Philadelphia producer and emcee Has-Lo has signed with MMG to release his newest concept album "In Case I Don't Make It". The project is a dark and layered album full of samples and melodic beats that fit together to form a cloudy and aggressive look at life on the edge. The new project is his crispest to date, but doesn't lose its basement darkness. "When I signed to MMG it felt like all those years of saying "this is going to be the year" were over. I started officially living the dream the moment the ink dried, and the journey goes public when the album comes out," said Has-Lo about the deal. Has-Lo has previously released the well received "Fuck Has Day" and "Small Metal Objects" which featured the emotive and raw "The Quiet Things". "In Case I Don't Make It" is scheduled for March 29th release.
"They say knowledge is power and love is wealth And to get right for what you love you go through hell."
The Has-Lo album is already receiving artistic praise from industry circles. Respected DC producer Oddisee commented, "Has-Lo's music has such a familiar sound to it. It reels you in with his use of drum breaks & sample based production. Once his vocals come in, you quickly learn that this producer/mc is puting a beautiful new & dark twist to what we all know and love." Eric Coons of the influential site Bloggerhouse stated, "Has-Lo's storytelling on wax is so vivid and detailed that Slick Rick would crack a smile." Additionally, MMG chief Michael Tolle added, "The project was one I decided to listen to, then it came on and I was silenced. I sat in the car listening from beginning to end twice - stunned at the beauty. I then went inside my home, called Has, had a 3 hour phone conversation, and signed him." Has-Lo also has an instrumental album in the works for MMG entitled "The Fictitious Laboratorium of..." that is due for 3rd quarter release.
"I make pussycat rap acts boogie and dash Like I’m dog the bookie, I bully a track."
The first MMG favorite from Has-Lo's catalog is "The Quiet Things", a melancholy yet live joint that delves into a troubled relationship. The second track is a recent one Has-Lo contributed to "Helpless Dreamer". It is a hip hop/Noir tale titled "Black Rose" that unravels in a ballroom during a thunderstorm amidst clinking glasses and laughter. The song is a concept piece that pushes narrative storytelling to a new level, combining the best of emceeing with the best of the hard-boiled noir detective genre, all set to an ill laid back beat.
Block Starz Wants Female Rappers for "She Got Next 2011"
German-American music company Block Starz Music LLC has released the official artwork and first three singles from its upcoming "She Got Next 2011" music compilation.
"She Got Next 2011" will be available at Amazon and iTunes in the Spring and features some of the best new indie music from unsigned female recording artists around the globe. "She Got Next 2011" is the first installment of this all-female Pop, Rock, and Urban music series.
Block Starz Music is also announcing the soft launch of the new compilation series' official website, www.shegotnext.com, which will feature artist profiles, music videos, news updates, MP3 downloads, and submission guidelines for unsigned female talent.
The first three official singles from the "She Got Next 2011" compilation are "Catch Me" by Hungarian pop singer Barbara Kiss, "Where We Started" by Michigan rock band Life Size Ghost, and the urban radio-friendly "Ima Be Okay" by Indianapolis singer/model Nicole Michelle.
The mission of the "She Got Next" project is to enthuse careers, empower artists, and entertain responsibly. Block Starz Music will not accept explicit, obscene, and/or violent material. There is no charge for submitting material, but a signed release form is required.
I hope the holidays and New Year have been delightful for you all.
Winter Weekend Flings:
I want to express my gratitude to those who have reached out to assist us with the "Midwest Winter Weekend Flings"; thank you so much. We have made progress but could still use help tieing up some loose ends.
If you can help book a show in the Midwest on a weekend night or have any thoughts or ideas about where I should play this winter, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*SoundSet 2011 is just around the blistering frostbit corner (in May) and I really want to play this year. I was fortunate enough to play in 2009, but was hung out to dry last year. If you want Kristoff Krane at SoundSet this year, you really have to voice it persistently.
*As some of you may know I will be joining my friend Sadistik on my first European tour. We have close to 15 shows booked, but still need your help solidifying a few more.
These are the dates and locations we need help with.
If you are from, or know anyone who is from any of the following places, please contact me at Kristoffkrane@gmail.com and let me know.
April 7-Munich, Germany April 12th- Amsterdam, Netherlands April 13th-Rotterdam, Netherlands April 14th-?, Netherlands or France April 15th-Paris, France April 19th-St. Etienne, France April 20th- Geneva, Switzerland April 23th-Sankt Gallen, Switzerland April 24th-? , Switzerland
*In the Upcoming Shows section below you will see that I'm playing on Monday Night Live on KVSC in St. Cloud on Jan 31st. It'd be a shame to come to St. Cloud and not play a gig too. If you are from St. Cloud and think you can help, please contact me at Kristoffkrane@gmail.com
You haven't forgotten about "Abzorbr" have you? It's where I started. It is the band I was in before Face Candy, Saturday Morning Soundtrack, Puppy Dogs and Ice Cream, and Kristoff Krane (Rumor has it that Abzorbr may play another show again sometime soon).