Lyrics Born - "As U Were" in Stores Today (10/26/10)
Lyrics Born's newest studio album As U Were is out today. The album features Sam Sparro, Lateef, Trackademics, The Gift of Gab, Francis and the Lights, and more. Pick it up on Amazon now!
Lyrics Born's Auto Reverse tour with fellow Decon artists Rakaa and Chali 2na is in full effect through the end of the month. Check out the remaining dates below:
Auto Reverse Tour Dates 10/26 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room 10/27 - Boise, ID - Reef 10/28 - Ketchum, ID - Whiskey Jacques 10/29 - Victor, ID - Knotty Pine 10/30 - Bozeman, MT - Emerson Cultural Center 10/31 - Missoula, MT - The Top Hat 11/02 - Olympia, WA - The Royal Lounge** 11/03 - Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room* 11/04 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret* 11/05 - Portland, OR - Dante's *Chali 2na not performing, **Rakaa Not Performing
MP3: Mr. Brady - "Real Heavy" Ft. Guilty Simpson & Johaz
Mr. Brady Boasts New Album Featuring Blu, Aloe Blacc, Exile, Diamond D, And More
Native Cali rapper, producer, and founder of the group Deep Rooted, Mr. Brady is back with his latest solo album, Labor Of Love. The album is exactly what its title implies; fifteen energized tracks delivering Brady's raw persona and featuring some of the best of what underground hip-hop has to offer. Part of what makes Labor of Love so special is Mr. Brady's personal touch as the album's main producer, "I usually do all my production myself," says Brady. "There was no big studio involved in this project at all. I wanted to let people know that you can make it happen with whatever you have." And make it happen Brady did, as Labor Of Love boasts appearances from Guilty Simpson, Blu, Diamond D, Exile, Aloe Blacc, Tajai of Souls Of Mischief, and more.
The album's lead single "Real Heavy," unleashed today to celebrate the release of his new album, Brady collaborates with prominent Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson and Johaz, who also happens to be a part of Brady's Deep Rooted crew. Mr. Brady considers the song a "classic joint;" a well orchestrated track of chopped up lo-fi samples pieced together with a raw lyrical vibe and a hard hitting beat. "Real Heavy" is exemplary of Mr. Brady's vision for the album: "I'ma keep it raw, soulful and give all of me with every track."
Hailing from San Diego, California, Mr. Brady is not new to the hip-hop game. Mr. Brady has worked with artists like Diamond D (producer of The Fugess and Mos Def), Killah Preist, Guilty Simpson, Blu, Evidence and more. He has toured around the globe including extended trips through Europe, Canada and the USA performing with such legends as Common, The Roots, Slum Village and Souls Of Mischief. After promoting himself and seeing his buzz-factor increase, Mr. Brady established the label Battle Axe Records in 1999. In 2003, Mr. Brady teamed up with the powerhouse group Deep Rooted, who signed to Clear Label Records. His latest solo album, Labor Of Love is available now.
Alexei actually sent us the full letter he received. Ballsy move on his part, but from reading it, I don't think they're playing. That Lil Wayne remix album should probably be shelved. Get all the details below.
Record Companies Seek to Block Release of Lil Wayne’s 90s Rock Mashup Album with a Cease and Desist Letter
(November 26, 2010, New York, NY) - Cash Money Records and Universal Group have sent a cease and desist letter to DJ Alexei in an attempt to stop the release of Lil Wayne’s remix album that features mashups of the artist’s material with classic 90s recordings from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins and other influential rock acts. The album, Weezy’s 90s Ball, Vol. 1 is currently scheduled for November 4, 2010 to coincide with Lil Wayne’s release from jail.
The album’s producer DJ Alexei has expressed regret at the labels’ decision, but remained optimistic that Lil Wayne’s fans would get to hear the album. “While I’m flattered that label executives see Weezy’s 90s Ball as a threat to the ‘I Am Not a Human Being’ profits, they are being shortsighted - the fans will buy the official release even if they had downloaded Weezy’s 90s Ball because these are two completely different bodies of work,” said Alexei. “Lil Wayne released the free ‘No Ceilings’ mixtape not long before ‘Rebirth’ and that doesn’t appear to have hurt sales.” Alexei added that it will ultimately be up to the fans to make sure that everyone could get a copy of Weezy’s 90s Ball “just as they made sure that Danger Mouse’s ‘Grey Album’ didn’t die a quiet death after the cease and desist letter.”
The full text of the cease and desist letter is below. _______________________________________________
Dear DJ Alexei:
I am the attorney for Cash Money Records, Inc. (“Cash Money”). It has come to the attention of Cash Money that you have produced and manufactured and will distribute, starting November 4, 2010, an unauthorized audio CD entitled “Alexei Presents Lil Wayne & Alexei, Weezy’s 90s Ball, Vol. 1, Remixes, Mashups by DJ Alexei” (the “CD”) embodying performances of Cash Money’s exclusive artist professionally known as “Lil Wayne” (“Artist”).
Please be advised that Cash Money is the exclusive owner and distributor of master recordings created by Artist during the term of Artist’s recording agreement with Cash Money (the “Agreement”) and therefore only Cash Money has the right to exploit Artist’s recordings and performances. Moreover Universal Motown Republic Group (“Universal”) is Cash Money’s exclusive worldwide distributor and the only company with the right to distribute Artist’s records and performances.
Cash Money hereby demands that you cease and desist any and all production, manufacture, distribution and exploitation Artist’s recordings and performances (including the CD). Neither Cash Money nor the Artist have granted you the right to exploit any recordings or performances created by Artist and consequently your exploitation of Artist’s recordings and performances constitutes an infringement of Cash Money’s exclusive rights to Artist and Universal’s exclusive right to distribute Artist’s recordings and performances.
It is our hope to resolve this matter amicably without resort to formal legal process. However your exploitation of Artist’s recordings may give rise to a cause of action in law and/or equity. Therefore, please confirm that you will not distribute the CD or any other of Artist’s recording or performances and you will remove any mention of the CD from all of your websites, including without limitation, your Facebook and myspage pages.
This email should not be construed as a waiver, limitation, or relinquishment of any of Cash Money’s or Universal’s rights or remedies, whether legal or equitable, all of which are hereby expressly reserved.
Law Office of Edward R. Grauer, P.C. 888 Seventh Avenue, Suite 500 New York, New York 10106
Not a good look for Georgia's Most Wanted. We've learned from MediaTakeOut.com that Radric Davis b/k/a Gucci Mane was arrested yesterday in Atlanta just hours after checking out of a voluntary rehab program for cocaine. He was pulled over while driving and the cops found marijuana in his vehicle, where upon he was promptly taken into custody. He's already out on bail but regardless this is another in an already exceedingly long list of problems Gucci Mane has had with law enforcement over the years.
Gary Wilson to Play with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Tomorrow Night
Gary Wilson to Perform with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Tomorrow, Oct. 27th!
Electric Endicott Out Digitally, Today!
Announces SoCal Live Dates!
"Beck name-checked him, dude, he's like the white Prince. Pure Game."- Pitchfork
"Gary Wilson’s name belongs with his idols like Frank Zappa, The Residents, Captain Beefheart and John Cage as one of the great fearless musicians of the last century." - NY Press
"Wilson has always made us feel like it's OK to be a weirdo, and as with all of his music, his honesty has most likely seeped into the sounds of Electric Endicott as well." - CMJ.com
Set your DVRs, VHS players, or just plain tune-in to what will surely be a memorable TV moment tomorrow night. For his first ever National TV performance, Gary Wilson, the reigning king of outsider art, and inspiration to artists such as Beck, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, and Stones Throws' Peanut Butter Wolf, Questlove and The Roots personally invited Gary to play with them on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon! The internet is abuzz, speculating as to what will happen during the appearance, with Questlove responding to it all with an "oh hell yeah"[sic].
Gary Wilson's highly anticipated new album, Electric Endicott, is out digitally today, with a street date of November 9th, 2010, on Western Vinyl. With his band, the Blind Dates, Gary will be performing at Bar Pink in San Diego on 10/30, and fittingly on Halloween, 10/31, in Los Angeles at Central S.A.P.C.