests of Brazil, is where a young wolf pup named Zero Star would hone his howling skills. In wolf culture howling skills translate into what we know in the human world as “rapping ability.” In one verse Star can take the listener through a number of regions with his ever changing flow, cadence, and rhyme pattern. He uses his delivery in such a manner; it’s as if his voice is another instrument. It doesn’t take the listener long to hear the influence of the 90’s in his music. While that influence is a consistent theme, it never feels overbearing to the ear. In fact, to hear it brings nostalgia that most hip hop has been missing. Zero is an artist that looks to his past, to bring awareness to his present, and make way for his future.
On stage Zero brings full energy in every song. He prides himself on never having a hype man on stage. You are compelled to move and nod your head while Zero bounces around on stage with supreme confidence. He believes less is more, so when you see him on stage often times it’s nothing more than two turntables and a microphone. He’s always looking to keep the crowd involved, making you feel as if you’re hanging out with two hundred of your best friends.
In 2006, Zero released his debut LP “Forever’s Never Really That Long,” on Weightless Recordings. With a newcomer by the name of Ree-Dic, and underground champion Blueprint at the forefront of the production, the album received warm responses from critics and listeners everywhere. However, due to some legal setbacks he wasn’t able to continue the momentum gained from the album. In 2009, he was the opener on the Diabolical Fun Tour with world renowned lyricist Illogic. With 2011 on the horizon this looks to be Zero Star’s biggest year. With a new project “Don’t Look Now,” set to drop in the summer, and the long awaited second album to follow, Zero Star will be a name that avid music listeners will be saying very soon. Catch the man from “The Rewind Era,” in a city near you this summer and fall.
Video: Kosha Dillz Is Everywhere (Documentary Trailer)
The hustle is something I take pride in. This short doc trailer is a prelude to an entire film that will hopefully be complete by the end of 2011. It will be submitted to film festivals and hopefully be sold for a million dollars. (or millions... I'll take millions)
Junkadelic Music - Tales From the Nightmare Industry Vol. 1
FEAT -> KOOL KEITH, MR. SCHE, T-ROCK, K-RINO, THE I.M.O, MARC LIVE, KANNADI SPADEZ, CHEM, IMMORTAL & MORE.
1. Chapter 1 (feat. The I.M.O) 2. Mc's Out There (feat. Marc Live, The I.M.O) 3. Dream or Nightmare (feat. The I.M.O) 4. I'm On Again (feat. Chem) 5. Young & Buck (feat. Mr. Sche, T-Rock) 6. Time Goes By (feat. Grand Comity) 7. Flatline Industry 8. Gangsta Boogie (feat. Kool Keith, Chem) 9. I'm Underground (feat. Kannadi Spadez) [Larry Hutch Remix] 10. Y'all Ain't Ready (feat. Mr. Sche, K-Rino)* 11. Don't Play No Games (feat. Immortal Lowlife) 12. This Is L.I.F.E (feat. Raaddrr Van) 13. I Drop Money (feat. Kool Keith, Mr. Sche)
MUSIC PRODUCED BY DJ JUNKAZ LOU IN STORES JULY 5TH. 2011.